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.

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On a corner in Old Downtown Windsor, in Sonoma County, is the Windsor Tasting Lounge and Old Redwood Brewing Company. A perfect location for friends who love both beer and wine. Meet Dominic and Aaron and learn what these two neighbors have to offer.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

Meet winery owner John Saemann and General Manager Scott Schuette of Clouds Rest Pinot Noir. John and his team make exceptional hand-crafted, small production Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. As John believes, which you may too, the vineyard is a magical place there on Sonoma Mountain where the clouds rest.