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Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Anaba Wines

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Anaba (“Anna-bah”) takes its name from the cool upward-flowing breezes called anabic winds that frequently stream through the estate Carneros vineyard during the warm summer months. Owner John Sweazey is thought to be the first vintner in Northern California to harness wind power to supplement power in his tasting room and storage facility.

The Director of Winemaking and Vineyard Operations, and the General Manager of Anaba is Jennifer Marion, a graduate of UC Davis who as been at Anaba since its launch. Join us as we talk with Jennifer about her multifaceted role at the winery and the Rhone and Burgundian varietals she crafts at Anaba. Along the way, the Grape Radio crew has quite a few laughs in this thoroughly enjoyable conversation.

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Anaba Wines: www.anabawines.com

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

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Wines of the West Sonoma Coast

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Situated along the California coastline, the vast Sonoma Coast AVA extends from the Sonoma County border with Napa in Carneros bordering on San Pablo Bay to Marin County and the Pacific Ocean 30 miles to the West, progressing north through Sonoma County and reaching its most northern limits at the Mendocino County border. It overlaps five other Sonoma County AVAs including the Sonoma part of Carneros, a sliver of Sonoma Valley, the western part of Chalk Hill, all of Green Valley, and most of the Russian River Valley.

The West Sonoma Coast unofficial subdivision extends roughly from Jenner in the South where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean to Annapolis in the North and from the beaches to 5 to 12 miles inland including the first three ridges of the Coastal Range of mountains, extending more easterly in the South to include Freestone, Occidental, Green Valley and Sebastopol Hills where the coastal ridges flatten out.

Join us as we talk about this unique area and its wines. In fact, open a bottle of Peay, Failla, Hirsch, Littorai, Freestone, Freeman, or Drew and join us in a glass!

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West Sonoma Coast: www.westsonomacoast.com/

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Meet Soliste Cellars – with Claude Koeberle

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Claude Koeberle is quite a fascinating study and has been called a “force of nature.” He is opinionated (“Many of California’s fruit-forward wines do not pair well with food”), devoted to Pinot Noir with religious fervor (“Cabernet Sauvignon is an evil weed”), and talkative. He could impress you with his culinary accomplishments (Apprenticed under Paul Bocuse and Alain Chappell, became the youngest 3 Star Michelin Chef in Paris, Chef at Ma Maison and L’Orangerie in Los Angeles, James Beard Award as a master chef, French Laundry partner, and one of the driving forces behind Creative Culinary Concepts, Inc., and K World Cuisine, Inc.), but he would rather talk at length about how he has taken old world (Burgundian) beliefs and applied them to produce wines with finesse and balance that work in harmony with fine cuisine.

Together with long time friend and business partner, Donald Plumley and their respective spouses, Claude started Soliste in 2005 with the release of a Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir. The name Soliste is derived from the special barrel or “soliste” that Burgundian winemakers reserve for their family and friends.

Join us as we talk with Claude Koeberle about his culinary career, and how it led him on a journey into wine.

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Soliste: www.soliste.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Up Close and Personal with Kosta Browne

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When Dan Kosta and Michael Browne created their eponymous label in 1997, they weren’t quite sure how long it would take to get it up and running. But, by the 2003 vintage everyone had dubbed them an “overnight success.” The movie Sideways was fueling the Pinot Noir craze, and Kosta Browne, with a waiting list to get on the mailing list, was certainly riding the crest of the wave.

In 2009, Dan, Michael and business partner Chris Costello were approached to sell a controlling interest to the Vincraft Group, Sonoma-based investment group. The offer – a reported $40 million! For guys who had pooled their tips as start-up money, the offer was literally too good to refuse. The agreement allowed some of the winery’s original investors, mostly friends and families, a chance to cash out their investments. As Executive winemaker, Michael would still oversee the winemaking, and it was not expected that business management or operations would change much.

However, one doesn’t build a brand without forming excellent business relationships. And, Dan and Michael were certainly adept at doing that very thing. Please join us, at one of seminars from the 2013 World of Pinot Noir, as we hear from Michael Browne, along with some of those very people without whom Michael freely admits, none of this would have been possible. Joining Michael are winegrowers Gary Pisoni and Dennis Koplen, with Fred Dame moderating – or, should we say, refereeing.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/
Kosta Browne Winery: www.kostabrowne.com/

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

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Wineries of Napa Valley – with Cakebread Cellars

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Over 40 years ago, when Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book, he casually mentioned to some family friends in Rutherford that he was interested in one day owning a vineyard. Returning home that afternoon, his phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer. Thus, Cakebread Cellars was born.

Their first vintage, 157 cases of 1973 Chardonnay, was sold to Groezinger’s Wine Shop in Yountville. He in turn sold the wine to a small audience of premium wine drinkers who primarily drove up from the Bay Area on weekends to visit the country. Back then, “Two or three cars an hour would be on the road and we would all stop and look to see who was coming,” recalls patriarch Jack Cakebread. Today, traffic is about 30 cars-a-minute as it seems the world comes to visit Napa Valley, and brothers Bruce and Dennis Cakebread pretty much run the show.

Join us as we talk with Bruce and Dennis about their 40 years in the Napa Valley. We’ll hear about the early days, and what it takes to stay on top of their game in Cabernet-land.

For more info:
Cakebread Cellars: www.cakebread.com/
Dancing Bear Ranch: www.dancingbearranchred.com/

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

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Go West Young Man – with Jean-Charles Boisset

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Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine. His parents, Jean-Claude and Claudine, had founded the family winery in 1961 in one of the most traditional winegrowing regions in the world – the village of Vougeot, in Burgundy. Born in a room above the family cellars, he grew up within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du Clos Vougeot. His involvement began early, accompanying his grandfather to the vineyards, playing in the barrel rooms and, as a teen, working several summers in the winery and cellars.

Jean-Charles completed his studies at the University of London, and moved to the U.S. for graduate studies in business and finance. He soon began work with Boisset’s American operation, and successfully developed a domestic portfolio of wines, while building a sales and marketing arm for the U.S. and Canada. He then joined the family management team back in Burgundy as Vice-President, and began to expand the Boisset holdings to become the third largest wines-and-spirits concern in France. He also ramped up the quality level by focusing on small-production wines from vineyards with very low yields that relied on organic or biodynamic farming methods.

However, having been exposed to American culture at a young age by both his parents and grandparents, Jean-Charles headed West again – ultimately to the vineyards of California. Continuing his search for premium New World terroir for Pinot Noir, Boisset added DeLoach Vineyards to its portfolio in 2003, followed by the 2009 purchase of Raymond Vineyards, and the 2011 purchase of Buena Vista Winery. The family had now also firmly planted their roots in California. Today, the Boisset family collection includes wineries that share more than 18 centuries of combined winemaking heritage and tradition in some of the world’s most prestigious terroirs, from Burgundy to the South of France, and to California’s Napa Valley and Russian River Valley. As if this weren’t enough, Jean-Charles would also find amour, marrying Gina Gallo in 2009, thus creating an immediate royal wine-family.

Join us as we talk with the charming and ebullient Jean-Charles, President of Boisset Family Estates, about his affection for California, his many wine innovations, and all things wine and philosophy.

For more info: Boisset Family Estates: www.boissetfamilyestates.com

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2012 Pinot Days, Producer Interviews – Part 3

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We continue with our visit to Pinot Days in San Francisco, from June 2012. We consider this to be one of the “must-go” wine festivals each year for wine lovers. Concentrating exclusively on Pinot Noir, there are over 150 individual producers and trade groups from overseas represented at Pinot Days event. Most wineries were from California, covering nearly every Pinot region in the state. In addition, there were also a number of Oregon wineries as well as some small contingents from Burgundy, Germany, and New Zealand. This year, we rounded up 14 producers – small and large – to spend some time with us discussing all things Pinot.

Join us for Part 3 of 3, as we talk with: Brian Vais of Bailiwick, Clare Carver of Big Table Farm, Chad Richard of Furthermore, Jon Grant of Couloir, and Trey Fletcher of Bien Nacido Vineyards/Solomon Hills Vineyard.

For more info: Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

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2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or, Part 2

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Want to learn more about Burgundy? Well, there’s a seminar for that! In fact, this is the 2nd of two parts. You’ll be pleased to hear that the 2013 World of Pinot Noir presented a very nice and detailed glimpse of the region that you’re bound to find informative. We’ve broken it into two parts for easy listening.

