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Episode #683 - An Exclusive Visit With the President of Italy’s Biggest Wine Association, Angelo Radica
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Episode #683 – An Exclusive Visit With the President of Italy’s Biggest Wine Association, Angelo Radica

An American journalist rarely gets to sit down with the top brass of Italian winemaking like Angelo Radica. After all, Italy is the number one wine producer in the world, so leaders in the industry play a vital role in the wine industry’s contribution to the economy. Nonetheless, not only did Grape Encounter enjoy a rare one-on-one, it was a wonderfully light-hearted exchange demonstrating the joyfulness of Italian winemaking. On today’s show, David welcomes Angelo ...
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Episode #682 - Happiness is in Your Hands, and Living Large May be Easier Than You Think!
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Episode #682 – Happiness is in Your Hands, and Living Large May be Easier Than You Think!

Americans are notorious for overworking and missing out on a plethora of simple pleasures. That’s where this edition of Grape Encounters Radio comes in! On today’s show, David heeds the advice of his Italian friend Francesco who gave him a reasonably stern lecture for pulling too many all-nighters and missing out on the vast number of celebrations that are what summer and fall in Italy are all about; David shares tips on finding your happy ...
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Episode #681 WineLabels and Packaging... the Good, the Great, and Plenty to Hate!
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Episode #681 WineLabels and Packaging… the Good, the Great, and Plenty to Hate!

Wine labels frustrate us! David Wilson, the host of Grape Encounters Radio, welcomes a longtime friend of the program, Wes Hagen. Wes is the Brand Ambassador and California Market Manager of the Miller Family of Wines. (Correction: Wes just announced that he is leaving the Miller Family of wines to pursue a new career direction). Today’s topic: wine labels and packaging… the good, the great, and the bad or inappropriate. The show is inspired by ...
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Episode #680 - Mouth-Watering Plavac Mali Wine in Croatia and Then, Finally, Back to Abruzzo!
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Episode #680 – Mouth-Watering Plavac Mali Wine in Croatia and Then, Finally, Back to Abruzzo!

This week on Grape Encounters, David finally returns to his home in Abruzzo… But not before spending some time in Croatia to experience the delectable Plavac Mali red wine that David says is so delicious that no description can do it justice. David Wilson has been on the road, all over the world, for 90 days, and now it’s time to settle into his home in Atri, Italy, on the east side of the country ...
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Episode #679 - Greg Graziano, The Godfather of US-Grown Italian Vino, Will Make You Wines You Can’t Refuse
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Episode #679 – Greg Graziano, The Godfather of US-Grown Italian Vino, Will Make You Wines You Can’t Refuse

In this episode of Grape Encounters, we are joined by renowned California winemaker Greg Graziano. Greg is famous for producing world-class Italian varietals in the idyllic Mendocino County wine region and has been doing it for over 40 years. In this episode, we discuss the history of Graziano wines, cult wines, Italian varietals, and Greg’s thoughts on so-called “hipster wines.” We’ll also explore the five brands that make up the Graziano Family of Wines. It’s ...
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Episode #678 - An Uncanny Russian Visitor Plus Lots of Tricks to Make Your Wine Taste Better!
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Episode #678 – An Uncanny Russian Visitor Plus Lots of Tricks to Make Your Wine Taste Better!

Make your wine taste better? That and more! This week’s installment of Grape Encounters Radio will touch on several super interesting topics. You might find the show’s first segment particularly captivating as David shares an encounter with the Moscow Bureau Chief of the New York Times, Anton Troianovski. A huge wine lover, the journalist and his family, whom he was visiting, randomly wandered into David’s California-based wine shop the same day that David had read ...
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Episode #677 - How Red, White, and Pink Can Help Us Overcome the Blues with Christopher Sawyer
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Episode #677 – How Red, White, and Pink Can Help Us Overcome the Blues with Christopher Sawyer

Can wine chase the blues away? On this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, host David Wilson is joined by special guest Christopher Sawyer, otherwise known as the Sommelier to the Stars. Christopher is a renowned figure in the wine industry, and he’s here to talk about how wine can be enjoyed to help chase away the blues. This isn’t about catching a buzz; it’s about finding simple joys and building connections and conversations with friends, ...
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