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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.

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:

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!

Healdsburg Shines with Romantic Honor Mansion

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Hear more about the quaint but luxurious Honor Mansion, a destination for visitors to Healdsburg. With just 13 rooms, each unique, the four-acre property is surrounded by gorgeously landscaped grounds that include a croquet field, putting green, tennis court and relaxing swimming pool, Proprietor Steve Fowler gives us the overview of the area and how he came to open his property here. It’s nestled in the middle of beautiful wine country, with Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley nearby making wine tasting and touring, along with bike riding, the perfect daytime activities while staying here.  Breakfast each morning and their local wine hour are additional bonuses, making a trip to Sonoma Wine Country complete.

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:

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!

Andrew Mariani of Scribe Winery

Scribe Winery Andrew Mariani Talks Sonoma, Sharing and Wine

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The Mariani Brothers, Andrew and Adam, settled into Sonoma several years go to launch Scribe Winery, their artisanal operation committed to growing sustainably and creating an ultra casual tasting environment. I sat down with Andrew to taste a few wines and talk about their philosophy, property and plans for expansion. Exciting news and inspiring wines– at Scribe Winery.

Be sure to catch our past episodes, too:

Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards, with 30-years Under Her Wine Belt

Wine Director Ryan Arnold, Lettuce Entertain You, Tells of Wine Inspiration

Somm Lauren Helm of Harvest Table at Charlie Parlmer’s Harvest Inn

Belinda Chang Bending the Steakhouse Wine Paradigm

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 industry.