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The Grape Nation

Heritage Radio Network

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The Grape Nation

The Grape Nation

Heritage Radio Network

8
Followers
75
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

Miguel de Leon, Sommelier and Activist.

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.

63 MIN3 d ago
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Miguel de Leon, Sommelier and Activist.

Billy Durney and Jeff Porter

"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. "

64 MINMAY 28
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Billy Durney and Jeff Porter

Saskia de Rothschild & Laura Catena

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.

76 MINMAY 21
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Saskia de Rothschild & Laura Catena

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

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.

65 MINMAY 14
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Marco Pelletier, Sommelier, Proprietor of Vantre, Paris and Partner/Vigneron, Domaine Galouchey, Bordeaux, France.

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

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.

52 MINMAY 7
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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.

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

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.

51 MINAPR 30
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Eric "Benny" Bloom & Ryan Zoidis from Lettuce and wine distribution company Benny and Zoid Selections.

Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Barbaresco, Italy

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.

75 MINAPR 23
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Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Barbaresco, Italy

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

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.

62 MINMAR 12
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Yannick Benjamin, Sommelier & Co_Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and Wine on Wheels

Laurent Ponsot & Erwan Faiveley

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.

61 MINMAR 5
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Laurent Ponsot & Erwan Faiveley

Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa, CA

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.

70 MINFEB 27
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Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa, CA

Latest Episodes

Miguel de Leon, Sommelier and Activist.

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.

63 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Miguel de Leon, Sommelier and Activist.

Billy Durney and Jeff Porter

"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. "

64 MINMAY 28
Comments
Billy Durney and Jeff Porter

Saskia de Rothschild & Laura Catena

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.

76 MINMAY 21
Comments
Saskia de Rothschild & Laura Catena

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

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.

65 MINMAY 14
Comments
Marco Pelletier, Sommelier, Proprietor of Vantre, Paris and Partner/Vigneron, Domaine Galouchey, Bordeaux, France.

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

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.

52 MINMAY 7
Comments
The generational shift in California wine with Chris Strieter and Myles Lawrence-Briggs of Senses Wines and Will Harlan of Promontory Wine.

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

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.

51 MINAPR 30
Comments
Eric "Benny" Bloom & Ryan Zoidis from Lettuce and wine distribution company Benny and Zoid Selections.

Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Barbaresco, Italy

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.

75 MINAPR 23
Comments
Gaia Gaja from Gaja Winery, Barbaresco, Italy

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

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.

62 MINMAR 12
Comments
Yannick Benjamin, Sommelier & Co_Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and Wine on Wheels

Laurent Ponsot & Erwan Faiveley

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.

61 MINMAR 5
Comments
Laurent Ponsot & Erwan Faiveley

Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa, CA

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.

70 MINFEB 27
Comments
Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa, CA
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