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Steve Matthiasson

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#72 - Steve Matthiasson [Winemaker] (Replay)

Golden West Podcast

This episode is a replay which originally aired on June 26, 2020 Steve Matthiasson is  the owner and winemaker at Matthiasson Wines, along with his wife Jill.  He's a is a life-long student of the craft of viticulture and a  proponent of sustainable agriculture. https://www.matthiasson.com/ https://www.matthiasson.com/wines https://ashesdiamonds.com/ We Talk About: -His background, gardening, brewing beer, and living in San Francisco -How punk rock was a part of his life and a few bands he liked -Some of his previous work experiences at wineries and what he learned -IPOB and what came out of that group -The launch of Matthiasson Wines in 2003 with 120 cases -His style and how he looks at the picking decision -The idea of balance in wine; comparing a balanced salad to a balanced wine -The quote, "Matthiasson wines bear an  agricultural stamp, as fresh, lively and alive as the best produce from a  farmers' market" from Eric at the NYT -His slogan: “wine is made in the vineyard" -Some of the wines in the Mattiasson portfolio -Tendu brand and the need for wines at a lower price point going forward -His Vermouth made from 80% Flora, a cross between Semillon and Gewurztraminer.

1hr 6mins

19 Aug 2021

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Episode 116: Steve Matthiasson

DOTJ - Drinking On The Job

Steve Matthiasson’s gospel on climate change, vineyard management and perseverance.  Originally aired 2019. More relevant now.

39mins

2 Aug 2021

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Episode 17: Steve Matthiasson on Water Conservation in the Vineyard

Ungrafted

I speak with Steve Matthiasson, vineyard consultant and owner of Matthiasson Vineyards in Napa, about water conservation in the vineyard.Steve gives an overview of Napa’s climate and how farming practices have changed over the last 20 years. He cautions that drought cycles are more extreme and that all indicators show that there will be less water in the future.  He discusses farming practices that help conserve water including planting cover crops, increasing soil organic matter, tilling differently, changing row orientations, and using different trellising systems and deeper rooted rootstocks.  It turns out that farming practices that conserve water are also good for the soil.Steve also talks about how certain wine styles require more irrigation, and that there is an aspect to sustainability on the consumer side as well. Photo Credit: Elaine Chukan Brown Instagram: matthiasson_wineWebsite: matthiasson.com

45mins

12 May 2021

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Steve Matthiasson - How To Grow Wine Grapes Organically

Organic Wine Podcast

It is my honor to have Steve Matthiasson as my guest for this episode… and what I have recorded for you is a comprehensive instructional on how to farm grapes organically. Steve uses his over 25 years of professional experience as a viticulturalist to take us through an entire year of farming a vineyard. This episode is not so much an interview as a master class. Steve Matthiasson is a 6 time James Beard Award Nominee for his winemaking. He has been named Winemaker of the Year twice, by two different publications.  Steve literally wrote the manual on sustainable winegrowing in California. And Steve is a farmer first. He built a wine business in Napa as a punk rock farmer outsider who believes in farming organically to make wine as a fresh, expressive, and food friendly agricultural product. He makes Napa Cab that is 13% alcohol, and whole-cluster fermented Ribolla Gialla, and many other wines that stand in contrast to most of what you expect from Napa Valley wines. His accolades as a winemaker belie the fact that his wines simply capture the enormous amount of time and attention and care that he gives to the vineyards he farms.  We go deep, and it gets technical. So if you aren’t that interested in the real, detailed, how-to of farming grapes, you may be a bit overwhelmed. But if you have any interest in learning the how’s, when’s, and what’s of winegrowing, this is an amazing and invaluable episode. Get out some paper. You will want to take notes. And if you want to learn more about this amazing guy and his organic approach to wine, please check out the other great interviews with him on the podcasts “I’ll Drink To That” with Levi Dalton, or “The Grape Nation” – Steve Matthiasson’s knowledge about and passion for wine is as immense as his generosity of spirit, and your life will only be improved by knowing him and his wines better.

