The Wine Enthusiast Podcast takes you on a tantalizing trip into the world of wine, beer and spirits. Drink up engaging, behind-the-scenes stories reported and recorded by Wine Enthusiast’s editors. In each episode, we explore emerging trends, provide educational tidbits, and introduce you to the passionate people who craft, shake, ferment, and pour their beverage of choice. Inside every bottle is a story.
Episode 87: Why Is Natural Wine So Divisive?
Natural wine often falls into a love it or hate it conversation, but why? In search of answers, we talk to Meri Lugo of Domestique Wine shop, a retailer from the natty side, and Charles Springfield, a somm who deals in more traditional bottles, to find out what it is about this category that inspires such heated debate. We discuss some of the perceptions and misunderstandings among natural and conventional wine lovers, as well as how one can get over the hump to expand your palate.
Episode 86: California's Women in Wine—Part 2
The second in our two-part series to honor Women’s History Month, this episode features some of the leading ladies of the California wine scene who are driving the industry forward. Contributing Editor Virginie Boone speaks with Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, president/founder of Dream Big Darling, cofounder of Wine Speak Paso Robles and VP of operations at Ancient Peaks Winery, and Ana Keller of Keller Estate, about respecting the land and the community around you, and how organizations can champion change.
Episode 85: California's Women in Wine—Part 1
The first in a two-part series to honor Women’s History Month, this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features some of the leading ladies of the California wine scene who are driving the industry forward today. Carolyn and Aly Wente of Wente Vineyards talk about how they maintain their family business. Also in this episode is Remi Cohen, the second CEO of iconic California brand Domaine Carneros, who shares how her decades of experience have helped shape her role and perspectives today.
Episode 84: The Insane Appeal of South African Chardonnay
Chardonnay may be the world's most popular white wine grape, but consumers tend to gravitate to two iconic areas when shopping for the stuff: Burgundy and California. It's time to think about the bridge that brings those two worlds, Old and New, together in one delicious sip: South Africa.
Graham Weerts, winemaker for Capensis Wines in South Africa, helps us explore why the country should be in your regular rotation for exemplary Chards of brilliance and balance.
Episode 83: Put a (Better) Cork In It
Cork closures are nothing new in the world of wine, but thankfully, the techniques and technology being used to make them more consistently reliable is. In honor of our The New Now issue, we’re getting a little geeky and diving deep with some real cork dorks. Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan talks to Carlos de Jesus and Dr. Paulo Lopes from Amorim, the world’s largest cork producer, and Denis van Roey and Stéphane Vidal from Vinventions, producers of Nomacorc.
Episode 82: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Mezcal
In this episode, Spirits Editor Kara Newman speaks with mezcal experts and Agave Road Trip podcast cohosts Lou Bank and Salvador “Chava” Peribán about the wonderfully complex and absolutely delicious world of mezcal and agave heritage spirits, including production and product insight, why the concept of terroir is not just for grapes, and which terms and bottles you should be seeking out now.