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Wine for Normal People

A podcast for people who like wine but not the snobbery that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. The Wine For Normal People book is available on Amazon! Back catalog available on Patreon.com/winefornormalpeople

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Recent Episodes of Wine for Normal People


8 Top Wine Movies with Patron Bevis S.

8 Top Wine Movies with Patron Bevis S.

This week I welcome long-time Patron and listener, Bevis Sydney, who is not only a wine educator in the UK, but also a movie buff. He and I give our views on the top 8 wine movies, according to a poll of the Patron community and general consensus from the press on the top wine movies.

 

We discuss:

·      Sideways (2004)

·      A Good Year (2006)

·      Wine Country (2019)

·      Bottle Shock (2008)

·      Somm (2012)

·      A Year in Burgundy (2013)

·      Sour Grapes (2016)

·      Mondovino (2004)

 

Remember – movies, like wine, are subjective. You don’t have to agree w...

Episode 522 4 June 2024 1h, 6m and 10s


Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

As part of the series on the The Greats (the great wines of the world), I cover the complex world of Hungarian Tokaji. As with all dives into “The Greats,” I spend the first half of the show delving into the history of Tokaj and then discuss winemaking, the grapes, and the complex way in which this wine is made.

 

Some notes that may be hard to understand (since I obviously know no Hungarian!):

 

 

The main grapes in the wine are:

Furmint (Foor-mint) 60-70% of Tokaj plantings Hárslevelű...

Episode 21 May 2024 57m and 27s


Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

Ep 521: The Greats -- Tokaji Aszú

As part of the series on the The Greats (the great wines of the world), I cover the complex world of Hungarian Tokaji. As with all dives into “The Greats,” I spend the first half of the show delving into the history of Tokaj and then discuss winemaking, the grapes, and the complex way in which this wine is made.

 

Some notes that may be hard to understand (since I obviously know no Hungarian!):

 

 

The main grapes in the wine are:

Furmint (Foor-mint) 60-70% of Tokaj plantingsHárslevelű (Harsh-lev...

Episode 521 21 May 2024 57m and 26s


Ep 520: The historic urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

Ep 520: The historic urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Vienna is the only major city in the world where serious wine grown, with its own appellation, DAC Wien. In the green belt surrounding this very green city, wine grapes grow as they have since at least the Middle Ages. And it’s not negligible -- 582 ha/1438 acres. It’s also not crappy, tourist wine. It’s high quality, interesting wine that’s tasty and different. It’s become such a priority for Vienna and Austria that Viennese state law states that all existing vineyards must remain vineyards protecting valuable viticultural land from real...

Episode 520 14 May 2024 57m and 26s


Ep 520: The historic, urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with  Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

Ep 520: The historic, urban wines of Vienna (yes, the city!) with Alex Zahel of Weingut Zahel

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Vienna is the only major city in the world where serious wine grown, with its own appellation, DAC Wien. In the green belt surrounding this very green city, wine grapes grow as they have since at least the Middle Ages. And it’s not negligible -- 582 ha/1438 acres. It’s also not crappy, tourist wine. It’s high quality, interesting wine that’s tasty and different. It’s become such a priority for Vienna and Austria that Viennese state law states that all existing vineyards must remain vineyards protecting valuable viticultural land from real...

Episode 520 14 May 2024 57m and 27s


Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

For this show I ask my friend with Brian Callahan, small vineyard farmer and co-owner of Crux Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma (the Middle Reach though – the warmer part, so they do Rhône varietals) to tell us what a year in a Sonoma vineyard looks like. He takes us through what he has been doing for the last 18 years in his vineyard, a three acre plot that produces the beautiful fruit that turns into Crux wine. 


This is a real look at what happens in the vineyard over the year to ensure a he...

Episode 519 7 May 2024 55m and 54s


Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

Ep 519: A Year in the Vineyard in Sonoma with Brian Callahan of Crux Winery

For this show I ask my friend with Brian Callahan, small vineyard farmer and co-owner of Crux Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma (the Middle Reach though – the warmer part, so they do Rhône varietals) to tell us what a year in a Sonoma vineyard looks like. He takes us through what he has been doing for the last 18 years in his vineyard, a three acre plot that produces the beautiful fruit that turns into Crux wine. 

 

This is a real look at what happens in the vineyard over the year to ensur...

Episode 519 7 May 2024 55m and 55s


Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

These categories of "better for the earth" wines are technical, tricky, and ever-evolving, so I it was time to do an update!

 

In this show, I do best to break it all down in as simple a way as possible…I cover:

BiodynamicsOrganicsSustainable farmingRegenerative agricultureAnd quickly, the loose ends – vegan wine, natural wine

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Biodynamic

I discuss the main principles of biodynamic agriculture – that the farm is a single, self-sustaining organism and the farmer must encourage and guide the vines, as well as protect the soil so provides nourishment for the vine...

Episode 518 1 May 2024 50m and 21s


Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

Ep 518: Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable, Regenerative Wine (and more) -- the Update

These categories of "better for the earth" wines are technical, tricky, and ever-evolving, so I felt that it was time to do a comprehensive update!

 

In this show, I do best to break it all down in as simple a way as possible…I cover:

Biodynamics Organics Sustainable farming Regenerative agriculture And then, quickly, the loose ends – vegan wine and natural wine

 

I start with an overview of the Pre- and Post- Industrial Revolution types of farming:

Traditional farming is original agriculture, by the industrial revolution introduced inorganic sprays, applica...

Episode 1 May 2024 50m and 22s


Earth Day Encore: Ep 440: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek on Regenerative agriculture, alternative packaging, & improving the environmental footprint of wine

Earth Day Encore: Ep 440: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek on Regenerative agriculture, alternative packaging, & improving the environmental footprint of wine

This is a special re-release of this very relevant and important show on Earth Day. Jason Haas, perhaps the greenest guy in in wine, joins to discuss the challenges the wine industry faces in becoming gentler on the earth. From regenerative agriculture (which is way less woo woo than biodynamics!) to sustainable transport and packaging, we cover the latest thinking of how to make the wine industry greener and better.


Happy Earth Day all!


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Episode 22 April 2024 1h, 10s

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