Ep. 87 Peter Weber of Cork Quality Council

January 21, 2019

Today is a Dracaena Wines on Wine installment and I am honored to have interviewed Peter Weber, President of the Cork Quality council.

The Cork Quality Council is a nonprofit organization founded to promote education and improve quality assurance performance for the wine and cork industries. We discuss the biology behind a cork tree, how cork is produced and that nasty little thing we all are familiar with, cork taint.  Through this council, research has been performed to help improve the quality of cork. 

On their website, www.corkqc.com, you can find out more about sustainability, the cork forests, cork harvesting and production and wine aging. 

According to 100% Cork, "While the relationship between wine and cork is rooted in centuries of tradition, and the romance and rituals that have evolved around opening a bottle of wine are treasured by wine lovers everywhere, winemakers are above all about making great tasting wines, and the simple fact is, and the simple fact is, cork makes wine taste better.

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Ep. 86 Welcome to Winephabet Street; R is for Roussanne

January 14, 2019

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Today we are back on Winephabet Street and Elmo’s letter of the day is R.  We are taking your to the Rhone Valley for this episode and are talking all thing Roussanne. Roussanne is a white wine grape grown that is often blended with Marsanne to make quality wines. It is one of the few white varietal grapes that are grown in the highly regulated Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Ep. 85 Cabernet Franc in South Africa

January 7, 2019

Welcome back to another Dracaena Wines podcast!. Today we are talking South Africa. I have to admit that South Africa does not come to the forefront of my mind when mentioning Cab Franc, but that is what was great about this Franc & Franc conference. We got to see so many expressions of our beloved grape!  Once again, we are with Peter McCombie as he leads us through the wine regions of South Africa and three Cabernet Francs.

I hope you have enjoyed these past few weeks of Cabernet Franc! It is an incredible grape variety and is definitely more than a blending grape! Thanks for listening. Before we get into the podcast,  I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May this upcoming year be a  joyous and prosperous one and filled with exceptional wines!

Slainte!

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Ep. 84 California Cab Franc; No Longer in the Shadow of its Progeny

December 31, 2018

In this episode I am continuing to share my experience in Villany Hungary. This week, it is our turn. I began our Cab Franc moment by talking about the status of Cab Franc Day on social media and then Michael elaborated on the status of Cabernet Franc in California in a speech entitled California Cabernet Franc; no longer in the shadow of its progeny.  

Slainte! 

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Ep. 83 Ximena Pacheco and Chilean Cab Franc

December 24, 2018

Welcome back to this week’s Dracaena Wines podcast!. We are still in Villany talking about my favorite grape variety. Today, you’ll be listening in to Ximena Pacheco winemaker and owner of Pulso Wines in Chie.  I was intrigued to hear about the wine region and of course how Cabernet Franc is expressed there. Plus, we got to taste her wines! She truly is a wonderful individual and I look forward to when our wine paths cross again! 

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Ep. 82 Peter McCombie on Cabernet Franc

December 17, 2018

In last week’s episode, I brought you to the Siklos Castle in Villany. I hope you had  a chance to see some of the photos on our podcast homepage found at bit.ly/ListentoDracaena. This week, I am giving you the all access pass to the conference itself.  In today’s episode, Peter McCombie, a Master of Wine, consultant, speaker, educator, trainer, writer and judge, talks about Cabernet Franc around the world. I truly enjoyed spending time with Peter, He is full of interesting stories… both wine and non wine! Slainte!

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Ep. 81 The Siklos Castle in Hungary

December 10, 2018

I was a guest of the Villany wine region's Franc & Franc symposium over Thanksgiving weekend.  We were treated to an opening event at the Siklos Castle (Fortress). 

The castle was built by Baron János György Benyó in the 13th century in the town of Siklós in the southern part of Hungary near Pécs. It was first mentioned in a charter from 1294. The oldest building is in the southern part of the residential wing. After the original family died out it became the property of the Garai family. In 1401 disgruntled nobles led by Count György II Benyóvszky temporarily imprisoned king Sigismund in the castle. By the 16th century the next owner was the palatine (viceroy) Imre Perényi. From 1728 Siklós belonged to the counts of Batthyány. Legend has it that a giant snake guarded the treasures in the basement. The castle also houses a chapel built in the 14th and 15th centuries. The castle was built and owned by the Benyóvszky de Siklósvar branch of the family until it was nationalized in 1948. (from Wikipedia)

I wish this was a videocast so that you could see the place as I did. But I hope you enjoy listening to the history of the Fortress and these photos. 

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Ep. 80 Cats in the Cradle and Cabernet Franc

December 3, 2018

In this episode, I share my feelings about how Cats in the Cradle is the ideal song when it comes to talking about Cabernet Franc and how in 2013, I decided to start a campaign to give Cabernet Franc the respect it deserves and have the first #CabFrancDay.  

The now internationally recognized wine holiday is celebrated every year on December 4th. Why not celebrate the holidy with a bottle of Dracaena Wines double gold award winning Cabernet Franc. 

Enjoy the music, enjoy the story and I hope to see you on December 4th at 8pm ET - just follow the hashtag; #CabFrancDay and lets prove to the world that Cabernet Franc is #MoreThanABlendingGrape.  

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Ep. 79 Wine Writers’ Wrapup; Embarrassing Wine Moments

November 26, 2018

On this episode: 

Debbie Gioquindo and Michael Kelly

No outline for today's podcast, we are just sharing our embarrassing wine moments along with some other's I found on line.  Do you have an embarrassing wine moment? I'd love to hear them! Leave me a comment or share them on the social media channels. I can be found on them all @Dracaenawines.

RIDDLE:

You walk into a creepy house by yourself. There is no electricity, plumbing or ventilation. Inside you notice 3 doors with numbers on them.  You must choose one door to go through.

Door 1 says Lions - You will be eaten by a lion who is extremely hungry.

Door 2 says Ninjas - You will be stabbed to death by a group of ninjas.

Door 3 says Chair - There is an electric chair waiting for you.

Which door do you pick?

ANSWER BELOW

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ANSWER: Door number 3- with no electricity, you can't be electrocuted. 

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Ep. 78 Grapevine Deficiencies

November 19, 2018

Welcome to Vine soil 101. In this episode I dive into the telltale signs that a vineyard is not healthy. Plants, like us, need nutrients and those nutrients come in two forms; macro and micro. After listening in, I hope you learned a bit more about vine health and maybe the next time you walk through a vineyard you will be more aware of the health of the vines you are observing. The berries always get the attention, but they could never make great wines if it weren’t for the green stuff!

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