Wine for Normal People

Yep, we’re throwing it down with the rest of the wine world…but doing it the normal way. It’s a family time, so MC Ice and Elizabeth huddle ’round the mic to share some ideas about Thanksgiving wine. Shout outs from Facebook, iTunes, and email (elizabeth(at)winefornormalpeople(dot)com) It’s a tough holiday for wine, but great to be with Urban Tribe or family (Elizabeth explains the Urban Tribe, and how it differs from being a Member of the Tribe) MC Ice talks about a dessert that he’ll never eat again Wine Pairing Horses of the Apocalypse: Why food and wine pairing is tough for Thanksgiving Elizabeth waxes poetic on pairing philosophy — it’s not just about the meat! The Brass Tacks: Elizabeth and MC Ice discuss pairings for Thanksgiving — why the standard recommendations work, and why some other wines should be on the menu. They discuss everything from traditional Thanksgiving food to smoked and fried turkey, to spicy glazed ham. Eli [...]

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Elizabeth and MC Ice are back from hiatus this week. We start with  a thanks to everyone for their hospitality on our Napa/Sonoma Harvest trip! Elizabeth is chronicling it on the blog, so check it out for details! Shout outs from iTunes — amazing new reviews! And a shout out from a listener to Ellie, the dog! Main Topic: Bargain Wines Thanks to Leslie Strolla for the topic! Defining what we mean: Cheap v. Bargain The top bargains from Europe: places where people speak Spanish, Bordeaux (yup, that’s right), some Southern Italian gems BAD values…you’ll have to tune in to find out what Elizabeth says aren’t great for your wallet The top bargains from English speaking countries: 1 part of California, and down under… White v. red — which is a better bargain? Elizabeth gives her take Some info on the sausage factory (or the bait and switch business that happens in the world of cheap wine…) Write to Elizabeth if you know of a great bargain: e [...]

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This week Elizabeth takes advantage of her time in Sonoma and sits down with Jim Morris of Michel-Schlumberger in the Dry Creek Valley. They have an awesome time together, discussing tons of great stuff…including some good gossip about how NOT to behave in a tasting room. Here are the high level show notes: Jim gives some background on Michel-Schlumberger — its European roots, its winemaking philosophy, and why it’s such a unique place (hint: they are really normal and focus on education — totally up Elizabeth’s alley!).  Jim posits it’s his lederhosen that make the wine so great. Elizabeth and Jim drill down on organic farming in practice. They get their hands dirty, dishing on honey bees, cover crops, and dog on the big wineries, talking about why sustainability should be called sustain-BULL-ity. Elizabeth puts Jim on the spot and gets him to tell a wild story about a cross-dresser, and what NOT to do in a tasting room. They discuss the ins and [...]

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