The Art and Science of Wine

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Is wine more art than science, or vice versa? Arguably, it takes both art AND science to create and deliver the optimum wine-drinking experience. So, we were quite pleased when both these gentlemen came to the studio to talk with us about their winemaking efforts. Coming from different backgrounds (wine vs. food science), each brings a uniquely different approach to “assembling” a final wine.

Join us as we get our geek on about wine with Anthony Weytjens and Alexandre Remy. In addition to the great discussion, maybe we’ll even find out if a wine can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Agnitio Wines: agnitiowines.com/

Concept Wine Group: atlaswineco.com/

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Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Talley Vineyards

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Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley.

During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 189 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Join us as we talk with Brian Talley about their iconic vineyards (Rincon, Rosemary’s, Oliver’s), and what it’s like to continue a California legacy.

For more info:

Talley Vineyards: www.talleyvineyards.com

A past visit to Talley Vineyards: www.grape-nutz.com/visits/cc/04_09/journal.html#talley

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Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

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It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest to make great Pinot Noir in Oregon. It was a daring risk at the time, as the Pacific Northwest was not known to be a place to grow Pinot Noir. However, Dick and Nancy felt the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for Pinot Noir. Cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

In 2012, winemaker Luisa Ponzi and sister Maria Ponzi continued in their parents’ footsteps by taking the reins as the winery’s owners and operators. Join us as we talk with Maria Ponzi about what it was like to grow up around the family vineyard, go away to school and consider other careers, but ultimately decide to return to the roots of the family farm.

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Ponzi Vineyards: ponziwines.com/

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Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 2

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Malbec has become a hot commodity in the market place in recent years, thanks to Argentina’s success with the varietal. However, the grape’s ancestral home in southwest France, near the city of Cahors, has become part of a renaissance taking place that may revive the legacy of the Malbec grape.

In this ancient landscape, younger winemakers are often following in their family’s footsteps, balancing old world ideals, while still entertaining new methods such as biodynamics. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a new world approach to a old world region.

Join us we attend Cahors Malbec Days, in Cahors, France. In part 2 we’ll hear from Paul Bush and Tim Wright from Madroña Vineyards; Jean-Luc Baldès, from Clos Triguedina; Philippe Lejeune, from Château de Chambert; and Gregory Orr, a local resident and wine lover.

For more info:

Cahors Malbec Days: www.french-malbec.com/cahors-malbec-days/

Madroña Vinyards (Paul Bush): madronavineyards.com/

Clos Triguedina (Jean-Luc Baldès): www.jlbaldes.com/index_en.php

Château de Chambert (Philippe Lejeune): www.chateaudechambert.com/en/chambert.htm

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Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 1

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If you ask the average wine geek where Malbec comes from, they’re most liable to tell you it’s Argentina. But, that’s just part of the story!

True, Argentina has made the grape justifiably famous over the last two decades or more. However, the grape’s ancestral home is in southwest France, centered around the city of Cahors, where there is a renaissance going on to revive the legacy of the Malbec grape.

Join us we attend Cahors Malbec Days, in Cahors, France. In part 1 we’ll hear from Arnoldo Dimani from Domaine Le Bout du Lieu; Pascal Verhaeghe, from Château du Cèdre; Richard Jennings, from RJ on Wine; and Benjamin Gayraud, from Château Lamartine.

For more info:

Cahors Malbec Days: www.french-malbec.com/cahors-malbec-days/

Domaine Le Bout du Lieu: www.domaineleboutdulieu.com/indexuk.html

Château du Cèdre (Pascal Verhaeghe): www.chateauducedre.com/index.en.html

RJ on Wine (Richard Jennings): www.rjonwine.com/

Château Lamartine (Benjamin Gayraud): cahorslamartine.com/en/

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Spirits of France – with Cognac Lhéraud

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As the saying goes, all Cognac is brandy – but not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is distilled wine, or brandy, and often referred to as eau de vie. Of course, in order to be called Cognac, the brandy must come from the Cognac region in France, and it must be made according to strictly-defined regulations. Located about a hundred miles north of Bordeaux, this twenty-mile region is called the “golden circle,” encompassing Cognac and the second distilling town of Jarnac.

Since 1680, generations of the Lhéraud family have lived in the same 10th-century house in the small village of Lasdoux in the heart of the Petite Champagne region. The family’s first cognac was made in 1802. Guy, Andrée and Laurent Lhéraud are heirs to the their precious eaux-de-vie, where aging is an art and maturity is to be treasured.

