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Feb 27, 2023

Our antipodean correspondent, Simone Madden-Grey joins the podcast again (man, scheduling over the last few years has been hard!)!  She gets us up to speed on one of the exciting trends in Australian wine right now: alternative varieties (like Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo, and more!)


We define alternative varieties,...

Feb 20, 2023

This episode presents our first ever producer on from the northern Rhône – Aurelien Chirat from Vignobles Chirat.

Photo: Aurelien Chirat. Credit: WFNP

Located in the steep terraced slopes overlooking the Rhone, in the village of Saint Michel sur Rhône, Vignobles Chirat began in 1925 when Benoit Chirat harvested...

Feb 13, 2023

Here's the of Alternatives to Chardonnay list from the show! 

Photo: Chardonnay grapes. Credit: Getty images via Canva

Chablis-Influenced – other cool climate wines

  • Alsace Pinot blanc or Alto Adige Pinot bianco
  • Dry Chenin Blanc from Loire – Savennieres (more than Vouvray)
  • Sancerre (same soils)
  • Muscadet – lees...

Feb 6, 2023


Map: Sonoma County AVAs. Sonoma County Winegrowers 

Over the last 12 years we’ve done so much on Sonoma but I realized that we’ve never done a podcast outlining the areas of Sonoma to give form to this wine paradise that has 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and covers more than a million acres of land...