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The Grape Nation is your weekly wine journey…where, we will enlighten, inspire, and motivate the listener to enjoy and drink more wine. WE BRING WINE TO THE PEOPLE! The show will take a straightforward; “un-snobby” approach to wine through usable information and guest experts in their field. Each week we will delve into a relevant wine topic, speak with a wine notable, and ask our guest to answer our weekly “Wine List”. We will taste, and discuss a different wine on-air each week and invite our listeners to taste with us. Our listeners will be kept up to date with the best wine happenings with our weekly event calendar.

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The Grape Nation is your weekly wine journey…where, we will enlighten, inspire, and motivate the listener to enjoy and drink more wine. WE BRING WINE TO THE PEOPLE! The show will take a straightforward; “un-snobby” approach to wine through usable information and guest experts in their field. Each week we will delve into a relevant wine topic, speak with a wine notable, and ask our guest to answer our weekly “Wine List”. We will taste, and discuss a different wine on-air each week and invite our listeners to taste with us. Our listeners will be kept up to date with the best wine happenings with our weekly event calendar.

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Great guests, awful host

By Justin from SoCal - May 11 2020
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This show has amazing guests who I would love to hear speak. Unfortunately, the host does a phenomenal job of cutting off his interviewees, stifling conversations, and not allowing his own audience of listeners to learn from the show’s guests. What a disappointment.

Great Show!

By D.Hrone - Jul 04 2018
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Awesome guests and great wine recommendations.

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
13
10
5
9

Great guests, awful host

By Justin from SoCal - May 11 2020
Read more
This show has amazing guests who I would love to hear speak. Unfortunately, the host does a phenomenal job of cutting off his interviewees, stifling conversations, and not allowing his own audience of listeners to learn from the show’s guests. What a disappointment.

Great Show!

By D.Hrone - Jul 04 2018
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Awesome guests and great wine recommendations.
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The Grape Nation

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The Grape Nation is your weekly wine journey…where, we will enlighten, inspire, and motivate the listener to enjoy and drink more wine. WE BRING WINE TO THE PEOPLE! The show will take a straightforward; “un-snobby” approach to wine through usable information and guest experts in their field. Each week we will delve into a relevant wine topic, speak with a wine notable, and ask our guest to answer our weekly “Wine List”. We will taste, and discuss a different wine on-air each week and invite our listeners to taste with us. Our listeners will be kept up to date with the best wine happenings with our weekly event calendar.

Rank #1: Episode 136: Aldo Sohm, Sommelier and author of "Wine Simple"

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Aldo Sohm is an award-winning Sommelier, including “The Best Sommelier in America”, and the Wine Director of the legendary 3 Michelin starred Le Bernadin Restaurant in NYC since 2007. In 2014 along with Le Bernadin, Aldo opened the eponymous Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. Aldo also makes wine with Austrian winemaker Gerhard Kracher for their Sohm and Kracher label. Aldo Sohm has penned a new book to help demystify wine and make it more approachable called “Wine Simple”.

The holiday season is all about food and community. There’s no better time to show your support for food radio by becoming a member! Lend your voice and help HRN continue to spreading the message of equitable, sustainable, and delicious food – together, we can change minds and build a better food system. Go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate today to become a crucial part of the HRN community.

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Dec 11 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 89: Raj Parr, Winemaker, Sommelier, and Author of the new book "The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste"

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Born in Calcutta, armed with a degree in hospitality from India, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Raj Parr morphed from food to the world of wine. Raj worked with the best in wine including Larry Stone, Michael Mina, Rubicon, Fifth Floor, and RN74. Always thirsty for more wine and wine challenges, Raj moved into the world of winemaking. He is now the proprietor of Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote in CA, and Evening Land in Oregon. Raj Parr is a James Beard award-winning author, celebrated Sommelier, sought after speaker, and is considered to have the best palate in the business. He just wrote a new book with Jordan Mackay called "The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste".

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Nov 07 2018

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Rank #3: Episode 44: Aldo Sohm, Wine Director of Le Bernardin & Proprietor of Aldo sohm Wine Bar

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Austrian born Aldo Sohm is a true Super Somm. He has been awarded the Best Somm in Austria four times, The Best Somm in America, and Best Somm in the World. Aldo Sohm is the Wine Director at Four Star Le Bernadin, where he received a James Beard Award for "Best Wine Service". He is proprietor of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in NYC. He is Brand Ambassador for Zalto wine glasses and makes Gruner Veltliner in Austria with Gerhard Kracher.

