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Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational

Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational


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Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational




Olympian Natalie Coughlin, Gaderian Wines - Ep. 36

Have we got an Olympic-sized episode for you! We are thrilled to welcome 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin to Sip Sip Hooray! She won gold in the pool, now she’s winning gold in the vineyard. Join us, the Marys, As we dive deep into what drives Natalie, her Olympic career and her new wine label Gaderian Wines. Natalie says yes to opportunity when it presents itself to her. That’s led to a wide range of experiences, including being a reality show dance competition contestants,...


A Wine Lineage: Steven Kent Mirassou, Ep. 35

This episode is a Sip Sip Hooray! podcast exclusive! What does lineage mean when it comes to wine? For our guest today lineage means everything. Steven Kent Mirassou’s family is America’s oldest winemaking family - older than the Mondavi’s, the Sebastianis and the Gallos. He’s now working side-by-side with the seventh generation. If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you can thank Mirassou’s ancestors for bringing the some of the first pinot vine cuttings to California. In his first full, sit...


Samra Morris - Alma Rosa Winery, Ep. 34

This Sip Sip Hooray! episode is all about courage! As a child growing up in Bosnia, Samra Morris dodged incoming fire just trying to go to school. This brave woman survived her war-torn country, studying winemaking in her native Sarajevo. Now Samra’s following in the footsteps of a wine world legend - Richard Sanford at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara wine country in California. She is also California's first Bosnian winemaker. You don’t want to miss...


Champagne Laurent-Perrier - Michelle DeFeo, Ep. 33

She's bubbly, effervesecent, elegant and ebullent. We're thrilled to have Champagne Laurent-Perrier's Michelle DeFeo join us for a great conversation about one of our favorite beverages, French Champagne. Michelle DeFeo is the President of Laurent-Perrier U.S. The winery, dating back to 1812, is the largest family-owned and female-led Champagne house. Join us, the Marys, as we get the inside scoop on all things bubbly! Michelle’s path to Champagne isn’t your typical road - and it started...


Alan Viader, Viader Vineyards, Napa - Ep. 32

Resilience. Determination. Perseverance. These three words describe our guest, Alan Viader of Viader Vineyards & Winery. Resilience to continue in the face of wildfire devastation. Determination to grow grapes on the steepest, rockiest slopes of Napa Valley's Howell Mountain, and perseverance to survive not one but two major fire events. Join the Marys as we get right into a story so relevant for today's wineries. With fire season here, and the continuation of drought in California, we are...


Julia Coney, Founder, Black Wine Professionals - Ep. 31

Julia Coney is a powerhouse in the wine world. This wine journalist and entrepreneur, a former beauty writer, who loves perfume and Champagne, is changing how the world views the wine industry. She founded Black Wine Professionals in the wake of the George Floyd shooting to recognize black people working in all aspects of wine, offering visibility, support and guidance. Tune in as the Marys get to know this mover and shaker - her struggles being a black woman in an industry not...


SOMM TV Director Jason Wise - Ep. 30

When documentary director Jason Wise premiered SOMM at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2012, he didn't imagine the runaway success of the film. In our far ranging interview, Jason gives the Marys the behind the scenes scoop and previews the many (and we mean many) new video and movie projects coming soon to your home computer and smartphone. You won't want to miss this lively chat! Nearly 20 years later, Wise has turned SOMM into the online streaming juggernaut SOMM TV, home to a plethora...


Judy Jordan of Geodesy Wine - "Drink Well. Do Good." Ep. 29

Have we got an inspirational episode for you! Meet Judy Jordan, the woman who is helping make a difference for young women beginning their careers in wine agriculture, cellar work and hospitality. In her words, "Drink Well. Do Good." We couldn't agree more. Judy created J Vineyards, a predominately sparkling wine house in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County in 1987 at the age of 27. Her parents started Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley. The winery became known for hospitality and...


Joy Sterling - Iron Horse Vineyards, Ep. 28

We have a sparkling episode for you! The always bubbly Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards in the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County is our guest. She and her family are committed to caring for the earth through wine. As we celebrate Earth Month, Joy shares her commitment to protecting the oceans, regenerative agriculture and working to secure broadband access for everyone. Join us - with a glass of sparkling wine in hand - and get to know one of our most favorite people in the wine world!...


