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Thomas Rivers Brown

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Thomas Rivers Brown (or TRB to the Internet denizens) is one of the most well-know young winemakers today in the Napa Valley. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, Thomas developed his first interest in wine – a Burgundy, of course – while studying at the University of Virginia.

Expanding his new found attraction, Thomas traveled to France several times per year, and after leaving college, found himself working in Calistoga, still pursuing his fascination with wine. Fortune smiled broadly, and Thomas found himself in just the right place to become the first assistant hired by Ehren Jordan at Turley in the late 1990s. From here, it was just a matter of time until his natural talent came to light.

In 2008, Thomas made history as the youngest winemaker to score not just one, but two perfect “100 point” scores from Robert M. Parker’s, The Wine Advocate, for the 2006 Schrader “Old Sparky” and 2006 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignons. In the 30-year history of The Wine Advocate, this is the first time two Cabernets from the same producer in the same vintage have received two perfect scores.

Today, Thomas consults at Schrader, Outpost, Maybach, Chiarello, Diamond Terrace, GTS (Tom Seaver’s label), Casa Piena, Harris Estate, Jones Family, Wallis, Round Pond, and Black-Sears, all of this, in addition to managing his own label, Rivers-Marie (the name is an amalgamation of the middle names of he and his wife Genevieve).

Join us as we talk with Thomas about his start in winemaking, his philosophies on wine and wine people, and his outlook for the future of wine.

To find out more information:

Rivers Marie: www.riversmarie.com

Sponsor – Office of Champagne USA: www.champagne.us

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BBQ and Wine

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When people think of BBQ, or smoked meats, or even backyard grilling, the thought of pairing the food with wine is understandably not the first thing to cross their minds. Given the various kinds of wood available to cook or smoke the food, as well as many types of sauces and rubs used to prepare the food, it would seem to be a daunting task to find a wine that would pair well with the final dishes. A few obvious wines probably come to mind: Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache or Mourvedre.
But, likely as not, many people will not even try to find a match, preferring to roll out the beer instead. Well, it really doesn’t have to be that way. You just might be able to have your “Que,” and your wine too!

Join us as we talk with Craig Adcock, of Overland Park, Kansas’ Bellyup Bar-B-Que, about all that flavorful food, and the wines that will indeed match up to the task.

To find out more information:

Bellyup Bar-B-Que: www.bellyupbbq.com

Sponsor- Pinpoint Tech, Mailing Lists www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Esser Vineyards and Wine Marketing

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Welcome to our video podcast: Esser Vineyards – Video Show #71.

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German-born Manfred Esser began his wine career as a salesman for a large European winery. In 1974, he came to the United States to build a wine import and marketing business. Esser joined Napa Valley’s Cuvaison Winery as President in 1986 and, in a little over 10 years, made it one of the most successful estates in the industry. His unique approach to converting customers into “company ambassadors” set an industry standard for client relations.

Manfred is widely known as a wine-marketing expert and specialist in creating “Customer Loyalty.” In fact, he coined the phrase “Guilt Marketing” – a concept where “you treat your customers so well, that you create a sense of obligation to come back to your product or service and, even more than that, actually become Ambassadors for your company.”

Having achieved success at Cuvaison, Esser sold his partnership in 1998. Continuing to live in Napa Valley, Manfred Esser introduced the Esser Vineyards portfolio of four California appellation wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, in order to create “consumer-friendly California wines.”

Join us as we visit with Manfred to hear his philosophical take on wine and wine marketing.

For More Info on Esser Vineyards: www.esservineyards.com

The sponsor of this video is North Berkeley Imports: www.northberkeleyimports.com

The Economy and Wine

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What impact has the worst economic recession since the 1930’s had on the world wine trade and on US wine consumption? Have US consumers changed their wine drinking habits because of the current recession? Or is wine truly recession-proof?

Join us, as Ted Burns and Brian Clark discuss wine and the economy with two leading experts in the business of wine, Cyril Penn and Danny Brager. Cyril Penn is editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly, a publication with the largest circulation of any wine trade publication in North America. Danny Brager, Vice President at The Nielsen Company, is the Group Client Director for the Beverage Alcohol Team at Nielsen.

To find out more information:

Wine Business: www.winebusiness.com

The Nielsen Company: www.nielsen.com

Sponsor- Champagne US: www.champagne.us

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