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A podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do



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By: Dezel

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 06:23:46 +0000

Hello, Very nice show which I enjoyed in its entirety. I will certainly look for more wine related podcast from you two. You did a terrific job, as well the interviewees. Happy Sipping! Dezel of Vine Spot



By: Frederik

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:19:57 +0000

Dave and Barbara, very interesting show. I'm attending a weekly wine seminar with my girlfriend here in Hanover and so I'm really into the subject of wine and (the German) language. We've learned that there has been a development much like Rick Tagg described it in this show, meaning that the language has become much more accessible to beginners using terms like "fruchtig (fruity)", "würzig (spicy)" or "hat Holznoten (has hints of wood)". Dave, you also mentioned that wine can get some of its taste from the plants growing nearby. I've checked this with our wine teacher and also a botanist attending the same course. They both said that this is not possible. So I believe that this might be an urban legend. The only way that other plants can affect the grapes is if they grow in the vineyard and abstract certrain nutrients or minerals from the soil that would otherwise be absorbed by the grapes. Anyway, I Can't wait for your next show.



By: Julie

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 10:56:18 +0000

Christoph, The Austria thing sounds great! There is also a town in Germany, Bernkastel-Kues, where for only about $15 Euro or so you can just taste all the wonderful Mosel wine you like, just about, in an establishment called the Vinotek. That's in summer - in winter they had only about nine or so wines to taste. There's a hotel almost next door. Here in Virginia we have a twice-yearly wine festival. There is one in early June and one in August. I'm hoping to make the August one this year.



By: Christoph

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 12:49:14 +0000

Great show, yet again! It is amazing that you have come up with interesting and original topics for 67 weeks in a row now, and you seem not to be running out of ideas! Also, I particularly liked the song this time, I suppose it will be the second I actually download after hearing on your show. On wines: My former girl friend (now my wife) and I once went to a wine trade fair in Austria and tasted 50 different wines (and two makes of Schnaps) in one afternoon. There are no words to describe it. It was wonderful. :-)



By: Dave

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 10:02:37 +0000

Hi Simran! Long time no see! Glad to have you back in the Nerdy world. But let's go easy with that "old" stuff, okay? :-)



By: Simran

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 13:10:26 +0000

Congratulations, Dave! You've redesigned the blog beautifully! I am working on a redesign myself. I hadn't visited in a long time and I'm really surprised and pleased! Good job, old friend.



By: Jolly Mercenary

Mon, 19 Jun 2006 11:29:15 +0000

Mr. Shepherd, did anybody ever tell you that your voice sound really like Tom Hanks? Many of my friends say that. Will you happy for it?



By: Julie

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 23:30:43 +0000

What a delightful show, and what a delightful afternoon it was! The interviews were great - and I think it was extraordinary that these two folks consented to be interviewed by not one, but two podcasters! In response to Daniel, one of the things that Rick Tagg told us (when we interviewed him for Washington TravelCast - although we didn't include this portion of the interview in our podcast) that the vineyard designates the farm portion of the business - it is where the grapes are grown. The winery is where the wine is made. You can have a vineyard without a winery (the grapes would be sold to other businesses, which are wineries) and you can have a winery without a vineyard. (they buy all their grapes). In Virginia the businesses usually combine both to some level, but not always. Rick pointed out to us where the physical line was between the two portions of the business, which are even kept separate for accounting and business license purposes. On another note, I think when they talk about tasting the earth, in at least some circumstances they specifically mean the earth, not just the plants growing nearby. My favorite grape reisling, and the ones I like are often described as having a flavor of slate or even petrol! While I usually don't quite get the petrol, but can definitely identify the slate. Thanks, Word Nerds, for another delightful show!



By: Daniel Watkins

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 23:15:45 +0000

What is the difference between a vineyard and a winery? Are the two essentially interchangable? I am also reminded of a favourite Mitch Hedberg quote: "I saw a wino; he was eating grapes. I was like, "Dude — you have to wait!""