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António Maçanita is involved with several wine projects throughout Portugal, including Fitapreta in the Alentejo, Maçanita Vinhos in the Douro Valley, and the Azores Wine Company on the Azores Islands.
António discusses the rapid change that is happening on the island of Pico, as hundreds of hectares of vineyard are being replanted after over a century of decline. He explains the winemaking history of the area, and points to the reasons why there is a resurgence in interest in grape vines on Pico, an island in the Azores. António also uses his knowledge of old texts to provide commentary on the changes. He further discusses the Alentejo region, and the winemaking history of that zone, while detailing the characteristics of some of that area's signature grape varieties. And António divulges the unorthodox approach that he is taking to winemaking in the Douro Valley of Portugal. This interview provides both an overview of important Portuguese wine regions, and an analysis of how they have changed over time.
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Arvid Rosengren is the Wine Director of Legacy Records, the restaurant in Manhattan. He won the World's Best Sommelier title in 2016.
Arvid shares his memories of growing up in a household of limited means, and what that brought later in his life to his attitude as a competitor and a working sommelier. He recalls his wine studies in Sweden, and his work in restaurants in both Denmark and Sweden before his move to New York. He also recounts the process of winning the World's Best Sommelier Competition, and what he did to train and compete in that event. Now looking back, Arvid reveals some of his thoughts about sommelier competitions as well.
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Lee Hudson is the owner of Hudson Ranch and Vineyards, in California's Carneros district.
Lee recalls his early days in Texas and in France, as well as the experience of working the 1975 harvest in Burgundy at Domaine Dujac. Lee describes founding his own ranch and vineyard in California, and gives a grape by grape guide to different grape variety characteristics and how the ways they are grown can affect them. Those interested in Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Pinot Noir will find a lot to learn from what Lee has to say about how those grapes behave in the vineyard. Lee also discusses his classmates at the University of California, Davis, many of whom have gone on to notable careers in wine in the decades since they were in school with Lee.
Will Predhomme operates Predhomme, Inc. a wine communications firm based in Toronto, Canada. He is also a partner in Pearce Predhomme, a wine label sourcing wines from Oregon and South Africa.
Will traces his history with restaurants and wine, from humble beginnings in Windsor, Ontario to sommelier jobs in Calgary and Toronto. He discusses how his goals changed over time, and how he approached a transition off the floor and into working for himself. Will addresses the potential pratfalls of self-employment, and describes why someone who has worked within the sommelier culture might not want to leave it behind. Real life examples are provided to illustrate the points made to those looking to make a move off the restaurant floor.
James Conaway is the author of "Napa: The Story of an American Eden", "The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley", and "Napa at Last Light: America's Eden in an Age of Calamity," a trilogy of books about wine and wineries in California's Napa Valley.
James argues that serious changes are needed if the Napa Valley is to survive as an agricultural eden in the future. He points out threats to the Valley from climate change, limited resources, increased vineyard and winery development, and an emphasis on welcoming more and more tourists to the area. He explains that for him wine has a moral component which is often ignored, and argues that a wine choice is also a political choice.
Dominique Tourneix is the Director General of DIAM Bouchage, a company specializing in reconstructed cork closures for wine.
Dominique discusses the causes of cork taint in wine and the presence of volatile compounds within traditional cork. He examines the part that wine cork plays in both preventing and allowing for the oxidation of wine, as well as the useful life of a cork. He also explains the alternative solution that his company offers to the traditional wine cork, and how it can be seen as a winemaking tool. Dominique further gives an overview of the global market for wine closures, comparing the relative attributes and market share of synthetic closures, screwcap, traditional cork, and reconstructed corks like DIAM.
Enrico Pozzesi is the owner of Fattoria Rodano, the winery located within Castellina in Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy.
Enrico discusses his wines and vineyard property in this episode, as well as the varying conditions that were presented by different vintages. He also discusses his friendship with an advisor to his winery, Giulio Gambelli. Gambelli in the years since his death has become a legendary figure, known for his incredible wine tasting ability and for the wines he helped create at many properties, including Rodano, Case Basse, Montevertine, and Bibbiano. Though mostly unheralded during his own lifetime, Gambelli is now considered one of the most important figures in the history of Tuscan wine. Enrico recalls many details from Gambelli's life and work in this interview.
Anne Parent and her sister Catherine run Domaine Parent, based in the Burgundy village of Pommard. They also control the micro-négociant known as Jacques Parent et Compagnie.
Anne describes the differences between the key crus of Pommard, relating how Pommard Epenots is distinct from Pommard Les Rugiens. She also describes her vineyard holdings on the hill of Corton. Anne recounts the difficulties of recent vintages in the area, and discloses some of her favorite years for her wines. She talks about different vineyard and winemaking decisions that have resulted from the conditions of varying harvests, and gives her opinion about the effect climate change has had in the region of the Côte de Beaune.
Ray Coursen is the owner and founding winemaker of Elyse Winery as well as Jacob Franklin Wines, in California's Napa Valley. He is also involved with winemaking for Purple Heart Wines, benefiting the Purple Heart Foundation.
Ray relates how he arrived in the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and shares conversations he had with several wine world figures at that time. He discusses the history of some key vineyard sites, as well as the attributes of numerous grape varieties that he works with. Ray also divulges some of his unusual winemaking techniques. Further, Ray points out what has changed in the Napa Valley over the last several decades.
Chisa Bize runs Domaine Simon Bize et Fils in Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune with the help of her sister-in-law, Marielle Grivot.
Chisa describes her own upbringing in Tokyo, and explains how a chance meeting with Patrick Bize led her to Burgundy, where she is now in charge of the Bize family domaine. Chisa details the differences between the various crus that Bize cultivates, and explains how her approach to farming has shifted over time. She also shares her thoughts on personal growth in response to some tough recent events.
Aldo Vacca is the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, in the Barbaresco zone of Italy's Piemonte region.
Aldo discusses the foundations of Barbaresco as a delimited zone, and talks about the origins of the Produttori del Barbaresco. He gives a sense of how the winemaking at the Produttori has evolved over time. He also describes the characteristics of some of the important crus of the Barbaresco area, and addresses the differences between some recent vintages and those of the past. While explaining how Barbaresco has developed over the course of a century and more, Aldo points out some of the key changes that have occurred in the region.
