Exploring the Wine Glass
La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta

June 21, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I sit down with Julio Saenz, head winemaker for La Rioja Alta. His original career was as a pharmaceutical chemist. But once he fell in love with wine, it returned to school to obtain his degree in viticulture and oenology. La Rioja Alta was his first winemaking job and he has never regretted it nor did he ever look back. 

We discuss La Rioja as a region, what makes it so special and the stories behind four wines in the La Rioja Alta portfolio; Gran Reservas 890 and 904 as well as the Viña Arana, the Gran Reserva 2014. 

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Bastien Leduc; Seven Oxen Wines

Bastien Leduc; Seven Oxen Wines

June 14, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I sit down with Bastien Leduc, the winemaker for Seven Oxen Winery in Paso Robles.  

They say you never know when an opportunity will come knocking, and today’s podcast is a prime example of that. When a friend of the Neal family’s daughter was getting married to Bastien, the topic of wine obviously came up.  Bastien’s passion was infectious and the Neal family caught it. 

When the Neals purchased property on the West Side of Paso, they welcomed Bastien to the Seven Oxen Estate Wines family as Vineyard Manager and Winemaker.

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Sancerre on Winephabet Street

Sancerre on Winephabet Street

June 7, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today we return to Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is S and stands for Sancerre.
Sancerre is known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but did you know that is really only because of Phylloxera? Prior to the devastation, Sancerre was best known for its light bodied red wines. Join Debbie and me as explore the Sancerre AOC. 

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Best of Episode: Wines of Australia

Best of Episode: Wines of Australia

May 31, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass!  Happy Memorial Day! As we enjoy our BBQs and outdoor fun, lets take a moment to remember exactly what this day represents. A memorial to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and to their families who lost their loved ones in doing so. 
With today being the unofficial start of summer, I am doing a little relaxing and decided to do a "Best of" Episode. Today's episode dates back to November of 2019 and is one of my top listened to episodes. Wines of Australia with Mark Davidson. I'll be back next week with a new episode. I hope you enjoy listening and enjoy your holiday. Give your loved ones an extra hug today! 

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Acre and One Acre Wines in Napa Valley

Acre and One Acre Wines in Napa Valley

May 24, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I sit down with Talley and Mike Henry, owners of Acre and One Acre Wines in Napa Valley. 

Acre Wines formerly known as One Acre Wines was originally owned by David Becker. The property originally was planted with fruit trees. When the trees started showing issues, he decided to plant over to vines with 2000 surplus Cabernet Sauvignon vines from a nearby winery. The property was a single acre in the Oak Knoll district just north of the town of Napa.

In early 2017 David sold Acre Wines and One Acre to Mike and Talley Henry, fulfilling their lifelong dream. They hired winemaker Richard Bruno and together they pride themselves in producing wine that expresses the unique characteristics that define Napa Valley Their tasting room is located in the Studio by Feast it Forward located directly across from the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa.

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L’Ecole Chenin Blanc, Your Weeknight/Everyday Essential Wine

L’Ecole Chenin Blanc, Your Weeknight/Everyday Essential Wine

May 17, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I am sitting down with Marcus Rafanelli, winemaker for L’Ecole 41 Winery in Walla Walla , Washington and we are discussing Chenin Blanc. 

 

I have a special place in my wine heart for Chenin Blanc.  It is such a chameleon of a variety. One that can be made into whatever style the winemaker wants. From bone dry to sweet, there is a Chenin for you. 

 

The 2020 L’Ecole Chenin Blanc is a blend from three vineyards and is honestly one of the most aromatic wines I have ever had. At $17 per bottle, this wine is way worthy of a case purchase. Plus they are offering penny shipping right now it is definitely a weeknight/everyday essential to have in your cellar. 

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Adam Montiel;  Where Wine Takes You

Adam Montiel; Where Wine Takes You

May 10, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I am sharing a glass with Adam Montiel. Remember when you were in high school, and there was that kid who knew everyone? That one person who was always at the center of the cool parties, but never acted like he was that cool guy? Well, that is Adam.  Adam Montiel has lived on the Central Coast for almost 20 years and has been as big of a supporter of the local scene as anyone can be. We sit down and discuss all things Paso Robles, including our favorite places to visit and his own podcast, Where Wine Takes You. There is  a little name dropping and a lot of laughing. 

 

I want to give a big shout out to Josh.harp.does.wine for leaving this 5 star review. I had the privilege of being a guest on the podcast. Lori does an amazing job of revealing the side of winemaking that customers don’t always get to see and winemakers love to talk about. She is a natural interviewer, and her podcasts have great energy and are very educational.  Thank you, Josh. your kind words mean so much to me.  I loved having you on the podcast and you are always welcome to return for more conversation and I look forward to tasting with you in vineyards! 

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Riesling on Winephabet Street

Riesling on Winephabet Street

May 3, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today we return to Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is R for Riesling! 

The history of Riesling isn’t exactly crystal clear. It is presumed that it originated in Germany. If you look to France, you immediately go to Alsace, but if you are looking to California for Riesling, one name comes top of mind, Smith Madrone Winery in St. Helena. 

We sat down with Stu Smith and discussed Riesling’s murky history, how Riesling is such a variable grape, one of only few that is produced in all styles from dry to sweet, and stories of how Smith Madrone led the way to being allowed to call the wine Riesling vs. Johannesburg Riesling. In true Stu fashion, we go off the rails a bit… but that is always where the fun happens!

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Jim Moroney of Six Mile Bridge Winery

Jim Moroney of Six Mile Bridge Winery

April 26, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today I am sharing a glass of wine with Jim Moroney of Six Mile Bridge Winery in Paso Robles. 

We discussed our love of the Emerald Isle, how Six Mile Bridge got its name and how that obscure image on the label is NOT a ring! It is a lasting symbol of an extremely eventful day in Sixmilebridge.

And what happens when you get two Irish people talking about Ireland… the brogue comes out! I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. 

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Cristian Vallejo; VIK Winery Chile

Cristian Vallejo; VIK Winery Chile

April 19, 2021

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! For the love of Cabernet Franc! That is what is on the podcast today. There are so many Cab Franc lovers out there and we are united in the fact that we want to prove that it is more than a blending grape. 

Cristian Vallejo is the winemaker for VIK Winery in Chile and thanks to social media we “met.” After a few back and forths on INstagram, we arranged a time to sit down and talk about VIK wines, Cabernet Franc around the world and how he farms the vines in a new to me way! 

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