Australian Wine Tasting Kit Giveaway

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Do you have an idea for a topic that you think GrapeRadio should cover? Maybe you would like us to interview a particular wine personality? Perhaps you wanted us to discuss a specific aspect of winemaking? Is there a wine producing area that we need to explore? Get those creative juices flowing and post your suggestions.

The people at have graciously donated 5 of their really cool wine tasting kits. We will pick the best 5 ideas and try to make it happen. Winners will receive there very own onabout kit.

Contest Expires August 31st, 2005. Winners will be announced Sept 23rd 2005. Click here to place your entry: Contest Sign Up Form

35 Responses to “Australian Wine Tasting Kit Giveaway”

  1. 1 Bill Aug 13th, 2005 at 2:48 pm

    Would like to hear about tannins pros and cons to accelerate process and sometimes poor aftertaste. Is adding tannins necessary ?

  2. 2 John Weippert Aug 13th, 2005 at 5:17 pm

    I would like to hear about great American, non-west coast, wines for example New York Finger Lakes region. I have also heard about great wines from Minnesota, Nevada and Texas.

  3. 3 Paul Aug 14th, 2005 at 5:08 pm

    A topic of interest is winery mailing lists. From SQN postcards that let know your still waiting. Colgin adding a few members from 1997, or ones that will never open up such as a Screaming Eagle. To add to this topic, how does a winery allocate based on production, buying history, and demand of their wine? How many wineries have gone paperless, and moved to internet web based purchasing, and email marketing.

  4. 4 Kris Aug 14th, 2005 at 5:47 pm

    Can you explain wine futures? Pros and Cons. Which type of wines are a best bet for futures?

    What are the differences between US states regarding wine ordering shipping?

  5. 5 Sean Aug 14th, 2005 at 6:19 pm

    Women winemakers.

    I think that women bring a different perspective to life, it would be interesting to see if their perspective on wine making differs from that of the men.

  6. 6 Kevin Aug 15th, 2005 at 8:34 am

    I am 23 years old and the wine bug has bit. I know what i like and dont like, but my pallet is far too young and inexperienced to judge a wine accurately. I took a small winetasting class on the net through Wine Spectator School. The book knowledge and factual information about the viticulture is great, but i need more…

    Are there certain flights i should try and compare? What can i do to build my sences and recognitions? Are there certain things a “young pallet” should/shouldn’t do or try? What questions should i be asking to increase wine awareness?

  7. 7 Andrew Aug 15th, 2005 at 9:22 am

    Had a fantastic bottle of Corbieres (Bertrand “La Forge” 2001) at a restaurant at the weekend; it is one of the most memorable bottles I have had for many years (I’m not kidding – try some!) I wouldn’t have tried it if the sommelier hadn’t recommended it. The incident reminded me once more how much great wine there is out there from less prominent/fashionable regions and how little I know about them. Please could you to do a series on great wines from places either off- or under-the radar of the Parkers & Wine Spectators of this world?

  8. 8 Lenn Aug 15th, 2005 at 10:45 am

    I think some coverage of U.S. but non-West Coast wine is long overdue 🙂 We have some REAL characters making wine here on Long Island and I think several of them would make tremendous interviews.

    And, now that the wines are available outside of NY…it’s timely as well. I can give you at least three or four winemakers that would be great…several have worked in California at some point in their careers as well as France, Australia, Germany…

    How about some diversity? 🙂

  9. 9 Dale Aug 15th, 2005 at 10:47 am

    Several thoughts:
    How about touring wineries by bicycle
    Combine Wine Disasters with wine makers – It seems all your stories about winemakers are the stars – It seems so easy. Does anyone ever invest lots, work years and fail to succeed? It might be interesting.

  10. 10 Ron Aug 15th, 2005 at 10:50 am

    I have found some wonderful wines in North Carolina. In particular, I have found a favorite in the Muscadine family of wines. It would be nice if you could let the world know about this modestly priced, very enjoyable wines. There are a number of small wineries in beautiful surroundings that would make a worthwhile trip for anyone in the east coast. Mt. Airy (hometown of Andy Griffith) has an excellant wine co-op called Carolina Harvest Wines. I highly recommend a visit.

    How about doing a show about North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wineries?

  11. 11 OscarFL Aug 15th, 2005 at 5:08 pm

    I agree that a non-west coast review is long in the waiting, or better yet, wines from all of the US and contiguous regions; you already covered Canada : but htere are many other regions: Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela in some extent Brazil, Central America (spirits) So yes, an extension of graperadio should be done.

