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Learn about winemakers, growers, wineries, brewers, restaurants and more in Napa, Sonoma and beyond. On The Wine Road airs Saturday at 1pm on 1350AM, 103.5 FM KSRO and KSRO.com

Learn about winemakers, growers, wineries, brewers, restaurants and more in Napa, Sonoma and beyond. On The Wine Road airs Saturday at 1pm on 1350AM, 103.5 FM KSRO and KSRO.com

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Learn about winemakers, growers, wineries, brewers, restaurants and more in Napa, Sonoma and beyond. On The Wine Road airs Saturday at 1pm on 1350AM, 103.5 FM KSRO and KSRO.com

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English


Episodes

Balletto Vineyards' Anthony Beckman - Sonoma Co.

7/11/2021
You may recall I interviewed owner John Balletto in 2015. His story is a perfect example of perseverance. He was only 17 when his father died, leaving 5 acres of vegetables to John and his mother. Now, 43 years later, Balletto has grown to include 800 acres of estate vineyards across Sonoma County. The wine is excellent, their prices are moderate, and have been referred to by wine magazines as a "Best Buy". The man responsible for the wine is Anthony Beckman, the subject of this interview,...

Duration:00:39:50

Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot

6/28/2021
On today's podcast you'll meet Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot. It was a pleasure to head back to Beaune, France, albeit this time by telephone. Matthieu will talk about his background and the wines they sent me (aren't I the lucky one?). He'll also touch upon the vineyards of Albert Bichot in areas of the three main appellations of Burgundy - village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. You'll also hear about some experiences you can enjoy if you plan to visit in the Burgundy Region...

Duration:00:38:31

Dancin Vineyards and Weisinger Family of Rogue Valley, OR

6/12/2021
Join me on a road trip to southern Oregon's Rogue Valley wine region. I met up with Dan Marca of DANCIN Vineyards, who offer a great variety of excellent Pinot Noir from around the region, Italian varietals, and a food menu that's nearly as long as their wine list. They're west of Medford near the historic town of Jacksonville. As you occasionally hear in my interviews, serendipity often plays a key role. Dan has two stories that play into that theme. And I sat with Eric Weisinger of...

Duration:00:43:14

Ehlers Estate's International Formula

5/18/2021
This interview is was a bit unusual for me, with good reason. Ehlers Estate is one of the few wineries that possess an on-going philanthropic element. But that came later. Ehlers Estate has a rich history dating back to 1886. It is arguably one of the top Cabernet producers in the competitive Napa Valley region. The old stone winery has been transformed into a modern, fashionable tasting space. In 2018, they hired Spanish immigrant Laura Diaz Muñoz as winemaker and General Manager. Her...

Duration:00:39:12

Winemakers Easton and Sobon of Amador County

5/14/2021
Today’s offering comes to you in a timely fashion. The Stay at Home Order in California has been lifted. As a result, winery tasting rooms opened again last week for outdoor service. However, the order went into affect the day we arrived in the Sierra Foothills region back in December. Nonetheless, both winemakers were happy to meet with us, at a safe distance, of course. Both interviews in this podcast feature winemakers in Amador County; Bill Easton of Domaine de la Terre Rouge and Easton...

Duration:00:48:09

Seghesio Family Vineyards & Shadowbox Cellars

5/14/2021
On this podcast I feature Seghesio Family Vineyards & Shadowbox Cellars. Winemaker Andy Robinson and Sonoma County's Seghesio Family Vineyards are celebrating 125 years of grape growing this year. Seghesio is one of the few that made it through Prohibition and continue to this day. In comparison, owner Justin Preiser's Shadowbox Cellars is in its infancy at 11 years of winemaking. His fairly new tasting room in downtown Napa was the first wine entity granted an outdoor space, the parklet,...

Duration:00:45:25

Napa's Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards

4/26/2021
There were two reasons that prompted me to reach out to Todd Graff. First, in October my step-daughter Jackie told me that her favorite wine is Frank Family Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon. Then in December, I watched as Todd received "Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year" from the North Bay Business Journal's Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awards. Among the details of his history in the industry, he shared why he chose to travel early on. His wanderlust was further satisfied when he was...

Duration:00:21:24

Napa's Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards

4/26/2021
There were two reasons that prompted me to reach out to Todd Graff. First, in October my step-daughter Jackie told me that her favorite wine is Frank Family Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon. Then in December, I watched as Todd received "Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year" from the North Bay Business Journal's Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awards. Among the details of his history in the industry, he shared why he chose to travel early on. His wanderlust was further satisfied when he was...

Duration:00:21:28

Mersenne Wines & Capo Creek Ranch

4/9/2021
Both wineries featured in this podcast, Mersenne Wines and Capo Creek Ranch, pay tribute to musicians. Mersenne created a wine label for a British band, and Capo Creek has named a vineyard after a beloved performer. That's one aspect of each winery you'll appreciate as I get in-depth with their stories of overcoming obstacles.Mitch Rice of Mersenne Prime Artisan Wines entrance into the industry wasn't too complicated. He had experience as a home winemaker before taking the leap as a winery...

