Wed, 22 June 2016
One of the most common questions I get is about random stuff floating in wine and what to do with it. In this episode we cover it all -- wine diamonds, sediment, spritz, clouds, and cork -- and explain what they are and what to do when you encounter them!
Mon, 6 June 2016
You want to know more about rosé? Ian Renwick, our regular contributor from the Luberon on the border of Rhone and Provence with Domaine de la Citadelle has been studying the ins and outs of rosé for years now. As his apprenticeship comes to a close, his "dissertation" is all about rosé and he shares much of what he knows.
Here are the show notes. We discuss...
And then we end of the rosé rant!
An excellent podcast that will give you new appreciation for rosé.
Sun, 29 May 2016
A fascinating convo with podcast listener and coffee guru Kendon Shaw of Victrola Coffee in Seattle (victolacoffee.com) . We talk about the similarities between the two -- from an agricultural, business, and enjoyment standpoint -- and how coffee is evolving to become more like wine. Thanks to Kendon and Victrola -- a fascinating look inside the coffee business and a beverage that many of us take for granted, but probably shouldn't.
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Direct download: Ep_159_Coffee__Wine_with_Victrola_Coffee_-_how_theyre_similar_but_different_FINAL.mp3
Category:coffee -- posted at: 10:02am EDT
Fri, 20 May 2016
We go out on a limb this week, sharing a personal story on a controversial topic. But after years of questions from moms and dads to be, it's finally time.
Rarely do women in the wine industry discuss their relationship to alcohol when they're pregnant and the decisions they make about drinking while nursing. But just because it's not discussed widely, doesn't mean it's not on people's minds. This one's for you, moms and dads. It's not advice (I'm no expert or doctor) nor is it meant to persuade you to do anything. It's just our story of what we did and the how and why behind it because someone needs to say it.
So at the risk of everyone thinking I'm a terrible person, I admit that I did, in fact, drink in moderation during pregnancy. I talk about why I made the decision I did and what moderation actually meant to me (I actually tell you what I did in each trimester), M.C. Ice discusses his thoughts on it, and then we debate a bit.
Hope this helpful to some of you, and doesn't alienate others!
Direct download: 158_Ep_158__Did_I_drink_when_I_was_pregnant__Our_story.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT
Sat, 23 April 2016
Alistair Nesbitt, Ph.D candidate at the Univ of E Anglia, UK discusses his work on climate change & how it affects viticulture & the wine biz. We talk about his fascinating paper: "Climate change drives UK wine production but not without weather shocks".
Direct download: 157_Ep_157__Climate_Change_and_UK_Wine_with_Alistair_Nesbitt.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:23am EDT
Mon, 28 March 2016
First we hit on the Background on Roman Empire
Expansion of Wine
Golden Age of Wine
Viticulture in the Roman era
All in all, a dork-fest of an episode, but a very fun one indeed!
In Vino Veritas!
Mon, 14 March 2016
In this episode I have a fangirl moment with Jane Anson, one of the top wine writers in the world. She's the contributing editor and Bordeaux correspondent for Decanter Magazine,Decanter.com, and DecanterChina.com, among other publications, and author of the book "Bordeaux Legends," the story of the Premier Cru of Bordeaux.
In the show we talk about:
1. Jane's background, how she traveled the world and how she wound up as a journalist for one of the foremost wine magazines in the world.
2. The future of wine media
3. Jane's book "Bordeaux Legends" and her other books
4. Bordeaux -- her impressions of the region, its classification systems and the state of affairs on the left and right banks.
5. We wrap with a discussion of Jane's favorite places in Bordeaux (from a wine and non-wine standpoint).
A fantastic conversation and hopefully the first of many (I begged her to come on again and she said yes!)
You can find Jane @newbordeaux on Twitter and on her site www.newbordeaux.com.
Direct download: 155_Ep_155__Jane_Anson_of_Decanter.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT
Mon, 22 February 2016
Santa Barbara is a cool climate wine region in CA's Central Coast. At 34˚ latitude, it doesn't seem like Pinot & Chardonnay would thrive here, but weird geology, geography, & a big ocean make the area one of CA's best & most unique cool climate hubs.
First we cover the basics on Santa Barbara:
Then we discuss the American Viticultural Areas:
If you haven't dipped a toe in to Santa Barbara's wines and you have access to them (especially those from the sub-AVAs) this podcast should get you motivated to do it!
Fri, 12 February 2016
After a great trip, compliments of Wines of British Columbia http://www.winebc.com)(, I have a great handle on what the Okanagan Valley is and what it has to offer.
After a bunch of facts, I give my opinion on what the region is and where it may be going.
Thanks again to all who made the trip possible. I'll be coming again to see the south part of the region, but I appreciate the overview and the amazing hospitality, kindness, and meticulous planning but the Wines of British Columbia and the folks at the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival. Go to http://www.winebc.com for more information!
Tue, 2 February 2016
To follow up on the Virginia wine podcast, conversations with Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards, who has been making wine in Charlottesville for 25 years, and a quick snippet of Kelly White of Glen Manor. Both will highlight why VA wine is so unique.
A few things on the podcast:
1. The recordings were in tasting rooms. If you don't like ambient noise, skip this one.
2. You'll hear my dad and Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like blog and Virginia wine expert asking questions as well. I travelled heavy this time!
Most of the podcast is a conversation with Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia. They are a standard-bearer for quality in the region, as one of the oldest and finest producers:
Next we have a 5 minute snippet of a conversation with Kelly White of Glen Manor.
Then we wrap! Enjoy!
Direct download: Ep_152_Virginia_Wine_Conversations_with_Barboursville_and_Glen_ManorFINAL.mp3
Category:wine, Virginia, wine travel -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT