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Cru shares the stories of the people behind wine. Each week we share with you one interview with an influential person in the wine industry. Guests include Brian McClintic MS, Marissa Ross, Michael Cruse, Bob Cabral, Francoise Peschon, Dustin Wilson MS, and many more!Learn more at http://crupodcast.com

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Cru shares the stories of the people behind wine. Each week we share with you one interview with an influential person in the wine industry. Guests include Brian McClintic MS, Marissa Ross, Michael Cruse, Bob Cabral, Francoise Peschon, Dustin Wilson MS, and many more!Learn more at http://crupodcast.com

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47 Ratings
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Awesome

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I find this podcast inspiring!

Good stuff

By cdoc - Jan 27 2018
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Really great subjects / topics and questions. Very relaxed conversations.

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
4
2
3
2

Awesome

By AudreyDY - Dec 07 2018
Read more
I find this podcast inspiring!

Good stuff

By cdoc - Jan 27 2018
Read more
Really great subjects / topics and questions. Very relaxed conversations.
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Cru Podcast | Stories From The People Behind Wine

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Cru shares the stories of the people behind wine. Each week we share with you one interview with an influential person in the wine industry. Guests include Brian McClintic MS, Marissa Ross, Michael Cruse, Bob Cabral, Francoise Peschon, Dustin Wilson MS, and many more!Learn more at http://crupodcast.com

Rank #1: How to Write About and Describe Wine with Marissa A. Ross

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Marissa A. Ross (@marissaaross) is a leisure enthusiast, writer, and wine drinker. She’s also the author of the new book, Wine. All The Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking, writer of the wine blog WINE. All The Time, and is the wine editor for Bon Appétit.

Learn more about Marissa here with the show notes.

In this episode, Marissa and I dig into a lot from her story and background and how she got into wine to becoming Bon Appétit’s wine editor. We also talk a lot about wine descriptions and how her’s work to describe an experience that the wine fits into rather than simply what she tastes. We get into the coverage of wine in Bon Appétit, her love and passion for the magazine, and the wise words that Adam Rapoport continuously bestows upon her.

Before we get into the episode, I want to invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and leave a review. Our goal is to grow a community of people passionate about wine in which we all can share and learn more. You subscribing and leaving a review on iTunes here, or your podcast player, helps more people just like yourself find the show.

Pre-Order Marissa's new book here on Amazon!

Jan 29 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: How to Achieve Quality & Consistency Over Time with Dan Petroski

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After a decade long career in advertising for Time Warner, Dan Petroski got a harvest internship in Italy, booked a flight and didn’t look back. For the next year, he would live as a local in his adopted home of Italy, working in vineyards. From that point onward, Dan knew that wine would take the center focus of not only his career, but his life.

Learn more about Dan here.

Coming to California with just over a year’s experience, Dan had a challenging time getting a job, until Andy Smith gave him an opportunity. Fast forward to today and Dan has had incredible success including being named “Winemaker of the Year” in 2017 by the SF Chronicle.

In this episode, Dan and I dig into his journey thus far in wine, we philosophize on the topics of loyalty and freedom as a winemaker, and then explore the terroir of Larkmead’s vineyards and the concept behind his white wine only label, Massican.

Aug 27 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: How to Approach Making Exceptional Wine with Julien Fayard

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Originally from Provence, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected consulting winemakers producing California varietals with French finesse. Formerly of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Philippe Melka’s team, he lends two decades of winemaking expertise to more than a dozen different brands, including the highly-rated Le Pich and Purlieu wines, as well as his own labels — Azur, Covert Estate and Empreinte. You can learn more at FayardWines.com

In this episode, Julien and I dig into how he approaches making wine while sharing practical tips for how to achieve balance in a final wine by utilizing certain techniques in the vineyard & cellar. He shares with us his story, how he came into wine originally and learned at some of the top chateaux in Bordeaux and what it looks like to be a consulting winemaker in the Napa Valley today.

As with every guest that comes on this podcast, I learned a lot from Julien and I hope you will as well. So, without further adieu, please enjoy my conversation with Julien Fayard.

May 10 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #4: How Wine Affects The World with Brian McClintic, MS

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Brian McClintic is a Master Sommelier and documentary film star of the feature length SOMM, the follow up SOMM: Into the Bottle, and now Somm 3, coming out later in 2018. After 15 years in hospitality, spanning wine destinations such as the Little Nell in Aspen, Brian co-founded Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara, where he was named “The Wine Guy to Hire” by Departures magazine and among the “40 Under 40 Tastemakers” by Wine Enthusiast.

Learn more about Brian at CruPodcast.com

Bitten by the travel bug in recent years, McClintic launched Viticole in 2016--an online wine club and travel blog, focusing on organically-farmed domestic and import selections.

The Viticole Wine Clubs are the only way to access Master Sommelier Brian McClintic's monthly wine selections. Every winemaker Brian collaborates with farms organically. All the wines offered will be exclusive to Viticole – special bottlings, both red and white, that Brian personally curates from around the world.

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Oct 09 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #5: When Wine Is Your Work, Life, and Community with Sara Morgenstern

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Sara Morgenstern is one of those people that if you try to introduce her to someone, she’s already good friends with them and if you ask her to join in on a project, she’ll dive in head first even though her calendar is already fully booked.

She’s some what of a local celebrity here in Sonoma County, particularly in Healdsburg for those in the wine industry, most notably for her work at the imported wine shop/bar and grilled cheese joint, Bergamot Alley, but also for her work with 7% Solution, which you’ll learn about in this episode, Banshee Wines, Raft Wines, and now the soon to be 501c3 Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief and the annual Burgundy festival, Le Paulée de San Francisco coming up from February 27 to March 3, 2018.

I really enjoyed chatting with Sara as we not only cover everything that I already mentioned, but we dig into her story, how the recent wildfires have personally affected her, and we try wines from winemakers who she considers her brothers.

Learn more about Sara and get the list of every wine we try in this episode here.

I also want to say thank you to Heather Hawkins & Woody Hambrick of Alysian Wines & Vermouth for letting Sara and I occupy their space in Healdsburg for a couple hours to record.

Dec 18 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #6: How to Challenge the Norm of Wine Retail with Dustin Wilson MS

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Dustin Wilson (@dustinwilsonms) is a partner and owner the wine shop in Tribeca, New York City called Verve Wine. Dustin came on the podcast when the show first started and he was working at Eleven Madison Park, but in this episode he tells us about how he transitioned from being a somm on the floor of restaurants for so many years to starting and being on the floor of a retail store and what the challenges of starting a new wine shop in New York City has been like.

We then dig into the story behind Verve, why Dustin wanted to start something new, and how Verve is challenging the norm of wine retail by integrating an amazing website that helps people find and learn about wine in an easier, more natural way and utilizing social media to do the same with things like visual tasting notes.

