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Welcome to VinoRadio, where you are invited to join us in exploring the world of wine, winemakers, and the industry's most interesting thinkers.  We seek to have a dialogue both with wine industry folks and with our readers (and listeners, once we get some podcasts out there). Please let us know what you think through emails and comments here on the site.  We don't claim to be experts (and would warn you against listening to those who claim such a role), but what we can say is that we are extremely curious about this ever-evolving world of wine (especially when that evolution is taking place in our glass!).

Taste is subjective.  While in some of our older entries you'll see some misguided attempts at scoring, we've since renounced that abhorrent practice. Shout it out with us: Down! With! Scores!  A lot has lead to this ethic, but mostly, just think about art -- how would you "score" a DiVinci next to a Keith Haring next to an Andy Goldsworthy piece?  In the same way, it just doesn't make sense to score a California Syrah next to a Slovenian 'Orange' wine next to a Cava. The scoring system is for marketing purposes; the preeminence of reviewers like Robert Parker have narrowly defined what people's perception of what "good wine" means -- and as a result, the world has embraced über-intense, fruit driven, oak-oak-oaky wines as the pinnacle of winemaking -- why? Because having a 90+ score from Parker gets bottles sold, and fast, so most winemakers try to make a Parker-ready wine as opposed to simply trying to make an interesting wine. Oak has it's place. Intensity has its place. But that is simply not, to quote Led Zeppelin, what is and what should ever be. (FTW, I like how AliceFeiring talks about this stuff in her brilliant book "The Battle for Wine and Love.")   

We here at VinoRadio are here to have a good time celebrating the freaking awesome thing that can happen when grapes and yeast meet. Plain and simple.

We'll try to expand our own knowledge, and have a conversation about it with you. Everyone who contributes to VinoRadio has their own voice, and indeed, their own preferences. We're all open to new things, and we collectively embrace the spirit of following whatever paths open to us. For instance, the aforementioned Alice Feiring really opened our minds (and hearts) to Natural Wine, which is now a passion for most of us, and has shined the light for us on so many interesting wines and people. At the same time, Alice has a distaste for most Cali wines, but we find a lot to love in our Great State, natural and otherwise. We really like the idea of natural winemaking practices, for damn sure, but mostly we just support wine made with soul. 

The Podcast is way late in coming, but we have tons of source material and look forward to starting to put them out soon. Stay tuned!