  12. 12 jo Aug 15th, 2005 at 7:45 pm

    I would be interested in several shows. First, I find a discussion regarding the many products made specifically from wine (port chocolate sauce, ice wine vinegar, Niagara wine jelly, champagne mustard, Merlot cheese spread, cabernet blueberry jam, etc.). Do these products accentuate the original article, or are they just a play on society’s fascination with wine?

    Second, I have a great love of dessert wines. I know icewine has already been addressed, but how about the stickies that are harder to distinguish from the crowd? Tokaji Aszu from Hungary, molleaux from vovray, TB from Austria, vin santo from Italy …

    Third, classification. It’s different everywhere! What are the equivalents from some of the larger regions? Persay: US to Germany. How have they been developed, who stands behind what?

  13. 13 fortna Aug 15th, 2005 at 11:15 pm

    How about we learn how Sherry is made? from Manzanilla to Pedro Ximénez via the Solera System.

    Might I suggest you contact Javier Hidalgo he’d be a great interview and could tell us all about the hows from his families 200+ years experience making it.

    The myriad of styles–from bone dry to exquisitely complex mellifluous sweet PX.

    Just a suggestion, I guess?

  14. 14 Fitzgerald Gonzalez Aug 16th, 2005 at 12:20 am

    How about a show that tries to give us listeners the top ten wines one cannot live without or have to just try….How about interviews with some of the owners of San Antonio’s winery ( Los Angeles)…It would be great to share their history with the large audience Grape radio seems to have created.

  15. 15 Bryan Burnett Aug 16th, 2005 at 10:31 am

    I would love to see a show about wines from south Africa. Ecspecially an interview with the winemaker from Hamilton Russel vinyards. If you are not familiar with their wines, they are making amazing chard and pinot in a VERY Burgandonian style in South Africa. These are some of the most compelling and interesting wines I have tasted in the past year. That would be a great show. And although I have not tasted them, I am sure that there are other people making great wine there too. Maybe the show could help us find some other producers to look out for.

  16. 16 Rex M Aug 16th, 2005 at 10:52 am

    I have two ideas to suggest:

    1) How to host a wine tasting for friends(mostly novices) – Should you work with local wine stores – hire an expert etc?

    2) Buying wine at an auction – I bought a case last year at a benefit auction – that they said was highly rated but most was corked. What are some tips and questions one should ask

    okay one more

    3) Tournament for small non big state wineries( think no west coast or NY) – This would be similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. Where listeners would send you a wine from their home state(probably have to watch the legalities of this) and you would pit against another wine of similar type etc. Based on the hosts tastings you would pick a winner ; Until you have a grand winner in a couple of months. This could even be run like a contest. Alright not an easy chore but it would be interesting to find a diamond in the rough

  17. 17 Stephen Aug 17th, 2005 at 10:49 am

    A couple of others have suggested non-West Coast wines, but I’d like to plug specifically for a program on Texas wines. I was in Houston last week and had lunch at T’afia restaurant, run by chef Monica Pope. She’s big into local foods, in a city that’s big into food, but not big into her approach. She’s been called the “Alice Waters of the Third Coast”, and for her Friday prix fixe she offers a pairing with Texas wines for an additional $12. One white, one red and one dessert.

    I was really surprised at the quality of these wines. Scratch that, start over…I was surprised at the availability of Texas wines, and that a well-regarded chef would pair them with her food. I saw a Q&A with her on the e-Gullet site and she commented about being particular about Texan wines to make sure they were locally sourced, not just locally made.

    I’d suggest having her as a guest, presuming she’d participate, and also getting a couple of the winemakers themselves to appear. Maybe have the makers on first to talk about the wines, then have her on to say what’s important about them, and how she works them into her theme.

    Enjoy your podcast…

    Stephen George

  18. 18 Mike Aug 17th, 2005 at 3:01 pm

    Hi guys,

    Love your show, always looking forward to the next.

    I have two ideas for shows.

    1. How do great wines become great wines? Do they just stand the test of time or can they be an overnight success?

    2. How do you develop a wine tasting palette?

    Thanks, Mike

  19. 19 kevin ostrowski Aug 17th, 2005 at 3:45 pm

    I would be interested in shows that focus on the wines of the Great Lakes regions, such as the Lake Erie Appelation. While I have lived in both Northeast and Northwest Ohio, wines from the Niagra regions of Canada and New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Eastern and western Northern Ohio areas nd Michigan represent some fairly large territory focused on and making good wines.

