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Wine Enthusiast Podcast

The Wine Enthusiast Podcast takes you on a tantalizing trip into the world of wine, beer and spirits. Drink up engaging, behind-the-scenes stories reported and recorded by Wine Enthusiast’s editors. In each episode, we explore emerging trends, provide educational tidbits, and introduce you to the passionate people who craft, shake, ferment, and pour their beverage of choice. Inside every bottle is a story.
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Feb 16, 2024

On the surface, winemakers appear to lead a glamorous, jet-setting life of international travel, fancy wine dinners and a never-ending supply of enviable bottles. But what is it really like to work in wine?

Wine Enthusiast Writer-at-Large Christina Pickard speaks to three well-respected winemakers from Australia and New Zealand on their entry into the industry. Hear from Paul Pujol, whose early experiences include a too-close-for-comfort experience with toxic chemicals; Jenny Dobson, who punched through the glass ceiling to produce her own wine label; and Helen Masters, who improbably scored a gig at a lauded winery, where years later she became the head winemaker.

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Feb 6, 2024

What drinks trends will reign supreme in 2024? To know our future, we must know our past. Wine Enthusiast’s Tasting Director, Anna-Christina Cabrales chats with our spirits reviewer and writer-at-large Kara Newman about the important things like: Will the espresso martini fall out of fashion? Will canned wine continue its reign? Find out where they land with year's predictions after a candid round of "Love Its" and "Hate Its" of 2023. 

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Jan 16, 2024

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Jan 3, 2024

Some of the longest-living people in the world drink upwards of two glasses of wine daily, according to Dan Buettner's research for the best-selling Blue Zones books and program, which are also the basis of a Netflix documentary, ' Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones.'

As some of us cut back on our alcohol consumption during 'Dry January,' Wine Enthusiast producer Sam Sette talks to Buettner about whether temporary abstinence is the answer to long-term health. Listen to find out how Buettner’s findings from the Blue Zones can shape a more informed approach to drinking in the new year.

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Dec 20, 2023

Despite early naysayers who suggested she develop a different kind of sparkling wine, the award-winning actress, writer–and now Viarae Prosecco creator–Issa Rae believes in the drink’s power of authenticity.

In this episode, she talks to @Jacy Topps about why she prefers Prosecco over Champagne, whom she’d most like to share a glass with, and what it’s like to break into the wine industry. 

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Dec 6, 2023

Cara Morrison of Sonoma-Cutrer shares what she wishes more people knew about the disputable grape and how her team continues to craft a wine for the ages.

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Nov 15, 2023

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Nov 7, 2023

Writer at large, Christina Pickard sat down with Maureen Downey, to discuss the latest on one of the largest wine fraud cases in modern history. In 2013, Rudy Kurniawan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling millions of dollars in fake rare vintages.

For the full back story, check out Wine Enthusiast’s true crime podcast, Vinfamous.

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Nov 1, 2023

Future 40 Tastemaker Marie Cheslik shares how education and community can help overcome barriers and get more people comfortable around wine.

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Oct 18, 2023

Future 40 Tastemaker Martha Cisneros Paja, founder of the Latinas Wine Club, shares how education and empowerment can open doors to a more inclusive wine industry.

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Oct 4, 2023

The the first in our 3-part series highlighting some of this year’s Future 40 Tastemakers,we sit down with Alice Achayo, who founded The Wine Linguist, a consulting company created to educate wine professionals and drinkers to broaden how they think and talk about wine.

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Sep 20, 2023

The story of climate change is not just one of elevated temperatures. Smoke taint, droughts, frost, flooding, hailstorms and excessive rainfall all are impacting the vineyards. And the impact of wine production is becoming more obvious. So, just how is it affecting wine production? 

This week, Editor Jacy Topps sat down with Steve Peck to discuss. Peck is the VP of winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines in Paso Robles, California, in which he oversees the full portfolio. 

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Sep 6, 2023

Orange wine is still a bit of an enigma, despite the style being centuries-old. So, Wine Enthusiast editor, Jacy Topps sat down with Doreen Winkler to discuss all things orange wine. Doreen Winkler is a sommelier, orange wine expert and the founder of Orange Glou, the only brick and mortar wine retail shop in the world solely dedicated to the category.

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Aug 23, 2023

This week we’re highlighting the amazing world of Portuguese wine. Author and Wine Enthusiast’s Spanish wine reviewer, Mike DeSimone sat down with John Sumners to discuss one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. 

Sumners is a freelance wine writer and California and Portugal wine specialist based in Lisbon. He is also the author of There’s More Than Port In Portugal: The Unpretentious Guide to Portuguese Wine.

 

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Aug 9, 2023

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Jul 26, 2023

In this episode, Jacy Topps sits down with Laura Silverman and Emily Heintz to discuss the NA culture in the beverage space. Laura is the founder of Zero Proof Nation, a platform highlighting non-alcoholic beverages and the culture driving their growth. And Emily is the founder of Sèchey, a retail bottle shop in Charleston, specializing in no-low-alcohol beverages.

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Jul 12, 2023

Fourth-generation winemaker Jake Bilbro discusses the benefits of his new sustainable wine brand, Revelshine and how it's shaking up the canned- wine category. 

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Jun 28, 2023

Peter Mondavi Jr, third-generation co-proprietor of Charles Krug Winery and Jeremy Carter, winemaker and founding partner of Tarpon Cellars sit down to dicuss what the future may hold for the iconic region. 

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Jun 14, 2023

Award-winning author Jon Bonné discusses his newly released book The New French Wine and what’s changing throughout one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world.

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Jun 7, 2023

Writer at large and spirit’s reviewer, Kara Newman chats with Ali Bolourchi to discuss the rise of caviar throughout the U.S. Ali Bolourchi is the owner of Tsar Nicoulai, a sturgeon ranch in Wilton California, right outside of Sacramento. Sacramento County produces most of the caviar made in the United States.

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May 17, 2023

The 80s was an important decade for wine in the U.S. It was also an important time for Wine Enthusiast Companies because the magazine was launched in the decade.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the magazine, not only did the print team create an amazing May issue, which is out now, managing print editor John Capone sat down with, chairman and cofounder of Wine Enthusiast Companies, Adam Strum to discuss the transformative decade.

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May 3, 2023

What is rosé? Where did it come from? How is it produced, and why is the trendy category not dying down? I sat down with Katherine Cole to discuss the diverse category.

Cole is a wine writer, executive producer and host of the James Beard award-winning podcast, The Four Top and author of the book Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine

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Apr 19, 2023

Certification programs can be a great experience for those who want to learn more about wine. However, to make wine more accessible, the wine community has been questioning traditional educational programs as they currently are.

With pricey courses and curriculum rooted in Eurocentric language, are certification programs creating barriers in the industry? Will expanding how we view education remove some of those barriers? We sat down with Layla Schlack and Larissa Dubose to discuss the wine education landscape.

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Apr 5, 2023

From permitted varieties and grape yields to hand-picked harvests, CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Mathieu Billecart gives insight into the world-renowned region.

 

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Mar 22, 2023

Whether you’re in media, sales, winemaking or the public relations sector, the wine industry can be intense. So, this week, we’re taking on work-life balance. 

Is there such a thing or are they buzzwords? We sat down with Rebecca Hopkins to find out. Hopkins is a PR and communication specialist, who has worked in wine for nearly 30 years. In 2018, she launched A Balanced Glass, an online community providing tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working in the beverage industry.

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