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Join us for a completely different, irreverent and refreshing perspective on wine.

Join us for a completely different, irreverent and refreshing perspective on wine.

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Atascadero, CA

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Radio America

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Join us for a completely different, irreverent and refreshing perspective on wine.

Language:

English

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Episodes

Episode #675 – This Rockstar Sommelier gives his 411 on the San Diego County Wine Scene!

6/21/2022
Christopher Sawyer is one of a kind. In wine circles, he’s known as the “Sommelier to the Stars” because he spends much of his time helping A-List celebrities and captains of industry stock their wine cellars and plan their elite soirées. We recently caught up with Christopher on his native soil at the Sonoma, California Food and Wine Festival. Well, actually, we only caught up with him for a short while because trying to get him to sit still for even a few minutes at a major wine event on...

Duration:00:42:41

Episode #674 – From Sellers to Buyers to Buyers With Cellars; Benchmark and the Rare Wine

6/14/2022
We’ve been talking about Benchmark Wine Group for a few years now and, now that Covid is largely behind us, we couldn’t wait to get up to Napa, California to check the company out in person with its founder David Parker. Benchmark is the world’s most acclaimed buyer and seller of rare and elite wines. We were given a tour of their Napa Valley facility and it would be an understatement to say it absolutely boggles the mind. Meticulously cataloged and organized, the most legendary wines in...

Duration:00:42:43

Episode #673 – Torrey Pines & San Diego Wines; Featuring Pali and San Pasquale!

6/8/2022
When the California Wine Institute asked us if we’d like to have a first-hand experience of the relationship between wine tasting and state and national parks, we said, “Heck yeah!” But then, after giving it some thought, we got to wondering just exactly what that really meant. Well, it turns out that there are a lot more wineries and wine regions adjacent to state and national parks than we ever realized. After scoping out several possibilities, we found a great opportunity in San Diego...

Duration:00:42:42

Episode #672 – Second Labels and Wine Country Travel Secrets That Will Save You Tons!

6/6/2022
Today's show is all about saving money on wine and wine country travel. We're going to look at how to enjoy your wine lifestyle without having to dip deeply into your savings account. We'll tackle this subject from two fronts. First, we'll look at one of the best-kept secrets in the wine industry. We're talking about Second Label wines. These are wines that are produced by some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the world but bottled under names that differ from their better-known brothers...

Duration:00:42:43

Episode #671 – Wine Treasures: Behind Vault Doors to the Great Outdoors

6/1/2022
From million-dollar wine Cellars to Grape Encounters in California State Parks, today's show is aptly titled "Behind Vault Doors to the Great Outdoors. Joining us on the show are two very fun-loving fellows. In the first half of the show, David is joined by one of his best friends in the world. His name is John and his last name will have to remain a mystery at his request. That's because he'll be talking about the family's extraordinary wine cellar which is located deep in the bowels of the...

Duration:00:42:42

Episode #670 – The 27 and Me of the Wine Family Tree

5/27/2022
You can study wine until you’re blue in the face but, the simple truth is, the more we think we know about wine, the more we realize how little we actually do. Take wine heritage for example. Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the love child of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc? As a matter of fact, it wasn’t that long ago in the grand scheme of things that Cabernet Sauvignon didn’t even exist. Now it’s the most popular and revered red wine on the planet. Today, David and his favorite...

Duration:00:42:44

Episode #669 – Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 3 of 3; The Big Reveal

5/17/2022
In recent weeks, we wandered into a discussion about something that is completely changing the way we think of wine, including how we taste it and draw conclusions that are hopefully more accurate than ever before. In this three-part series, Grape Encounters will focus on the remarkable work being done by Tastry Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, California. What Tastry is doing is nothing short of remarkable. Tastry scientists have taught computers how to taste wine using artificial...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #668 – Artificial Intelligence and Wine, Part 2 of 3; in the Laboratory

5/6/2022
In recent weeks, we wandered into a discussion about something that is completely changing the way we think of wine, including how we taste it and draw conclusions that are hopefully more accurate than ever before. In this three-part series, Grape Encounters will focus on the remarkable work being done by Tastry Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, California. What Tastry is doing is nothing short of remarkable. Tastry scientists have taught computers how to taste wine using artificial...

Duration:00:42:43

Episode #667 – How AI is Improving Our Taste in Wine

4/30/2022
In recent weeks, we wandered into a discussion about something that is completely changing the way we think of wine, including how we taste it and draw conclusions that are hopefully more accurate than ever before. In this three-part series, Grape Encounters will focus on the remarkable work being done by Tastry Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, California. What Tastry is doing is nothing short of remarkable. Tastry scientists have taught computers how to taste wine using artificial...

Duration:00:42:43

Episode #666 – What’s Changing More, Us or the Wine?

4/23/2022
On our last episode of Grape Encounters Radio we talked about how much wine has changed over the years, but we also suggested that many things seem to always remain the same. In this edition of Grape Encounters Radio, we pose the question, “What is changing more, the wine, or the wine consumer? It’s an interesting question worth pondering for more than just a fleeting moment and, hopefully, this discussion will lead you to a chicken versus the egg line of reasoning… Is the wine changing us...

