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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 #585 – Wes Hagen – Finding Your Wine Happy Place Despite All the Heartache
Episode #584 – How an Act of Defiance Gave Birth to Two Rock Stars!
Episode #583 – Two Women in Wine Offer Much-needed Guidance
Episode #581 – Perfectly Paired Part 2. Life, Love and Lessons Learned Under the Silver Oak
Episode #579 – The Unimaginable Road Trip That Ended 6 Months of Solitary Confinement
Episode #578 – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Barefoot. A Covid-Era Conversation with Michael Houlihan
Episode #577 – Take a PEAKE at One of America’s Hottest Fledgling Wineries!
Episode #576 – ArteVino… Where Fine Art and Fine Wine Collide in a Beautiful Way!
Episode #575 – Virtual Wine Dating, The Covid Loss of Wine Taste Curse and More!
Episode #574 – How Tasting Rooms, Wine Bars and Awesome Events Like The Oregon Wine Experience are Finding Ways to Carry On
Episode #573 – Checking in on East Coast Faves; Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da Vineyards and Bad Company Bassist Turned Musical Chef, Paul Cullen
Episode #572 – Jancis Robinson and Chef Rick Moonen
Episode #571 – Adjusting to Wine Appreciation in a Pandemic Place and Time
Episode #570 – World Affairs and What They Mean to Wine
Episode #569 – SOBAR: The Science of Sobriety and a New Product to Take on Alcohol Absorption
Episode #568 – A Virtually Incomparable Rose Day with Jon McDaniel
Grape Encounters #565 - Ancient Italian Winemaking - Vinum Hadrianum Episode #566 – A Huge Step Forward in Sonoma and a Huge Step Back in Italy!
Grape Encounters #565 - Episode #565 – Cooking, Vacation Planning and Experiencing the Napa Valley Virtually… From Home!
Episode #564 – The Mondavi Light Shines Bright at the Napa Valley’s Oldest Winery
Episode #563 – How COVID-19 is forcing Boutique Winemakers to Sink or Swim
Grape Encounters #562 - Winery Weddings and Wine Tastings Get Walloped by Coronavirus Episode #562 – What Happens When Winery Weddings and Wine Tastings Get Walloped by the Corona Conundrum?
Episode #561 – What Hops, Quacks and Pairs Perfectly With Fermented Grapes?
Grape Encounters #560 - Honey Wine Episode #560 – Why Lament Together When We Can Ferment Together? The National Honey Wine Project!
Grape Encounters #559 - Two Stories About Innovating Beyond the Quarantine’s Confines Episode #559 – A Renowned Chef. A Beloved Winemaker. Two Stories About Innovating Beyond the Quarantine’s Confines
Grape Encounters #558 - Wine Enjoyment While Sheltering in Place Episode #558 – Creative Wine Enjoyment While Sheltering in Place
Episode #557 – The Economics of Wine, Sustainability in Place, Plus a Honey of a Surprise!
Episode #555 – HOME SWEET HOME! Grape Encounters Returns to its Roots!
Episode #554 – Jancis Robinson: The Reigning Queen of Wine Meets the Often-Irreverent Wine Maverick!
Episode 553 – Meet the Renaissance Man of Wine, Music and Art!
Episode #552 – Wine and Food Pairing is for Real People, Not Just an Elite Class!
Episode #551 – Where Will All That Grape Juice Go? Are We Facing a Glut?
Episode #550 – If Your Dream is Owning a Winery or Vineyard, You’re in Good Company!
Grape Encounters #549 - A Georgetown Rendezvous With the Best of Bordeaux Episode #549 – A Georgetown Rendezvous With the Best of Bordeaux!
Episode #548 – Is Social Media Causing Pretentiousness to Skyrocket?
Episode #547 – 100% Tariffs on French Wine Could Pummel the World Wine Industry like a Meteorite
Episode #546 – The Many Routes to Becoming a Sommelier
Episode #545 – An Encore With Our French Connection, Jean-Charles Boisset
Episode #544 – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers
Episode #543 – Wine Resources That Will Keep You From Making Big Mistakes
Episode #542 – (Wine) Cocktails Anyone? Cool Concoctions From the Wine Institute!
Episode #541 – Wes Hagen on Enjoying Wine
Episode #540 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre on Thanksgiving Wines
Episode #539 – Perfect Turkey? Don’t Mess Up the Wine!
Episode #538 – The Intersection of Wine, Art and Music
Episode #537 – The Good News and Bad News From Wine Country This Fall
Episode #536 – Wine Country Communities Face Inferno With Courage and Conviction
Episode #535 – Happy Hallo-Wine! Macabre Wines and Wine Stories
Episode #534 – Biodynamic and Built From Hemp in the South of France
Episode #533 – Pinots and Plaid with the Wine Fashionista, Emily Martin
Episode #532 – Changing Into Your Fall Wine Wardrobe With Master Somm Catherine Fallis
Episode #531 – Will the Crazy 2019 Harvest Yield Crazy Good Wines, or is that a Crazy Thought?
