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Updated: September 27, 2014

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Steve Piatz, award-winning mead-maker, author, The Complete Guide to Making Mead: The Ingredients, Equipment, Processes, and Recipes for Crafting Honey Wine, begins with a brief history of the fermented beverage; a rundown of the various types of mead; and a discussion of the many types of honey that are available, their characteristics, and where to source them. Readers will be treated to discussions of yeast and special ingredients, as well as what equipment is necessary and recommended and an illustrated and detailed look at the basic process. With more than 100 color photos, “The Complete Guide to Making Mead” includes dozens of recipes for basic meads (honey only), melomels (honey and fruit), metheglins (honey and spices), and braggots (honey and malt). iWineRadio1043a

Joe Roberts, Blogger, 1WineDude: ‘Serious Wine Talk For the Not So Serious Drinker,’ is an independent source of wine information and he chooses what to write about, what to say about each topic, and when it gets published… since 2007. Heckle him for his latest wine coolness delivered to your virtual doorstep in short, easily digestible mini wine reviews and some educational, entertaining wine videos. If you're looking to up your wine tasting IQ, check out his book ‘How to Taste Like a Wine Geek: A practical guide to tasting, enjoying, and learning about the world's greatest beverage.’ Here a link of Roberts playing bass and didgeridoo in Steve Liberache’s song Pearl of a Girl. iWineRadio1043b

Gary Mortensen, President, Stoller Family Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon, announces a new branding for packaging and website. Stoller represents the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills and the 2014 recipient of Wine Press Northwest’s “Northwest Winery of the Year.” Stoller Family Estate Winery is committed to leadership in winegrowing and sustainable environmental practices. “Our new branding reflects Bill Stoller’s over twenty-year process of transforming his family’s farm into one of Oregon’s leading winegrowers and a destination winery, as well as a model of sustainability. In the last two years alone we have invested extensively in our vineyard, opened a new net zero energy tasting room, remodeled our three guest homes and hired a team of talented professionals to provide excellent hospitality for our guests.” iWineRadio1043c

Jessica Munnell, Washington State University viticulture-trained, Winemaker, Mercer Wine Estates, Prosser, Washington founded by Mercer family fifth generation in 2005. The Mercers are one of the largest landowners and grape growers in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, tending 18 percent of the vineyard land with over 2000 acres for their estate wines and vineyard clients. Horse Heaven Hills is home to 25% of the state’s wine grapes. Learn why grapes grown in Horse Heaven Hills are so highly regarded by Washington state winemakers. Mercer Wine Estates includes three tiers of wines ranging from $10 to $42, Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon. iWineRadio1043d

Fredric Koeppel, veteran journalist, writes and publishes the immensely popular, well-regarded blog Bigger Than Your Head wine reviews and industry commentary from his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he’s focusing a lot of attention on delicious dry rosés for our summer delight. iWineRadio1042a

Cynthia Cosco, Winemaker, Passagio Wines, is opening a new tasting room on Vine Alley off the downtown Sonoma Square. iWineRadio1042b

Alec Lindsay, Co-Founder, WineGlass the app for iPhones, launched June 2014 from the iTunes app store. WineGlass app was co-developed with his brother Roddy Lindsay. The intent was to design an intuitive wine app predicated upon speed, simplicity, and ease of use. They've partnered with CellarTracker, the world’s leading wine community, which provides the data that powers WineGlass. Take a picture of a wine list at a bar or restaurant and WineGlass will instantly scan the image and give you an interactive version on your iPhone. Easy! iWineRadio1042c

Juan and Nola Palomar, operate Dominio Buenavista family owned winery situated south from Granada, on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in one of Spain's oldest wine regions: La Alpujarra – Contraviesa. They produce wines organically adhering to biodynamic practices in their vineyards and while using traditional methods in their new facilities. The Palomar’s import their wines themselves and strive to share their passion and award winning white, rosé, red and Cava Veleta wines with US consumers. iWineRadio1042d

Alyssa Rapp, Founder and CEO, Bottle Notes and Around the World in 80 Sips. Learn more about the current national tour schedule. iWineRadio1042e

Elaine Chukan Brown, Philosopher, Writer, Blogger, Illustrator, former academic, publishes her unique voice in Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, now considered a “new standard for wine reviews.” She’s phenomenally well connected and highly regarded. She writes from her home in Sonoma County. iWineRadio1042f

Scott Giambastiani, Google Global Food Program Chef and Fred Dame, Master Sommelier, will be presenting seminars and food demonstrations at the inaugural Vine & Dine Festival, Big Sky Resort, Montana, August 14-17, 2014 with vintners from around the world. The event will feature wine seminars, educational tastings, inspiring food, local art and music, and the headlining event, ‘The Wine Stroll.’ iWineRadio1041a

Jay Fletcher, Master Sommelier, Executive Director Fine Wine, Southern Wine and Spirits Colorado, and Kent Torrey, President and CEO, Cheese Shop, Carmel by the Sea, California, will be presenting seminars and food demonstrations at the inaugural Vine & Dine Festival, Big Sky Resort, Montana, August 14-17, 2014 with vintners from around the world. The event will feature wine seminars, educational tastings, inspiring food, local art and music, and the headlining event, ‘The Wine Stroll.’ iWineRadio1041b

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, participated in the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, Buellton, California, as an observer to build relationships with the increasingly popular and growing blogging community. Now in its seventh year, the conference is supported by three distinct groups: Citizen Wine Bloggers, Industry Wine Bloggers, and Non-blogger participants interested in wine brands, products, and lifestyle. His observations will spark interesting conversations and continued food for thought as the blogging theme, campaign, and phenom moves forward. The highlight of the conference is the announcement of the Wine Bloggers Awards. iWineRadio1041c

Emily Kate, Historian, hosts a new YouTube channel based on her own historical research where she posts lectures on the history of wine and the vine, from antiquity to the Late Middle Ages. She studied history at Columbia University, earning her undergraduate degree in a mere three years. She has earned the Intermediate and Advanced WSET certifications with honors; interned at wineries in the U.S. and Australia, and works part-time at Gotham Wines in NYC. iWineRadio1040a

Jaime Joyce, Time Inc. Editor, author, Moonshine—The Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor, exploring America’s centuries-old relationship with moonshine from its fascinating history to its widespread effect on U.S. pop culture and modern-day craft distilling practices of today. Moonshine provides a fresh perspective on the profound implications that underground moonshine-making has had on American life as we know it. iWineRadio1040b

