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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
 
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    • 4.9 • 124 Ratings

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
www.necessarymediaproductions.com
@necessary_media_


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    From Jalisco to Hollywood. Ruben Solorzano's Real Life American Dream.

    From Jalisco to Hollywood. Ruben Solorzano's Real Life American Dream.

    MJ’s guest today is described as the “always theorizing and experimenting Vineyard Manager” at Stolpman Vineyards since 1994, Ruben Solorzano! 
    Ruben was crowned “the Grape Whisperer” by Wine Enthusiast (Journalist Matt Kettmann). Through Ruben’s vineyard management company - Coastal Vineyard Care Associates - he controls several of the best sites from the Western edge of STA Rita Hills through Happy Canyon. Ruben focuses on innovation throughout his viticultural empire. His partnership wine brand with the Stolpman family is named in honor of his wife, “Para Maria” - For Maria.
    Ruben shares stories of his childhood growing up as the youngest of eleven children in Mexico. His early years working outdoors shaped his future as he tells MJ of following his older brothers to California  - harrowingly crossing the border - to begin his incredible career in wine. And what a career it has been! Grab a glass and get ready to drink in Ruben’s beautiful story of finding your calling in the vineyards of California! 

    A huge thank you to Ruben Solorzano! 
    Follow him on IG at @ruben_solorzano_ruelas_
    Keep up with his Para Maria wines: https://www.stolpmanvineyards.com/Wine/Para-Maria
    This episode’s in studio wines:
    2019 El Padrino de la Cuadrilla 
    2018 Sun & Earth  GSM

    ____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 
    Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.
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    Blackwineguy.com
    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor: Taub Family Selections. Taub Family Selections is a dynamic fourth generation, family-owned wine import company with a truly enviable portfolio of fine wines from 11 countries. They are proud to represent an exceptional portfolio of high quality, terroir centric and historic producers from around the world. Learn more at www.taubfamilyselections.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Independence Wine and Spirits - or IWS. IWS is owned by the Taub family, who have re-entered the NY wholesale market, bringing the family back to its roots in distribution where they held court from 1951 – 2004. 
    To learn more about IWS go to: https://independencewine.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Grapes The Wine Company. Looking to special order that bottle you had on vacation? Need to find a bourbon your boss has never tried? How about wrapped bottle gifts for teachers, coaches or your salesforce? Grapes The Wine Company can provide all this and more! Zoom tastings, winemaker dinners, wine driven charity events, cellar consultations, stellar suggestions… they do it all. To learn more about GTWC go to: https://www.grapesthewineco.com/




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    • 1 hr 29 min
    NSYNC! How 4th Generation Wine Importer Jake Taub Builds for The Future While Honoring His Family's Past

    NSYNC! How 4th Generation Wine Importer Jake Taub Builds for The Future While Honoring His Family's Past

    MJ’s guest today is the fourth generation of his family to play an instrumental role in the fine wine and spirits realm in the United States. He's Director of Business Development at the Taub family’s NYC-based wholesale business, Independence Wine & Spirits (IWS), Jake Taub! In 2020, Jake joined IWS as a key account manager and was quickly promoted to director of business development. Jake has increased national sales at his family’s proprietary California wineries, Saracina in Mendocino and Taub Family Vineyards Napa.
    On this episode, MJ and Jake discuss The Taub Family business, dating back to prohibition. Jake reveals the story behind his grandfather bringing Pinto Grigio over to the states, and how the family business got its name. This episode takes you behind the curtain on a family-run dynasty that’s impressive and tres magnifique. À ta santé!
    A huge thank you to Jake Taub! 
    Follow him on IG at @jaketaub 
    🍷 @drinkiws
    🇺🇸 @taubfamilyselections
    🍇 @saracinavineyards
    🌎 @palmbayinternational
    Check out the IWS website: https://independencewine.com/ 
    Taub Family Selections website: https://www.taubfamilyselections.com/
    This episode’s in studio wine:
    2013 Travaglini Nebole Metodo Classico 
    _____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 
    Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.
    For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at 
    Blackwineguy.com
    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor: Taub Family Selections. Taub Family Selections is a dynamic fourth-generation, family-owned wine import company with a truly enviable portfolio of fine wines from 11 countries. They are proud to represent an exceptional portfolio of high-quality, terroir-centric and historic producers from around the world. Learn more at www.taubfamilyselections.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Independence Wine and Spirits - or IWS. IWS is owned by the Taub family, who have re-entered the NY wholesale market, bringing the family back to its roots in distribution where they held court from 1951 – 2004. 
    To learn more about IWS go to: https://independencewine.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Grapes The Wine Company. Looking to special order that bottle you had on vacation? Need to find a bourbon your boss has never tried? How about wrapped bottle gifts for teachers, coaches or your salesforce? Grapes The Wine Company can provide all this and more! Zoom tastings, winemaker dinners, wine-driven charity events, cellar consultations, stellar suggestions… they do it all. To learn more about GTWC go to: https://www.grapesthewineco.com/

