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S2:E4 | 6.13.2019

Hidden Valley Wine

Great wine begins with high quality grapes, careful fermentation, deft blending techniques, and, in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, a group of puritanical Russian immigrants called the "molokans."

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Great wine begins with high quality grapes, careful fermentation, deft blending techniques, and, in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, a group of puritanical Russian immigrants called the "molokans." Learn how this region’s earliest settlers escaped from religious persecution in tsarist Russia and how a culture of innovation and experimentation has transformed this humble strip of land near the Pacific coast into one of the most fawned over and exciting wine destinations in the world.

Transcript

Bridget Lancaster: Has this ever happened to you? You want to make something for dinner, or bake some sort of dessert that maybe you had your mind on. So you begin to gather your supplies only to find out that you don’t have all the ingredients or the necessary equipment, or you’re out of time. So what do you do? You wing it, you go off script. You start to add things to the mix that have absolutely no right being there. Sure, you tell yourself, grape jelly is a fine substitute for red wine, right? Well sometimes, it’s a failure. But sometimes it turns into something amazing. And life can do this as well. It conspires with history, conflict, and circumstance to create something or some place that just shouldn’t work. But yet, it thrives.

And today’s story is about such…

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