Podcast #175-Peter Hasko of Luxury Beverage Group, Australia

February

5th

2016

Peter Hasko of Luxury Beverage Group is a well traveled wine lover…as you will soon hear.
He is a wine distributor living in Australia giving thus giving us a different angle on the wine business…..but don’t let his accent will fool you.
Peter visited the LBTV studios last week and was a real pleasure to chat with.
Special thanks to our friends Pam and Mickey Mattox for setting up this interview while Peter was in town.

Learn more by visiting luxurybeveragegroup.com

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Podcast #174-Premiere Napa Valley 2015 Revisited

February

1st

2016

Premiere Napa Valley 2016 is quickly approaching (February 20th). As you may know, Premiere is the wine auction event that funds Auction Napa Valley. With that in mind, we take a look back to our favorite moments from the 2015 event and relive the fun.

Vino Lingo: Matt Murphy of Presqu’ile Winery: Gravity Flow Winery

January

21st

2016

Matt Murphy is President of Presqu’ile Winery located in Santa Maria, California. Presqu’ile Winery operates a Gravity Flow winery….and Matt is here to explain just what that is.

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Podcast #173-Celebrity Chef Favio Viviani

January

18th

2016

He is a author, chef, tv celebrity, restaurant owner and…..a wine maker.

Fabio Viviani is celebrity chef well known for his appearances on Top Chef among other television shows.

Born in Italy, Fabio has lived the American dream and after spending a little time chatting with him, this looks like only the beginning. We spoke with Fabio from his base in Chicago.

Learn more by visiting www.favioviviani.com

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Podcast #172-Matt Murphy of Presqu’ile Winery

January

10th

2016

What’s in a name? When it comes to Presqu’ile Winery, the name is a distinct link to the family that operates the winery. But first, it is pronounced PRESS-KEEL. Second…remember that name…because the Murphy family makes some fantastic wine in a very beautiful part of California. We spoke with Matt Murphy, who heads up the business that really is all about family. It’s a great story, with roots in the south…and deeper roots in farming.

Learn more by visiting www.presquilewine.com

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Podcast #171-Stefan Leer of Leer Vineyards

January

2nd

2016

A very Happy New Year to all of our friends and listeners and welcome to our first podcast of 2016!

As a relative newcomer to the wine business, Stefan Leer has managed to find success quickly He and his wife Tanisha own Leer Vineyards located in East Contra Costa Country California. Among their most popular wines (and they make over 13 varietals) are Heroic Red and Valiant White. A portion of the proceeds from these two wines benefit Military Warriors Support Foundation. We spoke with Stefan just before Christmas.

Learn more by visiting www.leervineyards.com

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Podcast #170-Ron Sciandri & Rebecca Sciandri Griffin of Sciandri Family Vineyards

December

18th

2015

To all our listeners we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This newsletter will be the final one for 2015. The next podcast and newsletter will run the first week of January. We have brought you interviews with over 300 winemakers from all over the world and it is our intent to continue to extend our reach to new and familiar winemakers alike. We also include our “Ray’s Picks” which features all the wines posted in the 2015 newsletters. Here’s hoping you have enjoyed reading these bits as much as we enjoy gathering them for you.

Podcast #169-Richie Allen of Rombauer Vineyards

December

11th

2015

In Napa Valley you can find winemakers from France, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Spain….just to name a few. For this podcast we talk with Richie Allen, director of viticulture and winemaking for Rombauer Vineyards….and he is from Australia. Richie has been in the US for quite some time and has made Napa Valley his home. We spoke with Richie by phone just last week learning a bit about his techniques and thoughts on winemaking.

Learn more by visiting rombauer.com

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Podcast #168-Cyril Chappellet of Challeppet Winery-revisited 2010

December

4th

2015

It’s like visiting an old friend.  We step back five years to listen to another Napa Valley favorite, Cyril Chappellet.  We often record short interviews with Cyril at Napa events such as Premiere and Auction, but this was the first full length chat.  While enjoying the sunshine sitting at a table on Pritchard Hill, we tasted some of Chappellet’s finest wines.  I’m always drawn back to these moments when listening to ‘vintage’ interviews….and this was a fantastic day.  Enjoy.

Learn more by visiting www.chappellet.com

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Podcast #167-Doug Nalle of Nalle Winery-revisited 2009

November

16th

2015

In our wine country travels we have learned that Doug Nalle is somewhat of a legend in winemaking. He is also a big baseball fan. On top of that he is a fun guy to talk to. For that reason we revisit our interview with Doug from November of 2009 to get a few laughs along with some wine wisdom, from a guy that knows “wine makes you smart”.

Learn more by visiting www.nallewinery.com

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Podcast #166-Sommelier Jane Lopes of Uncorked

November

10th

2015

Jane Lopes is Sommelier for Eleven Madison Park New York City and is one of seven cast members of Esquire Network’s television show Uncorked.  The show, similar to the documentary “Somm”, follows the experiences, successes and failures of these Somms as they work toward their Master Sommelier exam.  Uncorked premieres on the Esquire Network on November 10th. 

