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SommTalks Wine Tasting Series with Castello di Amorosa’s Brooks Painter

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Please remember that our first audio book launched this week!

Download the book: Wine Talks; 23 Conversations to Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

Wine talks Audio Book by SommTalks Host Laura Levy Shatkin

And Now, for this week’s show: Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter Taste with Us

Tune in this week for a comprehensive tasting of the wines of Castello di Amorosa with Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter. Learn about the range of wines and the over arching winemaking philosophy and techniques here in last week’s episode. Today, we taste:

Chardonnay, Napa Valley Reserve

2013 Sangiovese, Voyage Vineyard

2012 La Castellana, Super Tuscan Blend

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Melanson Vineyard

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Don Thomas Vineyard

2014 Il Barone, Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Il Passito, Late Harvest Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Listen to last week’s episode with Painter here.

Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Kieran of Kieran Robinson Wines Talks About His Technique, Location, Passion

Frank Altamura Tastes His Namesake Italian Varietal Wines

K. Laz Wine Collection Tasting with Kerrin Laz

Wine Tasting with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

Kerrin Laz on Collectible Napa Valley Cabernet at K. Laz Wine Collections

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willi Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

 

Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter

Castello di Amorosa Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter Joins Us

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Happy Easter, Listeners!

This week, we had the honor of a lunch and 10-year anniversary retrospective tasting of the wines of Castello di Amorosa. Tune in here to listen to veteran winemaker and Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter discuss the painstaking details of this 13th century castle, built over 14 years in Calistoga by Dario Sattui

and the history of the Il Barone red wines.

Tune in next week for a thorough tasting of the range of Castello di Amorosa wine, including their Italian varietals, Chardonnay and dessert wine.

Please remember that our first audio book launched this week!

Download the book: Wine Talks; 23 Conversations to Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

Wine talks Audio Book by SommTalks Host Laura Levy Shatkin

Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Kieran of Kieran Robinson Wines Talks About His Technique, Location, Passion

Frank Altamura Tastes His Namesake Italian Varietal Wines

K. Laz Wine Collection Tasting with Kerrin Laz

Wine Tasting with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

Kerrin Laz on Collectible Napa Valley Cabernet at K. Laz Wine Collections

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willi Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

Altamura winery

Wine Tasting with Altamura’s Frank Altamura at Ciccio Yountville

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This week, we’re back to Yountville’s Ciccio restaurant with proprietor and Altamura winemaker Frank Altamura. Spoiler Alert: you’ll hear a busy working kitchen in the background during this episode.

Their 400-acre Wooden Valley ranch produces an award-winning California Cabernet, in addition to the more unique Italian varietals Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Nebbiolo. The wines are all estate grown and pure 100% varietal. Wines are aged in one-year old French Oak, except for the Cabernet, which ages in new French Oak.

Wines We Taste:

2012  Altamura Sangiovese, Napa Valley. This is a deeper and richer expression of this Italian grape, more commonly seen in Chianti. Frank explains that it’s due in part to the growing conditions of sunny and often very warm Napa Valley, in addition to his aging protocol. Read more on the wine and specific growing conditions.

2009 Altamura Negroamaro Napa Valley. This wine has big bright cherry on the palate and a nice hit of black pepper on the finish.  The grape originates in the Puglia region of Italy, where Frank’s family is from. The wine has deep color and rustic character. It combines perfume with an earthy bitterness and spicy element. The barrel again rounds off the finish, making it smooth.

2012 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.  This award-winner gets regular mentions in the media. The property where this fruit grows has elevations of 700 to 1000 feet along with soil that’s similar to the Rutherford Bench and the mountainous regions of Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill and Mount Veeder. The vines, which were planted in 1986, are dry-farmed and vertically trellised.

All these grapes and most of the ingredients on the Ciccio menu are grown at the Altamura’s Wooden Valley ranch, which is just about 12 miles east of Napa. It’s a gorgeous property where tastings are by appointment only. Of course, you can taste all of the wines during a casual dinner at Ciccio, as well.

Please Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

K. Laz Wine Collection Tasting with Kerrin Laz

Wine Tasting with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

Kerrin Laz on Collectible Napa Valley Cabernet at K. Laz Wine Collections

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willi Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

Yao Ming and Winemaker Tom Hinde

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting with Tom Hinde of Yao Family Wines

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Yao Family Wines

This week, we’re back to Napa Valley for Part 2 the story of Yao Family Wines with Tom Hinde, President and Director of Winemaking. Learn how the five-time NBA All-Star got his start in wine then launched his own winery on Main Street in St. Helena.

