153 episodes

What's up everyone, and welcome to the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast! In this podcast I will bring you amazing Winemaker's and their stories of how they got to where they are today.
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I'll dig deep and show you how with the help of good fortune, prosperity, and sometimes divine intervention, they've found ways to make beautiful and amazing wines year after year. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create your favorite bottle of wine? Maybe you want to know what the typical day for a winemaker actually looks like? If questions like these resonate with you, then you have come to the right place.
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My name is Michael Gallagher. Join me each week as we celebrate the life and the journey of these men and women in an ever-growing wine industry. Not only will you see their hard work and commitment, you'll appreciate their unwavering persistence to embrace opportunities and accomplish whatever it is they set their minds to.
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Cheers 🍷

Mr. Wine Guy Podcast Michael Gallagher

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

What's up everyone, and welcome to the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast! In this podcast I will bring you amazing Winemaker's and their stories of how they got to where they are today.
🍷
I'll dig deep and show you how with the help of good fortune, prosperity, and sometimes divine intervention, they've found ways to make beautiful and amazing wines year after year. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create your favorite bottle of wine? Maybe you want to know what the typical day for a winemaker actually looks like? If questions like these resonate with you, then you have come to the right place.
🍷
My name is Michael Gallagher. Join me each week as we celebrate the life and the journey of these men and women in an ever-growing wine industry. Not only will you see their hard work and commitment, you'll appreciate their unwavering persistence to embrace opportunities and accomplish whatever it is they set their minds to.
🍷
Cheers 🍷

    Episode 153: Natalie Winkler: Salvestrin Winery

    Episode 153: Natalie Winkler: Salvestrin Winery

    In Episode 153 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Natalie Winkler, Winemaker and Viticulturist for Salvestrin Winery out of St. Helena, CA.
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    In this episode Natalie talks about her life growing up in Kansas City and later attending the University of Oregon where she initially found a love and passion for wine working at a wine bar while attending classes.
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    After travels and studies abroad Natalie would find herself at Westwood Estate Wines in St. Helena working alongside David Ramey and how a recommendation from Aaron Pott to meet Michel Rolland would provide her an internship opportunity in France which would have a massive influence on who she is today as a winemaker.
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    Natalie goes on to talk about accepting the winemaking position at Salvestrin Winery in 2017, what it's like to cultivate one of the Dr. Crane vineyards, and also what it's like to be a part of the rich history that Rich and Shannon Salvestrin have continued throughout the years.
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    With that being said, Natalie talks about Rich's influence on rootstock over several decades owning his own Nursery business and what she's learned from Rich as it pertains to rootstock and how that mentorship has been incredibly influential to her career as a viticulturist.
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    Natalie talks about her strength in organic, biodynamic, and regenerative farming that she's learned over the years while working alongside Philippe Coderey, and how those practices if adopted little by little can be so impactful for so many people just like herself.
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    Natalie also talks about the amazing 2023 vintage and this whole conversation in general from a background in French winemaking, Spanish winemaking, sustainable farming practices you name it, this episode is jammed packed with so many amazing things that I can't wait for you to take a listen!
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To watch on YouTube:
    https://bit.ly/4e1TdjH
     
    To follow Natalie on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/natalie_jane_winkler/
    https://www.instagram.com/salvestrinwinery/
     
    To sign up for Salvestrin's mailing list, receive allocation opportunities, or to purchase wines:
    https://store.salvestrinwinery.com/estate-wines
    https://www.salvestrinwinery.com/wine-club/
     
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    • 59 min
    Episode 152: Michael Cruse: Ultramarine Wines: Cruse Wine Co.

    Episode 152: Michael Cruse: Ultramarine Wines: Cruse Wine Co.

    In Episode 152 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Michael Cruse, Owner and Winemaker of Ultramarine Wines and Cruse Wine Co. out of Petaluma, CA.
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    Having Michael on the podcast was amazing because I was able to learn about what it’s like to make Cali Sparkling and Petnats vs. traditional still white and red varietals that a majority of winemaker’s produce.
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    It was actually thanks to a Reel that I noticed on my IG page with MS Dustin Wilson tasting through Michael’s “Cruse” lineup that got me intrigued which I’m grateful I stumbled across.
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    In this episode Michael talks about his life growing up and in particular his time at University of Cal Berkley and how his Instructor Terry Leighton had a lot to do with inspiring a love and a passion for wine in him through the correlation of his Bio-chemistry degree.
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    Michael talks about his personal brand Ultramarine Wines, what it means for that brand to be recognized as California's first Sparkling cult wine, and the thought process for Michael and his business partners while creating Ultramarine in the early 2000's.
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    Michael goes on to talk about his other project Cruse Wine Co., what makes it different from Ultramarine in terms of Sparkling, and his Pét-Nat portfolio with Cruse and why these wines are so unique and appropriate for California's growing region.
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    Michael also shares what it meant to be name San Francisco Chronicles Winemaker of the Year and how that recognition has been an encouragement to him throughout the course of his career.
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To watch on YouTube:
    https://bit.ly/4aL2I3C
     
