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Napa Valley’s Peju Winery now has a sister winery located in the much cooler Carneros District. Calmére Estate wines fall under the watchful eye of winemaker Sara Fowler, a friend to our Podcast for many years. Our last interview with Sara was way back in 2012 so we figured it was time to get caught [...]
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The mountains surrounding Napa Valley are glorious. The views are stunning but more importantly the grapes grown on those hillsides are exceptional. Aaron Pott grows grapes at his property aptly named Châteauneuf-du-Pott on Mt. Veeder. Aaron will make you laugh but without a doubt, he takes his wine very seriously. We visited Aaron at him [...]
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We have interviewed Winemaker Jean Hoefliger many times over the last eleven years of this podcast. For this program we go back to just over a year ago to a interview that never aired. This was just after the Napa/Sonoma fires and things were still in recovery mode. We spoke with Jean at the very [...]
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When visiting wine country one of the very best things you can do is walk winegrowing property and experience the vineyards in person. If you visit Warnecke Ranch that’s exactly what you can do with Sutro Wine Company owner, Alice Warnecke Sutro. Alice’s family roots are in Sonoma and her love of the land and [...]
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While many folks know that the “Tasting of Paris” put Napa Valley on the map, the fact is wine has been made there for quite some time.  Rich Salvestrin’s father bought land to farm way back in 1932. Today Rich and his wife Shannon still grow wine under the family name just off Highway 29. [...]
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While many folks know that the “Tasting of Paris” put Napa Valley on the map, the fact is wine has been made there for quite some time.  Rich Salvestrin’s father bought land to farm way back in 1932. Today Rich and his wife Shannon still grow wine under the family name just off Highway 29. [...]
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Wine and music make a perfect pairing. Nothing new there. But how often do you get to meet a wine loving French horn player living in Oregon? Or for that matter, a winemaker that was a lawyer in another life, who also happen to play the French horn? David Spector is all of those. Although [...]
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One great way to appreciate Italian wine is in an Italian restaurant…in Chicago. We met with Salvatore Avallone of Villa Matilde Winery at Macello Italian restaurant just a few weeks ago. Wine education is a big thing for us and Salvatore’s vast knowledge of Italian wine history was impressive. Salvatore speaks excellent English so listen [...]
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Brian Brakesman’s dad purchased land above Napa Valley on Howell Mountain in1971 simply because the Valley Floor was too expensive. What a great decision that turned it to be. Today, Brian and his family make Red Thread wine on that same property. While things on the mountain have changed Brian’s commitment to quality, has not. [...]
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While all fifty states now produced wine, Oregon has gained a solid reputation for some of the very best Pinot Noir in the country. The Willamette Valley has grown, and producers are expanding the grapes they farm. Wayne Bailey, Winemaker at Youngberg Hill is one of those producers. Though the winery hangs it’s hat on [...]

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