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2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part II – Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – 2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part 1 – Video Show #19.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Wine

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Call them Rules of the Road, Handy Hints, or just plain Do’s and Don’ts. Either way, there are (or, at least there ought to be) some basic tenets about how to buy and enjoy wine without over-extending your budget, guessing when a wine is ready to drink, or making a fool of yourself at a restaurant.

Today, the GrapeRadio bunch discusses some logical (subject to interpretation) approaches to wine buying, wine tasting, and wine drinking. And, we’ll get into the subjectivity of varietal preferences, plus look at a few ‘what if’ situations while at a restaurant.

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2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part I – Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – 2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part 1 – Video Show #18.

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Each Spring, the World of Pinot Noir seems to hit the ground running. Join us as we give you an overview of this terrific celebration of all things Pinot Noir – from wine seminars and wine tastings, to attendee impressions and sampling some awesome cheeses – the World of Pinot Noir is a sight to behold. You’ll hear why attending an event such as this isn’t only about having fun – it should be considered a vital part of your wine education – well, that and having fun too!

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2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part 3

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In this installment from the World of Pinot Noir, we talk with more people about the event and what makes Pinot so special.

Join us, as we hear from attendee Mark Sutherland, and from Kiwis, Dean Shaw (Two Paddocks) and Penny Loving (Central Otago’s Station Imports) about what’s happening with New Zealand’s Pinot Noir, and from Mike Sinor (formerly of Domaine Alfred; now with Sinor-LaVallee), and Paul Wilkins (Alta Maria, Native 9) about their beginnings and their love of Pinot Noir.

For more information on World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com

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Show #168
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2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part 2

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We’re back with more of our coverage of the World of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir Winemakers seem somehow different from their brethren. Often working both global hemispheres for the practical experience and training, these winemakers seem destined from the outset to work with the “heartbreak grape.” You have to wonder if they select the grape, or if the grape selects them. Whichever it is, they are a passionate bunch (no pun intended).

Join us, as we hear from Ken Zinns (Harrington Wines), Dan Tudor (Tudor Wines) and Annette Hoff (Cima Collina) about their beginnings and their love of making Pinot Noir.

For more information on World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com

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2007 World of Pinot Noir – Part 1

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Noted author John Winthrop Haeger’s book, North American Pinot Noir, is arguably the only book you need to read if you’re really interested in expanding your knowledge of Pinot Noir. Exhaustive, comprehensive, and filled with reference materials, this scholarly book will quench the thirst of wine neophytes and die-hard Pinotphiles alike. John brings the same passion to his speaking engagements, and has been giving the opening seminar at World of Pinot Noir for a few years now. Yet, he never fails to leave the audience with some missing pieces to the Pinot puzzle – little gems that you didn’t already know.

Listen in as John takes us on Pinot Noir journey, discussing such things as production (it’s only about 2% of the world’s wine production), whether the Sideways effect is still a factor in Pinot Noir’s popularity, and just where did this grape come from, anyway. As befits the subject, John starts off “in the beginning….”

For more information on World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com

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Mid Atlantic Wineries – Allegro Vineyards – Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – Mid Atlantic Wineries Series – Allegro, Pennsylvania – Video Show #17.

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Located in Brogue, PA., Allegro Winery has the ironic distinction of being located in a dry county (athough Allegro was grandfathered in, the apparent purpose of the county fathers was to keep other wineries from coming locating there). Originally started in 1978 by John and Tim Crouch, a winery was built in 1980, and a tasting room in 1981.

Join us as we talk with current owner/winemaker Carl Helrich about his old vine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1973, and the challenges of growing wine in humid conditions. The challenge here is that the mid-Atlantic climate is quite humid, making the grapes stay warmer through a shorter growing cycle. This gives the vines about triple the susceptibility to plant disease, and it’s not uncommon for vineyards to get sprayed 15 or more times during the season against various types of rot. “European-styled” is the best way to describe the wines here, with good acids and slightly lean fruit. Priced from $12-25, Carl bottles most as varietals: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, and Merlot – mostly from Estate or local vineyards. We also find the ubiquitous sweet/seasonal wines here as well, though Carl frankly admits that sales of the “party wines” are what subsidizes his love for and ability to work with vitis vinifera.

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Mid Atlantic Wineries – Barboursville Vineyards – Video

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Welcome to our video podcast – Mid Atlantic Wineries Series – Barboursville, Virginia – Video Show #16.

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Owned since 1976 by the Zonin family of Italy, the historic Barboursville estate is named after the town, which in turn is named for James Barbour, a former governor and senator from Virginia in the early 1800s. In fact, Barbour’s old estate house (which burned in a fire in 1884), was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and had the familiar octagon-shaped parlor, a design used often by Jefferson. The Zonins ushered in the first successful vitis vinifera plantings in the state (Jefferson gave it more than a few tries, but wasn’t successful).

Join us as we talk with Luca Paschina, General Manager and winemaker for the past 17 years. We’ll walk around the grounds and over to the estate house ruins, and then through their very modern winery. The tank room was huge, and we asked if they did custom crush here as well. No, he said, it’s like a kitchen. If you have extra pots and pans when you cook, you don’t need to wash anything out to use it. In other words, they had as much space as they needed without having to empty this or that tank for a new load of fruit. Luca feels that they are beginning to figure out what grows best here, and what makes the best wine. Interestingly (yet, maybe not so surprisingly), he said both Barbera and Nebbiolo do well, and Viognier is his choice as most successful white grown in the vineyard. Also produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, and Pinot Grigio.

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