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Sep 27 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 33: Bianca Bosker, author of "Cork Dork"

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Bianca Bosker published "Cork Dork A Wine Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live For Taste" in March, 2017. Bianca takes a deep dive and manic journey into the world of somms, collectors, scientists, restaurants, somm certification and more. Bianca is an award winning journalist and author with contributions to the NY Times, Food & Wine,The Atlantic, The WSJ, the Guardian, and The New Republic to name a few.

Jun 14 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #5: Episode 130: Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, "The World Atlas of Wine" 8th Edition

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Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson are wine writers and journalists…that sounds a bit pedestrian! Jancis and Hugh are collectively the most awarded, influential, and respected writers in all of wine. Their awards, books, articles are too numerous to mention. Jancis and Hugh have revised “The World Atlas of Wine” and the 8th Edition is now available.

Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.

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Oct 30 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #6: Episode 31: Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic of The New York Times

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Eric Asimov has been writing for the New York Times for over 33 years. In 1992 he started the wildly popular "$25 and Under" food column. He has been the Chief Wine Critic of the Times since 2004. His weekly columns include "Wines of the Times" and his monthly "Wine School." He has published two books, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto and Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes from The New York Times.

May 31 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #7: Episode 80: Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Internet Personality, CEO of VaynerMedia, Chairman of VaynerX and Wine Guy!

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Gary Vaynerchuk is Chairman of VaynerX, a media holding company, and the CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency, both cutting edge. Gary is a 5X New York Times best-selling author, a sought after speaker and prolific angel investor. Gary is ubiquitous online. check him out on DailyVee, The GaryVee Audio Experience, Ask Garyvee, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, You Tube and on and on! Gary got his start in wine, in the family wine biz and not long after launching the wildly popular Internet sensation Wine Library TV.

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Sep 05 2018

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Rank #8: Episode 49: MS Dustin Wilson & Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak, Creators of Reboule Du Rhone

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Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson & Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak are among the most highly respected & regarded people in the wine world today. Dustin & Thomas are award winning Somms with a deep background in wine & service at the best restaurants in the country...think Eleven Madison Park, The Nomad, RN74, Colicchio & Sons, Frasca & more. Both Dustin & Thomas make their own wines & Dustin is Proprietor of Verve Wine in Tribeca (you may know him from the movie "Somm") and Thomas is the Wine Dir. at The Nomad in NYC. They have created a festival & celebration to the wines of the Northern Rhone Valley called The Reboule Du Rhone, benefitting No Kid Hungry.

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Nov 01 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 68: Steve Matthiasson, Proprietor & Winemaker, Matthiasson Wine

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Steve Matthiasson studied philosophy in college, but thankfully moved on to horticulture in grad school at UC Davis, finding his way into the vineyards and orchards working for a small sustainable agriculture firm. Steve started consulting on vineyard practices and helped co-write the book on these practices in California. In 2003 Steve started primarily focusing on his family farm and winemaking operation Matthiasson Wines. The SF Chronicle and Food and Wine Magazine named Steve "Winemaker of the Year" Viticulture and horticulture are just as important to Steve as grapes and winemaking.

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May 09 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 101: Pascaline Lepeltier MS

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Pascaline Lepeltier holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy and is a Master Sommelier. Pascaline worked her way in wine and restaurants in Europe to the US in 2009 landing at Rouge Tomate. She recently received the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, which translated is the Best Craftsmen of France in the Sommelier category and, also received The Best Sommelier of France. These are the two top awards in her field and the only women to receive them. Pascaline makes a Finger Lakes Pet Nat called Chepika with Nathan Kendall, co-authored “The Dirty Guide to Wine” with Alice Feiring and is Managing Partner at Racine’s in NYC. Pascaline is one of the most respected admired, awarded and loved people in all of wine.

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Feb 20 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 35: Marissa Ross, Author of "Wine. all the time. the casual guide to confident drinking"

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Marissa A. Ross is the author of the new book "Wine. all the time. a casual guide to confident drinking" The self-proclaimed leisure enthusiast is a writer, award winning blogger, and humorist. Marissa is the wine editor of Bon Appetit magazine. We'll get into all things wine and the book with Marissa "Wine. all the time." is written in Marissa's signature comedic voice with personal anecdotes woven among it's lessons. The book will teach you to sip more confidently and make you laugh as you are doing it.

