Wine In Romania? Meet The Expert And Wine Comtessse, Marinela Ardelean.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
3d ago
In 1988, Paul K Sr. featured a Romanian wine in the Original Wine of the Month Club. The wine was Premiat Sauvignon Blanc and was $2.50/bottle on reorder. It was a very nice wine.  Turns out, according to Marinela, that wine was purchased from Romania during the USSR rule. Long before the value and complexity of freedom was real. It is so interesting that the Original Wine of the Month Club was ahead of its time in 1988...finding a Soviet block wine worthy of the American palate. Now, as she explains, the wine trade is dynamic and changing to a European model. This is a slow and complicat ..read more
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Dream Job In Bordeaux And The Passion To Do It. Meet Matthieu Bordes of Cht. Lagrange.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1w ago
Chateau Lagrange was in Los Angeles. Matthieu Bordes presiding.   On a recent visit to the WIne Talks studios, we caught up with all things Bordeaux.   Matthieu considers it a dream job. Maybe "job" isn't the best adjective. When you love to do something and have the passion to do it every day at the best you can offer, maybe it is no longer a job. This is clearly Mattieu Bordes as the Director Général of the Chateau. Chateau Lagrange is owned by the Japanese conglomerate, Suntory Group, but is left alone to his devices to produce the persona of Chateau Lagrange.  The ..read more
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From Grandma's Kitchen to Working the Line. A book from Chef Frederic Castan.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1w ago
In his new book "Facing the Heat; From my grand mother's kitchen to cooking on the line." Chef Castan has peeks around just about every corner of the chef business. After all, he has worked for some of what would be considered the best restaurants in France to being head Chef at one of the largest hotel chains in America and just about everything in between; including but not limited to an absolute failure with his mexican restaurant in Nice, France. This path is hard and the difficulty for Frederic is no exception. His story stirs all kinds of emotions and demonstates some of the best of huma ..read more
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Fine Wine Defined. Pauline Is On A Mission. Pauline Vicard of Areni Global.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
2w ago
The Areni Global group is on a mission. They want to protect the flanks of fine wine. What is fine wine? Pauline Vicard defines it here. Areni Global was named after the famed Areni-1 cave found in Aremia; the oldest known in-tact winery ever unearthed. The founding of the group was to create a think tank of industry leaders who, well, maybe not predict the future, but consider the future of wine wine on a world wide basis. There are so many moving parts in producing wine and getting it to market that the a need for a focused and organized approach to managing the information coming out of the ..read more
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Have camera and plane, will travel. Meet Dr. Higgins I presume.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
3w ago
Michael Higgins is quite unique in the world of wine. He has published three photo journals on three popular wine-growing regions of the world. Starting in Argentina, he sets out to bring to the readers a comprehensive view of the region, people and wineries. But he adds an important twist to his books. He explains where, who and what each winery is; what to look for there, where to eat, and provides amazing photos to support his viewpoints. These are not your regular travel books.  Since he published the book on Argentina, he has exposed the famed district of Bordeaux, France and rolling ..read more
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Paul McSharry Can Make Your Winemaking Dreams Come True. Osiris Wine Club Is Open
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1M ago
Paul McSharry wasn't originally destined for the wine business, he had other plans. Let's face it, Ireland is not necessarily the hotbed of the wine culture.   Life has a way of redirecting our focus and Paul has bitten off an idea that seems to be resonating with want to be winemakers and curiosity seekers all the same. Because of the expense and the bureaucratic headwinds that clog up the wine trade, it is virtually impossible or too expensive to venture into it alone. One mistake, and. you will make one, can wipe out any dream you had of breaking even. But at the same time, you st ..read more
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His quest is to show the world American wine grapes. Meet Jerry Eisterhold in TerraVox (Missouri).
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1M ago
The Smithsonian Institute wanted to know about Jerry Eisterhold. So much so, the featured an article on what one might say is a long shot at best. The idea to repropagate vines of yesteryear in America would be fruitless (pun intended). But it is quite the opposite.  In this episode, you will hear the history of wine grapes in America that I would easily put down even money that the most advanced academics in the world of wine would not have a notion of the significance. It was so intriguing, that Wine Talks immediately purchased a sampling of the wines and bought the book recited in the ..read more
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Married and selling wine together? Ouch. Meet Jeff and Kathy of Uncorked.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1M ago
Of all the sectors of wine, retail has to be the toughest. Tough meaning you need to understand not only wine, but POS systems, merchandising, event planning, inventory systems, the gift of gab, employee relations, internet marketing, subscription marketing, and many more facets.  And Jeff and Kathy did not set out to be a multi-store wine shop "chain" nor did the set out to get married. But, as the romance of wine would have it, both of these events occurred.  Wine Talks caught up with the couple at their Manhattan Beach store to not only engage in a revealing conversation, but to a ..read more
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She watched the Nazi's destroy her mothers Chateau. Literally. Meet the elegant May-Elaine Lencquesaing
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1M ago
The Nazis destroyed her parent's Chateau, and she was there to witness. You just know it. Humans have a sense about who and what they are. and when you sit in the presence of pure elegance, pure knowledge, and pure humility, you just know it.  Though May-Eliance Lencquesaing spoke for over 75 minutes (she took a couple of breaths), it took 15 seconds to realize that this conversation was going to be epic.  She started with "Hello Paul, good to see you again"...because she had remembered a dinner together in 1993 while the Wine of the Month Club was visiting Vin Expo in Bordeaux; I gu ..read more
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I'm telling you like it is in the wine trade. A trailer as it were.
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by Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club
1M ago
Time to set the record straight. Because I have just about had enough. On this episode, I try to lay it all out....get to the root and wax poetic a bit. Wine has a special place in heart and that didn't happen overnight. It took 35 years for me to grab the underlying value of the proper glass of wine. There is somethiing completely ethereal about real wine...what is real wine? listen to this episode.  Season 17 was a crazy good season of guests and thoughts on wine and the longer this show goes, the deeper we can dig into what wine is and what it is for. I also give tell tell signs of wha ..read more
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