Wine for Normal People
You know, if we can get to it relatively easily (i.e., it’s in the U.S.), we’ve got to visit a place before we do a podcast on it. You asked, and we went! This week: Washington State in the northeastern part of the United States. Damn! They are making great wine there, and it’s worth seeking out.  We get dorky about rocks, soil, and sunlight in this episode. Download us on iTunes or click here for the link to the podcast (and click on the arrow under the “listen now” to hear it) Here are the notes: Stats that you may find hard to believe, given Washington’s relatively low profile Geography and geology, including M.C. Ice’s nerdy turn as an (almost) geology minor We go MISSOULA on you! A bit more modern history The American Viticultural Areas — with a special focus on Yakima, Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and Walla Walla Our best explanation of what the wines taste like There are a fe [...]
Direct download: 74Ep074_WashingtonState.mp3
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This week we have a hit parade of secret gems: the 9 wines you could sort of substitute for super expensive ones. A great topic provided by a listener! Since we hit the list pretty quickly, here are the wines and their analogues… Expensive Wine Less Expensive Analogue Brunello di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino Oregon Pinot Noir, fruitier Burgundy New Zealand Pinot Noir CA Cabernet Sauvignon Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentinean Malbec Fine Bordeaux Rioja, Cahors, less fine Bordeaux Barolo Ghemme, Gattinara, Nebbiolo Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph Dry German Riesling Australian Riesling from Clare, Eden Valleys, Austrian Riesling Champagne Cremant, Cava, Sparkling wine from anywhere else – not Prosecco or Sekt Priorat Spanish Garnacha from Calatayud, Montsant or Monastrell from Yecla Enjoy it and make sure to post the expensive wines you love so we can offer some advice on less expensive alternativ [...]
Direct download: Ep073_AlternativestotheExpensiveStuff.mp3
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