Jun 28 2017

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Rank #12: Episode 55: Jon Bonne, Journalist & Author of "The New Wine Rules"

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Jon Bonne is an award winning author and journalist. He is Senior Contributing Editor for Punch, an online magazine featuring wine, spirits, beer and cocktails. He is the former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Jon is the author of "The New Wine Rules", his current book and "The New California Wine". He is working on his next book, "The New French Wine". We'll talk to Jon about his new book and the "New" wine.

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Jan 17 2018

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Rank #13: Episode 117: Tracey Brandt, Donkey and Goat Winery

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Tracey Brandt moved away from a career in tech towards a love and interest in wine. Tracey and her eventual husband Jared took a wine sabbatical in France and had the opportunity to work under the tutelage of famed winemaker Eric Texier. They returned to California to continue a life in wine helping to pioneer the low intervention, natural wine movement there. Their winery is Donkey and Goat in Berkley, California.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jun 26 2019

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Rank #14: Episode 122: "Natural Wine for the People" with Alice Feiring.

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When we talk about natural wine and the natural wine movement, Alice Feiring is an OG! Alice is a leading voice, advocate, and expert on natural wine and the natural wine movement. Alice Feiring is a James Beard Award winning journalist and author of seven books, her website the Feiring Line has been serving natural wine enthusiasts since 2004.

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Sep 04 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 97: Kirk Sutherland, Roberta's and Blanca

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Kirk Sutherland became fascinated with wine while working in coffee in the mid 2000’s discovering their similarity - each being ground-driven expressions of their moment. In moving to New York he found a home in Andrew Tarlow’s Brooklyn group. Working at Reynard under Lee Campbell, then heading programs at both Marlow & Sons and Diner, Kirk fell in love with honesty and transparency of natural wine. He worked as Sommelier for all spaces in the Matter House group and in 2016 Kirk began his continuing work in Portland, Oregon partnering in harvest with Division Winemaking Company and Brianne Day. Since 2017 Sutherland has directed the wine program at both Roberta’s (NY&LA) and Blanca.

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Jan 23 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 25: Paul Grieco, General and Manager of Terroir Wine Bar, Tribeca, NYC

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Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar in NYC has been on the New York wine and restaurant scene for over 30 years. He is a true prophet of Riesling and wines that deserve their due. He is the father of "The Summer of Riesling" We'll talk to Paul about Riesling, under appreciated wines, and hospitality and service in the wine and restaurant business.

Apr 12 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 37: "The Dirty Guide to Wine" with Alice Feiring and Pascaline Lepeltier

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James Beard and Roederer award winning journalist, blogger, and author Alice Feiring and Master Sommerlier and partner at Rouge Tomate NYC Pascaline Lepeltier have teamed up to write their new book "The Dirty Guide to Wine. Following Flavors From Ground to Glass" The book is presented in a fun and fascinating way to look at wine differently: trace it back to it's roots. We'll discuss why dirt matters!

Jul 20 2017

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Rank #18: Episode 27: Patrick Cappiello, Partner and Wine Director at Rebelle, NYC

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Patrick Cappiello is into big wine lists, sabering Champagne, and Renegade Wine Dinners. He cut his teeth at Tribeca Grill and continued to work at hallowed wine meccas like Veritas and Gilt. He eventually went on to consult and ultimately become a partner and Wine Director at Pearl and Ash in NYC, the same group soon opened Rebelle in the same neighborhood. We'll talk to Patrick about the current state of the wine and restaurant business, social media, big, but thoughtful, approachable wine lists, Rebelle, La Paulee and 40 Oz.

May 03 2017

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Rank #19: Episode 17: Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible

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Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible in it's 2nd Edition with over 550,000 copies sold. She is a multi award winning journalist including the James Beard Award. Karen talks about her journey in life and wine, the 14 years it took to write The Wine Bible and we discuss the global and domestic wine scene.

