Wine for Normal People (french wine)
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

Ep 079: Loire Part 2

We released Loire Part 1 but it was so dense we needed a breather!

This week, we return with a short overview of the region, covering the eastern areas, including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, the most famous of the modern Loire regions. 

Direct download: Ep_079__Loire_Part_2.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

We start parallel coverage of the Tour de France 2013. This time we cover Corsica and Provence, with mini overviews of the wines available in the regions through which the Tour is cycling!

Phill and Paul -- watch out! M.C. Ice and I have our own Tour commentary (does wine count as "doping?")!!

Stay tuned, we'll cover any regions where good wine is made! 

Direct download: Tour_de_France_2013_Stages_1-5.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 9:28am EDT