Wed, 20 July 2016
This is the first of our new weekly audio blog series: short, informative readings of blog posts from winefornormalpeople.com/blog.
To kick it off, Carmenère, a grape with the most dramatic backstory in the wine world!
Find the full transcript here: http://winefornormalpeople.com/audio-blog-1-car…-story-ever-told/
Direct download: 01_Audio_blog_1__Carmenere_The_Greatest_Grape_Story_Ever_Told.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:35am EDT
Thu, 30 June 2016
Jason Haas was the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. As the GM and a partner in the Tablas Creek joint venture with the Perrin family of Rhône fame (Château de Beaucastel is one of the most famed properties in Châteauneuf du Pape and the family own several other ventures through out Rhône and Provence), Jason has had an enormous impact on the Paso Robles region and the wine style there. In addition, he is one of the most talented writers in the industry – his Tablas Creek blog has won multiple Wine Blog Awards and is up for another one in 2016.
This conversation was a culmination of years of admiration from afar -- I am a huge fan of the Tablas Creek wines and style. Here are some notes from the show:
A great conversation with a California legend in the making! This is a fascinating look at an up-and-coming area of California, and it's star player.
Direct download: EEp_162__Jason_Haas_of_Tablas_Creek_in_Paso_Robles_CA_RM.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT
Wed, 22 June 2016
One of the most common questions I get is about random stuff floating in wine and what to do with it. In this episode we cover it all -- wine diamonds, sediment, spritz, clouds, and cork -- and explain what they are and what to do when you encounter them!
Mon, 6 June 2016
You want to know more about rosé? Ian Renwick, our regular contributor from the Luberon on the border of Rhone and Provence with Domaine de la Citadelle has been studying the ins and outs of rosé for years now. As his apprenticeship comes to a close, his "dissertation" is all about rosé and he shares much of what he knows.
Here are the show notes. We discuss...
And then we end of the rosé rant!
An excellent podcast that will give you new appreciation for rosé.
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!