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Ep. 81 The Siklos Castle in Hungary

I was a guest of the Villany wine region's Franc & Franc symposium over Thanksgiving weekend. We were treated to an opening event at the Siklos Castle (Fortress). The castle was built by Baron János György Benyó in the 13th century in the town of Siklós in the southern part of Hungary near Pécs. It was first mentioned in a charter from 1294. The oldest building is in the southern part of the residential wing. After the original family died out it became the property of the Garai family. In...


Ep. 80 Cats in the Cradle and Cabernet Franc

In this episode, I share my feelings about how Cats in the Cradle is the ideal song when it comes to talking about Cabernet Franc and how in 2013, I decided to start a campaign to give Cabernet Franc the respect it deserves and have the first #CabFrancDay. The now internationally recognized wine holiday is celebrated every year on December 4th. Why not celebrate the holidy with a bottle of Dracaena Wines double gold award winning Cabernet Franc. Enjoy the music, enjoy the story and I hope...


Ep. 79 Wine Writers' Wrapup; Embarrassing Wine Moments

On this episode: Debbie Gioquindo and Michael Kelly No outline for today's podcast, we are just sharing our embarrassing wine moments along with some other's I found on line. Do you have an embarrassing wine moment? I'd love to hear them! Leave me a comment or share them on the social media channels. I can be found on them all @Dracaenawines. RIDDLE: You walk into a creepy house by yourself. There is no electricity, plumbing or ventilation. Inside you notice 3 doors with numbers on them....


Ep. 78 Grapevine Deficiencies

Welcome to Vine soil 101. In this episode I dive into the telltale signs that a vineyard is not healthy. Plants, like us, need nutrients and those nutrients come in two forms; macro and micro. After listening in, I hope you learned a bit more about vine health and maybe the next time you walk through a vineyard you will be more aware of the health of the vines you are observing. The berries always get the attention, but they could never make great wines if it weren’t for the green stuff! If...


Ep. 77 Wines of Macedonia

On October 22nd, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a Master Class presented by the Wines of Macedonia. We tasted through seven wines with a focus on the Vranec grape variety. Known as the Macedonian Pride or the Black Stallion these wines are hand picked from warm climates and provide a powerful color along with the primary tastes of chocolate and black fruits. Join me as I listen to Roger Bissell describe the wine region and the following wineries. 1. Stobi...


Ep. 76 Spain's Great Match

Hey Everyone! Thanks for listening in. Today’s episode is another in the wild podcast. I was back in New York City for the Spain’s Great Match Food and Wine Design Event. Once again it was held in the IAC building on West 18. In what was the 25 anniversary of this tasting, I was able to taste over 300 unique Spanish wines that were poured alongside some of New York’s and Spain’s top Spanish restaurants. I tasted the more popular Albarino and Garnacha but was also introduced to some new to...


Ep. 75 The Somm Scandal

Today, we have another Wine Writers’ Wrap Up. We had a different topic planned for today, but in the light of what may be the biggest scandal in the wine industry since Rudy Kurniawan’s wine hoax in 2013, I thought we’d change topics and discuss what has become known as the Somm Scandal. If you haven’t heard, the Court of Master Sommeliers announced that they were stripping the titles of 23 candidates who passed the tasting portion of the exam and were granted entrance into the illustrious...


Ep. 74 Welcome to Winephabet Street; Q is for Quarts de Chaume

The sweet wines of Quarts de Chaume (GAAR DU CHOME) have nearly infinite aging potential. Made with the Loire’s hallmark Chenin Blanc grape, they offer complex, nuanced flavors that can pair with both rich savory dishes and desserts. This appellation is located on a small parcel of land in a single commune on the right bank of the Layon: Rochefort-sur-Loire within the Anjou district. If you like what you hear, please give us a 5 star review, so that others can find us! We appreciate your...


