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The Secret Life of Pinot Noir

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Pinot Takes a Walk on the Sparkling Side: A Champagne seminar at IPNC? Mais oui! If you dig through the calcium-laden soils of Champagne, more often than not, you will find Pinot Noir roots.

Two Parts. Part One Moderators: Rollin Soles, Argyle Winery, Dundee, Willamette Valley, Oregon and Ghislain de Montgolfier, Champagne Bollinger, led the group through a tasting that explained how sparkling wine is made and included tastings of base wines for sparkling wine and Champagne. Part Two Moderators: Eric Asimov, New Yorks Times and Peter Wasserman of Le Serbet/Selection Becky Wasserman introduced the wines of some of Champagne’s best grower/winemakers who were represented by Paul and Francoise Couvreur (Champagne et Villages), Morgane Fleury (Champagne Fleury), Jose and Corinne Lievens (Champagne Jacques Picard), and Thierry Massin and Sylvie Fricot (Champagne Thierry Massin).

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

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies, Mailing List: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Show #204
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2007 Pinot Days – Part 2

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We are back for more coverage of 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)

– Tom Mortimer – Le Cadeau Vineyard (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
– David White – Carneros dell Notte (Napa Carneros, California)
– Don Baumhefner – Ridgeway Family Vineyards (Sonoma Coast, California)
– Gideon Bienstock – Clos Saron (Sierra Foothills, California)
– John & Barbara Drady – Sonoma Coast Vineyards (Sonoma, California)
– Jonathan Pey – Pey-Marin (Marin County, California)
– Paul Clary – Clary Ranch (Sonoma Coast, California)
– Moira Conzelman – Harmonique (Anderson Valley, California)
– Dennis De La Montanya – De La Montanya (Russian River Valley, California)

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

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies, Mailing List: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Show #203
(52:31min 37 MB)

GrapeRadio Wins James Beard Award

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GrapeRadio has won the 2008 James Beard Award for webcasting!

For more information on the James Beard Foundation: www.jamesbeard.org
2008 James Beard Foundation Award Winners: www.jbfawards.com

Here is our video that won the award: Stewards of the Land.

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When you think of the Russian River Valley, what comes to mind? Pinot Noir and Chardonnay? Well, right now, yes, but it wasn’t always that way.

Trappers and hunters predominated in the early 1800s, as Russian settlers moved into this area just north of San Francisco giving the river and the surrounding watershed its colorful name. By the 1870s, viticulture had been firmly established in the valley, only to be completely de-railed by prohibition in the 1920s. What followed, even after the repeal of prohibition in 1933, was a steady growth in normal agricultural crops and orchards for many years to come. It would take a 30-year incubation period for the re-birth of vineyards.

The true wine Renaissance finally arrived in the 1960s, when pioneers like Charles Bacigalupi and Joe Rochioli began planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And later, when Chateau Montelena took the French by surprise at the 1976 Paris tasting (with a Chardonnay made from Bacigalupi fruit), and Williams Selyem began to win accolades for its Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, the valley found its rightful place as a world-class (and world famous) wine growing region.

GrapeRadio is proud to present a brief look at the Russian River Valley, including interviews with Joe Rochioli, Howie Allen, Helen Bacigalupi, Burt Williams, John Haeger, James Laube, and many more. Join us for a close-up of this beautiful area, including highlights of its history, its agriculture, its foods, and most importantly, its people.

Wine Disasters II

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Cellar accidents, broken wine glasses, wine left in your car trunk – these are just a few of the wine disasters that can happen.

Join us as the GrapeRadio bunch discuss some of their worst or most embarrassing moments.

Sponsor: Wine Away, Red Wine Stain Remover: www.wineaway.com

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Show #202
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Vintage Walla Walla – Part III

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Welcome to our video podcast of the Vintage Walla Walla – Part 3 – Video Show #35.

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Part III of our visit to Vintage Walla Walla continues with visits to a few winemaking folks where we participate in a blending trial with Woodward Canyon’s Rick Small. Of course, some winery visits were an absolute must (no pun intended), so we paid a visit to Pepper Bridge and Basel Cellars, followed by a terrific wine tasting.

For more information on the Vintage Walla Walla : www.wallawallawine.com

Vintage Walla Walla – Part 2

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Welcome to our video podcast of the Vintage Walla Walla – Part 2 – Video Show #34.

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We continue with our visit to Vintage Walla Walla, this time getting down to the real nitty gritty – soil, that is. We get a first-hand history lesson and a look at the different soil types in Walla Walla Valley with Dr. Kevin Pogue, a Professor of Geology at Whitman College.

Much of the soil in the Walla Walla Valley is a blown-in almost talcum-like mixture called loess. This, mixed with granite, basalt, and cobbles from the Blue Mountains make for a unique terroir.

For more information on the Vintage Walla Walla : www.wallawallawine.com

Vintage Walla Walla – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast of the Vintage Walla Walla – Part I – Video Show #33.

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Located in one of the primary agriculture-producing regions of Washington State, Walla Walla Valley lies in the southeastern part of the state on the edge of the Columbia and Snake River basins. Here, the most important commercial crops have been wheat and sweet onions, but the region is fast becoming known for its distinctive wines. In 1984, the region was federally recognized as an AVA. Home to just four wineries and 60 acres of vineyards at the time, today there are more than 100 wineries and more than 1,500 acres of vineyards.

Join us as we explore Part 1 of Vintage Walla Walla, the regional food and wine festival that showcases the vineyards and wineries of the Walla Walla Valley.

For more information on the Vintage Walla Walla : www.wallawallawine.com

The Wines of Vega Sicilia

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The history of Vega-Sicilia began in 1848, when Basque landowner Don Toribio Lecanda met the bankrupt Marques de Valbuena and bought a 2,000 hectare estate. Don Toribio’s son later brought in 18,000 young vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir from France to begin the vineyard.

Early wines were sold off in bulk as Rioja, but in 1929, the 1917 and 1918 wine won awards at the World’s Fair. Steady progress was made at making great wines, and today Vega-Secilia arguably stands at the pinnacle of wines from Spain.

Join us as we talk with Puri Mancebo, Bodegas Vega-Sicilia’s Export Manager, about this historic winery, and its past and present.

For more information on Vega Sicilia : www.vega-sicilia.com

Sponsor: Pinpoint Tech, Your Mailing List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Show #201
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