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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 442: Ray Coursen Recalls the Napa Valley of the 1980s and Before

1/19/2018
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Ray Coursen is the owner and founding winemaker of Elyse Winery as well as Jacob Franklin Wines, in California's Napa Valley. He is also involved with winemaking for Purple Heart Wines, benefiting the Purple Heart Foundation. Ray relates how he arrived in the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and shares conversations he had with several wine world figures at that time. He discusses the history of some key vineyard sites, as well as the attributes of numerous grape varieties that he works with. Ray...

Duration: 00:51:19


IDTT Wine 441: Chisa Bize Found a Family in Savigny-les-Beaune

1/13/2018
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Chisa Bize runs Domaine Simon Bize et Fils in Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune with the help of her sister-in-law, Marielle Grivot. Chisa describes her own upbringing in Tokyo, and explains how a chance meeting with Patrick Bize led her to Burgundy, where she is now in charge of the Bize family domaine. Chisa details the differences between the various crus that Bize cultivates, and explains how her approach to farming has shifted over time. She also shares her thoughts on personal growth in...

Duration: 00:55:51


IDTT Wine 440: Aldo Vacca on the History and Future of Barbaresco

1/2/2018
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Aldo Vacca is the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, in the Barbaresco zone of Italy's Piemonte region. Aldo discusses the foundations of Barbaresco as a delimited zone, and talks about the origins of the Produttori del Barbaresco. He gives a sense of how the winemaking at the Produttori has evolved over time. He also describes the characteristics of some of the important crus of the Barbaresco area, and addresses the differences between some recent vintages and those of...

Duration: 01:19:13


IDTT Wine 439: Jean Gonon on Why Every Vintage Should be Different

12/19/2017
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Jean Gonon works with his brother Pierre at Domaine Pierre Gonon in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, within the Saint-Joseph appellation. Jean speaks about the importance of farming, vine selection, and constant care in this discussion, while asserting that the winemaking that follows is quite simple. He also gives a history of Saint-Joseph as an appellation, and as a terroir. Jean explains why his wines taste as they do, in relation to where they come from and the type of vines...

Duration: 01:16:49


IDTT Wine 438: Five Decades of Burgundy with Dominique Lafon

12/11/2017
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Dominique Lafon is the Managing Director of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, with cellars in the Burgundy village of Meursault. Dominique also founded the Mâcon winery Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and the Burgundy négociant label Dominique Lafon. He consults in Oregon at Lingua Franca Wines. Dominique discusses his firsthand meetings with some of the greats of Burgundy of a previous generation, people like Henri Jayer, Pierre Ramonet, Gérard Potel, and Hubert de Montille. He also assesses the...

Duration: 01:43:49


IDTT Wine 437: Drinking with the Minotaur

12/8/2017
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Erin Scala explores the renaissance of winemaking happening today on the Greek island of Crete. Erin narrates a tour through the Crete wine regions near the towns of Heraklion, Chania, and Sitia, and gets answers about grape varieties like Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Candia, Kotsifali, Liatiko, Plyto, and more. This episode contains interviews with winemakers and wine professionals working on Crete, including: Nikos Douloufakis (Douloufakis Winery) Antonis Dourakis (Dourakis...

Duration: 00:47:00


IDTT Wine 436: Patrick Comiskey on the High Highs and Market Lows of American Syrah

11/25/2017
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Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer for "Wine & Spirits" Magazine as well as the "Los Angeles Times." He is also the author of the book "American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink". Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought those varieties to prominence in California and Washington State. He provides a timeline for the...

Duration: 00:54:05


IDTT Wine 435: Samuel Guibert on the Unique Blend of Mas de Daumas Gassac

11/11/2017
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Samuel Guibert is a co-owner and winemaker at the Mas de Daumas Gassac winery, in the Languedoc region of France. Samuel goes into detail about the unusual red and white wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac, a winery that blends Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Tannat and a number of other grape varieties together with Cabernet Sauvignon for their red. Samuel explains the setting of the individual vineyards that compose Mas de Daumas Gassac, the wine history of the surrounding Languedoc region, and the...

Duration: 01:09:04


IDTT Wine 434: The Transformation of Lodovico Antinori

11/11/2017
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Lodovico Antinori is a partner in Tenuta di Biserno, in the Maremma area of Tuscany, and was the founder of Ornellaia in Bolgheri. He is also a partner in Tenuta Campo di Sasso. Lodovico is open and frank in his assessment of his career, discussing his family's position within Tuscan wine, his own important trip to California, and the rise of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia. He describes founding Ornellaia with the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the later influence of Michel Rolland, and...

Duration: 01:05:54


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

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