    The history and attributes of these wines, I believe, would be of interest to the listeners.

  20. 20 Ben Mathew Aug 18th, 2005 at 8:09 pm

    I would love to hear a show that covered home winemaking and the basic setup you need to get started. I, like many new wine enthusiasts, am considering trying to make some wine at home to better educate myself about wine and just to have some fun.

  21. 21 Alte Aug 19th, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    I’d love to hear more about wine history – did the ancient greeks really water down their wine and did it bear any resemblances to Retsina? Was rice wine an independent invention or was there cross-fertilization? For that matter, why did grapes become the heart of western wine while blueberry wine is marginalized. Did California grapes really ‘save’ France after a french blight? Are there doctors of wine history at some university who’d consent to share their passion?

  22. 22 Douglas Trapasso Aug 20th, 2005 at 7:09 am

    So many good ideas! But here’s one I haven’t seen yet. How about giving us a behind the scenes look at a quality wine shop? What should we evaluate when we visit the wine shops in our town? And how can we gain the most knowledge through our relationship with the sales staff?

    Another cool topic could be wine and music. Have you found that certain music enhances your enjoyment of certain wines? Let’s discuss!

  23. 23 Steve Aug 20th, 2005 at 8:59 pm

    I really look forward to hearing the next show. I always learn something new about wine and the people who make wine. I have three suggestions for future shows:

    1. a show featuring two or three top sommeliers in a round table format discussing how they got their start in this business, what goes into recommending a wine with a meal, and some suggestions of various types of wines that go with various types of foods.

    2. A show that features Iris Rideau. She has created a high end winery in the Santa Ynez valley, and I think it would be very interesting to hear her story, what has made her successful in business, how she became interested in wine production, and her strategy for making her wine tasting room so popular.

    3. A discussion on what types of wines are best to keep for a long time versus which ones you want to drink today.


  24. 24 Brian Aug 22nd, 2005 at 2:30 pm

    sake show – i know it isn’t a grape, but could be fun

  25. 25 Randy C Aug 22nd, 2005 at 4:47 pm

    Great ideas already posted. My suggestions are conceptual ones that could be incorporated into your podcasts and would also work well with your newsletter. As you feature a particular winery, region, country or variety, I would like to have a recommendation for an affordable and gernerally available wine from that area/variety as well as a brief explanation as to why it is being recommended and what flavors/aromas are present. Secondly, I would like to see you add a feature for gadget geeks such as myself where you briefly review a wine gadget and then give it a rating (e.g., one to four stars). While you have done podcasts on openers and recently on wine storage, you offer no ratings and I am left to guess at what is an effective opener, for example. With the hundreds of different wine gadgets on the market, from simple foil cutters to expensive decanters, you would have an endless source of material. This could be reserved for the final minute or two of your show and could be repeated as a regular column in your newsletter.

    Keep up the great work.

    A loyal fan. –Randy C.

  26. 26 Laura Aug 23rd, 2005 at 3:02 am

    I’d like to learn more about how wine makers use technology to cover flaws in wine. What techniques are used and why? What guidelines or regulations in place to monitor these behaviors. How do consumers protect themselves against a wine that has major flaws covered over with technology? What is the harm, if any?


  27. 27 Fitzgerald Gonzalez Aug 28th, 2005 at 10:59 pm

    I’m an artist an I would love to know how one could approach some wineries with creaating labels for them….I know it woldn’t take a show to discuss but maybe it could be one question posed to several future guest or heck, a future contest; Design a great label!……….Another idea is getting Coppola to come on the show and discuss his love of wine and where he expects to drive his company as the years pass…I know this idea is a difficult one, but I figured it would be fun to ask…You never know…..Great show, you guys are doing the lord’s work…

  28. 28 Jess Aug 30th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    Here are a few of my ideas:

    I would like to hear an interview with James M. Gabler concerning his recent book, “Passions: The Wines & Travels of Thomas Jefferson.”

    I would like to hear you do a blind taste testing with cheap bottles of wine being compared to more expensive bottles of wine – e.g. “Two Buck Chuck”, Trader Joe Wines, etc.. What are the objective standards that can be discerned by the blind taste tester?

    I would like to hear you do a blind taste testing with wines that are said to be improved through the use of decanters that use rare earth magnets – e.g. a “magnetic base” for a wine bottle or a “magnetic stopper” to cork the bottle etc.. Is there any merit to the claims that these folks advertise for their devises?

