Archive for April, 2009

Mussels & Muscadet

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Welcome to our video podcast: Mussels & Muscadet – Video Show #65.

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We are always looking for wine and food pairing opportunities. So, while in Naples, Florida, last year we just had to pay a visit to Jacques and Lysielle Cariot at their well-regarded and award winning Bleu Provence restaurant.

As a shellfish, one could rightfully expect that mussels would pair well with almost any white wine. But, as it turns out there is a seemingly perfect match in Muscadet. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, Muscadet comes from the western-most end of the Loire Valley, the same valley that includes the regions of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray. Interestingly, however, Muscadet is referred to by its apparent taste (musk-like), making it one of the rare exceptions where a French wine is named for something other than its region.

Join us as Jay, Mark and I pay a visit to Jacques Cariot at his Bleu Provence restaurant, and see why Jacques feels that Muscadet is the most natural and perfect pairing with mussels.

For More Info on the Bleu Provence : www.bleuprovencenaples.com/

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

2008 Auction Napa Valley – Part II – Remembering Robert Mondavi

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Welcome to our video podcast 2008 Auction Napa Valley – Part 2 – Video Show #64.

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Arguably the benchmark in charitable wine auctions, the Auction Napa Valley is held annually in (where else?) Napa Valley. Established by a group of Napa Valley vintners in 1981, ANV has given over $70 million dollars over its 28 years for healthcare, youth service and low-income housing charities in Napa County.

Join us as we talk with vintners and attendees and they share their fond recollections about the iconic Robert Mondavi, and his innumerable contributions to wine and to the Napa Valley.

For More Info on the Auction Napa Valley: www.napavintners.com/home/index.asp

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

Update on our colleague, Brian Clark

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09bc3main.jpgAs our listeners are undoubtedly aware, our friend and colleague Brian Clark was injured in a terrible car accident in Paso Robles in early March.

Well, we are now very pleased to report that Brian is doing much better, and has since been admitted to a fabulous rehabilitation facility near his Southern California home. We are so thankful for the outcome, and hope Brian continues to regain his strength and get back to us and to his family. In fact, we were so elated with Brian’s progress, that we decided to do a little impromptu podcast to celebrate among ourselves, but with Brian very much in our hearts and minds.

As noted in some our posts below, you can continue to get direct feedback on Brian’s progress at the CaringBridge website:

You can visit Brian’s CaringBridge site at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brianclark1.

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2008 Auction Napa Valley – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast 2008 Auction Napa Valley – Part 1 – Video Show #63.

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Arguably the benchmark in charitable wine auctions, the Auction Napa Valley is held annually in (where else?) Napa Valley. Established by a group of Napa Valley vintners in 1981, ANV has given over $70 million dollars over its 28 years for healthcare, youth service and low-income housing charities in Napa County. The GrapeRadio crew received an invitation to attend this stellar event, and we were not disappointed.

Organized each year by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), the event runs over a three-day period, usually in June. Consisting of a wine & food extravaganza, several auctions (e-auctions, live auctions and barrel auctions), and plenty of vintner-hosted activities, it is a spectacular event. In 2008, as the final gavel fell, a total of 44 Live Lots, 128 Barrel Lots and 87 E-Lots that offered extraordinary collections of wine, vintner-hosted events and travel adventures donated by the organization’s many wineries had raised more than $10.35 million.

Join us as we talk with vintners, celebrities (Oprah!), and attendees about the sights, sounds, foods, wines, and overall excitement that make the Auction Napa Valley such a special event.

For More Info on the Auction Napa Valley: www.napavintners.com/home/index.asp

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

Adams French Vineyards

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Welcome to our video podcast Adams French Vineyards – Video Show #62.

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In 1993, billionaire Stephen Adams and his wife Denise were married at a country chapel in St.-Emilion, Bordeaux’s historic Right Bank city. This was the beginning of Adams’ fascination with French culture and wine, a fascination that would cause him to purchase six (and counting) Châteaux in and around St. Emilion. His considerably diverse holdings, amassed over the course of 47 years, include banks, billboards, recreational vehicles, and now wineries – and in France, no less. Known collectively as Adams French Vineyards, this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘an American in Paris.’

Beginning in 2000, Stephen Adams bought Château Lagarosse, in the rolling hills of the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux. He followed this in 2002 with the purchase of Château de Candale in St.-Emilion. Still looking for a flagship winery, he found it in 2004 with the purchase of Château Fonplégade, a 48-acre property located on St.-Emilion’s limestone plateau, yet needing some TLC. His total renovation of the property, at a cost of $7 million, including large new fermentation tanks, and vineyard improvements.

In 2005, he bought Château de Bel-Air in Lalande-de-Pomerol. And, last year, he added Château Roylland in St.-Emilion and Château L’Enclos in Pomerol. All along, his strategy always was (and still is) to pay relatively low prices for properties, then upgrade heavily – all under the direction of Michel Rolland.

Join us as we talk with Stephen Adams at Château Fonplegade in St. Emilion, and tour vineyards and wineries of this and several other of Adams’ properties, including Château De Bel Air, Château de Candale, and Château Lagarosse.

For More Info on Adams French Vineyards: www.adamsfrenchvineyards.com/

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


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