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There was a time, not long ago, when wine tasting was regarded as something done by people with specially trained palates and sophisticated sensibilities. Today, wine is being consumed by hundreds of millions of people who drink it simply because it is what they like. Grape Encounters is about the colorful people, the places, the ambiance and the passion that makes wine drinking one of the world’s most popular pastimes.

The Central Coast of California is the home of Grape Encounters Radio. This exciting region provides endless content for the show, but we enthusiastically take listeners to the four corners of the world on a regular basis.

Hosted by David Wilson, Grape Encounters is an audio guide to special wine-related discoveries and memorable experiences. The program is lighthearted and interactive, taking listeners out of the studio and into the vineyards and tasting rooms. Grape Encounters not only talks to the experts, but also to the everyday people who are in the midst of enjoying wine and having an exceptionally good time.

Nothing Pretentious Here

Grape Encounters is not a program for wine snobs. The show is designed for everyday people who are eager to discover what wine has to offer. It is about the people, the places, the visitors, the ambiance and the passion that brings great wines to life. Grape Encounters respects the experience of the winemaker as well as the inexperience of many of the listeners, making the show popular among everyone who has an interest in wine.

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Episode #462 – Vino Argentino and The Wine Lover’s Apprentice
Grape Encounters Episode #461 - The World Wine Guys Episode #461 – The World Wine Guys
Grape Encounters Episode #460 - Experience Rosé Episode #460 – Experience Rosé!
Grape Encounters Episode #459 - Breaking the Myth about Mixing Wine & Spirits Episode #459 – Breaking the Myth about Mixing Wine & Spirits
Episode #457 – Wente Vineyards
Grape Encounters Episode #456 - Winemaker Adam LaZarre and Chef WIlliam Carter Episode #456 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre and Chef William Carter
Grape Encounters Episode #455 - Making Wine in the Blind - Everything is Possible Episode #455 – Hunt Cellars Winery and Santa Barbara Vinters Festival
Grape Encounters Episode #454 - Wine,Politics and Branding Episode #454 – Wine Branding and the Wine Judging Experience
Grape Encounters Episode #452 Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval Episode #453 – Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval
Grape Encounters Episode #453 Classy Party Cities and Sustainable Winegrowing Episode #452 – Classiest US Party Cities and Sustainable Winegrowing
Episode #451 – Chris Sawyer and the World of Pinot Noir
Episode #450 – You too, Can Be a Winemaker, and more on Vinome
Grape Encounters Episode #440 VSpin and Boutique WIne Sampler Episode #440 – The Sensation of Innovation: The V-Spin Aerating Decanter and a Sampler of an Entire Wine Region
Grape Encounters Episode #444 Wine Enthusiast Editors' Travel Picks Episode #444 – Wine Enthusiast Editors Share Their Top Wine Travel Destinations
Grape Encounters Episode #445 Wine As Aphrodisiac Episode #445 – How to have a great time with your wine!
Episode #443 – The World Wine Guys
Grape Encounters Episode #439 - Winemakers of Paso Robles book and Alex Remy of Atlas Wine Episode #439 – The Winemakers of Paso Robles and Atlas Wine
Episode #438 – Cycles Gladiator in a Can
Episode #437 – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list
Episode #434 – Holiday Wine and Boxxle: Premium Bag-In-Box Wine Dispenser
Grape Encounters Episode #432 Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy-Beauval Episode #432 – Château La France and Château Leroy-Beauval
Grape Encounters Episode #430 Fire Recovery Episode #430 – Recovering from the Fires
Grape Encounters Episode #429 Wildfires in WIne Country Episode #429 – Wild Fires In Wine Country
Grape Encounters Episode #428 Vinome - DNA can be Your Sommelier! Episode #428 – VINOME Lets Your DNA be Your Sommelier!
Episode #427 – Natural Cork Making a Big Comeback
Episode #422 – Meet Two Anderson Valley Superstars: Husch Vineyards and Foursight Wines!
