Winemaker / Negociant
Playlist · by sshelley
Winemaker / Negociant
10 episodes, 9 hours 54 mins
Paul Hobbs, Paul Hobbs Winery
After a short break we return to the U.S. following our Chianti Classico series to visit with a most thoughtful California wine maker. While many interviews are about history, culture or estate terroir, Paul Hobbs is a guy who I can geek out with about wine. And that makes me happy. Despite his impressive resume, talking with him about soil types, climate, and grape variety is something that is really exciting and makes you want to taste and enjoy his wines. What I really loved about talking with Hobbs is that his passion extends beyond California to Argentina, Spain, France, and Armenia, not because he wants to globalize his brand but in order to hone his craft. I sat down with Paul to talk about this and of course to taste some delicious wines.
David Ramey and the Evolution of Chardonnay
David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars explains how winemaking techniques have evolved in California over the decades, sharing how the winemaking norms for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc have shifted from the 1970s to now.
Ep. 39 Norman Hardie, Owner and Wine Maker, Norman Hardie Winery
When you think about beverages from Canada you probably think about beer and ice wine. Well, if you look around, you can find some world class wines. The region responsible for producing many of these wines is Ontario. Norman Hardie is just one of the wine makers producing outstanding wine here. After making wine in Burgundy, New Zealand, South Africa, and California Hardie found that the type of soil that made the wines he loves most is a combination of clay and limestone. When he found the perfect site on a hillside in Prince Edward County in 2003 he set off on his own, planting cool climate varieties there. Today, Hardie's wines stay true to his vision; low intervention, low alcohol, high minerality, and expressing a true sense of place.
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. 34 Andy Erickson, WInemaker, Favia
While working with some of Napa Valley’s most influential wine producers, in some of the best vineyard sites in all of California, Andy Erickson and his wife Annie Favia started a small project in their garage. That single barrel blossomed over the years to what has become Favia. Erickson and Favia are now producing outstanding wines from premium California growing sites in their small winery located on their historic Coombsville ranch. While these wines are hard to find, due to small production, and are on the pricier side, you can be sure that they are absolutely outstanding wines which showcase the best of the vineyards which they are grown.
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. 23: Dick Peterson, The Winemaker
In this podcast Legendary winemaker, Dick Peterson, describes his recently released book as,"A history book of California winemaking as told by me." "The Winemaker" is a must read for any wine geek or fan of California winemaking. Dick began making wines with Ernesto and Julio Gallo in the 50's, took over at Beaulieu Vineyard after being chosen by Andre Tchelistcheff in the 60's, developed The Monterey Vineyard and the original Taylor California Cellars in the 70's, then dynamited and drilled caves to develop Atlas Peak Vineyards in the 80's. In his eighties he is still consulting for wineries and makes his own wines from Wrotham Pinot, which he cultivated after finding a single old Roman vine in England. More on Dick's background and accolades can be found on his website listed in the Inside Winemaking.com show notes. Our conversation covers not only Dick's career of winemaking in California, but also has stories that didn't make it into the book, including how a spelling mistake h...
Blending for Beauty with Maggie Harrison
Maggie Harrison of the Antica Terra winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon discusses what she sees as the differences between Oregon and California for wine, and what that means for her own approach to winemaking with each vintage.
Joel Peterson and the Winemaking American Dream
Joel Peterson has had one of the most financially successful careers that a winemaker can have, having built an extremely popular wine brand. He explains how he started out making wine in a shack, and with classic principles of winemaking in mind.
Winecast 73 - Cameron Hughes
The first of several podcasts from the archives, this one recorded in late May and mid-June but not edited and released until now. I spent about an hour with Cameron Hughes in his San Francisco offices and captured an interesting portrait of what makes this New World négociant tick. Unfortunately most of these tasting notes are for wines now sold out but Lot 25 is still available and now on sale, along with Lots 42 and 26. All of which are recommended. Show Notes: 00:23 - Introduction 01:53 - Interview with Cameron Hughes 26:53 - Tasting notes 27:04 - Lot 25, Carneros Sparking Wine NV ($19) 27:32 - Lot 26, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($12) 28:00 - Lot 29, Lake County Meritage 2005 ($11) 28:28 - Lot 30, Chardonnay 2005 ($12) 28:57 - Lot 31, Syrah 2005 ($12) 29:23 - Lot 38, Shiraz 2005 ($20) 30:10 - Lot 42, Shiraz 2005 ($18) 30:42 - Best of Tasting: Lot 38, Shiraz 2005 ($20) 31:03 - Best Value: Lot 26, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($12) 31:21 - Feedback 31:36 - Next Show Theme Feedback: winecast@gm...
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