about the show

The Grape Nation is a weekly wine journey, enlightening, inspiring, and motivating listeners to drink and enjoy more wine. The Grape Nation is filled with unpretentious insight into all things wine, presenting usable information and expert guests weekly. We talk to sommeliers, winemakers, journalists, educators, entrepreneurs, importers etc.  Past guests have included Eric Asimov, Heidi Barrett, Gary Vaynerchuk, Pascaline Lepeltier  Daniel Boulud, Laura Maniec, Kevin Zraly, Jon Bonne, Laura Catena,  Josh Greene, Daniel Johnnes, Michael Madrigale, and  Raj Parr. 

The show airs live every Wednesday at 6PM EST on The Heritage Radio Network and is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher.


about heritage radio network


Heritage Radio Network is a network of food thought leaders and industry experts, from brewers, sommeliers, and bartenders to chefs and policy makers.  We're a media platform of 40+ hosts and their guests having conversations about food that go far beyond the boundaries of traditional media.  With 10,000+ episodes of archived content with visionaries and tastemakers, the live stream of HRN's 39+ weekly shows and station produced food news, HeritageRadioNetwork.org is the planet for food radio programming.  We are an independent, member supported, 501(c) not-for-profit.


about the host, sam benrubi

Over 25 years ago, my wife and I bicycled through the Napa/Sonoma wine country.  We absolutely fell in love with the wine, the vineyards, the people, and the food.  Upon return to New York, we started collecting California wines and eventually branched out to French, Italian, and other wine countries.  Prior to The Grape Nation, I created, produced and co-hosted "Wine and Web with Gary Vaynerchuk" on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. I am a longtime collector, wine expert, and have tasted thousands of wines from around the world.

— Sam Benrubi