Wine for Normal People

Rick takes a week off, so Elizabeth and special guest M.C. Ice discuss how to shop for wine so you walk out of the store with what you need and want. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some great Twitter replies and Facebook posts Main Topic M.C. Ice confronts his fear of the Wall of Wine (WoW) and admits that he shops by label This time it’s personal: Elizabeth takes the bull by the horns and tries to teach M.C. Ice how to break down the store so he starts bringing home some better wines! Elizabeth and M.C. Ice talk about the key questions to ask yourself before you even get in the store? “Why am I here?” is a good place to start. Shopping with a purpose is essential. They then get into the importance of deciding on the type of wine you want — from color, to sweetness level, to weight, to style by wine producing country. Grape of the Week: Verdejo from Rueda in North Central Spain — a great alternative white, kind of like Sauvignon Blanc, but with a bite. Shar [...]

Direct download: WFNP-015-2011-04-27.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

You may have seen the terms “organic”, “biodynamic”, or “sustainable” on the wine label, and wondered what they actually mean. Elizabeth and Rick define these terms and explain the differences, and also call out some winemakers. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some great Twitter replies, comments on the blog, iTunes reviews, and Facebook posts Main Topic - Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable Wines Sustainable - Not certified… but maybe it should be Organic - A certification for certain winegrowing practices Biodynamic - Definitely some weird science going on - a must listen! Let Us Know (on Facebook) - Does “organic”, “biodynamic”, or “sustainable” matter to you? Grape of the Week - Grüner Veltliner (GROO-nah velt-LEE-nah) Next Week - A special spotlight on Pinot Noir Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-014-2011-04-15.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

The mystical subject of food and wine pairing… Is it an art form? Is it chemistry? Is it all nonsense? Elizabeth and Rick answer these questions, spark some controversy, and provide some guidance to help make sure your next meal and wine selection are perfect. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some really funny Twitter replies, comments on the blog, and Facebook posts Main Topic - Food and Wine Pairing The great controversy - should we drink what we like? Elizabeth’s metaphor for food and wine matching Some basic rules to remember The regional influence on food and wine pairing Dessert!! Should you drink wine with sweets? Grape (or Wine Style) of the Week - Rosé (roh-ZAY) How rosé wines are made Grapes from which rosé is made Well-known regions for producing rosé wines Typical flavor profiles of rosé Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-013-2011-04-01.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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