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Château Cheval Blanc

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Welcome to our video podcast Château Cheval Blanc – Video Show #57.


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Certainly one of the most revered Châteaux in all of Bordeaux, Cheval Blanc holds an almost mystical power over admirers of the famed region. Located in Saint Emilion, the property of this premier Grand cru classé has its origins in 1832, with property acquired from the Figeac Estate by the Ducasse family. The property was enlarged again in 1838, and the Ducasse and ultimately the Laussac-Fourcaud family continued to preside over the estate through the 20th Century.

Bordering the Pomerol appellation (across the road from Château L’Evangile), the vines here are 57% Cabernet Franc; the balance is mostly Merlot, plus a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. What sets Cheval-Blanc apart from its illustrious neighbors is the unique terroir that lie at a crossroads for three distinct types of soil: gravel and sand, clay and sand, and a smaller section of sandy-clay with iron deposits. On average, the vines are over 30 years, and are immaculate and sustainably farmed.

Currently owned by LVMH, the estate is managed by Pierre Lurton, who divides his time between Cheval Blanc and another renowned property, Château d’Yquem in Sauternes.

Join us as we visit with Pierre Lurton, and get a sense of the topography of this famous Right Bank Bordeaux property. We also visit the cellar to barrel taste the exquisite 2007 Cheval Blanc.

For More Info on Château Cheval Blanc: www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com

The sponsor of this video is Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

The Rhone Rangers, Paso Robles

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One of the missions of the Rhone Rangers, a non-profit wine education organization, is to educate the public by providing seminars and tastings that showcase Rhône varietal wines grown in America. What constitutes a Rhône varietal wine? Well, 75% of the wine’s content must include one or more of the traditional Rhône grape varieties as approved by the French government for the wines of the Côtes du Rhône. In France’s Rhône Valley, there are 22 grape varieties including the better-known Syrah and Viognier, to the “up and coming” Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Roussanne, to the truly obscure (albeit delicious) Counoise, Bourboulenc and Picpoul.

Join us as we listen to a seminar held during the Paso Robles chapter’s 2nd annual Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. Some of the leading winemakers and vitculturalists in the world of Rhône varietals take participants through a fun, education-focused immersion into the world of “Rhone Essentials” with 8 local winemakers, including:

Adelaida Cellars, Terry Culton (Winemaker): 2007 Viognier
Anglim Winery, Steve Anglim (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 Roussanne
Calcareous Vineyards, Damian Grindley (Winemaker): 2007 Viognier, Marsanne
Halter Ranch, Bill Sheffer (Winemaker): 2008 Rosé
Terry Hoage Vineyards, Terry Hoage (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 “Skins” – Grenache, Syrah
Villa Creek Winery, Cris Cherry (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 “Vulture’s Post” – GSM Blend
Austin Hope Winery, Austin Hope (Owner/Winemaker): 2005 Syrah
Edward Sellers, Amy Butler (Winemaker): 2005 Cuvee des Cinq – Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise & Cinsault

For more information on the Rhone Rangers: www.rhonerangers.org

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2009 World of Pinot Noir – Tickets Now On Sale!

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Meet your GrapeRadio Crew at the 2009 World of Pinot Noir which will be held in Shell Beach, CA (Central California Region) March 6-7th.

This is one of the world’s premier wine events and is well worth the effort to attend.

Tickets are still available!

For more information on the 2009 World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com

The Wines of Cape Mentelle, Margaret River

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Born and raised in Western Australia, Rob Mann followed in the family tradition – oenology. After receiving his degree from University of Adelaide, Rob worked for Hardy’s in McLaren Vale, before returning home to pickup the reins at Cape Mentelle Vineyards in 2005 in Australia’s Margaret River region. Cape Mentelle was one of the first vineyards established in the area. First planted in 1970, there are now over 180 hectares under vine. Founded by West Australian wine industry pioneer David Hohnen, Cape Mentelle is credited with pioneering many varietals and blends in the region, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

The Margaret River region is located in the Southwest corner of the “land down under,” stretching about 100 km from north to south, and about 27 km in width. The climate here is Mediterranean, with mild wet winters and warm dry summers – approximating something like Bordeaux in a dry season. Although it contributes only 3% of the country’s total grape output, it commands over 20% of its wine market. With over 5,500 hectares under vine, there are over 120 producers in the region. Grape varieties grown include: Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Semilion and Sauvignon Blanc.

