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Wine for Normal People
Ep 476: Bolgheri, Tuscany -- the Birthplace of the Super Tuscan Movement

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2023 45:49


First, if you haven't checked out my new site – shout out to Polly Hammond, my dear friend and a complete rockstar at www.5forests.com!   This time, we decided to do this show as a good set up for next week's show with Stefania Fuselli, one of the sisters who runs Le Vigne di Silvia, an outstanding family winery that the Patrons and I visited while in Bolgheri. I am so excited to share that winery with you, but I felt it would be a better experience if we first explained what Bolgheri is, since as MC Ice points out, it's still a little obscure to many people.   Map: Wikipedia The bottom line: Bolgheri is the birthplace of the ‘Super Tuscan' movement   Bolgheri is a small DOC on the Tuscan coast in the province of Livorno, where the hills taper off to the sea. Bolgheri itself is a tiny village (blink and you may miss it!), famed for a cypress-lined avenue that is one of the most photographed sites in Italy! Bolgheri is home to the OG “Super Tuscan” wine – Sassicaia (Tenuta San Guido), which now has its own DOC – Bolgheri Sassicaia (the only monopole in Italy). Photo: Bolgheri Mountains. Credit: Wine For Normal People   For details and full show notes go to Patreon. Become a member today!  www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople _______________________________________________________________ I love my exclusive sponsor, Wine Access, my go-to source for the best selection of interesting, outstanding quality wines you can't find locally. Every box you get from Wine Access is meticulous -- tasting notes with food and wine pairing, serving temperature suggestions, and perfectly stored wine. Go to www.wineaccess.com/normal to join my co-branded wine club with Wine Access and www.wineaccess.com/wfnp so see a page of the wines I'm loving right now from their collection.  Get 10% your first order. Check out Wine Access today!    To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes

The Wine Pair Podcast
Is Merlot Making a Comeback? (An underdog story? Wines from the Right Bank of Bordeaux)

The Wine Pair Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2023 44:23 Transcription Available


The 2004 movie Sideways did a number on Melort, hurting its reputation and suppressing sales. But was that impact justified? Did we judge Merlot too harshly? Is it time to let Merlot rejoin the cool kids table?!? In this episode, we give Merlot a fighting chance to win back a place in our hearts - and our cellar. We admit we are not the biggest fans of Merlot, but can one of these wines change our mind? We selected three highly rated wines, all under $20, and two from the Bordeaux region of France, to see if we could find a Merlot that convinced us that it is deserving reconsideration. And guess what - we found one!!! We also talk a bit about the history of Merlot, and the so-called Sideways effect. Wines reviewed in this episode: 2016 Ronan by Clinet, 2018 Santa Ema Reserva Merlot, and 2019 Chateau Mayne-Vieil Cuvée Alienor. Contact The Wine Pair Podcast - we'd love to hear from you!Visit our website, leave a review, and reach out to us: www.thewinepairpodcast.comFollow and DM us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewinepairpodcast/Send us an email: joe@thewinepairpodcast.com

Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast
Episode 87: Sheldon Richards, Vintner/Winemaker, Paloma Vineyards

Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 50:23


You put two Canadians together in Napa and it is called a party as we talk/sip wine with Sheldon Richards of Paloma Vineyards. Great history,  great wines and great people! Thanks to Silvadore Brands for partnering with the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast and being the official wine preserver or gas (Argon) provider.Go the link below to get your Silvadore Argon Gas Wine Preserver. Make sure you click FOR YOUR HOME and enter CODE corkandtaylor to receive 10% off your  orderhttps://www.silvadorebrands.com/Also, Welcome Fly With Wine as a new partner of the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast.Solve the single biggest problem faced by wine country travelers as they follow their dreams of visiting their favorite wineries around the world. How to bring their favorite wines back home with them safely and securely on an airplane so they can be enjoyed while reliving memories with every sip. And so was borne the idea for FlyWithWine. Enter CODE corkandtaylor to receive 10% off your orderhttps://www.flywithwine.com/Don't forget to Subscribe, Rate and Review! Please please It only takes a few minutes and helps me/the show grow. The more subscribers, reviews and rates helps us to get discovered! Also, follow us on our Facebook @corkandtaylor and Instagram accounts @corkandtaylorpodcast.Also, Please consider supporting the show as it would be appreciated. This helps me offset  expenses to continue to run and grow the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast. Thanks! Lukewww.patreon.com/corkandtaylor#wine #winetime #winepodcast 

Wine Face
Wine + Style with THE Juliana Salazar

Wine Face

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 45:45


Juliana might be the coolest person I know. Is she LA's IT Girl? I think so. She's a creative director. But beyond that she is style, she is grace, she is taste and she is STANDARDS! She's had her hands in so many major brands and trends that we can't even know about it because she's humble like that. She's insanely smart, talented, well-read, and has a lust for life that is inspiring. Featured Wine: I brought Kolfok! But sadly, the Merlot from Croatia Juliana brought is currently sold out. Check back soon! Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen. Produced by Dear Media.

Have Wine Will Travel Radio
The Mariner2019/ From Dry Creek Vineyard/Of Course! Don Wallace Features

Have Wine Will Travel Radio

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023


This is a very interesting feature with Don Wallace. We have covered many of the incredible wines from Dry Creek vineyard,and now movew into The Mariner 2019 from Dry Creek Valley. As we always do we will check out the tasting notes and idems of interst from the website of this world class winery. drycreekvineyard.com. Winemaker Notes: The Mariner is a powerful, yet elegant Meritage made in the tradition of some of the world's greatest Bordeaux blends. We call this proprietary blend “The Mariner” because just as a mariner navigates his ship, so too must our winemaker navigate his way through a vintage. The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of our most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of black currant, black cherry and blackberry. Several more minutes reveal hints of cardamom, white pepper, cumin and dried herbs. The palate has dark berry flavors along with earthy complexity and savory tones. It finishes with notes of mocha, marzipan, fine leather and black tea. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come. BLEND: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: 12–17 days in fermenters at 82–88˚F; pumped over twice daily BARREL AGING: 20 months in French and Hungarian oak; 46% new oak HARVEST DATE: September 27–October 24, 2019 SOIL: Hillside vineyard with gravelly soil, iron-rich VINE AGE: 20+ years Each and every grape is grown on one of our estate vineyards or by one of our longtime growing partners. In our 100% certified-sustainable estate vineyards, we walk the land, replenish the soil naturally, and make multiple pruning passes throughout the growing season to ensure that our grapes are balanced and delicious when they reach their peak ripeness. We have cultivated relationships over the past five decades with small, local family farms and worked with them extensively for the best results possible. It is not an exaggeration to say that we know every hand that touches the grapes. Please visit their website,and also make plans to visit the great town of Healdsburg in the very near future,and plan to spend some time at this amazing winery in the heart of the Dry Creek Vineyard! please click on the link below,and you can listen to this great audio feature with Don Wallace and myself. Click here and join us as we enjoy great food and wine .

Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast
Episode 86: Michael Coode, Rutherford Hill Winemaker (Napa)

Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 48:34


One of my first memories of visiting Napa Wine Country was Rutherford Hill Winery.  Known for Merlot, we have their winemaker, Michael Coode, who brings his fancy accent and interesting wine background to the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast.Thanks to Silvadore Brands for partnering with the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast and being the official wine preserver or gas (Argon) provider.Go the link below to get your Silvadore Argon Gas Wine Preserver. Make sure you click FOR YOUR HOME and enter CODE corkandtaylor to receive 10% off your  orderhttps://www.silvadorebrands.com/Also, Welcome Fly With Wine as a new partner of the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast.Solve the single biggest problem faced by wine country travelers as they follow their dreams of visiting their favorite wineries around the world. How to bring their favorite wines back home with them safely and securely on an airplane so they can be enjoyed while reliving memories with every sip. And so was borne the idea for FlyWithWine. Enter CODE corkandtaylor to receive 10% off your orderhttps://www.flywithwine.com/Don't forget to Subscribe, Rate and Review! Please please It only takes a few minutes and helps me/the show grow. The more subscribers, reviews and rates helps us to get discovered! Also, follow us on our Facebook @corkandtaylor and Instagram accounts @corkandtaylorpodcast.Also, Please consider supporting the show as it would be appreciated. This helps me offset  expenses to continue to run and grow the Cork & Taylor Wine Podcast. Thanks! Lukewww.patreon.com/corkandtaylor#wine #winetime #winepodcast

Wine and Dime
Economics 101: Understanding CPI, Unemployment, and Consumer Sentiment

Wine and Dime

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 13:16 Transcription Available


Welcome to another exciting episode of Wine and Dime with your host, Amy Irvine! In this episode, we'll not only dive deep into the world of economics, but also embark on a delightful exploration of the Virginia wine region. Get ready to learn about the state's rich history of wine production, the unique varietals it offers, and the beautiful landscapes where these grapes flourish. So, pour yourself a glass of your favorite Virginia wine, sit back, and join Amy as she uncorks a wealth of knowledge about both CPI and unemployment, as well as the fascinating world of Virginia's wine industry. Cheers!Remember, just like a good bottle of wine, the Wine and Dime Podcast gets better with time. So don't forget to rate and subscribe to our show, where we blend the flavors of wine and personal finance to help you achieve financial freedom! If you have any questions that you would like answered on the show, feel free to email us at info@rootedpg.comOr visit us at www.rootedpg.com/podcasts for full show notes and links!Episode Summary:In today's episode, Amy Irvine explores the connection between economic indicators like the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and unemployment, and how they influence consumer sentiment. As Amy breaks down the complexity of CPI, she highlights its various components and how they relate to inflation.The discussion then moves on to the relationship between unemployment and inflation, with Amy explaining the significance of the U3 and U6 unemployment rates. She emphasizes the importance of monitoring these rates to understand their potential impact on the economy.Lastly, Amy delves into the connection between consumer and investment sentiment, explaining the importance of consumer sentiment as an economic indicator. By understanding consumer sentiment, we can better grasp how it affects spending and overall GDP.Don't miss out on this informative episode that sheds light on the complex relationships between economic indicators and consumer behavior. And if you haven't already, make sure to listen to the previous episodes in this six-part series to get a comprehensive understanding of the economy and its impact on our daily lives.Virginia is for Wine Lovers:In this episode, host Amy Irvine takes a detour from the economic discussion to share her passion for wine, specifically exploring the wine industry in Virginia. She reveals that wine production in the state dates back to the early days of European colonization in the 17th century. Despite the hot and humid summers that can pose a challenge to viticulture, the Virginia wine industry has grown significantly in the last 20 years.Amy highlights that French hybrid varieties account for about 20% of the total grape production in Virginia, while American varietals make up approximately 5%. She shares the top ten varietals produced in the region, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Viognier. Amy also notes that the central and northern Virginia County area, particularly just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is responsible for a significant portion of the state's wine production.Amy's enthusiasm for the Virginia wine industry is evident as she expresses her desire to visit and explore the region in person, and she encourages listeners to share their recommendations for great Virginia wines that she could try and potentially feature on the show in the future.This episode is brought to you by Rooted Planning Group. Rooted Planning Group is a fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in working with women in their 30s and 40s who want to take control of their finances and plan for the future. Whether you're just starting out or you're looking to make a big change, Rooted Planning Group can help. Visit

