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Wine For Normal People

Safa Faheem

February 7, 2022

Here’s a disclaimer: I’m not big on podcasts. While several people I know enjoy having a podcast playing in the background as they go about their day, I prefer listening to music rather than someone random talking. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried! Blame it on my Instagram-impaired attention span, but my podcast attentiveness doesn’t last beyond 5 minutes. So, when the opportunity arose to write a podcast review, I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with Wine For Normal People.

In a world where dropping little facts about wine is often accompanied by a hint of snobbery, Wine For Normal People is a breath of fresh air. Host-couple Elizabeth Schneider and “MC Ice” take listeners on a journey of simplifying wine and everything related to it. The episodes cover a wide variety of topics, from important wine geographies of the world to discussing the chemistry behind wine aromas. No matter which episode you tune into, Wine For Normal People is simply captivating. You’ll need to fasten your seatbelts and settle in, committing to the process of learning things you’ve never even heard of.

And you know the best part? We have a  lot of simply amazing Wineries in Texas that craft some of the best award-winning wines from local Texas Grapes! Something to keep in mind when listening to the podcast!

Elizabeth Schneider: Not Your Average Wine Snob

Elizabeth grew up in New York with parents who exclusively drank European wines. Her passion for wine led her to participate in several classes and workshops, but each of those left her feeling intimidated. With her podcast, she attempts to break this cycle of intimidation and snobbery, and impart digestible knowledge to wine aficionados. She’s been made a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, and has become a public speaker on wine around the US.

Spanning over a decade, the podcast has amassed a loyal fanbase. Elizabeth’s signature informative talking style, complete with fun anecdotes from her personal life, makes for a wholesome listening experience. Her husband, MC Ice, chimes in with perfectly-timed and intuitive questions that further simplify the topic of conversation. Through every episode, the agenda is clear—make knowledge about wine accessible to those who love the beverage.

Drink It Up with Wine For Normal People

A friendly, conversational tone that makes no attempt to sound better than anyone else. Elizabeth packages intricate information with practical analogies that explain complicated history, chemistry or even biological processes of wine. Along with in-depth analysis, she offers several interesting nuggets that stay with you long after you’ve turned off your podcast app. For example, the simple fact that, in general, a lighter color of wine indicates a lesser alcohol content. These great little pieces of trivia keep listeners hooked and coming back for more.

The chemistry between the couple is evident and keeps episodes lively. Both hosts take on different but hugely complementary roles. MC Ice plays the perfect partner-in-crime, setting Elizabeth up to show off her explanatory skills with softball questions, or creating the perfect premise for her to crack a great joke.

Every episode is packed with well-researched and factual information. Elizabeth extensively quotes from research studies to back up every claim she makes on the show. Whether she’s talking about numbers or historical facts, listeners get a sense of legitimacy and trust that the host knows what she’s on about.

On the other hand, as a beginner to the podcast world, I wasn’t quite ready for the wave of information that was coming my way. Elizabeth speaks with passion, and therefore, at a quick pace. This made it challenging for me to keep up with her train of thought, although I’m sure that her regular subscribers adore her for it.

All in all, Wine For Normal People is a fantastic and enriching repository of all things wine and fine! So if you’re looking to understand a bit more about this beverage, to impress on your next wine-tasting trip to the Hill Country no less, this is the one for you!

If you’re feeling up to it, go on a road trip next time, visit some of the most scenic wineries in Texas and impress your friend with your new found wine skills!