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The only podcast dedicated to education while sipping a bottle of some of the most amazing rosés from around the world. Host Renée Johnson and Bartender Ben (Benjamin Daniels) pour it up with industry leaders, newcomers, and those who love to drink wine as we learn about their careers. Simply put, this is a podcast to feel good about being an adult who wants to learn more about "adulting," the rosé way, and having some fun!

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The Rosé Hour Podcast Host: Renée J. Johnson

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The only podcast dedicated to education while sipping a bottle of some of the most amazing rosés from around the world. Host Renée Johnson and Bartender Ben (Benjamin Daniels) pour it up with industry leaders, newcomers, and those who love to drink wine as we learn about their careers. Simply put, this is a podcast to feel good about being an adult who wants to learn more about "adulting," the rosé way, and having some fun!

Join us as we learn more each week about wine and discover new and exciting brands!

    Vacays and Vittles

    Vacays and Vittles

    We are so thrilled to chop it up with our new friend, Shayna from Vacay and Vittles!  

    In Her Own Words...

    Some people like to collect things like stamps or shot glasses; I am a collector (and sharer) of experiences. Whether I'm traveling the world or trying a new restaurant down the street, I enjoy exploring the unknown and sharing those moments with others either thru videos and photographs or in person via the events I host.

    "Vacays & Vittles" started as an Instagram page for solely for my food and travel pictures after a couple of my friends told me I post too much of them on MY personal page (#Haters). And while I've always enjoyed hosting and entertaining friends and family in my home, transitioning it into a business was the last thing on my mind.  I always worried, if I turned what I loved to do into a business, would I love it as much or would start to feel like work?

    As I begin to document the things I ate and drank and the places I traveled to, I connected with people who inspired me to continue and helped me to focus on finding my own lane in my own time. I'd have these ideas of really cool events to host based off of something I ate or drank or a place I went and I'd think to myself, "This would be really cool if someone put this together, I'd pay for that experience." Then one day it hit me - "Why can't I do it myself?" And the rest was history...

    The Pour Pairing Rosé Box 

    "Pour Pairings" is a subscription box curated for the wine curious, wine lovers and wine enthusiasts. Our mission is to bring a little fun to wine education and food pairing experimentation by combining unique foods, the latest wine-related gadgets and tools, and other wine adjacent items right to your doorstep. The items in each box will complement the "wine of the month" which could be a simple grape varietal or a style of wine from a particular region.

    With "Vacays and Vittles", you're going to see a lot of amazing food recommendations, mainly in the Baltimore area but also throughout my travels, interesting cocktails, and beautiful destinations. You're also (should you choose to come) going to experience some really dope and unique events. From donuts and wine pairings to Caribbean fetes to specially curated dinners, there's something for everyone and it will always be a good time.

    Order!

    https://www.vacaysandvittles.com/shop


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    • 33 min
    Republic of Pink

    Republic of Pink

    Have you been to the Republic where it is divine and pink?  Well, join us as we chat with the founder of this land, Jason of the Republic of Pink!

    About the Republic for which it stands...

    The Republic of Pink was born from a singular dream: to make the best rosé in the world, right here in California. Why you might ask? Because for too long, the French have convinced us that the best rosés come from inside their borders, and like any red-blooded American would we took that as a challenge.  So we set out as many a great California company had before us: we made some space in the garage, made even more space on our credit cards, and got started on our quest to remake the future as we saw fit: one world-class bottle of rosé at a time.

    About Jason

    Jason Martin grew up working at the legendary Toronto bistro Le Select where he was schooled on the art and science of great pink wine. Moving to California in 2012, Jason realized that there was a huge opportunity to take rosé winemaking to a whole new level, so he got started, finally launching the Republic of Pink in 2018 after years of incubation.

