Interviews with professional winemakers focused on how they developed their personal aesthetic; what were the mentors, fellow winemakers, great wines and vineyards that shaped their personal style. I also interview some of the innovators that are changing the way we make wine and grow grapes
Season 4, Episode 2: Dr. Eric Mayer of Napachar
In this interview with Eric Mayer of Napachar, we explore the low tech approach of creating biochar from grapevines that have been removed to replant vineyards. This technique is a way of actually creating fossilized wood and sequestering carbon for centuries in the soil. It is part of the burgeoning field of regenerative agriculture.
Season 4, Episode 1: Marcello, Massimo and Mario Monticelli
Marcello Monticelli was born in Italy and grew up on a farm in the Central Valley where his fathers was known as the best home winemaker in the community. He went on to study enology at Fresno State and eventually worked 50 years for E & J Gallo, running their premium project in Sonoma County for many years. His two sons, Massimo and Mario, did not fall far from the vine. In this wonderful podcast, we get a view into the lives and philosophies of these three talented and passionate winemakers.
Season 3, Episode 3: Dr. Ron Runnebaum from UC, Davis
In this interview with Dr. Ron Runnebaum associate professor of Viticulture and Enology and of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC, Davis, we discuss the past and future of this important research and teaching department as well as Ron's current research topics and interests which address sustainable winery practices as well as identifying aroma and flavor markers in Pinot Noir wines that can be consistently linked to site. I think you will find it fascinating
Season 3, Episode 2: Jim Duane, Daniel Baron dual interview
In the dual 2 hour podcast Jim Duane and I interview each other about our paths to winemaking and podcasting and our winemaking philosophies. Jim is the creator of the popular Inside Winemaking podcast in which he interviews winemakers, researchers and technicians to shed light on the nuts and bolts of winemaking and grapegrowing. He is the winemaker at Seavey Vineyards, a winemaker for Naked Wines and a partner in Terratorium Wines. I think you will find this an entertaining and informative listen
Season 3, Episode 1: Physiological Pruning with Alessandro Zanutta and Sam Baron
In the first episode of Season 3, I focus on the new physiological pruning that is replacing geometric pruning in the the quality vineyards of Europe, Argentina, Australia, Chili and, gradually, the United States. I begin with a primer with Sam Baron interviewing me about what I learned getting a Diploma in Pruning from the University of Bordeaux in 2019 and then a detailed discussion with Alessandro Zanutta, an Italian master pruner and agronomist who has worked all over the world teaching this style of pruning that takes into account the physiology and pathology of the grapevine and strives to extend longevity and quality. The music for Season 3 is the original piece Borealis played by composer Mike Marshall on mandocello and his wife, Catarina Lichtenberg on mandolin. It is from their CD, Third Journey. Thanks for listening
Season 2, Episode 6: A Roundtable Discussion with Four Roots Fund Scholars
In the last episode of Season 2, we look to the future of wine with a roundtable discussion with Darwin Acosta, Kyle Burke, Candace Keeton and Lena Wellington who are all Roots Fund scholarship recipients working in California wineries during the 2002 harvest. The origin stories, ambitions and insights of these four BIPOC individuals provides a view into a future that includes opportunities for people of all backgrounds in the wine industry.
Informative, interesting and funny! Very much like real life learning in the wine industry. It’s a small world indeed and the relationships are just as good as the wine!