Jean Gonon works with his brother Pierre at Domaine Pierre Gonon in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, within the Saint-Joseph appellation.
Jean speaks about the importance of farming, vine selection, and constant care in this discussion, while asserting that the winemaking that follows is quite simple. He also gives a history of Saint-Joseph as an appellation, and as a terroir. Jean explains why his wines taste as they do, in relation to where they come from and the type of vines involved. And he gives his impressions of different grape varieties, like Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Chasselas.
Dominique Lafon is the Managing Director of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, with cellars in the Burgundy village of Meursault. Dominique also founded the Mâcon winery Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and the Burgundy négociant label Dominique Lafon. He consults in Oregon at Lingua Franca Wines.
Dominique discusses his firsthand meetings with some of the greats of Burgundy of a previous generation, people like Henri Jayer, Pierre Ramonet, Gérard Potel, and Hubert de Montille. He also assesses the contribution of his own generation in Burgundy, and talks about the importance of his stint working for Becky Wasserman. Dominique relates the qualities of the Meursault, Beaune, and Volnay crus he vinifies, and gives his observations about the Montrachet vineyard. He gives his opinion on the merits of various cellar techniques, and talks about what is important to him in his own winery and vineyard work in the Côte de Beaune, the Mâcon, and in Oregon.
Erin Scala explores the renaissance of winemaking happening today on the Greek island of Crete.
Erin narrates a tour through the Crete wine regions near the towns of Heraklion, Chania, and Sitia, and gets answers about grape varieties like Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Candia, Kotsifali, Liatiko, Plyto, and more.
This episode contains interviews with winemakers and wine professionals working on Crete, including:
Nikos Douloufakis (Douloufakis Winery)
Antonis Dourakis (Dourakis Winery)
Zacharias Diamandakis (Diamandakis Winery)
Abbot Filotheos Spanoudakis (Toplou Monastery)
John Masaoutis (Oenologist)
Yiannis Stilianou (Stilianou Winery)
Nikos Paraskevas (Paraskevas Winery)
Bart Lyrarakis (Lyrarakis Winery)
Afshin Molavi (Manousakis Winery)
Nikos Gavalas (Gavalas Winery)
Maria Tamiolakis (Rhous Winery)
Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer for "Wine Spirits" Magazine as well as the "Los Angeles Times." He is also the author of the book "American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink."
Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought those varieties to prominence in California and Washington State. He provides a timeline for the development of those Rhône grapes in the United States, and discusses some of the market successes and challenges for the wines made from them.
Samuel Guibert is a co-owner and winemaker at the Mas de Daumas Gassac winery, in the Languedoc region of France.
Samuel goes into detail about the unusual red and white wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac, a winery that blends Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Tannat and a number of other grape varieties together with Cabernet Sauvignon for their red. Samuel explains the setting of the individual vineyards that compose Mas de Daumas Gassac, the wine history of the surrounding Languedoc region, and the evolution of the winemaking at his winery.
Lodovico Antinori is a partner in Tenuta di Biserno, in the Maremma area of Tuscany, and was the founder of Ornellaia in Bolgheri. He is also a partner in Tenuta Campo di Sasso.
Lodovico is open and frank in his assessment of his career, discussing his family's position within Tuscan wine, his own important trip to California, and the rise of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia. He describes founding Ornellaia with the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the later influence of Michel Rolland, and the rise to fame of Ornellaia and Masseto. He then discusses what led him to sell Ornellaia to the Robert Mondavi company, and his current projects in the Maremma of Tuscany, in Italy.
Peter Liem is the publisher of ChampagneGuide.net, as well as the author of the book "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region".
Peter Liem returns to the show for an interview about Champagne. Peter has been tasting the wines of Champagne professionally for twenty years, and has lived in that region for the last ten years. In this interview he discusses the terroirs of the Champagne region, and gives tips for better evaluating the wines.
Doug Frost is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Doug does wine and spirits consulting in a range of fields, and works as a wine writer.
Doug reflects on his career in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting in this conversation, touching on his varied adventures in the wine and spirits trade. He remembers cellar visits in the Rhone Valley, describes the wine scene in Kansas City over the years, and speaks to the changes within the Master Sommelier program. He also articulates his thoughts on hospitality, service, and tasting.
Victor Hazan wrote the book "Italian Wine", which was published in 1982. He also co-wrote several Italian cookbooks with his wife, the late Marcella Hazan.
Victor Hazan speaks about his lifelong search for authentic Italian ingredients and expressions, an ethusiasm he shared with his wife of many years, Marcella Hazan. Victor details the start of his wine writing career, and confesses why he left off writing his second book on Italian wine. He also provides portraits of some of the key vintners he met along his travels, such as Antonio Mastroberardino and Renato Ratti.
Becky Wasserman-Hone is the founder and co-director of Becky Wasserman Co., an exporter of wines from Burgundy and other regions of France and Europe.
Becky looks back on her career in this interview, and talks about what would be become a key period for Burgundy, as it increasingly found an audience amongst American consumers. She also recalls some of the keys friends and mentors she made along the way, including Michel Lafarge, Gerard Potel, Hubert de Montille, Lalou Bize-Leroy, Aubert de Villaine, Richard Olney, and others. And Becky divulges her personal descriptions of key Burgundy communes, such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Flagey-Echezeaux, Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanee, Beaune, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny, and more.
Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California.
Bill describes an era of post-Prohibition California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a corner of the state that was little known. Bill also is frank about his stylistic choices, and his decision not to embrace the fashionable 1990s style of big wines.
Totte Steneby is the Beverage Manager of Portal Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also an importer of Burgundy wine into Sweden, and a European brand ambassador for both the Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote wineries of California.
A former child actor, Totte Steneby discusses his sommelier career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the difficult moments he has experienced during restaurant work as well, including one hard opening gone wrong. Totte also describes the Swedish wine market, which has dramatically changed in recent years.
