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2008 World of Pinot Noir – Video – Part II

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We’re back with Part 2 of our coverage of the 2008 World of Pinot Noir. Without a doubt, this annual Pinot Noir spectatular is considered to be a “must attend” for devotees of the grape. Join us as we hear more from wine columnist Laurie Daniel, and we’ll check in with the Iron Sommelier Challenge – where sommeliers compare food and wine matches. In addition, we’ll spend some time with Burgundian producer Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier and the Burghound Allen Meadows, plus visit with Central Coast producers Lane Tanner and James Ontiveros, and still more Pinot producers from around the world (how about Pinot from Tazmania and British Columbia).

With seminars ranging from Riedel glassware to a full-on discussion of new world vs. old world clones, as well as an in-depth examination of the “left coast” terroir, and a close look at Oregon’s Pinot focus, you’ll see why a full immersion event such as this can do more to awaken your total Pinot Noir experience.

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

2008 World of Pinot Noir – Video – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast of the 2008 World of Pinot Noir – Video – Part I – Video Show #37.

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The first weekend in March signals the World of Pinot Noir. Held on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this event includes two days of in-depth Tasting Seminars, Grand Tastings (each with a unique roster of wineries), a Featured Tasting with a guest Burgundian producer and two Pinot Noir Dinners featuring prominent guest chefs. These food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S.

Join us for Part 1, as we talk with wine columnist Laurie Daniel, local producers as well as vintners from around the world (how about Pinot from Switzerland and New Zealand). We’ll hear from attendees and presenters about what makes this event special, and we even check in on a Riedel seminar led by Georg Riedel to see how the shape of stemware can make Pinot smell and taste different.

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

The Wines of Groth

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When Dennis and Judy Groth purchased 121 acres in Oakville in 1981, it included the Oakcross Vineyard – filled with prime Cabernet Sauvignon that had been planted by Justin Meyer and Ray Duncan some 8-10 years earlier. So, it didn’t take long for them to establish a track record with their Cabernet. In fact, Robert Parker gave the 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the distinction of California’s first 100 point wine.

Fast forward to today, and between 1999 and 2003 they replanted all of the Cabernet Sauvignon with new clones, rootstocks, and new trellising. With all the young vines, they also decided to not produce wine for the Reserve program for vintages 2000-2004.

Join us as we talk about Oakville, Cabernet and what it’s like to be given the first perfect 100 point score on a wine from the U.S.

For more info on Groth Vineyards and Winery: www.grothwines.com

Sponsor: Vinfolio: www.vinfolio.com

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Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier

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One of the highlights of the 2008 World of Pinot Noir was the Wines of Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier. It was billed as a seminar, but it was really more like sitting down with one of the foremost authorities on Burgundy, Allen Meadows (Burghound.com), and the highly respected producer Frédéric (Freddy) Mugnier to sample and discuss the wines of his domaine.

Join us as Allen and Freddy lead us through what could easily be called among the purest wines in Burgundy.

For more info on the wines of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier: www.mugnier.fr

Sponsor: Bagged Wine – Blind Wine Tasting Kits: www.baggedwine.com

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Kevin Zraly and the World of Wine

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Acclaimed as the creator of the famous wine list at Windows on the World (which sold more wine than any restaurant in the United States), Kevin Zraly designed the training program for the most knowledgeable wine-service staff in America. He is a James Beard Award winner and has co-hosted the Food Newtork’s “Wine A to Z”.

Kevin also celebrated his 30th anniversary in 2006 as the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated over 18,000 students since its inception. He has been teaching wine for over 30 years, beginning at the age of 20, and has studied wine-making techniques in California and all the great wine regions of Europe.

Join us as we talk with Kevin about the role of a wine educator, and his many experiences in the world of wine.

For more info on Kevin Zraly: www.windowswineschool.com

Sponsor: 10th Annual Winemakers Cookoff: www.winemakerscookoff.com

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