Rank #1: Episode 61: Rajat Parr
On today’s episode of In the Drink, host Joe Campanale welcomes sommelier Rajat Parr, wine director of the Mina Group. Born in Calcutta, Rajat credits his uncle in London for first introducing him to great wines. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration, Rajat entered the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. In 2003, Parr was named Wine Director for the Mina Group, where he develops and manages the wine programs at numerous restaurants. In 2011, Rajat launched Sandhi, which produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced from select vineyards of Santa Rita Hills in partnership with Charles Banks and Sashi Moorman. In 2013, Rajat released wines from his new estate vineyard, Domaine de la Cote. Tune-in to today’s episode of In the Drink and learn more about Rajat’s wine experience today! This program has been sponsored by GreatBrewers.com.
“If you really want it, you have to own it. Eventually you want to be totally involved.”
— Rajat Parr on In the Drink
Nov 06 2013
Rank #2: Episode 168: Dirty and Rowdy with Hardy Wallace
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined in the studio by Hardy Wallace, the co-owner and winemaker of Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery in Sonoma County CA. In six and a half years, Dirty and Rowdy has gone from a small, two barrel side project, to one of the most sought after wines from CA. Hardy focusses on producing eight single vineyard Mourvèdre wines from all over CA, and a handful of small production white wines.
Dirty and Rowdy started as a project “to make wines to pair with fried chicken,” and regardless of how high or low they’ve climbed / fallen, their fried chicken mission remains the same.
Jun 22 2016
Rank #3: Episode 103: Joe Campanale
The tables turn this week on In the Drink as Joe Campanale sites in the guest seat and shares his story for the first time on the show! Find out how he discovered the industry after initially studying politics at NYU. Follow his careers steps from early days interning at Italian Wine Merchants and Union Square Cafe to working as a sommelier at Babbo and eventually opening dell’anima in 2007. Now, Joe is the Executive Beverage Director of Epicurean Group, which manages dell’anima, L’artusi, L’apicio & Anfora. Tune in and get an inside look at the career of one of wine and hospitality’s brightest stars. Also get a sneak peak into Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York’s West Village, the forthcoming cookbook and wine pairing book from the Epicurean team. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“When I came back from Italy that’s when I had this mandate that I had to surround myself with food and wine and spend the rest of my working life that way.” [04:00]
–Joe Campanale on In the Drink
Oct 01 2014
Rank #4: Episode 89: Schramsberg Vineyards
This week on In the Drink, Joe Campanale invites Hugh Davies, proprietor of Schramsberg Vineyards in Calistoga, California. Tune into this episode to hear Joe and Hugh discuss Schramsberg’s legacy, and why the wines have been championed by so many United States presidents. Find out how Hugh’s wines are produced using the same methods used for making champagne, and why these California bubbles rival their French counterparts. Learn more about site-specific wines, and Schramsberg’s export market. What issues plague Napa Valley winemakers? Is a lack of water truly a threat to California’s wine industry? Find out all of this and more on this week’s edition of In the Drink! This program has been brought to you by Michter’s. Music by SNOWMINE.
