52 episodes

A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available on Patreon.com/winefornormalpeople

Wine for Normal People Elizabeth Schneider

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A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available on Patreon.com/winefornormalpeople

    Ep 523: Tales from a Trip to Sicily

    Ep 523: Tales from a Trip to Sicily

    This show chronicles my recent trip with a group of Patrons to Sicily with my travel partner tour with Tourissimo. I take you through our odyssey, which had us traversing the entire island from west in Palermo to the center of the island to the southeast in Vittoria to Mount Etna. 
    I discuss the themes I noticed throughout like interesting climatic quirks that the quality regions share, the amazing culture and hospitality, and the uniqueness of the wines on this beautiful island and more. 
     
    I hope you enjoy this recap and it gives you a flavor for what Sicily is like and how awesome it is from a wine, people and place perspective! 
     
     
    A special thanks to the Patrons who went on this trip, and to my amazing travel partners, Heather and Beppe, the owners of Tourissimo for making this journey so special! 

     
    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!

    www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople
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    Check out my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access.  They have an amazing selection -- once you get hooked on their wines, they will be your go-to! Make sure you join the Wine Access-Wine For Normal People wine club for wines I select delivered to you four times a year! 
     
    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth or get a class gift certificate for the wine lover in your life go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes
     
     

    • 51 min
    8 Top Wine Movies with Patron Bevis S.

    8 Top Wine Movies with Patron Bevis S.

    This week I welcome long-time Patron and listener, Bevis Sydney, who is not only a wine educator in the UK, but also a movie buff. He and I give our views on the top 8 wine movies, according to a poll of the Patron community and general consensus from the press on the top wine movies.
     
    We discuss:
    ·      Sideways (2004)
    ·      A Good Year (2006)
    ·      Wine Country (2019)
    ·      Bottle Shock (2008)
    ·      Somm (2012)
    ·      A Year in Burgundy (2013)
    ·      Sour Grapes (2016)
    ·      Mondovino (2004)
     
    Remember – movies, like wine, are subjective. You don’t have to agree with us, but you do have to be respectful in your comments! You can always skip to the next movie if you don’t like what we’re saying. It’s just wine and it’s just a movie.
     
    Here are some links that we discuss in the show: 
    Smithsonian video on the Judgement of Paris from 2016
     
     Somm:
    Elite Wine Group Suspends Master Sommeliers
    Six Master Sommeliers Can Be Terminated After Sexual Assault
     
     
    The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem
     
     
    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!

    www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople
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    Check out my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access.  They have an amazing selection -- once you get hooked on their wines, they will be your go-to! Make sure you join the Wine Access-Wine For Normal People wine club for wines I select delivered to you four times a year! 
     
    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth or get a class gift certificate for the wine lover in your life go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes
     
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

    Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

    As part of the series on the The Greats (the great wines of the world), I cover the complex world of Hungarian Tokaji. As with all dives into “The Greats,” I spend the first half of the show delving into the history of Tokaj and then discuss winemaking, the grapes, and the complex way in which this wine is made.
     
    Some notes that may be hard to understand (since I obviously know no Hungarian!):
     
     
    The main grapes in the wine are:
    Furmint (Foor-mint) 60-70% of Tokaj plantings Hárslevelű (Harsh-level-loo) -- 19% of plantings Sárgamuskotály (Sharga-moose-kah-tie) - 9% of plantings (Muscat Lunel, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains)  
    Secondary grapes are: Zéta (Oremus), Kabar and Kövérszőlő (Koo-ver-sue-loo)
     
     
    And just a few words on the wines:
    Tokaji Szamorodni (sam-or-od-nee) can be dry or sweet. It is made from bunches of grapes with a high proportion of botrytized grapes. These are bunches, not individual berries.
     
     
    Tokaji Aszú is the world-famous sweet wine. Aszu contains exclusively all botrytized grapes, individually hand picked, trampled, and then turned into a paste/dough. The wine is then macerated in must, wine, or partly fermented must, still fermenting must or wine from the same vintage. Aszú ranges from 3 to 6 puttonyos, which indicates sweetness levels
     
     
    Tokaji Eszencia: Is one of the most exclusive wines there is. Eszencia means nectar. It is the free run juice of botrytized aszú berries. It is so sweet that the alcohol doesn’t usually exceed 5-6%.
     
     
    I hope you enjoy this overview of the Great that has one of the longest recorded histories of winemaking! 
     
     
    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!
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    Wine Access has an amazing selection — once you get hooked on their wines, they will be your go-to! Make sure you join the Wine Access-Wine For Normal People wine club in time for the next shipment. As a limited time offer, get $25 off your first TWO shipments of our club!
     
     
    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth or get a class gift certificate for the wine lover in your life go to: http://www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes

    • 57 min
    Ep 520: The historic, urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

    Ep 520: The historic, urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

    Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Vienna is the only major city in the world where serious wine grown, with its own appellation, DAC Wien. In the green belt surrounding this very green city, wine grapes grow as they have since at least the Middle Ages. And it’s not negligible -- 582 ha/1438 acres. It’s also not crappy, tourist wine. It’s high quality, interesting wine that’s tasty and different. It’s become such a priority for Vienna and Austria that Viennese state law states that all existing vineyards must remain vineyards protecting valuable viticultural land from real estate speculation!
     