Michael Richmond, General Manager and Executive Winemaker, Bouchaine Vineyards in the Carneros District - a winery that began making wine long before the region earned its reputation for producing the great Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Carneros today. In 1981 when Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, and partners, purchased the winery and surrounding land, it was a time when only a few winemaking pioneers realized the potential for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros. Michael Richmond, ‘Mr. Carneros’ was one of those pioneers. Richmond is a philosopher whose desire to explore new approaches in the vineyards and winemaking is tempered by over thirty years of history working in the Carneros district. Bacchus Wine Club is a good way to learn more and experience the small-lot Carneros terroir driven wines of Bouchaine vineyard and winemaking team. iWineRadio1040c

Tom Sinton, Starfield Vineyards Napa Valley, recently launched a portfolio of five limited production wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Founded in 2011 by father-son team, Tom and Rob Sinton, Starfield Vineyards produces wines sourced from select cooler vineyard sites in premier winegrowing regions. The Sinton family has been involved in the wine business for four generations with ties to Napa Valley icon Louis Martini. According to Tom Sinton, “For us, a ‘Star Field’ is a unique site where fruit can develop the optimal balance of aroma, flavor and texture. Rob and I seek three characteristics in sourcing fruit for our wines – cooler climate, hillsides with rocky soils and terrific viticulture. iWineRadio1039a

Randy Caparoso, Wine Educator, Journalist, Sommelier, contributor—The Tasting Panel Magazine, Editor-at-Large—The SOMM Journal, is a multi-award winning restaurateur, founding partner, former VP, and wine director of the Roy's restaurant group, and longtime wine journalist, who lives in Lodi, California and blogs about Lodi wine. He is currently "Bottom Line" Editor of Sommelier Journal. He has been commended by the Academy of Wine Communications for Excellence in Wine Writing and Encouragement of Higher Industry Standards; an is an Electoral College Member of the annual Vintners Hall of Fame at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, Napa Valley. iWineRadio1039b

Edwin and Stacia Williams, founders, Cairdean Estate, at the base of Spring Mountain encompassing 58 acres in the St. Helena appellation. The estate consists of the Cairdean Vineyards winery, a tasting room open to the public, a tasting room reserved for winery club members, the Redolent Sensory Experience, Rosgal Mercantile and the restaurant The Farmer & The Fox and the bakery/deli Butterscots. The Williams have stylishly repurposed the other elements of the property with a charming town square feel. The buildings enclose a courtyard with a historic oak wine tank, a three-tiered round fountain and a willow-covered terrace next to Butterscots’ pizza oven. The Napa Valley selection of wines includes the full range from dry to sweet, white to dry rosé to red. iWineRadio1039c

Earl and Hilda Jones, proprietors, Abacela Vineyard and Winery, Roseburg, Oregon, named their winery after the “ancient Latin-Iberian verb ‘abacelar’ meaning to plant a vine,” in 1994. Earl Jones developed an appreciation of Spain’s Tempranillo as a young physician when he recognized that the affordable red wines of Spain, namely those from Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, paired seamlessly with his favorite foods. In addition to co-founding Abacela with his wife, Dr. Jones took his love-affair with Iberian cultivars and wines went one step further with the founding of TAPAS—Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society in 2003. Check out the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta for the third annual Albariño Day August second. iWineRadio1039d

Meridith May, Publisher and Editorial Director, is responsible for the branding and content of The SOMM Journal after successfully re-launched the former Sommelier Journal to great acclaim in June of 2014. Like its sister publication, The Tasting Panel, The SOMM Journal is becoming the voice of its industry thanks to May's supervision. Her background in radio and newspaper—combined with her knowledge of food, wine and spirits—gives her an edge in understanding the changing trends of the industry. iWineRadio1038a

Alan Goldfarb, Bay area based Wine Journalist and Media Relations Consultant’s favorite San Francisco eatery is The Slanted Door, recently recognized with a James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Award 2014. A JBF’s Outstanding Restaurant must be a United States restaurant that “serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.” Vietnamese born Owner/Executive Chef Charles Phan, of Chinese descent, is the architect of modern Vietnamese-inspired cuisine that serves patrons family-style by a first-class restaurant-family of professionals. iWineRadio1038b

Scott and Jana Harvey, co-partners, Scott Harvey Wines, Jana Wines, are celebrating their tenth year in operation. The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots – Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, and a Port made from Portuguese varieties grown in the Sierras. Scott's roots are in Amador County, which has allowed him to develop considerable expertise with these varietals. Jana Wines are named to convey the romance and passion Scott feels for his wife, Jana, that spring from Scott's winemaking training in Germany. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace. iWineRadio1037a

Randall Grahm, “winemaker for life,” Bonny Doon Vineyard, Bonny Doon, California, is nothing if not transparent, authentic, and on a lifelong spiritual quest to produce his own wines that clearly speak of their provenance, I rather think, independent of his creative winemaking influence. His is on an “exploration of terroir,” “a great terroir experiment,” if you will, that unrelentingly drives him to search for answers, yet to be discovered, within his latest project, Popelouchum Estate, San Juan Bautista, in San Benito County, that might prove to be his elusive cru. While you enjoy listening to our chat, crack-open a bottle of Bonny Doon Vineyards’ dry 2013 Querry Cider, a blend of 62% pear, 36% apple, and 2% quince, or the fabulous, dry, pinkesh-red frothy, 2011 Sparkling Syrah Central Coast Méthode Traditionnelle that includes 17% Grenache. Learn more on his blog Been Doon So Long: “On (At Long Last) Planting a Proper Vineyard.” iWineRadio1037b

Ian Segey works as a Post Productionist for Warner Brothers during the day but his creativity doesn’t stop there. You can meet him and taste his Archium Cellars Santa Barbara County 2013 Rosé, Rhone blend, Briar Bluff Vineyard Syrah, and Ballard Canyon AVA Syrah, and Stolpman Vineyard Grenache, at the Urban Exposure Garagiste Festival in Los Angeles on July 12 2014, at the historic Union Station. iWineRadio1037c

Erick Allen began his Ascension Cellars adventure with family, friends and other winemakers, as a creative outlet for crafting wines after those that inspired him on a trip through France and Italy. His focus is premium, limited production, barrel select, hand-crafted Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines from the central coast of California. Ascension Cellars joins the garagiste movement found in every corner of California. “Wherever grapes are grown, there is someone pouring their heart and soul into every barrel they make.” iWineRadio1037d

