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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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Talks over his guests

By Calcaric - Jan 04 2020
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There is the opportunity to learn quite a bit from this podcast, but the host cuts off his guests as they try to speak, and doesn’t allow them to really explain or elaborate their points. For a talk show host, he weirdly seems clueless at times.

Great Show!

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

iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
12
9
7
5

Talks over his guests

By Calcaric - Jan 04 2020
Read more
There is the opportunity to learn quite a bit from this podcast, but the host cuts off his guests as they try to speak, and doesn’t allow them to really explain or elaborate their points. For a talk show host, he weirdly seems clueless at times.

Great Show!

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

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 108: Ariel Arce, Niche Niche, Air's Champagne Parlor, Tokyo Record Bar and Special Club.

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Straight outta Hells Kitchen, Ariel Arce was a young gymnast, film student and actress before she pursued a career in wine, Champagne, and hospitality. She got her chops with Grant Achatz in Chicago and Ravi De Rossi in NYC before opening her first venue, Air’s Champagne Parlor. Ariel has since opened buzzy Tokyo Record Bar, Niche Niche, and soon to open Special Club.

Photo courtesy of Marisa Chafetz.

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: Episode 3: The Role of a Sommelier w/ Kimberly Prokoshyn, Rebelle, NYC

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What is the role of a sommelier? Kimberly Prokoshyn, Head Sommelier of Rebelle, NYC curates one of the most interesting and extensive wine lists in NYC and will discuss wines and sommeliers.

Oct 05 2016

49mins

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Rank #3: Episode 52: Peter Liem, author, "Champagne The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region"

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Peter Liem is an American wine writer and author of the new book "Champagne The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region". He is the author of of the online site ChampagneGuide.net, a comprehensive guide to the wines and producers of Champagne. Peter splits his time between New York and is the only English wine writer living in Champagne. Peter is the co-creator of of Le Fete Du Champagne and Sherryfest, one of the world's largest Sherry events. He also co-authored "Sherry, Manzanilla, and Montilla."

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Nov 30 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: Episode 69: Raj Vaidya, Head Sommelier, Restaurant Daniel NYC

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Raj Vaidya grew up in a family obsessed with food and wine in Bombay, Singapore and New Jersey. Raj cut his teeth in New Jersey going from baking bagels to pouring the finest Burgundies. He went on to work at some of the best restaurants in the country including Cru, Per Se, Gary Danko, and Seeger's while receiving his advanced certificate and diploma in wine. Raj is the Head Sommelier for Daniel Boulud's eponymous Daniel Restaurant in New York City, overseeing four somms and a massive wine list at this legendary restaurant celebrating it's 25th Anniversary.

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May 16 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: Episode 90: Jorge Riera, Wine Director, Frenchette, NYC

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Jorge Riera has been drinking and promoting natural wines in New York almost longer than anyone. He started as the Manager/Sommelier at Balthazar, worked with Arnaud Erhart at 360 in Brooklyn, spent many years at the Ten Bells, Contra and Wildair, among the first all natural wine bars in NYC, and is now the Wine Director at Frenchette, one of NYC's most talked about restaurants serving only natural wines. Jorge Riera is a bigger than life guy and a true believer and evangelist of natural wines.

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Nov 14 2018

56mins

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Rank #7: 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

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: 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

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: 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

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: Episode 54: 2017 The Year in Wine w/ Josh Greene, Editor & Publisher, Wine & Spirits Magazine

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We will look back to 2017, the year in wine with Josh Greene, Editor and Publisher of Wine and Spirits Magazine. Josh has been at the helm of the magazine for over three decades and has a unique perspective of wine, wine regions, restaurants, sommeliers, trends, and much more.

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Dec 13 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: 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

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Episode 57: Cedric Nicaise, Wine Director. Eleven Madison Park

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Belgian born Cedric Nicaise grew up in a family of wine enthusiasts. Cedric worked his way downstate to Charlie Palmer's Aureole in NYC, later becoming a sommelier at Eleven Madison Park and eventually the Wine Director. Cedric oversees the wine and beverage program at the three Michelin starred, New York Times four starred, and the Best Restaurant in the World from the World's 50 Best Restaurants. A very very rare achievement.

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Feb 01 2018

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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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

1hr 7mins

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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 115: Jenny Lefcourt, Jenny and Francois Selections

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New York City born Jenny Lefcourt got her undergraduate degree at Cornell, received her Masters while in Paris, and was pursuing a PhD at Harvard. She also met her husband in Paris where they both shared a passion for not just wine, but the people, practices and stories behind those wines. They started their wine import company in 2000. Jenny and Francois is one of the most respected wine importers in the world, specializing in natural wines.

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Jun 12 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 14: From vineyard to your table, we talk to Bryan Garcia and Ned Benedict of Grand Cru Selections

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Grand Cru Selections is a NYC based wine importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world, representing some of the most passionate winemakers and sought after wineries. We talk global wines and how wine gets from the vineyard to your table with Ned Benedict and Bryan Garcia.

Jan 19 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #18: Episode 41: Jay McInerney, Author, Columnist and Passionate Wine Guy

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Jay McInerney is the critically acclaimed author of 13 books including Bright Lights, Big City, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Good Life. He has written three wine books, Bacchus and Me, A Hedonist in the Cellar, and The Juice. Jay is currently the wine columnist for Town and Country magazine, a correspondent for the online site Prince Street, and was previously the wine critic for the Wall Street Journal and House and Garden. His current novel, Bright Precious Days was just released in paperback.

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Sep 06 2017

59mins

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Rank #19: Episode 26: Dustin Wilson, Proprietor of VerveWine, NYC and Vallin Wine Co.

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Dustin Wilson MS has done it all, starred in the movie Somm, worked wine service at the finest restaurants in the US including Frasca, Montagna, RN74, and 11 Madison. Dustin imports and distributes wines and recently opened VerveWine in NYC, We'll talk to Dustin about the movies, restaurants, hospitality, selling wine and making wine. We'll also ask Dustin about hot wine regions and what the Somms are recommending.

Apr 19 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #20: Episode 10: Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine and Social Media Guru

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Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine expert, entrepreneur, CEO of social media agency VaynerMedia, angel investor, venture capitalist, NY Times best selling author, and all around hustler, talks wine, social media, and how advertising and marketing have changed in a digital world. Gary also tells us his hottest wine trend, Barolo.

Nov 30 2016

48mins

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