Join us as we talk with Export Manager François Rebel about Cognac Lhéraud’s history, its cognacs, and its double distillation. If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about Cognac, listen up.

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Cognac Lhéraud: www.cognac-lheraud.com

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Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

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Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards.

Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to sustain them through the summer. The site is planted with a mixture of Pinot Noir clones of 777, 828, 115, and Pommard. The vine spacing is high density with about 2,000 vines per acre, with one meter spacing between vines. The yield is less than 3 pounds per vine.

Today, there are two small vineyard blocks totaling just under five acres, and includes Lagrein, the Italian red grape variety native to the valleys of South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Join us as we talk with David de Lancellotti about the impetus for the project, and why pinot noir in Oregon. Plus, we’ll talk a little about Italian wines, as well.

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Formaglini Vineyards: formaglinivineyards.com/

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The Wines of Australia – with Tahbilk

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Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne). The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, as well as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho, along with Tempranillo and Savagnin. Purchased by the Purbrick family is 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations.

Join us as we talk with General Manager Alister Purbrick about Tahbilk’s history, its wines, and some of its unique vinification methods. If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about Australian wines, we’ve got some surprises for you.

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Tahbilk Winery: www.tahbilk.com.au

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Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

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The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, are films that inform us by documenting people’s experiences with growing, producing, or just drinking wine. The documentary, “American Wine Story” is a film that delves into the passion, the risk, the ingenuity, and the humanity involved in growing wine.

Join us as we talk with filmmaker David Baker about his film, “American Wine Story,” and his team’s efforts to capture, as David puts it “the story behind the bottle.”

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American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/

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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

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Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985.

The Clos des Ursules is a walled site within the Vignes Franches climat, at the southern end of Beaune’s group of Premier Cru vineyards near the commune boundary with Pommard. Being on the lower eastern side of the Montagne-Saint-Desire hill, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines here make the most of the morning and early afternoon sunshine in Burgundy’s marginal climate.

Join us as we hear from Frédéric Barnier about the Clos des Ursules climat, the various vintages he presented for tasting, and discussion of the past few “short” vintages in Burgundy.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

GrapeRadio interview with Frédéric Barnier: www.graperadio.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

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As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added and the Cru became Gruaud Larose.

Upon his death in 1795, Monsieur de Larose passed the Château on to Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet. By 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie and Sarget, generating two crus: Gruaud Larose-Bethmann and Gruaud Larose-Sarget.

In 1917, Désiré Cordier bought the Sarget family’s share. In 1935, several years before the start of the Second World War, he also acquired the Bethmann family’s share, and took the opportunity to unite the estate by buying Gruaud Larose-Faure. Once restored, the estate covered 137 hectares with 68 under vines.

The Suez Company bought the Cordier empire in 1983 becoming owners of Gruaud Larose. Then, in 1993, Gruaud Larose was sold to the industrial group Alcatel-Alsthom. Finally in 1997, the Merlaut family, already owners of several Medoc cru estates, bought Gruaud Larose.

Join us as we talk with David Launay, Managing Director
 at Château Gruaud-Larose about the history and winemaking at the Château, and what makes the wines of Saint-Julien so special.

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Château Gruaud-Larose: www.gruaud-larose.com/

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The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

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‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne!

The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large Champagne houses, a small group of growers decided that they needed to launch their own Champagne label. The Champagne Jacquart brand was released for the first time in 1962, and the ‘Mosaïque’ label was chosen to represent the patchwork of grower families across the region, all joined together with a common vision. Champagne Jacquart is headquartered in the Hôtel du Brimont in Reims, a 19th century Art Nouveau listed building, situated on the Boulevard Lundy in between the houses of Krug and Roederer.

Join us as we talk with International Communications Manager Diane Gonzalez about the beverage, the region, and the Jacquart brand.

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Champagne Jacquart: www.champagne-jacquart.com/en

Sponsor: The Wine Club: www.thewineclub.com/

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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 1 – Oregon

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Pinot Noir’s homeland will always be in Burgundy, France. But, outside of Burgundy, is there actually a more “suited” place for growing and making world class Pinot Noir? Obviously, this is a subjective matter – one for which there may be no definitive answer. Why? Because, as we already know, every ounce of grape-growing soil is different – all across the globe. Pinot there, is not Pinot here. That being said, is there some hidden meaning in the preponderance of Burgundian visits made to Oregon? Or, how about the purchases of Oregon vineyard land by Burgundians? What’s up with that?

