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Welcome to this wine buyer’s guide for the curious wine enthusiast. It’s one wine guru’s journey towards enlightenment. Or at least, towards wine worth drinking. If you enjoy drinking wine, but don’t know much about its nuances, and are eager to learn more, this is the podcast for you. There is no wine snobbery or numerical ratings. Continue Reading >>
Welcome to this wine buyer’s guide for the curious wine enthusiast. It’s one wine guru’s journey towards enlightenment. Or at least, towards wine worth drinking. If you enjoy drinking wine, but don’t know much about its nuances, and are eager to learn more, this is the podcast for you. There is no wine snobbery or numerical ratings. << Show Less
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Canned Wines are Exploding in Popularity Canned Wines are Exploding in Popularity In this episode Stephen shares the making, history, pros and cons of canned wines. Cans have been around for many decades but recent innovations have sky rocketed their popularity, with quality wines!   Production of Habanero Media
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16: Akhil Reddy: an Indian-American wine pioneer working in Texas Akhil Reddy is a second-generation grape grower and winery owner living and working on 400 unlikely acres in the Texas panhandle.  We talk about his family's journey, the challenges he faces, and his unique circular vineyard.
Winervana Podcast Episode 15: Chrishon Lampley of Love Cork Screw and The Lampley Chrishon Lampley is the founder of Love Cork Screw and The Lampley. She is also one of the less than 1% of wine industry negociants, vineyard owners, or winery owners who are black females in the traditionally Euro-centric, white, male-dominated world of wine.
Winervana Podcast Episode 8: Wine Facts and Foibles Few products of human labor are as old as wine.  With such a rich history, quite a lot of facts and foibles have come to be associated with it.  I touch on just a few of those in this episode.
Episode 14 - Jim Laughren Jim Laughren is a Certified Wine Educator, a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and the award-winning author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More and A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine. He is known for his irreverent approach and abiding enthusiasm for all things fermented. He is founder of Chicago-based WineHead Consulting and a former importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world.
Winervana Podcast Episode 4: Canned Wines are Exploding in Popularity Canned Wines are Exploding in Popularity In this episode Stephen shares the making, history, pros and cons of canned wines. Cans have been around for many decades but recent innovations have sky rocketed their popularity, with quality wines!   Production of Habanero Media
Winervana Podcast Episode 9: Wine Glasses My second guest on the Winervana podcast is me! My long-time friend Rob Young sits in the host's chair, and we talk about varietal-specific stemware made by Riedel, and why you should consider buying some of these glasses.
Winervana Podcast Episode 1: Welcome to Winervana Welcome to Winervana Stephen Hawk introduces the Winervana podcast. He explains his point of view on wine and how it frames the podcast. He shares his story on how he became interested in wine. And, enjoys a Chardonnay while doing so. Cheers!   Podcast Produced by Habanero Media
Winervana Podcast Episode 6: DIY Beer and Wine Beer and wine are readily available for purchase at a full range of quality and price points.  But some people choose to make their own.  My first-ever guest Pat Helmers explains why you might want to do the same.
Winervana Podcast Episode 3: Old World Wine vs New World Wine Old World Wine vs New World Wine In this episode Stephen discusses the differences between new world wines vs old world wines. The old world is Europe and the Middle east. The New World is elsewhere in the world e.g. the Americas, Australia, etc... Geography and differences in climate have a significant impact on the vineyards. Terroir places an emphasis on the land, vintner, earth and weather. The terroir of Europe differs vastly from the rest of the world. Why?  Production regulations vary from nation to nation. Some places there are more, some less. Plus the temperatures are cooler in Europe. There is a lean quality to Old World wines vs fruit forward wines commonly found in the New World. Tasting contests between the New and Old World have been game changing.  At the 1976 Paris Wine tasting, a California wine was chosen as the winner for the  first time. The judges were French. Not surprisingly this was an earth shattering event for the wine industry. It was a wake up call to the world that the New World had arrived. Stephen admits his preference for New World younger wines and no longer ages wines. We all have our preferences.    Production of Habanero Media
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