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Winecast promotes the enjoyment of wine for both beginning and more experienced wine lovers.

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Winecast promotes the enjoyment of wine for both beginning and more experienced wine lovers.

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Well Said Tim

By Ed Bevachek - Mar 02 2009
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Tim does a fantastic job at wine education. I wish him well.

The Best Wine Podcast on iTunes

By Nick Edwards 57 - Dec 16 2008
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Tim knows his wine and is very likable. He's got a great personality and is easy to listen to.

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Well Said Tim

By Ed Bevachek - Mar 02 2009
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Tim does a fantastic job at wine education. I wish him well.

The Best Wine Podcast on iTunes

By Nick Edwards 57 - Dec 16 2008
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Tim knows his wine and is very likable. He's got a great personality and is easy to listen to.
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Winecast, a podcast by Tim Elliott

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Winecast promotes the enjoyment of wine for both beginning and more experienced wine lovers.

Rank #1: Pax Syrah Simulcast

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Today’s podcast is a bit of a change in the regular format and my first co-host show. It is with Alan Baker, the CellarRat from the Ratcast podcast released in what we think is an unprecedented format: the Simulcast. We talk about and taste a Syrah from Pax Wine Cellars.

Show notes:
00:23 - Welcome and show theme
02:39 - Pax Syrah Simulcast
20:27 - Tasting Notes: Pax Wine Cellars, Syrah, Walker Vine Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley 2003 ($60)
21:27 - An announcement about the future of Winecast
22:26 - Contact details
22:50 - Next show theme

UPDATE, Jan. 10, 2006: Thanks to all who have pointed out that we were not the first podcasters to do a simulcast… I still think we are the first wine podcasters to do this type of show, call it a “simulcast” and creatively use Morse code ;-)

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com | Audio comments: +01-206-33-WINE-9 (+01-206-339-4639)
Copyright 2006 Tim Elliott. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jan 08 2006

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Rank #2: Sauvignon Blanc

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This week's show is about Sauvignon Blanc, the grape of the Loire. I continue the basic wine tasting series focusing on aroma, showcase wine podcasts and share listener comments.

Wines tasted:
- Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2004 ($16)
- Sterling Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2003 ($10)
- Veramonte, Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley, Chile 2003 ($8)

Mar 06 2005

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Rank #3: Concannon Vineyard

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Today’s show is a bit different from my normal format of talking about a wine varietal or region, into what I hope will be a monthly feature I’m calling vintner profile. The idea is to give you the back-story directly from the people in the business, both winery owners and winemakers. In this first outing, I talk with one of the great gentlemen of the California wine business, Jim Concannon from Concannon Vineyard in Livermore, CA. With St. Patrick’s Day later this week, I though Concannon, America’s first Irish winery, would be a great place to start this series.

Show Notes:
00:22 - Welcome and Show Theme
01:22 - Jim Concannon Interview
16:28 - Tasting Notes
16:53 - Concannon Vineyard, Chardonnay, Central Coast, “Selected Vineyards” 2004 ($10)
17:53 - Concannon Vineyard, “Stampmaker’s White”, Livermore Valley 2004 ($15)
17:56 - Concannon Vineyard, Heritage Petite Sirah 2001 ($50)
18:26 - Best of Tasting
18:47 - Best Value
19:11 - Second winner of QPR Wines drawing (congrats, Greg)
20:19 - Contact Details
20:47 - Next Show Theme

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com | Audio comments: +01-206-33-WINE-9 (+01-206-339-4639)
Copyright 2006 Acan Media, Inc. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Mar 13 2006

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Rank #4: Merlot

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Today's show is focused on the great grape of Bordeaux: Merlot. I also begin my basic wine tasting series and share some listener comments.

Wines tasted:

- Robert Hall, Paso Robles Merlot 2001 ($18)
- Simi, Sonoma County Merlot 2001 ($16)
- Markham Vineyards, Napa Valley Merlot 2001 ($22.50)

Feb 22 2005

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Rank #5: Winecast 75 - Etienne Hugel

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I'm back with an interview with Etienne Hugel of Hugel & Fils. This family winery has been passed from father to son for 12 generations and makes some of the best wines from France’s Alsace region. We also talk about a virtual tasting over Twitter organized by Bin Ends Wines later this month.

Show Notes:

00:25 - Introduction and background on Hugel & Fils
01:49 - Interview with Etienne Hugel
31:31 - Details of Bin Ends Wines Twitter Tasting
38:57 - Contact Details
39:08 - Next Show Theme

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com
Voicemail: +1-646-495-9203 ext. 19765
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Copyright 2008 Acan Media, Inc. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/

Aug 03 2008

40mins

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Rank #6: Napa Valley Cab

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I’m back after a great vacation in California with the first of three shows focusing on the wines of the Napa Valley. In this first installment, I cover the early history of the Valley, the Howell Mountain AVA and share seven Cabernet Sauvignon’s I tasted last week.