“We’re making a wine very much like a champagne… As we’ve evolved, we’ve actually moved closer to the coast where the grapes have a lower sugar and a higher acidity… We’re always trying to make a better product.” [6:35]
“I want to taste that one acre… and that’s it! Every year, we’re doing some site-specific bottling.” [9:00]
“If the regulations were not decided upon in the 60s, we wouldn’t have the Napa Valley that we have today.” [22:30]
“We’re losing 30,000 acres of agricultural land a year, and none of that is in the Napa Valley.” [26:00]
— Hugh Davies on In the Drink
Jun 18 2014
Rank #5: Episode 111: Jeff Porter
Joe Campanale kicks off the new year in style on a brand new episode of In the Drink. He’s joined by one of the most important New York wine figures, Jeff Porter, Beverage Director at B&B Hospitality Group. Jeff was born and raised in Texas. He became interested in wine at his first restaurant job in Austin. To learn all that he could about wine, Porter eventually took a stocking position at one of Austin’s best wine shops. He excelled there and was soon buying wine for the shop and traveling throughout Europe. Porter then moved to the West Coast where he first worked for a wine distributor in the Bay Area and then served as Wine Director at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena, where his passion for wine and hospitality took off. Most recently, Jeff held the positon of Beverage Director at Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. He moved to New York City in March of 2011 to head up the beverage program at Del Posto. He is recognized as an “Advanced Sommelier” by the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently a candidate for the “Master Sommelier” designation. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“I always call Italy the newest oldest wine region in the world. Obviously they’ve been making wine forever but they had to figure things out. Post World War II, Italy was super poor – even through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It wasn’t until the 90’s that people started seeing money in wine.” [19:00]
–Jeff Porter on In the Drink
Jan 07 2015
Rank #6: Episode 154: La Paulee SF and Rebelle Restaurant with Patrick Cappiello
On this week’s episode of In the Drink, Joe is joined by Patrick Cappiello. Patrick is the Operating Partner and Wine Director of Rebelle and Pearl & Ash restaurants, creator of Renegade Wine Dinner, Chef Sommelier for Daniel Johnnes “La Paulée”, and Wine Columnist for Playboy Magazine.
“Of course we were hoping for it!” [28:46] – Patrick Cappiello, on Rebelle receiving a Michelin Star
Feb 24 2016
Rank #7: Episode 110: Frank Cornelissen
Joe Campanale is joined by a real powerhouse in the wine world this week on In the Drink — Frank Cornelissen. Frank is one of the most renowned winemakers from Mount Etna. His farming philosophy is deeply rooted in the acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. His “hands off” approach of letting nature take its course without imparting chemistry has led to the creation of some of the most unique, profound, and terroir-driven wines. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“There is something [existentially] bigger. You see this in the growing process in the wine. When you see a vine grows, it brings you fruit and then the fruit changes into the wine. Everything is there. It’s something very special which makes you very humble.” [14:00]
Dec 17 2014
Rank #8: Episode 78: Shelley Lindgren
Shelley Lindgren is the woman behind A16 and SPQR, two of the Bay Area’s most celebrated restaurants. She’s also one of the nation’s most celebrated experts on wine and pairing. Lindgren has been named “Best New Sommelier” by Wine & Spirits, “Best Wine Director” by San Francisco magazine and was nominated for Best Wine Service by the James Beard Foundation for four consecutive years since 2010. She has also co-authored the award-winning “A16: Food & Wine” cookbook and wine guide celebrating the traditions of Southern Italy and released the “SPQR: Food & Wine” book in late 2012. Shelly is this week’s guest on In the Drink. This program was brought too you by Heritage Foods USA.
“As sommeliers, our job is weed through what you don’t want to drink, find the hidden gems and focus on those. I wouldn’t put something on the list that I don’t want to drink.” [18:00]
–Shelley Lindgren on In the Drink
Apr 02 2014
Rank #9: Episode 177: Raw Wine with Isabelle Legeron
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined by Isabelle Legeron, founder of RAW WINE, the world's leading natural, low-intervention organic and biodynamic wine fair, which is coming to New York for the first time this November.
Isabelle is France's first and only Female Master of Wine and extremely passionate about promoting wine transparency. Isabelle has dedicated her life to disrupting conventional understandings of what wine is and advocating for more sustainable, environmental and beneficial approaches to winemaking. Her fair is a 2-day showcase of some of the best wine talent in the world – leading the charge for transparency, providing clarity to consumers and driving the conversation to know what's in your glass.
Oct 19 2016
Rank #10: Episode 10: Amanda Smeltz
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined by Amanda Smeltz, Wine Director at Roberta’s, the very place that houses the HeritageRadioNetwork.org studio! Amanda discusses her approach for selecting wines at Roberta’s and expresses her decided interest in female wine producers and experimental wines. How has the traffic to Roberta’s changed since Sam Sifton’s New York Times review? What challenges come along with building a wine list for a Bushwick crowd? Amanda explains her integral role at Roberta’s and also talks about her second life as a writer – her latest book of poetry “Imperial Bender” will be released soon! This program was sponsored by Route 11 Potato Chips.
