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.
In this episode we visit the highly awarded Navarro Vineyards, run by a couple of seasoned hippies, and the appealing Balo Vineyards. Winemaker Alex Crangle enlightened us on the winery’s efforts to be thoughtful stewards of the land.
Travel with me to Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. You’ll learn the valley has a warmer climate to the west and a cooler climate to the east allowing for a wide range of wine varieties to be grown. In this first episode I visit Drew Family Cellars, Handley Cellars, and Husch Vineyards.
The aged wine we tasted with Zac Robinson at Husch Vineyards
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.
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.
Learn about this unique concept in the wine industry. They connect passionate wine enthusiasts with critically-acclaimed winemakers who produce small production, single vineyard wines specifically for this concept. Members can choose the winemakers and the amount of bottles they want to buy. I talk with founder Dave Trebilcock and vice president Matt Smith.
On occasion the wine road takes me to some unexpected places but I never would have guessed I’d end up in the pit garage at Sonoma Raceway. That’s where I met Larry Foyt. He’s the team director for Foyt Racing and with nephew A.J. Foyt IV they have created Foyt Family Wines. I also talk with managing partner Chris Perry about their fundraising for Anova Education.
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.
Kosta Browne is a luxury tier wine producer. Their reputation for flavorful, intense Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has created a multiple year wait to get on their allocation list. Hear about their background and philosophy from winemaker Michael Browne.
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.
These young ladies have plenty of restaurant and winery experience which led Colleen and Aubrey to open their own dream bar offering the best wine and beer California has to offer. To make it more intriguing they picked a spot in a corner alley in downtown Napa, similar to a great find in Paris.
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.
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.
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.