The Winervana PodcastWelcome to the Winervana podcast!  People and topics of interest to the curious wine drinker.

No pretense . . .
no snobbery . . .
o numerical ratings.

Hosted and toasted by
Stephen Hawk.


The Winervana podcast is produced by Habanero Media.

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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.

Episode 12 – Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery – May 23, 2021

Learn more about Ser Winery, Nicole Walsh, and a few of her wines here.

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.

Episode 11 – Brian Carter of Brian Carter Cellars – February 25, 2021

To find out more about Brian Carter and his eponymous winery, click here.

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.

Episode 10 – Brandy, Cognac, and Armagnac – January 29, 2021

Near the end of the podcast, I mention the two most commonly used glasses for brandies.  You can see them here.

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.

Episode 9 – Varietal-specific Wine Glasses – December 31, 2020

You can see images of the stemware here.

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.

Episode 8 – Wine Facts and Foibles – November 11, 2020

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.

Episode 7 – Unusual and Exotic Wines – October 18, 2020

Since many of these wines may be unfamiliar, you can read about them here:

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.

Episode 6 – DIY Beer and Wine – October 1, 2020

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.

Episode 5 – White Wines for Summer – September 15, 2020

Since many of these wines may be unfamiliar, you can read about them here:

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.

Episode 4 – Wine in Cans – August 6. 2020

If you would rather read about this topic, you can do so here: https://winervana.com/wine-in-a-can-yes-please/

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.

Episode 3 – Old World vs. New World Wines – June 4, 2020

There is a handy chart that summarizes the differences here: https://winervana.com/old-world-wine-vs-new-world-wine/

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.

Episode 2 – Wine and Robbery at Restaurants – February 18, 2020

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.

Episode 1 – Welcome to the Winervana Podcast – October 4, 2019