Join us as we listen to Part 2 of Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or. Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor for the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program, resumes his in-depth seminar on the wines, soils, climate and history of the Côte d’Or. Don begins discussing the Côte de Nuits and the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee. Then for the Côte de Beaune, Don focuses in on Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, and Puligny-Montrachet.

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

Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Burgundy Seminar

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

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2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or, Part 1

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Want to learn more about Burgundy? Well, there’s a seminar for that! You’ll be pleased to hear that the 2013 World of Pinot Noir presented a very nice and detailed glimpse of the region that you’re bound to find informative.

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor for the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program, as he presents an in-depth seminar on the wines, soils, climate and history of the Côte d’Or. Don begins discussing the Côte de Nuits and the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee. Then for the Côte de Beaune, Don focuses in on Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, and Puligny-Montrachet – all, in Part 1 of Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or.

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

Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Burgundy Seminar

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

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A Walk Through Burgundy

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Allen Meadows is probably the most followed and well-known enthusiast and reviewer of the wines of Burgundy. Owner and author of the popular quarterly publication Burghound, Allen has been visiting the Burgundy region of France since 1979, when, after finishing graduate school, he decided to “give himself a gift” and travel to Europe. Allen got more than he bargained for, as his early interest turned first to fascination and finally to admiration and love for Pinot Noir and the wines of Burgundy.

Join us for this talk by Allen Meadows, recorded at the 2012 International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), held at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. IPNC is considered to be one of the premiere annual Pinot events held world-wide. For this tour through vineyards of Chambolle-Musigny, Echézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vougeot, Allen’s guest panelists include winemakers Bertrand Ambroise of Maison Ambroise, Grégory Gouges of Domaine Henri Gouges, Jacques Lardière of Maison Louis Jadot and Philippe & Vincent Lécheneaut of Domaine Lécheneaut.

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Allen Meadows’ Burghound: www.burghound.com/

IPNC: www.ipnc.org

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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In Pursuit of Balance – 2013, Los Angeles

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In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) was co-founded in 2011 by Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and RN74 restaurants, and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards. Their purpose was to assemble a small group of like-minded wine producers they felt were “…striving to produce balanced pinot noir and chardonnay in California…non-manipulation in the cellar, and the promotion of the fundamental varietal characteristics which make pinot noir and chardonnay great – subtlety, poise and the ability of these grapes to serve as profound vehicles for the expression of terroir.”

The subjectivity of “balance” in wines has been a hot, even controversial, topic over the past few years, especially with the generally acknowledged perception that both ripeness and alcohols have been increasing in many wines. As a contrast to this apparent trend, IPOB’s desire involves “…seeking a different direction with their wines, both in the vineyard and the winery.”

Currently at 28 member wineries, IPOB seminars and tastings have been conducted in San Francisco and now Los Angeles, and primarily aimed at media and those in the wine-buying business. We were fortunate to attend the first Los Angeles event (which included an evening consumer tasting), held in February. Join us as we spend some time talking with co-founders Rajat Parr and Jasmine Hirsch, as well as producers Jamie Kutch (Kutch Wines), and Ehren Jordan (Failla Wines).

For more info:

In Pursuit of Balance: www.inpursuitofbalance.com/
Sandhi Wines: www.sandhiwines.com/
Hirsch Vineyards: www.hirschvineyards.com/
Kutch Wines: www.kutchwines.com/
Failla Wines: www.faillawines.com/

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2012 World of Pinot Noir – It’s The People

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As with most wine events, it often comes down to the people – the producers and those behind the scenes – that make attending an event like the World of Pinot Noir both fun and interesting. And, while it’s always nice to taste the wines from artisan producers, it can be challenging to find the opportunity to actually talk with them – especially during a busy tasting. So, we really enjoy sharing our interviews with them, getting the “back story” and finding out more about the people who make these wines. And while we’re at it, it’s almost as fascinating to get a look behind the curtain, to hear what kind of dedication it takes to plan and organize events such as these.

Join us as we hear from Kerith Overstreet of Bruliam Wines, Joe Wagner of Belle Glos and Meiomi Wines, and Karen Steinwachs, President of the Board of Directors for the World of Pinot Noir.

