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Ep 107- South Australia

This marks week three of our Australian Wine series and for this episode we focus on the state of South Australia. South Australia produces more than half of all Australian wine and some of the most prominent wine regions in the country. In this episode, we'll discuss: Wine Recommendations D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2016 - priced around $15. Lovely white blend of Viognier and Marsanne with aromas of chalky minerality, grapefruit pith, flowers and stone fruit. This wine is dry with...


Ep 106 - Victoria, Australia

Welcome to week two of our Australian wine series. This week we are discovering wines from the state of Victoria. In this episode we discuss: Wine Recommendation (yes we didn't talk about Shiraz, don't hate on me) Frisk Prickly Riesling 2017 - priced around $12. This actually a blend of 85% Riesling, 10% Muscat Gordo, and 5% Gewurztraminer. This wine has aromas of pear, white lilies, lemon and wax or lanolin. It's slightly fizzy, off dry with medium acidity and flavors are more...


Ep 105 - Introduction to Australian Wines

This week starts a series of episodes on Australian wines and wine regions. We haven’t talked about Australian wines on this podcast yet so this topics is a long time coming. This week is going to be an introduction to Australia and it’s wine and over the next few weeks we will talk about different geographic areas and showcase some Australian wines from those larger regions. Australia doesn’t have a very long history in terms of wine but there is a lot of learning to unpack. This...


Ep 104 - Ice Wine

This is our last wine of our dessert wine series. This week we focus our attention on ice wines. Ice wines are risky, time intensive and expensive to produce but the results are delicious. In this episode, we discuss: Wine Recommendations Heidmann’s-Bergweiler 2016 Polar Bear Eiswein - priced around $38 for 375ml bottle. This wine is made with Riesling grapes from the Rheinhessin area of Germany. It has a medium lemon color with medium intense aromas and flavors of lemon, slate or...


Ep 103 - Vin Santo

Vin Santo is an Italian dessert wine traditionally from Tuscany Italian Vin Santo is not related to Vinsanto the Greek dessert wine, even though they do have a similar name. In Tuscany, it’s mostly made from white grape varieties Trebbiano and Malvasia, and Sangiovese can be used to produce a rosé style known as "Occhio di Pernice" or eye of the partridge. In this episode we'll discuss: Wine Recommendations: Bellini Vin Santo 2009 - priced around $30. This wine is aged for at...


Ep 102 - Sherry

This week's episode is all about Sherry. Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes and produced in a small region in South West Spain. We talked about another type of fortified wine, Port, back in episode 42. If you are interested in listening to that episode click here. In this episode we discuss: check out a handy food and Sherry pairing guide from Sherry.Wine Dry Styles of Sherry: Light to Heavy Sweet Styles: Wine Recommendations: Lustau Rare Amontillado...


Ep 101 - Sauternes and Noble Rot

This week starts a series on dessert wines and this episode we are talking about Sauternes. Sauternes is a sweet white wine from a region in Bordeaux by the same name. A while back, we did a two part episode on Bordeaux. Those episodes talked about history of wine in the area, classification system and climate and geography. Check out our previous episodes on Bordeaux: Ep 038 – Bordeaux and Aquitaine Ep 039 – Bordeaux Reds and the 1855 Classé In this episode we discuss: Wine...


Ep 100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes

Welcome to our 100th episode! This is a special episode to celebrate the “big 100” which is a bit of a milestone for a lot of podcasters so this episode we have: People featured in this episode: Other items mentioned in this episode: Treveri Sparkling GewurztraminerChuck's blog - Exploring.wineCram Flashcard AppTunein echo/alexa skillWe are on Spotify!!!Wine Bloggers Conference Thank you for 100 episodes and we look forward to the next 100 episodes! Cheers!!!


Ep 099 - Wine in the News January 2018

Time for us to catch up on some wine news! Check out the links below to read the articles feature in this episode. Sonoma’s city council imposes moratorium on new tasting rooms Esteemed California Sustainable Winegrowing Program Lodi Rules™ Goes International Bogle Requires Certification Winery says grapegrowers must abide by Lodi Rules Wine and liquor fraud: NY state fines big alcohol distributor in 'pay to play' scheme Walgreens is Now a National Drop-off Location for Wine A...


Ep 098 - Four Wines January 2018 Edition

This is our Four Wines episode for January 2018, our chance every couple of months to share recommendations with you for wines we’ve recently enjoyed but weren’t for an upcoming episode. Wines featured in this episode: Alvarez de Toledo Roble 2009 Domaine de l'Espigouette Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône Smithereens by Skinner 2015 White Blend purchase this wine here G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2014 We’re coming up to our 100th episode and to celebrate, we want to make you part of...