Sara Goretti, fourth generation, Goretti Winery and Vineyards, Perugia, shares the story of her family’s winemaking heritage in Umbria “the green heart of Italy” and “the only region without the sea influence.” We focus our attention on the two indigenous varieties that Goretti is known: Grechetto dry white and Sagrantino di Montefalco serious red. Additional wines available in the US include a light and refreshing non-vintage Moscato, the dry, medium-bodied Montefalco Rosso, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano Grechetto white blend, and Sangiovese Merlot red blend. You can find their vineyards located in an area classified as "D.O.C. Colli Perugini", as well as in an area classified as “Montefalco D.O.C.G.”, where the celebrated Sagrantino di Montefalco wines are produced. iWineRadio1036a

Miles Karakasevic, 12th generation European Winemaker Master Distiller, Charbay® Wines and Spirits, Napa and Mendocino, sees “wines and spirits as inseparable… all a part of his personal artistic expression,” according to daughter Lara. With so much attention on the national stage focused on Charbay® Distillery & Winery’s artisan spirits, the winery has remained somewhat of a hidden secret. Miles discusses the parallel souls and varietal expression of two fortified wines: Charbay 2006 Still House Port and Charbay 2006 Distiller’s Port, perfect with roasted nuts, stinky cheeses, cheesecake, (and cigars). iWineRadio1036b

Karen MacNeil, Educator, Author, The Wine Bible. Got a torn, tattered, and marked-up Wine Bible? Submit it to The Most Loved Wine Bible Contest to win a private wine seminar for four people with Karen MacNeil in the Napa Valley. To enter, send two photos of your book, your full name and email address to A new winner is chosen every month until the NEW Wine Bible release Spring 2015. Join Karen at the next Mastering Wine with Karen MacNeil weeklong class, July 14 – 18, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley. iWineRadio1036c

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, recently paid a dining visit to Blue Plate, a small restaurant on the fringes of San Francisco's hottest restaurant neighborhood, the Mission. It just celebrated its 15th anniversary that featured a week-long wine special -- offering a flight of wines each night from a single winery at only $15 per flight! Blue Plate’s food is decidedly American with modern versions of the fried chicken, meat loaf, and other comfort foods. iWineRadio1035a

Thierry Meyer, Alsace expert and resident, leads French Wine Society members on Alsace Master Level studies and immersion trip for French Wine Society. In 2006, Thierry founded L’Oenothèque Alsace, one of the most comprehensive modern resources dedicated to Alsace wines. At the same time, he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine master classes and dinners, each dedicated to a specific theme and each aimed at discovering the richness and variety of Alsace wines in all categories. Here's a link to the free webinar on Alsace wine, that he did April 2014, as well as short extracts of some of the Master Level Webinar. The whole program is still available on demand. iWineRadio1035b

iWineRadio news blast. Although Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) annual charity wine fundraiser is sold-out, wine lovers from around the world can still join the excitement via the E-Auction. The Auction Napa Valley E-Auction opens on Sunday, June 1 at noon PDT and this year features a record 177 lots. Bidders anywhere in the world have the chance to acquire extraordinary and often one-of-a-kind wines and experiences with vintners and winemakers, while supporting healthcare and children’s education nonprofit organizations. The e-gavel comes down on Sunday, June 8 beginning at noon PDT. Lots can be viewed and bids placed at iWineRadio1035c

Ian D’Agata, author, Native Wine Grapes of Italy, a Rome-based wine writer and educator who writes regularly for 'International Wine Cellar' newsletter as well as for 'Decanter' magazine. He is on staff at 'Le Figaro-Vin', where he writes on Italian and French wines. D’Agata spent thirteen years interviewing producers, walking vineyards, studying available research, and tasting wines to create this authoritative guide of more than five hundred of Italy’s native grapes and their wines. iWineRadio1034a

Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing, Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, informs us about the upcoming Midsummer Medieval Festival, June 21, featuring a jousting tournament, archery and sword fighting lessons, medieval garb, and an incredible royal feast in the winery’s courtyard (#MSMF14). The winery will host the opening event for annual Napa Valley's Festival Del Sole, July 11 with violinist Joshua Bell and again on July 16 with Zuckerman Chamber Players. iWineRadio1034b

Stephen Greene, President and CEO, The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the 4th annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival, June 2 - 8, 2014 featuring a restaurant week; Theme Dinners; Myrtle Beach Tasting Trolley tour; Brews ‘N The Blvd. craft beer event; specialty wines and Oceanfront Grand Tasting Tent. iWineRadio1034c

Bob Meinecke, North Carolina Business Real Estate Broker and REALTOR®, Liberty Business Partners, represents a 5 Star Winery, Vineyards, Tasting Room & Cabin Rentals currently up for sale in Yadkin Valley, Elkin, North Carolina, right along the roly poly border with Virginia, not far from Mount Airy of Andy Griffith fame. The vineyard, winery, tasting room and cabins are on land that has historical significance dating back to the 1920's. The total property sits on 146 acres with 22 acres dedicated to the vineyards. Plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and others. iWineRadio1033a

Frédéric Lavau, Lavau Wines of the Rhône Valley, Negotiant, a major producer of high quality Rhône wines, recently launched a range of Rhône wines in the U.S. market. Long a supplier to some of the most celebrated names in the Rhône, Lavau is now bottling its wines under its own label, with critically acclaimed examples in many of the Rhône’s major appellations. Lavau’s U.S. offerings include the single estate Le Carré Côtes du Rhône red and white, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel, Vacqueyras, Rasteau (the newest cru in the Rhône Valley) and a range of varietal wines. iWineRadio1033b

Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Healdsburg, invites us to get fit with Jordan wines while watching their 1980s inspired music video celebrating National Fitness Month and the release of the 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kevin Bacon style. iWineRadio1033c

John Geber, owner, Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley, Australia, invites us to join him as he docks his boat – The Grand Barossa—up and down the eastern seaboard. John decided to pack his things, move to the USA with his wife Evelyne, and “bring Australia to America” via his temporary living quarters, a 100-foot yacht. He began a 10-week trek along the Eastern seaboard on May 5, inviting people at each of 18 ports from Florida to New England to taste Chateau Tanunda wine and learn about Australia. iWineRadio1033d

David Baker, Director / Producer, American Wine Story, Three Crows Media, Corvallis, Oregon, invites us to watch his documentary, five-years in the making. After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try to save his fledging winery for his eight-year-old son. 'American Wine Story' blends this with other tales of risk and reinvention for those who are born again into the wine industry. Filmed in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Virginia, Missouri, and Kansas, featuring dramatic vineyard and aerial cinematography, the film is a visual feast for wine aficionados or anyone who’s been tempted to travel the road less taken. iWineRadio1033e

