Exploring the Wine Glass
What’s the Deal With Celebrity Wines?

What’s the Deal With Celebrity Wines?

September 21, 2020

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 some of my wine writer friends and we discuss the increasing number of celebrities who are entering the wine business. Are they just slapping their name on a label to help a product sell or are they following their passion and truly wanting to learn what it takes to produce high quality wines. Would you buy a wine simply because a celebrity makes it?

Riddle:

You had me today

Tomorrow you’ll have more

As time passes,

I’m not easy to store.

I don’t take up space

But I’m only in one place

I am what you saw

But not what you see

What am I?

scroll down for the answer!

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MoreThan Wine in Paso - We Have Spirits Too!

MoreThan Wine in Paso - We Have Spirits Too!

September 14, 2020

Today, I am taking you, thanks once again to the Paso Wine Alliance and Chris Taranto, on a virtual visit of distilleries in Paso Robles. Everyone knows that Paso makes exceptional wine, but we also make amazing craft beer and now a growing number of distilleries producing incredible spirits.

Join me as I learn about the distilling process from the pros. Aaron Bergh of Calwise Spirits, Alex Villican of ReFind Spirits and Max Udsen of Bethel Rd. Distillery. I love teaching people the process of tasting wine, but that is NOT how you want to approach tasting spirits. I’ll let them tell you the proper way as well as how they incorporate using the outstanding fruit from Paso to make quality spirits. And finally, we get the answer to the age old question of why is wine and beer a percentage in terms of ABV and spirits talked about as proof!

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So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle, and lets learn about spirits!

Alex Villicana, Re:Find Handcrafted Spirits

Aaron Bergh, CalWise Spirits Co.

Max Udsen, Bethel Rd. Distillery

Chris Taranto, Paso Robles Wine Alliance

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Kabar on Winephabet Street

Kabar on Winephabet Street

September 7, 2020

Hey everyone thanks for listening in! Today we return to Winephabet Street with another special guest. Edit Bai is the winemaker for Chateau Dereszla in the Tokaj region of Hungary.  If you google Kabar, a white grape, Chateau Dereszla is the winery that pops up first. So we thought it was fantastic that we were able to learn about this Hungarian grape from an expert. I’d like to send out a very special thank you to Agnes Nemeth / Creative Writer, Editor, Founder of Hungarianwines.eu for being instrumental in organizing the introduction that allowed us to ultimately record this episode! So köszönöm Agnes!I am sure I completely destroyed the proper pronunciation! So let’s get right to it! It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets learn about the white Hungarian grape variety Kabar on  Winephabet Street!

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Does a High ABV Equate to a Bad Wine?

Does a High ABV Equate to a Bad Wine?

August 31, 2020

Today I am back with another Paso Hangout thanks to Paso Robles Wine Alliance.  We all love wine and what makes wine awesome is, lets face it.. the alcohol! But alcohol can get out to hand.

Listen in as Wes Hagen, winemaker for J. Wilkes Wines and the godfather of Paso Robles, Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery talk about how wines need to be made in a specific way and the high alcohol wines are on their way out. Really? I don’t think so… and neither do they! In reality, balance is what makes the difference and alcohol needs to be part of the formula to create a balanced wine.

Thank you again to the Paso Robles Wine Alliance for putting this conversation together. You can find out more about them by visiting their website pasowine.com. So lets unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets listen in as these three discuss alcohol in wine.

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Drew Nenow; Nenow Family Wines Paso Robles

Drew Nenow; Nenow Family Wines Paso Robles

August 24, 2020

Today on Allure of the Pour I am sitting down with Drew Nenow of Nenow Family Wines in Paso Robles! I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Drew. We found out we have a lot in common, between growing up with a parent who is an electrician, to both being volleyball coaches… oh and a little thing like being a winemaker in Paso Robles.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. If you enjoy this episode, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast. I know I ask every week- but it takes less than a minute and it means so much! Thanks! So now, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets talk Paso Wine!

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Sherry; Much More Than Grandma’s Sweet After Dinner Drink

Sherry; Much More Than Grandma’s Sweet After Dinner Drink

August 17, 2020

Jerez is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world, but in all honesty, I know very little about it. During the WSET Level 2 class, sherry was covered, but very briefly. I have not had many sherries, and I have promised myself that I will attempt to make myself more familiar with it.