Bad Dads Film Review
Midweek Mention... Sideways

Bad Dads Film Review

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 23:51


Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay written by himself and collaborator Jim Taylor (I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY would you believe it), 2004's SIDEWAYS is a comedy about middle-age, depression and alcoholism. Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) is a divorced wine aficionado and unpublished writer of a terrible sounding semi-autobiographical novel who takes best friend and former television star Jack (Thomas Hayden Church) on a road trip through California wine country ahead of Jack's impending marriage. Though his friend focuses on one final fling with wine pourer Stephanie (Sandra Oh) before getting hitched more than he does sampling the best the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer, Miles finds something deeper in the vineyards with Maya (Virgina Madsen). Giamatti has a relatable everyman charm about him which allows you to empathise with and even forgive him no matter how badly he disgraces himself which includes stealing from his own mother while fellow Spider-Man villain Thomas Hayden Church somehow manages to find some depth in the vacuous Peter Pan Syndrome suffering Jack. Character actor M.C. Gainey's penis almost steals the movie but it's the thoughtful themes about maturity, aging, male friendships and the need for patience to nurture people in relationships which lingers on the palate.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. If it hasn't been completely destroyed yet you can usually find us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review, on email at baddadsjsy@gmail.com or on our website baddadsfilm.com. Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads

Wine and Dime
Economics 101: From Wine Trails to Trade Balance - A Beginner's Guide to GDP

Wine and Dime

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 9:17


Welcome back, Wine and Dime listeners! In this episode, we're popping open a bottle of something special as we continue our journey through Economics 101. But before we dive into the intricacies of GDP and the trade balance, let's take a moment to savor the flavors of Michigan's wine industry. Yes, you heard me right - Michigan! From Cabernet Franc to Riesling, Michigan's wineries are producing over 3 million gallons of wine each year. And with over 200 commercial wineries in the state, there's plenty to explore on our tasting tour. But don't worry, we'll make sure to keep our glasses full as we also dive into the ins and outs of GDP, consumer spending, investment, government spending, and net exports. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite vintage, and join us as we explore the fascinating world of Economics 101.What you will learn:Recap of the importance of the Fed funds rate and understanding economic indicatorsWhat is GDP and how it is measuredThe components of GDP: consumer spending, investment spending, government spending, and the trade balanceThe significance of the trade balance and the concept of a trade surplusOverview of Michigan's wine industry and the variety of grapes grown in the regionThe difference between net exports and total exports and importsRemember, just like a good bottle of wine, the Wine and Dime Podcast gets better with time. So don't forget to rate and subscribe to our show, where we blend the flavors of wine and personal finance to help you achieve financial freedom! If you have any questions that you would like answered on the show, feel free to email us at info@rootedpg.comOr visit us at www.rootedpg.com/podcasts for full show notes and links!Outline:Introduction: Recap of the first two episodes on the Fed funds rate and understanding economic indicatorsUnderstanding GDP: Definition of GDP as the total value of finished goods and services produced within a country's bordersDiscussion of the different ways GDP is reported (nominal, real, and PPP)Explanation of the components of GDP: consumer spending, investment spending, government spending, and the trade balanceComponents of GDP: Breakdown of the overall percentages of GDP: consumer spending (68%), investment spending (18%), government spending (18%), and net exports (-3%)Explanation of each component: consumption, investment, government spending, and net exportsDefinition of a trade surplus and how it measures a country's positive trade balanceConclusion: Preview of the next episode on CPI and unemploymentWine Recommendations: The Michigan wine scene is full of surprises, and we've got the inside scoop on some of the most interesting facts:Michigan wine refers to any wine made within the state's borders, and with over 200 commercial wineries producing 3 million US gallons of wine, there's plenty to explore.European grape varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Riesling are grown in the region, making for a diverse and delicious selection of wines.The wine industry in Michigan has been growing rapidly, with 3375 acres under wine grape cultivation as of 2020, up from 112 operating wineries in 2007.Michigan's unique climate and geography, with its proximity to the Great Lakes, provide the perfect conditions for grape growing, resulting in high-quality wines that are winning awards and gaining recognition around the world.If you're planning a trip to Michigan to explore its wine scene, make sure to check out the wine trails, which offer a fun and educational way to experience the region's wineries and tasting...

Something To Wine About
041: Wine Lovers Next Favorite Drink? Coffee! ...from Kauai

Something To Wine About

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 63:57


Today, and because we are in Kauai, we are stepping away from the wine for a brief bit and shifting our focus to that other lovely nectar - Coffee! Kauai Coffee Roasters is one of Hawaii's finest coffee plantations and we got to explore the grounds as well as the wonderful selection of brews. Join Michael, JJ, Doug & guest host, Marjorie Alexander on this tiny little island with big, bold flavors. Don't forget to follow the Something to Wine About podcast so that you don't miss a single episode. While you're at it, please take a moment to write a short review and rate our show. It would be greatly appreciated! To learn more about wineries we've visited, listen to past episodes, and get to know your hosts, go to https://www.somethingtowineaboutpodcast.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

XChateau - Navigating the Business of Wine
Playful Concept, Serious Wines w/ Kyle MacLachlan, Pursued by Bear

XChateau - Navigating the Business of Wine

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2023 39:21


Being a celebrity helps and hinders the launch and selling elements of a wine venture. Kyle MacLachlan, an actor with a broad base of work from Twin Peaks to Sex & the City to The Flintstones, details his journey of starting Pursued by Bear (“PBB”) in Walla Walla, Washington and how he thinks about imbuing his personal brand with the wine brand. From getting approval for the brand name from Steve Martin to designing his newly launched tasting room, Kyle weaves his stories around how branding has worked for PBB. Detailed Show Notes: Kyle's background - an actor, including Cooper from Twin Peaks, Sex & the City, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and one of his favorites is The FlintstonesHe just wrapped filming of Fallout for Amazon, based on the video gameHe grew up in Eastern Washington, always been a wine drinker over beer & spiritsMet Ann Colgin & Doug Shafer in Napa and wanted to start a Napa brand in the late 1990s, but it was too expensiveHis wife pointed him to WA wine, met Eric Dunham looking for a WA Syrah for his wedding, and partnered in 2005 to launch Pursued by BearPBB~3,000 cases, 5 winesPBB Cab Sauv (launched ‘05; ~500 cases) - was Cab, Syrah, Merlot blend, now Bordeaux blendBaby Bear Syrah (launched ‘08, ~300 cases)Rose (launched ‘15)Bear Cub (launched ‘16, ~1,000 cases) - an entry-level red blendTwin Bear - “prestige wine,” 100% CabernetWinery nameHe wanted it to speak to his ‘day job' of acting and bring it back to the theater, a Shakespeare referenceRefers to a stage direction in Winter's Tale - “Exit, pursued by a bear”Steve Martin approved of the name, which solidified itKyle's role at PBBTook over 100% ownership of the brand in 2016Very involved in the business, hands-on with operations (e.g., copywriting for labels) and parts of winemaking (e.g., blending trials)Dan Wampfler winemaker since 2008Leveraging celebrityHas helped bring attention to wine (e.g., using personal social media), but most fans aren't wine peopleGotten more press than otherwiseSome product placement (has been in the background of Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother - like an “easter egg”)Tries to be an ambassador for WA State winesMade short videos during the pandemic - “Beary Tales”It is a hindrance at times as people think wines aren't goodHollywood connections have not helped much - many aren't big wine drinkers or collectorsCustomer acquisitionMost effective has been 1:1 hand sellingOpening a tasting room in Walla Walla - April 2023Zoom tastings were effective at selling wine during the pandemicHe wants people to feel they are on a journey w/ Kyle around PBBTasting roomDesigned to be comfortable - cork floors, oak tables, big bronze bearLocated in Walla Walla downtown - a wine-tasting destination, mostly from WA, ID, OR, and CanadaVery little acting memorabilia - a Twin Peaks bobblehead & mugSpring Release 2023 - will have 3 musicians playing music, walking around townLikes surprise and delight elements, has had discussions w/ an AR company about embedding elements, but hasn't figured it out yet Get access to library episodes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Italian Wine Podcast
Ep. 1355 Andrea Leone | Italian Trade Agency Masterclass Wineries In Germany

Italian Wine Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 14:39


Welcome to Episode 1355; part of our new Italian wine interview series set in Dusseldorf, Germany. Today Joy Livingston interviews Andrea Leone, Export Manager of the Cotarella Family Wineries. Stevie Kim and her team travelled to Dusseldorf, Germany this March to collaborate with ITA, the Italian Trade Agency. ITA was organizing some incredible Masterclasses featuring the best wines Italy has to offer. Each masterclass was led by the Master Sommelier Eros Teboni (awarded Best Sommelier Worldwide in 2018), and they wanted us there to document the amazing 3 days! Tune-in each Thursday as we bring you the great interviews that unfolded over the course of 3 days. More about today's winery: The brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella are two of the greatest exponents of Italian enology and their company, Falesco, produces some of the best Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese and Roscetto from all over Italy. Cotarella is a name to combine with Italian wine. The family, originally from Monterubiaglio , near Orvieto , began with a simple activity as local grape fermenters and wine producers that were used by larger bottlers of that important denomination. But it was the current generation, the brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, that moved far beyond these modest origins, becoming a real driving force in the Italian panorama. Riccardo Cotarella , the eldest, began his career as a winemaker of a local company, but, starting from the 80s, he forged a career, as one of the most important, probably the most important, wine consultant in all of Italy , creating wines acclaimed and award winners across the country and becoming both the president of the Italian oenologists association and also the co-president of the international association. All of this may seem enough to satisfy most people, but the brothers seem to be permanently dissatisfied with what others would consider a success and have set up their own company in Umbria , again an amazing force. Over 370 hectares of vineyards is by no means a small property, and the millions of bottles produced annually have found their way to the world's largest high-quality wine markets. First with a series of well made and extremely pleasant wines at reasonably low prices, to demonstrate that quality and quantity are quite easy to reconcile. And, in more recent years, with a new line, clearly called “Famiglia Cotarella” , which offers superb examples of Merlot, Cabernet, Sangiovese and Roscetto , among the best wines in Italy. More about the winery: https://www.famigliacotarella.it/gb/experiences/visits-and-tastings More about the interviewer: Joy Livingston is the Producer of Italian Wine Podcast. Narrator extraordinaire and Scienza whisperer Joy Livingston has been known to edit the occasional book from time to time. When Joy is not busy Producing the podcast she is also working hard on the Mamma Jumbo Shrimp YouTube channel where many of the interviews stream on video! Let's keep in touch! Follow us on our social media channels: Instagram @italianwinepodcast Facebook @ItalianWinePodcast Twitter @itawinepodast Tiktok @MammaJumboShrimp LinkedIn @ItalianWinePodcast If you feel like helping us, donate here www.italianwinepodcast.com/donate-to-show/ Until next time, cin cin!

