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The best in food and wine on the West Coast including California, Oregon, and Washington.

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    • Society & Culture
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The best in food and wine on the West Coast including California, Oregon, and Washington.

    #82- Amanda McCrossin [Sommelier]

    #82- Amanda McCrossin [Sommelier]

    This episode of a replay that originally aired on June 18, 2020

    Amanda McCrossin is a  sommelier, media personality, wine educator, and creator and host of  the Instagram and YouTube channel "SOMMVIVANT."

    She was formerly the Wine Director at  PRESS Restaurant in Napa Valley and today, she focuses her efforts on  producing wine "Edutainment" - a mix between education and  entertainment, and digital media content for both consumers and  professionals alike.

    She's been featured in many media outlets  and publications including Food Network, Wine Enthusiast, Food &  Wine, and Wine Spectator to name a few.




    We talk about:

    -Amanda's journey into wine

    -Inside scoop on all things Somm related:  Decanting and that first "small pour"

    -The rare bottle Robert Parker opened with Amanda at PRESS in Napa

    -The Million Dollar Nose article in The Atlantic

    -The 1972 BV Georges de Latour, 1991 Dominus, and Calder Charbono

    -Why you won't see an ABV% on certain bottles

    -What happened when a famous critic tried the same wine in a different glass

    -What Amanda will be doing next (Hint: a podcast!)

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #81 - Ren Harris [Vintner]

    #81 - Ren Harris [Vintner]

    This episode is a replay which originally aired on July 2, 2020

    Ren Harris is the  owner and operator of Paradigm Winery along with his wife Marilyn. He  and his family have a long and storied history in the Napa Valley,  starting long before the first vintage in 1991.



    We Talk About:

    -His family and the long history in growing grapes in Napa Valley

    -The first vintage of Paradigm in 1991 and winemaker Heidi Barrett

    -What makes the Oakville AVA so special

    -Some details on the Paradigm Cab Sav: 11 blocks; the rootstocks and clones vary to give complexity

    -The grape you may be surprised to know was planted on the property in Oakville in 1976

    -Story of how he held a contest to choose the name for the winery

    -A sign off Hwy 29 that says: “No Wineries This Road”

    -A horse that was named after the winery, which is still alive to this day

    -The inside story on his "business card wine" produced with Jean Phillips in 1992 that's half Screaming Eagle and half Paradigm

    -Why they extended the length of the cork

    • 38 min
    #80 - Jenna Davis [Assistant Winemaker] DuMOL

    #80 - Jenna Davis [Assistant Winemaker] DuMOL

    Jenna Davis is the Assistant Winemaker at DuMOL.

    We Talk About:
    -How she got into the wine business

    -Her experience berry tasting and doing her first couple of harvests

    -The history of DuMol going back many years

    -How DuMol thinks about farming, winemaking, and more

    -The Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

    -The Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

    -And much more!


    • 1 hr
    #79 - First Bottle Wines [Sponsor Update]

    #79 - First Bottle Wines [Sponsor Update]

    We get an update from our sponsor First Bottle Wines!

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    • 36 sec
    #78 - Mari Jones [President]

    #78 - Mari Jones [President]

    Mari Jones is the President at Emeritus Vineyards.

    We Talk About:

    -Her family's history in the Russian River Valley

    -The Hallberg Ranch and Pinot Hill Vineyards

    -The Pinot Noir program and a special white wine they make

    -Thoughts on vineyard management and cellar practices such as oak and more

    -The "Wine Life" area of the website and how people can purchase wine


    • 49 min
    #77 - Sarah Wuethrich [Winemaker]

    #77 - Sarah Wuethrich [Winemaker]

    Sarah Wuethrich is the winemaker at Maggy Hawk Winery.

    We Talk About:

    -How she got into the wine business

    -Her stops long the way at Copain and more

    -The Maggy Hawk wines, vineyards they are sourced from, and style in which they are made

    -A white Pinot Noir?!

    -And much more



    • 38 min

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