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Top Wine Podcasts to Deepen Your Knowledge of Wine

Wine education gets a makeover via these entertaining audio programs

Janice Williams By March 24, 2022
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People aren’t just getting their wine fix through their glass nowadays. Thanks to the growing world of wine podcasts, drinkers are enjoying their wine with their ears too. 

It was only a matter of time before the number of wine podcasts increased, given that the overall popularity of podcasts is growing in the U.S. In 2021, more than 80 million people listened to podcasts weekly, according to a report by Edison Research. 

“What I like about the wine podcasts is it puts the people first. You hear the bottle of wine open, and there’s so much that comes out than just the liquid itself,” says Kelly Cornett, a wine educator in Atlanta who’s hosted the podcast “A Cork in the Road” for six seasons now. 

“A winemaker once told me that wine is essentially just one large conversation. I think what the podcasts do is continue the conversation in a way that’s like capturing a moment in time, and then you can check the progress as it goes along,” Cornett says. 

She adds, “For me, creating a podcast has brought a sense of community to Atlanta and the Southeast through wine. Podcasts are really all about connecting with people through conversation. And a lot about wine is similar to that.”

Navigating the many listening options can be quite the task, though, as searching for wine podcasts on platforms like iTunes and Spotify can turn up hundreds of results. However, there are a few podcasts every wine lover should have on their radar.

A Cork in the Road


A Cork in the Road,” Cornett’s podcast, highlights wine professionals from across all sections of the industry. The show predominantly features guest appearances from educators, distributors, importers, retailers, and various other wine workers in the Southeast region of the U.S. Still, there’s plenty to gain from hearing the stories of the people and places that make Atlanta’s wine scene so unique.

Wine For Normal People 


Elizabeth Schneider is the certified wine dork. Her husband, M.C. Ice is merely a guy who appreciates a good glass. And for the last 10 years, the duo has entertained and educated millions of people about wine. “Wine for Normal People” is an excellent resource for learning everything there is to know about the grapes, the places, and the history of wine, without all the fuss. There’s also valuable information about the industry too, sometimes shared through interviews of other wine professionals who help explain the ins and outs of winemaking and the overall wine business. Completely conversational and humorous, but highly informative — diving into this podcast is like a crash course on all things wine in the company of really smart people.

The Vinimark Podcast


Ever wondered how wine is marketed to global audiences? What about the trends experts are noticing? Wine journalist Jono Le Feuvre’s “The Vinimark Podcast” is the one to listen to when the goal is to learn more about the wine trade. Through conversations and interviews with industry experts, “The Vinimark Podcast” covers everything happening beyond the vines, from wine commerce and branding tactics to cellar mastery, sustainable packaging, and more.

Wine Blast with Susie and Peter

 

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Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards only launched “Wine Blast with Susie and Peter” in 2020, and already it’s become a top-10 podcast in the U.S. and U.K. and received a five-star rating on iTunes. That’s probably because of the charming couple’s entertaining conversation and witty banter. It also helps that they make even the most intricate nuances of wine easy to understand. They share their industry insight on many topics beyond just vintage reports and grape explainers. Hear what it takes to launch a wine festival or the best tips for investing in wine. There’s plenty to listen to and laugh about over a bottle with Barrie and Richards.

I’ll Drink to That 

If you want to hear more from the people behind the scenes in wine, Levi Dalton’s podcast is the one to listen to. The former sommelier interviews famous wine personalities from his tiny New York apartment. Launched in 2012, “I’ll Drink to That” covers a lot of information, but from a personal point of view. Over an hour, Dalton discusses the lives and experiences of winemakers, sommeliers, and other industry pros through candid conversation in addition to sharing his insight on wine-producing regions and grapes.

The Swirl Suite

 

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On “Swirl Suite,” Sarita, Tanisha, Leslie, and Glynis discuss the wine industry while highlighting the voices from people of color in wine. One part sassy, one part informative, and equal parts substance and sensibility, the women share their expertise and cover important wine topics with some of the biggest industry pros and change leaders in wine.

The Wine Makers on Radio Misfits 

 

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On “The Wine Makers,” Brian Casey, Sam Coturri, Bart Hansen, and host John Myers talk to winemakers and industry professionals about, well, winemaking. Every episode features a different guest who shares their knowledge and passion for wine through thoughtful, laid-back conversation. There’s no stuffiness or pretension in this podcast — this is just a couple of guys in wine shining a light on the people who work tirelessly to get wine to the people.