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

    Yakima Valley AVA, Washington

    Yakima Valley AVA, Washington

    Washington State is the second-largest wine producing state in the US with about 1,050 wineries making over 17 million cases of wine. In this show I cover the largest sub region of the Columbia Valley AVA, Yakima Valley AVA (and its sub-AVAs).
     

    Map: Yakima Valley Tourism
     
    Yakima is in south-central Washington, at 46˚  N latitude. In 1983 it became Washington State’s first federally-recognized AVA. Responsible for nearly 1/3 of Washington’s total planted land,  the major grapes in Yakima Valley are the American standards: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Riesling and Syrah.
     

    Photo: Vineyard in Rattlesnake Hills AVA Source: Washington Wine Commission
    Yakima is on what locals call the ‘dry side’ of Washington state, the high desert east of the Cascade Mountains, which consists of irrigated farmland and sagebrush-covered wild land. The area is known for a handful of very large wineries but is dominated by small family run operations.
     
     

    Photo: Snipes Mountain AVA Source: Washington Wine Commission
     
    The podcast includes a review of the region's history, the fascinating geology and climate of this area and then the sub-appellations of this relatively new and somewhat underrated Washington powerhouse region.
    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
     
     

    • 46 min
    Vermouth

    Vermouth

    Wait, I thought you only covered wine in this podcast? I do! And guess what? Vermouth is wine.
     
    Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with botanicals like roots, herbs, barks, flowers, seeds, and spices. Although aromatized beverages have been around for millennia, vermouth's origins lie in the Kingdom of Savoie in the 1700s, first in Torino, Italy and then in Chambéry, France. 

    Photo: Botanicals. Credit: Unsplash
     
    First offered in apothecaries for the healing properties of wormwood, the main botanical in Italian vermouth, royal courts and then high society took a shine to vermouth in Torino, and its medicinal image was shed and it the wine was served as an aperitif in cafés. Simultaneously, in France, dry vermouth took off and cafes from Lyon to Paris.
     
    Although served neat or on ice in Europe, vermouth took off in the Americas and found a place in the bars of the US as a major ingredient in cocktails like the Manhattan, the Americano, the Rob Roy, Negroni, and, of course, the Martini. 

     
    After some ups and downs, vermouth is trendy again and more producers from around the world -- from Canada to Australia to South Africa, as well as the traditional regions in Italy, France, and Spain are experiencing a revival.
     
    Even though it's treated like a spirit more than a wine, I think it's time to cover this historic, interesting beverage. I cover the history of vermouth, how and where it's made, the different types of vermouth, and some of the cocktails that made it famous. 
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    • 39 min
    Ep 526: Wines to Beat the Summer Heat -- 12 of the most refreshing bottles you can drink

    Ep 526: Wines to Beat the Summer Heat -- 12 of the most refreshing bottles you can drink

    Right now, it’s so hot in much of the country, it’s hard to get creative about anything, let alone a new wine that may provide some refreshment. That’s what I’m here for! Ok, maybe not just me…this is a list that comes from the Patrons in answer to our weekly discussion question about what they drink when the weather gets hot.
     
    I added a few in for good measure, but this is the list of what the best and smartest community in wine has in their glasses when the sun beats down!
     
     
    In order of popularity…

    1.     Rosé: Provence, New World, Tavel, Bandol, Rhône, and everything in between
     
    2.      Sparkling wine in many forms: Cava, Crémant, sparkling rosé
     
    3.     Albariño/Alvarinho -- and the comparison between the Spanish and Portuguese versions
     
    4.     Vinho Verde: Look for something beyond just the $8 bottle and you will be surprised at how much this region has to offer – Quinta da Raza, Soahleiro, Quinta da Lixa
     
    5.     Riesling – off-dry, dry from Finger Lakes, Australia, Mosel, Rheingau, Alsace and Austria
     
    6.     Sauvignon Blanc of all types -- from Marlborough, New Zealand, Loire Versions, Bordeaux Blanc
     
    7.     Txakolina 
     
    8.     Chablis or Unoaked Chardonnay (Especially Oregon Chardonnay, with- herbal and floral notes)
     
    9.     Frappato from Sicily
     
    10.  Chilled Beaujolais -- especially things like Fleurie, Chiroubles, and Regnie
     
    11.  Vermentino- from Tuscany, Liguria, Piedmont, but especially Sardinia
     
    12.  Cabernet Franc (just watch the weight and ABV! Loire is best!)
     
     
    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
     

    • 46 min
    The Grape Miniseries -- Cinsault

    The Grape Miniseries -- Cinsault

    Cinsault or Cinsaut is a grape you’ve probably rarely heard of, but if you drink Provence or southern French rosé you have it all the time! The grape is planted widely in the south of France, but the grape’s biggest champions are in the New World, where Cinsault is getting new attention for making light, acidic, refreshing reds.
     
    This is a warm-climate grape, that actually thrives in dry and hot places. This grape is essential to our changing climate -- it retains acidity with low sugars even in the hottest conditions, providing a lifted, bright note to reds and rosés.

    Photo: Carignan. Source: Vins-Rhone
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    With typical aromas of ripe red berry fruit, like raspberry, strawberry and cherry, warm spice, and violet or dark flower notes and floral, strawberry, peach, and tea leaf notes in rosé, this is a lovely grape if made well. 
     
    Where can you find Cinsault as a varietal wine or a big player in a blend? 
    France: Southern Rhône, Provence and the Languedoc have big plantings of Cinsault  Other Countries: Italy, Spain, North Africa, Chile, Australia
     
    Then we get to the most impassioned fans of Cinsault…
    Lebanon: In the mountainous region of the Bekaa Valley, Cinsault has thrived for decades. The famed Chateau Musar red relies on Cinsault in its most prestigious blend
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    California, USA: California has the oldest Cinsault vines in the world in Lodi, California at the Bechthold Vineyard which was planted in 1886. 
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    South Africa saw growth in Cinsault in the mid 1800s because growers knew it could handle the hot, arid climate around Cape Town. It is a parent of Pilotage. I mention is Natte Valleij as a great Cinsault producer. Other producers from many regions in South Africa are also doing great things with Cinsault.

     
    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
     
     

    • 40 min
    The Top 12 Grapes Saved from the Brink of Extinction

    The Top 12 Grapes Saved from the Brink of Extinction

    There are a seemingly endless number of wines made from grapes from all over. But, surprisingly, what remains in the world is just a fraction of what once existed. Before downy mildew, powdery mildew, phylloxera, and the World Wars of the 20th century hit the shores of Europe, destroying vineyards of native vines, there were likely hundreds of thousands of grape varieties with millions of clones. The biodiversity and possibilities for great wine were even greater than they are today.
     
    But there is a movement afoot to revive grape varieties that are nearly extinct. It started in Portugal, spread to Spain and Italy, and now is a badge of pride for regions that are able to bring these grapes back from the brink. 
     
    In this show I cover 12 grapes with interesting stories of near extinction and revival:
     
    Italy
    Whites: Arneis - (Bianchetta), Timorasso, Nascetta, Fiano
    Red: Schioppettino

     
    Greece: Malagousia 
     
    Spain
    Whites: Godello, Verdejo
    Red: Graciano

    Photo: Godello Source: Food and Wine From Spain
     
    France
    White: Viognier
    Reds: Carménère, Tibouren

     
    There are so many other grapes out there that have been saved, but these are the stories I find most interesting. Enjoy!
     
    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
     
     
     

    • 1 hr
    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
    _______________________________________________________________
     

    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K 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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