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All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in the wine business and I’m taking no prisoners...

I am your host Paul Kalemkiarian 2nd generation owner of the Original Wine of the Month Club, and I am somewhere north of 100,000 wines tasted.

How can Groupon sell 12 bottles for $60 and the wines be good? How do you start a winery anyway and lose money? And is a screwcap really better than a cork? Sometimes I have to pick a wine at the store by the label and the price...and I get screwed.

Subscribe now and prepare to be enlightened.

Wine Talks with Paul K‪.‬ Paul K from the Original Wine of the Month Club

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    • 4.9 • 163 Ratings

All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in the wine business and I’m taking no prisoners...

I am your host Paul Kalemkiarian 2nd generation owner of the Original Wine of the Month Club, and I am somewhere north of 100,000 wines tasted.

How can Groupon sell 12 bottles for $60 and the wines be good? How do you start a winery anyway and lose money? And is a screwcap really better than a cork? Sometimes I have to pick a wine at the store by the label and the price...and I get screwed.

Subscribe now and prepare to be enlightened.

    She Has The Passion And The Experience. Meet Wanda Mann

    She Has The Passion And The Experience. Meet Wanda Mann

    "Wine Talks with Paul K" dives into the vibrant world of wine with the featured guest, Wanda Mann, who brings her extensive knowledge and passion to the conversation. In this not-to-be-missed episode, the main points covered are:
    1. **Demystifying Wine Talk**: Paul K and Wanda Mann tackle the complexity of wine terminology, deliberating on how it can sometimes alienate new wine enthusiasts. They discuss the importance of simplifying wine language to make the experience more accessible and enjoyable for consumers.
    2. **Consumer Trends and Preferences**: The discussion takes a turn into the latest trends in the wine industry, such as the rise of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol wines, and the increasing popularity of canned wines. Paul and Wanda weigh in on how these trends reflect the changing landscape of consumer behavior and the need for the wine industry to adapt.
    3. **Diversity and Inclusion in the Wine Industry**: A significant portion of the conversation shines a light on the importance of diversity within the wine world. They share insights on the progress being made and the ongoing need for inclusivity, concerning both the consumers and professionals in the field, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.
    4. **Cultural and Generational Shifts**: This episode also delves into how wine is woven into the social fabric across different cultures and generations. Wanda and Paul discuss the role of organic and biodynamic wines, the irony surrounding new-age beverages, and the continuous shift in generational attitudes towards wine consumption.
    5. **The Power of Storytelling in Wine**: Finally, the podcast emphasizes how each bottle of wine tells a story and that learning about wine is an endless journey. With anecdotes from Wanda Mann's own life and career, including her transition from the events director at Princeton Club to a respected wine enthusiast and writer, there's a personal touch that resonates with anyone who values the narrative behind their glass of wine.

    Wanda Mann is the East Coast editor of SOMM Journal and East Coast Editor of The Tasting Panel. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Pomona College in California. Through her event planning at the Princeton Club, she fell in love with wine, moving into the industry and eventually sharing her insights on a popular lifestyle blog aimed at women enthusiasts. A poignant story shared by Wanda highlights her father's determination to thrive as a chef in New York's diverse kitchens despite facing significant adversity, demonstrating that passion and grit can overcome barriers—a testament to her own path in the often-intimidating world of wine.

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    Wine and The White House. Fascinating. The Authority; Fred Ryan.

    Wine and The White House. Fascinating. The Authority; Fred Ryan.