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    I'm a Survivor: From War to Winemaker, Samra Morris' Unlikely Journey to California

    I'm a Survivor: From War to Winemaker, Samra Morris' Unlikely Journey to California

    MJ’s Guest today is today is Alma Rosa’s winemaker, Samra Morris. Samra was born in Sarajevo Bosnia. She grew up during the Bosnian war of 1992-95. Samra is the first woman from Bosnia to make wines in California. She completed a viticulture internship at St. Supéry during the 2014 harvest as well as working with Rivers Brown’s Mending Wall for three harvests. Samra formerly served as quality control manager for Free Flow Wines. She was recruited by General Manager Debra Eagle to join Alma Rosa as an Assistant Winemaker in 2018. Within less than a year, she was promoted to winemaker. At Alma Rosa, Samra has a focus on Burgundian and Rhône varieties
     
    On this episode, MJ and Samra discuss Samra’s childhood in Bosnia and growing up during wartime. Samra talks about how she went from brewing beer to making wine and why she fell in love with Santa Barbara. She even spills her secret to success: taking every opportunity!
     
    A huge thank you to Samra Morris! 
    Follow her on IG @samra_morris
    Check out Alma Rosa Winery at: https://almarosawinery.com/
    This episode’s in studio wines:
    2020 Alma Rosa Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills
    2020 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills
    2019 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Rancho La Viña, Sta Rita Hills
    2020 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Barrel Select, Sta Rita Hills
    _____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 
    Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.
    For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at 
    Blackwineguy.com
    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor: Taub Family Selections. Taub Family Selections is a dynamic fourth generation, family-owned wine import company with a truly enviable portfolio of fine wines from 11 countries. They are proud to represent an exceptional portfolio of high quality, terroir centric and historic producers from around the world. Learn more at www.taubfamilyselections.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Independence Wine and Spirits - or IWS. IWS is owned by the Taub family, who have re-entered the NY wholesale market, bringing the family back to its roots in distribution where they held court from 1951 – 2004. 
    To learn more about IWS go to: https://independencewine.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Grapes The Wine Company. Looking to special order that bottle you had on vacation? Need to find a bourbon your boss has never tried? How about wrapped bottle gifts for teachers, coaches or your salesforce? Grapes The Wine Company can provide all this and more! Zoom tastings, winemaker dinners, wine driven charity events, cellar consultations, stellar suggestions… they do it all. To learn more about GTWC go to: https://www.grapesthewineco.com/
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Let the Good Times Roll. Talking Roots, Riesling and Reggae with Skinny Pablo

    Let the Good Times Roll. Talking Roots, Riesling and Reggae with Skinny Pablo

    MJ’s Guest today is music producer, fashion designer, foodie and DJ, Skinny Pablo! Based out of Long Beach, California, Skinny Pablo was born and raised on the island of Guam. He has recording credits including Lee "Scratch" Perry, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy. Skinny Pablo DJs events such as RieslingStudy, and started his own party called Riesling & Reggae in Los Angeles. His favorite wine is Mosel Riesling. He loves to read Bukowski and do art in his spare time.
     
    On this episode, MJ and Skinny Pablo discuss the many layers of creativity in Skinny’s artist’s heart. His innate talents for DJing started with his Chamorro roots, growing up on Guam in a family that loved to host parties. Skinny describes how his palate for marajuana  - a big influence in his life - taught him to develop his palate for German wines. Packed full of stories from inside the recording studio with Skinny’s hero and mentor, B Real of Cypress Hill, to rolling huge joints for Mike Tyson and a deep dive into the beautiful bottles of Stein he brought to the studio  - this episode is one “Buddha-fied funky” trip. 
     
