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Talking Finger Lakes History with John Wagner

Talking Finger Lakes History with John Wagner

July 13, 2020

When I asked the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance who I should speak to about the history of the region, they directed me to John Wagner of Wagner Vineyards. I was lucky enough to have John jump on a Zoom conversation with me. His family has been involved in the Finger Lakes wine industry for generations. Not only does he know the history of the region, but he knows how to make exceptional wines. Wagner Vineyards was named 2019 New York Wine Classic Winery of the Year, after 4 of his Rieslings received Double Gold! I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.  

Now, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets discuss the history of the Finger Lakes!

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Bargain Bordeaux

Bargain Bordeaux

July 6, 2020

Today I am sharing another Raid Y(our) Cellar virtual tasting. This one is near and dear to me. When I heard they were go to discuss Bordeaux, my ears perked up, but when they continued to say that they would be discussing Bordeaux under $100 I almost fell off my chair.

The pandemic is an awful thing and there are so many negatives that have occurred because of it. And sadly, one of those negatives is that en primeur was cancelled. It is during this time that wine professionals from around the world fly to Bordeaux to barrel sample the newest vintage. And let me tell you from experience, it is an incredible event. 

After the tastings are over, the release price is determined by the reviews that the wine receives. With this year’s tasting cancelled, it makes it very difficult to determine a price. So the odds are that the wines will be released at a lower than typical point. And although that is bad news for the chateaux, it could be very advantageous to someone who has wanted to begin collecting Bordeaux wines.

The conversation you will hear today is not about purchasing futures of the 2019 vintage, but rather previous vintages are available at a bargain prices. Wines that you can begin your collection with and not break the bank.

These virtual tastings are free to join but you may want to contribute in support of the United Sommeliers Foundation, a non for profit organization that helps wine industry professionals during times of hardship. If you’d like to make a donation you can click here.

Now, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets discuss the bargain Bordeaux!

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Talking Indigenous Yeast with Fathers & Daughters Cellars on Winephabet Street

Talking Indigenous Yeast with Fathers & Daughters Cellars on Winephabet Street

June 29, 2020

Welcome to another episode of Winephabet Street. The letter of the day is I and it stands for  Indigenous Yeast. We had the distinct honor of having guest host and sponsor Guy Pacurar, owner of Fathers and Daughters Cellars.

One of many decisions a winemaker must make when they are processing their wine is what yeast they will use to ferment their wine. There is a multitude of commercial yeast that we can choose from. Each one with a specific characteristic that helps provide the profile that we want in the finished product. However, we can choose not to use commercial yeast, and rely on the indigenous or wild yeast that come into the winery on the fruit.

Join us as we discuss the positives and negatives to using both commercial and indigenous yeast and learn about Fathers and Daughters history. Guy provided me with a sample of his Ella’s Reserve Pinot Noir and it was wonderful to be sipping it as he told us the story of how it got its name. I really enjoyed the conversation and I hope you do also!

Before we get into the interview I want to share another 5 star review with you! This one titled “Easy Listening”  One of the most user-friendly wine podcasts around. Lori asks thoughtful questions without wine geek speak! I am enjoying the “behind the scenes” info on what goes into great wine today. Look forward to catching up on past episodes.” Why not be like Killer Jones 99 and share your thoughts about Exploring the Wine Glass?!

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Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco!

Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco!

June 22, 2020

Do you remember your elementary school days? There were the small desks and short water fountains. You stayed in one classroom, but the subject you were learning about changed throughout the day. Oh, and don’t forget about recess! The best time of the day!

Back then, the three Rs were all the rage! Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It is said that there are three learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. For wine lovers, kinesthetic is definitely our favorite modality. The best way to learn about wine is to taste it and over the last few months I was privileged to taste my way through the Three Bs of Italy.

On today’s episode, I am sharing another Raid Y(our) Cellar virtual event I attended hosted by Benchmark Wine Group on Barolo and Barbaresco made from Nebbiolo and Brunello which is made from Sangiovese. Better known as the Three Bs.

These virtual tastings are free to join but you may want to contribute in support of the United Sommeliers Foundation, a non for profit organization that helps wine industry professionals during times of hardship. If you’d like to make a donation you can click here.

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Drinking IPA with Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing

Drinking IPA with Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing

June 15, 2020

Man cannot live on wine alone! No matter how much we try! But in all seriousness, as a winemaker, we admittedly drink a lot of wine, but sometimes our palate just craves something different. When that happens, we turn to beer and usually IPA. I can be found on untapped as lodolphin. If you are on that app, give me a follow and you’ll see exactly how much IPA I drink!

