Grape Minds A podcast that looks beyond the glass to the stories of winemaking, culture, and the history of the world's most intriguing beverage. Hosts Julie Glenn and Gina Birch will interview winemakers, talk with importers, and dig into the issues and nuances of wine in the modern world while always keeping it down to earth.
Grape Minds

Grape Minds

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A podcast that looks beyond the glass to the stories of winemaking, culture, and the history of the world's most intriguing beverage. Hosts Julie Glenn and Gina Birch will interview winemakers, talk with importers, and dig into the issues and nuances of wine in the modern world while always keeping it down to earth.

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Most Recent Episodes

Episode 11: Etude Winemaker

Etude Winemaker talks Pinot, Tall Bottles, and sell-out Rosé. The charming and effervescent winemaker behind Carneros powerhouse Etude, Jon Priest, stopped by the studio for this week's Grape Minds. We talk about the long, tall Pinot Gris bottle (the Galliano of the wine shelf), the beguiling Pinot Noir grape, and a Santa Barbara County foray into by-the-glass tier wines.

Episode 10: Are All Old Wines Good?

Allowing a wine to age can be a tricky business. Guessing the exact best moment when wine is at its peak of integrated tannin, fruit and acidity is about as easy as catching a unicorn. But there are some loose guidelines out there to help those with the patience to actually age wine. We'll go over the aging windows for red and whites. As for what's happening inside the bottle when wine is aging? Well, we can share what little we were able to glean without getting a degree in chemistry.

Episode 9: Avoiding "Gran Confusione" when Looking at Italian Wine Labels

In this podcast Gina and Julie set out to decipher one of the more challenging labels on the shelf- the Italian wine label. With fifteen different regions and 73 DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) regions, there is much to get confused about. We don't get to every one of the Italian wine regions- but we do break down a couple of the more famous ones, along with general guidelines that apply throughout the boot.

Episode 9: Avoiding "Gran Confusione" when Looking at Italian Wine Labels

Episode 8: An interview with Juelle Fisher

Grape Minds is produced at WGCU studios in Southwest Florida, which is one of the most active wine markets in the United States. Because of that, we have an almost endless parade of winemakers, importers, sommeliers, and wine journalists coming through town. In this episode of Grape Minds, we get to talk with Juelle Fisher of Fisher Vineyards. She talks about the unique business of selling wine, the changes she's seen since planting (and replanting) vines in the Mayacamas Mountains in the early

Episode 7: Deciphering Wine Labels

Sometimes, it feels like discovering new wines takes a degree in geography, knowledge of 20 languages and possibly psychic abilities, but really all you need to do is figure out how to read a wine label. Wines from the new world (the Americas, Australia, places that are not Europe) tend to have easier-to-understand labels since they have the variety of grape listed on them, but even that doesn't always mean a Cabernet Sauvignon is 100 percent Cab. On this week's Grape Minds, Gina and Julie break

Episode 6: Easter Wine

As you plan your Easter feast, Gina and Julie have some suggestions for wine to go with whatever you choose to eat. Ham? Lamb? Eggs Benedict for brunch? We've got you covered with wine suggestions and time-honored favorites of both our hosts.

Episode 5: Who do you trust to tell you about wine?

Everyone with a cell phone, an appetite for wine, and an opinion is a wine critic these days, but is that a good thing? Gina and Julie talk with one of America's most influential wine critics, Jon Bonné about the tough spot wine journalism is in right now: no one wants to pay real journalists and non-journalists are doing it for free. We look at how that creates an ethical vacuum PR agencies are eager to fill.

Episode 4: Jesse Lange of Lange Estate talks Oregon, World Class Whites, Clones, and Mutations

Second-generation winemaker and wine grower Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards joins Julie and Gina to talk about continuing the family tradition in the Dundee Hills. He talks about the moment he knew wine would be his career, about a spontaneous pinot mutation that popped up in the vineyard one day, and the challenge Oregon had in the early days identifying the best clones for the zone.

Episode 4: Jesse Lange of Lange Estate talks Oregon, World Class Whites, Clones, and Mutations

Episode 3: Wine Fests

This is the season for wine festivals in South Florida, and after the Southwest Florida Food and Wine Festival this past weekend, Gina and Julie got to thinking about the correlation between wine and fundraising. Are there whiskey charity auctions? Which one is really the biggest in the country - Naples Winter Wine Festival or Auction Napa Valley ? This week we look at the rankings and talk about some of the other wine festivals in the area.

Episode 2: Here's to your Health....with Wine.

You may have read the recent headlines promising longevity to those who consume wine- or you began toasting to your health after you read about all the 100 year-old Cannonau drinkers in Sardinia. Maybe you adopted wine as a health elixir back when the French Paradox came out. Either way it's hard to escape the idea that wine somehow makes life better for some. Still, it has calories, and there are dangers lurking when the big "M" is not observed: moderation. In this week's episode Gina and Julie

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