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Roger Bissell, Italian Master Somm

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast. On this series that I have renamed The Allure of the Pour, I sit down with Roger Bissell. About one year ago, I was invited to a Master Class on the wines of Macedonia. I was intrigued. I had never had wine from there, and thought it would be an excellent educational experience. I was so happy after the class to find out that I was right. Roger Bissell, the Master Somm who ran the class, was not only informative, but entertaining. After the...


Simon Solis Cohen; Entrepreneur & Consultant for Wine Industry

On this episode of Exploring the Wine Glass, I sit down with Simon Solis Cohen of Tating Merchants, your online resource for small batch wines. I first met Simon on Instagram. I may have mixed feelings about the platform, but in this case it proved to know what it was doing when they recommended Tasting Merchants. I clicked the follow button and liked several of the photos, and then there was a DM. We conversed a few times within Instagram and then decided a phone call was in order. I spoke...


Katie Madigan; Winemaker at St. Francis Winery

Today I sit down with Katie Madigan. Katie is the rockstar winemaker for St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa, CA. Her name may not be known in every winelover’s household today, but I know we will be hearing more great things about her in the upcoming years. We sat down and discussed how she went from pursuing a Chemistry major at UC Santa Barbara to being named Female Winemaker of the Year! We also talked through four wines in her portfolio. I didn’t have time to taste them, but after our...


The Dahl Murder; True Crime and Wine

Hey everyone! Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass! I have something very special for you today! It is something completely different. I think that most podcasters also listen to podcasts. I mean, otherwise how else would we have caught the bug to get behind the mic? I’m always curios what podcasts people enjoy listening to and of course, am constantly looking for new ones to fill my que. Besides a multitude of wine podcasts, the other categories that I love to listen to are true crime and...


Cary Gott of Calla Lily Winery

The name Calla Lily comes from a Greek word for beauty. At some point during the 19th century, flowers began to be associated with the expression of specific feelings and the stunning cone shaped calla lily became the symbol of youth and rebirth. You will often find it in arrangements that are sent for major transitions, such as births and new beginnings. It is also the symbol of the latest wine venture for fourth generation winemaker Cary Gott. On this episode of Exploring the Wine Glass,...


Winephabet Street; Z is for Zinfandel

Welcome back to Winephabet Street! It is hard to believe that we have been doing this for 26 months! Yep, that’s right. Today’s letter of the day is Z and it stands for the mighty Zinfandel. This is a grape variety that has played a major role in the history of wine in the United States. One, which since the beginning of Winephabet Street, had the longest and easiest to find history. So settle in, uncork, unscrew or saber a bottle and join in the fun as we wrap up the first season of...


Lea Tirard-Hersant Teaches Me Some French for Winelovers

Hey everyone! Thanks for listening in today! I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lea Tirard-Hersant, developer of the Staircase program. Born and raised in Anju, France, Lea turned her love of linguistics into a booming business. You may be thinking to yourself, well, what does that have to do with wine? It has a whole lot to do with it! Lea has many students who are in the wine industry and have learned French in preparation for their internships or harvest experiences in France. She...


How much is too much money for wine?

Today, on the podcast, I got together with some wine writing friends to discuss a topic in the wine world that has been hitting the headlines quite a bit lately. How much is too much to spend on bottle of wine? The topic was triggered by the announcement of Liber Pater declared that he was going to produce 550 bottles of his 2015 vintage and release them for $34K. Now, that may be a price tag that the majority of us couldn’t even contemplate spending, but then on Instagram, a post by Amber...


Wine Importer - Alyssa Wolf

A few months ago, my friends over at #winePW were discussing wines of South Africa. When the topic was announced I immediately knew where to go to get the best South African wine. Lyss and Ian Wolf of Red Wolf Imports ! I met them online.. (of course) and was lucky enough to meet Lyss in real life. It was interesting to me to learn about another side of the wine industry. Wine importing is intriguing, and how they got into it captivated me. If you would like to read my post about South...


Winephabet Street; Y is for Yarra Valley

Welcome back to Winephabet Street! Today Elmo’s letter of the day is Y and he is talking about the Yarra Valley in Australia! The region is named after the river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. The name Yarra Valley is used in reference to the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River and generally does not encompass the lower regions including the city and suburban areas. So unscrew,...


