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Ep 10 - Stu Smith, Winemaker Smith-Madrone - The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 10 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Winery. Stu is a winemaker, a man of science and a passionate skeptic on many topics in the wine business. We cover a wide range of issues from biodynamics, Napa’s Controversial measure C, why he thinks its stupid to try and make a 100 point wine, what it was like in Napa Valley in the early days for the 2nd boom as well as his thoughts on what the future holds for Napa Valley.


EP 9 Dan Petroski - Winemaker - The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 9 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Dan Petroski San Francisco Chronicle's Winemaker of the Year who makes wines for Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery. Dan tells us about his fascinating journey to become a winemaker even though he has no formal winemaking training or education.


Ep 7 - Angela Maculan - The Stories Behind Wine

On today’s show, we speak to Angela Maculan the globe trotting ambassador for her family estate in the Breganze DOC of northern Italy. Angela shares with us what it’s like to be a woman in the male dominated wine business and about her family’s rich history and how they transform the ancient indigenous Vespaiola and Torcolato grape varieties into some of the most revered sweet wine in Italy.


Ep 5 - Rob McMillan's Story - The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 5 of our ongoing podcast series, we speak to Rob McMillan an award-winning percussionist, once aspiring oceanographer, and business major, and one of the most influential bankers in the wine business who authors one of the most anticipated annual reports on the state of the wine business. Rob is the EVP & FOUNDER Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the Division from the idea and start-up phase, to the point where...


Ep 4 - Steve Matthiasson's Story - The Stories Behind Wine

In this show we learn all about “jihadist winemaking,” skateboarding ethics, the tour-de-France racer’s sandwich, and the wine region Steve considers the Punk Rock of wine region.There is more to his story...


Ep3 - Ian Harris - The Stories Behind Wine - The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 3 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with Ian Harris the CEO of the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) to talk about the growth of the world's oldest and largest wine education body and how Ian came to hold his position and grow the reach of the WSET. There is more to his story...


Ep2 -Joel Aiken - The Stories Behind WIne - The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 2 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with renowned vintner and winemaker Joel Aiken. Joel shares with us what it was like to be the youngest winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and what it's like to have worked with legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and with Michel Rolland. There is more to his story...