Giampaolo Venica works with his family at the Venica winery, in the Friuli region of Italy.
Giampaolo Venica describes the Friuli as a region that has changed significantly in recent decades, and which is still in flux today. He notes the many changes in grape plantings and wine styles within the Collio, and questions what types of wines from the Friuli may find resonance with consumers in the future.
Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone is the sole producer of a Barolo from the Cherasco sub-zone of Italy's Piemonte region. His family has owned vineyard land in the Cherasco area for centuries, and the Marchese, who is now over 80 years old, tends to the family parcel at the edge of the Barolo zone.
This is a rare encounter with the Marchese, who rarely grants interviews. The conversation ranges across decades and even centuries of history in the Piemonte, covering the Roman period, the reign of the Savoy Dukes, World War II, and the great growth of Barolo production in the last few decades.
Stephen Brook is a prolific author of anthologies, travel books, and a wide range of wine books published over the last thirty years, including "The Complete Bordeaux," "The Wines of Germany," "The Wines of California," "Wine People," "The Wines of Austria," and "Bordeaux: People, Power, and Politics." Stephen has also been a Contributing Editor to Decanter Magazine since 1996.
Stephen revisits his wine writing career in this interview, recounting his adventures and undertakings in several different wine producing countries, and recognizing how those places and the people he has met have changed over time. He also takes a look at the generation he has been a part of within British wine writing, and considers what happens next in his own career and for wine writing generally.
Elena Pantaleoni is the proprietor of the La Stoppa winery in Italy's Emilia.
Elena Pantaleoni was pulling out international grape varieties from her vineyard in the mid-1990s, just when the acclaim for such wines was highest. And she embraced a Natural wine approach long before it became fashionable in the market. Why did she make those moves? Elena discusses in this interview the decision making that has set her apart from the pack in the Emilia and in Italy. In the end, she says, she didn't want to copy someone else from someplace else.
Christian Moueix is the president of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, based on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, France. He oversees several properties in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, including Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy, and Chateau Hosanna. Christian is also the owner of the Dominus Estate and Ulysses wineries in the Napa Valley of California.
Christian opens up about his family life and career in this interview, touching on the post-war era of Pomerol, through the 1980s in Napa Valley - which turned out to be a fulcrum period of change for that region - and up through his recent business dealings and purchases in both California and Bordeaux. Fans of Chateau Petrus will find plenty of insight from Christian about that wine in this interview, as he discusses his forty years overseeing the property. Those curious about wineries that he owns today will also find plenty of detail, as well as many amazing anecdotes.
Victoria James is the Wine Director of Piora restaurant, in New York City's West Village, and the co-author of "Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé".
Victoria discusses her shift from diner waitress to fine dining sommelier, and opens up about the process of co-authoring a book with a new boyfriend. This episode will take you to all sorts of unexpected places, including Piemonte's Saluzzo, a lunch table in Provence, into a legendary Lower Manhattan wine cellar, and ringside for a knife fight at a Greek diner.
Michael Garner co-authored the book "Barolo: Tar and Roses - A Study of the Wines of Alba" and is writing the forthcoming "Amarone and the Fine Wines of Verona".
Michael Garner helped write one of the classic texts on the Piemonte and Barolo. In this episode Michael narrates a lively journey through his meetings with Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Violante Sobrero, Luciano Sandrone, Lorenzo Accomasso, Beppe Colla, and many more Great names and personalities of the Langhe region in Italy. Plus Michael provides a bonus sneak peek on the topics of his forthcoming book, "Amarone and the Fine Wines of Verona," giving an overview of the wines of Valpolicella and Soave.
Steven Spurrier is a Consulting Editor for Decanter Magazine. Steven is famed for conducting the "Paris Tasting" of 1976, wherein wines from California bested the French in a blind tasting. He discusses that day in May '76 in this episode, providing a front row seat to what happened. He also shares surprising details from his life before and after.
Alessandro Masnaghetti is the editor of Enogea, a wine newsletter that has published several groundbreaking maps of wine regions.
Alessandro discusses how he went from nuclear engineer to mapman, and the influence that Italian wine journalist Luigi Veronelli had on his career. He also talks about Beppe Colla, a key figure in the history of the Piemonte, and discusses the rationale for focusing on specific crus from that region. And Alessandro gives some well thought out advice to those looking to better understand the crus of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Erin Scala delves into the evolving conversation around whole cluster, one of the biggest questions in winemaking. One hundred percent whole cluster? Not all wines are, but this episode sure is.
Why might a winemaker choose to use the stems, as well as the grapes, in their winemaking? Or why might they discard those stems? Erin Scala looks at the reasoning presented by some key winemakers from around the world.
This episode features interviews with:
Jean-Nicolas Meo of Meo-Camuzet (Burgundy)
Audert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy)
Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac (Burgundy)
Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars (Washington State)
Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent (Oregon)
Sashi Moorman of Domaine de la Côte, Sandhi, Piedrasassi and others (CA Oregon)
John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. (California)
Kate McIntyre of Moorooduc Estate (Victoria, Australia)
Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports
Frederic Lafarge operates Domaine Michel Lafarge with his family, with cellars located in the Burgundian town of Volnay, in France. Frederic and his wife Chantal also recently began the Lafarge-Vial domaine, with holdings in the Beaujolais crus of Fleurie, Chiroubles, and Cote de Brouilly.
In this interview Frederic goes deep into the explanation of his winemaking for the various crus and grape varieties (including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, and Aligote Doree) that he works with. There are several surprising revelations, and Frederic explains quite well why, for example, he chooses to use stems with Gamay when he avoids them for Pinot Noir, and his thinking about the different crus. This interview comes full circle when Frederic describes how a technique he started using in 2015 is the same method that was used at the family domaine in the early 20th century, before his own father was born.
Randall Restiano is the Wine Director of the Eli Zabar restaurant group as well as the Eli's List retail shop in Manhattan.
Randall Restiano discusses wine buying strategies for restaurants and for retail. He suggests finding out what you don't like, thinking for the long term, being careful about large purchases, and focusing in on no more than two countries of origin for wine. Randall also has several principles that he keeps in mind when he evaluates every potential wine purchase. He shares those principles and more from his personal experience of wine buying in this interview.
