Episode #663 - Allison Jordan is the Queen of Wine Sustainability and Guide to April Celebrations!
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Episode #663 – Allison Jordan is the Queen of Wine Sustainability and Guide to April Celebrations!

She’s a Grape Encounters fave for good reason. Allison Jordan is the Queen of grape sustainability. Allison Jordan of the Wine Institute is easily one of most pleasant and entertaining wine experts in the country. But beyond that, she also is able to break down the subject of sustainability as it pertains to the gigantic California wine industry, in a fascinating and understandable way without dumbing things down. As is the case with any of ...
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Episode #662 - Katerina Axellson's Computer Has Perfect Taste in Wine!
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Episode #662 – Katerina Axellson’s Computer Has Perfect Taste in Wine!

Life on planet earth has come to the point where nothing really surprises us anymore; especially in the realm of artificial intelligence. These days, we can bring a celebrity who has passed back to life on stage or predict with stunning accuracy events that haven’t happened yet. So, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that a California wine country-based company called Tastry has developed a way to use artificial intelligence to taste and evaluate ...
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Episode #661 - Classical & Wine Make Bubbly Divine!  Plus, Hammond B3, Red Wine and Me!
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Episode #661 – Classical & Wine Make Bubbly Divine! Plus, Hammond B3, Red Wine and Me!

For many years, David has been fascinated by the connection between wine enjoyment and music. For about the last 20 years, it seems like there’s a new study every year that further supports the idea that drinking certain wine while listening to certain music will give you a much better experience. You just need to know the tricks of the trade. In this installment of Grape Encounters Radio, David shares two important new revelations. The ...
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Episode #660 - What You Need to Know About 2022 Wine Travel
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Episode #660 – What You Need to Know About 2022 Wine Travel

We could not have imagined that wine travel would be a sensitive subject in 2022, but it definitely is. After two years of being under a sort of house arrest thanks to Covid, the world is opening its door to travel once again and the pent-up desire to get out and explore the world has reached the boiling point, but world events are changing everything. That is to say if Europe is on your bucket ...
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Episode #659 - Can Wine Reunite Our Nation?  Featuring Christopher Sawyer, Somm to the Stars!
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Episode #659 – Can Wine Reunite Our Nation? Featuring Christopher Sawyer, Somm to the Stars!

With a horrific war raging in Ukraine, it is difficult to find much to be happy about, which is a really good reason to invite one of the world’s most optimistic people in the wine industry and the world at large to be on the show. Best known as the “Sommelier to the Stars,” Christopher Sawyer and David are always kicking around novel ideas and philosophies. That being said, a few days before the show, ...
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Episode #658 - Adventures!  Amphoras!  Abruzzo!
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Episode #658 – Adventures! Amphoras! Abruzzo!

Marino Cardelli is an Italian Level 3 Somm and owner of Experience Bela Vita; a full immersion food, wine, and cultural tour company. Piero Pavone is the founder of Vinum Hadrianum Winery, an ancient architecture preservationist, AND the person who inspired David’s decision to bring Grape Encounters to Europe for the foreseeable future. Just before going on the air, David was summoned to the plaza steps away from his temporary studio. What awaited him was ...
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Episode #657 - From Bad Company to Gourmet Experiences That are Must-See!
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Episode #657 – From Bad Company to Gourmet Experiences That are Must-See!

Paul Cullen has been a great friend to our show for many years now. You’ve probably heard him talk about how he was introduced to wine by a founding member of the legendary rock ‘n’ roll band, Bad Company. It only took a sip or two to plant the seed that eventually grew into one of the most unusual food and wine experiences imaginable. From Bad Company to gourmet experiences that are must-see, Bad Company’s ...
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