For More Info:

Bruliam Winery: www.bruliamwines.com
Belle Glos Wines: www.belleglos.com
Meiomi Wines: www.meiomiwines.com

For more info: 2013 World of Pinot Noir: www.wopn.com

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2012 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Natural Winemaking

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Natural winemaking – yet another hot button topic over the past couple of years, was discussed in some depth at the 2012 World of Pinot Noir. The panelists included both small winery winemakers who practice various degrees of “natural” winemaking: Bradley Brown, Big Basin Vineyards; Peter Cargasacchi, Cargasacchi Vineyards; Nathan Kandler, Thomas Fogarty Winery; and Joe Wright, Left Coast Cellars, as well as larger wineries that do not necessarily pursue the extremes of “natural” winemaking due to economy of scale concerns: Scott Kelley, Estancia Estates Winery; Brian Maloney, DeLoach Vineyards; well known author and proponent of “natural” wines Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine; and Clark Smith, the founder of Vinovation (a provider of alcohol reduction tools, volatile acidity reduction, juice concentration, supplier of tannin adjunct, etc) and vintner at WineSmith.

Join us as we hear from natural winemaking devotees, or maybe the not-so-much devotees, in a seminar moderated by John Haeger, author of North American Pinot Noir, and Pacific Pinot Noir. Maybe we’ll even get a solid definition of the phrase, “natural winemaking.” But don’t hold your breath.

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Big Basin Vineyards: bigbasinvineyards.com
Cargasacchi Vineyards: www.cargasacchi.com
Thomas Fogarty Winery: www.fogartywinery.com
Left Coast Cellars: leftcoastcellars.com
Estancia Estates: www.estanciaestates.com
DeLoach Vineyards: www.deloachvineyards.com
WineSmith Wines: www.winesmithwines.com
Alice Feiring: www.alicefeiring.com

Previous GrapeRadio interviews:
Alice Feiring: Alice Feiring on GrapeRadio
John Haeger: John Haeger on GrapeRadio/

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2012 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Technique vs. Terroir: The Cube Project

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We’ve always wondered what role the winemaker plays in determining whether a wine truly speaks of its origins – or, its terroir. For instance, is it possible to make an Oregon Pinot taste as though it came from California – or vice versa? Thankfully, the 2012 World of Pinot Noir featured a seminar discussing this very subject. The seminar, titled Technique vs. Terroir: The Cube Project, covered an experiment currently being conducted by three winemakers – one in Oregon, and two in California.

The concept was fairly straightforward. Three wineries, Anne Amie Vineyards (Oregon), Bouchaine Vineyards (Carneros), and Lincourt Vineyards (Santa Barbara Co.) would split 6-tons of fruit equally among themselves, by sending a 2-ton lot of fruit (or must) to each of the other wineries. The idea was to have each winemaker produce a wine with each of the others fruit – a total of three wines. This would afford them the opportunity to see their home vineyard through someone else’s eyes.

Thomas Houseman (Anne Amie Vineyards), Andrew Brooks (Bouchaine Vineyards), and Leslie Mead Renaud (Lincourt Vineyards) were responsible for the picking decisions at their respective wineries; therefore each of the three wines made from a particular lot would start on equal footing. From there, each winemaker made individual decisions on production methods. The results? Well, you’ll just have to listen for yourself.

Join us as we hear from winemakers Thomas Houseman, Andrew Brooks, and Leslie Mead Renaud, in a seminar moderated by Rusty Gaffney, M.D. (aka, The Prince of Pinot).

Anne Amie Vineyards: anneamie.com
Bouchaine Vineyards: www.bouchaine.com
Lincourt Vineyards: www.lincourtwines.com
The Cube Project: anneamie.com

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Pinot Producer Interviews – Part 2

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We continue with our visit to Pinot Days in San Francisco, from June 2012. We consider this to be one of the “must-go” wine festivals each year for wine lovers. Concentrating exclusively on Pinot Noir, there are over 150 individual producers and trade groups from overseas represented at Pinot Days event. Most wineries were from California, covering nearly every Pinot region in the state. In addition, there were also a number of Oregon wineries as well as some small contingents from Burgundy, Germany, and New Zealand. This year, we rounded up 14 producers – small and large – to spend some time with us discussing all things Pinot.