Full show notes & and transcript of the interview at https://crupodcast.com/show/dustinwilson37

Dustin then shares with us one of his favorite wines he’s been excited about lately called 4 Monos, a Garnacha made just outside of Madrid, and you can get it at Verve for only $20. To top it all off, Dustin and the team at Verve are giving you as a Cru Podcast listener, 10% off all discountable wines when you check out with the code CRUPOD10. It only applies to those of you who can receive shipments in the USA. So, go get some wine from some great people who want to share more wine with the world.

But before we get into the show, many of you know that I had the opportunity of traveling to Madrid a couple weeks ago and meet a great winemaker by the name of Fabio Bartolomei (his podcast episode here), and experience the only natural wine shop in Madrid, called Wine Attack.

So, I knew that I was going to be buying a ton of wine, and my last experience with bringing a case of wine back in my regular suitcase was not only sketchy caused it looked like I was smuggling wine bottles out of Germany all wrapped up in t-shirts, but I didn’t know if all of my bottles were going to break. You know how TSA can be with our bags. So, I had to find a solution to my wine bottle traveling debacle. I found this company called Lazenne.

Essentially, they make suitcases for your wine bottles. It was perfect! I got one and they even offered to ship it to my hotel in Madrid so that when I got there, all I had to do was fill it with a case of amazing wines. I didn’t have to worry about making sure that I got it in time to fly out and then check a bag going out. I just gave them my address and it was sitting on my bed when I walked into my hotel room. It only cost me €35 to check the bag on the way back and it got to my destination in perfect condition!

Guys, I’m telling you. If you ever travel with more than a couple wine bottles on the plan, or even just driving long distances, you need to get one of Lazenne’s bags. Go to Lazenne.com and check out which bag is best for you. I got the 12-Bottle Wine Check Luggage, but maybe something a bit sturdier would be best for you, like the Vingardevalise Hardshell Wine Suitcase. Either way, take a look and protect your wine with a Lazenne bag.

Apr 17 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: What it Takes to Start A Wine Label with Michael Villas

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Michael Villas is an advanced sommelier and co-founder of the wine labels Penville and Maison d’Amis. Penville makes Rhone style Grenache from the Santa Barbara region in California and Maison d’Amis makes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. You can connect with Michael on Instagram @mcvillas and learn more about him at crupodcast.com

Before we get into the episode, I want to invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. With your help we can achieve our goal of being on the New & Noteworthy for all of iTunes. It allows other people to find the show and to connect all of us around a common passion.

Oct 10 2016

44mins

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Rank #8: Exploring the Business of Importing Wine with Vine Connections

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Nick Ramkowsky and Ed Lehrman are co-founders of Vine Connections, a wine import company that was the first company to import Argentine wines to the US.

Learn more about Vine Connections with the show notes here.

In this episode with Nick and Ed, we dig into the story of Vine Connections, how it got started with a trip to Argentina, and they paint a picture of what they found down there in the early '90's. We then get into the business side of things, like what is their process of selecting wineries to work with in their portfolio, which is very small consisting of wines and sake from Argentina, Chile, Japan, and California. Then how do they approach marketing a new wine or sake to the market, what the pillars are that set the standard of how they do business, and how they work with producers like Chad Melville, who is relatively well known in the industry, but outside of the industry, many people have never heard of him and the Santa Rita Hills.

I really enjoyed chatting with Nick & Ed. I learned so much about importing wine, marketing a new product, and gained insight to the culture of a great wine company.

Jun 26 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #9: Growing An Unlikely Vineyard and Winery with Deirdre Heekin

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Deirdre Heekin is the co-founder, winegrower, organizer, writer, photographer, flower farmer, and designer behind La Garagista Farm + Winery in Barnard, Vermont. In this episode we get into a lot from where the idea came from to start growing and making wine in Vermont to its challenges as she successful makes amazing natural wines in this environment. We also talk about her love of travel, the biodynamic practices that have been instilled in her, and her new book, An Unlikely Vineyard.

We invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here and leave us a review. Our goal is to grow a community of people who are passionate about wine so we can all learn more and connect with each other. If that appeals to you at all, then subscribe. It helps others find the show, which continues to expand this community you’re apart of.

Learn more about Deirdre at CruPodcast.com

Nov 28 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #10: The Life & Travels of a Winemaking Ambassador with DLynn Proctor

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DLynn Proctor (@WineauxDLynnP) is the winemaking ambassador for Penfolds Americas. You may remember DLynn from the movies Somm and Somm: Into the Bottle on Netflix, but in this episode we don’t talk about the movies, but DLynn’s story, who inspired him to become a sommelier in the first place, how he was able to travel the world to learn about wine on other people’s dime as a young somm.

Learn more about DLynn with the show notes here.

We also dig into the day to day of what being the winemaking ambassador for Penfolds Americas means and how DLynn travels over 300 days per year. He also shares with us stories from working with the legendary Fred Dame and Peter Gago.

Before we get into the show, I want to invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave us a review. Doing so helps other folks who are just as passionate about wine as you are find the show and to grow this community. You can subscribe and review the show with the podcast player on your phone, or on iTunes here.

Mar 27 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: The Making of a True Rosé with Lorenza Wine

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Melinda Kearny and Michèle Ouellet, the mother-daughter duo behind Lorenza Rosé based in Napa.

Learn more about Lorenza with the show notes here.

In this episode we dig into the story behind Lorenza, what it was like starting to make rosé eight years ago when the main things on the market were Charles Bieler and his pink Cadillac paving the way, and the dreaded white zin hangover that everyone has experienced at least once in their life!

We also chat about making wine with intentionality from old vines, the rosé trend, what it is like for Melinda to work with wine brands such as Frogs Leap winery and how she applied that experience to Lorenza, and what growing up in Napa was like for Michèle.

I really enjoyed chatting with Melinda and Michèle and look forward to see how Lorenza continues to grow as more people embrace rosé as a wine to drink for any occasion year round.

Jul 31 2017

55mins

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Rank #12: How to Experiment with Wine with Chad Stock

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Chad Stock is the winemaker and owner of Craft Wine Co, which produces the labels Minimus Wines, Origin Wines, and Omero Cellars in Carlton, Oregon.

Learn more about chat with the show notes at https://crupodcast.com/show/chadstock

Chad is known for experimenting with many varietals and styles to produce truly unique wines that not only he loves and is proud of, but that push the boundaries of traditional and low intervention winemaking. From Gruner to Grenache and wines with high VA to wines with Brett, Chad embraces change and experimentation across wines.

In this episode, we dig into a lot! We chat about how Chad got into wine initially from a pleasure standpoint, his experience during apprenticeships that brought to light for him the concept on constantly experimenting with wines, how there aren’t any American grape varietals that are uniquely American, and his loathing of mimicking old world styles to make wine that taste just like them.

We then get into one of his favorite subjects being Syrah developing brett and experimenting with brett to make his wine, fittingly named, I Have Brett. Then Chad leaves us with what he wants his legacy for the wine world to be when all is said and done.