    In this episode of Wine Talks, we delve into the noble tradition of wine in the corridors of the White House. With the aid of Frederick J. Ryan, whose impressive tome "Wine in the White House: A History" serves as our guide, we explore the nuanced role of wine in American presidential history. Here are 7 points I pulled out of the conversation.
    🍷 The White House has long held a tradition of presidential involvement in selecting wines for state affairs. This responsibility demonstrates the significance placed on the presentation and choice of wine as it underscores diplomatic relations and complements the sophistication of White House ceremonies.
    🍷 The Kennedy administration saw a lavish embrace of French viniculture, where the tables were graced with the finest first-growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundies. This choice underlined the era's diplomatic affinity and appreciation for international wine excellence.
    🍷 The White House's selection has evolved into a celebration of American winemaking prowess, symbolizing a shift towards showcasing national pride and accomplishment. Modern choices are made with careful attention to the origin and relevance to the honored guests, forging a connection through the very vines of American soil.
    🍷 Legacy is silently crafted, not loudly claimed, as is the case with Schramsberg sparkling wine, which boasts the honor of being chosen by multiple administrations without commercial fanfare. Instead, it resides in a museum, its legacy preserved in the quiet dignity of its White House association.
    🍷 The anecdotes and historical imprints left by figures such as President Richard Nixon, who had a discreet penchant for premier wines, reveal the personal touches presidents have added to the White House wine culture. These stories bear witness to the intimate relationship leaders have had with their presidential wine selections.
    🍷 The tradition of toasting and the ceremonial role of wine in White House functions carry a deep symbolic weight. Presidents from different eras have employed this ritual to set the tone for international engagements, reflecting the breadth of sociopolitical contexts through their words and the wines they raise in salute.
    🍷 Thomas Jefferson's enduring legacy in the enology of America is as rich as a well-aged Cabernet, symbolizing the historical depth and intellectual curiosity that presidents have brought to the American viticultural narrative. His attempts to cultivate European vines at Monticello remain a testament to early presidential influence on American wine culture.
    Through this comprehensive and respectful dialogue, Frederick J. Ryan and our host, Paul K, have painted a picture of an American tradition that runs as deep as the roots of its oldest vineyard. Wine is not merely a beverage but a representation of culture, history, and diplomacy—a symbolic vessel of legacy and statecraft.
    We invite you to deepen your appreciation of the history that permeates every glass raised at a White House affair and of the meticulous care given to every selection that has represented a nation. For more insights and in-depth conversations surrounding this venerated beverage, continue listening to Wine Talks with Paul K. Here, we uncork the past to reveal the stories that have shaped our nation's history, one bottle at a time.
    Subscribe for our next installment where we will further explore the rich tapestry of wine's influence over the ages, and together, let's raise our glasses to the noble pursuit of knowledge and the time-honored traditions that wine embodies.

    • 57 min
    Behind the Bubbles: Rodolphe Taittinger Discusses Champagne and French Bloom

    Behind the Bubbles: Rodolphe Taittinger Discusses Champagne and French Bloom

    Our latest episode of Wine Talks features the discerning Rodolphe Frerejean Taittinger, CEO of French Bloom, and co-founder of Frerejean Frere Champagne. A scintillating conversation that dives into champagne history, non-alcoholic wine innovation, and the passion driving the family's legacy in winemaking.
    Here are your 3 key takeaways:
    - 🏰 **Artisanal Legacy**: Discover the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into building a champagne house from the ground up. Rodolphe discusses the importance of terroir and patient aging, drawing parallels between their boutique approach to music – a small jazz band focusing on fine details rather than a full-blown orchestra.
    - 🚫🍷 **Non-Alcoholic Wave**: Delve into the burgeoning demand for high-quality, alcohol-free beverages. French Bloom is at the forefront, creating a buzz in the traditional wine industry. Listen in to understand how French Bloom preserves the complexity and experience of wine, sans alcohol.
    - 🌱 **Cultural Roots**: Travel back in time as we explore fascinating vignettes of champagne's role during historical events, including a quirky tale involving bad champagne and resisting the Nazis. Additionally, catch insights on how family histories and long-standing traditions influence the philosophy and flavors of today's wines.
    🔗 Tune in to "Wine Talks" for this full-bodied exploration with Rodolphe Frerejean Taittinger and embrace the intricate dance of history, innovation, and the timeless art of winemaking. 🍇
    👉 Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast for more grape-talk and industry insights that go beyond your regular wine-tasting notes!
    #WineTalksPodcast #ChampagneLegacy #NonAlcoholicTrend #WineCulture #WineInnovation #FrenchBloom #WineHistory #WineryBranding #PodcastCommunity #WineLoversUnite

    • 55 min
    Claude Has Worked In The Greatest Wine Districts In France. How Did He Get To Napa?

    Claude Has Worked In The Greatest Wine Districts In France. How Did He Get To Napa?

