Graperadio Wine Talk Show

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Synopsis

Where an enthusiasm for wine gets personal

Episodes

  • The Wines of Champagne – with Maison Veuve Clicquot

    The Wines of Champagne – with Maison Veuve Clicquot

    05/07/2018

    Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron. Philippe’s son, François Clicquot, married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798 and died in 1805, leaving his widow (veuve in French) in control of a company involved in banking, wool trading, and Champagne production. She became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve […]

  • Rhône Valley Update

    Rhône Valley Update

    01/04/2018

    Everyone seems to remember when wines like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône could be had for a song. It was a time when Bordeaux and Burgundy were stealing the limelight and getting all the attention. But, that all changed in the 1990s, especially with the 1998 vintage, when the quality began to climb and pricing […]

  • Pairing Wine with Cheese – Myth or Reality?

    Pairing Wine with Cheese – Myth or Reality?

    26/09/2017

    Apparently, ‘all roads lead to cheese,’ at least it did so for identical twins, Michael and Charlie Kalish. Michael Kalish began his food career in commercial beekeeping in Santa Barbara County and got his first taste of wine and cheese while working for a cheese shop and joining a wine crush in Healdsburg, California. He […]

  • Wineries of the Sonoma Coast – Chamboulé

    Wineries of the Sonoma Coast – Chamboulé

    29/08/2017

    Almost inexplicably, wine people will try to compare the qualities of California pinot noir with that of Burgundy. It seems innocent enough to refer to a pinot from the New World as “Burgundian,” however the two regions are literally world’s apart, and comparisons are always wanting. And yet, there are innumerable winemakers, nee vignerons, attempting […]

  • The Renaissance of Spirits – Absinthe

    The Renaissance of Spirits – Absinthe

    12/06/2017

    Getting back to our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at absinthe, an anise-flavored spirit derived from botanicals, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color and is commonly referred to in historical literature as “la fée verte” (the green fairy). […]

  • The Wines of Oregon – with Vincent Wine Company

    The Wines of Oregon – with Vincent Wine Company

    09/05/2017

    After years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California, owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched Vincent Wine Company in 2009 to make Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, adding Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc soon thereafter. Vincent intends to be all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small […]

  • 2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin

    2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin

    21/02/2017

    Founded in Beaune in 1880, Joseph Drouhin was an enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region at the age of 22, and settled in Beaune. His son Maurice succeeded him and began to establish a vineyard domaine for the House, purchasing land in some outstanding appellations such as Clos des Mouches and Clos […]

  • The Wines of Chile – with Viña Ventisquero

    The Wines of Chile – with Viña Ventisquero

    25/01/2017

    Ventisquero began making wine in 2000. With estate-owned vineyards in Chile’s major wine producing areas: Coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Leyda and Colchagua, along with extensive research into Chile’s terroir, Viña Ventisquero seeks to produce high quality wines and consistently made wines. The winery is led by a young, creative team of entrepreneurs who are creating distinctive, […]

  • 2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

    2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

    18/01/2017

    Part 2 of a seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir that takes us through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. In a “March Madness” motif, moderator Don Kinnan has attendees taste the wines blind, one region against the other. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give […]

  • 2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 1

    2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 1

    11/01/2017

    In Part 1 of this seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir, Don Kinnan takes us on a taste test through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions, “March Madness style with one region pitted against the other. Which region will be the seminar’s favorites? Who cares. It’s ALL Burgundy! So, […]

  • Chêne Bleu – with Nicole Rolet

    Chêne Bleu – with Nicole Rolet

    04/01/2017

    Straddling the corners of four appellations in the Vaucluse area of southeastern France, Chêne Blue made a bold decision deciding to step outside of the AOC system in order to achieve their goal of producing high quality wines. With a southern latitude, in line with Gigondas, and high altitude (more northern and similar to Condrieu), […]

  • Riesling Update

    Riesling Update

    01/01/2017

    There has been a lot of hype about how the 2015 vintage has been stupendous for the Riesling grape. Never before have the stars aligned so perfectly as in 2015. Yes, yes, we’ve heard all of this hoopla before. But, all kidding aside, the word on the street, the boulevard, and the highway is that […]

  • Where’s the Beef? – with Bryan Flannery

    Where’s the Beef? – with Bryan Flannery

    22/12/2016

    Whether it’s steaks, ribs or burgers, in the world of fine cuts of meat, the name Flannery has been a leader in the field. Bryan Flannery Sr., established Bryans Quality Meats within an independent grocery store on California Street in San Francisco in 1963. Still in operation and run by sons Peter and Terry, Bryans […]

  • The Wines of Puglia – with Castello Monaci

    The Wines of Puglia – with Castello Monaci

    12/09/2016

    Castello Monaci is located in Puglia’s Salento region, on the “heel of the boot” that is Italy. In this emerging region, Castello Monaci is a benchmark producer crafting wines with the unique characters of Southern Italy’s indigenous grapes Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. The region of Puglia is drenched in the most intense sunlight in […]

  • Siduri Wines – with Adam Lee

    Siduri Wines – with Adam Lee

    08/08/2016

    Adam Lee and Dianna Novy left their native Texas and moved to the Sonoma County wine country. They spent years working at small, family-owned wineries and using any and all free time learning everything they could about growing grapes and making wine. They made their first Siduri Pinot Noir—named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine—in […]

  • The Wines of Montalcino – with Le Chiuse Estate

    The Wines of Montalcino – with Le Chiuse Estate

    26/07/2016

    Located in the north of Montalcino, the Le Chiuse estate lies on the north-east hillside of Montosoli, at about 300 meters elevation, and includes a total of 7ha of vineyards all planted to Sangiovese Grosso. Le Chiuse played a key role in the vineyard holdings of the legendary Biondi-Santi family since the late 18th Century […]

  • 2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Southern Charm: the Pinots of New Zealand

    2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Southern Charm: the Pinots of New Zealand

    30/06/2016

    This seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir features the winemakers from five New Zealand estates discussing the topography, geography, and growing conditions in some of the different regions of New Zealand – Waipara Valley, Central Otago, North Canterbury, and Marlborough. Join us as we listen to Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine monitor this […]

  • Bordeaux Update

    Bordeaux Update

    14/06/2016

    Each year, about this time, the Bordelais begin releasing the prices for the latest or current vintage, thus offering the wine for sale as “futures.” This is usually the optimum time to buy the wine at its lowest price – with some caveats of course. First, the wine won’t be released or delivered for another […]

  • Wineries of Sonoma County – with Kosta Browne

    Wineries of Sonoma County – with Kosta Browne

    07/06/2016

    “It was just two of us, we didn’t know what we were getting into.” So begins the “Stories” section on the Kosta Browne website – and, probably the most understated of all winery start-up declarations. Today, as any competent pinophile knows, Kosta Browne is one of the most envied AND revered pinot producers in California. […]

  • Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Concannon Vineyard

    Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Concannon Vineyard

    31/05/2016

    In 1883, with no prior knowledge of wine, much less wine growing, Irish immigrant James Concannon decided to plant a vineyard in the Livermore Valley, south of San Francisco. Importing Cabernet vines from Bordeaux’s Château Margaux, plans called for making sacramental wines, something that would see the family operation through the lean years of prohibition. […]

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