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...

Oregon Wine Experience
Floyd Harmon, Executive Director of the Asante Foundation Host David Wilson talks with Floyd Harmon,the Executive Director of the Asante Foundation, discussing the Oregon Wine Experience, an event that showcases wines from all over the state that raises money to benefit Kid’s Health through Asante’s affiliation as a Children’s Miracle
Brent Keast, Renaissance Man Host David Wilson chats with Brent Keast, a new addition to Grape Encounters Radio, all about radio, wine and wine pairing with food. / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Artevino Bottle
Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and artist David hosts Tom Rodrigues, winemaker and renowned artist, founder of Artevino wines and Maple Creek Winery. Maple Creek Ranch and Winery was established in the spring of 2001. Tom, an artist for more than four decades, decided to leave his hectic Marin County life and
Tim Hanni, WHy You Like The WInes You Like
Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator, Wine Industry Faculty, Sonoma State University David is on with Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, someone who has been making headlines throughout his career and especially recently with his maverick ideas and opinions on wine and the industry’s inherent fallacies about wine
Grape Encounters 500th Episode
Grape Encounters Radio 500th Episode! Wow, we can hardly believe it! Keith Saarloos of Saarloos & Sons Winery David has on Keith Saarloos of Saarloos & Sons Winery in Los Olivos, CA. Keith was on the very first episode, and many more in between, and as Grape Encounters Radio has
On the anniversary of the devastating Tubbs Fire in Sonoma, David hosts Micheal O’Shea, co-owner of Amaturo Sonoma Media Group, owners of KSRO in Santa Rosa, discussing the documentary Urban Inferno, about the fires that devastated Santa Rosa in 2017. Michael’s radio station KSRO was the lifeline for many local
Thanksgiving
David on all things Thanksgiving! Turkey methods, the all-important stuffing issue, and our friend Angel, a regular at the Grape Encounters wine bar! / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Download this episode
Tom Wark, Executive Director, National Association of Wine Retailers David talks with Tom Wark, Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers, and author of the Fermentation blog, about the challenges of wine buying and shipping in the U.S., due to states’ laws. Tom explains this complicated issue in