GrapeRadio Giveaway


We are giving away 4 copies of Shafer Vineyards “The Line on Wine”. It’s a book full of fun wine facts. Each book is signed by John Shafer!  

To enter the contest just enter your exciting wine fact and we will pick 4 winners.  Not only will winners get a free copy of the book but they will also have their wine fact published in the next edition of our newsletter “Over the Barrel”. 

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Note: Contest Expired:  February 11th, 2007!

4 Winners Selected:

 – Andrew Kracher
 – Mark Appel
 – John Weippert
 – Tim F 

14 Responses to “GrapeRadio Giveaway”

  1. 1 Monrovino Jan 25th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Idiosyncrasies of wine corks- If you hold a wine cork between your thumb and middle finger, horizontally about 3″ above a hard, flat surface and release it, the cork will bounce and land on its end 1 out of 3 or 4 times. If you’re really good, it can happen just about every time. Why this is is a mystery……

  2. 2 pavle milic Jan 25th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Hello Guys!!

    I have been a fan of your podcast for quite some time now. Let me start by expressing my gratitude for the fun platform that you provide for us wine geeks.

    I just moved back to Phoenix from Napa a couple of months ago, needless to say, I miss it terribly. Anyone interested in wine should live in Napa or any wine country once in their lifetime. I am in the restaurant business. I will be running what I hope will be the best Italian joint in town opening up in the summer.

    I have a plethora of stories pertaining to wine, so trying to pick one was hard.
    Here it goes:

    I worked as a humble peon(otherwise known as a server) in downtown Napa in an enchanting little restaurant by the river called Angele. The exposure to winemakers and wine was unparalled to any other restaurant I had worked in the past. The list never ended, Robert and Margrit Mondavi, the Browns from Brown estate, Donald Patz, Andy Erickson and Annie Favia, Pam Star, Tadeo Borchardt from Neyers and more. My story pertains to Mr. Silacci executive winemaker at Opus 1. He was a regular at Angele and I was fortunate enough to wait on him a few times over the two years I lived in Napa. Silacci was a nice easy going and humble guy…I went to the winery with my girlfriend and we were treated like royalty, anyways, let me get to the point. The day before my girfriend and I moved, we were throwing a garage sale…Mr. Silacci found out we were both moving and called me to ask for my address…moments later he shows up with a bottle of Opus 1 in hand and says: “good luck on your new adventure.”

    Just a little example of wine country hospitality!!

    Now as far as little facts: I never knew that water is sometimes added to wine in order to lower alcohol levels…or that China produces wine…or that there is a lot of wine out there in a bottle that is made from bulk…or that wine truly does taste different depending on the stemware you choose…or that wine scores given by critics like Parker are based on when the wine is at its peak, normally after 8-10 years of bottling…or that Pedro Ximenes is added to the Palomino grape to make an Oloroso Sherry.

    Keep on tasting wine…and educating us!!

  3. 3 Jo Olkowski Jan 25th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Oh, this where we post!

    In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the “honey month,” or what we now call the “honeymoon.”

  4. 4 Jo Olkowski Jan 25th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    maybe not …

  5. 5 Jo Olkowski Jan 25th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    The Angel’s Share is the phrase that describes the wine (or fortified liquor) that escapes through evaporation during the barrel aging process, usually at a rate of 2% per year. Breath deeply!

  6. 6 John Weippert Jan 26th, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Hi Guys, once again a great series of shows on Hospice du Rhône. I have to get there one day.

    My wine fact is about the cork. A cork oak tree must be 25 years old before the cork bark can be harvested but can’t be used for wine stoppers until the third harvest of bark. Once harvested the next harvest can’t be stripped again for another 9-12 years. There is one tree in Portugal that has been producing cork for more than 200 years and can produced enough raw cork for 100,000 bottles of wine per harvest.

  7. 7 Tommy Jan 26th, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Fun Fact Question – How many Grape Clusters does it take to make a glass of wine?