Cork Rules
Episode 292. Bin 26 Enoteca, Boston

Cork Rules

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 6:47


Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at Bin 26 Enoteca, a restaurant that proudly states they serve great food with their wine. In fact, the definition of Enoteca is a wine shop, wine bar, and wine library, so you know their wine list is going to offer some great bottles, and Michaela shares her expertise to help you navigate this international wine list with over sixty wines by the glass and over two hundred wines by bottles. Wines reviewed include: 2019 Nerello Mascalese, Benanti, Etna Rosso, Sicily 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Alice Berthier, Coteaux du Gienois, Loire Valley 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bin 26 Rosso, Veneto, Italy For more information on today's episode, and the wines you love to love, visit www.corkrules.com.

Cults, Crimes, and Cabernet
The Merlot Files : LaResha & Wanda Walker

Cults, Crimes, and Cabernet

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2023 45:43


November 19, 1999, was the start of a Nashville family's worst nightmare that has continued to get worse over the last 23 years. When 23-year-old LaResha Walker went missing leaving behind her 2-year-old son to be raised by her family it was only the beginning. The Walker family searched for 17 years for any sign of LaResha or her car that to this day has never been seen. Then the unthinkable happened. The matriarch of the family would also disappear in a similar manner but is seemingly unconnected.What happened to LaResha & Wanda Walker?#nashville #missingperson #lareshawalker #wandawalker #rayvonwalker #nasvhilletennessee #tennessee #unsolved #murder #unsolvedmurder #unsolvedmystery #cultscrimesandcabernet #truecrime #truecrimepodcast #advocacy #newepisodemonday #missingperson #actionorientedadvocacy

Bud Break
Freemark Abbey Merlot Overview

Bud Break

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2023 19:46


Explore what makes Freemark Abbey Merlot so delicious with winemaker Kristy Melton and winery historian Barry Dodds.

Something To Wine About
040: Old Creek Ranch Winery is a Hidden Gem

Something To Wine About

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2023 72:24


In this episode, Michael, JJ & Doug are joined by Michael's life-partner, Krista Inochovsky, for some off-the-beaten-path wine tasting in Oak View, CA, bordering on JJ & Doug's hometown of Ojai. A beautiful location and some amazing wines make this a must-stop venue on your California wine tours! Don't forget to follow the Something to Wine About podcast so that you don't miss a single episode. While you're at it, please take a moment to write a short review and rate our show. It would be greatly appreciated! To learn more about wineries we've visited, listen to past episodes, and get to know your hosts, go to  https://www.somethingtowineaboutpodcast.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

In The Conversation
God Told Me

In The Conversation

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2023 109:07


Damien and Ali get In The Conversation about the return of Merlot, conservative Texans, and a hat trick of televised trafficking. Twitter.com/dlemoncomedy // Twitter.com/mrmuhammad Keep up with the conversation on Facebook: Facebook.com/InTheConversation

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The Wine Vault
Episode 351 - Chateau Curton La Perriere Bordeaux

The Wine Vault

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 46:25


In this episode, Rob and Scott review a below average wine from Bordeaux known as Chateau Curton La Perriere. So come join us, on The Wine Vault.  

Bud Break
Freemark Abbey Interview with Kristy Melton, Winemaker

Bud Break

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2023 26:50


Join Winery Ambassador/Historian Barry Dodds as he interviews winemaker Kristy Melton on all things Freemark Abbey.

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Something To Wine About
039: Ojai Wine Festival is a total BLAST!

Something To Wine About

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2023 26:43


In this episode, JJ & Doug venture down the street to the Ojai Wine Festival and check out the offerings of several wineries from neighboring regions. Enjoy this experience of a wide variety of varietals and vintners! Don't forget to follow the Something to Wine About podcast so that you don't miss a single episode. While you're at it, please take a moment to write a short review and rate our show. It would be greatly appreciated! To learn more about wineries we've visited, listen to past episodes, and get to know your hosts, go to  https://www.somethingtowineaboutpodcast.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

SOMM-Thing To Drink About - A Wine Podcast

Christi & Alex  get into a bargain with the devil & taste wine from Napa Valley's Youngest AVA. (BTW- An "AVA" is an American Vinticultural Area- which is a geographically defined chunk of land used for growing grapes that has been defined as such because of it's special attributes. The soil, the sun, the elevation, the shape of the land- all of what makes the grapes grown there special.)  All of which part of what makes this wine it's own, unique thing! So pop in the earbuds, pull open a bottle, and let's Drink Something AMAZING!Winemaker NotesAromas of fresh herbs, pungent cedar, and forest swirl in the glass with more delicate floral notes, black pepper, bittersweet chocolate, and crushed rock On the palate, a little brambly-vine quality clings to blackberry flavors, and warmly spiced dark plum is layered with fresh herbs for a lively, sweet-savory balance. Fine tannins yield satisfyingly rich, velvety textures, while vibrant acidity keeps you coming back for another sip.Faust Winery ( @FaustWines )At Faust, we seek to express the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon and the diversity of the Napa Valley by sourcing from our estate vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford as well as from small lots on Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. The culmination of these exceptional appellations results in a prodigious expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.2020 Faust Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley  AVA, California85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot, Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc20 months in French Oak - 25% new oak14.9 % abv$59.99 average price Buy The Wine #Wine, #RedWine, #Somm, #SpokaneSomm, #Sommelier, #DrinkSomethingAmazing, #WineEducation, #WinePodcast, #faustwine, #faustwinery, #coombsville , #vineyards,  #napavalley, #napa, #winemaking, #grapegrowing, #napawines, #faust, #drinkfaust, #faustwines, #grapes, #wine, #winegrowers, #napavalleywinerySupport the showLike the Show? Every Coffee Helps!https://www.buymeacoffee.com/DrinkSomething

Something To Wine About
039: Majestic Oak Vineyard is another hidden gem in Ojai

Something To Wine About

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2023 90:53


Today, Michael, JJ and Doug don't venture far from the homestead in Ojai, as they make a simple drive to the Majestic Oak Vineyard tasting room just down the street. Sure to please your palate, these wines are not to be missed if you're visiting this quaint little town just north of Los Angeles. Check out more of their wines at https://majesticoakvineyard.com. Don't forget to follow the Something to Wine About podcast so that you don't miss a single episode. While you're at it, please take a moment to write a short review and rate our show. It would be greatly appreciated! To learn more about wineries we've visited, listen to past episodes, and get to know your hosts, go to https://www.somethingtowineaboutpodcast.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Something To Wine About
038: Ojai Vineyards is a hop, skip, and a jump from Los Angeles

Something To Wine About

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2023 70:48


Join Michael Neeley, JJ Flizanes, and Doug Sandler as they have a taste closer to home (well... at least for JJ & Doug) in Ojai, CA. A hop, skip, and a jump from Los Angeles, but a world away is The Ojai Vineyard, with some very tasty wines you won't want to miss. Check out their full selection along with their membership details at https://ojaivineyard.com.  Don't forget to subscribe to the Something to Wine About podcast so that you don't miss a single episode. While you're at it, please take a moment to write a short review and rate our show. It would be greatly appreciated! To learn more about wineries we've visited, listen to past episodes, and get to know your hosts, go to https://www.somethingtowineaboutpodcast.com/ and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Snooker Scene Podcast
Snooker Scene Podcast episode 239 - We're Merlot Back

Snooker Scene Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2023 53:08


Merlot, Lemon drizzle cake and the political opinions of snooker players. It's all here in this week's podcast. Email us at snookerscenepodcast@mail.com. We will return in a fortnight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Boozy Biddies Talk Wine
110: Red Noble Grapes

Boozy Biddies Talk Wine

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2023 15:54


The biddies dive into the red noble grape varietals. Whether you've heard there are three, four or twenty red noble grapes, the biddies discuss the three that are most agreed upon: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Pinot Noir. This episode includes: The definition of noble grapes An overview of the three core red varietals considered to be noble grapes Grab a glass of anything red and join us! Read the full show notes here: boozybiddies.com/110  

