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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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Episode #649 - ENCORE!  Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!
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Episode #649 – ENCORE! Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!

This week’s show is an instant Grape Encounters Top Ten. That’s not hyperbole. With a library of 649 shows spanning 14 years of broadcasting, choosing the best of the very best should be a daunting task, but on extraordinarily rare occasions, an interview comes along that is simply priceless; Priceless because the guest is incredibly difficult to get an audience with… Priceless because the guest is a household name… Priceless because the guest is oozing ...
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Episode #648 - San Lorenzo and Ausonia:  The Broad Range of Fine Italian Wine
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Episode #648 – San Lorenzo and Ausonia: The Broad Range of Fine Italian Wine

Today, you’ll meet the owners of two wineries in the Abruzzo region of Italy. They have everything in common in terms of quality, but are as different as night and day when it comes to size. Cantina San Lorenzo is a formidable force in Italian winemaking. At the helm is Gianluca Galasso; Owner and CEO. The history of San Lorenzo Vini begins in 1890 when Gianluca’s ancestors chose to plant the first cuttings on the ...
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