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Maggie Henriquez + Katherine Cole

12.20.21 / BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE!

We’ll be taking a break from The Four Top for the next few months to produce our next season. But before we go, we want to make sure you caught the extra bonbon that made our first-ever wine season even sweeter: Our bonus interview with Maggie Henríquez, President and CEO of Krug Champagne.

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Rania Zayyat & Miguel de Leon

12.7.21 / THE HURT LINGERS. HOW DO WE HEAL?

Raw, uncomfortable, embarrassed, wounded, defensive, inadequate. These are the feelings many of us experience as we face the wine industry’s most sensitive issues, including sexism, racism, and inequity.

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Elaine Chukan Brown and Tara Gomez

11.24.21 / WHAT WINE GETS WRONG ABOUT INDIGENOUS AMERICANS

This Native American Heritage Month, The Four Top turns its focus on our nation’s first communities. Indigenous American cultural values are very much in line with the oenological concept of terroir, and yet the wine industry has historically misunderstood and mistreated these cultures.

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Anna Brittain & Sandra Taylor

11.8.21 / EVERYONE (EXCEPT OUR GUESTS) IS WRONG ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

Why does Martin want to “make lighter bottles sexy”? Find out in Ep. 98 of The Four Top, in which we discuss rethinking the wine business to protect the planet and safeguard our future. Get ready to throw your sustainability preconceptions and misconceptions onto the compost pile and join us for this eye-opening conversation.

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Stephen Satterfield & Deborah Parker Wong

11.1.21 / THE VINEYARD STORIES YOU HAVEN'T HEARD

The stories you don’t hear in wine-education classes or read about in magazines are the most important ones out there. These are the stories of brutality and enslavement in vineyards—practices that continue to this day. Prepare to be shocked, surprised, and enlightened by Ep. 97 of The Four Top.

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10.17.21 / THE NOSE EPISODE

In Ep. 95 we discuss the ways in which COVID-19 and technological innovations have changed our thinking on smelling. We’ll also explore the nose’s ability to dramatically enhance a whole spectrum of experiences, from our own memory to a glass of wine.

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Amanda Smeltz & Esther Mobley

10.11.21 / THE NATURAL WINE COLD WAR

Is “Natural Wine” a category, a lifestyle, or just a buzz phrase? In Ep. 94, we hear about the Cold War between natural and conventional winemakers, question the possible quackery of so-called “clean wines,” and more.

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10.4.21 / VINFLUENCERS...OR THIRST TRAPS?

Are social media “vinfluencers” bringing new consumers to wine, or simply devaluing expertise? In Ep. 93 we discuss what it takes to be a successful wine pro in the digital age, and what authenticity looks like in a world of polished Instagram feeds.

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