Category: Winemakers

Silverado Vineyards Stags Leap District

Wine Tasting with Jon Emmerich of Silverado Vineyards

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Today, we’re back at Silverado Vineyard tasting wine with Winemaker Jon Emmerich. You’ll learn more about the Stags Leap District here in Napa Valley and taste through the following wines with him:

2013 Silverado Vineyards Geo Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville

2013 Silverado Vineyards Solo Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

Check out their video on the property here, as well.

In case you missed our last episode with Jon, please listen here to our discussion about the Silverado vineyards and his history. 

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

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

Catch you next time.

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.

Wine Talks: 23 Conversation to Becoming a Wine Connoisseur : our New Audio Book

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

Catch you next time.

 

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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.

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. 

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:

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

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!

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Vance Rose of Grieve Family Wines

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SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series:

Grieve Family Winery Winemaker Vance Rose Walks Through a Tasting

Winemaker Vance Rose talks to us and shares several of the estate grown Sauvignon Blancs from Grieve Family. Watch a few of the videos of the property then taste these wines with us. The first wine we taste is:

2014 Grieve Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc.  This is not your typical  California Sauv blanc. This wine is quite unique due to the tiny area and the winemaking technique. This wine is not grassy or race rather it’s floral with apricot and a hint of clove spices.

Rose discussed the ripening progression of Sauvignon blanc, from jalepeno pepper to bell pepper, asparagus and green bean into the spectrum of fruit, from grapefruit, honeydew and then finally, to stone fruit, including apricots, nectarines and finally, guava. Depending on when the grape is picked and the amount of direct sunlight, it takes on these elements progressively. This is unique to this particular grape Sauvignon Blanc.

We next move into their signature Napa Valley Bordeaux blend:

2012 Double Eagle Red Bland, Grieve   This wine is comprised of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena (Napa), 38% Merlot from the Lovall Valley Loop vineyard, 20% Cabernet Franc from St. Helena as well. Here, he feels the Cab Franc plays a big role in the wine, the same way a spic is added to a dish. Tune in to hear more details from this passionate and articulate winemaker, who’s also a chef so speaks from an educated palate.

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!

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

Wine for the Holidays: Hugh Davies of Schramsberg

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Holiday Wine Tasting with Hugh Davies

This is Part 2 of an interview with Hugh Davies of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards. This week, we taste a line-up of wines: two sparklers and one Davies Cabernet blends from this historic property. Schramsberg Vineyards date back to the 19th century, when German immigrant Jacob Schram first made his home and started his winery on Diamond Mountain. In 1965, a century later, Jack and Jamie Davies restored the estate and set out to make world-class California sparkling wines. Hugh carries on his family tradition and in a nod to the original founder, sharing their vintage namesake wine with us today. Visit the property and tour the caves on your next visit to Napa Valley.  Continue reading

Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 with Anthony Bell of film Decanted

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 Screens Wine Film Decanted

Recording from Yountville, California, we are in the Napa Valley to celebrate the release of the film Decanted, which weaves an in depth story of winemaking in the Valley. Veteran winemaker Anthony Bell of Bell Wine Cellars is one of the highlighted characters in this Digital Cave Media feature-length film by Award-winning Director Nick Kovacic.  Continue reading