Wine for Normal People

With no shortage of wine-related gadgets, not to mention all the different shapes and sizes of wine glasses, there can be some confusion as to which products actually make a difference when enjoying wine. Elizabeth and Rick debunk some myths and share their experiences with wine gadgetry. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some excellent emails, blog comments, and posts on the Facebook page Wine News - A headache-free wine?! Could this be true? Main Topic - Gadgets & Glassware (Do they make a difference?) Wine Glasses - White, Red, and Sparkling Aerators & Decanters - such as the Wine Soiree Preservers - keep your wine from turning into vinegar Openers - which work best? Chillers - In case you don’t have a fridge in your home Wine Stain Remover - an absolute must-have! Grape of the Week - Albarino (also, Alvarinho) Next Week - We tackle “terroir” (and how to pronounce it) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Norm [...]

Direct download: WFNP-008-2011-02-25.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

You may have heard people reference ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ when talking about wine.  In this episode, Elizabeth and Rick define all of the characteristics to help you figure out which of these wine styles you may like. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some excellent comments on the blog, Twitter friends, and Facebook Show Topic Ideas - Make sure to post your ideas to the Facebook page Wine News - Younger wine drinkers (and their tastes) are influencing winemakers Main Topic - Old World vs. New World (broken down with a normal explanation) How ‘terroir’ helps define old world vs. new world (and what ‘terroir’ means) Differences in weather between the old world and new world, and its impact on wine Grape of the Week - Riesling (an incredibly versatile white wine grape) Riesling growing in popularity; which regions are most popular The common flavor profiles for Riesling (Dry, Demi-Dry, Semi-Sweet, Sweet) Regions of the world that grow Riesl [...]

Direct download: WFNP-007-2011-02-18.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Confused by wine terminology?  Elizabeth and Rick define some of the most common terms and descriptors thrown around at wine tastings and dinner parties. Show Notes: News - Robert Parker no longer reviewing California wines (and why this matters) Top 10 Snobby Wine Terms & Their Meanings (listen for Elizabeth’s colorful definitions): Dusty Minerality Gamey Tannic Acidic Dry (and the opposite: Sweet) Sweet Finish Bouquet Tight Did we miss any snobby wine terms?  Tell us in the comments Grape of the Week - Chardonnay (and all its flavor variations) Take the Wine Sisterhood survey about wine-related mobile apps Next week’s topic: It’s up to you! Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People Blog with your questions or show ideas Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-006-2011-02-11.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

So, you just bought an incredibly expensive bottle of wine. Do you let it age, or drink it now? Elizabeth and Rick help explain what characteristics allow for a wine to be aged, the ideal storage conditions, and name some wines that will age well. Show Notes: Shout-outs - iTunes reviewers and comments on the blog News - Wine “Flash Sale” sites and which are best Aging wine - Which wines can age, how to age them, and for how long? Should you age wine, or should you drink when you’re thirsty? Grape of the Week: Zinfandel (and its unique origin) Flavor profiles for Zinfandel - both red and white zin (ok, pink) Next week - Wine terminology and definitions (understanding the snobs) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-005-2011-02-04.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Just like fashion, wines can be trendy. Elizabeth and Rick discuss the most popular wines of 2010 and which wine trends will be popular in the coming year. Show Notes: News - Americans are drinking more wine! Consumers - baby boomers and their millennial children Wine trends - which wines are people drinking? Wine pronunciation and ordering from the wine list Most popular wines searches in the Hello Vino app Grape of the Week: Pinot Noir (also known as the “heartbreak grape”) Trends in flavor profiles (earthy vs. jammy wines, lower alcohol) The ‘Sideways’ movie and its influence Next week: Aging - how long to hold onto a wine before drinking Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-004-2011-01-28.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Elizabeth and Rick cover everything you ever wanted to know about oak and its influence on wine, and then some. Plus, we define a few fancy wine terms to throw around at your next dinner party. Show Notes: News - New Zealand sets a lofty goal Shout out to Bosman van der Merwe Oak - The what, why, and how Flavor profiles, aging, and the good vs. bad uses of oak Some fun wine terminology Grape of the Week: Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Elizabeth’s radical proposition for Pinot Gris Differences in flavor profiles for Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio (lemon water, anyone?) Next week: Trendy wines Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

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Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

A Twitter friend asks for a wine recommendation, Elizabeth and Rick break it down. Show Notes: Which wine is best? - A loaded question News - The iPhone is (finally) coming to Verizon Wine apps that help you pick a wine Wine is subjective - we like different wines for different reasons Breaking down the process - Color, Texture, Flavors, & types of wine Red wine vs. white wine Grape Spotlight: Syrah (or Shiraz, depending on a few things) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-002-2011-01-14.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Elizabeth and Rick discuss some confusing wine terminology and set the record straight. Show Notes: A new podcast! What’s it all about? Which term is correct? Varietal or variety (of wine) It’s all about the grapes Naming conventions for wines across the world Difference between New World and Old World wines Blending wines and grape characteristics Making fun of confusing wine pronunciations It’s mer-a-TIJ not mer-a-TAHJ Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-001-2011-01-07.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 10:56pm EDT