Patricio Tapia is the author of the "Descorchados" wine guide to South America. He is also a Senior Correspondent for "Wine Spirits" Magazine, responsible for covering the wines of Argentina, Chile, and Spain.
Patricio Tapia describes both the history and the future for wine in South America, looking at each generation of siginificant winemakers in Argentina and Chile, and discussing the diversity of grape varieties, winemaking methods, and regions across Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay. Patricio makes clear that each country is distinctly different, with an individual history of immigration shaping the realities for the different sectors today. And he points out some regions that may become better known for quality wines in the future.
Marika Vida-Arnold is the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park New York City and also has her own consulting business, Vida et Fils.
In episode 412, Marika Vida-Arnold discusses her strategies for balancing sommelier work with her priorities as a mother of two children. How does she find balance with her schedule, commitments, and budgets to best get to the sort of life she wants for herself and her family? What are the important ins and outs of working with wine in a luxury hotel? And what needs to be kept in mind when operating as a wine consultant? Marika addresses all of those topics, and gives plenty of straight from the heart advice to those parents who have made wine their career.
Arnaud Lambert manages Chateau de Breze and Domaine de Saint-Just in the Loire Valley of France.
Philippe Newlin is Head of Duclot La Vinicole USA, the importer and distributor of Bordeaux wines from France.
Erin Scala takes a tour of Syrah and Grenache vineyards throughout California, and talks with winemakers working with Rhone grape varieties in that state.
The following winemakers and vineyard professionals are interviewed within this episode: Chris Pittenger (Skinner Vineyards) Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon Vineyard) David Gates, Jr. (Ridge Vineyards) Bob Lindquist (Qupe) Ryan Roark (Roark Wine Company) William Allen (Two Shepherds) Larry Schaffer (Tercero Wines)
Fred Merwarth is the winemaker and vineyard manager at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, a winery and vine nursery in the Finger Lakes of New York State that Fred also co-owns.
Larry Stone returns to the show to speak about his Lingua Franca winery and LS Vineyards, both located in Oregon.
Stefano Almondo works with his family at Giovanni Almondo, a producer in the Roero zone of Italy's Piemonte.
Frederic Mugnier is the proprietor of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, located in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny, in France.
Ehren Jordan is the proprietor of the Failla winery, located in St. Helena, California.
Heidi Schrock runs the Heidi Schrock winery with her family in Rust, within Austria.
Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino are co-authors of "The World of Sicilian Wine", as well as "Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany's Noblest Wine".
Katie Parla returns to I'll Drink to That! to discuss the situation for wine and other alcoholic beverages in Turkey today.
Regular listeners of I'll Drink to That! discuss some of their favorite episodes, and Erin Scala tracks down signature clips from those interviews.
Erwan Faiveley runs Domaine Faiveley as well as Maison Joseph Faiveley, both based in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges in Burgundy, France. He also runs Domaine Billaud-Simon in Chablis.
Aldo Vaira, together with his family, runs the G.D. Vajra winery in Piemonte's Barolo zone.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at grape varieties that are outliers in their areas.
David White is the founder of Terroirist.com and the author of "But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World's Favorite Wine".
Hardy Wallace returns to the show to discuss his work for Dirty Rowdy in California, as well as his new side project, called Clothing Optional.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives a contemporary survey of the world's Mourvedre options.
Cristiana Tiberio works with her family at Tiberio, a winery in Abruzzo, Italy.
Clement Baraut was a longtime consultant in the Loire Valley of France before starting Domaine Clement Baraut to pursue Savennieres and Grolleau wines of his own.
Haley Moore is Wine Spirits Director of the Stock Bones Company, a group of restaurants located in San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland, Oregon.
Isabelle Legeron is the author of the book "Natural Wine: An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally," and the founder of the RAW WINE fair.
Vittorio Fiore and his family own the Poggio Scalette winery in Tuscany as well as Castelluccio in Romagna, Italy.
Ben Howkins is a founding director of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Tokaji wines.
Corrado Dottori and his family run the La Distesa winery in the Marche of Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala considers the migration of the Verdicchio grape to the Marche.
Jane Anson is the Bordeaux correspondent for "Decanter" magazine.
Martina Barosio works with her family at the Scarpa winery in Nizza Monferrato, within Italy's Piemonte region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala retraces a timeline of Nizza Monferrato.
Mathieu Deiss works with his father at Domaine Marcel Deiss in Alsace, France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts some of the history of Bergheim, in Alsace.
Hugh Johnson has been an author and editor of wine articles and books for over 50 years. His books include "The World Atlas of Wine," "A Life Uncorked," "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book," "Hugh Johnson On Wine," and "Wine". He also hosted and produced the PBS TV program "Vintage: A History of Wine".
Marie Vayron is a sommelier at Le Bernardin restaurant in Manhattan. Her family owns Château Bourgneuf in the Pomerol area of Bordeaux, France.
Mario Andrion is the enologist at Castello di Verduno, located within Piemonte's Barolo zone in the town of Verduno.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the Pelaverga grape variety.
Ernest Ifkovitz is a partner in PortoVino, an importer of Italian wines into the United States.
Cristiano Garella is a partner in the Alto Piemonte's Colombera Garella winery, as well as a consultant for many other wineries in that region of Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the shift in vineyard plantings within the Alto Piemonte.
Giacomo Conterno works with his family at Poderi Aldo Conterno, a winery located in the Monforte d'Alba area of Piemonte's Barolo zone.
Maria Teresa Mascarello is the proprietor of Cantina Bartolo Mascarello, in the Barolo area of Italy's Piemonte region.
Marta Rinaldi works with her family at the Giuseppe Rinaldi winery in the Barolo area of Italy's Piemonte.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala delves into Freisa.
Claude de Nicolay co-manages her family's Burgundy domaine, Chandon de Briailles in Savigny-lès-Beaune.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the wines of Pernand-Vergelesses in Burgundy, France.
Lingzi He is a freelance journalist living in Bordeaux, who also has traveled and studied extensively in Italy.
Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga, along with his father Carlo, manages Tenuta San Leonardo, in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores when Cabernet might first have been brought to Italy.
Marco Tinessa creates Ognostro by sourcing grapes from Italy's Campania and fermenting them on Mount Etna in Sicily.
Luca Currado returns to the show to discuss recent changes at the Vietti winery in the Barolo area of Piemonte, Italy.
Mariel Wega is the Wine Director of a.kitchen + bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Abrie Beeslaar is the winemaker for Kanonkop and Beeslaar, both in the Stellenbosch of South Africa.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explains how the threat of scurvy helped set in motion the South African wine trade.
Aaron Miller is the winemaker at the PlumpJack Winery in the Napa Valley of California.
Ampelio Bucci is the proprietor of the Bucci winery in the Marche of Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives an introduction to Le Marche.
Kimberly Prokoshyn is the Head Sommelier and wine buyer at Rebelle restaurant in Manhattan.
Jean-Nicolas Méo is the proprietor of Méo-Camuzet in Burgundy, and a partner in the Nicolas-Jay winery in Oregon.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives a history of Richebourg.
Joy Kull is a co-owner of La Villana wines in Gradoli, Italy.
Bruce Tyrrell is the Managing Director of Tyrrell's Wines, based in the Hunter Valley of Australia's New South Wales.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala examines Australian Semillon.
Alex Sanchez works with the Brovia sisters at the Brovia family winery in the Piemonte, Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts the rise of single vineyard Barolo.
Danny Meyer is the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, responsible for restaurants like Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, The Modern, Blue Smoke and others located in New York City and around the world.
Olivier Humbrecht is the proprietor of Zind-Humbrecht, the winery of his family in the Alsace region of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks soil types and war in Alsace.
Dan Petroski is the winemaker for Larkmead and the owner of Massican, both wineries based in the Napa Valley of California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses some of the unintended consequences of Prohibition.
Sam Ehrlich is the Wine Director of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group, based in New York City.
Nicoletta Bocca is the proprietor of the San Fereolo winery, in the Dogliani zone of the Piemonte in Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala examines the hierarchies we place grape varieties into.
Tom Peters is the proprietor of the Monk's Cafe, the Belgian beer bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Brunier is a partner in the Vieux Télégraphe and Domaine la Roquète wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Pallières in Gigondas, and Château Massaya in Lebanon.
Angelo Gaja is the proprietor, with his family, of the Gaja winery in Piemonte, as well as the Ca' Marcanda and Pieve Santa Restituta wineries in Tuscany, Italy.
Charles Philipponnat is the Director of the Philipponnat Champagne house, in the Champagne region of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the situation for the Champagne region during World War I.
Ian D'Agata is the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy, the author of the book "Native Wine Grapes of Italy," and a contributor to both Vinous Media and Decanter Magazine.
Andy Erickson is the co-owner of Favia Wines with his wife Annie Favia, and a winemaking consultant for a number of Napa Valley wineries, including Mayacamas and Dalla Valle Vineyards.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks tannic bonding.
Jean-Louis Chave is the proprietor of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave and Jean-Louis Chave Selection, working within appellations of the Northern Rhône Valley of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala outlines the hill of Hermitage.
Christian Seely is the Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, the wine properties of AXA. In this interview he largely discusses Quinta do Noval, located in Portugal's Douro Valley.
Alexandre Thienpont oversees Vieux Château Certan in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux. François Thienpont is the founder of Wings, a wine trading company focused on the wines of Bordeaux.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts some decisive events that occurred in 1956.
Erin Scala hosts an exploration of winemaking in the state of Virginia for a special episode of I'll Drink to That!
The following people are featured in this episode:
Ben Jordan, Winemaker at Early Mountain Vineyards producer of War Rust Jake Busching, Winemaker at Michael Shaps Wineworks Joy Ting, Enologist at Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps, head honcho at Michael Shaps Wineworks Andrew Cole, Beverage Director/Owner at Lampo Matthieu Finot, Winemaker at King Family Vineyards Jim Law, Winegrower at Linden Vineyards Rachel Stinson Vrooman, Winemaker at Stinson Vineyards Chris Scott, Grape Grower and Garagiste Winemaker Amy Ciarametaro, Virginia Wine Lover
John Barrett "Jay" McInerney, Jr. is an American novelist and wine writer. His novels include "Bright Lights, Big City", "Brightness Falls", and "The Last of the Savages". His wine essays have been collected in "Bacchus Me" and "A Hedonist in the Cellar". He is the current wine critic for Town Country Magazine.
Chris Desor is a founder and partner in Verity Wine Partners, a wine distributor operating in New York and New Jersey.
Jeffrey Patterson is the winemaker for Mount Eden Vineyards and Domaine Eden in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, wineries which he also co-owns with his wife Ellie Patterson.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Andreas Fault.
Dick Grace is the proprietor with his family of Grace Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, California.
Bianca Miraglia returns to the show. Bianca is the owner of Uncouth Vermouth, and a co-founder of Sensitive Cleaners, both based in New York.
Kevin Pike returns to the show, this time to speak about his new import company, Schatzi Wines.
Luca Currado Vietti and his family own Vietti, a winery in Italy's Piemonte region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at the history of Barolo winemaking.
Jacques Lardière retired from his role as Technical Director of Maison Louis Jadot in Burgundy in 2012, a job he had started in 1970. He now oversees Jadot's Résonance project in Oregon.
Eugenio Jardim was a longtime sommelier in California, at Jardinière, and is now US Ambassador for the Wines of Portugal.
Adrian Bridge is the Chief Executive Officer of The Fladgate Partnership, encompassing the Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, and Croft Port brands from Portugal.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses how the reign of England's Charles II affected the Port wine trade.
Ronnie Sanders is the President and Founder of Vine Street Imports, a wine importer and distributor.
John Lockwood is the owner and winemaker of Enfield Wine Co., a California winery.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of California's Wild Horse Valley AVA.
Cedric Nicaise is the Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant in Manhattan.
Brad Hickey is the winemaker at Brash Higgins, a winery in Australia's McLaren Vale.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the McLaren Vale.
