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...

With America’s First Master of Wine, Tim Hanni. It’s something that baffles a great number of wine lovers. Why is one bottle of wine $10 while another is $100?  Can there really be that much difference in quality to justify the price?  Well, the truth is, wine prices make a
Okay, we probably should keep you wondering what the title of this episode is all about, but we’re spoilers at heart here at Grape Encounters. On today’s show, David connects with Stuart Spencer, COO of Wines That Rock. We’re all familiar with the multitude of wine bottles with catchy labels
Who doesn’t love Summer, right? Well, if your wine could talk, it would definitely express its disdain for high temperatures. In fact, heat is the thing that wine hates the most, apart from too much oxygen. It’s hard to imagine just how many dollars worth of wine are completely ruined
It’s been another very busy week in the glorious world of wine.  Accordingly, host David Wilson takes a detailed look at the latest wine news.  Among the stories unpacked on this week’s show is somewhat startling study by the folks at Neilsen about consumer trends relating to alcohol consumption.  Surprisingly,
From choosing the wrong wine club to failing to preserve wine properly, David looks at some of the most common wine mistakes that enthusiasts often make and how to avoid them. Have you quit as many wine clubs as you’ve joined? That could be because you’re signing up for the
Canned wine
A few weeks back, David interviewed Allan Green, the founder and Executive Director of the International Canned Wine Competition which is a first of its kind being held in Boonville, California. Since that initial interview, there have been a plethora of stories out about the subject and it appears we
Pure Fun Plus Some Serious Ranting! David’s announcer Brentanamo (a winemaker himself) joins in on the conversation as David vents his disgust for all of the crazy names that wine critics love to give themselves.  You know, there’s just a whole lot of people out there calling themselves the grand
Wine trends with Wes Hagen
It’s never a dull moment when Wes Hagen, one of David’s best buddies in the wine business joins the conversation to talk about the real truths related to wine. In this episode, David and Wes, who is renowned in the wine business and also the winemaker for J. Wilkes in