Wine for Normal People

To usher in 2016, we bring you a poem to make you smile and laugh. Thank you for listening in 2015 -- you are truly the best audience in the world!

Direct download: 150_Ep_150__WFNP_2016_New_Years_Poem.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

What are the worst gifts a wine lover can receive? From the wine bra, to the wine stein to gas station wine, we go over the worst of the worst, in hopes that we can prepare you for what may be awaiting you under the tree! You won't believe this stuff! Here's the list with links:


  1. Wine games:

  2. Wine bra:

  3. Wine shirts:

  4. Wine Chillers:

  5. Wine napkins:

  6. Chambong:

  7. Chalices:

  8. 750 ml Wine glass:

  9. Double walled wine stein:

  10. Wine bjorn:

  11. Old vintage wine, $2 wine, a magnum of white Zinfandel, Crappy homemade wine given as a gift

There are some bad ones in there! Check it  out and never buy these for anyone! Merry Christmas and thanks for listening! 

Direct download: 149_Ep_149__Wine_Gifts_So_Bad_Theyre_Great.mp3
Category:wine, wine education, wine gadgets -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

Michelle DeFeo is a rock star of the Champagne world. She's a fabulous businesswoman, a Champagne nerd, and a normal wine person! We discuss everything from Bon Jovi to being a woman in the wine biz to differences in Champagne styles to flutes vs wine glasses. 

Here are more detailed show notes:

  • We discuss the landscape of the Champagne industry and Laurent-Perrier's place in it
  • Then we discuss Michelle's background -- her journey from Jersey girl to Francophile and whether she's on team Springsteen or team Bon Jovi
  • We trade war stories about the perils of being a woman in the wine industry and Michelle shares her hopeful outlook on the situation
  • Then it's a Champagne dork out -- flutes v. glasses, occasions for Champagne, and sugar levels in the wine (and a little secret about sugar in wine)
  • We discuss the storied history of Laurent-Perrier and it's pure, fresh, elegant style plus vintage and multi-vintage Champagnes from the house
  • We wrap with some information on what it's like to work for Laurent-Perrier

Finally Michelle tells us what she'll be drinking for the holidays!

A super informative podcast with a great lady. The wine is delicious too -- so put it on the list!