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Mid Atlantic Wineries – Chaddsford Winery – Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – Mid Atlantic Wineries Series – Chaddsford Winery, Pennsylvania – Video Show #15.

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Housed in a 200 yr-old former dairy barn, Eric Miller’s Chaddsford Winery was part of the original William Penn Estate. The winery has been around for 25 years, and though it started small, it now produces about 30,000 cases annually — all of it sold locally, and mostly out of the tasting room! Price points range from $12-40. Most of the wines are bottled as varietals: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, and Merlot – mostly from Estate or local vineyards, though the ’05 Pinot Grigio was 70% outsourced from New York. In addition, Chaddsford also works with a variety of other grapes, including: Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Sangiovese, Dornfelder, Seyval, and Vidal. Some of these are bottled varietally; others are in blends. Of course, there were the usual sweet/seasonal wines as well, made from Niagra, Steuben, Concord, and Vignoles.

Join us as we talk with Eric about making wine in Pennsylvania, where we find that acidity seems to be of little of no problem here and grapes are picked at substantially lower brix (21-23) than they are in CA . Thus, alcohols ran lower as well – from the low to the high sides of 13%. We had a good time, and one of the hoots of the visit was seeing a small plaque that Eric had placed on a wall in the winery. It was a quote from our own Peter Cargasacchi. Here we are on the other side of the country and what do we find? One of Peter’s myriad mantras about God, sex, drugs, reincarnation and terroir…and it’s FRAMED! Just more affirmation that the world is a smaller place than we think. And yet, as I recall, they did not ship to California.

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Mid Atlantic Wineries

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We are always on the lookout for opportunities to get out and visit some other wine regions – both in the US, and around the world. Well, we finally found some time to visit a few wineries and vineyards on the East Coast, in the Mid-Atlantic states. So, join us for a recap of our all-too-brief trip through Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, because what we found was something of an eye-opener to us.

The wines were more European in style and seemed to be a fascinating bridge between “old world” and “new world,” almost in direct proportion to their geographic location between Europe and California. Yet, these wines are almost undiscovered by most, especially on the West Coast. Largely due to shipping or low production issues, the wines are sold locally, and mostly out of the tasting room.

The winemakers we encountered seemed doubly dedicated to producing good wines, if for no other reason than the challenge of growing wine here seemed to hold its own rewards. And while some of them could envision being referred to as playing in the Minor Leagues – they hastened to add proudly that they were not making Minor League wines. It was beginning to sink in, and at one point it occurred to us: Hey, these guys aren’t undiscovered – they’re hiding out as part of some winegrower witness-relocation program.

Visits include:

Chaddsford – Chaddsford, PA – www.chaddsford.com
Allegro – Brogue, PA – www.allegrowines.com
Linden – Linden, VA – www.lindenvineyards.com
Chrysalis – Middleburg, VA – www.chrysaliswine.com
Barboursville – Barboursville, VA – www.barboursvillewine.net
Boordy – Hydes, MD – www.boordy.com
Black Ankle – Mt. Airy, MD – www.blackankle.com
LaGrange – Haymarket, VA – www.wineryatlagrange.com

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Tour of Germany – Day 5

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In Germany’s Mosel Valley, the Studert family has been cultivating vines here for twelve generations – since 1581. Grape-growing in the famous village of Wehlen historically dates back to 1256. Here, the vineyards are planted on very steeply inclined slopes, facing South and well secluded in the deep-cut Mosel valley. The soil is mostly composed of worn and eroded blue and black slate, which warms up quickly, continuing to provide warmth and moisture on the cool nights. 80% of the vineyards are planted with original ungrafted Riesling root-stock. Since the merger of the estates of Stephan Studert and Peter Prüm (S.A.Prüm-Erben), the estate is now known as “Studert-Prüm, Maximinhof” and managed by the wine-makers Gerhard and Stephan Studert.

Join us as we hear from Gerhardt Studert about the history and viticulture of this fascinating area, and the wonderful Rieslings of the Mosel.

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2007 Auction Napa Valley – Taste Napa Valley Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – 2007 Auction Napa Valley – Taste Napa Valley – Video Show #14.

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We are back with more video coverage of the 2007 Auction Napa Valley, and Friday’s Taste Napa Valley festival is a real show-stopper. Combining a smorgasbord of edible options, and nearly as many wine options all served in a park-like setting – well, it’s just about all you could want out of life. Join us as we talk with winemaker John Kongsgaard, uber-Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry) as he serves his gazpacho “snow cones,” and watch as Tra Vigne chef Nash Cognetti whips up his asparagus and ricotta ravioli.

We are also joined by Karen MacNeil (WineTasteTV), and a host of winery luminaries and attendees to talk about this fabulous feast for the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Plus, we’ll hear about why this is the only place pouring tastes of the Araujo Sauvignon Blanc, and we look in on the e-auction and barrel tasting, and check out the new Lexus LS460h – with its optional trunk-full of wine.

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Wine Ratings

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Wine reviews, wine ratings, wine scores – how do all of these affect the marketplace? What is gained or lost when a winery is reviewed in the media? Is scoring just another marketing scheme, or is there some tangible value to ratings? How do you give objective scores to something as subjective as wine?

Arguably, nothing has affected the modern wine marketplace more than the birth of the 100-Point Scale. Wine ratings have proliferated to the point where it is often the only reason for purchasing a wine. The GrapeRadio guys have some lively conversation about the effects of qualitative scores given to wines by the media, and the direct result on the wine’s availability and pricing.

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The Wines of Argentina

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Although Argentina is the world’s 5th largest in wine production, and 6th largest in consumption, how much do we really know about its wines and vines? With Argentine wines becoming more readily available, it really helps to have a sense of the geography of the country, what kind of wines they grow, and more importantly, what do they taste like? Join us as we visit with Susana Balbo and Pedro Marchevsky of Domino del Plata winery, to hear more about blending, high altitude growing and the accomplishments of this team, as well as this fascinating wine producing country.

Susana is a legend in the wine world, having made wines since 1981, and has been the first Argentine winemaker to be hired to consultant to make wine outside of Argintina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers.

Pedro is widely acknowledged as Argentina’s most experienced technician in the field of high-quality vineyard management. An expert in viticulture and sustainable agriculture, Pedro has been involved with viticulture since 1975 and has applied a new methodology to vineyard management, something he refers to as Precision Viticulture.

For More Info on the Wines of Argentina: www.winesofargentina.org

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2007 International Pinot Noir Celebration

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The International Pinot Noir Celebration is rightfully considered the benchmark in Pinot Noir festivals. Beginning in 1987, this event is held annually in McMinnville, Oregon, on the beautiful grounds of Linfield College. With participating wineries from Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, and of course the U.S., and seminars, winemaker discussion panels, bus tours, lunches and dinners – this a full immersion into the international world of Pinot Noir.

Join us as we hear from Rusty Gaffney, the Prince of Pinot, about all the going’s on at this year’s INPC, such as Georg Riedel unveiling a new piece of Riedel stemware specifically designed for Oregon Pinot Noir. Also, Rusty gives us a few tips on what wines impressed him at the event, along with a vintage report and much more.

For More Info on the International Pinot Noir Celebration: : www.www.ipnc.org

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