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 19: Grapes of the Zodiac, Leo & Cabernet Sauvignon

Gina and Julie continue their series, "The Grapes of the Zodiac," in which they pair the personalities of the zodiac with the grapes of the wine world. This month we're in Leo, and while it may seem like a lazy choice to pair the fiery, ego-driven fire sign with the king of red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gina and Julie explain that it's not for obvious reasons.

Episode 18: Flying With Wine

Did you ever notice that being on an airplane makes things like tomato juice and Pringles taste better than when you're on the ground? While the hectic experience of air travel may have you reaching for the nearest sauvignon blanc the minute you find your seat, you might want to think twice about ordering your favorite wine on a flight. Your perception of that wine will change as you reach cruising altitude, and Gina and Julie are here to talk about why.

Episode 17: Grapes of the Zodiac, Cancer & Syrah

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Episode 16: A Conversation with Legendary Australian Winemaker, Dave Powell of Powell & Son, Barossa

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Episode 16: A Conversation with Legendary Australian Winemaker, Dave Powell of Powell & Son, Barossa

Episode 15: Provence

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Episode 14: Grapes of the Zodiac, Gemini and Sangiovese

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Episode 13: Can Clever Packaging Dissuade Serious Wine Fans?

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Episode 12: Grapes of the Zodiac

Episode 12: Grapes of the Zodiac To personify a wine grape is not a stretch - people do it all the time. While sometimes wine writers get carried away (I mean we've heard Syrah describes as "voluptuous" a few too many times) there are definitely temperaments attributable to wine grapes and those can be compared with the signs of the Zodiac. It's been a hobby of ours for years, and in this week's episode of Grape Minds, we talk about the similarities between Taurus and the Malbec grape.

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.

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