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Glass Vodka: Artisan Ian MacNeil
There is vodka. And then there is Glass Vodka. Artisan craftsman Ian MacNeil has transformed this homogenous, artificially-flavored and mass-produced liquor into a connoisseur spirit that is like nothing you've ever experienced. From the exquisite glass packaging, to the extraordinary, velvet smooth vodka inside it, Ian MacNeil's Glass Vodka is an outstanding outlier. And now, he delivers another refreshing option with Glass Vodka Soda. Brian heads to Seattle's SODO neighborhood to revisit Glass Distillery and catch up with Ian.
Napa: Rutherford Hill
Our first stop in Napa Valley is one of the favorite wine destinations in California. Brian heads north on the Silverado Trail to the eastern slopes of the valley to enjoy Rutherford Hill Winery's flagship Merlot and other elegant wines with GM Bryan Parker.
Oregon: Cathedral Ridge Winery
The stunning scenery of the Columbia River Gorge provides the backdrop for a visit to the only AVA in American shared by two states, Oregon & Washington. On the southern side of the mighty river, the fertile, rolling hills of Hood River are home to Cathedral Ridge, as Brian revisits the winery that's helped put this region on the map.
Washington: Greg & Stacy Lill, Chateau Lill
Greg & Stacy Lill are more than winery owners, they're ambassadors for the Washington industry and friends with vintners around the world. Greg founded DeLille Cellars 27 years ago and with Stacy, they built DeLille into one of America's most respected brands. They recently completed the sale of the winery, but that's not the end of this story. It's just the beginning.
Oregon: Chemistry
Oregon Wine Month continues throughout May, and Brian returns to the Willamette Valley to learn more about the collaboration between vintners in the Stoller Wine Group. The new label is called, appropriately, "Chemistry", as winemakers from Chehalem & Stoller Family Estate combine forces to produce value wines that bring the best of both to the market.
Washington: Maryhill Vancouver Waterfront
Maryhill Winery continues to expand its influence on Northwest wine with the opening of it's latest tasting room on the waterfront in Vancouver USA. In this episode, Maryhill's Craig Leuthold also makes a major announcement about a tasting room in the Seattle-area. And while Maryhill covers all major Washington markets, winemaker Richard Batchelor and his wines are hauling in the awards at national wine competitions. In this episode, Brian visits the new Vancouver tasting room and we select a Vintage 2017 interview with Richard Batchelor on-location at Maryhill's Gorge tasting room.
Destin Charity Wine Auction: Volume 2
On location for the live auction in Destin, Brian reconnects with Eugenia Keegan, Oregon GM for Jackson Family Wines, who is thrilled with the response for Oregon wine on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Madaiah Revana shares his wines from Napa, Oregon and Mendoza, and Shirley Roy brings her rare and highly regarded reds to the party.
Napa: Staglin Family Vineyards
One of the most respected families in Napa Valley continues to produce spectacular wines. But it's their work through wine, charitable giving, and a commitment to change how mental health issues are perceived, diagnosed and managed that have put the Staglin's center stage for a major announcement. Brian travels to their Rutherford estate to share their very personal story, and their tireless effort over the past 25 years.
Georgia: Reynolds Lake Oconee Volume 1
Reynolds Lake Oconee is the epicenter of food, wine and recreation in the Southeastern US. In this episode, Brian revisits the sprawling resort to spend time with Jason Plazola, Director of Food & Beverage, and learn why Georgia's Lake Country is at the crossroads of American wine & dining.
Oregon's Willamette Valley: ROCO Winery
Rollin Soles traveled the world as a young man and chose to make his mark in Oregon. He founded Argyle and proceeded to not only put sparkling wine on the map, he re-wrote the boundaries for bubbles worldwide. Now, Rollin & wife Corby have teamed up at ROCO, where Rollin's showcasing his Pinot Noir, including the "Private Stash". Brian heads to the Willamette Valley to revisit friends and record this post-harvest interview in Oregon Wine Country.
Oregon's Dundee Hills: Lange Estate Winery
The second generation of Oregon winemakers is now well established. In the Willamette Valley, where their parents migrated 30+ years ago, this group has set a new standard for the industry, raised expectations, perfected a Burgundian-style Chardonnay, and they are now turning their attention to sparkling wines. Jesse Lange is the winemaker, and an industry leader for his generation of smaller, family wineries that thrive in this region. Brian heads to the Dundee Hills to revisit Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards.
Oregon: Lingua Franca
Seattle native Larry Stone grew up with wine in his blood, scientific curiosity, and the warm and approachable personality it takes to entertain guests at America's top restaurants. The 9th Master Sommelier in America and first American to win the prestigious Best International in French Wines Competition in Paris, Larry has returned to his Northwest roots to guide his passion project, Lingua Franca. Brian takes a day trip to Oregon's Eola-Amity Hills to visit with this American wine icon.