Paul Roberts is the Chief Operating Officer of Colgin Cellars, in the Napa Valley of California.
Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga is the proprietor of Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta in Rioja and Pazo de Barrantes in Galicia, Spain.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the relationship of oak barrels and Rioja wine.
Paul Grieco is the proprietor of Terroir, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.
Greg Harrington is the winemaker at Gramercy Cellars, the winery he owns with his wife in Washington State.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts the history of wine production in Washington State.
Martha Stoumen is a member of The Living Wines Collective, a winemaking cooperative in California.
Ricardo Freitas oversees the winemaking for the Barbeito winery on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at the wines of Madeira.
Paul Einbund is Beverage Director for the restaurants Frances and Octavia, both in San Francisco.
John Kongsgaard is the proprietor of the Kongsgaard winery in Napa Valley, which he runs with his wife Maggy and his son Alex.
Bernard Portet co-founded Clos Du Val in the Napa Valley of California, where he served as winemaker. He left that winery in 2010.
Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon is Executive Vice President of the Roederer properties and Chef de Caves at Champagne Louis Roederer.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores why the 750ml bottle is 750ml.
Gregory Dal Piaz has been preparing a book about the Chianti wines of Tuscany in Italy.
Olivier Collin runs the Ulysse Collin domaine in the Champagne region of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the Côte de Sézanne.
Michael McCaulley is Beverage Director and Partner in the Tria restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sashi Moorman works as winemaker for several American wineries, including Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, Pence, Stolpman Vineyards, and Piedrasassi in California, as well as Evening Land in Oregon.
Benjamin Lewin is the author of several wine related books, including Wines of France: A Guide to 500 Leading Vineyards
Eric de Saint Victor oversees Château de Pibarnon in the Bandol appellation of France.
Eric discusses his parent's purchase of Château de Pibarnon in 1978, and details the previous history of the estate. He also talks about the Mourvedre grape variety, the various terroirs of his property, the aging curve of the wines, and winemaking techniques such as whole cluster use.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the history of the Bandol area.
Salvino Benanti works with his family at the Benanti winery on Sicily's Mount Etna.
Andrew McNamara is the Director of Fine Wine for Premier Beverage in Florida and the Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas.
Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards winery in California returns to the show.
Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible, which was recently rewritten for a second edition.
CP Lin is the winemaker behind Erewhon, a New Zealand Pinot Noir.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses New Zealand's South Island.
Bob Cabral recently left his winemaking job at Williams Selyem to work at Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma, California.
Bernhard Stadlmann works with his family at Weingut Stadlmann, their winery in Austria's Thermenregion.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks about the surprising early success of Rotgipfler in export markets.
Suzanne Mustacich is the author of the book Thirsty Dragon: China's Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World's Best Wines
As João Nicolau de Almeida prepares to retire after a long career at Ramos Pinto in Portugal's Douro Valley, he sits down for an interview.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives a contextual history of Douro wine.
Carole Meredith is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where she specialized in grape genetics within the Department of Viticulture and Enology. She is also a partner in the Lagier-Meredith winery in Napa Valley, where she works today with her husband Stephen Lagier.
Dorothy Tchelistcheff is the widow of winemaker André Tchelistcheff.
Kelli White is a sommelier at Press Restaurant in St. Helena and the author of Napa Valley, Then and Now.
David Gordon is the Wine Director of Tribeca Grill, in Manhattan.
Andrea Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli is the proprietor, with his brother, of Villa di Geggiano in the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany, Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts the changes in the makeup of Chianti wine over time.
Tara Q. Thomas is the Executive Editor of Wine Spirits Magazine.
María José López de Heredia manages the López de Heredia winery in Rioja, Spain.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Rioja.
Richard Betts returns to the show for a discussion of his scratch sniff books on wine and whiskey, as well as other projects.
Jeffrey Grosset is the founder and winemaker of Grosset Wines in Australia's Clare Valley.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses trying to find closure.
Robert Bohr is a partner in Charlie Bird restaurant in Manhattan, as well as the King Street Sommeliers consulting business.
Salvatore Geraci is the proprietor of the Palari winery, on Sicily in Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala looks back to the myth and history of Sicily.
Guy Stout is a grape grower and member of the Glazer's Distribution team in Texas.
Craig Collins is the Beverage Director of the ELM Restaurant Group in Austin, Texas.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala checks out the Texas wine industry of today.
Carenn Jackson was working for Glazer's Distributors in Austin, Texas at the time of this interview. She has since moved on.
Chad Carey is a co-owner of The Monterey, Hot Joy, and Barbaro, all in San Antonio, Texas.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses pre-Prohibition Texas winemaking.
Devon Broglie is the Associate Global Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market. He is based in Austin, Texas.
David Keck was the wine buyer for The Camerata at Paulie's in Houston, Texas, at the time of this interview. He has since moved on.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala notes the connection between opera and wine.
June Rodil is Beverage Director of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group in Austin, Texas.
Philippe Guigal works with his family at their winery E. Guigal in the Rhône Valley of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the vineyards of the roasted slope, Côte-Rôtie.
Christy Canterbury is a wine writer, wine competition judge, and frequent speaker on wine topics around the world.
Danilo Nada works with his family at Nada Fiorenzo, their winery in the Treiso area of Piemonte's Barbaresco zone.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala looks into the Nebbiolo.
Karl duHoffmann is the Northeast Brand Development Manager for Anchor Brewers and Distillers, as well as a partner in Orchard Hill Cider Mill in New York.
Antonio Flores is the chief oenologist and master blender of sherry at González Byass, in the Jerez region of Spain.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala sails back into the history of Jerez de la Frontera.
Summer Wolff is the founder and European Portfolio Manager of Indie Wineries, a wine import company.
Gerhard Kracher manages his family wine estate in Austria's Burgenland, and is also a partner with Aldo Sohm in a project specializing in Grüner Veltliner from the Weinviertel.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses botrytis in the Burgenland.
John Slover is a longtime sommelier who now devotes most of his time to private consulting in the New York area.
