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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma County for locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, wines, dining options, activities, and places to stay.

Wine Road: The Wine, When, and Where of Northern Sonoma County‪.‬ Wine Road

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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma County for locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, wines, dining options, activities, and places to stay.

    Chris Taddei Owner and Wine Maker of Taddei Wines

    Chris Taddei Owner and Wine Maker of Taddei Wines

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 163
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
    Episode 163 | Chris Taddei Owner and Wine Maker of Taddei Wines.

    Chris Taddei of Taddei wines joins us to tell us about his winemaking philosophy and how he got into making wine. He shares his Project X, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Our Fast Five Recipe is Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.
    Wine of the Day: Taddei Project X, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
    Fast Five Recipe: Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery
    https://ronrubinwinery.com/
    SHOW NOTES
    1:04 Starting off with 2018 Taddei Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley (Project X) But Chris brought a whole case of wines to try!
    3:00 Chris’s tasting room philosophy is he wants people to understand who he is and what he does through his wine. He will open anything you are interested in.
    5:08 Wine is a slow beverage. The learning experience is a part of the wine tasting experience. And his vertical tastings are a rare treat.
    7:10 How Chris came to be a winemaker, his wine epiphany with a bottle of La Tâche, and how he met his wife.
    10:53 Chris started the winery in 2003 and made first wine in 1999. Self taught in winemaking with a background in chemistry. Chris Makes wine with intention and deliberateness.
    17:38 Fast Five Recipe –Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.
    Ingredients: Rack of Lamb, Butter, and Blue Cheese.
    Directions: Separate the chops from the rack of lamb and trim off fat. Put olive oil on the chops and sear on a hot grill about 2 minutes. In advance create the Blue cheese compound butter. Crumble the blue cheese into softened butter. Mix well and roll into a tube in wax paper. Put in refrigerator to chill. Cut a medallion of the lamb chop and slater with the butter. Serve with a roasted root vegetable medley. Pair with Ektimo Pinot Noir
    21:05 Chris will also take guests through barrel samples too. Open by appointment only but Chris is always there at the Bell Road location.
    25:42 Tickets are now available on wineroad.com for Winter WineLand January 14 & 15 with 70 wineries participating. Also check out the Insider Club -- link on the website with all the details. Fill your bag with wine and tag with #mywineroadadventure
    Links:
    Taddei Wines
    Ektimo Wines
    WinterWineLand
    Wine Road Insider Club
    Ron Rubin Winery
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 28 min
    Sparkling Discoveries with Vicky Farrow of Amista Vineyards and Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

    Sparkling Discoveries with Vicky Farrow of Amista Vineyards and Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 162
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
    Episode 162 | Sparkling Discoveries with Vicky Farrow of Amista Vineyards and Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

    Vicky Farrow of Amista Vineyards and Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards share their beautiful sparkling wines with us and tell us about the new website created by Vicky called Sparkling Discoveries a community for sparkling wine lovers devoted to all things bubbly – the people, places, and world of sparkling wines and Champagnes. We pop a magnum of the Iron Horse special edition 2014 Brut Stargazing Cuvée Sparkling Wine that is truly out-of this world! Our Fast Five recipe Barbecue Ribs from Mitch Blakeley at Pedroncelli Winery.
    Wine of the Day: Iron Horse special edition 2014 Brut Stargazing Cuvée Sparkling & Amista Sparkling Tres a Rosé of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvédre.
    Fast Five Recipe: Barbecue Ribs from Mitch Blakeley at Pedroncelli Winery.
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery
     
