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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.

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.

Blair Guthrie Stewart Cellars Winemaker

Stewart Cellars Winemaker Blair Guthrie Talks from Yountville

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Yountville’s New Tasting Room Stewart Cellar’s Winemaker Blair Guthrie

Get an inside peek into Winemaker Blair Guthrie’s new project in Yountville: Stewart Cellars. The New Zealand native makes wine from some of the top properties in Napa Valley such as Beckstoffer Las Piedras and Stagecoach Vineyards along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from Sonoma Mountain and Russian River Valley. His wife Caroline Stewart and his brother-in-law James Stewart round off his team.  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

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

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

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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

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

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