Jay Selman, Producer/Host, Grape Radio, shares how he ended up participating in American Wine Story documenting tales of risk and reinvention in the American wine industry. iWineRadio1033f

Sara Fisher Chapin, Program Development, Sponsorships, and Strategic Relations, Los Angeles Wine Fest, historic Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, California. The ninth annual is slated for May 31 and June 1, 2014. iWineRadio1032a

Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, has curated a selection of Wisconsin cows milk cheeses to be paired with wines from Rosenthal—The Malibu Estate, at the 9th Annual LA Wine Fest. iWineRadio1032b

Eric Hemer MS, MW, Senior Vice-President, Director of Wine Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, on an all-day Master-Level Bourgogne training in Miami focusing on an in-depth study of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune with extensive tastings of Premier and Grand Cru wines on behalf of the French Wine Society. A “certificate of proficiency” will be provided upon successful completion of a short test. Choose from two registration options. Check out the complete list of wines to be tasted and class schedule. iWineRadio1032c

Andres Blanchard, fourth generation Mendoza grape-grower, co-owner, Bodega Cuarto Dominio, a high-elevation boutique winery located in the Uco Valley, Argentina. The winery has been in operation producing authentic Malbec since 2006 under the direction of fourth-generation Mendoza winemaking family Catena Pedro. The Blanchard family tradition in viticulture dates back to 1911 when Andres’ great-grandfather, from the Savoy region in France, planted the first family vineyard in Mendoza. Andres has been with winery for some time but only recently joined Cuarto Dominio’s ownership team. US importer. iWineRadio1031a

David Glancy MS, CWE, founder, San Francisco Wine School, currently offering the only comprehensive education program on California wine with The California Wine Appellation Specialist® (CWAS) credential. The cutting-edge program is aimed at those active in or aspiring to professional careers in the California wine industry, although attendees also include avid wine-lovers seeking to deepen their understanding of California wine. David Glancy is a visionary for wine education and one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. In addition, he is a credentialed French Wine Scholar, and Certified Specialist of Spirits. Glancy sits on the board of Society of Wine Educators. iWineRadio1031b

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. We talk about his recent column dedicated to San Francisco’s Absinthe restaurant and adjoining Arlequin wine shop in Hayes Valley… a wine geek’s dream! iWineRadio1031c

Luisa Ponzi, second generation Winemaker, Ponzi Vineyards, Sherwood, Oregon, celebrated her 20th vintage with the 2013 harvest. Formally trained in Burgundy, she was the first American woman to complete her degree in viticulture and enology in Beaune, France. There, Luisa refined her palate for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by tasting in some of the oldest and most respected cellars in the world. She was mentored by and worked with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier in Chambolle Musigny. Luisa has received critical acclaim for her benchmark Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Join her at a Ponzi Girls’ Night Out! iWineRadio1031d

Maria Ponzi, President and Director Sales and Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon, grew up working alongside her parents, winery founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi, as they helped set the foundation for Oregon’s wine industry. Maria tended the vines, worked in the cellar and on the bottling line, and assisted in the tasting room and with marketing efforts. After receiving her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, Maria moved to Boston where she worked in publishing for three years. She returned to Portland to work as the marketing director for the then family-owned BridgePort Brewing Company and the family winery. Maria oversees three tasting room locations, national sales and exports. Join her at a Ponzi Girls’ Night Out! iWineRadio1031e

Ryan Carr, Grower—Vintner, Carr Winery, Santa Barbara, California, will be pouring his Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris at the 2nd Annual Wilmington Wine and Food Festival, May 2 – 4, 2014, Wilmington, North Carolina. iWineRadio1030a

Chrissy Absi Bonney, Owner, Wilmington Wine Shop, is President of Bacchus’s Brood, responsible for organizing the annual Wilmington Wine and Food Festival. This year’s festivities will benefit The Bellamy Mansion Museum and Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter. Events include two pre-festival wine-beer-cooking demo-food tastings; Trey Herring’s Bourbon & BBQ Derby Cocktail Party; Corks & Forks Grand Tasting; and Bubbles, Brews & Street Eats, May 2nd – 4th at The Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington, North Carolina. iWineRadio1030b

Gale Gand, James Bear Award-winning chef, cooking teacher, restaurateur (TRU in Chicago), TV personality (former host of Food Network’s ‘Sweet Dreams’), author, and mom, presents her newest book… "Gale Gand’s Lunch!" Recipes can easily be mixed or matched for ‘pack it to-go with,’ ‘eat it at home with,’ or ‘make it a party with.’ Gand has her own root beer company and recently opened a new restaurant, Spritz Burger, featuring bubbles (sodas), burgers, and brunch. iWineRadio1030c

Angela Liddon, author, Oh She Glows blog, and New York Times Best SellerThe Oh She Glows Cookbook. She is a self-trained chef and food photographer who has spent years perfecting the art of plant-based cooking, creating inventive and delicious recipes that have brought her devoted fans from all over the world. After struggling with anorexia, she started the blog, Oh She Glows, to share her realization that the food we put into our bodies has a huge impact on how we look and feel each day. This book is a must-have kitchen Bible. iWineRadio1030d

Laura Werlin, @CheezeLady, is back with delicious picnic themes incorporating specific cheeses and cheese types into your next picnic adventure, whether at the local recreation park, on a boat or rooftop, music festival, or winery. Presently, Laura’s hot on Spanish themes that include Cava bubbly and the versatility of Riesling wines in preparation for her participation in Aspen Food and Wine Classic 2014. iWineRadio1030e

Eva Bertran, Vice President Marketing, Gloria Ferrer Hand-Crafted Carneros Sparkling Wines, has been with the company since 1986. Gloria Ferrer wines represent over 400 Gold Medals and 30 Outstanding 90+ Ratings in the last five years alone. She shares the story of the Ferrer family’s history as well as the Freixenet Group, the world’s largest producer of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. The Ferrers are co-hosting the 2014 Sonoma Havest Wine Auction, as part of the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, August 29 – 31. iWineRadio1030f

Steven Urberg, Winemaker, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma, California’s favorite go-to food with his sparkling wines is sushi. The 2008 Brut Rosé (92% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay) is a superb cheese wine and complements the hard-to-pair artichoke. It serves faithfully as well as a delicious apéritif or with a wide range of cuisine from fresh oysters to grilled prawns, salmon, mussels and olives. The newest sparkling wine release from Gloria Ferrer is a Non-Vintage (NV) Blanc de Blancs made exclusively from Carneros estate-grown Chardonnay. Savor accordingly! iWineRadio1030g