Today, we have the pleasure of tasting through two of the wines with Tom Hinde. The white and red are: Continue reading

Yao Ming and Winemaker Tom Hinde

Winemaker Tom Hinde On Running Yao Family Wines with NBA Star Yao Ming

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Yao Family Wines

This week, we head back to Napa Valley for the story of Yao Family Wines with Tom Hinde, President and Director of Winemaking. Learn how the five-time NBA All-Star got his start in wine then launched his own winery on Main Street in St. Helena. Ming not only takes his winemaking seriously, but he’s also passionate about philanthropy. He created Yao Ming Foundation to educate underprivileged kids and is also active in Wildaid, aimed to save animals from extinction (in partnership with Sir Richard Branson). Wow– Yao has taken an amazing journey and along with Hinde,  and produces extraordinary Napa Valley wines.  Continue reading

Italian Varietals in Napa with Proprietor Frank Altamura at Ciccio

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Napa’s Italian Wines at Ciccio

Ciccio, the casual trattoria, is widely regarded as one of the tastiest and approachable (read “affordable”!) eateries in Yountville.  The produce comes right from the Altamura family farm, prepared by Executive Chef Polly Lappetito. It’s a must stop during a wine visit to the Napa Valley.

Did you know that it’s also the only tasting room in town for Altamura Wines? Tune in to hear Frank Altamura, owner of Altamura Vineyards and Winery and Ciccio along with his wife Karen and two kids Frank Jr. and Giancarlo.  Hear him discuss his motivation and passion for growing Negroamaro, Nebiolo and Sangiovese at the ranch up in Wooden Valley. Of course, his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shines, as well.  Follow Ciccio updates to stay on top of the ever changing menu, as well. Continue reading

2016 Harvest at Opus One

2016 Napa Valley Harvest Report with Michael Silacci of Opus One

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Join us at Opus One Winery in Napa Valley to experience and celebrate the 2016 harvest. It’s fully under way over these past few weeks. We visited the prized To-Kalon Vineyards to experience the night harvest. Under the lights, vineyard workers stay cool and move quickly to capture the cool hours and maximize their work load. We followed the grapes back to the winery as well. Please take a look at the photo gallery for photos and listen, at Winemaker Michael Silacci, winemaker since the inception of Opus One in 2004,  talks about his winemaker technique, philosophy and insights into this spectacular 2016 harvest. Follow their harvest yourself through the Opus One Facebook Page Continue reading

Grieve Family Winery

Grieve Winery Vance Rose Redefines Sauvignon Blanc

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Napa Valley’s Lovall Valley Loop Road Home to Grieve Family Winery

Hear about the climate in this tiny bowl, Lovall Valley, where Winemaker Vance Rose grows Sauvignon Blanc for Grieve Winery. Perched on the border of Napa and Sonoma, cool air from Carneros is just a stones throw away yet this tiny micro-climate is even cooler. Rose grows a few clones of Sauvignon Blanc and they have a longer growing season, yielding amazingly complex flavor for this generally simpler grape. Watch a bit more on the area and the winery here. 

Tune in for Past Episodes

Remember to tune in regularly for great interviews with Sommeliers, Winemakers, Wine Directors, Food Artisans and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves. SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please SUBSCRIBE here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher. Send us your thoughts, ideas, and names of peeps you’d like us to interview.

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Zingerman’s Creamery Cheesemonger Paul Bower Talks Cheese Please

Robert Kamen of Kamen Estate Wines in Moon Mountain AVA Sonoma Valley

Enolo Wine Cafe GM and Wine Director Anthony Rossi on His Favs

Bodega Ruca Malen Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Argentina Comes to Town

Swift & Son’s Sommelier Meredith Rush Shares Her Journey in Wine

Chef Renee Everett Grows Her Own at Belcampo in Punta Gorda Belize

Chef Greg Wade on Publican Quality Breads and Locally Milled Grains

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Marcello and Meredith of Swift & Sons

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman, formerly of The Kitchen, now Acanto

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Jon McDaniel of Acanto, A Lawless Restaurant 

SOMMTALKSWine Tasting Series: Parag Lalit of Sixteen in Trump Tower Chicago 

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Rachel Driver Speckan of City Winery Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series : Liz Mendez of Purple Pig

Catch you next time!

