Grape Encounters Episode Archives

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Ep. 49 A - The Wines of Summer. Why Not Host a No-Beer BBQ!

Ep. 49 A – The Wines of Summer. Why Not Host a No-Beer BBQ!

David and winemaker/judge Wes Hagen offer up a cellar full of hot tips on cool wines for warm summer days. Then, a visit with Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Kady ...
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Ep. 49 B - Make Your Own Wine!

Ep. 49 B – Make Your Own Wine!

Tristan Johnson of MoreWinemaking.com tells you everything you need to know to make wine in your basement or garage. If you ever dreamed of making your own wine, you don’t ...
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Ep. 48 - Groundbreaking Winemakers: Somebody Had to be First. An Intimate Discussion With Central Coast Wine Icons Brooks Firestone and Stephen Pepe

Ep. 48 – Groundbreaking Winemakers: Somebody Had to be First. An Intimate Discussion With Central Coast Wine Icons Brooks Firestone and Stephen Pepe

Brooks Firestone is nothing less than a legend in the Central Coast winemaking region. Stephen Pepe was part of the group that established the Santa Rita Hills AVA – widely ...
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Ep. 47 - 8 Things You Can Do to Improve the Taste of Your Wine (that have nothing to do with what's inside the bottle!)

Ep. 47 – 8 Things You Can Do to Improve the Taste of Your Wine (that have nothing to do with what’s inside the bottle!)

Enjoying wine is not all about what’s inside the bottle. There are many things that influence a wine drinker’s perception of quality and taste. Join host David Wilson and wine ...
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Ep. 46 B - It's All About Romance! Are Wine and Food Aphrodisiacs?

Ep. 46 B – It’s All About Romance! Are Wine and Food Aphrodisiacs?

David visits with Amy Reiley, author of The Love Diet, then has a virtual wine tasting with Clive Pursehouse of the Oregon Wine Blog to determine if screw caps are ...
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Ep. 46 A - Making Wine... Dozens of Vintners at a Time, and Making Friends at Chef Shelly's

Ep. 46 A – Making Wine… Dozens of Vintners at a Time, and Making Friends at Chef Shelly’s

Grape Encounters returns to the Terravant Wine Company to learn more about this awesome new winemaking venture, then we take our microphones to Chef Shelly’s raucous barbecue extravaganza. [haiku url=”https://grapeencounters.com/media/2010-06-11_ge46_a_pod_chefshelly.mp3″ ...
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Ep. 45 - From Perfect Pinots to Pretentious Lawn Parties

Ep. 45 – From Perfect Pinots to Pretentious Lawn Parties

David has a spirited conversation with renowned (and delightful) winemaker Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars. She shares her philosophies and gives listeners a sneak peek at upcoming Fiddlefest. Later, David ...
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Ep. 44 - Yes! You Can Become a Winemaker! Learn How and Start Now!

Ep. 44 – Yes! You Can Become a Winemaker! Learn How and Start Now!

Show host David Wilson and his guest, acclaimed winemaker and author Wes Hagen explain how you can make your own wines without planting a vineyard, or building a winery. (And ...
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Ep. 43 - Wines Inspired by Art, Mermaid Sightings and Sealed Lips

Ep. 43 – Wines Inspired by Art, Mermaid Sightings and Sealed Lips

Show host David Wilson attends the Grand Opening party of Artiste Wines in Los Olivos, CA with microphone in hand. This lavish party featured renowned artists whose works appear on ...
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Ep. 42 - The Bitter Aftertaste of Wine Metaphors

Ep. 42 – The Bitter Aftertaste of Wine Metaphors

David takes issue with wine descriptions that leave consumers scratching their heads in bewilderment. David calls upon reknowned wine-maker and judge Wes Hagen to translate the verbosity and point listeners ...
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Wine Metaphors Gone Terribly Wrong!

Wine Metaphors Gone Terribly Wrong!

"This is a street-walker of a wine, making up for its lack of class and refinement with its well-rounded, sexually-charged assets." ...
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Ep. 41 - Too Bad to Drink, Too Good to Throw Away and Other Tidbits

Ep. 41 – Too Bad to Drink, Too Good to Throw Away and Other Tidbits

This week, David responds to listener comments, then David tries every which way to get our resident wine philosopher Keith Saarloos to divulge his top-secret whereabouts. Finally, the immensely popular ...
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