Episode #644 - It’s a Mr. Wonderful Life, Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!
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Episode #644 – It’s a Mr. Wonderful Life, Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!

This week’s show is an instant Grape Encounters Top Ten. That’s not hyperbole. With a library of 644 shows spanning 14 years of broadcasting, choosing the best of the very best should be a daunting task, but on extraordinarily rare occasions, an interview comes along that is simply priceless; Priceless because the guest is incredibly difficult to get an audience with… Priceless because the guest is a household name… Priceless because the guest is oozing ...
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Episode #643 - The Foot Race That Brought Winemaking to the Himalayas!
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Episode #643 – The Foot Race That Brought Winemaking to the Himalayas!

This story would make a great movie, if only the plot were believable. Michael Juergens is part Earnest Hemingway, part Ethan Luther (Tom Cruise’s character in Mission Impossible) and a hefty dose of Andre´ Tchelistcheff (Google him if you don’t know). Michael lives the life most people dream of; a senior partner at one of the big 4 international accounting firms, a guy who runs foot races in places like Antarctica and an uber-serious wine ...
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Episode #642 - A Big Pain in the Glass and Other Surprising Wine News Featuring Wes Hagen!
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Episode #642 – A Big Pain in the Glass and Other Surprising Wine News Featuring Wes Hagen!

We can certainly understand a wine shortage. After all, droughts have challenged production and the last year has seen a major uptick in consumption. However, if you have a tough time finding your favorite wine, the blame may be the glass and NOT the grape! It’s true, wine bottles are in desperately short supply and you can blame it on that dastardly supply chain debacle. So what’s the story Morning Glory? For wine wisdom on ...
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Episode #641 - Radio Icon Explains How a Bomb Cyclone Abruptly Liquidated Wine Country Fire Season!
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Episode #641 – Radio Icon Explains How a Bomb Cyclone Abruptly Liquidated Wine Country Fire Season!

This year, the warnings in drought-stricken California wine country were harsher than ever. Don’t use your shower. Don’t water your lawns. Shell out triple the normal cost of water because of 6 months of extreme scarcity. Then, quite suddenly, prayers were were answered to a power of ten when the Gulf of Alaska presented Northern California’s grape growing regions (as well as most of the Pacific Northwest) with something called a Bomb Cyclone; a weather ...
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Episode #640 - A Salute to Farmers and Farmworkers With Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross
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Episode #640 – A Salute to Farmers and Farmworkers With Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross

This week’s show takes listeners beyond the grape as David welcomes a real heavyweight to the program, California’s  Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross. Before moving to California, Secretary Ross worked for a United States Senator, a presidential candidate, and in government relations for rural electric cooperatives and public power districts. After settling in California, she served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996-2009 and also as ...
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Episode #638 - What Wine Enthusiasts Can Learn From Ted Lasso, Queen's Gambit & A-Typical
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Episode #638 – What Wine Enthusiasts Can Learn From Ted Lasso, Queen’s Gambit & A-Typical

Three of the top cable serials offer more than just comedy, drama and entertainment. They are packed full of life lessons which can be applied to almost almost everything we do, nearly every day. Ted Lasso offers exceptional lessons in teamwork, true love and how to be a better person. Queen’s Gambit shows us that fulfillment can be found in both being an expert as well as a casual observer. And A-Typical teaches us that ...
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Episode #637 - Introducing the Fastest Way to Become a California Wine Expert!
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Episode #637 – Introducing the Fastest Way to Become a California Wine Expert!

While California is one of many world-class wine regions, there’s are compelling reasons why knowledge-thirsty wine enthusiasts should immerse themselves into the most comprehensive educational program ever developed around California wine. When you consider the fact that more than 90% of the domestically produced wines come from the Golden State and that the vast majority of all wines consumed in America are Californian, once you’ve mastered California wines, the rest of the world will be ...
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