Category Archives: France

Wine for Normal People Podcast: Audio blog 13 — Cool Weather Whites

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audio_blog_13__Cool_Weather_Whites.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:43 — 9.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen the weather is cold, I often just want to reach for a red. It’s got higher alcohol, is served at a warmer temperature, and it’s great with hearty food. But I’m here to...

Wine for Normal People Audio Blog 11: Beaujolais Cru

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audioblog_11__Beaujolais_Cru.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:13 — 6.2MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSEvery year on the third Thursday in November at midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau hits store shelves, cafés, and restaurants around the world and (a declining number) of people rush out to get this invention of...

Audio blog 9: Garnacha: In the Shadows No More

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audio_blog_9__Garnacha_Tinta_Red_Grenache.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:38 — 13.5MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSS Let’s say you had a friend whom you loved in a group setting but whom, alone, you found to be over the top, obnoxious, rude, and sort of base or low class. Try...

Audio Blog 8: In Defense of the French AOC System

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audio_blog_8__In_Defense_of_the_AOC_System.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 14:27 — 13.4MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSAsk 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...

Wine for Normal People Radio Ep 167: Champagne — The Region

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_167__Champagne_--_The_Region.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:16 — 49.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis time we address the fascinating terroir, land, climate, and history of Champagne. This is the less-told story of the region, not the one about how the wine is made or the different types...

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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audio_blog_6__What_Exactly_IS_Ctes_du_Rhne_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:00 — 6.6MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis 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...

Tasty Beaujolais Cru

Every year on the third Thursday in November at midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau hits store shelves, cafés, and restaurants around the world and (a declining number) of people rush out to get this invention of marketing genius. The celebration of this hastily made wine, for which grapes are picked and then processed in...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 137 — Winemaking Apprentice Ian Renwick Gives the Inside View on French Winemaking

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/137_Ep__137_Winemaking_Apprentice_Ian_Renwick_gives_the_Inside_View_on_French_Winemaking.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:32:38 — 85.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week we have a complementary podcast to the one we did with Ryan Schmaltz, who did a giant pivot in his career to pursue his winemaking dream. This time we talk to Ian...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 125 The Difference Between Napa and Bordeaux Reds

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_125__Napa_v_Bordeaux_Cab.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:57 — 31.3MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSApart from the obvious (which, M.C. Ice states): there’s an ocean and a continent separating them, what IS the difference between the Caberet Sauvignon based wines of Napa and those of Bordeaux (Left Bank)....

Wine for Normal People Radio — Ep 124: Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_124__Wines_of_Languedoc-Roussillon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:50 — 34.8MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis huge wine producing region of southwest France is old, varied, and sort of inconsistent. There are a lot of misses here but a few big hits, mostly in the form of bubbles and...

Wine for Normal People Radio — Episode 124: Languedoc-Roussillon

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_124__Wines_of_Languedoc-Roussillon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:50 — 34.8MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis huge wine producing region of southwest France is old, varied, and sort of inconsistent. There are a lot of misses here but a few big hits, mostly in the form of bubbles and...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 119 — The Grape Miniseries, Cabernet Franc

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/119_Ep_119__Grape_Miniseries_Cabernet_Franc.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:27 — 34.5MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSAfter some thanks and two awesome listener questions, we take up Cabernet Franc, the parent of some of the delicious red grapes you know!  From interesting, unexpected origins, to how it spread through France, we cover the...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 108 — Vinport.com Wines for August/September 2014

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/108_Ep_108__Vinport_Wines_August_2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:50 — 30.3MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSIn this podcast we review the six selections on the vinport.com/wfnp page. As M.C. Ice says — these selections just keep getting better. This is an amazing batch and one you’ll want to hear about, even if...