Category: Sonoma Wineries

Kieran Robinson Wines Pet-Nat

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Kieran Robinson

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Tasting Kieran Robinson Wines

We’re back here in Healdsburg area at Kieran Robinson Wines tasting  a few of Robinson’s limited production wines. Both of these wines pay homage to his home town of Philadelphia.

The first, a magenta-colored sparkling wine has a sense of whimsy: it’s his pét-nat (pétillant naturel) called Kieran Robinson Sparkling Brigade. It’s made in the most natural way, with wild yeasts , whole cluster pressing and the fermentation occurring right in the bottle. Pét-nat originated in France’s Loire Valley, but now it can be found everywhere from Sonoma to Spain. This is unlike the classic méthode champenoise which goes through  a secondary fermentation in the bottle.

The next wine is Robinson’s 2013 The Jaun Bennett Valley Syrah, a reference to the Philadelphia slang word for “anything.” Robinson says: “If you can’t think of the name of something, you call it the Jaun.” It’s a most regional term for a most unique wine.

The wine’s fermented with native yeast, 100% whole cluster fermented with 100% Syrah grapes. Fermenting with stems, pips and seeds yields a wine with higher tannin levels and a savory aromatic lift, with hints of olives and saltiness. It’s Rhone-like but yet very California in its strength and power. Best with duck, pork or meat off the grill , this wine is powerful and bold.

Hear our last talk with Robinson here.

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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.

Kieran Robinson Wines

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Wines of Kieran Robinson

In this episode, we travel to West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg CA, on the northern end of Sonoma County. We meet with Kieran Robinson of his namesake wines, where he produces Viognier and Syrah, not to mention an intriguing natural sparkling wine (a pétillant naturel), as well. We’ll taste his wines in an upcoming episode.

Robinson hails from Philadelphia and made his way to Sonoma via wine training in the Finger Lakes of New York, the Rhone Valley in France, in Sonoma at Paul Hobbs then onto Napa at Jericho Canyon. His intension is to continue to make great wine here in Sonoma, but make his way back to Philly, where he and his wife will plant their vineyard and operate a winery.

Robinson talks about the Syrah growing in Bennet Valley, where he gets his fruit from, and the difference between this cooler “bowl” and the warmer areas in California.

Tune in to hear the entire story.

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:

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.

Winemaker Bob Cabral at Three Sticks Wines

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

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Today, we’re back at Three Sticks Wines with winemaker Bob Cabral to taste several of the wines such as:

2015 Three Sticks Gaps Crown Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Cabral calls this wine expressive, with minerality, lychee and tropical fruits. The wine is not fined or filtered in the winery and it ages in only indigenous yeast. The characteristics of the wine are as close to an actual barrel tasting  a consumer can get to, Cabral explains.  This is the first release of this wine. The barrels are water bent, as opposed to fired, which brings out the creamy characteristics of the wine. Cabral notes that he adores that flavors of lemon drop and the saline finish.

2015 PFV Estate Pinot Noir

The PFV (Price Family Vineyards) is a blend of the best vineyard sites from the various vineyards Cabral currently sources Pinot Noir grapes from, all of which are from the  Sonoma Coast. The blend is from all vineyards that Three Sticks owner Bill Price owns. The resulting wine is age worthy and more Burgundian in style, Cabral says. It’s bright red with shades of purple, with wild raspberry and cranberry flavors and nice tart acidity. The wine was just released for the first time on February 7th of 2017.

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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.

Ridgely Evers of DaVero Farms and Winery

SommTalks Wine Tasting with Ridgely Evers of DaVero

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Tasting the Wines of DaVero Farms and Winery

If you tuned in a few weeks ago, you heard the fascinating interview with DaVero Farms and Winery owner Ridgely Evers. You can here that one right here. Now, tune in for the tasting portion of the interview and get the virtual sips of several of those wines and olive oils.

Here, we taste the following:

2014 DaVero Primitivo

Croatian in origin, the Primitivo we generally have in California goes by the name “Zinfandel”. Dry Creek Valley, where DaVero Farms and Winery is located is Mediterranean in terrior and creates a robust yet balanced Zinfandel. This block is actually on the border of Dry Creek in the Russian River Valley, grown in the extremely old world and venerable Ponzo Vineyard. Phil Ponzo dry farms the grapes in a vineyard that’s tended to in a less orderly manner than typical new world vineyards.

He considers this a gateway wine with the leanness, rather than extremely full-bodied and extracted. We taste the wine next to the DaVero Meyer Lemon olive oil.

2013  DaVero Impossible Red Blend

Impossible this wine is a blend of Montepulcioano, Nebbiolo and Sagrantino, three grapes that would be an extremely unlikely blend in Italy, where the three grapes hail from. Aged strictly in older wood barrels, the wine gains the body from the aging but not the wood tannins. These grapes are grown on the main DaVero property which is fully biodynamic.

Again, we taste the wine with their Olio Novo, their freshest youngest extra virgin olive oil.

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:

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

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Honor Mansion’s Steve Fowler Talks Healsdburg and more

Hugh Davies of Schramsberg on Wine for the Holidays

Napa Valley Film Festival Featured Winemaker Anthony Bell of “Decanted”

Stewart Cellars Blair Guthrie on their new Yountville Tasting Room

Check Out Del Frisco Chicago’s New Wine Director Amy Lutchen

Frank Altamura of Altamura Winery and Vineyard on wines and local produce at Ciccio

2016 Napa Valley Harvest with Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Amy Lutchen of Del Frisco’s Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Tony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe Chicago

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

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

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

Catch you next time!

DaVero Biodynamic Farm and Winery

Biodynamic Winery DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers on Olives, Grapes, the Land

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DaVero Farm and Winery’s Owner Ridgely Evers Talks with Ua

Healdsburg California is home to DaVero Farms and Winery. Over thirty years ago, Owner Ridgely Evers and his team began importing olive trees from Tuscany to produce their stellar oils, which have been a favorite of chef Mario Batali, who serves it at Babbo in New York City. Italian varietals Sangiovese and the unique Umbrian Sagrantino and the grapes planted on the biodynamic property, which go into many of the 18 different wines produced.  A 1994 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco, which Evers first tasted at Batali’s Babbo, convinced him that this was the wine he wanted to produce.

Evers discusses the Mediterranean climate in Sonoma which led to the selection of these particular grape varieties. Tune in to hear his discussion of his land, the animals that range freely and his olive groves.  Later in the week, we share the tasting of his DaVero wines, which will be great for the holidays.

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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:

Honor Mansion’s Steve Fowler Talks Healsdburg and more

Hugh Davies of Schramsberg on Wine for the Holidays

Napa Valley Film Festival Featured Winemaker Anthony Bell of “Decanted”

Stewart Cellars Blair Guthrie on their new Yountville Tasting Room

Zingerman’s Roadhouse Bar Manager Carly Bower on Wines on the List

Eataly CEO Nicola Farinetti Talks Italian Cuisine and the Identita Golose Celebration

Check Out Del Frisco Chicago’s New Wine Director Amy Lutchen

Frank Altamura of Altamura Winery and Vineyard on wines and local produce at Ciccio

2016 Napa Valley Harvest with Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Amy Lutchen of Del Frisco’s Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Tony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe Chicago

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

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

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

Catch you next time!