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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...


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 give...


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 effects...


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 Coffee...


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 others...