He also shares with us an Austrian winemaker that he’s been loving lately and their approach to winemaking.

This episode is jam-packed, it is long, and if you are a winemaker or aspire to be one, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

Jul 24 2017

1hr 33mins

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Rank #13: Making Connections and Operating a Wine Brand with Chelsea Boss

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Chelsea Boss, @seaboss on Instagram, is the general manager of Senses Wines who make fantastic small production pinot noir and chardonnay based in Occidental, California and one of the founders of Rebuild Wine Country, an organization that is working with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County to raise $5 million dollars in order to rebuild owned & rented homes lost in the Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, and Lake County wildfires.

You can learn more about Chelsea with the show notes here.

The name Senses may sound familiar as we had one of the founders, Chris Strieter, on in a previous episode.

But in this episode, I wanted to dig into the operations, marketing, sales side of running a wine business and Chelsea’s experience and perspective on doing just that as a GM. We also dig into all of the fundraising and work that she and Rebuild Wine Country are doing to help those in Northern California that were so devastatingly affected by these fires.

If you feel so inclined to donate and/or volunteer with Rebuild Wine Country, you can go to RebuildWineCountry.org for more information.

Jan 01 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #14: Nurturing the Land, Vines, and Fruit with Chad Melville

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Chad Melville (@melville_winery) is the head winegrower at his family’s winery, Melville Winery in the Santa Rita Hills of California producing Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.

In this episode, Chad tells us his story of growing up in a grape growing family and eventually starting Melville from its first plantings of their vineyard. We get into the viticulture behind the wines he grows, why he considers their wines to be made once the grapes are harvested, and how having control from vine to bottle helps to create an amazing product.

Before we get into the show, I want to invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, or whatever podcast player you are using to listen to the show. Doing so helps more people find the show while growing this community around our common passion of wine.

Learn more about Chad here.

Jan 02 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #15: If It Tastes Perfect, You’ve Missed It with Bob Cabral & Ryan Prichard

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Under the guidance of philosophies like, “Great winemaking is doing the right thing when no one is looking,” and “if it tastes perfect, you’ve missed it,” Bob, Ryan, and the Three Sticks team are crafting elegant wines with a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They source fruit from some of the top vineyards in Sonoma County including Gaps Crown, Durell, Walala, One Sky, and various other Price Family Estates.

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In this episode, Bob, Ryan, and I sat down to taste through a large portion of the Three Sticks lineup. We delve into the details of each wine, the soils, farming, ecology, everything. Mixed in between we chat about Bob & Ryan’s histories in the wine industry, life & work philosophies, and the practical & technical sides of winemaking in Sonoma County.

In this episode we mention… Three Sticks The Adobe Tonnellerie Ô Rudolf Steiner, Biodynamics Bronco Wine Company Lutum Wines Russian River Brewery Barndiva Domaine Marcel Deiss

Wines we tasted… 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir 2017 Price Family Estates Pinot Noir 2016 Cuvée Eva Marie Pinot Noir 2016 Walala Pinot Noir 2017 Origin Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2016 One Sky Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2016 Alana Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Durell Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2017 Casteñada White 2017 Casteñda Rosé

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Jan 29 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Understanding and Interpreting a Vineyard with Alan Viader

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Alan Viader, second generation winemaker and Director of Operations for Viader Vineyards & Winery in Napa.

Learn more about Alan at CruPodcast.com

 In this episode, Alan shares with us the story behind his family’s estate on Howell Mountain, how his mother used dynamite to move rock in order to plant the vineyard all while raising three kids, and how working with winemakers in Argentina, Alan realized that he wanted to become a winemaker.

We then get into the viticultural and winemaking practices used at Viader. From trellising to blending, Alan gives us some insight into the science and art into how Viader wines are made.

But before we get into the episode, I want to tell you about our sponsor.

The Grand Tour is a fresh new take on a wine club. It was created by master somm, Dustin Wilson and the team at Verve Wine. 

 They believe that part of the fun of wine is learning about and exploring the many regions from around the world. They also know that it can be difficult to navigate through the vast number of wineries out there. Who makes the best wines from a particular place? How do I get my hands on them? These are the reasons that they started The Grand Tour.

 Every month they will highlight a new wine region of the world. They spend that month tasting through hundreds of wines to find what they think best represents the region. They want to take you on a journey through and showcase the different types of wines that help tell the story of that place, while featuring producers that they feel are some of the best; the insiders, the ones who really know what's up.

A subscription to The Grand Tour will get you four different bottles of truly special, sommelier-approved wine for $95 each month (plus shipping), along with expert insight into the stories behind the wines, from the people and places who produce them to how they’re made, tasting notes, pairings and more. So you can go on with your life, leave the research to the geeks, and look forward to enjoying unique, remarkable, trustworthy wines in the comfort of your home.

Go to GrandTourWine.com or click the Wine Club tab on the Verve Wine website to sign up

May 15 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: How To Build An Authentic Personal Brand with Amanda McCrossin

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Having previously worked as a sommelier in New York City, Amanda moved to the west coast in July 2015 where she joined the wine team at PRESS restaurant in St. Helena.  Known as the "sommvivant" to her Instagram followers and YouTube subscribers for being a "Sommelier" with a "Bon Vivant" lifestyle, Amanda documents her life as a somm in the Napa Valley on a daily basis.  By showcasing events like excursions around northern California in her splashy red Mini Cooper convertible, tastings at Napa Valley wineries, rare bottles of vintage Napa Cab at PRESS and daily adventures around the Valley, Amanda has become "an advocate for indulgence and the wine lifestyle."

In this episode Amanda and I dig into her story of being a sommelier, how to hone one’s voice and story telling ability, strategies for being a successful sommelier, and define how to be authentic to one’s self when it comes to building a personal brand with a purpose.

In this episode we mention… PRESS Restaurant Napa Amanda’s YouTube Channel Amanada’s Instagram Profile Dan Petroski Interview Massican Winery Follow Amanda on YOUTUBE TWITTER INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

 

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Feb 07 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: The Art of Wine Retail with Michael Drapkin

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Michael Drapkin is the proprietor, wine educator, and Instagram model behind Kingston Wine Company in the town of Kingston, New York in the Hudson Valley. You can find him wordsmithing wine descriptions on Instagram @kingstonwineco and buy all of his delicious, natural and esoteric wines at KingstonWine.com

Learn more about Michael with the show notes here.

In this episode Michael and I dig into where his passion for wine comes from, both the books and the people who influenced him, and the art of wine retail, something that Michael feels is as important, if not more important, than the wines themselves.

We also chat about great resources for learning about and finding natural wines, one of those being the natural wine app, Raisin.

Before we get into the show, I want to invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review. Doing so helps other amazing wine lovers, like yourself, find the show and grow this community of folks who are passionate about wine. You can do so on the podcast player on your phone, or on iTunes itself here. Also, if you’re up for it, follow us on Instagram @crupodcast. We’re sharing bottles and experiences over there.

