Playlist · by sshelley
8 episodes, 5 hours 34 mins
Ep. 55 K.R. Rombauer III, Rombauer Vineyards
Big, round, rich chardonnay may not always be a critical favorite, but it is certainly loved by the mass market. While the wines of Kistler, Sonoma-Cutrer and others popularized this style in California, it wasn't until 1990 when Koerner Rombauer, working with fruit from Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros, was able to produce this style of chardonnay at a price point friendly to the consumer. Today, K.R., Koerner's son, runs the family winery and remains true to his father's vision of making wine his customers want to drink.I sat down with K.R., to talk about the wines made at his family's winery, his commitment to staying family owned, and of course, to taste some delicious wine.
Ep. 026 Joe Harden, WInemaker, Robert Mondavi Winery
Without the influence of Robert Mondavi Napa Valley would still be a world-class wine region, but it wouldn't be the same as it is today. While his eponymous winery sold to a large corporation more than a decade ago, the wine making team there strives to assure that Mr. Mondavi's influence and philosophy live on today. Joe Harden is responsible for making the Bordeaux wine varieties for Robert Mondavi Winery. A former pro basketball player, Harden grew up in Lodi, the son of wine grape growers, who sold grapes to Mondavi. Upon leaving the hard court he returned to the world of wine and landed an internship, which turned into a job as winemaker, at Robert Mondavi. Even though he's a young man, the responsibility of maintaining the tradition of Robert Mondavi does not escape Harden, and he's making some fabulous wines from Mondavi's To Kalon and other great vineyards.
Ep. 018 Michael Mondavi, Michael Mondavi Family Estate
Without the name Mondavi Napa Valley would still be a world class wine producing region, but it certainly wouldn't be the same as it is today. In 1966, after the much publicized split with his brother, Robert Mondavi and his son Michael started the Robert Mondavi Winery. And the rest, as they say, is history. And what a history it is. After the family took the company public in 1994, then selling the winery to Constellation Brands in 2004, Michael Mondavi left the boardroom and returned to the vineyard when he purchased property on Atlas Peak. Today, Michael, along with his wife and children, continue the family tradition of making wine in Napa Valley. I sat down with Michael to talk about his family's colorful history and what that legacy brings to the wines he makes today.
Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines
Steve Matthiasson is what I call the anti-Napa, Napa winemaker. More farmer than winemaker, Matthiasson looks beyond cabernet and chardonnay, also growing ribolla giala refresco, scioppettino, and tocai fruliano. He is always looking for what grows best on his land. His farmer's mindset leads to wines of restraint and elegance.
Ep. 56 Stuart Smith, Founder, Smith-Madrone
Stuart Smith founded Smith-Madrone in 1971 on Spring Mountain. Since then he and his brother have been making some fantastic wines from their self built winery. If you want to see winemaking that isn't veiled by the branded, retail friendly experience you get at many places along highway 29, head up Spring Mountain and pay a visit to Smith-Madrone. Stu may likely be your host in the barn-like winery/tasting room. You'll find him a gigantic character never short on opinions. More importantly you'll taste some spectacular and insightfully made wines.
Ep. 027 Jeffrey Stambor, Winemaker, Beaulieu Vineyard
IIn Rutherford, just north of Oakville lies the Georges De Latour vineyards. While Mr. De Latour lacked creative naming for his vineyards, he found some of Napa's greatest land for growing cabernet sauvignon. From these amazing properties the greatAndré Tchelistcheff created some of the best wine available from Napa Valley. The weight of that history and sense of place is not lost on Jeffrey Stambor who today, as winemaker at BV, fosters that tradition of excellence. Stambor approaches winemaking at BV with the French sensibility of expressing what the land gives him rather than creating character in the winery.
Wine for Newbies
I’m clearing the decks this week of podcasts recorded earlier this year. I’m starting with a live show recorded on Talkshoe in April. Bill Wilson from Wine for Newbies podcast and blog joined me to talk about how he got into podcasting and share a few wine picks. Unfortunately nobody called with a live question but we’ll get to that next time ;-) 00:26 - Introduction 00:55 - Interview with Bill Wilson from Wine for Newbies 11: 24 - Most interesting listener questions 24:11 - Restaurants in Santa Ynez area 26:24 - Tasting Notes 26:31 - Kenneth Crawford Rose, Larner Vineyard 2006 29:09 - Laura Aschero, Pigato 31:07 - Tin Star, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2002 33:02 - Ladera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2003 37:02 - Ballentine Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 40:40 - Contact Details 42.18 - Next Show Theme Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2007 Acan Media, Inc. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
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