Wine for Normal People (Podcast)
Ep 108: Vinport.com Wines Aug_Sept 201408/27/14
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...
Ep 093: What is Residual Sugar?
Residual sugar is a term that wine people love to throw around. Although you may have a vague idea of what it is, this podcast will clear it all up. We'll talk about this term, why RS exists in wine, what it can taste like, and why it all matters so...
Ep 092: Serving Wine at the Right Temperature
Temperature can help make or break a wine's flavors and aromas. In this episode we cover the right temps for certain wines and then tell you what to do to fix the temperature of a wine if you need to serve it and it's not quite right!
Ep 091: Wine Holiday Gifts and Gift Etiquette
Are you at a loss for what to get a wine lover for the holidays? Have some etiquette questions on sharing your good stuff for Festivus? Look no further, we've got fun ideas for these holidays or any gift giving occasions!
Ep 090: Thanksgiving Wines 2013
From Ros Champagne to Beaujolais-Villages, we've got a range to recommend to our American friends. Part shameless commerce division (the wines are available onhttp://vinport.com/wfnp), part food pairing bonanza we've got wines to make your TG more...
Ep 089: Terroir v. The Winemaker
After shameless plugs for our nomination for the Best Food Drink Podcast Award (such an honor to be nominated!), and a reminder about the wines I selected for you to check out and buy on Vinport.com, this week we delve into a thorny issue in the wine...
Ep 088: The Grape Miniseries: German Riesling w Expert Stuart Piggott...
This week is a continuation of Episode 87, but this time it's all about the most confusing but rewarding aspect of Riesling: German Riesling. Expert Stuart Piggott and I discuss the highest quality regions, sweetness and dryness scales, and how to...
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