Archive for February, 2005

Winemaker Spotlight: Jeff Dobkin

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Jay Selman and Jeff Dobkin

Is there a doctor in the house? Doctors Jeff Dobkin and wife Julie Thompson have been bitten by the wine bug. The only cure appears to be the Cabernet Franc of their family wine called “Couchant”. Recently relocated, Thompkin Cellars grapes are grown in Santa Barbara and then processed and aged in their Costa Mesa, CA facility.

With future plans for a Syrah and Grenache this is a winery worth watching.

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Show #10
(28:02 min 13 MB)

Sommelier – Your Wine Advisor

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Brian Harley and a peek of the Hobbit’s cellar.

Did you ever notice a guy with that funny thing around his neck and a corkscrew in his hand? He is probably a sommelier. Top flight restaurants call for top flight service. Today’s guest Brian Harley, is the sommelier at one of Southern California premier restaurants. Since 1972, The Hobbit has been known as a unique dining experience, offering a seven-course, prix-fixe menu and of course top wines. In fact, Wine Spectator Magazine has rated it as having one of the country’s finest wine cellars.

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Show #9
(20:46 min 10 MB)

GrapeRadio Featured in NY Times

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Leigh (left), Jay (center) and Brian recording a new show.

GrapeRadio was featured in the February 19th New York Times cover article on podcasting. They also featured a picture of us in the studio recording a recent show. A number of great podcasts were featured including Reel Reviews, our Executive Producer’s show. Click here to check out the article: New York Times.

Drinking in the Dark – Blind Tastings

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Blind Tasting – Bottles placed in bags to hide idenity.

Blind Tastings…..wine people sometimes engage in elaborate rituals. We have even been known to place our bottles in bags, hiding their identities, in order to evaluate wines. Tasting Wine Blind: A popular party game? Serious wine rating technique? Or just goofy way to explore wines? GrapeRadio debates the ins and outs of this philosophy.

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Show #8
(19:23 min 9 MB)

Wine Travels with Eric Anderson

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Eric Anderson, in the vineyard, ready to drink more wine!

Join us today in exploring Eric’s personal journey in wine. Eric Anderson became involved in wine in 1983 and has not looked back since. His popular web site www.grapenutz.com documents his experiences with thousands of tasting notes and photos.

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Show #7
(19:40min 9 MB)

GrapeRadio In USA Today

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Two great articles on podcasting in USA Today. GrapeRadio was mentioned in conjunction with some comments from our Executive Producer, Michael Geoghegan and his moview review show Reel Reviews. The other article is the first real business article we have seen on podcasting. Interesting stuff from Apple and Microsoft – check them out. Article 1Article 2.

Winemaker Spotlight: Greg Sanders, White Rose

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White Rose Wine and Vineyard

Get up close and personal with an actual winemaker. Greg Sanders, Owner of White Rose Wines is our special guest. Greg discusses his personal approach, wine making operations, and much more.

The Oregon wine regions are producing world class wines. You can find more information about Greg’s wines at: White Rose Wines

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Show #6
(21:40min 10 MB)

Let’s Talk Italian

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As you can see Italian labels can often be cryptic.

Are you under the impression that all wine from Italy is bottled in jugs? Maybe you are thinking the only wine Italy produces in Chianti. Or possibly Italy’s best wines are all red. You are in for a huge surprise. Italy has built a reputation as a world-class producer of fine wines. In terms of varietals Barbera, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Trebbiano, Pinot Grigio, Vernaccia, Tocai, Friulano, etc. the list is huge!

This extended show will give you a glimpse into the wonderful, exciting and tasty world of Italian wines. John Downing of Hi-Time Wine Cellars is back to discuss the many wine growing regions of Italy.

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Show #5
(39:18 min 18 MB)


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GrapeRadio is a wine talk show. Show topics cover issues such as the enjoyment of wine, wine news and industry trends - the hallmark of the show is interviews with world class guest (winemakers, vineyards owners, wine retail / wholesale leaders, restaurateurs and sommeliers). The scope of the show is international so expect to hear many guests from around the world.

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