Wine Talks with Paul Kalemkiarian

Wine Talks with Paul Kalemkiarian

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Wine Talks


CoVid and Wine. Hear the fallout with Paul K and Ed Masciana
Jul 16 • 45 min
Paul K and Ed Masciana get emotional about the devastation between wineries and restaurants.
Meet Stetson Robbins. Expert on Central European Wines (redux)
Jul 9 • 70 min
I met Stetson about 12 years ago as he brought my first video winemaker interview ever produced…a father son combo from Slovenia. A wealth of knowledge and passionate about wines from the region. A very interesting chat.
Sideways; the real story…meet Rex Pickett the author.
Jun 10 • 54 min
…no f%^$ Merlot! learn where that came from and much more with Rex Pickett: the author of Sideways.
Redux: Defining Natural Wine w/ Molly Hill and Ed Masciana
Jun 2 • 43 min
We are joined by Molly Hill of Sequoia Grove Winery to talk all about Natural Wine. We discuss the importance of attentive farming and harvesting in natural wine, dry farming vs. wet farming, and the natural value scale.
Redux: Hear exactly what he was thinking when he created Direct to Consumer wines…Paul K. Sr one on one
May 27 • 75 min
Unaware he was creating the $3B Direct to Consumer wine industry, Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. explains how the idea evolved and his thoughts on business.
Redux: The Trinchero Family is a Napa original. Meet their winemaker Mario Monticelli
May 26 • 54 min
Great history and conversation when speaking with Mario Monticelli. Trinchero Family Estates is the family winery of the famed Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home.
Redux: Fantastic Journey From Restauranteur to Winemaker; Doug Margerum
May 23 • 47 min
The Wine Cask restaurant in Santa Barbara was iconic in its day and was innovative on all fronts; food, wine and service. When Doug Margerum walked in for out podcast and we began the conversation…the light went on…this is the guy from The Wine Cask.
French meets LA….in Arnaud Debons of San Antonio winery
Apr 8 • 53 min
As I was podcasting with Santo Riboli…the 3rd generation owner of San Antonio Winery…I was pleasantly interrupted by Arnaud Debons, the Frenchman who makes wine in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles). Sit back and hear his philosophy on wine making…
LA history in a bottle. San Antonio Winery. Meet Santo Riboli.
Mar 25 • 52 min
We have serious California wine history in our own backyard. Founded in 1929, San Antonio Winery is the only licensed winery in Los Angeles. Amazing history and story. My old friend Santo Riboli sat with me to discuss the trek of this famed company.
Ed and I peel it back some more. Hear about wine pricing, trying to make money and more.
Mar 18 • 57 min
Ed has been hanging around the Wine of the Month Club for over 50 years….he is the author of Short Cuts on Wine and a wine educator. He has been on the floor selling wine in the best shops in LA, blending wine for his negociant label, working the…
I was the guest this time…..on Adam Carolla’s show…tons of fun.
Mar 11 • 60 min
Prior to Adam Carolla being on Wine Talks….I was asked to be a guest on HIS show….honored and humbled….we had a great chat. Shows why he is the king of podcasting as well as a documentarist: No Safe Spaces, The 24 Hour War, Shelby American and…
Rich Hartenberger makes all the wine making decisions. Listen how.
Mar 4 • 51 min
A visit from Rich Hartenberger shows us that you can make it in this business but it takes tenacity and passion. Listen to the family trek to California, how they chose Paso Robles and how it works now. You just have to love it for it to work.
Part of the who’s who of the wine business. Meet Mel Master of Master Wines
Feb 26 • 60 min
He has been selling wine to us since the 70’s…the depth of his knowledge and his gang is the who’s who of the wine an restaurant business. You will really enjoy this.
Opus One is iconic Napa Valley. Meet the winemaker Michael Silacci. Crazy good conversation
Feb 19 • 57 min
I had the honor to visit with Michael Silacci of Opus One Winery as we discussed the wine trade then and now. Opus One is a joint venture between the famed Mouton Rothschild and the Robert Mondavi winery…launching in 1979. You are listening to…
Owner of the oldest winery in Napa, Peter Mondavi Jr., of Charles Krug Winery sits with me in his tasting room.
Feb 12 • 53 min
A conversation close to my heart….Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon literally started the WIne of the Month Club. Meet Peter Mondavi Jr., co-owner of Charles Krug Winery and hear the Napa history and the passion.