Wines Tasted:
- Ladera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2002 ($35)
- Ladera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lone Canyon 2001 ($65)
- Ladera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2003 (NYR/$65)
- Neal Family Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2002 ($45)
- August Briggs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2000 ($20/375ml)
- August Briggs, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2002 ($42)
- Beaulieu Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, “Rutherford”, Napa Valley 2002 ($25)

Show Notes:
0:00 - Opening theme
0:21 - Welcome iTunes listeners!
0:44 - Overview and objectives of Winecast
2:30 - Napa Valley history
4:23 - Howell Mountain AVA
5:50 - Tasting notes
9:55 - Best of Tasting / Best Value
10:39 - Contact details, theme music credit
11:03 - Please vote at Podcast Alley!
11:27 - Lost some feedback emails
12:17 - Next show will focus on Napa Valley Zinfandel

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com | Audio comments: 206-202-4696
Copyright 2005 Tim Elliott. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jul 01 2005

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Rank #7: Chardonnay

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The theme of today's show is the great white grape of Burgundy: Chardonnay and I also feature a "virtual" wine tasting of three wines made from this grape.

Wines tasted:
- Antonin Rodet, Chateau de Chamiery, Mercurey blanc 2001 ($19)
- Cambria, “Katherine’s Vineyard” Chardonnay 2003 ($17)
- Gallo of Sonoma, Sonoma County Chardonnay 2003 ($9)

Apr 01 2005

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Rank #8: Syrah

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Today’s show is focused on the red grape of the Rhone: Syrah. I taste three wines made from this grape from 3 different continents, give you background on the origins of Syrah, why Aussie’s call their wines “Shiraz”, review the book, “Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion”, by Dottie Gaiter & John Brecher and share some listener comments.

Wines tasted:
- Greg Norman Estates, Limestone Coast, Shiraz 2002 ($11)
- Cave de Tain l’Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, “Nobles Rives” 2001 ($14)
- Vina Robles, Estate Syrah 2001 ($12)

Apr 26 2005

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Rank #9: The Big Three Reds

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This weekend’s podcast is focused on the, “Big 3 Reds”: Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon presented in the “virtual tasting” format. I also try to match wine to a St. Patrick’s Day menu of corned beef and cabbage and announce a Minnesota wine tasting meetup on June 11th.

Wines tasted:
- Meridian Vineyards, Central Coast, Pinot Noir 2003 ($9)
- Columbia Crest, “Grand Estates”, Merlot 2001 ($12)
- Clos du Val, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 ($25)

May 08 2005

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Rank #10: Unfiltered 7 - Wine Blogging Today

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As I begin my 4th year of podcasting I present the final Unfiltered show of it's first season.

Jeff and I welcome a panel of some of the top wine bloggers today: Alder Yarrow, Dr. Debs and Gabriella & Ryan Opaz. We talk about the state of wine blogging, where it is going and share some wine picks.

Show Notes:

00:25 - Introduction
01:40 - Question for Alder
04:21 - Question for Dr. Debs
05:46 - Question for Gabriella & Ryan
08:10 - Question for Jeff
09:19 - Are Wine Bloggers Having An Impact?
15:04 - Where Is Wine Blogging Going?
36:53 - Will Wine Bloggers Adopt A Common Rating Scale?
55:13 - Gabriella & Ryan's Wine Pick
57:17 - Dr. Debs' Wine Pick
59:13 - Alder's Wine Pick
60:00 - Tim's Wine Pick
62:30 - Everyone Plugs Their Blogs
64:00 - Jeff's Wine Pick
67:00 - Feedback

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com
Copyright 2007 Acan Media, Inc. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/

Dec 20 2007

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Rank #11: Napa Valley Zin

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The second in my 3-part series reviewing the wines tasted on my recent Napa Valley trip. This time I talk about the modern history of the Napa Valley and taste some surprising Zinfandel’s made there. I also announce a new poll at the blog.

Show notes:
00:20 - Show theme and objectives
02:40 - Modern history of the Napa Valley
08:04 - Tasting notes disclaimer
09:45 - Neal Family Vineyards, Zinfandel, Rutherford 2003 ($22)
11:09 - Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Estate 2000 ($18)
12:06 - Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel, Block 9 2000 ($27)
12:33 - Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel, Block 11 2003 ($25)
13:12 - Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel, Block 9 2003 (NYR)
13:49 - Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel Port, Napa Valley 2003 ($25/375ml)
15:00 - August Briggs, Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2003 ($28)
15:30 - Best of tasting and best value
16:50 - New poll open on blog
18:13 - Podcast Awards voting
19:29 - Contact details and credits
21:15 - Next show theme

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com | Audio comments: 206-202-4696
Copyright 2005 Tim Elliott. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jul 15 2005

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Rank #12: Carmenere

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Today's show is about a wine from Chile made from the Carmenere grape and I'll share some final thoughts on the basic wine tasting series.
Wines tasted:

- Andean Ridge, Carmenere "Reserve", Colchagua Valley, Chile 2003 ($8)
- Santa Rita, Carmenere "120", Rapel Valley, Chile 2003 ($8)
- Concha y Toro, Carmenere "Casillero del Diablo", Rapel Valley, Chile 2004 ($9)

Mar 20 2005

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Rank #13: Sancerre Blanc

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On today’s show, the white wines of France’s Sancerre region, listener comments and some show announcements.

