Category Archives: Audio Blog

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...