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Inside Winemaking was created to provide direct access to the people in charge of creating world-class wines. Napa Valley winemaker, Jim Duane, hosts interviews with some of the top winemakers in California and beyond. Each week the Podcast features a winemaker, grape-grower, or technical wine pro and dives deep into their background and expertise. Wine newbies and expert enophiles will be entertained by winemaking stories and learn more about the greatest job on Earth!

Inside Winemaking was created to provide direct access to the people in charge of creating world-class wines. Napa Valley winemaker, Jim Duane, hosts interviews with some of the top winemakers in California and beyond. Each week the Podcast features a winemaker, grape-grower, or technical wine pro and dives deep into their background and expertise. Wine newbies and expert enophiles will be entertained by winemaking stories and learn more about the greatest job on Earth!
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Inside Winemaking was created to provide direct access to the people in charge of creating world-class wines. Napa Valley winemaker, Jim Duane, hosts interviews with some of the top winemakers in California and beyond. Each week the Podcast features a winemaker, grape-grower, or technical wine pro and dives deep into their background and expertise. Wine newbies and expert enophiles will be entertained by winemaking stories and learn more about the greatest job on Earth!

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Episodes

Ep. 101: Adam Casto - Gandona Winery

12/15/2019
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This episode’s guest is Adam Casto from Gandona Winery in Napa. We had a great conversation ranging on topics from winemaking philosophy, the Antipodes (I had to google it too), and the new ways Adam would like to gather and organize both vineyard and winemaking observational data with analytical tracking. LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Gandona Winery, Napa Valley Dana Estates, Napa Valley Laing Limit, work by Australian psychologist David Laing reporting that people can...

Duration:01:08:17

Ep. 100: Frederick Ammons - Rudd Estate

12/10/2019
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This episode features Frederick Ammons, Winegrower for Rudd Estate in the Napa Valley. Our conversation covers Frederick’s education in Bordeaux, his early jobs in California, his stint at Seavey Vineyard, the building of The Napa Valley Reserve where he made wine for nine years, and his current position at Rudd Wines. We spend the majority of our time discussing philosophical and practical viticulture touching upon organic and biodynamic practices. The central role of robust ecology and...

Duration:01:38:05

Ep. 99: Chris Tynan - Cliff Lede Wines

9/23/2019
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This episode features Chris Tynan, who is the winemaker at Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa. Chris also has his own small brand, Christopher Tynan Wines. Our conversation covers Chris’ background, high-end Cabernet production, and a couple of varietals that haven’t had much attention to date on the podcast, Sauvignon vert, and Semillon LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Cliff Lede Vineyards - Napa Valley Christopher Tynan Wines - Napa Valley Colgin Cellars - Napa...

Duration:01:02:52

Ep. 98: Chris Carpenter - Jackson Family Wines

8/20/2019
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This episode’s guest is Chris Carpenter, who is making wines in Napa for Jackson Family Wines and is overseeing Cabernet and Bordelais varietals grown on several of Napa’s mountain AVA’s such that he has become known as a mountain winemaker. Our conversation covers the mountain wines being produced from Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, and Diamond Mountain AVA’s, but also Cardinale, the flagship Cabernet that is a blend from throughout Napa including the valley floor. Chris...

Duration:01:12:42

Ep. 97: Filtration Featuring Maria Peterson from Scott Labs

8/15/2019
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If it were possible to have a riveting conversation about filtering wine, there are very few people I’d consider. Scott labs has such an enigmatic guru. Maria Peterson is a filtration specialist, one who has the uncommon ability to translate technical expertise into practical winery practice. This is a sponsored episode—something I arranged with Scott Labs in order to support the podcast and extend that as a technical resource for filtration, one of the most difficult aspects of commercial...

Duration:01:47:38

Ep. 96: Andrew Byers - Finnriver Farm and Cidery

6/29/2019
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Straying from the usual focus on grapes, this episode dips into cider and the opportunities to be explored from fermenting apples. Andrew Byers is the Head Cidermaker at Finnriver Farm in Chimacum, Washington (on the Olympic Penninsula, west of Seattle). I met Andrew while moderating the Creativity in Fermentation panel during the Scott Lab’s Ferment event. Even for those who might not have a specific interest in cider making, the parallels with winemaking, especially marketing, present a...

Duration:01:26:15

Ep. 95: Anthony King - King Wine Consulting and Ratio Wines

6/21/2019
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This episode features the first Oregon winemaker on the podcast. Anthony King is currently making wine for a number of small brands under as part of King Wine Consulting, he is the general manager at Carlton Winemakers Studio in Carlton, Oregon where he also produces his own brand, Ratio Wines. Anthony and I spent most of our time talking about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as he has spent his winemaking career with those varietals starting at Acacia Vineyard in Napa and Lemelson Vineyards in...

Duration:01:11:20

Ep. 94: Amanda McCrossin - Wine Director Press Restaurant

6/6/2019
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This episode features Amanda McCrossin who is a sommelier, wine director, and the creator of @sommvivant. As the Wine Director for Press Restaurant in St Helena, Amanda oversees a tremendous list of Napa Valley wines and serves as an ambassador for the wines on offer and the stories of their producers. On top of Amanda’s work at Press she has leveraged her access to the valley’s wineries in order to create one of contemporary wine’s most prominent Youtube channels covering wine basics,...

Duration:01:17:43

Ep. 93: Leigh Meyering - MyEnologist

5/6/2019
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This episode features Leigh Meyering the proprietor of MyEnologist, a small commercial enological laboratory that she runs as a family business in Napa. Our conversation covers Leigh’s winemaking background, the harvest experience in France that seeded the idea for a small, independent enology lab, and the development of the business, which also provides consulting services and a winery supply shop. I was attracted to MyEnologists service packages because all samples receive a full panel of...

