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The “WINE WOMEN Radio Hour” is a weekly show co-hosted by women from the WINE WOMEN organization. The show is broadcast locally on KSVY 91.3 FM in Sonoma on Tuesdays at 3pm. It is now also available as a downloadable podcast on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network across the U.S.A.

The focus of the show is the enjoyment of wine among friends (women and men) as well as news about the industry and about women’s career development in the wine industry.

Join us for a glass of wine (vicariously!) and listen in on the conversation as we taste through a few wines, catch up on wine industry news, and welcome our featured guest each week.

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Upcoming guests include Renae Perry, Drs. John and Lucia Gilbert, Dr. Zelma Long, Lane Tanner, Shelly Rafanelli-Fehlman…

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Mallory McEligot, BANG Napa Valley

Mallory McEligot guests on the show this week, fresh back from a brief vacation and, like many, juggling duties of work and parenting simultaneously while Zooming! As co-host Lisa Adams Walter put it: “Mallory McEligot is a real go-getter!” Not only is our guest Director of Membership & Events at Silver Trident Winery, but she’s also a busy influencer on Facebook and Instagram, social media consultant and founder and executive director of BANG Napa Valley.

BANG Napa Valley (By Appointment Networking Group) has a mission is to work in partnership with like-minded, highly-selective by-appointment wineries and other comparable businesses (including concierge, chauffeurs, and caterers), allowing them to provide elevated services to their clientele.

It was founded in April 2014 by Mallory, with the objective to create a network of individuals who solely work at by-appointment wineries. Over time, membership has expanded to include local drivers, concierge, and caterers who have expressed interest in participating in our specific and targeted networking events.

The By-Appointment Networking Group hosts private events at wineries, hotels, and restaurants. They invite a selection of businesses to showcase their offerings to a focused group of industry professionals. This model has proved successful in fostering inter-winery relationships, as well as lasting connections with trade partners. Their vast network works together to generate new business and revenue for all participating members by referring qualified clientele.

On the show, Mallory discussed how wineries are shifting their hospitality to virtual wine tastings, whether that be with Facebook or Instagram Lives, private Zoom tastings or other virtual meeting methods. As a result, members of BANG have been learning what is and isn’t working with visitors: On the show we discuss the ideal length of time for an online tasting appointment; when or if to send wine samples to attendees; and the magic of including order forms, winery logo’d pens and corkscrews with virtual tastings.

Most importantly, Mallory and her members have learned how invaluable developing deep connections with other wineries’ staff members is to providing top-notch service to winery guests – virtually or in-person.

Tune in to learn how this Sonoma State University graduate (with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies, PR, Marketing & Branding) found her career path in hospitality and wine, and her advice for women working in the wine industry.

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Margaret Valenzuela, Rubia Wine Cellars

Margaret Valenzuela Margaret Valenzuela spent part of her formative years growing up in Mexico, where she was affectionately referred to, from time to time, as “Rubia.” She is, indeed, blonde — someone who stands out in a crowd in Mexico. She is also co-proprietor and vintner of Rubia Wine Cellars in Napa Valley.

The winery name? Her husband’s idea – not hers. A term of endearment. But in speaking with Margaret during this show, it was clear she relishes her figurative (see the label design with her likeness) and demonstrative role in overseeing all aspects of Rubia Wine Cellars.

Tune in to learn how they have joined unique terroir, choice grapes and global winemaking style to create distinctive wines. Rubia leaves a mark in your memory and heart.

We started with a short discussion on the state of the wine industry and wineries’ re-opening efforts in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Co-host Misty Roudebush Cain shared some fascinating data analysis she’d gleaned from her research as St. Supéry’s Marketing Director: There’s been a 60% increase in searches for “easy___” in 2020 over 2019, and a 65% increase in watch time for videos with “step by step” or “for beginners” in how-to videos.

How does that data knowledge inform marketers and winery owners on strategy? Easy! (Pun intended!) Make wine knowledge and food and wine pairing knowledge much easier to understand and learn. But we digress…

Bottleshot of 3 Rubia winesWith Margaret, Misty, Lisa Adams Walter and Marcia Macomber all in different places, we had the lovely opportunity to share a tasting of several of Rubia’s lovely wines together. Listen in as the ladies taste and discuss Rubia winemaker Julien Fayard’s 2019 Rubia Truchard Chardonnay (unoaked), 2017 Russian River Chardonnay (oaked), and 2017 Napa Valley Red Blend.

We learned how Joe and Margaret dove into learning the wine business. (Joe even did a stint as a harvest intern!) Margaret has delved into all aspects of marketing, hospitality and winemaking (including studies at U.C. Davis’ famed winemaking program).

Rubia offers visitors tasting by appointment at Julien Fayard’s production facility, giving guests a unique opportunity to view the day’s activities, which may include racking or bottling. He may even step into a tasting led by Joe or Margaret!

The Rubia declaration on their wine label couldn’t be more prescient: “To stand out and make a mark in the world, embrace your differences and believe in who you are.” Amen! We couldn’t imagine a more fitting motto.

Learn more at: https://www.rubiawinecellars.com/

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Laura Barrett, Clif Family Winery

Laura Barrett had a vision of herself stuck in a window-less basement laboratory for many years to come when she was studying chemistry in college. That unappealing forecast drove her to seek out other alternatives to a life in science, in a basement. When someone mentioned enology, she dove into research and was delighted to find the science of fermentation, coupled with spending time outdoors in the vineyard, made for a perfect combination. Her new career path would ensure she wouldn’t be stuck in any windowless labs!

Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.

Clif Family has 10 acres of certified organic Estate Vineyards on Howell Mountain, Napa Valley’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon growing region. In 2019, they planted a 40-acre organic vineyard with 8 varietals in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa on Highway 29. Their estate vineyards are farmed by Erik Dodd of Wight Vineyard Management. Clif Family also works with grower partners in the Napa Valley and Mendocino County to complete their wine portfolio.

In fact, we got to taste through wines from multiple vineyards and counties from Laura’s Clif Family Winery portfolio, starting with the refreshing 2019 Rose of Grenache, Mendocino, a direct press wine, farmed specifically to make Rose. Next, we sampled the 2017 Grenache, North Coast from Sonoma County that was bursting with red fruit aromas and flavors from dark cherry to plum and raspberry – a perfect summer red, for its refreshing but rich red fruit profit. Last up was 2017 Kit’s Killer Cab from their Howell Mountain estate vineyard.

The Clif Family Winery story began on a bike, where long days of cycling adventures would lead to leisurely evenings of good wine, food and hospitality. When Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford first started Clif Bar & Company, the focus was on making great tasting energy bars for any adventure. Clif Family was built on that same passion for creating delicious, small batch foods while caring for people, planet and communities.

It was exciting to hear the evolution of the winery, particularly the acquisition and planting of their own organic vineyards this past year. Adding to their estate vineyard production will provide yet more choices for Laura in her winemaking while building a legacy for the estate.

Visit their Napa Valley Tasting Room, enjoy lunch from their Bruschetteria Food Truck, join them on a cycling adventure or enjoy their wine and artisan food products from afar.

