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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!

Interested in reading about Penfold’s $168,000 bottle? Click here.

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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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Craving Bubbles? Pour Franciacorta

Craving Bubbles? Pour Franciacorta

August 5, 2019

photo credit: BERLUCCHI VINEYARDS

Today on Exploring the Wine Glass we are talking Franciacorta! Before we begin, we have one thing that we have to get out of the way…. It’s not Champagne! In order to be legally called Champagne, the sparkling wine must come from the Champagne region of France. Now that we have that over with, let’s talk Franciacorta!

Everyone has heard the statement, Location, Location, Location. Well, Franciacorta has it all! Located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy within the Brescia(BRESCHA) province, the region is nestled at the foothills of the Alps. You can find Lake Iseo (E SAY O) to the south and the region then stretches in a near perfect square for about 15 miles through the Oglio(O LE O) River. In these flatlands, you can find both magnificent vineyards and olive groves.

I was invited to NYC to taste through some delicious Franciacorta wines. These wines are well worth your effort to seek them out. Trust me! I hope you enjoy the conversation.  If you would like to read more about Franciacorta, please read my blog. You can find the post at bit.ly/FranciacortaNYC

Slainte!   

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Winemakers of the Haro District, Rioja

Winemakers of the Haro District, Rioja

July 29, 2019

From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connected the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan.  Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings, and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system.

After much controversy and considerable effort and six years, the third and final section was completed. The aerial park is just under 1.5 miles.

I had the opportunity to attend the Rioja Railway Wine Experience which allowed me to taste Rioja's most exceptional wines. Since this region was changed forever thanks to the Industrial Age and specifically the train, it was a perfect location to experience these incredible wines. I had previously published a Master Class podcast from this same day. If you missed it, and are interested in hearing more about these wines, scroll back to episode 109.

I recorded this podcast alongside my partner in wine crime, Debbie Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess. Be sure to check out her podcast also! And special thanks to her, since I lost my, alright, I accidentally deleted my, audio for this podcast and she generously shared it with me!  

We interviewed the following wineries. Thanks to Debbie Gioquindo for the tasting notes, as I also have no idea where I placed mine! Be sure to visit her website to read more about these wineries and listen to her podcast! 

Vina Pomal Bodegas Bilbainas

2018 Vina Pomal Blanco A blend of Malvasia and Viura with each grape bringing a different element to the wine. Very aromatic, fresh and vibrant. SRP $20
 
2014 Vina Pomal Reserva This is 100% Tempranillo aged for 18 months in American oak and 2 years in the bottle. Lots of dark fruit and cocoa with soft tannins. SRP $20
 
2011 Vina Pomal Gran Reserva This is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged for 2 years in American oak and another 3 years in the bottle. Elegant with layers of black and red fruit. This will pair with many foods. Drink now or age.
 

Bodegas Roda

2010 Bodegas Roda Roda 107 Made with 3 year old vines, although made with young vines this wine is complex. Notes of vanilla, bright red raspberry, blackberry layers and bursts of white pepper on the finish.
 
2015 Bodegas Roda A blend of 86% Tempranillo, 8% Granacha and 6% Graciano from vines older than 30 years. Ripe red fruit with cherry dancing throughout. Hints of cinnamon and clove on the finish.
 
2016 Cirsion This wine is made with individual selections of the oldest vines. It is not made every year. The 2016 is a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano. Earthy notes with black and red fruit. Powerful yet delicate with fine tannins, hints of licorice notes dance on the palate. SRP $325
 

Bodegas Muga

2015 Bodegas Muga Torre Muga This is a blend of 75% Tempranillo 15% Mazuelo and 10% Graciano. It spent 18 months in new Allier French oak barrels and 6 months in oak vat. It’s big, it’s nice, easy drinking with black fruit and nice black pepper spice on the finish. SRP $110
 
2010 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva A blend of 80% Tempranillo 10% Garnacha with the balance of Mazuelo and Graciano. Aged for 9 months in new French oak and then 27 months in second-fill French and American oak barrels. Then the wine is bottled and aged 36 months in the cellar before released. This particular vintage was a “perfect” vintage in their eyes. Beautiful plum and dark fruit with the black pepper spice and soft on the palate.
 
2015 Bodegas Muga Reserve Another wine made with a blend of 70% Tempranillo 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano. This was aged 24 months in 70% French oak barrels and 30% American oak barrels. Then aged for another 12 months in the bottle before release. Nice red and black fruit, cherry, blackberry, violets and white pepper on finish. SRP $30
~Slainte! 
 