Wines Tasted:
- Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre 2002 ($19)
- Pierre Prieur, “Domaine de Saint Pierre”, Sancerre 2003 ($20)

Apr 19 2005

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Rank #14: Rose

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After trading emails with Sam over at Becks & Posh, I decided to reblog my entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday #9 themed on rosé or “pink” wines. It seems Sam’s day job is not leaving much time for podcast listening, so here are the CliffsNotes with a few timecode stamps to help her sort out the audio:

(0:00 – 0:37) Introduction, theme music and show kickoff, thanking Sam for hosting WBW this month and the theme of rosé wines. Rosé is the “Rodney Dangerfield of wines”; they get no respect. This is probably due to indifferent blends of red and white wines we have had being passed off as rosé, as well as the sticky, sweet white zinfandels we have been subjected to over the years. In fact, I have not had a proper rosé or pink wine in a few years, so this theme was an excellent chance to check out three dry rosé wines.

Before sharing my tasting notes, I spoke a bit about how rosé wines are made (1:16). The first method is to crush red grapes and macerate the must for only a few hours to impart only a small amount of the pigment to the wine. Then the winemaking process is followed the same as used to make white wine. For some unknown reason, I failed to mention that the French call this process, “vins gris”, even though my notes clearly state this fact. The second method is called, “saignée” or “bleeding”. This is where red wine is made, but a bit of the juice is drained off early in the winemaking process to concentrate the resulting red’s flavors. The bled juice is then made into rosé using the process followed to make whites.

Next (2:17), I commented about the proper temperature to serve rosé (50 - 54F, or 10 - 12C) and launched into my tasting notes:
Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004 ($12) - Clear pink, beautiful strawberry/watermelon nose, strawberry/cherry fruit, bone dry, nice finish; serve a bit warmer than regular rose to fully reveal it’s aromas and flavors; I also like the whimsical, yellow plastic cork! Score: 8/10

Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003 ($9) - Rose center with nice pink edges, watermelon candy nose, nice flavor intensity of light red berries, dry and refreshing; another plastic cork! Score: 8/10

Cuvee Catherine, Rose d’Anjou 2002 ($6) - Very light tawny red, light flowery nose, almost vegetal in flavor with bell pepper and cherry in a good way, off-dry, but not sweet, with a good dose of acidity; a bit bitter on the finish; drink ASAP as the wine is past it’s prime. The only cork in the bunch. Score: 7.5/10

(5:09) Best of tasting: Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004

Best value: Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003

(5:21 – 8:16) I then shared some final thoughts for regular Winecast listeners about sending in questions for an upcoming show, voting at Podcast Alley, Gmail and Yahoo! 360 invites and a poll I have open on my blog.

Thanks once again to Sam from Becks & Posh for the theme and her upcoming summary write-up this weekend. I hope this extended post helps save you a bit of time

Cheers!

May 11 2005

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Rank #15: Quick Picks 9 - Bodegas Castano, "Hecula" 2004

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I’m back with another pick that I thought I hadn’t yet blogged but I wrote about the 2003 vintage for WBW 35.

Bodegas Castano, "Hecula", Monastrell, Yecla 2004 ($14) - Very dark purple-black with aromas of blackberry, bacon, licorice and vanilla. Ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with medium firm tannins, good acidity and a nice minerality on the finish.

14.5% ABV
Synthetic cork closure
Score: 89

Dec 02 2007

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Rank #16: When in Rhone

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This month’s theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday, our monthly, global wine tasting event, is provided by Jathan from the Winexpression blog. He encouraged us to find wines made from Rhône varietals no matter where in the world they came from for his “When in Rhône” theme. Listed in his announcement were some 22 varietals common to France’s Rhône Valley, known for their blends of mostly red, and occasionally, white wines. Outside of relative well known varietals such as Syrah, Grenache and increasingly Viognier, most of the other 20 are rare outside the region.
Longtime readers and listeners of my podcast will recall I have covered those more common Rhône varietals in the past, so I eschewed the “easy way out” and visited Chuck at Solo Vino in St. Paul for some recommendations. After all, they were the store that I found the bottling of Counoise for WBW 18 last month. After a bit of discussion and consideration of some of their many Rhône blends, and some other obscure varietals, we selected two blends for tasting this time; one white and one red.
The first wine selected is a white from Domaine de Piaugier, their Sablet Blanc 2004, a blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Viognier, and 10% Roussanne. The vineyard is located in the southern Rhône, where Sablet is one of the 16 villages that comprises the Côtes du Rhône appellation. Although 90% of the wines made here are red or rose, whites like Domaine de Piaugier can be found in many wine stores around the world. Grenache Blanc is the white version of the popular red variety while Clairette and Roussanne are common blending grapes of the northern Rhône where they are used in both red and white wines.
Domaine de Piaugier, Sablet Blanc, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2004 ($22) - Clear light straw in color with a tinge of green; peach, apricot and spice aromas. Stone fruit and honey flavors combine with a rich mouthfeel and lively acidity, finishing with just a touch of lychee. A big, dry white that will stand up to more substantial food matches than most whites. Don’t drink this one too cold or you will miss the considerable nuances of aroma and flavor. Score: 9/10.
The second blend, this time a red from the southern Rhône, is from Domaine du Trapadis, their Côtes du Rhône from the 2001 vintage. The grapes used in this blend are 60% Grenache, 13% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 7% Mourvedre. While Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are well known in the Rhône, Carignan and Cinsault are somewhat below the radar. In fact, Carignan is the most widely grown wine grape in France, mostly appearing in blends for its spice, deep color and full body or in vin ordinaire from carafes at bistros throughout the country. Cinsault is also grown in quantity in France where it is almost always used in blends for it’s high acidity and soft tannins. Cinsault was also crossed with Pinot Noir to create Pinotage, a varietal popular in South Africa.
Domaine du Trapadis, Côtes du Rhône 2001 ($15) - Ruby color with pronounced aromas of black cherry and earth; raspberry fruit flavors with dusty tannins and nice acidity make this a good food wine. The nose may be too funky for some tasters, but I found this added to the overall experience. Score: 8.5/10.
So the best wine of the two, is the Domaine de Piaugier, Sablet Blanc, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2004, which I also found to be a nice value. The Domaine du Trapadis, Côtes du Rhône 2001 is another fine value for those looking for a red.
Thanks again to Jathan from Winexpression.com for a great theme and for Solo Vino for providing the wines for tasting this month. See you all in April for a post and podcast actually appearing on Wednesday, if not before.

