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2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin

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Founded in Beaune in 1880, Joseph Drouhin was an enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region at the age of 22, and settled in Beaune. His son Maurice succeeded him and began to establish a vineyard domaine for the House, purchasing land in some outstanding appellations such as Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot.

Robert Drouhin succeeded Maurice in 1957, and gave the domaine its present size, acquiring many vineyards, especially in Chablis where he was able to recognize the true potential. He was one of the first in Burgundy to introduce “culture raisonnée” (doing away with pesticides and other chemicals) and to build a laboratory of enology run by Laurence Jobard, the very first woman enologist in Burgundy.

Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric are Robert and Françoise Drouhin’s four children, and all work in the family business. Join us as we listen to Frédéric explain the history and the wines of this famous Burgundian domaine.

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World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

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Show #422
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The Wines of Chile – with Viña Ventisquero

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Ventisquero began making wine in 2000. With estate-owned vineyards in Chile’s major wine producing areas: Coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Leyda and Colchagua, along with extensive research into Chile’s terroir, Viña Ventisquero seeks to produce high quality wines and consistently made wines.

The winery is led by a young, creative team of entrepreneurs who are creating distinctive, high quality wines. Under the guidance of head winemaker Felipe Tosso, the winery was built in the Coastal Maipo Valley, where grapes for our first wines were produced. Three years later, they ventured into the Casablanca Valley and the prestigious Apalta Valley, the source today for Viña Ventisquero’s premium wines.

Join us as we talk with Felipe Tosso, Chief Winemaker for Viña Ventisquero, about the differences in Chilean terroir and Felipe’s approach to winemaking.

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Viña Ventisquero: www.vinaventisquero.com/

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Show #421
(52:04 min 50.0 MB)

2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

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Part 2 of a seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir that takes us through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. In a “March Madness” motif, moderator Don Kinnan has attendees taste the wines blind, one region against the other.

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a wealth of information about the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits.

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World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #420
(58:30 min 56.2 MB)

2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 1

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In Part 1 of this seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir, Don Kinnan takes us on a taste test through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions, “March Madness style with one region pitted against the other. Which region will be the seminar’s favorites? Who cares. It’s ALL Burgundy!

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a closer look at the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #419
(1:21:23 min 78.1 MB)

Chêne Bleu – with Nicole Rolet

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Straddling the corners of four appellations in the Vaucluse area of southeastern France, Chêne Blue made a bold decision deciding to step outside of the AOC system in order to achieve their goal of producing high quality wines. With a southern latitude, in line with Gigondas, and high altitude (more northern and similar to Condrieu), Chêne Bleu almost literally has “one foot in the southern Rhône and one foot in the northern Rhône.” Being outside of the AOC system means the wines are often given broader geographic boundaries, such as Vin de Pays, Vaucluse or AOC Ventoux.

The Chêne Bleu project has utmost respect for the history, heritage and tradition of the land (they are in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Here, forest intermingles with vineyards, giving the wines a true sense of place.

Join us as we talk with Nicole Rolet about the challenges and Chêne Bleu’s efforts to resurrect an ancient property, and produce exceptional wines while balancing themselves between the Southern Rhône and the Northern Rhône.

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Chêne Bleu: www.chenebleu.com/

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Show #418
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Riesling Update

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There has been a lot of hype about how the 2015 vintage has been stupendous for the Riesling grape. Never before have the stars aligned so perfectly as in 2015. Yes, yes, we’ve heard all of this hoopla before. But, all kidding aside, the word on the street, the boulevard, and the highway is that THIS is the vintage to back up the truck and go deep in Rieslings!

Join us as we sit down with the winex.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to talk about some of the past vintages, along with what we can expect from the 2015 Rieslings from Germany, Alsace, and Austria.

BTW, we’d like to give a shout-out and thank you to Richard Thomas in Texas whose request was an inspiration for this show.

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Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #417
(46:13 min 44.4 MB)

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Where’s the Beef? – with Bryan Flannery

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Whether it’s steaks, ribs or burgers, in the world of fine cuts of meat, the name Flannery has been a leader in the field. Bryan Flannery Sr., established Bryans Quality Meats within an independent grocery store on California Street in San Francisco in 1963. Still in operation and run by sons Peter and Terry, Bryans Quality Meats has become known as the best butcher in the west. Meanwhile, Bryan Flannery Jr., separated from the family business and launched Flannery Beef.

So, how’s your beef quotient? Join us as we talk with Bryan Flannery Jr. about the recent history of raising and grading beef, its various cuts, and Flannery Beef’s philosophy in the ever-changing meat purveyor business.

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Flannery Beef: www.flannerybeef.com/

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Show #416
(1:07:01 min 64.4 MB)

The Wines of Puglia – with Castello Monaci

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Castello Monaci is located in Puglia’s Salento region, on the “heel of the boot” that is Italy. In this emerging region, Castello Monaci is a benchmark producer crafting wines with the unique characters of Southern Italy’s indigenous grapes Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. The region of Puglia is drenched in the most intense sunlight in all of Italy tempered only by nearby Mediterranean Sea that provides constant, cooling maritime winds.

