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Inside Winemaking was created to provide direct access to the people in charge of creating world-class wines. Napa Valley winemaker, Jim Duane, hosts interviews with some of the top winemakers in California and beyond. Each episode of Inside Winemaking features a winemaker, grape-grower, or technical wine pro and dives deep into their background and expertise. Wine newbies and expert enophiles will be entertained by winemaking stories and learn more about the growing grapes and making wine.

The Inside Winemaking Podcast with Jim Duane Jim Duane: Winemaker, Grape-grower, and Wine Educator

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Inside Winemaking was created to provide direct access to the people in charge of creating world-class wines. Napa Valley winemaker, Jim Duane, hosts interviews with some of the top winemakers in California and beyond. Each episode of Inside Winemaking features a winemaker, grape-grower, or technical wine pro and dives deep into their background and expertise. Wine newbies and expert enophiles will be entertained by winemaking stories and learn more about the growing grapes and making wine.

    John and Reed Skupny - Lang and Reed

    John and Reed Skupny - Lang and Reed

    This episode features the father and son team crafting Cabernet franc and Chenin blanc wines led by long-time Napa Valley baller, John Skupny, who first crushed grapes for their brand, Lang and Reed, in 1993. Reed Skupny joined his father after working for several wineries in France and Napa Valley, and was the driving force to bring Chenin blanc into their small portfolio. I used to work with Reed when he was at Antica Napa Valley and I was working for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, but had recently had the chance to get to know John. We recorded this podcast with social-distancing in mind and it leaves the audio quality a bit rough at moments, but John and Reeds’ stories are more than worth it.
    LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    Lang and Reed Napa Valley
    Youtube’s Lang and Reed Channel
    John Skupny on The Taste with Doug Shafer podcast
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley
    Antica Napa Valley
    Bevan Cellars Napa Valley
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    Ron Alvarado - Ficks Real Fruit Hard Seltzer

    Ron Alvarado - Ficks Real Fruit Hard Seltzer

    This episode features Ron Alvarado, who is one of the founders of Ficks Hard Seltzer. Our conversation covers Fick’s start up based in San Francisco, the early days of low-sugar mixers, the path to learning fermentation with orange juice, flavor stability in cans, the warfare of store shelf placements, and the quest to find and produce real fruit flavors in their seltzers.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dusty Nabor - Dusty Nabor Wines

    Dusty Nabor - Dusty Nabor Wines

    This episode’s guest is Dusty Nabor, who is based out of Ventura County in Southern California. Using fruit from Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and the Santa Rita Hills Dusty has built a set of brands and is often a resource I call when I have questions about making Grenache. In our conversation we cover Dusty’s efforts to learn winemaking, how he has used both grapes and bulk wines to build his brands, and his approach to judging ripeness on the vine.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Anita Oberholster - UCDavis Cooperative Extension

    Anita Oberholster - UCDavis Cooperative Extension

    As extension enologist at UCDavis, Anita brings research and developments from the Dept. of Viticulture and Enology to the wine industry and continually interacts with its stakeholders. Our conversation covers Red Blotch Associated Virus, winery sanitation, and smoke taint.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tyler Thomas - Essential Winemaking

    Tyler Thomas - Essential Winemaking

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what are the most essential operations in a winery during this COVID19 pandemic, which has limited all of our ability to staff the cellar. Given that I work alone in the cellar at Seavey, I asked Tyler Thomas, from Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards, to synthesize his thinking on this topic from the viewpoint of a medium-sized winemaking operation.

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    Winemaking Q&A with Jim Duane April, 2020

    Winemaking Q&A with Jim Duane April, 2020

    This episode is my opportunity to answer questions that have been submitted by listeners. As is my style the answers are a practical approach addressing how I would think about these situations in my own cellar. Thank you to all the people who have emailed their questions and also sent them in from my Instagram page.

    • 40 min

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