Wine for Normal People

This week, Rick and Elizabeth dive into sparkling wine, and explain why bringing on the Bub is always a good idea. We start with a few shoutouts to awesome reviews on iTunes and fun comments on Facebook. And we answer another listener question! We want you to Call us!!! Do you have a wine-related question for Elizabeth? Anything goes! Call 800-599-8478 (in the U.S.) or 1-415-226-9105 and dial extension 5 to leave your question for the Wine For Normal People Podcast, and we will play it on the show! Listener Question - from Saul (NY, USA) Main Topic - Sparkling Wine Quick Hit on How Sparkling Wine is Made (very brief) The Big One: Champagne Cremant (from Loire, Limoux, Alsace) Cava (Spanish Sparkler) Prosecco, Franciacorta Sparkling Wine from USA Rosé Champagne and Sweetness Levels Please drop a comment on the Wine For Normal People Blog or Facebook Page. Dig the podcast? Please review us on iTunes and we’ll give you a shout out! Sponsored by the free Hello Vino app (wine [...]

Direct download: WFNP-026-2011-09-05.mp3
Category:Chardonnay -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

This week, Elizabeth and Rick play the ‘Wine Mythbusters’ and debunk the top 7 myths of the wine world. Expensive wines, France, and cigars are just a few of the topics covered in this episode. We start with a few shoutouts to awesome reviews on iTunes for the show! Amazing stuff! A new and fabulous piece of “old school” technology for the Wine For Normal People Podcast… Call us!!! Do you have a wine-related question for Elizabeth? Anything goes! Call 800-599-8478 (in the U.S.) or 1-415-226-9105 and dial extension 5 to leave your question for the Wine For Normal People Podcast, and we will play it on the show! Listener Question - from Brandy in the UK Main Topic - Top 7 Wine Myths DEBUNKED! We cover these topics: Flavors in Wine Aging Wines Expensive Wines French Wine Cigars & Wine High Scoring Wines (and Wine Critics) Screw Caps (vs. Corks) Grape of the Week - Tempranillo And a special and amazing thanks to Sean Amann for creating an awesome intr [...]

Direct download: WFNP-025-2011-08-17.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

And finally, we tackle the big dog of the whites: Chardonnay. So many styles, so little time. MC Ice steps in while Rick is on summer break! Here are the show notes… Some fun facts about the Chardonnay grape (the real dorky stuff and some surprising things about how boring the grape is on its own…) Typical profiles of the Old World v. New World Styles Major (and not so major) growing regions in the Old World: Burgundy, Champagne, Northern Italy, Austria, Germany, Eastern Europe Major growing regions in the New World: South America, South Africa, Australia, California A word on food and Chardonnay pairing… Chardonnay is such a huge topic that we couldn’t do anything but brush the surface. If you’ve got questions post them on  Facebook or Tweet us @Normalwine Like this? Then, tell the world: Please drop a comment on the Wine For Normal People Blog or Facebook Page. Dig the podcast? Please review us on iTunes and we’ll give you a shout out! Sponsore [...]

Direct download: WFNP-024-2011-08-12.mp3
Category:Uncategorized -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Introducing: The Quick Wine Review! A two-minute profile of an individual wine, where Elizabeth breaks down how the wine smells, tastes, feels, and which foods would pair well. The goal is to provide you with the information necessary to make an educated selection in the wine aisle - way beyond what the back label can tell you. This week: Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2010 If you like this format, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We have plans to publish these quick wine reviews for nearly every wine you can find in your local stores. We will still be publishing the long-form podcast on fun topics like the Top 10 Snobby Wine Terms and How to Speak to a Sommelier, but we will also publish these “Quick Wine Reviews” if you’d like to hear more. Like this? Then, tell the world: Please drop a comment on the Wine For Normal People Blog or Facebook Page. Dig the podcast? Please review us on iTunes and we’ll give you a shout out! Sponsored by the free Hello Vino app (wine recommendations [...]

