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Episode 30: Grapes of the Zodiac, Pisces and Merlot


Your Pisces friend just wants everyone to be happy- so much so that they sometimes take on too much of your baggage and weigh themselves down.  That's what Merlot did back in the 80's when the world obeyed the French Paradox and went crazy for the legendary soft-sided wine.  To oblige, Merlot was planted in places it should have never even visited. Poor thing experienced an awful backlash but is still here to comfort you and tell you that those jeans look great - just like a Pisces. Gina and Julie continue the Grapes of the Zodiac. 

Episode 29: Grapes of the Zodiac, Aquarius and Grenache


If you know anyone who is an Aquarius, you know they embody freedom, fun, and going with the flow. You also know they will not be controlled or told what to do. Similarly, the Grenache grape is easy going, travels well, and is anything but uptight. In this episode of Grape Minds, Gina and Julie talk about some of their favorite Grenache wines, the many shades of Grenache, and the people who make the Aquarius sign one of our favorites. (Spoiler: Gina is one of them!) 

Episode 28: 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.  

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.

Episode 26: Grapes of the Zodiac, 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.

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.

Episode 24: Grapes of the Zodiac, 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.

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. 

Episode 22: Grapes of the Zodiac, 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. 

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.