The Chardonnay King: Rob Lloyd, Lloyd Cellars - Ep. 27

Do you love bold, indulgent and decadent California Chardonnays? Then you'll love our guest, Rob Lloyd. He's the winemaker you can thank for delivering Cali sunshine in a glass, perfected at La Crema and Rombauer. Now Rob and his wife Bonnie have their own venture, Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards, but he still makes wine with long running winery clients such as Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines. Join us to learn about Rob's Chardonnay-powered journey to wine, his musical...


Larry Schaffer - Tercero Wines, Ep. 26

How do you take your coffee? That's the question winemaker Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines asks when you visit his Los Olivos, CA tasting room. What's your coffee preference have to do with wine? The Marys were wowed by this! Join us and find out why. Schaffer makes his Tercero Rhone varietal wines in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. He's one of the most straight talking winemakers we've ever met! So pour a glass of wine, and get ready for a fun and entertaining chat, and discover...


Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein - Ep. 25

We are excited to have Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein as our 25th episode guest! Evan was the youngest person to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and, as you can imagine, has had quite the career journey since! We worked with Evan during our In Wine Country TV days, and he was a favorite guest because he makes wine easy and fun! Now he's helping you Master The World of wine in your own home. It's like having a private tasting with several Master Sommeliers, who curate tasty and interesting...


The G.O.A.T. Wine - Margaux Alvarez, Ep. 24

Chateau Margaux is in the house! Winemaker Margaux Alvarez that is. If you're a Titan Games fan then you may have seen our guest running the obstacle course, defying time and gravity, to claim Mount Olympus in victory as the Season 2 West Region Champion. Margaux is fierce in the gym and in competition, and she also brings it to making wine. After all, who else could call her or his wine The G.O.A.T. Wine? Grab a glass, or a pair of dumbells, and enjoy our conversation, and learn which...


Alfaro Family Vineyards: Ryan Alfaro - Ep. 23

There's one thing to know about Alfaro Family Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You are guaranteed great wine and a good time. This family-owned winery is in Corralitos, at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. It's a mecca for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers, but at Alfaro, you'll also find Syrah, Merlot, and yes, Gruner Veltliner, that crisp and aromatic white wine from Austria that is growing in popularity here. In fact, the Alfaros are leaders in Gruner, planting the...


Laura Catena - Gold in the Vineyards, Ep. 22

What makes a great vineyard great? Laura Catena, of Argentina's leading Catena Zapata Winery and the Catena Institute, set out on a mission to discover what the world's best wines have in common. Instead of telling these vineyard stories the traditional, boring way, Laura takes Gold in the Vineyards readers through an illustrated, colorful, fun and compelling journey around the world, weaving in tales of love, war, betrayal, sibling rivalry, royalty and more, that keep you turning the page...


Support Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries Fire Relief - Ep 21

On this special edition of Sip Sip Hooray! we hear the incredible stories of bravery, heroism and spirit from vintners most impacted by the August 2020 CZU Lightning Complex fires. You will be riveted by their stories, but you'll also find hope as they assess the aftermath and the path forward. Equally important, we share the best ways you can help the recovery efforts now. Read more.


The Fizz is Female Blaine Ashley Ep. 20

We've got a sparkling edition of Sip Sip Hooray! Our special guest is the bubbly Blaine Ashley, aka Champagne Blaine and founder of New York Champagne Week. Meet the woman who is bringing Champagne to everyone and helping all of us discover those smaller producers crafting delicious bubbles across France's Champagne region.


Phil Long of Longevity Wines

It's all about wine with heart on this episode of Sip Sip Hooray! We welcome Phil Long, winemaker and co-founder, with his late wife Debra, of Longevity Wines in California's Livermore Valley, east of San Francisco and San Jose. Phil's a busy man! He just inked a national wine distribution deal recently took on the role of president of the Association of African American Vintners. We talk Covid, diversity, hearts and wine.


S.O.S. - Save Our Sommeliers! Ep. 18

There's a saying in the wine industry that sommeliers are the last to be hired and first to be fired. This has never been truer than in the time of coronavirus. A staggering majority of somms were furloughed, laid off or let go permanently. But thanks to a handful of somms and wine companies, these wine professionals are getting the attention and help they need. On today's episode, we talk about what's been happening to somms since March 2020, assistance programs, what role and operational...


What Winery Reopenings Look Like

Across the country winery tasting rooms are slowly coming out of covid-19 lockdown. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has just given the green light to winery reopenings across the state, depending on local county guidelines. So what does that mean for wineries and winery guests like all of us? Join us for the second in our coronavirus wine conversations series for a frank look at how three wineries in three California wine regions have reopened or are preparing for reopening. What's...