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MJ Towler aka the Black Wine Guy went from a totally obsessed wine newbie to the world's first ever African-American fine and rare wine auctioneer in less than 3 years. 
 
This show pairs his passion for complex, interesting wines with complex, interesting guests.  These are deep thinkers and Mavericks talking about their passions, life lessons and inspirations - while drinking a bottle of something listeners will definitely want to savor for themselves. 
Sit back, listen, learn and laugh.  This is The Black Wine Guy Experience. 
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MJ Towler aka the Black Wine Guy went from a totally obsessed wine newbie to the world's first ever African-American fine and rare wine auctioneer in less than 3 years. 
 
This show pairs his passion for complex, interesting wines with complex, interesting guests.  These are deep thinkers and Mavericks talking about their passions, life lessons and inspirations - while drinking a bottle of something listeners will definitely want to savor for themselves. 
Sit back, listen, learn and laugh.  This is The Black Wine Guy Experience. 
For more information and exclusive content got to blackwineguyexperience.com 
Follow MJ on IG
@blackwineguy
 
Podcast produced by Necessary Media
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    The Heat is On! Stories from Inside Some of New York’s Hottest Kitchens with Chef and Media Personality Michael Colameco.

    The Heat is On! Stories from Inside Some of New York’s Hottest Kitchens with Chef and Media Personality Michael Colameco.

    MJ’s guest is chef, author, radio, and TV host and restaurant expert Michael Colameco! Michael is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, class January '82. After graduating from CIA he worked at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Windows On The World (Cellar in The Sky), The Maurice, Tavern On The Green and at the age of 31 he was the Executive Chef of The Ritz Carlton, New York City. Mike was also the Chef and Owner of Globe restaurant in Cape May, NJ for many years. He was host of “Mike Colameco's Real Food'' which was one of the most popular and enduring cooking shows in the history of NYC's iconic PBS Channel 13WNET. 
    In addition, he was the host/producer of the live call-in radio program Food Talk on New York's iconic radio station WOR710AM for six years. Mike is the author of Mike Colameco's Food Lover's Guide to New York City, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009 and has written for Saveur, Guitar Aficionado, Edible Manhattan and Edible New Jersey. In this episode Michael shares how a kid from Philly who aspired to be a jazz guitarist ended up cooking in and running some of NYC’s most iconic kitchens. Mike tells of the high’s and lows of running his own restaurant in Cape May, NJ - hint, the movie Big Night (with Stanley Tucci) was a bit too real for him at times. The story of his transition to on camera host will make you a believer in the magic of serendipity. He and MJ are both fans of great stories and this episode is jam packed! 
    A huge thank you to Mike Colameco! 
    Follow him on IG @mikecolameco
    Keep up with all he’s up to at: https://www.colameco.com/
    Watch his show “Mike Colameco’s Real Food” here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MikeColamecosRealFoodShow/channels
    This episode’s in studio wine:
    AKUTAIN
    Cosecha 2018
    Rioja

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    Thank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years.  Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/
      
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Manifesto! The Life and Times of Paul Greico

    Manifesto! The Life and Times of Paul Greico

    MJ’s guest is acclaimed sommelier, restaurateur, entrepreneur and owner of Terroir Tribeca Wine Bar in New York City, Paul Greico. Originally from Toronto, his family owned and operated the iconic La Tosca restaurant, which Paul worked at for many years alongside his father and grandfather. In 1991 he arrived in New York City  and began his restaurant career. By 1994, he was working at Gramercy Tavern and by 1997 he had taken over the wine list and beverage program. In 2003, Paul and Chef-partner Marco Canora opened Hearth in the East Village; Insieme followed in 2007. The duo’s first and second wine bars, Terroir, opened in 2008 and 2010. Today, Paul runs Terroir Tribeca, which has been described “As much an outpost for wine lovers to experience terroir-driven wines as they are platforms for Paul to preach the attributes of his carefully curated wine list.” 
    Described as “Sommelier Punk,” influenced by: villains and heathens and revolutionaries and indigenous peoples,” Paul Greico is not your everyday fine dining Somm. His passion for a Summer of Riesling and a sharp wit and tongue to match, get ready to be schooled not just on Riesling but the world of wine.
    MJ and Paul have an exhilarating and thought-provoking discussion on what “Riesling ain’t,” how Paul is first and foremost a restaurateur, his life-changing experience at Gramercy Tavern, his infamous Summer of Riesling and more! You aren’t ready for this one! Grab a Trocken and let’s go! 
    A huge thank you to Paul Greico!
    Follow him on IG @spitpaul
    Follow Terroir Tribeca on IG @terroirny
    This episode’s in studio wines:
    2013 Melsheimer 'Lentum' Riesling

