2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Latitudes & Longitudes

Originating from the Burgundy region of France, the pinot noir grape seems to have literally gotten a toehold in every corner of the globe. And, clonal material aside, it is the same grape that has been transplanted to these other climes. So, how does a reputedly fussy grape deal with the various climates and geology? […]

Posted by on 29 January 2016 | 11:43 am

The Wines of Montalcino – with Fattoria dei Barbi

Along with Biondi-Santi, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar. The estate includes vineyards in Montalcino, Scansano and Chianti […]

Posted by on 21 December 2015 | 2:48 pm

2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Gevrey-Chambertin vs Vosne Romanée

The wines of Burgundy always elicit emotions – and frequently more than just the aromas and the flavors. In this seminar from the 2015 World of Pinot Noir, the two presenters conduct a mock trial to determine which of two Côte de Nuits powerhouses has the better wines. The case of Gevrey-Chambertin vs. Vosne Romanée […]

Posted by on 14 December 2015 | 3:47 pm

Wineries of Napa Valley – with Odette Estate Winery

With their purchase of the Steltzner vineyard in 2012, the PlumpJack Group added the Odette Estate Winery to their portfolio. Although the Steltzner Vineyard’s first vintage was 1977, the vineyard was planted in 1965, making it the second vineyard planted to Cabernet in the District (after Nathan Fay). Extensive work to both the vineyard as […]

Posted by on 14 October 2015 | 3:57 pm

Wineries of Oregon – with Brooks Winery

Brooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Portland native, Jimi Brooks. Like most of his counterparts in Oregon, Jimi had a pioneering spirit that carried through to his love of life and winemaking. Sadly, Jimi passed away in 2004 from an aortic aneurism. In the aftermath of such tragedy, it speaks volumes for the Oregon […]

Posted by on 17 September 2015 | 3:27 pm

The Wines of Tuscany – with Tenuta Sette Cieli

“Tenuta Sette Cieli,” or “the estate of the seven skies,” is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

Posted by on 17 August 2015 | 8:30 am

2015 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Wines of The Côte Chalonnaise

One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “lost” appellations and villages. One of these appellations is the Côte Chalonnaise. These wines are […]

Posted by on 3 August 2015 | 8:30 am

Garagistes of California – with Carucci Wines

Many wine lovers dream of taking that step of making wine for themselves. However, it’s a much bigger step – a leap of faith, in fact – to turn one’s avocation into the business of making and selling your wines to the public. Join us as we talk with winemaker Eric Carucci, about how he […]

Posted by on 23 June 2015 | 8:30 am

Château Angelus – with Hubert de Boüard and the Commanderie de Bordeaux

Winegrowing is in Hubert de Boüard’s genes. He grew up surrounded by his family’s vines at Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, and his father bought him his first pair of secateurs, when he was 7, so he could go out and prune the vines. The estate has been owned by the Boüard de Laforest family since […]

Posted by on 9 June 2015 | 7:30 am

The Art and Science of Wine

Is wine more art than science, or vice versa? Arguably, it takes both art AND science to create and deliver the optimum wine-drinking experience. So, we were quite pleased when both these gentlemen came to the studio to talk with us about their winemaking efforts. Coming from different backgrounds (wine vs. food science), each brings […]

Posted by on 21 May 2015 | 7:29 am

Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Talley Vineyards

Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting […]

Posted by on 13 May 2015 | 7:30 am

Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest […]

Posted by on 4 May 2015 | 7:30 am

Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 2

Malbec has become a hot commodity in the market place in recent years, thanks to Argentina’s success with the varietal. However, the grape’s ancestral home in southwest France, near the city of Cahors, has become part of a renaissance taking place that may revive the legacy of the Malbec grape. In this ancient landscape, younger […]

Posted by on 23 April 2015 | 7:30 am

Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 1

If you ask the average wine geek where Malbec comes from, they’re most liable to tell you it’s Argentina. But, that’s just part of the story! True, Argentina has made the grape justifiably famous over the last two decades or more. However, the grape’s ancestral home is in southwest France, centered around the city of […]

Posted by on 13 April 2015 | 7:30 am

Spirits of France – with Cognac Lhéraud

As the saying goes, all Cognac is brandy – but not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is distilled wine, or brandy, and often referred to as eau de vie. Of course, in order to be called Cognac, the brandy must come from the Cognac region in France, and it must be made according to strictly-defined […]

Posted by on 2 April 2015 | 7:30 am

Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround […]

Posted by on 16 March 2015 | 2:40 pm

The Wines of Australia – with Tahbilk

Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne). The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, as well as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties […]

Posted by on 28 February 2015 | 4:14 pm

Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, […]

Posted by on 9 February 2015 | 7:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985. […]

Posted by on 26 January 2015 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur […]

Posted by on 15 January 2015 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne! The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large […]

Posted by on 29 December 2014 | 7:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 1 – Oregon

Pinot Noir’s homeland will always be in Burgundy, France. But, outside of Burgundy, is there actually a more “suited” place for growing and making world class Pinot Noir? Obviously, this is a subjective matter – one for which there may be no definitive answer. Why? Because, as we already know, every ounce of grape-growing soil […]

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 7:51 pm

Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in […]

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This […]

Posted by on 11 November 2014 | 7:28 am

The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape. Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the […]

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 8:30 am