Thu, 30 July 2015
This week we have a complementary podcast to the one we did with Ryan Schmaltz, who did a giant pivot in his career to pursue his winemaking dream. This time we talk to Ian Renwick of Domaine de la Citadelle in the Luberon region of the Rhône Valley. I have "known" Ian virtually for years and have watched his career changes through interactions over email and social media as he moved into wine. Finally, he gives us the whole, fascinating story and then we get into SERIOUS dorkery -- discussing everything from rosé making to the politics of Bordeaux to whether or not ratings matter. Here's a quick outline:
A fascinating podcast full of great dork moments and industry stuff, you'll get a lot out of this.
Direct download: 137_Ep__137_Winemaking_Apprentice_Ian_Renwick_gives_the_Inside_View_on_French_Winemaking.mp3
Category:French wine, wine, winemaking -- posted at: 11:54am EDT
Fri, 24 July 2015
Saving a wine to enjoy when your kid turns 21 or on your 10th or 20th wedding anniversary is a great idea, but what will last that long? This week we've got a great list of options for you with advice on how to research your best options and storage tips to boot!
Here's the list:
1. Vintage Champagne
2. Alsatian Riesling from producers like Zind Humbrecht, Marcel Deiss, or Trimbach. Or German Riesling from producers like Donnhoff or JJ Prüm.
3. The Italians: Barbaresco and Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, or Taurasi from Agliancio
4. White and red Burgundy
5. California Cabernets from specific producers: Ridge, Heitz, Chateau Montelena, Freemark Abbey.
6. Heavier Northern Rhônes of Syrah like Cornas or Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the specific producers in Southern Rhône.
7. Bordeaux from the best producer you can afford
8. High end Rioja
Sweet Wines (my top picks for long aging)
2. Vintage Port
3. Tokaji from Hungary
Whatever the occasion you're commemorationg there's a wine for you! Congratulations!
Direct download: 136_Ep_136__Birth_year_Anniversary_Commemoration_Wines.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:37am EDT
Wed, 15 July 2015
Yes, there is wine made in Uruguay, a small but mighty country that borders Argentina in the east. In this episode you'll learn about a country we should all have on our list to visit and Tannat, the wine we should all have on the list to buy!
Some of the important stuff we discussed:
You may have a hard time finding these wines, but ask your wine shop to bring a bottle in for you. I promise it's worth the hunt! Great stuff!
Sat, 4 July 2015
From hot dogs to burgers to potato salad and corn on the cob, we've got you covered. A mini-cast that you can listen to on the way to the wine store so you make sure you grab the right bottle! Have a safe 4th and drink well!