Show Notes:
00:24 - Welcome
00:35 - Wine Blogging Wednesday background
01:15 - “When in Rhone” Theme
02:44 - Domaine de Piaugier, Sablet Blanc, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2004 ($22)
04:30 - Domaine du Trapadis, Côtes du Rhône 2001 ($15)
06:21 - Best of tasting/best value
06:54 - Getting back to weekly podcasts
07:54 - First winner of QPR Wines subscription (congrats, Sandy!)
08:42 - Listener survey for chance to win iPod Nano
09:06 - Contact Details
09:30 - To sponsor Winecast contact Backbeat Media
09:35 - Next Show Theme

Feedback: winecast@gmail.com | Audio comments: +01-206-33-WINE-9 (+01-206-339-4639)
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Mar 10 2006

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Rank #17: Gewurztraminer

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On today’s show I taste three wines made from the Gewurztraminer grape from around the world, provide background on the grape, talk about matching food with wine, play a clip from Podcast411’s interview with Senator John Edwards and announce the wines for the next virtual tasting.

Wines featured:
- Cuvee Anne-Laure, Gewurztraminer 2003, Alsace ($10.55)
- Columbia Crest, “2-Vines”, Gewurztraminer 2003, Washington ($5.55)
- Rosemount Estate, Traminer-Riesling 2004, South Eastern Australia ($4.95)

May 02 2005

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Rank #18: Off-Dry Whites

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The theme this month is from Beau at basicjuice who picked off-dry wines. I picked three from the wine store and one from the cellar to fill the bill. What I looked for was a bit of sweetness, but not enough to be confused with a candy bar.

The first selection is from Josef Friederich, a Deidesheimer Hofstueck Spätlese 2003 ($8.50) - From the Pfalz region of Germany, this wine is made from the Kerner varietal. Clear leaning toward straw in color, lean citrus nose, interesting herb, green apple and honey flavors with a dose of acidity and slightly mineral finish. Nicely off-dry and quite similar to Riesling in flavor. A good choice for a warm day on the patio that would benefit from some food. Score: 8/10

My second selection is from the Sokol Blosser Winery, their Evolution, “Lucky No. 9” NV ($14) - A great label that plainly states it’s “off-dry” flavors; I have wanted to find an excuse to pick up a bottle. Light straw color, peach and pear nose, pineapple and peaches with noticeable acidity make this a good choice with food. Seems dryer than the Deidesheimer Hofstueck Spätlese, but qualifies as off-dry I guess due to it’s high acidity stealth flavor thing. Score: 8.5/10

Further investigation found this wine to be made from 9 grapes: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Semillon, Pinot Blanc, Sylvanner and Chardonnay. Damn, I would have guessed a bit of Viognier in this blend Check out their website at: http://www.evolutionwine.com/

The next selection is from Beni di Batasiolo, the Moscato d’Asti 2004 DOCG ($9) - The shelf stuffer said, “perfect for the patio”, so I thought it would be great for this off-dry event. I should have read the back label, which refers to it as, “Excellent with all deserts.” Oh well, it was open, so I had to taste anyway. In fact, I had a heck of a time extracting the cork from this baby and found out why once I poured my first glass. Nice lemony straw color with creamy bubbles, yes, bubbles. I have had many wines with spritz in my day, but this one rivals some low carbonated sparkling wine. The nose is classic muscat: melon and peaches. Very spritzy melon and peach flavors with enough sweetness to rot your teeth without going over the top (I’m not going to drop “cloying” here DISQUALIFIED as an off-dry wine, but quite nice in it’s own right. Score: 8.5/10. Note: don’t store these in a warm room or in your car for fear of explosion; I’m serious.

My alternative selection (to make three for Winecast norms) is from the Snoqualmie Winery, their Columbia Valley, Chenin Blanc 2002 ($5) - Light straw yellow with a bit of green color, lean nose of apple and pear, green apple, peach and watermelon popsicle flavors which finishes off-dry. Pretty good, but one-dimensional. Score: 7.5/10

Best of tasting: Sokol Blosser Winery, Evolution, “Lucky No. 9” NV ($14)
Best value: Josef Friederich, Deidesheimer Hofstueck Spätlese 2003 ($8.50)

Thanks to Beau at basicjuice for the theme and Lenn Thompson for the original inspiration (best wishes to Nena and you on Friday!). See you next time...