    To follow Michael on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/crusewine/
    https://www.instagram.com/crusewineco/
    https://www.instagram.com/ultramarinewine/
     
    To sign up for Michael's mailing list, receive allocation opportunities, or to purchase wines:
    https://www.crusewineco.com/shop/
    https://www.crusewineco.com/signup/
    https://www.ultramarinewines.com/
     
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    • 56 min
    Episode 151: Dominic Chappellet: Chappellet Winery

    Episode 151: Dominic Chappellet: Chappellet Winery

    In Episode 151 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Dominic Chappellet Chief Operating Officer of Chappellet Winery out of Pritchard Hill, CA.
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    I’ve often spoke about how Chappellet is at the top of my list of wineries in the Napa Valley but it’s without question their contribution to viticulture and winemaking have placed them at that same level amongst so many people just like myself.
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    When I decided to relaunch my podcast in the earlier part of 2023, Chappellet was the first family I thought of as a potential guest on the show so I reached out to Alexa Chappellet to see about a potential interview and went from there.
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    Alexa was kind enough to connect me with the PR team to organize everything and before long I was chatting with Dominic Chappellet about all the things his family created in the wine industry!
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    In this episode Dominic talks about his Father Donn and Molly, Donn's entrepreneurial background with coffee dispensing and Molly's background in architecture, art, literature, and being a James Beard award winning author!
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    Dominic talks about the decision his parents made after Donn's coffee dispensing business went public to sell everything they had and move the entire family to Napa Valley to go full time in the wine industry.
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    Dominic went on to talk about what it was like for his family to break ground in Pritchard Hill in 1967 with the help of Architect Ed Moses and Engineer Dick Keith and the inspiration they had to choose Pritchard Hill thanks to the great André Tchelistcheff.
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    Dominic talks about what it was like for his family to make their 1969 Estate Cabernet, a wine that is considered today to be a unicorn wine and his mother Molly's love and passion for their Chenin Blanc.
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    Dominic also shares the privilege his family has to focus on the environment through their 960 module solar project, state-of-the-art water processing system, and being fully certified organic in 2012 by the (CCOF) California Certified Organic Farmers.
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    As I mentioned, this podcast means so much to me and what this family has done to make a massive impact on the wine industry over the course of several decades though all their hard work and commitment!
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To watch on YouTube:
    https://bit.ly/4aE24oP
     
    To follow Chappellet on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/chappellet_winery/
     
    To sign up for Chappellet's mailing list, receive allocation opportunities, or to purchase wines:
    https://chappellet.com/shop/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linktree&utm_campaign=shop+chappellet+wines
    https://chappellet.com/join/mailing-list/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linktree&utm_campaign=join+our+mailing+list
    https://chappellet.com/join/#chappellet-wine-club
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 150: Michel Gassier: Domaine Gassier and Château de Nages

    Episode 150: Michel Gassier: Domaine Gassier and Château de Nages

    In Episode 150 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michel Gassier, Owner of Winemaker of Château de Nages and Domaine Gassier out of the Costières de Nîmes appellation of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France which is one of the most southernly parts of the historic Rhône Valley.
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    Michel kicks off the 2nd half of Season 4 of the podcast and he's also my first old-world wine guest on the show so it brings me a tremendous amount of honor and gratitude to be sharing his story and the multiple generations of his family in the wine industry.
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    In this episode Michel talks about his time growing up in the outdoors of the Rhône Valley, his time attending Ag school, and how thanks to his secondary education was able to opt out of a mandatory 18 month military service obligation by working at the French Embassy in Washington DC.
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    Michel talks about his time at Domaine Bernard and how eventually becoming President of this winery was pivotal in helping him not only earn an income while learning sales and marketing, but eventually getting his personal brand up and running, focusing soley on his own vineyards and winery (Domaine Gassier) by the end of 1999.
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    Michel talks about the creation of Domaine Gassier while simultaneously working at his family winery Château de Nages with his brother.  Michel goes on to say that "Château de Nages is the inherited terroir while Domaine Gassier is the chosen terroir!"
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    Michel also goes on to talk about the Nîmes appellation and what makes it so special, his philosophy on pruning, and Michel even educates us on some of the common misconceptions of old-world wines and even some of the cultural advantages and benefits that we all love and appreciate about this beautiful and historical terroir!
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    Having Michel onboard was truly and honor and a special shoutout to Leah Isenberg of Colangelo & Partners for making this interview possible from South FL to South FR! 🙏🏼
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To follow Michel on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/chateaudenages/
    https://www.instagram.com/domainegassier/
     
    To purchase some of Michel's wines, or to sign up to learn more about Château de Nages and Domaine Gassier:
    https://www.chateaudenages.com/en/wines/
    https://www.domainegassier.com/en/wines/
    https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/domaine+gassier/1/usa
    https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/chateau+de+nages/1
    https://www.totalwine.com/search/all?text=chateau%20de%20nages
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 149: Jean Hoefliger: Jean Hoefliger Wine Consulting

