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Understanding Wine: Austin Beeman's Interviews with Winemakers

High Definition Video Podcast Understanding Wine. Video interviews with famous wine makers. Travel videos of wine country complete with wine vineyard profiles. Wine ratings and reviews in the style of Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Robert Parker.Visits to Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Bordeaux, France, Burgundy, Italy, Germany, and many many more.

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UW060 - Advice to New Pinot Noir Drinkers. Mac McDonald (part six)

Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars talks to Austin Beeman about how he believes that new wine drinkers should approach Pinot Noir.  www.austinbeeman.com


14 Jun 2018

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In Alloro Vineyard with Owner / Winegrower Dave Nemarnik

Tour Alloro Vineyard in the Willamette Valley with Owner and Winegrower Dave Nemarnik. Alloro brings Old-World allure to Oregon, just 30 minutes southwest of Portland. The 80-acre estate is a bucolic homage to Italian tradition, from its iconic Tuscan farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops. Alloro is Italian for laurel a salute to David Nemarnik's Italian / Croatian heritage, and the Laurel Ridge site itself. Holistic agricultural practices and respectful stewardship create terroir-driven wines showcasing purity of fruit with a clear sense of place. https://www.allorovineyard.com http://www.austinbeeman.com This is Episode #68 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman


24 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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The First Seyval Blanc Planting in the Willamette Valley

Dave Specter, Owner and Winemaker of Bell's Up Winery, discusses his planting of Seyval Blanc in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. This the first Seyval Blanc planting in the Willamette Valley. Seyval Blanc is a hybrid variety most often growing in Ohio and and midwest, but Seyval Blanc also makes beautiful wine in Oregon. http://bellsupwinery.com http://www.austinbeeman.com


17 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Bordeaux Vintage 2016 - A First Look

Austin Beeman's first impressions of the 2016 Bordeaux Vintage from the Union of Grand Crus tasting in Chicago. www.austinbeeman.com


6 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Vidon Vineyard and their Pinot Noir Clone Program

Winemaker David Bellows discusses the three clones of Pinot Noir grown on the Vidon Vineyard Estate with Austin Beeman. Owned & operated by Don & Vicki Hagge since 1999, Vidon Vineyard is a LIVE certified sustainable vineyard and winery located in the countryside of Newberg, Oregon. They are situated in the Chehalem Mountains AVA at an elevation between 400 and 500 feet facing south towards the Red Hills of Dundee. Don and Vicki Hagge purchased the land in 1999, planted the vines, harvest the fruit, make the wine  and sell it out of the winery. They believe winemaking begins in the vineyard and are proud of the Oregon wines that this Chehalem Mountains vineyard produces on an annual basis. www.austinbeeman.com


10 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Chianti Classico: Rancia Vineyard with Felsina

Explore Rancia Vineyard in Chianti Classico, Italy. Visit the old sharecropper's farmhouse that existed from the Middle Ages. Learn all about what makes this single vineyard Chianti Classico special. This is Episode #72 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman http://www.austinbeeman.com/links http://www.austinbeeman.com/podcast Moments by Sappheiros https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b... Music provided by Music for Creators https://youtu.be/haiMw3ve1lg


16 Mar 2020

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The Greatest Prosecco Vineyard: Cartizze

Visit the greatest vineyard for Prosecco: the Cartizze Vineyard in Valdobbiadene, Italy. Bisol Prosecco takes us to their piece of the Cartizze Vineyard.   We drink Prosecco while he explains the vineyard's importance. After returning to the Bisol winery, we'll get an explanation of how Prosecco is made and what is the challenge behind making a natural wine prosecco with no sulfites.   This is Episode #71 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman http://www.austinbeeman.com   Luvly by Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud   Music provided by Music for Creators https://youtu.be/SqlacdmRRyY


15 Feb 2020

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Mount Eden Vineyards - Tik Tok Edition

Austin Beeman explores the beautiful Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.  Sipping Pinot Noir at 2300 feet of elevation with an epic view of San Jose and Silicon Valley.  Watching vineyard dogs eat experimental grapes directly off the vine.  Seeing the original barrel room. This is an edited collection of Austin Beeman's vertical Tik Tok videos taken at the Mount Eden Vineyards property in September 2019. www.austinbeeman.com *** Kalon by extenz https://soundcloud.com/extenz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported  — CC BY 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b... Music promoted by Music for Creators https://youtu.be/nja6GXVXpFw

29 Sep 2019

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Restoring Trebbiano di Soave: the Original Grape of Soave Classico

Join Austin Beeman in Soave Classico as he learns about the restoration of the indigenous grape variety of Soave Classico - Trebbiano di Soave. The featured winery is Suavia, producer of Massifitti Trebbiano di Soave. This is Episode #64 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman www.austinbeeman.com


13 Feb 2019

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The 1947 Alsatian Riesling and Bistro du Sommelier Paris. UW062

Explore one of Paris' finest wine cellars.  Le Bistro du Sommelier, run by Phillippe Faure-Brac  www.austinbeeman.com


20 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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RDV Vineyards: A Short Tour of an Elite Virginia Winery

Enjoy this brief visit to RDV Vineyards in Virginia, an elite producer of Bordeaux-styled wines. https://www.rdvvineyards.com This is Episode #73 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman http://www.austinbeeman.com/links http://www.austinbeeman.com/podcast


6 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Cristom Vineyards - Harvest 2018

For the show notes click here: http://www.austinbeeman.com/blog/2018/11/12/cristomvideo2018


