Wine for Normal People

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A podcast for people who like wine but not the attitude that goes with it. We talk about wine in a fun, straightforward, normal way to get you excited about it and help you drink better, more interesting stuff. Back catalog available at

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Ep 269: From Doctor to One Woman Winery--Kerith Overstreet of Brulium

Kerith Overstreet is a triple threat: Bruliam Wines co-founder and winemaker, medical doctor, and mom to three teens.  After retiring from general surgery to pursue pathology and then medicine to raise a family, she tried her hand at winemaking with one barrel. She quickly found she had the chops for it and her fourth baby, Bruliam Wines was established in 2008.

Since then, Kerith has completed her enology courses at U.C. Davis and she is a one-woman show. She does EVERYTHING herself and the lovely single vineyard Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and chardonnay benefit from it. 

Brulium will be a featured producer at Underground Wine Events in Sonoma on April 6, 2019. for tickets!

Here are some of the things we cover in the show:

  • Kerith takes us on her journey from growing up in San Diego, to East Coast college and med school student, to single vineyard, terroir-driven winemaker
  • Kerith discusses the interplay between wine and medicine and how it affects her today
  • We talk all about site, growers and why this kind of thing is the obsession of small winemakers
  • We discuss Pinot Noir and why it's such a fascinating grape
  • On a personal note, we discuss family, doing it as a one-woman show, and strange things people have said to Kerith in her time in wine

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Mar 25, 2019
Ep 268: Adam Teeter of VinePair, the Online Wine Mag that is Disrupting Wine Media

Adam Teeter is Co-Founder of VinePair Inc, the huge online magazine that tells it like it is in the world of wine, spirits, and beer. Adam is a true normal wine person, he is obsessed with wine and trying to remove the elitism often associated with the industry. In this awesome conversation we discuss Adam’s transition from music to wine (and its similarities), and how he built VinePair to truly disrupt wine media.


Show notes:

  1. We discuss Adam’s background and how he and Elizabeth are like the same person.


  1. Adam talks about the striking similarities between the record industry and wine. He talks about how his first successful venture in joining wine and music springboarded him to build VinePair.


  1. We talk nitty-gritty industry stuff – certifications in wine, Millennials and wine, the wine industry and how it’s so bizarre from a business perspective, and the goals of Vinepair to break down alcoholic beverages for normal people.


  1. Adam tells us about upcoming trends in the wine industry and media and we discuss how VinePair and WFNP are the beginning of the wine revolution in media.


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Mar 18, 2019
Ep 267: Leo Hansen of Leo Steen Wines, The Dane who Mastered California Chenin Blanc

Originally from Denmark where he grew up as the son of a chef and hotelier in the happiest country in the world, Leo Hansen started in the hospitality world at the ripe old age of 12 and hasn’t stopped since.

First he was a certified European sommelier working for a Michelin starred restaurant and that brought him to the US where he immersed himself in the world of New World winemaking. In 2004 he started Leo Steen Wines, which concentrates on divine Chenin Blanc (AKA Steen in South Africa, but ironically a family name as well!) but also makes Cab Franc, Chardonnay, and Grenache.

He has been in California for 20 years but he maintains a European palate and focuses on traditional European winemaking techniques like foot treading, natural yeasts, lower alcohols and less new oak. He’s the perfect balance of professional winemaker and sommelier and a fascinating guy all around.


And a few show notes:

  • Leo tells us about his early life as a the son of a chef and hotelier, including some notes about Danish cuisine!
  • We learn about Leo\'s career path, especially his time at Kong Hans in Copenhagen, a Michelin Starred Restaurant
  • We discuss the difference in sommelier culture in Denmark v. the US
  • Leo takes us through his journey from a harvest worker at Clos du Bois to owner of Leo Steen
  • Finally, we discuss his specific philosophies and wines and why site is so important to his wine.

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Mar 11, 2019
Ep 266: Danny Glover- From LA Musician to L'Object Wine

Danny Glover has had a fascinating life! He moved from a life in music production and writing to a life in the vineyards and in the cellar. A man with an obsession with terroir and a knack for making low-intervention wines, Dan has worked in huge, medium and small wineries, building his skills and repertoire.

The first thing you should know is that even though that OTHER Danny Glover is also an African American who has a wine brand, this is the REAL DANNY GLOVER. The one who spends his time obsessing about his wines and his brand L’Objet.