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Glass in Session® is a wine education podcast hosted by Val Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS. She's a certified wine educator, lifelong learner, & shameless corkdork.

Every 2nd and 4th Friday there will be a new Glass in Session® focusing on a new topic. Val's mission is to educate, entertain, and empower the wine learner, wine lover, or wine curious by seeking out the fun - and sometimes funny - side of wine education.



Nov 8, 2019

Celebration is in the air as Beaujolais Nouveau is released each November. However, Vino Novello is released weeks prior. Some would say it's the Italian answer to the Nouveau, but there are some differences. This episode explores Vino Novello, carbonic maceration, as well as the celebrations that showcase the...

Oct 25, 2019

This orange (amber) wine episode discusses winemaking, the origins of the style, and what makes them unique. They aren't red wines, despite skin maceration and fermentation. They aren't white wines, despite being made with white grapes. And they are not rose' wines. They are their own thing, and are the subject of much...

Oct 11, 2019

In the spirit of Fall, the spirits made from apples deserve a little Glass in Session® Winecast corkdorkery treatment. So here's to Calvados, Applejack, and the hundreds of years of history that brought us this goodness, unfolded on a Friday night with a bottle of Calvados Pays d'Auge.

Did your exuberant host cover...

Sep 27, 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to the dessert wine episode: Val went down a moldy rabbit hole. What emerges is an entire episode devoted to Noble Rot.

How does Botrytis Cinerea affect the grapes, the vineyard practices, the wine making, and the finished wines? We go there in this corkdorkalicious exploration of the...

Sep 13, 2019

Kicking off Season 2 with bubbles. Let’s raise a glass to Lambrusco - the grapes, the regions, the wine styles. There’s always more to the story, and this one ends with a nod to … well .. rap.

Resources from this episode:


Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th Edition [Kindle Edition], Robinson (2015)

Wine grapes: A...