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Grape Encounters

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David talks with photographer Julia Perez who, along with legendary California wine writer Paul Hodgins, created “The Winemakers of Paso Robles”, a large format, full-color book, lovingly crafted and designed to... more

It wasn’t that long ago that Grape Encounters host David Wilson would cringe at the idea of putting fine wine in a can, in fact, there are many past episodes of Grape Encounters where David literally rants about the thought of doing such a... more

This is host David Wilson’s favorite time of the ear because it’s when the top wine publications release their top 100 wine lists for the year. On this episode of Grape Encounters, David is thrilled to sift through the list released by Wine Spectator... more

Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la France, a beautiful chateau with vineyards, a bed breakfast and a 20-meter stainless steel rooster who watches over the grapes. An... more

From one of the first wineries to be declared lost to the fire, David talks with Katrina Frey of Frey Vineyards in Redwood Valley about the effects, losses and plans for recovery from the devastating wildfires. Frey Vineyards is... more

David talks with Chris Sawyer [Sommelier to the Stars) and Jeff Davis of KSRO about the effects of the wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other northern counties. Download this episode The post Episode #429 – Wild Fires In... more

Genome – vinome? Grape Encounters host David Wilson has long insisted that our taste in wine is no simple accident. For years, David has been noting the relationship between things we love (and hate) in our everyday world and our... more

Well, it wasn’t all that long ago that wines with screw cap enclosures began to flood wine stores in a very big way. Most fine wine drinkers resisted the trend for a while but, in the end, boycotting the metal cap meant missing out on... more

Leading up to Winesong 2017, this week’s show features two top participants from the remarkable Anderson Valley. First up is Zac Robinson of Husch Vineyards. Husch was founded in 1971 and is the oldest winery in the Valley. The... more

Erich Fleck, Head Cider Maker at Bristols Cider House came to the Cider business by way of the wine business. The funny thing is, Erich quickly learned that there are more similarities than differences between making cider... more