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Copyright 2005 Tim Elliott. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jul 06 2005

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Rank #19: Primitivo

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On today's show, some background and a tasting of Italy's Primitivo varietal, a review of the novel "Sideways" by Rex Pickett, I recommend a new wine and food podcast and mention the poll open for you to comment about the virtual wine tasting from last time.

Wines Tasted:
- Amano, Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 2002 ($12)
- Feudo Monaci, Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 2003 ($9)
- Canaletto Primitivo Puglia Italy 2001 ($9)

Apr 08 2005

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Rank #20: A Tale of Two Pinots

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When I saw the post introducing Wine Blogging Wednesday #10 over at My Adventures in the Breadbox, I thought to myself it was about time we went back to the white side of the wine world after several forays into the red (or rose) zone. But “white pinot”? What’s that all about?
It seems that our old red friend, the Pinot Noir, has mutated over the millennia and has produced another related white varietal most commonly known as Pinot Gris. Yes, yes, I know that “gris” translates to “grey” but the juice is quite white even with extended skin contact. The problem with this variety is that is goes by so many names depending upon where it is grown that it is hard to know what you are drinking without a scorecard. A Google search turned up the following synonyms:

* Pinot Grigio (Italy)
* Pinot Beurot (Loire Valley, France)
* Ruländer (Austria and Germany, Romania, sweet)
* Grauburgunder or Grauer burgunder (Austria and Germany, dry)
* Grauklevner (Germany)
* Malvoisie (Loire Valley, France and Switzerland)
* Tokay d’Alsace (Alsace) (currently being renamed due to EU regulations)
* Auxerrois Gris (Alsace)
* Fromentau (Languedoc, France)
* Fromentot (France)
* Fauvet (France)
* Gris Cordelier (France)
* Grauer Mönch (Germany)
* Monemrasia
* Crvena Klevanjka (Croatia)
* Szürkebarát (Hungary)

Yikes, that’s quite a list! Another interesting point is that the style varies depending upon the region. This can range from the light and lean Pinot Grigio’s from Italy to the more substantial full fruit Oregon style to the classic floral and silky Alsatian wines.
For this event, started with a wine I spied on the by-the-glass selection of the local eatery where I just finished dinner. It was a 2003 Pinot Grigio from Stella of the Umbria region in Italy. I found this wine to be almost clear in color with the slightest hit of straw and a lean fruity nose typical of the varietal. On the palette it had nice citrus and apple flavors, good acidity and a dry, slightly minerally finish. A very good start to this evening’s festivities earning an 8.5/10 on my scale. A quick Google later I found this to be a fine value at only $6 a bottle.

Next, I decided to pull a Pinot Grigio from California out of the cellar that a friend gave me last summer. It is from La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi of the 2002 vintage that retails for $15. This is another label from the prolific Mondavi family that was started in 1994 to, “celebrate their Italian heritage from California vineyards”; as usual, brilliant marketing The winemaker’s notes reveal that this wine is a blend of 98% Pinot Grigio and 2% Tocai Friulano, the top native grape from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. He also points out the fruit came from Monterey County (87%), the Los Carneros (7%), and 3% each from El Dorado and Santa Maria Valley. Thankfully, the wine did not see any oak and was not subjected to the rigors of malolactic fermentation, so I expected it to be full in fruit flavors with a nice dose of acidity making this a good match for shellfish (oysters, anyone?!). This wine was also shy on the color with a bit of the old yellow/green, but had a much more powerful citrus nose than the previous Grigio. Nice lemon and pear flavors and bracing acidity finish bone dry. A solid 8.5/10.

Pinot Blanc is a mutation of Pinot Gris that used to be widely planted in Burgundy. This was until the Appellation Controlee laws knocked out Pinot Blanc in favor of Chardonnay. The grape is most identified in France today with the Alsace region where it is the number 3 grape behind Riesling and Sylvaner. Pinot Blanc also has some identity issues, but they seem to be isolated to California where much of what is labeled Pinot Blanc is actually Melon de Bourgogne, also called Muscadet in France’s Loire region. Like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc is quite malleable to the hand of the winemaker, taking oak well so wines can be light and fruity to big and oaky. As with Chardonnay, I prefer my Pinot Blanc unoaked, so I chose a bottling from the reliable Trimbach of Alsace. It is their 2001 Pinot Blanc that is blended with a bit of Pinot Auxerrois and sells for about $15 a bottle. This wine is straw in color with a hint of green, has a lean citrus nose and with apple and nut flavors. Another bone dry wine with high acidity, it would be a natural with food. I found this wine to be delicious and earn a 9/10.

So what was learned in this tale of Two Pinots? That they are surprisingly similar in flavor and great food wines. I think I like the more elegant style of the Pinot Blanc, but as can be seen from my tasting notes, it was a close race. The best of tasting goes to the Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2001 with best value to the Stella Pinot Grigio 2003.

Thanks to Alice from My Adventures in the Breadbox for a great theme; I can’t wait until the next installment!

