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A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. Our goal is to share our observations and make wine easy, accessible, and interesting to people who like it.

A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. Our goal is to share our observations and make wine easy, accessible, and interesting to people who like it.
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A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. Our goal is to share our observations and make wine easy, accessible, and interesting to people who like it.




Ep 208: Thanksgiving Wine Ideas 2017 (from our FB Live)

Our 2017 version of the U.S Thanksgiving podcast was actually done via Facebook live, but we recorded it & edited it down for replay. We tried to limit the options to give you a few wine options, rather than a million! Enjoy! We are thankful for you! Some of the wines we recommend: Whites: Off-dry Riesling, off-dry Vouvray/Chenin Blanc, Alsace Riesling, Viognier, Rhône, Torrontés Reds: Cru Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, fruity Zinfandel, Merlot, Right Bank (Merlot-based) Bordeaux, New...

Duration: 00:37:41

Ep 207: Umbria, Italy with Jacopo Cossater, Italian Wine Writer

This week we are honored to have as our guest Jacopo Cossater, wine writer for the biggest wine blog in Italy, Intravino, on the show to discuss the Italian wine region he calls home: Umbria. Umbria is the 4th smallest wine producing region of Italy, but its wines are exquisite and unlike anything else you'll ever have. Here are the show notes: 1. First we discuss where Umbria is and what it is: 2. We talk about the wines: Orvieto Orvieto DOC: Orvieto Classico DOCLago di Corbara...

Duration: 00:57:28

Ep 206: Tom Wark on the Messy Politics of US Wine Shipping

Tom Wark, executive director of the National Association of Wine Retailers (, wine PR guru, and author of Fermentation Wine Blog gives a fascinating look at the history of US wine law, current inane laws (unconstitutional) on interstate wine shipping, and the ripple effects for wine producers, importers, and drinkers. *Note: This issue is not a democrat v republican issue, so if you fear this will be a partisan conversation, both sides are restricting consumer rights and...

Duration: 00:51:02

Ep 205: 7 Cool Halloween Traditions Around the World

Halloween is, by far, our favorite holiday so this year we're reviewing fun traditions from around the world and matching wines with them. From the blood of Jupiter to drinking wine from a skull, we've got a spooktacular tradition for you to adopt! Here are the 7 traditions we cover and the wines to match: SAMHAIN: IRELAND AND SCOTLAND DRINKS: Scotch, Irish whiskey, Chilean wine – the most popular wine type in Ireland DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: MEXICO DRINKS: Mezcal or Mexican wine from...

Duration: 00:22:40

Ep 204: The Intriguing Wines of Southwest France

A stone's throw from Bordeaux are wine regions that have been around longer & make extraordinary wines that taste like nothing else. The whites & reds of SW France will thrill you! Although under the radar,they aren't that obscure & are worth knowing about. Here are the show notes: Region Overview: TWO AREAS: Dordogne/Bergerac, subregion we hit on:Bergerac: Pécharmant: Monbazillac: Garonne subregion: Buzet: Cahors: Fronton:Gaillac: Gascony subregionMadiran: Béarn...

Duration: 00:45:20

Ep 203: California Fires / Rapel Valley, Chile

We discuss the wildfires raging in the North Coast of California and give ideas on what that could mean for the industry. Then we talk about one of the best (maybe unknown) value regions for wine in the world, Rapel Valley in Chile and its sub regions!

Duration: 00:33:30

Ep 202: Our Favorite Fall Wines

Our 2017 list of top 10 wines for fall (or early spring if you're in the southern hemisphere!)! The smell of falling leaves is here & it's time for a change from crisp, refreshing sippers to something heavier, earthier, and better with warm, hearty food. Here's the list: 1. Malbec from Cahors (France) 2. Cabernet Franc from: Long Island, New York (US) Virginia (US) Chinon or Bourgueil from Loire Valley (France) 3. Red Bordeaux (France) 4. Fiano di Avellino, a white from...

Duration: 00:36:22

Ep 201: How to Develop Your Wine Palate

We received two very similar listener questions so it was time to make a podcast of it! They were.... Caryn R: I am trying to learn more about aroma and taste. How does one discern that a wine has notes of pineapple and honeysuckle, for example? Is all of that really true or just marketing? Can i learn to smell and taste with more nuance? Ted A: I'd like you to discuss palate. Can it be enhanced? How do you improve your palate? Do some people like me just not have a great palate, and it...

Duration: 00:46:29

Ep 200: A Re-Intro to WFNP & How To Begin in Wine

After a few listener questions on what WFNP was, is, and will be, we hit restart. We talk about: What if you or a friend were new to wine? How should they approach the subject? Where should they start? We answer & then add a few words from our 1st listener, Douglas Trapasso. Here are the show notes: 1. We answer: 2. We then shift gears and address the topic of introducing wine novices to wine appreciation. Phase one of the intro involves: 3. Phase 2 involves: Contest!! If you...