Wine for Normal People
Ep 460: Sonoma County, CA -- The Overview

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2023 59:47


Map: Sonoma County AVAs. Sonoma County Winegrowers  Over the last 12 years we've done so much on Sonoma but I realized that we've never done a podcast outlining the areas of Sonoma to give form to this wine paradise that has 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and covers more than a million acres of land (405,000 ha) of which more than 60,000 acres are planted to grapes.   Sonoma is still full of small, family-owned vineyards. It's estimated that at least 85% of Sonoma County's vineyards are family owned and operated and 80% of vineyards are less than 100 acres (40% are less than 20 acres). The Sonoma landscape incorporates coastal ranges, valleys, mountains, flats, benchlands, and innumerable soils and microclimates, including a multitude of producers with different styles and ideas of what to grow.     In this show, we try to compartmentalize the areas of Sonoma, to help you figure out the big areas and their specialties.   Here are the show notes: We start with generalities… Climate: There are sunny days and almost no rain from May through September with most areas cooler near the coast and warmer inland. The Pacific Ocean/Petaluma Gap and San Pablo Bay serve as cooling influences for the western and southern regions of Sonoma County Land: Elevations and slopes slow ripening, provide poor soils with excellent drainage, and create complex wines. Wines from valley floors are simpler. Matching grape to site is important given soil, elevation, and climate diversity. Grapes: Everyone grows everything! You'll find dozens of varieties growing in Sonoma. Moon Mountain AVA, Sonoma. Credit: Sonoma County Winegrowers  Most of the show is spent detailing the valleys. Here is the quick and dirty on each area:   Sonoma Valley Sonoma Valley AVA: Centers on the Sonoma Valley in the southeastern part of the county. It gets cool air from the San Pablo Bay in the south, and protection from the cool influence of the Pacific in the west from Sonoma Mountain. There are dozens of different soils from very fertile on the valley floor, to well-drained and poor on the hills and mountains   Sonoma Valley has 4 AVAs within it: Moon Mountain, Sonoma Mountain, Bennett Valley, Carneros Moon Mountain District AVA is on the steep western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. It has the famed Monte Rosso vineyard and specializes in Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sonoma Mountain AVA is at high altitude, with steep vineyards on eastern exposures. The vineyards rise above the fog line, allowing grapes to ripen more fully in the sunlight. Basalt soils make good Cabernet Sauvignon. Other grapes are: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel   Bennett Valley AVA is Sonoma Valley's smallest AVA. It's a series of small vineyards in the slopes, hills, and ridges between Taylor Mountain, Sonoma Mountain, and Bennett Peak. In the moderately cool climate, with a long hang time, Rhône varieties do well as does Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and grapes like Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier with acidity. Pinot Noir acreage is increasing.   Los Carneros AVA straddles Napa and Sonoma counties. It hugs the San Pablo Bay, and is one of the coolest AVAs in the area, with moderately cool and windy days and early morning fog. The soil is compressed clay and very consistent, this and the weather limits vigor. Chardonnay is 50%, Pinot 43%. Merlot makes excellent wine on the clay soils. Bennett Valley AVA, Sonoma. Credit: Sonoma County Winegrowers  Town to stay in if visiting the area: Sonoma   ** Sonoma Valley is a discrete part of the larger Sonoma County. When producers use a general AVA for grapes from a combined region, it's Sonoma County. _____________________________________________  COASTAL APPELLATIONS (mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir areas)   Sonoma Coast AVA: Goes from the San Pablo Bay to the border of Mendocino County in the north. This appellation is too large to have meaning – it can be cold and rugged near the coast or warm and sheltered inland, producing very different styles of wine. The expectation is that the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that have the “Sonoma Coast” label are actually from coastal vineyards, but that's not true. We tell the story of how this AVA got to be so muddled and then talk about the 3 AVAs that were set up to rectify the issue:   Petaluma Gap AVA: 25 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the AVA runs from the Pacific Coast at Bodega Bay, southeast to San Pablo Bay, and has a mild Mediterranean climate. The defining feature is the wind gap in the coastal range, which funnels in cool coastal marine air bringing fog and cool afternoon breezes. The cool climate lower yields and help Pinot Noir (75% of plantings), Chardonnay and Syrah the grapes retain acidity. The West Sonoma Coast AVA (got it in 2022): Stretches from the Mendocino County border to the northern coastal border of the Petaluma Gap AVA. The area includes ONLY areas where coastal influence reaches – it is remote with cooler marine temperatures and much fog at elevation. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the main grapes. Fort Ross-Seaview AVA: Located on the outskirts of the Pacific Ocean, with major coastal influence, and high elevation, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have excellent acidity.   Towns to stay in: Petaluma, Jenner, Bodega Bay West Sonoma Coast AVA,  Sonoma. Credit: Sonoma County Winegrowers    _____________________________________  RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY AVA (Pinot Noir, but Rhône and Italian varietals are great too in certain regions)   Russian River Valley AVA is known for Pinot Noir. The constant cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean, coming from the Petaluma Wind Gap creates big diurnal swings, so grapes have a long growing season to develop flavor in the western part of the AVA.   The reality is that the Russian River Valley encompasses warm and cool areas. There are 5 Neighborhoods within Russian River Valley, which are used to discuss the cooler places that are more suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Laguna Ridge, Sebastapol Hills, parts of the Middle Reach) and those that are suited to warmer climate grapes like Rhône varieties, Zinfandel, and Italian varieties (parts of the Middle Reach, Santa Rosa Plains, Eastern Hills)   Green Valley of Russian River Valley SUB AVA of Russian River is in the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley, surrounded by Sebastopol, Forestville and Occidental. It is very cool, foggy, with heavy coastal influences and produces acidic, less extracted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and sparkling wines on its Goldridge (yellow, sandy) soil     Chalk Hill AVA is in the northeast part of Russian River Valley and has less marine influence and fog. It has rocky, chalk soils so they do grow Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but they also grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.   Town to stay in: Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, or Windsor    _______________________________________ DRY CREEK VALLEY AVA (Zinfandel central)   Dry Creek is the easiest valley to visit (2 roads, 5 stop signs!) and probably the easiest to understand. It is known for exceptional Zinfandel. It's in northern Sonoma County, 20 miles/32 km east of the Pacific Ocean. The Coastal Range blocks a lot of the cooler air from flooding the Dry Creek, giving it hotter days and slimmer diurnal swings at night. The vineyards lie on hillsides, benchlands, and the valley floor at different elevations and on different soils – from loam to clay to gravel. Zinfandel is 30% of plantings and is more elegant, and “old school” (especially from producers like Nalle or Peterson – friends of the pod!). The flavors are less like black fruit and more like raspberry, pomegranate with acidity and moderate alcohol. Other varieties grown are: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay very good Italian and Rhone Varieties, Bordeaux varieties grown too     Rockpile (Dry-Creek Adjacent, great Zin!): On the northern part of Dry Creek Valley, at high elevations beyond the fog, the AVA is great for rich, dense reds – Zin especially is famed (Bruliam does a great job and a friend of the show!)   Town to stay in: Healdsburg or Windsor   Dry Creek AVA, Sonoma. Credit: Sonoma County Winegrowers    _______________________________________   ALEXANDER VALLEY (known for Cabernet Sauvignon) Alexander Valley AVA: In northeastern Sonoma County, north of Healdsburg, the Russian River flows through h the Alexander Valley. It gets some cool marine air from the Pacific Ocean, and wind can cool mornings and evenings. Daytime heat spikes will ripen the grapes, but the cool wind will preserve the acidity in the classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which is so coveted, that many Napa wineries grow Cab here for top cuvees.     Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak (Alexander Valley adjacent) AVA: This small area overlaps the northernmost portions of the Alexander Valley AVA. It is steep with high elevations and grows a number of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon.   Alexander Valley AVA, Sonoma. Credit: Sonoma County Winegrowers    _______________________________________ Less visit-able places (yes, I know that's not a word)…   Knights Valley AVA is right next to Mount St. Helena, and has well-drained soils, but very warm temperatures with no Pacific or San Pablo Bay influence. Elevation is the only cooling factor in this area that has volcanic and alluvial gravel and focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon (2/3 of plantings) and other Bordeaux varietals. Kendall Jackson owns most of Knights Valley.     Northern Sonoma AVA: Too huge for any meaning – most producers use Sonoma County AVA. It includes Chalk Hill, Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and most of Green Valley.     Fountaingrove AVA (2015) – mostly growers, few wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals, some Rhône varietals – Syrah, Viognier, Petite Sirah plus smatterings of everything. It's too hot for Pinot and Chard except in a few key north-facing sites   So much to explore! Sonoma is a place you can need get enough of, but hopefully this episode gives some form to exactly what you want to do when you finally make it out there!    Some of my favorite people mentioned: @sonomawineguy on Twitter and other Social Media, Nalle Winery, Crux Winery, Bruliam Winery, Keller Estate, Inman Family, Kieran Robinson Wines, Truchard Winery, (and I forgot to mention...Longboard Vineyards in Russian River!).   _______________________________________________________________ Thanks to our sponsors:   I could not be happier to announce my partnership with Wine Access, once again. Wines Access is my go-to source for the best selection of interesting wines you can't find locally. Every box you get from Wine Access is meticulous -- tasting notes with food and wine pairing, serving temperature suggestions, and perfectly stored wine. It's no wonder that Wine Access was rated the best wine club by New York Times Wirecutter and is the official partner and wine provider of The MICHELIN Guide. Check out my favorite wines on the page at www.wineaccess.com/normal, sign up for their daily emails, and join one of their wine clubs...AND get 10% your first order!   If you think our podcast is worth the price of a bottle or two of wine a year, please consider virtually buying us some bottles by becoming a member of Patreon... you'll get even more great content, live interactions and classes!  www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople   To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes   Sources for this show: https://sonomawinegrape.org/scw/sonoma-county-territory/ www.sonomavalleywine.com https://petalumagap.com/ russianrivervalley.org www.wdcv.com www.greenvalley-russianriver.com www.bvgg.org www.carneros.com www.alexandervalley.org  

Wine and Dime
Fiscal Feminist Kimberlee Davis

Wine and Dime

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 42:17


We are excited to welcome Kimberlee Davis the Fiscal Feminist to this weeks episode of Wine and Dime. Kimberlee Davis is a Partner and Managing Director in The Bahnsen Group, a wealth management practice with offices in Newport Beach, California and New York City. She is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Kimberlee is a professional woman, a mother and a daughter of elderly parents. Her career began as a Wall Street corporate lawyer. She then transitioned into investment banking, corporate finance, and finally wealth management. She has also been a stay-at-home mom when her three daughters were young. Her experiences have covered the gamut of the diverse roles that women fulfill throughout their often very complex lives. What you will learn:Kim just recently released a new book called, ‘The Fiscal Feminist - A Financial Wake-Up Call for Women.” Join us as we explore why Kim wrote this book and her journey to discovery. As you will hear, Kim wants “women to give themselves permission to be financially strategic, preventative, and knowledgeable, while still enjoying all the things that money can't buy.” Although Kim is a wealth manager now, that was not her first (or even second) career, listen as Kim shares her story of going from an attorney, to a stay at home mom (in another country), to wealth manager and author and podcaster. Everyone has a journey; we never know what part of the journey someone is on and that is why it is so important to be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle in their journey.The Fiscal Feminist (@thefiscalfeminist) • Instagram photos and videosThanks for listening and be sure to like, rate, subscribe and share. If you have any questions that you would like answered on the show, feel free to email us at info@rootedpg.comOr visit us at www.rootedpg.com/podcasts for full show notes and links! Fiscal FeministPodcast – Fiscal FeministThe Book – The Fiscal Feminist - A Financial Wake-Up Call for WomenHitching Post Wine - ABOUT HITCHING POST WINES Leading the Hitching Post Wines team are the creators and two long-time friends, Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini, who have been making wines in Santa Barbara County, California since 1979. Long before Hollywood discovered the winemaking landmark and its excellent wines, Gray Hartley, a former Alaskan salmon fisherman and Frank Ostini, chef and owner of the famed Hitching Post 2 Restaurant in Buellton, were brought together by their love of wine and winemaking. Over the years their backyard hobby has turned into a highly acclaimed winemaking enterprise. In 1981 they discovered the wonders of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir; since then Pinot has been their primary focus. Their flagship wine is the Hitching Post Highliner. The “Highliner” is the best fishermen in the fleet, and this name honors the great men of the Alaskan Salmon Fishery alongside whom Gray Hartley worked for 28 years. A special wine, Highliner is meant to be the “best of their fleet” of Pinot Noirs. Along with ten selections of Pinot Noir, Hitching Post produces a dry Rosé called Pinks, a Syrah, and a Merlot-based red named Gen Red. Then came Sideways in 2004, the Academy Award® winning film set in Santa Barbara wine country, prominently featuring The Hitching Post 2 and Hitching Post Wines. Since exposure in the movie, Hitching Post wines have gained in popularity. Currently, the winery has 12,000 barrels and produces about 17,000 cases a...