Listen in, and judge for yourself, as a panel of Oregon winemakers from the 2014 WOPN discuss their local their soils, processes, and thoughts for growing and producing the best Pinot Noir possible in the New World. Panelists include: Moderator – Katherine Cole, Robert brittan – Brittan Vnyds, Steve goff – Colene Clemens, Rebecca pittock-shouldis – Ghost Hill, James Fry – Trisaetum, Rajat parr – Evening Land, and Lynn Penner-Ash – Penner-Ash. We guarantee your first impulse will be to go out and buy some Oregon Pinots!

(Editor’s note: due to technical difficulties, the quality for the first 10 minutes of the seminar portion of the recording is poor. However, it does become resolved thereafter.)

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World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

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Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in the family trade in the Silicon Valley. However, Shirley had other desires, and instead decided to follow her passion for food and enrolled in culinary school.

Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, Shirley has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she opened CarneVino as Chef de Cuisine for the Batali group, CarneVino earned multiple international awards for Best Steak House. She has appeared on Top Chef, and was the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres. China Poblano was nominated for a James Beard Award as the Best New Restaurant in 2011.

Shirley loves to travel, feeling she learns about local cultures through their regional foods. She draws inspiration from all the places she has visited and from the favors of her childhood memories. She is scheduled to open her first restaurant in a somewhat surprising place – Orange County, CA. “Restaurant Twenty Eight” will be her homage to “Modern Chinese” food, and is slated to open in December 2014.

Join us as we talk with Chef Shirley Chung about her sources of culinary inspiration and how this translates to her new Restaurant Twenty Eight in Orange County, California.

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Restaurant Twenty Eight: www.twentyeightoc.com/

Chef Shirley Chung Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chefshirleychung

Restaurant Twenty-Eight Facebook page: www.facebook.com/twentyeightoc

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

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Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This makes Chablis relatively isolated from other winemaking regions. In fact, the southern vineyards of Champagne are actually its closest winemaking neighbor.

Before becoming part of Burgundy, Chablis was once considered part of Champagne, and the two regions share many climatic similarities. Chablis’ far northern location puts it at the extreme edge of sustainable viticulture – too much rain and a lower temperature produces wines quite high in acidity; too much heat produces wines that are flabby with too little acids. But, when the weather is right, the wines have gorgeous acidity and flinty flavors.

The history of Domaine Laroche began in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyards. At that time, there were neither legal delimitation of vineyards, nor growth classification. Laroche and other producers producers were simply heirs to the Cistercian monks.

Join us as we talk with Grégory Viennois, Wine and Vineyard Director
 at Domaine Laroche about the geography and terroir of the region, and what makes the wines of Chablis so special.

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Domaine Laroche: www.larochewines.com

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The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

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Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape.

Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and the Rhône Valley in the south. Vineyards run along the Saône River, on mostly granite soils. Here, Beaujolais Crus such as Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour, have the high ground just above the Beaujolais Village classification.

Join us as we talk with Monsieur Castelnau about the history, geology and wine of the region. It’s an interesting new perspective on one of the most affordable of French wine regions.

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Château des Jacques: www.chateau-des-jacques.fr/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

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Robert Eden, a bio-dynamic wine maker, and Kevin Parker, CEO of Green Partners who has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc’s finest while respecting the environment to the highest standards have built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Languedoc of southern France. Combined with biodynamic viticulture and other “green” processes, Chateau Maris has a story worth telling.

Join us as we talk with Kevin Parker about Minervois, the region and its grapes, and also discuss Chateau Maris’ history and the changes that have been made over the last seventeen years, such as going biodynamic.

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Chateau Maris: chateaumaris.com

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Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

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Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world.

Chicago native Jeff Mausbach’s interest in wine, and an Argentine lady, led him to Argentina in the 1990s. He worked thirteen years for the Catena family before deciding to pursue a dream of developing his own wine project, Manos Negras. With an eye for selecting unique vineyards, Jeff is now making everything from Mendoza Malbec to Patagonian Pinot, and loving every minute of it.

Join us as we talk with Jeff Mausbach about the history, geography and grapes of Argentina. If you really want to geek-out about vineyard talk, this show’s for you!

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Manos Negras: manosnegras.com.ar/

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