    The Rosé

    Jason wanted a rosé that you could both crush by the pool and pair with great meals, so our mission for this wine was to pack as much flavor and refreshment into one bottle as we possibly could. We start with a classic Provençal blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedré: for those strawberries, melon, bright cherry & ripe pink grapefruit flavors; then we add in a twist of Cabernet Franc for a few savory notes and a slight rounder mouthfeel. The result is a rosé like no other in California: complex and refreshing, fruit-forward and dry. Pair it with a Spotify playlist and a pool toy, break it out for pizza night with the fam, or do whatever you want with it - here in the Republic of Pink, your options are limitless.


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    • 28 min
    Inman Family Wines

    Inman Family Wines

    Hey, Friends!  We are so excited to catch up with Katheleen of Inman Family Wines out of Sonoma County!!

    About Kathleen

    Kathleen Inman is the owner, winemaker, and general manager of Inman Family Wines and Olivet Grange Vineyard in Sonoma County, California.

    A Napa Valley native, Inman started Inman Family Wines in 2000 with the planting of an OGV 10.45-acre estate in the heart of the Russian River Valley. She currently produces Pinot Noir, an intentional direct-to-press Rosé of Pinot Noir called Endless Crush®, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Extra Brut Luxe Cuvée, Brut Rosé, and a Blanc de Noir.

    Inman endeavors to produce wines that are naturally low in alcohol, high in acid, and food-friendly. Often an innovator and trendsetter, Inman was the first new California luxury brand to launch using 100% Stelvin® closures in 2002 and was a pioneer in the revival of California rosé, producing her best-selling Endless Crush ® rosé since 2004, long before they became a staple in California wineries.

    Through the vineyard and winery, Inman has been able to meld her passion for Pinot Noir and what she calls her “eco-ethics”–sensitive farming, natural winemaking and environmentally responsible business practices. She works fervently to grow grapes and to make wines as naturally as possible to ensure they embody not only the pure personality of the grapes from which they’re made, but also the singular character of the place where they’re grown, while at the same time making the smallest impact possible on the land, water, and air. Inman farms without synthetic chemicals and is proud that her property has been certified sustainable by Sonoma County since 2016.

    Inman’s passion for the environment was further embodied through her design of the Inman Family Winery, which is made almost entirely from recycled materials, is solar-powered and recycles all of the winery graywater. The winery has an electric vehicle charging station, which when originally installed was the first privately owned, publicly available station in the North Bay; it is connected directly to the winery’s solar array, off the grid.

    The Rosé

    2020 Endless Crush® Rosé - OGV Estate

    Wine Specs Vintage 2019 Varietal Rose Appellation Russian River Valley

    This 2020 vintage of Endless Crush® is made entirely from our "Sonoma County Sustainable"-certified Olivet Grange estate fruit; this wine is a beautiful, pale, delicate pink and is crisp and refreshing.

    The 2020 Endless Crush® dances on the palate. With higher acid and lower alcohol (12%) this aromatic rose is beautifully balanced. A crowd-pleaser. Ripe watermelon, strawberries, honeysuckle and orange blossom with lovely minerality and racy acidity to delight the palate.

    2018 Brut Rosé Sparkling

    Wine Specs Vintage 2018 Varietal Sparkling Appellation Russian River Valley

    This 2018 Brut Rosé recently received a 95 score from Wine Enthusiast!

    Always a favorite in our tasting room, this small lot of méthode champenoise brut rosé sparkling wine is 100% Pinot Noir from our OGV Estate vineyard; it has a luscious mousse and a very fine bead. The colour is the palest of pink; the nose has all of the hallmarks of Olivet Grange fruit, including hints of fresh citrus, raspberry, gala apples, quince and brioche. A bright core of acid, along with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish showing great minerality, leave a clean, crisp palate impression.




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    • 29 min
    Freedom Wine

    Freedom Wine

    Today we chat with our new friend, Jeff of Freedom Wine.

