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Salvatore Ferragamo Talks Fashion, Wine and Sparklers

From the "Brushes with Greatness at the Naples Winter Wine Festival" file, come this gem of a conversation with Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Toscana

Named for his grandfather (the founder of the famous fashion house), this prince of Tuscan royalty takes to the vines to produce traditional and not-so-traditional wines with respect to history and an eye toward the future.  

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Episode 27: Mondavi Talks Family Legacy & The Future

At this year's Naples Winter Wine Festival , Julie and Gina got a chance to talk with California wine royalty. In this episode of Grape Minds; a conversation with Tim Mondavi and two of his four grown children, Carlo and Carissa.

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Episode 26: Capricorn & Nebbiolo

The year begins in the workaholic sign of Capricorn, and that means Julie and Gina have selected another wine grape to match the stubborn, loyal, no-nonsense sign whose symbol is a goat. We continue the series, “the grapes of the zodiac” with a comparison of Capricorn with the Nebbiolo grape from Italy’s Piedmont region. It’s found in the Langhe DOC appellation but is best known for its starring role in wines from Barolo.

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Episode 25: Origin of the Zinfandel Grape on Zinfandel Day

It’s Zinfandel day - a day set aside to recognize the Zinfandel grape which is responsible for not only for the sweet version of rosé wine, it’s also considered by many to be the “original” American grape. Our Grape Minds podcast hosts Julie Glenn and Gina Birch talk about the real origin of this variety, some history of American grapevines, and find a few pairings for your holiday table.

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Episode 24: Scorpio and Petite Sirah

This day after the Midterm Elections...let's have some wine. In this week's Grape Minds, Gina and Julie continue their trip through the solar system of personalities to talk about Scorpios and the grape that goes with these mysterious people.

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Episode 23: Blood Red Wine

Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means ... blood-red wine.  Lucky for us, dark chocolate pairs well with the dark reds, and in this edition of Grape Minds, Julie and Gina try one called Predator.  Join the cult of Dionysis and grab a glass. 

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Episode 22: Libra and Pinot Noir

This month we continue our tour through the zodiac with a stop in Libra where the beauty-obsessed diplomat, the Libra, is paired up with the characteristics that make Pinot Noir such a darling. 

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Episode 21: Canned Wine

In this episode of Grape Minds, Gina and Julie try out canned wine – just in time for tailgate season. Be sure to listen until the very end of the episode when they try an extra can of white and find a real gem.

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Episode 20: Getting To Know Spain

This week we talk with winemaker-turned-tour guide, Tony Bryant of IKON Journeys , for a tour of Spain and its wines. The conversation weaves through the...

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Episode 19: Grapes of the Zodiac, Leo & Cabernet Sauvignon

Gina and Julie continue their series, “The Grapes of the Zodiac,” in which they pair the personalities of the zodiac with the grapes of the wine...

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