    I would like to hear you do an interview with Dr. Carol Meredith or other UC Davis wine DNA experts who are finding out the real history behind wine grape varietals – e.g. Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, etc.).

    I would like to hear you do a show on the beneficial use of micro-oxygenation in the wine making process – e.g. through small barrels or special machines that pump small amounts of air into wine that is aging.

    I would like to hear you interview an expert about the medical findings on wine and how it is connected with our health – the positive findings as well as cautious warnings.

  29. 29 Cheryl Cechvala Aug 30th, 2005 at 10:49 am

    Book Reviews:
    Tom Standage’s History of the World in Six Glasses; There’s a nice section in there on the history of wine, how it impacted ancient Greek and Roman societies; how it was made and how it tasted differently from what we know today as wine. By the time I finished reading it I was wondering why Greece, the birthplace of the vine, makes such lousy wine today. I’m sure an interview with the author would yield the answer to this and other compelling questions.

    Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route; This is an older one (originally written in the 80s I think) but fabulous b/c it chronicles his meanderings through France and dealings w/ winemakers and negociants in the days just before the Parkerization effect took hold. He’s written guides since then but this is his best (most sincere?) effort, I think. In any event, an interview w/ Kermit, who I understand is, shall we say, a bit crusty, would be vastly entertaining, I’m sure. He’s a classic.

    Interview a Master of Wine (e.g. Tim Hanni)
    what inspired them to be interested; how did they prepare; what was the experience like; what are the benefits and are there any drawbacks; how do they use their expertise on a day to day basis; etc.

    Ratings Showdown
    Pick 2-4 bottles that earned highly disparate ratings from Parker and WS and taste them on air; see which critic you agree with; discuss what this means in terms of the critics’ individual palates and the subjectivitiy of ratings; I think this would be a boon to consumers — think critically about the scores, what they mean and how they’re useful.

    Lesser Known Wine Publications
    Everyone is familar w/ WS and the Wine Advocate, but there must be other wine mags and newsletters out there that cater to certain niches or demographics, right? What are they, how do they differ, what are their strengths and weaknesses? An interview or two w/ staff or publishers would be interesting.

    Wine Entrepreneurship
    I think I suggested this before — folks who’ve been bitten by the vine bug and found a creative way to pursue their passion. I think you guys fall into this category, as do various indie wine shop owners and bloggers, etc. The guy at would be good, as would the guys at WineQuest or Enologix. The angle would be how do you turn a love of wine into a livelihood? This has been done numerous times w/ folks who up and buy their own wineries, but not so much with the smaller, non-vitner types, I don’t think.

    Up and Coming Regions
    Looks like you’re going to have to do a show on the Finger Lakes (per the comments board on your site). South Africa and South America would also be good, b/c we always hear how these are more affordable, but I bet many don’t know how to spot the best bottles; I also hear that Thailand is doing some interesting stuff (?); One poster already suggested more obscure dessert wines, like vin santo and tokay, which I think is a great idea. Life beyond d’Yquem.

  30. 30 cary Sep 15th, 2005 at 4:29 pm

    An interview with the inimitable Randall Graham from Bonny Doon winery in Santa Cruz would be an interesting show. Rumor has it that he is now experimenting with bio-dynamic wine-making. I’d like to know what exactly that means and how it will affect the wines.

  31. 31 robert flannery Oct 12th, 2005 at 12:51 pm

    Anyone who might be able to guide me in the correct direction. As a student I am putting together a course study for the tasting of wine on a campus where alcoholic beverages are not permitted. I do recall a tasting seminar once that was abstract in style where we tasted only lemon water, salt water, and other such products were used to demonstrate everything from astringency to the many potions of the Aroma Wheel. Someone told me that the term for this is a conceptual tasting but I can’t find it anywhere on the Internet. What I did cross reference was your organization and that if any one was to know where I was to look it was you.

    Robert Flannery

  32. 32 Shane Hamby Nov 22nd, 2005 at 12:53 pm

    I would like to hear discussion about sending wine back at a restaurant and the proper etiquette for handling that situation. I has come up a few times for me, and my wife says I am rude to send it back and you aren’t supposed to do that.


  33. 33 GrapeRadio Crew Nov 23rd, 2005 at 1:38 pm

    Why would it be rude? No need to be a jerk about it, just polite. I have never had any problem.

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