Wine for Normal People (Podcast)
Ep 115: Long Island Wines12/11/14
Following the journey back to my homeland, we discuss the amazing wines of Long Island and how far they've come. We'll give you the lowdown from climate, to vintage, to the best wineries of the area...and yes, we name names.
Ep 114: Old v New Guard Wine Lists
After recording the podcast, we had to add a disclaimer because we realized that this was a little insider-y for most people, but we still decided to launch this because there is a big debate raging in the wine world about what grapes and wines should...
Ep 113 European Wine Classification Systems
All wine from Europe falls under a classified category. From DOCG to Pradikat to AOP, this week we cover what these categories mean and why they're important. And we give you the best news of all: it's not as hard as you may think and it can help you...
Ep 111: The Southern Rhone
This week we talk about a wine bucket list experience at Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida (US), answer a listener question on decanting, and then tackle southern Rhone. We focus on the better regions of the area and tell you the secrets to drinking...
Ep 110: How to Tell if a Wine Can Age
Using M.C. Ice's experience and his "lightbulb" moment in learning about a wine's potential to age, we discuss a recent tasting of a high end Bordeaux wine and how he was able to identify that this wine was a diamond in the rough (and it's not just...
Ep 109: The August 2014 Napa Earthquake, A Firsthand Account
This week I interview a close friend who happens to be the GM of a few wineries in Napa, the Dentist (he will be on again and if we want his candor, we need to disguise his identity!). He lives and works in Napa and he goes into detail about what the...
Ep 108: Vinport.com Wines Aug_Sept 2014
In this podcast we review the sixselections on the vinport.com/wfnppage. As M.C. Ice says -- these selections just keep getting better. This is an amazing batch and one you'll want to hear about, even if you don't live in a state where you can get...
Ep 107: The Northern Rhône
This week we cover a bit about the Rhne Valley and then discuss specifics of the 8 communes of the Northern Rhne and what they have to offer. From north to south, the communes are: 1. Cte Rotie 2. Condrieu 3. Chteau Grillet 4. St. Joseph 5....
Ep 106: Tour de France Wine Coverage 2014
You don't have to watch the Tour to love this podcast. We use the route of the Tour to cover the wine regions that the 2014 Tour de France pedaled through -- from the UK to Champagne to Languedoc and Southwest France. We provide snippets of info on...
Ep 105: New Zealand with George Geris Pt II
This week we continue our interview (see Ep 104 for Part 1) with George Geris from Villa Maria Winery in New Zealand. We cover, diurnals, screw caps, Australia, New Zealand's marketing conundrum, and then M.C. Ice asserts his Fabio-sity (listen and...
Ep 104: New Zealand with Winemaker George Geris Pt 1
I had the opportunity to ask great questions of George Geris, winemaker for the large New Zealand winery, Villa Maria. He has been all over the world learning his craft but has been a winemaker in New Zealand for 17 years, making Sauvignon Blanc and...
Ep 103: Marketing Wine to Women
This week Rick makes a comeback! We get a little industry insider-y, discussing the irritating practices and dumbed down way wine is marketed to women and, specifically, to moms. I have to admit, this holds a special place for me since I was a wine...
Ep 102: Wines of Piedmont, Italy
We return from our baby and massive home renovation hiatus with a hugely important region in the wine world -- Piedmont, Italy.We cover the major reds and whites, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Gavi, and Moscato. This should...
Ep 101: A Few Wine Book Reviews
This week we discuss three recently published books by noted wine authors. We talk about the basic premise of each book and then give our take on whether or not they're worth reading in our opinions. The three books are: "How to Love Wine: A Memoir...
Ep 100: Wine for Normal People Gets Personal
For our 100th episode we share some details about us -- both personal and wine-related. From talking about our childhood experiences with wine to M.C. Ice's passion and how he used to mow the lawn to my revelation of a type of wine I really hate and a...
Ep 099: What is Tannin?
You may think you know everything you need to know about tannin but in what could be our dorkiest podcast yet, we share a bunch of nerdy facts about tannin. And the show outline: What are tannins? They're the stuff that makes your mouth feel dry or...
Ep 098: Listener Q&A/ Grammar Girl
After a few great questions from listeners, we have a celebrity guest: Grammar Girl, the best selling author, award-winning podcaster, and brain behind Quickanddirtytips.com. She answers dorky questions about wine grammar in her fun, brilliant style!...
Ep 096: The Difference Between Cheap & Expensive Wine
Based on a blog post I wrote on the same subject, in this episode we talk abut the three important things that distinguish cheap plonk from well made wine. Here are a few links of stuff we mention on the show: 1. Tugboat Yards to support us or sign up...
Ep 095: Australia Overview
In honor of Australia Day, this week's podcast is on the Land Down Under. From climate, to grapes, to regions, and a precautionary marketing tale, we give a high level overview of the basics of the oldest, driest inhabited continent that makes some...
Ep 094: Vino Veritas Movie -- Interview with Director Sarah Knight
A little out of the ordinary for us, this week we have a short interview with filmmaker Sarah Knight, who directed Vino Veritas, a dark comedy in which wine features prominently. The movie stars Carrie Preston (Emmy winner - CBS's The Good Wife, HBO's...
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