Learn more at: https://www.cliffamily.com/

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Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys

Zoom screenshot of Gilberts, Long, Tanner, Rafanelli, Walter, Roudebush Cain, MacomberLucia Albino Gilbert, PhD, and John C. Gilbert, PhD, Professors Emeriti, Santa Clara University and The University of Texas at Austin, are joined by Zelma Long, Lane Tanner and Shelly Rafanelli-Fehlman as guests on the show, discussing the experiences of women winemakers. Tune in to hear about the Gilberts’ new book, Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys, for which they traveled the globe, interviewing women winemakers from France to New Zealand. Zelma, Lane and Shelly are just three of the many winemakers featured in the book.

Hear about the Trailblazers (those who began their winemaking careers before 1980) and those who followed them. Of course, for the show we stepped further back in time to learn about how the Gilberts’ interest in women winemakers came about. Their research (which began a decade ago) culminated in findings being reported on their website: womenwinemakers.com. You can also catch updates and news on their Facebook page: Women Winemakers of California and Beyond.

Their new book captures the passion, courage, and talent of the women who are successfully making their way in what has long been a male-dominated field. In this groundbreaking volume, Lucia and John Gilbert, professors and lovers of wine, set out to make women winemakers and their contributions to the wine industry more visible. They engaged in one-on-one conversations with dozens of trailblazing women winemakers from throughout California and important wine regions of France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain.

During the show we learned which winemaker began her career in air and water pollution, which one’s great-grandmother came to the U.S. because she knew she wouldn’t be included in the family wine business in the “old country,” and which one just received her doctoral degree. Psst! Congrats, to Dr. Zelma Long.

Zelma Long via ZoomDr. Long is considered to be one of the female pioneers in California wine, and was the first woman to assume senior management of a Californian winery, Simi Winery, of which she was president from 1989 to 1996. She founded and was the first president of the American Vineyard Foundation to help finance research in enology and viticulture and also founded the American Viticulture and Enology Research Network (AVERN).

When her in-laws planted vines in Napa Valley, she signed up in 1968 for a master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture at the University of California, Davis. She was the second woman to enroll in enology at UC Davis and the only woman in her class. Interrupting her studies, she began her winemaking career at Robert Mondavi Winery for the 1970 harvest, rapidly working her way up to the position of Chief Enologist. In mid-1979, Zelma was recruited as winemaker for Simi Winery, in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. Two years later, Simi was acquired by Moet Hennessey, with whom she worked for the next 18 years as both winemaker and CEO. From 1976 to 2005 she also oversaw the wines of her family winery, Long Vineyards, in the Napa Valley.

Currently, Zelma is the Winemaking Partner for Vilafonté Estate Vineyards & Winery. Established in 1997, Vilafonté was the first winery in South Africa to focus exclusively on luxury wines of international status, growing and making two Bordeaux blends. She oversees the winemaking and style development of the Vilafonté wines and is on site in South Africa during harvest, through pressing and barreling, and then again at blending and bottling. Zelma also applies her talents as Winemaker for Rosati Family Winery in Hopland, CA. In addition, she has established Zelma Long Wines Consulting Practice and works with clients in California, Washington, Israel, Provence, and Bordeaux.

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Lane Tanner received a B.S. in Chemistry from San Jose State University in 1976. It wasn’t until after she left a job that had stationed in Glendive, Montana, for the winter one year that her career veered towards wine. Andre Tchelistcheff recommended Lane for the enology job at Firestone Winery in Santa Barbara County in 1981, where she eventually became winemaker. Since then Lane has long been a pioneer for and crafter of award-winning Pinot Noirs. In recognition of her winemaking talents, Lane was a nominee for prestigious Wine Enthusiast’s 20th Annual Wine Star Award in the “Winemaker of the Year” category.

Shelly Rafanelli-Fehlman is the fourth-generation winemaker at her family’s A. Rafanelli Winery, which her great grandfather, Italian immigrant, Alberto Rafanelli founded in 1911. She received a degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in agricultural business with a marketing concentration. After graduation she planned to work in marketing at a large winery. But the family winery did not have a marketing department, and she thought that it made sense to get involved in marketing and production, given her education and degree.

Shelly has taken over all production at the winery. With the help of her husband Craig Fehlman, who manages all of their vineyards, they intend to carry on the family tradition of handcrafting exclusive premium red wines. In addition to learning from her father, Shelly has taken winemaking classes at the University of California, Davis, and attends seminars to continue to hone her winemaking skills. A. Rafanelli is known for its Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, which are the only wines it produces.

Listen in as these women in wine (and John Gilbert) all discuss their career paths, changes in the industry, and what’s ahead!

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Renae Perry, Papapietro Perry Winery

Hosts and Renae Perry via ZoomWe’re baa-aack! The WWRH team has been on a Corona-hiatus. Like most of the world, the pandemic forced our team to pivot to new directions, take on new duties, and handle new projects. At long last, we’ve wrestled our recording schedule back under control.

In today’s show, tune in to learn what the hosts have been up to during #ShelterInPlace. We’ve switched to Zoom recordings out of necessity to maintain social distancing. Each of the hosts is in a different town in the North Bay, from Petaluma to Yountville, and Healdsburg, during the show.

Renae PerryOur guest, Renae Perry, is CEO and co-owner of the 22-year-old Papapietro Perry Winery on Dry Creek Road (part of the historic Timber Crest Farms Collective) in Healdsburg.  Renae’s husband, Bruce Perry, and winemaker Ben Papapietro, worked together years ago in San Francisco. Both were oenophiles and lovers of Pinot Noir. Soon they became garagistes, making small batches of wine in their homes.

Today Ben and Yolanda Papapietro and Bruce and Renae Perry are founders and co-owners of this award-winning winery. Listen in as Renae describes their journey from home winemaking to, “We should have our own winery!” They began with a mere 70-case production their first year and have grown to 8,000 cases every year.

Papapietro Perry WinesPapapietro Perry is a boutique, family-owned and operated winery, located in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, specializing in Russian River Pinot Noir. In fact, it’s the house specialty! They make ten single-vineyard designate Pinots as well as a highly popular free-run Rosé, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

Tune in to hear Renae lead the hosts through a guided tasting of their 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley; 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; and super-smooth 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. While miles apart, we were able to taste the same wines at the same time.

Renae also gave us a peek at their Zinfandel vineyard off the porch of their tasting room as well as the back story on the development of their label and logo design. We’re hoping by the time you hear this, their tasting room will have reopened after Sonoma County authorities grant approval for visitors to return to wineries.

Learn more at: https://papapietro-perry.com/

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Ellen Reich Luchtel & Gary Luchtel, Fortunati Vineyards

Just before California’s governor ordered a shelter-in-place regulation statewide, we visited Fortunati Vineyards’ new tasting room in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley, with owners Ellen Reich Luchtel and Gary Luchtel.

