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Ep 085 - Mendocino County

This week we explore Mendocino County, California. Mendocino County is an appellation that makes wine from grapes grown mostly in Mendocino County, California and is a part of the larger North Coast AVA to the west of Lake County . Mendocino County is huge covering 2.4 million acres and almost 19,000 acres have is grapevines, which accounts for about 1% of the land use in the county. In this week's episode we discuss: Wine Recommendations Roederer Estate Brut NV - priced around $24....

Duration: 00:15:51

Ep 084 - Lake County

This week we continue our journey into California wine country with Lake County. Lake County is an appellation of origin designating wine made from grapes grown in Lake County, California, which is east of Mendocino County and north of Napa County. This area is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, but around 40 varieties are grown in the appellation. This week we discuss: Wine Recommendations Shannon Ridge 2015 High Elevation Petite Sirah - priced around $20. This...

Duration: 00:13:35

Ep 083 - Paso Robles

Paso Robles Wine Country AVA was established in 1983 and located in San Luis Obispo County, California. It's a part of the larger Central Coast area north of Santa Barbara County. With approximately 40,000 acres of wine grapes. it's known for its history with varieties like Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhône-style wines. This week on the podcast, we discuss: Wine Recommendations Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel 2015 - priced around $19. This wine is 100% Zin sourced from 9...

Duration: 00:23:18

Ep 082 - Russian River Valley

This episode starts a series focused on California wine regions. We spent most of the summer learning about wines from Europe and now we are looking to explore wines from the state that produces about 85% of US wine, and we’re starting with the Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Sonoma County, California. There are more than a million acres of land within Sonoma and the region produces twice as many grapes as Napa. With such a...

Duration: 00:18:59

Ep 081 - Priorat

Priorat is a Spanish DOQ (translates to “Qualified Appellation of Origin”), located in the north-eastern part of Spain, in Catalonia. This is on the Mediterranean side of Spain, only about 10 miles from the Mediterranean sea. DOQ (also called DOCa outside of Catalonia) is the top “qualification level” for Spanish wine regions, and Priort is one of only two DOQ wine regions in Spain, along with Rioja . Although Priorat is a small region, with 4,700 acres of vineyards from about 600...

Duration: 00:19:35

Ep 080 - Four Wines September 2017 Edition

Time for another four wines! We have a little of everything this episode, red, white and rose but all French wine and all fantastic. Our tasting notes are below. Domaine de Bellevue La Galoche Beaujolais Rosé 2016 - priced around $15. This beautiful pink colored rose wine is made from 100% Gamay. It has strong fruity nose of strawberries, watermelon and some minerality. It's a light bodied, dry wine (although the fruitiness really tricks you into thinking it's sweet) with crisp acidity...

Duration: 00:16:28

Ep 079 - Greco di Tufo

This week we head back into obscure wine grapes and regions with Greco di Tufo. There is still some warm weather left so don’t break out your sweaters and cabs just yet. We have one more crisp summer weather wine to talk about. Greco di Tufo wine is made from the Greco grape and it's ancestor is thought to have been brought to Southern Italy by the ancient Greeks. Although the grape variety is permitted in blends in several DOCs in southern Italy, it shines in the Greco di Tufo DOCG in...

Duration: 00:13:43

Ep 078 - Wine in the News, August 2017

This week’s episode we are talking wine news. The articles listed below are featured in this week’s episode: Alcohol as a study tool? Drinking after learning boosts memory New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported The year in California wine Blue Wine Is Finally Coming to the U.S. This Wine Brand Wants Hardcore Bikers Drinking its Rosé

Duration: 00:29:50

Ep 077 - Saint Laurent

If you are a listener of the show for any length of time you know we love to talk about rare or unknown grape varieties and regions. This week is no exception with the rare and mysterious grape from Austria known as Saint Laurent. It’s a highly aromatic dark-skinned wine grape variety used in blends and varietal wines. As of 2013, there are about 5,000 acres of St. Laurent vines with major plantings in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Many compare it to Pinot Noir but to us,...