    About Jeff

    When Jeff is not making wine, scouting for grapes or trying new and different wines, he enjoys playing Frisbee and handball with his boys, hiking, camping, and cooking just about anything that can possibly be cooked on a barbeque. He enjoys smoking fish, meat and poultry as often as Jennifer can tolerate it. And, having acquired the taste from his father, he enjoys single malt scotch almost as much as good wine. He likes to read and recently started to take up crossword puzzles, but only the first few days of the week. He enjoys traveling with his wife, usually to locations that are known either for their quality wine or beautiful beaches. ​

    Jeffrey Vallens was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a degree in English from the University of California Riverside before going on to law school and launching a successful career as a criminal defense attorney.

    Jeff is licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court (all courts in California) as well as The United States Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and The U.S. Court of Military Appeals. https://4criminaldefense.com/

    The Rosé

    Rose of Sangiovese 2017, 100% varietal, Lucas and Lewellen Vineyard, Los Alamos, CA.  Los Alamos, Santa Ynez Valley AVA Vallens Family

    This 2017 Freedom Rosé was pressed directly from whole clusters of Sangiovese. Unlike, their first release, this wine was made by pressing the grapes directly to enhance a fair amount of color and flavor.

    Tastings Notes
    Herbal notes like thyme are present, with fresh red fruit like strawberry. Hints of earthiness, candied cherry finish with a well-rounded body. Enjoy this rosé chilled and paired with Mozzarella, Feta or Monterey Jack Cheese, and Grilled Chicken.






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    • 31 min
    Fog Crest Vineyard

    Fog Crest Vineyard

    This week we speak with Orion Brown of the Black Travel Box and Jerome Chery of Fog Crest Vineyard.

    About the Black Travel Box

    Travel is growing in our community. More of us are exploring the world with a level of freedom that our ancestors could only dream of.

    Orion started BlackTravelBox® to give women of color a brand they could trust for their travel personal care needs. As Black travelers, we have few places we can find products that work for our hair and skincare needs.

    Our brand is here to help you travel in confidence. We give you the products you need to put your best foot forward and rock those selfies. We're there, where ever your travels may take you.

    Fog Crest Vineyard

    James Manoogian has had a life-long fascination for food and wine. As a restaurateur in San Francisco, California, the proximity to the great wine-growing regions near the city allowed he and his wife, Rosalind, to become knowledgeable about wine, how it accompanied fine dining, and where each varietal (grape type) excelled locally.

    In 1997, the Manoogians looked north and started searching for an appropriate parcel suitable to growing great grapes for distinctive wines. Attracted to Sonoma County for its beauty and viticultural diversity, they found an ideal 30-acre site situated on a ridge above the Santa Rosa Plain – the future home of Fog Crest Vineyard.

    Once the vineyard was established and producing fruit it immediately attracted the attention of fine winemakers. For five years the vineyard’s grapes were bottled as a vineyard designate by Stryker Sonoma under the name of “L’Ancien Verger Vineyard” which in French means “the Old Orchard”. The 2005 Estate Bottled Chardonnay, marked the inaugural vintage for Fog Crest Vineyard and the Manoogians.

    JÉRÔME CHÉRY, WINEMAKER

    After winery stints in Provence, Loire Valley, Australia’s Swan Valley and the Languedoc region, in 1997 Jérôme came to California to be Assistant Winemaker at Napa Valley’s Newton Winery.  “I was 27 years old and Newton was already becoming famous for unfiltered Chardonnay,” he says.  “Newton was using native yeasts and longer aging times.”

    In 2000, Jérôme wanted to continue his focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  “I think that the motto ‘less is more’ works wonderfully well with the two famous Burgundy varieties, so I took a job at Littorai working with Ted Lemon,” he says.  “Ted was making really fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, specializing in single-vineyard bottlings.  He made limited production wines that were terroir driven.  It was amazing.  Here, I really learned.”

    Jérôme became Director of Winemaking at Saintsbury in 2004.  “I walked in and harvest started three days later. The production was huge compared to what I had been doing, but I stayed for 9 years.  I learned to work with cool-climate Carneros fruit and introduced four, single vineyard releases.  I also sourced fruit from the Anderson Valley, complementing what we already had.”

