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2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 1

In Part 1 of this seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir, Don Kinnan takes us on a taste test through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions, “March Madness style with one region pitted against the other. Which region will be the seminar’s favorites? Who cares. It’s ALL Burgundy! So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a closer look at the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits. For more info: World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #419 (1:21:23 min 78.1 MB)

11 Jan 2017

Rank #1

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The Wines of Oregon – with Vincent Wine Company

After years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California, owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched Vincent Wine Company in 2009 to make Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, adding Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc soon thereafter. Vincent intends to be all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small amounts of AVA-labelled and Single Vineyard designated wines. Join us as we talk with Vincent about how and why he got into wine, or as we sometimes hear it – “OMG, what have I just done?” For more info: Vincent Wine Company: www.vincentwinecompany.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #423 (1:04:02 min 61.5 MB)

9 May 2017

Rank #2

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2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

Part 2 of a seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir that takes us through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. In a “March Madness” motif, moderator Don Kinnan has attendees taste the wines blind, one region against the other. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a wealth of information about the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits. For more info: World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #420 (58:30 min 56.2 MB)

18 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Concannon Vineyard

In 1883, with no prior knowledge of wine, much less wine growing, Irish immigrant James Concannon decided to plant a vineyard in the Livermore Valley, south of San Francisco. Importing Cabernet vines from Bordeaux’s Château Margaux, plans called for making sacramental wines, something that would see the family operation through the lean years of prohibition. Years later, in 1965, his grandson Jim collaborated with UC Davis in selecting cuttings from one of those vines for heat treatment. These dynamic, virus-resistant vines later became known as Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11 and played a major role in helping California Cabernet achieve international recognition. Today, it is estimated that 80% of California’s Cabernet Sauvignon is planted with the Concannon Clones. Join us as we talk with John Concannon about the history of Concannon Vineyard, the Livermore region, and how they’ve managed to become the longest family-run winery in California. For more info: Concannon Vineyard: www.concannonvineyard.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #409 (50:06 min 48.1 MB)

31 May 2016

Rank #4

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Riesling Update

There has been a lot of hype about how the 2015 vintage has been stupendous for the Riesling grape. Never before have the stars aligned so perfectly as in 2015. Yes, yes, we’ve heard all of this hoopla before. But, all kidding aside, the word on the street, the boulevard, and the highway is that THIS is the vintage to back up the truck and go deep in Rieslings! Join us as we sit down with the winex.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to talk about some of the past vintages, along with what we can expect from the 2015 Rieslings from Germany, Alsace, and Austria. BTW, we’d like to give a shout-out and thank you to Richard Thomas in Texas whose request was an inspiration for this show. For more info: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #417 (46:13 min 44.4 MB)

1 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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Siduri Wines – with Adam Lee

Adam Lee and Dianna Novy left their native Texas and moved to the Sonoma County wine country. They spent years working at small, family-owned wineries and using any and all free time learning everything they could about growing grapes and making wine. They made their first Siduri Pinot Noir—named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine—in borrowed facilities, sleeping on cots to monitor the wine around the clock. With the boldness that comes from being new and eager, Adam delivered a bottle of their 1994 Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir to a local hotel after hearing that wine critic Robert Parker was staying there. Parker loved the wine, gave it a great review, and Siduri was off. Please join us as we talk with Adam about how he got started in the wine business, the founding of Siduri, how he handles fruit from as many as 23 different locations, and of course the recent sale to Jackson Family Wines. For more info: Siduri Wines: www.siduri.com Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #414 (48:53 min 47.0 MB)

8 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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The Many Shades of Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir seems to be grown almost everywhere these days. Of course, we’re all familiar with Pinot from its ancestral home in Burgundy, as well as those from California, and of course Oregon. But, have you ever had Pinot from South Africa? Or, how about Pinot from Germany? Given the many shades of Pinot, we’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the wines from various regions to smell and taste what there is alike about them, and how they differ from one another. So, join us as we sit down with the winex.com guys, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon to taste and talk about some of these wines. We think you’ll find that some assumptions may not ring true. For more info: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #400 (55:31 min 53.3 MB)

16 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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The Wines of Sicily – with Tenuta Rapitalà

Rapitalà, which translates to “Beautiful Garden of God”, lies between the towns of Camporeale and Alcamo, in the northwest corner of Sicily. In 1968, French count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, married Gigi Guarrasi, a descendant of a great family from Palermo. Together, they embarked on the renovation of the cellars and vineyards of the Guarrasi family’s Tenuta Rapitalà, an estate that had been destroyed by the Belice Valley earthquake of 1968. Today, the work started by Hugues and Gigi, is carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion. The 555 acre vineyard slope that is Tenuta Rapitalà is characterized by gentle, undulating hills that start at 985 feet above sea level and gently climb to 1.965 feet above sea level that alternate between clay and sand. Join us as we talk with Laurent de la Gatinais about the geography, the wines, and the history of Sicily. For more info: Tenuta Rapitala: tenuta-rapitala Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #408 (38:08 min 36.6 MB)

27 May 2016

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Chêne Bleu – with Nicole Rolet

Straddling the corners of four appellations in the Vaucluse area of southeastern France, Chêne Blue made a bold decision deciding to step outside of the AOC system in order to achieve their goal of producing high quality wines. With a southern latitude, in line with Gigondas, and high altitude (more northern and similar to Condrieu), Chêne Bleu almost literally has “one foot in the southern Rhône and one foot in the northern Rhône.” Being outside of the AOC system means the wines are often given broader geographic boundaries, such as Vin de Pays, Vaucluse or AOC Ventoux. The Chêne Bleu project has utmost respect for the history, heritage and tradition of the land (they are in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Here, forest intermingles with vineyards, giving the wines a true sense of place. Join us as we talk with Nicole Rolet about the challenges and Chêne Bleu’s efforts to resurrect an ancient property, and produce exceptional wines while balancing themselves between the Southern Rhône and the Northern Rhône. For more info: Chêne Bleu: www.chenebleu.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #418 (1:05:47 min 63.2 MB)