    In the latest episode of 'Wine Talks,' host Claude Rouquet is joined by guest Paul K to delve deep into the world of viticulture, exploring the nuanced journey from grape to glass. The conversation opens with a glimpse into Claude’s background, which was not traditionally rooted in the wine industry as his family came from the medical field. However, his early exposure to fine wines cultivated a passion that, along with his wife, led them to pivot their successful careers to pursue their love for wine, something they felt a strong emotional connection to. The tale of revival at Smith Lafitte vineyard weaves its way into the dialogue, showcasing how the once dilapidated property was brought back to life by Florence and Daniel Katiar in 1990. Claude and Paul discuss the pitfalls that heritage Bordeaux chateaus face, including the risk of complacency that can stem from prestigious classifications. This sets the stage for the Katiars' next adventure, which led them to the renowned Napa Valley where they acquired the Flora Springs trilogy estate in 2019. Their unconventional journey, peppered with remarkable experiences such as attending Woodstock, culminates in their significant contribution to the Napa wine industry. The conversation takes a philosophical turn as they address the arbitrary distinction between old world and new world wine processing techniques, emphasizing a universal approach to quality winemaking. Paul K, during his probing interview, inquires about Claude’s present role at a Burgundy house in America, an opportunity that Claude serendipitously landed through a mutual connection. Paul K's show 'Wine Talks with Paul K' is highlighted, celebrating the wide accessibility of the podcast and giving a nod to a previous episode featuring luxury goods connoisseur Yves de Launay. Claude’s wealth of experience across various prestigious wine regions such as Burgundy, Champagne, and Bordeaux comes to light, underscoring his commitment to integrity and his belief that Napa Valley is capable of producing the best wines on the globe. Towards the end of their exchange, Paul poses a thought-provoking question about the popular Napa wine style not being truly indicative of the region. Cathayard Vineyard, where Claude has spent the past 12 years, is intimately described through its winery and vineyards, mimicking the Bordeaux style with its diverse ecosystem and elevation variance. The vineyard’s distinctive wines, such as the Bordeaux blend 'Hora' and a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, reflect its unique terroir. Cathayard’s wine production, somewhat shrouded in mystery, elicits curiosity about who holds the decisive power in the winemaking process. The episode continues with discussions around the concept of 'terroir,' the geographic and environmental factors that influence wine characteristics, as well as the debate over whether to adhere to traditional methods or embrace a more instinctual, personalized approach to winemaking. The influence of mainstream wines on the reputation of wine regions and the perceived snobbery in wine appreciation are also hot topics. Claude emphasizes the 'wow factor' of Cathayard's wines, which prompts Paul to order two cases of each. The episode concludes with Paul promoting 'Wine Talks' and encouraging listener subscriptions. The winemaking philosophy shared by Claude sums up the episode’s narrative: it’s not about making choices but about doing the right things to create expressive wines. This episode of 'Wine Talks' not only enlightens listeners on the intricacies of the industry but also invites them to develop an appreciation for the deeply rooted traditions and innovative paths that shape the world of wine today.

    • 35 min
    The Temecula Wine Region Is Growing, Meet Vito La Fata...He Is Moving The Needle.

    The Temecula Wine Region Is Growing, Meet Vito La Fata...He Is Moving The Needle.

    Welcome back to another episode of Wine Talks! In today’s conversation, we uncork the fascinating story of Vito La Fata, a man whose winemaking roots are as deep and rich as the vineyards of his Sicilian heritage. With the clink of glasses and the pour of a vintage, Vito takes us on a journey through his family's tumultuous history, from wars and the mafia to love, legacy, and pasta factories that have all infused the essence of every bottle they produce.
    Join us as we unravel the tapestry of stories woven into Vito’s wine philosophy, where every sip echoes a moment, memory, mission, or meaning. Paul K expertly steers the discussion through the importance of terroir and the art of storytelling as Vito passionately shares his vision for not just winemaking but fostering a community and creating profound connections through the power of wine.
    Get ready to be inspired as we explore the lofty goals of the Winery Academy aimed at nurturing the next generation of winemakers, venture into Vito's encounters with resistance within the industry, and celebrate the pursuit of crafting authentic experiences over financial gain. Don’t miss a minute of this heartfelt episode that bridges the gap between personal growth and viticulture, underscoring the transformative impact of a good story on the wine experience.
    Pour yourself a glass and let's dive into the world of Vito La Fata on Wine Talks. And don’t forget to subscribe for more tasteful conversations filled with the wisdom of the wine world. Cheers!

