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Wine for Normal People

Wine for Normal People

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Wine for Normal People
Wine for Normal People

Wine for Normal People

Wine for Normal People

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A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available at http://winefornormalpeople.libsyn.com.

Latest Episodes

The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek

Loudoun County, Virginia is in close proximity to Washington, D.C. -- the farthest vineyards are just over an hour's drive away. The area is known more for big, beautiful event spaces & mediocre wine than as a premier region of Virginia. But about 7 years ago Aimee and Todd Henkle of Lost Creek decided to be part of the movement to change that. We learn how hey are doing so with elegant wines, one vintage at a time!

47 MIN2 days ago
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The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek

Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

Anthony Road Wine Company is a legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It’s one of the pioneering wineries of the area, and it makes wines that reflect the soils and climate of the Finger Lakes. Their wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards owned or managed by the Martini Family and carefully selected by Peter Becraft, the head winemaker. This week Peter tells us the story of Anthony Road, his path to becoming the winemaker and the things that make the wines so unique.

70 MIN1 weeks ago
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Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme

Boundary Breaks is located in the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It's the consummate cool weather growing region, where Riesling and aromatic whites reign supreme. Bruce Murray, the founder and creative force behind Boundary Breaks, tells us how he went from newspaper man, to working with Elon Musk, to running a winery so focused on terroir, they don't even have a winemaker (they have 3).

51 MIN2 weeks ago
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Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme

Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic

Sleight of Hand Cellars is the fulfillment of two dreams. Jerry Solomon was a real estate attorney in San Diego who longed for a small town life and wanted wine to be part of it. Trey Busch was a Walla Walla winemaker who had insane talent but needed a partner to make his dream winery a reality. The two created Sleight of Hand 12 years ago to create exceptional, terroir driven wines that reflect Washington's unique beauty.

70 MIN3 weeks ago
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Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic

Walla Walla, Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

Eric McKibben is a partner at Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery in Walla Walla, Washington -- one of the most underrated yet distinctive winemaking regions in the United States. He shares what makes his hometown so special and why Walla Walla Estate wines of Cabernet and Syrah, especially, are such terroir-driven standouts in the wine world.

42 MINSEP 17
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Walla Walla, Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique

Virginia, on the east coast of the United States, has much history with grape growing, but not all of it was good. Today, however, exciting producers have mastered their microclimates and are making some of the most elegant, terroir-driven wines in the United States. This week I sit down with Elizabeth Smith of Afton Mountain Vineyards. We discuss everything from Virginia history with grape growing, to terroir obsession, to the European flare of the region, and why the wines are so darn good.

50 MINSEP 10
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Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique

The Secret, Stunning Wine of Swartland, South Africa

Just 40 miles/65 km north of Cape Town lies a large area that makes the most exciting, sought after wines in South Africa. Swartland is full of passionate winemakers who create wines of such depth, flavor, and nuance that it’s hard to believe so few know about them. In this show, we tell you about the Syrah, Rhône and Mediterranean varietals, the Chenin Blanc and other stunning white blends coming from this area and why you need to seek it out ASAP!

43 MINSEP 5
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The Secret, Stunning Wine of Swartland, South Africa

Vinho Verde (is much more vast than you know!)

If you think Vinho Verde is just a fizzy summer sipper, we're about to open up a new world for you. You CAN get the run of the mill stuff but with multiple grapes, regions, and producer styles, if you dig deeper this wine has way more to it than you think!

33 MINAUG 27
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Vinho Verde (is much more vast than you know!)

Theresa Breuer of Georg Breuer Represents Rheingau, Riesling, and the New Face of German Wine

Theresa Breuer is a young woman who found herself (sadly, earlier than she expected) at the helm of one of the most respected, highest quality Riesling producers in the Rheingau region of Germany: Weingut Georg Breuer. I had the pleasure of spending the day with her a few years back and she is brilliant, poised, kind and a genius vigneron and cellar master, but more than anything, at 30-something, she is one of the best fresh faces and ambassadors for what Rheingau wine is, was, and should be.

58 MINAUG 20
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Theresa Breuer of Georg Breuer Represents Rheingau, Riesling, and the New Face of German Wine

Orange (Skin Contact) Wines

We tackle a wine style that is adored in certain hip, wine "in-crowd" circles: "orange" wine, which is actually white wine made with skin contact like a red is made. With whites, there is long contact with the skins and seeds that give the wine a darker, orange-ish color, and VERY different flavors. Spoiler alert: M.C. Ice and Elizabeth are not fans and they let it be known why!

