Category Archives: Grapes

A Travel Itinerary for Rheingau: My Successful Fieldtrip

I’ve waxed poetic about my recent trip to Rheingau in both written and podcast form, but in a general way. I didn’t talk specifics about where and what to drink, which I know you probably want to know, especially since most of these producers have wines available in places other...

Wine for Normal People Podcast Ep 169: Priorat, Spain

A small production area of Spain, Priorat is one of only two DOCa (highest quality) regions of the country. These wines are expensive, but for good reason – they’re in short supply and are outstanding. We tell you how to get the best of the best of Priorat! Here are...

ACORN Winery: The Art and Magic of Perfect Balance

In my push to work on the “Wine for Normal People” book (draft done, selling to publishers in process!), many things took a back seat. Among those I feel guiltiest about: not reviewing the ACORN Winery samples that Bill and Betsy Nachbur so generously sent to me for consideration in...

Audio blog 9: Garnacha: In the Shadows No More

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 as you may, you just couldn’t hang out with the friend on a one-on-one basis, and ultimately,...

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...

Podcast Ep 163: Getting to Know White Wines

White wines often get dismissed as being less complex than reds but that’s hardly the case. In this episode we review aromatic v non aromatic whites and how to navigate whites to find styles & grapes that will give you a new appreciation for these wines. Specifically we talk about:...