Derived from the Italian pronunciation of “Lucky” and the owner’s last name “Luchtel”, [say “For-too-not-ee”], we were fortunate enough (pun intended) to taste through a few of Fortunati’s ten, award-winning wines with Ellen and Gary during the show, as well as learn the history of their micro-winery.

Fortunati Vineyards wine bottles Ellen and Gary LuchtelYou’ll have to tune in to hear the whole story, but neither Ellen nor Gary grew up in wine industry families. In fact, they never expected to become winery and vineyard owners. But we’re getting ahead of the story, which begins when they met in college. Gary used to bring Ellen wines wrapped in brown paper bags for blind tastings. Talk about pressure! But it looks like it all worked out some 30-plus years later…

When Ellen and Gary first moved to their Oak Knoll property to plant a vineyard more than fifteen years ago, they had no plans to build a winery. Like many, they’d grown grapes for other producers for many years while Gary made wine for their own personal consumption. But with Ellen’s marketing expertise, it wasn’t too long before their brand launched with minimal case production and has since grown exponentially with word-of-mouth about these stunning, elegant wines and personable hospitality.

New tasting roomFortunati focuses on natural farming and winemaking techniques to deliver the best expression of their wines. Dry farming, natural-yeast fermentations, and other natural and sustainable practices produce wine that showcases the unique land and climate of the Napa Valley. They produce traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends that made Napa Valley famous, Tasting room toobut they also believe that variety is the spice of life: They’ve enriched their portfolio with a wide diversity of varieties, including Syrah, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Malbec and more in their lineup of hand-crafted, small batch wines.

Listen in to hear about their new, stunning on-site tasting room, with views of Mount St. Helena and vineyards in all directions (including their estate vineyard). Gary also discloses a wealth of insider information on the nitty-gritty of winemaking techniques, including his “recipe” for barrel selection.

Ellen and MarciaIn this peek behind the curtain, two of WINE WOMEN’s co-founders (Ellen Reich Luchtel and Marcia Macomber) get to hone in on their love of great wine and share stories of the evolution of Fortunati (and the organization) while enjoying the unusually warm (and beautiful) weather mid-March in Napa Valley.

Glasses and ViewIt’s clear that husband-and-wife team of Gary and Ellen Luchtel pour their hearts and souls into producing award-winning, premium wines so that their guests, club members and fans can enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Their tasting room is open by appointment (and will reopen after the COVID-19 health crisis) | Fortunati Vineyards

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ZAP! Brenae Royal & Brennan Stover

Palace Hotel Garden CourtWine Women Radio goes to ZAP! We had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the best viticulturists and vineyard managers who oversee the farming and care of 1000s of acres of zinfandel vines throughout California. On this show we meet Brenae Royal, vineyard manager of the famed and historic Monte Rosso, above Sonoma Valley in the Moon Mountain District, and Brennan Stover, vineyard manager at Turley Wine Cellars in Paso Robles, overseeing ancient vines in challenging growing conditions.

Brenae RoyalWise beyond her years (hint: she’s only been at Monte Rosso for a few years since graduating from Cal. State-Chico), Brenae Royal sat down with us to discuss her journey, from wondering if she wanted to take on management of Monte Rosso, to becoming one of its ardent champions and its leader of viticulture development. With the hosts, Brenae discusses the challenges of learning her way around this 130+ year old, 250+ acre estate and understanding its unique characteristics, including its 64 blocks and 105 sub-blocks (none with any signage). As vineyard manager, Brenae landed in the position with owner E. & J. Gallo while some of her staff have worked there for decades. Learn how she faced and succeeded in this management challenge.

Lisa Adams Walter and Brenae RoyalZinfandel makes up about 85 acres of Monte Rosso, where ten varieties are planted and managed by Brenae, some of which are more than 125 year-old vines. Couple the challenges of growing very old vines with an elevation range of 690 to 1300 feet and you can begin to get a sense of what she contends with day in and day out. As Brenae puts it: “You’re literally drinking history,” when you enjoy a wine made from Monte Rosso grapes. Much of Monte Rosso’s Zinfandel and other varities goes into signature wines from Gallo’s Louis M. Martini winery.

Brennan StoverBrennan Stover been an intrinsic part of Turley Wine Cellars in Paso Robles since 2001. Brennan also has been the only employee of a Kansas winery, which was so small he did everything himself:  winemaking, vineyard management, lab work, even sales.  Eventually tiring of working only with hybrids in the harsh continental climate, he sent his resume out to California with sunshine and Vitis Vinifera in his sights. Turley snatched him up nearly 20 years ago and he hasn’t looked back.

One of Brennan’s main caretaking properties is the Ueberroth vineyard in the Willow Creek sub AVA of Paso Robles. It’s a look back in time 130 years. Bushy Zinfandel vines dot the stark white limestone slopes, where he insists on hand-hoeing the deceivingly steep hillsides. Tune in to hear Brennan’s insights into organic farming along the central coast and how his vines behave given the climate conditions.

Quench+Temper back label Quench+Temper front labelAs a bonus, Brennan shared his personal project with us behind his Turley duties: Quench and Temper. Brennan planted his Bas Vineyard in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles during the drought in 2013. Dry farmed and with 45 degree slopes (!), his labor of love is a wine to behold. No fining. No filtering and only native yeasts. (Seek. This. Wine. Out!)

Listen in to hear this series of podcasts (3 more) from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco where the hosts caught up with these Zinfandel Experience discussion panelists to learn how Zinfandel farming has evolved and where they think it’s headed in the future. (Tip: Its preferred growing conditions are perfect for our evolving climate conditions!)

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ZAP! David Gates & Jake Neustadt

David GatesWhile enjoying a bottle of 1986 Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel that Joel Peterson left on our table at ZAP! while recording, our first guest, David Gates, Vice President of Vineyard Operations at Ridge Vineyards, told us he’d been farming the legendary Monte Bello Vineyard for Ridge since 1989—just three years after the wine was made. Wow!

What was probably the most delightful about our discussion with David was that he seemed as enthusiastic and delighted about working at Monte Bello, and with Ridge Vineyards, as he was when he first began there.

Marcia David LisaRidge produced its first commercial wine, a Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, in 1962. But the land itself had a long and storied history beginning in the late 1890s. However, Monte Bello wasn’t rejuvenated as a producing vineyard until the 1960s. They produced their first Zinfandel in 1964. Beginning in 1966, the winery began sourcing some grapes for its Geyserville Zinfandel and other wines from vineyards in Sonoma County. So we had a lot to learn about in a short time!

Joel and JakeTune in to learn about Ridge’s Croatian “Pribidrag,” part of Zinfandel’s long history. We also got to hear David’s take on climate change, developments in sustainable, and organic farming, and what he’s learned from his younger colleagues. David’s enthusiasm for learning from recent UC Davis graduates under his supervision was reflected in the stories we heard from his many past and present viticulture colleagues whom we got to meet and interview at ZAP!—including our next guest: Jake Neustadt, Viticulturalist and Vineyard Manager at Bedrock Wine Co.

