Wine for Normal People

You don't have to watch the Tour to love this podcast. We use the route of the Tour to cover the wine regions that the 2014 Tour de France pedaled through -- from the UK to Champagne to Languedoc and Southwest France. We provide snippets of info on each region, with commentary on the Tour sprinkled in. And we do it without blood doping or steroid use, thank you very much!

 

Thanks for listening! Enjoy!

Direct download: 106_Ep_106__Tour_de_France_Wine_Coverage_2014.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week we continue our interview (see Ep 104 for Part 1) with George Geris from Villa Maria Winery in New Zealand. We cover, diurnals, screw caps, Australia, New Zealand's marketing conundrum, and then M.C. Ice asserts his Fabio-sity (listen and you'll understand...)

 

Thanks for listening! 

Direct download: 105_Ep_105__New_Zealand_with_George_Geris_Pt_II.mp3
Category:New Zealand -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

I had the opportunity to ask great questions of George Geris, winemaker for the large New Zealand winery, Villa Maria. He has been all over the world learning his craft but has been a winemaker in New Zealand for 17 years, making Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. He's laid back, smart, cool and full of important info about New Zealand. 

In Part 1 of 2, we discuss George's background, what makes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc so special, and a ton of other topics about this dual island wine hit parade. 

And unlike other interview we've done before, even though M.C. Ice wasn't there, he's a major part of this podcast...listen and see. 

 

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And thanks for listening! We can’t wait to hear from you! If you’ve got a question you want us to answer, post it we’ll include it on the show!

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Podcast music: “Café connection” by morgantj / CC BY 3.0, ©2009 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) Map: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported2.5 Generic2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license

Direct download: 104_Ep_104__New_Zealand_with_George_Geris_Pt_I.mp3
Category:New Zealand -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

This week Rick makes a comeback! We get a little industry insider-y, discussing the irritating practices and dumbed down way wine is marketed to women and, specifically, to moms.

I have to admit, this holds a special place for me since I was a wine marketer but always found the generalizations made so demeaning. This one's a little nerdy, but I hope you enjoy it! 

 

Oh, and it features a clip from "A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2 in the intro.

Download it here:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/beautiful-mine-theme-from/id327091770

Direct download: Ep_103__Marketing_to_Women.mp3
Category:Wine Business -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

We return from our baby and massive home renovation hiatus with a hugely important region in the wine world -- Piedmont, Italy.

We cover the major reds and whites, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Gavi, and Moscato. This should give you a good base for exploring this region that has a ton of great wines to offer but may be a little daunting to figure out!

Direct download: 102_Ep_102__Piedmont_Italy.mp3
Category:Italian Wine -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

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
Category:wine -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

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
Category:wine -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

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

After a few great questions from listeners, we have a celebrity guest: Grammar Girl, the best selling author, award-winning podcaster, and brain behind Quickanddirtytips.com. She answers dorky questions about wine grammar in her fun, brilliant style!

Listener questions were:

  • What does it mean exactly when someone says a wine is rustic?
  • Have you found wine shopping to be like fashion i.e.; certain items are a better bargain at certain times of the year?
  • Unless I have a specific meal I am planning I tend to buy the same wine to drink and I go through stages. Am I messing up my palate by having a standard that I always go to?
  • I sought out a Blaufränkisch and I was really surprised by how sweet it was. Is this typical of all Blaufränkisch , a Hungarian style, or just that vinter?

 

And then we get to the famous Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl! She answers three questions for me:

  • Should wine types (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc) be capitalized in writing?
  • Why are some wine types not capitalized (champagne, sherry) by some wine writers?
  • What's the deal with variety v. varietal?

Mignon is a great person, brilliant, fun, and I'm thrilled we connected. Find her at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

And more about her new project, Peeve Wars here: http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

Direct download: 98_Ep_098__Listener_QA__Grammar_Girl.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

Want a wine that will last from salad to entree to cheese course? This week we discuss 8 versatile wines that will carry you through your Valentine's meal (except dessert -- you need a sweet wine for that). Choose a wine using our ideas and you'll be set for the night!

 

The Whites: Albariño, Riesling, unoaked Chardonnay from the New World

The "Others": Rosé, Sparkling wine

The Reds: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir (but be careful which one!), Barbera

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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Get a FREE audiobook download at www.audibletrial.com/winefornormalpeople. There are more than 100,000 titles to choose from, including some great wine books, for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.
 
And thanks for listening! We can't wait to hear from you! If you've got a question you want us to answer, post it we'll include it on the show!
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Podcast music: "Café connection" by morgantj / CC BY 3.0, ©2009 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Map: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported2.5 Generic2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license
Direct download: 97_Ep_097__Versatile_Valentine_Wines.mp3
Category:Food and wine -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT