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Discussing the Dao Region of Portugal

Discussing the Dao Region of Portugal

November 11, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass.

I was invited to attend a luncheon in New Jersey hosted by the Dao region of Portugal and arranged by Allison Levine, owner of Please The Palate, a boutique agency specializing in marketing and event planning for the wine and spirits industry. In the heart of Portugal lies the Beira region, which is divided into three sections, the Beira Litoral (the coastal section, home to the Bairrada wine region), the Beira Alta (the upper mountainous region, which is where Dão wine comes from) and the Beira Baixa (the lower region). The key to understanding these wines lies in the geography of the region. Dão is surrounded by mountains, and the vineyards themselves are at altitudes ranging from 1200 to almost 3000 ft. The climate, coupled with the granitic soils, creates terrain perfect for making fine, elegant wines with good acid.

Join me as I learn more about the region and the wines of Dao from Eugenio Jardim, the US Ambassador for the Wines of Portugal and please remember to scroll down, and subscribe rate and review the podcast!

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Winephabet Street; A is for Assyrtiko

Winephabet Street; A is for Assyrtiko

November 4, 2019

Welcome to Winephabet Street Season 2! We have wrapped around and are beginning back at the letter A. If you aren’t familiar with this series, we take a new letter of the alphabet each month and focus on a wine related topic, generally a grape variety, and discuss its general characteristics, history, food pairings and leave you with five fast facts. Oh, and of course… we drink some wine. So unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and enjoy learning all about the Greek grape varietal Assyrtiko.

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Wacky World of Wine 2

Wacky World of Wine 2

October 28, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast sponsored by Dracaena Wines. Today I’m sitting down with my best buddy Nick Berube, aka Wine Comm Guy and we laugh our way through the Wacky World of Wine. We first thank PG&E for shutting down the wine industry by shutting off power, except for a few specific areas. Then Napa Valley vineyard owner going to jail for faking his daughter’s SAT exam, then we travel to Russia, where a man really really needed a bottle of wine and wrap it up with wine made from three penises. Yes- you heard that correctly. And by the way.. This one, you may want your ear buds in. 

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Michael Meagher on Rias Baixas

Michael Meagher on Rias Baixas

October 21, 2019

Welcome to Exploring the Wine Glass podcast. On these types of episodes, I sit down with one person in the wine industry, share a glass and discuss the how, where, what and why they fell in love with wine. I have renamed this series The Allure of the Pour, since we all love the sound of the wine as it fills our glass with anticipation. Today, I sit down with Michael Meagher, Master Sommelier. Find out more about Michael on his website sommelier on demand

A few years ago, thanks to the wine education program, Wine Studio, I was introduced to Albarino and the wines of Rias Baixas. In all honesty, it was love at first sip and I have become an advocate for the region, talking about it to anyone who will listen. Earlier this month, I was invited to a Master Class on Rias Baixas hosted by Gregory & Vine. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but thankfully Stefanie Schwalb was able to arrange this one on one for me! She is the best!! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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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!

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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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