Marcia Jake LisaJake didn’t attend UC Davis originally for its stellar winemaking and agriculture programs. But once he learned how bleak the career paths were in journalism and international relations, he changed his mind! The career paths in wine and viticulture looked a lot more attractive, and he was hooked.

Joel and Ravenswood 1986 Old Hill ZInfandelJake’s wine industry career has orbited around old vines (Rock Wall Wine Company, Ridge) with a sidestep into West Sonoma County Pinot Noir (Freeman) and a harvest learning the agony of bird nets in Central Otago, New Zealand (Misha’s Vineyard). It was at Ridge, under the tutelage of David Gates and Will Thomas, that Jake learned the idiosyncrasies of farming old vines with sustainable practices like biological control and site-specific cover cropping along with using modern viticultural instrumentation and data analysis in order to improve old-school organic and dry farming practices.

Bottle of Ravenswood 1986 Old Hill ZInfandelJake’s career at Bedrock began in production in 2016 and evolved into vineyard management where he oversees numerous vineyards across California. Listen in to hear what it’s been like to learn Bedrock’s many vineyards, from the well-tended to those that were neglected for many years.  Bedrock Wine Co.   |   Ridge Vineyards   |   ZAP!

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ZAP! Kyle Lerner

Marcia Jorja Kyle LisaIf you’re hankering for a wine tasting experience that represents genuine family-hospitality and history, look no further. We sat down with Kyle Lerner to talk about his family’s 100+ year-old winery, Harney Lane, founded 1907 by his father-in-law’s great-grandfather in Lodi, California. All of their wines are 100% estate grown and Certified Green. (More on that later.)

Lerner had not expected a life in farming. He received is Bachelor of Science from California State, Fresno in Finance and anticipated a career in business. But he married into a winegrowing family and his life took a new direction. With more than a quarter century of tutelage from his father-in-law on farming the land and running the winery business, Kyle now leads the family’s endeavors.

The vineyards are now Kyle’s primary office. Wife Jorja, who grew up on the land, initially thought she wouldn’t be involved in the family business either. But together with Jorja’s mother, Kathy Mettler, they run the tasting room and all winery operations.

As you can imagine, pride in the family’s estate wines is off the charts. They’ve devoted their lives to producing the finest wines possible and it shows in the bottle. Harney Lane produces several varieties and blends, including Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Albarino, Chardonnay and others.

Their fruit is entirely handpicked, hand sorted, fermented in small lots and then barrel aged in programs unique to each of the wines in their portfolio.

In total, Lerner farms about 550 acres, which they either own, lease or manage. Approximately 10% of that goes into their Harney Lane Winery production. Kyle, of course, serves as vineyard manager, overseeing all aspects of farming, using sustainable practices for his Green Certified vineyards. In fact, all the growers of the 110,000 acre Lodi appellation are so gung-ho on sustainability of the land, they developed their own “Green” growing standards and practices: Lodi Rules.

Lodi Rules grew out of a desire to farm in a way that meets the today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to create their own livelihoods. Its Sustainable Winegrowing Program is the culmination of decades of viticulture research and input from farmers, scientists, and environmentalists – and it continues to evolve and improve, making Lodi’s wines some of the best in the country. Lodi’s warm days and cool delta breezes create ideal growing conditions leading to rich flavors.

Harney Lane Scottsdale Vineyard ZinfandelKyle shared the Harney Lane Scottsdale Vineyard Zinfandel with us. It’s a BIG zinfandel, benefiting from aeration. It opens up beautifully over time. The historic Scottsdale Vineyard was one they’d farmed for many years before being able to acquire it in 2014. It’s also known as the “Blueberry Vineyard,” a moniker we could taste in the wine’s flavor profile. The wine would pair perfectly with many rich, winter meals: steaks, burgers, lasagna, cassoulet, brisket, roasts, barbecue…

Tune in to hear more about the growing conditions in Lodi and the 100-plus year-old Harney Lane, led by Kyle and Jorja Lerner.   Harney Lane   |   ZAP!

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ZAP! Joel Peterson, Once and Future Wine Co.

Joel PetersonWe first spoke with Joel Peterson, aka the “Godfather of Zinfandel,” during our podcast of the Historical Vineyard Society’s tasting event last fall. (Replay the show here.) That was our first introduction to his wealth of knowledge about California’s historic vineyards—but also about the versatility of Zinfandel.

Whom better to learn from at ZAP! than Joel Peterson himself about the current State of America’s Grape?

Following our discussions with several zinfandel viticulturists, Peterson sat down with us to discuss how he got into the wine industry and what he’s learned over four decades in the industry. He got his start in late 1972, meeting Joe Swan. That led to a chance to learn the art of winemaking. We could say the rest is history, but that wouldn’t do service to his story.

Joel PetersonYou’ll need to tune in to hear about his childhood, growing up in a household of two chemists. His father was wine obsessed, eventually writing one of the first wine newsletters in the San Francisco Bay Area called The San Francisco Wine Sampling Society. As we are women-centric at the podcast, we want to give a shout-out to Peterson’s mother Frances, who trained as a nuclear chemist worked on the Manhattan project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Woot! Woot!

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Conveniently for all of us, although Joe Swan wanted to specialize in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, he practiced his early winemaking with zinfandel. It was those first Joe Swan wines that made Joel fall in love with Zinfandel and, in particular, with older vines.

When he started Ravenswood in 1976, he wanted to focus on zinfandel. Though he was able to make single vineyard wines that helped redefine the qualitative ceiling of California’s old vines, Ravenswood also started to make a wine called “Vintners Blend” that proved immensely popular. Over several decades its annual production kicked up to nearly one million cases, at one point becoming the bestselling red zinfandel brand in the world.

Joel PetersonAlong the way, Joel has been a Sole Proprietor, a General Partner in a Limited Partnership, the President of both a C Corporation and a publicly traded corporation and a Senior Vice President at Constellation Wines. He’s also served as the President of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers. He helped found ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) and has had the opportunity to be its President two times. He also sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Vintners and has been inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. He supports and consults with the Historic Vineyard Society. And, oh, yes! He’s now the proud proprietor of Once and Future Wine, from which we got to taste his 2018 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel from the Teldeschi Vineyard. (It was stupendous!)

Once and Future Wine Company is a return to the original vision he had for Ravenswood so many years ago. A project that specializes in wines from special vineyards made with a sensitivity to place and in a style that he personally loves and believes in.

Listen in to hear all about it!  Once and Future Wine  |  Zinfandel Advocates and Producers

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Colby Smith, Founder and Executive Director of CANVAS

Colby SmithWe sat down with Founder and Executive Director Colby Smith of CANVAS (Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma) at Fortunati Vineyards’ new tasting room in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley.

Having served the hospitality industry now for more than a decade, the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, CANVAS, is a dynamic organization comprised of outstanding leaders in the hospitality community. CANVAS Members continually provide guests to Napa and Sonoma with the best possible experiences. Colby is proud to have such dedicated and loyal individuals participating in the programs facilitated by CANVAS that benefit the local Community.