Mar 20 2017

57mins

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Rank #19: Creating An Authentic Wine Company with Rachel Silkowski

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Rachel Silkowski is the assistant winemaker for Loring Wine Company & the founder/winemaker of Rasi Wine Company, both based in Lompoc, California.

Learn more about Rachel here.

pronounced rac·y 1. full of zest or vigor; having a strongly marked quality; piquant; risqué, suggestive 2. having the distinctive quality of something in its original or most characteristic form

Rachel and I dig into how she initially got into wine, her curiosity of the winemaking process, and the feeling of holding a tangible finished product. She then shares with us the story of how she started Rasi Wine Company, where the name comes from, and how she intuitively approaches each aspect of how she makes her wines & markets them from place of authenticity. I can’t wait for you to hear how she came up with the labels for her first wine called One.

Then, if that wasn’t enough, Rachel shares with us her plans for the future of Rasi, how her wines have been rated 93 – 95 points with only has three vintages out, we chat about urban wineries, and how she is giving back to the community in Los Angeles through an event that you can attend called Women, Wine, Makers.

I absolutely loved chatting with Rachel; she has really inspired me to take a more authentic approach to life and my work. I hope you enjoy hearing her story.

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The Grand Tour is a fresh new take on a wine club. It was created by master somm, Dustin Wilson and the team at Verve Wine

They believe that part of the fun of wine is learning about and exploring the many regions from around the world. They also know that it can be difficult to navigate through the vast number of wineries out there. Who makes the best wines from a particular place? How do I get my hands on them? These are the reasons that they started The Grand Tour.

Every month they will highlight a new wine region of the world. They spend that month tasting through hundreds of wines to find what they think best represents the region. They want to take you on a journey through and showcase the different types of wines that help tell the story of that place, while featuring producers that they feel are some of the best; the insiders, the ones who really know what's up.

A subscription to The Grand Tour will get you four different bottles of truly special, sommelier-approved wine for $95 each month (plus shipping), along with expert insight into the stories behind the wines, from the people and places who produce them to how they’re made, tasting notes, pairings and more. So you can go on with your life, leave the research to the geeks, and look forward to enjoying unique, remarkable, trustworthy wines in the comfort of your home.

Sign up for The Grand Tour here.

In this episode we mention…

Loring Wine Company Rasi Wine Company Oregon State University Loring Pinot Noirs Close Pepe Vineyard Santa Rita Hills AVA One, Pinot Noir (Rasi’s first wine) Three Barrels, Santa Rita Pinot Noir (Rasi’s second wine) Paso Robles Mouvedre (Rasi’s third wine) Wine Advocate 93-95 Points for Rasi Wine Enthusiast 93 Points for Rasi Rasi One Labels (first wine) Women, Wine, Makers Monthly Event Space 15 Twenty Vinley Market Sine Qua Non Winery Andremily Wine 2013 Syrah Levo Wine Flying Colors Grenache

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May 08 2017

57mins

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Rank #20: The Art of Making People Smile with Giuseppe Cola

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Giuseppe Cola (@pjritzsomm) is the first Perrier-Jouet sommelier at The Ritz London. He is also the award winner of the Annual Award of Excellence in Service 2016 from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts London, the most prestigious award available to young professionals in the hospitality industry today. 

You can learn more about Giuseppe at http://crupodcast.com/show/giuseppecola

We invite you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review. It helps other people find the show.

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Oct 02 2016

57mins

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Philosophies on Winemaking and Scaling a Wine Business with Josh Phelps

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Josh Phelps is the founder and winemaker of Grounded Wine Co. making delicious, all-American, and approachable wines across the west coast while based in St. Helena, California.

Josh’s roots run deep in Napa, raised in a winemaking family, he was exposed to the industry from a young age, starting his very first endeavor in the wine world, “Napa Valet”, at age 15. He continued to build his knowledge of the business through college, selling wine, working the harvest and creating wine for friends with his father, Chris Phelps (of Dominus Estate). As a Napa local, his philosophies on winemaking and business are advised from luminaries of the wine world he calls his mentors and friends like Joel Gott, Kimberly Jones and Leslie Rudd, and of course, his own father. With Grounded Wine Co., Josh hopes to build on this legacy and make his own splash in the wine world while exposing wine drinkers of his own generation to his hometown in wine country.

As a part of his incredible résumé, Josh has been named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list, Zagat’s 30 under 30 and Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 – though one of his proudest accomplishments is still the Eagle Scout badge he earned at the age of 18.

Grounded Wine Co. is being built to reflect his experience growing up in wine country, and his relationships in the wine community. A grassroots, all-American, wine label, the wines feature grapes from trusted, sustainable vineyards in California and Washington and showcase what it means to be a winemaker today. Working with trusted farmers and childhood friends, his company respects his deep understanding of wine, one that can only be developed growing up around the vines.

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Chris Phelps, Josh’s father Dominus Estate Caymus Winery Taken Wine Co. Chambers & Chambers Distributors Trinchero Family Estates Grounded Wine Co. Ad Vivum Cellars, Chris’ wine label Landform Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, newest label from Grounded Work by Gospel, Josh’s design team Terry Wheatly, Vintage Wine Estates the late Leslie Rudd Authentique Wine Cellars, Oregon Dan Petroski (interview 1) / (interview 2) Space Age Rosé of Grenache, Grounded La Gravette de Certan Massican Champagne Vilmart Champagne Pierre Peters Champagne Doyard Follow Grounded Wine Co. On… INSTAGRAMFACEBOOK WEBSITE

Jan 18 2020

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A Radically Intentional Restaurant & Wine Bar with Lauren Feldman and Tanner Walle of Valley Bar & Bottle

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Valley Bar & Bottle is a neighborhood restaurant, wine bar, and wine retail establishment that simultaneously reveres and revitalizes Sonoma cuisine and hospitality. Launching as a dinnertime restaurant, Valley will gradually incorporate daytime services.

Valley aims for a sustainable approach to all aspects of its business, from waste-reducing and eliminating practices to radical intentionality behind the economy and environment they will create for their employees. As Sonoma locals, they’re looking for creative ways to support and promote the community. They are dedicated to making sure those that work alongside them are able to live fully in the place they serve. 

Lauren Feldman and Tanner Walle, two of the co-founders, manage the small front-of-house team, while co-founders Emma Lipp and Stephanie Reagor helm the back-of-house. The beverage program includes local producers as well as imports, with an emphasis paid to organic & biodynamic agriculture practices. The menu is driven by the availability of seasonal produce and the offerings of local purveyors, and influenced by the team’s travels and personal history.

Lauren was born and raised between Sonoma and Santa Rosa in Sonoma Valley. Her studies took her to Indiana, Italy, and then New York, where she became immersed in the food and wine world. Her professional background is in wine sales and branding with an emphasis on restaurant beverage direction + management, winery hospitality + management, brand development and event production. With over a decade of hospitality and beverage management experience, Lauren has managed restaurants & wine lists from New York (L’Artusi, Anfora, west~bourne), to Nashville (Husk), and back to her native California (Molina, CALA). 

