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Wine & Fire 2007 – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast Wine and Fire – Part 1 – Video Show #42.

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The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its 2nd annual Wine & Fire event in June of 2007. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the restored La Purisima Mission, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. Rita Hills appellation. People mingled from late afternoon through dusk and into dark, sampling the various wines.

Join us at the opening night tasting as we talk with attendees, growers like Peter Cargasacchi, and producers like Norm Yost (Flying Goat), Peter Work (Ampelos), and Victor Gallegos (Sea Smoke) to hear how and why the Sta. Rita Hills is unique as a Pinot growing area.

Wine and Fire and Santa Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance: www.staritahills.com

Spring Mountain Vineyard

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Spring Mountain Vineyard is rich with history. After the sudden death of Tiburcio Parrott in the late 1800s, neither the house nor the 800 acres were used between 1896 and 1938.

Eventually the property was purchased by Mike Robbins in 1974. Robbins bought an old Victorian on St. Helena Highway near Deer Park Road and constructed a small winery which became Spring Mountain Vineyards. Soon Robbins outgrew this first location and discovered the wonderful Parrot estate.

After acquiring Parrott’s Miravalle estate, Robbins restored the Victorian residence and built a 17,000 square foot winery at the site of Tiburcio’s wine cave and small winery. Though his primary vineyard was in Rutherford on the Silverado Trail (now the site of Domaine Mumm), Robbins planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in 1980 on the land around Miravalle. Robbins’ Spring Mountain Chardonnay became highly prized by connoisseurs and was a “cult” wine of the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

Once the site for the former TV show, Falcon’s Crest, Spring Mountain lives on, now comprising four separate vineyards totaling 245 acres in 130 blocks. The Miravalle, Chateau Chevalier, Streblow (Alba), and Draper (La Perla) vineyards are beautifully terraced, rising up the hillside from 400′ to 1600′ in elevation creating several microclimates. The “main house,” an 8,000 square foot Victorian was built in 1885 by Tiburcio Parrott.
Featured during the aerial flyover in the opening credits of the TV show, the house is meticulously maintained both inside and out, and all of the original features of stained glass and molding have been kept.

Join us as we talk with Valli Ferrell, winemaker Jac Cole, and vineyard manager Ron Rosenbrand about the vineyards and this lovely estate.
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For more info on Spring Mountain Vineyard: www.springmountainvineyard.com

Sponsor: Bagged Wine: www.baggedwine.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 3

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day Three Itinerary: (The Rheingau Region)

Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut –
(Hosted by Dr Franz Werner Michel): www.domdechantwerner.com
Weingut Künstler (Hosted Günter Künstler): www.www.weingut-kuenstler.de
Weingut Josef Leitz (Hosted by Josef Leitz): www.leitz-wein.de
Schloss Reinhartshausen (Hosted by Walter Bibo): www.schloss-reinhartshausen.de

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German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 2

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day Two Itinerary: (The Nahe & Rheingau Regions)

Weingut Dönnhoff (Hosted by Hermann Dönnhoff): www.doennhoff.com
Weingut Jakob Schneider (Hosted Jakob Schneider): www.schneider-wein.com
Weingut Schloss Schönborn (Hosted by Peter Barth): www.schoenborn.de
Schloss Vollrads (Hosted by Dr Rowald Hepp): www.schlossvollrads.de

For more info on:

German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 1

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day One Itinerary: (The Rheinhessen and Nahe Regions)

Weingut KF Groebe (Hosted by Friedrich Groebe): www.weingut-k-f-groebe.de
Weingut Wittman (Hosted by Philipp Wittman): www.wittmannweingut.com
Weingut Strub (Hosted by Walter Strub): www.strub-nierstein.dea>
Reh-Kenderman (Hosted by Dr Roman Barvulsky):
www.reh-kendermann.de
Weingut Tesch (Hosted by Martin Tesch): www.weingut-tesch.de

For more info on:

German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

Fellow Journalist on the Press Tour:

Michael Cervin: www.michaelcervin.com
Gregory McCluney: www.wine.appellationamerica.com
Becky Sue Epstein: www.beckysueepstein.com
Marissa D’Vari: www.awinestory.com

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Sycamore Vineyards and Biodynamics

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Welcome to our video podcast Sycamore Vineyards and Biodynamics – Video Show #41.

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The name biodynamics might be a term you recognize – or maybe not. Strictly speaking, biodynamics is an agricultural process that places first emphasis on the soil as a living organism. Possibly one of the least understood and/or controversial wine practices in present day enology, the term is derived from Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual beliefs and philosophical teachings. These beliefs stress the merits of using organic methods to maintain the health of land that is producing crops, and the practice is steadily gaining a foothold in current-day winegrowing practices throughout the world.

Join us as we hear from biodynamic consultant Philippe Armenier, and John Bryan, owner of Napa Valley’s Sycamore Vineyards, about what the process has done for this winegrower for Freemark Abbey winery.

For more info on Freemark Abbey and Sycamore: www.freemarkabbey.com

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Opus One

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Opus One, certainly one of the most iconic wineries in Napa Valley, was the fruition of a 10-year collaboration between Robert Mondavi and Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux. Celebrated as the first joint venture between California and France, the winery produced its first vintage in 1979, having been made, aged and bottled at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. Some 10 years later, construction began on Opus One’s own winery – right across the highway from the Mondavi winery. As with the concept of Opus, the design of the new winery was groundbreaking, combining Greek and Roman motifs with those of early California.

Join us as we talk with Roger Asleson and Michael Silacci about Opus One and its history, as well as its place in today’s Napa Valley.

For more info on Opus One Winery: www.opusonewinery.com

Sponsor: Bagged Wine: www.baggedwine.com

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Audio #93: Mondavi – 40 Years in Napa
Audio #186: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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Vintus Wines

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Welcome to our video podcast Vintus Wines – Video Show #40.

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We’re always looking for opportunities to talk with international producers, so a recent portfolio tasting from Vintus Wines offered us an excellent chance to do a little globe-trotting without actually straying very far from home. Founded by former Kobrand executive Michael Quinttus, Vintus has put together a fairly diverse list of estate-based producers from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, and Portugal.

Join us as we talk with Alice Paillard about the Champagne region, and Barbara Sandrone about Piedmont. We’ll also spend some time with the self-styled “driving winemaker” Telmo Rodriguez, who drives over the vast regions of Spain to make wine, and we’ll find out what’s new in South America with Finca Decero from Argentina, and Eduardo Chadwick of Chile’s Viña Errazuriz.

Fontanafredda

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Welcome to our video podcast Fontanafredda – Video Show #39.

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One of the oldest producers in Barolo, the Fontanafredda estate is a major player in Piedmont with a solid repertoire in Barolo, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and other Piedmontese DOCs. At the top of the line are the single vineyard Barolos: La Rosa, Lazzarito, La Delizia and La Villa, followed by some standard Barolo and Barbaresco cuvées. Owned and run by the Monte dei Paschi Monte dei Paschi di Siena since 1931, Fontanafredda’s fruit is sourced primarily from 70 hectares of their own vineyards, with the remainder coming from several hundred local growers with long-term contracts.

Join us as Danilo Drocco (winemaker since 1999) leads us through an amazing vertical tasting, while describing the soils, the winegrowing, and his own traditional winemaking processes and how they meld with the more modern methods introduced by Piero Antinori.


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