CANVASSING Wine Country MagazineWe learned of the natural tie in to the Napa/Sonoma wine community as these Professional Recommenders are also the voice of CANVAS – The Experience Magazine (Canvassing Wine Country). The magazine presents a fresh and unprecedented approach to discovering and telling stories about personalities, innovators, creators, wineries, destinations and businesses that woven together create the fabric of wine country. With this innovative and inquisitive editorial mission the voice, style and access of the magazine is unlike any prior wine country publication. (And conveniently and unsurprisingly, it is overseen by our very own Lisa Adams Walter, as editor of the magazine.)

Colby herself has been quite the fixture in Napa Valley for more than a decade. She moved to Napa Valley in 2005, where she immediately embraced the hospitality community by becoming a Concierge at Villagio Inn & Spa. (Now Hotel Villagio.) It was the perfect environment for her to share her enthusiasm for Wine Country with visitors. After almost four years at the desk, wanting to do more, she and Monica Stevens (who was with the organization for the first year) spawned the idea of creating a support organization for the hospitality community, and the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley was formed.

Lisa Adams Walter with Colby SmithAfter a year and a half, Colby reached out to incorporate Sonoma, promoting a broader region and pride in the uniqueness of each county. With that the name evolved to CANVAS, Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma. She has grown the organization to over 900 members and developed a great number of programs that align, connect and educate the important people who serve our visiting guests.

In the past year, Colby extended outward to consumers from the voice and expertise of the region’s hospitality insiders who influence Wine Country experiential decisions. Now reaching Wine Country enthusiasts, this original approach, as a magazine, provides visual messaging and content to consumers through the voice of a concierge. Learn more at: https://conciergealliance.com/magazine/

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Jason Holman, Holman Cellars, Uncharted Wines & Rebel Vintners

Jason HolmanWhat do you do with Juris Doctorate degree? Why, become a winemaker, of course! Jason Holman knew by the time he graduated that he wouldn’t be stepping into any courtrooms. The world of wine beckoned during a stint at Kongsgaard, followed by several stints at other Napa Valley and South African wineries. Fast forward to our podcast recording in Jason’s downtown tasting room (which is shared with two other winemaker vintners), and you’ll get a master class not only in natural winemaking but also in Jason’s vision for taking the wine industry in a new direction.

Uncharted Wines Pinot GrisJason’s flagship brand, Uncharted Wines, uses unusual varietals, secluded vineyards, and unconventional production techniques, to provide wine lovers with an unforgettable experience in their glasses. All of these wines are made in very small lots (1-4 barrels) to ensure they retain the finest qualities. Listen in to learn why one vineyard produced an amazing harvest even after being submerged after a flood for months on end. Download and play to learn why Jason wanted to call his Pinot Gris a rosé (but the TTB wouldn’t let him)! Jason is forging his own, unique path in, well, uncharted territory.

Uncharted Wines CarignanRebel Vintners offers something for everyone…including your kids! Jason’s own kids participate in learning about the business, but they’re also young kids. So the three Rebel Vintner partners provide space for kids in their tasting room just like their own. Find toys, games, puzzles and more to keep the youngsters entertained while you sip and sample the many wines available to taste or purchase. For the adults, there’s the wine bar, a reading and conversation nook with deep, plush armchairs. Finishing out the tastefully appointed space are the requisite big screens if you’re dying to stay on top of the latest big game.

Jason Holman and Lynda PaulsonDuring the show we were able to sample Jason’s Pet Nat sparking wine (method ancien), skin-fermented Pinot Gris, Carignan and Tempranillo – only four of nearly a dozen or more wines he makes under his Uncharted brand. Visitors to the Rebel Vintners tasting room may also sample Cadle Family Wines as well as Vine & Leaf brands from his partners. Rebel Vintners  |  Holman Cellars (Uncharted Wines)

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Jason Holman, Holman Cellars, Uncharted Wines & Rebel Vintners, Part 2

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Jo and Jose Diaz, Diaz Communications, Part 1

Jo DiazJo Diaz moved to California in 1992 after 11 years in broadcasting, involving PR, producing, and photography. Detecting a natural segue way being surrounded by wine country, she moved into the wine industry in 1993. Did we mention she’s been employed by Hambrecht Wine Group (Belvedere and Grove Street wineries), Robert Mondavi, Barefoot Cellars, Ironstone Vineyards, and Kendall-Jackson, while simultaneously working on a wine sales and marketing degree? And we haven’t even told you about José Diaz’s journey into wine. (Tune in for that story!)

In 2001, Jo Diaz launched Diaz Communications, in 2002 founded PS I Love You (a Petite Sirah advocacy group) and continues to be PSILY’s executive director. In 2002, she also founded the Association of African American Vintners. In 2011, she founded the Oregon Pinot Gris marketing group. Jo Diaz has produced annual events: Oregon Pinot Gris and Petite Sirah symposiums, as well as Petite Sirah’s Dark & Delicious wine and food event. Jo also writes an award-winning blog, Juicy Tales, at Wine-Blog.org.

José Diaz joined the family firm a couple of years after Jo launched it, having spent more than 25 years in radio. Demonstrating (and describing) a ying and yang relationship (or as José says, “Left brain and right brain”), they’ve forged ahead together for nearly two decades now with Jo handling the creative and José managing those left brain projects, such as building websites, managing direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns and helping clients work with the media.

Tune in to hear about Jo’s creative wine marketing campaigns, featuring a luxury train. Learn about her 3 tips for success in promoting wine with special events. And hear about the pitfalls to avoid in wine PR. We covered the gamut! Learn more at Wine-Blog.org | Diaz-Communications.com

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Jo Diaz, Theodora Lee and Mandy Donovan, Diaz Pt 2

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In part 2 of our interview with Jo Diaz, we get to meet and taste the wines of two members of the organization Diaz founded and runs, P.S. I Love You, an advocacy organization for Petite Sirah. Meet Theodora Lee, aka Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards, at Theopolis Vineyards in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley in Mendocino. Theodora is a partner and trial lawyer at Littler Mendelson by day and vintner by night! We also meet Mandy Donovan, vintner and winemaker of Merisi Wines, another member of PS, I Love You and Petite Sirah advocate.

Jo Diaz, Mandy DonovanIf you’re curious about the mystique of Petite Sirah, or a raving fan of this rich and juicy wine, tune in to learn what growing conditions this variety favors. Learn about how PS I Love You promotes the grape through its events. And enjoy how this variety expresses itself in the bottle as we taste through Theodora’s and Mandy’s very different expressions of Petite Sirah in this episode with Jo Diaz.

Tune in to hear about Lee and Donovan’s adventures in developing their own brands. Learn more at Wine-Blog.org  |  Diaz-Communications.com  |  P.S. I Love You

Merisi Wines Petite Sirah Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah

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Claudia Schug Schutz, Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Schug WinesFeatured Wines: 2016 Carneros Rouge de Noirs Sparkling Wine, 2016 Carneros Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir all available here.

