Grape Encounters Episode Archives

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Episode #683 - An Exclusive Visit With the President of Italy’s Biggest Wine Association, Angelo Radica

Episode #683 – An Exclusive Visit With the President of Italy’s Biggest Wine Association, Angelo Radica

An American journalist rarely gets to sit down with the top brass of Italian winemaking like Angelo Radica. After all, Italy is the number one wine producer in the world, ...
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Episode #682 - Happiness is in Your Hands, and Living Large May be Easier Than You Think!

Episode #682 – Happiness is in Your Hands, and Living Large May be Easier Than You Think!

Americans are notorious for overworking and missing out on a plethora of simple pleasures. That’s where this edition of Grape Encounters Radio comes in! On today’s show, David heeds the ...
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Episode #681 WineLabels and Packaging... the Good, the Great, and Plenty to Hate!

Episode #681 WineLabels and Packaging… the Good, the Great, and Plenty to Hate!

Wine labels frustrate us! David Wilson, the host of Grape Encounters Radio, welcomes a longtime friend of the program, Wes Hagen. Wes is the Brand Ambassador and California Market Manager ...
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Episode #680 - Mouth-Watering Plavac Mali Wine in Croatia and Then, Finally, Back to Abruzzo!

Episode #680 – Mouth-Watering Plavac Mali Wine in Croatia and Then, Finally, Back to Abruzzo!

This week on Grape Encounters, David finally returns to his home in Abruzzo… But not before spending some time in Croatia to experience the delectable Plavac Mali red wine that ...
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Episode #679 - Greg Graziano, The Godfather of US-Grown Italian Vino, Will Make You Wines You Can’t Refuse

Episode #679 – Greg Graziano, The Godfather of US-Grown Italian Vino, Will Make You Wines You Can’t Refuse

In this episode of Grape Encounters, we are joined by renowned California winemaker Greg Graziano. Greg is famous for producing world-class Italian varietals in the idyllic Mendocino County wine region ...
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Episode #678 - An Uncanny Russian Visitor Plus Lots of Tricks to Make Your Wine Taste Better!

Episode #678 – An Uncanny Russian Visitor Plus Lots of Tricks to Make Your Wine Taste Better!

Make your wine taste better? That and more! This week’s installment of Grape Encounters Radio will touch on several super interesting topics. You might find the show’s first segment particularly ...
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Episode #677 - How Red, White, and Pink Can Help Us Overcome the Blues with Christopher Sawyer

Episode #677 – How Red, White, and Pink Can Help Us Overcome the Blues with Christopher Sawyer

Can wine chase the blues away? On this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, host David Wilson is joined by special guest Christopher Sawyer, otherwise known as the Sommelier to the ...
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Episode #676 - What Pairs With the Greatest One-Hit-Wonder of All Time? Norman “Spirit in the Sky” Greenbaum Finds Out!

Episode #676 – What Pairs With the Greatest One-Hit-Wonder of All Time? Norman “Spirit in the Sky” Greenbaum Finds Out!

This installment of Grape Encounters Radio, hosted by David Wilson, features legendary musical guest Norman Greenbaum. While the name Norman Greenbaum may not be familiar to everyone, he is arguably ...
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Episode #675 - This Rockstar Sommelier gives his 411 on the San Diego County Wine Scene!

Episode #675 – This Rockstar Sommelier gives his 411 on the San Diego County Wine Scene!

Christopher Sawyer is one of a kind. In wine circles, he’s known as the “Sommelier to the Stars” because he spends much of his time helping A-List celebrities and captains ...
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Episode #674 - From Sellers to Buyers to Buyers With Cellars;  Benchmark and the Rare Wine

Episode #674 – From Sellers to Buyers to Buyers With Cellars; Benchmark and the Rare Wine

We’ve been talking about Benchmark Wine Group for a few years now and, now that Covid is largely behind us, we couldn’t wait to get up to Napa, California to ...
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Episode #673 - Torrey Pines & San Diego Wines; Featuring Pali and San Pasquale!

Episode #673 – Torrey Pines & San Diego Wines; Featuring Pali and San Pasquale!

When the California Wine Institute asked us if we’d like to have a first-hand experience of the relationship between wine tasting and state and national parks, we said, “Heck yeah!” ...
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Episode #672 - Second Labels and Wine Country Travel Secrets That Will Save You Tons!

Episode #672 – Second Labels and Wine Country Travel Secrets That Will Save You Tons!

Today’s show is all about saving money on wine and wine country travel. We’re going to look at how to enjoy your wine lifestyle without having to dip deeply into ...
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