Inside Wine Podcast

Inside Wine Podcast

Wine industry insider tips, tricks, and information to help you better understand the beverage and make the right wine decisions.


December 11, 2023 43 mins

What is "REAL" wine? You may be wondering what that even means -- isn't ALL wine "real"?

Well, maybe -- but according to Food&Wine magazine's Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle, there is "wine" and then there is "real" wine. And he explains how and why this is possible in this episode, citing stories from his new book The World in a Wineglass: The Insider's Guide to Artisanal, Sustainable, Extraordinary Wines to Drink Now.

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Using the same glass to drink red wines, white wines, and pink wines -- while switching to a "Champagne" flute for sparkling wines, is not the best way to enjoy wine. Listen to Maximilian Riedel, CEO and president of Riedel Crystal, explain why you'll want to use a specifically shaped glass that is designed for the type of wine you're drinking. You may be stunned to find out what he has to say about what kind of glass is best for C...

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If you've been to a wine shop and seen a numerical rating on a wine -- such as a 90-point score -- you may be wondering if that's a reason to purchase a wine. Or, maybe you're familiar with wine scores and want to know where they came from, why they exist, and/or if you should trust them. In this episode, W.R. Tish -- the first editor-in-chief of Wine Enthusiast magazine and a "recovering wine critic" -- tackles all of these questi...

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It's time for you to explore Italian wine beyond Chianti, Pinot Grigio, and Prosecco, because there is tremendous bang for your buck to be discovered. Professional wine journalist and Italian wine champion Wanda Mann guides you to the regions where you'll find great deals and delicious sips. 

Italian wine labels can be confusing, so Wanda helps you decipher them with her insider tips, explaining and pronouncing the key terms that h...

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If you've never had a Carmenere wine, maybe the man who makes the best one in the world can convince you to try it.

Aurelio Montes, Jr. -- a sky diver, boxer, motorcyclist, and winemaker -- tells the story of Carmenere, a mostly forgotten blending grape in Bordeaux that was mistaken for Merlot in Chile and today can make the most interesting and delicious wines from South America.

About Aurelio

The son of Chilean winemaking pioneer...

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Want to drink wines that beat the heat? Listen to wine expert and radio personality Jacqueline Coleman discuss the wines she chooses living year-round in Miami, Florida. In addition to selecting easy summer sippers, Jacqueline also talks in-depth about portable wines you can bring with you on your warm-weather adventures. Spoiler alert -- she suggests wine in cans, and you may be surprised to learn that the quality can be top-notch...

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Fifth-generation winemaker Alessandro Medici comes from a land of supercars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati), exotic motorcycles (Ducati), fashion (Armani, MaxMara), and famous food (Parmegiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Balsamic vinegar, Bolognese sauce) -- the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In this conversation, he talks about the wine he makes, and the locals drink -- a refreshing, food-friendly, fizzy red called Lambrusco ...

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Have you ever tasted a wine "blind"? Do you even know what that means?  Marika Vida, a longtime wine director for The Ritz-Cartlon in NYC and now known as The Mom Somm, explains how to taste wines "blind" and why doing so will help you understand why you like the wines you like, and empower you to explore beyond your comfort zone. You'll also learn how to host an incredibly fun blind wine tasting party for your friends.

About Marik...

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Freelance journalist and wedding expert Stephanie Cain offers advice and recommendations on choosing and serving wines for a wedding.

In this episode you'll hear Stephanie's insider tips for ensuring everyone is happy with the wine choices from the first bubbles through the final sips. Bonus: you'll learn the #1 rule of wedding toasts as well as how to avoid the most serious faux pas of alcohol service at a wedding.

About Stephanie...

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Learn how to build a meal around wine with chef David Blessing.

David is currently Vice President of Culinary Arts and Development for Longwood Venues and Destinations in Boston, a private events company that hosts and caters unique luxury events at some of the most beautiful venues around New England. The company handles experiences that range from boutique weddings on the beach to wine and food festivals such as the annual Nantuc...

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In this special edition of Inside Wine Podcast, you learn about "Julia Jubilee," a week-long virtual conference celebrating the life and legacy of Julia Child. Hosted by Cherry Bombe, the event begins on April 22, 2021 with a kickoff conversation with Stanley Tucci and Ina Garten and ends on April 29 with a panel discussion with Dorie Greenspan, Tanya Holland, Sara Mo...

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April 7, 2021 16 mins

There is absolutely no shame in not finishing an entire bottle of wine -- especially if you're drinking alone. Before you pour what's left down the drain or guzzle a glass for no reason other than "not letting it go to waste," consider that you CAN save the wine for another day -- and if you s...

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Do you love Chardonnay or hate it? Chances are, the answer is "both," because there are many more styles of Chardonnay than you may imagine. Sommelier Christopher Dooley explains both ends of the spectrum and everything in between, from the rich, ripe, "butterball style" that wraps around your palate like a warm hug, to "lemon laser water" that is ideal for food pairi...

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This is part 2 of a two-part conversation with wine educator/entertainer/empowerer Anthony Giglio. While this episode stands on its own, if you enjoy it, you'll want to give a listen to part one, which is episode 15, "How To Judge A Wine In 3 Sips."

When it comes to wine, does size matter? Not sure, but temperature sure does!

How warm -- or cold -- that a wine is, will affect your enjoyment (or non-enjoyment) of it, explains Anthon...

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In this episode, I speak with Anthony Giglio about his career journey from a magazine intern to a highly sought-after wine educator/entertainer (though, please don't call him an "edutainer," it makes him cringe).

If you've never heard of Anthony, he'd explain himself thusly: "If Kevin Zraly and Josh Wesson had a baby, it would be Anthony Giglio." However, you'd only understand that if you're a wine industry insider, so if you're no...

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February 11, 2021 31 mins

If you have enjoyed caviar but don't know much about it, this episode will give you enough information to feel confident spending the ducats for a can of the premium stuff.

Host Joe Janish speaks with expert Chiara of Calvisius Caviar, one of the world's top producers of premium, pure, sustainable, fully traceable caviar. All the questions about caviar that you were afraid to ask, were put forth by the prideless neophyte Joe. You'r...

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It's the holiday season, which means it's bubble time!
If you are the person who buys bubbles only once a year, and it's this time of year, you may enjoy this casual conversation with "The World Wine Guys" -- Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen. Mike and Jeff have done it all in the wine business over the past 20 years, as wine book authors, freelance writers, critics, and judges (yes, there is such a thing as a wine judge!). Their moni...

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Cookbook author and entertaining expert Marc J. Sievers helps you de-stress the holidays with easy-to-prepare, yet delicious and beautiful recipes and food preparations -- with extra tips specific to keeping you and your guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Inside Wine Podcast host Joe Janish and Marc discuss food and wine pairing, which wines to choose, and how many bottles you'll need for your holiday event.


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Molly Hill - winemaker at Sequoia Grove winery in Napa, California -- explains why Napa Valley is such a special place for wine.

Molly details the unique climate and geography that makes Napa perfect for crafting world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Additionally, she explains how each element of the Valley affects a wine's characteristics.

Additionally, Molly walks you through some of the winemaking techniques that can en...

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Did you start buying wine online as a result of COVID-19, and now stuck in a "wine rut" of regularly ordering the same labels over and over? Sarah Tracey offers five tips that empower you to explore outside your wine comfort zone.

The key is learning what type of wines you like, and if you know what flavors of ice cream you like, then you can figure out wine just ...

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