Total Wine Sponsors Grape Encounters

Grape Encounters Radio, the leading nationwide wine-radio and podcasting network, proudly announces the beginning of a sponsorship agreement with the nation’s largest retailer of fine wine, Total Wine & More. David Wilson, creator and CEO of Grape Encounter Radio announced this agreement from his studios in the middle of the California Central Coast Wine Country. Beginning this month, Total Wine & More will team up with Grape Encounters and its other affiliated programs as the...

“Wine Lover’s Remorse” Be Gone!

I’d like to share with you 8 things that have the potential to significantly improve your wine drinking experience and that of your wine-drinking guests.  I’m sharing this information because it happens to the best of us…  Let’s call it: “WINE LOVER’S REMORSE.” It’s when pricey bottles of wine purchased at the winery just don’t seem as exciting as they were when you were standing in the tasting room talking about terroir, vintages and varietals....

Yes! It’s OK to Tinker with Your Wine!

By David Wilson Nearly two decades ago, I had a life-changing wine experience. I was on the Island of St. Martin in the Caribbean with a group travelers who were enjoying an incentive trip hosted by an LA radio station.  Several members of our group were partying around the pool on a picture-perfect night.  Most of us were drinking wine and, because it was a middle-of-the-road resort, the wines were marginal at best.  After all,...

That Wine Whiff is Worthless!

The server opens the bottle and hands the cork to someone at the table.  The recipient sniffs the cork and gives a tumbs up!  How to look silly without really trying, after this! It’s kind of like what you might do if you were suddenly face to face with the Pope… Do you bow?  Curtsey? Oh, I know, kiss his ring.  It’s fun to observe someone who has just been handed a cork that’s been...

Wine Metaphors Gone Terribly Wrong!

A metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity. I love metaphors and spit them out much the way Linda Blair spewed pea soup in the Exorcist.  In my book, a metaphor is great when it helps you to understand what something is like by comparing it to something completely different.  Here are...

Quality WIne Barrels Feature
David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo Grande, CA. While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources.
Michael Mondavi
This may be the single most mesmerizing episode of Grape Encounters Radio ever, and we think you will probably agree with us. This week, in a reprise from 2017, Grape Encounters Host David Wilson takes you to the home of legendary winemaker Michael Mondavi, co-founder of the world’s most recognizable
David talks with Brittany Hahn of San Diego, about wine cellars, wine collecting and all sorts of things. Her Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty real estate company, along with her partner Anna Houssels, Houssels Hahn, is located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Brittany has extensive experience in the wine industry, her
David talks with Sarahanne Driggs, Event Coordinator & Marketing Director of The Oregon Wine Experience, a multi-day event featuring the full breadth and depth Oregon wines, amazing culinary creations and everything that makes Oregon unique. The 2019 event is August 19-25, 2019, in lovely Jacksonville, Oregon. Last year they had
LaZarre WInes
Winemaker Adam LaZarre David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife
LaZarre WInes
Winemaker Adam LaZarre David talks with Winemaker Adam LaZarre, who has a long and storied career in the wine industry. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but in addition to the wines he has made for many large brands (Rex Goliath, Cycles Gladiator, Hahn Estates, he and his wife
Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder David talks about Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and Board, about Catena Wines and her family’s play… It all began with the label. “For most wineries, labels are just marketing tools designed to
Kevin Lund, Author David talks with Kevin Lund, author of the book Conversation Marketing, How to Be Relevant and Engage Your Customer by Talking Human, about the language of wine marketing and selling directly to consumers. Each of us sees more than 5,000 marketing messages every day. In such a