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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 ...
 
A wine podcast bringing the joys of wine to wherever you are in the world. This is the place for fun, casual wine conversations, with tips, wine facts and wine tasting to inspire your next bottle of wine or vineyard visit. Listen to Winemakers, Sommeliers and Master of Wines who share their extensive knowledge, talking about wine regions and their terroir, their favourite wine pairings and winemaking techniques. This podcast is ideal for anyone starting their wine journey and studying WSET l ...
 
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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 …
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE PLEASE vote for me at The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards. Voting is open ONLY FOR JULY 2022. I am in the ‘ARTS’ Category. CLICK HERE TO VOTE and thank you so much!! This is the last episode of Season 2. Season 3 will start in September. I am finishing on a high with Fergus Elias, the head winemaker of Balfour wi…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE PLEASE vote for me at The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards. Voting is open ONLY FOR JULY 2022. I am in the ‘ARTS’ Category. CLICK HERE TO VOTE and thank you so much!! This is part 2 of my viticulture series. If you haven’t heard part 1, go back to episode 98. However, if you are ready for part two, we are going be…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE PLEASE vote for me at The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards. Voting is open ONLY FOR JULY 2022. I am in the ‘ARTS’ Category. CLICK HERE TO VOTE and thank you so much!! This is Part 2 with Laura Felluga, granddaughter of Livio Felluga, the rebuilder of the Friulian viticulture. This episode is all about the grapes v…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE PLEASE vote for me at The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards. Voting is open ONLY FOR JULY 2022. I am in the ‘ARTS’ Category. CLICK HERE TO VOTE and thank you so much!! This week I am joined with Laura Felluga who is the granddaughter of a great man: the man who reestablished and rebuilt the wine culture in Friuli. …
 
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,…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This episode is Part 2 with Paul Kalemkiarian who is the owner of the original wine of the month club. We dive into the modern day history of drinking habits in the US and it’s reputation around the world. We look at how The 1976 Judgement of Paris put California on the map, and Paul goes into detail laying out…
 
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 …
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This episode is Part 1 with Paul Kalemkiarian who is the owner of the original wine of the month club, based out of LA, California. During his 32 years in the trade he has tasted up of 100,000 bottles and learned many things along the way. In this episode he is talking about many of the changes of the years in …
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This is Part 2 with Master of Wine Stage 1 Student, Melissa Worrall. Earlier this year she went to Rust, Austria for a 1 week residential. She is going to tell us all about this, what is expected from her and the emotional journey of being on it. Then we are going to talk about how to identify the 3 main variet…
 
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 …
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE I am joined today by a good wine friend of mine, Melissa Worrall. We did our WSET diploma together and now she embarks on the next stage: Master of Wine. There are different stages and she is on Stage 1, so she will explain what is required of her, the types of things she is studying right now in details, and h…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This episode is all about vine growing and vineyard choices. Firstly we will look at the annual growth cycle of a vine so you can fully understand what happens each year, and at every stage. I will be breaking down the different categories of climates out there and then looking deeper into the meso-climates of …
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE Welcome back to part 4 of our four-part series on the Finger Lakes wine region. Again I am joined by Richard Rainey, Managing Partner of Forge Cellars. He continues his reign of energy and gives us more information on Seneca Lake (the deepest, largest lake of the Finger Lakes). We will talk about why his wines …
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE Welcome back to part 3 of our four-part series on the Finger Lakes wine region. I am joined by Richard Rainey, Managing Partner of Forge Cellars. His energy is going to make you feel on top of the world. Of course we will talk a little bit about Seneca lake, where they are based, but we will be discussing their…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE Welcome back to part two of our four part series on the Finger Lakes wine region. I am joined again by Fourth Generation Meaghan Frank from Dr Konstantin Frank. This episode we are talking and tasting their Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc whilst talking about over varieties they produce such as Rkatsiteli. Yo…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE Welcome to this four part series of the Finger Lakes, part of the New York State region. This is such an exciting region right now, producing cool climate varieties but also varieties such as Rkatsiteli (from Georgia). I am joined by Fourth Generation Meaghan Frank from Dr Konstantin Frank, and you will learn t…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This is Part 2 with Alistair Morrell and we are continuing our chat on why Cider is Wine, and why this is a drinks category that you need to try. If you want to skip ahead: 1.58: Are there better apples to use than others? 5.00: Talking about using grapes in cider production and tasting Berryland 2020 Cabernet …
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This is a slightly different type of episode where I am talking with Alistair Morrell from Cider is Wine, where he is going to convince us of just that. So much of the bad reputation is the fact that many ciders you have tried are made from fruit concentrate. Well Alistair, who has spent his whole career making…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE After a whole month of talking with inspiring wine women I wasn't quite ready to stop, so this is a podcast about Champagne and the women who made remarkable changes to this region and the product that we all so famously love. The first part is all about the story of Madame Clicquot. You will learn the techniqu…
 
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…
 
To download the transcript CLICK HERE This is Part 2 with Victoria Daskal, a second stage MW candidate and founder of Mummy Wine Club. She was born in Moldova and finally got to go back several years ago. Victoria tells us about this trip, giving us great oversight of the wine industry there; past, present and future. The regions, the grapes and wh…
 
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.…
 
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