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Christian Oggenfuss, Napa Valley Wine Academy

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Ann Reynolds, Wine Compliance Alliance

Ann ReynoldsWhat on earth is “wine compliance”? And why is it important? These are questions best answered by our guest, Ann Reynolds, chief compliance officer and founder of Wine Compliance Alliance in Napa. Ann’s been working in wine compliance for more than 20 years and founded her business 10 years. Ann’s services include everything from ensuring a winery’s wine labels meets current TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) regulations to compliance training. She runs a busy YouTube channel providing this service and to keep client abreast of the ever-changing regulations.

Ann has worked in many roles in the wine industry, from tasting room associate to lab technician, as well as adjunct faculty at Napa Valley College. She’s saved wineries thousands of dollars over the decades using her preventive measures (i.e. good compliance records) to ensure record keeping and reporting meets standards and regulations. On the show, Ann discusses the evolution of record keeping, from handwritten notes and forms through the modern use of digital record keeping and reporting.

Listen in to learn why you can’t put “Carneros” on your label if someone forgets to record “Carneros” on the crush pad weigh tags (example only). Also learn why these regulations exist in the first place. Ann explains the regulations on how many grapes must originate from Napa Valley vineyards in order to put “Napa Valley” on the label. (Hint: It’s not 100%) Further, Ann goes into why it’s important to maintain and enforce reasonable regulations for the industry. | Wine Compliance Alliance

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Emma Swain, CEO, St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery

Featured Wines: St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Virtu and Emma’s favorite: St. Supéry Merlot all available here.

 

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Brooke Shenk, Winemaker, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery

Featured Wines: St. Supéry’s iconic wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and more are all  available here.

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Art Murray, President, Flambeaux Wine

Featured Wines: 2017 Flambeaux Wine Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2017 Flambeaux Wine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and the 2016 Flambeaux Fountaingrove Cabernet Sauvignon. Details here.

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Historical Vineyards Society at Sonoma’s Best

Sonoma’s Best’s Wine Director, Todd Jolly, welcomed the members and winemakers of the Historical Vineyard Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of California’s historic vineyards, to a walkaround tasting, sampling wines from these vineyards. Meanwhile, the hosts hunkered down in a corner of Sonoma’s Best to taste the wines and meet with the winemakers. Listen in as they talk about these legendary California vineyards with Joel Peterson of Once & Future Wine, and Mike Officer, Carlisle Winery, and many more. See the show segment times and list of guests below if you’d like to fast forward to a specific guest discussion. Learn more at about the vineyards at HistoricalVineyardSociety.org  |  Sonomas-Best.com  |  Photo credit: Lisa Adams Walter

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Before we sat down with our guests, we got a taste of the refreshing Maitre De Chai 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Herron Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain.

7:30 – Lynn Wheeler, Winemaker, Edith & Ida

WINE: Edith & Ida 2018 Chardonnay, Lolonis Vineyard, Mendocino County

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17:00 – Emily Rasmussen, Historical Vineyard Society
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26:00 – Joel Peterson, Once & Future Wine
WINE:  Once & Future 2017 Zinfandel, Bedrock Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
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39:00 – Andrew Nalle, Vintner/Winemaker, Nalle Winery
WINE: 2016 Estate Zinfandel, Henderlong Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
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50:00 – Chris Sawyer, Sommelier
WINE: Carol Shelton’s 2017 Zinfandel, Monga Vineyard, Cucamonga Valley
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1:06 – Mike Officer, Vintner/Winemaker, Carlisle Winery

WINE: 2017 Two Acres Red, Two Acres Vineyard, Russian River Valley

1:15 – Todd Jolly, Wine Director, Sonoma’s Best
WINE: Once & Future 2017 Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard, Calistoga
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Katy Wilson, Vintner/Winemaker LaRue Wines

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Since 2009, LaRue Wines has focused on making high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, exclusively from vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. The wines are elegant, restrained, and forever inspired by the resilience and strength of one Veona LaRue. Who is Veona LaRue? Tune in to find out as the hosts talk with Katy Wilson, vintner/winemaker, and granddaughter of Veona. Learn what Veona had to say when Katy told her she was naming her winery after her.

During the show, Katy shared with us her terrific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Find her wines here.

Alongside LaRue Wines, Katy works with several other projects. Currently, she makes wine for Anaba Wines, Claypool Cellars, Reeve Wines, and Smith Story Wine Cellars. Learn more about Katy and her wines at LaRueWines.com

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Gina Gallo, Honorary Co-Chair, Sonoma County Wine Auction

Featured Wines: Gina brought 2 of her Gallo Signature Series wines, a Chardonnay and a Zinfandel. View the auction lots here.

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Kim Cotter, Controller, Don Sebastiani & Sons
Lisa Adams Walter and Kim Cotter Featured Wines: B Side Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, available here.

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Philippe Langner, Hesperian Wines

Hesperian Wines bottle closeupFeatured Wines: Enjoy these elegant and silky cabs: 2015 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon, Kitoko Vineyard ~ Napa Valley and 2015 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Details here.

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Melissa Smith, CSW, Enotrias

First show:Patti Neumann Melissa Smith, CSWFeatured Wines: While Melissa Smith, from Enotrias, brought along a 1994 Beringer Cab for discussion on wine valuation, the group enjoyed the suite of Mathis Wines during the show. Details here.

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Second show: Patti Neumann, Misty Roudebush Cain, Mathis Wine Uberblend bottleFocus on food pairing!Food tray with bottle of Mathis Rose de Grenache Featured Wines: Mathis Wines Rose de Grenache, Grenache and Uberblend. Details here.

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Jen Walsh, Winemaker, La Crema Wines

La Crema wine bottles and Radio Misfits microphone on tableFeatured Wines: Jen brought La Crema Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Shop here.

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Lisa Adams Walter, Marcia Macomber, Misty Roudebush Cain

The co-hosts discuss their current work projects in the wine industry, current wine news and more.

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Diana Hawkins, Pope Valley Winery
Lisa Adams Walter and Diana Hawkins Featured Wines: 2018 Pope Valley Winery Sauvignon Blanc and the 2015 Pope Valley Winery Eakle Ranch Merlot, both available here.

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Vanessa Conlin, CEO of Wine Access.com

Vanessa Conlin & Misty Roudebush CainBottle of Massican Annia 2018Bottle of Keplinger Lithis 2016 with Vanessa ConlinFeatured wines: Massican Annia 2018 White, Napa Valley, and Keplinger Lithic, 2016. Shop at WineAccess.com

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M. J. Wickham, Photographer

Here’s one of M.J.’s beautiful photos from her career photographing wine, bottleshots and wine country since 1982. Connect with M.J. on Facebook, or on Twitter or Instagram @MJWickham.

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Emily Byrne, Carneros Wine Alliance

Emily serves as co-chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance and discusses their upcoming event, the 3rd Annual Carneros Cornhole Tournament and Wine Tasting, coming up on August 10th, from 4 – 6 PM PDT at Etude Wines, in Napa. Listen to the full podcast. Click on the Radio Misfits button below.