Bruno Borie is the proprietor of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, in the Saint-Julien commune of Bordeaux.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives the 1855 Classification a recount.
Leonardo LoCascio, who recently retired from the Winebow Group, was a co-founder of Winebow in 1980.
Kareem Massoud works with his family at Paumanok Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts the viticultural history of the North Fork.
Ryan Looper is a sales representative for T. Edward wines.
Leo Alzinger, Jr. works with his family at the Alzinger winery in Austria's Wachau.
Leo Alzinger discusses the key vineyard holdings of the family, as well as some of the realities of climate change, and the conditions of some recent vintages. He also details some of the changes that have occurred at the winery as some techniques regarding lees contact and sulphur use have been fine-tuned. And Leo explains some of the differences between Gruner Veltliner and Riesling, both in terms of growing them in the vineyards and working with them in the winery.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of vines in the Wachau.
Monica Samuels is the National Sake Sales Manager for Vine Connections, a wine and sake importer.
Alister Purbrick is CEO of Tahbilk, in Australia's Victoria region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of Australian wine.
Ryan Mills-Knapp was the Beverage Director of Le District, in lower Manhattan, at the time of this interview. He has since moved on.
Yiannis Paraskevopoulos is a cofounder and owner of Gaia Wines in Greece, producing wines in Nemea and on Santorini. He is also a professor of enology at the University of Athens.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala uncovers the layers of Santorini.
Andrea Fassone is the founder and owner of Enotria Wine Imports, a wine importer based in New York.
Megan Glaab and her husband Ryan are the founding partners of Ryme Cellars, in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the Italian influence on California.
Bill Short is a Regional Manager for Dreyfus, Ashby Co in New York.
Giusto Occhipinti is one of the founding partners of the COS winery in Sicily, Italy. Martha Stoumen joins to translate for Giusto.
Charles Curtis is the author and publisher of The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy.
Christopher Bates is the owner and winemaker at Element Winery in New York's Finger Lakes area, as well as the chef of the FLX Wienery restaurant.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala gives a history of wine production in the Finger Lakes.
Karen King is a Director of On Premise Development for the Winebow Group.
Ivan Rapuzzi works at the winery of his family, Ronchi di Cialla, in the Friuli region of Italy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of the Friuli zone.
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food Wine magazine.
Graham Tatomer is the winemaker and owner of the Tatomer winery, based in California's Santa Barbara County.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the origins of Grüner Veltliner.
Justin Berlin is a founding partner of Spanish Wine Exclusives, a Spanish wine importer.
Federico Scarzello is the winemaker at his family's winery, called Scarzello, in Piemonte's Barolo zone.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala leads an inquiry into tradition and asks what it means.
Steve Wildy of the Vetri Family Restaurants returns to the show to interview Levi Dalton as I'll Drink to That! turns three years old.
Michael Cruse is the winemaker of Cruse Wine Co. and Ultramarine, both in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks St. Laurent.
Tyler Colman has written a long running wine blog as Dr. Vino, and has also authored two books on wine, Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink and A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season.
Carl von Schubert is the owner of the Maximin Grünhaus estate in Germany's Ruwer Valley.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Riesling.
Jean-Louis Trapet and his family run Trapet Pere et Fils in Burgundy and Domaine Trapet in Alsace.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the early days of phylloxera.
Hans Reisetbauer is a distiller working in Austria.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the attributes of alchemy.
Beth von Benz works as a wine consultant at her company, MVB Consulting.
Florent Plageoles makes wine with his family at Domaine Plageoles, in southwestern France.
Also in the episode, Erin Scala traces the history of the vine in Gaillac.
Hans-Joachim "Hanno" Zilliken is the proprietor with his family of Weingut Zilliken - Forstmeister Geltz, in Germany's Saar region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala tackles the hard subject of slate.
Jack Mason is the Wine Director at Marta Restaurant in Manhattan.
Cathy Corison is the winemaker and owner of the Corison winery in Napa Valley, California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the important issue of climate change.
David Beckwith is a partner in Grand Cru Wine Consulting and in the restaurant wine app pickabottle.
Michel Lafarge is the namesake of Domaine Michel Lafarge in Volnay, a producer of white and red Burgundy. Daniel Johnnes joins to translate for Michel.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the life of Rudolf Steiner.
Aubert de Villaine is the director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, in Burgundy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the adventures of the Prince de Conti.
Mitja Sirk works with wine at La Subida, the restaurant his family runs in Italy's Friuli region.
Fabio Alessandria of G.B. Burlotto returns to the show for an in-depth discussion about his work at the winery in Italy's Piemonte region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks treading.
Josko Gravner produces wine from Friuli in northern Italy and from Slovenia. He is joined by his daughter Mateja Gravner, who acts as translator for this interview.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala considers the reemergence of clay amphora in the wine world.
Elin McCoy is a wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributor to other publications, including Zester Daily. She also authored the book The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste.
Robert Kacher is the founder of Robert Kacher Selections, a wine import company with a focus on French wines.
Frédéric Barnier is the Technical Director of Maison Louis Jadot, in Burgundy.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Valentine's wine.
At the time of this interview, Amanda Smeltz was the Wine Director of Roberta's Pizza and Blanca, both in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. She has since moved on.
Rajat Parr is a partner in the Sandhi winery as well as Domaine de la Côte, both located in California's Santa Barbara County.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at Santa Barbara's wine industry.
Oz Clarke is a British wine writer and television personality.
Bertrand Gautherot makes the wine of Vouette Sorbée, his family domaine in the Côte des Bar region of Champagne.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala traces the history of the Côte des Bar.
Terry Theise is a wine importer who focuses on German and Austrian wine, as well as Champagne for his Terry Theise Estate Selections.
Morgan Twain-Peterson is the owner and winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Zinfandel.
Alfonso Cevola is the Italian Wine Director for Glazer's distribution in Texas, and the author of the On the Wine Trail in Italy wine blog.
Louis-Antoine Luyt is a winemaker based in Chile.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks teeth.
Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media returns to the show.
Jermaine Stone is the Director of Logistics at Wally's Wine Auctions.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores wine under the sea.