    On a normal sized cluster of about 75 grapes, it would take 1 cluster to proiduce enough wine to fill a 6oz glass.

  8. 8 Richard Velez Jan 26th, 2007 at 10:27 am

    WINE FACT: There is a Spanish dessert from the region of Spain where sherry is made, called “Tocino Del Cielo”. It’s hard to describe this dessert, as it’s literal translation equates to “Bacon of the Sky” or “Heavenly Lard”. Suffice it to say that this dessert is VERY rich, being made with 24 egg yolks.

    And where do you get all of these yolks? Why, they’re left over once you extract all of the egg whites you need to fine the sherry that is made there!

    Egg whites are used to remove proteins or particles in cooking and winemaking.

  9. 9 Chris/the WINE C.A.R.T. Jan 26th, 2007 at 11:00 am

    FACT: Cincinnati, Ohio was the hub of the growing and making of Catawba wine, which in turn, inspired the poet Longfellow to write the poem, “Catawba Wine”, in 1854.

    FACT: Copyright 1992 by the Ohio State University Press, “Cincinnati Observed Architecture and History”, By John Clubbe –

    Longworth’s interest in viticulture had a humanitarian as well as an economic motive. Wine drinking, he believed, had a less deleterious effect on people than the then ubiquitous hard liquor. In bringing Catawba to “public notice,” he declared, “I have rendered my country a greater service than I would have done, had I paid off the National debt.” Gradually the wines of the “Western Bacchus” (as Mackay called him in 1858) gained national renown, even inspiring Longfellow to a tribute in verse, “Catawba Wine,” apparently written upon receipt of a gift of Longworth’s wine. It had, the poet exclaimed, a “divine” taste, “dulcet, delicious, and dreamy.” The fourth stanza could only conclude; “For richest and best / Is the wine of the West, / That grows by the Beautiful River.”

    “The day is not distant,” Longwroth had predicted in 1845, “when the Ohio Valley will rival the Rhine in the quantity and quality of this wine.” By 1850 Cincinnati, shipping 120,000 gallons of wine annually, had become the center of a prosperous wine-growing region. Largely as a result of Longworth’s encouragement, the cultivation of the grape spread through the Midwest. Winemaking reached a peak during the following decade when the Ohio River became known as “the Rhine of North America.” By 1859 Ohio, producing 570,000 gallons a year, more than a third of the national total, had become the premier wine state. Within a twenty-mile radius of Cincinnati there were two thousand acres of productive vineyards. Few visitors to Cincinnati failed to seek out Longworth’s famous cellars under Sycamore St.

  10. 10 John Miller Jan 26th, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Fun Wine Fact:

    Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are related to each other?

    In 1997, researchers at UC Davis determined through DNA testing that Cabernet Sauvignon is the genetic child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Aren’t you glad Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc met each other!

  11. 11 Tim Meranda Jan 27th, 2007 at 8:11 am


    aren’t you gald their other child “Farnc Blanc” was stillborn?

  12. 12 Ryan Mullins Jan 27th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    When Magellan circumnavigated the globe he spent 60% of all his budget on Sherry. More on Sherry than food, men, or even arms. Now hows that for a great fact!

  13. 13 Kruno Feb 1st, 2007 at 5:41 am

    Fun fact: Father winemaker to his son: -You know, my son, you can make wine even from the grapes.

  14. 14 Monrovino Feb 9th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    A brief history of Port

    In the late 17th century, the British, who had a great fondness of French wines, particulary of Bordeaux, found their supplies cut off due to conflicts with France.

    As an alternative, British Oenophiles and traders found the wines of Portugal to be suitable alternatives. The only problem was that the wine didn’t travel well from Portugal to England.

    To solve this problem and to “stabilize” the wine, merchants added “a bucket or two” of Brandy.

    This “fortification” of wine became a preferred style and has evolved and improved over the centuries with different techniques to be the Porto of today.

    There are 48 “authorized” grape varieties that can go into Port.

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