Sun, 27 September 2015
Portugal has a rich winemaking tradition, a long history with wine, and lots of great wine regions. With a ton of indigenous grapes and a variety of climates across regions, it's a fascinating wine powerhouse and it's on the rise!
Portugal is a fascinating place. It's a lot to digest because the grapes, region, and language are unfamiliar to many of us but the wine is worth seeking out. It's only getting better!
Thu, 17 September 2015
This week we talk to Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly, the amazing wine blog that has brought the art of design to the wine world. Wine Folly's information and outstanding graphics have made wine accessible for wine lovers near and far and I was excited to speak to Madeline about how her concept for Wine Folly has evolved and her upcoming book. Most of the podcast is then devoted to a little crystal ball gazing -- we discuss where we see the wine world going in the next few years and why!
Thanks to Madeline and we wish her every success with her book. Visit her here: www.winefolly.com
Direct download: 141_Ep_141__Wine_Trends_with_Madeline_Puckette_of_Wine_Folly.mp3
Category:wine, wine books -- posted at: 11:34am EDT
Tue, 8 September 2015
In this short podcast we bring back Ian Renwick, winemaker and former travel planner to answer one of the top questions I get from you: "I'm going to France. What's the best way to explore the wine regions?"
The options are limited, but we tell you what you can do to get the most out of your trip!
Thu, 27 August 2015
As a follow up to episode 138 on the Finger Lakes wine region, we interview Fred Frank, grandson of the man who made growing premium wine grapes on the East Coast of America possible. Fred tells Konstantin's fascinating, important story & shares the ins & outs of cool climate viticulture. A must listen -- Dr. Frank is the reason viticulture exists in unorthodox regions around the US.
Direct download: 139_Ep_139__Fred_Frank_of_Dr_Konstatin_Frank_in_Finger_Lakes_NY.mp3
Category:New York State Wine -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT
Fri, 21 August 2015
After a trip to this stunning region full of kind people and delicious wines, we can finally report on it!
To understand this region, you've got to get into a serious dork out mode because the story of how vinifera grapes can grow in this cold place goes all the way back to the glaciers! So briefly, in this podcast we cover:
1. The importance of the Lake Effect and how depth matters to grape growing
2. Weather and what that can do to a vine
3. Grapes and how Riesling is a goddess in the Finger Lakes, and unlike Riesling anywhere else
4. Glaciers, soils, and other nerdy earth-science stuff that relates to grape growing here.
5. History of the region and preview of the soon-to-be-released podcast with Fred Frank, grandson of the pioneer of east coast vinifera winemaking, Dr. Konstantin Frank
6. How to get these wines
After you hear this you're definitely going to want to get your hands on these wines or visit the region. A great story, and a fascinating region! Enjoy!
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!
Tue, 30 June 2015
This week, we have a great story for you! Ryan Schmaltz, podcast listener and chemistry Ph.D turned winemaker at Bella Winery and Wine Caves in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma shares his fascinating transformation.
Ryan contacted me a few years ago, telling me about his plan to switch careers from the life of a chemist to that of a winemaker. Fast forward a couple of years and he made his dream a reality.
In this podcast, Ryan shares his story of tenacity, hard work, and risk taking, which paid off. You'll love hearing about his path and then the dork outs about working with Zinfandel, Syrah, and Grenache and the challenges of each grape.
A fascinating conversation, we hope you enjoy and learn!
Direct download: 134_Ep_134__How_to_Become_a_Winemaker_with_Ryan_Schmaltz_from_Bella_Winery.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 12:15am EDT