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Rhone Challenge: The Syrah Shootout -HdR Part 6

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Jeff Cohen of JC Cellars the 2005 Syrah Shootout Winner

Let’s get ready to rumble! It’s time for the Syrah Shootout.

The competition: It’s a non-commercial, blind tasting, amongst 38 winemakers. Attendance is limited to winemakers only. Thus, the wines submitted by the winemakers, are judged by their peers. While the competition is conducted with a spirit of friendly competition, make no mistake, these winemakers would love to claim bragging rights to claiming 1st place.

The competition was tough, all the wines were great. Hear interviews about the head to head battle and how it came out.

2005 Shootout Results:
– First Place: Jeff Cohen of JC Cellars
– Second Place: Pax Mahle of Pax Wine Cellars
– Second Place: Scott Hawley of Summerwood Winery
– Third Place: Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards

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The Rhones of France and Spain – HdR Part 5

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Alvaro Palacios and His Many Admires

Today we interviewed 2 great wine makers. The first was Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios. His wines, which have received worldwide accolades, are made in the Priorat area (south of Barcelona) of Tarragona, Spain. At the event Alvaro poured several vintages of 3 different wines: Finca Dofí, L’Ermita and Les Terrasses.

We also interviewed gifted wine maker Louis Barruol of St Cosme. His wines are made in Gigondas area of Southern Rhone France. Louis is 14th generation descendant of this 16th century winery.

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Winemaker Spotlight: Mat Garretson – HdR Part4

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GrapeRadio with Mat Garretson at his Winery

Mat is back for more. Today we sit down with Mat Garretson at his winery to discuss its humble beginnings.

The Garretson Wines Company is California’s only winery devoted strictly to the Rhone Varietals. In fact, Mat has 15 different wines in his portfolio.

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Rhone From Down Under – HdR Part3

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Seminar by: Kevin Mitchell, Neil Pike, Peter Kasperski

Australia has long been associated with world class Shiraz. Today we meet two Clare Valley winemakers, Kevin Mitchell of Kilkanoon and Neil Pike of Pikes Wines, whos wines reflect the unique terroir of the region.

Additionally we speak with Peter Kasperski of Arizona’s well know eatery Cowboy Ciao to discuss the impact of unique wines like these on his restaurant.

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– Cowboy Ciao: Click Here
– Pikes Wines: Click Here
– Kilikanoon Wines: Click Here

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The Roots of Hospice du Rhone – HdR Part2

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Your GrapeRadio Crew and John Alban (Far Right)

John Alban and Mat Garretson are devoted advocates of the Rhone varietals. Their formation of HdR (Hospice du Rhone), combined with their own winemaking efforts, have played a pivotal role in the popularity of Rhone wines.

Join us today as we interview both winemakers and find out about the humble beginnings of HdR and the emergence of Rhone wines.

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– Hospice Du Rhone: Click Here
– Alban Vineyards: Click Here
– Garretson Wine Company: Click Here

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Welcome to Hospice du Rhone – HdR Part 1

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Attendees of Hospice Du Rhone enjoy a sumptuous feast

Come join us for this 6 parts series (June 13th – June 30th) covering one of the world top wine events: the Hospice Du Rhone (HdR).

Learn about the Rhone varietals and much more. In Part 1: We interviewed Tom Hill, Long time HdR attendee and Jamie Kutch (www.kutchwines.com), an inspiring new wine maker.

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“Time is running out on this give away. Act Now!” – Sign Me Up Today

That’s right. We are giving away lots of great prizes. All you have to do to enter the drawing, is to be signed up for the eNewsletter. We will randomly pick winners from subscribers who are signed up by July 4th, 2005.

Here is a sampling of the prizes:

> Parker’s Wine Buying Guide, Sixth Ed. – Signed by Robert Parker Jr.
> Three Bottle set of 2002 Dolium Wines (Syrah, Cab and Malbec)
> Bottle of 2002 Chimey Rock Cabernet
> Rabbit Ear Style Professional Corkscrews
> GrapeRadio Tommy Bahama Shirt
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> Bottle of 2002 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
> Waiter Corkscrews
> 2 Boxes of Riedel “O” Wine Tumblers (Pinot & Cabernet)

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Going Going Gone – Wine Auctions

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A Few of the Many Gems Wine Auctions have to Offer

Whether you are a first timer or skilled wine aficionado finding that special bottle has always been a difficult pursuit. Wine auctions can put those hard to find bottles in your cellar.

Today we interview Jerry Zech, the CEO of WineBid.com the world’s largest single resource for past vintages of wine. With over 10,000 bottles of fine and rare wines up for auction each week there is something for everyone.

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