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Ep. 64 Welcome to Winephabet Street; N is for Negroamaro

photo courtesy of: italianculturalcentre.ca Negroamaro is a dark-skinned grape best known in the Puglia region in southern Italy. This is the most important and exclusive vine of Puglia! covering roughly 12,000 hectares (29,652 acres) of land throughout the region, but it is especially widespread on the Salento Peninsula. The origins of the name “Negroamaro” are not precisely known. There are several different theories about the origins of the name: some believe that «negro» (black) is a...


Ep. 63 Aridus Wine Company; Making Wine in Arizona

photo credit: Aridus Wine Company I had the privilege of attending a tasting event at Napa Valley Wine Academy in early July. When I heard that an Arizona winery was coming to Napa, I had to take the drive north to find out more. Aridus Wine Company opened its doors in 2012 after restoring 28000 sq foot apple warehouse. It is a family owned winery that also acts as a custom crush facility. After tasting the wines, I wanted to delve a little deeper into the story behind this winery and...


Ep. 62 Wine Writer’s Wrap Up; Summer Must Haves

With it being officially summer, I thought a proper topic would be Summer Must Haves. So join me along with four of my wine writing friends as we discuss what characteristics we look for in a summer wine, when we start thinking about summer wines and although I’m all for promoting Rose’ (shameless plug here- we have an amazing offer on our Rose’ – get 20% off a six pack of our rose’ PLUS get $10 off a future order and that will be eligible for our inaugural release of our Reserve Single...


Ep. 61 Phylloxera

Phylloxera is a microscopic louse or aphid, that lives on and eats roots of grapes. They can become inhabitants of vineyards through the soles of vineyard worker’s boots, on equipment or naturally by spreading from one vineyard to the next. They, sadly, have played an integral part in the history of wine and have almost completely devistated both the French and American wine industry by destroying the vines. Interestingly enough, they themselves, do not kill the vine. Instead it is the...


Ep. 60 Wine Writer’s Wrap Up; Wine Bias

In this episode of Wine Writer’s Wrap Up, I sit down with my wine writing friends and discuss our thoughts on wine bias. People have bias. There is nothing we can do about it. But do you have bias against wine packaging? What’s your thoughts on screw caps, boxed wines, critter labels, and the most recent’ the 40oz wine?! Do you choose you bottle by your palate or is there a bias in your decision. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as my wine writer friends and I...


Ep. 59 Vinho Verde Experience

cover photo courtesy of wines of Vinho Verde Vinho Verde is a region in the northwest of Portugal. Although, predominently white wines, many of which are blends, single varieties and both red and rose’ wines can also be found. Wines are typically light bodied, lower in alcohol and excellent with a variety of food pairings. White varieties include: Alvarinho, Arinto, Avesso, Azal, Loureiro and Trajadura Red varieties include: Espadeiro, Padeiro and Vinhao I attended the Vinho Verde...


Ep. 58 Welcome to Winephabet Street; M is for Mencia

Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that produces wines with floral and red fruit flavors. If the fruit is harvested from older, low yield vines, it has shown the ability to age like other fine wines. It is suggested as a alternative for Pinot and Gamay lovers. However, both Debbie and I felt that it was a bigger wine than either of these and aliked it to more like a Cabernet Franc, but less vegetal or even a lighter Petite Sirah. If you like what you hear, please...


Ep. 57 Inventions That Help Us Enjoy Our Wine

In this episode, I sat down with three individuals who are pursuing their passion in wine. However, they are not growers, wine makers nor are they sommeliers. They are inventors, people who have created a product that helps us enjoy our wine more. First, I sat down with Ryan Frederickson, the creator of ArT Wine Preserver. The product uses Argon gas to preserve up to 50 bottles of wine. Argon displaces oxygen in the bottle and creates a blanket to protect your wine from the harmful...


Ep. 56 Welcome to Winephabet Street; L is for Lambrusco

Lambrusco is actually one of hte oldest wines in history and has a genealogical heritage to wild vines. The ancient Romans use to call it labrusca, from the Latin labrun which means edge or order. The name is ideal since the vines grew wildly along the edges of the fields. These are “non-domesticated” grapevines. Lambrusco is so different than many of the other grapevines we are familiar with since it is a wild vine, it freely pollinates with other grape varieties, dandelions, and...


Ep. 55 Wine Writer’s WrapUp; Points vs. Palate

In this episode of Wine Writer’s Wrap Up, I sit down with my wine writing friends and discuss our thoughts on points and medals. How much do they effect people’s decision to buy a bottle of wine. We would love to hear your thoughts too! You can always leave a comment. And please when you are on your phone, swipe down a bit and leave us a review to help others find us and to let us know how we are doing. Slainte! On this episode: Jeff Kralik - the Drunken Cyclist Rick Dean - Strong...


