Wine for Normal People (wine)

This week we discuss three recently published books by noted wine authors. We talk about the basic premise of each book and then give our take on whether or not they're worth reading in our opinions.

The three books are:

"How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto," by Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic of The New York Times.

"The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste" by Jon Bonné, the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Buy the Right Wine Every Time: The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide" by Tom Stevenson, noted wine writer.



Direct download: 101_Ep_101__A_Few_Wine_Book_Reviews.mp3
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For our 100th episode we share some details about us -- both personal and wine-related. From talking about our childhood experiences with wine to M.C. Ice's passion and how he used to mow the lawn to my revelation of a type of wine I really hate and a cameo from the podcast founder, we use this time to share some good stuff about us!

We raise a glass to you, our loyal listeners, for being such a great community. Here's to 100 more!



Direct download: 100_Ep_100__WFNP_Gets_Personal.mp3
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You may think you know everything you need to know about tannin but in what could be our dorkiest podcast yet, we share a bunch of nerdy facts about tannin. And the show outline:

What are tannins?

  • They're the stuff that makes your mouth feel dry or pucker after you drink a red wine or a white that’s been aged in oak.
  • They are polyphenols – Chemical compounds in reds that easily bind to stuff, change often 
  • They affect color, flavor, and structure of the wine and act as a preservative – tannic wines can be cellared for a long time
  • They are Important in food and wine pairing – protein helps minimize tannins

Where do tannins come from?:

  • Found in skin, stems, seeds or from barrels or wood chips (tannin powder in the cheap wine)
  • Some words on tanning leather and how tannins impact animal skins
  • Vineyard management and winemaking

We then cover tannic food and high tannin wines including the big four:

  • Nebbiolo
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tannat
  • Syrah

Enjoy and please drop any comments or questions here or on Facebook or Twitter!

Direct download: 99_Ep_099__What_is_Tannin_.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Based on a blog post I wrote on the same subject, in this episode we talk abut the three important things that distinguish cheap plonk from well made wine.

Here are a few links of stuff we mention on the show:

1. Tugboat Yards to support us or sign up for an online class (thank you!).

2. Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

3. The blog post that details the important stuff in this post. Read now.


Direct download: 96_Ep_096__Difference_Btw_Cheap__Expensive_Wine.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

Residual sugar is a term that wine people love to throw around. Although you may have a vague idea of what it is, this podcast will clear it all up. We'll talk about this term, why RS exists in wine, what it can taste like, and why it all matters so the next time someone spouts things about this term, you can explain a thing or two to them!

Direct download: Ep_093_What_is_Residual_Sugar_.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Temperature can help make or break a wine's flavors and aromas. In this episode we cover the right temps for certain wines and then tell you what to do to fix the temperature of a wine if you need to serve it and it's not quite right!

Direct download: 92_Ep_092__Serving_Wine_at_the_Right_Temp.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Are you at a loss for what to get a wine lover for the holidays? Have some etiquette questions on sharing your good stuff for Festivus? Look no further, we've got fun ideas for these holidays or any gift giving occasions! 

Direct download: 91_Ep_091__Wine_Holiday_Gifts_and_Gift_Etiquette.mp3
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From Rosé Champagne to Beaujolais-Villages, we've got a range to recommend to our American friends. Part shameless commerce division (the wines are available on, part food pairing bonanza we've got wines to make your TG more delicious!

Here is a list of the wines we mention:

Grüner Veltliner

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Alsace Riesling

Rosé Champagne

Super Tuscan Syrah


Cahors (mostly Malbec)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please let us know how the wines were, especially if you ordered them from Vinport!

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: 90_Ep_090__Thanksgiving_Wines_2013.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

By request from normal wine people who have ordered wines from Vinport/WFNP, we did a podcast on the six wines offered in September through our partnership (full disclosure: I get a small cut of the profit).

Even if you can't get these wines shipped to you, you'll still learn a ton about grapes, regions, and flavors since we talk both generally and specifically about the wines offered. Each are classic examples from their regions. Here is the lineup that we talk about:

NV Serre Colsenta Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG, Italy $18

2012 Domaine Masson-Blondelet, Pouilly-Fumé, $25

2009 Bodega de Los Clop Reserva, Malbec, $18

2008 Leone d'Oro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Italy, $20

2009 Chateau Haut Beyzac, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France, $38

2009 Domaine de Nalys, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Châtaignier, $55

Direct download: Wine_Reviews__September_2013_Vinport_Selections.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

Thanks to listener Kristaps for this week's topic! 

After a great listener question on how drinking windows are determined, we give you a few steps you can follow to start exploring a new wine region. In short:

  • Get a map
  • Read and research
  • Narrow down to what sounds good
  • Figure out how to get the wines you want
  • Evaluate them, fairly



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Direct download: 81_Ep_081__Discovering_New_Regions.mp3
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