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The world of wine doesn't have to be intimidating. Wine-afficionado Sam Benrubi invites you on a weekly wine journey with The Grape Nation. No snobbery here, just a palatable trip through the world's vineyards, their keepers, journalists, authors, importers and more. Try some great wine with Sam and his guests and get tips for enjoying the best wines from the weekly "Wine List" and "Wine Sip." The Grape Nation...We Bring Wine to the People.

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    • 3.6 • 81 Ratings

The world of wine doesn't have to be intimidating. Wine-afficionado Sam Benrubi invites you on a weekly wine journey with The Grape Nation. No snobbery here, just a palatable trip through the world's vineyards, their keepers, journalists, authors, importers and more. Try some great wine with Sam and his guests and get tips for enjoying the best wines from the weekly "Wine List" and "Wine Sip." The Grape Nation...We Bring Wine to the People.

    Christophe Baron, Bionic Wines

    Christophe Baron, Bionic Wines

    Christophe Baron’s family dates back to the mid 17th Century in Charly sur Marne in Champagne. He studied viticulture in Champagne and Burgundy. After meeting an American in Burgundy, Christophe was convinced to head west to Oregon and Washington and discovered their stony vineyards. He bought his first vineyard, Cayuse in 1997, now farming biodynamically. Christophe has unstoppable energy, ambition, curiosity, and a respect for the land. His Bionic Wine’s portfolio is mind-boggling including Champagne Christophe Baron, Cayuse, Hors Categorie, Horsepower, and No Girls. Christophe’s wines have reached cult status along with critical acclaim. The question to Christophe, is all that enough and what’s next?

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Gary Vaynerchuk

    Gary Vaynerchuk

    Gary Vaynerchuk is the Chairman and CEO of Vayner X, overseeing companies including VaynerMedia, VaynerSports, VaynerNFT, Tracer, Gallery Media Group, to name a few. He is a prolific angel investor with ties to Facebook, Twitter, Uber and Snapchat among others. He is co-founder of Resy, Empathy Wines, VCR Group, and his latest passion VeeFriends. A true entrepreneur at heart, Gary can’t pass a garage sale without stopping and picking up a 15-year-old-Furby. Gary is a five-time NY Times best-selling author, his sixth book “12 and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success”, is coming out this month. GaryVee is a dear friend and truly the sharpest dude I know.

    • 59 min
    Matthew Conway, Tippling House

    Matthew Conway, Tippling House

    Matthew Conway headed east to NYC in 2003. After three years with Chef Grey Kunz, Matthew hooked up with Marc Forgione, at his eponymous restaurant for over a dozen years as Beverage Director and GM, creating a unique wine program with a nod to the Northern Rhone. Matthew also helped Marc Forgione re-open neighborhood fav Peasant. The Pandemic reunited Matthew with family in Charleston, SC. After too much fishing and helping some friends, Matthew fulfilled a dream and recently opened Tippling House, a Charleston wine bar.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    William Carroll, Gramercy Tavern

    William Carroll, Gramercy Tavern

    St. Louis born William Carroll headed east and grew up in Irvington, NY. William literally went from bus boy to Burgundy expert and everything in-between. He did fine wine sales, studied at Le Cordon Bleu, worked at Restaurant Lasserre in Paris, and headed back to NY for a lengthy stint at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns as Beverage Director. William recently left North Fork Table to become the Beverage Director and Asst. GM at Danny Meyer’s legendary Gramercy Tavern.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Cerise Zelenetz, Cherry on Top

    Cerise Zelenetz, Cherry on Top

    Vermont born Cerise Zelenetz headed to Paris after High School to study at the Parsons School of Design, stayed in Paris for a while and also did a residency in Spain. Cerise makes jewelry, clothing, and is a prolific illustrator. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Nylon Magazine to name a few. She has also designed menus and wine labels for numerous clients. Cerise recently published her first book “The Sound of Scrambled Eggs”. So, the question is, with all this going on, why did she open a natural wine bar in Bushwick called Cherry on Top? We’ll find out!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Raj Vaidya

    Raj Vaidya

    Jersey Boy Raj Vaidya has been grinding in the wine business for over 20 years at some of the best restaurants in the country. His longest tenure was with legendary chef Daniel Boulud in NYC where he served as beverage director. Like many Somms, Raj left the floor to join Daniel Johnnes as Director of Operations of Gracie Events, the people behind La Paulee, La Fete du Champagne, La Tablee, and Pressoir wine. Raj is also a fine wine consultant.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

VandyKamps ,

Talks over guests

Whenever the guest deviates a little from his direct question he has a tendency just to talk over them, sometimes excruciatingly painfully. Also seems to happen more with female guests... Which is unfortunate because he has some of the most distinguished people in wine on his show relative to other podcasts.

Anna dubs ,

Get a new host!

Interesting guests, let them speak! Host cuts off guests constantly and doesn’t allow any flow with the conversation. Finally had to unsubscribe.

Justin from SoCal ,

Great guests, awful host

This show has amazing guests who I would love to hear speak. Unfortunately, the host does a phenomenal job of cutting off his interviewees, stifling conversations, and not allowing his own audience of listeners to learn from the show’s guests. What a disappointment.

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