Wine for Normal People
Ep 459: Château Chasse-Spleen of AOC Moulis-en-Médoc with Jean Pierre Foubet, Managing Director

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 50:29


Jean Pierre Foubet is the managing director of and chief communicator for Château Chasse-Spleen, the best estate in Moulis appellation of the Médoc. His wife, Celine Villars-Foubet is the owner of the estate, and together they have brought this château to new heights in quality and prestige.  Photo: Jean Pierre Foubet. Credit: ROLAND COIFFE & ASSOCIÉS   According to Jane Anson, in her book “Inside Bordeaux”: “One of the star estates of Moulis, Chasse-Spleen is one of only two that I can think of that would have a fair chance of being recognized if the 1855 ranking were to be carried out today”   With their modern outlook, but respect for tradition, they have kept the wine on a path of constant improvement. They have transformed their château into a natural and man-made paradise, one that marries tradition with modernity in the form of art. From the barrel room, to the grounds, to the art gallery, and the accommodations for guests, Chasse-Spleen is a model for how to bring a château into the 21st century. Céline and Jean-Pierre's personalities, hospitality, and passion show through and it makes the experience of the wines so special, as I found out when I had the pleasure of staying there and spending an evening sipping the unbelievable wine, eating a delicious meal, and having so much fun and many, many laughs with the two of them in 2022.   Jean Pierre joins to tell us about Moulis, Chasse-Spleen, and explains some things to me that I always wanted to ask! Photo: Jean Pierre Foubet and me, June 2022. Credit: WFNP   Here are some of topics Jean-Pierre and I discuss: Jean-Pierre talks about the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation, of which he is the head: The unique location at “elevation” in Médoc, 17 meters The soil diversity with gravel, clay, and composite soils, and how that yields a variety of wine styles How practices must be altered in the vineyard, not in the cellar to handle climate change How Listrac and Moulis differ, and why it makes sense that they eventually join as one appellation – and how there are three very strong Chateaux (“locomotives” as Jean-Pierre calls them –Chasse-Spleen, Grand Poujeaux, Maucaillou) which are famed all over Europe and carry the reputation for the 34 other châteaux) Map: AOC Moulis   Then we discuss Chasse-Spleen, an unofficial Grand Cru of the Médoc. Jean-Pierre tells us about the early history of Chasse-Spleen, the English origins of its name and its history of women ownership. We discuss some of the harder times in Bordeaux and touch on the difficulties of upkeep of a château.     We talk about the terroir of Chasse-Spleen – its size (175 ha) and its large percentage of gravel in the vineyard, and how it plants to the soil (it is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon because that reflects how much gravel they have, and 30% Merlot on clay-limestone soils).   Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Credit: Moulis.com   Jean Pierre tries to explain the difference between second wines and other cuvees to me. He does it successfully for Chasse-Spleen (L'Ermitage de Chasse Spleen is an Haut-Médoc “other” cuvee, and L'Oratoire de Chasse Spleen is a true second wine). We leave with the conclusion that I may never know what is actually a second wine from other chateau because no one really knows!   In the spirit of asking every question I've ever had about how Bordeaux works

Long Island Tea
Positivity, Protection, Wellness, and Long Island Stories with Elisa DiStefano

Long Island Tea

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 55:18


Today on Long Island Tea, Long Island's sweetheart Elisa Distefano cohosts with Kristen and Sharon. The ladies are showing off our new handprinted “How You Doin” mugs from Simply Made Greetings. (Get yours on shop.discoverlongisland.com. Limited supply) As we wind down wellness January, Elisa brings some crystals for positivity, protection, and wellness, and Kristen and Sharon share some of their favorite wellness items they've put on our Amazon page, including items talked about in previous episodes at amazon.com/shop/discoverlongisland. Elisa spills the tea on her switch from News 12 to Newsday TV, being a mom, the restaurants she owns with her husband in Point Lookout: Mo'nelisa and The Point Bar & Grill, the highs and lows of being a media personality, and the added pressure of social media. Elisa tells a hilarious story about an incident that happened while live on TV, and why she was grateful social media wasn't around yet! Elisa shares her experience being interviewed in a magazine about the importance of supporting other women. Today's Wine of the Week is Raphael Winery- La Fontana, a Bordeaux blend comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, & Petit Verdot, velvety and balanced. The ladies also share some #LongIslandLife- another TV fimed at Oheka Castle, Long Island getting its own Iron Man competition, and how to support local businesses this Valentines day. And they close the show with some Celebritea- a senior citizen version of The Bachelor, Paris Hilton having a baby via surrogate, and Anna Delvey in a new series. Follow Elisa DiStefano:@ElisaDiStefanoTVhttps://elisadistefano.com/And on Newsday TV, streaming soon#LONGISLANDLIFESupport Local This Valentines Day. Date night and gift ideas that support Long Island businesses:https://www.discoverlongisland.com/blog/Long Island Events2/2: Senior Crafts at Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center2/3, 90's Alt Rock Night at Suffolk Theater 2/4 Long island Nets Game2/4 CRESLI Cruises on R/V Peconic to View Seals in Shinnecock Bay Begin2/4 Chocolate and Wine Pairings MTA Away at Harmony Vineyards2/5 Valentines Makers Market at Allegria Hotel2/5 North Fork Chili Cook Off at Greenport Harbor BrewingASK US ANYTHING!DM us on Instagram or email us at spillthetea@discoverlongisland.com.TAG US!@DiscoverLongIsland and @LongIslandTeaPodcast and join the conversation!WINE OF THE WEEK:Raphael La Fontanahttps://www.raphaelwine.comLong Island Tea is sponsored by Long Island Wine Country. Visit https://liwines.com/TEA TIME:Check out our Amazon Affiliate link:www.amazon.com/shop/discoverlongislandWATCH US:And SUBSCRIBE on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/DiscoverLongIslandNYFOLLOW US:Follow The Long Island Tea podcast on:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/longislandteapodcast/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Long-Island-Tea-Podcast-101538728517461Twitter: https://twitter.com/longislandteapodcastWRITE TO US:Email spillthetea@discoverlongisland.com if you are interested in collaborating with us, need some "uncorked advice"or if you just want to say “How you doin?”RATE AND REVIEW US:Be sure to leave us a 5 star rating and review on Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/long-island-tea/id1538642018WEAR US:Shop Long Island gear at https://shop.discoverlongisland.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Wine for Normal People
Ep 457: Umbria, Italy

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 49:11


Tucked into the middle of the Italian peninsula is the verdant, hilly land of Umbria. This small province is overshadowed by its neighbor, Tuscany, for many things, but Umbria has history, culture, and wine all its own. In this show, we explore the long history of Umbrian wine, what makes the province unique in its grapes and wine styles, and why Umbrian wine is too often unfairly forgotten in the pantheon of great wines of Italy. We review the three major wine regions of Umbria – Orvieto, Torgiano, and Montefalco – and give many reasons to give these wines a try.  Photo: Umbrian countryside. Getty Images  Here are the show notes: As of January 2023, Umbria has just 2 DOCGs, 13 DOCs, and 6 IGPs, 48% is DOP wine, 42% IGP, 10% table wine. 12,400 ha (30,600 acres) is 7.2 million cases of wine The main grapes of the region are: Sangiovese, Trebbiano Toscano, Grechetto, Sagrantino   Umbria has had winemaking for more than 3000 years   Climate: Landlocked Umbria has no sea breeze, although its lakes do help moderate the temperatures. The climate varies, but is mostly Mediterranean with cold, rainy winters and dry summers with abundant sunshine to ripen grapes   Photo: Chiesa in Assisi. Getty Images  Land Umbria is 29% Mtns, 71% hills, no plains. Most vineyards are on terraces cut into hillsides. The vineyards have good diurnals, which maintains acidity. Umbria is the only Italian region with no coastline nor a common border with another country. It is partly hilly and mountainous from the Apennines, and partly flat and fertile from the Tiber River Valley and the Umbrian valley around Perugia     Grapes: 53% red/rose, 47% white Sangiovese 20% of plantings, Trebbiano Toscano –12%, Grechetto 11%, Sagrantino 7%   Whites: Grechetto is two distinct grape varieties, Grechetto di Orvieto and Grechetto di Todi Grechetto di Orvieto: is light bodied, high in acidity with apple, pear, citrus, white flower notes Grechetto di Todi is Pignoletto (called that in Emilia Romagna). It is very floral with a soft mouthfeel Trebbiano Spoletino: Only found in Umbria around Spoleto and Montefalco. This wine is like limes, it can range from light to heavy and high in alcohol and can be barrel aged, or made into orange wine – no set identity Reds: Sangiovese and Sagrantino with Colorino, Mammolo, Vernaccia Nera International grapes: Cab, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc for, Umbria Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)   Photo: Sagrantino. Getty Images  Orvieto Producing wine since the Middle Ages when it was a famed sweet wine, today this wine is more of a dry white. Despite a long history, Orvieto was the victim of overproduction in the 1960s and its reputation suffered There are many styles and it is Umbria's biggest appellation – 10%+ of all Umbrian wine production Known for whites made of mostly Trebbiano and Grechetto, DOC Orvieto and Orvieto Classico. Other grapes include: Malvasia Bianco, Drupeggio, Verdello, Canaiolo bianco Styles: very simple and boring from Trebbiano or wines that use more Grechetto Red wine and 8 varietal wines sold under Rosso Orvietano DOC—French grapes plust Aleatico, Barbera, Canaiolo, Colorino, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cesanese, Ciliegiolo   Torgiano Wine made in hills around Torgiano, southeast of Perugia where a tributary joins Tiber River Torgiano DOC is 81 ha/200 acres, 40K cases Whites: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Riesling Italico (Welschriesling) (Labeled by grape, 85%+ of grape in bottle), Torgiano Bianco – 50-70% Trebbiano Toscano with Grechetto Reds: Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese (known for elegance, high-quality Sangiovese). Rosso di Torgiano DOC is made with 50–100% Sangiovese Rosato of Sangiovese min 50% and other approved native grapes Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG, can age for decades It must be made with 70–100% Sangiovese with other native grapes. It must age at least three years before release The Lungarotti family is famed in Torgiano growing area   Montefalco and Sagrantino Montefalco Sagrantino – DOCG 1992 Montefalco is ancient hilltop town and its specialty is Sagrantino – a dry, powerful, complex red grape with herbal notes that is made into the Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG wine, a famed wine that is aged a minimum of 37 months, 12 in barrel, 4 in bottle minimum With vines on the slopes of the hills, around the ancient town of Montefalco, and in surrounding villages, this area has a continental, that is warm and dry. Montefalco Sagrantino used to be a sweet wine but evolved into the dry version, which is one of the great reds of Italy Notable winerw are: Scaccia Diavoli, Fratelli Pardi and Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Sagrantino is on only 990 acres/400 ha, producing just 108,000 case (5 year average)   Montefalco DOC Established as a DOC in 1979, and lying on just 524 ha/1294 acres, this DOC Makes: Bianco: Grechetto, Trebbiano (Minimum of Trebbiano Spoletino with other native non aromatic whites). There is a varietal Grechetto as well Rosso: 60-80% Sangiovese, 10–25% Sagrantino with a maximum 30% with other native reds Photo: The wine we drank during the show.   Other DOCs: Assisi, Amelia, Colli Altotiberini, Colli Perugini, Lago di Corbara, Spoleto, Todi, Collie Martani, Colli del Trasimeno   All are the same combo of grapes Whites: Grechetto and Trebbiano for whites with supporting native and non-native grapes   Reds: Sangiovese with native and French grapes   _______________________________________________________________   I could not be happier to announce my partnership with Wine Access, once again. For 2023, I will be working with this outstanding company, which is my go-to source for the best selection of interesting wines you can't find locally. Every box you get from Wine Access is meticulous -- tasting notes with food and wine pairing, serving temperature suggestions, and perfectly stored wine. It's no wonder that Wine Access was rated the best wine club by New York Times Wirecutter and is the official partner and wine provider of The MICHELIN Guide. Go to www.wineaccess.com/normal to sign up for their daily emails and get 10% your first order.Wine Access is a class act -- check them out today!      Is the podcast worth the price of a bottle or two of wine a year to you? If so, please become a member of Patreon... you'll get even more great content, live interactions and classes!  www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople   To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes   __________________________________________ Sources: https://italianwinecentral.com/ THE GRAPES AND WINES OF ITALY: The definitive compendium region by region, Ian d'Agata, Michelle Longo Native Grapes of Italy, Ian d'Agata https://www.consorziomontefalco.it/en/montefalco-sagrantino-docg/ https://sommconusa.com/orvieto-doc-home-to-one-of-the-greatest-white-wines-of-italy/  