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Don't Sleep. How Michael Juergens became The Most Interesting Man in the World of Wine.

    Don't Sleep. How Michael Juergens became The Most Interesting Man in the World of Wine.

    MJ’s guest today is an author, senior partner at Deloitte, a Certified Sommelier with the Guild of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine, and a Master of Wine Candidate with the Institute of Masters of Wine - Michael Juergens. Michael has written a number of books on wine, and runs the wildly popular Drinking & Knowing Things wine blog which was adapted into a book that provides 52 specific wine recommendations. He is the founder of the Bhutan Wine Company, and is leading the development of the wine industry in the magical Himalayan country. He owns the award-winning SoCal Rum company, which was recently awarded the highest point score in history for any Silver Rum. Michael is a professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of CA, Irvine. He lives in Southern California, where he spends his time blind tasting and doing extreme sports.
    Born and bred in SoCal, Michael quickly adapted to anything he came in contact with, whether it be sharks (Great Whites!), economics or becoming a sommelier in record time. MJ and Michael discuss the first taste of wine with pops in the garage, his journey from econ to wine, deciding to be a sommelier on a whim (!!) and tells MJ why he decided to start growing wine in Bhutan!
    Grab a glass, and prepare for this one. It’s a good time!
    A huge thank you to Michael Juergens!
    Follow him on IG @drinkingandknowing
     
    This episode’s in studio wine:
    Cantalpiedra la Otea Verdejo
    Illaria Irouleguy

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    Thank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years.  Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/
      
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God and Wine... Patrick Cappiello on Dogma, Opinion, Religion and Wine.

    Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God and Wine... Patrick Cappiello on Dogma, Opinion, Religion and Wine.

    MJ’s guest is owner and winemaker of Monte Rio Cellars, Patrick Cappiello. Patrick got his start in restaurants, starting his wine career in 2002 as a Sommelier at Tribeca Grill. As time progressed his roles changed to Wine Director and restaurant owner over the next 15 years. Through connections with countless winemakers and after meeting his current business partner Pax Mahle, the transition to Winemaker was a natural progression for Cappiello. He still serves as Wine Director of Walnut Street Café in Philadelphia. He is Food & Wine host for Playboy and founding member of Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief.
    His 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and Sommelier career has given him access to four of the world's greatest wine cellars. All have been recipients of Wine Spectator's "Grand Award"; TriBeCa Grill, Veritas, GILT, and Pearl & Ash. Mr. Cappiello was named "Sommelier of the Year 2014" by Food & Wine Magazine, "Wine Person of the Year 2014" by Imbibe Magazine, and "Sommelier of the Year 2015" by Eater National. Once described as the first “punk sommelier” Patrick is still determined to disrupt the wine status quo. MJ and Patrick have a lively discussion on everything from the highly debatable definition of natural wine to Patrick’s current devotion to making amazing wine at affordable prices in Lodi, California. The passion runs high and the conversation is deep in this one friends.
    A huge thank you to Patrick Cappiello!
    Follow him on IG @patrickwine
    Follow Monte Rio Cellars on IG @monteriocellars 
    Keep up with all things Monte Rio Cellars and purchase his wines at @ https://www.monteriocellars.com/
    This episode’s in studio wines:
    MRC
    Skull “White Wine”
    2020
    Monte Rio Cellars 
    Lodi 
    Mission 
    Monte Rio Cellars
    Mendocino
    2020 Chardonnay 

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Nevertheless She Persisted... Andrea Robinson on Wine and Life Lessons Learned Working at Ground Zero.

