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The sommelier from the other side of the volcano

The sommelier from the other side of the volcano

Most of us overlook our sense of smell, but not for those in the wine industry. Learning what something tastes and smells like takes a great deal of practice. And that is something of importance to sommeliers. Grape varieties vary widely from region to region and country to country, so it pays to practice and […]
Building a winery in a non-wine location – following a calling

Building a winery in a non-wine location – following a calling

It’s interesting to note that in the process of making wine, grape vines planted within a meter distance of each other taste differently. Which means winemaking can be as fascinating as growing grapevines. This week is the story about the origin of a place, Prince Edward County and how it came out to be what […]
From sommelier to winemaker – following a calling

From sommelier to winemaker – following a calling

If you were told you could never be an expert, and you are never enough, how would that make you feel? Instead of feeling disheartened, our podcast guest this week, Keith Tyers, felt challenged. Despite being told he can’t do anything, he rose above it. And all that doubt? He proved them wrong. Let’s join […]
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The accidental Wine Princess

Can you imagine being 17 years old, standing on a stage in your hometown, and being named a Wine Princess? And not having a clue what you’re doing? That’s the experience of today’s guest, Sabine Wagner, who was not only a Wine Princess for two years but ultimately became her town’s Wine Queen. From there, […]
A match made in Africa: white wine and an 11-year old

A match made in Africa: white wine and an 11-year old

Can you imagine being only 11 years old and already know that you want to have a career in the wine industry? That’s the experience that Danielle Coetsee had as she watched her uncle work in the vineyard and the winery.  And when she got older and applied to university as an engineering student, she […]
Beer and wine and The Drunken Grape®!

Beer and wine and The Drunken Grape®!

Today’s guest, Rob Statham, is as funny as he is articulate about wine, beer, and why he’s doing what he’s doing. Rob loves to share his knowledge and make whatever event he’s hosting – be it live or virtual – fun, educational, and interesting. Our conversation ranged from how you put on virtual wine tastings […]
Mount Olympus is calling!

Mount Olympus is calling!

Mount Olympus? The Aegean Sea? History and culture going back thousands and thousands of years? Wine that’s fit for the gods? That’s what we’re talking about in my conversation with Alexandra Anthidou, who is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Association of Northern Greek Winemakers. Alexandra has what many would see as a […]
Part 2: Chocolate love, with thanks to my mom

Part 2: Chocolate love, with thanks to my mom

Judith Lewis is about as passionate as you can get about wine and food. (Listen to Part One if you want to hear how Judith’s mom forced her to taste everything and why she’s grateful for it.) Judith loves wine AND chocolate, and she is an international judge of both products. She gives us some […]
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Nadia Dubeau: wine, mushrooms, and real estate

Nadia Dubeau is going places. She’s worked in the wine industry in one way or another for over 15 years and is determined that nothing will stop her. Nadia has travelled the world. She has studied winery and viticulture practices at college in Niagara, Ontario, and has successfully completed Master’s level viticulture courses in ITALIAN […]
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Jennifer Wilhelm: from terrified server to author

It’s hard to believe that when Jenn Wilhelm started her journey in the wine industry that she was a terrified young woman who couldn’t pronounce the names of grapes, let alone the places where the grapes were grown and the wine was made. Yet here she is now, enjoying an unbelievably rich life. Jenn was […]
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Part 1: Everything I taste in wine I have Mom to thank

Judith Lewis is about as passionate as you can get about wine and food. Doesn’t smell right? Don’t eat it or drink it (thanks, Mom). Digitize the world of wine? Judith’s passionate about it. Helping wineries handle climate change? – Judith’s working on it. Looking to taste wines in Majorca, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, and other […]