Wine for Normal People

You asked for it and we delivered! Per the request of many listeners, we revisit Spain in this episode.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you don't have to look hard to find values from Spain. But beyond Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where you should look for great red wines that won't break the bank? Some of the best red wines are from regions you may not know. In this episode we talk about:

  • Toro
  • Calatayud
  • Navarra
  • Bierzo
  • Jumilla/Yecla and
  • Montsant

These are some of the best red wine values in the world! Enjoy and let us know what you think! 

Direct download: 122_Ep__122_Spainsh_Wine_Best_Red_Values.mp3
Category:Spanish wine -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

It's Groundhog Day in the US, which means, according to the namessake movie, we get a do-over! So we re-do the episode on aging -- we discuss what to hold, why, and the history behind it. We talk about ideal storage conditions & why we don't cellar wine. 

We hit on:

  • The history of aging wine
  • The chemical components that make a wine good for aging
  • The role of cork in aging
  • Which wines may age best
  • The ideal conditions for cellaring and ways to cellar wine -- temperature, humidity, light, vibration
  • Bottle types and dumb phases
  • Why we don't cellar wine

Hope you enjoy and learn more this time than the last time we covered this! 

Direct download: 121_Ep_121__Aging_Wine_Revisited.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

For Australia Day, we revisit this amazing continent and one of its finest wine gems -- Margaret River. As Australia emerges from its post-critter wine era, the country is in need of a reset. If ever there was a region to rejigger people's perception of Aussie wine, this is it. 

Australia Day

Here's the link: MARGARET RIVER

  • We first talk about Western Australia -- its size, location, and the other wine regions here.
  • We focus in on Margaret River, the area that makes 3% of Australia's wine and 20% of its premium wine. 
  • Margaret River was founded purely as a science project, and it's worked out pretty well. We hit on climate, terroir, soil, and the most successful grapes.

After you hear our description of the flavor profiles of these wines, you're going to want to run out to get some! And you should. It's great stuff. 

Enjoy and happy Australia Day!

 

Direct download: 120_Ep__120_Margaret_River_Australia.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 1:49am EDT

After some thanks and two awesome listener questions, we take up Cabernet Franc, the parent of some of the delicious red grapes you know! 

From interesting, unexpected origins, to how it spread through France, we cover the early life story of this amazing grape. 

Then comes the dork fest, with info on grape DNA, flavors, and the importance of canopy management. We discuss where this old grape grows, and the best emerging areas. 

 

The podcast hopefully will inspire you to seek out wine made from this moderate, flavorful grape.

 

Hope you enjoy it! 

 

Direct download: 119_Ep_119__Grape_Miniseries_Cabernet_Franc.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

I had the honor of talking with Bill and Betsy Nachbaur of ACORN Winery in Sonoma. From Sonoma history, to grape leaf shape, canopy management, barrel toast, and their specialty -- field blends -- you will learn so much from this podcast. I know I did!

 

A few more details on the winery we forgot to hit...the significance of the winery and vineyard names...

 

Vineyard Name
Our Vineyard name, “Alegría”, means happiness and joy in Spanish. Bill chose the name, because he was much happier as a farmer than he’d been as a lawyer (and folks like his products) .  He chose a Spanish word to honor California’s Mexican heritage, and to recognize that our ranch was  part of the Rancho Sotoyome land grant.  Spanish was spoken here before English, and our workers are mostly Mexican. We also use it as a toast. Alegría!
 
We wanted the winery name to be different than the vineyard name, because we wanted out grape buyers (we sell about a third of our grapes to other wineries), to vineyard-designate the wines they made from our  Alegría Vineyard grapes. We felt they’d be more likely to do so, if the vineyard name was not also the name of a winery.  Also, because Betsy’s Dad (and others) kept mispronouncing Alegría (saying Algeria), we wanted a name that was easily pronounceable and memorable.
 
Winery Name 

 

We chose “ACORN” because we are tiny like an acorn; there are oak trees in our vineyards, our wine is aged in oak barrels; and an acorn is a symbol of potential, prosperity, and good fortune. It is also easy to pronounce. A writer once headlined an article about us: “Mighty Wines From Little Acorn Flow.”
Direct download: 118_Ep_118__ACORN_Winery_of_Sonoma_CA.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 2:44am EDT