    A huge thank you to Skinny Pablo! 
    Follow him on IG @ skinny.pablo
    Keep up with all his projects at: skinnypablo.com 
    Buy his custom clothing at: https://www.mosaigalleria.com/skinnypablo
    This episode’s in studio wine:

    2015 Stein Alfer Hölle Riesling 19002017 Stein Riesling "Ohne"
    _____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 
    Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.
    For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at 
    Blackwineguy.com
    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor: Taub Family Selections. Taub Family Selections is a dynamic fourth generation, family-owned wine import company with a truly enviable portfolio of fine wines from 11 countries. They are proud to represent an exceptional portfolio of high quality, terroir centric and historic producers from around the world. Learn more at www.taubfamilyselections.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Independence Wine and Spirits - or IWS. IWS is owned by the Taub family, who have re-entered the NY wholesale market, bringing the family back to its roots in distribution where they held court from 1951 – 2004. 
    To learn more about IWS go to: https://independencewine.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Grapes The Wine Company. Looking to special order that bottle you had on vacation? Need to find a bourbon your boss has never tried? How about wrapped bottle gifts for teachers, coaches or your salesforce? Grapes The Wine Company can provide all this and more! Zoom tastings, winemaker dinners, wine driven charity events, cellar consultations, stellar suggestions… they do it all. To learn more about GTWC go to: https://www.grapesthewineco.com/
      


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    • 1 hr 39 min
    BWG Raw: Pass The Aux w/ Jermaine Stone aka The Real Wolf of Wine

    BWG Raw: Pass The Aux w/ Jermaine Stone aka The Real Wolf of Wine

    MJ and Jermaine Stone get together for an impromptu cipher to discuss their upcoming battle at the Wine and Hip Hop “Pass The Aux Sessions” NYC on July 23rd in Brooklyn. If you don't know... now ya know...
    For more information go here: https://bit.ly/PassTheAuxNYC

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    • 45 min
    Riesling Study. Why Stephen Bitterolf Bet on Himself and German Wines.

    Riesling Study. Why Stephen Bitterolf Bet on Himself and German Wines.

    MJ’s guest is artist, an art historian, a wine collector, a salesman, an importer, and the founder of Vom Boden, Stephen Bitterolf. Stephen came to NYC in the early 00s to get his PhD in Northern Renaissance painting - during which time his fascination was born. In 2005, he landed a job as a salesperson at the newly opened Crush Wine & Spirits, one of New York City’s sleekest wine stores at the time.
    In 2012, he became an importer of German wines which led to his founding of Vom Boden. Vom Boden is a small company, focusing on small growers. He later founded Rieslingfeier, an annual event that seeks to celebrate German Rieslings, to provide a greater context for this incredible history of winemaking – to re-emphasize the historical importance of terroir.  
    Stephan, self proclaimed German wine “dork” take listeners (and MJ!) on a deep dive into the wines he’s so passionate about. From the Kabinett to the Spätlese to the Auslese. Stephen’s personal journey from art history to German wine importer is as fascinating as the wines he loves. 
    A huge thank you to Stephen Bitteolf! 
    Follow Vom Boden @vomboden
    Follow Rieslingfeier on IG at @rieslingfeier
    Check out Vom Boden’s website: https://www.vomboden.com/
    Get more information about Rieslingfeier at their website: ​​https://rieslingfeier.com/

    This episode’s in studio wine:
    Schloss Reinhartshausen
    1969 Erbacher Brühl
    Riesling Kabinett
    ____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 
    Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.
    For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at 
    Blackwineguy.com
    Follow MJ @blackwineguy 
    Thank you to our sponsor: Taub Family Selections. Taub Family Selections is a dynamic fourth generation, family-owned wine import company with a truly enviable portfolio of fine wines from 11 countries. They are proud to represent an exceptional portfolio of high quality, terroir centric and historic producers from around the world. Learn more at www.taubfamilyselections.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Independence Wine and Spirits - or IWS. IWS is owned by the Taub family, who have re-entered the NY wholesale market, bringing the family back to its roots in distribution where they held court from 1951 – 2004. 
    To learn more about IWS go to: https://independencewine.com
    Thank you to our sponsor: Grapes The Wine Company. Looking to special order that bottle you had on vacation? Need to find a bourbon your boss has never tried? How about wrapped bottle gifts for teachers, coaches or your salesforce? Grapes The Wine Company can provide all this and more! Zoom tastings, winemaker dinners, wine driven charity events, cellar consultations, stellar suggestions… they do it all. To learn more about GTWC go to: https://www.grapesthewineco.com/
      


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    • 1 hr 34 min

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