Elizabeth Gabay MW, one of the world’s leading experts on Provence, will host 18 lucky people for five days and five nights as lead instructor and guide for French Wine Society’s week-long immersion study trip to Provence, June 1 - 6, 2014. Learn about this spectacularly beautiful region that also produces complex, age-worthy reds with lovely aromas of spice and garrigue. Provence also offers wonderful whites that match perfectly with fish dishes and the terroir is remarkably varied, with newly created AOP’s that recognize the diversity of landscapes and macroclimates. Gabay has been in the wine trade in one form or another since 1986, a Master of Wine since 1998 and living in southeast France since 2002. She currently writes and consults in the wine regions of Provence across northern Italy, Austria to Hungary. iWineRadio1029a

Ronald Pattinson, Author, "The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer—Rediscovered Recipes For Classic Brews Dating From 1800 to 1965," takes readers on a discovery of timeless recipes, along with drink profiles, and tales of how these tasty brews became a part of the evolution of beer. Each chapter delves into a different style of beer: porter, stout, pale ale, mild ale, stock ale, burton ale, scotch ale, brown ale, dinner ale, light ale, table beer, and more, and explores the history of each style with recipes representative of different periods in time. Pattinson is a brewing historian, member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and author of the blog Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. calls him “one of the finest and most illuminating beer historians.” iWineRadio1029b

James Hall, veteran winemaker, co-founder and Winemaker for Patz & Hall joins us to announce the opening of the new Sonoma House at Patz & Hall at 21200 8th Street East. Located near the Highway 12 corridor, against a backdrop of vineyards and mountains, the Sonoma House features a luxurious new Tasting Salon. Guests at the Tasting Salon are welcomed for private, by-appointment seated tastings of Patz & Hall’s acclaimed vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, paired with gourmet savory panna cotta food complements. The new location also includes a drop-in tasting bar, a member-exclusive Reserve Room and an expansive patio surrounded by 12 acres of estate vineyards newly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Patz & Hall team has been chronicling the construction of the Sonoma House. As promised, here is the must see link to Patz & Hall's 25th anniversary video! iWineRadio1029c

David Braganini, 3rd Generation, President, St. Julian Winery, Paw Paw, Michigan’s largest, oldest and the Midwest’s most awarded winery. The 2012 Reserve Riesling was named “Riesling Champion” at the first International "East Meets West" Wine Challenge, February 19-20, 2014 in Sonoma County. For over 93 years, St. Julian Wine Co. has produced award-winning products. iWineRadio1028a

Paul Cullen's story is an inspiration to all who have reached for the pinnacle of their profession. From growing up in an Italian family to not playing an instrument until he was 20 to rocking out with Bad Company in front of 20,000 screaming fans just 9 years later – “From Bad Company to Good Company” covers it all, including easy-to-follow recipes from Paul's Grandma Tagliaferro, his mom Nancy and from his own Italian-inspired cuisine. Another bonus: Paul's latest music recording, "Tune Your Palate!" Join him April 11 for a Cooking Concert at The Crosby Club, San Diego. iWineRadio1028b

Diane Wilson, a native Californian and chemist by trade, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at the Wilson Artisan Wineries, which she co-owns with husband Ken, and taking an active role in the community. Six of the eight properties scattered throughout Dry Creek, Alexander, Russian River Valleys, Mendocino County and Valley of the Moon regions, have onsite guest lodging, plus the Wilsons are proprietors of two B&Bs in Healdsburg. In 2002 Wilson Winery established the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation to help students further their education. iWineRadio1028c

Nancy Light, Director of Communications, Wine Institute join us to talk about the April Down to Earth Month activities and events throughout California that highlight earth-friendly California wines made with sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices. In addition, Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California new book shares the stories of 15 vintners and growers, across the state, and how they embrace sustainable practices throughout the cycles of the winegrowing calendar. iWineRadio1027a

Jim Vaughan, Brand Manager, Chaucer’s Cellar, Soquel, California talks about the pure fruit and 100 percent mead wines. In 1964 Lawrence Bargetto began producing Mead using honey from a local family owned Walls Honey Farm and then continued with wines produced from different fruits in the area, including plums grown at the winery. The Mead is a blend of three types of honey: alfalfa, sage and orange blossom. Other dessert-style pure fruit wines from Chaucer’s Cellars include, raspberry, raspberry mead, blackberry and pomegranate produced exclusively from Santa Cruz Mountain grown fruit. Chaucer’s Cellars is a sister-brand to Bargetto Winery. iWineRadio1027b

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland sat down with wine industry icon Randall Grahm for a reflective conversation about his legacy, mortality, and future plans. iWineRadio1027c

Christian Gastón Palmaz, President, Palmaz Vineyards and Cedar Knoll Vineyard, Napa California speaks about his approach to employing minimal hands-on Winemaking and Hospitality interaction using iPad modern Apple technology in the management of Palmaz wines in the cellar including their proprietary “Zero Consolidation Winemaking,” algorithmic-based “Density Fermentation Control System” using “sonodensitomer” and Gravity Flow using iPad as the user interface for measuring these parameters and more. iWineRadio1027d

Gene Heath, owner/operator, The White Oak River Bistro, Swansboro, North Carolina that has a reputation for fine cuisine with a well trained, accommodating, and personable crew. Wine tastings are offered monthly that include three or four separate tasting courses. iWineRadio1027e

Philip James, Entrepreneur, Chairman, CustomVine and former founding CEO of Lot 18 and Snooth, talks about the Miracle Machine hoax and Wine To Water™ non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. Today, nearly 800 million people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. They are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Their goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can't fight for themselves. iWineRadio1026a

Renee Ary, appointed the fourth winemaker in the four-decade history of Duckhorn Vineyards in February 2014. Her promotion came after 11 years as an integral member of the winemaking team-including roles as assistant and associate winemaker. Renee spent years working alongside her predecessors, honing her craft, refining her gifted palate and mastering the Duckhorn Vineyards style. Today, with an approach that balances artistry, science and a deep respect for the viticultural side of winemaking, Renee guides the entire Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio, crafting wines that offer structure and sophistication, including the first Duckhorn Chardonnay. iWineRadio1026b

Kris Beal, Executive Director, Vineyard Team, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable winegrowing since 1994, on the 8th Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend in San Luis Obispo County, California, April 11-13, where you can get the low down on your favorite award-winning wines and get the dirt on favorite local producers. iWineRadio1026c