Duration: 00:20:51

Ep 076 - Cinsault

Over the next couple of weeks we’re changing pace from summer whites and trying some delicious red wines that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. Cinsault is a red wine grape mostly used in blends like the reds of the Southern France and there is a lot of it! As of 2010, there were about 90,000 acres of vines making it the 25th most grown grape. This week's episode we discuss:

Duration: 00:15:29

Ep 75 - Falanghina

If you’ve listened to the podcast in recent weeks, you may have noticed a small focus on Italian white wines as well as white wines in general. It’s not that we don’t enjoy reds in the summer, but rather, we wanted to give you some light, crisp wine options for summer instead of the usually sweet wine or Pinot Gris that dominate the shelves in wine shops. So this week we continue that journey into lesser known varieties with a white wine and grape from Southern Italy called...

Duration: 00:13:08

Ep 074 - Vermentino

This week we're talking about Vermentino. Vermentino is a light-bodied white wine and grape that grows mostly in Italy on the island of Sardinia. There is about 22,000 acres worldwide so it's not a very common grape variety and information on this wine hard to come by. This week's episode we discuss:

Duration: 00:11:29

Ep 073 - Lugana

This week we’re talking about a wine region in Italy you probably haven’t heard of called Lugana which produces a light, dry white wine of the same name. We were able to get our hands on a couple of bottles and found it to be a perfect addition to our summertime wines. So let’s get into it. This week we cover: Wine Recommendations: Ca Lojera Lugana 2016 - priced around $20. This wine has aromas of Asian pear, flowers and lime. We experienced a crisp acidity and lighter body with...

Duration: 00:16:01

Ep 072 - Four Wines July 2017 Edition

It's time again for another four wines episode. A time to talk about four different wines we've enjoyed recently that don't fit in an upcoming episode but we love them so much we had to share with you. These wines are awesome and definitely worth trying out this summer. Check out the recommendations and tasting notes below. Cheers! Bründlmayer Brut NV - priced around $35. This wine has a nose of fresh bread, menthol cigarette, and pear. It has high acidity with a medium body and flavors...

Duration: 00:15:03

Ep 071 - Wine in the News July 2017

This week's episode we are talking wine news. The articles listed below are featured in this week's episode: Rioja Grapples With How to Define Its Best Wines P.F. Chang's Created Two Wines to Pair with your Favorite Asian Food For Total Wine, it’s total war against alcohol regulations Record number of English and Welsh wine companies launched in 2016 “Getting Really Good at Wine Tasting Can Help You Learn How to Trust Yourself”

Duration: 00:30:11

Ep 070 - German Sekt

his week we are talking about German Sekt. Sekt means sparkling wine in German and in our opinion you can never have too much Sekt in your life. As you know we love all sparkling wine, but Sekt is not the easiest to find. This is because Germans love their sparkling wine, so much that the annual (German) per capita consumption of about five liters (of sparkling wine) is the highest in the world. Most Sekt doesn’t leave the country; in fact as of 2011, of the 420 million liters of Sekt that...

Duration: 00:17:35

Ep 069 - Muscadet

This week we continue our series on lesser known white wine varieties with a french wine called Muscadet. The name of this wine is rather confusing; not named for the region it hails from (Pays de la Loire) or the grape used (Melon de Bourgogne). Some believe the name originates from people believing the wine had a "musky" aroma but that is also confusing since the flavors of this wine are subtle and anything but musky. In this week's episode we discuss:

Duration: 00:13:41

Ep 068 - Soave

Once one of Italy’s most famous white wines, Soave has had its ups and downs, and can now be a little tough to find. Fortunately, there are some great Soave out there if you’re willing to look. Mostly made from the Garganega grape, Soave dedicates 20,00 vines to this once popular wine. This week's episode we discuss:

Duration: 00:16:06

Ep 067 - Grüner, not Gru-vee

We enjoy discovering wines made from lesser known grapes or regions so this episode we talk about Grüner Veltliner, which after this episode might be your new favorite summer white wine. Grüner Veltliner is a grape that makes a dry white wine by the same name that is grown almost exclusively in Austria. The name translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin” - an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy. There are about 50,000 acres of Grüner Veltliner...

Duration: 00:22:39

Ep 066 - Crémant d'Alsace

This week we’re talking about the sparkling wine Crémant d’Alsace. You know we have a love affair with sparkling wine so we’re excited to talk about this region and its delicious wines. We did talk about the Alsace wine region in episode 21 of this podcast when we covered Gewürztraminer. This week we discuss:

Duration: 00:19:41

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