The Off The Dome Podcast
Ep.51 ”Everyone's Jordan Year”

The Off The Dome Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 117:20


Yerrr! In this week's episode of the Off The Dome Podcast, Lani and Yesus sit down with discuss the latest and greatest in the fitted and streetwear worlds. As per usual, the weekly segments such as Pickups, Sleeper Hats of the Week, "What's Your Fit???", and "Look into the Past" get covered.    Sneaker & Streetwear Culture:  Clarks X Packer Wallabee  Air max scorpion pants shoe    Release of the week:  Myfitteds scout pack 2.0… Hatclub restock week    Panic Hats of the week: Rushmores   Worst hat of the week:  Myfitteds Marty McFly   SHOULDABEENA:    Myfitteds Rockies   Sleeper of the week:   4U Orioles   Pins of the week:    Rahni fitteds Supa Rosé pins  Bonez Brimz chain pins  Lys got sole monstera mama Pvtchwork Rushmore edition    Pickups:Canadian Dad Bod Yankee, Frank Sinatra Yankee, Yote X Burdeens Yankee, Texas crosscheck, Lids Cord Script   Look back then look forward: More bucks brewers 2tone Merlot mini pack    MYFITTEDS PREVIEWS Ricco pack  Jus' Rushmore hats! Misternicepair X Kicks N Brims coming!  Uhaul pack?? Cactus Jack  Super Nintendo Seattle  RMDCC Proimage America Previews Hat dreams X Major Mag Frosty Forrest Real fitted chef, Sazon & Adobo   Follow the “Off The Dome Podcast” on Instagram!!! ➡️  https://www.instagram.com/theoffthedomepod/   Follow Yesus on Instagram!!!  ➡️ https://www.instagram.com/yesusbic/   Follow Jelani on Instagram!!!  ➡️https://www.instagram.com/laniveli/

The Rewatchables
‘Sideways' With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey

The Rewatchables

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 111:00 Very Popular


The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Sean Fennessey are not drinking any f---ing Merlot while rewatching Alexander Payne's 2004 comedy-drama ‘Sideways,' starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh. Producer: Craig Horlbeck Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Wine for Normal People
Ep 456: The Grape Mini-Series -- Merlot Revisited

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 60:48 Very Popular


This podcast is a refresher on Merlot (it's been 12 years, so it's time!). It's one of the titans of the wine grapes, and yet it's not often that we encounter it as a varietal wine. Because it is frequently blended, Merlot can often be forgotten or not given its due.   But Merlot will not be forgotten! It is the second-most planted grape in the world, the most widely grown grape in Bordeaux, and its pedigree as part of some of the world's most prestigious and well-known Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style wines makes it royalty in the wine world.   But Merlot is not without challenges. When it's not grown on the proper soils or managed meticulously, wine made of Merlot bears little resemblance to great wines of Bordeaux or other regions that are famed for blends that use it. The reputation of Merlot as a boring, flabby, dull wine is not the fault of the grape, and although it was a convenient scapegoat, it's also not the fault of the movie “Sideways.” The fact is that Merlot is not as easy to grow as people thought, and in 1980s and 1990s, opportunistic companies used high-yielding clones on bad rootstock and in bad sites to churn out high alcohol fruit bombs, lacking all the nuance that make the grape esteemed in its homeland.     This says nothing about the grape, but much about the people who defiled it. Although it is entirely capable of making boring, cheap wine, Merlot simultaneously makes up 95% of Château Petrus, Bordeaux's most expensive wine and is used in fine wines all over the world for its ability to elevate a blend. In this show we pay homage to Merlot, and this time, shed some light on the recent past for Merlot and why, ultimately, it has done little to harm the grape's reputation among winemakers and those who take the time to know the grape.   DNA and Parentage Merlot originates from Gironde or SW France or Basque country. It's the child of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes from Brittany Merlot Gris: Pink color mutation of Merlot Merlot Blanc: A cross of Merlot x Folle Blanche created in 1891 NOT WHITE MERLOT, which is just Merlot made like white Zinfandel   History We discuss the history of Merlot – from its first mention in Bordeaux, to its more modern history - its rise in the 1990s and its fall in the early 2000s in California, Australia, and the global consumer market.       In the Vineyard Merlot is an early budding variety, making it susceptible to spring frost – it needs good weather at flowering or it won't have a great vintage. The grape needs cooler, well-drained soils – cooler limestone and clay soils are best Because Merlot is thin skinned with loose to medium density bunches it is also susceptible to disease (downy mildew) and botrytis (bad). It is bad in drought, which raises the question: how will it do with climate change, which we discuss. Merlot ripens about 2 weeks earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and it's the first red grape picked in Bordeaux. That makes it a great agriculture hedge – if it does well, there is less pressure to have a huge Cabernet Sauvignon harvest. The grape has milder tannins, higher sugar, and lower acidity (especially malic) than its relations Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It can be vigorous, so yields must be managed and picking decision is important, since Merlot loses acidity quickly once ripe. Two main styles result from picking decisions (among other factors – terroir!): Bordeaux style: Merlot is harvested earlier, leading to a more acidic, medium alcohol wine (Pétrus). These wines tend to have moderate alcohol and show more red fruit flavors (cherry) along with “other” things like: green and black tea, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, earthy, mushrooms, green pepper, green olive International style: Concentrates on physiological ripeness, with long hang time to have hardened stems and seeds (wines of Michel Rolland). These wines are often inky, purple, dark wines, with high alcohol, velvety tannins, and dark fruit character (plum, blackberry, blueberry). The wine is smooth and can seem sweet due to the high alcohol, strong fruit, and the oak used that brings flavors like caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, nut, and cigar.   _____________________________________________________ Regions: the grape is planted everywhere! This is more or less a list…     FranceMerlot is France's most planted grape   Bordeaux Bordeaux is the grape's native home, and it is the most cultivated grape in the region. It contains half of all the Merlot in France. The grape does best on cooler limestone and clay soils of the Right Bank and in pockets of the Left Bank. Climate change is a challenge for Merlot – it will need to be grown exclusively in cooler spots as the climate warms Right Bank Pomerol: Can be up to 100% Merlot. Wine is luscious, soft, velvety, plummy, iron or clay-like. Famed châteaux are Pétrus, Le Pin Émilion: Usually contains 60-70% Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavors are more like balsam, dried fruit, with tea notes, but the wines vary based on limestone, clay or sand content in the soil. Famed châteaux mentioned are Angelus and Pavie Other high quality Right Bank AOPs with Merlot based wines: Canon-Fronsac, Fronsac, St-Émilion “satellites” (Lussac St. Emilion, Montagne St. Emilion, Puisseguin St. Emilion and St. Georges St. Emilion)   Left Bank A major blending component of AOPs: Graves, Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Listrac, Moulis, Pessac-Leognan   Other Bordeaux: all Côtes de Bordeaux (I recommend Francs and Castillon), Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur AOPs     Southwest France: Bergerac where it is blended with Cabernets, Cahors where it is blended with Malbec Languedoc and Loire grow Merlot     Italy: Merlot is the third most planted red in Italy and is made in a number of styles In Northern Italy: Alto-Adige, Friuli, parts of Veneto: the wines often have higher acidity, herbal notes and can be blended with other grapes. Tuscany: Super Tuscan blends in Bolgheri/Tuscan coast – producers use Merlot to soften Sangiovese or Cabernet in blends. Masseto by Antinori is 100% Merlot on clay soils (it costs more than US$1000 per bottle). Climate change is worrisome in these areas because it is getting too hot for Merlot. Other regions: Umbria, Lazio     Other Western/Central Europe: Spain: Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarra, Aragón Portugal Switzerland: In Ticino made as a rosé Germany: Pfalz, Rheinhessen Austria: grown in all wine-growing regions in Austria, basic wines     Eastern Europe: Bulgaria: Significant plantings, varietal wines Hungary: In Bull's Blood (Egri Bikaver) with Kekfrankos, Kardarka Romania: Most widely exported red Croatia, Slovenia (near Italian border), Ukraine, Moldova, Greece,   _____________________________________________________ United States   Washington State: Excellent Merlot with strong acidity, dark color, and lots of interesting earthy, fruity flavor. The long growing season with cool nights lends the wine great structure. This is my top pick for US Merlot! Producers mentioned: Leonetti, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Andrew Will, Columbia Crest Regions mentioned: Walla Walla, Red Mountain     California In the early days of California wine, Merlot was a varietal wine. Sterling was the first to make a vintage dated Merlot. Warren Winiarski, a leader in California wine in the 1970s and owner of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, promoted Merlot as part of a Bordeaux blend We recap a bit of the story of how it evolved in California that we discussed earlier in the show. Then we talk about some of the styles in various regions   Napa: Producers usually dedicate the best soils and sites to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is an afterthought. Right now there is a bit of a shortage of Merlot because no one has focused on it but demand is increasing as styles have changed. Top Producers: Duckhorn, Pride, La Jota Regions mentioned for Merlot: Carneros, Mt Veeder, Rutherford, Oakville     Other California:  Monterey (bulk), Sonoma (Alexander Valley, some Sonoma Valley)     Other US: Oregon (Rogue Valley), Virginia. Long Island (great stuff! Merlot is their best grape), Texas     Mexico, Canada (most prominent in BC for Bordeaux style blends)   _____________________________________________________ Southern Hemisphere   Chile:  Producers mistook Carménère for Merlot in the 1990s but they've slowly gotten back to real Merlot. Top areas: Colchagua (Apalta sub AVA), Maule, Curicó. I mention the famed wine writer     Argentina: Merlot is made in a ripe style, often blended in with other grapes     Australia: The grape is often used for blending with Cabernet, but had similar issues to California when demand rose in the 1990s – Merlot was overplanted in warm bulk areas like Murray Darling, Riverina, Riverland.  Today, quality Margaret River and Western Australia.     New Zealand: Merlot is the second most planted after Pinot Noir. It does especially well in blends coming out of Hawke's Bay. Merlot also does well in Auckland, Marlborough, and Martinborough     South Africa: Cooler sites in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek       Other places: Israel, Lebanon, India, Japan, China     Suggested food pairings Cabernet style ("big wines"): Roasted, grilled food, “brown food” – hearty stews, meats, heavy dishes Soft, fruity styles with high acidity: Mushroom, salmon, spinach, greens   We end with a warning about serving temperature: NEVER SERVE MERLOT TOO WARM!! 60˚–65°F _______________________________________________________________ I could not be happier to announce my partnership with Wine Access, once again. For 2023, I will be working with this outstanding company, which is my go-to source for the best selection of interesting wines you can't find locally. Every box you get from Wine Access is meticulous -- tasting notes with food and wine pairing, serving temperature suggestions, and perfectly stored wine. It's no wonder that Wine Access was rated the best wine club by New York Times Wirecutter and is the official partner and wine provider of The MICHELIN Guide. Go to www.wineaccess.com/normal to sign up for their daily emails and get 10% your first order. Wine Access is a class act -- check them out today!      Is the podcast worth the price of a bottle or two of wine a year to you? If so, please become a member of Patreon... you'll get even more great content, live interactions and classes!  www.patreon.com/winefornormalpeople   To register for an AWESOME, LIVE WFNP class with Elizabeth go to: www.winefornormalpeople.com/classes  