Robert Mackin is the owner of wine importer and distributor Artisan Wines Inc.
At the time of this interview, Jeff Kellogg was the Wine Director of Maialino restaurant in Manhattan. He has since moved on.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala looks at a part of American winemaking history that is often lost in the history books.
Alessandro Bindocci assists with the winemaking at Tenuta Il Poggione, in the Brunello di Montalcino zone of Tuscany.
Christopher Tracy is the winemaker and a partner at the Channing Daughters winery, on New York's Long Island.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at the history of wine production in New York state.
At the time of this interview, Jessie Kiefer was the General Manager and wine buyer of the wine bar Terroir Tribeca, and also a host of The Morning After on Heritage Radio.
At the time of this interview, Margrit Mondavi was Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery. She was married to Robert Mondavi for 27 years.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the extraordinary impact of the Paris Exposition of 1889.
Giovanni Poggiali is the chief executive of Felsina, in Tuscany, Italy.
Fred Loimer, Jr. is the proprietor of Weingut Loimer and the Fred Loimer label, both based in Austria's Kamptal region.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of the vine in Austria.
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair runs Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, based in the Burgundy village of Vosne-Romanee.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala traces Burgundy's history back through time.
Susan Kostrzewa is the Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Graeme MacDonald is a partner in MacDonald Vineyards, in Napa Valley.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks turkey wines.
Shelley Lindgren is a partner and Wine Director at A16 restaurant in San Francisco, SPQR, and A16 Rockridge in the East Bay.
Daniel Ravier oversees the wine production at Domaine Tempier, in France's Bandol appellation.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala charts the wine route once followed by Thomas Jefferson.
Stellios Boutaris is the owner of the Kir-Yianni Estate in northwestern Greece.
Victor Urrutia is the CEO of CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) in Rioja, Spain.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks old vines.
Jonas Sandberg is the Sommelier at Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden.
James Millton founded The Millton Vineyards in New Zealand, which he runs today with his family and where he is the winemaker.
Larry Turley is the proprietor of Turley Wine Cellars in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala chronicles a history of Petit Verdot.
Thomas Duroux manages Chateau Palmer, in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux.
Izabella Zwack works for her family's distillery in Hungary, called Zwack, and also owns the Dobogo winery in Tokaj.
Jerome Prevost is the winemaker of La Closerie, his winery in Champagne, France.
Alexandre Chartogne makes the wines at Chartogne-Taillet, the winery of his family in Champagne, France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the history of the modern Champagne market.
Tim Mondavi is a founding partner of Continuum Estate in the Napa Valley, where he is the head winemaker.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the uses of wine as medicine.
Pedro Parra is a soil specialist and winery consultant based in Chile.
Mark Sayre is the Wine Director of TRIO Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks about how what preserves wine can also become a part of what we desire wine to be.
Eben Sadie is the winemaker and owner of The Sadie Family winery in South Africa's Swartland.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala digs deep into an exploration of farming with clones and what that means.
Fernando Beteta is the Education Social Technology Director of Tenzing Wine Spirits, a distributor and importer based in Chicago.
Nathan Adams is the owner of Red White Wines, a retail shop located in Chicago.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala leads a rousing show of Price That Bottle!
Auctioneer Michael Davis is a partner in Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the Chicago based auctioneer and wine retailer.
Liz Mendez is a partner in Vera wine bar in Chicago.
Jeremy Quinn was the longtime sommelier at Webster's Wine Bar and also The Bluebird, both located in Chicago.
Craig Perman is the owner of wine retailer Perman Wine Selections, in Chicago.
Marquis Sauvage is a partner in Illinois wine distributor Maverick Wine, as well as other distributors Classic Wines, Pioneer Wine, and Vin Sauvage in other states. He is also an owner of the winery Burn Cottage in New Zealand, and Koehler-Ruprecht in Germany.
At the time of this interview, Conrad Reddick was the Beverage Director and Service Manager at Alinea Restaurant in Chicago. He has since moved on.
Also in the episode, Erin Scala traces the cultural ramifications of Prohibition.
Andy Pates is a partner in Cream Wine Company, a Chicago-based distributor and wine importer.
Michael Schmelzer is the winemaker at Monte Bernardi, the property in the Panzano portion of Tuscany, Italy that he runs with his family.
Stephan von Neipperg leads Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg, with includes Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, La Mondotte, and Chateau d'Aiguilhe on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the dry wines of Germany.
Josh Adler is the founder of the Paris Wine Company, and works as a broker for French wine producers.
Christoph Schaefer runs Weingut Willi Schaefer, his family's winery in the Mosel region of Germany.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala delves into great literature for wine quotes.
Tegan Passalacqua returns to the show to discuss his Sandlands project of wines from vineyards in California.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala puts a name on sommelier multiples.
Nicolas Glumineau has overseen Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Chateau de Pez, and Chateau Haut Beausejour in Bordeaux, France since late 2012.
Clemens Busch is the proprietor of the Clemens Busch winery in the Mosel region of Germany.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses which beverages are beating the heat.
Patrick Watson is a co-owner of Back Label Wine Merchants in Manhattan, the Stinky cheese stores, and the Smith Vine wine retail shop in Brooklyn.
Laurence Feraud oversees Domaine du Pegau, as well as Chateau Pegau and Selection Laurence Feraud in the Rhone Valley of France.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the wines buried beneath our feet.
Andrea Franchetti is the proprietor of Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro in Sicily.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Flurbereinigung.
Jan Pettersen operates Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla in the Jerez area of Spain.
Ric Forman is the proprietor of the Forman Vineyard winery in California's Napa Valley.
Lyle Fass operates Fass Selections, importing wines from Europe and selling them with crafted email blasts.
Also in this episode, Erin Scala shows the strong influence of the Mistral wind of southern France.
Chiara De Iulis Pepe works with her family at the Emidio Pepe winery in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
Johannes Leitz runs his family's winery, called Leitz, in the Rheingau of Germany.
Sebastien Riffault is the winemaker at his family's domaine in Sancerre, inside the Loire Valley of France.