The Castello Monaci estate is housed in a 16th century castle with medieval foundations once run by Basiliani monks who maintained a long winemaking tradition. Lina Memmo, whose family has owned the estate since the 19th century, and husband Vitantonio Seracca, currently own the property.

The cellars are surrounded by over 350 acres of vineyards with additional acreage planted to experimental plantings of white varietals near Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea. Each vineyard parcel is cultivated, harvested and vinified separately in small tanks. These are wines disegnati dal sole, or ‘crafted by the sun.’

Join us as we talk with Luigi Seracca about Castello Monaci, and the wines of Puglia.

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Castello Monaci: www.castellomonaci.it/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Show #415
(43:24 min 41.7 MB)

Siduri Wines – with Adam Lee

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Adam Lee and Dianna Novy left their native Texas and moved to the Sonoma County wine country. They spent years working at small, family-owned wineries and using any and all free time learning everything they could about growing grapes and making wine.

They made their first Siduri Pinot Noir—named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine—in borrowed facilities, sleeping on cots to monitor the wine around the clock. With the boldness that comes from being new and eager, Adam delivered a bottle of their 1994 Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir to a local hotel after hearing that wine critic Robert Parker was staying there. Parker loved the wine, gave it a great review, and Siduri was off.

Please join us as we talk with Adam about how he got started in the wine business, the founding of Siduri, how he handles fruit from as many as 23 different locations, and of course the recent sale to Jackson Family Wines.

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Siduri Wines: www.siduri.com

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #414
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The Wines of Montalcino – with Le Chiuse Estate

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Located in the north of Montalcino, the Le Chiuse estate lies on the north-east hillside of Montosoli, at about 300 meters elevation, and includes a total of 7ha of vineyards all planted to Sangiovese Grosso. Le Chiuse played a key role in the vineyard holdings of the legendary Biondi-Santi family since the late 18th Century when they used these vineyards for their Riserva bottling.

Handed down, generation to generation the current owner, Simonetta Valiani is the great granddaughter of Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Simonetta regained full ownership of the property in 1993 when she decided to produce her own wine under the label “Brunello Le Chiuse” with her husband, Nicolò Magnelli and their son, Lorenzo. Until then, the vineyards were rented to her uncle, Franco Biondi-Santi, still used for their Riserva bottling.

Join us as we talk with Lorenzo Magnelli about Montalcino, the Le Chiuse estate, and of course the Brunellos.

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Le Chiuse Wines: www.aziendaagricolalechiuse.it/

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Show #413
(49:03 min 47.1 MB)

2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Southern Charm: the Pinots of New Zealand

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This seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir features the winemakers from five New Zealand estates discussing the topography, geography, and growing conditions in some of the different regions of New Zealand – Waipara Valley, Central Otago, North Canterbury, and Marlborough.

Join us as we listen to Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine monitor this fascinating seminar, featuring the Pinots of Greystone (known as Grey’s Peak in the U.S.), Maori Point, Mt. Beautiful, Mt. Difficulty, and Villa Maria.

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World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #412
(01:10:16 min 67.5 MB)

Bordeaux Update

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Each year, about this time, the Bordelais begin releasing the prices for the latest or current vintage, thus offering the wine for sale as “futures.” This is usually the optimum time to buy the wine at its lowest price – with some caveats of course.

First, the wine won’t be released or delivered for another 18-24 months, so your money is tied up while awaiting your product. OTOH, you’re probably not going to drink it right away anyway, so where’s the harm.

Also, if the wine critics don’t score the wine well, there is a chance the original futures price may actually be higher than when the wine is released. So, doing your homework about the specific appellations within Bordeaux is an absolute necessity – that is, if you want to make successful purchases. OTOH, you can usually get expert advice from your trusted wine store.

So, join us as we sit down with the winex.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to talk about some of past vintages, along with what we can expect from the 2015 wines from Bordeaux.

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Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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Show #411
(42:24 min 40.7 MB)

Wineries of Sonoma County – with Kosta Browne

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“It was just two of us, we didn’t know what we were getting into.” So begins the “Stories” section on the Kosta Browne website – and, probably the most understated of all winery start-up declarations. Today, as any competent pinophile knows, Kosta Browne is one of the most envied AND revered pinot producers in California. But, how’d they get that way? Well, therein lies our story.

Join us as we talk with Dan Kosta about Kosta Browne’s history and the future of one of the most successful starts in the wine business.

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Kosta Browne: www.kostabrowne.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #410
(55:16 min 53.1 MB)

Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Concannon Vineyard

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In 1883, with no prior knowledge of wine, much less wine growing, Irish immigrant James Concannon decided to plant a vineyard in the Livermore Valley, south of San Francisco. Importing Cabernet vines from Bordeaux’s Château Margaux, plans called for making sacramental wines, something that would see the family operation through the lean years of prohibition.

