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Rioja Railway Wine Master Class

Rioja Railway Wine Master Class

June 24, 2019

Today I have a special treat for you. It is another Master Class. Once again led by the wonderful Pedro Ballesteros Torres. This class was held at Milk in NYC and was run in conjunction with the Rioja Railway Wine Experience. The grand tasting took place on a section of the High Line. All of the wineries that participated are from a specific region within Rioja that became more viable thanks to the railway coming through their region. 

During the Master Class, we were privileged to taste through ten wines, two wines from five wineries. The idea behind the class was to allow us to experience both the traditional as well as the innovative side of these wineries. It was breathtaking to taste a 1978 Gran Reserva and compare it to others in each decade up to today.

I hope you enjoy the class as much as I did, and as a sidebar, this is my first podcast that I edited for a translator. You will hear a little of the information in the native language and then its translation. Please leave us a comment on our homepage or on our social media channels as to your thoughts on this class.

Slainte!

Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal - Diego Pinnila 

La Rioja Alta, SA  - Julio Saenz

Bodegas Muga - Isaac Muga 

Bodegas Roda - Agustin Santolaya (Victor Charcan - interpreter)

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Winephabet Street; W is for Weissburgunder

Winephabet Street; W is for Weissburgunder

June 17, 2019

Ah, its time to return to Winephabet Street! Today’s letter of the day is W! Weissburgunder is the German name for Pinot Blanc. It is a white berried mutation of Pinot Noir, which is part of the larger family of Burgundian vines.  We had to do a little thinking outside the box again for this episode, since neither Debbie nor I could find an actual Weissburgunder, so Pinot Blanc was in our glass.

Just as an FYI, we had some technical difficulty with this one, midstream. But the professionals we are, (LOL) we came, we saw and we conquered! 

If you like this episode, and have missed any previous ones, be sure to go to Winephabet Street.com where you can find all of our episodes as well as signing up for future ones. Remember, they are always free!

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Discussing Paso Robles with Lauren Lekai

Discussing Paso Robles with Lauren Lekai

June 10, 2019

Welcome to episode 105! This is the first episode in which I am introducing you to our new brand; Exploring the Wine Glass. If you are a subscriber, I have been told there is nothing you will need to do - the change will be seamless, and the new name will be coming soon! I will never tell you what to drink.. but I will always share what's in my glass. 

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Today I am talking all things Paso Robles with my friend Lauren Lekai. Lauren is the owner of pasorobleswineeries.net. The go to place for visitors to be in the know of all the exceptional things that Paso Robles has to offer! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook at Paso Robles Wineries and if you are planning a trip to Paso, in addition to letting me know, be sure to contact Lauren to get personalized recommendations. 

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Wine Tasting Tips; Wine Writers’ Wrap Up

Wine Tasting Tips; Wine Writers’ Wrap Up

June 3, 2019

Welcome to Episode 106! Today I am back with my wine writing friends and we are discussing our top tips for wine tasting. We aren’t talking about the do’s and don’ts while at a winery, we are sharing our ideas on how to become more comfortable describing the wine we drink! The systematic approach we use to recording tasting notes, different schools of thought on analysis. The three levels of a wines aromatic profile and what we consider a good, bad or indifferent wine. Of course, we end with a riddle.

My guests: Michael Kelly – California Wines and Wineries

Debbie Gioquindo – Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

Nicole Ruiz Hudson – The Nibbling Gypsy

RIDDLE: Alive without breath, As cold as death; Never thirsty, ever drinking, All in mail never clinking.

Answer is below.

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Curator of 45,000 bottles: Susanne Wagner, Crystal Springs Restaurant Latour

Curator of 45,000 bottles: Susanne Wagner, Crystal Springs Restaurant Latour

May 27, 2019

Last month, I was a guest of the New Jersey Wine and Food Festival held at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ.  I had the opportunity to sit down with Susanne Wagner, the wine director for Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs.  Susanne studied at the International Wine Cellar in Manhattan and has completed advanced certifications.  She has been in the wine industry for more than 30 years. Susanne gave me a personal tour of their magnificent wine celler before sitting down for a little one-on-one about Crystal Springs and what it is like to be responsible for curating 45,000 bottles. Restaurant Latour maintains the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. I can’t describe how beautiful this cellar is, but I can honestly say, I wouldn’t mind getting lost there!

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A Sparkling New World Brasil Master Class

A Sparkling New World Brasil Master Class

May 20, 2019

Welcome to Dracaena Wines Podcast! Hope you all have had a great week! Today I am sharing another Master Class. This time, it is about the Sparkling wines of Brazil. I know Brazil isn’t at the tip of our tongue when it comes to discussing Sparkling, but after tasting several examples, I am excited to say they truly are worth seeking out.

The class was run by Susannah Gold, a wine and spirits WSET diploma graduate, one of only a handful of Americans in the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS). She also is a Certified Specialist in Wine and Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators.