So when I heard that there was going to be an episode of Raid (y)Our Cellar dedicated to Sherry, I knew it was one I had to listen in. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. As I learned, there is a Sherry for an occasion and unlike my initial thoughts, it is not all grandma’s sweet after dinner drink. From the dry and light, Fino wines, to the subtly bitter taste of a cold glass of Manzanilla or the sweetness and caramel hints of a Cream. Sherry truly is a wine that can be paired with any food pairing.

So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle, sit down and enjoy the conversation. Sherry is a wine that is misunderstood by the market and I hope this episode helps you navigate your way through the confusing waters.

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Clément Pierlot of Champagne Pommery

Clément Pierlot of Champagne Pommery

August 10, 2020

I am so excited to share today’s episode with you. I am a huge Champagne fan, actually I am a fan of all bubbles, but there is something about Champagne that is special. They will you that it is the soil and the weather. They will tell you that it is the strict regulations on how they can process the  wine. They will tell you that it is the pruning methods or the second fermentation in bottle.

I cannot guarantee exactly what it makes Champagne special, but I can guarantee that it  is. So when Champagne Pommery reached out to me to ask if I was interested in interviewing the 10th cellar master and discuss one of the oldest Champagne houses, I of course was interested! But when they told me that Champagne Pommery is now producing California Sparkling, let me tell you it was a no brainer. I wanted to hear the story!

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Surfing and Winemaking

Surfing and Winemaking

August 3, 2020

Today, I am sharing another Paso Zoom Hangout with you, put on by the Paso Robles Wine Alliance.  There are so many things that I love about Paso. Yes, the wines are phenomenal and there is so much to do beyond wine tasting, but it is the people that truly make it special. Where else can you talk about the correlation of wine and surfing than right here in Paso!

Listen in as Josh Beckett of Peachy Canyon Winery, Phillip Pfunder of Law Estate Wines, and Patrick Muran of Niner Wine Estates join Christopher Taranto of the Paso Robles Wine Alliance. They discuss how the art and science of surfing aligns with the art and science of winemaking.

If you would like to find other Paso Hangouts to listen to or watch live, head to pasowine.com, the best place to explore Paso Robles. While you are listening, please remember to subscribe rate and review and tell your friends to listen to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast. So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets talk surfing and winemaking!  

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Jura on Winephabet Street

Jura on Winephabet Street

July 27, 2020

Today, we return to Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is J and it stands for Jura.  Please take the time to swipe on your phone and leave a rating and review. We really rely on those reviews to move us up the charts within the podcast aggregators so that they recommend us to others. And if you know of someone who is into wine, we would greatly appreciate you mentioning us to them. I have found some of my favorite podcasts to listen to by word of mouth!

The Jura is one of the smallest wine regions in France, at approximately 2,000 ha (almost 5,000 acres). It is located on the far eastern edge of France, sandwiched between Burgundy and the Swiss Alps. In many articles about the region, thanks to its remoteness, the wines are classified as “weird” “obscure” “offbeat” “geeky”or the “missing piece for winelovers.”

Thoughout this series, I have found so many wine regions and varietals that have been interesting, but I have to say that the Jura is the one region that has made me stop and say “That is so cool” more times than any other! So sit back, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets get into the Jura region of France.

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Cariñena; A Region to Watch

Cariñena; A Region to Watch

July 20, 2020

The Cariñena Denominación de Origen (DO), situated about halfway between Madrid and Barcelona, was created in 1932 making it one of the oldest protected wine regions in Europe. Vineyards with the Cariñena region range from 400m(~1300 feet) above sea level to about 800m (~2600 feet) in the Sierra de la Virgen mountains. Of the four DOs located in the region of Aragón, Cariñena is the largest. Cariñena DO is in the northeast region of the country, and is not only the geographical name, but also the grape itself. Possibly more commonly known as Carignan, Cariñena is no longer the most planted grape in the region. That honor is now held by Garnacha, which is believed to also have its origins in this region. 

I had the privilege to sit in on a Zoom virtual tasting sponsored by Gregory and Vine to discuss the wines of the region. OOH! and of course I got to drink some exceptional wine. My sample was from Bodegas Paniza who produces single varietal wines representing the best terroirs of the region.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and trust me when I tell you that Cariñena is a region to watch and such an incredible value. So, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets virtually visit Cariñena!  

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