A Sommelier and a Tasting Room Manager Walk…

Listen now | I don’t know about you, but I’m insecure when it comes to wine. It’s just so overwhelming. What’s the difference between natural wine and regular wine? Why is some wine super expensive and other wine really cheap? How do you learn all of the things you’re supposed to learn about mouthfeel and terroir and structure? Welcome to Wine Week, my attempt to clear things up for you and me and anyone else confused by wine. I’ve invited two oenophiles with wine podcasts on to walk me through all of the things that I don’t understand about wine. Elle Clifford hosts The Wine Situation, a delightful podcast that I once appeared on, the day that Elle found out she passed the tests to become a certified sommelier. With her expertise and approachability, I ask her all about her obsession with wine, how she affords drinking the good stuff, her entree into the world of quality vino culture, how she chooses the right words to describe what a wine tastes like, and how she retains so much information about so many different types of wine. But first, I invited on Mike Stone of The TallMikeWine Podcast on to talk about his job as a tasting room manager at Nicholson Ranch Winery. How do you go from being a DJ to a tasting room manager? Mike has the story (and voice) for you. He also explains what he does every day, how he describes the same wine over and over again to different guests, and what he’s currently drinking that he recommends.

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