Episode #595 - Otherworldly Monolith Attracts Droves of Masked Visitors to Wine Country
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Episode #595 – Otherworldly Monolith Attracts Droves of Masked Visitors to Wine Country

Few segments of the economy have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions more adversely than wine tourism. With countless wineries temporarily (and indefinitely) shuttered in an effort to contain spread of the virus, wine countries throughout America and much of the world are seeing very few visitors. There was, however, a considerable spike in visitor traffic to the wine country of California’s Central Coast when an unexpected and otherworldly attraction appeared in the middle of the ...
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Episode #594 - Good Wine Times and Great Wine Gifts During a Challenging Holiday Season
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Episode #594 – Good Wine Times and Great Wine Gifts During a Challenging Holiday Season

It’s a holiday season unrecognizable by most of us. We’ve all been asked to adapt to the deeply difficult circumstances that presently dominate our lives and will for the foreseeable future. It’s not what we would have chosen for ourselves, but sometimes you just have to improvise. That being said, David has some holiday wisdom to share that might bring your family closer together, even if you can’t be in the same place at the ...
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Episode #593 - Consumer Wine Habits - Are Outside Influences Keeping Us from Enjoying Food and Wine to the Fullest?
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Episode #593 – Consumer Wine Habits – Are Outside Influences Keeping Us from Enjoying Food and Wine to the Fullest?

Observing consumer wine habits – in addition to hosting Grape Encounters Radio for 12 years, Host David Wilson has also operated a wine tasting room on the Central Coast of California’s Paso Robles AVA. David says that he probably won’t run the shop forever but is grateful for the perspective that it has given him where the consumer is concerned. David says, “I’m glad that I did it because I have learned so much about ...
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Episode #592 - Going East for Wine, Hospitality and Other Religious Experiences
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Episode #592 – Going East for Wine, Hospitality and Other Religious Experiences

REBROADCAST BY POPULAR DEMAND: We had intended to pay a long overdue visit to a number of our wine and hospitality friends on the east side of America. Unfortunately, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern. Nonetheless, we still want to spread the love and two of our most lovable east coast friends join us today thru the magic of ZOOM. What would we do without it? First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen ...
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Episode #591 - Chef Charlie Palmer; an Intimate, Deep-dive Into the Unconventional World of an Ultimate American Original
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Episode #591 – Chef Charlie Palmer; an Intimate, Deep-dive Into the Unconventional World of an Ultimate American Original

While it is the goal of every episode of Grape Encounters Radio to present compelling, informative, and entertaining content, there are times when interviews significantly standout. That is certainly the case with this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, featuring one of America’s all time acclaimed chefs, Charlie Palmer. Charlie is a bonafide Yankee original, acclaimed for his signature progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations, with a deep and lasting ...
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CHampagne with US Flag
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Episode #590 – The 2020 Election Night Wines – Blues, Reds, Whites, Sparklings and More!

This week’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio takes place just a few days after the 2020 Election. On today’s show, David and announcer Brett Keast speculate about what people drank on election night. Originally, David thought sparkling wine and champagne would be the go-to for at least 50% of the record-setting voting population. As the evening went off the rails, all bets were off. In due course, David and Brent presume folks broke out the ...
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Episode #589 - Wine Genealogy: The Family Trees of Our Favorite Vines!
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Episode #589 – Wine Genealogy: The Family Trees of Our Favorite Vines!

Talking wine genealogy… Boy, do we ever take grapes for granted. We know that there are a zillion different varietals out there and no limit to the choices of wine that they produce. It wasn’t always that way however. As a matter of fact, we know that 700 years ago, early botanists (they probably weren’t called that) were creating hybrids that would produce some of our favorite wines today. Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher ...
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