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Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

July 22, 2019

Hey Everyone! On today’s podcast I am taking you to NY for an intimate tasting with the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers  better known as (ZAP) and owner of corkbuzz Laura Fiorvanti. The event was held at Corkbuzz NYC and its purpose was to help explore Zinfandel’s place on the world stage of wine, preserving legendary Zinfandel vineyards in California and why Zinfandel is, according to those passionate about the variety, one of the most versatile food wines out there.

Mike and I have enjoyed Zinfandel for a long time. We didn’t jump on the bandwagon, we pretty much were in front of it. There are so many expressions of this grape, and this wine tasting demonstrated that.

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:
Ridge Vineyards | David Amadia, president
https://www.ridgewine.com/
Berryessa Gap Vineyards | Nicole Salengo, winemaker
http://www.berryessagap.com/
Dry Creek Vineyard | Kim Stare Wallace, owner
https://www.drycreekvineyard.com/
Bear Flag Wines | Winemaker, Aaron Piotter
https://www.bearflagwine.com/

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Winephabet Street; X is for Xinomavro

Winephabet Street; X is for Xinomavro

July 15, 2019

On today’s episode, we are returning to Winephabet Street.  Today’s letter of the day is X is it stands for Xinomavro (KSEE NO MAVRO). Xinomavro itself is a conjunction of the Greek words for acid and black, although this is often translated as black and sour. I was able to find a bottle at a local wine shop for $14.99 and I have to honestly say it would be case worthy. But since this there was only one bottle left, that does not seem to be in my future. 

It was not an easy bottle for Debbie or I to find. I think Greek wines have so much to offer, but am not 100% sure why they are so difficult to find. Part of me thinks it is because Americans don’t like to drink wines that they have to Google how to pronounce.

I hope you enjoy this episode of Winephabet Street. Please let us know what wines or regions you would like us to research for season 2,  which is just around the corner! And don’t forget to follow Exploring the Wine Glass on the all the socials and remember to rate review and subscribe!

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Are Wine Gadgets Worth Your Money? Wine Writers’ Wrap Up

Are Wine Gadgets Worth Your Money? Wine Writers’ Wrap Up

July 8, 2019

It’s time to grab a glass and join my write writing friends as we delve into the world of wine! It’s the best world, isn’t it?  Today, we are chatting about wine gadgets.  By definition a gadget is an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty. Joining me are Michael Kelly, Debbie Gioquindo, Rick Dean, Maria Ferrora and Nick Berube. We discuss some of the top purchased wine gadgets in 2019 and give our opinions on whether they are worth opening your wallet for!

Riddle: 

We are many and one,

We wave and we drum,

We will cover a stare,

With you everywhere.

Answer; scroll down. 

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Riddle answer:

Hands

Hudson Valley Cab Franc Coalition

Hudson Valley Cab Franc Coalition

July 1, 2019

Today’s podcast is all about Cab Franc Baby!  If you are listening to this podcast, you know that Cab Franc is my passion.  I created Cab Franc Day back in 2015. That first year, I hosted a twitter chat and could not believe my eyes when I saw it trending on Twitter. Just behind cookie day. It’s tough to beat a cookie!

Since then my holiday has made it international. It is celebrated across the globe and I have no idea how it happened, but sometimes you don’t need to know the why, you just need to be happy with it!  Several regions have since named Cab Franc their flagship grape, including Villany Hungary (you can listen to several podcasts and read my blogs about my trip there) and the Hudson Valley, which is the focus of this podcast. 

The Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition is a group of Hudson Valley winery owners, grape growers, winemakers, and wine industry supporters committed to establishing a Cabernet Franc brand identity for the Hudson River Region.  They had a barrel tasting event at the end of May, and i was more than happy to take the drive to meet the people behind the wineries that came together over their love of Cabernet Franc. 

On the podcast:

Milea Estate Vineyard

40 Hollow Circle, Staatsburg, NY 12580 • 845-389-0313 / 845-264-0403 • Website

Millbrook Winery

26 Wing Road, Millbrook, NY 12545 • 845-677-8383 • Website

Robibero Winery

714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 • 845-255-9463 • Website

Benmarl Winery

156 Highland Avenue • Marlboro, NY 12542 • 845-236-4265 • Website

Nostrano Vineyards

14 Gala Lane, Milton, New York 12547 • 845-795-5473 • Website

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

331 Mckinstry Road, Gardiner, NY 12525 • 845-255-4613 • Website

Glorie Farm Winery

40 Mountain Road, Marlboro, NY 12542 • 845-236-3265 • Website

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