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Ep 111 - Wine in the News April 2018 Edition

Every couple of months we talk recent wine news. Below are the new stories feature in this episode so click on the title if you want to learn more. California's Cabernet Cult Keeps Growing Wine Industry Under Attack in Napa Battle for Napa Valley’s future: Proposed curb on vineyards divides county How environment changes the taste of wine Total Wine & More Sharpens Focus on Winery Direct New Polls Shows Broad Support for Laws to Protect Against Misleading Wine Labels


Ep 110 - Oregon Wine Country Stories: Decoding the Grape

Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ken Friedenreich the author of the new book, “Oregon Wine Country Stories, Decoding the Grape.” Before I interviewed Ken, I had a chance to read his book and I loved it. No matter where you are in your wine journey, it's a great read and I highly recommend it. You can learn more about the book here Ready to buy the book? Click here to order from Amazon and you won't even have to leave your house.


Ep 109 - New South Wales and Tasmania

This is our last week of our Australian wine series. In this episode we brief cover two regions, New South Wales and Tasmania. In this episode we discuss: Wine Recommendations - Finding wine for these regions in the Twin Cities was a challenge. Most of the New South Wales wine was bulk wines and Tasmania is such a niche area, I was only able to find wine thanks to a wine buyer from a local shop. Brokenwood Wines The Bunkhouse Semillon 2017 - priced around $20. This wine has a nose...


Ep 108 - Western Australia

This episode we are talking about a wine area unknown to most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Western Australia. In this episode, we discuss: Wine Recommendations Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016 - priced around $25. This 100% Chardonnay wine has aromas of spice, stonefruit, pineapple, yeast and lemon curd. It has medium plus acidity, it’s dry with flavors of strong lemon and a hint of vanilla. Such a great balance between fruit and oak - the oak is there but not a buttery style...


Ep 107- South Australia

This marks week three of our Australian Wine series and for this episode we focus on the state of South Australia. South Australia produces more than half of all Australian wine and some of the most prominent wine regions in the country. In this episode, we'll discuss: Wine Recommendations D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2016 - priced around $15. Lovely white blend of Viognier and Marsanne with aromas of chalky minerality, grapefruit pith, flowers and stone fruit. This wine is dry with...


Ep 106 - Victoria, Australia

Welcome to week two of our Australian wine series. This week we are discovering wines from the state of Victoria. In this episode we discuss: Wine Recommendation (yes we didn't talk about Shiraz, don't hate on me) Frisk Prickly Riesling 2017 - priced around $12. This actually a blend of 85% Riesling, 10% Muscat Gordo, and 5% Gewurztraminer. This wine has aromas of pear, white lilies, lemon and wax or lanolin. It's slightly fizzy, off dry with medium acidity and flavors are more...


Ep 105 - Introduction to Australian Wines

This week starts a series of episodes on Australian wines and wine regions. We haven’t talked about Australian wines on this podcast yet so this topics is a long time coming. This week is going to be an introduction to Australia and it’s wine and over the next few weeks we will talk about different geographic areas and showcase some Australian wines from those larger regions. Australia doesn’t have a very long history in terms of wine but there is a lot of learning to unpack. This...


Ep 104 - Ice Wine

This is our last wine of our dessert wine series. This week we focus our attention on ice wines. Ice wines are risky, time intensive and expensive to produce but the results are delicious. In this episode, we discuss: Wine Recommendations Heidmann’s-Bergweiler 2016 Polar Bear Eiswein - priced around $38 for 375ml bottle. This wine is made with Riesling grapes from the Rheinhessin area of Germany. It has a medium lemon color with medium intense aromas and flavors of lemon, slate or...


Ep 103 - Vin Santo

Vin Santo is an Italian dessert wine traditionally from Tuscany Italian Vin Santo is not related to Vinsanto the Greek dessert wine, even though they do have a similar name. In Tuscany, it’s mostly made from white grape varieties Trebbiano and Malvasia, and Sangiovese can be used to produce a rosé style known as "Occhio di Pernice" or eye of the partridge. In this episode we'll discuss: Wine Recommendations: Bellini Vin Santo 2009 - priced around $30. This wine is aged for at...


Ep 102 - Sherry

This week's episode is all about Sherry. Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes and produced in a small region in South West Spain. We talked about another type of fortified wine, Port, back in episode 42. If you are interested in listening to that episode click here. In this episode we discuss: check out a handy food and Sherry pairing guide from Sherry.Wine Dry Styles of Sherry: Light to Heavy Sweet Styles: Wine Recommendations: Lustau Rare Amontillado...