Feb 08 2017

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Rank #20: Episode 114: Rita Jammet, La Caravelle Champagne

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Born in Saudi Arabia to an Iraqi family, Rita Jammet grew up in Lebanon and Switzerland. She received a degree in Economics from the Univ. of Geneva working with her dad upon graduation. She met her French husband Andre with deep ties to hospitality and wine, exposing Rita to a life of restaurants, wine, and Champagne. Rita is co-owner and Chief Bubble Officer of La Caravelle Champagne.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jun 06 2019

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Alessia Antinori, Marchese Antinori

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Alessia Antinori is a 26th generation winemaker at Marchesi Antinori. The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385, and is one of Italy’s oldest and biggest family run businesses. Alessia holds a degree in Viticulture and is Vice President of the family winery alongside her two sisters Allegra, Albeira, and iconic dad Piero Antinori.

In March, HRN began producing all of our 35 weekly shows from our homes all around the country. It was hard work stepping away from our little recording studio, but we know that you rely on HRN to share resources and important stories from the world of food each week. It’s been a tough year for all of us, but right now HRN is asking for your help. Every dollar that listeners give to HRN provides essential support to keep our mics on. We've got some fresh new thank you gifts available, like our limited edition bandanas.

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Aug 05 2020

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Julia Coney, wine writer, activist, and founder of Black Wine Professionals.

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Houston and DC based Julia Coney is a wine writer, wine educator, speaker, consultant and activist. Her wine writings also address the intersection of race and wine. Her work has been featured in prominent wine and mainstream publications. Born out of necessity, Julia Coney founded Black Wine Professionals, a resource for wine industry employers and gatekeepers, professionals, and the food and beverage community. Their goal is to lift up the multifaceted Black professionals in the world of wine.

In March, HRN began producing all of our 35 weekly shows from our homes all around the country. It was hard work stepping away from our little recording studio, but we know that you rely on HRN to share resources and important stories from the world of food each week. It’s been a tough year for all of us, but right now HRN is asking for your help. Every dollar that listeners give to HRN provides essential support to keep our mics on. We've got some fresh new thank you gifts available, like our limited edition bandanas.

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Jul 22 2020

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Miguel de Leon, Sommelier and Activist.

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Miguel de Leon is a restaurant and wine professional of color living in NYC. He has worked his way through some of the finest dining rooms in the country including Chez Panisse, Momofuko, Casa Mono and Per Se. Miguel is currently the General Manager and Wine Director at Pinch Chinese in Soho. Miguel’s advocacy, allyship, and voice have become an important, timely, real and accurate voice for the industry…and life.

In March, HRN began producing all of our 35 weekly shows from our homes all around the country. It was hard work stepping away from our little recording studio, but we know that you rely on HRN to share resources and important stories from the world of food each week. It’s been a tough year for all of us, but right now HRN is asking for your help. Every dollar that listeners give to HRN provides essential support to keep our mics on. We've got some fresh new thank you gifts available, like our limited edition bandanas.

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Jul 08 2020

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Billy Durney and Jeff Porter

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"Brooklyn’s own Billy Durney grew up to follow in his Dad’s footsteps. After a long career in private security, Billy left to pursue his love of BBQ. As a kid he got a whiff of that burning BBQ wood at his Grandma’s house and later in Texas.  He opened Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2013, and the rest they say is history. He later opened Red Hook Tavern, and a Hometown BBQ in Industry City and Miami. He has also brought his love of natural wines front and center at Red Hook Tavern.

Jeff Porter left wine jobs on the west coast to come east and spend over 10 years at the Batali/Bastianich Hospitality Group, including Del Posto, Jeff ultimately rose to Beverage Operations Director for the group. He is now a hospitality and beverage consultant based out of NYC and has a deep love and knowledge of Italian wines.

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May 27 2020

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Saskia de Rothschild & Laura Catena

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Saskia de Rothschild, is the youngest person to currently lead a first growth Bordeaux estate, her family’s Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and is the first female chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Fourth generation winemaker, Dr. Laura Catena is the managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina. Laura was the first guest to appear on The Grape Nation back in September of 2016.

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May 20 2020

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Marco Pelletier, Sommelier, Proprietor of Vantre, Paris and Partner/Vigneron, Domaine Galouchey, Bordeaux, France.

