In this segment I visit Steve Rogstad at Cuvaison. You’ll hear about their Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from the cooler Carneros region and their Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard on Mount Veeder. Steve also shares his story of becoming a winemaker. He’s had a successful run at Cuvaison and judging by the wine it’s no wonder.


Steve Rogstad

Each year the Napa Valley Wine Library Association host an annual wine tasting which is attended by many of Napa Valley’s wineries. 2015 was their 53rd event yet you may not have heard about it. Listen and find out why. (It’s private but there’s a way you can get in!) Michaela Rodeno, a former Napa Valley CEO, now owner of Villa Ragazzi, is my guest.

This legendary winemaker still holds the world record for the most money raised for one bottle of wine at auction. She talks about that experience, her family, and the many clients with whom she continues to work, which includes La Sirena Wines: Heidi Barrett’s Own Winery.

Heidi Barrett glass

For a unique viewpoint of Napa Valley (in more ways than one) take the drive to Smith-Madrone Winery perched high atop Spring Mountain. Stuart and Charlie Smith have been up there since the early 70s crafting wine the way they feel it should be made. Their style hasn’t always been in favor but as tastes have changed they’ve become fashionable again.



A morning view of Napa Valley from Smith-Madrone before the fog had fully lifted.

I was honored to have a chance to spend time with Peter Mondavi Jr. during Peter Sr.’s 100th birthday celebration. Hear the interview about this iconic Napa Valley family.

Owner and visionary Dario Sattui shares the story of his desire to build an authentic 13th century Tuscan castle in Napa Valley. As he followed his passion sacrifices had to be made building this architectural wonder.


Castello di Amorosa hall Dario_Upper Loggia

In this music related show you’ll hear my interview with two guys who were at Woodstock. Graham Nash was one of the first major acts to play the new City Winery venue in Napa. During the same week Rolling Stone photographer from the 60s, Baron Wolman, appeared at Markham Vineyards for his 40th Anniversary of Woodstock exhibition. I talk with Greg Strange about the exhibition, then Baron by phone prior to his arrival.


Baron Wolman

Kelly Trevethan and winemaker Jean Hoefliger are founders of Speratus Winery. All of the sales of Speratus wine cover the tuition of a Lasallian high school or college education for those less fortunate and who otherwise would not have that opportunity. Nearly everything it takes to make a bottle of their wine is donated!