44 MINAUG 13
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Orange (Skin Contact) Wines

Latest Episodes

The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek

Loudoun County, Virginia is in close proximity to Washington, D.C. -- the farthest vineyards are just over an hour's drive away. The area is known more for big, beautiful event spaces & mediocre wine than as a premier region of Virginia. But about 7 years ago Aimee and Todd Henkle of Lost Creek decided to be part of the movement to change that. We learn how hey are doing so with elegant wines, one vintage at a time!

47 MIN2 days ago
Comments
The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek

Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

Anthony Road Wine Company is a legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It’s one of the pioneering wineries of the area, and it makes wines that reflect the soils and climate of the Finger Lakes. Their wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards owned or managed by the Martini Family and carefully selected by Peter Becraft, the head winemaker. This week Peter tells us the story of Anthony Road, his path to becoming the winemaker and the things that make the wines so unique.

70 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme

Boundary Breaks is located in the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It's the consummate cool weather growing region, where Riesling and aromatic whites reign supreme. Bruce Murray, the founder and creative force behind Boundary Breaks, tells us how he went from newspaper man, to working with Elon Musk, to running a winery so focused on terroir, they don't even have a winemaker (they have 3).

51 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme

Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic

Sleight of Hand Cellars is the fulfillment of two dreams. Jerry Solomon was a real estate attorney in San Diego who longed for a small town life and wanted wine to be part of it. Trey Busch was a Walla Walla winemaker who had insane talent but needed a partner to make his dream winery a reality. The two created Sleight of Hand 12 years ago to create exceptional, terroir driven wines that reflect Washington's unique beauty.

70 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic

Walla Walla, Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

Eric McKibben is a partner at Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery in Walla Walla, Washington -- one of the most underrated yet distinctive winemaking regions in the United States. He shares what makes his hometown so special and why Walla Walla Estate wines of Cabernet and Syrah, especially, are such terroir-driven standouts in the wine world.

42 MINSEP 17
Comments
Walla Walla, Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique

Virginia, on the east coast of the United States, has much history with grape growing, but not all of it was good. Today, however, exciting producers have mastered their microclimates and are making some of the most elegant, terroir-driven wines in the United States. This week I sit down with Elizabeth Smith of Afton Mountain Vineyards. We discuss everything from Virginia history with grape growing, to terroir obsession, to the European flare of the region, and why the wines are so darn good.

50 MINSEP 10
Comments
Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique

The Secret, Stunning Wine of Swartland, South Africa

Just 40 miles/65 km north of Cape Town lies a large area that makes the most exciting, sought after wines in South Africa. Swartland is full of passionate winemakers who create wines of such depth, flavor, and nuance that it’s hard to believe so few know about them. In this show, we tell you about the Syrah, Rhône and Mediterranean varietals, the Chenin Blanc and other stunning white blends coming from this area and why you need to seek it out ASAP!

43 MINSEP 5
Comments
The Secret, Stunning Wine of Swartland, South Africa

Vinho Verde (is much more vast than you know!)

If you think Vinho Verde is just a fizzy summer sipper, we're about to open up a new world for you. You CAN get the run of the mill stuff but with multiple grapes, regions, and producer styles, if you dig deeper this wine has way more to it than you think!

33 MINAUG 27
Comments
Vinho Verde (is much more vast than you know!)

Theresa Breuer of Georg Breuer Represents Rheingau, Riesling, and the New Face of German Wine

Theresa Breuer is a young woman who found herself (sadly, earlier than she expected) at the helm of one of the most respected, highest quality Riesling producers in the Rheingau region of Germany: Weingut Georg Breuer. I had the pleasure of spending the day with her a few years back and she is brilliant, poised, kind and a genius vigneron and cellar master, but more than anything, at 30-something, she is one of the best fresh faces and ambassadors for what Rheingau wine is, was, and should be.

58 MINAUG 20
Comments
Theresa Breuer of Georg Breuer Represents Rheingau, Riesling, and the New Face of German Wine

Orange (Skin Contact) Wines

We tackle a wine style that is adored in certain hip, wine "in-crowd" circles: "orange" wine, which is actually white wine made with skin contact like a red is made. With whites, there is long contact with the skins and seeds that give the wine a darker, orange-ish color, and VERY different flavors. Spoiler alert: M.C. Ice and Elizabeth are not fans and they let it be known why!

44 MINAUG 13
Comments
Orange (Skin Contact) Wines