Schramsberg Vineyards Hugh Davies

Sparkling Wine Schramsberg Hugh Davies on Family Tradition

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2nd Generation Hugh Davies Plans for Opening of New St. Helena Tasting Room

Schramsberg Vineyards has been producing fine tiny bubbles for decades, serving wine to royalty and dignitaries, along with local fans. Listen as CEO and Winemaker Hugh Davies tells us about his twenty plus years working with his folks Jack and the late Janie Davies , who bought the property over fifty years ago. Nestled up Highway 29, near Calistoga, you can experience the caves where the sparkling wine is stores through secondary fermentation, quite unique to the area.

Davies gives us the update on sourcing their grapes from cooler areas such as the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The estate property is now dedicated to fruit for the Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, grown right there in the Diamond Mountain AVA. There’s a lot of excitement now in fall of 2016 as they prepare to open a new tasting room in St. Helena for tasting these wines. As this brand moves forward, Davies and his team take great upholding environmentally sound practices in the vineyards. 

Davies also tells us about Camp Schramsberg, a 2-day immersion into the process of sparkling wine harvest and production that you can participate in.  Listen and you shall learn how to get involved, taste the wines and enjoy.

Tune in for Past Episodes

Remember to tune in regularly for great interviews with Sommeliers, Winemakers, Wine Directors, Food Artisans and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves. SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please SUBSCRIBE here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher. Send us your thoughts, ideas, and names of peeps you’d like us to interview.

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Zingerman’s Creamery Cheesemonger Paul Bower Talks Cheese Please

Robert Kamen of Kamen Estate Wines in Moon Mountain AVA Sonoma Valley

Enolo Wine Cafe GM and Wine Director Anthony Rossi on His Favs

Bodega Ruca Malen Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Argentina Comes to Town

Swift & Son’s Sommelier Meredith Rush Shares Her Journey in Wine

Chef Renee Everett Grows Her Own at Belcampo in Punta Gorda Belize

Chef Greg Wade on Publican Quality Breads and Locally Milled Grains

 

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Marcello and Meredith of Swift & Sons

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman, formerly of The Kitchen, now Acanto

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Jon McDaniel of Acanto, A Lawless Restaurant 

SOMMTALKSWine Tasting Series: Parag Lalit of Sixteen in Trump Tower Chicago 

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Rachel Driver Speckan of City Winery Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series : Liz Mendez of Purple Pig

Catch you next time!

Phillippe Bascaules Winemaker at Inglenook in Napa

Bordeaux Native Winemaker Philippe Bascaules Graces Inglenook with His Approach of Restraint

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Former Chateaux Margaux Winemaker Philippe Bascaules made his way from Bordeaux to Napa in 2011 to head up winemaking for Frances Ford Coppola, and usher in a transition for Inglenook. With the goal of avoiding extremes in his technique, he allows the sense of place to truly manifest in each wine they produce. We tasted through a range of his wines including:

2014 Blancaneaux White Rhone-Style Blend

2013 Edizione Pannino Zinfandel

2012 Cask Cabernet Sauvignon  

2012 Rubicon

Tune in for great interviews with Sommeliers, Wine Makers, Wine Directors and Top Chefs- SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please subscribe Please subscribe here, on iTunes or on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher.

In case you missed passed episodes, here they are at your fingertips!

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Napa Valley Then & Now Author Kelli White at Press Napa Valley

Dishing on Life and Wine with Somm and Restauranteur Alpana Singh

City Winery Chicago’s Wine Director Rachel Driver Speckan Moves Up

Osteria Langhe’s Aldo Zaninotto Uncovers the Beauty of the Piedmont Italy

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Somm: Into the Bottle Director Jason B. Wise Talks Wine in Film

The 2nd Annual Somm Challenge Hosted by Jon McDaniel of Acanto Share the Fun

San Francisco’s Mourad Restaurant Sommelier Tara Patrick Joins Us

Sepia Chicago’s Arthur Hon Talks “Pink” Wine

Jean-Charles Boisset on JCB Lounges Opening in 2016