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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. 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...

Duration:01:54:10

Ep. 81: Hunter Smith - Frankland Estate, Western Australia

9/4/2018
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The folks who put on the City of Riesling invited me to their events this past June in Traverse City, Michigan. I was able to record this podcast featuring Hunter Smith from Frankland Estate, situated in the Frankland River Region of Western Australia, and is known for their Rielsings. Hunter does a great job of describing this remote site, 70 km from the coast, where they are farming and certified organic. LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Frankland Estate, Western...

Duration:00:50:13

Ep. 80: Fred Merwarth - Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

8/22/2018
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The folks who put on the City of Riesling invited me to their events this past June in Traverse City, Michigan. I was able to record this podcast featuring Fred Merwarth, who is the owner and winemaker at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Our conversation covers Fred's introduction to winemaking, the challenges of growing grapes in the Finger Lakes, the grapevine nursery, which is part of their business, and of course, their many bottlings of...

Duration:00:49:53

Ep. 79: August Deimel - Keuka Spring Vineyards

8/2/2018
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The folks who put on the City of Riesling invited me to their events this past June in Traverse City, Michigan. I was able to record this podcast featuring August Deimel, the winemaker for Keuka Spring Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. August has a talent for storytelling and I was incredibly fortunate to connect with him on a whim. Having attended Cornell's enology program, August provided a peek into east coast wine education and winemaking that was a novel perspective for this podcast. His...

Duration:01:25:24

Ep. 78: Ernst Loosen and Bob Bertheau - Eroica Riesling from Washington State

7/18/2018
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The folks who put on the City of Riesling invited me to their events this past June in Traverse City, Michigan. I was able to record this podcast featuring the team behind Washington state's Eroica Riesling, produced by Ste Michelle Wine Estates. Bob Bertheau is the head winemaker for Chateau Ste Michelle and Ernst Loosen is the proprietor of the Dr Loosen wines in Germany's Mosel Valley. Since 1999 they have had a partnership focused on an iconic Riesling from Washington called Eroica. More...

Duration:01:07:32

Ep. 77: 3 Michigan Winemakers - Sean O'Keefe, Bryan Ulbrich, and Jay Briggs

7/3/2018
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3 Michigan Winemakers - Sean O'Keefe, Bryan Ulbrich, and JayBriggss The folks who put on the City of Riesling invited me to their events this past June in Traverse City, Michigan. I had a great time, was introduced to the many of the people who are at the helm of Michigan's viticulture, got to taste a lot more than just Riesling, and recorded six podcasts with winemakers from around the world. This episode features Sean O'Keefe, Bryan Ulbrich, and Jay Briggs, three winemakers based in...

Duration:01:40:54

Ep. 76: Josh Jacobsen - Facebook and Instagram Advertising for Wineries

6/20/2018
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This episode features Josh Jacobsen, who I met when he signed up for the forthcoming Deep Winemaking immersion trip in Napa this coming August. Formerly of Facebook, Josh agreed to help walk me through all the important aspects of creating ads in a manner that would be specific for wineries. Josh provides an incredible insight into creating, tracking, and evaluating the messages and costs that a winery could use on Facebook and Instagram ads. This ended up being a very technical podcast,...

Duration:02:00:33

Ep. 75: Michael Evans - Vines of Mendoza

5/23/2018
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This episode features Michael Evans, who is the co-founder of the Vines of Mendoza in Argentina's Uco Valley. After falling in love during a trip to Mendoza in 2004 Michael found a local partner and created a place for individual owners to build a wine starting right from vineyard plantings. Under the guidance of full vineyard staff and consulting winemaker, Santiago Achaval, owners can choose the varietals and winemaking style in order to build their own personal wine. Vines of Mendoza has...

Duration:00:43:40

Ep. 74: Frederic Panaiotis - Ruinart

5/8/2018
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This episode features Frederic Panaiotis, Chef de Cave for the Champagne house, Ruinart, which was founded in 1729 and lays claim to being the oldest maison in Champagne. Frederic was on a press tour in the US and I had a chance to record this podcast with him in San Francisco. Chef de Cave translates to Chief Winemaker, which is the post that Frederic serves at Ruinart. As both a holder of tradition, and innovator Frederic is leading the technical team at Ruinart. What i learned from our...

Duration:00:58:45

Ep. 73: Gabrielle Shaffer - Stagecoach Vineyard and Gamling & McDuck

4/19/2018
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This episode features Gabrielle Shaffer, who is the viticulturist and winery relations manager for Stagecoach Vineyard. AT 600 planted acres across 175 distinct parcels, Stagecoach is one of the largest and most important vineyards in the Napa Valley. Gabrielle works with 90 different winemakers, who are purchasing grapes from Stagecoach. Gabrielle also has her own brand, Gamling and McDuck, which she founded with her partner, Adam McClary. Gamling and McDuck, which features Chenin blanc and...

