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I'll Drink to That Talking Wine with Levi Dalton

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A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.

A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.
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A guy who used to be a sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny living room. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work. Then he releases the recordings every Tuesday and Friday as the I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton podcast. Erin Scala also contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits in Manhattan is the retail partner. Check the website http://illdrinktothatpod.com for back episodes, info on how to purchase an IDTT t-shirt, or to leave a donation to help the show.

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Episodes

IDTT Wine 433: Peter Liem's Insider Guide to Champagne

10/15/2017
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Peter Liem is the publisher of ChampagneGuide.net, as well as the author of the book "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region". Peter Liem returns to the show for an interview about Champagne. Peter has been tasting the wines of Champagne professionally for twenty years, and has lived in that region for the last ten years. In this interview he discusses the terroirs of the Champagne region, and gives tips for better evaluating the wines.

Duration: 01:10:39


IDTT Wine 432: Doug Frost is a Double Master

10/8/2017
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Doug Frost is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Doug does wine and spirits consulting in a range of fields, and works as a wine writer. Doug reflects on his career in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting in this conversation, touching on his varied adventures in the wine and spirits trade. He remembers cellar visits in the Rhone Valley, describes the wine scene in Kansas City over the years, and speaks to the changes within...

Duration: 01:24:08


IDTT Wine 431: Victor Hazan and the Problem of Italian Wine

9/28/2017
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Victor Hazan wrote the book "Italian Wine", which was published in 1982. He also co-wrote several Italian cookbooks with his wife, the late Marcella Hazan. Victor Hazan speaks about his lifelong search for authentic Italian ingredients and expressions, an ethusiasm he shared with his wife of many years, Marcella Hazan. Victor details the start of his wine writing career, and confesses why he left off writing his second book on Italian wine. He also provides portraits of some of the key...

Duration: 00:55:10


IDTT Wine 430: Becky Wasserman-Hone Gives a Burgundy Tour

9/28/2017
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Becky Wasserman-Hone is the founder and co-director of Becky Wasserman & Co., an exporter of wines from Burgundy and other regions of France and Europe. Becky looks back on her career in this interview, and talks about what would be become a key period for Burgundy, as it increasingly found an audience amongst American consumers. She also recalls some of the keys friends and mentors she made along the way, including Michel Lafarge, Gerard Potel, Hubert de Montille, Lalou Bize-Leroy,...

Duration: 01:37:27


IDTT Wine 429: Bill Easton Ignored the 90s Monster Wines

9/14/2017
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Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California. Bill describes an era of post-Prohibition California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a corner of the state that was little known. Bill also is frank about his stylistic choices, and his decision not to embrace the fashionable 1990s style of big wines.

Duration: 00:50:47


IDTT Wine 428: Swedish Sommelier Totte Steneby on Restaurant Success and Disaster

9/5/2017
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Totte Steneby is the Beverage Manager of Portal Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also an importer of Burgundy wine into Sweden, and a European brand ambassador for both the Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote wineries of California. A former child actor, Totte Steneby discusses his sommelier career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the hard moments he has experienced during restaurant work as well, including one hard opening gone wrong. Totte also...

Duration: 01:14:12


IDTT Wine 427: Gianluca Garofoli On One Hundred Years of Verdicchio

8/28/2017
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Gianluca Garofoli works with his family at the Garofoli winery, in the Marche region of Italy. Gianluca Garofoli discusses in-depth the wine history of the Marche, as well as the native grape varieties Verdicchio and Montepulciano. This conversation is an insider's guide to the Castelli di Jesi sub-zone of the Marche, and Gianluca provides rich detail about the winemaking there. Vineyard characteristics, vine training, weather conditions, soil types, vintages, and winemaking styles are...

Duration: 00:59:17


IDTT Wine 426: Giampaolo Venica Remembers a Different Friuli

8/23/2017
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Giampaolo Venica works with his family at the Venica winery, in the Friuli region of Italy. Giampaolo Venica describes the Friuli as a region that has changed significantly in recent decades, and which is still in flux today. He notes the many changes in grape plantings and wine styles within the Collio, and questions what types of wines from the Friuli may find resonance with consumers in the future.

Duration: 00:38:24


IDTT Wine 425: Cherasco Barolo Survives Today Solely Because of Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone

8/17/2017
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Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone is the sole producer of a Barolo from the Cherasco sub-zone of Italy's Piemonte region. His family has owned vineyard land in the Cherasco area for centuries, and the Marchese, who is now over 80 years old, tends to the family parcel at the edge of the Barolo zone. This is a rare encounter with the Marchese, who rarely grants interviews. The conversation ranges across decades and even centuries of history in the Piemonte, covering the Roman period,...

Duration: 00:27:07


IDTT Wine 424: The Complete Stephen Brook

7/23/2017
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Stephen Brook is a prolific author of anthologies, travel books, and a wide range of wine books published over the last thirty years, including "The Complete Bordeaux," "The Wines of Germany," "The Wines of California," "Wine People," "The Wines of Austria," and "Bordeaux: People, Power, and Politics." Stephen has also been a Contributing Editor to Decanter Magazine since 1996. Stephen revisits his wine writing career in this interview, recounting his adventures and undertakings in...