Years later, in 1965, his grandson Jim collaborated with UC Davis in selecting cuttings from one of those vines for heat treatment. These dynamic, virus-resistant vines later became known as Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11 and played a major role in helping California Cabernet achieve international recognition. Today, it is estimated that 80% of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon is planted with the Concannon Clones.

Join us as we talk with John Concannon about the history of Concannon Vineyard, the Livermore region, and how they’ve managed to become the longest family-run winery in California.

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Concannon Vineyard: www.concannonvineyard.com/

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Show #409
(50:06 min 48.1 MB)

The Wines of Sicily – with Tenuta Rapitalà

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Rapitalà, which translates to “Beautiful Garden of God”, lies between the towns of Camporeale and Alcamo, in the northwest corner of Sicily. In 1968, French count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, married Gigi Guarrasi, a descendant of a great family from Palermo. Together, they embarked on the renovation of the cellars and vineyards of the Guarrasi family’s Tenuta Rapitalà, an estate that had been destroyed by the Belice Valley earthquake of 1968. Today, the work started by Hugues and Gigi, is carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion.

The 555 acre vineyard slope that is Tenuta Rapitalà is characterized by gentle, undulating hills that start at 985 feet above sea level and gently climb to 1.965 feet above sea level that alternate between clay and sand.

Join us as we talk with Laurent de la Gatinais about the geography, the wines, and the history of Sicily.

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Tenuta Rapitala: tenuta-rapitala

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Show #408
(38:08 min 36.6 MB)

Spirits from China – Baijiu

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Most people are familiar with distilled spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, and the like. However, there is a customary spirit from China that you may not be familiar with – Baijiu. Traditionally, baijiu was used to celebrate important events and welcome newcomers. Today, baijiu is a symbol for diplomacy and a way to celebrate life. It is consumed during celebratory situations as well as for casual daily consumption.

Baijiu has a verifiable history of over 600 hundred years, but a variety of historical records indicate that it has been central to the Chinese culture for much longer. Some scholars suggest that elements of what makes baijiu today have been in existence for over 2000 years.

Join us as we talk with (and sip with) Business Development Director Yuan Liu from CNS Imports, who will take us through this incredibly different beverage.

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CNS Imports: www.cnsimports.com/

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Show #407
(43:21 min 41.6 MB)

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Wineries of Anderson Valley – with Foursight Wines

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Located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, Anderson Valley is about two hours north of San Francisco. The valley is about 16 miles long, ranging from less than 1/2 mile to about 1-1/2 miles wide, and is home to a unique group of vineyards and wineries working in Region 1 conditions – the coolest area where grapes can be commercially grown.

Here, 10-15 miles from the ocean, the days are warm and sunny while the nights and mornings are often cool and foggy. Winter lows can be in the 20’s or 30’s while summer highs can reach into the 80’s to 100’s. It is surrounded on three sides by rolling hills and low mountains (2,000 to 3,000 feet in elevation) and opens to the Pacific Ocean via the Navarro River canyon.

The fruit sources for Foursight Wines is the family’s Charles Vineyard. Established in 2001 by William and Nancy Charles, Charles Vineyard is located just southeast of the town of Boonville and is planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Join us as we talk with Foursight winemaker Joe Webb about how he got started in wine, and his philosophy of making wines in the cool reaches of Mendocino County.

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Foursite Wines: www.foursitewines.com/

Anderson Valley Wines: www.avwines.com/

PinotFile reviews of Foursite Wines: www.princeofpinot.com/

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Show #406
(46:08 min 44.3 MB)

The Wines of Hungary – with Royal Tokaji

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Tokaji is the world’s original sweet white wine. Historically the wine and the region were called Tokay or even Tokai in English but the wine is more correctly referred to as Tokaji and the region as Tokaj. The Tokaji wine region also has the distinction of being the first in Europe to be classified.

At the end of the 17th century, Tokaji aszú wines were so well regarded throughout the Courts of Europe that Prince Rakoczi insisted on a classification of the finest vineyards around the 28 villages in the region into: Great First Growths, First Growths, Second Growths and Third Growths.

Moving forward in time, in 1993, Ben Howkins joined forces with Hugh Johnson, the world’s most published wine author, and Peter Vinding-Diers, a Danish-born Bordeaux winemaker, to found Royal Tokaji — the first non-Hungarian company to invest in the region. Royal Tokaji is a founding member of the Tokaji Renaissance, dedicated to re-establishing Tokaji aszú as one of the world’s greatest wines.

Join us as we talk with Ben about Tokaji – the region, the wine, and the history.

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Royal Tokaji: www.royal-tokaji.com/

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Show #405
(51:42 min 49.7 MB)

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