Wine for Normal People
This week we take a departure from our normal format and MC Ice gets a break! I was so excited to have the chance to host the folks from Chateau Montelena, one of the wineries that helped put Napa on the world wine map as serious winemaking region, capable of rivaling Burgundy and Bordeaux.This podcast isn’t about free marketing for Chateau Montelena. It’s about the historical significance of the place, and about how they do things so differently from a lot of other Napa wineries. We were lucky to have head winemaker Cameron Parry, assistant winemaker Matt Crafton, and marketing diva (and one of the coolest ladies in Napa) Jamie Rothberg around to break it all down for us.If you want some more background on the winery (since we don’t go into detail on some things) please read these two posts (2010, 2011) to learn more!Full of funny, surprising (there is a HUGE wine celebrity cameo in the middle) and dorky moments, here’s a quick rundown of what we t [...]
Direct download: 44Ep044_ChateauMontelena.mp3
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This week we do a 10,000 foot overview of the motherland of winemaking: France. Here are the notes: First we cover a little about the French wine industry and why it’s so important (big $$ here!) After covering major grapes grown in France, we talk about the history of the country and how it got its start as a wine juggernaut. We re-address the concept of terroir and then get into the major regions and what you’ll find in each. The regions we covered are: Alsace on the German border, which mainly makes whites of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Silvaner. Then we hop to Champagne — we all know what’s there! We take a jog over to the Loire, covering the Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc in Touraine and Anjou-Saumur, and then talk about Muscadet, the strange name that’s neither a region nor a grape (more on that in this post). Next, we head to Burgundy and talk about three gr [...]
Direct download: 43Ep043_France.mp3
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Based on two blog posts, this week we talk about how to travel in wine country and our grape of the week is one of the best stories in the wine world! Here’s a quick summary and the links to the posts: 1. Plan or plan to explore — pick a discreet area so you’re not wasting time driving around. 2. Hit the big names if it’s your first time in the area — the properties are worth the visit! 3. Research and make appointments if you have to. Don’t miss out because you didn’t make appointments ahead of time. 4. Plan no more than 5 wineries for your trip. 5. Eat! 6. Be nice to the tasting room staff! Here’s a link to the post on which the podcast is based: LINK The grape of the week is Carmenere — one of the best stories in the wine world. Here’s a link to the post on Carmenere: LINK. If you like the podcast, please review it on iTunes, drop a comment below, or join the awesome conversation on Facebook (Wine For Normal People page) a [...]
Direct download: 42Ep042_WineCountryTravel.mp3
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