Wines tasted:

Serra Gaúcha Region – Miolo Winery Cuvee' Traditional Brut

Serra Gaúcha Region – Salton Winery Pinot Noir

Serra Gaúcha Region – Salton Winery Tannat

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Winephabet Street; V is for Valdiguie

Winephabet Street; V is for Valdiguie

May 13, 2019

Welcome to Winephabet Street on Dracaena Wines Podcast! Today the letter of the day is V and it stands for Valdiguie! This was the first time I had ever heard of this grape variety – these are the episodes I love the most, when I get to dive into a new to me grape! Valdiguie (VAL-D-GAY) was originally known as Gros Auxerois ( GROW AWX-CER-WAH) in the 19th century. It was preferred by growers because it was resistance to powdery mildew and had high productivity.

So go ahead, uncork, unscrew or saber a bottle and sit back and enjoy! Slainte!

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New Zealand Wines Master Class

New Zealand Wines Master Class

May 6, 2019

While attending VinExpo earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Decanter’s Wines of New Zealand Master Class.  I was happy to get in, since this event that was actually the last tasting on the final day of the exhibit sold out quickly.  It was hosted by Elin McCoy, the wine award-winning journalist and author. She is a wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg News, and is a columnist for Decanter magazine.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the wine that started the New Zealand Sauv Blanc craze. Waking up your taste buds and allowed people who were on the ABC train to enjoy a different type of white. The quality level of NZ wines is demonstrated by the fact that  17,000 wines were judged in 2018 Decanter Wine World competition with  475 coming from NZ and of those, 350 of those wines won awards. 

New Zealand has two islands, North and South islands. With translucent waters and magnificent mountains, the vineyards have become one with nature.  When asked what New Zealand is all about, the three main terms are; green, clean and Sauvignon Blanc.

By 2021, New Zealand, whose almost every winery is involved in sustainability practice, is expected to be the number fourth country to export wine to the United States, just behind, France, Italy and Spain. Even though it makes just barely 1% of the world’s wines, their export business has been growing approximately 24% every year for the past 20 years.

Wines Tasted:

Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Spy Valley Riesling 2015

Vidal El Legado Chardonnay 2016

Ceres Wines Composition Pinot Noir 2015

Te Kairanga, John Martin Pinot Noir 2016

Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2015

Seifreid Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling 2016

Slainte!

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Wine Pairing Fairy Tales; Wine Writer Wrap Up

Wine Pairing Fairy Tales; Wine Writer Wrap Up

April 29, 2019

Welcome to episode 101 of Dracaena Wines Podcast. Today I am joined by my wine writer friends as we discuss Wine Pairing Fairy Tales.  There are the textbook pairings, but do we really need to follow them? What if your palate doesn’t agree with what they recommend? Well, we are here to provide you with some options. We discuss some of our favorite pairings as well as some of our biggest mistakes! Those pairings that will go down in history as the worse thing we tried to do- but we survived and moved on to the next one. The good thing is that even if you choose a bad match, you can always just drink the wine and eat the food separately and still enjoy them both!

My guests:

Michael Kelly - California Wines and Wineries

Nicole Ruiz Hudson - Nibbling Gypsy 

Christine Hinkley Trice - Pairs with Life

Maria Ferrora Beardsley - Wine and Cheese Friday 

Riddle: 

I'm as small as an ant, as big as a whale. I'll approach like a breeze, but can come like a gale. By some I get hit, but all have shown fear. I'll dance to the music, though I can't hear. Of names I have many, of names I have one. I'm as slow as a snail, but from me your can't run.

answer below:

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Riddle Answer: A SHADOW

~Slainte! 

 

My 100th Celebration with We Like Drinking

My 100th Celebration with We Like Drinking

April 22, 2019

Holy Crap! 100!!! I can’t believe that I have reached this milestone. It feels like yesterday I was just learning what a podcast was and what that dang purple apple app was. When I decided to give podcasting a try, I reached out to my friends Jeff & Jeff.

We met in real life at the Wine Bloggers Conference a couple of years ago and we had a blast. I don’t think I laughed as hard ever as when I was with them and they are a top reason why I got into podcasting.

If you aren’t familiar with their podcast, you are missing out. Jeff Eckles, Jeff Solomon and John Ruyak are the lively personalities behind the We Like Drinking Podcast – the only two time award winning podcast focused on fun!

I can’t honestly say it is the first podcast I ever listened to, but what I can say is that it is the longest. I have subscribed and unsubscribed from many a podcast, but these guys rock it. You don’t know what you are going to get each week, its always a surprise, and that makes its amazing. I continue to laugh my ass off week after week and they are 220+ weeks into podcasting.

So when I sat down and thought what I wanted to do for my 100th, I wanted to talk to the guys who had a major play in me choosing to start down this path. They are witty, they are charming and they are hilarious!

Thank you guys, for celebrating this podcast milestone with me. And thank you to all of you who listen in every week! Because if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t continue doing this!

Slainte!

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