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Turkish Wine 101

Turkish Wine 101

January 20, 2020

When I went through the WSET L2 class, at no point was Turkish wine brought into the conversation.

Quite some time ago, I came across a person on Twitter that I decided to follow because she was always talking about Turkish wine.  Through each post, her enthusiasm and passion for the wine showed through and anyone who knows me knows I love to share someone’s passion for wine. 

Andrea Lemieux, aka The Quirky Cork, began enjoying wine while she lived in Washington DC, but it wasn’t until she moved to Turkey for a job that she fell in love with it. Join us as she tells me about the long history of wine making in Turkey, teaches me how to pronounce those difficult to pronounce Turkish wine grapes, and why we can’t find these wines in the United States. She also will provide tips of the best places to visit on your next trip to Turkey.

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BEST OF EPISODE: How much would you pay for wine?

BEST OF EPISODE: How much would you pay for wine?

January 13, 2020

Something new for the podcast today.  Life is hectic and sometimes you need to do things out of necessity.  I was unable to produce an episode for this week, so I thought I would go back and find one of my most popular episodes and provide an opportunity for my new listeners to hear it and my dedicated listeners to remember the fun we had in discussing the outrageously priced bottle of wine. 

I got together with some wine writing friends to discuss a topic in the wine world that has been hitting the headlines quite a bit lately.  How much is too much to spend on bottle of wine? The topic was triggered by the announcement of Liber Pater declared that he was going to produce 550 bottles of his 2015 vintage and release them for $34K.

Now, that may be a price tag that the majority of us couldn’t even contemplate spending, but then on Instagram, a post by Amber Burke of winetraveleats, posted a photo of a bottle of Nickel & Nickel, with a hefty price tag of $185. This triggered a rather long back and back debate over whether the wine was worth it. 

With that, I opted to get my friends together and have a little heart to heart about what we are willing to spend on a bottle of wine. And is any bottle worth $34K.

 

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Anatoli Levine of Talkavino

Amber Burke of WineTravelEats

Michael Kelly of California Wine and Wineries

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Vineyards Talk; Winemakers Listen

Vineyards Talk; Winemakers Listen

January 6, 2020

Today's podcast is a science podcast.. well, sort of a science podcast. I don't get into all the geekdom that I have been known to get into in the past, but it is about the science of the vineyard and the decisions that are required to make the best wines that the site allows. 

As promised in the podcast, I have included an image of the beautiful kouloura and a link to our podcast on Assyrtiko

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Answering Those Burning Wine Questions

Answering Those Burning Wine Questions

December 30, 2019

I am answering some of those burning wine questions on today's podcast. I reached out to some amazing women in a Facebook Group I belong to called “She Podcasts.” I asked them to submit questions they had about wine that they either didn’t want to ask in public or didn’t necessarily know where to go to find the answers.  They responded with some great questions.  I am sure they are not the only ones with these questions, so I hope that my answers can help some of you learn a little bit more about wine. And please let me know if you have any questions that are not covered here.  And before we get into the podcast, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! As we approach 2020, remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” 

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Chenin Blanc on Winephabet Street

Chenin Blanc on Winephabet Street

December 23, 2019

Today, we return to Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is C!  Chenin Blanc originated in the Loire Valley of France. Today, it is extremely common in South Africa, which has about 1/5th of the plantings, as well as coming more popular in the United States.  Known to be a rather versatile grape, with the ability to produce both still and sparkling wines as well as dry, semi sweet and sweet wines. So uncork, unscrew or saber a bottle and join us as we discuss Chenin Blanc’s history, general characteristics, food pairings and leave you with 5 fast facts. And if you could please take a moment to rate and review the podcast, I would be immensely thankful! 

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What is your epiphany wine?

What is your epiphany wine?

December 16, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast! Thanks for joining in. If this is your first time, welcome and if you are a loyal listener, welcome back and thank you for all of your support! It’s been awhile, but today is a Wine Writer Wrap Up episode. I love these episodes because I get to sit around with other wine lovers and talk “shop.” And there is no better shop than wine! While you are listening, please scroll or swipe or whatever you need to do on your phone to rate review and subscribe! I hope you enjoy the conversation!

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Winephabet Street: B is for Barbera

Winephabet Street: B is for Barbera

December 9, 2019

Hey everyone! Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass sponsored by Dracaena Wines. Today we return to Winephabet Street  where the letter of the day is B and it stands for Barbera. Barbera is a versatile red grape from Piemonte, Northern Italy.  Since there has been no genetic relationship to any other native Piemontese grape, it is thought that the grape must have been imported into the region sometime in the recent past. 

Barbera use to be known as the “Piemonte People’s Wine” since it was so versatile and was planted in such abundance. So sit back, uncork, unscrew or saber a bottle and enjoy! Slainte!

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Celebrate #CabFrancDay!

Celebrate #CabFrancDay!

December 2, 2019

Today I have  special podcast for you. It’s only me today, and I am talking about my biggest passion! Cabernet Franc. As the founder of #CabFrancDay, I am on a mission to give this phenomenal grape varietal the credit it is due! 

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Wines of Australia

Wines of Australia

November 25, 2019

Hey everyone! Welcome to another episode of “The Allure of the Pour.” Today, I am so excited to sit down with Mark Davidson, Education Manager for North America for the Wines of Australia. If I’m in full disclosure, this episode should have been released over a month ago, as I was lucky enough to attend the Far From Ordinary Roadshow in New York City and interviewed Mark on the streets of NYC. However, technology failed me and the recording was not acceptable. Luckily, Mark was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to sit down with me again so that I can share the wines of Australia with you. I am a huge fan, and I think that if you try these premium wines – that are in the $20-$50 range, you will become a fan also.

During the episode, Mark talks about the incredible educational website. It truly is a wealth of information. Be sure to check it out by clicking here.

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Drink Wine, Lower Your Carbon Footprint; Steve Burch

Drink Wine, Lower Your Carbon Footprint; Steve Burch

November 18, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast sponsored by Dracaena Wines. Today’s episode is an Allure of the Pour. On these types of episodes, I sit down with one person in the wine industry, share a glass and discuss the how, where, what and why they fell in love with wine. Today on The Allure of the Pour, I sit down with Steve Burch of Acheson Wine in Sacramento.

I was drawn to his story after he was a guest on Wining Hour Chat, a wine chat that takes place every Tuesday at 9pm ET.  His “leave as little carbon footprint as possible” winery is definitely one that I will visit when I am in the area next. Plus there was a little surprise of podcasts from the past converging. You’ll have to listen to find out more!

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