Jun 08 2005

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Winecast 77 - Champagne

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My first true Winecast in 5 years to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this podcast and wine blog. And there is no better theme than the celebrated, often imitated, but never duplicated sparkling wine region where the modern wine industry was born: Champagne.

Dec 19 2014

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Winecast 76 – Merlove

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Five years and one day after I started this blog and podcast I get back behind the mic and restart regular podcasting. This episode features an interview with Rudy McClain, the filmmaker of the documentary Merlove. I also pick three Merlot wines from my tasting log for review.

Show Notes:

00:30 – Welcome and show theme
02:22 – Interview with Merlove filmmaker Rudy McClain
15:25 – My review of the documentary Merlove (Buy DVD at Amazon: http://bit.ly/8BCTau)
17:35 – Review of Bodegas Osborne, “Solaz”, Merlot-Tempranillo 2006
18:43 – Review of Blackstone, Merlot, Sonoma Reserve 2007
19:18 – Review of Raphael, Merlot 2001
21:37 – Feedback & call for new theme music
22:13 – Next show theme

Tasting Notes:

Bodegas Osborne, “Solaz”, Merlot (65%) Tempranillo (35%), 2006 ($9) – Garnet in color with aromas of black cherry, white pepper, licorice and vanilla. Bold plum and black cherry fruit with black pepper finishing with just a hint of bell pepper and moderate tannins. A very nice table wine for under $10.

13.5% ABV
Synthetic cork closure
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Blackstone, Merlot, Sonoma Reserve 2007 ($20/sample) – Dark purple with aromas of black cherry, dark current and sage. Rich plum and dark cherry fruit with some mint finishing with supple tannins.

14.5% ABV
Natural cork closure
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Raphael, Merlot, North Fork of Long Island 2001 ($25/750 ml/won in Menu for Hope raffle; tasted from 3L) – Deep garnet in color with aromas of black cherry, currant and mint. Rich black current and black cherry fruit with white pepper, bell pepper flavors finishing with moderate but well integrated tannins. Has structure for another 10 years in the cellar in this format. Outstanding Long Island Merlot that I would guess was from Bordeaux in a blind tasting.

12.5% ABV
Natural cork closure
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Dec 20 2009

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Unfiltered 9: The Return

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Jeff Lefevere and I are back with another edition of the Unfiltered podcast after nearly a year in hiatus. We are joined by Tina Caputo, the Editor-in-Chief of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, Joel Vincent, Executive Director of the OpenWine Consortium and co-founder of VinTank, and Tom Wark from Wark Communications and FERMENTATION.

Show Notes:

00:26 - Welcome & Introductions
01:18 - Wine Bloggers Conference
07:31 - American Wine Blog Awards
15:55 - Social Media & Wine
23:27 - “Robert Parker’s Bitch” video
48:58 - Tina’s Blog, The Wine Broad’s Board
49:35 - Tom’s Blog, FERMENTATION
49:51 - Jeff’s Blog, Good Grape

Production note: My recording levels were not set correctly and attempts at adjusting this in post-production introduced a lot of noise. This has been corrected for the next episode. These things happen when you don’t podcast for several months ;-)

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Mar 30 2009

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Quick Picks 11 - Chateau Clos Rene 2000

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Another Quick Picks sharing a wine I enjoyed over the Holidays, an aged Bordeaux blend from Pomerol.

Château Clos René 2000 ($30-60) - Deep crimson-purple in color with aromas of black cherry, dark currant, pencil lead, fennel and mint. Rich black cherry fruit with black pepper and dark chocolate finishing with moderate, but plush, tannins. A delicious Bordeaux blend that has more years ahead of it.

13% ABV
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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Dec 31 2008

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Quick Picks 10: Santa Ema Rivalta 2003

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I’m back in action on the 4th anniversary of my first podcast with a high-end Carmenere-led blend from Chile.

Vina Santa Ema, “Rivalta” 2003 - ($68/sample) Dark purple in color with aromas of black currant, plum, blueberry, fennel, mint and vanilla. Rich and concentrated dark currant and blackberry fruit with black pepper and dark chocolate finishing with firm tannins. A delicious Carmenere-led blend that will age at least 4-6 more years.

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Dec 19 2008

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Winecast 75 - Etienne Hugel

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I'm back with an interview with Etienne Hugel of Hugel & Fils. This family winery has been passed from father to son for 12 generations and makes some of the best wines from France’s Alsace region. We also talk about a virtual tasting over Twitter organized by Bin Ends Wines later this month.

Show Notes:

00:25 - Introduction and background on Hugel & Fils
01:49 - Interview with Etienne Hugel
31:31 - Details of Bin Ends Wines Twitter Tasting
38:57 - Contact Details
39:08 - Next Show Theme

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Aug 03 2008

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Winecast 74 - The Wines of Israel

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The first of several shows recorded last year, this podcast focuses on the wines of Israel with an interview with blogger & retailer Richard Shaffer from Israeli Wine Direct and winemaker Zeev Smilansky from Meishar Winery.