    SHOW NOTES
    1:15 Wines of the Day -- Iron Horse 2014 Brut Stargazing Cuvée Sparkling with the awesome Cosmic Cliffs image from the James Webb space telescope. Taste the stars!
    We also have the beautiful Amista Sparkling Tres Rosé perfect for the Thanksgiving table.
    4:35 The Sparkling Discoveries website a community created by Vicky. Sparkling Discoveries is the place to learn about Sparkling wine and the people and places behind the wines.
    8:22 Joy, Vicky, Beth, and Marcy share their favorite pairings with sparkling wines.
    10:48 Vicky does the interviews on the Sparkling Discoveries site and learned a lot about Joy when she did her interview. Family and sense of place is most important for Joy.
    14:10 You can engage with the Sparkling Discoveries community and website by reading the interviews and subscribing to the site. Also you can nominate people in sparkling wine world to be on the site. Send your ideas and thoughts to Vicky.
    17:00 We nominate Joy as the next James (Jane) Bond!
    18:20 It’s a federal law—you must drink American bubbles on Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect wine for the wide range of flavors and dishes on the table.
    20:30 Joy and Vicky to do a tasting of aged sparkling wines. A Road show!
    22:2 According to Joy, the optimal size for sparkling is a Magnum. We agree! It’s only two bottles.
    23:23 The stunning label of the NASA photo of Cosmic Cliffs on the Stargazing Cuvée must be seen. It’s a very emotional image. Cosmic positivity.
    26:30 Fast Five Recipe – Barbecue Ribs from Mitch Blakeley at Pedroncelli Winery.
    Ingredients: Barbecue Ribs, cayenne pepper, black pepper, honey, and sriracha sauce for the glaze.
    Directions: Cook on outdoor grill slow at 250-300 degrees for 4-6 hours if indoors in oven 2.5 to 5 hours at 275. Slow and low is the way to go. Slather with the sauce. Pair with Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel.
    29:20 Bubbles Pro Tip: Put a raspberry in your sparkling wine and wait for it to flip!
    30:33 Tickets are now available on WineRoad.com for Winter WineLand January 14 & 15 with 70 wineries participating. Also check out the Insider Club -- link on the website with all the details.
    Links
    Sparkling Discoveries
    Amista Vineyards
    Amista Sparkling Tres a Rosé of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvédre
    Iron Horse Vineyards
    Iron Horse 2014 Brut Stargazing Cuvée Sparkling
    Pedroncelli Winery
    Ron Rubin Winery
     
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 32 min
    Jenna McDaniel, Hospitality Manager & Tasting Room Princess at Pech Merle Winery, in Geyserville.

    Jenna McDaniel, Hospitality Manager & Tasting Room Princess at Pech Merle Winery, in Geyserville.

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 161
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
     
    Episode 161 | Jenna McDaniel, Hospitality Manager & Tasting Room Princess at Pech Merle Winery, in Geyserville.

    Jenna McDaniel delights us with her story of how she found her way to working in the industry, her awesome marriage proposal that involved her favorite wine and a life changing pizza, all while we enjoy a bottle of the Pech Merle Sparkling Brut Rose of Syrah. Our Fast Five recipe is Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer from Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios in Healdsburg.
    Wine of the Day: Peche Merle Brut Rose of Syrah
    Fast Five Recipe: Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer From Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery https://ronrubinwinery.com/
    SHOW NOTES
    1:08 Jenna –Princess of the Tasting Room wears all the hats at Peche Merle, which means cave under the hill in ancient French!
    1:31 Wine of the Day Pech Merle Brut Rose of Syrah their first ever sparkling. Awesome label on the outside and great wine on the inside! Sparkling for everyday.
    5:28 Tasting room in smack dab in the middle of downtown Geyserville. Open everyday 11-6pm. Diavola pizza will deliver food to you in the tasting room—Perfect!
    8:00 Jenna grew up in Geyserville and around the wine industry, wine was part of the lifestyle. Now she is back to her roots working at Pech Merle and can walk to work!
    11:35 Tasting room experience- no reservations required but recommended. They offer a Classic Tasting and Reserve Tasting with 5 wines each to choose from. And you can add on food from Diavola.
    14:20 Jenna’s most memorable wine experience was a marriage proposal with a bottle of Linea Cabernet blend under a 300 year-old oak tree on the Pech Merle property – she said Yes—but the Dictator pizza (Marinated Short Rib, Garlic, Mozzarella, Scallions, Serrano Chiles, Kimchi, Kewpie Mayo & Shichimi !!! )from Diavola sealed the deal! Jenna recommends you always propose with a pizza!
    16:41 Owner of Pech Merle, Bruce, is an engineer who builds wine caves and the plan is to put a cave on the Pech Merle property at Dry Creek Road.
    18:35 Fast Five Recipe –Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer From Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios
    Ingredients: Fresh Ricotta, olive oil, Meyer lemon peel, honey and sea salt.
    Directions: Grease a muffin tin with olive oil and fill it with the ricotta. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then slip on to a parchment line baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and top with the lemon peel. Put back in oven for another 10 minutes and then drizzle it with honey. Pair with Lambert Bridge Blanc de Blanc Sparkling.
    20:55 Plan your visit to Pech Merle. You can call or email the tasting room for an appointment or make a reservation on Tock reservation service.
    21:30 Wine & Food Affair is November 5 & 6 tickets still on sale, but sale ends on October 31st.
    21:48 Shout Out to Ron Rubin for their continued support! We encourage you to order some wine from Ron Rubin Winery and enjoy it while you listen to the podcast!
    Links
    Pech Merle Winery
    Diavola Pizza
    Ron Rubin Winery
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 23 min
    Janae Franicevic, Owner and General Manager, Sunce Winery & Vineyard

