Category Archives: Viognier

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...

Podcast Ep 163: Getting to Know White Wines

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_163__Getting_to_Know_White_Wines.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:15 — 31.6MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSWhite 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...

Wine for Normal People Radio — Ep 107: The Northern Rhône

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/107_Ep_107__The_Northern_Rhone.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:21 — 38.1MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week we cover a bit about the Rhône Valley and then discuss specifics of the 8 communes of the Northern Rhône and what they have to offer. From north to south, the communes...

West Coast Wine Round-Up: 7 Mostly Solid Wines

I’ve been catching up on samples sent to me from a bunch of West Coast (of the US) wineries and thought I’d do a round up, rather than individual posts. It was a mixed bag but overall, the whites were far better than the reds for value and for quality....

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 081 — Discovering New Wine Regions

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/81_Ep_081__Discovering_New_Regions.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:36 — 18.7MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThanks to listener Kristaps for this week’s topic! After a great listener question on how drinking windows are determined, we give you a few steps you can follow to start exploring a new wine...

Tiptoeing into the Wines of Northern Virginia

When I visited Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, I was blown away by how good the wines were. Crisp yet fruity, elegant, and mostly delicious. So given the pleasant surprise there, I ventured out to Loudon County, about 45 minutes away from DC. I expected the styles to be similar,...

Copain: A Mendocino Gem in the Russian River Valley?

I’ve heard so much about Copain over the years. Most of the people I’ve spoken to say it’s among the best wineries in Sonoma. But I have to admit, in Sonoma, I enjoy the freedom to explore and given that I had heard that Copain was appointment only (only partially...

The Most Exciting Winery in Napa: Lava Vine

I never thought in a million years that I’d encounter a place like Lava Vine on the Silverado Trail in Napa. I mean, this is the place of tastings that cost $45 and home of some of the brands that wine snobs LOVE to tell you they have cellars full...

Last Minute Wine Gifts For Valentine’s Day…

Ok, it’s Valentine’s Day. And like everyone else in America (except for you REALLY slick people), you’re scrambling to put something together for your spouse/love/like/crush. I’m not big into the “Hallmark” holidays, as I like to call them, but I do like Valentine’s Day because it’s a great opportunity to...