“I think Roberta’s is an amazing stomping ground for experimental stuff and [wines] that are off the beaten path.” [1:56]
“It takes many months for a restaurant to find its groove. They are organic things because they are very people based so they need a lot of attention. The work is never done.” [11:15]
“It’s not standard Italian food by any means, and it’s not standard pizza at Roberta’s so standard pizza and wine pairings don’t hold.” [27:30]
## –Amanda Smeltz, Wine Director at Roberta’s on In the Drink
Oct 24 2012
Rank #11: Episode 66: Jon Bonne
Explore The New California Wine with famed wine writer Jon Bonne on this week’s episode of In the Drink. As the wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon has won a regional following in the Bay Area as well as national recognition as one of the most important voices in the wine community. Host Joe Campanale and Jon Bonne discuss the untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking; their quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir; and the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly-technocratic practices of its recent past. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.
“The new buzz word [in wine] is diversity. My argument would be that there should be a diversity of styles that can be made in a traditional way and don’t require dark magic in the cellar.” [14:00]
—Jon Bonne on In The Drink
Dec 18 2013
Rank #12: Episode 93: Maria Sinskey
Visit Napa this week on In the Drink as host Joe Campanale is joined by Maria Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, who produce a range of reds and whites from organic, biodynamically-farmed grapes. Maria also cooks at the winery, lays out plots for her organic gardens, teaches and writes! Tune in and get some great insights into the world of biodynamic winemaking, hear Maria express her distaste for forced pairings and wine ratings and hear Joe and Maria taste a few wines on air! This program was brought to you by Michters.
“I’m a huge acid head – any wine that has a lot of acid in it is right up my alley.” [04:00]
“If you don’t like the wine with the food, open another bottle!” [29:00]
–Maria Sinskey on In the Drink
Jul 16 2014
Rank #13: Episode 153: Rieslingfeier and Vomboden Wines with Stephen Bitterolf
Tune is for a “tasty” episode of In The Drink with guest Stephen Bitterolf, founder of Vomboden, a small winery based just outside of Alf in Germany. Vomboden exclusively uses grapes from local German growers. Stephen and host Joe Campanale discuss the German wine industry, organic farming, misunderstandings over sulphur, and a surprisingly cheap wine tasting event.
“The idea is that they’re long distance runners, you’re not supposed to open them now.” [26:00] – Stephen Bitterolf
Feb 17 2016
Rank #14: Episode 192: Larry Stone, Master Sommelier
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined in the studio by Larry Stone, one of the nation’s most renowned sommeliers and wine educators, and the first American to win the prestigious Sopexa Best International Sommelier in French Wines in Paris. Larry has served as a Trustee of the James Beard Foundation and on the Board of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He also makes his own Wilamette Valley wines under the “Lingua Franca” label.
Feb 22 2017
Rank #15: Episode 99: The Dead Rabbit NYC
Meet Sean Muldoon & Jack McGarry, the team behind the Dead Rabbit NYC, on the season finale of In the Drink! The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog embodies the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition. They are dedicated to advancing the art and practice of hospitality, as it was understood then and as it is understood now, for all residents of and visitors to this great metropolis. Tune in and hear their story, their mission and their thoughts on everything from recipes to cocktail history. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“The main thing with all of our menus is that we like to tell a story. All the stories we tell we try to make accessible to the 21st century consumer.” [21:00]
–Jack McGarry on In the Drink
Sep 03 2014
Rank #16: Episode 183: Elisabetta Foradori
This week on In the Drink, host Joe Campanale is joined by Elisabetta Foradori, the top producer of Teroldego, an ancient, native grape variety that is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir. In 1985, at the age of 19, Elisabetta took over her father’s estate in the Campo Rotaliano zone of Trentino in the foothills of the Dolomites. By 1999, she was being referred to as the “undisputed top producer of Teroldego, and had received numerous accolades, especially for her Granato, the most bold and concentrated of her Teroldego bottlings.
Elisabetta began experimenting with biodynamics in the 2000s as a means to introduce more energy and dimension to her wines. As her work in the vineyards evolved, the wines too began to change, from big and concentrated to a more textured and elegant style. In 2009, after having tasted the amphora aged wines of COS, she began experimenting with terra cotta tinajas made to order in southern Spain. Today, she ferments and ages her Teroldego Sgarzon, Teroldego Morei , and the white Nosiola Fontanasanta in these large (420-480 liter) amphorae.