We managed to catch up with Jane via telephone to chat about her background, love for wine and just how the heck she ended up on the show.

Learn more by visiting www.tv.esquire.com/shows/uncorked

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Podcast #165-Tor Kenward of Tor Kenward Family Wines 2010 Interview Revisited

October

28th

2015

We’ve interviewed Tor Kenward of Tor Kenward Family Wines both in 2010 and 2012 and each visit was a total pleasure. Tor’s success (featuring vineyards such as Beckstoffer To Kalon, Tierra Roja, Cimerossa and Melanson JUST to name a few) is major simply because, his wines are excellent. And for what its worth, he’s a damn nice guy. These seemed like good reasons to revisit the program.

This conversation from 2010 was recorded on a lovely warm evening at Tor’s home in the north end of Napa Valley.
Enjoy!

Learn more at www.torwines.com

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Podcast #164-Vino Lingo: Common (and not so common) wine words, made clear

October

20th

2015

It’s true that Winemakers tell the best stories…but they also the coolest terms…wine terms that is.

During our travels we ask our guests to give us their definitions of common and not-so common wine words.
These are the folks that do this day after day. Many Winemakers have their own take on a certain word and enjoy sharing their opinion. It is with this Podcast we ask you to sit back and maybe learn something new….a word or two.

Podcast #163-Corks vs Caps revisited 2008 & 2010

October

13th

2015

Screw caps…..can’t live with ’em….can’t live without ’em.
Who really knows?
Who really cares?
Isn’t it supposed to be about what’s inside the bottle?

In our efforts to keep our listeners informed we did a casual survey of some of the folks we’ve interviewed to get their opinion on this subject.
Listen and decide for yourself….or better yet, take a taste. Enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Podcast #162-Robin Lail of Lail Vineyards Part One-2010 interview

September

28th

2015

Since starting this project back in 2008, we have interviewed well over 300 winemakers and owners…thus creating an archival wealth of industry stories. For this program we reach back to one of our most popular podcasts, originally recorded in 2010. Robin Lail’s family is a major part of Napa Valley history. Her family reaches back to the 1800’s when winemaking was still years away from Prohibition. This podcast runs in two parts. Later in the year we will run the follow up interview with Robin from February, 2011.

This is part one of two from the interview.

Podcast #162-Robin Lail of Lail Vineyards Part Two-2010 interview

September

28th

2015

Since starting this project back in 2008, we have interviewed well over 300 winemakers and owners…thus creating an archival wealth of industry stories. For this program we reach back to one of our most popular podcasts, originally recorded in 2010. Robin Lail’s family is a major part of Napa Valley history. Her family reaches back to the 1800’s when winemaking was still years away from Prohibition. This podcast runs in two parts. Later in the year we will run the follow up interview with Robin from February, 2011.

This is part two of the interview.

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Podcast #161-Christopher Tynan of Cliff Lede Vineyards

September

23rd

2015

What makes a person decide to become a winemaker…..besides the obvious reason.
Food business connections? Medical background? Farming life?
Winemakers come from all different types of backgrounds…..and Christopher Tynan is no different.
But that’s why we love to have the winemakers tell their stories…..and this one, is Chris’s.

Learn more by visiting www.cliffledevineyards.com

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Vino Lingo: Christopher Tynan of Cliff Lede Vineyards talks about decanting.

September

23rd

2015

What the heck is decanting all about? Cliff Lede Vineyards Winemaker Christopher Tynan tells us his thoughts.

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Podcast #160-The Valley Fire

September

15th

2015

The Valley Fire has been one of the most destructive in California’s history. For this podcast we spoke with Patsy McGaughy of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and Winemaker Jean Hoefliger of Alpha Omega Winery to get their take on how this is affecting Napa Valley and the surrounding area. We spoke with Patsy on September 14th and with Jean on September 15th. Many winery workers live in the area of the fire and have lost their homes. Our listeners are encouraged to visit the Red Cross website listed below to learn more and to donate.

www.redcross.org
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Podcast #159-Harvest 2015 & Five Winemakers

September

10th

2015

Harvest is upon us in many parts of the United States. Every winegrowing region has it’s own weather patterns which contributes to the final result. For this podcast we talk to winemakers in five different parts of the country about harvest and what might be expected from the grapes. This program features: Henrik Poulsen of Release Winery in Napa Valley, Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Winery in Amity, Oregon, David Ramey of Ramey Cellars in Sonoma, Steve Johnson of Parallel 44 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, and Scott Elliff of DuCard Vineyards in Virginia.

To learn more about each winemaker, visit their websites:
http://releasewinery.com/
http://www.brookswine.com/
http://www.rameywine.com/
http://www.parallel44.com/
https://www.ducardvineyards.com/


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