Ep. 54 Battle of the Sexes; Wine Tasting

It’s been awhile since I did a podcast about the science of wine, so I thought it was as good a time as any. There is a lot of debate about who are better tasters, males or females. As a scientist, when there is a debate, I turn to science to find the answer. And quite honestly, I don’t understand why there is a controversy. Scientifically, Biologically, Women are better tasters than men. You can’t dispute science! If you like what you hear, please give us a 5 star review, so that...


Ep. 53 Couvent des Jacobins

I am so honored to have won the Millesima Blog Awards and to have had the experience of attending 2017 En Primeur Week in Bordeaux. Each day, we visited different AOCs and tasted in some the grandes Chateaux. One of my favorite days was our visit to St. Emilion. St Emilion may be the oldest active wine producing appellation in Bordeaux. Research shows that it dates back to Roman times. Obtaining its name from a Benedictine Monk known as Emilian, the city is now a protected,Unesco, World...


Ep. 52 Wine Writer’s Wrap Up; Wine Tasting Etiquette

Join me and my wine writing friends Jeff Kralik, aka the Drunken Cyclist, Debbie Gioquindo, the HV Winegoddess, Nick Berube, known as the Wine Comm Guy, Martin Redmond, who writes under Enofylz wineblog, and Tina Morey of WineStudio as we discuss our thoughts on wine tasting etiquette. Show notes: What’s everyone drinking?


Ep. 51 The Wines of Croatia

Croatia’s 2 primary wine regions, Primorska Hrvatska (“coastal Croatia”) and Kontinentalna Hrvatska (“continental Croatia”), are divided into a total of 12 subregions, themselves further divided into smaller vinogorje (literally, “wine hills), which spread northeast from the radiant shores of the Dalmatian Coast to the sprawling floodplains of the Danube River. Sabina Salamun www.agrolaguna.hr Sasa Spiranec grandtasting-vinart.com Ana Markezic www.kabola.hr Carl Russo


Ep. 50 Welcome to Winephabet Street; K is for Kabinett

Grab a glass and join Lori and Debbie as they take you through the world of wine one letter at a time. Each episode will be a new letter and a new wine. Learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere. Today the letter of the day is K and it stands for Kabinett! Kabinett is actually a classification of German Riesling rather...


Ep. 49 NY Drinks NY

New York is home to the first bonded winery in the United States, making it one of the oldest wine regions in the the country. The lasting effects of Proibition made it difficult for wineries, but in the 1950s, the first vitis vinifera vines were successfully harvested. Since the 1976 passing of the New York Fram Act and the creation of the New York Wine and Gape Foundation in 1985, the NY wine industry has grown every year. In this podcast: Pleasant Valley Wine Company - Patrick...


Ep. 48 In the Wind of Pleasure

I am going to read you a story. A story like no other wine story you have ever heard before. It is a story of romance, ok, maybe not romance, more like lust and seduction. The story of an innocent girl, Sauvignon Blanc who falls for troubled man, Cabernet Franc, and endures his wildness and anti-social behavior. But ultimately they come together to create one of the most well known children in the world (Caberent Sauvignon) I hope you enjoy this tale, and maybe you should listen to this...


Ep. 47 Wine Writer’s Wrap Up; The Wine That’s Always In Our Cellar

I posed a question to a group of fellow winewriters. “What is the one wine you MUST have in your cellar at all times?” So in other words, what’s your Go-To wine? The wine that when company comes over, you pull out first because you know they are going to enjoy it. What’s the wine that you have no problem pulling the cork on in the middle of the week. I didn’t give them anymore guidance than that. They were free to choose whatever wine, whether it be red, white, rose’ or bubbles and it...


Ep. 46 It’s All About the Bubbles!

In this episode I am talking BUBBLES! It’s all about the bubbles! How they are made, what makes them, what glass you should be using to sip them, the different sweetness levels and of course I give you tips on how to Saber that bottle! My shameless plug: Do you know that we know offer a wine club? We’ve named it CHALK CLUB. Draco has the label, so Vegas gets the Wine Club. Find out how you can get shipping on us and 25% off your wine orders all year long - and we don’t ask for a major...


Ep. 44 Getting Down and Dirty in the Vineyard

We are getting down and dirty in the vineyard. It isn’t what you are thinking though! We are shedding a litle light on the science behind making wine. I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Great wines are made in the vineyard.” Well, it is absolutely true. Enjoy as I discuss a grapevine’s annual growth cycle, the importance of rootstocks and site selection. Allowing the grapes to create the best quality fruit possible is a balancing act in terms of maintenance of the vine and trellising...