4 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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Wineries of Napa Valley – with Arcudi Wines

It may seem like a long out-of-the-way journey from Massachusetts to France to California, but that’s what Tony Arcudi did. Arcudi spent 20 years working in computer-related fields, first as a missile navigation engineer aboard Navy submarines and later as a product manager for IBM. The transition from that to winemaker—working with wine greats such as Heidi Peterson Barrett and Maison M. Chapoutier, to ultimately launching his own wine brand, wasn’t an easy one. Join us as we talk with Tony Arcudi about how he got started in wine, and what it’s like to join the fraternity of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon makers. For more info: Arcudi Wines: www.arcudiwines.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #404 (36:00 min 34.6 MB)

31 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Gevrey-Chambertin vs Vosne Romanée

The wines of Burgundy always elicit emotions – and frequently more than just the aromas and the flavors. In this seminar from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir, the two presenters conduct a mock trial to determine which of two Côte de Nuits powerhouses has the better wines. The case of Gevrey-Chambertin vs. Vosne Romanée will be determined by the jury (the audience, in this case). Unlike the result of most trials, despite the outcome, there’s really no loser here. It’s ALL Burgundy! So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan and Nick Poletto argue their respective cases for ‘who is best – Gevrey-Chambertin or Vosne Romanée?’ For more info: World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #397 (1:09:29 min 66.7 MB)

14 Dec 2015

Rank #11

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The Wines of Montalcino – with Fattoria dei Barbi

Along with Biondi-Santi, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar. The estate includes vineyards in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti and covers a total of 756 acres, of which 193 acres are planted vineyards and the remaining land is dedicated to olive groves, woods, farmland and pastures. Fattoria dei Barbi’s holding are split between Montalcino and Scansano, owning 67 acres in Scansano and 110 acres in Montalcino, including the prized Vigna del Fiore vineyard, planted in 1939 and one of Montalcino’s oldest vineyards. At both the estates, yields are low and selection is intense – often only 60% of the potential production of Brunello is bottled while the remainder is declassified. Overall, the estate opts for a traditional vinification style, though the wines are very approachable on release. Fattoria dei Barbi produces approximately 67,000 cases annually: 17,000 cases of Brunello di Montalcino, 8,000 cases of Rosso di Montalcino, 8,000 cases of Morellino di Scansano and 37,000 cases of IGT wines, including Brusco dei Barbi. Join us as we talk with Raffaella Guidi Federzoni, export manager for Fattoria dei Barbi, about all things Brunello. For more info: Fattoria dei Barbi: www.fattoriadeibarbi.it/en/ Montalcino Blog by Barbi: http://montalcinoblog.com/2015/05/19/best-brunello/ Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #398 (51:13 min 49.2 MB)

21 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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The Wines of Hungary – with Royal Tokaji

Tokaji is the world’s original sweet white wine. Historically the wine and the region were called Tokay or even Tokai in English but the wine is more correctly referred to as Tokaji and the region as Tokaj. The Tokaji wine region also has the distinction of being the first in Europe to be classified. At the end of the 17th century, Tokaji aszú wines were so well regarded throughout the Courts of Europe that Prince Rakoczi insisted on a classification of the finest vineyards around the 28 villages in the region into: Great First Growths, First Growths, Second Growths and Third Growths. Moving forward in time, in 1993, Ben Howkins joined forces with Hugh Johnson, the world’s most published wine author, and Peter Vinding-Diers, a Danish-born Bordeaux winemaker, to found Royal Tokaji — the first non-Hungarian company to invest in the region. Royal Tokaji is a founding member of the Tokaji Renaissance, dedicated to re-establishing Tokaji aszú as one of the world’s greatest wines. Join us as we talk with Ben about Tokaji – the region, the wine, and the history. For more info: Royal Tokaji: www.royal-tokaji.com/ Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #405 (51:42 min 49.7 MB)

13 Apr 2016

Rank #13

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Wineries of Oregon – with Brooks Winery

Brooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Portland native, Jimi Brooks. Like most of his counterparts in Oregon, Jimi had a pioneering spirit that carried through to his love of life and winemaking. Sadly, Jimi passed away in 2004 from an aortic aneurism. In the aftermath of such tragedy, it speaks volumes for the Oregon wine community’s generosity and friendship that they approached Jimi’s sister, Janie Brooks Heuck, to ask her to take over the helm of the winery and continue Jimi’s legacy. In fact, the Brooks’ were one of the subjects of the recent film, American Wine Story: “After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends the story of Brooks with other tales of risk and reinvention in the American Wine Industry.” Join us as we talk with Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director, about the love of family and community and its role in carrying on Jimi’s legacy for Brooks Winery. For more info: Brooks Winery: brookswine.com/ American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #395 (38:58 min 37.7 MB)

17 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

“Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. In the cellar, the winery employs single-variety vinification. Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, and the final selection of the wines is done only after a period of barrel aging in French oak. Join us as we talk with Elena Pozzolini, winemaker and CEO at Tenuta Sette Cieli, about this young property – one that critic Antonio Galloni feels has a very bright future. For more info: Tenuta Sette Cieli: tenutasettecieli.com/ Wilson Daniels/Tenuta Sette Cieli: www.wilsondaniels.com/our-portfolio/tenuta-sette-cieli Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #393 (42:36 min 40.9 MB)

17 Aug 2015

Rank #15