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The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

Location:

Atascadero, CA

Networks:

Radio America

Description:

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

Language:

English

Contact:

213-716-1964


Episodes

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 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 misses the opportunity to tease Allison about her job...

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

Episode #655 – The Wait for Normal is Almost Over; Wine World News With Wes Hagen

2/9/2022
Wes Hagen joins David to share the latest wine world news, including a critical bottle shortage, incentives by wineries to attract tasting room visitors, and David’s announcement of his reconnaissance mission to Italy. All that, plus the surprising news about who is REALLY drinking French wines these days. You might be surprised! All this and much more! It's wine world news with a twist of humor. Just a quick note of interest: Wes Hagen is one of the most prolific experts in the wine...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode #654 – Oh No! Where’s All the Merlot?

2/2/2022
Poor Merlot. It just can’t seem to catch a break! It’s one of your host’s downright favorite varietals, and he proudly extols its virtues despite the fact that it has been so badly maligned by much of the wine community for what seems like an eternity. Many say that the movie Sideways was responsible for dealing Merlot its most devastating blow. David says, not so fast. He contends the movie opened the Pinot Noir floodgates… and much of that Pinot was below average at best. In the meantime,...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode #653 – Senior Editor MaryAnn Worobiec presents Wine Spectator’s all new “10 Best Wine Values” list!

1/25/2022
Nothing is more rewarding than listening to a guest who causes you to literally change the way you see things. MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator for more than two and a half decades. She is one of the prestigious magazine’s senior editors and is also the Bureau Chief for the iconic, legendary Napa Valley. Now that’s one heck of a beat! This is MaryAnn’s second visit to Grape Encounters and, once again, she wow’s us with her delightful down-to-earth, extraordinarily approachable...

Duration:00:42:46

EPISODE #652 – CANTINA CENTORAME IS A WONDERLAND OF WINE

1/18/2022
What a day and what a time we had with Lamberto Vannucci. Even though there were significant communication challenges, we understood each other perfectly! Rarely do you ever sample a line-up of wine as consistently excellent as Lamberto’s! This was a huge “wow,” and we haven’t even mentioned Lamberto’s home-crafted Parmesan Cheese which was literally to die for. Lamberto loaded us into his 4x4 and took us on a whirlwind tour of both his stunning vineyards and the historical and adorable...

Duration:00:42:45

Episode 651 – Sharing a Life-Changing Reveal With the Wisest Wine Guy We Know!

1/11/2022
Is it David’s craziest idea of all time, or is it a stroke of genius? On this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, David is joined by the wisest wine person he knows to announce the biggest decision he’s ever made in his life. Wine Expert Wes Hagen has been hanging with David since the very start of Grape Encounters, and so it’s fitting that David has invited Wes to take part in the great reveal. David has always put Wes in the same class as the great philosophers and wisemen like Aristotle...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode #650 – Outside Influences Can Spoil Your Food & Wine Fun!

1/4/2022
In addition to hosting Grape Encounters Radio for 12 years, Host David Wilson has also operated a wine tasting room on the Central Coast of California’s Paso Robles AVA. David says that he probably won’t run the shop forever but is grateful for the perspective that it has given him where the consumer is concerned. David says, “I'm glad that I did it because I have learned so much about you and your wine drinking habits, but I've also learned that, as a culture, we’re really screwing things...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode #649 – ENCORE! Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!

12/28/2021
This week’s show is an instant Grape Encounters Top Ten. That’s not hyperbole. With a library of 649 shows spanning 14 years of broadcasting, choosing the best of the very best should be a daunting task, but on extraordinarily rare occasions, an interview comes along that is simply priceless; Priceless because the guest is incredibly difficult to get an audience with… Priceless because the guest is a household name… Priceless because the guest is oozing with insight, wisdom and true...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode #648 – San Lorenzo and Ausonia: The Broad Range of Fine Italian Wine

12/21/2021
Today, you’ll meet the owners of two wineries in the Abruzzo region of Italy. They have everything in common in terms of quality, but are as different as night and day when it comes to size. Cantina San Lorenzo is a formidable force in Italian winemaking. At the helm is Gianluca Galasso; Owner and CEO. The history of San Lorenzo Vini begins in 1890 when Gianluca’s ancestors chose to plant the first cuttings on the hills of Teramo. The choice was made with foresight and wisdom since the short...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode #647 – The Irresistible Allure of Her Abruzzo Family’s Business

12/14/2021
Today, you'll have the good fortune of meeting an Italian wine executive who brings the perfect combination of sharp business acumen, uncompromising excellence and unbridled charm to the family business in the Abruzzo Region of Eastern Italy; just a few kilometers from the shores of the Adriatic Sea. With a solid background in law, Annamaria decided to join her family’s Winegrowing and winemaking business as Co-Owner and Brand Ambassador. She describes her mission as a determination to share...

Duration:00:42:39

Episode #646 – ENCORE! When We Loved the Ads as Much as the Wine!

12/6/2021
Host David Wilson and show announcer Brent Keast were deeply involved in the world of advertising before the wine business lured them away. It is therefore fitting that they take on the topic of wine advertising and showcase a bunch of commercials that would make even the most serious wine enthusiasts chuckle out loud. While some of these commercials were tongue in cheek, many of them were dead serious! Oh my goodness, how times have changed. Listen in and you’ll see what we mean! It’s all...

Duration:00:42:38

Episode #645 – ENCORE! How to Become a California Wine Expert!

11/29/2021
While California is one of many world-class wine regions, there’s are compelling reasons why knowledge-thirsty wine enthusiasts should immerse themselves into the most comprehensive educational program ever developed around California wine. When you consider the fact that more than 90% of the domestically produced wines come from the Golden State and that the vast majority of all wines consumed in America are Californian, once you’ve mastered California wines, the rest of the world will be a...

Duration:00:42:44

Episode #644 – It’s a Mr. Wonderful Life, Swirling With the Shark, Kevin O’Leary!

11/22/2021
This week’s show is an instant Grape Encounters Top Ten. That’s not hyperbole. With a library of 644 shows spanning 14 years of broadcasting, choosing the best of the very best should be a daunting task, but on extraordinarily rare occasions, an interview comes along that is simply priceless; Priceless because the guest is incredibly difficult to get an audience with… Priceless because the guest is a household name… Priceless because the guest is oozing with insight, wisdom and true...

Duration:00:42:41