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Alexandra Romanini, Canihan Wine Cellars

Canihan Family WinesFeatured Wines: 2018 Canihan Rose of Pinot Noir (Sonoma County), 2015 Canihan Pinot Noir (Sonoma County), 2014 Exuberance Canihan Syrah (Sonoma Valley), all found here.

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Alison Smith Story, Smith Story Wines

Featured wines: 2018 Smith Story, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County; 2017 Smith Story, Helluva Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley; 2016 Smith Story Cabernet Sauvignon from the beloved Pickberry Vineyard – all available for purchase here.

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Julie Hagler Lumgair, J. Moss Wines’ Consulting Winemaker

Featured Wines: J. Moss Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, plus several vineyard designate J. Moss Cabernets – all available here.

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Julie Hagler Lumgair, J. Moss Wines’ Consulting Winemaker

Featured Wines: J. Moss Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, plus several vineyard designate J. Moss Cabernets – all available here.

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Dar Rhodes, Co-Owner of The Panel Wine Lounge

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Elizabeth Tangney, Dir. of Winemaking & Viticulture, Cornell VineyardsElizabeth Tangney

Featured Wine: Cornell Vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, Estate Grown

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Lauren Wong, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aperture Cellars/strong>

Tune in as we taste Jesse Katz’s silky Cabernet Sauvignon from Aperture Cellars and hear about their new tasting center under construction.
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Alison Crowe, Plata Wine Partners

Featured Wines: Alison brought both the just-released 2017 Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir (now available at CostCo) and the 2014 Garnet Vineyards, Stanly Ranch, Carneros Pinot Noir.

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Charlene Peters, Director of Mktg. & Communications for Visit Calistoga 

Featured Wine: Summers 2016 Villa Adriana Vineyard, Napa Valley Charbono

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Alicia Maria, CEO & Founder of The Wine Noire, LLC

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Joan Toth, Principal, Cherry Lane Enterprises LLC – Joan is an expert in diversity and inclusion issues. Her tagline: Nurture relationships. Drive revenue. Accelerate results.

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Ann-Marie Heidingsfelder, Coach & Facilitator for Partners4Success

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Peter Mathis, Vintner/Winemaker, at Mathis Wine

Featured Wines: Mathis Estate Sonoma Valley 2018 Rosé de Grenache, 2015 Grenache and 2014 Über Blend

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Deanna Martinez, General Manager, Jarvis Estates

Featured Wines: Jarvis Wines are allocated to their Inner Circle members only. On the show we enjoyed their wonderful, full-bodied and elegant Chardonnay and Merlot.

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Jennifer Reichardt, Vintner/Winemaker, Raft Wines

Featured Wines: We tasted the freshly bottled Raft “Jonquille” Viognier. Learn more about purchasing at Raft Wines.

The show also featured author Michelle Mandro discussing her soon-to-be-released book, “Wine Country Women of Sonoma County,” for which she is donating $10 of every purchase until April 30th to the United Way of the Wine Country’s Sonoma County Flood Recovery and Wellness Fund. Pre-Order Now.

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Delia Viader, V I A D E R Wines

Featured Wine: 2016 VIADER Proprietary Red Blend – 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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Lesley Keffer Russell | General Manager | Saint Helena Winery Saint Helena Winery Cabernet Sauvignon in KSVY studio

Featured Wines: 2017 Scopus Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County Chardonnay and 2013 Sympa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Debra Beresini, Co-Owner, Black Dog Ranch/Beresini Vineyards

Featured Wines: 2013 and 2014 Beresini Pinot Noir, Black Dog Ranch, Carneros

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Agoston Haraszathy, The Count of Buena Vista

Featured Wine: 2016 Buena Vista Bela’s Selection Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

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Robert Jordan, Robert Jordan Wines

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Csaba Szakal, En Garde Winery

Featured wines: Csaba brought several En Garde wines from his Diamond Mountain Cabernet, to his Russian River Pinot Noir and even his Magdalena Berry Port. Get ’em here.

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Co-Host Misty Roudebush Cain brought along a treat: St. Supery’s new My Virtu custom blending experience (see image). We got to custom blend our own My Virtu white wine!My Virtu-Custom Blend St. Supery White Wine

Featured wines: Co-Host Misty Roudebush Cain brought along St. Supery’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Virtu (a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend). Get ’em here.

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Canned Wines!

SANS Riesling and Butternut Rose in cans!Featured on this show were two terrific canned wines: BUTTERNUT ROSÉ CAN and SANS RUTHERFORD RIESLING ’17. We also featured a bit of Mathis Rosé de Grenache at the top of the show.

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Cindy Cosco, Vintner & Winemaker, Passaggio Wines

With most of the team out on assignment, Marcia Macomber and Cindy Cosco had Cindy’s 2017 Chenin Blanc, Heringer Estates, Clarksburg, to themselves. And, my, it was fantastic! If you love delicate whites with beautiful fruit and acidity, this is it!

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Karen Senders, Senders Wines

Karen brought along several stunning samples from Senders Wines for all to enjoy, including the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Ryan Vineyard, Napa Valley, the 2014 ‘Las Brisas’ Carneros Pinot Noir from the Mahoney Ranch, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Station, Napa Valley, and from their inaugural vintage, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Rutherford, Napa Valley, from the Galleron Vineyard — all available for purchase at SendersWines.com.

In addition to these wines, our holiday show featured Adrienne Stillman’s Apple Toddies. She explained that this terrific holiday cocktail was first mentioned in print in 1792 and was extremely popular in New York throughout the 1800s. Try the recipe yourself:

  • Adrienne Stillman with Apple Toddies2 oz Apple Brandy (Applejack or Calvados. Can substitute Bourbon or aged Brandy.), 1/2 baked apple, 1 tbs Demerara Sugar, boiling water
  • Baked Apple: peel, core and cut in half one apple. Wrap in wet brown paper to ensure the apple doesn’t fall apart in the oven. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees, until completely soft.
  • Cocktail: Add the sugar and 1-2 oz boiling water to a mug. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add half the baked apple and brandy and stir to break up the apple. Top with boiling water and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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Noel Schaff and Linda Trotta, Winemakers, WXBrands.com and Jamieson RanchFeatured wines at KSVY

Featured Wines from WXBrands’ portfolio: Jamieson Ranch “Double Lariat” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2016, and “Jelly Jar” Red Blend, California, 2016. Find them at: Jamieson Ranch Vineyards and Jelly Jar Wines, respectively.

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Theresa Dorr, “Queen of Clubs” and Forum Chair, Wine Club Forum

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Susan Doyle, VP Operations and Winemaking, Stewart Family Estate Wines, which includes Valley of the Moon Winery, Lake Sonoma Winery and Quail’s Gate.

Here’s co-host Cyndee Nelson’s wine news report (as we were unable to establish a good connection remotely across the airwaves during the show):

WINE NEWS REPORT

The Wine Analytics Report is a new monthly digital publication including data, analysis and news for executives, winemakers, winery owners and anyone wanting to closely follow the trends in U.S. wine industry. The first issue reveals that the total U.S. wine market has grown to be worth $70.5 billion. That’s 408 million cases of wine!

