Wine for Normal People

Temperature can help make or break a wine's flavors and aromas. In this episode we cover the right temps for certain wines and then tell you what to do to fix the temperature of a wine if you need to serve it and it's not quite right!

Direct download: 92_Ep_092__Serving_Wine_at_the_Right_Temp.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Are you at a loss for what to get a wine lover for the holidays? Have some etiquette questions on sharing your good stuff for Festivus? Look no further, we've got fun ideas for these holidays or any gift giving occasions! 

Direct download: 91_Ep_091__Wine_Holiday_Gifts_and_Gift_Etiquette.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

From Rosé Champagne to Beaujolais-Villages, we've got a range to recommend to our American friends. Part shameless commerce division (the wines are available on http://vinport.com/wfnp), part food pairing bonanza we've got wines to make your TG more delicious!

Here is a list of the wines we mention:

Grüner Veltliner

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Alsace Riesling

Rosé Champagne

Super Tuscan Syrah

Beaujolais-Villages

Cahors (mostly Malbec)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please let us know how the wines were, especially if you ordered them from Vinport!

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: 90_Ep_090__Thanksgiving_Wines_2013.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

After shameless plugs for our nomination for the Best Food & Drink Podcast Award (such an honor to be nominated!), and a reminder about the wines I selected for you to check out and buy on Vinport.com, this week we delve into a thorny issue in the wine world.

Which has a bigger influence on wine: terroir or the winemaker?

We bring up arguments for both, go in circles and then ask you to send us your conclusion! 

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We reference an article by Jamie Goode, an excellent and noted wine writer in which you may be interested: 

Terroir: muddy thinking about the soil?

Thanks for listening! Please send us your thoughts on this topic!

Direct download: 89_Ep_089__Terroir_vs_the_Winemaker.mp3
Category:Terroir -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

This week is a continuation of Episode 87, but this time it's all about the most confusing but rewarding aspect of Riesling: German Riesling. Expert Stuart Piggott and I discuss the highest quality regions, sweetness and dryness scales, and how to shop to get what you want. Another don't miss episode!

Thanks for listening! Enjoy!

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Category:Riesling -- posted at: 5:39 AM

The Grape Miniseries returns with a very special edition! Riesling expert Stuart Piggott joins us to give the low down on this exquisite but often misunderstood grape. This is a not-to-miss conversation with an entertaining, funny, NORMAL Riesling guru!

After gossiping about why a lot of wine experts are disconnected from normal people we cover stuff like:

  • The origins of the grape
  • Terroir's effect on Riesling
  • Style variation by place (Alsace,Australia, Austria, the US, Canada and more)
  • Growing Riesling and making it
  • The "petrol" note and spritz in the wine -- WHAT are they?
  • The sweetness factor
  • How to tell if something is sweet or dry by looking at the bottle and how to find a dry wine
  • Food pairings with Riesling
  • How to shop for Riesling to get the style you want
Next time we focus on Germany, the home and holy land of the grape!
Thanks for listening! Enjoy!

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Get a FREE audiobook download at www.audibletrial.com/winefornormalpeople. There are more than 100,000 titles to choose from, including some great wine books, for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.

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Direct download: Ep_087_Discovering_Riesling_w_Expert_Stuart_Piggott_FINAL.mp3
Category:Riesling -- posted at: 1:39am EDT

Ep 086: All About Bordeaux's Chateau Palmer

In a continuation of my amazing interview with Jean-Louis Carbonnier of the prestigious Bordeaux property Château Palmer, this week we talk more about the wines of the Château and what makes them so good. 


(WARNING: You may want to brush up on the Bordeaux podcasts before listening -- we get into some nerdy details!)


We weave through a bunch of sub-topics, but here are the main points:

  • The 1855 Classification of Left Bank Bordeaux Chateaux, where Palmer got the shaft
  • Is Bordeaux pricing fair? Do the wines measure up?
  • Palmer: its history, the blend, the terroir, the winemaking, and how it comes to taste that great.
  • Alter Ego, Palmer's lower cost wine with a slighlty different blend
  • Then we wrap up with Jean-Louis's takeaways about Palmer & Bordeaux

Thanks again to Jean-Louis and Château Palmer for their time and for educating us on this historic, classic, and unbelievably delicious wine! 

Direct download: 86_Ep_086__All_About_Chateau_Palmer.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 1:39am EDT

Ep 085: Inside Bordeaux w Château Palmer

For this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jean-Louis Carbonnier, the Director of the Americas for one of the most esteemed Bordeaux château, Château Palmer and the owner of the communications firm Carbonnier Communications.

This is the first part of a two part conversation that you won’t want to miss. You may learn more about how Bordeaux really works from this conversation than from any book you can read, I know I did. In this installment, we talk about:

 

  • The differences and dynamics between French winemaking regions, especially Bordeaux and Champagne, since Jean-Louis has worked in both
  • Jean-Louis’s perceptions of how business gets done in Bordeaux
  • His thoughts on global climate change in Bordeaux
  • How the critics, especially certain American ones, have had a hand in shaping styles in Bordeaux
  • The all important French concept of terroir and why it lays at the heart of French winemaking

 

Stay tuned for next week’s episode when we discuss the 1855 Classification, it’s relevance today, and the nuts of bolt of how to make a wine as outstanding as Château Palmer.

Thanks to Jean-Louis! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this conversation! 

Direct download: 85_Ep_085__Inside_Bordeaux_w_Ch_Palmer.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

After last episode's overview, we left you hanging! From Super Tuscans to Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti and Vino Nobile and a bunch in between, this week we cover the main wines of Tuscany and give our 2 cents on what's worth seeking out!

Direct download: 84_Ep_084__Tuscany_Wine_Regions.mp3
Category:Italian Wine -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

We tackle one of the most important and diverse regions in Italy, Tuscany. This is the first part of a two part series and lays the groundwork for the next episode, in which we detail the wines and the sub regions. In this episode -- the long, rich history of wine in Tuscany and the geography and climate of the place. Hopefully you find the background as complex and relevant to the wine scene today as we do!

Thanks for listening! Enjoy!

Direct download: 83_Ep_083__Tuscany_Italy_Overview.mp3
Category:Italian Wine -- posted at: 12:02am EDT