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A Podcast from Sonoma, CA featuring experts Brian Casey, Sam Coturri, Bart Hansen & host John Myers. Taking the stuffiness out of wine every Friday!

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A Podcast from Sonoma, CA featuring experts Brian Casey, Sam Coturri, Bart Hansen & host John Myers. Taking the stuffiness out of wine every Friday!

    The Wine Makers – Taylor Berkley Boydstun

    The Wine Makers – Taylor Berkley Boydstun

    This week we sit down with Taylor Berkley Boydstun, owner/winemaker of T. Berkley Wines. He makes wines inspired by the great wines of the Loire Valley. His journey started with a trip to Spain and France, a love affair was formed and he soon found himself making wine in New Zealand, Austria and Australia. Taylor currently makes small batches of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc Rose. This is a great story and the wines are fantastic. [EP133]



    • 57 min
    The Wine Makers – Bettina Sichel

    The Wine Makers – Bettina Sichel

    Veteran of the California wine industry, Bettina Sichel, purchased this vineyard in 2011 from founder Patrick Campbell. Her first move was to hire legendary vineyard manager Phil Coturri, who had first worked this property when he was 13. She then brought in wine maker Randall Watkins, former General Manager at Moon Mountain Vineyard. The idea was not to change anything but to improve on the farming and raise the bar on the wines from this iconic vineyard. Bettina’s father M.F. Sichel was the man responsible for making Blue Nun wines a household name in America. Great history here and the wines set the standard for Sonoma Mountain Cabernet. [EP132]

    Laurel Glen Vineyard




    • 56 min
    The Wine Makers – Ruben Morancy

    The Wine Makers – Ruben Morancy

    The guys sit down with Ruben Morancy, Wine Director at Two Star Michelin restaurant Coi, pronounced “kwa”, in San Francisco. Ruben is also a renowned artist with a passion for selling domestic and international wines. He started Les-sommeliers to start promoting unique fine wine events to an “under-served” community in the Bay Area and beyond. Ruben’s next event is on February 15th at the Alice Collective in Oakland, featuring food by Chef Keith Corbin of Alta W. Adams in LA and jazz musician Marcus Shelby. This event will celebrate Valentines Day and Black History Month with a perfect pairing of fried chicken and tiny bubbles. Great history and stories here to share. [EP131]





    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Wine Makers – State of Wine

    The Wine Makers – State of Wine

    This week the guys, and Jasmine, sit down and talk about French wine tariffs, travel, North Carolina, taking the sommelier exam and the state of the wine business for 2020. We cover a lot of topics and get into almost ten wines in this episode, enjoy…  [EP130]

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Wine Makers – Donald Patz

    The Wine Makers – Donald Patz

    This week on the podcast we sit down with Donald Patz, known for making “world-class” Pinot and Chardonnay at Patz & Hall Winery in Sonoma. He left this iconic winery when it was purchased in 2016 and has since started 3 small projects, Maritana, Terminim and Secret Door. He sparked our interest when he joined forces with Francois Villard, a master in Northern Rhone, to make some top notch Syrah and white blends from Mendocino. Lots of history here, great show. [EP129]



    Donald Patz






    Jung Min Lee




    Jennifer Kelly

    Vice President of Sales




    François Villard

    Domaine François Villard – Northern Rhône Valley, France Partner – Terminim villardfrancois@aol.com



    P.O. Box 2096

    Yountville, CA 94599 USA

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Wine Makers – Brenae Royal

    The Wine Makers – Brenae Royal

    This week on the Wine Makers we sit down with Brenae Royal, vineyard manager at the historic Monte Rosso Vineyards. Brenae grew up in the Central Valley of California and was originally interested in animals, in part due to her exposure to F.F.A., future farmers of America. Weeks into college she decided to pivot, focusing on vines and taking a job with Gallo right out of school. [EP128]

    She now runs one of the most historic vineyards in California, growing Cabernet, Zinfandel and Semillon since 1886. She lives on the property with her dog and some pretty scary wildlife, it’s not unusual to see mountain lions and bobcats roaming the 250 acre property.

    We get into it all, style, techniques and relationships, Brenae is an African-American woman under 30 working for a large corporation in a primarily white, older, male world. The landscape is changing, and she is a part of that movement, inclusion is key to the wine industries success and it’s important to see yourself represented.

    Sam had some great wines open from a party the night before so we taste a little bit of everything. Great show….

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

witch0fthewaste ,

A must listen for any wine lover!

Incredibly fun and insightful.

FatherManandSonBoy ,

Great interviews and insights

Really love listening to this show while driving from vineyard to vineyard. Very insightful, fun, and educational. Highly recommended.

Radd22 ,

My Saturday relaxation 😀😀

Most Saturdays I sit down and grab a glass 🍷and listen to my favorite podcast The Wine Makers 🍇🍷! They cover a variety of wine related topics and interviews with fellow wine producers, winemakers, and wine geeks like me. They taught me , made me laugh ,and made me think! Also I have discovered some great new wines to enjoy!!! Cheers to John, Bart , Brian ,and Sam on a great show🍷🍷🍇🍇

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