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Wineries of the Sonoma Coast – Chamboulé

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Almost inexplicably, wine people will try to compare the qualities of California pinot noir with that of Burgundy. It seems innocent enough to refer to a pinot from the New World as “Burgundian,” however the two regions are literally world’s apart, and comparisons are always wanting. And yet, there are innumerable winemakers, nee vignerons, attempting to turn out the best pinot noir that California can deliver, all in a dutiful effort to pay homage to the grape’s original source. Nevertheless, we do admire the intent, as well as applaud those making the effort to achieve a seemingly unreachable goal.

Chamboulé is the meeting of two minds from completely different origins (Canada vs. Sonoma County), yet with strikingly similar, indeed Burgundian, backgrounds. Meet François Morissette and Matt Taylor, both with stints in Burgundy, and both with their collective eyes on making the best pinot that the California Sonoma Coast can deliver.

Join us as we talk with François and Matt about the culmination of their experiences leading up to Chamboulé, and why they’re understandably excited about their venture.

For more info:
Chamboulé: chamboule.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Napa Valley – with Odette Estate Winery

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With their purchase of the Steltzner vineyard in 2012, the PlumpJack Group added the Odette Estate Winery to their portfolio. Although the Steltzner Vineyard’s first vintage was 1977, the vineyard was planted in 1965, making it the second vineyard planted to Cabernet in the District (after Nathan Fay).

Extensive work to both the vineyard as well as the production and hospitality facilities have been made, and the vineyards are now organically farmed.

Join us as we talk with winemaker Jeff Owens, about Napa Valley, the Stags Leap District, “green” wineries, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Odette Estate Winery: odetteestate.com/

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

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The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

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“Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. In the cellar, the winery employs single-variety vinification. Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, and the final selection of the wines is done only after a period of barrel aging in French oak.

Join us as we talk with Elena Pozzolini, winemaker and CEO at Tenuta Sette Cieli, about this young property – one that critic Antonio Galloni feels has a very bright future.

For more info:

Tenuta Sette Cieli: tenutasettecieli.com/

Wilson Daniels/Tenuta Sette Cieli: www.wilsondaniels.com/our-portfolio/tenuta-sette-cieli

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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Château Angelus – with Hubert de Boüard and the Commanderie de Bordeaux

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Winegrowing is in Hubert de Boüard’s genes. He grew up surrounded by his family’s vines at Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, and his father bought him his first pair of secateurs, when he was 7, so he could go out and prune the vines.

The estate has been owned by the Boüard de Laforest family since the Domaine de Mazaret was bequeathed to Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest in 1909, and expanded by the acquisition of Clos de L’Angélus in 1926 and a plot from Château Beau-Séjour Bécot in 1969. The name refers to the three Angelus bells audible from the vineyards.

In 1985, Hubert took over the family estate at Angélus. After years of relentless hard work, Hubert’s efforts were rewarded in 1996 when Château Angélus was given the rank First Great Classified Growth. Then in 2012, the Classification confirmed the rank of First Great Classified Growth, and added the distinction “A”.

Today, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest is also the current President of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux (GCVB) and serves as the world Grand Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux at headquarters in Bordeaux.

Our additional guest is Angus Smith, Grand Maitre of the US chapter of the Commanderie du Bordeaux. Angus grew up in the north of England before leaving for a career in finance that took him all over the world, before finally settling in Philadelphia.

Join us as we talk with Hubert de Boüard de Laforest about the generations of work behind Château Angelus. We’ll also talk with Angus Smith about the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and its members’ affection for the wines of Brodeaux.

For more info:

Château Angelus: angelus.com/

Commanderie de Bordeaux: commanderie.org/

Sponsor: Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

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