    Janae Franicevic, Owner and General Manager, Sunce Winery & Vineyard

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 160
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
    Episode 160 | Janae Franicevic, Owner and General Manager, Sunce Winery & Vineyard

    Janae Franicevic from Sunce Winery and Vineyard joins us to share a bottle of Sunce 2020 Malvazia Nera with us while we learn her family and what’s happening at the winery where there are over 40 wines to choose from when you visit. Soon you will say the wines at Sunce are divine! Fast Five Recipe is Linda’s Salad from Mysty Stewart.
    Wine of the Day: Sunce 2020 Malvazia Nera
    Fast Five Recipe: Linda’s Salad from Mysty Stewart.
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery
    SHOW NOTES
    1:00 Wine of the Day – 2020 Malvazia Nera from Sunce Winery. It’s the perfect breakfast wine.
    1:45 Sunce just started their 33st consecutive harvest. Cheers to that!
    3:21 Janae recently drove through Italy on a family vacation and discovered an amazing bottle of Malvazia Nera.
    5:37 Janae also brought a bottle of the Sunce 2019 Montepulciano grown in Russian River Valley. Only 9 barrels made. A tribute to the grower is on the label.
    6:45 Sunce means sun or sunshine in Serbo–Croatian.
    9:48 Sunce is a “backyard winery” with family home there and has been a great way to raise a family.
    10:49 Sunce is located on Olivet Road, which is a great place to spend the day with a variety of wineries from large to small established there.
    12:50 Sunce is relaxing place to visit with outdoor seating and Bocce courts too. Tasting room closed Tuesday and Wednesday (the trend now) which gives the family some balance and time to spend on their boat off the winery “compound”.
    17:24 Fast Five Recipe –Linda’s Salad– From Mysty Stewart, Wine Road PR Manger
    Ingredients: 1 head butter lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, 1 chopped pear, ½ cup chopped walnuts and cranberries.
    Directions: Throw all together in a bowl and use raspberry vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing. Easy peasy and delicious!
    19:54 New at the winery, in addition to being closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, now charging for tasting and the experience is designed by the customer with over 40 wines to taste and evaluate. Also offering charcuterie, with advance notice.
    23:25 Sunce accepts reservations but also welcomes drop-ins at the winery.
    26:10 Janae and family travel to Croatia every year to husband and winemaker Frane Franicevic’s home, a small fishing village in Croatia on Hvar Island. Wine Club members have the option to stay at the apartments on Hvar.
    28:06 Visiting Sunce is a relaxing experience and it’s all about you and what you want to create of the experience with your friends. It’s time to start getting out and enjoying yourself again.
    29:47 ONE MORE THING—Wine and Food Affair tickets are still sale for November 5th and 6th! No Reservations needed this year! Check out The Insider Club –details on the wineroad.com
    32:47 Soon you will say the wines at Sunce are divine!
    Links
    Sunce Winery
    Ron Rubin Winery
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 33 min
    Lynn Fritz Owner, Lynmar Estate Winery

