Wine for Normal People
As we’re making our way through edits for this week’s podcast, we did a Wine Chat/Mini-cast to fill in. This is on a very important issue that I think is going to shake up the wine critic world permanently. Kind of a big deal. Here’s a link to the story that covered this: Parker v. Galloni If you don’t want to read it, here’s the short of the story: Famed American critic Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, who single-handedly sets prices and makes reputations for wines and who has arguably changed the way winemakers make wine so they can garner high scores,  sold a large portion of his brand to a group of Singapore investors and shook up the structure of the subscription-only newsletter. His named successor for evaluating California wine, Antonio Galloni, stepped down after the move and started his own Web site. He decided to withhold all the scores for Sonoma wines he had conducted prior to the sale, stating that he would publish [...]
Direct download: WineChat003_ParkervGalloni.mp3
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We have a lot of regions and countries to cover in the future, but since the concept of terroir began with and is defined by Burgundy, we really needed to get on it! Since this podcast is 100% based on the “A Primer on Burgundy: The 5 Things You Need To Know” I’m not going to do show notes…It’s all there. The only thing I’ll add is that this episode is dedicated to the Sammarco family who suffered a great loss in Hurricane Sandy, and to whom we send our prayers, thoughts, and deepest sympathies. _________________________________________________________________ Thanks to our sponsor, Get a FREE audiobook download at There are more than 100,000 titles to choose from, including some great wine books, for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. And thanks for listening! We can’t wait to hear from you! If you’ve got a question you want us to answer, post it we& [...]
Direct download: 72Ep072_BurgundyOverview.mp3
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I recently did a review of the wines from Smith-Madrone, a small winery located on Spring Mountain  in the Napa Valley. If you read it you know I loved the Cabernet and thought the Riesling was good but I hated the Chardonnay. Well, the winery contacted me and said they thought the bottle I reviewed didn’t sound like their wine. They sent a new one and sure enough, it was true. So we did an audio review of the wine with NEW tasting notes that can be found on the blog. We hope to do these on a regular basis, just to give you a little geekery between podcasts!!! Enjoy! [...]
Direct download: WineReview_Smith-MadroneChardonnay.mp3
Category:Uncategorized -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

I love a good scandal. So this week’s podcast covers the best of the last 30 years. From Champagne to a corrupt Canadian wine critic to Austria’s downfall in the 80s, we discuss the wrongdoing of some big time players in the industry. Then we move on to the fun stories of a world of which we’ll never be a part: the wealthy, elite collectors of rare, old (and appallingly expensive) wines and how a few cunning dudes defrauded collectors and duped critics. We cover Hardy Rodenstock, the subject of The Billlionaire’s Vinegar (a great book! Shameless plug: Go to to get a FREE audiobook download) and Rudy Kurniawan, whose story is even crazier and more recent. The Grape of the Week is Melon de Bourgogne/Muscadet. Per our recommendation: make sure to look for Muscadet Sevre et Maine and sur lie on the labels for quality. Enjoy! Thanks to - our sponsor! Get a FREE  audiobook download at www [...]
Direct download: 71Ep071_WineScandals.mp3
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