Episodes
Published 02/16/24
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...
Published 02/16/24
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.  Is there a guest you want us to interview? A topic you...
Published 02/06/24
  Can sommeliers be sober? That's a question we sought to answer recently on Wine Enthusiast. As more people reevaluate their relationships with alcohol, so, too, is a growing contingent of wine industry professionals. Many of them—including sommeliers—are choosing sobriety. But what does that look like in practice? Wine Enthusiast's digital managing editor Rachel Tepper Paley talks with sommelier Laura Vidal about challenging the stereotype of what somms should be.     Is there a guest...
Published 01/16/24
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...
Published 01/03/24
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.  Is there a guest you want us to interview? A topic you want us to cover? We want to hear from...
Published 12/20/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 12/06/23
Wine and Hip Hop podcast host and star of Street Somm, Jermaine Stone explains why the best wine pairings are about meeting people where they are.      FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 11/15/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 11/07/23
Future 40 Tastemaker Marie Cheslik shares how education and community can help overcome barriers and get more people comfortable around wine. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 11/01/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 10/18/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 10/04/23
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.  FOLLOW US...
Published 09/20/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 09/06/23
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.   FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast ...
Published 08/23/23
Writers-at-large Danille Callegari and Jeff Porter and Camillia Bellini, owner of Enoteca Bellini, examine what's at the heart of the Italian wine bar experience.   FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 08/09/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 07/26/23
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.    FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 07/12/23
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.  FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 06/28/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 06/14/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 06/07/23
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. FOLLOW US ON: ...
Published 05/17/23
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   FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast  
Published 05/03/23
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...
Published 04/19/23
From permitted varieties and grape yields to hand-picked harvests, CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Mathieu Billecart gives insight into the world-renowned region.   FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
Published 04/05/23