1hr 21mins

3 Feb 2021

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#18 - Steve Matthiasson [Winemaker]

Golden West Podcast

Steve Matthiasson is the owner and winemaker at Matthiasson Wines, along with his wife Jill. He's a is a life-long student of the craft of viticulture and a proponent of sustainable agriculture. https://www.matthiasson.com/ https://www.matthiasson.com/wines https://ashesdiamonds.com/ We Talk About: His background, gardening, brewing beer, and living in San Francisco How punk rock was a part of his life and a few bands he liked Some of his previous work experiences at wineries and what he learned IPOB and what came out of that group The launch of Matthiasson Wines in 2003 with 120 cases His style and how he looks at the picking decision The idea of balance in wine; comparing a balanced salad to a balanced wine The quote, "Matthiasson wines bear an agricultural stamp, as fresh, lively and alive as the best produce from a farmers' market" from Eric at the NYT His slogan: “wine is made in the vineyard" Some of the wines in the Mattiasson portfolio Tendu brand and the need for wines at a lower price point going forward His Vermouth made from 80% Flora, a cross between Semillon and Gewurztraminer.

1hr 6mins

8 Jul 2020

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The Human Element: A Brief Discussion with Steve Matthiasson

Cru | Weekly Wine Industry Podcast

This is a brief discussion that occurred between Steve Matthiasson and myself before we started recording for the podcast episode published previous to this publishing. In this conversation, Steve and I discuss the human element in wine in regards to terroir. This subject came up after myself speaking to comparative tastings of white Burgundy and California Chardonnay, the differences between the two in terms of minerality and richness, followed by the stylistic differences. Steve argues that the primary difference is the human element and style, which more often that not is left out of the conversation of terroir.

7mins

26 Feb 2020

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The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in Farming and Winemaking with Steve Matthiasson

Cru | Weekly Wine Industry Podcast

Steve dreamt of farming his entire life. He became an obsessed gardener and cook while studying philosophy in college. In 1994, while back in grad school for horticulture after three years as a bike messenger/wannabe farmer, he found a job in vineyards and orchards working for a small sustainable agriculture consulting firm. In 1999 he co-authored the California manual on sustainable vineyard practices. In 2002 he started consulting on vineyard practices in Napa. He still loves the challenge of solving vineyard problems for others, but since 2003 the primary focus has been on his own family farming and winemaking with his wife Jill. Steve is a life-long student of the craft of viticulture. Eric Asimov has said of Steve’s wines, “Matthiasson wines bear an agricultural stamp, as fresh, lively and alive as the best produce from a farmers’ market.” Steve is a James Beard Award Finalist in 2018 & 2019, and has been named Winemaker of the Year by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine Magazine. Learn more about Steve with the show notes here. In this episode we mention… Native Seeds Search Organization Gary Nabhan, author on native foods Anson Mills, heritage rices Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar Chef Rodney Scott, James Beard Award Brownen Percival & Steve Matthiasson Sustainability Talks in London on Wine & Cheese Premier Viticulture, Steves Vineyard Company Tenets of Integrated Pest Management • Monitoring • Establishing an Economic Threshold • Cultural Controls 2012 Limerick Lane Pinot Noir 14 Inkas Vodka High Wire Distillery in Charleston, South Carolina Follow Steve On… INSTAGRAMFACEBOOKWEBSITE

1hr 19mins

23 Feb 2020

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Episode 68: Steve Matthiasson, Proprietor & Winemaker, Matthiasson Wine

The Grape Nation

Steve Matthiasson studied philosophy in college, but thankfully moved on to horticulture in grad school at UC Davis, finding his way into the vineyards and orchards working for a small sustainable agriculture firm. Steve started consulting on vineyard practices and helped co-write the book on these practices in California. In 2003 Steve started primarily focusing on his family farm and winemaking operation Matthiasson Wines. The SF Chronicle and Food and Wine Magazine named Steve "Winemaker of the Year" Viticulture and horticulture are just as important to Steve as grapes and winemaking. The Grape Nation is powered by Simplecast

1hr 2mins

9 May 2018

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Ep 4 - Steve Matthiasson's Story

The Stories Behind Wine

In this show we learn all about “jihadist winemaking,” skateboarding ethics, the Tour-de-France racer’s sandwich, and the wine region Steve considers the Punk Rock of wine region.There is more to his story...

53mins

11 May 2017

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Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines

Wine Podcast: The Honest Pour with John Lenart

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.

39mins

6 Mar 2017

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