June 16, 2024

Episode #589 – Wine Genealogy: The Family Trees of Our Favorite Vines!

Talking wine genealogy… Boy, do we ever take grapes for granted. We know that there are a zillion different varietals out there and no limit to the choices of wine that they produce. It wasn’t always that way however. As a matter of fact, we know that 700 years ago, early botanists (they probably weren’t called that) were creating hybrids that would produce some of our favorite wines today.

Wes Hagen
Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher

When it comes to making the technical stuff easy to understand, David frequently calls upon the very studious Wes Hagen. After all, Wes has an unimaginably deep knowledge of wine history, and he’s also been a highly respected educator and author for his entire adult life. Oh, and he makes even the most difficult topics easy to understand.

Join us as we look at where some of our very favorite wines came from; genetically-speaking that is. You might be surprised at how intertwined popular varietals really are.

This episode of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More! With the holidays coming up fast, it’s time to get your wine game in high gear. After all, there are few holidays that beckon us to get creative with pairing more than Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sure, it can be daunting, but that’s why it’s so fun to let the experts at Total Wine & More bounce some ideas your way. However, if you’d prefer to enjoy a home shopping socially-distanced experience, explore the amazing wines, beer and spirits online at TotalWine.com. You can do all your shopping from home and take advantage of our first class curbside pickup at your local Total Wine & More store.

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