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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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    • 4.8 • 128 Ratings

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 – Adam Lee, Clarice Wine Company

    The Wine Makers – Adam Lee, Clarice Wine Company

    This week we have Adam Lee the founder of Clarice Wine Company on the podcast. He began working with wine in 1989 at a retail store in Austin, Texas. At the time, he also dabbled in restaurant wine sales, and briefly pulled a bag as a wine distributor sales rep. A few years later, he began working as the Wine Buyer at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. In 1993, he moved to California and, while working in direct sales at various wineries, they started Siduri Wines in 1994. Siduri Wines quickly became known as one of California’s premier Pinot Noir producers and grew from 107 cases in 1994 to 25,000 cases in 2015. In 2015 Siduri Wines was sold to Jackson Family Winery. Clarice Wine Company is a new and truly unique type of winery, combining aspects of an online wine community, a wine education website, and a limited-enrollment wine club. Adam has focused on two Pinot Noir vineyards in the  Santa Lucia Highlands the Garys’ and Rosella’s Vineyards. Did we mention that the wines are delicious? [EP243]


    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Wine Makers – Smith Story, Brave and Committed

    The Wine Makers – Smith Story, Brave and Committed

    Eric Story & Alison Smith Story started their small wine brand Smith Story Wine Cellars in 2014, funded by Kickstarter. Remember when people did that?  They are still sourcing small lots from family-owned vineyards farming organically and working with their other growers to improve quality and moving towards organic farming. Their dog, Lord Sandwich, has his own brand, his own charity and is an Instagram celebrity. We welcome Alison back to hear about what's new and about the challenges they have faced for the past couple years. [EP242]



    • 52 min
    The Wine Makers – G. Love, Drinkin’ Wine

    The Wine Makers – G. Love, Drinkin’ Wine

    This week on the show we welcome G. Love. We always talk about how wine should express itself from where it's grown, show it's Terroir. So the question is does music have a Terroir? If we take the definition and think about music then does the soil become the music that defines the area? For G. Love is that the Philly Sounds of the 60's and 70's? And the emergence of Hip Hop in the 90's becomes the influence of the vintage as we think of it. This might all be a stretch, but G. Love is likely coming to your Terroir in the next few months and you should go check him out. [EP241]

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Wine Makers – Chris Cottrell, Consigliere / Partner, Under The Wire Wines

    The Wine Makers – Chris Cottrell, Consigliere / Partner, Under The Wire Wines

    This week we welcome back Chris Cottrell to the podcast. Chris and his business partner Morgan Twain Peterson, MW met at Pet Wines, a small neighborhood store on the Upper East Side in Manhattan run by Phil Kotek, a man who cared deeply about the wines he sold. This was the start of Chris's education to the world of wine. In 2011 Morgan called Chris and said casually, "we should make a wine together." That conversation (and more bottles of good wine than one might care to admit) led to Under The Wire, a partnership project that focuses on single-vineyard, single-vintage sparkling wines inspired by the grower champagne movement. As the 2011 Under the Wire developed in bottle and Bedrock Wine Co. continued to find success, Morgan suggested to Chris it was perhaps time to move across the country and join Bedrock. Their simple yet unique premise is to make California sparkling wines based on an individual vineyard in an individual year. We hope you enjoy this show with Chris. He is without a doubt one of our favorite people in the wine industry. [EP240]



    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Wine Makers – The BBQ Episode

    The Wine Makers – The BBQ Episode

    This episode started with Bart entering he and Sam in the 1st. Annual Stemple Creek BBQ Classic. But with careful consideration they decided that maybe instead of being one of ten contestants at the first event maybe they were best suited to be the only podcast to record at this soon to be famous event. Now you might be asking what does the Stemple Creek Ranch, a certified organic ranch raising grass fed cattle, lambs and free range Berkshire cross pigs that are raised in a large grove of Eucalyptus trees have to do with the wine industry. More than you would imagine which I think will become evident after listening to this show. Then enters the pitmaster Chuck "The Flavor Train" Matto and it seems like maybe Bart & Sam are there just to taste some good BBQ. Congratulations have to go out to the winner Dave Ross from Pueblo BBQ. We hope you enjoy this week's show and throw something on the BBQ to enjoy with friends and family. [EP239]




    • 50 min
    The Wine Makers – G. W. Lussier, Lussier Wine Co.

    The Wine Makers – G. W. Lussier, Lussier Wine Co.

    We met G.W. in Paso Robles at Hospice de Rhone this year. It wasn’t long into our conversation to realize that the enthusiasm and passion coming from this young man needed to be shared with all of you listeners. And on top of that #GWmakesChenin. [EP238]

    In his own words it all began back in 2015. After serving seven years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, two combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, I returned home to the Napa Valley. You never know where or when a job opportunity will happen. For me, it was on a hot summer evening, on a Bocce court at Crane Park. That night, I began my wine career as an intern at Pahlmeyer Winery. There was no turning back once I experienced the art of making wine.

    In 2016, my wine education continued at Williams Selyem where I honed my craft making renowned Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, as well as other varietals. Then, in 2019, with over three years immersed in all aspects of the wine industry, I challenged myself to launch Lussier Wine Co.



    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

FLwinelover ,

Great insight into Sonoma local wine culture

This show has genuine personality and the guests on the show bring you into REAL wine country, at a time where we all long to travel and enjoy Sonoma culture once again…
I’ve been listening for 4 years now and hope they continue producing this incredible podcast.

firestarter66 ,

Educational entertainment

These guys are so much fun to listen to and they also provide real time information as to how harvest is going and all of the nuances in the industry. They are also honest about balancing the desire to to the right thing and making a living. It provides a platform for lesser known wineries and it’s resulted in wine purchases and plans to visit some of the places they have featured.

Pod Love ,

John Meyers

“How many barrels of wine …” Once again The Show Killer .

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