    Episode 149: Jean Hoefliger: Jean Hoefliger Wine Consulting

    In Episode 149 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jean Hoefliger, Owner of Jean Hoefliger Wine Consulting and Winemaker of AXR out of Napa Valley, California.
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    Jean was a previous podcast guest in Episode 51 and is part of a four interview lineup where I brought back a few amazing people for a new, fresh conversation as a soft launch for Season 4!  With Jean being the 4th person of the throwbacks it was great having him back but I also can't believe we're already half way though Season 4 of the podcast!
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    In this episode Jean talks about his time at Newton Vineyard and Alpha Omega Winery as Winemaker early in his career and how those experiences, especially woking with world-renowned Consultant Michel Rolland really had a massive impact on who he is today as a consultant himself.
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    Jean talks about the consulting side of winemaking and why it's so important and especially how he's personally never satisfied in his pursuits of perfection and how he "positions himself more in doubting, therefore more progression."
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    Jean also educates us on the importance of pruning and how he delays his pruning to play off the frost season, speeding up bud break for the vintage to come and why it's so important for him in the long run.
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    Jean brings so much energy and charisma to this podcast and as a mid-season finale for Season 4, you're not going to want to miss!
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To watch on YouTube:
    https://bit.ly/3wwX1bC
     
    To follow Jean on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/jean_hoefliger/
    https://www.instagram.com/jhwineconsulting/
     
    To purchase some of Jean's wines, or to sign up to learn more about JH Wine Consulting:
    https://www.jhwineconsulting.com/about-us
    https://www.axrnapavalley.com/Wine
    https://www.thedebatewine.com/The-Store
    https://www.harbisonestatewines.com/wine/
     
    To follow Michael on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin:
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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-gallagher-70637b70/

    • 45 min
    Episode 148: John Caldwell: Caldwell Vineyard

    Episode 148: John Caldwell: Caldwell Vineyard

    In Episode 148 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with John Caldwell or "JFC"...Owner, Smuggler, and Head Dude of Caldwell Vineyard out of the Coombsville AVA of Napa Valley, CA.
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    John Caldwell is what I would call a true pioneer in his ability to understand French vine clones back in the early 1980's and how important they would be to viticulture in other parts of the world, and especially in his vineyard in California.
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    The problem was, John wanted them faster than customs would allow so he smuggled them across the Canadian border, which this story in itself is something out of a movie and illustrated in such a way that John leaves you captivated and speechless all at the same time.
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    John talks about everything from his time growing up learning from his parents but especially his mother in her shoe business about Entrepreneurship and everything that goes into running a business successfully through hard work and commitment.
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    John talks about what inspired him to purchase his property in Coombsville in the early 1980's and the day he realized while digging up dirt with the Abreu brothers on his property that being a winegrower was what he was destined to be.
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    John also talks about his infamous smuggling story in great detail, what it's meant to him and his legacy over the years, and how those risks have offered him huge rewards over the course of his lifetime.
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    This is just bits and pieces of an incredible interview that I believe will go down as one of the most inspiring and captivating interviews of this season so get ready for a wild ride with the legend himself, John Caldwell!
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    Cheers 🍷
     
    To watch on YouTube:
    https://bit.ly/3QwMDax
     
    To follow John on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/caldwellvineyard/
     
    To sign up for John's mailing list, receive allocation opportunities, or to purchase wines:
    https://www.caldwellvineyard.com/pages/discover-wines
    https://www.caldwellvineyard.com/pages/the-society-of-smugglers
    https://www.caldwellvineyard.com/pages/society-of-winesteins
     
    To learn more about John's book, "John Caldwell's Guide for Grapevine Clones for Proffessionals":
    https://www.caldwellvineyard.com/products/john-caldwells-guide-for-grapevine-clones-for-professionals
     
    To follow Michael on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin:
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

WhyIsntItBetter ,

EP 93 w Greg Brickey is great!

Going to a wine tasting tonight with Majuscule Wines so I just listened to Michael’s interview with Greg Brickey, co-founder/co-owner of Majuscule Wines (currently sourcing exclusively from Mt Veeder in Napa).

It’s a great conversation that any wine-lover and/or entrepreneur and/or driven/passionate/successful person will want to listen to.

Greg’s story is unique - he got into wine-making relatively late and is still a practicing structural engineer. It’s fascinating to hear how designing buildings and that mindset/skill-set comes into play with his winemaking. Combine that with what Michael says is a “walking passion project” and you have a unique, up-and-coming winery.

This is well worth 45 minutes of your time even if Mt Veeder wines aren’t your thing.

Bravo!

Drhjr ,

New Listener

Great podcast, with great guests. I am a huge fan of Pine Ridge, Sequoia Grove, and Trujillo wines. Host was very Knowledgeable. Will definitely listen to past and future episodes.

mikeadunn ,

Fun!

I had a ton of fun talking with Michael! He does his research and his positivity shines!

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