Duration:00:47:57

Mersenne Wines and Capo Creek Ranch

4/9/2021
Both wineries featured in this podcast, Mersenne Wines and Capo Creek Ranch, pay tribute to musicians. Mersenne created a wine label for a British band, and Capo Creek has named a vineyard after a beloved performer. That's one aspect of each winery you'll appreciate as I get in-depth with their stories of overcoming obstacles. Mitch Rice of Mersenne Prime Artisan Wines entrance into the industry wasn't too complicated. He had experience as a home winemaker before taking the leap as a winery...

Duration:00:49:08

Celebrating International Women's Day at CADE Estate & Pine Ridge Vineyards

3/19/2021
On this podcast I talk with two talented female winemakers as we celebrated International Women's Day, recorded March 6th. My first guest will be Danielle Cyrot who has held enviable positions in her career, the last 12 years of which have been at CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain. Danielle is working with two interesting projects, the details of which we'll cover. Colleen FitzGerald is the enologist and a winemaker at Pine Ridge VIneyards in the Stags Leap District. She's been handed an...

Duration:00:37:16

Celebrating International Women's Day at CADE Estate & Pine Ridge Vineyards

3/19/2021
On this podcast I talk with two talented female winemakers as we celebrated International Women's Day, recorded March 6th. My first guest will be Danielle Cyrot who has held enviable positions in her career, the last 12 years of which have been at CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain. Danielle is working with two interesting projects, the details of which we'll cover. Colleen FitzGerald is the enologist and a winemaker at Pine Ridge VIneyards in the Stags Leap District. She's been handed an...

Duration:00:38:45

Winemaker and Rhone Ranger Bill Easton

3/4/2021
Today's podcast features Amador County winemaker Bill Easton of Domaine de la Terre Rouge and Easton Wines. For years, this talented winemaker has shown you don't have to live in a world-renowned wine region to make world-class wines.

Duration:00:20:59

Far Niente Family & Benchmark Wine Group - The Finest of Wines

2/20/2021
The Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards has created a lower priced wine called Post and Beam. That led me to interview winemaker Michael Accurso. He'll take us through the full portfolio which includes Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, En Route and Bella Union. You'll also learn how Far Niente came to be revered winery that it is today, the beginnings of which go back to 1885. Far Niente helped create the high-end Napa Valley wine market and has continued that role for more than three...

Duration:00:37:05

Far Niente Family & Benchmark Wine Group - The Finest of Wines

2/20/2021
The Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards has created a lower priced wine called Post and Beam. That led me to interview winemaker Michael Accurso. He'll take us through the full Far Niente portfolio, which includes Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, En Route and Bella Union. You'll also learn how Far Niente came to be the revered winery that it is today, the beginnings of which go back to 1885. Far Niente helped create the high-end Napa Valley wine market and has continued that role for more...

Duration:00:37:04

The Winemakers of Terre Rouge and Sobon Estates

1/21/2021
Today’s offering comes to you in a timely fashion. With the lifting of Stay at Home Order in California winery tasting rooms opened again last week for outdoor service, which happened a week before in the Sierra Foothills wine regions. Both interviews in this podcast feature winemakers in Amador County, Bill Easton of Domaine de la Terre Rouge and Easton Wines, and his neighbor Paul Sobon of Shenandoah Vineyards, Sobon Estate and his boutique brand, Paul J wines. For years, these talented...

Duration:00:47:18

Seghesio Family Vineyards and Shadowbox Cellars

12/18/2020
On this podcast you'll meet a winemaker from Sonoma County, and a winery owner from Napa Valley. Andy Robinson and Seghesio Family Vineyards are celebrating 125 years of grape growing this year. They're one of only a handful that made it through Prohibition and continue to this day. In comparison, Justin Preiser of Shadowbox Cellars and his brand is in its infancy at 11 years of winemaking. His fairly new tasting room in downtown Napa was the first wine entity granted an outdoor space, the...

Duration:00:44:41

The Story of Napa's Frog's Leap Winery

11/30/2020
John Williams has had quite a career. The story of Frog's Leap didn't begin until after John worked with Napa Valley icon Warren Winiarski at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. He helped launch Glenora Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes region, then returned to Napa Valley as winemaker for the esteemed Spring Mountain Vineyard. All this, before and during the founding of Frog's Leap, where early business decisions, like their comical slogan, were made with his partners in the Frog Farm hot tub. 40...

Duration:00:48:42

The Story of Napa's Frog's Leap Winery - John Williams

11/30/2020
John Williams has had quite a career. The story of Frog's Leap didn't begin until after John worked with Napa Valley icon Warren Winiarski at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. He helped launch Glenora Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes region. Afterward, he returned to Napa Valley as winemaker for the esteemed Spring Mountain Vineyard. All this, before and during the founding of Frog's Leap, where early business decisions, like their comical slogan, were made with his partners in the Frog Farm hot...

Duration:00:49:32

Chenoweth and Chev Wines - Epic Pinot Noir

11/2/2020
As you'll hear in today's podcast, the fertile wine growing region of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, has been refered to as the Garden of Eden. It possesses more soil types than most wine regions in the world...if not THE most. When you factor in the fog and sunny days it's one of the best places to grow grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. My first guests are Charlie and Amy Chenoweth, who grow and make wine from their esteemed RRV vineyards. My second guest, winemaker Michael Browne -...

Duration:00:43:13