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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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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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