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SommTalks Wine Tasting Series with Castello di Amorosa’s Brooks Painter


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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.

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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.


Phillippe Bascaules Winemaker at Inglenook in Napa

Bordeaux Native Winemaker Philippe Bascaules Graces Inglenook with His Approach of Restraint


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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