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    Ep 445: Matt Reynvaan, Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (3/3)

    Ep 445: Matt Reynvaan, Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (3/3)

    See below for timestamps which allow you to navigate directly to any part of the episode.
    00:00:00 Intro
    00:01:42 Origin Story
    00:10:50 The Family Business
    00:17:00 Overview of Walla Walla
    00:21:08 Winemaking Philosophy
    00:29:40 2017 In the Hills
    00:38:36 2017 In the Rocks
    00:46:55 2017 The Contender
    00:53:06 2017 Vintage in context
    00:57:00 Market reaction
    01:03:01 Looking ahead for Walla Walla
    01:05:30 Looking ahead for Washington State
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    Welcome back to the third and final part of the Washington State Wine deep dive 2021. I am of course Interpreting Wine Host and Founder Lawrence Francis across three episodes exploring the terroir, geology, winemaking culture and wines of the US’s second largest quality wine producing region
    We conclude the series today with an in-depth look at Walla Walla with Matt Reynvaan of Reynvaan Family Vineyards. Building on episode 443 which looked at the wider Columbia Valley and 444 which focused on Yakima Valley. We first hear Matt’s origin story, a fascinating introduction to the wine industry, literally “from scratch” in 2004. He puts the family decision to start a new winemaking endeavour in a new region in the context of the help that they received along the way from the local and international winemaking communities. Before we embark on a podcast first, a 2017 syrah vertical, tasting In The Rocks, In the Hills and The Contender. Before Matt talks to the market for these wines and the loca and international response. Before finishing by looking ahead for both Walla Walla and the wider Washington State winemaking region.
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    The New Investors
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    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
    Guest: Matt Reynvaan, Reynvaan Family Vineyards
    Date recorded: 3 Feb 2021
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    WASHINGTON STATE CONTACT
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    https://twitter.com/Wa_State_Wine
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    https://www.reynvaanfamilyvineyards.com/
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    http://esterwines.co.uk/ (UK importer)
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    Ep 444: Kerry Shiels, Côte Bonneville, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (2/3)

    Ep 444: Kerry Shiels, Côte Bonneville, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (2/3)

    See below for timestamps which allow you to navigate directly to any part of the episode.
    00:00:00 Intro
    00:02:24 Origin Story
    00:11:45 Yakima Valley grapes
    00:18:13 DuBrul Vineyard virtual tour
    00:22:33 Yakima geology (Soil and terroir)
    00:25:53 The influence of own rooted vines
    00:28:42 Winemaking influence
    00:31:37 Wine #1 2019 DuBrul Vineyard Riesling
    00:40:58 Digital wine communication
    00:42:42 Wine #2 2013 Syrah
    00:49:35 Ageworthy wines discussion
    00:53:19 Wine #3 2012 Côte Bonneville Bordeaux Blend
    01:01:52 Côte Bonneville Brand 
    01:04:55 Export markets
    01:06:16 Looking ahead 5 and 25 years
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    Welcome back to Part 2 of my first regional series of the year, the Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021. I am of course Interpreting Wine Host and Founder Lawrence Francis.
    Across three episodes we will explore the terroir, geology, winemaking culture and wines of the US’s second largest quality wine producing region, which is regularly ranked among the world's top wine regions… 
    Guests are drawn from landmark producers in the Columbia valley, the Yakima valley and Walla Walla. Uniquely placed to translate the larger story that each glass of Washington State Wine represents.
    We continue the today with an in-depth look at the Yakima Valley in the capable hands of Kerry Shiels, second generation wine maker at Côte Bonneville based in Sunnyside, Washington State.  
    Kerry tells us her origin story, talk about the first generation of winemakers in the region, including pioneers Walter Clore and Wade Wolfe. Before we virtually explore geological influences that pre-date those which we explored in Part 1. We explore a regional point of differentiation with their vines planted on their own root stock and the impact it has.
    Before we taste three bottles produced in relatively tiny quantities each year and explore the winemaking influence. The 2019 DuBrul Vineyard Riesling with a production of around 200 cases, 2,400 bottles. 2013 Syrah, which is produced in similar amounts. And the 2012 Côte Bonneville Bordeaux Blend, of which around 500 cases, 6,000 bottles are produced each year. Kerry closes by looking outside of the Yakima Valley, discussing the opportunities to try these wines internationally. And looks ahead for the region in the short and medium term.
     