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Canadian born Marco Pelletier studied engineering but pursued his love for wine, eventually heading to France. Marco was head Sommelier of some of Paris’ best restaurants including Tallivent and Epicure at the Hotel Le Bristol in. Marco left the 3 Michelin Star world to open Vantre, a Parisian wine bar with an extensive wine list and an emphasis on great food with former Bristol alum. Marco Pelletier is also the vigneron for Domaine de Galouchey in Bordeaux.

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May 13 2020

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The generational shift in California wine with Chris Strieter and Myles Lawrence-Briggs of Senses Wines and Will Harlan of Promontory Wine.

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There is a generational change taking place in wine in California. Senses Wines is the dream of three childhood friends from Occidental, California, Chris Strieter, Max Thierot and Myles Lawrence-Briggs. The west Sonoma Coast winery partnered with acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown to make exciting Chards, Pinots, and now some Cab Sauv. Will Harlan oversees Promontory Winery in Napa, California. Will, along with his legendary winemaking dad, Bill Harlan waited patiently until they came across and acquired the unique property that is now Promontory in Napa. The winery specializes in Cab Sauv made by Cory Empting.

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May 06 2020

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Eric "Benny" Bloom & Ryan Zoidis from Lettuce and wine distribution company Benny and Zoid Selections.

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Ryan Zoidis and Benny Bloom travel the world blowing some of the hottest riffs with legendary funk band, Lettuce, they are the Shady Horns. The Shady Horns have also played with Chaka Khan, the Wu-Tang Clan, Phil Lesh, and Aaron Neville to name a few. Eric Benny Bloom hails from Rhode Island and now resides in Colorado.

Ryan Zoidis hails from Portland, Maine and attended the Berklee College of Music with other members of what was to become Lettuce. He played with the Rustic Overtones and now with Royal Hammer, a roots Reggae group.

When they are not playing and touring, Benny and Ryan are drinking natural wines and running their own natural wine distribution company Benny and Zoid Selections.

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Apr 29 2020

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Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Barbaresco, Italy

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Born and raised in Barbaresco Italy, Gaia Gaja is a fifth-generation winemaker. Along with her siblings and iconic father Angelo, she oversees the family’s legendary winery Gaja in Piemonte. Gaia represents a generational shift at the winery that dates back to 1859. Gaja has also been making wine in Tuscany and Bolgheri for over 20 years and now makes wine in Sicily. 

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Apr 22 2020

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Yannick Benjamin, Sommelier & Co_Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and Wine on Wheels

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Yannick Benjamin is a Sommelier in his native New York. Yannick refused to let a life-changing accident alter his dreams of college and his love of wine.
He is the Co-Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and their event “Wine on Wheels”, coming up in NYC on Saturday April 4th. Yannick is soon to open his new restaurant, Contento, a ground breaking barrier free space in Harlem.

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Mar 11 2020

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Laurent Ponsot & Erwan Faiveley

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Laurent Ponsot and Erwan Faiveley are amongst the most revered winemakers in Burgundy. Laurent left his eponymous family winery after 36 years to start Laurent Ponsot Wines. Erwan Faiveley oversees his eponymous family winery, Domaine Faively, one of the largest Burgundy producers making quality wines at all levels. Laurent and Erwan were interviewed at the 2020 Naples Winter Wine Festival.

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Mar 04 2020

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Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa, CA

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Cathy Corison has been making wine for over 4 decades. She was the first woman winemaker-proprietor in the Napa Valley at her Corison Winery located in the benchland of the valley since 1987. Her focus has been Cabernet Sauvignon and her sought after wines are alive, powerful, elegant, aromatic, complex and long lasting.

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Feb 26 2020

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Alfred Tesseron, Proprietor, Pontet-Canet & Nicolas Glumineau, GM & Winemaker, Pichon Comtesse

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I was recently in Florida at the Naples Winter Wine Festival benefitting the Naples Children and Education Foundation.
I had the opportunity to sit with the best wine people from around the world.
This episode is the Bordeaux show. I talk to Nicolas Glumineau, the winemaker and General Manager at Pichon Comtesse and Alfred Tesseron, Proprietor of Chateau Pontet-Canet and now Pym-Rae in Napa. Both of these wines are among the most sought after, critically acclaimed, and beloved wines from Bordeaux. Enjoy.

