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I'll Drink to That Talking Wine with Levi Dalton

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A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.

A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.
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A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.

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Episodes

IDTT Wine 451: The Aligoté Thread

4/28/2018
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Erin Scala speaks with Burgundy vigneron devoted to the Aligoté grape variety and explores the challenges and rewards associated with Aligoté today. Erin narrates a tour of Burgundy cellars and vineyards, piecing together conversations with multiple vigneron to find a through thread for Aligoté. This episode contains interviews and commentary from vigneron and wine professionals working with Aligoté, including: Roland Rapet and Vincent Rapet (Domaine Rapet Père et Fils) Fanny Sabre...

Duration:00:50:01

IDTT Wine 450: António Maçanita on the Past and Future of Portuguese Wine

4/10/2018
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António Maçanita is involved with several wine projects throughout Portugal, including Fitapreta in the Alentejo, Maçanita Vinhos in the Douro Valley, and the Azores Wine Company on the Azores Islands. António discusses the rapid change that is happening on the island of Pico, as hundreds of hectares of vineyard are being replanted after over a century of decline. He explains the winemaking history of the area, and points to the reasons why there is a resurgence in interest in grape vines...

Duration:01:04:05

IDTT Wine 449: Training to Be the World's Best Sommelier with Arvid Rosengren

4/2/2018
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Arvid Rosengren is the Wine Director of Legacy Records, the restaurant in Manhattan. He won the World's Best Sommelier title in 2016. Arvid shares his memories of growing up in a household of limited means, and what that brought later in his life to his attitude as a competitor and a working sommelier. He recalls his wine studies in Sweden, and his work in restaurants in both Denmark and Sweden before his move to New York. He also recounts the process of winning the World's Best Sommelier...

Duration:00:57:57

IDTT Wine 448: Lee Hudson's Grape Guide

3/20/2018
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Lee Hudson is the owner of Hudson Ranch and Vineyards, in California's Carneros district. Lee recalls his early days in Texas and in France, as well as the experience of working the 1975 harvest in Burgundy at Domaine Dujac. Lee describes founding his own ranch and vineyard in California, and gives a grape by grape guide to different grape variety characteristics and how the ways they are grown can affect them. Those interested in Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and...

Duration:00:58:58

IDTT Wine 447: Sommelier to Self-Employed: A How-To Guide from Will Predhomme

3/13/2018
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Will Predhomme operates Predhomme, Inc. a wine communications firm based in Toronto, Canada. He is also a partner in Pearce Predhomme, a wine label sourcing wines from Oregon and South Africa. Will traces his history with restaurants and wine, from humble beginnings in Windsor, Ontario to sommelier jobs in Calgary and Toronto. He discusses how his goals changed over time, and how he approached a transition off the floor and into working for himself. Will addresses the potential pratfalls...

Duration:00:54:41

IDTT Wine 446: James Conaway is a Moralist in the Valley

3/7/2018
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James Conaway is the author of "Napa: The Story of an American Eden", "The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley", and "Napa at Last Light: America's Eden in an Age of Calamity," a trilogy of books about wine and wineries in California's Napa Valley. James argues that serious changes are needed if the Napa Valley is to survive as an agricultural eden in the future. He points out threats to the Valley from climate change, limited resources, increased...

Duration:01:00:55

IDTT Wine 445: Reinventing the Cork with Dominique Tourneix of DIAM

3/3/2018
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Dominique Tourneix is the Director General of DIAM Bouchage, a company specializing in reconstructed cork closures for wine. Dominique discusses the causes of cork taint in wine and the presence of volatile compounds within traditional cork. He examines the part that wine cork plays in both preventing and allowing for the oxidation of wine, as well as the useful life of a cork. He also explains the alternative solution that his company offers to the traditional wine cork, and how it can...

Duration:01:12:14

IDTT Wine 444: Enrico Pozzesi Remembers His Friend Giulio Gambelli

2/16/2018
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Enrico Pozzesi is the owner of Fattoria Rodano, the winery located within Castellina in Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy. Enrico discusses his wines and vineyard property in this episode, as well as the varying conditions that were presented by different vintages. He also discusses his friendship with an advisor to his winery, Giulio Gambelli. Gambelli in the years since his death has become a legendary figure, known for his incredible wine tasting ability and for the wines he helped create at...

Duration:00:40:07

IDTT Wine 443: Anne Parent Shares the Secret to Understanding Pommard

2/9/2018
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Anne Parent and her sister Catherine run Domaine Parent, based in the Burgundy village of Pommard. They also control the micro-négociant known as Jacques Parent et Compagnie. Anne describes the differences between the key crus of Pommard, relating how Pommard Epenots is distinct from Pommard Les Rugiens. She also describes her vineyard holdings on the hill of Corton. Anne recounts the difficulties of recent vintages in the area, and discloses some of her favorite years for her wines. She...

Duration:00:39:08

IDTT Wine 442: Ray Coursen Recalls the Napa Valley of the 1980s and Before

1/19/2018
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Ray Coursen is the owner and founding winemaker of Elyse Winery as well as Jacob Franklin Wines, in California's Napa Valley. He is also involved with winemaking for Purple Heart Wines, benefiting the Purple Heart Foundation. Ray relates how he arrived in the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and shares conversations he had with several wine world figures at that time. He discusses the history of some key vineyard sites, as well as the attributes of numerous grape varieties that he works with....

