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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, 193 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.

    Cindy Pawlcyn

    Cindy Pawlcyn

    Doug Shafer talks with chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who is credited with launching the current era of Napa Valley’s restaurant scene, when she opened Mustards in 1983. She went on to open Fog City Diner in San Francisco and win a James Beard Award for one of ...

    • 40 min
    John Skupny

    John Skupny

    Doug Shafer talks with vintner John Skupny, whose resume includes working with Francis Ford Coppola at Inglenook, Bernard Portet at Clos du Val, and Charlie and Chuck Wagner at Caymus before he and his wife Tracey launched their own winery, Lang & Reed, specializing in Cabernet Franc. For more on John Skupny visit: http://langandreed.com/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Leslie Sbrocco

    Leslie Sbrocco

    Doug Shafer talks with TV host and “wine translator” Leslie Sbrocco, known to millions from her fast-paced wine segments with Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show, her PBS show Check Please, Bay Area and her books including Wine For Women. Leslie talks about getting her start by learning to write well, creating the career she hoped for, and being the hand model who poked the Pillsbury Doughboy.

    • 46 min
    Marc Mondavi

    Marc Mondavi

    Marc Mondavi grew up at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena and learned the wine business from his father, Peter Mondavi. Marc tells wild stories of growing up in Napa Valley and talks of his optimism as a new generation joins the fa...

    • 45 min
    John Anthony Truchard

    John Anthony Truchard

    Before John Anthony Truchard started high-end brand, John Anthony Vineyards, or his runaway brand JaM Cellars, he was a kid growing up working in vineyards with his dad, Tony Truchard. It’s been a long, crazy journey to the success he enjoys today.
    For more on John Truchard visit https://www.jamcellars.com/About-Us (https://www.jamcellars.com/About-Us)

    • 56 min
    Pete Seghesio

    Pete Seghesio

    Pete Seghesio tells the incredible 120-year story of his family in Sonoma County from Italian immigrants with only a love of farming to leaving a lasting legacy in the world of fine wine. Today Pete has two wine brands of his own and a salumi enterprise, Journeyman Meat Co.
    For more visit: http://journeymanwine.com/ (http://journeymanwine.com/)

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

RCDay ,

Great way to learn the history and people responsible for developing the Napa Valley Wine Country

Have enjoyed all 41 podcasts to date. Great learnings and insights from some of the people responsible for the making Napa Valley what it is today. I truly enjoy listening to every episode. Amazing stories about the personal relationships developed in the industry. Doug is an excellent interviewer...I appreciate the time he takes to research about each guest prior to the podcast. Thank you! Keep up the good work!

Pod Love ,

Wholly Chardonnay

Doug! Stop interrupting.
Let them speak.
Know when to ask a question.
Stop with “ got it” and “ I did not know that” .
Listen to Levi Dalton and learn.

E. Gard ,

Robin Lail

What a wonderful discussion about the history of Napa Valley. I have a few bottles of Lail Vineyards Blueprint in my cellar and I will enjoy it all the more knowing the story behind Robin and Lail Vineyards.

Yet another great podcast on The Taste.

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