Hop Topic
Natura Merlot (Feat. Lindsay)

Hop Topic

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 107:22


We're back in the new year with another four person (then three person) episode. Trey and Amanda join us with a brief appearance from Lindsay to discuss, our new year's resolutions, we debate a freaky friday-esque hypothetical, and discuss our Mount Rushmore of crushes (Mount Crushmore) if you will.

Cocktails & Capitalism
Palestine Action on shutting down Israel's weapons providers ... using sledgehammers

Cocktails & Capitalism

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 88:21


This week, I speak with a Jodie of Palestine Action – a UK-based network of activists using sustained direct action to shut down businesses profiting off of the violent oppression of Palestinians. They've already shut down two facilities owned and operated by Elbit Systems, and their tireless work has led to the cancellation of 280 million worth of British military contracts with Israel. Jodie paints a vivid picture of what it looks like to engage in direct action. We break down the meaning of direct action and how it differs from participating in protests. We discuss what this has looked like for Palestine Action, from lock-ons to large-scale property damage used to shut down  facilities by making these blood-soaked capitalist enterprises untenable & unprofitable. Elbit Systems is Israel's largest weapons provider. They produce the drones that monitor and attack Palestinians as well as technology for the apartheid wall. This Israeli company advertises its products as “battle tested” because they've been used extensively against a captive Palestinian population. It uses Gaza as a  “weapons testing lab” so that it can market and sell its products to oppressive regimes around the world. Their drones and weaponry have been used in Myanmar, Kashmir, and on the US-Mexico border wall. GET INVOLVED!Join Pal Action & sign up for the newsletter!https://www.palestineaction.org/join-the-resistance/Participate in a workshop! https://bit.ly/PalActionWorksFollow PalAction on…Insta: https://www.instagram.com/pal_action/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pal_actionTelegram: https://t.me/palactionDonate to support their work! https://www.palestineaction.org/donate/DRINK PAIRING:Molotov MocktailThis wonderful wintery drink can be served hot or cold! It's a spirit-free cocktail, but as per Jodie's request, the flavors really hit your taste buds "like a sledgehammer" Molotov Mocktail2LWater350gFresh Cranberries (one 12oz package)350mlSweetener—Granulated Sugar, Honey, or Maple Syrup2Cinnamon Sticks12Whole Cloves10Whole Allspice Berries1Star Anise5Fresh Ginger Slices, peeled (about the size of a quarter)2Black Tea sachets 60mlLemon JuiceMETHOD: Add water and cranberries to a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add sugar, whole spices, and ginger and simmer for an additional hour, covered. Turn off the heat, add the tea sachets, and let steep for five minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir to incorporate. Strain out all the solids and let cool completely.Serve hot or chilled and poured over ice! Garnish with a lemon slice and a star anise. Enjoy!Tip: to make this boozy, add 45ml of your favorite spirit. Vodka, gin, bourbon, and light rum work best but use whatever you like. A red wine like Burgundy or Merlot work in this as well.Support the show

Cults, Crimes, and Cabernet
The Merlot Files : Levi Frady

Cults, Crimes, and Cabernet

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 27:12


Mulligan Stew
Ep 238 | A Q&A with Q&A

Mulligan Stew

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 29:12


My pal Jason Priestley and I have stepped into the world of wine. The difference is, we're not consumers,  we're partners with winemaker Michael Mosny at Winemakers Cut in Oliver, BC. Jason for several years had been an investor in Black Hills Winery, the maker of the iconic Nota Bene. After the sale of Black Hills, I continued to search for exceptional terroir capable of producing a peerless Bordeaux-style blend. Throughout this journey, I merged paths with Terry and then Michal. Together, we questioned what we already know, over and over again,” said Priestley. “After looking everywhere, all roads lead to one answer and the answer is once again in the Okanagan. This time, the difference is in the details, with a focus on elegance and finesse.”   “I heard about Canadian wine for the first time from Terry and Jason's international television show, Hollywood and Vines TV, and it quickly became my passion  They are the reason why I decided to move here with my wife in 2012 and make wines in the Okanagan Valley.”   Slovakian-Canadian Michal Mosny is the proprietor of Winemaker's CUT, an acclaimed winery based in the District Wine Village in Oliver, BC. Q&A started rolling out in November of 2022. It's just now starting to show up on select wine store shelves and restaurant wine lists.   It's a Bordeaux-inspired blend .. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 38% Merlot 13% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot   100% Yummy!   Here's the first Q&A gabfest on The Mulligan Stew Podcast  

Line Drunk
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Line Drunk

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 50:23


Drinking Game (reeldrinkinggames.com): Themed Cocktails (branson.com): Ellen's Mistletoe Merlot Slushie: Ingredients Merlot of Choice 1/4 cup sugar Cranberries 1/4 cup honey 2-3 sprigs of Pine Directions In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and honey. Once they start to dissolve together, add pine sprigs and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pine sprigs. In a separate bowl, combine ¼ c sugar and cranberries. Muddle together so that cranberries are broken down. Add in ½ cup of syrup and combine. Add in Merlot, and mix all together. Pour into Ice Trays, and freeze. Once frozen, dump ice cubes into blender and pulsate for 15-30 seconds, until slushie consistency is achieved. Pour into glass and serve with sprig of pine and sugared cranberry skewer as garnish. The Crazy Cousin Eddie: Ingredients ⅓ c Moonshine 1/2 c Grapefruit or Cranberry juice Ice Blue food coloring Brown sugar and Kosher Salt, combined Sugared cranberries Bendy straws (Crazy straws optional) Directions Using cranberry juice, rim the edge of a low ball or Collins glass with brown salt. Add ice to glass, careful to keep rim salted. In a cocktail shaker, add moonshine, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. Shake and pour into glass. Garnish with a skewer of sugared cranberries and a bendy or crazy straw. Aunt Bethany's Jell-O shots: Instructions 1 package of jello, flavor of choice (we used cranberry) ½ cup vodka ½ cup cold water 1 cup water, boiling Ice cubes Chocolate Lucky charms, no marshmallows Directions In a small bowl, add cold water and Vodka together, and place in fridge to get a consistent temperature. Bring water to boiling, and add to separate bowl with jello packet contents. Stir until gelatin is dissolved, and then add ice cubes to water/vodka mixture in the fridge, bringing total measure to about 1 ¼ cups. Stir until most ice is dissolved, and remove remaining pieces. Add a few pieces of the Lucky Charms to the bottom of mini disposable shot glasses, and pour the jello mixture on top. Place jello in fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes, for a soft-set, and 1 ½ hour for a firm set. Drink every time: Someone says "Sparky", "Christmas", "Tree", "Family" A Christmas song is being played or sung aloud Clark endangers himself or family A family member messes up Clark's perfect holiday experience Clark unknowingly destroys something of Todd and Margo's A new set of family members make an appearance at the Griswold house Mary makes an appearance Someone calls for Russ The Christmas bonus or swimming pool is mentioned The Advent calendar is opened An animal messes with the tree Someone is wearing an ugly sweater or sports-themed clothing Finish your drink: Clark takes down the power grid Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America As always, drink responsibly and with your friends. Be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter @Line_Drunk. Subscribe/Follow on your favorite streaming service. Please leave me a 5 star review. Check out linedrunk.wordpress.com and patreon.com/linedrunk for bonus episodes (including extra content on this episode). --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/linedrunk/support

On The Wine Road Podcast
Taylor of Serres Ranch

On The Wine Road Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 19:25


Happy Holidays and New Year! My gift to you, a story featuring Taylor of Serres Ranch. She's an ambitious 5th generation family member who loves to share the story of their nearly 100 year old ranch. She does so with guests while introducing you to their wine in the middle of the vineyards. I'm sure you'll get a kick out of the experience as I did. However, winemaking is just part of the many endeavors the family at Serras Ranch has embarked upon over the years. Growing blueberries is crop they also farm, and since the berries are available, why not make wine out of them? Ya, no kidding. They sell Bleusé!. You'll hear about the wine grape they use to blend with the blueberries. Details about the other ventures they're involved with await you. Did I not mention the spa? You'll hear about that too. Click the Play button to join me in the Serras Ranch vineyard with Taylor. 