Episode #530 – The Unabridged Wine World According to Jean-Charles Boisset!
Episode #529 – The Ultimate Oregon Wine Experience Explained
Episode #528 – California Wine Month
Episode #527 – Why do Wines Cost What they Cost?
Grape Encounters #526 - Helping Your Wine Keep its Cool Episode #526 – Helping Your Wine Keep Its Cool!
Episode #525 – Summer Wine News
Episode #524 – Star Trek, Captain Picard and Wine: A New Enterprise
Grape Encounters #523 - Mistakes Every Wine Lover Should Avoid Episode #523 – Wine Mistakes Every Wine Lover Should Avoid
Episode #522 – Canned Wine and Turning Wine, Oh My!
Grape Encounters #521 - Tom Rodrigues: Ultimate Renaissance Man Episode #521 – Tom Rodrigues: Meet the Ultimate Wine Renaissance Man
Episode #520 – Wine Regions That are Off Your Radar: Lodi and Clarksburg, CA
Episode #519 – A Landmark Wine Decision in the Supreme Court
Episode #518 – Canned Wine and Packaging Trends
Grape Encounters #517 - What to do if wine doesn't like you Episode #517 – What to do if Wine Doesn’t Like You!
Episode #516 – Krug Sunset Cinema
Grape Encounters #515 Episode #515 – Latest Wine News
Episode #514 – Breaking Wine Rules
Episode #513 – Family-friendly Wineries
Episode #512 – Wine Trends with Wes Hagen
Episode #511 – Stop the Wine Pretentiousness!
Episode #510 – Keith Roberts of the Young Dubliners and Hakone Gardens
Episode #509 – The Sacramento Wine & Food Scene
Episode #508 – The New Book: Wine Country Table
Episode #507 – Horseback Riding at Cooper-Gerrod Estate Vineyards
Grape Encounters #506 - Best of Oregon, Carter House Inns and DeVitt Winery Episode #506 – Best of Oregon: Carter House Inns and Devitt Winery
Episode #505 - The Oregon Wine Experience, Dancin and Cameron Hughes Episode #505 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Dancin and Cameron Hughes
Grape Encounters #504 - Brent Keast Episode #504 – Brent Keast
Grape Encounters #503 - Wes Hagen Episode #503 – Wes Hagen
Grape Encounters #502 - Tom Rodrigues: Pinot, Prizes, Pigs and Packaging Episode #502 – Tom Rodrigues: Pinot, Prizes, Pigs and Packaging
Episode #501 – Tim Hanni, Master of Wine
Grape Encounters #500 - Anniversary Show with Keith Saarloos and Dave Van Dyke Episode #500 – Anniversary Show with Keith Saarloos and Dave Van Dyke
Grape Encounters #498 - Britanny Hahn Episode #498 – Brittany Hahn of Houssels Hahn
Grape Encounters #497 - Oregon Wine and Abacela Winery Episode #497 – The Oregon Wine Experience, Abacela Winery and Dancin Vineyards
Grape Encounters #496 - Winemaker Adam LaZarre Episode #496 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre
Episode #495 – Catena Zapata and Kathleen Bershad, Author
Grape Encounters #494 - Quality Wine Barrels Episode #494 – Quality Wine Barrels
Episode #493 – The Grounded Wine Company
Grape Encounters #492 - Conversation Marketing with Kevin Lund Episode #492 – Conversation Marketing with Kevin Lund
Episode #491 – Mighway Adventure continues to Carter House Inn and Devitt Winery
Grape Encounters #490 - Mighway, Thousand Trails Camping and Sonoma County Episode #490 – Mighway, Thousand Trails Camping and Sonoma County
Episode #489 – Harvest Hosts and Mighway RV Adventures
Grape Encounters #488 - Quality Wine Barrels Episode #488 – Quality Wine Barrels
Grape Encounters #487 - The Challenges of U.S. Wine Commerce Episode #487 – U.S. Wine Commerce, and Cannabis & Wine
Grape Encounters #486 - Thanksgiving Episode #486 – Thanksgiving
Grape Encounters #485 - The Anniversary of the Tubbs Fire and Sustainability Episode #485 – The Anniversary of the Tubbs Fire and Sustainability
Episode #475 - California Wine Month Episode #475 – California Wine Month
Episode #474 – Winesong Artist of the Year, Tom Rodrigues
Grape Encounters #472 - Winemaker Adam LaZarre Episode #472 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre
Episode #470 – What’s Hot in Wine and Wine Events, including WineSong

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