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.
Alex Schrecengost & Katja Scharnagl
Alex Schrecengost has spent almost two decades working in wine, spirits, hospitality, luxury goods, and PR. She has worked closely with such iconic brands as Romanée Conte and Biondi Santi at Wilson Daniels. The Pandemic created an opportunity for Alex to start mission driven businesses to help the workers in hospitality and the consumer alike. Alex founded Virtual with Us and Culture with Us, a black owned business.
Katja Scharnagl hails from the Wachau Region of Austria and grew up surrounded by wine. While in Austria, she attended culinary school, received her Somm Degree, and worked in the finest restaurants. She landed in the US in 2011 and worked side by side with Aldo Sohm at Le Bernadin for almost a decade. Katja is now the Beverage Director at Koloman with Markus Glocker, one of the hottest restaurants in NYC. She is part of the Virtual with Us Beverage and Culinary Network.
Raw Wine 2022: Le Puy
On this very special episode of The Grape Nation, Sam sits down with Harold Langlais of Château Le Puy, live from Raw Wine 2022 in Queens. Sam and Harold discuss the history of Le Puy, their growing practices, and how they stand out from other natural wine makers.
Château Le Puy lies on 54 hectares in three parcels in Saint Cibard, France, on the same rock plateau as Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, a place known in ancient times as “The Plateau of the Wonders” because of the excellence of its wines.
Isabelle Legeron, RAW WINE
Isabelle Legeron is the author of “Natural Wine: An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally.” She is France’s first female Master of Wine. Isabelle created RAW WINE, the world’s largest community of low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers, supported by fairs, a wine club and online shop. Isabelle has long advocated organic farming practices and proper living wines. Isabelle Legeron is a true maverick and crusader for natural wine, and her influence has touched every part of the wine world.
Gut Oggau and Christian Tschida
Stephanie and Eduard Tscheppe Eselbock are the proprietors and wine makers at Gut Oggau, their winery in Oggau in the Burgenland region of Austria. They restored a 17th century winery and now farm biodynamically. They created a unique family of wines by field blending the grapes of the region.
Christian Tschida is a fourth-generation winemaker in the Burgenland region of Austria. Christian farms organically and biodynamically with incredible attention to detail in the vineyard and the cellar. Christian has helped pioneer the low intervention, natural wine movement in Austria and beyond. His wines are aromatic textured, with finesse, ranging from Pinot Blanc to Zwiegelt, Riesling, Syrah and more.
Chase Sinzer, Claud, NYC
Chase Sinzer has been around…in a good way. He has worked with Union Sq Hospitality Group at Maialino, with John Fraser at Narcissa, David Chang at Momofuko Ko where he met now chef/partner Joshua Pinsky, and received 2 Michelin stars. Chase hit the west coast at Michael’s in Santa Monica, and Caesar Ramirez’s Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and did a little retail at Crush Wine, both in NYC. Chase Sinzer and Joshua Pinsky followed on a plan and fulfilled a dream opening Claud, a European restaurant and wine bar in the East Village, to overwhelming critical acclaim this past summer.
Aaron Ayscough, "The World of Natural Wine"
Born in Pennsylvania, but now a British-American living in France, Aaron Ayscough made his way out to LA at the young age of 23, and even to his surprise, became a prominent Italian wine buyer with famed pizza chef, Nancy Silverton. Looking for an escape a few years later, Aaron headed to Paris working in fashion and organically, no pun intended, made his way into the thriving natural wine scene. He hung with all the Paris natural wine luminaries before moving to Beaujolais where he got a sense of the real natural wine culture, and started his wine writing and wine making. In 2015 he launched his wine blog appropriately named “Not Drinking Poison” and has also Sommeliered at some of Paris’ best wine restaurants. Aaron’s perseverance and passion for natural wine has led him to write “The World of Natural Wine: What It Is, Who Makes It and Why It Matters."
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.
Learn to listen
As mentioned in the reviews before, the high level of guests that are brought on to the show is truly awesome. Being able to hear the perspectives of these different wine professionals in the growing world of low intervention wine is what we come here for. Unfortunately, like many others, I am baffled by the hosts lacking ability to truly listen and pay attention to what his guests are saying. Moreover, it seems as though he just wants to be included in the conversation and say that he knows so and so to boost his own ego. It’s honestly extremely cringeworthy and even worse, it has to make the guest feel rather uncomfortable. This is an easy fix and I cannot listen to this show until there is a new host. Let the guests tell their story and try to guide the conversation as you see fit, but you are not the one being interviewed my friend. Also, I noticed there’s going to be a live show with Aaron Ayscough and Jorge Rieta, two people who I respect deeply and I am bummed that this will likely go as well as all of the past shows. They deserve a better host
Wow, this is probably one of the best podcast out there. I have learned so much from Sam and his guests speaker. Love the topic about natural wine and the ‘Wine List’ toward the end.
Please keep up the good work and thank you for sharing the same passion about good wind and good food.
YOU ARE THE BEST !!!