Wine for Normal People (Podcast)
Ep 123: Wine and Chinese Food02/21/15
It's the Chinese New Year so it's time for a pairing podcast! M.C. Ice is fascinated that you can successfully pair wine with Chinese cuisine, but after serious experimentation I made a believer of him. A few key notes: 1. Slightly sweet Riesling and...
Ep 122: Spain's Best Red Wine Values
You asked for it and we delivered! Per the request of many listeners, we revisit Spain in this episode. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you don't have to look hard to find values from Spain. But beyond Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where...
Ep 121: Aging Wine Revisited
It's Groundhog Day in the US, which means, according to the namessake movie, we get a do-over! So we re-do the episode on aging -- we discuss what to hold, why, and the history behind it. We talk about ideal storage conditions why we don't cellar...
Ep 120: Wines of Margaret River Australia
For Australia Day, we revisit this amazing continent and one of its finest wine gems -- Margaret River. As Australia emerges from its post-critter wine era, the country is in need of a reset. If ever there was a region torejiggerpeople's perception of...
Ep 119: The Grape Miniseries -- Cabernet Franc
After some thanks and two awesome listener questions, we take up Cabernet Franc, the parent of someof the delicious red grapes you know! From interesting, unexpected origins, to how it spread through France, we cover the early life story of this...
Ep 118: ACORN Winery of Sonoma California
I had the honor of talking with Bill and Betsy Nachbaur of ACORN Winery in Sonoma. From Sonoma history, to grape leaf shape, canopy management, barrel toast, and their specialty -- field blends -- you will learn so much from this podcast. I know I...
Ep 117: New Year's Tips and Resolutions for 2015
For this final mini episode of 2014, I'm solo! M.C. Ice has the flu and can't record so I bring you three tips for New Year's Eve: 1. Drink from "fine" to "poor", i.e., don't drink the best stuff last! 2. Don't bring great stuff to a party or dinner...
Ep 116: Winter Wines
Although we love getting super dorky, sometimes we like to do a super practical podcast that you can take with you to the wine shop! High alcohol naysayers be contradicted! If it's cold outside, you WANT high alcohol wines. So that's the kinds of...
Ep 115: Long Island Wines
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...
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