Welcome to Crystal Palate's Wine Country, a wine and lifestyle program hosted by award-winning journalist and sommelier, Crystal Cameron-Schaad. Subscribe to Crystal Palate's iTunes channel to stay up to date on Crystal's latest episodes. Interested in becoming a podcast sponsor? Contact Crystal via email or give us a call at (757) 264-5373. We look forward to relaunching our podcast in the fall of 2022. In the meantime, enjoy some our episodes about Virginia's growing and dynamic wine scene.


Past Episodes

Episode 4: Erin Scala, DWS, Fleurie Restaurant

Erin Scala, wine director for Fleurie Restaurant and Petit Pois Bistro joins me in studio this week to discuss a very special accolade from Wine Spectator magazine. Her award-winning wine list is not only arranged by region, but Erin also highlights the types of soil on the menu. So cool! Plus, we’re talking about some … Read more…

Episode 3: Luca Paschina, Barboursville Vineyards

  On today’s show, I will introduce you Luca Paschina, the winemaker and general manager at Barboursville Vineyards. Luca has been at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine scene. He is a pioneer, a visionary and a true leader in helping establish Virginia as a premiere wine destination. He also been named by the James … Read more…

Episode 2: Emily Pelton, Veritas Vineyards & Winery

What started out as a passionate experiment in 1999 has evolved into countless accolades and a thriving business for the Hodson family. Simply put, Veritas is producing world-class wines in the heart of Virginia’s Wine Country. This week, I am talking with award-winning winemaker Emily Pelton. She is also the daughter of Veritas owners Andrew … Read more…

Episode 1: Christine Vrooman, Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Welcome to Crystal Palate’s Wine Country! My guest this week is Christine Vrooman, owner of Ankida Ridge Vineyards in Amherst, VA.  Ankida is known as “The Little Burgundy” of Virginia. The name Ankida is an ancient sumerian term that means where heaven and earth join. One trip to this majestic property you quickly understand why … Read more…


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