Grape Minds

  • Testing, 123 …

    Did you know that WGCU Public Media… …broadcasts FIVE separate television channels? …broadcasts TWO separate radio channels? …provides a special RADIO READING SERVICE for the blind and print challenged? …produces two PODCASTS? …provides a portal to PBS and NPR PROGRAMS online? … and has a MOBILE APP that allows you to access it all? Yes,

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  • WGCU FM wins 11 Florida AP Broadcasters awards

    The WGCU FM news team has won 11 awards in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards competition for its work in 2018. This tops last year’s award total of 10. The winning entries ranged widely in topics of interest to Southwest Florida, from politics to environmental concerns, human trafficking and immigration, to lighter topics like

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  • 35 Reasons to Love WGCU

    WGCU turns 35 this month! Get out the party hats and the piñata. WGCU is having a birthday! The station began life in August 1983 as WSFP-TV/FM, a satellite operation licensed to the University of South Florida. It became an independent entity in 1996 when the broadcast licenses were transferred to the new Florida Gulf

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  • Episode 18: Flying With Wine

    Did you ever notice that being on an airplane makes things like tomato juice and Pringles taste better than when you’re on the ground? While the hectic experience of air travel may have you reaching for the nearest sauvignon blanc the minute you find your seat, you might want to think twice about ordering your

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  • Episode 17: Grapes of the Zodiac, Cancer & Syrah

    Just as people born under the sign of Cancer are warm, loyal, and sure to tell you where they stand, Syrah is a grape that produces a wine that feels like a warm, comforting embrace with a strong backbone of big fruit. In this week’s Grape Minds, Julie and Gina continue their series on the

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  • Episode 16: A Conversation with Legendary Australian Winemaker, Dave Powell of Powell & Son, Barossa

    In this week’s episode, we meet the winemaker behind Powell & Son. You may have heard of the passionate and gifted winemaker from his days building Torbreck.  Well now, Dave Powell is putting that passion and skill into working with his son who was raised among the vines. This January at the Naples Winter Wine

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  • Episode 15: Provence

    The summer heat is on which means wine fans are turning towards Rosé.  But what makes a pink wine good and where do you go for the best?  While winemakers all around the globe are producing wonderful Rosé wines, Provence, France is often considered the epicenter of this refreshing beverage.  This week, Gina and Julie

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  • Episode 14: Grapes of the Zodiac, Gemini and Sangiovese

    Remember the line from Dirty Dancing: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner?” Well, nobody should put Gemini in a corner either, because if a Gemini gets bored sitting in that corner things will not go well. The same can be said for the Sangiovese wine grape. This week we continue our series on the Grapes

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  • Episode 13: Can Clever Packaging Dissuade Serious Wine Fans?

    Today on the show, Gina and Julie talk about how cheeky wine packaging might mislead a wine snob to think what is in the bottle is no good. They try the newest Rosé on the shelves called, simply, “Forty Ounce.” They dish on the genius of the “Marilyn Merlot” packaging (and the hefty price tag

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  • Episode 12: Grapes of the Zodiac

    To personify a wine grape is not a stretch – people do it all the time. While sometimes wine writers get carried away (I mean we’ve heard Syrah described as “voluptuous” a few too many times), there are definitely temperaments attributable to wine grapes and those can be compared with the signs of the Zodiac.

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