Grape Encounters Episode #421 Cider vs. Wine Episode #421 – Cider vs Wine… Closer Relative than We Thought?
Grape Encounters Episode #420 Wine Questions Episode #420 – Uncommon Wine Knowledge
Grape Encounters Episode #419 Escape Your Wine Comfort Zone Episode #419 – Escape Your Wine Comfort Zone
Grape Encounters Episode #418 Eberle Vineyards Episode #418 – The Groundbreaking Gary Eberle
Grape Encounters Episode #416 WingSong 2017 Episode #416 – Winesong 2017 Will Have You Singing its Praises!
Grape Encounters Episode #415 Tony Rynders' Oregon Wines Episode #415 – Winemaker Tony Rynders has his Tendrils Wrapped Around Some Amazing Oregon Wines!
Grape Encounters Episode #413 Carter Cellar' 100pt wines Episode #414 – Mark Carter of Carter Cellars where the 100 Point Scores Keep Rolling In!
Episode #413 – At the Top of Their Game! Archery Summit in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
Episode #412 – You’ll Go Insane for Gran Moraine!
Episode #411 – How Oregon Wines Got Their French Accent!
Episode #410 - Why be a Francophile, when you can do it Napa Style? Episode #410 – Why be a Francophile, when you can do it Napa Style?
Episode #409 - The Chappellet Family: Carrying on the Mission of a Napa Legend is a Family Affair Episode #409 – The Chappellet Family: Carrying on the Mission of a Napa Legend is a Family Affair
Episode #408 - The Villa San-Juliette Jeep Tour and Wine Tasting Episode #408 – The Villa San-Juliette Jeep Tour and Wine Tasting
Episode #407 - A Conversation with Christain Roguenant Episode #407 – A Conversation with Christian Roguenant of Niven Family Wine Estate
Grape Encounters Episode #406 - AGAINST ALL ODDS. How Delia Viader Challenged Conventional Wisdom and Came Out On Top! Episode #406 – Delia Viader – Against All Odds
Episode #405 – 2017’s Vinexpo Bordeaux Takes to the Radio!
Episode #404 – Speaking Sustainability with the Uncontainable Jean-Charles Boisset!
Episode #403 – Toby Halkovich of Cakebread Cellars Talks Sustaining a Legendary Brand by Sustaining Incomparable Land
Episode #402 – Down to Earth Month and Korbel’s Commitment to Sustainability
Episode #400 – Thinking 250 years ahead in the vineyard with Tyler Thomas
Episode #399 – Beer vs Wine: Just Who is Copying Who?
Episode #398 – Pinot Point-and-Counterpoint With Special Guest Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards
Episode #397 – Pairing Wine with Movies… Now THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!
Episode #396 – Drawing the Line between Ordinary and Luxury Wine
Episode #395 – Will the end of the drought mean a flood of great wines in 2017
Episode #394 – 2017’s Vinexpo Bordeaux Takes to the Radio!
Episode #393 – Cardella Winery: Our 2016 Winery of the Year!
Grape Encounters Episode #392 – Talking Barrels with Ryan Render
Episode #391 – Finger Lakes Wine Region Update – Fracked Gas Continues to Fuel Frustration and Fear
Episode #389 – How Winemaker Mark Carter Earned 5 Perfect Scores From Wine Guru Robert Parker!
Episode #388 – What Makes Wine Good? With Sara Schneider
Episode #387 – The Magical Marvelous World of MollyDooker Wines
Episode #386 – How to Gift Wines
Episode #385 – Purple Heart Wines; Completely Dedicated to Thanking and Helping Our Veterans!
Episode #384 – Vintage Wine and Vintage Trailers Provide the Ultimate Winery Experience for Enthusiasts
Episode #383 – Blind Tasting, SOMM and Beyond: Ian Cauble & Sara Schneider
Episode #382 – Surprising Wine Trends and “I Told You So” Revelations found in the Sopexa Wine Trade Monitor!
