Fri, 20 May 2016
We go out on a limb this week, sharing a personal story on a controversial topic. But after years of questions from moms and dads to be, it's finally time.
Rarely do women in the wine industry discuss their relationship to alcohol when they're pregnant and the decisions they make about drinking while nursing. But just because it's not discussed widely, doesn't mean it's not on people's minds. This one's for you, moms and dads. It's not advice (I'm no expert or doctor) nor is it meant to persuade you to do anything. It's just our story of what we did and the how and why behind it because someone needs to say it.
So at the risk of everyone thinking I'm a terrible person, I admit that I did, in fact, drink in moderation during pregnancy. I talk about why I made the decision I did and what moderation actually meant to me (I actually tell you what I did in each trimester), M.C. Ice discusses his thoughts on it, and then we debate a bit.
Hope this helpful to some of you, and doesn't alienate others!
Direct download: 158_Ep_158__Did_I_drink_when_I_was_pregnant__Our_story.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT
Sat, 23 April 2016
Alistair Nesbitt, Ph.D candidate at the Univ of E Anglia, UK discusses his work on climate change & how it affects viticulture & the wine biz. We talk about his fascinating paper: "Climate change drives UK wine production but not without weather shocks".
Direct download: 157_Ep_157__Climate_Change_and_UK_Wine_with_Alistair_Nesbitt.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:23am EDT
Mon, 28 March 2016
First we hit on the Background on Roman Empire
Expansion of Wine
Golden Age of Wine
Viticulture in the Roman era
All in all, a dork-fest of an episode, but a very fun one indeed!
In Vino Veritas!
Mon, 22 February 2016
Santa Barbara is a cool climate wine region in CA's Central Coast. At 34˚ latitude, it doesn't seem like Pinot & Chardonnay would thrive here, but weird geology, geography, & a big ocean make the area one of CA's best & most unique cool climate hubs.
First we cover the basics on Santa Barbara:
Then we discuss the American Viticultural Areas:
If you haven't dipped a toe in to Santa Barbara's wines and you have access to them (especially those from the sub-AVAs) this podcast should get you motivated to do it!
Fri, 12 February 2016
After a great trip, compliments of Wines of British Columbia http://www.winebc.com)(, I have a great handle on what the Okanagan Valley is and what it has to offer.
After a bunch of facts, I give my opinion on what the region is and where it may be going.
Thanks again to all who made the trip possible. I'll be coming again to see the south part of the region, but I appreciate the overview and the amazing hospitality, kindness, and meticulous planning but the Wines of British Columbia and the folks at the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival. Go to http://www.winebc.com for more information!
Sun, 17 January 2016
The state of Virginia in the US has been trying to make great wine since the 1600s. After 350 years, they finally made it work! From great terroir to outstanding talent, this may be the most exciting place for wine in the US today.
After a listener question on the difference between Brouilly and Beaujolais, we talk Virginia wine:
1. The place has has 400 year history, but only about the last 30 have been exciting!
2. We talk about the challenges of climate, pests, humidity, etc of growing vitis vinifera in Virginia
3. We discuss the various regions and grapes of Virginia
4. I name names: Linden, Glen Manor, Barboursville, RdV, King Family, Veritas, Early Mountain and Blenheim make the list.
This state has a bright future if they keep churning out wines like they do from the top talent in Virginia. Delicious stuff!
Thu, 31 December 2015
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!
Sun, 8 November 2015
It's getting cooler in the northern hemisphere (and it's still not hot in the southern one!) so we thought we'd make some recommendations for what you could get to drink well this fall!
Before we get to it, we announce FALL/WINTER CLASSES! Please head to winefornormalpeople.com/classes to register!
And here are the slots:
Let us know what you wind up getting or if you have any new favorites from our recommendations!
Wed, 14 October 2015
In this episode we talk about the enormous and growing popularity (in North America) of red blends.We discuss:
Thanks for listening! Enjoy!
Fri, 21 August 2015
After a trip to this stunning region full of kind people and delicious wines, we can finally report on it!
To understand this region, you've got to get into a serious dork out mode because the story of how vinifera grapes can grow in this cold place goes all the way back to the glaciers! So briefly, in this podcast we cover:
1. The importance of the Lake Effect and how depth matters to grape growing
2. Weather and what that can do to a vine
3. Grapes and how Riesling is a goddess in the Finger Lakes, and unlike Riesling anywhere else
4. Glaciers, soils, and other nerdy earth-science stuff that relates to grape growing here.
5. History of the region and preview of the soon-to-be-released podcast with Fred Frank, grandson of the pioneer of east coast vinifera winemaking, Dr. Konstantin Frank
6. How to get these wines
After you hear this you're definitely going to want to get your hands on these wines or visit the region. A great story, and a fascinating region! Enjoy!