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Feb 19 2020

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Zach & Jen Pelka

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Siblings Jen and Zach Pelka would make any parent proud graduating respectively form Stanford and Wharton. Zach with a background in finance and startups is now a consultant and the CEO/Founder of Champagne Campaign.
Jen started in the kitchen as a stage with Daniel Boulud. She worked her way out of the kitchen to do research for Daniel, worked with Daniel and Thomas Keller on the Bocuse d’Or, did stints at Open Table, Gilt Taste, and Tumbler before starting her own PR and marketing firm Magnum PR, aimed at the hospitality industry. Jen still had a hospitality itch to be scratched and opened The Riddler, an award-winning Champagne bar in SF and recently opened a Riddler in NYC. Jen and Zach are about to release their own Champagne, Un Femme. 

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Feb 13 2020

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Valter Fissore, Elvio Cogno, & Brahm Callahan, MS

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Valter Fissore is the Co-owner and winemaker at Elvio Cogno, a multi-generational winery in the Novello commune in the Piedmont region of Italy. Valter had worked side by side with his father-in-law Elvio Cogno for over 25 years producing iconic Barolos before Elvio’s passing in 2016. Now Valter carries on the tradition with his wife Nadia. 
Brahm Callahan is a Master Sommelier and Corporate Bev. Dir for the Himmel Hospitality Group, a leading restaurant group in Boston and now NYC. 
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Feb 05 2020

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Episode 140: Natalie Johnson, GM & Beverage Director, Anton's, NYC

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Natalie Johnson grew up around food and drink with her family. Her Dad further exposed her with a trip to Italy when she was 15. Natalie moved to NYC in 2010 and cut her teeth on some downtown restaurants cementing her love for wine. 
She has worked with Jack Mason at Marta, Bobby Stuckey at Frasca and Dan Kluger at Loring Place. Natalie recently left to become GM and Beverage Manager for Anton’s in NYC with star chefs Chef Nick Anderer and the Franks. 

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Jan 30 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 139: Andre Hueston Mack

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From military school to Citicorp, to wine, Andre Hueston Mack got his start in San Antonio where he was selected Best Young Somm by the Chaine des Rotisserie, also the first Afro-American to do so. Andre channeled the good vibes west to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry as a Somm and then headed east as the opening crew at Keller’s Per Se. Following his passion for winemaking, Andre created Maison Noir Wines. Things don’t stop there, Andre is a graphic artist, restaurant and wine store owner, and author of his new book “99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life Changing Wine”.

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Jan 22 2020

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Episode 138: Hannah Williams, Beverage Director, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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Hannah Blair Williams studied creative writing at Columbia and studied abroad in Scotland where she found her love for wine. She eventually made her way back to NYC where she pursued a career in wine. Hannah is a Wine and Spirits “Best New Sommelier” for 2019 (where by the way, she started her career as an intern) and is an Advanced Sommelier. Hannah Williams is the Beverage Director at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.

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Jan 15 2020

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Episode 137: Herve Jestin, Chef de Cave, Leclerc Briant Champagne.

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Herve Jestin is the Chef du Cave at Champagne Leclerc Briant, overseeing all production since 2008. Herve is a practitioner and expert in organic and biodynamic farming and is a forefather of bioenergetics, bringing the energy of nature to the finished wine.

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Dec 18 2019

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Episode 136: Aldo Sohm, Sommelier and author of "Wine Simple"

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Aldo Sohm is an award-winning Sommelier, including “The Best Sommelier in America”, and the Wine Director of the legendary 3 Michelin starred Le Bernadin Restaurant in NYC since 2007. In 2014 along with Le Bernadin, Aldo opened the eponymous Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. Aldo also makes wine with Austrian winemaker Gerhard Kracher for their Sohm and Kracher label. Aldo Sohm has penned a new book to help demystify wine and make it more approachable called “Wine Simple”.

The holiday season is all about food and community. There’s no better time to show your support for food radio by becoming a member! Lend your voice and help HRN continue to spreading the message of equitable, sustainable, and delicious food – together, we can change minds and build a better food system. Go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate today to become a crucial part of the HRN community.

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Dec 11 2019

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Great guests, awful host

By Justin from SoCal - May 11 2020
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This show has amazing guests who I would love to hear speak. Unfortunately, the host does a phenomenal job of cutting off his interviewees, stifling conversations, and not allowing his own audience of listeners to learn from the show’s guests. What a disappointment.

Great Show!

By D.Hrone - Jul 04 2018
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Awesome guests and great wine recommendations.