Wine for Normal People

Portugal has a rich winemaking tradition, a long history with wine, and lots of great wine regions. With a ton of indigenous grapes and a variety of climates across regions, it's a fascinating wine powerhouse and it's on the rise! 

  • We discuss the 4000 year history of winemaking in Portugal
  • We talk about the challenges Portugal has had in recent decades and how its winemaking is getting back on track
  • We talk grapes and how most of them are native to Portugal
  • We discuss the classification system: Vinho de Mesa, Vinho Regional, Indicação de Proveniência Regulamenta (IPR), Denominação de Origem Controlada
  • And then we hit the regions:
    • Vinho Verde
    • Tras Os Montes
    • Douro
    • Dão
    • Bairrada
    • Beira
    • Do Tejo
    • Alentejo
    • Lisboa
    • Península de Setúbal
    • Algarve
    • Madeira

 

Portugal is a fascinating place. It's a lot to digest because the grapes, region, and language are unfamiliar to many of us but the wine is worth seeking out. It's only getting better!

Direct download: 142_Ep142__Portugal.mp3
Category:wine, Portugal -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

This week we talk to Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly, the amazing wine blog that has brought the art of design to the wine world. Wine Folly's information and outstanding graphics have made wine accessible for wine lovers near and far and I was excited to speak to Madeline about how her concept for Wine Folly has evolved and her upcoming book. Most of the podcast is then devoted to a little crystal ball gazing -- we discuss where we see the wine world going in the next few years and why!

 

Thanks to Madeline and we wish her every success with her book. Visit her here: www.winefolly.com 

Direct download: 141_Ep_141__Wine_Trends_with_Madeline_Puckette_of_Wine_Folly.mp3
Category:wine, wine books -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

In this short podcast we bring back Ian Renwick, winemaker and former travel planner to answer one of the top questions I get from you: "I'm going to France. What's the best way to explore the wine regions?"

 

The options are limited, but we tell you what you can do to get the most out of your trip! 

Direct download: 140_Ep_140__Wine_Travel_in_France.mp3
Category:French wine -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

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