Episode #381 – The Secret of Pairing Wine and Indian Spices
Episode #380 – Want to Expand Your Wine Expertise? The Merits of Asking the Right Pros and SommCon
Episode #379 – The Magically Marvelous Wines of Mollydooker
Episode #378 – The Chappellet Family Wines
Episode #377 – Grape Encounters Lends its Support to a REVOLT in the Wine World!
Episode #376 – SommCon 2016: Full Immersion Wine Education at its Finest!
Episode #375 – Quady Winery: Vermouth and Beyond Deviation
Episode #374 – A Few Things We Never Talk About On Grape Encounters Radio!
Episode #373 – WINESONG 2016
Episode #372 – Geoff Kruth; SOMM: Into the Bottle and CA Wine Month
Episode #371 – What Makes a Wine Good? With Sara Schneider
Episode #370 – Taste You Can Trust: Secrets of Wine and Food Pairing with David Rosengarten
Episode #369 – Talking Barrels with Ryan Render
Episode #368 – Mead Fest and Slow Money
Episode #366 – Is Everything Cool with your Wine Collection?
Episode #367 – Smokin’ Wine Country – The Sobranes Fire in Monterey County
Episode #365 – 7th Anniversary Special with Keith Saarloos and Randy Arnold
Episode #364 – The Reunion of Alexa Chappellet and David Wilson
Episode #363 – Justin Winery Executives Offer Reparations and Answers after Ecological Disaster
Episode #362 – American Wine: A Coming of Age Story
Episode #361 – Sipping Semantics: Apparently, No Wine Defies Description
Episode #360 – Wine Dogs and Wine Angels
Episode #359 – Cardella Winery – A Surprise from the Central Valley
Episode #358 – Taste You Can Trust: Secrets of Wine and Food Pairing with David Rosengarten
Episode #357 – Champion Sports, Wine and Food
Episode #356 – KAZZIT.com
Episode #355 – The Oakland Urban Wine Trail
Episode #354 – Sunset Celebration Weekend, the Kuvée and What to Look for in a Wine Club
Episode #353 – One-On-One With Michael Mondavi
Episode #352 – Talking Wine Competition Judging with Chris Sawyer
Episode #351 – Down to Earth Month in California
Episode #350 – Making America Grape Again!
Episode #349 – From the Big Screen to Big Red Wines…
Episode #348 – Coravin New Model Two: Wine Like Never Before
Episode #347 – SOMM and Beyond: Ian Cauble & Sara Schneider
Episode #346 – One-On-One with Michael Mondavi
Episode #345 – Napa Gras – The Wine Industry’s Most Colorful Party!
Episode #344 – The Secret of Pairing Wine and Indian Spices
Episode #343 – 2 “Women of the Vine” Play Leadership Roles in 2 International Wine Symposiums
Episode #342 – Love Potion No. Wine!
Episode #341 – What Wines to Pair with The Big Game
Episode #340 – What Wine Would Oscar Drink?
Episode #339 – Making Wine on Mars, Pairing Wine with Pulp Fiction, and Enjoying Wine From Rioja, Spain!
Episode #338 – It’s All Wine and Dandy for the First Radio Broadcast From Sunset Magazine’s New World Headquarters
Episode #337 – What does 2016 hold in store for the wine world?
Episode #336 – 2015 Highlights of Grape Encounters
Episode #335 – Escape Your Wine Comfort Zone
Episode #334 – Redefining the Wine Country Destination Experience
Episode #333 – A Tale of Two Wine Cultures
Episode #332 – AMERICAN WINE: A Coming of Age Story
Episode #331 – What is the WHY of Wine?
Episode #330 – KAZZIT.COM: The Ultimate Worldwide Wine Guide is Here! Plus, What Makes Port Port?
Episode #329 – Drinkin’ Barefoot: The Unlikely Success of America’s Most Successful Wine Brand!
Episode #328 – Famed Benziger Wines Owe Some of Their Success to “Sheep” Labor!
Episode #327 – Missouri Loves Company (For Wine) Plus, What it Takes to be a Grape Encounterist!
Episode #326 -New Coravin Pours on the Innovation
Episode #325 – Let’s Not Sugarcoat the News About Vintage 2015
Episode #324 – World Wine Grape Harvest 2015
Episode #323 – Romancing the Vine – Harlequin Gets Into the Wine Business
Episode #322 – GrapeSeed: What if You Had some of the World’s Greatest Winemakers on Your Payroll?
Episode #321 – What is the WHY of Wine?
Episode #320 – Sipping the Very Best… From the Far East to America’s Best!
Episode #319 – Next Glass Wine App: Maybe it’s Time to Let Your Smart Phone Choose Your Wine!
Episode #318 – It’s Time to Leave Your Wine Comfort Zone!
Episode #317 – Growing Great Wines in Unexpected Places!
Episode #316 – News from the Finger Lakes Wine Battle Grounds
Episode #315 – Wine Inspiration from the Big Screen to Big Reds…
Episode #314 – 101 Best Wineries in America!
Episode #313 – A Historic End to Our Greek Wine Odyssey
Episode #312 – These Awesome Greek Wines of Naoussa are No Myth!
Episode #311 – The Wine Industry is Looking for a Few Good Men… and Women!
Episode #310 – Next Glass; Maybe it’s Time to Let Your Smart Phone Choose Your Wine!
Episode #309 – Threats to the New York Finger Lakes Wine Region
Episode #308 – Discovering the Amazing New York Finger Lakes Wines!
Episode #307 – Hey, Hey, it’s Chardonnay!
Episode #306 – Coffee and Wine in the Same Glass and Tales From the Arizona Wine Road With a Rockstar!
Episode #305 – Playboy Chef Leaves Bunnies Behind for a Mansion of a Different Kind!
Episode #304 – Next Glass; Maybe it’s Time to Let Your Smart Phone Choose Your Wine!
Episode #303 – The Truth About Vinegar, Trying Aging Wines and How Can They Make Impossibly Cheap Wines?
Episode #302 – A Peak Behind the Scenes with the Creators of America’s Best-Selling Barefoot Wine Brand
Episode #301 – The Celebrity Wine and Music Connection
Episode 300!!! Everything’s Becker in Texas! Visiting Texas Wine Country and one of the Most Respected Names in Lone Star State Wines
Episode #299 – Greece is the Word – In Wine!
Episode #298 – It’s All Greek to Me… and the Wine is Delish!
Episode #297 – Arsenic in Wine Won’t be the Death of Wine Lovers, but Legal Terrorism May!
Episode #296 – TEXAS WINES: The Kudos are as Big as the State!
Episode #295 – Finding Great Value Wines, and the Significant Differences between Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable!
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Episode #294 – A Double-Whammy for Finger Lakes Winemakers!
Episode #293 – Making a Bad Wine Good and a Good Wine Great
Episode #292 – Coffee and Wine… In the Same Glass?
Episode #291 – Master Somm Ian Cauble tells us if we made the grade!
Episode #290 – Enjoying Wine; Barefoot and Blind
Episode #289 – What Does Fracking do to the Winery Industry in New York?
Episode #288 – The Wines of Carmel Make Our Day!
Episode #287 – The Extraordinary Rise of Vivino, Wine Blending and Petit Sirah!
Episode #286 – What Celebrity Does This Wine Remind You Of?
Episode #285 – In Appreciation of the Big Bargain Wine Brands
Episode #284 – The Best of 2014 Grape Encounters
Uncorked #780 – Collecting Wine? Make Sure the Climate is Fine
Uncorked #779 – Vino 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea
Uncorked #778 – The Physics of Your Swirl
Uncorked #777 – Wine Tipping has its Limits
Uncorked #776 – What’s In That Wine That’s Making You Feel So Fine?