Duration:01:19:40

Ep. 72: Thibaut Scholasch - Fruition Sciences

4/6/2018
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This episode features Thibaut Scholasch, founder and VP of Research and Development for Fruition Sciences. Our conversation gets deep into the weeds of technical viticulture. Fruition Sciences provides four technical vineyard services that track novel parameters within grapevines. Thibaut discusses those services chronologically as they are pertinent during the growing season and describes how viticulturists and winemakers can utilize the data to optimize inputs such as irrigation and...

Duration:01:38:15

Ep. 71: Rudy Zuidema - Winemaker and Flash Detente Provider

3/29/2018
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This episode features Rudy Zuidema, who is the winemaker at Shadybrook Estate in Napa, where we met to record this episode. Rudy also makes wine for other clients and is known for his experience with organic and biodynamic farming. Under his own brand, Zuidema Wine Co., Rudy produces a single vineyard Grenache from the McGah Vineyard in Rutherford. The second half of this podcast is focused on the winemaking technology known as flash detente process. Rudy founded and operates Flash Wine...

Duration:01:22:47

Ep. 70 Becky George - Kelly Fleming and Mojave Wines

3/2/2018
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This episode features Becky George, who is the winemaker for Kelly Fleming Wines in Napa. Becky also produces her own wine under the Mojave Wines brand, which is a tribute to her childhood growing up in the Mojave Dessert. Becky and I studied winemaking at UCDavis together 15 years ago, and used this podcast to catch up on all of Becky's work throughout the globe leading up to her current projects in Napa and Anderson Valley. LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Kelly Fleming...

Duration:01:23:50

Ep 69: Pam Starr and Evyn Cameron - Crocker and Starr

2/21/2018
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Pam Starr has been making the wines and building the Crocker and Starr brands since she first met with Charlie Crocker of the Crocker Estate in 1997. This podcast covers the long story of how Pam built Crocker and Starr beginning from the handwritten business plan. Associate Winemaker, Evyn Cameron discusses Crocker and Starr's portfolio, they ways how her and Pam evaluate Cabernet Franc fermentations, and some of the winery's cool new equipment. Our conversation gets out into the weeds of...

Duration:01:37:37

Ep. 68: Dave Nakaji - Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery

2/15/2018
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Dave is a long time friend and agreed to help create the recent Winemaking Chemistry Series - pH and TA episode. I asked Dave to be a part of that project because of his background in organic chemistry and his ability to describe where in winemaking those principles are most critical. We ended up going deep on several aspects beyond wine acidity and I made the decision to make this a stand-alone episode. Dave is currently the winemaker at Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma. HIs...

Duration:02:26:44

Ep. 67: Winemaking Chemistry Series - pH and TA

2/8/2018
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This episode is the second in the chemistry series and focuses on the acidity elements of pH and TA (Ep. 56 was on sugar and alcohol). Dave Nakaji, winemaker for Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, came on the podcast to discuss how he integrates pH and TA as parameters to guide his decision-making all the way through from grapes to finished wine. Beyond his experience with wine, Dave has a PhD in organic chemistry, and the rare ability to simplify the complex understanding of acid chemistry as...

Duration:01:06:23

Ep. 66: Tyler Henley - Boxwood Estate

1/25/2018
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This is the first episode of Inside Winemaking to leave the West Coast and learn about winemaking in Virginia. Tyler Henley is the winemaker for Boxwood Estate and has been making wine in Virginia for four years, after an extensive background working at wineries in California and Chile. Tyler and I worked together at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars ten years ago. Thankfully we've kept in touch and were able to connect over Skype to record this episode. Beyond Tyler's background we cover what makes...

Duration:01:31:06

Ep. 65: Naked Wines - Alex Farber and Cari Roberts

1/8/2018
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See the link below for the $100 gift card to sign up and shop Shortly after the fires in northern California during the harvest of 2017, Naked Wines put together one of the coolest fire recovery fundraisers that I came across. They have raised $832K as of January, 2018, and drawn support from their members worldwide. That was the final impetus I needed to contact Naked and ask for an interview. This episode features Alex Farber, who is a Wine Production Manager and also has her own wines...

Duration:01:24:20

Ep. 64: The Rose Winemaking Episode

12/13/2017
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This episode covers my recent journey through the creation of a new wine. A pink wine. From grapes to finished wine that is almost bottle-ready three months later, this foray into rose has been an exciting new winemaking challenge. As an experiment I recorded this solo episode while driving home from work. Because I'm a captive in the car during the recording, it's part harvest chronology and a bit stream of consciousness. I hope that the winemaking decisions that I grappled with presents...

Duration:00:42:29