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Category:wine -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

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Category:wine -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Not only do “Old World” (Europe) and the “New World” (everywhere else) have different approaches to making wine, it carries through right to the way they name stuff. This week, Rick and Elizabeth help explain the reason for this and cover some major European wine names and what’s actually in them… All are grapes you know and love, just masquerading as some other name. Here are the show notes: Shout-Outs -Amazing reviews on iTunes, posts on the Facebook page, comments on the blog, and replies on Twitter Main topic: A quick explanation of why Europeans name wines by place… it’s all about the Romans The whites: Chablis, Condrieu, Vouvray, Sancerre and more The reds: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cote Rotie, Barolo, Rioja, and more And grape of the week: Torrontes - the floral, peachy, yet acidic white of Argentina Please drop a comment on the Wine For Normal People Blog or Facebook Page. Dig the podcast? Please review us on iTunes and we’ll gi [...]

Direct download: WFNP-023-2011-07-22.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Have you ever stared blankly at a wine label and wondered what the wine was in the bottle? Elizabeth and Rick take you through an easy-to-understand approach to reading a wine label when making your next purchase. Show Notes: Shout-Outs -Awesome reviews on iTunes, posts on the Facebook page, comments on the blog, and replies on Twitter Main Topic - How to Read a Wine Label A cameo from Ellie the dog Information on the Label: Vintage Alcohol Content Warnings Country of Origin Producer/Importer Regions & Appellations “New World” Wine Labels (U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc.) European Wine Labels & How to Decipher Them German Wine Labels (Always a Challenge) How a Wine Label Reads Like a Beauty Product Back Labels: Beware of the B.S. Coming Soon - The Q&A Show: Ask your questions on Facebook or the blog Send us questions, comments, and some love on Twitter @NormalWine Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People blog Dig the podcast? Pleas [...]

Direct download: WFNP-022-2011-07-15.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Do you love Pinot Noir? Then, this episode is for you! Elizabeth and Rick chat about the different styles of Pinot Noir from all over the world, and help point out which Pinot Noir may be perfect for you. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Fun comments on the Facebook page, Wine for Normal People Blog, and on Twitter How to pick the perfect Pinot Noir when shopping for wine Different flavor profiles/styles of Pinot Noir Popular regions that grow Pinot Noir: Burgundy Carneros (Napa & Sonoma) Russian River Valley (Sonoma) Central Coast New Zealand Oregon (Ora-gone / Or-again, depending on how you pronounce it) Germany (where it’s called Spätburgunder) Australia Champagne (typically blush/rosé sparkling wine from this region) And a special invitation to an online wine tasting with Elizabeth & Rick Send us questions, comments, and some love on Twitter @NormalWine Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People blog Dig the podcast? Please review us on iTunes and we’ll give y [...]

Direct download: WFNP-021-2011-07-08.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Need some wine recommendations for your 4th of July and Summer outings? Elizabeth and Rick suggest some red, white, and rose wines along with some food pairings and gift ideas. Show Notes: A new, shorter intro to get right into the good stuff Main Topic - Wines for 4th of July festivities and other Summer sippers Red Wines - Pairing suggestions for grilled foods, light reds for sipping, and which red wines to bring as gifts White Wines - Refreshing choices for the Summer heat, some food pairing ideas, and which white wines would go over well at a party Rosé Wines - Not all are created equal… We provide some tips on picking the best rosé wines Grape of the Week - Grenache (or Garnacha): The flavor profiles and a little history on the grape Have you tried a Grenache/Garnacha? If so, join the conversation on the Facebook page Send us questions, comments, and some love on Twitter @NormalWine Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People blog Dig the podcast? Please review us on [...]

Direct download: WFNP-020-2011-06-30.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Shoutouts to friends on Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, and commenters on email and on the blog Main Topic: How a Grape Becomes a Wine The Goal: to talk about the important factors in winemaking without getting too technical! We focus more about where flavor comes from in the process. It all starts in the vineyard: the importance of terroir Grape flavors Destemming and crushing and what they do to flavor Fermentation and how yeast can change the taste of wine Malolactic fermentation: What it is and why it matters Aging, another word on oak, and the tale of dead yeast Blending and why the winemaker is an artist Hope this one is helpful without being too dorky! Please leave us your feedback at the Wine for Normal People blog, on the Wine For Normal People Facebook Page, and on Twitter @normalwine Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-019-2011-06-24.mp3
Category:Uncategorized -- posted at: 1:28am EDT