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Schramsberg Vineyards

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Welcome to our video podcast – Schramsberg Vineyards – Video Show #25.

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The origins of Schramsberg Vineyards began in 1862, when immigrant Jacob Schram bought some acreage on a hillside in Napa Valley. He was a barber at the time, but had lofty intentions of growing grapes and making wine in this wild area. By the 1880s, Jacob had quit barbering and was making 12,000 cases of award winning wines – mostly Riesling, Hock, Burgundy and Chasselas. Jacob’s death in 1905 and prohibition resulted in a series of sales over the next 50+ years, until finally the property was bought by Jack and Jamie Davies in 1965.

Join us as we follow Schramsberg winemaker Craig Roemer through caves filled with bottles of sparkling wines, and see how riddling is done. Then, it’s on the watch the disgorgement on the bottling line and finally a sabering of the bottle.

For More Information on Schramsberg Vineyards: www.schramsberg.com

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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When Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, a member of the English branch of the Rothschild family, purchased Pauillac’s Château Brane-Mouton in 1853, he founded what would become a Bordeaux powerhouse. Classified in 1855 as a second growth (“a first among seconds”), it would take almost 120 years to gain back what arguably should have been Mouton’s in the first place – classification as a first growth. Through most of the 20th Century, Baron Philippe de Rothschild was the guiding force of Mouton. From his decision to bottle the wines at the Château (1924), to his inventive use of artists and sculptors to design new wine labels for each vintage (1945), and from his successful campaign to obtain first-growth status, to his daring partnership with Robert Mondavi to begin Opus One in 1979, Baron Philippe worked tirelessly for Mouton.

Join us as we talk with Mouton’s Managing Director, Hervé Berland, about Mouton’s past, present, and future. His 30 years with Mouton speaks volumes about the loyalty and commitment of its staff.

For More Information on Ch. Mouton Rothschild: www.bpdr.com

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

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Show #186
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Audio #93: Mondavi – 40 Years in Napa
Audio #211: Opus One

The Wines of Frédéric Magnien

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Frédéric Magnien always felt destined to follow in his father’s footsteps – indeed, he is the 5th generation in his family to farm vineyards or make wine in Burgundy’s Morey-St-Denis. As winemaker for both his father’s label (Domaine Michel Magnien) as well as his own négoce wines (Maison Frédéric Magnien), Frederic approaches both vineyard management and winemaking with an obvious zeal.

Join us as we talk with this introspective yet confident Burgundian winemaker about terroir, balance, and the intricacies of Burgundy.

For More Information on the Wines of Frederic Magnien:www.frederic-magnien.com

Sponsor: North Berkeley Imports: www.northberkeleyimports.com

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Some of the wines made by Frédéric Magnien include:

Cotes de Nuits Villages “Croix Violette”
Gevrey Chambertin “Jeunes Rois”
Morey St Denis 1er Cru “Les Ruchots”
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru “Borniques”
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru “Charmes Vieilles Vignes”
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru “Les Suchots”
Echezeaux Grand Cru
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Wine and Cheese Pairing

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Is it soft cheese with white wine, and hard cheese with red wine? Or, what’s this we have been hearing lately about cheese not even being a good match with wine?

Find out the answers to some of your fromage questions as we listen to this World of Pinot Noir seminar on wine and cheese pairing, and you’ll be saying, ‘cheese, please.’

Moderator: Fred Dame, MD

Speakers:
– Kent Torrey, The Chese Shop of Carmel
– John Priest, Etude – Winemaker
– Mark Peel, Executive Chef / Owner – Campanile Restaurant
– Christine Maguire, Cheese Maker / Owner – Rinconada Dairy

Wines and Cheeses Pairings of the Seminar:

1. Wine – 2004 Etude “Depp Camp” Estate, Carneros
Cheese – Cow Girl Creamery – Mt Tam (USA)
Cheese – Seal Bay (Australia)

2. Wine – 2004 Stoller Estate – Oregon
Cheese – Andante – Crottin (USA)
Cheese – Surfing Goat – Mango Supreme (USA)

3. Wine – 2004 Freeman Sonoma Coast
Cheese – Trentino Grana (Italy)
Cheese – Aged Prima Donna (Holland)

4. Wine – 2000 Arcadian “Pisoni” – Santa Lucia Highlands
Cheese – Pecorino Toscano Stagionato (Italy)
Cheese – Rincondana Diary – Pozo Tomme (USA)

5. Wine – 2004 Wild Horse “Unbridled” Solomon Hills- Santa Maria
Cheese – Vieux Lille – Maroille (France)
Cheese – Le Trou Du Cru – Mini Epoisses (France)

6. 2004 Kawarau Estate Reserve – New Zealand
Cheese – Memoire (Holland)
Cheese – Sottocenere (Italy)

Click Here to download a detailed description of the cheeses: Cheese Detail

For More Information on the 2008 World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com

Sponsor: Champagne USA: www.champagne.us

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