Learn by listening: Top 5 wine podcasts
The pile of wine-related books keeps on growing on my bedside table. Some of them are reference books and I occasionally browse certain articles on them. Some should be read from cover to cover – if only there was enough time. Ever since I discovered the world of podcasts, I have been able to educate myself also on those moments when I can’t read: driving a car, walking on the street, cooking, rushing to pick up my child from the nursery – you name it. Of course, I right away searched “wine” after opening the podcast app for the first time. I was surprised to find out that so far there are only a handful of podcasts about wine.
Podcasts are becoming more and more mainstream. The number of podcast listeners in the States has doubled in ten years. Last year, 20% of Americans listened to a podcast monthly. Europe comes behind but at least in Finland, podcasts are starting to boom. Yet, wine podcast is a category still completely missing both in Finland and in Germany. North America rules this genre. Go ahead and check out these five favourites of mine!
Guild of Sommeliers Wine Podcasts
Guild of Sommeliers Wine Podcasts is the ultimate source of information for all wine geeks, hosted by Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth (known also from the movie Somm). These podcasts are aimed at wine professionals and they don’t even bother to try and be entertaining. The episodes are long and comprehensive. If you’re studying for a wine exam, this podcast is a must. Otherwise, it’s hard to imagine that huge masses of people would be clicking on a 90-minute podcast that deals with yeasts, just to give an example.
GrapeRadio – Wine Talk Show
GrapeRadio is an audio and video production company that has been making podcasts, videos and blog posts about wine for over a decade. It’s not a one-man show; there’s a rather large crew behind GrapeRadio. They interview different wine experts and winemakers. Each episode lasts about an hour and the topics cover the expertise of the person they are interviewing, be it a region, a wine style or – quite often – a particular winery.
Weekly Wine Show
Weekly Wine Show is a relatively new (since March 2016) wine podcast hosted by a wine-loving couple Tony and Betty Notto. As the name implies, they publish a new episode every week. Until now, they have had a conventional approach to the world of wine; each week they present either a grape variety or a wine region. Even though Tony and Betty are not wine professionals, they have studied their topics well and present a concise package. Episodes are short, around 20 minutes. That’s pretty much the limit that a listener can concentrate since each episode is like a lecture without pauses.
Wine Two Five
Wine Two Five is hosted by Stephanie Davis and Valerie Caruso. These two ladies got to know each other while they were doing the Certified Wine Educator course. Their slogan is “Everyday drinking for everyday people!” and they truly are able to speak in a way that a beginner can easily follow without compromising the content. I like their laid-back attitude which they call edutainment. Personally, I find most inspiring those episodes in which Steph and Val are interviewing someone. Wine Two Five is the most interactive wine podcast I have seen. They organise competitions (#w25challenge) and maintain a Facebook forum.
Wine for Normal People
Elisabeth Schneider is Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine and the voice behind Wine for Normal People. Her co-host is her husband (“just a wine-loving normal person”) but Elisabeth is the star and the expert of the show. Wine for Normal People also aims at speaking about wine in a way everyone can understand. Episodes are on average 30-40 minutes long but Elisabeth is also making audio blogs which are quick readings of her blog posts. Elisabeth is very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to. She recently won a Taste Award in the category Best Podcast which was truly deserved.
Are you already familiar with these shows? Do you have in mind some wine podcast that I failed to mention but which I definitely should check out?