10 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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Youngberg Hill with Winegrower Wayne Bailey

Wayne Bailey, Winegrower of Youngberg Hill, discusses five of the wines that he produces at Youngberg Hill in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Youngberg Hill Pinot Gris 'Aspen' Youngberg Hill Chardonnay 'Aspen' Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir 'Cuvée' Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir 'Jordan' Youngberg Hill Pinot Noir 'Natasha' http://www.austinbeeman.com https://youngberghill.com Youngberg Hill is a 50-acre estate with 20 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards in Willamette Valley. Proprietor Wayne Bailey and his family are the modern-day stewards of a property that has been cherished as a family farm since the 1850s. Wayne’s holistic and biodynamic viticulture, coupled with non-interventionist winemaking, produce a diverse array of wines with personalities as unique as their namesakes. Wayne prioritizes a non-interventionist approach, gently guiding each wine into the best version of itself that it can be. He likens his approach to raising children: you don’t make a rocket scientist out of a child with the skills of a music teacher. Wayne was selected as one of “Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018”, by Wine Industry Network for his community support efforts and noted as “A Pillar of Oregon’s Wine Tourism Industry”. Special Thanks to Carl Giavanti https://carlgiavanticonsulting.com Music - “Crazy Glue“ by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://joshwoodward.com/


1 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Grochau Cellars - Harvest 2018

A quick snapshot into the harvest of 2018 for John Grochau and Grochau Cellars. This small winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley is producing incredible Pinot Noirs. This quick video by Austin Beeman shows arrival of the grapes of the Pinot Noir grapes into the Grochau Cellars winery in Amity, Oregon, Willamette Valley.

17 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Lenné Estate with Proprietor Steve Lutz

Walk the Lenné Estate Vineyard with Proprietor Steve Luz. http://www.austinbeeman.com https://www.lenneestate.com Special Thanks to Carl Giavanti https://carlgiavanticonsulting.com To hear Steve Lutz tell it, his vineyard sits on the poorest soil imaginable. “The worst in the county,” he boasts with pride and bravado. That’s because the depleted ancient sedimentary soil, outside of Yamhill, OR. he believes, is the best in which to grow Pinot Noir grapes. He produces six wines from those 21 acres, but first and foremost, Steve Lutz loves his dirt. “It’s a pain to work with,” he says of his steep hillside vineyard called Lenné, “but it controls vigor and produces small clusters and berries.” With Pinot Noir, those are two integral factors to making really good, balanced wine. Steve began making wine for himself in 1986 in Napa Valley which led him on a search 15 years later for the perfect Pinot Noir site in the Northern Willamette Valley. After an eight month search it only took 15 minutes when he climbed a steep hill 1 located outside the town of Yamhill, in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. He made the deal within an hour, planted the vineyard in 2001 and determined, “This is the perfect piece. It wasn’t even officially on the market when I looked at it. I just happened to know a friend of the friend of the land owner. It’s the luckiest thing that has ever happened to me. It’s a gem.” Though he likes to call himself a “minimalist” winemaker, it’s on this ground into which he puts the preponderance of work. “It’s more than a passion, it’s a privilege,” to be working with this soil, he contends. And, “the more work you do on a place, the more interested you are in it. To say, ‘This is what I do every day’, is a great thing to be able to do. I want other people to experience and understand that. This hillside gives my wines a certain aromatic quality and density, which spells terroir to me.” With the 2014 vintage, Lenné’s vines are reaching maturity to which leads Lutz to exclaim, “I’m more enamored with this site now because it’s getting some age; we have a good feel for the clones, and the type of wines they produce.” So in 2005, after he tasted the first wines to come off this stressed vineyard from which he at first wasn’t sure would be viable, and after “just writing checks which was tough on a marriage, I told my wife, ‘Don’t worry about it, everything’s going to work out.’” The Pinot Noir he recollects, tasted like chocolate black cherry; and that mocha-like taste has been a constant thread throughout all of Lenné’s wines since. Lenné ~ 18760 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill, OR 97148 steve@lenneestate.com 503.256-9562 www.lenneestate.com


10 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Growing Soave Classico. UW065

What makes Soave Classico exceptional - and separate from Soave DOC?  In this short video, you'll join Austin Beeman and Suavia on a hills of Soave Classico to explore that question. www.austinbeeman.com


27 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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UW061 - One Pet Peeve About the Wine Business. Mac McDonald (part seven)

Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars explains the one thing he would change about the wine business.  www.austinbeeman.com


20 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Opening the 1947 Alsatian Riesling at Bistro du Sommelier Paris. UW063

It isn't easy to open a bottle of 1947 Alsatian Riesling, but the team at Le Bistro du Sommelier Paris have the tools and the skills. This amazing restaurant is owned by Philippe Faure-Brac frequent winner of Best Sommelier in the World. This is Episode #63 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman Part two of two episodes at Le Bistro du Sommelier. www.austinbeeman.com


27 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Notre Dame de Paris. A Tribute to the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame de Paris. The famous cathedral in Paris, France was severe damaged a few days ago by fire. While there was a fire in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, I thought of how many times I had enjoyed visiting it during my travels to Paris. Here is a tribute video using video footage taken during a 2010 trip to Paris and photographs taken in 2001 and 2015. www.austinbeeman.com


20 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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UW059 - Pairing Food with Pinot Noir. Mac McDonald (part five)

Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars talks about the many different ways to pair Pinot Noir with food.   www.austinbeeman.com


30 May 2018

Rank #20