2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Latitudes & Longitudes

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Originating from the Burgundy region of France, the pinot noir grape seems to have literally gotten a toehold in every corner of the globe. And, clonal material aside, it is the same grape that has been transplanted to these other climes. So, how does a reputedly fussy grape deal with the various climates and geology? And, how and why do the wines taste differently from each other? We’re glad you asked.

Join us as we listen to Jancis Robinson moderating a discussion by Pinot producers from around the world, as they describe their differing terroir and growing this “heartbreak grape.”

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

Jancis Robinson: www.jancisrobinson.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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The Wines of Montalcino – with Fattoria dei Barbi

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Along with Biondi-Santi, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar.

The estate includes vineyards in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti and covers a total of 756 acres, of which 193 acres are planted vineyards and the remaining land is dedicated to olive groves, woods, farmland and pastures. Fattoria dei Barbi’s holding are split between Montalcino and Scansano, owning 67 acres in Scansano and 110 acres in Montalcino, including the prized Vigna del Fiore vineyard, planted in 1939 and one of Montalcino’s oldest vineyards. At both the estates, yields are low and selection is intense – often only 60% of the potential production of Brunello is bottled while the remainder is declassified. Overall, the estate opts for a traditional vinification style, though the wines are very approachable on release.

Fattoria dei Barbi produces approximately 67,000 cases annually: 17,000 cases of Brunello di Montalcino, 8,000 cases of Rosso di Montalcino, 8,000 cases of Morellino di Scansano and 37,000 cases of IGT wines, including Brusco dei Barbi.

Join us as we talk with Raffaella Guidi Federzoni, export manager for Fattoria dei Barbi, about all things Brunello.

For more info:

Fattoria dei Barbi: www.fattoriadeibarbi.it/en/

Montalcino Blog by Barbi: http://montalcinoblog.com/2015/05/19/best-brunello/

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Gevrey-Chambertin vs Vosne Romanée

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The wines of Burgundy always elicit emotions – and frequently more than just the aromas and the flavors. In this seminar from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir, the two presenters conduct a mock trial to determine which of two Côte de Nuits powerhouses has the better wines. The case of Gevrey-Chambertin vs. Vosne Romanée will be determined by the jury (the audience, in this case). Unlike the result of most trials, despite the outcome, there’s really no loser here. It’s ALL Burgundy!

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan and Nick Poletto argue their respective cases for ‘who is best – Gevrey-Chambertin or Vosne Romanée?’

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

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Napa Valley – with Odette Estate Winery

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With their purchase of the Steltzner vineyard in 2012, the PlumpJack Group added the Odette Estate Winery to their portfolio. Although the Steltzner Vineyard’s first vintage was 1977, the vineyard was planted in 1965, making it the second vineyard planted to Cabernet in the District (after Nathan Fay).

Extensive work to both the vineyard as well as the production and hospitality facilities have been made, and the vineyards are now organically farmed.

Join us as we talk with winemaker Jeff Owens, about Napa Valley, the Stags Leap District, “green” wineries, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Odette Estate Winery: odetteestate.com/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Wineries of Oregon – with Brooks Winery

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Brooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Portland native, Jimi Brooks. Like most of his counterparts in Oregon, Jimi had a pioneering spirit that carried through to his love of life and winemaking. Sadly, Jimi passed away in 2004 from an aortic aneurism.

In the aftermath of such tragedy, it speaks volumes for the Oregon wine community’s generosity and friendship that they approached Jimi’s sister, Janie Brooks Heuck, to ask her to take over the helm of the winery and continue Jimi’s legacy. In fact, the Brooks’ were one of the subjects of the recent film, American Wine Story: “After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends the story of Brooks with other tales of risk and reinvention in the American Wine Industry.”

Join us as we talk with Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director, about the love of family and community and its role in carrying on Jimi’s legacy for Brooks Winery.

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Brooks Winery: brookswine.com/
American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

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“Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. In the cellar, the winery employs single-variety vinification. Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, and the final selection of the wines is done only after a period of barrel aging in French oak.

Join us as we talk with Elena Pozzolini, winemaker and CEO at Tenuta Sette Cieli, about this young property – one that critic Antonio Galloni feels has a very bright future.

For more info:

Tenuta Sette Cieli: tenutasettecieli.com/

Wilson Daniels/Tenuta Sette Cieli: www.wilsondaniels.com/our-portfolio/tenuta-sette-cieli

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Wines of The Côte Chalonnaise

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One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “lost” appellations and villages. One of these appellations is the Côte Chalonnaise. These wines are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile bottles for special occasions.

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a closer look at the wines from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.

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

2015 Côte Chalonnaise Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Côte Chalonnaise Seminar

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Garagistes of California – with Carucci Wines

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Many wine lovers dream of taking that step of making wine for themselves. However, it’s a much bigger step – a leap of faith, in fact – to turn one’s avocation into the business of making and selling your wines to the public.

Join us as we talk with winemaker Eric Carucci, about how he approached wading into the world of wine – as a vocation. We’ll talk about small-lot winemaking as well as some of the business side of things for the Carucci family’s budding enterprise.

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Carucci Wines: carucciwines.com/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Château Angelus – with Hubert de Boüard and the Commanderie de Bordeaux

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Winegrowing is in Hubert de Boüard’s genes. He grew up surrounded by his family’s vines at Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, and his father bought him his first pair of secateurs, when he was 7, so he could go out and prune the vines.

The estate has been owned by the Boüard de Laforest family since the Domaine de Mazaret was bequeathed to Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest in 1909, and expanded by the acquisition of Clos de L’Angélus in 1926 and a plot from Château Beau-Séjour Bécot in 1969. The name refers to the three Angelus bells audible from the vineyards.

In 1985, Hubert took over the family estate at Angélus. After years of relentless hard work, Hubert’s efforts were rewarded in 1996 when Château Angélus was given the rank First Great Classified Growth. Then in 2012, the Classification confirmed the rank of First Great Classified Growth, and added the distinction “A”.

Today, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest is also the current President of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux (GCVB) and serves as the world Grand Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux at headquarters in Bordeaux.

Our additional guest is Angus Smith, Grand Maitre of the US chapter of the Commanderie du Bordeaux. Angus grew up in the north of England before leaving for a career in finance that took him all over the world, before finally settling in Philadelphia.

Join us as we talk with Hubert de Boüard de Laforest about the generations of work behind Château Angelus. We’ll also talk with Angus Smith about the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and its members’ affection for the wines of Brodeaux.

For more info:

Château Angelus: angelus.com/

Commanderie de Bordeaux: commanderie.org/

Sponsor: Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

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Show #391
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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.

For more info:

Agnitio Wines: agnitiowines.com/

Concept Wine Group: atlaswineco.com/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.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

Sponsor: Wine Exchangewww.winex.com

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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/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.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

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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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/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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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

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.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/

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.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

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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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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