Archive for March, 2008

Shadow Stevens and the Wines of Scott Paul

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Scott Paul Wines is a boutique winery dedicated to producing ultra-premium Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Proprietor and winemaker, Scott Paul Wright, came to winemaking as a second career. For thirty years, he had a career in the radio and music industries. As a disc jockey, his handle was “Shadow Stevens” and those of you from the East Coast remember him well. His financial success in the music world allowed him to cellar and drink good wine from an early age. As the music business became more and more a corporate-driven industry, Scott lost interest in continuing in that field, and left to learn winemaking.

Under the mentorship of Greg Le Follette and others, and taking inspiration from Burgundy, he developed his winemaking skills. After ten vintages in Oregon, he is now very comfortable with his career change.

For more info on Scott Paul Wines: www.scottpaul.com

Sponsor: The Beaches of South Walton: www.beachesofsouthwalton.com

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Show #195
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GrapeRadio – 2008 James Beard Finalist

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GrapeRadio has once again been selected as a finalist by the James Beard Foundation for an award in the category of Video and Webcasting.

Click here to access the video that was nominated: Stewards of the Land

The James Beard Foundation Awards are the nation’s preeminent honors for culinary professionals. More than 60 awards are given out each year in the categories of cookbooks, restaurants and chefs, design and graphics, broadcast media, journalism, and achievement. Nominees and award winners are selected by their industry peers, with more than 600 culinary professionals involved in the voting process.

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Amarone of Masi

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The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi Winery in the Veneto region of Italy for six generations, and specialize in the production of Amarones and Reciotos. In 1964, Masi rediscovered and refined the technique of double fermentation using semi-dried grapes, essentially updating the style of Amarone by using new vinification techniques. Their Amarones are now considered ‘new world’ in style, and indeed, Masi has even established vineyards in Argentina, using the same vinification processes with the Malbec grape.

Join us as we talk with Sandro about the unique method of apassimento, a process of drying the grapes for over 3-months, and hear why Masi isn’t making your father’s Amarone any more.

For more info on Masi Winery: www.masi.it

Sponsor: The Beaches of South Walton: www.beachesofsouthwalton.com

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Show #194
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The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tour

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Welcome to our video podcast of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tour – Video Show #29.

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The highly touted 2005 Bordeaux vintage was reason enough to attend the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting in Santa Monica. With nearly 80 châteaux in attendance, the event promised to be an extraordinary one.

Join us as we discuss this fabulous vintage with representatives from several châteaux, as well as a couple of sommeliers and retailers to see and taste if 2005 is everything it’s cracked up to be.

GrapeRadio Listed as Top Wine Blog

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We are pleased to see that GrapeRadio has been listed on http://wine.alltop.com as one of the world’s top wine blogs. This site is Guy Kawasaki’s new experiment in aggregating data from across the web. Guy was one of the original Apple employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984, and also is a well known tech venture capitalist and author.

American Wine Blog Awards

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GrapeRadio has once again been nominated for the Fermentation’s – “American Wine Blog Awards” in the category of Best Wine Related Podcast.

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The Prince of Pinot and the 2007 IPNC

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

Join Rusty Gaffney, “The Prince of Pinot” as he interviews: (Click for Web Links)

– Sheila Nicholas, Anam Cara Cellars: www.anamcaracellars.com
– Terry Brandborg, Brandborg Vineyards and Winery: www.brandborgwine.com
– David Croix, Maison Camille Giroud
– Frank Ostini, Hitching Post II: www.hitchingpostwines.com
– Dr Edwin Irish, Salud: www.saludauction.org
– George Riedel, Riedel Wine Glass Company: www.riedel.com

For more info on the 2008 International Pinot Noir Celebration: www.ipnc.org

Sponsor: Wine Blue Book, Wine Buying Guide: www.winebluebook.com

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Show #193
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2007 Pinot Days – Part 1

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The 3rd annual Pinot Days, held in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Event Center, showcases some of the finest artisans making Pinot today. Organizers Steve and Lisa Rigisich and Eric and Teri White continue to tweak this event, and with blind tastings, grand tastings and seminars, it is one of the must-attend Pinot Noir festivals during the year.

Interviews include: (Click Below for Web Links)

– Kevin Hamel – Pellegrini Family Vineyards/Hamel Wines (Russian River Valley)
– Kathleen Inman – Inman Family Wines (Russian River Valley)
– Mike Sullivan – Benovia Winery (Russian River Valley)
– Rod Berglund – Joseph Swan (Russian River Valley)
– Anthony Filiberti – Anthill Farms Winery (Russian River Valley)
– Kent Humphrey – Eric Kent Wines (Russian River Valley)
– David Dain – Dain Wines (Russian River Valley – Crushpad)
– Bob Ruskin – Lost Canyon Winery (Oakland)

For more info on the 2008 Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

Sponsor: CRUSHPAD: www.crushpadwine.com

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2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part III

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Welcome to our video podcast of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part 3 – Video Show #28.

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Part III of our coverage of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival continues with more conversation from attendees, vintners, organizers, and some successful bidders. We’ll also follow Shari & Garen Staglin’s amazing $1 million lot, consisting of tickets to the Academy Awards, a walk-on TV role, dinners, tours, private jet to Cabo, and more – and, of course 3-6L of wine.

For More Information on Naples Wine Auction: www.napleswinefestival.com

2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part II

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Welcome to our video podcast of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part 2 – Video Show #27.

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Part II of our coverage of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival continues with more conversation from attendees, vintners, and organizers, and we’ll follow the Chapoutier lot bidding and hear from auctioneers Ann Colgin and Humphrey Butler. One of a kind lots include a 12L bottle of Sine Qua Non Inaugural.

For More Information on Naples Wine Auction: www.napleswinefestival.com

2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival – Part 1 – Video Show #26.

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The 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival raised $14 million for children’s charities, making it once again the most successful charity wine auction in the world. Indeed, in only eight years, the Trustees of the NCEF have raised more than $69 million to improve the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Fla.

Saturday kicked off with a wine tasting and culinary feast prepared by Ritz-Carlton chefs from across Florida. The 635 attendees at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, got right to it, bidding on 72 one-of-a-kind, unique and luxury auction lots, with winning bids ranging from $45,000 to $1 million.

Join us for Part 1 of our coverage, as we hear from organizers, attendees and vintners like Doug Shafer, and Vega Sicilia’s Pablo Alvarez about why this event is so successful, and its charitable causes so important.

For More Information on Naples Wine Auction: www.napleswinefestival.com

The Wines of Domaine Faiveley

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Founded in 1825 in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Maison J. Faiveley has expanded over seven generations to include prestigious Crus from Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, as well as the most renowned appellations of Côte Chalonnaise, such as Mercurey. Today, Domaine Faiveley owns more than 120 hectares (296 acres), including seven appellations in their entirety (monopoles) – more than any other domaine in Burgundy. These vineyard holdings include eight Grand Crus and 16 Premier Crus spread over 15 Villages. Eighty percent of Faiveley wines come from family-owned vineyards; the balance from long-term contracts.

In December 2004, Erwan Faiveley took over the reins from his father, François, at the age of 25. This might seem young, but it is not without precedent, as Erwan’s grandfather Guy handed the Domaine off to François in 1976 when the latter was about the same age. Join us as we talk with the very personable Erwan Faiveley about the region and its wines, and the skill and passion it takes to run the largest family Domaine in Burgundy.

For more info on the wines of Domaine Faiveley: www.bourgognes-faiveley.com

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

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Show #191
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