Marisa Taylor, Winemaker, Rutherford Hill, Napa, on her participation in Vintage: Napa Valley 2012 public TV series that began airing January 2014 nationwide. She graduated from the University of California in Davis, first with a B.S. in Chemistry and then an M.S. in Food Science-Enology. A self-described "lab rat," Marisa continues to have a passion for the analytical detail needed for monitoring yeast cultures, barrels, fermentation, blending and ultimately, bottling. Every harvest Marisa and her team take part in an elaborate juggling act between incoming fruit and available tanks. iWineRadio1025a

Kimberlee Nicholls, Winemaker, Markham Vineyards, Napa, on her participation in Vintage: Napa Valley 2012 public TV series that began airing January 2014 nationwide. Kim runs a cellar crew that consists primarily of two families, both of which have been with the winery for generations. After graduating with a degree in Biology from Willamette University, Kim moved from the small coastal town of Long Beach, Washington, to California. In 1993, she came to Markham Vineyards as enologist to establish an extensive laboratory program. After four years of hands-on experience in the vineyards and in the winery, she was promoted to associate winemaker in 1997, and winemaker at Markham Vineyards in November 2001. iWineRadio1025b

Corinne Moore, Winemaker and Vineyard owner, Wine Tree Winery, specializes in Rhone varietals and blends, Amador County, Sierra Foothills. She practices sustainable agriculture – using as few chemicals as possible. The winery is off-grid, with solar panels, battery backup and a backup generator. The first release was a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre blend followed by a Syrah and a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre. In 2012, she introduced the Corinne label focusing on the Single Varietal/Single Vineyard wines—Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Corinne holds blending seminars the first Saturday of every month. iWineRadio1025c

Tracy Michaels, CTC, co-owner, Flying Dutchmen Travel, Santa Rosa, is an expert in full-ship charters and theme cruises. She joins us to talk about the second annual Wine, Dine and Music all-inclusive cruise October 25-30, 2014 on the Norwegian Cruise Line, Pearl where it becomes the Northern California Wine Country, complete with an award winning chef, gourmet meals and wine pairings, cooking demonstrations and a side order of good old fashioned Rock and Roll. Enjoy KJ Chef Tracey Shepos Cenami do her magic in the onboard demo culinary kitchen, and Kendall Jackson's sommeliers enhance your knowledge of many varietals of wine. Depart from Miami, with stops at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and Nassau. iWineRadio1025d

Shannon Essa, founder, wine, beer, and food tour guide at GrapeHops tours is passionate about travel. Current trip opportunities include Croatia and Piedmont. Working in the wine business for over two decades, owning a catering company, and being a co-owner of a restaurant are just a few of the wine and food experiences she brings to the table. Shannon is the co-author, with Ruth Edenbaum, of Chow Venice, A Guide to Eating and Drinking in La Serenissma. She adores Europe: the food, the culture, the people, and most definitely the wine. iWineRadio1025e

Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker and General Manager, Chimney Rock, a "Cab House" which sits nestled amongst 100 acres of estate grown vineyards and right in the heart of Napa's Stag's Leap district on her participation in Vintage: Napa Valley 2012 public TV series that began airing January 2014 nationwide. She first came to Chimney Rock as a harvest intern in 1999, while completing her Master's degree in enology at U.C. Davis. Elizabeth was named to the position of assistant winemaker at Chimney Rock in January 2002 and advanced to the position of winemaker in 2005. iWineRadio1025f

Jeff Carroll, Vice President, ShipCompliant and Jim Gordon, Editor, Wines and Vines, talk about their partnership in the fourth annual wine shipping report focusing on direct-to-consumer winery shipments in the US, representing the “fastest growing wine sales channel today.” Growing at a rate far exceeding the overall growth of the American wine retail sector, winery-to-consumer direct shipments of wine grew to $1.57 Billion dollars in 2013 according to a report prepared by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines. The new report, based on millions of transactions from calendar year 2013, also detected the first reduction in average price per bottle of wine shipped since the channel was first tracked in 2010. iWineRadio1024a

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. We talk about his recent column dedicated to San Francisco icon Tosca Café under new ownership with a wine list 85% dedicated to Old World wines, with focus on Italy, curated by Biondivino wine shop owner Ceri Smith and Bonny Doon Winery founder, winemaker, terroirist Randall Grahm. iWineRadio1024b

Thomas Houseman expresses himself as Winemaker for Anne Amie Vineyards, Carlton, Oregon. Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc forming the heart of their production. Complementing the pinot family is Old-Vine Estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. The vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. iWineRadio1024c

Jocelyn Kuzelka, Panacea Wine and Cider Consulting, Cidermaker and Consultant to Foggy Ridge Cider. She helps artisan and commercial producers craft clean, quality wines and ciders that express vineyard and orchard terroir and cultivar expression by embodying the spirit and passion of small producers in Virginia, along the East Coast, and central Midwest since 2008. Kuzelka earned two science degrees; a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Virginia Tech; and a Master of Science degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. She can be reached via email at iWineRadio 1023a

Jody and John Wrigley, Founders, J Wrigley Vineyards, Sheridan, Oregon, family estate vineyard, boutique Pinot Noir specialist in the McMinnville AVA of Yamhill County. The Wrigleys purchased 200 acres of prime vineyard land in 2006 and planted their first Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris vines in October of 2008. John proposed to Jody on Proposal Block. Purchase the 2011 J. Wrigley Vineyards Proposal Block Estate Pinot Noir Extended Barrel Aged, 2012 “MAC” Cuvée Pinot Noir, and 2012 Proposal Block Estate Pinot Noir straight from their website. iWineRadio1023b

Martha Peretz, CEO and Organizer of the Simply Wine Festival, Four Seasons Westlake Village, Ventura County, California, March 14th, 2014. The festival is benefiting the local Make-a-Wish foundation chapter of the tri- counties. Patrons can expect more than 30 wineries, five tequila companies, and five breweries from this first-time event. Tesla Motors, a California-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components will be participating in the event by offering test drives and showcasing a vehicle in the center of the ballroom. iWineRadio 1023c

Joeseph Harbison, co-founder, Harbison Estate Wines, Oakville and the new President of Family Winemakers of California talks about the upcoming Family Winemakers of California “Consumer & Trade Tasting” in Greater Los Angeles March 9, 2014, featuring over 400 limited production wines from famous wineries throughout California. iWineRadio 1023d