Ep 097 - Youngberg Hill

This week’s episode features our interview with Wayne Bailey, owner and winegrower at Youngberg Hill. “Youngberg Hill creates authentic wines and experiences in our tasting room and Inn that will have you fall in love with life again." Oregon’s premier wine country estate and one of Wine Spectator’s favorite locations; set on a 50-acre hilltop surrounded by exquisite vineyards and views. We have an amazing 28-year old vineyard that is farmed organically. We are well known for producing...


Ep 096 - Alloro Vineyard

This episode is the third in a series of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. In this week’s episode we are featuring our interview with Tom Fitzpatrick, the winemaker from Alloro Vineyard. Wine feature in this episode: 2016 Riesling - priced around $30. This is probably one of the best dry Rieslings we've tried. This wine has beautiful aromas of fresh linens, beeswax and white peach. It's dry, with medium plus acidity and flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, white flowers and...


Ep 095 - Lenne’ Estate

This episode is the second in a series of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. In this week’s episode we are featuring our interview with Steve Lutz, owner and winegrower from Lenne’ Estate. Lenne’ Estate grows “death-defying Pinot Noir in the Yamhill Carlton AVA” Wines featured in this episode: These wines were provided to us for free. 2014 Pinot Noir - priced around $45. This wine has a medium intense nose of black cherry, wet leaves, dried fennel seeds, and dusty rose...


Ep 094 - Ghost Hill Cellars

This episode is the a first of a handful of interviews from producers in Willamette Valley. We are kicking it off with our interview with Mike Bayliss from Ghost Hill Cellars. Ghost Hill Cellars is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It’s “a fifth generation century farm and estate vineyard, sustainably tended by the Bayliss family and the ghost of a murdered gold miner.” Wine Featured in this episode: These wines were provided to us for free 2014 Pinot Noir Blanc - priced around...


Ep 093 - Welcome to Willamette Valley

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview several producers from Willamette Valley in Oregon. So over the next handful of episodes we will be share those interviews and some great wines with our listeners. This is all thanks to Carl Giavanti from Carl Giavanti Consulting who we met at last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA who connected us to these producers and provided us with an opportunity to sample their wines. If you are a long time listener you...


Ep 092 - Champagne Holiday

The holidays is a great excuse to drink Champagne (as well as a Tuesday) but buying Champagne can feel overwhelming; it’s expensive and you might often feel like you're going to mess something up. Not to worry, we have three recommendations that you can’t go wrong with and something for everyone. We want to give you some options to take with you to holiday time with friends and family (or for just yourself is ok too). In this week's episode we discuss: Wine...


Ep 091 - Breathless Wines

This week we are talking about our recent trip to the tasting room at Breathless wines in Healdsburg which is in Sonoma County Breathless wines was started by three sisters and focuses on making high quality sparkling wines using Méthode Champenoise. We visited their tasting room and got an opportunity to chat with Sharon Cohn one of the founders. We really enjoyed our time at Breathless and we think it’s worth a visit if you are in the area. We had the opportunity to taste four of...


Ep 090 - Sterling Vineyards

In this episode, we talk about our visit to Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley. Sterling Vineyards was founded in 1964 by Peter Newton, an Oxford Scholar, paper tycoon and London Financial Times writer from England. Sterling Vineyards sits atop of a mountain overlooking a valley in Calistoga. They have aerial tram which is the only one of its kind in Napa Valley, offering amazing views as visitors on your way up to the winery. When designing the winery, the planners needed a way to...


Ep 089 - Napa Valley

Recently we attended the annual wine bloggers conference which allowed us to spend some time in Sonoma and Napa Valley. These next few episodes will cover some of the information we learned as well as some of the wines we sampled. This week we discuss: Wines and Wineries featured in this episode Chardonnay: J. Moss 2015 Los Carneros - $42 Handwritten Wines 2016 Los Carneros Castello di Amorosa 2016 Reserve, Napa Valley - $50 Merlot J. Moss 2013 Napa Valley - $64 Castello di...


Ep 088 - Four Wines November 2017 Edition

Four Wines is our chance every couple of months to share recommendations with you for wines we’ve recently enjoyed but weren’t for an upcoming episode. This week is all about California wines and we have four tasty and affordable options. Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc Oeil De Perdrix 2016 Sonoma - priced around $22. In France, this wine is traditionally known as oeil-de-perdrix, which translates to ‘eye of the partridge’ and refers to its pink and copper color. This is a Rosé wine with...


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