    Lynn Fritz Owner, Lynmar Estate Winery

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 159
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
     
    Episode 159 | Lynn Fritz Owner, Lynmar Estate Winery

    Lynn Fritz is living his passion and tells us about the many splendors of the Lynmar Estate, being a steward of the land, and his philosophy behind building a community around people and place. Plus he shares a bottle of the 2018 Lynmar Pinot Noir from Quail Hill Vineyard. Our Fast Five Recipe is Ahi Poke form Carole Shelton.
    Wine of the Day: 2018 Lynmar Pinot Noir, Quail Hill Vineyard
    Fast Five Recipe: Ahi Poke from Carol Shelton
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery
    SHOW NOTES
    1:00 Wine of the Day – 2018 Lynmar Pinot Noir form Quail Hill Vineyard. A great vintage made with14 clones of Pinot. It’s Light and opulent with a dense fruity nose, and lingering finish. Like a chord!
    5:22 Lynn’s philosophy on the perfect size business and the growth or (non-growth) of Lynmar which is kept at a 12-15,000 case level to keep it optimal for quality and service.
    7:28 Seeking harmony in all aspects of the business and the winery food and wine program. Beth feels it’s a spiritual place at Lynmar.
    9:30 Lynmar serving 4 course lunches and have expended the gardens that include the edible gardens with heirloom varieties used by the chefs for the food pairings. Carrying on the Luther Burbank torch.
    13:40 Winery started after Lynn sought a peaceful getaway from San Francisco in the country and found the ideal spot in Sebastopol. Originally sold the grapes grown on the property then started making their own wine.
    17:09 It’s all about community at Lynmar-- the customers and the winery personnel and the extended community of families they encompass.
    19:00 Sonoma County has a certain something, a vitality and abundance that makes the area special.
    20:45 Lynmar making Balsamic vinegar now for over 22 years.
    22:33 Beautiful guesthouse, The Bliss house on the property for use of Wine Club members and families.
    24:20 Fast Five Recipe –Ahi Poke– From Carol Shelton of Carol Shelton Wines
    Ingredients: Fresh Sushi grade Ahi tuna, sesame oil, ponzu, brown sugar, ginger, (green onions, cilantro and lime)
    Directions: Cube the Ahi then add sesame oil one part to two parts of ponzu mixed together with brown sugar and table spoon of minced ginger add a little squeeze of lime and scallions serve with rice crackers add avocado on the side. Enjoy with Carol Shelton Rendezvous Rose.
    27:27 All winery workers are full time employees which gives Lynmar great control over harvest and are ready to go when the pick date is chosen. Makes for a calm and orderly harvest.
    30:00 ONE MORE THING—Wine and Food Affair tickets are now on sale! And No Reservations needed this year!
    Links
    Lynmar Estate Winery
    Carol Shelton Wines
    Ron Rubin Winery
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 35 min
    Nikolai Stez Winemaker and Co-Owner, Woodenhead Winery

    Nikolai Stez Winemaker and Co-Owner, Woodenhead Winery

    Wine Road Podcast Episode 158
    Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery
     