Join us for Part 2 of 3, as we talk with: Gavin Joll of White Rose Estate, Ernie Pink of Amalie Robert Estate, Anne Moeller-Racke of Donum Estate, and Kent Humphrey of Eric Kent.

For more info: Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

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

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Pinot Producer Interviews – Part 1

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GrapeRadio was very pleased to attend Pinot Days in San Francisco, this past June. Certainly one of the “must-go” wine festivals each year for wine lovers, Pinot Days concentrates exclusively on Pinot Noir producers.

Over 150 individual producers and trade groups from overseas were represented at this year’s Pinot Days event. Most wineries were from California – from nearly every Pinot region in the state – and there were also a number of Oregon wineries and small contingents from Burgundy, Germany, and New Zealand. This year, we rounded up 14 producers – small and large – to spend some time with us discussing all things Pinot.

Join us for Part 1 of 3, as we talk with Ed Kurtzman of August West, Theresa Heredia of Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, Peter Young of Grey Stack Cellars, Nicole Bacigalupi of Bacigalupi Vineyards, and Bill Sweat of Winderlea.

For more info: Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

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Life with Maggie – Part 2

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We last talked to Maggie about 3 years ago, just after she had embarked on her new venture at Antica Terra winery and vineyard, in Oregon. After working with Manfred and Elaine Krankl at Sine Qua Non for the better part of a decade, as well as starting her own label for California Syrah, Maggie was now (literally) knee deep into Oregon Pinot Noir.

The history of Oregon’s Antica Terra Wines began when a group of four individuals, including winemaker Maggie Harrison, purchased the winery in 2005 and two years later planted additional acres of Pinot noir, with more planting planned for 2008. The new winery came on-line in 2009. She purchases fruit from Shea, Cherry Grove, and Croft Vineyards to expand her palette of components.

For her own label, Lillian, a small lot collection named for her grandmother, Maggie is sourcing Syrah from a couple of Santa Maria Valley vineyards.

Join us as we talk with Maggie Harrison, about her approach to winemaking, her current project in Oregon, Antica Terra, and her Lillian label.

For more info: Antica Terra Wines: www.anticaterra.com
For more info: Lillian Winery: www.lillianwinery.com

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Maison Joseph Drouhin, with Laurent Drouhin

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Those familiar with Maison Joseph Drouhin are in for a treat, as we spend some time with Laurent Drouhin talking about family and wine. Maison Joseph Drouhin bwas founded in 1880, when Joseph at the age of 22, left Chablis and settled in Beaune. He was succeeded by his son Maurice who began to establish a vineyard domaine for the House, purchasing land in such appellations as Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot. With its 73 hectares (182.5 acres), the Joseph Drouhin Domaine is one of the largest estates in the region. It owns vineyards in all of Burgundy: Chablis (38 hectares – 95 acres), Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, (32 hectares – 80 acres), Côte Chalonnaise (3 hectares – 7.5 acres). It is comprised of a majority of Premier and Grand Crus, planted with the two Burgundian grape varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay.

Robert Drouhin, succeeded Maurice in 1957, acquiring many of these additional vineyards, especially in Chablis. He was one of the first Burgundians to introduce “culture raisonnée” – doing away with pesticides and other chemicals. Robert and Françoise Drouhin’s four children: Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric run the Maison now.

Join us as we talk with Laurent Drouhin (Director of U.S. Sales), about his family’s history, as well as the wines of Burgundy and Oregon of course.

For more info: Maison Joseph Drouhin: www.drouhin.com

Sponsor: Pinot Days: www.pinotdays.com

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GrapeRadio is a wine talk show. Show topics cover issues such as the enjoyment of wine, wine news and industry trends - the hallmark of the show is interviews with world class guest (winemakers, vineyards owners, wine retail / wholesale leaders, restaurateurs and sommeliers). The scope of the show is international so expect to hear many guests from around the world.

GrapeRadio has received numerous awards and honors including the 2008 James Beard Award for excellence in Journalism.

GrapeRadio has been the subject of numerous news reports by: The New York Times, Business Week, CNN, The Financial Times of London, and Wired Magazine.