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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/

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Show #410
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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
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Maison Ilan – with Ray Walker

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Back in 2009, we spent some time talking to a young man from California who was headed to Burgundy to make wine …or more properly stated, to make Burgundy! Ray Walker has now been making wines in Nuits-Saint-Georges for the last seven vintages under his label, Maison Ilan. So, we thought we’d check in with Ray to have him reflect back on the wide ranging experiences he’s encountered, both the ups and the downs of making wine in France, and apparently more formidable, selling and delivering that wine to consumers in many countries, including the U.S.

Join us as we talk with Ray about Maison Ilan, the pitfalls he’s experienced, and how he views the future of his label.

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Maison Ilan: www.maisonilan.com/

Maison Ilan Store: store.maison-ilan.com/

Initial GrapeRadio.com interview with Ray Walker: “Young Winemaker Making the Leap to Burgundy”

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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Wines of Domaine Marc Roy

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This seminar from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir is the perfect bookend to the “Latitudes and Longitudes” seminar, where we heard from Pinot producers from around the world. This time, we’re back to the “homeland” of Pinot Noir – France’s Burgundy region, and specifically the wines of Domaine Marc Roy in Gevrey-Chambertin.

Join us as we listen to Jancis Robinson speak with vigneron Alexandrine Roy, of Burgundy’s Domaine Marc Roy, about the vineyards and wines from recent vintages of this famed Gevrey-Chambertin producer.

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

Jancis Robinson: www.jancisrobinson.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #401
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The Many Shades of Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir seems to be grown almost everywhere these days. Of course, we’re all familiar with Pinot from its ancestral home in Burgundy, as well as those from California, and of course Oregon. But, have you ever had Pinot from South Africa? Or, how about Pinot from Germany?

Given the many shades of Pinot, we’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the wines from various regions to smell and taste what there is alike about them, and how they differ from one another.

So, join us as we sit down with the winex.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to taste and talk about some of these wines. We think you’ll find that some assumptions may not ring true.

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Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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Show #400
(55:31 min 53.3 MB)

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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Latitudes & Longitudes

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Originating from the Burgundy region of France, the pinot noir grape seems to have literally gotten a toehold in every corner of the globe. And, clonal material aside, it is the same grape that has been transplanted to these other climes. So, how does a reputedly fussy grape deal with the various climates and geology? And, how and why do the wines taste differently from each other? We’re glad you asked.

Join us as we listen to Jancis Robinson moderating a discussion by Pinot producers from around the world, as they describe their differing terroir and growing this “heartbreak grape.”

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

Jancis Robinson: www.jancisrobinson.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #399
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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Gevrey-Chambertin vs Vosne Romanée

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The wines of Burgundy always elicit emotions – and frequently more than just the aromas and the flavors. In this seminar from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir, the two presenters conduct a mock trial to determine which of two Côte de Nuits powerhouses has the better wines. The case of Gevrey-Chambertin vs. Vosne Romanée will be determined by the jury (the audience, in this case). Unlike the result of most trials, despite the outcome, there’s really no loser here. It’s ALL Burgundy!

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan and Nick Poletto argue their respective cases for ‘who is best – Gevrey-Chambertin or Vosne Romanée?’

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World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #397
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Wineries of Oregon – with Brooks Winery

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Brooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Portland native, Jimi Brooks. Like most of his counterparts in Oregon, Jimi had a pioneering spirit that carried through to his love of life and winemaking. Sadly, Jimi passed away in 2004 from an aortic aneurism.

In the aftermath of such tragedy, it speaks volumes for the Oregon wine community’s generosity and friendship that they approached Jimi’s sister, Janie Brooks Heuck, to ask her to take over the helm of the winery and continue Jimi’s legacy. In fact, the Brooks’ were one of the subjects of the recent film, American Wine Story: “After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends the story of Brooks with other tales of risk and reinvention in the American Wine Industry.”

Join us as we talk with Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director, about the love of family and community and its role in carrying on Jimi’s legacy for Brooks Winery.

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Brooks Winery: brookswine.com/
American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #395
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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Wines of The Côte Chalonnaise

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One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “lost” appellations and villages. One of these appellations is the Côte Chalonnaise. These wines are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile bottles for special occasions.

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

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

2015 Côte Chalonnaise Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Côte Chalonnaise Seminar

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Show #394
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The Art and Science of Wine

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Is wine more art than science, or vice versa? Arguably, it takes both art AND science to create and deliver the optimum wine-drinking experience. So, we were quite pleased when both these gentlemen came to the studio to talk with us about their winemaking efforts. Coming from different backgrounds (wine vs. food science), each brings a uniquely different approach to “assembling” a final wine.

Join us as we get our geek on about wine with Anthony Weytjens and Alexandre Remy. In addition to the great discussion, maybe we’ll even find out if a wine can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Agnitio Wines: agnitiowines.com/

Concept Wine Group: atlaswineco.com/

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Show #390
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Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Talley Vineyards

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Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley.

During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 189 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Join us as we talk with Brian Talley about their iconic vineyards (Rincon, Rosemary’s, Oliver’s), and what it’s like to continue a California legacy.

