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Join hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard, from Wild 4 Washington Wine, for a conversation about what it means to make wines in the "bordeaux-style" in Washington State with award-winning winemaker Anna Schafer from aMaurice Cellars.
Anna Schafer Winemaker, Founder aMaurice Cellars:
As one of the founders of àMaurice, Anna has dedicated her time to creating wines with a unique quality. Her talent is her palate and curiosity of winemaking. As a practically trained winemaker, she works both hemispheres to taste wine in the vineyard. She worked harvest in Mendoza, Argentina for winemaker Paul Hobbs's Viña Cobos in 2006 and 2007. Anna brings to the wine a world perspective having visited thirty-six countries. Her most unique wine experience was in the Szechwan province, China, enjoying Tibetan barley wine.
Speaker at Aspen Food and Wine, Women for Democracy and Taste Washington. Only female and youngest Top New Winemaker by Seattle Magazine.
Make sure to join Linda and William for The Wine Muse World Tour.
Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard from Wild 4 Washington Wine have a conversation with the winemaker for Arbor Crest Winery, a pioneer in the Washington state wine industry. Their bordeux-style Dionysus wine is highly rated, regularly garnering 91-93 ratings from the major wine magazines.
Grab a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy Winemaker Week on Minstrel and Muse and make sure and tune in every third Thursday of the month for The Wine Muse World Tour.
In September we'll be talking to 4 world-class Chardonnay winemakers, including the winemaker for Chateau Montelena who beat the French in a blind testing in 1976, about "The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Chardonnay."
Arbor Crest Winery
Join hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard (Wild 4 Washington Wine) for a conversation with the Gilles Nicault, Director of Winemaking for Long Shadows Vintners, a winery that brings together the Rock Stars of winemaking for all the major worldwide wine regions. He is also the winemaker for Long Shadows' acclaimed Chester-Kidder, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah blend.
Gilles grew up in southern France and graduated from the University of Avignon with a degree in viticulture and enology. He honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cotes du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. In 1994, already a vintner of rising fame in his homeland, Gilles traveled to Washington State to expand his winemaking.
Impressed by Washington State's vineyards, he stayed in the Columbia Valley, working for Staton Hills and Hogue Cellars before joining Woodward Canyon in 1996, where he stayed until moving to Long Shadows in June 2003. Sharing Woodward Canyon's passion for world-class wines, Gilles soon found Woodward Canyon's founder Rick Small was his ideal mentor and biggest champion. In 1999, Woodward Canyon named Gilles head of enology and production.
Gilles is married to French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars, an upcoming guest on the Wine Muse show, "The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Chardonnay".
Joing hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard, Wild 4 Washington Wine, as they talk to Finger Lakes winemaker Dave Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery.
Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard from Wild 4 Washington Wine head to Germany, New York and Washington State to talk to winemakers about the world's favorite summer wine, Riesling.
Their first stop will be Germany to speak with winemaker/owner Anne Eifel and taste her Heinz Eifel Spatlese Mosel carried by Winesellers LtD. Afterward, they'll move on to Washington and talk to the world's leading producer of Riesling, Ste. Michelle, and their white wine maker, Wendy Stuckey. They'll delve further into Washington Riesling with the Long Shadows highly acclaimed Poet's Leap Riesling and a conversation with their Director of Winemaking, Gilles Nicault. Finally, they'll end their tour in New York where the hosts will chat with winemaker David Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes region.
Get your FREE audio book and one month trial at Audible. We recommend the book: The Juice: Vinous Veritas by Jay McInerney. His collection of vinous essays, now featured in The Wall Street Journal, have been praised by restaurateurs (“Filled with small courses and surprising and exotic flavors, educational and delicious at the same time” —Mario Batali), by esteemed critics (“Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative” —Robert M. Parker Jr.), and by the media (“His wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable” —The New York Times).
On the Wine Muse, hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard explore the smells and tastes in wine.
Guests for the Show
Hillary Sjolund, Sonoris Wines LLC: "Sensory Perception of Wine"
Hillary Sjolund is the owner and winemaker for Sonoris Wines. A native of California, Hillary graduated with a degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis and got her start in the wine industry as a harvest intern at Pine Ridge Winery in Napa. Hillary moved to Washington State in 2006 and became winemaker for DiStefano Winery in Woodinville. In January, Hillary left DiStefano to focus full-time on her own Sonoris Wines.
As an instructor, Hillary also teaches enology classes via VESTA the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance. These are degree and certification programs offered online. VESTA is a National Science Foundation funded partnership between the Missouri State University system and colleges, universities, vineyards and wineries across the United States.
Michael Dawson, brand manager from Wyeast, Odell, Oregon
Since 1986, Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. has been producing Pure Liquid Yeast cultures and fermentations products crafted with skill and integrity. Their continuing devotion to providing superior products, insightful technical expertise and helpful customer service has earned Wyeast Laboratories the reputation as a worldwide industry leader. Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. Pure Liquid Yeast cultures are shipped directly to breweries, wineries, and cideries, with purity, viability, and freshness guaranteed. Follow them on Twitter at @WyeastLab
Join us tonight when Ron Hunt, host of All About Wine, and the winemaker at Florida Estates Winery talks with Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia. Originally from Italy, Luca has been in the wine business his entire life. He is a third generation winemaker. He has won awards and has been recognized by many people and publications in both the U.S. and Italy. We are looking forward to a great interview.
If you would like to speak to Luca or have any questions, the phone lines are open for your call.
Tonight on All About Wine, we will have Mike Horton "The Drifting Winemaker".
Mike is a winemaker, traveler, surfer, photographer and writer, just to name a few of his passions. He has written about winemaking and production, wine regions, reviews and his adventures. He will share his experiences and knowledge with us on-air.
Mike is talking to us from Bali in Indonesia, where he traveled to from Australia.
Call our guest line and talk with our guest, Mike and show host Ron, by dialing (646) 727-3235 during the LIVE show. Or, email the show at anytime at email@example.com
They shocked the world by winning the white wine competition for their Chardonnay at the famous "Judgement of Paris" in 1976 and are largely responsible for the wild success of Chardonnay in the States. This summer, the famous Bo Barrett passed the Head Winemaking baton off to Matthew Crafton. The Wine Muse catches up with Matt to find out about his philosophy and see if the pressure of that great win--mythic in nature now--sets an unrealistic standard for him to follow.
He'll also give his opinion on the current state of perception and appreciation of Chardonnay in the world.
Listen to more winemakers talk about Chardonnay at this link.
The Minstrel and Muse Wine Tour, 3rd Thursdays. November's show: New World Pinot Noir: California (Carneros), Oregon, and Chile through the words of winemakers on the episode What's So Great About Pinot Noir?
Miles (From Sideways) on Pinot Noir: "It's a hard grape to grow... it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then...its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet."
Part I: Francois Lurton, 5th generation wine grower from Bordeaux. Owner, Francois Lurton SA. Imported by Winesellers LTD.
Tonight's epsiode is Part II: Michael Richmond from Bouchaine Vineyards in the famed Carneros region of California. He helped found the Steamboat Pinot Conference over 30 years ago, which attracted winemakers from around the world and brought them together to share experiences and knowledge to help increase quality. He founded Acacia winery and is now head winemaker at Bouchaine.
Part III: Steve Lutz winemaker for Lenne' Estate in Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon. He chose a vineyard site with the "worst soil in the county". We'll find out why it's producing exceptional pinot.