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Episode #656 - Our Very First News Segment From Our Italian Studio!
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Episode #656 – Our Very First News Segment From Our Italian Studio!

Welcome to our very first news segment from Italy which required David to pull off a TOTAL LIFE MAKEOVER in about 30 days. House sold. The wine bar sold. Car sold. Most possessions were sold. The remaining possessions were put into an oceangoing shipping container. Then, David shares a new take on wine bottle recycling, wine additives, and perhaps some unusually good news about global warming. There’s a little of everything in this first show ...
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Episode #655 - The Wait for Normal is Almost Over; Wine World News With Wes Hagen
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Episode #655 – The Wait for Normal is Almost Over; Wine World News With Wes Hagen

Wes Hagen joins David to share the latest wine world news, including a critical bottle shortage, incentives by wineries to attract tasting room visitors, and David’s announcement of his reconnaissance mission to Italy. All that, plus the surprising news about who is REALLY drinking French wines these days. You might be surprised! All this and much more! It’s wine world news with a twist of humor. Just a quick note of interest: Wes Hagen is ...
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Episode #654 - Oh No! Where's All the Merlot?
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Episode #654 – Oh No! Where’s All the Merlot?

Poor Merlot. It just can’t seem to catch a break! It’s one of your host’s downright favorite varietals, and he proudly extols its virtues despite the fact that it has been so badly maligned by much of the wine community for what seems like an eternity. Many say that the movie Sideways was responsible for dealing Merlot its most devastating blow. David says, not so fast. He contends the movie opened the Pinot Noir floodgates… ...
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Episode #653 - Senior Editor MaryAnn Worobiec presents Wine Spectator’s all new “10 Best Wine Values” list!
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Episode #653 – Senior Editor MaryAnn Worobiec presents Wine Spectator’s all new “10 Best Wine Values” list!

Nothing is more rewarding than listening to a guest who causes you to literally change the way you see things. MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator for more than two and a half decades. She is one of the prestigious magazine’s senior editors and is also the Bureau Chief for the iconic, legendary Napa Valley. Now that’s one heck of a beat! This is MaryAnn’s second visit to Grape Encounters and, once again, she ...
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EPISODE #652 - CANTINA CENTORAME IS A WONDERLAND OF WINE
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EPISODE #652 – CANTINA CENTORAME IS A WONDERLAND OF WINE

What a day and what a time we had with Lamberto Vannucci. Even though there were significant communication challenges, we understood each other perfectly! Rarely do you ever sample a line-up of wine as consistently excellent as Lamberto’s! This was a huge “wow,” and we haven’t even mentioned Lamberto’s home-crafted Parmesan Cheese which was literally to die for. Lamberto loaded us into his 4×4 and took us on a whirlwind tour of both his stunning ...
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Episode 651 - Sharing a Life-Changing Reveal With the Wisest Wine Guy We Know!
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Episode 651 – Sharing a Life-Changing Reveal With the Wisest Wine Guy We Know!

Is it David’s craziest idea of all time, or is it a stroke of genius? On this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, David is joined by the wisest wine person he knows to announce the biggest decision he’s ever made in his life. Wine Expert Wes Hagen has been hanging with David since the very start of Grape Encounters, and so it’s fitting that David has invited Wes to take part in the great reveal ...
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Episode #650 - Outside Influences Can Spoil Your Food & Wine Fun!
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Episode #650 – Outside Influences Can Spoil Your Food & Wine Fun!

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 you and your wine drinking ...
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