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All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in the wine business and I’'m taking no prisoners... I am your host Paul Kalemkiarian 2nd generation owner of the Original Wine of the Month Club; and I am somewhere north of 100,000 wines tasted. How is it that Groupon can sell 12 bottles for $60 and the wines be good? How do you start a winery anyway and lose money? What are 'natural wines' ? And is a screwcap really better than a cork? And s ...
 
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The kind of story you only read about; when she started receiving more emails regarding her passion (wine) than her job, the clues were obvious: Quite your day job. Georgie Jenn taught me a new term; drink out of your comfort zone. I supposed one could take that as a quasi insult..."who is she to tell me what I am drinking" but in reality. it is gr…
 
You are going to be intrigued by her personality and wit. Meet Ryan Kemp of Adelaida Vineyards. Adelaida Vineyards is set a vineyard one might consider historical in Paso Robles. HMR was an early force in getting Paso on the radar and the Adelaida has proudly accepted the torch. It is no wonder they are gaining traction with the likes of Ryan Kemp …
 
Learn about the world of wine influencers; it is fascinating. Listen as we peel path this unusual path to the wine world with a stop in Chemical Engineering, soft drink sales and mechanical apparatus design. Georgia is eloquent and articulate as she walks us through her career and what lies ahead in this post pandemic world. I couldn't help but set…
 
Obvious wines was founded on, well, some obvious principals. Selling and labelling wines by their character seems like an obvious idea...but it had not been done. Enter Brice Borillie, a native of Champagne, France with the idea to source great valued wines by the expressed character driven by the terroir. You have probably seen their wines on the …
 
Though I was unaware of the sales milestone Chile's Concha y Toro winery attained, the conversation I had with winemaker Isabel Mitarakis was thoroughly fascinating. You will learn the extraordinary history of the famed winery and the path to becoming a winemaker for Ms. Mitarakis. Making wine all over the world including a stint in Bordeaux, Ms. M…
 
Buscado Vivo O Muerto makes serious wine in Argentina. You will learn the story direct from the ex-pats mouth! Jeff Mausbach fell in love with his now Argentine wife and ran back to Argentina and found his passion for wine. These are the most interesting wines I have tasted from Argentina in years. The "experiment" to literally plant and compare by…
 
Rose is the mainstay wine in the Cotes de Provence; more accurately on the Saint Tropez peninsula. Even after 32 years of tasting wine each and every Tuesday, I learned something new on the thought processes of Rose and the crazy differences that can be derived from various vinification méthodes. Family owned and operated, the Matton-Farnet family …
 
The grape of Austria if Gruner Veltliner. A noble white grape that can produce crisp sparkling wine and botrytis dessert wine and everything in-between. The primary growing region of this noble grape is Austria and it is grown around such famed locations as Vienna. I was fascinated to learn from Dieter Heubler the nuances of this fantastic grape an…
 
What you will learn about the wines of Tuscany and Piemonte will only be out down by what you will learn about the wine life. Raising 3 children while becoming a million miler in the air, Cristina Mariani-May keeps it all together. I caught up with her in Irvine in the middle of her whirlwind tour of the West Coast promoting the wines of Banfi. She…
 
Franz Leth tells us why Austrian wines deserve a seat at the table of world class wines. A family owned winery with generations of experience that continues to press the virtues of the Austrian noble grape; Gruner Veltliner. Gruner (as we call it in the trade) can produce wines of great variety and style. Much like Riesling, it can produce wines of…
 
Sicilian wines are a regular fascination of mine. Though a small island, the variety of terroir and grapes is vast and the indigenous grapes there are unique. When you taste the wines of Cantine Ermes, you are taken to the island. And that is the point, to provide and share wines that make you emote. to make you feel something, to just ask you to t…
 
Why are wineries taken during war? The Germans invaded France and held up in Bordeaux and other places. The Romans did the same. And in modern history, the Azerbaijans did it to the Armenians. History repeats itself. This is the second story we have heard heard on Wine Talks of the very taking of a winery in the region. This one is a bit different,…
 
Lake County is an important part of the California wine legacy. Pietro Buttitta will teach you the nuances of the area and charm you with his character. A chef, winemaker and promoter, Pietro does what it takes to make premium wine in a premium wine district. Prima Materia Winery grows grapes and crafts wine with an Old World voice that celebrates …
 
The wines of Sardinia have always fascinated me. The savory character from the Mediterranean Sea, the wild varietals and the neighboring islands all combine to create unusual wines of character that cannot be duplicated anywhere on earth. Antonella Mancini and Claudio Salvador, a husband and wife team, have combined their talents to bring to the US…
 
