GrapeRadio Wins James Beard Award

GrapeRadio has won the 2008 James Beard Award for webcasting!

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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.

15 Responses to “GrapeRadio Wins James Beard Award”

  1. 1 Ramon Jun 7th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    AWESOME!! It is a great piece of work. Well deserved. Congratulations to everyone at Grape Radio.

  2. 2 Paul Jun 8th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    That is terrific! Congratulations!

  3. 3 Rusty Jun 8th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    There are only a few seminal events in one’s life – the day you turn 21, the day you graduate from college, the day you get married, the birth of your first child, the taste of your first great Burgundy. Winning a James Beard award is certainly one to add to the list.

  4. 4 GrapeRadio Bunch Jun 8th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Rusty, I do not understand the connection between the award and sex.


  5. 5 David Jun 9th, 2008 at 7:55 am


    The program was a clear winner in my book – fantastic, PBS quality presentation

    David Lee

  6. 6 Richard James Jun 9th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Well done!

  7. 7 Don Ward Jun 9th, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Attaboys and kudos to you and the gang, you’ve done a great job!

    Don / Cathy

  8. 8 mel Jun 9th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    congrats guys! a job well done!

  9. 9 Chef Mark Jun 9th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations guys! It was a great program, and well deserved!

  10. 10 D2Fang Jun 9th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations!! Absolutely my favourite piece!

  11. 11 Brian Ibbott Jun 10th, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Nice job. This is so much ore prestigious than any ward within the podcast community, and is another sign that what we’re all doing here is REAL MEDIA.

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve it!

    Brian Ibbott

  12. 12 Brett Jones Jun 17th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    An excellent piece! I enjoyed the ‘living history’ and the close involvement of the food of the area. Many congratulations on your well deserved award.

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