Ep 101 - Sauternes and Noble Rot

This week starts a series on dessert wines and this episode we are talking about Sauternes. Sauternes is a sweet white wine from a region in Bordeaux by the same name. A while back, we did a two part episode on Bordeaux. Those episodes talked about history of wine in the area, classification system and climate and geography. Check out our previous episodes on Bordeaux: Ep 038 – Bordeaux and Aquitaine Ep 039 – Bordeaux Reds and the 1855 Classé In this episode we discuss: Wine...


Ep 100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes

Welcome to our 100th episode! This is a special episode to celebrate the “big 100” which is a bit of a milestone for a lot of podcasters so this episode we have: People featured in this episode: Other items mentioned in this episode: Treveri Sparkling GewurztraminerChuck's blog - Exploring.wineCram Flashcard AppTunein echo/alexa skillWe are on Spotify!!!Wine Bloggers Conference Thank you for 100 episodes and we look forward to the next 100 episodes! Cheers!!!


Ep 099 - Wine in the News January 2018

Time for us to catch up on some wine news! Check out the links below to read the articles feature in this episode. Sonoma’s city council imposes moratorium on new tasting rooms Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program Lodi Rules™ Goes International Bogle Requires Certification Winery says grapegrowers must abide by Lodi Rules Wine and liquor fraud: NY state fines big alcohol distributor in 'pay to play' scheme Walgreens is Now a National Drop-off Location for Wine A...


Ep 098 - Four Wines January 2018 Edition

This is our Four Wines episode for January 2018, our chance every couple of months to share recommendations with you for wines we’ve recently enjoyed but weren’t for an upcoming episode. Wines featured in this episode: Alvarez de Toledo Roble 2009 Domaine de l'Espigouette Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône Smithereens by Skinner 2015 White Blend purchase this wine here G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2014 We’re coming up to our 100th episode and to celebrate, we want to make you part of...


Ep 097 - Youngberg Hill

This week’s episode features our interview with Wayne Bailey, owner and winegrower at Youngberg Hill. “Youngberg Hill creates authentic wines and experiences in our tasting room and Inn that will have you fall in love with life again." Oregon’s premier wine country estate and one of Wine Spectator’s favorite locations; set on a 50-acre hilltop surrounded by exquisite vineyards and views. We have an amazing 28-year old vineyard that is farmed organically. We are well known for producing...


Ep 096 - Alloro Vineyard

This episode is the third in a series of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. In this week’s episode we are featuring our interview with Tom Fitzpatrick, the winemaker from Alloro Vineyard. Wine feature in this episode: 2016 Riesling - priced around $30. This is probably one of the best dry Rieslings we've tried. This wine has beautiful aromas of fresh linens, beeswax and white peach. It's dry, with medium plus acidity and flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, white flowers and...


Ep 095 - Lenne’ Estate

This episode is the second in a series of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. In this week’s episode we are featuring our interview with Steve Lutz, owner and winegrower from Lenne’ Estate. Lenne’ Estate grows “death-defying Pinot Noir in the Yamhill Carlton AVA” Wines featured in this episode: These wines were provided to us for free. 2014 Pinot Noir - priced around $45. This wine has a medium intense nose of black cherry, wet leaves, dried fennel seeds, and dusty rose...


Ep 094 - Ghost Hill Cellars

This episode is the a first of a handful of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. We are kicking it off with our interview with Mike Bayliss from Ghost Hill Cellars. Ghost Hill Cellars is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It’s “a fifth generation century farm and estate vineyard, sustainably tended by the Bayliss family and the ghost of a murdered gold miner.” Wine Featured in this episode: These wines were provided to us for free 2014 Pinot Noir Blanc - priced around...


Ep 093 - Welcome to Willamette Valley

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview several producers from Willamette Valley in Oregon. So over the next handful of episodes we will be share those interviews and some great wines with our listeners. This is all thanks to Carl Giavanti from Carl Giavanti Consulting who we met at last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA who connected us to these producers and provided us with an opportunity to sample their wines. If you are a long time listener you...


Ep 092 - Champagne Holiday

The holidays is a great excuse to drink Champagne (as well as a Tuesday) but buying Champagne can feel overwhelming; it’s expensive and you might often feel like you're going to mess something up. Not to worry, we have three recommendations that you can’t go wrong with and something for everyone. We want to give you some options to take with you to holiday time with friends and family (or for just yourself is ok too). In this week's episode we discuss: Wine...


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