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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
WE will be discussing more of the winemaking process at Zahtila Vineyards and talking with more local favorites about the upcoming 75th Anniversary Calistoga Speedway 360 race LIVE!!!
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".
Winemaking at Zahtila Vineyards with Mike and Laura Swanton. Ballots are in the mailbox! How will you vote? We will be talking about Measure B and the Enchanted Resorts Initiatives.
Wine may be bottled poetry and elegant joy, but it stands as one of the toughest business operations to bring to fruition. In celebration of harvest time and New Jersey Wine Week, host Bart Jackson invites Larry Sharrott, president of the Garden State Winegrowers Association and owner of Sharrott Winery to discuss the business side of titilating your palate. Winemaking is regulated heavily by the hand of law, blessed by the god Bacchus, and, often as not, cursed by winds of fate and weather. New Jersey vintners have been steadily advancing the overdue respect for Garden State wines - an amazingly clever tale of branding. Tune in and learn how farmers survive and thrive making the beverage the whole globe enjoys.
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.
Hosts Linda Reznicek and William Pollard, wine writer and reviewer at Wild 4 Washington Wine, explore the up and down trajectory of the world's favorite varietal, Chardonnay, through the words of great Chardonnay winemakers.
Why did Chardonnay go out of favor, or did it? What makes a GREAT Chardonnay?
Chateau Montelena: They won the the white wine competition at the famous "Judgement of Paris;" their winemaker Matt Crafton will share the philosophy behind their great Chardonnay.
Bouchaine Vineyards: A 40 year pioneer in the California wine industry, Michael Richmond founded Acacia Wines in the Carneros district of Napa Valley and now makes wine for Bouchaine. He brings the history and his love of wine education, experience, and adventure.
Forgeron Cellars: Winemaker and managing partner Marie-Eve Gilla was trained in the Burgundy region of France and understands the long tradition of great Chardonnay craftsmanship.
Cote Bonneville: Kerry Shiels' Chardonnays are hailed as some of the best, regularly garnering 94's by the major wine magazines. She brings her lifelong experience and intimacy with the fruit to winemaking.
Join us for an evening of Chardonnay and Chardonnay artistry and genius.
This week, show host, Ron Hunt - VP and General Manager of Florida Estates Winery - presents news and topics related to the wine industry. Join the conversation and talk about wine on-air by dialing (646) 727-3235 during the LIVE show.
Always informative and entertaining...it's All About Wine!
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 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).
Our guest on this week's All About Wine - STLTO WINE, the FIRST wine company that is made entirely by women for women; everyone they employ is female and even the logo and bottle is of stiletto. It's been making waves recently as well in Hollywood as one of the favorite wines of countless celebs and was recently featured at some Academy Award events and on both CBS & NBC in New York as a top new wine product. Created by Sarah Liberatore. Tune in, it should ber fun.
Join show host, Ron Hunt, and our special guest during this informative and entertaining show that is all about wine.
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As much of the country is experiencing record high temps, hosts William Pollard and Linda Rez invite you to join them as they break out the bubbly! They'll be heading to Italy to sample the Tiamo Organic Prosecco (SRP $15) made in the Valdobbiadene (pronounced Val--doe--bee--od--nee) region and have a conversation with a member of the winemaking family who produced it--Luca Botter who will join them from Rome.
The Valdobbiadene region is perfect for growing the grapes of Prosecco. It has a particular composition of hilly soil, exposition to sun, frequent rains and consistently mild temperatures between April and October. The grapes for Tiamo Prosecco are sourced from certified organic vineyards in and around Valdobbiadene. Soils: Moraines, sandstone and clay.
The hosts will also share some ideas for fantastic spring & summer Prosecco cocktails.
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