Category Archives: Podcast

Wine for Normal People Podcast: Ep 178, Slovenia

Slovenia is small but it’s up and coming! It’s a fascinating place with a long winemaking tradition that should pique your interest. ________________________________________________________ Before you read on, a great thanks to our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus! The Great Courses Plus has over 8,000 lectures on a ton of subjects,...

Wine for Normal People Audio Blog 11: 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...

Bonus Audio: An Ode To Halloween Candy Pairing

A poem…because Halloween is our favorite holiday! An Ode To Halloween Candy Pairing… Halloween was fun, now it’s day of the dead So don’t make a mistake that will mess with your head Although some have an empty bowl where once there were sweets Most of us have tons of...

Audio Blog 10: Organic and Biodynamic Wine

I LOVE the idea of organic and Biodynamic wine (and food for that matter). Perhaps it’s because I was raised by a hippie mom (I knew what macrobiotic meant by the time I was like 5) or maybe it’s because I’m an earth sign (Virgo), but actually, I think it’s because...

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...

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 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...