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Episode #668 - Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 2 of 3; in the Laboratory
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Episode #668 – Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 2 of 3; in the Laboratory

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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Episode #667 - How AI is Improving Our Taste in Wine
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Episode #667 – How AI is Improving Our Taste in Wine

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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Episode #666 - What’s Changing More, Us or the Wine?
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Episode #666 – What’s Changing More, Us or the Wine?

On our last episode of Grape Encounters Radio we talked about how much wine has changed over the years, but we also suggested that many things seem to always remain the same. In this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, we pose the question, “What is changing more, the wine, or the wine consumer? It’s an interesting question worth pondering for more than just a fleeting moment and, hopefully, this discussion will lead you to a ...
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Episode #665 - In Wine There is Truth, and Much More!
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Episode #665 – In Wine There is Truth, and Much More!

In wine there is truth, or “In Vito Veritas.” Never tell secrets while drinking wine. After all, wine is probably the most powerful truth serum in the world. Wine likely stimulates more discussions than anything else, and so, not surprisingly, this episode of Grape Encounters not only tackles this truism but also wanders down several different pathways to recollect some very interesting Grape ENcounters history as well as some thoughts on subjects as off-the-wall as ...
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Episode #664 - The TRUE Most Popular Wines and How They Unite Us.
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Episode #664 – The TRUE Most Popular Wines and How They Unite Us.

There is no shortage of lists that profess to tell us which wines are most popular. You can base that opinion on sales or any number of other factors but, when it comes right down to it, it’s all pretty subjective and far be it from your host David Wilson to refrain from weighing in with his opinion. For the purpose of this discussion, David compares his list of favorites to a list published by ...
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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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