I went on an extremely memorable trip to experience Finger Lakes wine in New York in October and put together this podcast that I’m tickled to share with you. As a media guest, I got to visit “Harvest House”. It was my very cool home base chock-full of fellow wine industry brethren. We split up during the day to visit (and pitch in) at wineries all over the region. Which, in itself, was awesome.
But the best part was when, each evening, we all reconvened at Harvest House, our idyllic home right on Seneca Lake, for dinner. Our crew was joined each evening by numerous winery guests. Gathering around a big ol’ table full of wine, we’d eat a bounty of local meats, cheeses, and more.
Before I sat down to one evening’s feast, I spent a few minutes with winemakers and winery owners and asked them this question: What makes the Finger Lakes so special?
Here are the folks you’ll hear answer my query:
- Aaron Roisen, winemaker, Hosmer Winery
- John Martini, owner (along with wife Ann), Anthony Road Wine Company
- Jonathan Cup, president and co-owner, Thirsty Owl Wine Company
- Derek Wilber, senior winemaker, Swedish Hill Winery
- Dave Breeden, head winemaker, Sheldrake Point Winery
Please have a listen to the show. And don’t forget you can get Wine Without Worry on iTunes.
Finger Lakes Wine Podcast: Get to Know 5 Wineries
Want more Finger Lakes? Tag along with me for an eventful day at Villa Bellangelo.
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I happily braved an unusually intense Seattle downpour to chat with Winemaker José Lovaglio of Dominio del Plata. He’s the latest guest on my Wine Without Worry podcast. [SUBSCRIBE] I was curious about what was happening in Argentina concerning Malbec. These wines came on the scene with an unbeatable one-two punch of flavor and value. And had the glow of the new. (Or at least to me and many other people).
So after that initial buzz, what’s the deal with Malbec from Argentina today? Lovaglio discusses its diversity within and outside of Mendoza, the most well-known region for the country’s signature red wine grape.
And speaking of signature grapes, we also chat about Torrontés, a light and lively white wine with serious floral aromatics. But sometimes you can get too much of a good thing in the nose department. How does a winemaker prevent Torrontés from smelling like a potpourri-filled glass? Or resembling the “good” soap, for ornamental purposes only. The kind that if you ever actually lathered up your hands with, you’d get yelled at. Also, what does a barrel-aged Torrontés taste like? Why give oak to such a fresh, easy-drinking white wine?
- 2014 Susana Balbo Crios Torrontés
- 2013 Susana Balbo Barrel Fermented Torrontés
- 2014 Susana Balbo Crios Malbec
- 2012 Susana Balbo Malbec
(BTW, Lovaglio is Susana Balbo’s son.)
Finally, I begged (ok, just asked) Lovaglio to reveal what grapes he thought were rising stars in the world of Argentinian wine. And you can hear my surprise at his first answer. Check out the show:
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Talk about an awesome one-two New Zealand podcast punch. After speaking with Sam Neill of Two Paddocks on my last episode, I welcome Winemaker Tim Heath from iconic winery Cloudy Bay.
The vineyards at New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay
It’s hard to overstate the impact of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc. The wine played a big role in putting New Zealand on the global wine map. It was very cool talking to Heath about what makes it special.
But Cloudy Bay is not just about Sauvignon Blanc. Oh no! We also taste a very cool Chardonnay and a couple of Pinot Noirs as well. This episode of the Wine Without Worry podcast (subscribe) is a window into the world of New Zealand wine, from the 1980s to what’s happening today.
Also, corsets and bungee jumping get a mention. Not, however, at the same time.
Podcast: Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay
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A pleasure to sit down for a bit of an early morning chat with Sam Neill, Proprietor of New Zealand’s Two Paddocks. We were both in McMinnville, Oregon, for the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC, where I was an invited media guest and he was the Master of Ceremonies) and conversed in the bucolic backyard of a local B&B. Birds chirping, all that good stuff. (Note: The above photo was taken at Two Paddocks. If there was a body of water present at our McMinnville setting I would have suggested a rowboat podcast. Perhaps a Part Two in the future?)
Are you curious about Pinot Noir and specifically what’s going in Central Otago, Two Paddocks HQ and ground zero for exciting wines made in New Zealand from the “heartbreak grape”? Yes?
I suspected as much.
So tune in to this episode of Wine Without Worry. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE. (I know, a little aggro with the all-caps. Piled on with the bolding. But the show informs and entertains. And I have a lot of fun chatting with fantastic guests from all over Planet Wine.)
Note: During the podcast I also reference Neill’s remarks during the IPNC kickoff at Linfield College, which were extremely entertaining:
Here’s the show:
Photo courtesy Two Paddocks. You must check out the winery’s website. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Humorous employee profiles, cool videos, and Top 10 Tunes.
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