Join us as we talk with Rob Mann about Australia, the Margaret River region, to see if it really is different “down under.”

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Château Palmer – Video – Part II

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Welcome to our video podcast Château Palmer – Part II – Video Show #56.

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Château Palmer derives its name from Charles Palmer, an Englishman who owned the property from 1816-1853. An aide-de-camp of the Prince of Wales, Charles Palmer was convinced he should buy the estate of Marie de Gascq, and bought additional land and buildings in the communes of Cantenac, Issan, and Margaux. By 1830 the property covered 163 hectares, including 82 hectares of vines. In 1853, it was purchased by brothers Isaac and Emile Péreire and it continued on, surviving most of the vinous maladies and economic crises of the times until the 1930s, when they sold the estate to several families of various Bordeaux, English, and Dutch descent in 1938.

This Médoc estate is located near the Gironde estuary, and the soils in this area are quite gravely. Among their 52 hectares of vines, Ch. Palmer has a large percentage of Merlot, almost the same amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a small percentage of Petit Verdot. Here in Margaux, the vines are planted on rises several meters thick, consisting of brittle black lydite, white and yellow quartz, quartzite mottled with black, green or blue, and white chalcedony. In an effort to help the vine roots sink deep into the gravelly soil, they till the soil regularly. They also maintain a very high vine density – 10,000 vines per hectare – in order to increase competition between the vines and encourage this deep rooting.

Join us for Part 2, as Thomas Duroux, CEO of Château Palmer, continues with the vineyard tour, followed by a visit to the wine library and finally lunch.

For More Info on Château Palmer: www.chateau-palmer.com

The sponsor of this video is Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

Château Palmer – Video – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast Château Palmer – Part I – Video Show #55.

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Château Palmer derives its name from Charles Palmer, an Englishman who owned the property from 1816-1853. The terroir at this Médoc estate dates from the Quaternary period, when gravel slowly accumulated on the Left Bank of the Gironde, pushed by the Dordogne and carried along by the Garonne. The two rivers meet a few kilometers downstream from Ch. Palmer to form the Gironde estuary. Among their current 52 hectares of vines, Ch. Palmer has a large percentage of Merlot, almost the same amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, and a small percentage of Petit Verdot.

Here in Margaux, the vines are planted on gravely rises several meters thick, consisting of brittle black lydite, white and yellow quartz, quartzite mottled with black, green or blue, and white chalcedony. In an effort to help the vine roots sink deep into the gravelly soil, they till the soil regularly. They also maintain a very high vine density – 10,000 vines per hectare – in order to increase competition between the vines and encourage this deep rooting.

Join us for Part 1, as Thomas Duroux, CEO of Château Palmer, leads us through the vineyards and discusses the growing conditions in the Margaux region of Bordeaux.

For More Info on Chateau Palmer: www.chateau-palmer.com

The sponsor of this video is Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

Young Winemaker Making the Leap to Burgundy

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Ray Walker departs February 8, 2009 to set up the logistics for his negociant wine business in Burgundy. Only 27 years old, Ray left behind a promising career in the financial world a few years ago to pursue a career in winemaking.

Smitten by Pinot Noir, and Burgundy in particular, Ray quite his job and moved his young family to Sonoma where he was mentored by Ed Kurtzman and others. While many of his type would have been satisfied with a winemaking career in California, Ray felt a pull to return to Pinot Noir’s Holy Land. He immersed himself in the French culture and language and made plans to develop his independent label, Domaine Ilan, in Burgundy.

Join us as we listen to his captivating story.

For More Information on Maison Ilan: www.maison-ilan.com

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Life With Maggie

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Let’s assume you’ve worked with Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non for the last eight years. What could you possibly do for an encore? Well, if you’re Maggie Harrison, you would become part of a venture to work with Oregon Pinot Noir. And then, you’d get to work on your own label as well.

The recent history of Oregon’s Antica Terra winery began when a group of four individuals, including winemaker Maggie Harrison, purchased the winery in 2005 and two years later planted additional acres of Pinot noir, with more planting planned for 2008. The new winery should come on-line in 2009. For her own label, Maggie is sourcing Syrah from Santa Maria Valley for her own, Lillian label, a small lot collection named for her grandmother.

Join us as we talk with Maggie Harrison, about her past experiences with the iconic SQN, and her current projects in Oregon and with California Syrah.

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