Rudy Zuidema, Consulting Winemaker for Tudal Wine Group that includes Tudal Winery, established in 1972 in Napa and Cerruti Cellars, since 2011, of Oakland. The Tudal Family and “Team Tudal” draw upon four generations of growing and winemaking experience to create a portfolio of limited-production fine wines. Now into their fifth decade operating the iconic Tudal Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, they grow and produce their signature Tudal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon on site from our estate vineyard that the family planted in 1972. The 2011 Tudal Family Pinot Noir Gibson Vineyard Los Carneros is Zuidema’s first Pinot Noir… ever! Learn about his pinot noir learning curve compared to his 25-year career working exclusive with Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals. iWineRadio1023e

Jamie Peha, Principal, Peha Promotions, Seattle, Washington and organizer of the Annual "Seattle Wine and Food Experience” February 23, 2014, now in its sixth year. iWineRadio1022a

Ellen Landis—CS, CSW, Wine Journalist/Sommelier, is Co-Owner of Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay, California. She judged at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. iWineRadio1021a

Melissa Moravec is co-founder/owner/winemaker and pinot noir specialist at Casa Carneros of Napa. She will be pouring her wines at the 62nd annual Pacific Orchid Exposition featuring a symphony of “Orchids, Wine, and All That Jazz” on February 20, 6:30-10 PM at Fort Mason in San Francisco. iWineRadio1021b

Christian Gastón Palmaz, Director of Operations, Palmaz Vineyards and Cedar Knoll Vineyard, Napa California on his use of modern Apple technology in the management of Palmaz vines and vineyards using High Resolution Irrigation, NDVI (normalize different vegetation index) Infared Imaging, Field Assets app, Topo Maps app and iPad. iWineRadio1021c

Jürgen Grieb, Head Winemaker and Owner, and Christian Grieb, Assistant Winemaker and Sr. VP of Sales, Treveri Cellars, Wapato, Washington, family-owned sparkling wine house producing premium varietal handcrafted sparkling wines. Treveri Cellars is the only singularly devoted classic method sparkling wine producer in the state of Washington. Bring luxury to any occasion with Treveri Cellars Extra-Brut Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Blanc Brut, Sparkling Pinot Gris, Sparkling Rosé, Sparkling Mueller-Thurgau, Sparkling Riesling, Sparkling Gewürztraminer and Sparkling Syrah Brut. iWineRadio1021d

Bill Spence, Matua, who along with his brother Ross were the first New Zealanders to produce a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand by planting the first Sauvignon Blanc in 1969 and producing the first bottling in 1974. Matua is celebrating 40 years as New Zealand pioneering winegrowers. Matua is introducing a new Lands & Legends label to the US market. iWineRadio1021e

Graham Tatomer, Founder and Winemaker, Tatomer Wines, Santa Barbara County, 2008 devoted to bone dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Vineyard sites that excite me have been the coldest ones, lending to wines of lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity. He considers himself fortunate enough to work with one of the oldest cold-climate Riesling sites still left in California, Lafond Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. After working in Austria for three harvests he turned his attention to include terroir-driven Grüner Veltliner for a total production of 1,100 cases. Tatomer will be participating in the 9th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival. iWineRadio1020a

Rémi Vervier, Directeur, Champagne Palmer & Co., Reims, established in 1947, introduces Champagne Palmer, the history, the participants, the vineyards, and cepage. We explore who is Champagne Palmer and what defines the Palmer Spirit. Champagne Palmer is especially recognized for their Blanc de Blancs and large bottle formats. With 180 hectares of vineyards classified in Grands and Premier Crus from the Mountain of Reims that Palmer gets the main part of its supplies, Vervier defines Champagne Palmer by its elegance and finesse. The regions of La Côte de Sézanne, La Côte de Bar, and La Vallée de La Marne complete the assemblage. The cooperative member grape selection is divided into 50 percent Chardonnay, 40 percent Pinot Noir and ten percent Meunier; the ideal proportions which shape the unique style of the cuvées elaborated by Palmer. iWineRadio1020b

Fred R. Buonanno, Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Philo, Anderson Valley produces small, handcrafted lots of eleven different wines for a total of 2,500 cases per year. Pinot Noir is their primary wine, followed by Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and a couple proprietary Zin-focused blends. Their Marguerite Vineyard sits at 1500' elevation and is 40 years old. It was originally planted in 1974 as Chardonnay and then grafted over in 1994 to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyard is dry farmed. Philo Ridge will be participating in the 9th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival. iWineRadio1020c

Elena Walch is a leading producer in Alto Adige, in the northeastern part of Italy and is family-owned and run. The winery, located in the village of Tramin, is led by Elena Walch and recently includes the addition of her two daughters, Julia and Karoline. Elena is famed in the region for being one of the first to transform the vineyards by drastically lowering yields, using high quality clones and implementing higher density plantings, among other high-quality focused tactics. Gambero Rosso dubbed her “the Queen of Gewürztraminer.” Tramin is the birthplace of Gewürztraminer. Elena Walch, owner and winemaker of the winery says, “Given my past as an architect, I have always seen wine as an artistic interpretation of science.” Karoline Walch is in charge of marketing. iWineRadio1019a

Sean O’Keefe, Second-generation Vintner, Vice President, Chateau Grand Traverse Estate and Inn, Traverse City, Michigan, manages a dizzying array of Vitis vinifera varietals. 2014 marks the 40th year that the O’Keefe family has been growing grapes and producing wines on Old Mission Peninsula. The 2012 Pinot Grigio is crisp and dry without cloying warm-climate fruit aromas and texture. The 2012 ‘Ship of Fools’ blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir is heavenly and should become a regular wine-by-the-glass at homes and restaurants across the country. The 2011 Dry Gewürztraminer is a reserve bottling for $18 and the 2012 Edelzwicker is an Alsatian-style blend of Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. There are plenty more brilliant wines to choose from. iWineRadio1019b

Laura Werlin, cheese and wine pairing teacher, consultant, spokesperson, American cheese cheerleader and author of six books including Mac & Cheese, Please! 50 Super Cheesy Recipes, with easy cheese ideas for entertaining during the Super Bowl 2014. iWineRadio1019c

Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. Comal restaurant of Berkeley serves up ‘real and imagined modern Mexican food.’ The beverage focus is margaritas, beer, tequila and mescal but there are a few wine finds according to Goldfarb who is accordingly well fed and so will you if you are well read! iWineRadio1019d

Nathan Kandler, Winemaker, Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, Woodside, California, explains that he makes multiple grape harvest passes in the Scheid Viento Vineyard at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountain range in Monterey County to create a well balanced Gewürztraminer that has enough acidity to balance the luscious, yet restrained wine of only 13.3 percent alcohol. The 2012 vintage will be poured at the 9th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival. iWineRadio1019e