    • 53 min
    The Wisdom Of George Walker III. Dwayne Wade Cellars is His Passion.

    The Wisdom Of George Walker III. Dwayne Wade Cellars is His Passion.

    George Walker III, a recipient of the Roots Fund scholarship, shares his incredible journey and the impact it has had on his education and career in the wine industry. The Roots Fund, founded in 2020 by Carlton McCoy, Aikimi Dubeau, and Tahir Habibi, aims to provide opportunities for black individuals in the wine industry. George expresses his gratitude for the support he has received from mentors like Matt Nauman and Carlton McCoy, who have helped shape his education and career.
    George recounts how Matt Nauman, the previous president of Wade Sellers, suggested that he would benefit from working harvest in Burgundy. Taking this advice to heart, George reached out to Carlton McCoy, a master sommelier and the founder of Lawrence Wine Group. To his surprise, Carlton responded and invited George to his home, where they had dinner and discussed the wine industry in Napa. This connection eventually led to George becoming one of the first recipients of the Roots Fund scholarship, allowing him to participate in educational programs and gain valuable experience in the wine industry.
    George emphasizes the importance of being open and accessible to others who are seeking opportunities in the wine industry, particularly for black individuals. He believes in paying it forward and being a vessel for others, just as he has been supported and mentored by many people throughout his journey.
    The conversation then shifts to the topic of racism in the wine industry, specifically in Burgundy. George asks Carlton about his experience as a black person in Burgundy, to which Carlton responds that France has never been a place for racism. In fact, France has embraced American talent, including jazz musicians, who found success and acceptance in the country.
    The discussion then turns to winemaking and the different approaches that winemakers can take. George highlights the diversity and versatility of wine, comparing it to an art form where the same grapes can produce completely different wines in the hands of different winemakers. He appreciates the beauty of wine and the ability to express both the land and oneself through the winemaking process.
    They then delve into the details of the wines George is currently making. He introduces the 2022 Chenin Blanc, a wine made from 100% organic fruit sourced from the Wilson Family Vineyard in Clarksburg. George explains that his goal with this wine is to pay homage to the history of wine growing in California and bring Chenin Blanc to the forefront. He praises the versatility of Chenin Blanc and its ability to appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers.
    The conversation continues with a discussion about the 2020 California Cabernet Sauvignon that George is producing. He explains that in a normal year, they would have produced a Napa Cab, but due to the circumstances in Napa, they decided to make a California Appalachian Cab instead. The majority of the grapes for this wine come from the Bedrock Vineyard, with some additional grapes sourced from Mendocino and Paso Robles. George describes the wine as true to type, with a touch of acidity to bring freshness and liveliness to the wine.
    The conversation then shifts to consumer preferences and the influence of well-known brands in the wine industry. George shares an anecdote about how during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers who typically purchased wines in the $12 to $18 range started buying $100 wines like Austin Hope and Caymus. He acknowledges that there is something for everyone in the wine world and encourages wine drinkers to explore and discover other producers who are doing incredible work.
    They discuss the importance of educating consumers and introducing them to new wines and styles. George believes that there are amazing producers out there who deserve recognition and appreciation beyond the well-known brands. He emphasizes the need to have fun and explore different wines, stepping outside of one's comfort zone.
    The conversation concludes with a

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Customer Reviews

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163 Ratings

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Learned something new

Can't believe I haven't heard about some of this stuff I thought I heard it all! Loving this so far! Keep em coming!

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A must-listen!

Paul K is the best! If you’re a wine lover, you’ve got to tune in. Talented host, fascinating guests, and engaging conversations make the Wine Talks podcast a MUST-listen. Not to mention, it’s even better when paired with your favorite glass! 🍷

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Wine Talks with Paul K

There’s a great deal of interesting and valuable information here. However, it might be helpful for the listener to note that the attempts here to steer around political discourse are apparent and tacitly reflect a certain worldview

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