    Nevertheless She Persisted... Andrea Robinson on Wine and Life Lessons Learned Working at Ground Zero.

    MJ’s guest today is Master Sommelier, Award-winning TV host and Author, Andrea Robinson. Andrea is one of only 28 women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier. Andrea is the first woman designated as Best Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America. She is the author of four top-selling books on wine and food, a 3-time James Beard Award winner and award-winning lifestyle television host. She was named Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional by the James Beard Foundation in 2002 and was selected by Bon Appetit Magazine as Wine & Spirits Professional of The Year in 2004. Andrea and her husband John are creators of a line of wine stemware called The ONE (™). Andrea has created innovative and award-winning wine and education programs for fine dining restaurants at Starwood Hotels and as a Dean of the International Culinary Center culinary school in New York City (of which she is a chef graduate). Andrea now curates Delta Air Lines’ wine program (since 2007) and consults for Norwegian Cruise Line.
    Growing up in Texas, Southern Indiana, North Dakota and Florida, Andrea’s childhood certainly prepared her for her life post college. Her resilience to change and new surroundings, and the desire to try new things, created the Andrea Robinson that you see today. MJ and she discuss her time from Morgan Stanley to harvesting at Chateau Palmer, her formal cooking and wine pairing education at the International Culinary Center, being the first woman beverage director at Windows on the World to bringing Napa Valley to Fine Living Network.
    The sweetest woman in the world, gives us a window into hers. Settle in with a Riesling, as we did, and enjoy this episode with Mrs. Andrea Robinson.
    A huge thank you to Andrea Robinson!
    Follow him on IG @andrearobinsonms
    This episode’s in studio wine:
    2018 Trestle 31 
    Riesling, Finger Lakes

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years.  Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/
      
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Culture Club. Jeremy Leffert on the Effects of Climate, Culture and Respect in the Winemaking Process

    Culture Club. Jeremy Leffert on the Effects of Climate, Culture and Respect in the Winemaking Process

    MJ’s guest today is director of winemaking at Tooth & Nail Wine Company in Paso Robles, California, Jeremy Leffert. Jeremy has been the director of Tooth & Nail since 2015. Amor Fati, Stasis and Tooth & Nail wines are made under the guidance of Jeremy. He is an avid outdoorsman, specializing in mountaineering. A flat-picking guitarist since the age of 10, Jeremy lives in Templeton, CA, with his wife Melissa and their two dogs, Ernesto and Paco.
    Born in California, raised in Minnesota, Jeremy’s upbringing was immersed in the great outdoors, spending summers canoeing, backpacking and mountaineering. His appreciation for the environment prepared him later for a career in cultivating the land to create award-winning wines. MJ and Jeremy discuss his transition from California to Vermont and back again, his time at Trader Joe’s where he first fell in love with wine; the difference between a farmer and a winemaker, some amazing times with the Hearst family in San Simeon and how the game changed in 2015, when he joined the Tooth & Nail family.
    Pick a glass of your favorite Grenache or Syrah and let’s get into it.
    A huge thank you to Jeremy Leffert!
    Follow him on IG @jeremyleffert and @toothandnailwinery 
     
    This episode’s in studio wine:
    Domaine De La Janasse Chaupin
    Châteauneuf Du Pape 2018
    ​​Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016

    ______________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! 
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    Thank you to our sponsor Skurnik Wine and Spirits, one of the most trusted names in wine for the past 30 plus years.  Check them out: https://www.skurnik.com/
      
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

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Must listen Wine Podcast

Engaging and accessible podcast on wine. Great listen every episode no matter you knowledge level of wine.

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The Next Great Wine Podcast!

Every day I try to learn something new about wine. So about a week ago I picked up MJ’s podcast and I gotta say, it’s been truly great right from the start! From the incredible guests, to the banter, to the knowledge gained from listening - it’s all been top notch! It seems like everyone talking about wine wants to break it down and demystify the industry - but MJ does it naturally with ease and in a way that’s truly engaging. Truly a fresh voice and perspective for the wine industry. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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MJ doesn’t just talk about wine. It’s a show that brings the rich history of some of the biggest personalities who have built the modern day wine industry

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