Readers probably know by now that this Wine Dudes blog is written by yours truly and my wine-crazed buddy, Eric Anderson, and that it’s an opportunity to share our personal wine knowledge and musings with the readers of Orange Coast Magazine. But you may not know that the two of us are also half of the crew responsible for an O.C. wine talk show called GrapeRadio, an award-winning podcast—if I may toot our horns just a little bit.

Along with two other wine consumers and collectors, Brian Clark and Jay Selman, we act as hosts, sharing our opinions and experiences with an audience that includes consumers, hobbyists, collectors, and winemakers—in short, anyone who loves wine and all that goes along with its discovery and enjoyment. That said, none of us take ourselves very seriously, and we don’t rehearse the shows, which can be fun and surprising.

We think GrapeRadio is a pretty cool name, but it is often mistaken for a radio broadcast. In fact, the shows are produced in a professional studio in Tustin and aired on the internet as audio podcasts that can be freely accessed and downloaded.

Many of the shows feature conversations with in-studio guests including renowned winery owners and winemakers, sommeliers, and restaurateurs. Guests that dropped in this year include 3-star Michelin French Chef and owner of Soliste Cellars, Claude Koeberle; Bruce and Dennis Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars; Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates; and Raimund Prum of S.A. Prum in the Mosel, Germany.

We have to brag a little about our James Beard Award for excellence in journalism and two other James Beard nominations, and we are proud that our shows are included on American Airlines in-flight business and first-class programming, the first of its kind on any airline.

Tune in every week for a new wine talk show at, or subscribe to GrapeRadio through iTunes or any RSS aggregator. All shows are downloadable as an MP3 file free.

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