Show Notes:

00:27 - Welcome & Background on Israeli Wine
02:10 - Israeli Wines Today
32:10 - Get Your Free Audible Book
35:44 - Feedback and Next Show Theme

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Apr 09 2008

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Unfiltered 8 - AWBA, Twitter, Amazon & more

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Jeff Lefevere and I start our second season of Unfiltered with a panel of wine bloggers, podcasters, winery owners and retailers.

We welcome Ryan from Catavino, Jeff Stai a.k.a. El Jefe from Twisted Oak, Craig Camp from Anne Amie Vineyards, Kaz & Randy from Wine Biz Radio and Jill from domaine547.com

Show Notes:
00:25 - Welcome & Introductions
01:28 - American Wine Blog Awards
15:50 - Twitter: Waste of time or valuable tool?
23:14 - Amazon enters wine biz?
33:10 - Are high alcohol wines not such a bad thing?
39:17 - Who writes Wine-ing 2.0?
42:39 - Blog URL’s and Feedback

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Apr 01 2008

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Repost 1: Amazon Enters Wine Retailing

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I am back behind the mic for another podcast and this time I'm reading a post from last week and reflecting about the comments.

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Mar 14 2008

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Unfiltered 7 - Wine Blogging Today

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As I begin my 4th year of podcasting I present the final Unfiltered show of it's first season.

Jeff and I welcome a panel of some of the top wine bloggers today: Alder Yarrow, Dr. Debs and Gabriella & Ryan Opaz. We talk about the state of wine blogging, where it is going and share some wine picks.

Show Notes:

00:25 - Introduction
01:40 - Question for Alder
04:21 - Question for Dr. Debs
05:46 - Question for Gabriella & Ryan
08:10 - Question for Jeff
09:19 - Are Wine Bloggers Having An Impact?
15:04 - Where Is Wine Blogging Going?
36:53 - Will Wine Bloggers Adopt A Common Rating Scale?
55:13 - Gabriella & Ryan's Wine Pick
57:17 - Dr. Debs' Wine Pick
59:13 - Alder's Wine Pick
60:00 - Tim's Wine Pick
62:30 - Everyone Plugs Their Blogs
64:00 - Jeff's Wine Pick
67:00 - Feedback

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Dec 20 2007

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Quick Picks 9 - Bodegas Castano, "Hecula" 2004

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I’m back with another pick that I thought I hadn’t yet blogged but I wrote about the 2003 vintage for WBW 35.

Bodegas Castano, "Hecula", Monastrell, Yecla 2004 ($14) - Very dark purple-black with aromas of blackberry, bacon, licorice and vanilla. Ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with medium firm tannins, good acidity and a nice minerality on the finish.

14.5% ABV
Synthetic cork closure
Score: 89

Dec 02 2007

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Quick Picks 8 - Tablas Creek Roussanne

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Another Quick Picks just in time for the Thanksgiving table featuring two Roussanne-based wines from Tablas Creek Vineyard.

Tablas Creek Vineyard, Roussanne 2005 ($27) - Light straw in color with aromas of pear, pineapple and orange blossom. Crisp pear and pineapple flavors with nice minerality on the finish. Wow.

Score: 91
Rating: 4/5 stars

Tablas Creek Vineyard, Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Roussanne/Grenache Blanc/Picpoul Blanc blend 2005 ($35) - Light yellow in color with aromas of pear, honey and spice. Pear, citrus and pineapple flavors finish long with refreshing acidity. A delicious Rhone blend that shows what can be done with these grapes in California. I will cellar a few bottles to see what happens with 5, 10 and 15 years of bottle age.

Score: 92
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Nov 22 2007

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Winecast 73 - Cameron Hughes

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The first of several podcasts from the archives, this one recorded in late May and mid-June but not edited and released until now. I spent about an hour with Cameron Hughes in his San Francisco offices and captured an interesting portrait of what makes this New World négociant tick. Unfortunately most of these tasting notes are for wines now sold out but Lot 25 is still available and now on sale, along with Lots 42 and 26. All of which are recommended.

Show Notes:

00:23 - Introduction
01:53 - Interview with Cameron Hughes
26:53 - Tasting notes
27:04 - Lot 25, Carneros Sparking Wine NV ($19)
27:32 - Lot 26, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($12)
28:00 - Lot 29, Lake County Meritage 2005 ($11)
28:28 - Lot 30, Chardonnay 2005 ($12)
28:57 - Lot 31, Syrah 2005 ($12)
29:23 - Lot 38, Shiraz 2005 ($20)
30:10 - Lot 42, Shiraz 2005 ($18)
30:42 - Best of Tasting: Lot 38, Shiraz 2005 ($20)
31:03 - Best Value: Lot 26, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($12)
31:21 - Feedback
31:36 - Next Show Theme

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Nov 19 2007

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Quick Picks 7: Faiveley Mercurey 2003

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Another Wine Blogging Wednesday and this time I’m podcasting for the first time since WBW 23. Neil from Brooklynguy’s Wine and Food Blog came up with a great theme this month: ‘Silver’ Burgundy. Instead of investing in a Côte d’Or (’gold coast’) wine, we are drinking affordable Burgundy from the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais.