In 2010, Lauren returned to Sonoma County to develop a closer connection to wine production, starting with launching the hospitality program at Scribe Winery, where she managed the tasting room and events for 4 years. As a harvest intern at Foradori Winery in 2014, Lauren affirmed her passion for biodynamic practices and natural winemaking. In 2015 she started SurPointe, where—with a focus on like-minded producers—she has launched wine brands, grown restaurant beverage programs, and overseen creative collaborations bridging the divide between wine and hospitality communities nationwide. In 2016 she oversaw the creative development and implementation at Napa newcomer Ashes & Diamonds as Director of Sales and Marketing. That same year she received her WSET Diploma certification.

After juggling many roles and tasks at once, Lauren is eager to bring her varied skills together to build a program and community in Sonoma, the town where she was raised and has again called her home for the past 9 years.

Tanner Walle’s career in hospitality spans over a decade, with rolls as both GM and beverage manager for some of New York City’s most well-known wine establishments. Most notably, under the guide and mentorship of James Beard Award-winning sommelier Paul Grieco, Tanner oversaw operations and hospitality at Terroir wine bars, a quintessential helm for both aspiring and veteran wine professionals alike. There, Tanner would help to craft and pioneer a wine and hospitality program many restaurants and wine bars still model today. 

In 2015 he orchestrated the opening of The Riddling Widow, a discrete Champagne bar frequented primarily by winemakers and other industry pros.  

Beyond restaurant work, Tanner spent much of his tenure in NYC as a consultant for many large-scale wine and hospitality events, including with NBC, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, PBS and LinkedIn. Tanner would also contribute on panels for NY Champagne Week, Social Media Week and New York Cider Week.

Tanner is excited to bring his New York City expertise and love for hospitality and beverage education to the community of Sonoma.

Jan 13 2020

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How to Strategically Market and Develop A Wine Brand with Jeff Meisel

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Jeff Meisel is the Vice President of Brand Development for Long Meadow Ranch based in St. Helena, California. Jeff oversees all things marketing and development across Long Meadow Ranch, Farmstead Restaurant, Hunt & Harvest, and Stony Hill. We chat about Jeff’s story and career in the wine industry thus far, his learnings, and dig into how the Long Meadow Ranch umbrella brand works to engage with customers across marketing channels, platforms, and in real life, along with the specific strategies and tools that they implement do grow the brand across its many product offerings.

Learn more about Jeff and Long Meadow Ranch with the show notes at https://crupodcast.com/show

Jan 07 2020

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The Future of Online Wine Retail with Vanessa Conlin & Eduardo Dingler

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As online wine sales continue to increase in the U.S., the wine purchasing experience inevitably changes. How do you convey the texture, length, intensity, aromas, and balance of a wine through the internet? How do you sell a visceral product like wine with words and pictures? If the consumer cannot taste the wine themselves before purchase, they need to trust that a team of experts has.

Wine Access, one of the original online retailers in wine, began as a web hosting service for wine shops and other wine businesses in 1997. Over time, the company has evolved into the robust direct to consumer wine retailer that it is today, with a carefully vetted selection of both ephemeral daily offers and a more permanent inventory of wines from the industry’s top regions and producers. They sell their wines by telling the stories around each of the producers and wineries they work with. They are a leader in direct to consumer wine sales; an area of tremendous growth in the wine industry.

Wine Access has an unprecedented level of wine expertise, and each bottle sold must first pass through a rigorous tasting panel to get in the portfolio; indeed, only 1% of the wines in the panel tastes end up making it to the online store.

Vanessa was head of sales and marketing for several of Napa’s most prestigious estates including Arietta Wines, Dana Estates, and Realm Cellars. Previously, she was a retail buyer and wine bar wine director in New York. She’s President of the Board for the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, holds the WSET Diploma, and was the recipient of the Niki Singer Memorial Scholarship from the International Wine Center. Vanessa has passed the Theory and Practical portions of the Master of Wine exam and is writing a research paper as the final stage.

Eduardo served as Corporate Beverage Director for the Global Morimoto Group and has worked at some of Napa Valley’s most iconic restaurants including Tra Vigne and Bistro Don Giovanni. He is a professional Wine, Sake and Spirits Judge for many competitions in the US and Japan and writes for both the Napa Valley Register and Decanter Magazine. He is an Advanced Sommelier Candidate and is also a Certified Sake Professional.

For $100 off your first Wine Access purchase of $250 or more, please visit wineaccess.com/crupodcast and discount will be applied at checkout. FOLLOW WINE ACCESS ON... INSTAGRAMFACEBOOK WEBSITE

For wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs alike the Sonoma Executive MBA programs in wine business is a game-changer. The first of their kind in the United States and developed in response to the needs of the wine industry, Sonoma State University's AACSB accredited Executive MBA programs combine globally-recognized excellence in business education with wine industry expertise.

Their alumni are leaders at elite wine brands around the world. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates. The programs offer experiential learning through an immersive 4-day leadership sailing weekend in San Diego Bay and in-country consulting projects during a 12-day international business trip. Market-responsive courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are accepted through February 28th. Visit http://sbe.sonoma.edu/podcast for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. Follow us on social media @sonomasbe.

Oct 28 2019

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Discussing Climate Change & Sustainability in Napa Valley with Dan Petroski

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Dan Petroski is the winemaker of Larkmead Vineyards and the founder & winemaker of Massican.

Recently, Dan spoke on a panel regarding climate change and sustainability in relation to the global wine industry. Leaving me with more questions, we sat down to chat about the effects of climate change on Napa Valley specifically, with a focus on the benchmarking and data gathering that Larkmead has been doing to assess things like growing degree days in detail, and how Napa Valley is evolving into Zone 5 climatic conditions. We also discuss the affects of alternative packing and how that crosses over in the marketing & customer perception. Then we dig into how Dan is preparing for the potential major effects of climate change with a 21 year plan for testing other grape varietals that might possibly be more viable in the long-term.

For those who do not know Dan, I encourage you to go back and list to my original interview with him where we discussed being the winemaker of Larkmead Vineyards in Calistoga, California and the founder & winemaker of Massican, Dan’s all white wine label making beautiful expressions of Italian based white wines like a Pinot Grigio & Greco blend called Gemina.

In this episode we mention… Larkmead Vineyards Sustainability Winkler Index for wine growing climatic Zones The Definition of Zone 5 on the Winkler Index Torres & Jackson Family Climate Change Action Group Napa Valley Grape Growers (Dan is on the Board) Napa Valley Vintners Association Brief history of Larkmead grape growing FOLLOW DAN ON... INSTAGRAM

Our podcast today is sponsored by the Executive MBA in Wine Business programs at Sonoma State University.

For wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs alike the Sonoma Executive MBA programs in wine business is a game-changer. The first of their kind in the United States and developed in response to the needs of the wine industry, Sonoma State University's AACSB accredited Executive MBA programs combine globally-recognized excellence in business education with wine industry expertise.

Their alumni are leaders at elite wine brands around the world. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates. The programs offer experiential learning through an immersive 4-day leadership sailing weekend in San Diego Bay and in-country consulting projects during a 12-day international business trip. Market-responsive courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are accepted through February 28th. Visit http://sbe.sonoma.edu/podcast for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. Follow us on social media @sonomasbe.

Oct 23 2019

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Organically Farmed, Sans Pretense Canned Wine with Jake Stover & Gina Schober

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Founders, Jake Stover and Gina Schober, met in 2013 and started Sans Wine Co. in late 2015. Their preference for fresh, vibrant and approachable “wines of place” paved the way for what is now Sans Wine Co. The philosophy behind Sans Wine Co. is sourcing premium wine grapes from organically farmed vineyards and environmentally conscience growers in order to craft natural wines.

Jake Stover, originally from Kansas and University of Kansas alum, on the advice of his older brother, postponed applying to law school in order to intern at a Napa winery for the 2008 harvest. After working in winemaking and production for 8 years, Jake shifted his focus to the farming side of wine growing, and started his own farming company in 2014, Stover Vineyard Management, which specializes in “beyond organic” wine growing.

Gina Schober is a Bay Area, California native and UC Davis alum. You could say that wine is in her blood - her maternal Grandfather was a grape grower in Lake County for 30 years and her paternal Grandfather was a Gallo Wines sales rep in the 1960s. Gina’s passion for wine truly started while working for Bacchus Management Group’s Pizza Antica and Cafe des Amis, where she worked as a beverage manager and sommelier. She became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2010 and eventually moved to the Napa Valley to work as a sommelier for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro. These days, she is an independent contractor, selling wine for a premium California wine broker.

In this episode we mention… Sans Wine Co. Ehren Jordan & Failla Wines Francoise Peschon Interview Seven Stones Winery Northern California Distribution for Sans, Vinifera Wine Marketing Sans Rutherford Riesling Poor Ranch Zinfandel The Restaurant at 1900 Follow Jake & Gina on FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM TWITTER WEBSITE

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In 2012, Sonoma State University launched the first Executive MBA Programs in Wine Business in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of wine industry leaders, and remains North America's only program that combines globally recognized excellence in business education with a highly focused wine industry focus. The program is accredited by AACSB, an achievement that fewer than 10% of eligible business programs are able to earn. So far the program has produced nearly 200 alumni who are going on to provide the next generation of wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates from day one of the program. Courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are being accepted now through February 28th. Visit SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA or call 664-3501.

Oct 14 2019

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How to Make Wines with Intention with Scott Kirkpatrick & Allison Watkins

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Both being artists, Scott a musician and Allison a photographer & textile based visual artist, this husband and wife duo have an approach to making wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. With constraints of knowing the farmer by name and them living on their vineyard, organically farming, and obviously the varietal having to be Petite Sirah, the couple is crafting a new style of wine that appeals to both a higher-acid palette and a richer & riper style.

In their own words, “The Mountain Tides wines, each made from the Petite Sirah grape, embody specific nooks and tucked-back places throughout California. With a gentle hands-off approach and an emphasis on aromatic complexity and fresh energy, our wines almost work as a travel diary of sorts; monuments made to our favorite vineyards and the people who farm them.”

In this episode we mention… Mountain Tides Allison’s artwork Rye Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky Forlorn Hope & Matthew Rorick’s vineyard Eleven Eleven Winery Bay Grape wine shop in Oakland Self distribution in California The process of starting a wine label How to live and work with intention Mountain Tides Fall Wine Release & Mailing List Sign Up Follow Mountain Tides on… INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK WEBSITE

In 2012, Sonoma State University launched the first Executive MBA Programs in Wine Business in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of wine industry leaders, and remains North America's only program that combines globally recognized excellence in business education with a highly focused wine industry focus. The program is accredited by AACSB, an achievement that fewer than 10% of eligible business programs are able to earn. So far the program has produced nearly 200 alumni who are going on to provide the next generation of wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates from day one of the program. Courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are being accepted now through February 28th. Visit SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA or call 664-3501.

Sep 30 2019

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An Exploration of the Loire in California with Kim & Tyler Elwell

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Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard along the Central Coast—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. In his 15 years of winemaking experience, Tyler has produced some of the most critically acclaimed wine as Assistant Winemaker at world-renowned Tablas Creek Vineyard and Provenance in Napa Valley. Tyler recently graduated with an Executive MBA in Wine Business through Sonoma State and is helping to develop new brands and reinvigorate legacy brands. Kim Elwell is a PR and marketing expert with nearly a decade of experience serving celebrity, hospitality, and food/wine clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond—most notably managing Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) recording studio, TRI Studios in Marin, California. Kim works full-time as Account Director for The James Collective, a boutique PR and marketing agency based in wine country and New York City. Together the Elwells combine their deep-rooted love of wine and California, bringing you a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.

In this episode we mention… Halcyon Wines Tyler graduating with his Executive MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University Nom de Guerre, Tyler’s new label Boojee, Kim’s new label Follow Halcyon on… INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK SPOTIFY WEBSITE

In 2012, Sonoma State University launched the first Executive MBA Programs in Wine Business in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of wine industry leaders, and remains North America's only program that combines globally recognized excellence in business education with a highly focused wine industry focus. The program is accredited by AACSB, an achievement that fewer than 10% of eligible business programs are able to earn. So far the program has produced nearly 200 alumni who are going on to provide the next generation of wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates from day one of the program. Courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are being accepted now through February 28th. Visit SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA or call 664-3501.

Sep 24 2019

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How a Wine Reviewer Considers Wine in Context with Virginie Boone

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Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage.

In this episode with Virginie, she and I dig into the life of a wine reviewer and how Wine Enthusiast works to be as non-biased and democratic with scores. We chat about the future role of the wine reviewer within the market and how the wine experience could use some adjusting and what millennials expect when they go wine tasting. Then we discuss some of the biggest global challenges that the industry is facing.

In this episode we mention… Wine Enthusiast Magazine Wine Enthusiast Podcast The Press Democrat Dan Petroski, Massican Follow Virginie on… INSTAGRAM TWITTER WEBSITE

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In 2012, Sonoma State University launched the first Executive MBA Programs in Wine Business in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of wine industry leaders, and remains North America's only program that combines globally recognized excellence in business education with a highly focused wine industry focus. The program is accredited by AACSB, an achievement that fewer than 10% of eligible business programs are able to earn. So far the program has produced nearly 200 alumni who are going on to provide the next generation of wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates from day one of the program. Courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are being accepted now through February 28th. Visit SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA or call 664-3501.

