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Ep 223: North Canterbury, New Zealand's Hidden Gem with Simone Madden-Grey

Wine for Normal People

Release Date: 03/10/2018

Ep 402: Corsica, the French Island with an Italian Accent show art Ep 402: Corsica, the French Island with an Italian Accent

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French Corsica is the 4th largest Mediterranean island and the most mountainous. Although part of France, but in many ways closer to Italy (proximity, grapes, and wine styles!).

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Ep 401: Easy Wine Cocktails to Make You the Hero of Holiday Hosting show art Ep 401: Easy Wine Cocktails to Make You the Hero of Holiday Hosting

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Wine is essential to the Thanksgiving meal, and we discuss some pairing strategies as we do every year. Our quick “greatest hits” is from the TV spot I did with WWLP in Massachusetts (links on winefornormalpeople.libsyn.com)

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Ep 400: 10 Things That Have Changed in Wine in the 10 Years of WFNP show art Ep 400: 10 Things That Have Changed in Wine in the 10 Years of WFNP

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Thank you for 10+ years and 400 episodes. We couldn’t do it without you! A VERY special thanks to our Patrons who have kept the show alive since 2018. 

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Ep 399: Basilicata, Italy and the Wines of Aglianico del Vulture show art Ep 399: Basilicata, Italy and the Wines of Aglianico del Vulture

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Basilicata is a tiny region that represents the arch of the Italy’s boot -the small area that borders Calabria, Puglia, Campania, and the Gulf of Taranto. In this small region, where a small percentage of wine is high quality, there is a shining star – a wine that can rival the best of the best in all of Italy – Aglianico del Vulture. In this show we discuss the background of this ancient southern Italian region and focus on Aglianico and the extinct volcano, Monte Vulture, where it makes exquisite wi

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Ep 398: The Grape Miniseries -- Merlot Revisited show art Ep 398: The Grape Miniseries -- Merlot Revisited

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10 years after the first show on Merlot, it was time for a refresh!

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Ep 397:  The World of Online Wine Auctions with WineBid CEO Russ Mann show art Ep 397: The World of Online Wine Auctions with WineBid CEO Russ Mann

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WineBid is the largest online auction site for wine and it's been around for 25 years. In this show, Russ Mann, CEO of WineBid, breaks down the entire wine auction market – from live -scratching-your-nose-to-bid events, to charity auctions, to online auctions. I can’t tell you how much I learned from this show and how excited I am to start bidding and buying wine on their site. I was hesitant before but I think I can do this -- you should listen and you'll feel the same! 

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Ep 396: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings Revisited show art Ep 396: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings Revisited

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We scoured the internet to find commonly recommended pairings, so we could actually try them and tell you if any of these things actually work. Much like our prior episode, the news isn’t great, but we did find a few diamonds in the rough, including an extremely surprising combo that I thought could be lethal! Patrons Kelsey and Colby Eliades guest host with me to power through this episode and sum up the things we learned about candy pairings – what works, what doesn’t, and why!

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Ep 395: Walla Walla, Washington's Caprio Cellars and Its Estate Wines show art Ep 395: Walla Walla, Washington's Caprio Cellars and Its Estate Wines

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In this episode we discuss Caprio Cellars, which makes wines from estate vineyards in the Walla Walla AVA of eastern Washington. Owner and winemaker, Dennis Murphy talks about Walla Walla and the wines he makes mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from his 3 estate vineyards.

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Ep 394: Germany Overview show art Ep 394: Germany Overview

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After 10.5 years of doing the podcast I realized that we have never done an overview of Germany! Shame on me! Well, now we have.

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Ep 393: A Trip to Vinho Verde and a Fresh Outlook on these Wines show art Ep 393: A Trip to Vinho Verde and a Fresh Outlook on these Wines

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This is an audio travel diary in a way -- it is bringing things we've covered in the past (Episode 291 has details not in this show) to real life application, since I just returned from a trip to the Vinho Verde region. After talking about a tasting of Ports at a few lodges, we discuss Vinho Verde. This show is not about the fizzy base tier wines, but about the premium wines that are single grape varieties, made with better grapes by meticulous winemakers. It's a new look at an old region!

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Fresh off an amazing trip to the North Canterbury region, just north of Christchurch on the South Island of her homeland, New Zealand, Simone Madden-Grey let's us in on a little known region that we all need to try (and visit): North Canterbury.

Here are some quick notes from the show:

  • The Alps are to the west, the Pacific Ocean to the east.
  • Cool, dry climate with high sunshine and a long growing season means pure, flavorful wines -- especially aromatic whites like Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer since the climate is similar to Alsace. Pinot Noir is also stunning from here
  • 3% of NZ production
  • Wines are grown on the valley floor and vineyards (top ones) are being planted on the hillsides and foothills
  • The stunning subregions of Waipara and Waitaki Valleys are the hot spots for quality wine in the region.
    • Waipara Valley is 40 minutes north of Christchurch
    • About 30 wineries in the valley
  • We discuss the beautiful produce of the ares and how the food and wine are so fully integrated into the culture here, as it is no where else
  • For a list of all the wineries, with links go here: Wineries and Vineyards of North Canterbury and Waipara
  • And the list of wines Simone mentions --

Bell Hill Vineyard – http://www.bellhill.co.nz/

Bellbird Spring – http://www.bellbirdspring.co.nz/

Black Estate – http://blackestate.co.nz/

Greystone Wines – http://www.greystonewines.co.nz/

Pegasus Bay – http://www.pegasusbay.com/

Pyramid Valley – http://pyramidvalley.co.nz/

Tongue in Groove – http://tongueingroove.co.nz/

 

As a wrap up for Women's History Month, we talk about our experiences as women in wine. 

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