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 91: Is There Anything New to Say About Rosé?
In this episode, Associate Managing Editor of Digital, Emily Saladino, speaks with sommelier and natural wine consultant Margot Mazur and The Lotus and the Vines founder Larissa Dubose. The three discuss how climate change and last year’s wildfires played a vital role in how winemakers pivoted from full-bodied reds to rosés with minimal skin contact. They also explore the style’s recent history, popularity and where might the great pink wave be off to next.
Episode 90: Exploring the Drinks Influence of First Australians
Australia has a long history of wine production, but broad understanding of Australia’s winemaking origins, especially the influence of Aboriginal culture, is sparse, and the contributions of the First Nations People of Australia are often overlooked or undervalued. To discuss this history and how programs and producers are advancing modern dialogues, Contributing Editor Christina Pickard speaks to drinks industry veterans Curly Haslam-Coates and Gary Green.
Episode 89: Is Wine Art?
In this episode, we go a little deep and talk about a somewhat philosophical question. Is wine art? Wine drinkers often romanticize the art and poetry of winemaking, but it’s impossible to ignore the science behind wine production.
Care to fall down this rabbit hole with us?
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks to Winemaker/Vineyard Manager Rachel Rose of Bryn Mawr Vineyards in Salem, Oregon, to discuss the reality of making wine, and if what’s in the bottle can truly be considered art.
Episode 88: Germany's Au Naturel Challenge
“Natural wines” are increasingly bantered about these days, but in cool-climate regions like Germany, with highly challenging weather and disease issues, making wines “au naturel” can be a risky proposition. For some, it's a must-do labor of love, and we explore why. Contributing Editor Anna Lee Iijima speaks with two producers from the Pfalz wine region in western Germany who champion such change: Bettina Bürklin-von Gurazdi of Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, and Hans and Valentin Rebholz from the Rebholz Esta
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.
Written Wine Names & Sound Quality
Love the content podcasts. However, I am very frustrated with the lack of written listing of the wines in the podcasts (unless I simply can’t find it). For example, I would like to try the red discusses at the end of the podcast. It is spoken at the end but my guesses at the spelling is completely off & I can’t find it. Also, some of the sound varies drastically. The Austrian wine podcast is the most recent one I listened to that had this issue. The man’s voice was perfect. The women’s voice was so quiet I had to increase the volume drastically & then was blasted away when the man spoke. I couldn’t find a way to contact Wine Enthusiast directly
Swearing really needed?
It was inté until the swearing. Totally not needed.
So many great wines out there. Helps focus on the great ones. Example in recent podcast the recommended Holdredge Russian River. This is an outstanding wine for those that can’t afford Kosta Browne but want to drink a great Pinot.