Episode #675 - This Rockstar Sommelier gives his 411 on the San Diego County Wine Scene!
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Episode #675 – This Rockstar Sommelier gives his 411 on the San Diego County Wine Scene!

Christopher Sawyer is one of a kind. In wine circles, he’s known as the “Sommelier to the Stars” because he spends much of his time helping A-List celebrities and captains of industry stock their wine cellars and plan their elite soirées. We recently caught up with Christopher on his native soil at the Sonoma, California Food and Wine Festival. Well, actually, we only caught up with him for a short while because trying to get ...
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Episode #674 - From Sellers to Buyers to Buyers With Cellars;  Benchmark and the Rare Wine
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Episode #674 – From Sellers to Buyers to Buyers With Cellars; Benchmark and the Rare Wine

We’ve been talking about Benchmark Wine Group for a few years now and, now that Covid is largely behind us, we couldn’t wait to get up to Napa, California to check the company out in person with its founder David Parker. Benchmark is the world’s most acclaimed buyer and seller of rare and elite wines. We were given a tour of their Napa Valley facility and it would be an understatement to say it absolutely ...
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Episode #673 - Torrey Pines & San Diego Wines; Featuring Pali and San Pasquale!
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Episode #673 – Torrey Pines & San Diego Wines; Featuring Pali and San Pasquale!

When the California Wine Institute asked us if we’d like to have a first-hand experience of the relationship between wine tasting and state and national parks, we said, “Heck yeah!” But then, after giving it some thought, we got to wondering just exactly what that really meant. Well, it turns out that there are a lot more wineries and wine regions adjacent to state and national parks than we ever realized. After scoping out several ...
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Episode #672 - Second Labels and Wine Country Travel Secrets That Will Save You Tons!
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Episode #672 – Second Labels and Wine Country Travel Secrets That Will Save You Tons!

Today’s show is all about saving money on wine and wine country travel. We’re going to look at how to enjoy your wine lifestyle without having to dip deeply into your savings account. We’ll tackle this subject from two fronts. First, we’ll look at one of the best-kept secrets in the wine industry. We’re talking about Second Label wines. These are wines that are produced by some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the world ...
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Episode #671 - Wine Treasures:  Behind Vault Doors to the Great Outdoors
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Episode #671 – Wine Treasures: Behind Vault Doors to the Great Outdoors

From million-dollar wine Cellars to Grape Encounters in California State Parks, today’s show is aptly titled “Behind Vault Doors to the Great Outdoors. Joining us on the show are two very fun-loving fellows. In the first half of the show, David is joined by one of his best friends in the world. His name is John and his last name will have to remain a mystery at his request. That’s because he’ll be talking about ...
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Episode #670 - The 27 and Me of the Wine Family Tree
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Episode #670 – The 27 and Me of the Wine Family Tree

You can study wine until you’re blue in the face but, the simple truth is, the more we think we know about wine, the more we realize how little we actually do. Take wine heritage for example. Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the love child of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc? As a matter of fact, it wasn’t that long ago in the grand scheme of things that Cabernet Sauvignon didn’t even exist ...
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Episode #669 - Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 3 of 3; The Big Reveal
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Episode #669 – Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 3 of 3; The Big Reveal

In recent weeks, we wandered into a discussion about something that is completely changing the way we think of wine, including how we taste it and draw conclusions that are hopefully more accurate than ever before. In this three-part series, Grape Encounters will focus on the remarkable work being done by Tastry Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, California. What Tastry is doing is nothing short of remarkable. Tastry scientists have taught computers how to taste ...
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