    Standing side by side with the wine and with the Gemischter Satz blend is the unique tradition of the Heurige wine taverns. These are such an important part of Austria’s list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2019.
     
    To discuss this amazing tradition that I bet you had little idea even existed, Alex Zahel joins. He's the 4th generation of the Zahel family and is the GM and winemaker of Zahel.
     
    A great, eye opening show! 
     
    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!
     
    www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople
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    Check out my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access.  They have an amazing selection -- once you get hooked on their wines, they will be your go-to! Make sure you join the Wine Access-Wine For Normal People wine club for wines I select delivered to you four times a year! 
     
    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth or get a class gift certificate for the wine lover in your life go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes
     

    • 57 min
    Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

    Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

    For this show I ask my friend with Brian Callahan, small vineyard farmer and co-owner of Crux Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma (the Middle Reach though – the warmer part, so they do Rhône varietals) to tell us what a year in a Sonoma vineyard looks like. He takes us through what he has been doing for the last 18 years in his vineyard, a three acre plot that produces the beautiful fruit that turns into Crux wine. 
     
    This is a real look at what happens in the vineyard over the year to ensure a healthy harvest. We discuss what he can do and what Mother Nature gives or takes away that he may have to deal with! 
     
     
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    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!

    www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople
    _______________________________________________________________
     

    Check out my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access.  They have an amazing selection -- once you get hooked on their wines, they will be your go-to! Make sure you join the Wine Access-Wine For Normal People wine club for wines I select delivered to you four times a year! 
     
    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth or get a class gift certificate for the wine lover in your life go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes
     
     

    • 55 min
    Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

    Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

    These categories of "better for the earth" wines are technical, tricky, and ever-evolving, so I felt that it was time to do a comprehensive update!
     
    In this show, I do best to break it all down in as simple a way as possible…I cover:
    Biodynamics Organics Sustainable farming Regenerative agriculture And then, quickly, the loose ends – vegan wine and natural wine  
    I start with an overview of the Pre- and Post- Industrial Revolution types of farming:
    Traditional farming is original agriculture, by the industrial revolution introduced inorganic sprays, applications, etc --  most of which were not well developed and had serious side effects.  This type of farming is called Conventional farming. All current eco-methods of farming are reactions to conventional farming
     
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    Biodynamic Wine  I discuss Rudolf Steiner's philosophies and the main principles of biodynamic agriculture – essentially that the farm is a single, self-sustaining organism and the farmer must encourage and guide the vines, as well as protect the soil so it stays healthy and provides nourishment for the vines. ​The main certification for biodynamics is DEMETER. It was founded in 1928, and is the world’s oldest sustainable agriculture organization.
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    Organic Organic farming is traditional farming – this is how farming was always done until the industrial revolution. The new iteration grew out of the biodynamic movement in the 1920s and then experiences more growth in the 1970s. This method took off in the 1970s and 80s, especially in Europe.
    Different countries have different definitions of organic…
    European Union Organic Products/”Bio” in France: Organic wine prohibits most synthetic chemicals or GMOs and uses only certified organic oenological products in the cellar, including organic yeast. Sulfites are regulated. Organic wine has the EuroLeaf Logo with a code number of the certifying body or the French AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE label (created in 1985, has been around for longer)  United States. This is a program developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are prohibitions on the vineyard and the winery, with the biggest difference with European organics: Added sulfites are prohibited. Because of this last prohibition, certified organic vineyards go in and out of the organic certification To make it more flexible, they added the “Made with Organic Grapes” stipulation, which is looser  _________________________________________________________ 
    Regenerative Organic Agriculture
     
    Although relatively new, this is likely the future of better for the earth initiatives. Regenerative starts out with the principles of organic but then adds a few other things. Watch this space…
      
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    Sustainable Winegrowing  This is the most popular way to do better for the earth viticulture but it’s squishy. Sustainable is a catchall term that has MANY definitions. It can refer to production, or it can talk about conserving energy. It can be about good relations with employees, or economic viability of the winery. Some of these certifications are better than others. Here are some examples:
     
    France…
    HVE: The French Ministry of Agriculture developed the Haute Valeur Environementale
    Others...
    Vignerons Engages
    Viticulture Durable en Champagne
    Terra Vitis
     
     And in California... Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing
     
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    I end with a quick tour of …Natural wine and Vegan wines
     
    Full show notes and all back episodes are on Patreon. Become a member today!

    www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople
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    Check out my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access.  They have an amazing selection -- once you get hooked on their wines,

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Chris Bobbitt ,

The Greats!

Episode 521 about Tokaji was a revelation. I’ve had these wines several times and only today have I come to understand what makes them truly special.

TLK_OR ,

Great Podcast for Learning More About Wine!

If you are a normal person who loves to drink wine, and are even a little bit curious about wine, history of wine, wine regions of the world, grape varietals, food pairing, culture, winemaking techniques, you name it, Elizabeth Schneider will cover it. She is that friend you know who happens to be a sommelier.

nbsfmc ,

Could be better

Bypass all the interviews. She has never interviewed a single person successfully. Host fires off 7 questions at once, interrupts people, and constantly tries to prove how much she knows. Episodes with the spouse are painful because he interrupts and disrupts the flow at every possible opportunity, and she’s often patronizing in response (can’t blame her, he’s annoying), which makes you wonder, why does she ever have guests! It detracts from the helpful info she provides in solo episodes.

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