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Akhil Reddy, pioneering Indian-American winemaker in the Texas panhandle
Chrishon Lampley, of Love Cork Screw and The Lampley
Jim Laughren, Author and Certified Wine Educator
Paul Wagner, Wine Educator and Marketer
Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery
Brian Carter of Brian Carter Cellars
Brandy, Cognac, and Armagnac
Varietal-specific Wine Glasses
Wine Facts and Foibles
Unusual and Exotic Wines
DIY Beer and Wine
White Wines for Summer
Wine in Cans
Old World vs. New World Wines
Wine and Robbery at Restaurants
Welcome to the Winervana Podcast
The Winervana podcast is produced by Habanero Media.
Starting as pioneering Texas grape growers in 1997, in 2019 the Reddy family launched an estate label with eight wines. “My family has a deep-rooted passion for wine, winegrowing, and the Texas high plains,” said son Akhil Reddy. “I’m honored to work alongside my parents to bring their lifelong pursuit of estate grown, sustainably farmed, 100% Texan wines to life.”
The founder and proprietor of Love Cork Screw and Lampley Reserve is Chrishon Lampley, a remarkable African American woman, and the first in the Midwest to go national with a wine brand. She is also one of the less than 1% of wine industry negociants, vineyard owners, or winery owners who are black females in the traditionally Euro-centric, male-dominated world of wine.
Jim Laughren is a Certified Wine Educator, a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and the award-winning author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More and A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine. He is known for his irreverent approach and abiding enthusiasm for all things fermented. He is founder of Chicago-based WineHead Consulting and a former importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world.
Paul Wagner has dedicated his life to wine as an educator, award-winning author, competition judge, guest lecturer, owner of a wine-marketing firm, consultant, magazine columnist, and public-radio personality. In this episode he discusses his teaching approach, and provocatively debunks a major myth about wine.
One of a growing number of women in the world of wine, Nicole Walsh is both the winemaker and owner of the boutique Ser Winery near Santa Cruz, California.
Brian Carter is one of the pioneers of the Washington State wine industry, having worked there for over 40 years. He is a champion of the art of blended wines, as well as sustainability.
Brandy is one of the world’s oldest distilled spirits. Learn about what it is, plus what distinguishes its best-known subgenre, Cognac, and Cognac’s lesser-known country cousin, Armagnac.
My second guest on the Winervana podcast is me! My long-time friend Rob Young sits in the host’s chair, and we talk about varietal-specific stemware made by Riedel, and why you should consider buying some of these glasses.
Few products of human labor are as old as wine. With such a rich history, quite a lot of facts and foibles have come to be associated with it. I touch on just a few of those in this episode.
The wine universe is huge, and goes way beyond the usual varieties. Some creative winemakers don’t even use grapes at all! Learn more about some wines you’ve probably never heard of in this episode.
Beer and wine are readily available for purchase at a full range of quality and price points. But some people choose to make their own. My first-ever guest Pat Helmers explains why you might want to do the same.
Chardonnay is great, of course, but when the weather is warm, it’s not often the best choice. You want something crisp and refreshing. You want ABC: Anything But Chardonnay. In this episode, I discuss grape varieties and some specific suggestions from around the world for perfect summer sippers.
Yes, wine in cans is a thing. A very big thing as it turns out. Although canned wine has been around for almost 20 years, it has seen explosive growth since 2015. You can hear the story in Episode 4.
Is there a difference between wines from the Old World (Europe and the Middle East) and the New World (everywhere else)? If so, does it matter? Find out in Episode 3.
Ordering wine in a restaurant can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Stephen shares some tips on approaching the wine list, and how to get help if you’re uncertain. But mainly, he rants about the wine price gouging far too many restaurants are guilty of.
Stephen introduces the Winervana podcast. He explains his point of view on wine and how it frames the podcast. He shares his story on how he became interested in wine. And, reviews a Chardonnay.