Duration:00:51:19

IDTT Wine 441: Chisa Bize Found a Family in Savigny-les-Beaune

1/13/2018
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Chisa Bize runs Domaine Simon Bize et Fils in Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune with the help of her sister-in-law, Marielle Grivot. Chisa describes her own upbringing in Tokyo, and explains how a chance meeting with Patrick Bize led her to Burgundy, where she is now in charge of the Bize family domaine. Chisa details the differences between the various crus that Bize cultivates, and explains how her approach to farming has shifted over time. She also shares her thoughts on personal growth in...

Duration:00:55:51

IDTT Wine 440: Aldo Vacca on the History and Future of Barbaresco

1/2/2018
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Aldo Vacca is the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, in the Barbaresco zone of Italy's Piemonte region. Aldo discusses the foundations of Barbaresco as a delimited zone, and talks about the origins of the Produttori del Barbaresco. He gives a sense of how the winemaking at the Produttori has evolved over time. He also describes the characteristics of some of the important crus of the Barbaresco area, and addresses the differences between some recent vintages and those of...

Duration:01:19:13

IDTT Wine 439: Jean Gonon on Why Every Vintage Should be Different

12/19/2017
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Jean Gonon works with his brother Pierre at Domaine Pierre Gonon in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, within the Saint-Joseph appellation. Jean speaks about the importance of farming, vine selection, and constant care in this discussion, while asserting that the winemaking that follows is quite simple. He also gives a history of Saint-Joseph as an appellation, and as a terroir. Jean explains why his wines taste as they do, in relation to where they come from and the type of vines...

Duration:01:16:49

IDTT Wine 438: Five Decades of Burgundy with Dominique Lafon

12/11/2017
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Dominique Lafon is the Managing Director of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, with cellars in the Burgundy village of Meursault. Dominique also founded the Mâcon winery Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and the Burgundy négociant label Dominique Lafon. He consults in Oregon at Lingua Franca Wines. Dominique discusses his firsthand meetings with some of the greats of Burgundy of a previous generation, people like Henri Jayer, Pierre Ramonet, Gérard Potel, and Hubert de Montille. He also assesses the...

Duration:01:43:49

IDTT Wine 437: Drinking with the Minotaur

12/8/2017
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Erin Scala explores the renaissance of winemaking happening today on the Greek island of Crete. Erin narrates a tour through the Crete wine regions near the towns of Heraklion, Chania, and Sitia, and gets answers about grape varieties like Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Candia, Kotsifali, Liatiko, Plyto, and more. This episode contains interviews with winemakers and wine professionals working on Crete, including: Nikos Douloufakis (Douloufakis Winery) Antonis Dourakis (Dourakis...

Duration:00:47:00

IDTT Wine 436: Patrick Comiskey on the High Highs and Market Lows of American Syrah

11/25/2017
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Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer for "Wine & Spirits" Magazine as well as the "Los Angeles Times." He is also the author of the book "American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink". Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought those varieties to prominence in California and Washington State. He provides a timeline for the...

Duration:00:54:05

IDTT Wine 435: Samuel Guibert on the Unique Blend of Mas de Daumas Gassac

11/11/2017
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Samuel Guibert is a co-owner and winemaker at the Mas de Daumas Gassac winery, in the Languedoc region of France. Samuel goes into detail about the unusual red and white wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac, a winery that blends Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Tannat and a number of other grape varieties together with Cabernet Sauvignon for their red. Samuel explains the setting of the individual vineyards that compose Mas de Daumas Gassac, the wine history of the surrounding Languedoc region, and the...

Duration:01:09:04

IDTT Wine 434: The Transformation of Lodovico Antinori

11/11/2017
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Lodovico Antinori is a partner in Tenuta di Biserno, in the Maremma area of Tuscany, and was the founder of Ornellaia in Bolgheri. He is also a partner in Tenuta Campo di Sasso. Lodovico is open and frank in his assessment of his career, discussing his family's position within Tuscan wine, his own important trip to California, and the rise of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia. He describes founding Ornellaia with the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the later influence of Michel Rolland, and...

Duration:01:05:54

IDTT Wine 433: Peter Liem's Insider Guide to Champagne

10/15/2017
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Peter Liem is the publisher of ChampagneGuide.net, as well as the author of the book "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region". Peter Liem returns to the show for an interview about Champagne. Peter has been tasting the wines of Champagne professionally for twenty years, and has lived in that region for the last ten years. In this interview he discusses the terroirs of the Champagne region, and gives tips for better evaluating the wines.

Duration:01:10:39

IDTT Wine 432: Doug Frost is a Double Master

10/8/2017
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Doug Frost is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Doug does wine and spirits consulting in a range of fields, and works as a wine writer. Doug reflects on his career in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting in this conversation, touching on his varied adventures in the wine and spirits trade. He remembers cellar visits in the Rhone Valley, describes the wine scene in Kansas City over the years, and speaks to the changes within...

Duration:01:24:08

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