Join me on this tour of El Dorado County, California, South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley Nevada. The trip included visits to Miraflores Winery, Gold Bug Park & Mine, and Nello Olivo Wine in Placerville, Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina and the 15th Annual Food and Wine Festival at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe. We also visited Nevada’s oldest Thirst Parlor, the Genoa Bar & Saloon, Tahoe Ridge Winery, Bistro and Marketplace, and other sites in Carson Valley. We did it all in four days but you can hear about it in 40 minutes. It may inspire a future road trip for you!


Miraflores winery Winemaker Marco Cappelli of Miraflores Winery, outside Placerville

Getting ready to enter Gold Bug Mine, Placerville   Gold Bug Mine

South Lake Tahoe  A bird’s view of South Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe’s Annual Food and Wine Event  South Lake Food and Wine Event

Executive Chef Klaus Feyersinger  Harrah’s Executive Chef Klaus Feyesigner


At the Genoa Bar and Saloon, Carson Valley, NV    Genoa Bar and Saloon

I talk with Jeff Kunde about their century old family history in Sonoma Valley. From mountain top tastings to underground caves there’s much to see at the Kunde Family Estate.

Shelly is the fourth generation Rafanelli winemaker.  After considering a career of her own she returned to Dry Creek Valley.  Now with her sister Stacy and husband Craig they continue to improve the wine and carry on the family tradition that began over 110 years ago.




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

Meet Joe Benziger who left the Benziger Family Winery to make his own small production, hand crafted wine at Imagery Estate Winery. Joe loves producing the lesser grown varieties, many from the Northern Italy region. Join me on his outdoor patio in Sonoma Valley as we talk about his passion.


Learn about the history of the Martinelli Winery, founded by 19 year old Italian immigrant Giuseppe Martinelli and his young wife, Luisa in the 1880s.

George and Regina Martinelli and their families are keeping the legacy alive with their wine making and historic tasting room in Russian River Valley.

Regina Martinelli                martinelli web 2



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

Owners Bruce and Cheryl Lawton have big plans for a wine cave. In the meantime they’re serving out of their tasting lounge at 21001 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville. Pech Merle may be small but with winemaker John Pepe they’re piling up the awards. I joined them under the oak cathedral to talk about their success.

Kerry is a sought after wine consultant in California, India, Israel and now Costa Rica. Join me as I talk with Kerry about his travels and experience while enjoying his wine, Palmeri.


Join me as I walk the vineyard with Peter Mathis. He followed his dream of planting a grenache vineyard. It’s only 7 and half acres but his day job helps pay the bills. That means he works 7 days a week to explore his passion. As the awards indicate, it’s a worthy effort.

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!