Olivier Krug, sixth generation Vintner, The House of Krug, Reims. Poetic, magical, non-conformist are three adjectives that describe Krug Champagne and the philosophy of pleasure strictly adhered to by the House of Krug. Popping champagne cork and amplified sounds of champagne bubbles in a glass are adventures you can create at home. Every experience is deeply personal, yet meant-to-be-shared. He talks about history, philosophy, vision, recollection, sensory experience, faith, and personal journeys that begin with uncorking a bottle of shared pleasure. iWineRadio1018a

Deborah Cahn, Co-Founder, Navarro Vineyards, Philo, California, is participating in the 9th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival’s Grand Tasting, Educational Session, and Winemaker Dinner February 8th, 2014, with the 2012 dry Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, White Riesling, and Muscat as well as the blend of Alsace varietals called Edelzwicker. As a special treat she will be pouring the family’s White Riesling, cluster Select from the 2011 vintage. iWineRadio1018b

David Cordtz, CEO and Founder, Sonoma Cider, Healdsburg, is a noted Sonoma craftsman, pedigreed in wine, sparkling juices, hard cider, even kombucha. His passion is coaxing magical drinks from naturally grown fruits for discerning palates. Sonoma Cider uses only first press fresh juice from tree-ripened organic apples. No concentrates, ever. Available in three surprisingly distinct flavors, apple, ‘The Hatchet’, bourbon, ‘The Anvil,’ and pear, ‘The Pitchfork.’ National distribution is a slow, deliberate process. If you are interested, contact Sonoma Cider directly. iWineRadio1018c

Milla Handley, Winemaker and Founder, Handley Cellars, Philo, California, will join more than 20 other wineries from around the world to take part in the 9th Annual Alsace Varietals Festival, hosted by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association. They will be celebrating the wines that originated in the Alsace region of France—Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. You’re invited to visit the Handley Cellars tasting room on Sunday, February 9th for their Festival Open House. They’ll be showcasing their very own Alsace varietals with special tastings and food pairings, music, and you can enjoy their annual art exhibit, ‘Art In The Cellar.’ iWineRadio1018d

Martha Barra’s foray into the wine industry began in 1980 when she married Charlie Barra, a veteran vintner/grape grower. Since that time, she has worked side-by-side with Charlie Barra farming 200 acres of organic-certified vineyards. A driving force behind the creation of all of the Barra Wine Estates brands—Barra of Mendocino, 59th Harvest and Girasole Vineyards—and starting with just 200 cases of wine in 1997, Martha’s hard work, dedication and keen business sense have helped build wine sales to over 25,000 cases over the last 15 years. Barra of Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards will be participating in the 9th Annual Alsace Varietals Festival February 8, 2014. iWineRadio1018e

Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon, has just released the 2014 $10 Hall of Fame list available for free download. Wines that made the list are available nationally in large metropolitan areas. Siegel rises above the national wine media and trade who “still does not give cheap wine the respect it deserves.” He has “never seen so much quality cheap wine.” iWineRadio1017a

Diane Flynt, Cidermaker, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, blends over 30 different American, English, and French apple varieties to create traditional hard cider crafted with modern techniques. Flynt own three orchards and much like blending wine-grape cultivars and vineyards, “each season is different, and ciders vary from year to year. The cidermaker is intimately involved in all aspects of the orchard and Cider House from grafting and pruning to picking and blending.” iWineRadio1017b

Francis Cutruzzola, Proprietor and Founder and Lisa Miller, Partner, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Cambria, Central Coast California, join us to talk about their love affair with food-friendly Riesling and Pinot Noir. The currently available Riesling has no oak contact but they are experimenting with it for the 2013 wine. They will be pouring the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Rieslings at the 9th Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival Grand Tasting, February 8, 2014, Anderson Valley. iWineRadio1017c

Tim Hanni, MW joins the 2014 Zinfandel Experience Sensory Tasting to lead you through the discovery of taste at the Sensory Tasting. Six Flavor Stations hold a magic key to unlocking Zinfandel’s range of flavor in contrasting and complimentary ways. As you make your way through your choices of over 200 Zinfandels, visit the Flavor Stations to taste and learn how foods with Savory, Sweet, Spicy, Sour, and Umami components make that Zinfandel sing. Hanni is the author of “Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine.” iWineRadio1016a

Chris Leamy, Winemaker, Terra d’Oro and Vice President, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) talks up the 23rd Annual ZAP Zinfandel Festival Jan. 23 - 25th, San Francisco. The ZAP Festival consists of 4 extraordinary events “poured” over 3 days, showcasing their new “Tasting Tracks” format featuring over a 100 Zinfandel wineries. Three distinct and informative tracks take you on an in-depth and intimate tasting experience with ample opportunity to casually visit and sample at each winery. iWineRadio1016b

Elliott Dolin, Co-Proprietor along with wife Lynn, Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, planted chardonnay behind their Malibu home in 2006. Since then, Dolin has quickly emerged as one of the leading producers in the burgeoning Malibu Coast, a region poised to attain AVA in early 2014. Following the release of just three vintages of Chardonnay, the winery already has plans to expand its Malibu production to include several more wines from the region, and it will further broaden its scope by the middle of 2014 with the release of a new line of Central Coast Pinot Noir wines. In mid-1800s, Los Angeles County was the California's leading wine region. iWineRadio1016c

John Hilliard, along with wife Christine Bruce, purchased a 101-acre ranch outside of Lompoc, California in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in 2002 that was destined to become the home of Hilliard Bruce Wines. They are Master Gardeners, artists and avid farmers Under the guidance of vineyard consultant Tom Prentice, they planted 21 acres to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and set about tending to it with exceptional, near-obsessive care. Hilliard Bruce is a certified sustainable operation through Sustainable In Practice (SIP), an organization widely recognized as a leader in setting standards for winemaking sustainability. iWineRadio1016d

Steve Warner, President, Washington State Wine representing every winery and wine grape grower in Washington State talks about The Recommendeuer App now available for iPhone and iPad features comedian Greg Proops as "The Recommendeuer," the master of education and recommendation of Washington State wines. Pairing humor with wine insights, "The Recommendeuer" provides all sorts of delicious wine wisdom from a region famous for thinking outside the wine box. This app provides you with in-depth knowledge on wine and food pairings, wine profiles, wine facts, photos, wine country visitor guides and more, whether you are an industry professional or simply a wine lover. iWineRadio1016e

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