Five Podcasts for Wine Professionals
Even though podcasts are ten years old, they are more popular than ever today. There are literally thousands to choose from and they all have great information to fill the silence of your life. To help you navigate the many offerings, we have come up with a list of great podcasts covering the world of wine. If you are a wine professional, or even striving to be one, the following are great listens for when you are commuting, walking, cooking or even drinking.
Guild of Sommeliers
For anyone with hopes of becoming a Sommelier, this is the perfect podcast exploring the inner world of wine geeks. Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth covers wine tasting, pairings, regions and service all in the perspective of the sommeliers. The podcast features members of the Guild of Sommeliers, as well as winemakers, importers, writers, viticulturists and more.
UK Wine Show
As the name does imply, the focus is on the UK wine world, but that doesn’t mean the interviews are not for everyone. Since the UK wine scene is one of the most important destinations for the wine business, it is a great overview of what is trending. The show includes interviews with producers and industry experts, but also wine reviews and breaking news in the wine world.
Speaking about all things surrounding the grape, this podcast was awarded a James Beard Award. Hosts Eric Anderson and Jay Selman speak with guests from around the world about their experiences with wine and wine itself. This is a great podcast for novice consumers to wine professionals.
I’ll Drink to That
Hosted by the Wine Editor for Eater NY Levi Dalton, this podcast interviews many personalities in the wine industry. From beverage directors, winemakers, sommeliers, ambassadors and writers, there is a little bit of everyone from wine in this podcast. It is great to gain perspective on what they do and how they see the wine world.
Even for the wine professionals, we are all always learning more about the world of wine and this is a great place to do it. Beyond learning about new regions and varietals, the podcast is also great for keeping up to date on current events and news in the wine industry.
Château Balestard La Tonnelle – 2011
France – Bordeaux – Saint Emilion – Grand Cru Classé – Red
“There is really a wealth of dark fruit here; dark cherry, dark plum. Fine integration of oak as well. I get something lightly roasted on the finish. Really good length. I would also say today it is a fairly young wine, but with a good drinkability. Adding pleasure to the meal right now.”
Cocchi – Storico Vermouth Di Torino NV
Italy – Piedmont – Vermouth – Red
“We have those herbs, licorice, dry wood, cedar, tobacco, in combination with quite sweet candied honeyed fruit. Palate has a quite high sweetness, but I think that’s well-tempered by that bitterness we have in here, and those bitter spices, bitter herbs giving a good lift, good grip.”
Weingut Fritz Allendorf – Hasensprung Riesling 2014
Germany – Rheingau – Trocken – Großes Gewächs – Riesling – White
“Really distinct palate here, bone-dry with a crisp acidity. Really bright and salivating. In terms of structure, it is quite slim, but it has a good grip. I like the extract in here because it fills your mouth well without being too opulent so nice extract and that sensation of minerality.”
Vicentin – Gen 2012 Argentina – Mendoza – Malbec – Red
“Generous palate there, with a quite sweet fruit. Rather anxious texture there with polished tannin. Slightly sweet fruit displaying hints of jammed dark berries, plum, quite plump. There is some notes of roasted wood, spices. Quite long finish.”
Champagne Roger Manceaux 2008
France – Champagne – Premier Cru Brut – White
“Vinous style, some fresh butter as well. There is a really good bite on the palate. I think that this is still a quite youthful Champagne. The palate really has that, I like the dryness in this one not a lot of dosage. Plenty of extract without appearing bitter. Elegant and discreet.”
Chateau De l’Engarran – Quetton Saint Georges 2011
France – Languedoc/Roussillon – Coteaux du Languedoc – Red
“Palate is quite dense, warm and ripe, the fruit is almost towards the dried and sweet, with some hints of liqueur, kirsch, dried fruit, but still it keeps a good freshness, with integrated tannins. Good length, quite persistent, medium towards long, with quite unctuous fruits on the finish, those dried sweet berries, and some notes of mint.”
Luis Felipe Edwards – Family Sélection 2015
Chile – Leyda Valley – Gran Reserva – Sauvignon Blanc – White
“There are some fine hints of lemon and lime zest. Youthful fruit rather like yellow apple, pear. With that mineral notion, some fresh herbal notes. Really good grip on the palate. Very salivating here. Light-bodied but flavour intense with lemon and lime infused white flesh fruit.”