Wine in itself represents history. And wine from the caucus states have had wine for 1000’s of years…and Bulgaria is no exception. I taste 100’s of wine each month and I went back to see how many Bulgarian wines I had tasted since I started using a database to keep track…..8 prior to these Rough Day versions. Roberto Hayk had a vision and a dream t…
 
Learning about Burgundy wines feels like rocket science...but the more you hear from people like David Stephan who live it everyday, the more you begin to decipher the code. Having worked in New York for over 16 years, David has a unique perspective on wine in America and Burgundy France. Maison Louis Jadot is one of the great negociants of Burgund…
 
Understanding the wine of Sicily are not as complicated as Italian wines in general. They are fascinating non the same and my intrigue is always around the grapes most associated with Sicily; Cattarato, Inzolia, Nero d'avola, Grillo and my favorite Nerello Mascalese. In my opinion, the intrigue of Sicilian wines comes from two primary sources. The …
 
Wine is about the story. And this is one interesting story. In 1981, my father featured the 1977 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba. 41 years later, the great nephew of the founder visited with the current line-up from Pio Cesare...and did he get emotional when I presented him with an original copy of my fathers newsletter from 1980. These an other stories…
 
The Albert Bichot winery in Beaune France dates back to the 13th Century. I would consider that a fair amount of experience in what one might consider the most coveted wine region in the world. Burgundy is complicated on the surface. It seems to require some semblance of the french language and certainly a resaonable understanding of the concept of…
 
Want to learn about Piemonte and the home of Nebbiolo? Pull up a chair and have a listen. Piemonte is in the top two appellations for wine production in Italy…naturally, there is Tuscany and its darling grape Sangiovese and then there is Piemonte. To me, Piemonte is bit more complicated than Tuscany, but the Piedmontese are just as proud and stubbo…
 
You will learn that sometimes that who you know can help....like that is a stretch. I always tell my kids..."after what you know, it is who you know" and the reason I say that is evident in this podcast with Jamie Whetstone. As if coming from South Carolina to be in hospitality in the Napa Valley wasn't taking enough of a life risk, Jamie Whetstone…
 
Virtually every response that Nicole gave during this podcast, taught me something. She is the human expression of the moment we all decide that we want to spend the rest of our lives pursuing the knowledge of wine. And I don't mean this to be a "wine geek" moment. The motivation to do what she does comes from passion and no matter what endeavors y…
 
Learn from Ed. Ed Masciana is one of the great wine personalities in Los Angeles. Author of the book Shortcuts on Wine, lecturer, taster, winemaker and disrupter, Ed has worked in all aspects of this great industry. You will find satisfactorily annoying, truly entertaining, and mostly really knowledgeable about wine. When I was working in my father…
 
If you were to call a company in the San Luis Obispo area to drill and new water well or repair an old one, most likely you will call Doug Filliponi. A grass roots type of guy, Dougs experience drilling wells for all industries but particulary the wine industry, brought him to the love of the grape. Though still the lead well driller in SLO, Doug n…
 
I was interested to hear this story. Matt came to me through the regular channels and I had not tasted his wine until the podcast recording. And the more we spoke, the more I was intrigued. Matts parents thought the Pacific Northwest was the place to be. They moved to Walla Walla to venture into a new path of their life. At the time Matt was intere…
 
Vingo Verde is one of the hottest wine categories in America right now. The quality coming from this important region of Portugal is creating consumer awareness of this slightly bubbly wine. The wine regions of Portugal are plenty and anchored by the infamous Port wines. Most American consumers are not aware of the plethora of still wines being pro…
 
A unique combination of education and experience brought Rachel Martin to launch Oceano Wines with husband and co-proprietor, Kurt Deutsch in 2016. A Virginia native, Martin was present at the inception of what is now considered one of that state’s premier wine producers, Boxwood Estate Winery, in 2005. As Executive Vice President of Winery Operati…
 
I have been following Kim Lewis for two years. Some might say I was a social stalker...no, not true; I truly wanted to know what this woman was doing. It seemed rather unusual to start a winery in the heart of New Orleans (turns out there is actual wine history in Louisiana). Her story is compelling and inspiring. Hear how she left college, started…
 
When you think of the wines of South America, you primarily think of the wines from Chile and Aregentina. Both countries with a rich history in wine and both can create world class examples. I searched my tasting database and found have only tasted 35 Urguan wines over that past 20 or so years. And i had my doubts...because typically wines that com…
 