    Believing memorable wines are made on a small scale with the highest quality grapes, Jérôme became winemaker at Fog Crest Vineyard in January 2014.  “I really wanted to relocate to western Sonoma County; the quality of the fruit here is wonderful,” Jérôme says.  “I will wait to see what the next harvest brings; I hope to add refinement to the wines.

    Jérôme enjoys traveling for work and pleasure.  At home, he relaxes by gardening, landscape designing and cooking.




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    • 56 min
    Living Coral Rosé

    Living Coral Rosé

    This week we catch up with Sharene Wood, Founder of HH Bespoke Spirits, and Filippo Lapides, National Brand Ambassador to Enovation Brands which has a focus on helping coral reefs!

    About HH Bespoke Spirits

    The award-winning (Time Out New York) bespoke boutique listed as "One of the best places to shop in Harlem" (Racked.com). The "retail expression" of  5001 FLAVORS located in the heart of Harlem, NY opened in 2012. The nearly 2,000 square foot boutique, former home of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X, carries emerging accessory and apparel designers and pays homage to Harlem’s rich history and luminaries.

    Harlem Haberdashery was created by legendary custom-fashion design and styling company 5001 FLAVORS (featured in CNN Films documentary “Fresh Dressed”).

    Introducing a New Line of Spirits from Harlem’s First Family of Fashion


    HH BESPOKE RUM - is a truly unique blend of aged rums reminiscent of those produced in the 18th century. This expressive and distinctive spirit starts as Grade A molasses, which is distilled in a traditional copper still. It is then aged in both New American Oak and then once-used Bourbon barrels. The result is a distinctive barrel rum extremely rich and complex in flavor, with hints of butterscotch, vanilla, and other exotic notes that please the palate.
    HH BESPOKE GIN - is a remix on a traditional London Dry style gin, with moderate juniper flavors upfront, which is balanced by an infusion of lavender, rosehip, and plum. Our gin mixes well with everything from simple tonic water to stronger bitter or sweet flavors.
    HH BESPOKE VODKA - is a grain-based, super-premium vodka of exquisite quality, handmade in small batches. With its crisp and clean taste, HH Bespoke Vodka is a perfect mixer for cocktails or a refreshing drink all by itself.

    About Enovation Brands

    We overlay our forward motion with a bit of Old World insight, which is most evident in our commitment to never compromise on quality. From our supplier to their partners in the vineyards, to each and every individual in the Enovation family, we are dedicated to delivering a consistently superb product at an excellent value. We present the same products that we are proud to serve to our families and friends on our tables every day. We present these products in distinctive, eye-catching packaging that wins consumers over at the point of sale and are confident knowing that the quality of the wine inside will create a brand loyalist.

    About Living Coral

    Living Coral Sparkling Rosé captures the splendor of a coral reef in every glass poured. The color is reminiscent of the sun’s rays breaking the ocean’s surface to light up the world below and the bubbly effervescence is evocative of the life contained with this lush undersea world. The bouquet is pleasantly fruity with floral notes and gives way to the concentrated fruit flavors of ripe nectarine and peach balanced by refreshing acidity. 






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    • 1 hr 16 min

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One more reason to love WINE WEDNESDAYS!

My favorite podcast! I look forward to Wednesdays for a new episode every week! Renee and Bartender Ben are fun, charismatic, and engaging. It does not matter if you are a wine expert, dabble in wine, or just like to drink, you will always learn something new and fascinating about wine from their many guests in the wine industry featuring all of your favorite brands. Do not be fooled that this is JUST a podcast about Rosé or wine. Get ready for LIFE improvement! They also feature intriguing guests that speak on important issues and life changing stories that will touch your soul. Pop that bottle of Rosé! Put on your head phones! Go for a walk and turn on The Rosé Hour Podcast! CHEERS!!

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