Category: Top Winemakers

Karl Wente of Wente Family Estates

Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards in Livermore Valley California

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What a conversation with Karl Wente, who hails from the oldest continuously operating family-owned winery in California; Wente Vineyards.   Hear 5th generation Karl (who towers tall at 6’7″ by the way) talk about his passion for wine, his family heritage and the Wente Chardonnay clone, which makes close to 80% of all Chardonnay grown in California

The winery was founded in 1883 by Karl’s great great grandfather and Karl now runs the winery with his Uncle Phil, Father Eric, Aunt Carolyn (CEO) and sister Christine. After his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford, the young Wente found his love for wine and attended UC Davis where he earned two masters degrees: in Horticulture and Viticulture/Enology. He has boundless energy, some of which he releases through music.

In fact, Karl came to Chicago for his fundraising efforts through the family foundation project called “Make Time for Music” (#mtfm) He performed, along with his band,Wolf Hamlin & The Front Porch Drifters, at City Winery Chicago (and there’s another show coming up later in June so get your tics now.). The road show also includes tastings of the family single vineyard wines.

The lively discussion will be followed by a tasting of several of the Wente wines, on our next episode. Thanks for joining and please share this episode with all of your wine loving friends.


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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

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

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

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Jon Emmerich Silverado Vineyards

Silverado Vineyard’s Jon Emmerich on SommTalks

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Tune in for Top Winemaker and 28-year veteran Jon Emmerich as he discusses his many harvests at Silverado Vineyards.  Watch a captivating video on the history of the property, the owner’s– The Millers– and their philosophy of winemaking.

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Don’t forget to get your copy of our new audio book Wine Talks right 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:

Tasting Wine with Brooks Painter at Castello Di Amorosa

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

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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

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

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Venerable Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral Talks Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in Sonoma County

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Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral Re-Caps an Amazing Transition

Listen on as venerable winemaker Bob Cabral talks about his fame-establishing career with William Selyem and his transition to Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma. Cabral talks of his love for specific sites where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay express themselves and his new mission to usher in the next generation of winemakers. He feels he can achieve another 100-point Pinot Noir.

Tune in soon for a tasting of the Three Sticks Wines from specific terrior across Sonoma from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros, to name a few. 

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Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

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

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

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Elena Pozzolini of Tenuta Sette Cieli with Laura Levy Shatkin of SommTalks Podcast

Elena Pozzolini of Tenuta Sette Cieli Joins us at Tenzing Wine & Spirits

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We had the good fortune to partake in Tenzing Wine & Spirits “The Italians are Coming” tasting this month. Hear Elena Pozzolini, Winemaker at Tenuta Sette Cieli discuss this Tuscan property in Bolgheri. It’s located close to the sea with cool nights, creating slower ripening of the Bordeaux varietals grown here. Pozzolini, a Florence Italy native, brings her skills from stints as a winemaker around the world, back to her homeland in Italy.

Through her travels, she especially appreciated the open mindedness of the wineries of California.  Listen as she talks of this special area where the famed Sassicaia originates. Pozzoini explains that Sassicaia means “full of stones” which describes the land where her vines grow organically and with an open mind, rather than a recipe.

“Every year is different and you need to treat the land in different ways each season,” Pozzolini says. The vineyards of Tenuta Sette Cieli are planted strictly to Bordeaux varietals grown on the Coast of Tuscany, 400 meters above sea level.

The wines we tasted included:

2013 Yantra,  Tenuta Sette Cieli, a wine that’s 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, is fermented in stainless steel then aged in 5-6 year old barrels for nine months. Pozzolini uses an excessively slow fermentation to keep the tannins extremely round yet the acidity moderately high.

2009 Scipio Cabernet Franc, Tenuta Sette Cieli. This wine is aged in barrel for 24 months then bottle for another 24 months. It’s a small production gem that’s not produced each year, rather only in the best vintages. Tune in and meet Elena virtually and hear more on these wines.

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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:

Quentin Paillard of Pierre Paillard in Bouzy Champagne on Family, Grower Champagne

Matthew Bills of David Burke’s Primehouse on Wine with Aged Beef

Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai in Umbria Talks Sagrantino di Montefalco

Parag Lalit of Sixteen at Trump Tower Chicago on Wine Pairing, Greek Wine, Burgundy

Ryan Baldwin of Blue Crane Imports on Wines of South Africa

Andrew Algren Talks Cherry Circle Room, His Wine List, Chicago Athletic Association

Liz Mendez of Vera, Chicago Takes Top Somm Award at Jean Banchet Awards

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

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

 

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