Duration: 01:12:32


IDTT Wine 423: Elena Pantaleoni Remembers When Making Natural Wine Felt Lonely

6/17/2017
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Elena Pantaleoni is the proprietor of the La Stoppa winery in Italy's Emilia. Elena Pantaleoni was pulling out international grape varieties from her vineyard in the mid-1990s, just when the acclaim for such wines was highest. And she embraced a Natural wine approach long before it became fashionable in the market. Why did she make those moves? Elena discusses in this interview the decision making that has set her apart from the pack in the Emilia and in Italy. In the end, she says, she...

Duration: 01:13:51


IDTT Wine 422: Christian Moueix on 50 Years of Pomerol and Napa Valley

6/2/2017
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Christian Moueix is the president of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, based on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, France. He oversees several properties in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, including Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy, and Chateau Hosanna. Christian is also the owner of the Dominus Estate and Ulysses wineries in the Napa Valley of California. Christian opens up about his family life and career in this interview, touching on the post-war era of Pomerol, through the 1980s in...

Duration: 02:09:42


IDTT Wine 421: Sommelier Victoria James is a Rosé Believer

5/23/2017
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Victoria James is the Wine Director of Piora restaurant, in New York City's West Village, and the co-author of "Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé". Victoria discusses her shift from diner waitress to fine dining sommelier, and opens up about the process of co-authoring a book with a new boyfriend. This episode will take you to all sorts of unexpected places, including Piemonte's Saluzzo, a lunch table in Provence, into a legendary lower Manhattan wine cellar, and ringside for a knife...

Duration: 01:11:10


IDTT Wine 420: Michael Garner Remembers the Great Personalities of the Piemonte, including Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, and many others

4/30/2017
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Michael Garner co-authored the book "Barolo: Tar and Roses - A Study of the Wines of Alba" and is writing the forthcoming "Amarone and the Fine Wines of Verona". Michael Garner helped write one of the classic texts on the Piemonte and Barolo. In this episode Michael narrates a lively journey through his meetings with Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Violante Sobrero, Luciano Sandrone, Lorenzo Accomasso, Beppe Colla, and many more Great names and personalities of the Langhe region in...

Duration: 01:22:47


IDTT Wine 419: Beppe Colla is one of the Founding Fathers of Barolo

4/28/2017
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Beppe Colla, who was born in 1930, literally defined what Barolo is today through his work at the Prunotto winery in the Piemonte of Italy. Beppe Colla was one of the first to introduce single vineyard Barolo to consumers, and he helped lay down the guidelines that shape the wines of the region today. This is a rare interview with Beppe Colla, who is now blind and lives in retirement.

Duration: 01:01:50


IDTT Wine 418: Steven Spurrier on the Day that Changed Everything

4/20/2017
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Steven Spurrier is a Consulting Editor for Decanter Magazine. Steven is famed for conducting the "Paris Tasting" of 1976, wherein wines from California bested the French in a blind tasting. He discusses that day in May '76 in this episode, providing a front row seat to what happened. He also shares surprising details from his life before and after.

Duration: 01:08:39


IDTT Wine 417: Mapmaker Alessandro Masnaghetti Studies the Borders Between Wine Cultures

4/17/2017
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Alessandro Masnaghetti is the editor of Enogea, a wine newsletter that has published several groundbreaking maps of wine regions. Alessandro discusses how he went from nuclear engineer to mapman, and the influence that Italian wine journalist Luigi Veronelli had on his career. He also talks about Beppe Colla, a key figure in the history of the Piemonte, and discusses the rationale for focusing on specific crus from that region. And Alessandro gives some well thought out advice to those...

Duration: 01:29:40


IDTT Wine 416: 100% Whole Cluster

4/8/2017
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Erin Scala delves into the evolving conversation around whole cluster, one of the biggest questions in winemaking. One hundred percent whole cluster? Not all wines are, but this episode sure is. Why might a winemaker choose to use the stems, as well as the grapes, in their winemaking? Or why might they discard those stems? Erin Scala looks at the reasoning presented by some key winemakers from around the world.

Duration: 00:49:35


IDTT Wine 415: Frederic Lafarge Shares the Family Secrets to Making Great Burgundy

3/26/2017
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Frederic Lafarge operates Domaine Michel Lafarge with his family, with cellars located in the Burgundian town of Volnay, in France. Frederic and his wife Chantal also recently began the Lafarge-Vial domaine, with holdings in the Beaujolais crus of Fleurie, Chiroubles, and Cote de Brouilly. In this interview Frederic goes deep into the explanation of his winemaking for the various crus and grape varieties (including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, and Aligote Doree) that he works with....

Duration: 01:02:08


IDTT Wine 414: Randall Restiano Shares Strategies for Buying Wine

3/14/2017
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Randall Restiano is the Wine Director of the Eli Zabar restaurant group as well as the Eli's List retail shop in Manhattan. Randall Restiano discusses wine buying strategies for restaurants and for retail. He suggests finding out what you don't like, thinking for the long term, being careful about large purchases, and focusing in on no more than two countries of origin for wine. Randall also has several principles that he keeps in mind when he evaluates every potential wine purchase. He...

Duration: 01:14:24

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