Since I favor red wines this time of year, I selected a village wine from Mercurey made by the well known Faiveley family. Listen to the podcast for more details but here are my tasting notes:

J. Faiveley, Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, Mercurey 2003 ($20) - Deep ruby color with aromas of dark cherry, fennel and sage. Rich black cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of earth finishing with firm tannins and good acidity. The bold fruit balances the tannins so I expect this wine to improve with a year or two more in the cellar. Alternatively, you could give it a couple hours in the decanter to open up before enjoying. A very good value in Pinot Noir.

13% ABV
Natural cork closure
Score: 88
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Nov 14 2007

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Unfiltered 6 - Bottlenotes & Dover Canyon

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Jeff Lefevere and I return for another podcast after a hiatus of 6 months. We welcome Alyssa Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes and Mary Baker, owner of Dover Canyon Winery.

00:25 - Welcome and Introductions
01:09 - Background of Bottlenotes
16:28 - Dover Canyon overview
17:44 - Harvest 2007 discussion
25:06 - Is Bigger Better?
46:45 - To Cork or Not to Cork?
53:38 - Links and show conclusion

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Nov 13 2007

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Wine for Newbies

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I’m clearing the decks this week of podcasts recorded earlier this year. I’m starting with a live show recorded on Talkshoe in April. Bill Wilson from Wine for Newbies podcast and blog joined me to talk about how he got into podcasting and share a few wine picks. Unfortunately nobody called with a live question but we’ll get to that next time ;-)

00:26 - Introduction
00:55 - Interview with Bill Wilson from Wine for Newbies
11: 24 - Most interesting listener questions
24:11 - Restaurants in Santa Ynez area
26:24 - Tasting Notes
26:31 - Kenneth Crawford Rose, Larner Vineyard 2006
29:09 - Laura Aschero, Pigato
31:07 - Tin Star, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2002
33:02 - Ladera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2003
37:02 - Ballentine Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
40:40 - Contact Details
42.18 - Next Show Theme

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Jun 17 2007

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Unfiltered 4 - Inertia Beverage

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Another Unfiltered podcast recorded two weeks ago with co-host Jeff Lefevere and I welcoming guest Paul Mabray from Inertia Beverage Group and panelist Mark Fisher from the Dayton Daily News and Uncorked blog.

00:23 - Welcome and Introductions
01:15 - Inertia Beverage Q&A
07:33 - Florida may close direct shipping of wine
11:56 - Wine drinkers think more clearly than teetotalers
18:04 - Food bloggers free for all
26:46 - Sales of pinot, sparkling, rose & screwcaps up
36:42 - Freeze in east, midwest effects grape crops
41:36 - Everyone plugs their blogs & we sign off

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May 09 2007

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Unfiltered 3 - Capozzi Family Winery

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The third outing for the Unfiltered podcast with Jeff Lefevere and I welcoming guest Josh Hermsmeyer from Capozzi Family Winery & Pinotblogger.com and panelist Andrew Barrow from Spittoon & Wine Sediments.

00:23 - Welcome and introductions
01:04 - Capozzi Family Winery Q&A
05:52 - Wine collectors, "buyer beware"
07:54 - Bait and switch on Winesearcher?
15:35 - 100-point ratings and wine writing
27:05 - Twitter and wine
32:36 - U.S. Wine Exports Jump 30 Percent
36:56 - Contact details
37:10 - Next show guest and panelists

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Mar 21 2007

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Quick Picks 6 - Chase Cellars Zinfandel

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Quick Picks rolls into 2007 with a look at the standout Zinfandels from Chase Family Cellars tasted at last month's ZAP tasting in San Francisco.

Tasting notes:

Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard 2004 ($45) - Ruby-purple in color with aromas of raspberry, blackberry and spice. Ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors with black pepper finishing elegant and very balanced with medium-firm tannins. A real fruit bomb but has enough structure for further aging.

Score: 91

Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard "Reserve" 2004 ($75) - Dark purple in color with intense aromas of blackberry jam, raspberry and licorice. In the mouth, there is rich blackberry and black cherry fruit along with white pepper and spices finishing very smooth and long with well integrated tannins. Perhaps the best Zinfandel I've ever had. Only 100 cases produced.

Score: 95

Show Notes:

00:04 - Welcome and winery background
01:30 - Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard 2004
02:12 - Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard "Reserve" 2004
03:29 - Contact details

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Feb 28 2007

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Unfiltered 2 - Stormhoek

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My second podcast with co-host Jeff Lefevere of Good Grape joined by Jason Korman from Stormhoek winery, Tyler Colman, a.k.a. Dr. Vino and Alan Baker, the Cellar Rat.

Show Notes:
00:23 - Welcome and introductions
01:15 - Stormhoek Q&A
21:10 - Why are NASCAR, NFL and LPGA fans drinking more wine?
29:33 - Regarding wine becoming mainstream in American culture…
35:23 - Is Costco, et. al. changing the 3-tier wine distribution system?
47:22 - Plugs for each participants’ blog
50:15 - Contact details
50:24 - Next month’s theme and participants

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Feb 22 2007

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Well Said Tim

By Ed Bevachek - Mar 02 2009
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Tim does a fantastic job at wine education. I wish him well.

The Best Wine Podcast on iTunes

By Nick Edwards 57 - Dec 16 2008
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Tim knows his wine and is very likable. He's got a great personality and is easy to listen to.