Rank #1: IDTT Wine 282: Leonardo LoCascio
Leonardo LoCascio, who recently retired from the Winebow Group, was a co-founder of Winebow in 1980.
Rank #2: IDTT Wine 291: Philippe Guigal
Philippe Guigal works with his family at their winery E. Guigal in the Rhône Valley of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the vineyards of the roasted slope, Côte-Rôtie.
Rank #3: IDTT Wine 349: Virginia Winemakers
Erin Scala hosts an exploration of winemaking in the state of Virginia for a special episode of I'll Drink to That!
The following people are featured in this episode:
Ben Jordan, Winemaker at Early Mountain Vineyards & producer of War & Rust Jake Busching, Winemaker at Michael Shaps Wineworks Joy Ting, Enologist at Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps, head honcho at Michael Shaps Wineworks Andrew Cole, Beverage Director/Owner at Lampo Matthieu Finot, Winemaker at King Family Vineyards Jim Law, Winegrower at Linden Vineyards Rachel Stinson Vrooman, Winemaker at Stinson Vineyards Chris Scott, Grape Grower and Garagiste Winemaker Amy Ciarametaro, Virginia Wine Lover
Rank #4: IDTT Wine 191: Tegan Passalacqua
Tegan Passalacqua returns to the show to discuss his Sandlands project of wines from vineyards in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala puts a name on sommelier multiples.
Rank #5: IDTT Wine 240: Rajat Parr
Rajat Parr is a partner in the Sandhi winery as well as Domaine de la Côte, both located in California's Santa Barbara County.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at Santa Barbara's wine industry.
Rank #6: IDTT Wine 248: Aubert de Villaine
Aubert de Villaine is the director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, in Burgundy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the adventures of the Prince de Conti.
Rank #7: IDTT Wine 213: Larry Turley
Larry Turley is the proprietor of Turley Wine Cellars in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala chronicles a history of Petit Verdot.
Rank #8: IDTT Wine 237: Terry Theise
Terry Theise is a wine importer who focuses on German and Austrian wine, as well as Champagne for his Terry Theise Estate Selections.
Rank #9: IDTT Wine 363: Danny Meyer
Danny Meyer is the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, responsible for restaurants like Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, The Modern, Blue Smoke and others located in New York City and around the world.
Rank #10: IDTT Wine 352: Jean-Louis Chave
Jean-Louis Chave is the proprietor of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave and Jean-Louis Chave Selection, working within appellations of the Northern Rhône Valley of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala outlines the hill of Hermitage.
Rank #11: IDTT Wine 303: María José López de Heredia
María José López de Heredia manages the López de Heredia winery in Rioja, Spain.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Rioja.
Rank #12: IDTT Wine 251: Cathy Corison
Cathy Corison is the winemaker and owner of the Corison winery in Napa Valley, California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the important issue of climate change.
Rank #13: IDTT Wine 261: Michael Cruse
Michael Cruse is the winemaker of Cruse Wine Co. and Ultramarine, both in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks St. Laurent.
Rank #14: IDTT Wine 442: Ray Coursen Recalls the Napa Valley of the 1980s and Before
Ray Coursen is the owner and founding winemaker of Elyse Winery as well as Jacob Franklin Wines, in California's Napa Valley. He is also involved with winemaking for Purple Heart Wines, benefiting the Purple Heart Foundation.
Ray relates how he arrived in the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and shares conversations he had with several wine world figures at that time. He discusses the history of some key vineyard sites, as well as the attributes of numerous grape varieties that he works with. Ray also divulges some of his unusual winemaking techniques. Further, Ray points out what has changed in the Napa Valley over the last several decades.
Rank #15: IDTT Wine 321: Sashi Moorman
Sashi Moorman works as winemaker for several American wineries, including Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, Pence, Stolpman Vineyards, and Piedrasassi in California, as well as Evening Land in Oregon.
Rank #16: IDTT Wine 342: Luca Currado Vietti
Luca Currado Vietti and his family own Vietti, a winery in Italy's Piemonte region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at the history of Barolo winemaking.
Rank #17: IDTT Wine 385: Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson has been an author and editor of wine articles and books for over 50 years. His books include "The World Atlas of Wine," "A Life Uncorked," "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book," "Hugh Johnson On Wine," and "Wine". He also hosted and produced the PBS TV program "Vintage: A History of Wine".
Rank #18: IDTT Wine 463: Brenna Quigley and the School of Hard Rocks
Brenna Quigley is a geologist who does wine related consulting as a terroir specialist at brennaquigley.com
Brenna describes her unusual family connection to geology, and her entry into the wine world. She goes on to define key concepts in geology, such as what soil is, how it is formed, and the different types of rocks that are found in the world. Brenna describes the key rock formations of France, their history, and how they correspond to wine regions. She then discusses what the implications of different rock types are for vines, and takes a close look at specific wine areas, explaining what their distinguishing features are. Wine fans who would like to deepen their knowledge of wine and geology will find a lot to love about this episode.
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Rank #19: IDTT Wine 233: Antonio Galloni
Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media returns to the show.
Rank #20: IDTT Wine 416: 100% Whole Cluster
Erin Scala delves into the evolving conversation around whole cluster, one of the biggest questions in winemaking. One hundred percent whole cluster? Not all wines are, but this episode sure is.
Why might a winemaker choose to use the stems, as well as the grapes, in their winemaking? Or why might they discard those stems? Erin Scala looks at the reasoning presented by some key winemakers from around the world.
This episode features interviews with:
Jean-Nicolas Meo of Meo-Camuzet (Burgundy)
Audert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy)
Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac (Burgundy)
Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars (Washington State)
Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent (Oregon)
Sashi Moorman of Domaine de la Côte, Sandhi, Piedrasassi and others (CA & Oregon)
John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. (California)
Kate McIntyre of Moorooduc Estate (Victoria, Australia)
Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports