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Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational

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Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational

    Winemaker Shalini Sekhar - Neely Wine and More! Ep. 39

    Winemaker Shalini Sekhar - Neely Wine and More! Ep. 39

    We strike a harmonious cord in the wine world with this episode! Say hello to winemaker Shalini Sekhar. She wears many hats in her role as winemaker for Neely Wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Waits-Mast Family Cellars in Mendocino County, among others. She also finds time to make wine under her own label, Ottovino Wines.

    Our setting for this (socially distanced) episode, just before harvest 2021, is the beautiful Spring Mountain Vineyard, home of Neely Wine in Portola Valley, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. We are surrounded by vineyards, redwood and oak trees.

    Discover how this former classical musician, who excels at the piccolo and aspired to be a concert performer and music teacher, became a leading Indian-American winemaker. She is carving out a path that allows her to persue her dream of teaching into being a mentor to women entering the wine industry, especially women of color. And, she'll share how she balances her very busy career, which involves lots of road trips to vineyards, with being a mom.

    Shalini also gives us an impromptu piccolo performance. So pour a glass and enjoy a delightful and engaging conversation!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Carboniste Cali Sparkling Wine - Dan Person, Ep. 38

    Carboniste Cali Sparkling Wine - Dan Person, Ep. 38

    Why should California try to be Champagne? That's the question Napa winemaker Jon Person posed to himself and his wife Jacqueline.

    When it comes to bubbly, Champagne‘s allure is clear. But thanks to folks like Dan and Jacqueline, there’s a new style of California bubbly. Think sunshine in a glass, and breaking all the traditional rules. Dan says sparkling wine is an every occassion wine - and we agree!

    Join us for a super fun episode and get to meet the man behind the critter labels of this new sparkling wine style. You'll definitely want to know about Dan's fireworks hobby and a happy experiement with Albariño and Merlot.

    • 53 min
    Clos de la Tech - T.J. Rodgers, Ep. 37

    Clos de la Tech - T.J. Rodgers, Ep. 37

    If you think tech and wine don't go together, you haven't met our guest, tech entrepreneur T.J. Rodgers.
    We all know stories about tech world titans who buy - or launch - their own winery, which often becomes a vanity project.
    But that's not the case for T.J. Rodgers. The man who created Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is the mastermind behind Clos de la Tech winery in California's Santa Cruz Mountains - and he is totally hands on in his endeavor.
    From inventing tractors to navigate his vineyards' extreme steep slopes to developing winemaking processes now used by UC Davis, T.J.'s mind works nonstop. He is always tinkering with ways to push the quality of Clos de la Tech's Pinot Noir higher and higher.
    T.J. sat down with us, the two Marys, inside his wine cave and winery, for an in depth chat about his path to and passion for wine. You don't want to miss this fascinating conversation! Grab a glass and listen now.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Olympian Natalie Coughlin, Gaderian Wines - Ep. 36

    Olympian Natalie Coughlin, Gaderian Wines - Ep. 36

    Have we got an Olympic-sized episode for you! We are thrilled to welcome 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin to Sip Sip Hooray! She won gold in the pool, now she’s winning gold in the vineyard.
    Join us, the Marys, As we dive deep into what drives Natalie, her Olympic career and her new wine label Gaderian Wines. Natalie says yes to opportunity when it presents itself to her. That’s led to a wide range of experiences, including being a reality show dance competition contestants, both competitor and judge in cooking competition shows, a Sports Illustrated swimwear model, and, of course, hands-on winery owner.
    You’ll want to gather around Natalie’s table and her wine. With Gaderian Wines she’s making wine fun and approachable and something you’ll want to share.

    • 58 min
    A Wine Lineage: Steven Kent Mirassou, Ep. 35

    A Wine Lineage: Steven Kent Mirassou, Ep. 35

    This episode is a Sip Sip Hooray! podcast exclusive!

    What does lineage mean when it comes to wine? For our guest today lineage means everything. Steven Kent Mirassou’s family is America’s oldest winemaking family - older than the Mondavi’s, the Sebastianis and the Gallos. He’s now working side-by-side with the seventh generation. If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you can thank Mirassou’s ancestors for bringing the some of the first pinot vine cuttings to California.

    In his first full, sit down interview, sixth generation vintner Steven Kent Mirassou gives us the inside scoop on his deeply personal book Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine.

    Join us, the Marys, as we introduce you to Steven and his stories. Lineage is a page turner - and definitely not your typical wine book. It is a love letter to wine and highly personal, with emotional highs and lows and sprinkled with racy language!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Samra Morris - Alma Rosa Winery, Ep. 34

    Samra Morris - Alma Rosa Winery, Ep. 34

    This Sip Sip Hooray! episode is all about courage! As a child growing up in Bosnia, Samra Morris dodged incoming fire just trying to go to school. This brave woman survived her war-torn country, studying winemaking in her native Sarajevo. Now Samra’s following in the footsteps of a wine world legend - Richard Sanford at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara wine country in California. She is also California's first Bosnian winemaker.



    You don’t want to miss Samra’s story! Join us, the Marys, for a truly compelling and inspiring episode of Sip Sip Hooray!

    • 43 min

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