The Sonoma Index Tribune is reporting that the city of Sonoma, in an effort to keep commercial rents in check and maintain a balance of businesses, is limiting the number of tasting rooms allowed in the town center. Since 2012, the number of tasting rooms around the Plaza has increased from 17 to 26 – an uptick of 35 percent. Meanwhile, commercial lease rates on the Plaza have grown from $2 per square foot to $6 per square foot.

The U.S. House has passed legislation that would allow North Coast grape growers to tap into emergency funding to compensate them for losses incurred because of smoke taint in 2018. Growers in Lake and Mendocino counties had their grapes rejected by wineries during last year’s harvest because of smoke damage to their crop from the Mendocino Complex fires in the summer.

If you’d like to earn your Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship from Sonoma State University, now is the time. The program is available only on a biennial basis, and is designed to provide wine business principals and aspiring owners with the time and guided focus to create a business plan that ensures success. The eight-week program is led by Dr. Anisya Fritz, owner of Lynmar Estate Winery. It’s open to the public and runs from February 21 through April 11.

And finally….

According to a new and preliminary study by Harvard Medical School, drinking wine before bed has the potential to help you lose weight!

The study focused on the appetite-suppressing chemical which is found in most wines on the market. Resveratrol comes from plants and helps them to bounce back from being damaged, but in dietary terms, is known for combating your body’s fat cells while minimizing your desire to eat.

The 13-yearlong study found that women who drink two glasses of wine daily, including one at a later hour, were 70 per cent more likely to experience weight loss than those who didn’t consume wine. Of course, all things in moderation is the key!

Cyndee Nelson, Hospitality & Wine Club Manager, Gracianna Winery6914 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Featured wines: Valley of the Moon 2016 Pinot Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir, Carneros – Find them here.

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Jessica Link, General Manager, Davis Estates and Co-Owner, Linked Vineyards

Featured Wines: 2014 Davis Estates Zephyr and 2014 Linked Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

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Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder & President of Wine Competitions Production & Mgmt, talking about the upcoming Harvest Challenge wine competition.

Featured Wines: 2015 Mt. Brave Merlot, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley and 2015 La Jota Vineyard Co. Merlot, Howell Mountain

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Lynda Paulson, CEO of Success Strategies, Inc., and author of Romancing the Grape, Relationship Selling for Hospitality Professionals.

Featured Wine: 2014 Altos Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo (Rioja)

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Alex Farber, Head of Planning and Winemaker, from Nakedwines.com, the direct-to-consumer wine company with more than 100,000 angel subscribers.

Featured Wine: 2016 Crowdpleazin Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

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Todd Jolly, CSW, CSP, Director of Wine and Beer at Sonoma’s Best Modern Mercantile, was our guest.

View/Download the featured holiday cocktail recipes, recipes courtesy of John, Mixologist at Jackson’s and Starks Steakhouse, Santa Rosa, Ca, and Savannah Barto, Mixologist at The Q, Napa, CA

Featured wines: Roederer Estate Brut, Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California and Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne

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Amy Bess Cook, Founder of WOW Sonoma

Featured Wines: Amy Bess shared a number of wines from her Holiday Lineup with us. All were from producers making under 500 cases a year.

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Colette Milliman, Office Manager and Partner at August Briggs Winery in Napa Valley

Featured Wines from the August Briggs Winery: 2017 Dutton Ranch ‘Shop Block’ Russian River Valley Pinot Blanc, 2015 Old Vines Calistoga Napa Valley Zinfandel and 2015 Calistoga Napa Valley Charbono, all available at the August Briggs website!

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Show Hosts

Lisa Adams Walter

Lisa Adams Walter

A native of wine country, Lisa Adams Walter has spent her career writing, telling stories, reporting and publicizing primarily in the areas of wine, food and the arts. She founded the boutique PR agency Adams Walter Communications in 1999. In addition to her work as a publicist, she has been published in numerous media outlets, and is one of a select group of wine publicists who wrote chapters for the books Spinning the Bottle: Case Histories, Tactics and Stories of Wine Public Relations as well as the second edition Spinning the Bottle Again. She is the editor in chief and co-founder of CANVAS – The Experience Magazine – “Canvassing Wine Country” and in 2016 wrote the introduction for the Simon & Schuster hardcover book Napa Valley Cabernets.Publicist in Wine, Food & The Arts. Contact Lisa

Marcia Macomber

Marcia Macomber

Marcia has served as Creator-in-Chief for Cornucopia Creations, her marketing and graphic design firm, for more than 20 years. Current and past clients include large corporations, such as ClosetMaid, to small entrepreneurs, including gourmet chefs, wholesale manufacturers, contractors, CPAs, small wineries, bookkeepers, business coaches and sculptors. She is a co-founder of WINE WOMEN and served as its first Marketing Director. Prior to the founding of WINE WOMEN, she served as Communications Director for the Napa-Sonoma Women for WineSense chapter and then Marketing Director. In addition to her marketing and design work, she hosts “The Morning Show” on Sonoma’s KSVY 91.3 FM radio on Mondays as well as co-hosting the “WINE WOMEN Radio Hour.” She has been a past president, and is a current member of, Business Network International (BNI) for more than nine years.  Contact Marcia

Cyndee Nelson

Cyndee Nelson

As Hospitality & Wine Club Manager at Gracianna Winery, Cyndee Nelson has re-invented herself in the world of wine. A native of Los Angeles, she relocated to Sonoma County in 2016. With a background in communications ranging from disc jockey at several rock radio stations; editor and associate publisher at trade journal Radio & Records; digital media producer; and audiobook narrator; she has transformed her wine hobby into her career. Always an advocate for women in business, she also served as VP Communications for the Alliance for Women in Media’s Southern California chapter for five years.  Contact Cyndee

Misty Roudebush Cain

Misty Roudebush Cain

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Misty Roudebush Cain, Director of Marketing & Member Services at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, is a data driven marketer with a track record for exceeding goals and developing teams. She brings extensive wine industry knowledge to her roles overseeing marketing for wholesale and direct, wine club, ecommerce, and telesales. Previously, she was in charge of Marketing and Direct to Consumer for B.R. Cohn winery and prior was Director of Member and Guest Experience at Foley Family Wines’ luxury estates, including the retail teams for Chalk Hill Estate, Lancaster Estate and Roth Estate. Misty began her career in the wine industry at Chalk Hill in 2005. Earlier, she was an Associate Director of Consumer Marketing for AT&T.  Contact Misty

Adrienne Stillman

Adrienne Stillman

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With a passion for wine, story-telling and technology, Adrienne Stillman currently serves as Director of Marketing for WineDirect in Napa where she oversees all aspects of marketing and communications. Her professional experience includes digital strategy for a variety of wine and spirits clients, product marketing for financial services software and authoring the book “Where Bartenders Drink” (Phaidon, 2017). A New York City native, Adrienne is a Certified Sommelier and proud graduate of Barnard College, where she learned the importance of advocating for women in the workplace.  Contact Adrienne

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