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The love of wine has never been so lighthearted and fun! Grape Encounters is a bold departure from conventional wine education and enjoyment. Not long ago, wine tasting was regarded as something done by people with specially trained palates, sophisticated sensibilities and lots and lots of disposable income. Today, wine is being consumed by hundreds of millions of people who drink it simply because it is what they like. Grape Encounters is about the colorful people, the places, the ambiance and the passion that makes wine drinking one of the world's most popular pastimes. Grape Encounters is lighthearted, interactive and a very good time -- taking listeners out of the studio and into places you won't see on a winery tour. Behind every great wine is a winemaker who loves what he or she does and probably has a terrific sense of humor. No matter how much you love wine, you'll love it so much more when you tune in to Grape Encounters!

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The love of wine has never been so lighthearted and fun! Grape Encounters is a bold departure from conventional wine education and enjoyment. Not long ago, wine tasting was regarded as something done by people with specially trained palates, sophisticated sensibilities and lots and lots of disposable income. Today, wine is being consumed by hundreds of millions of people who drink it simply because it is what they like. Grape Encounters is about the colorful people, the places, the ambiance and the passion that makes wine drinking one of the world's most popular pastimes. Grape Encounters is lighthearted, interactive and a very good time -- taking listeners out of the studio and into places you won't see on a winery tour. Behind every great wine is a winemaker who loves what he or she does and probably has a terrific sense of humor. No matter how much you love wine, you'll love it so much more when you tune in to Grape Encounters!

    Episode #548 – Is Social Media Causing Pretentiousness to Skyrocket?

    Episode #548 – Is Social Media Causing Pretentiousness to Skyrocket?

    Is Social Media Causing Pretentiousness to Skyrocket? Plus, some "just for fun" wine wisdom that isn't snobbery!













































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    Episode #547 – 100% Tariffs on French Wine Could Pummel the World Wine Industry like a Meteorite

    Episode #547 – 100% Tariffs on French Wine Could Pummel the World Wine Industry like a Meteorite

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    Episode #546 – The Many Routes to Becoming a Sommelier

    Episode #546 – The Many Routes to Becoming a Sommelier

    Featuring Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis



    She was the 5th woman to earn the title Master Sommelier and she has earned a lot more titles, honors and certifications than that in her extensive wine career. Catherine Fallis is the proprietor of Planet Grape, LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, Grape Goddess, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.



    Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.



    On today’s episode of Grape Encounters, Catherine tackles a couple of very important topics. First, for those who desire to become a certified wine expert, there are many routes that can be taken. Catherine helps listeners sort out the differences and offers expert advise on which direction to go.



    Next on to today’s main subject. As the seasons change, so do our desires for different wines. In the same way that we change our wardrobe throughout the year, we also pay closer attention to wines that suit the season. David and Catherine take a deep dive into this subject and much more!



    This week’s episode of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More! For years, David has been raving about Total Wine, now they're helping us spread our unpretentious messaging further than ever before. That's a really good thing!











































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    Episode #545 – An Encore With Our French Connection, Jean-Charles Boisset

    Episode #545 – An Encore With Our French Connection, Jean-Charles Boisset

    From preserving history to defining Napa Style, Jean-Charles Boisset is truly a living legend in the worldwide wine industry. On today’s Grape Encounters, it’s a whirlwind conversation with Jean-Charles about everything under the sun! As perhaps the world’s most colorful and flamboyant wine personality, Jean-Charles always has countless projects underway and every last one of them is fuel for endless discussion.



    Good grief! It’s been nearly two years since Jean-Charles Boisset has graced the airwaves of Grape Encounters Radio… but this episode was probably well worth the wait as Jean-Charles and David take on a broad range of topics; from climate change to Jean-Charles’ determination to document and preserve American wine history. And it’s not just about putting it into words. Jean-Charles has been busily creating brick and mortar places where we can all gain a better understanding of how America became a force to be reckoned with on the world wine stage. And yes, all this from a Frenchman! Here’s to you, Jean-Charles!



    Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More. David says, “There’s simply no better place to experience the endless world of wines around the globe than Total Wine & More!” With more than 8000 wines available under one roof, Total Wine is an unparalleled portal to discovery of nearly endless wines, beers and spirits from every corner of the planet. For the location of a Total Wine & More store, or to make purchases online, visit TotalWine.com!



    This week’s episode of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More! For years, David has been raving about Total Wine, now they're helping us spread our unpretentious messaging further than ever before. That's a really good thing!











































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    Episode #544 – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

    Episode #544 – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

    It's the most popular adult beverage in the world, so it opens up a plethora of possibilities when it comes to gift giving. At this time of year, host David Wilson is bombarded with questions about what to buy the wine lovers in our lives.  "Hey, what would be a great gift for my husband or my brother or my sister or whomever?  Well, the fact is, there are some really cool and creative gifts ideas out there for anybody that enjoys wine. And that person doesn’t have to be a wine aficionado nor they don't have to be obsessed with wine. It’s just nice to have certain things in your house if you drink wine or serve it to guests. 



    Think back a bit, like about 20 years, or even just 10 years, and about the only thing that you'd see in that kitchen accessory drawer that might have anything to do with wine would be some kind of a very boring corkscrew. Even then, it may well have been one that you picked up at a hotel room. You know, it's got that little plastic cover on it and you pull that off and the cover becomes the handle. No, it doesn't work very well, but it does work just the same. In those days, you were lucky if you had what we call a winged corkscrew. You know the one we’re talking about… If you lift its arms up and down, it looks like a little man doing jumping jacks. Perhaps you also had a few bottle stoppers hanging around, but that was about it, right? These things were about all there was in terms of wine accessories. But let's also remember that just a few years back, there weren't very many wines out there either. If you go back to the time when your parents were your age, they only had maybe 10 wines to choose from. 



    It goes without being said that times have definitely changed. Today, wine is an obsession for many people and a critical cultural component for most of us. That being said, wine-related gifts are always in good taste and, boy oh boy, are there ever plenty of super-cool items to chose from. To learn more, just listen!







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    Episode #543 – Wine Resources That Will Keep You From Making Big Mistakes

    Episode #543 – Wine Resources That Will Keep You From Making Big Mistakes

    On this week’s episode of Grape Encounters Radio, David and our trusty announcer review some of the many resources available that will hopefully prevent you from making a wine-buying mistake that is both disappointing and costly. Some of the best sure-fire cures to making decisions in the dark are the yearly “best of” lists published by some of the most reputable wine consumer publications like Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. You have to be very, very good to get on those lists and, one thing is certain, if a wine gets a nod from either or both publications, you’re almost guaranteed to love it.



    But it’s not just the consumer publications that are offering free and reliable information about wines you should really consider buying. Top wine retailers definitely have the 411 on great wines available across the country. Top retailers like Total Wine & More know exactly what consumers are drawn to based on sales figures encompassing literally millions and millions of purchases. Hence, if you want to know what’s hot, why not look to retailers whose success depends upon pairing the right wines with public preferences.



    But there are even more places to look for guidance. Around the world, top wine judges frequently assemble at some of the most prestigious wine competitions and judge tens of thousands of wines in the blind. None of us know precisely what we are drinking because judging is done in the blind. However, in the end, the medal-winning wines are nearly always undeniably great choices for your cellar or dinner table. If you don’t want to risk your hard-earned dollars on a wine-buying crap shoot, see what the experts and fellow consumers are raving about and join the crowd!



    This week’s episode of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More! For years, David has been raving about Total Wine, now they're helping us spread our unpretentious messaging further than ever before. That's a really good thing!











































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Good variety

Entertaining, informative, and a nice variety of topics.

Jim Newc ,

Fun and Entertaining

David has an unpretentious approach to wine, that is fun and entertaining. He guides his guests and listeners through his whimsical world of wine.

Elaine the SIL ,

Great show!

David is very personable and knows the wine lifestyle inside and out-- always informative and entertaining!

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