Episode #283 — What You Should Know About Your New Year’s Bubbly
Uncorked #775 – Social Wine Making
Uncorked #774 – 3D Wine Technology
Uncorked #773 – Wine for the Ages
Uncorked #772 – Wine Under The Sea
Uncorked #771 – A Shoe In and Out
Episode #282 – How the Right Glass Can Dramatically Alter Your Wine Enjoyment, with George Riedel
Uncorked #770 – The Shapes of History
Uncorked # 770 – The Shapes of History
Uncorked # 769 – Connoisseurs Click Here
Uncorked #768 – Red Wine Milk Shake?
Uncorked #767 – New York State of Wine
Uncorked #766 – Buyers Beware
Episode #281 – Taking the Intimidation Out of Wine AND Having the Patience to Let it Age
Uncorked #765 – Tough Foods to Pair with WIne
Uncorked #764 – Once Opened, How Long Does It Last?
Uncorked #763 – Which State Consumes the Most Wine?
Uncorked #762 – Men vs Women Wine Habits
Uncorked #761 – The Origins of Champagne
Episode #280 – How Much Do You Know About That Wine?
Uncorked #760 – Aeration Sensation
Uncorked #759 – Maybe You Should Take Your Wine’s Temperature
Uncorked #758 – There’s Nothing to be Afraid Of!
Uncorked #757 – Merlot – Sideways No More!
Uncorked #756 – You Are What You Drink?
Uncorked #755 – How Casual is the Wine Country?
Uncorked #754 – Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering
Uncorked #753 – Are You Ready for a Loaded Question?
Uncorked #752 – Fine Wine Fire Sale
Uncorked #751 – What’s in a Name?
Episode #278 – Wine Spectator’s Top 100: One-on-One with Executive Editor Thomas Matthews. A Must-Listen Episode!
Uncorked #750 – A Little “Bringing Wine to the Party” Wisdom
Uncorked #749 – Vino 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea
Uncorked #748 – The Physics of Your Swirl
Uncorked #747 – Wine Tipping Has Its Limits
Uncorked #746 – What’s in that Wine that’s Making You Feel So Fine?
Episode #277 – Robotic Wine Tasting, Online Wine Appraisal and Wine News
Uncorked #745 – The Sensuality of Wine
Uncorked #743 – Decanters and Doughnuts
Uncorked #743 – The Apartment Winery
Uncorked #742 – Double Barrel Wines are Locked and Loaded
Episode #276 – SOMM, Sara and the Secret to Tasting Wine
Uncorked #740 – Drink and Memory
Uncorked #739 – An Airline Seeks Better Wine
Uncorked #738 – There’s a Fungus Among Us
Uncorked #737 – Those Crazy Romans…
Uncorked #736 – Discovering America’s Discoverer
Episode #275 – Vote Your Wine Rights!
Uncorked #735 – Wine Semantics
Uncorked #734 – The Power of Pitching Pinot
Uncorked #733 – A Matter of Taste
Uncorked #732 – From Classic to Table Wine
Uncorked #731 – An Unlikely Destination for an Extraordinary Wine
Episode #274 – In Defense of Cheap Wines, Powerful Pinots and the Truth About Vinegar
Uncorked #730 – A Sweet Secret About Wine and Dieting
Uncorked #729 – No, Your Wine Will NOT Turn into Vinegar
Uncorked #728 – What’s on Tap for Wine Drinkers
Uncorked #727 – Winning with Wine
Uncorked #726 – California UK
Episode #273 – “Hey Lucy, You Got Some Stainin’ To Do!”
Uncorked #725 – Now That’s Some View!
Uncorked #724 – The Key to Happiness
Uncorked #723 – It’s a Crime to Volunteer
Uncorked #722 – What ABout the Bubbles?
Uncorked #721 – Everything’s Coming Up Rosé
Episode #272 – Improving Your Wine Love Life
Uncorked #720 – Changing Your Fall Wine Wardrobe
Uncorked #719 – Life is Not Just a Cabernet
Uncorked #718 – Don’t Let the Bed BugsBite!