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    The New Investors
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    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
    Guest: Kerry Shiels, Côte Bonneville
    Date recorded: 20 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON STATE CONTACT
    https://www.washingtonwine.org/
    https://twitter.com/Wa_State_Wine
    https://www.instagram.com/wa_state_wine
    https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateWine
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    https://www.cotebonneville.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/cotebonneville/
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 443: Juan Muñoz Oca, Ch Ste. Michelle, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (1/3)

    Ep 443: Juan Muñoz Oca, Ch Ste. Michelle, Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021, (1/3)

    See below for timestamps which allow you to navigate directly to any part of the episode.
    Episode outline:
    00:00:00 Intro
    00:02:05 Origin Story
    00:08:25 Deficit Irrigation
    00:15:11 Washington State geology and Missoula floods
    00:23:49 Virtual tour of modern day Columbia Valley
    00:34:09 Culture of winemaking in Washington
    00:47:14 Wine #1 2018 Ch St Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 
    00:58:09 Wine #2 2017 The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley
    01:07:17 Wine #3 2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon
    01:16:27 Wine #4 2019 Ch St Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley
    01:26:06 Looking ahead over 5 years, and 25 years.
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    It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to my first regional series of the year, the Washington State Wine Deep Dive 2021. 
    Across three episodes we will explore the terroir, geology, winemaking culture and wines of the US’s second largest quality wine producing region, which is regularly ranked among the world's top wine regions… 
    Guests are drawn from landmark producers in the Columbia valley, the Yakima valley and Walla Walla. Uniquely placed to translate the larger story of that each glass of Washington State Wine represents.
    We begin our series with an in-depth look at Washington’s largest viticultural area, Columbia valley with Juan Muñoz Oca, Head of winemaking and vineyards at Ch Ste. Michelle, which is the largest winery in Washington State. 
    He takes us through the macro influences on grape growing in the region including the Missoula Floods, the largest known movement of water in our history… Enjoy!
     
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    The New Investors
    http://newinvestors.dk/
    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
    Guest: Juan Muñoz Oca
    Date recorded: 12 January 2021
    Listen and subscribe: www.interpretingwine.com 
    WASHINGTON STATE CONTACT
    https://www.washingtonwine.org/
    https://twitter.com/Wa_State_Wine
    https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateWine
    GUEST CONTACT 
    https://www.ste-michelle.com/
    https://twitter.com/stemichelle
    https://www.facebook.com/stemichelle
    https://www.instagram.com/chateaustemichelle/
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep 442: Mary Wright DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (5/5)

    Ep 442: Mary Wright DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (5/5)

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    Welcome to the fifth and final day of the WSET Diploma student summit 2021 where I’m speaking with Mary Wright. She was awarded the The McNie Tasting Trophy and The Freixenet Copestick Prize, both for Unit 3/D3, Light Wines of the World. A real blockbuster episode to finish the series. 
    ENJOY!
    Episode outline:
    Origin Story Transition from Level 3 to Level 4 Broader reflections on the Diploma Tips and advice from award winning exam performance Attendee Question 1: Solo theory learning for D3 Attendee Question 2: Recommended order for theory/tasting in D4/D5 Attendee Question 3: Overcoming exam jitters The McNie Tasting Trophy and The Freixenet Copestick Prize Intro and outro music
    The New Investors
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    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
     
    Guest: Mary Wright DipWSET
    Date recorded: 4 January 2021
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    • 39 min
    Ep 441: Phoebe French DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (4/5)

    Ep 441: Phoebe French DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (4/5)

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    Welcome to Day 4 of the WSET Diploma student summit 2021 where I’m speaking with Phoebe French. She was awarded The Louis Jadot Burgundy Prize for her performance in the Unit 3 exam, now D3.
    ENJOY!
    Episode outline: Origin Story Transition from Level 3 to Level 4 Broader reflections on the Diploma Exam recommendations and tips Attendee Question 1: Solo theory learning for D3 Attendee Question 2a: Tips for studying theory/tasting,  Attendee Question 2b: What didn’t work for Phoebe Attendee Question 3: Recommended order for theory/tasting in D4/D5 Attendee Question 4: Overcoming exam jitters The Louis Jadot Burgundy Prize   Intro and outro music
    The New Investors
    http://newinvestors.dk/
    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
     
    Guest: Phoebe French DipWSET
    Date recorded: 4 January 2021
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    • 39 min
    Ep 440: Derek Crookes DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (3/5)

    Ep 440: Derek Crookes DipWSET, WSET Diploma student summit 2021, (3/5)

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    Welcome to Day 3 of the WSET Diploma student summit 2021 where I’m speaking with Derek Crookes. Derek was awarded The Moët & Chandon Prize for his performance in Unit 5 Sparkling wines, the equivalent of the current D4. 
    ENJOY!
    Episode outline: Origin Story and entry into the wine trade Transition from Level 3 to Level 4 Broader reflections on the Diploma Sparkling wine Spirits Light Wines Attendee Question 1: Recommended order for theory/tasting in D4/D5 Attendee Question 2: Tips for studying theory, including what not to do. Attendee Question 3: Overcoming exam jitters The Moët & Chandon Prize Closing thoughts Intro and outro music
    The New Investors
    http://newinvestors.dk/
    Contact: glenn@velournet.dk
    Guest: Derek Crookes DipWSET
    Date recorded: 4 January 2021
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