    Episode 158 | Nikolai Stez Winemaker and Co- Owner, Woodenhead Winery

    Nikolai tells us how he got into winemaking, the origins of the name Woodenhead, and the wines made at Woodenhead. We sip on the Woodenhead 2017 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115.
    Wine of the Day: 2017 Woodenhead Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115
    Book of the Day: Concise Guide to Blind Tasting by Neel Burton.
    Fast Five Recipe: Vinegar Chicken with Crushed Olive Dressing by Marcy Gordon
    Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery
    SHOW NOTES
    0:52 Wine of the Day –2017 Woodenhead Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115. Will be released soon.
    2:27 The meaning behind the name woodenhead – it’s both a vine term but also more about Nikolai’s stubbornness. ;-)
    4:10 Born and raised in SF and Nikolai’s parents used to come to the Russian River when he was a child. He had a variety of jobs and then while working at Spears Market in Forestville he met Ed Selyem and he started working with Ed and his partner Bert. Nikolai ended up working at Williams Selyem for 17 years.
    5:54 Entered the Greenwood Ridge World Wine Tasting Championships coached by Ed, Nikolai came in second place tasting competition with his tasting partner.
    7:12 Book of the Day The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting by Neel Burton.
    8:10 Nikolai started Woodenhead in 1999.
    10:55 Woodenhead tasting room is on River Road a rustic and welcoming spot with flights of the day for tasting. Experience the chill and kicked back vibe at Woodenhead. Portfolio is focused on Pinot Noir but Nikolai likes to experiment and play with other grapes. Makes Sparkling too. Wines usually in barrel 17-18 months, which is not typical.
    Wines made to age.
    16:42 Woodenhead does open top fermenting, which is apart from most others.
    18:53 Ask Nikolai his opinion on natural wine if you dare… ;-)
    20:46 Nikolai says you don’t need a degree to make wine –it’s intuitive and you can do it if you follow your instincts.
    22:22 Fast Five Recipe –Vinegar Chicken with Crushed Olive Dressing– From Marcy Gordon, Wine Road co-host
    Ingredients: 3 pounds Chicken Thighs (bone in) ½ cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 8 tablespoons olive oil, 1 ½ cups mixed olives (pitted).
    Directions: Heat oven to 450. On a rimmed baking sheet toss the chicken with olive oil and turmeric and place the chicken skin side up and then pour the vinegar around the chicken and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Then take the chopped up olives with the remaining 2 tbs. olive oil and stir into the juices from the sheet pan. Spoon olive mixture over the chicken and serve. Garnish with parsley. Great with Chardonnay, Rose or Bubbles!
    26:01 ONE MORE THING—It’s a great time to visit the region go to wine road website for list of harvest events. Also Wine and Food Affair tickets are now on sale! And No Reservations needed this year!
    Links
    Woodenhead Wines
    Concise Guide to Blind Tasting by Neel Burton
    Ron Rubin Winery
    Credits:
    The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at
    Threshold Studios Sebastopol, CA.
    http://thresholdstudios.info/

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

paul gman Galli ,

Great show and intro into Sonoma community

Thanks so much for entertaining and educating us as well! We’re tasting at Woodenhead based on a recent podcast and thoroughly enjoying the wines and amazing service! Sign up for this enjoyable podcast, won’t disappoint.

missdebbee ,

Lovin me some Wine Road!

This podcast has everything! Not only informative but entertaining! As I listen to Beth and Marcy it feels like being on a patio with two great friends chatting about all things wine over a glass (or bottle) of our favorite wine. Highlights for me are hearing from the wine makers and vineyard owners about their offerings, learning about new “wine items” and books and being current on all things Wine/Wine Country! These ladies seem to ask all the questions that come to mind and help provide the answers by hosting a great show with Amazing Guests! I’ve highly recommended it to all my Wine-ing Friends! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!!!

PSUNO1 ,

Love these Podcasts

I love listening to Wine Road podcasts. I only wish they did more! Every time I listen to one, it leaves me pining to be in Sonoma tasting the wine they sampled on the show. It also gives me a chance to plan my next Sonoma County wine itinerary. And by the way, Sonoma County is the way to go. It’s far more reasonable and relaxing than it’s neighbor, Napa! wine Road guests always talk about favorite places to go eat and places to see. It’s very useful when you do go visit. Covid has slowed our travel down. Listening to the podcasts allows me to travel to wonderful Sonoma County, if only in my mind!

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