Sep 14 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Journey of First Generation Grape Growers with Matt Naumann & Audra Chapman

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After 17 years of doing literally everything in the wine industry from farming coastal vineyards and washing barrels to running national sales and curating wine lists, Matt & Audra have ventured on to a delicious new journey called Newfound.

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Having a proclivity for the tactile and tangible work of farming a vineyard, the couple purchased property in the Sierra Foothills of El Dorado County near the town of Placerville to plant their 40-acre ranch to vines. Matt fell in love with farming after Ehren Jordan, of Failla Wines, presented him with the opportunity to take over the farming of his Cazadero vineyard on the extreme Sonoma Coast. Ever since, Matt has been yearning to get back to that sort of lifestyle on his own terms.

Matt’s winemaking approach is minimalistic. He’s moved by wines that contain a naturally rugged edge and is in a constant pursuit of pushing his winemaking limits. As it relates to his own wines, he’s firmly guided by the belief that less is always more. With a focus on “fringe” varietals such as Semillon from Yountville, Carignan from Redwood Valley, and Counoise, Grenache, and Mourvedre from Mt. Veeder, the Naumanns are in pursuit of a dream to become first generation grape growers and wine producers in California.

In this episode we mention… Newfound Wines Ehren Jordan Failla Wines Hourglass Follow Matt & Audra on… INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK WEBSITE

Aug 26 2019

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How to Be A Winemaker with Jim Duane

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Having found fermentation at an early age, starting with brewing beer in a fuel can under the stairs, Jim Duane has not ceased in the pursuit of learning more and more. He’s worked in New Zealand, Washington, and finally settled down in Napa Valley in 2004 having worked at Robert Mondavi and Stags Leap Cellars. Today, he grows the wines on the steep slopes that the Seavey Vineyards are planted on overlooking the northern part of Lake Hennessey.

As a part of of his unrelenting thirst for knowing all he can about wine, he no longer brews beer in fuel cans (that we know of), Jim hosts the Inside Winemaking Podcast on which he digs into the nitty gritty details with wine industry professionals. They chat about the technical details and specifics of enology, viticulture, chemistry, biology, essentially how to be a winemaker. If you love to geek on the science and practicality of winemaking, give Jim’s long-form interviews a listen. It’s one of may favorite wine podcasts.

In this episode we mention… Inside Winemaking Podcast Seavey Vineyard Deep Winemaking Immersion Experience David Ramey quote from a paper Jim found on Ramey’s website Proceedings of the Ninth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference from 1995. Dave's final sentence changed the path of Jim’s career. "Finally, I would encourage winemakers to focus on making wine 'right', and on making wine that is sensually appealing and pleasing, rather than focusing excessive energy on that may which go wrong."

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In 2012, Sonoma State University launched the first Executive MBA Programs in Wine Business in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of wine industry leaders, and remains North America's only program that combines globally recognized excellence in business education with a highly focused wine industry focus. The program is accredited by AACSB, an achievement that fewer than 10% of eligible business programs are able to earn. So far the program has produced nearly 200 alumni who are going on to provide the next generation of wine industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have access to an unparalleled network of wine industry scholars, practitioners, and classmates from day one of the program. Courses are held in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, an innovative learning space gilded with advanced technology and flexible learning classrooms. Applications for the 2020 Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business cohort are being accepted now through February 28th. Visit SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA for more information, to speak with an admissions counselor, or to RSVP for an information session. SBE.Sonoma.edu/MBA or call 664-3501.

Jul 10 2019

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Reliving The Past & Forecasting the Future with Bob Cabral

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Having made a career out of producing wines for companies across California, Bob decided a few years ago to make wines for himself with a focus on experimentation and having fun. For those who don’t know Bob, he cut his teeth working on his family’s vineyards in the Central Valley, graduated with an enology degree from Fresno State, worked for Bronco Wine Company, DeLoach, Kunde, Alderbrook, Hartford Court, led the charge at Williams-Selyem as winemaker for 17 years after Burt Williams stepped down, and now is the Director of Winemaking for Three Sticks in Sonoma and makes Bob Cabral Wines on the side.

In this episode, Bob takes us through is long history in the industry working with some great folks, business dealings with John Dyson (owner of Williams-Selyem) and Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks), his passion for music like Petty & Zeppelin, his friendship with Sammy Hagar, and we taste through the wines that he’s crafting right now.

In this episode we mention… Williams-Selyem John Dyson Rochioli Vineyards Platt Vineyard Three Sticks Interview 2016 Cuvée Troubadour Pinot Noir RRV 2016 Anne Rose Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016 American Girl Rosé of Pinot Noir RRV 2016 Zallah Ranch American Riesling Bob Cabral Wines Follow Bob on SPOTIFY TWITTER WEBSITE

Mar 12 2019

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Cultivating A Mountain-Top Wine Tribe with Sophie & James Gray

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With a dream to buy a ranch in order to reconnect with nature, work with their hands, and raise a family, Sophie & James Gray started searching for the perfect piece of land in Northern California. Wine wasn’t even a forethought. They eventually settled on a little slice of heaven perched atop the volcanic ash rich, Sonoma Mountain with 360 views high above the fog line.

Spending a decade fixing up the home, grooming the land, getting married, having two girls, they found an opportunity sticking out of the earth. One that combined their passion for the community together with the yearning to share the magic of their mountain-top home—and Sophie James Wine Co. was born.

In this episode we mention… Sophie James Wine Co. Sophie James Instagram Sophie James House Joining the Tribe The Vineyard Scribe Winery Phil Coturri, Viticultralist Eric Neil, Viticultralist Dr. Kristen Lowe, Viticultralist Flowers Winery Adam & Andrew Mariani Viticultralist, Jason Ruppert Scott Schulz, winemaker Follow Sophie James Wine Co. on INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

Mar 05 2019

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How To Build An Authentic Personal Brand with Amanda McCrossin

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Having previously worked as a sommelier in New York City, Amanda moved to the west coast in July 2015 where she joined the wine team at PRESS restaurant in St. Helena.  Known as the "sommvivant" to her Instagram followers and YouTube subscribers for being a "Sommelier" with a "Bon Vivant" lifestyle, Amanda documents her life as a somm in the Napa Valley on a daily basis.  By showcasing events like excursions around northern California in her splashy red Mini Cooper convertible, tastings at Napa Valley wineries, rare bottles of vintage Napa Cab at PRESS and daily adventures around the Valley, Amanda has become "an advocate for indulgence and the wine lifestyle."

In this episode Amanda and I dig into her story of being a sommelier, how to hone one’s voice and story telling ability, strategies for being a successful sommelier, and define how to be authentic to one’s self when it comes to building a personal brand with a purpose.