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Talley Vineyards: www.talleyvineyards.com

A past visit to Talley Vineyards: www.grape-nutz.com/visits/cc/04_09/journal.html#talley

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Show #389
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Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

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It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest to make great Pinot Noir in Oregon. It was a daring risk at the time, as the Pacific Northwest was not known to be a place to grow Pinot Noir. However, Dick and Nancy felt the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for Pinot Noir. Cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

In 2012, winemaker Luisa Ponzi and sister Maria Ponzi continued in their parents’ footsteps by taking the reins as the winery’s owners and operators. Join us as we talk with Maria Ponzi about what it was like to grow up around the family vineyard, go away to school and consider other careers, but ultimately decide to return to the roots of the family farm.

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Ponzi Vineyards: ponziwines.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #388
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Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

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Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards.

Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to sustain them through the summer. The site is planted with a mixture of Pinot Noir clones of 777, 828, 115, and Pommard. The vine spacing is high density with about 2,000 vines per acre, with one meter spacing between vines. The yield is less than 3 pounds per vine.

Today, there are two small vineyard blocks totaling just under five acres, and includes Lagrein, the Italian red grape variety native to the valleys of South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Join us as we talk with David de Lancellotti about the impetus for the project, and why pinot noir in Oregon. Plus, we’ll talk a little about Italian wines, as well.

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Formaglini Vineyards: formaglinivineyards.com/

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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Show #384
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Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

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The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, are films that inform us by documenting people’s experiences with growing, producing, or just drinking wine. The documentary, “American Wine Story” is a film that delves into the passion, the risk, the ingenuity, and the humanity involved in growing wine.

Join us as we talk with filmmaker David Baker about his film, “American Wine Story,” and his team’s efforts to capture, as David puts it “the story behind the bottle.”

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American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/

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Show #382
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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

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Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985.

The Clos des Ursules is a walled site within the Vignes Franches climat, at the southern end of Beaune’s group of Premier Cru vineyards near the commune boundary with Pommard. Being on the lower eastern side of the Montagne-Saint-Desire hill, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines here make the most of the morning and early afternoon sunshine in Burgundy’s marginal climate.

Join us as we hear from Frédéric Barnier about the Clos des Ursules climat, the various vintages he presented for tasting, and discussion of the past few “short” vintages in Burgundy.

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

GrapeRadio interview with Frédéric Barnier: www.graperadio.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #381
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The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

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‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne!

The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large Champagne houses, a small group of growers decided that they needed to launch their own Champagne label. The Champagne Jacquart brand was released for the first time in 1962, and the ‘Mosaïque’ label was chosen to represent the patchwork of grower families across the region, all joined together with a common vision. Champagne Jacquart is headquartered in the Hôtel du Brimont in Reims, a 19th century Art Nouveau listed building, situated on the Boulevard Lundy in between the houses of Krug and Roederer.

Join us as we talk with International Communications Manager Diane Gonzalez about the beverage, the region, and the Jacquart brand.

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Champagne Jacquart: www.champagne-jacquart.com/en

Sponsor: The Wine Club: www.thewineclub.com/

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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 1 – Oregon

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Pinot Noir’s homeland will always be in Burgundy, France. But, outside of Burgundy, is there actually a more “suited” place for growing and making world class Pinot Noir? Obviously, this is a subjective matter – one for which there may be no definitive answer. Why? Because, as we already know, every ounce of grape-growing soil is different – all across the globe. Pinot there, is not Pinot here. That being said, is there some hidden meaning in the preponderance of Burgundian visits made to Oregon? Or, how about the purchases of Oregon vineyard land by Burgundians? What’s up with that?

Listen in, and judge for yourself, as a panel of Oregon winemakers from the 2014 WOPN discuss their local their soils, processes, and thoughts for growing and producing the best Pinot Noir possible in the New World. Panelists include: Moderator – Katherine Cole, Robert brittan – Brittan Vnyds, Steve goff – Colene Clemens, Rebecca pittock-shouldis – Ghost Hill, James Fry – Trisaetum, Rajat parr – Evening Land, and Lynn Penner-Ash – Penner-Ash. We guarantee your first impulse will be to go out and buy some Oregon Pinots!

(Editor’s note: due to technical difficulties, the quality for the first 10 minutes of the seminar portion of the recording is poor. However, it does become resolved thereafter.)

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

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

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Located in the Occidental region of Sonoma County, the Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years. Charlie’s grandparents purchased the land in 1912, and Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples remained in production until their first Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. The family still maintains about 8 acres of apple orchard today.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Charlie began farming Heintz Ranch in 1984, and expanded the vineyards to include Pinot Noir and perhaps his personal favorite, Syrah. With a who’s who list of wineries like Littorai and Williams Selyem buying his grapes, Charlie Heintz couldn’t be prouder of his family’s accomplishments.

Join us as we talk with Charlie Heintz about viticulture and wine, and what it takes to be a premium winegrower.

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Charles Heintz Vineyards and Winery: www.heintzvineyards.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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