September 21, 2023

Episode 224 – Mr. Wilson Goes to Washington… DC!

ep224art-in1Host David Wilson takes you on a very special journey this week as the Grape Encounters microphones travel to the Nation’s Capital and a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour and conversation at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit on food and wine at the National Museum of American History.

ep224_paulajohnsonPaula Johnson is the curator of the ‘Food: Transforming the American Table 1950 to 2000’ exhibit, which includes artifacts like the award-winning bottle of Michael Grgich’s Chardonnay from the legendary 1976 Judgment of Paris competition. She takes you through more than a half-decade of wine history in the U.S. Paula and David also discuss the booming Virginia winemaking scene.


What gadgets might the Smithsonian consider including in its wine exhibit? That’s a question for our guru of such things. Matt Dubow of has a few solid suggestions! Plus, Sara Schneider, wine editor at Sunset magazine, takes five to talk about the evolution of Chenin Blanc.

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