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A Beaujolais Primer

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Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine.

The Gamay Noir grape has existed since the 1300s in Burgundy, and a is a crossing of Pinot Noir and an ancient grape called Gauais Blanc. Gamay is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made from Chardonnay grapes.

There are 12 different Beaujolais appellations, 10 of which are known as Crus. The Beaujolais Crus form a meandering path. From south to north, Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour.

Join us as we talk with Anthony Collet, Director of Marketing for Inter Beaujolais, about the region, its grapes and its wines.

For more info:
Discover Beaujolais: www.discoverbeaujolais.com/

Forbes article, mentioned during interview: “Six Exciting Wine Regions To Explore In 2014″ www.forbes.com

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

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Show #367
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2013 Wine & Fire Seminar: Digging Deep – Clone 115

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The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. Rita Hills appellation. People mingled from late afternoon through dusk and into dark, sampling the various wines. Saturday morning, it was seminar time. We began with a seminar on Chardonnay, followed by a rousing discussion of Pinot Clone 115. The evening featured a grand tasting on the grounds of the La Purisima Mission.

Join us as we listen to the last of two seminars – this one on Clone (aka Cultivar) 115. Six producers from six different Pinot Noir vineyards located throughout the Sta. Rita Hills AVA share their insights as to why this clone is a precious resource in their cellar. The panel includes discussion of: Cargassachi Vineyard, represented by Brandon Sparks-Gillis of Dragonette Cellars; Rancho La Viña Vineyard, represented by Kris Curran of D’Alfonso Curran; Rancho La Rinconada Vineyard, represented by Steve Fennell of Sanford Winery; Rio Vista Vineyard, represented by Norm Yost of Flying Goat Cellars; La Montagne Kessler-Haak Vineyard, represented by Kimberly Smith of La Montagne; Clos Pepe Vineyard, represented by Adam Lee of Siduri Wines; and Sebastiano Vineyard, represented by Bill Wathen of Foxen Winery, with Josh Raynolds from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar doing the moderating.

For more info:

Sta. Rita Hills Wine Region: http://www.staritahills.com/
2014 Wine & Fire Event: www.staritahills.com/wine-fire/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #356
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Seldom Seen – Wines That Don’t Get Enough Face Time

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The world has been witnessing a lot of geo-political turmoil over the last several years. The “Arab Spring,” the “Orange Revolution,” people taking to the streets. Curiously, the wine world has also seen its share of turmoil. We’ve heard about the “natural wine” movement, the “In Pursuit of Balance” organization, and Robert Parker stepping down as head of The Wine Advocate. There’s also been some ‘Balkanization’ of wine appellations, with splinter groups forming right and left, ostensibly to better tell their AVA’s story.

But, with chaos comes opportunity. And, in the midst of all this wine upheaval, many vintners have taken the opportunity to explore other grape varieties – those either outside the norm or otherwise not getting any love from the current wine critics. In a recent diatribe, Robert Parker dismissed many of these varieties as “rarely palatable” and “godforsaken.” Paying no heed to this admonition, vintners are continuing to expand their horizons by making wines from seldom seen old world varieties – varieties that do quite well in their native or even transplanted countries.

So, with a blend of acceptance and gratitude, we’ve decided to take a closer look at some wines made from seldom seen or unrecognized grapes. Join us as we sit down with the bestwinesonline.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to taste and talk about some of these wines. We think you’ll find that some assumptions are best put to bed.

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Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #357
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2013 Wine & Fire Seminar – There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

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The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. Rita Hills appellation. People mingled from late afternoon through dusk and into dark, sampling the various wines. Saturday morning, it was seminar time. We began with a seminar on Chardonnay, followed by a rousing discussion of Pinot Clone 115. The evening featured a grand tasting on the grounds of the La Purisima Mission.

Join us as we listen to the first of two seminars – this one on the future of Chardonnay in the Sta. Rita Hills. Could it be that this is actually better terroir for Chardonnay, rather than Pinot Noir? Panelists include: Steve Clifton (Brewer-Clifton), Ken Brown (Ken Brown Wines), Richard Sanford (Alma Rosa), Christine Bruce (Hilliard Bruce), Leslie Mead Renaud (Foley Estate Vineyards), and Antonio Moretti (Moretti Wines), with Josh Raynolds from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar doing the moderating.

For more info:

Sta. Rita Hills Wine Region: http://www.staritahills.com/
2014 Wine & Fire Event: www.staritahills.com/wine-fire/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #356
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Wine Tasting Clubs

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Knowledge transfer has always proved to be one of the best, perhaps the best, way to learn the many complexities of wine. Instructor-led tastings is one way to accomplish this – to actually become a student of wine. In fact, many of us either started our respective wine journeys in this fashion, or we know someone else who did.

Sometimes, there are natural roadblocks to this learning process. For instance, one of the key steps in wine evaluation is the elimination of outside influences such as the labels or scores of the wines being presented. It can also be difficult for those new to wine to feel comfortable discussing the subject amongst seasoned veterans. Thus, one of the best approaches to wine education, and continuing wine education, is to combine both newbies and experienced tasters in blind-tasting sessions.

Join us as we talk with Jörn (Joey) Kleinhans about his educational tasting program, the Wine Elite Society. As sommeliers, Joey and a few of his guest instructors tailor their approach to educating tasters to the nuances of fine wine through blind tasting, and a little psychology.

For more info:

Wine Elite Society: www.wineelite.org

Sponsor: The Wine Club, Fine Wine Merchants: www.thewineclub.com

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Show #350
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