Duration: 01:02:52

Ep 199: Cava -- Spain's Bubbly Wine

Named from the stone cellars (cavas) in which the wine is matured, Cava is Spain's premier sparkling wine but it has a lot of quirks and variations, all of which we discuss in the podcast. From unique grapes to diverse sourcing areas to a new top tier classification, we cover it all. Hopefully the show will give you insight into why this wine is so special and why it holds so much potential for becoming even better! Here are the show notes: Overview of regions and...

Duration: 00:38:38

Ep 198: Roero, Italy - Secret Values, Awesome Wines

In a small area of Piedmont is a hidden gem that makes some of the best value Nebbiolo and most unique whites of Italy, Arneis. If you love Italy and want to add to the list of gems, this podcast is a MUST listen! Show Notes: 1. We give an overview of Piedmont, Italy and where Roero fits in to the mix -- it makes Nebbiolo and a unique white called Arneis 2. We discuss the small size of Roero 1100 ha/2700 acres of which most of it is Arneis with some limited growing of Nebbiolo. We...

Duration: 00:33:54

Ep 197: A lesson on Mosel with Dr Dirk Richter of Max Ferd Richter

In March 2017, I went to Mosel & spoke with Dr. Dirk Richter, 9th generation owner/operator of Max Ferd. Richter. The wines are stunning and Dr. Richter's explanation of Mosel wine, history, and culture will be the best you'll ever hear.

Duration: 00:58:35

Ep 196: Tejo, Portugal with Ian Renwick

Ian Renwick, owner of Jaded Palates wine in the UK and occasional co-host returns to talk about a recent trip to Tejo, Portugal. It's a fascinating region experiencing a renaissance and we give you the inside line on the best wines to seek out! Special thanks to this week's sponsor, The Great Courses Plus! Check out my special URL to get a free month of access to amazing video lectures:

Duration: 00:50:47

Ep 195: Oded Shakked, Dynamic Winemaker & Owner of Longboard in Sonoma

This time, an outstanding interview with Oded Shakked of the small Russian River Valley producer, Longboard Vineyards. Although he's been making wine for most of his life in California, Oded is originally from Israel and has a global perspective on wine, winemaking, and wine business that's refreshing and fascinating. He's fantastic and all his wines are delicious, well-balanced, and all are made to accompany food. Here are the show notes: All in all a fascinating conversation with a...

Duration: 00:49:09

Ep 194: The Flavors of Rosé Explained

Rosé is so popular now that the market is flooded. So the question now is not just do you want rosé, but what kind? How do you figure it out? There are some ways to choose the kind of pink for you! This podcast gives you heuristics to get a perfect bottle! Here are the show notes: The four ways to make rosé: Grapes/areas and flavors: French styles: Rhone: Tavel Spain: Italy: New World: Remember, it's ok to drink rosé once fall begins! Thanks to our sponsor The...

Duration: 00:46:03

Ep 193: Lambrusco! An Awesome Italian Gem

Lambrusco is a family of grapes & a wine made from those grapes that's usually red, fizzy & refreshing! Made in Emilia-Romagna, east of Tuscany, this ancient gem got a bad rep in the 1980s but is making a comeback! We'll tell you how to get the good stuff!

Duration: 00:41:08

Ep 192: Hawke's Bay, NZ with Correspondent Simone Madden-Grey

You know Marlborough and its tasty Sauvignon Blanc and you may know New Zealand makes Pinot Noir too, but Bordeaux blends and Syrah? YES! Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's second largest wine district and it rocks. Simone, our Australia and New Zealand correspondent, tells us all about it in this fabulous podcast! First we give a Hawke's Bay Overview Then we talk location and climate: The grapes of the area: Reds: Whites: And finally, the wineries Simone shared in the podcast: 1....

Duration: 00:51:17

Ep 191: Proving Terroir is Real with John Dimos of Biome Makers

Is terroir a concept concocted by the French to hide flaws, as some suggest? Or is it a real thing that can be tasted and measured? John Dimos from Biome Makers and Wine Seq has a tool that resolves the question. In this nerdy, fascinating podcast we dig into the details and provide solid answers to the questions below! I never thought we'd see this in our lifetimes, but here we are! 1. What is it?! John tells us the premise of Biome Makers and how it's an affordable and viable premise...

Duration: 00:41:55

Ep 190: The Birthplace of wine - The Republic of Georgia

Where did vitis vinifera originate? Where do we think winemaking started? We think it's from the area that is now the Republic of Georgia. Once part of the USSR, this small, beautiful nation is reemerging as a wine power so it's time for an overview! Here are the show notes: Top level stuff... Location: Climate: An Historical Relic: Qveri (Kwhere-vree) Grapes: 500+ indigenous grape varietals found in Georgia, Red:White:méthode ChampenoiseOrange wine: History: The wines...

Duration: 00:36:06

Ep 189: Navarra, Spain

Navarra is in northern Spain and although a prolific, historic region, it's not well-known. Traditionally it's been associated with making fruit-driven rosé, but its reds are starting to come on strong and it's emerging as an excellent, high quality, high value region. Fast facts on Navarra: Capital: We review the storied history of Navarra: We talk geography and terroir: We discuss grapes and wines: 70% of the grapes are native varietals30% of vineyards are planted to...

Duration: 00:36:47

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