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The King of Zin

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After years of making wine out of their family home, Kent and Kathy Rosenblum took their love of winemaking to the next level and founded Rosenblum Cellars in 1978. In partnership with several close friends, and with Kathy acting as his assistant winemaker and helping with the crush, Kent made Rosenblum Cellars’ first vineyard designated zinfandel. Inspired by their early winemaking success, Kent began to focus on crafting vineyard designated wines using grapes farmed from mountainside, head-pruned, old vines. He would search Sonoma and Napa, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and beyond, just to find the best vineyards and growers in California.

In 1987, Rosenblum moved his commercial operation from its location next to The Dead End Bar in Oakland, to a facility next to the Oakland-Alameda Ferry building on the island of Alameda, and the rest of the journey became history. Along the way, Rosenblum Cellars became one of the original “three R’s of Zin” (along with Ridge and Ravenswood), and the practicing veterinarian even managed to pick up a new nickname instead of Doc, becoming “The King of Zin”. Long hard work eventually paid off, and the Rosenblums were able to sell their winery to Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines for a reported $105 million in 2008.

Join us as we talk with Kent about his humble beginnings, his love for wine, and the dozens of vineyard designates to come out of his prolific winery. You may even want to open a Zin or Petite…we did.

For More Info: www.rosenblumcellars.com

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L’Ecole No. 41 – Part II – Bottling

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Welcome to our video podcast: L’Ecole N 41 – Part II – Video Show #68.

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One of the more fascinating processes to watch in a winery is the act of bottling the wine, arguably the last step before the vintner bids goodbye to what quite literally were the fruit of his labor. Although the process is highly automated, there are many complexities involved – plus, there is a great deal to watch.

Join us as we visit with Martin Clubb at this Walla Walla, Washington winery and see first hand what the process is all about.

For More Info on L’Ecole Nº 41 Winery: www.lecole.com/

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L’Ecole No. 41 – Part I

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Welcome to our video podcast: L’Ecole N 41 – Part I – Video Show #67.

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Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson in Walla Wall, Washington, the L’Ecole Nº 41 winery is now owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. So, where did they get a name like that? Well, L’Ecole Nº 41 is French for “the school” and it is located in district number 41. Built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine, and was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts. By the 1860s, nurseries, vineyards and winemaking had become a part of the regions’ growing economy.

Practicing sustainable farming, non-interventionist practices in the winery, L’Ecole is currently producing about 30,000 cases annually of Semillon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Apogee & Perigee, and Syrah. Join us as we visit with Martin Clubb in the vineyard, to see what sustainable farming is all about.

For More Info on L’Ecole Nº 41 Winery: www.lecole.com/

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Santa Margarita Ranch: A New AVA?

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Welcome to our video podcast: Santa Margarita Ranch: A New AVA? – Video Show #66.

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On California’s Central Coast, half-way between the mision sites of San Luis Obispo and San Miguel, the Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the only vineyard in the vicinity. It is nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range, yet near the coast where Franciscan missionaries first grew grapes here more than 200 years ago.

While the peaks are the most conspicuous evidence of the area’s geologic history, Margarita Vineyard is rich with other sights that exemplify the diversity of its terroir, including rolling hills, dramatic outcroppings and petrified oyster shells. In fact, the vineyard could be viewed as a hybrid of the cooler Edna Valley to the south and warmer climate of Paso Robles to the north. It has inland sheltering from the surrounding mountains, yet is merely 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Join us as Jay, Mark and I visit the Santa Margarita Ranch, and literally dig into the vineyard to see why this historic site is so unique.

For More Info on Ancient Peaks Winery: www.ancientpeaks.com/

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