Uncorked #717 – Does a High Wine Price Make it Nice?
Uncorked #716 – Re-Gifting Welcome!
Episode #271 – Taking Blind Tasting to the Extreme!
Uncorked #715 – It’s a Matter of Days
Uncorked #714 – You Don’t Get a Do-Over!
Uncorked #713 – Why Not Wyoming Wine?
Uncorked #712 – Make Mine a Malbec
Episode #270 – You can’t volunteer to pick grapes!
Uncorked #711 – A Quick German Lesson
Uncorked #710 – It’s the Other Real Thing
Uncorked #709 – Fall Back to Red Wine
Uncorked #708 – Is This Wine For Real?
Uncorked #707 – How many, Gerard?
Uncorked #706 – Now That’s What I Call Sparkling!
Episode #269 – A Little Rosé, a Little Prosecco and a Whole Lot of Cupcakes!
Uncorked #705 — Cellar Not Required
Uncorked #703 — Can Music Affect WIne Quality?
Uncorked #704 — Where’s the Grape Taste?
Uncorked #702 — Sound Wine Storage Ideas
Uncorked #701 — Tainted Love
Episode 268 — Bubbles, Sparkles and Gas! Conversations with a Wiz on Fizz!
Uncorked #700 – Better Refrigerate That Box
Uncorked #699 – Wines that Don’t Pair Well with Food
Uncorked #697 – The Politics of Wine
Uncorked #696 – This Wine Tastes Like Poison
Episode #267 — Will It Stand the Test of Time? Maybe You’re Better Off NOT Knowing!
Uncorked #695 – Don’t You Dare Sniff
Uncorked #694 – Accidental Wine
Uncorked #693 – Just One Wine List?
Uncorked #692 – More on the Napa Earthquake
Uncorked #691 – Shake Up in the Wine World
Episode #266 – A 6.0 Earthquake Leaves Napa Shaken, Not Stirred!
Uncorked #688 — Which states consume the most wine?
Episode #265 – The Kuerig and the Coravin. Coffee and Wine. They Have More in Common Than You Think!
Uncorked #685 – Pass on the Glass
Uncorked #684 – Wine Didn’t You Tell Me?
Uncorked #683 – Beer taking its Cue from Wine
Uncorked #682 – Wine for Fun and Sun
Uncorked #681 – Robin’s Grapes
Episode #264 – What to Pair With Red, Red Wine to Make You Feel so Fine!
Uncorked #680 – So What’s the Deal With That Perplexing Protrusion?
Uncorked #679 – Drinking Wine Shouldn’t be a Headache!
Uncorked #678 – A Little “Bringing Wine to a Party” Wisdom
Uncorked #677 – A Sip in the Right Direction
Uncorked #676 – Drinking Outside of the Box
Uncorked #675 – Collecting Wine? Make Sure the Climate is Fine
Uncorked #674 – Vino 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea
Uncorked #673 – The Physics of Your Swirl
Uncorked #672 – Wine Tipping Has Its Limits
Uncorked #671 – What’s In That Wine That’s Making You Feel So Fine?
Episode #263 – Thoughts on Wine Blogging, Swilling & Chilling!
Episode #262–How Winemakers are Surviving Drought Conditions Across America
Uncorked #670 – Say Hooray to Rosé
Uncorked #669 – What Else to Drink This Summer?
Uncorked #668 – What to Savor This Summer
Uncorked #667 – Why Tannin Effects Your Summer Preferences
Uncorked #666 – Changing Weather, Changing Tastes
Episode #261 – Cheers to Five Years! Going Underground To Find Great Wine
Uncorked #665 – So Good You Can Bathe In It!
Uncorked #664 – ZORK—A New Twist on Wine
Uncorked #663 – Climate Change an Australian Nightmare
Uncorked #662 – Aeration Sensation
Uncorked #661 – Maybe You Should Take Your Wine’s Temperature
Episode #260 — Fighting Antiquated Wine Laws… Plus, Why DO You Like That Wine?

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