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Serving up stories of food and wine. “Mainly, I’m interested in people’s stories – where they started, their struggles, successes, and how they ended up where they’ve ended up,” says Doug Shafer.

The Taste with Doug Shafer – Stories of Winemakers and Wine Doug Shafer

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    • 4.9 • 252 Ratings

Serving up stories of food and wine. “Mainly, I’m interested in people’s stories – where they started, their struggles, successes, and how they ended up where they’ve ended up,” says Doug Shafer.

    Paul Hobbs

    Paul Hobbs

    He grew up one of 11 children on an apple farm and become one of the most celebrated names in the world of wine. The epic story of Paul Hobbs includes names such as Robert Mondavi, Zelma Long, Larry Hyde, Michel Rollan...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Cathy Corison

    Cathy Corison

    Cathy Corison discovered her passion for wine almost by accident when she was a biology major in college. She went on to study winemaking at UC Davis and ventured into the wine business, which in the 1980s was not always eager to hire a woman. Undaunted, she pursued a personal vision for wine produced at the intersection of power and elegance – and has succeeded. Enjoy!
    For more visit: corison.com (https://corison.com/)

    • 43 min
    Michael Honig

    Michael Honig

    In the 1980s Michael Honig took over the family’s Napa Valley vineyard property and started Honig Winery, focusing on Sauvignon Blanc. While making Sauvignon Blanc is popular today, 20 or 30 years ago it was a steep uphill climb. He’s seen it all and tells great stories about making it in the wine business. Enjoy!
    For more visit: HonigWine.com (https://www.honigwine.com/)

    • 55 min
    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter

    At nearly 30, Chris Carpenter moved to Napa, earned a viticulture degree at UC Davis, and went on to become winemaker at Lokoya, Cardinale, Mt. Brave, and La Jota here in the Valley and Hickinbotham in Australia. In this episode, Chris talks about what it takes to make wines of beauty and distinction on two continents.
    For more visit: Lokoya.com (https://www.lokoya.com/)

    • 52 min
    Cleo Pahlmeyer

    Cleo Pahlmeyer

    Cleo Pahlmeyer grew up in Napa then headed to the East Coast and later to London to pursue her of love art history. By 2008 though, she’d developed an interest in the world of wine. She applied for an entry level job at her father’s winery, Pahlmeyer, where she took on more and more responsibilities, and today is Pahlmeyer’s president.
    For more visit: Pahlmeyer.com (https://www.pahlmeyer.com/)

    • 1 hr
    Danny Meyer

    Danny Meyer

    In 1985 Danny Meyer opened Union Square Café, which became beloved in New York City for its great food and even greater sense of warmth and welcome. He’s opened many restaurants since including Eleven Madison and Gramercy Tavern, as well as Shake Shack, focusing on outstanding hospitality. Danny and Doug talk about how often the greatest success is born of past struggles. Enjoy!
    For more visit: ushgnyc.com (https://www.ushgnyc.com/)

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
252 Ratings

252 Ratings

Figures you out ,

The best talks about wine

Doug, you bring on the best possible guests to talk to, to get a feel for what the valley was like, what inspires people to get into a career in wine, and you are able to pull back the curtain and get to know your guests as people. Thank you for doing this podcast, I look forward to all the episodes! Bill

TestarossaRob ,

Great history through fun conversations

Thanks for making this podcast a reality Doug! Can’t wait to listen to every episode. Rob Jensen, Founder/Proprietor (and former winemaker)
Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos

DWSchneider ,

Love this podcast!

Doug Shafer does an outstanding job as host of The Taste podcast. You can tell he really enjoys getting to know the backgrounds and interesting stories about his excellent lineup of guests. Over time you can piece together a lot of the history of Napa and lineage of winemakers from the greatest wineries in the region. Doug does a great job of keeping his guests on track while letting them freely share their stories. I’ve listened to every one of the episodes and look forward to going back and listening to many of them again!

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