Duration:00:42:44

Episode #665 – In Wine There is Truth, and Much More!

4/19/2022
In wine there is truth, or "In Vito Veritas." Never tell secrets while drinking wine. After all, wine is probably the most powerful truth serum in the world. Wine likely stimulates more discussions than anything else, and so, not surprisingly, this episode of Grape Encounters not only tackles this truism but also wanders down several different pathways to recollect some very interesting Grape ENcounters history as well as some thoughts on subjects as off-the-wall as pairing wine and coffee....

Duration:00:42:44

Episode #664 – The TRUE Most Popular Wines and How They Unite Us.

4/12/2022
There is no shortage of lists that profess to tell us which wines are most popular. You can base that opinion on sales or any number of other factors but, when it comes right down to it, it’s all pretty subjective and far be it from your host David Wilson to refrain from weighing in with his opinion. For the purpose of this discussion, David compares his list of favorites to a list published by the esteemed London Wine Competition. So how do David’s choices stack up to those of the Brits?...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #663 – Allison Jordan is the Queen of Wine Sustainability and Guide to April Celebrations!

4/4/2022
She’s a Grape Encounters fave for good reason. Allison Jordan is the Queen of grape sustainability. Allison Jordan of the Wine Institute is easily one of most pleasant and entertaining wine experts in the country. But beyond that, she also is able to break down the subject of sustainability as it pertains to the gigantic California wine industry, in a fascinating and understandable way without dumbing things down. As is the case with any of her appearances on Grape Encounters, David never...

Duration:00:42:40

Episode #662 – Katerina Axellson’s Computer Has Perfect Taste in Wine!

3/28/2022
Life on planet earth has come to the point where nothing really surprises us anymore; especially in the realm of artificial intelligence. These days, we can bring a celebrity who has passed back to life on stage or predict with stunning accuracy events that haven’t happened yet. So, maybe we shouldn't be surprised to learn that a California wine country-based company called Tastry has developed a way to use artificial intelligence to taste and evaluate wine so that consumers can purchase...

Duration:00:42:41

Episode #661 – Classical & Wine Make Bubbly Divine! Plus, Hammond B3, Red Wine and Me!

3/21/2022
For many years, David has been fascinated by the connection between wine enjoyment and music. For about the last 20 years, it seems like there's a new study every year that further supports the idea that drinking certain wine while listening to certain music will give you a much better experience. You just need to know the tricks of the trade. In this installment of Grape Encounters Radio, David shares two important new revelations. The first is about the relationship between sparkling wine...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #660 – What You Need to Know About 2022 Wine Travel

3/15/2022
We could not have imagined that wine travel would be a sensitive subject in 2022, but it definitely is. After two years of being under a sort of house arrest thanks to Covid, the world is opening its door to travel once again and the pent-up desire to get out and explore the world has reached the boiling point, but world events are changing everything. That is to say if Europe is on your bucket list. The tragic war in Ukraine is a huge factor where European travel is concerned, and it will...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #659 – Can Wine Reunite Our Nation? Featuring Christopher Sawyer, Somm to the Stars!

3/8/2022
With a horrific war raging in Ukraine, it is difficult to find much to be happy about, which is a really good reason to invite one of the world’s most optimistic people in the wine industry and the world at large to be on the show. Best known as the “Sommelier to the Stars,” Christopher Sawyer and David are always kicking around novel ideas and philosophies. That being said, a few days before the show, something dawns on David and he’s chomping at the bit to get with Christopher and see if...

Duration:00:42:40

Episode #658 – Adventures! Amphoras! Abruzzo!

2/28/2022
Marino Cardelli is an Italian Level 3 Somm and owner of Experience Bela Vita; a full immersion food, wine, and cultural tour company. Piero Pavone is the founder of Vinum Hadrianum Winery, an ancient architecture preservationist, AND the person who inspired David’s decision to bring Grape Encounters to Europe for the foreseeable future. Just before going on the air, David was summoned to the plaza steps away from his temporary studio. What awaited him was a spontaneously welcoming committee...

Duration:00:42:40

Episode #657 – From Bad Company to Gourmet Experiences That are Must-See!

2/22/2022
Paul Cullen has been a great friend to our show for many years now. You've probably heard him talk about how he was introduced to wine by a founding member of the legendary rock 'n' roll band, Bad Company. It only took a sip or two to plant the seed that eventually grew into one of the most unusual food and wine experiences imaginable. From Bad Company to gourmet experiences that are must-see, Bad Company's former bass player is constantly inventing food and wine experiences to suit the...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #656 – Our Very First News Segment From Our Italian Studio!

2/16/2022
Welcome to our very first news segment from Italy which required David to pull off a TOTAL LIFE MAKEOVER in about 30 days. House sold. The wine bar sold. Car sold. Most possessions were sold. The remaining possessions were put into an oceangoing shipping container. Then, David shares a new take on wine bottle recycling, wine additives, and perhaps some unusually good news about global warming. There's a little of everything in this first show from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Perhaps we...

Duration:00:42:45