While we have been in confinement, virtual has taken on a whole new meaning. I have sat down and virtually clinked with many friends and although it doesn’t replace the in real life experience, it is really nice to at least be able to see the faces. Thank you to Gregory and Vine for putting this virtual tasting together with Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing. 

So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle – or pop open an IPA and listen in to the conversation. 

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Hunter Valley on Winephabet Street

Hunter Valley on Winephabet Street

June 8, 2020

Hey everyone! Thanks for listening in! Today we are back on Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is H and it stands for the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley is located in the state of New South Wales Semillon is widely considered the iconic wine of the region. But in terms of plantings the most widely planted grape varieties in descending order, are Chardonnay, Semillon and Verdelho among the whites and Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot among the reds. So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle as Debbie and I discuss the history, general characteristics and suggested food pairings for wines from the Hunter Valley.  

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What’s Wine Without Cheese?

What’s Wine Without Cheese?

June 1, 2020

Today on Allure of the Pour, I am sitting down with Maria from Wine and Cheese Friday to get the scoop on all thing cheese! If you are anything like me, there is no better meal than a nice glass (or two; maybe three) of wine and cheese! That right there is my happy place. Did you know there was a National Cheese Day?! Well, you do now and Maria will fill us in on the deets. Wine and Cheese Calendar

So join me as I learn about the types of cheese, why there’s ash in cheese, whether you eat that rind or not and what the heck Miss Muffet was sitting on her tuffet eating. So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and enjoy! Now lets get to the CHEESE!

Maria Ferraro Beardsley can be found at WineandCheeseFriday.com and on the socials Twitter: @winecheesefri and Instagram @winecheesefri 

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Virtual Wine Tasting with Dracaena Wines

Virtual Wine Tasting with Dracaena Wines

May 25, 2020

HI everyone! I hope this podcast finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. In today’s world, with tasting rooms closed (hopefully starting to open this week!) people are still looking to wine to comfort them and to pass the hours by.  Many wineries have gone to virtual tastings.

Dracaena Wines, as you may know does not have a tasting room, but these times have greatly affected us also. Normally the weekends of these months would spent at different winery events introducing our wines to new customers. Without these events, it is extremely difficult to reach new customers, so, we too have turned to virtual tastings. 

In today’s episode, listen in to some of what we discuss during a live tasting. Keep in mind that it is only a sample of what we discuss during a virtual tasting. The idea is to wet your whistle, not give you the whole enchilada, so there are segways into different portions of the event.

If this does peak your interest and you would like to schedule your own virtual event with Dracaena Wines, please reach out in an email at contact@dracaenawines.com or use the contact us form on the site. We appreciate your support and we are confident that you will enjoy the event but we know you will love the wine!

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Discussing Biodynamic Practices in Paso Robles

Discussing Biodynamic Practices in Paso Robles

May 18, 2020

Today I am sharing a Zoom event that was arranged by the Paso Robles Wine Alliance. They hold the virtual chats on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm Pacific if you would like to join one in the future.

On this episode, Chris Taranto of Paso Robles Wine Alliance discusses biodynamic wine making along with Neil Collins of Tablas Creek and Lone Madrone, Cris Cherry of Villa Creek and Niels Udsen of Castoro Cellars and Bethel Rd Distillery. Listen in to learn from three of the top Biodynamic winemakers.

But before we get into that, I’d like to share a new 5 star review of the podcast from Freckles62. Take a trip with Lori to discover so many great stories about what it takes to make great wine. She’s poured her heart into discovering fascinating stories behind wonderful brands and bottles and helps to bring to life all the hard work that goes into the glass. Enjoy!” Thank you so much for your wonderful words and for taking the time to rate and review! I’d love to be able to read your review too! So while you are listening to this Paso Robles Wine Alliance podcast please swipe to rate and review me also!

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Walking the Vineyards with Francesco Ricasoli

Walking the Vineyards with Francesco Ricasoli

May 11, 2020

Located in the center of Chianti Classico stands an impressive castle that dates back to the middle ages. The Brolio Castle is the home of the oldest winery in Italy and the once home of Baron Ricasoli. The Ricasoli family has played an important role in not just the Chianti wine industry but also to the existence of Italy as a unified country itself.

On today’s episode, join me as we were guided through the vineyards and the winery by Francesco Ricasoli himself. 

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