Wine for Normal People
Ep 454: The Grape Miniseries -- Aglianico

Wine for Normal People

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 48:13 Very Popular


In this show, we cover Aglianico - the best red grape you may have never heard of. Widely considered one of Italy's top three red grapes with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, many consider the wines of Aglianico some of the world's top bottles too. That said, because Aglianico is a grape of the more obscure regions in southern Italy (Campania and Basilicata, mainly), the wine hasn't gotten its due. It is much less expensive than top Barolos and Barbarescos or Chiantis and Brunellos – although it is slowly catching up. It is a grape well-suited to warm Mediterranean climates, and for the changing climates of once cooler growing areas like regions of California and Australia. Aglianico is historic, yet modern and there has never been a better time to get acquainted with the wines of this beautiful grape. Photo: Aglianico Source: Taub Family Selections, Mastroberardino Page   Here are the show notes: We cover the history of the grape and discuss possible origins. Aglianico is considered to be one of Italy's oldest grapes and it was always thought to be an import from the Greeks who colonized Campania and other parts of southern Italy. Today, Attilio Scienza, the foremost Italian grape scientist, has changed that theory. He believes the grape is native to southern Italy and the name is related to the Spanish word for plains “llano” (ll=gli, both sounds like y sound in canyon). The grape may have been domesticated from grapes growing on the plains We discuss how the grape was nearly extinct after phylloxera, and how Antonio Mastroberardino - preserved and propagated Aglianico to make one of the best red wines in Italian history – the 1968 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva. The D'Angelo family revived Aglianico around Monte Vulture in Basilicata around the same time. The success of these two families on the world stage, encouraged others to start making wines from Aglianico, and today there are many great examples of wines from the grape Photo: 1968 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva, widely considered one of Italy's best wines   Aglianico Viticulture: Aglianico produces medium to small, compact bunches. The individual berries are small, round, and dark blue-black with quite thick skins. The grape requires a long, warm growing season with a warm fall to fully develop flavors and calm tannins and acidity. It is early budding and late ripening. Overly cool or overly hot conditions don't do good things for the grape. Aglianico is one of the latest harvests in Italy, with Vulture often starting harvest in mid to late November According to Ian d'Agata, the top English-speaking writer on Italian wine, Aglianico has three biotypes (variations of the same grape, but not different enough to be clones): Taurasi, with small berries, less vigorous, and sensitivity to spring weather that may reduce the harvest Taburno (also called Aglianico Amaro -- but not because it's amaro /bitter, rather because it's higher in acidity) is less fertile with big bunches. It is earlier ripening, with higher alcohol and higher acidity del Vulture is most intensely flavored biotype, with strong fruit aromas and flavors, and it seems to have fewer viticultural issues The grape also has clones, the most popular of which are used to create bolder, darker wines     Terroir Aglianico prefers volcanic soils. The Campania DOCGs are on extinct volcanoes or have influence from nearby Vesuvius. The volcanic activity makes these soils rich in nutrients, well-drained, and very complex. The grape loves elevation and it thrives in spots where other grapes can't ripen. Although Aglianico needs dry climates with abundant sun, it must have diurnal temperature swings at night so it can retain its acidity and build flavor slowly   Photo: Mastroberardino's Aglianico vineyards  Source: Taub Family Selections, Mastroberardino Page Styles: Generally, Aglianico has the following characteristics: Very high acidity and tannin. Floral (red roses), red fruit (sour cherries), plum (esp. from Vulture), leather and herbs (esp. from Taburno), smoke, and mineral notes. The wines are always savory. It is capable of long aging. Regardless of where the grape grows, these characteristics seem to be present. Some styles are lighter and more floral with higher acidity, while others are deep, earthy, fuller, and complex with tobacco, licorice, iron ore, and coffee notes. Aglianico needs age. It can be tough in its youth, with harsh tannin and acidity, since the grape has naturally high tartaric acid   Other styles: IGT wines – blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot or other native grapes Passito: Similar to Amarone from Veneto, these wines are made from partially dehydrated grapes. This style is very rare Sparkling: Made in the IGP classification. These wines often display red cherry, strawberries, and spice flavors and aromas     Regions The grape is almost exclusively in southern Italy, mostly in Campania in the provinces of Avellino, Benevento, Sannio, and Caserta. In Basilicata, wines are mainly made around Potenza and Matera. All these areas are in cool, dry, sunny spots in the mountains The three main areas for high quality Aglianico in Italy are:   Taurasi (1993 DOCG), which is near Avellino, is mountainous and therefore at altitude, has volcanic soils and has an ideal climate -- hot, sunny days, and cool nights to slow ripening and build flavor. Up to 15% other red grapes are permitted in the blend to soften Aglianico (often Piedirosso, the native aromatic grape, which is lighter than Aglianico, is used) Flavor profile: Black cherry, raspberry, cigar, coffee, earth, leather. High acidity, high tannin, high alcohol, medium bodied. Riserva: has higher alcohol levels is aged longer Producers: Mastroberardino, Feudi di San Gregorio, Ponte, Terre degli Svevi, Re Manfredi, Quintodecimo, Donnachiara, Antionio Caggiano, Salvatore Molettieri, Perillo, Luigi Tecce, Terrdora, Urciolo The wine we were drinking during the show, 2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi. Here is a link to the show I did with owner Antonio Capaldo, ep 337   Aglianico del Taburno (2011 DOCG) is near Benevento. These wines are less famed than Taurasi because the region was used for bulk wine until the 1980s. The region consists of 14 towns on the eastern side of the Taburno mountain. Rather than pure volcanic or a volcanic mix, soils are clay -limestone. Taburno has bigger diurnals than Taurasi, and is generally cooler than Taurasi leading to higher acidity. Flavor profile: Pepper, black fruit, figs, leather, and herbs. High acidity, high tannin, high alcohol, medium body Producers: Cantina del Taburno, Cantine Tora, La Rivolta   Other Campania DOCS include: Cilento, Sannio, Gallucio, Irpinia, Falerno del Massico     Aglianico Del Vulture (we did a whole podcast on this) is located in Basilicata, just around the province of Potenza in the north. The wine region borders Campania and Puglia. The wine is required to be 100% Aglianico. Aglianico del Vulture DOC and Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCGs are on volcanic, mineral rich, well-drained soils around the extinct volcano. The elevation of Monte Vulture and the rain shadow it creates make perfect conditions for Aglianico – it gets its long, cool growing season, where it can develop flavors and aromas over time Flavor profile: black plum, coffee, dried herbs, smoke, dark chocolate. These wines have lower acidity than the wines of Campania. They still have high tannin, and high alcohol Producers: Cantine del Notaio, Elena Fucci, Pasternoster, Macarico, Basilisco, Cantina di Venosa, Bisceglia, D'Angelo Aglianico can also be found in: Abruzzo & Molise, where it is blended with Montepulciano Lazio, Calabria, Puglia, where it is sometimes blended with Primitivo     New World Regions Australia: Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Langhorne Creek, Mudgee, McLaren Vale, Riverina, Northern Tasmania– cool and warmer regions! The wines are apparently less acidic and tannic, and quite high quality     USA: California: Many regions grow the grape but Caparone in Paso Robles was the first in 1992. It shows promise as the climate warms. Other US: Texas, New Mexico   Argentina and Mexico are also having some success   We end with a discussion of food pairings and encouragement to go out and try this gem!   Main resource: "Native Wine Grapes of Italy" by Ian D'Agata   _______________________________________________________________ Thanks to our sponsors this week: Wine Spies uncovers incredible wines at unreal prices - on every type of wine in a variety of price points. It's not a club and there's no obligation to buy. Sign up for their daily email and buy what you want, when you want it. They have a build-a-case option, so you can mix and match wines while enjoying free shipping on every purchase. Visit www.winespies.com/normal you'll get $20 credit to use on your first order! 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The Wine Pair Podcast
Holiday Movie and Wine Pairings! (How to Pair Wine and Movies, What is Mulled Wine, What makes a Holiday movie a classic)

The Wine Pair Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2022 48:41 Transcription Available


Who doesn't love a good Holiday movie? We know we do! And we also love wine, so in this episode we marry (or is it merry?!?) two of our favorite things and tell you about some fantastic Holiday movie and wine pairings. We choose three films - one old classic, one new classic, and one controversial pick - and pair them with three wines. Well, actually, one of the wines is used as a base for something we have never done before: Mulled Wine. Learn about what Mulled Wine is, our approach to pairing movies and wine, what our criteria are for choosing a Holiday movie classic, and what we think of the wines we paired with the movies in the tasting section of the episode. Overall, we think pairing Holiday movies and wine is a perfect Holiday treat, and we think we have found some great ideas for you - and maybe some inspiration for creating a Holiday wine and movie pairing of your own! Wines reviewed in this episode: Costco Kirkland Signature Rosé Prosecco, 2020 Red Rooster Winery Merlot, and 2018 Blackboard Red Wine by Matthews.Contact The Wine Pair Podcast - we'd love to hear from you!Visit our website, leave a review, and reach out to us: www.thewinepairpodcast.comFollow and DM us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewinepairpodcast/Send us an email: joe@thewinepairpodcast.com