108 episodes

Cru, a weekly long-form wine industry podcast where we chat with the legends & disruptors behind your favorite wine brands. Hosted by Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker, sommelier & marketer, Chappy Cottrell. Guests include Raj Parr, Steve Matthiasson, Esther Mobley, Francoise Peschon, Andre Mack, Marissa Ross, Amanda McCrossin, Brian McClintic, and many more.

Learn more at cru.fm

Cru | Weekly Wine Industry Podcast Cru.FM

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    • 4.5 • 65 Ratings

Cru, a weekly long-form wine industry podcast where we chat with the legends & disruptors behind your favorite wine brands. Hosted by Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker, sommelier & marketer, Chappy Cottrell. Guests include Raj Parr, Steve Matthiasson, Esther Mobley, Francoise Peschon, Andre Mack, Marissa Ross, Amanda McCrossin, Brian McClintic, and many more.

Learn more at cru.fm

    How to Visually Tell Your Story with Heather Daenitz

    How to Visually Tell Your Story with Heather Daenitz

    There are only a handful of incredible photographers in the California wine industry that I consider to be top notch, and Heather is one of them. She’s going to give us some very useful strategies and tactics when it comes to visually telling our stories in an authentic manner, how to take your own gorgeous photos when you can’t hire pros like her, and some fantastic resources to use as a constant reference.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chatting All Things Chillable Red Wines with Kathryn and Tug Coker

    Chatting All Things Chillable Red Wines with Kathryn and Tug Coker

    Kathryn & Tug Coker run Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica, California and produce The Long Finish wine podcast. We put together a collaborative, co-published podcast episode chatting about chillable red wine and drinking 2019 Las Jaras Glou Glou.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Sculpting a Truly Coastal Wine with Rachel Martin & Marbue Mark

    Sculpting a Truly Coastal Wine with Rachel Martin & Marbue Mark

    Rachel Martin is the owner and founder and Marbue Mark is the winemaker of Oceano Wines, producing cool climate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay from the Spanish Springs Vineyard in San Luis Obisbo, California.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Re-imagining the Path from Grapes to Glass with Brian Smith

    Re-imagining the Path from Grapes to Glass with Brian Smith

    Winc is a unique winery in that they make over 100 individual SKUs of wine from around the country at a range of price points. On top of that, their direct-to-consumer first model and mass utilization of Digital marketing mixed with a heavy dose of customer feedback has enabled them to continue to craft wines that their audience is looking for.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Carey Vanderborg Interviews Cru Host, Chappy Cottrell

    Carey Vanderborg Interviews Cru Host, Chappy Cottrell

    This is a bonus episode of sorts. Recently I sat down with Carey Vanderborg @careydrewsomm on Instagram Live to turn the tables and interview me, Chappy! For those who don't know Carey he is a sommelier at Press Restaurant in St. Helena, California. In this down time he's started interviewing some of the top talent in Napa Valley Kellie White, Chris Phelps, Carlton McCoy, and many more. He's going live at 5pm each week day on Instagram.

    • 56 min
    Exploring the Crossroads of Farming & Winemaking with Natalie Bath

    Exploring the Crossroads of Farming & Winemaking with Natalie Bath

    In 2014, Natalie joined the Winemaking team fulltime as a cellar hand at Rudd Estate and became the oenologist in 2016. An opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, allowing Natalie to travel overseas to work harvest at Château Pétrus in 2016. Coming back from her travels refreshed and rejuvenated, Natalie became the Assistant Winemaker in 2017 at Rudd Estate, and the following year the lead Winemaker for Crossroads.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Jlew512 ,

Great CA Wine Podcast!

I listen to this podcast regularly while working at a vineyard; Shake Ridge Ranch, Amador County. The name drop in the latest episode prompted me to write a review. Chappy invokes unique perpesctives from mostly CA wine professionals. His and his guests perspectives and experiences provide a lot of value during the changing wine landscape of COVID 19 and even greater are helping shape my own perspective on approaching sustainability in the vineyard and cellar. Thanks Chappy and keep up the good work! -instagram @jlewsfood

Go For Michael ,

Top Wine Podcast!

This is by far one of my favorite wine podcasts! Chappy’s know-how of the wine industry and ability to get people to open up and share their stories and experiences is one of a kind. I can’t wait to hear each episode every Monday and learn from the Incredible Cru guests!

Rickdelux ,

Great insights into CA winemaking, viticulture, and branding

Chappie does a great job of focusing on the CA market and, I think, shows a youthful, millennial perspective on the wine industry that you will be unlikely to find in other podcasts. Chappie’s guests vary from winemaker to brand builder to nationwide distributor to everything else connected to the American drinks industry. The nearly hour long episodes are perfect for taking the dog for a long walk. He’s able to get some well known, highly respected guests on the show whom are able to provide great insights. If wine is your passion or business, this is another good podcast to add to your arsenal of knowledge.

There are some valid points about the audio quality (which, tbh, is every podcast not done in a sound studio) and the lack of international focus (again, Chappie is in CA focused on the US market).

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