Duration:01:14:09

Ep. 92: Dr. David Montgomery - Professor and Author

4/25/2019
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This episode features Dr. David R Montgomery, professor from the University of Washington and author of three books that shine a light on the often-overlooked role of biology underground and the connections and influence these microbia have with plants. David is a professor of geomorphology at the UW and together with his wife, Anne Bicklé, has ventured beyond the inorganic confines of soil science in authoring books and speaking to a wide range of agricultural industries regarding the value...

Duration:01:01:42

Ep. 91: Brett Weis - Eleven Eleven Wines

4/10/2019
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This episode features Brett Weis, who is the Associate Winemaker for ElevenEleven Wines in Napa. Beyond making the full portfolio of wine for ElevenEleven Brett is managing the custom crush clients that have their wines produced at ElevenEleven. Our conversation covers his background, the ElevenEleven vineyards and wines, the ar throughout the winery, tips for working in as a custom crush client, and the aromatherapy room at ElevenEleven. LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS...

Duration:01:08:13

Ep. 90: Tim Milos - Consultant Winemaking

3/14/2019
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The guest for this episode is one of the most industrious and deep-thinking winemakers for whom I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and explore their winemaking brain. Tim Milos is a winemaking consultant and through his various projects is all over California, Oregon, and has experience with more varietals than anyone on the podcast to date. Our conversation gets into the weeds on technical aspects of extended maceration, ideal varietals for natural winemaking, the merits of racking, Tim’s...

Duration:01:25:10

Ep. 89: Jenny Heinzen - Vineyard and Winery Real Estate

3/10/2019
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The guest for this episode is Jenny Heinzen, who runs a real estate business in Paso Robles, California, focused on vineyard and winery sales. Jenny’s real estate services span both residential and commercial properties. I wanted to talk with Jenny about issues buyers and sellers should be prepared for when buying or selling vineyards and/or wineries. Jenny works with her husband, Randy Heinzen from Ep. 86, to help clients maneuver through the technical aspects of vineyard due diligence....

Duration:01:18:29

Ep. 88: Matt Iaconis - Brick and Mortar Wines

2/23/2019
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This episode features Matt Iaconis of the husband and wife team that is Brick and Mortar Wines. Our conversation covers the development of Brick and Mortar, the winemaking decisions that accompany its stylistics goals, and then focuses on the process and equipment involved in packaging wine into aluminum cans. Matt is also a winemaker with Naked Wines. His description of working with Naked Wines is a great accompaniment to my earlier podcast with the folks from Naked (Ep. 65). Matt and his...

Duration:01:47:13

Ep. 87: Winemaking Q&A with Jim Duane February, 2019

2/12/2019
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This podcast is the third installment where I answer winemaking and vineyard questions that have been submitted by email. If you would like to submit a question, please send them to jim@insidewinemaking.com. Sign-ups for Deep Winemaking are now open. If you are interested in coming to Napa to learn technical winemaking for three days in August, please check out further details here. These events are a lot of fun for beginners and competent winemakers alike. This podcast is brought you...

Duration:00:51:55

Ep. 86: Randy Heinzen - Vineyard Professional Services

1/29/2019
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This episode features Randy Heinzen, who is the owner and president of Vineyard Professional Services (VPS), which is a vineyard farming and consulting company based in Paso Robles, California. VPS currently manages over 2,400 acres in Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties and has designed and developed over fifty properties in the last twenty years. I met Randy years ago when we working working with a shared vineyard in Napa. Our conversation covers Randy’s full professional...

Duration:01:40:26

Ep. 85: Doug Shafer - Shafer Vineyards and "The Taste with Doug Shafer" Podcast

1/11/2019
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Every day I drive by Shafer Vineyards (twice) and never fail to slow down in order peer into that special sloping set of vineyards within the Stags Leap District where the hillsides graduate from difficult-to-grow-grapes to upright cliffs. In 2018 Doug and his team at Shafer began producing “The Taste with Doug Shafer” podcast and that presented the opportunity for me to connect with him and explore this small part of Napa Valley. In preparing for this podcast I found and read Doug’s book, A...

Duration:01:14:21

Ep. 84: Molly Williams Hodgins - Napa Valley College

11/14/2018
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Molly is a good friend and has a tremendous wealth of viticultural knowledge from her years in commercial grape-growing both in California and Oregon. Now as the Vineyard Coordinator and Instructor, Molly is teaching the viticulture courses at Napa Valley College. This podcast covers the two topics I most wanted to discuss the with Molly. First: how to farm grapes in cooler, wetter climate that is Willamette Valley, and second: the V&E courses and degree programs that are available from Napa...

Duration:01:11:24

Ep. 83: Working a First Harvest - Ben Matthews and Cameron Laurent

11/12/2018
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Near the end of the 2018 harvest I recorded this episode with Ben and Cameron after they had a chance to work with me at Seavey. I have known both of these guys since they came on the Deep Winemaking trip in 2017. Making the leap from a comfortable career to starting from the beginning as a winery intern requires significant sacrifice. Working a harvest is what I recommend to anyone who finds themselves pondering the first steps in winemaking. Ben and Cameron share their individual paths...

Duration:02:03:15

Ep. 82: Dr. Dave Block - Dept. of Viticulture and Enology, UCDavis

9/28/2018
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This episode features Dr. Dave Block from UCDavis. Dave is the Chair of the Dept. of Enology and Viticulture, teaches both enology and chemical engineering courses, and directs a research lab. I did my graduate research in Dave’s lab and got to know him during our conversations about tinkering with Cabernet fermentor shapes and sizes. I went back to Davis in July, 2018 to record this podcast and find out what Dave is currently working on, what the Dept of V&E has going on, and to discuss the...

Duration:01:54:10