Rosé was not a household word/wine in America. Maybe on the east coast it is more accepted. In that the famed Bob Trinchero raised the awareness of pink wine in America, it was a sweeter, fruited version of its dryer, more sophisticated French counterparts. And for me, Rosé can be just as complex and interesting from a terroir standpoint as any red…
 
You will hear a great discussion of the differences in philosophy and wines throughout Italy. I am a huge fan of the Bonfante wines and was thrilled to have Marco Bonfante in the house to tell us of the generations of his family in the wine trade. Wine and food are naturals and Marco does a great job laying out the foods and wines of north west Ita…
 
Piemonte is one of the prolific wine regions of Italy. Situated about an hour west of Milan it is on the way to France for you geography buffs. It is also home to some of Italys most famous and sought after wines. From the famed white wine Gavi Di Gavi to the most collected Barolo's, Piemonte plays host to a huge variety of wine styles and indigeno…
 
When Jim Barrett won the Judgement of Paris with his 1973 Chardonnay, I don't think he realized the legacy of Napa history he was creating. I caught up with two granddaughters who both carry the torch in their own way; creating unique and separate identities in the Napa Valley. Meet Remi and Chelsea Barrett.…
 
Ian McCaffery wanted to be in wine. He has not only a philosophy on making wine but where and how wines are to be served and presented. He currently makes wine for the famed Joel Gott and Gavin Newsome's Plumpjack winery. His own brand Station 26 was inspired by the lifeguard station in Santa Monica number 26 where he met his wife. We don't know wh…
 
Argentina is considered new world when describing where it fits in the history of wine. The question is....is New World versus Old World a matter of character or oprigin? I think it is a combination of both. Los Noques is a family story of wine and I was intrigued by the passion and desire to let the world know about what pedigree of wines can be c…
 
The energy in the room changes when she walks in....you will have repair the ceiling...because this girl takes the energy through the roof. Tell me, how does a teenager living in Columbis (no wine at all) become so fascinated with making wine that she jumps ship and heads to Cognac and sits on the step of the Presidents office until he admits her i…
 
Franck-Lin Dalle is in the family business but like many before him, he started out forging his own career. As an attorney in Paris, he felt the calling to go back to the Provence and take over the family business. The family has a peculiar rule, one most hand over the reigns when one turns 65; he has a few years to go. Rose is growing in popularit…
 
This Cremant de Loire house has an amazing history as it is now back in the hands of the original family. This story of wine, family and high finance is intriguing and we could have spoken for hours. Now it is Juliette and her father at the helm as she responded to her calling to come back home and be part of the family business. It is also a story…
 
Steven passed a year ago yesterday...I thought it a nice gesture to relaunch his appearance on Wine Talks. In 1976, the Americans beat the French in their own tasting. Meet the architect of this famed event, Steven Spurrier. You will never sip another glass of wine and not think of this story.
 
Vance Rose has done just about everthing in the wine business. When it is all said and done, he felt his calling was to make wine. When I suggesgted his Cabernet Sauvignon was old school his response "that is the best compliment I have had in awhile". The wines he is making at Route Stock are solid examples of their varietals and districts.…
 
Just as humble as can be, Jennifer preferred not to discuss her "rising star" moniker. Working side by side with Katherine Cakebread, Jennifer is at helm of winemaking for the ZIATA brand. An engaging smile and demeanor, Jennifer shares her opinion of all things wine.
 
When the Daou brothers came to Paso Robles to start the famed winery, they spied a property in the Adelaide district that intrigued their senses. Patrimony is a testimony to terroir, culture and the dream of two immigrants. This was one great conversation and you must try the wines. It is not only a story of wine but of immigration, escape, pride a…
 
What was clear during my conversation with Joe Hunter was the main requirement for a successful wine and winery is passion. A true student of the wine industry, Joe tells of the energy and philosophy of the Pahlmeyer family and their stake in the Wayfarer brands. Completely inspirational...a must hear.…
 
Meet Lionel Raymond. After a stint as a petroleum engineer, Lionel got the bug. The buyer of the the family Chateau defaulted and Lionel and his father took it back and they now responsible for the largest organic vineyard holdings. Incredible journey and story of Chateau Lagarde.
 
Frances Dinkelspiel has written two New York Times best-selling books; the latest was Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arson in the Vineyards of California. She follows the trails of some of the most notorious deceitful events in the wine trade...and it ain't pretty. You will want to read the book immediately.…
 
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