Craving Bubbles? Pour Franciacorta

photo credit: BERLUCCHI VINEYARDS Today on Exploring the Wine Glass we are talking Franciacorta! Before we begin, we have one thing that we have to get out of the way…. It’s not Champagne! In order to be legally called Champagne, the sparkling wine must come from the Champagne region of France. Now that we have that over with, let’s talk Franciacorta! Everyone has heard the statement, Location, Location, Location. Well, Franciacorta has it all! Located in the Lombardy region of northern...


Winemakers of the Haro District, Rioja

From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connected the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings, and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system. After much controversy and considerable effort and six years, the...


Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

Hey Everyone! On today’s podcast I am taking you to NY for an intimate tasting with the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers better known as (ZAP) and owner of corkbuzz Laura Fiorvanti. The event was held at Corkbuzz NYC and its purpose was to help explore Zinfandel’s place on the world stage of wine, preserving legendary Zinfandel vineyards in California and why Zinfandel is, according to those passionate about the variety, one of the most versatile food wines out there. Mike and I have enjoyed...


Winephabet Street; X is for Xinomavro

On today’s episode, we are returning to Winephabet Street. Today’s letter of the day is X is it stands for Xinomavro (KSEE NO MAVRO). Xinomavro itself is a conjunction of the Greek words for acid and black, although this is often translated as black and sour. I was able to find a bottle at a local wine shop for $14.99 and I have to honestly say it would be case worthy. But since this there was only one bottle left, that does not seem to be in my future. It was not an easy bottle for Debbie...


Are Wine Gadgets Worth Your Money? Wine Writers' Wrap Up

It’s time to grab a glass and join my write writing friends as we delve into the world of wine! It’s the best world, isn’t it? Today, we are chatting about wine gadgets. By definition a gadget is an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty. Joining me are Michael Kelly, Debbie Gioquindo, Rick Dean, Maria Ferrora and Nick Berube. We discuss some of the top purchased wine gadgets in 2019 and give our opinions on whether they are worth...


Hudson Valley Cab Franc Coalition

Today’s podcast is all about Cab Franc Baby! If you are listening to this podcast, you know that Cab Franc is my passion. I created Cab Franc Day back in 2015. That first year, I hosted a twitter chat and could not believe my eyes when I saw it trending on Twitter. Just behind cookie day. It’s tough to beat a cookie! Since then my holiday has made it international. It is celebrated across the globe and I have no idea how it happened, but sometimes you don’t need to know the why, you just...


Rioja Railway Wine Master Class

Today I have a special treat for you. It is another Master Class. Once again led by the wonderful Pedro Ballesteros Torres. This class was held at Milk in NYC and was run in conjunction with the Rioja Railway Wine Experience. The grand tasting took place on a section of the High Line. All of the wineries that participated are from a specific region within Rioja that became more viable thanks to the railway coming through their region. During the Master Class, we were privileged to taste...


Winephabet Street; W is for Weissburgunder

Ah, its time to return to Winephabet Street! Today’s letter of the day is W! Weissburgunder is the German name for Pinot Blanc. It is a white berried mutation of Pinot Noir, which is part of the larger family of Burgundian vines. We had to do a little thinking outside the box again for this episode, since neither Debbie nor I could find an actual Weissburgunder, so Pinot Blanc was in our glass. Just as an FYI, we had some technical difficulty with this one, midstream. But the professionals...


Discussing Paso Robles with Lauren Lekai

Welcome to episode 105! This is the first episode in which I am introducing you to our new brand; Exploring the Wine Glass. If you are a subscriber, I have been told there is nothing you will need to do - the change will be seamless, and the new name will be coming soon! I will never tell you what to drink.. but I will always share what's in my glass. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Today I am talking all things Paso Robles with my friend Lauren Lekai. Lauren is the owner of...


Wine Tasting Tips; Wine Writers' Wrap Up

Welcome to Episode 106! Today I am back with my wine writing friends and we are discussing our top tips for wine tasting. We aren’t talking about the do’s and don’ts while at a winery, we are sharing our ideas on how to become more comfortable describing the wine we drink! The systematic approach we use to recording tasting notes, different schools of thought on analysis. The three levels of a wines aromatic profile and what we consider a good, bad or indifferent wine. Of course, we end with...