Episode 219: Mr. Bojo Risin' (ft. Amanda Smeltz and Aaron Ayscough)
Duck welcomes esteemed sommelier Amanda Smeltz and pioneering natural wine journalist Aaron Ayscough for a scintillating conversation obout the Beaujolais. Amanda and Aaron are basically the most interesting voices in natural wine right now, so it’s crazy we’re not charging you to listen to this. Please buy The World of Natural Wine at your local bookstore and subscribe to Aaron’s Substack (https://substack.com/profile/15653834-aaron-ayscough). While you’re doing online things, buy Amanda’s book of poetry, Imperial Bender. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984496157?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=J6Y1SQQ60V41SF1F0KPD). Also, I guess, get ready for Issue 4 of the zine. ////LIST////Kalche, Apple Piquette, “Lenticularis,” NV//Bernard Vallette, Beaujolais, ‘Quatre Saisons,’ 2021//Selene, Beaujolais, ‘Cuvee de Printemps,’ 2021//Frederick Aublanc, Brouilly, ‘Les Hauts de Huire,’ 2020//Christian Ducroux, ‘Expectatia,’ 2020////Support the show
Poet turned sommelier turned poet, Amanda Smeltz left Pennsylvania to study at Marquette in Milwaukee. She stayed in Milwaukee, one of the world’s great food and wine capitols to learn hospitality before returning to New York. A longtime Brooklynite, Amanda worked at groundbreaking Roberta’s in Bushwick, Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, and eventually Estela and Café Altro Paradiso with Iggy Mattos. Amanda is a published writer and poet and just packed everything in, we’ll explain.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Grape Nation by becoming a member!The Grape Nation is Powered by Simplecast.
Episode 93: Jura-nuary Episode One: Big Topped-Off Energy (ft. Amanda Smeltz)
***** ALERT***** LIVE SHOW JANUARY 20th at 21 GREENPOINT in BROOKLYN NY. TIX: https://rockagainstthetariffs.brownpapertickets.com *****The boys welcome Amanda Smeltz, AKA Bustopher Smeltz, Bev director of Cafe Alto Paradiso and Estella and your sommelier's favorite sommelier for her second soon to be legendary episode. This time, she kicks off Jura-nuary with a discussion about ouille whites from Jura. We're talking cool kids, burgundian venture capitalists, what exactly tradition is, and self-imperialism. Oddly enough, this episode is actually about wine, if you kind of squint a little or if you're drunk. No one had enough dinner, that's for fucking sure. Amanda is a genius and a treasure and we are all blessed to have her. Please go and visit her and raid her lists. ///LIST///Domaine Du Pelican, Arbois Savagnin Ouille, 2016//Bruno Bienname, Arbois Savagnin, 2017 //Les Dolomies, VDF Savagnin, 'Croix Sarrant,' 2017//Renaud Bruyere et Adeline Houillon, Arbois Blanc, 2016//// Support the show
The boys are joined by not one but two world class poets and sommeliers, Amanda Smeltz and Keara Driscoll, and lets just say things get WILD. The squad eviscerates finance dudes, the concept of rose and chateneuf du pape. Kevin clearly did a lot of reading this episode, and boy does it show. Duck and Keara forever join their souls in a dark off mic ceremony that probably will get referenced a lot. Please check out Smeltz's collection of poetry, Imperial Bender, and look out for her articles on SevenfiftyDaily. // LIST/// Domaine des Cadoles, Brouilly, 2015 // Domaine Pierre-Marie Chermette, Brouilly, 'Pierreux', 2016// Domaine Frederic Aublanc, Brouilly, 'Les Hauts de Huire," 2016 // Scar of the Sea, Dry Hopped Cider, 2016 Support the show
Episode 16: Amanda Smeltz, Head Sommelier, Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud
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Amanda Smeltz worked wine at April Bloomfield's John Dory and the Breslin, spent over 4 years building the wine program at Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick, and is now the Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud. We talk to Amanda about restaurant wine lists, under appreciated wine regions and styles, and what to drink now.
This week on Roberta’s Radio hear from Amanda Smeltz, the Wine Director/Sommelier at Roberta’s. She elaborates on everything from pairings to collections and shares some of what went into curating the esoteric and diverse list currently at Roberta’s. Find out how she got into wine, how she’s been able to maintain her second life as a poet and her tips for becoming a better taster. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined by Amanda Smeltz, Wine Director at Roberta’s, the very place that houses the HeritageRadioNetwork.org studio! Amanda discusses her approach for selecting wines at Roberta’s and expresses her decided interest in female wine producers and experimental wines. How has the traffic to Roberta’s changed since Sam Sifton’s New York Times review? What challenges come along with building a wine list for a Bushwick crowd? Amanda explains her integral role at Roberta’s and also talks about her second life as a writer – her latest book of poetry “Imperial Bender” will be released soon! This program was sponsored by Route 11 Potato Chips. “I think Roberta’s is an amazing stomping ground for experimental stuff and [wines] that are off the beaten path.” [1:56] “It takes many months for a restaurant to find its groove. They are organic things because they are very people based so they need a lot of attention. The work is never done.” [11:15] “It’s not standard Italian food by any means, and it’s not standard pizza at Roberta’s so standard pizza and wine pairings don’t hold.” [27:30] ## –Amanda Smeltz, Wine Director at Roberta’s on In the Drink