Exploring the Wine Glass
Roger Bissell, Italian Master Somm

Roger Bissell, Italian Master Somm

October 14, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast. On this series that I have renamed The Allure of the Pour, I sit down with Roger Bissell.

About one year ago, I was invited to a Master Class on the wines of Macedonia. I was intrigued. I had never had wine from there, and thought it would be an excellent educational experience. I was so happy after the class to find out that I was right. Roger Bissell, the Master Somm who ran the class, was not only informative, but entertaining.

After the class, we chatted a bit, and I truly enjoyed the conversation. When he reached out a few months ago asking about the podcast, I knew it was going to be a great interview. Once again, I was right! After listening to this podcast, if you would like to learn more about the wines of Macedonia, please give listen to episode 77!

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Simon Solis Cohen; Entrepreneur & Consultant for Wine Industry

Simon Solis Cohen; Entrepreneur & Consultant for Wine Industry

October 7, 2019

On this episode of Exploring the Wine Glass, I sit down with Simon Solis Cohen of Tating Merchants, your online resource for small batch wines.  I first met Simon on Instagram. I may have mixed feelings about the platform, but in this case it proved to know what it was doing when they recommended Tasting Merchants.

I clicked the follow button and liked several of the photos, and then there was a DM. We conversed a few times within Instagram and then decided a phone call was in order. I spoke with him as I was walking the very loud streets of NYC and we discussed how I can help promote not only his business, but the wineries he supports.

Shortly after, I received two samples; a Cabernet Franc and a Grenache Blanc; both of which I enjoyed and posted on my social media channels.

Join me today, as I interview Simon and find out more about him, Tasting Merchants, the two wines I sampled as well as other wineries in his portfolio.

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Katie Madigan; Winemaker at St. Francis Winery

Katie Madigan; Winemaker at St. Francis Winery

September 30, 2019

Today I sit down with Katie Madigan.  Katie is the rockstar winemaker for St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa, CA. Her name may not be known in every winelover’s household today, but I know we will be hearing more great things about her in the upcoming years.  We sat down and discussed how she went from pursuing a Chemistry major at UC Santa Barbara to being named Female Winemaker of the Year! We also talked through four wines in her portfolio. I didn’t have time to taste them, but after our conversation, I can’t wait to pop the corks on them!

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The Dahl Murder; True Crime and Wine

The Dahl Murder; True Crime and Wine

September 23, 2019

Hey everyone! Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass! I have something very special for you today!  It is something completely different. I think that most podcasters also listen to podcasts. I mean,  otherwise how else would we have caught the bug to get behind the mic? I’m always curios what podcasts people enjoy listening to and of course, am constantly looking for new ones to fill my que.  Besides a multitude of wine podcasts, the other categories that I love to listen to are true crime and supernatural. 

Today, I thought it would be intriguing to cross over into another realm. Of course, I am not changing gears completely. I don’t think I could ever give up talking about wine. But I definitely could merge the two! So today, I am bringing you True Crime and Wine. I hope you enjoy!

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Cary Gott of Calla Lily Winery

Cary Gott of Calla Lily Winery

September 16, 2019

The name Calla Lily comes from a Greek word for beauty. At some point during the 19th century, flowers began to be associated with the expression of specific feelings and the stunning cone shaped calla lily became the symbol of youth and rebirth. You will often find it in arrangements that are sent for major transitions, such as births and new beginnings. It is also the symbol of the latest wine venture for fourth generation winemaker Cary Gott.

On this episode of Exploring the Wine Glass, I sit down with Cary and learn all about Pope Valley, Calla Lily and his “hand holding get you into the wine industry” business.  While you are listening, please scroll down and rate us as well as leaving us a review. In just over two years I have amazingly almost 21K downloads and your reviews are what helps other people find me! I would love to read your review on the next podcast!

If you would like to learn even more about Calla Lily and Cary Gott, please read my blog post at Youth, Rebirth and a Fourth Generation Winemaker bit.ly/gottcl

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Winephabet Street; Z is for Zinfandel

Winephabet Street; Z is for Zinfandel

September 9, 2019

Welcome back to Winephabet Street! It is hard to believe that we have been doing this for 26 months! Yep, that’s right. Today’s letter of the day is Z and it stands for the mighty Zinfandel.  This is a grape variety that has played a major role in the history of wine in the United States. One, which since the beginning of Winephabet Street, had the longest and easiest to find history. So settle in, uncork, unscrew or saber a bottle and join in the fun as we wrap up the first season of Winephabet Street.

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Lea Tirard-Hersant Teaches Me Some French for Winelovers

Lea Tirard-Hersant Teaches Me Some French for Winelovers

September 2, 2019

Hey everyone! Thanks for listening in today! I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lea Tirard-Hersant, developer of the Staircase program. Born and raised in Anju, France, Lea turned her love of linguistics into a booming business.

You may be thinking to yourself, well, what does that have to do with wine? It has a whole lot to do with it! Lea has many students who are in the wine industry and have learned French in preparation for their internships or harvest experiences in France. 

She even gave me a spontaneous lesson! One I think I failed miserably at, but she says I did quite well. I’ll let you be the judge!

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How much is too much money for wine?

How much is too much money for wine?

August 26, 2019

Today, on the podcast, I got together with some wine writing friends to discuss a topic in the wine world that has been hitting the headlines quite a bit lately.  How much is too much to spend on bottle of wine? The topic was triggered by the announcement of Liber Pater declared that he was going to produce 550 bottles of his 2015 vintage and release them for $34K.

Now, that may be a price tag that the majority of us couldn’t even contemplate spending, but then on Instagram, a post by Amber Burke of winetraveleats, posted a photo of a bottle of Nickel & Nickel, with a hefty price tag of $185. This triggered a rather long back and back debate over whether the wine was worth it. 

With that, I opted to get my friends together and have a little heart to heart about what we are willing to spend on a bottle of wine. And is any bottle worth $34K.

RIDDLE:
I may be young

I may be old,

Either way I’ve been hung.

Our senses, they must be keen

But it is I who must breath

Before my personality can be seen.

(scroll down for the answer)

 

On this episode with me:

Anatoli Levine of Talkavino

Amber Burke of WineTravelEats

Michael Kelly of California Wine and Wineries

Slainte!

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Riddle answer: Wine

Wine Importer - Alyssa Wolf

Wine Importer - Alyssa Wolf

August 19, 2019

A few months ago, my friends over at #winePW were discussing wines of South Africa.  When the topic was announced I immediately knew where to go to get the best South African wine. Lyss and Ian Wolf of Red Wolf Imports ! I met them online.. (of course) and was lucky enough to meet Lyss in real life. It was interesting to me to learn about another side of the wine industry. Wine importing is intriguing, and how they got into it captivated me. 

If you would like to read my post about South African wine, it can be found at bit.ly/wpwsf.  I felt that I couldn’t do enough justice to Alyssa and Red Wolf Imports in the post, so I wanted her to come on the podcast to tell us her story and to share what it is like to be a wine importer.

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Winephabet Street; Y is for Yarra Valley

Winephabet Street; Y is for Yarra Valley

August 12, 2019

Welcome back to Winephabet Street! Today Elmo’s letter of the day is Y and he is talking about the Yarra Valley in Australia! The region is named after the river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. The name Yarra Valley is used in reference to the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River and generally does not encompass the lower regions including the city and suburban areas.

So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and enjoy this episode of Winephabet Street. We’ll give you the history, general characteristics, food pairings and give you facts to take away with you about the Yarra Valley. Have you had Yarra Valley wines? Send us a message to let us know!

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