Anuschka Rees is author of "Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide to Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World." She discusses how to boost you self-image and forget your (perceived) flaws. www.anuschkarees.com. Eileen Crane is CEO and Founding Winemaker for Domaine Carneros in California, known for its exceptional sparkling wines. She discusses her career in wine and the visitor experience at Domaine Carneros. www.domainecarneros.com #FearlessFabulousYouThis show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 12PM ET on W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Network (www.w4wn.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).
Eileen Crane, CEO and founding Winemaker at Domaine Carneros, has been called The Doyenne of American Sparkling Wine. She’s recognized for her leadership and finesse making classically elegant sparkling wines in the mêthode traditionelle style. Located in the Carneros AVA between Napa and Sonoma counties, Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger (Champagne Taittinger). Domaine Carneros’s stunning château offers a variety of visitor tasting experiences. www.domainecarneros.comThis show is brought to you by Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).
WAP 17: Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker + CEO of Domaine Carneros
The Wine Atelier
America’s Doyenne of Sparkling Wine, Eileen Crane, shares what it was like as a female winemaker in 1980’s Napa and how a fortuitous meeting with Claude Taittinger changed her life forever and ultimately led to her admirable vinous legacy.
Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Claude Taittinger's search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s. In 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley. Wisely selecting Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the winery and vineyards, the team created the quintessential California expression of the Taittinger style in Carneros.The heart of Domaine Carneros has always been sparkling wines, with distinctive styles ranging from the classic vintage-dated Brut cuvée to our luxury Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs. In 1992 we added rich, complex Pinot Noir to our portfolio and our passion for sparkling and still wines continues to grow. Learn about sparkling winemaking and Eileen Crane, Pinot Noir winemaking and TJ Evans, and our portfolio of wines.All of our wines proudly hail from the Carneros appellation, and 95% of our fruit comes from our estate vineyards. More on our vineyards.As anyone who has driven between Napa and Sonoma can tell you, the Domaine Carneros château is a stunning regional landmark. Join us for tableside service on the terrace or in the salon and savor the spirit of the Northern California wine country
(This episode of CWC was first heard on March 29, 2017. There is no new show this week due to NBA games on KSRO. We're back with a new show next week.)Eileen Crane, the CEO, founding builder and winemaker from Domaine Carneros joins Steve Jaxon, Dan Berger and Tom Simoneau. Today Eileen Crane tells about being hired thirty years ago to build and open Domaine Carneros and how it became one of the most famous and important wineries in the world.Right away they are tasting a brand new Beaujolais that Dan brought in. It is the top of the line Cru Beaujolais and the first one Dan has tasted this year. The 2015s were fabulous, and the early word is that this year’s vintage may be the best ever in the history of Beaujolais. This was a warm year. The grapes are 100% Gamay grown in granitic soil, which stays warm at night time from the day time heat, so they don’t lose acidity and they have to pick it as early as they can. Steve finds that by the third sip it is great. Dan and Tom say it would go well with pizza.Steve introduces Eileen Crane, President and winemaker at Domaine Carneros. First, Steve takes a call from Paul in Petaluma who has kept a bottle of Domaine Carneros for 20 years and called to tell the story. In 1998 his family took him to tour Carneros winery on Father’s Day. His family bought a bottle of 1993 sparkling wine which he took back to Minnesota. He moved to Petaluma in 2011 and opened it on his birthday in 2014, when the wine was 22 years old. It was great, he says.Eileen says that the ’93 was the second vintage of the “Le Rêve” and says that if her wines are kept away from direct sunlight they can last for 30 or 40 years.They open a Pompadour Rosé. In the main foyer at Domaine Carneros, there is a picture of Madame Pompadour, who is famous for saying, “Champagne is the only wine that a woman can drink and remain beautiful.”As always, Steve asks for the history and Eileen tells about Claude Taittinger who said, he doesn’t care how the name is pronounced as long as you reach for the bottle. In his early 20s, in the 1950s, he came through Sonoma and Napa and when he returned to France he told his partners that he would like to own a property in California so they eventually bought into Carneros.Eileen Crane was hired to open Domaine Carneros, in 1987, which opened its doors in 1989. When they opened they had so much caviar that they were eating it for lunch for weeks. They had fireworks, which scared the neighboring cattle. The cattlemen protested and she replied that they had posted the notices that they were required to post, but a cattleman told her that the cows don’t read. So they have never had fireworks again after that.As a child, she would share the wine with her family’s Sunday dinners and one day, her father opened a bottle of Champagne, which she was allowed to taste. Thus began her lifelong fascination with Champagne.A friend had a book called The Art of Winemaking that came from UC Davis, so she called the university and was on her way to taking classes. She had a science background so she had a head start and took five classes there. Since she had also been to the culinary institute, she was hired as a pastry chef until the winery chemist offered her to work in the lab. Eileen Crane also worked at Gloria Ferrer.Since Spring is coming she moves into drinking rosés, which she brought to the studio for tasting. Eileen explains how rosé is made and how the wine they’re tasting has a soft peach color.Next they taste a Pinot Noir, which is a small part of their production. It is easier to be known for Sparkling wines than for Pinot Noir because there are fewer wineries making it.They taste their Ultra-Brut which is only available at the winery. But their classic brut is available in Santa Rosa at Bottle Barn, as is the rosé tasted earlier. Steve asks Eileen for directions and she says to follow the Carneros Highway east from the town of Sonoma.
Chef Floyd Cardoz has redefined modern Indian cooking in both the USA and India. Owner of Paowalla in New York City and Bombay Canteen in Mumbai, Floyd came to prominence as Executive Chef/Partner at Tabla restaurant. He's author of "Flavorwalla" and "One Spice, Two Spice." Recognized as "America's doyenne of sparking wine," Eileen Crane is CEO/Founding Winemaker at Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley (owned by the Taittinger family). She concentrates on making classically elegant sparkling wines.This show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 2PM ET on W4CY Radio – (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).