In this episode we mention… PRESS Restaurant Napa Amanda’s YouTube Channel Amanada’s Instagram Profile Dan Petroski Interview Massican Winery Follow Amanda on YOUTUBE TWITTER INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

 

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Feb 07 2019

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If It Tastes Perfect, You’ve Missed It with Bob Cabral & Ryan Prichard

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Under the guidance of philosophies like, “Great winemaking is doing the right thing when no one is looking,” and “if it tastes perfect, you’ve missed it,” Bob, Ryan, and the Three Sticks team are crafting elegant wines with a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They source fruit from some of the top vineyards in Sonoma County including Gaps Crown, Durell, Walala, One Sky, and various other Price Family Estates.

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In this episode, Bob, Ryan, and I sat down to taste through a large portion of the Three Sticks lineup. We delve into the details of each wine, the soils, farming, ecology, everything. Mixed in between we chat about Bob & Ryan’s histories in the wine industry, life & work philosophies, and the practical & technical sides of winemaking in Sonoma County.

In this episode we mention… Three Sticks The Adobe Tonnellerie Ô Rudolf Steiner, Biodynamics Bronco Wine Company Lutum Wines Russian River Brewery Barndiva Domaine Marcel Deiss

Wines we tasted… 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir 2017 Price Family Estates Pinot Noir 2016 Cuvée Eva Marie Pinot Noir 2016 Walala Pinot Noir 2017 Origin Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Gaps Crown Chardonnay 2016 One Sky Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain 2016 Alana Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Durell Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2017 Casteñada White 2017 Casteñda Rosé

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Jan 29 2019

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Crafting Elegant Mountain Cabernet with Francoise Peschon & Elizabeth Tangney

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Francoise Peschon is the head winemaker for Cornell Vineyards. She has always had an affinity for estate properties – for those places that are “about the land and the wines, not necessarily the winemaker.”

In her thirty-year career, she’s worked at some of the best—including Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Araujo Estate Wines, Viader Vineyards and Vine Hill Ranch—quietly crafting some of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons of the last three decades. She is quick to credit her mentors, wine industry luminaries like Michel Roland, Warren Winiarski and Tony Soter, whose sensitivity, intellect and sense of aesthetics have clearly inspired her.

Early in her winemaking career, Francoise spent a year in Bordeaux working at Chateau Haut Brion. The first job always makes the greatest impression, and It was there that she knew she wanted to work with Bordeaux varieties at an estate property. Two concepts that have resonated with Francoise for more than 30 years.

She holds a degree in Enology from the University of California—Davis, and participated in the DUAD program at the University of Bordeaux.

Francoise continues to work with Bart and Daphne Araujo on their new venture, Accendo, as well as Vine Hill Ranch and Kelly Fleming Wines. She is also invested in Drinkward Peschon, a small brand she shares with her good friend and neighbor, Lisa Drinkward, since 2000.

Elizabeth Tangney has been making wine in Napa and Sonoma Valleys for several years. She recently began working with Cornell Vineyard where she is the winemaker and works with the vineyard team to grow and care for 20 acres of red Bordeaux varietals.

Before joining the Cornell Vineyards team, Elizabeth worked with Aaron Pott at Saint Helena Winery as winemaker and the vineyard and estate manager. She has also worked at Bryant Family Vineyards, Booker, L’Aventure, and harvest in Bordeaux.

In this episode we mention… Cornell Vineyards Chateau Haut-Brion Arajuo / Eisele Vineyard Aaron Pott Henry & Venassa Cornell Follow Cornell Vineyards on FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

Jan 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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How to Listen to a Vineyard with Laura Díaz Muñoz

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Born in Spain, Laura grew up sharing sips of wine with her father while watching the fishing boats during their family vacations in the North of Spain. Her first sip of Albariño solidified her love of wines and her first winemaking internship solidified her future as a winemaker. After completing her post graduate degree in enology at the Polytechnic University of Madrid Laura started her career in La Mancha and worked in different wine regions in Spain. A few years later, Laura left Spain and traveled to New Zealand and Chile learning as much as she could about winemaking and the influence of terroir in different wine regions. Finally, Laura took a job in the Napa Valley. For over a decade Laura has been making wine in the Napa Valley as the Associate Winemaker for Cardinale, Lokoya, Mt Brave, La Jota and Galerie. She joined Ehlers Estate in July of 2018 and is excited to continue the legacy of this special property.

Learn more about Laura with the show notes here.

In this episode we mention… Ehlers Estate Daniel Ramos Fabio Bartolomei Interview Galerie Wines Raul Perez Wines Follow Laura & Ehlers Estate on FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

Jan 15 2019

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How to Create Legacy for Past, Present, and Future Generations with Mike & Steve Sangiacomo

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With the 2016 harvest, Mike, Steve, and their sister Mia, decided to take the family business to a new level by hiring winemaker James Macphail to bring their vision of estate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay under the Sangiacomo Wines label to life. The goal? Create legacy for past, present, and future generations of Sangiacomos.

Fast forward two years, the newly released Sangiacomo Wines are available via allocation through their mailing list, which you can signup on their website, SangiacomoWines.com

In this episode, Mike, Steve, and I sat down to share the stories of the past, the difficult decisions made to strive toward the future, and taste through the inaugural 2016 vintage.

Learn more with the show notes at CruPodcast.com

Jan 04 2019

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Sharing The Stories Of West Coast Wines with Chris Wanner

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Before opening their doors in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, Chris spent 15 years in wine and spirits sales in the Bay Area, working mostly with wineries in California, Oregon or Washington. He met a number of winemakers and proprietors who shared his passion for wine and for being good stewards of the land. These relationships reinforced Chris’ belief that wines from the West Coast are just as good, if not better, than wines from anywhere else in the world.

Back at home in San Francisco, Chris noticed the lack of support for West Coast wineries on many wine lists. Despite the high quality wines produced in the area, most local places were (and still are) pouring imported wines. So, along with wife Lindsey, he decided to do something about it.

Four years, and four Wine Spectator 'Award of Excellence' honors later, West Coast Wine • Cheese continues to showcase regional wines by serving up premium experiences in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, now in two locations; their original San Francisco spot & the new lounge in Mill Valley.

Buy tickets here to the Champagne Billecart-Salmon dinner on Saturday, December 8th at 6pm at Barndiva in Healdsburg.

In this episode we mention...  West Coast Wine + Cheese David Bruce Winery Ian Brand Martha Stoumen Wine Spectator Top 100 2018 Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Booker Oublié Paso Robles 2014 Zotovich Vineyards

Follow Chris & West Coast Wine + Cheese on Instagram @westcoastwinesf and at westcoastsf.com

Nov 26 2018

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Tasting Sustainable Farming with Remi Cohen

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Remi directs the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle and is responsible for top quality, small-lot winemaking expressive of appellation and vineyard site. In addition, she oversees the sale of all wines through the hospitality experience and the wine club programs direct to consumer, and throughout the domestic and international markets.

Learn more about Remi with the show notes here.

Nov 12 2018

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By AudreyDY - Dec 07 2018
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I find this podcast inspiring!

Good stuff

By cdoc - Jan 27 2018
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Really great subjects / topics and questions. Very relaxed conversations.