Destin Charity Wine Auction: Volume 1
Another record year at the Destin Charity Wine Auction, with $3 million raised benefiting children in need on Florida's Emerald Coast. In the first of a four volume set, Brian visits with Greg & Stacy Lill of Chateau Lill and Cashmere, Joe Aschbacher of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Col Solare, and Stag's Leap VP & GM Russ Joy.
Oregon: Ponzi Vineyards
With respect to all of the Oregon wine pioneers, I refer to the Ponzi's as the "First Family" of the Oregon Wine Industry. They arrived from Northern California in the late-1960's and put their small family to work on a farm outside Portland. Along the way, Dick & Nancy Ponzi founded Ponzi Vineyards, Bridgeport Brewing, and the Dundee Bistro. They passed the winery to their daughters, winemaker Luisa and Maria on the business side. Maria joins us to share her story of growing up in the Ponzi family.
Oregon: Winderlea Vineyard & Winery
We've featured Winderlea on our popular radio program over the years, and this time we revisit the Dundee Hills to learn about what's going on behind the scenes. Winderlea is certified biodynamic and B-Corp, and co-owner Bill Sweat tells us why he & Donna Morris have chosen to make a statement about how they farm their historic vineyards.
Naples Winter Wine Festival: Volume 1
There are wine auctions, and then there's the Naples Winter Wine Festival. This year, America's #1 wine auction raised almost $16 million for underprivileged children in Collier County, FL. In Volume 1 of our podcast, Brian visits with Barbara Banke from Kendall-Jackson, The Mondavi Family, Master Sommelier Larry Stone, and James Beard Award Winning Restaurateur Charlie Palmer.
Naples Winter Wine Festival: Volume 2
In Volume 2 from the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Brian sits down with Salvatore Ferragamo to learn more about Il Borro in the heart of Tuscany. Veronique Drouhin shares her passion for Pinot Noir, both in Burgundy and Oregon, and Olivier Krug pops the cork on his Grand Cuvee.
Washington: Maryhill Vancouver USA
Maryhill Winery Co-Founders Craig & Vicki Leuthold built the best destination winery in the Pacific Northwest, then opened a hip, urban tasting room in their hometown of Spokane. Now, they have their sights set on Vancouver USA, with a spectacular waterfront tasting room on the Columbia River. Brian revisits his friends to learn about their latest venture, and taste two of their award-winning wines.
Destin Charity Wine Auction: Volume 4
A record-breaking weekend in Destin winds down, but not before Brian visits with "the spy" who fell in love with Napa, Jean Noel Fourmeaux. Chef Cindy Hutson returns to the Destin Charity Wine Auction again this year, sharing her story of food, fishing, and fundraising, and in between events, Brian can be found relaxing at the nearby Tommy Bahama Restaurant in the heart of the action in Destin.
Destin Charity Wine Auction: Volume 3
The weekend festivities continue at the Destin Charity Wine Auction, and this popular springtime gathering is more than just a wine event. Brian sits down with legendary distiller Bill Samuels, Junior from Maker's Mark, Jacksonville's award-winning Chef Scotty Schwartz, and event organizers who are expecting another record-setting year.
Liminal: The Next Level on Red Mountain
After a decade together building Avennia into one of Washington's most respected wineries, Marty Taucher and Winemaker Chris Peterson were looking for a new challenge. They literally got in the car one day and went for a drive through Eastern Washington. High atop Red Mountain, they found what they were looking for. Brian revisits Avennia to reflect on the past decade, and what lies ahead for Liminal.
Oregon: Abacela Winery
Earl & Hilda Jones moved cross-country and chose the rolling hills of Southern Oregon to plant their favorite Spanish varietal Tempranillo. The name Abacela originates from the Latin word Abacelar, which means "to plant a grape vine". In doing so, Earl & Hilda put Tempranillo and Southern Oregon on the map for American wine consumers. In this episode, Brian reconnects with Earl to retrace the history of this iconic Oregon winery.
Oregon: Chehalem Winery
The indigenous peoples of this Oregon region called it "Chahelim", or "Valley of Flowers". Today, it's a valley of vineyards, where Harry Pederson-Nedry first planted Pinot Noir in the 1980's. He opened Chehalem Winery in 1990, and grew it into one of Oregon's most popular brands. Business partner Bill Stoller bought Harry out last year, and now it's time for the next generation at Chehalem led by winemaker Katie Santora.
California: Carruth Cellars
The California wine industry is America's leader, and the next generation of vintners are literally taking it to the streets of cities across the state. In Carlsbad, Carruth Cellars sources the best grapes from across the west- not only California, but Oregon, to produce a stunning selection of quality wines. In this episode, Brian spends an evening at this urban tasting room which offers an approachable venue in the heart of the city.
Destin: Harvest Wine & Food Festival Preview
One thing's for sure. Our friends in Destin do it right! The main event in April, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, celebrates its 15th year in 2020. Meantime, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown into a world class event on its own. This three-day event has a different vibe, but its still first class. While the wine dinners are already sold out, there are plenty of entertaining options throughout the weekend of October 24-26. Brian welcomes an all-star lineup to preview the event.
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Mar 8th, 2019
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Oct 29th, 2019
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