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All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in the wine business and I’'m taking no prisoners...

I am your host Paul Kalemkiarian 2nd generation owner of the Original Wine of the Month Club; and I am somewhere north of 100,000 wines tasted.

How is it that Groupon can sell 12 bottles for $60 and the wines be good? How do you start a winery anyway and lose money? What are 'natural wines' ? And is a screwcap really better than a cork? And sometimes I have to pick a wine at the store by the label and the price...and I get screwed.

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Wine Talks - the Wine Education Podcast with Paul K Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club

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    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in the wine business and I’'m taking no prisoners...

I am your host Paul Kalemkiarian 2nd generation owner of the Original Wine of the Month Club; and I am somewhere north of 100,000 wines tasted.

How is it that Groupon can sell 12 bottles for $60 and the wines be good? How do you start a winery anyway and lose money? What are 'natural wines' ? And is a screwcap really better than a cork? And sometimes I have to pick a wine at the store by the label and the price...and I get screwed.

Subscribe now and prepare to be enlightened.

    Their winery was literally taken by the soldiers. Meet Alexandra Kaprelian of Takri Wines

    Their winery was literally taken by the soldiers. Meet Alexandra Kaprelian of Takri Wines

    Why are wineries taken during war? The Germans invaded France and held up in Bordeaux and other places. The Romans did the same. And in modern history, the Azerbaijans did it to the Armenians. History repeats itself. This is the second story we have heard heard on Wine Talks of the very taking of a winery in the region. This one is a bit different, it was taken by force rather than through political boundary changes.
    The Kaprelian family is resilient. They will not allow the spirit of their ancestors be squelched. They are rising up again to reestablish the Takri brand.
    I met up with Alexandra Kaprelian in Soho New York at the Soho Club to have a chat.

    • 34 min
    Lake County is hugely important for California wine. Meet Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia

    Lake County is hugely important for California wine. Meet Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia

    Lake County is an important part of the California wine legacy. Pietro Buttitta will teach you the nuances of the area and charm you with his character. A chef, winemaker and promoter, Pietro does what it takes to make premium wine in a premium wine district.
    Prima Materia Winery grows grapes and crafts wine with an Old World voice that celebrates uncommon vines and their unique histories here in California and abroad. The production is small, but the diversity is large, and all the wines respect traditional grape growing and winemaking with minimal equipment and focused work.

    • 49 min
    Wines from Sardegna? Yes, please. Meet Antonella Mancini & Claudio Salvador of Cantina Pedres

    Wines from Sardegna? Yes, please. Meet Antonella Mancini & Claudio Salvador of Cantina Pedres

    The wines of Sardinia have always fascinated me. The savory character from the Mediterranean Sea, the wild varietals and the neighboring islands all combine to create unusual wines of character that cannot be duplicated anywhere on earth.
    Antonella Mancini and Claudio Salvador, a husband and wife team, have combined their talents to bring to the US a line up of Sardinian wines that make you stop and think after each taste.
    The conversation takes many turns to stitch together an inspiring story of wine from Mediterranean.
    I was told when I inked Antonella that she was stunning…and she was, in her wine story telling as well as her Italian good looks.
    Have a listen.

    • 53 min
    Bulgarian wine? Yes, and here is how that happens. Meet Robert Hayk and Anush Gharibyan O’Connor

    Bulgarian wine? Yes, and here is how that happens. Meet Robert Hayk and Anush Gharibyan O’Connor

    Wine in itself represents history. And wine from the caucus states have had wine for 1000’s of years…and Bulgaria is no exception.
    I taste 100’s of wine each month and I went back to see how many Bulgarian wines I had tasted since I started using a database to keep track…..8 prior to these Rough Day versions.
    Roberto Hayk had a vision and a dream to bring a new world version of an old world place to America…and Rough Day wines are here! Such an interesting story and true thought and passion have gone into these wines and the value is through the roof.
    I sat with Robert and his US Ambassador and Armenian Somm, Anush Gharibyan O’Connor. 
     

    • 59 min
    Since 1859, there has been Maison Louis Jadot. Learn the story from David Stephan

    Since 1859, there has been Maison Louis Jadot. Learn the story from David Stephan

    Learning about Burgundy wines feels like rocket science...but the more you hear from people like David Stephan who live it everyday, the more you begin to decipher the code. 
    Having worked in New York for over 16 years, David has a unique perspective on wine in America and Burgundy France.
    Maison Louis Jadot is one of the great negociants of Burgundy wine and has also acquired Chateau along the way to make a balanced approach to representing wines of the region. M
    My personal fascination in the wine biz is Burgundy....so I am thrilled to have David studio to try and gleen more nuances of the wines and region.
    Have a listen.

    • 47 min
    Sicilian wines are the bomb. Hear why from Donnafugata's Giovanni Masucci.

    Sicilian wines are the bomb. Hear why from Donnafugata's Giovanni Masucci.

    Understanding the wine of Sicily are not as complicated as Italian wines in general. They are fascinating non the same and my intrigue is always around the grapes most associated with Sicily; Cattarato, Inzolia, Nero d'avola, Grillo and my favorite Nerello Mascalese.
    In my opinion, the intrigue of Sicilian wines comes from two primary sources. The soil and the Mediterranean sea. The soils are diverse but the volcanic soil of Mount Etna adds such a complexity to the wines that they keep you asking for more. The Mediterranean Sea provides an amazing savory character that can only come from on-shore winds.
    Have a listen to Giovanni Masucci or Donnafugata wines.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

oliviabaker13 ,

A must-listen!

Paul K is the best! If you’re a wine lover, you’ve got to tune in. Talented host, fascinating guests, and engaging conversations make the Wine Talks podcast a MUST-listen. Not to mention, it’s even better when paired with your favorite glass! 🍷

Ben FYM ,

Wine Talks with Paul K

There’s a great deal of interesting and valuable information here. However, it might be helpful for the listener to note that the attempts here to steer around political discourse are apparent and tacitly reflect a certain worldview

Alexstrath1 ,

Anthony Bourdain meets wine

Paul K brings a genuine and approachable voice to wine and the wine business. Love his show!

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