Dec 07 2016
Rank #17: Episode 127: Juliette Pope
Juliette Pope, Beverage Director at Gramercy Tavern, is this week’s guest on In the Drink. Juliette Pope joined Gramercy Tavern in 1997, starting as a line cook and pastry cook. Wanting to explore the front of house, Juliette then became a waiter and developed a passion for wine, falling prey to former wine director Paul Grieco’s infectious enthusiasm. After rising through the ranks as Captain, Floor Manager, and Assistant Beverage Director, Juliette became the Beverage Director in 2004. Under her leadership, Gramercy Tavern has been awarded the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 2006. This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“I like getting down and dirty and getting in the fire figuratively and literally.” [06:00]
“With enough training – we can sell anything.” [28:00]
–Juliette Pope on In the Drink
Apr 29 2015
Rank #18: Episode 76: Thomas Carter, Estela
Before opening Estela, Thomas was beverage director at the award-winning Blue Hill at Stone Barns for six years. He previously worked in wine service for Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, and as a cook at New York restaurants including Le Bernardin, Mercer Kitchen and Union Pacific. Thomas has degrees from Columbia College Chicago and the Culinary Institute of America. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Today’s music provided by The Hollows.
“I think with brunch, you should skip the Bloody Marys and just go straight to champagne.” [17:30]
“I think cooking at home is maybe one of the best things in the world.” [27:30]
–Thomas Carter on In The Drink
Mar 19 2014
Rank #19: Episode 133: Doug Polaner
This week on In the Drink, Joe Campanale is joined by Doug Polaner of Polaner Selections. Doug got the wine bug in 1985 while studying abroad in Paris. Though, after graduating from college the following year and moving to NY City, wine remained a background hobby while he slugged it out on Madison Avenue working for several Ad Agencies. Eventually, the wine bug won out, and he started selling wine in 1991 for Excelsior Wine & Spirits, and later, in 1993, for Michael Skurnik Wines. It wasn’t until 1999 that Doug, along with his soon-to-be wife and business partner, Tina Fischer, started Polaner Selections. “It was our first child, literally and figuratively”, says Fischer. Though starting in an already crowded marketplace, the company knew it had to stand out to be relevant, and the couple worked hard to create a progressive and cutting-edge portfolio. Fortunately, success came early, and the company was recognized in Decanter Magazine as one of NY’s up-and-comers, and soon thereafter, as “Importer of the Year” in Food & Wine Magazine in 2003. Today, Polaner Selections employs 35 people, selling wine throughout New York and New Jersey. The portfolio includes such luminaries as Giacomo Conterno, Fattoria di FÃ¨lsina, Jerome Prevost, Domaine Huet, Littorai and Arnot-Roberts, among others.â€‹ This program was brought to you by Michter’s.
“It’s less about blending now and more about single vintage, single vineyard wines.. they differ year to year but that’s what makes wine great!” [20:00]
“I think champagne is a super exciting region right now.” [20:00]
–Doug Polaner on In the Drink
Jun 17 2015
Rank #20: Episode 119: Michelle Biscieglia
This week on In the Drink, Joe Campanale is joined by Michelle Biscieglia, Wine Director at Blue Hill New York. Like many sommeliers before her, Michelle was steered towards the world of wine by a glass of old, red Burgundy. While growing up just outside of Atlantic City, wine was not a part of her daily culture. Moving to NYC, working as a waiter at Pastis and participating in the “Reserve Wine” staff trainings changed all of that. Her career focus shifted, and Michelle began working as an intern in order to learn how to taste and appreciate wine. From there, she gained valuable “hands-on” experience in the vineyards, spending two sequential harvest seasons (2009 & 2010) in Burgundy. Upon her return to New York, she worked as a sommelier at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud. In the summer of 2012, Michelle traveled to Piedmont to work in the vineyards of Barolo. Michelle joined Blue Hill in January 2013, bringing her love and passion of wine to the West Village. This program was brought to you by Visit Napa Valley
Mar 04 2015