Audio Blog 8: In Defense of the French AOC System

Ask a European wine lover about the classification systems of Europe – you know the ones that may drive you crazy because they require that the labels don’t state the grape on the bottle but rather the place? — and you’re likely to get an earful. The EU classification of...

Audio blog #6: What exactly IS Côtes du Rhône?

This is a repost of a previous article, edited and with an audio component. I headed to one of my favorite wine shops the other day and I started speaking with a wine consultant friend there. I was getting a recommendation on a Côtes-du-Rhône and she mentioned that this category...

Audio Blog #3: Geekin’ on Greece

*This is an update and repost of a previous post, which you can find here. I haven’t addressed Greece enough on the blog or in the podcast. And that’s partially because although it has great historical importance, the country hasn’t made much headway in producing stunning wines that are easy to find....

Ep 164: Yarra Valley of Australia with Simone Madden-Grey

Introducing Simone Madden-Grey, our new “down under” correspondent, who will be helping us explore the world of wines from Australia and New Zealand. After meeting her and learning of her fascinating background we discuss the Yarra Valley, an excellent cool climate region of Australia.  Simone’s Web site, Happy Wine Woman: https://happywinewoman.com  And a...

Audio Blog 2: The Problem With U.S. Shipping Law

We’ve Freed Some of the Grapes…But Only on Paper I’ve discussed my disdain for some of the legal restrictions that the United States government has historically placed on wine, but I’ve never really taken the time to explain why I’m so outraged by this subject. Even though we’ve come far...
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