Wine for Normal People
We’re getting in under the wire for New Year’s Eve (and we’ve missed some of you abroad) but this episode is a must listen before you make a last run to the wine shop. Here are the notes: Different sytle types of Champagne/Sparkling to consider: Traditional method, Brut, Prestige Cuvee (for lots of $$!!), Vintage dated and what it means. Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir, Rosé. We cover the major differences between each and what to expect. More affordable alternatives to Champagne that are made like Champagne: Cremant, Cava, Franciacorta, US, Australian, and South African Sparkling wine. More affordable alternatives to Champagne that are much fruitier and made differently: Prosecco, Sekt Big brands v. small guys (Recoltant Manipulant) Some stuff on etiquette: how to open a bottle, pour it, and the all important toast superstition that you can’t miss! Enjoy! Happy New Year. Be safe, have fun, and thanks for listening and supporting us this year! If you like the [...]
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This week we return to the Grape Miniseries…finally! It’s Malbec and I think we have a few surprises to share about this grape. After lots of wonderful thanks and fun comments, we hit three excellent listener questions: 1. What’s the etiquette of sharing good wine with people who may not appreciate it? GREAT question and we have an answer that should provide a sigh of relief for you. 2. What exactly is minerality in normal people terms? We hit on some ideas, and suggest licking rocks… 3. And very importantly, when is “Wine for Normal People” the book coming out? Yes, Virginia, you can put it on your Christmas wish-list next year! Then we get to the matter at hand! And a few summary points: We talk about the grape and its many challenges in the vineyard. We discuss the main styles of Malbec (’cause it isn’t just Argentina) Then we hit on history and the regions where the grape grows or has grown in the past: France: [...]
Direct download: 65Ep065_GrapeMiniseriesMalbec.mp3
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A bonus Wine Chat with Rick on’s announcement that they’re now selling wine. Now Amazon really does sell everything! Go to to see for yourself! We discuss the implications of this move and whether or not we think it will work..this time around (three’s a charm, or three strikes and you’re out?). Here’s the link to the Press Democrat article that Rick referenced: “Amazon gets back in the wine business” Enjoy and let us know if you’ll be shopping on Amazon by writing a comment below or on Facebook or Twitter. Can’t wait to hear from you! [...]
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When we first started the podcast, we didn’t know what the appetite for dorkiness was. After almost 2 years of doing this, we’ve realized it’s VORACIOUS!! Yay! That means I can go hog-wild in a crazy oak-a-palooza. After our newly revamped “Listener Feedback” segment, where we ask you if you want to chat and be on the podcast (we want to hear from you!), we hit the main event. This week we’re feeding the beast with 48 minutes of dork-dom. M.C. Ice and I hit one of the most important topics in wine, in detail. Here are the high level points: Philosophies on the use of oak Flavors from oak Some important factors that go into barrel making/oak selection by winemakers — location of the forest, new v. used, size, wood drying methods, and why M.C. Ice only wants wine from “split” wood barrels… After this total nerd-fest, we just keep it going with a fabulous Grape of the Week (yes, we’ve been slacking!): Blaufränkisch [...]
Direct download: 64Ep064_OakRevisited.mp3
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