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.

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 27: Capricorn & Nebbiolo

The year begins in the worka holic sign of Capricorn, and that means Julie and Gina have selected another wine grape to match the stubborn, loyal, no-nonsense sign whose symbol is a goat. We continue the series, "the grapes of the zodiac" with a comparison of Capricorn with the Nebbiolo grape from Italy's Piedmont region. It's found in the Langhe DOC appellation but is best known for its starring role in wines from Barolo.

Episode 26: Sagittarius and Zin

In this episode of Grape Minds, we're talking about Sagittarius and its relationship with a certain grape that mimics the fire sign's fearless, fun, and fabulous approach to life. And we're also reminded of Barry, of " Barry and LeVon's Love Seat " from the show MTV aired in the '90's called The State .

Episode 24: Scorpio and Petite Sirah

This day after the Midterm Elections...let's have some wine. In this week's Grape Minds, Gina and Julie continue their trip through the solar system of personalities to talk about Scorpios and the grape that goes with these mysterious people.

Episode 23: Blood Red Wine

Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means ... blood-red wine. Lucky for us, dark chocolate pairs well with the dark reds, and in this edition of Grape Minds, Julie and Gina try one called Predator. Join the cult of Dionysis and grab a glass.

Episode 22: Libra and Pinot Noir

This month we continue our tour through the zodiac with a stop in Libra where the beauty-obsessed diplomat, the Libra, is paired up with the characteristics that make Pinot Noir such a darling.

Episode 22: Canned Wine

In this episode of Grape Minds, Gina and Julie try out canned wine – just in time for tailgate season. Be sure to listen until the very end of the episode when they try an extra can of white and find a real gem.

Episode 21: Virgo and Cabernet Franc

Continuing our year-long look at the Grapes of the Zodiac, we find out in this week's episode that the deliberate and straightforward Virgo is paired with the noble Cabernet Franc grape.

Getting To Know Spain

This week we talk with winemaker-turned-tour guide, Tony Bryant of IKON Journeys , for a tour of Spain and its wines. The conversation weaves through the difficulty the country has had in marketing its higher-end wines, we talk about the changing wine culture of young Spaniards, and as always a quick trot through history. We're only scratching the surface in this episode, because Spain is just too big to cover all at once. Next time Tony comes to the studio, we're going to dive deeper into the

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.

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