Ep. 73 Tyson Stelzer; Wines of Tasmania

Today, I have a special treat. I had the privilege of attending a very intimate tasting hosted by Tyson Stelzer in support of Wine Australia and Wine Tasmania. Tyson Stelzer is a multi-award winning wine writer, television presenter and international speaker. He was named The International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015 in the International Wine & Spirit Competition, The Wine Communicators of Australia Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2015 and 2013 and The International...


Ep. 72 James Suckling; Tasting the Greatness of the Andes

When the email arrived in my mailbox asking me if I was interested in attending the James Sucklinng Great Wines of the Andes in NYC, I immediately responded yes. This event was the fift anniversary and had more than 100 leading producers from Chile, Argentin and Uruguay. The podcast was recorded in a room filled with over 500 people, so there is a lot of background noise. I have done my best to lower that noise, but alas it is still there. I hope you can listen through it, since there is...


Ep. 71 Wine Writers' Wrapup; Drink Now or Drink Later

Today, October 1, 2018 is our official release day for our 2016 Paso Robles Cabernet Franc!! We have won many awards and have received 90+ ratings since our first vintage in 2013. Place your order today and receive special release day bonuses: head to our website to see the specials and to place your order! On this episode: Debbie Gioquindo and Michael Kelly What’s everyone drinking? Episode 7- Drink Now or Drink Later ~Are you more of a drink now or drink later person? ~As much as 90...


Ep. 70 Welcome to Winephabet Street; P is for Picpoul

Picpoul can trace its history back to the 17th century when, along with Clairette, it was the basis of the then hugely popular Picardan that was exported from the Languedoc to Northern Europe. Its plantings dwindled after the onslaught of phylloxera at the end of the 19th century as growers resorted to hardier and more disease resistant grapes. Records from the early 17th century indicate that it was blended with Clairette (another white Rhône varietal) to form the popular sweet Picardan...


Ep. 69 Get to Know Cabernet Franc

As the founder of the now internationally recognized wine holiday #CabFrancDay, I am on a mission to get the word out to as many people as possible about how great a variety this grape is! I am thrilled to see that there are more and more wineries that are producing a single varietal Cabernet Franc wine! (of course, I think ours is the one you should try!) I hope you enjoy this brief introduction to Cabernet Franc and #CabFrancDay! Slainte! Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories Join...


Ep. 68 Cooperage; the art and science of the wine barrel

On this episode I delve into the world of wine barrels. I take you through the process of choosinng the tree, which parts of the tree are used and how the barrel comes to its shape. There is so much that occurs behind the scenes and it can take up to three years before a barrel is ready for sale. These beautiful pieces of art impart a huge characteristic onto the wines they hold. As promised, here is the photo of the barrel parts. And please be sure to check out the video on Youtube of Saury...


Ep. 67 Welcome to Winephabet Street; O is for Orvieto

Orvieto is an Italian wine region located in Umbria and Lazio. It is primarily known for its white wines made from a blend of mostly Grechetto and Trebbiano, which is sold under the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) Orvieto and Orvieto Classico. Blended red wine and eight varietal reds are sold under the Rosso Orvietano DOC. The Orvieto zone is in the province of Terni in the south-western corner of Umbria. It extends southward into the Viterbo province of Lazio and north to the...


Ep. 66 Wine Writers' Wrap Up; To Decant or Not to Decant

This week I sat down with a group of wine writer friends for another edition of Wine Writer’s Wrap Up. The topic was all about decanting. It may not be such a volatile topic, but people seem to have a definitive opinion on wether or not you should decant and how long. Give it a listen and afterwards, let me know what your thoughts are. Do you decant your wines? When and why? On this episode: Amber Burke - Winetraveleats.com Nick Berube - WineCommGuy.com Michael Kelly -...


Ep. 65 The History of Paso Robles

This is a short but sweet episode. I wanted to give a little insight into the history of the place that Michael and I have fallen in love with. We visited once and it was love at first sight. We had no clue at that point what this amazing area would mean to us. Counting the days until it is our home full time! If you like what you hear, please give us a 5 star review, so that others can find us! We appreciate your support. Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories Thoughts or comments?...


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...