Wines of Spain are extraordinarily popular today. Meet one the proprietors of one of the most famous..meet Pablo Alvarez of Vega Sicilia
Jan 29 • 47 min
I was invited to Beverly Hills to interview Pablo Alvarez of the infamous Vega Sicilia. I was intrigued and curious to the history of the winery including the expansion into the Tokaji region of Hungary.
You can start your own winery. Hear what not to do: Rob Petree, Petree Cellars
Jan 24 • 64 min
This was a ton of fun…we peeled back the joy and headwinds of creating wine in your garage and then….wow, making wine for the public. Great stuff….have a listen.
So Interesting…Tyler Russell of Cordant and Nelle
Jan 15 • 44 min
Tyler Russell shares his views on “burgundian” wines, winemaking in the California Central Coast, and the similarities between cooking and winemaking.
Famed Comedian and Podcaster Adam Corolla; good stuff.
Jan 8 • 31 min
I have had the pleasure and honor to host famed comedian Adam Carolla on Wine Talks. He began a side company CarollaDrinks with his wine Lynette and the WOMC is helping them along. In the same vein of support, the Carolla production team has been…
Meet Fabien Castel of The Ojai Vineyard and the most philosophical conversation I have had on Wine Talks.
Dec 18, 2019 • 63 min
One of the most interesting conversations I have had not only about wine but french culture, life and then wine! Enjoy.
Do You Know Hearst Castle? Here is their wine, meet Soren Christensen, Hearst Ranch Winery
Dec 11, 2019 • 41 min
The famed Hearst castle has incredible history on many fronts. Though the castle was donated to the State of California and is an incredible destination….the Hearst family has a winery and tasting room near by. Meet Soren Christianson….winemaker.
Nicole Andrus was mesmerizing in her wine trek landing in Barcelona.
Dec 4, 2019 • 51 min
Here is one driven Woman in Wine who absolutely mesmerized me…and she gave me a hug! Listen the passion and trek of Nicole Andrus.
Absolute Napa Historian Gary Lipp of Coho Wines was in the house.
Nov 27, 2019 • 48 min
Gary Lipps history in the Napa Valley is a veritable history book. Listen where he worked and who his mentors are….I dig a little deeper to see what makes this guy tick.
Hear what it takes to start a winery. Author of “Shortcuts On Wine” Ed Masciana was in the house.
Nov 13, 2019 • 68 min
Ed Masciana author of “Shortcuts on Wine” was in the house…he has been hanging around the Wine of the Month Club for 50 years…never ceases to amaze me with his wine knowledge. And did you know he worked for Der Wienerschnitzel?
Make wine with your father and mother-in-law!? Listen to Filipe Martin Cabezon tell you how.
Nov 6, 2019 • 34 min
Not sure I could do it, but Filipe Martin Cabazon finds it an extraordinary opportunity. By the taste of the wines…I would say it is working. A very informative conversation about their winery in the Ribero Del Duero.
You will laugh with Marco and Francesca Sartori…brother and sister working together in Valpolicella.
Oct 31, 2019 • 42 min
In the 15 years I have been producing wine videos and podcasts, I have never had a sister and brother act join the show. Together they make wine in the Valpolicella (just north of Verona) that is amazing and thought provoking.
He was headed back to the harvest at 2am…I caught up with Master Somm Chris Miller
Oct 29, 2019 • 58 min
Master Somm turned wine maker, Chris Miller, tells of his storied career…he has delved into the many facets of wine including but not limited to being the Wine Director at the famed Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Spago. Have a listen to see what is…
Find out what “Refrigerator White” is from Monty Paulsen (yes, son of the ‘70 comedian Pat Paulsen) and the great Jeff Bundschu and I hit it off.
Oct 24, 2019 • 28 min
If you remember the ‘70’s comedian Pat Paulsen, you may not know that he owned a winery….I remember speaking with him at his tastings…we are joined by wine author Ed Masciana; great story. You may also remember an advertisement that circulated in…
“Unique Child” Fabrice Brunel Visited and against his fathers will, Luca Ferraris went into the family business
Oct 22, 2019 • 40 min
We had two unexpected guests stop by..first Fabrice Brunel, engineer turned winemaker from the Cotes Du Rhone and listen to Luca Ferraris speak of reinvigorating the family business against his fathers will.
You will be charmed by Vincenzo DÁndrea of BIBI GRAETZ
Oct 15, 2019 • 50 min
When Vincenzo explains the meaning of Testamatta…you will begin to understand from whence these wines hail. Bibi Graetz bucks the system.
Down to earth with Scot Bilbro of Marietta Cellars
Oct 10, 2019 • 48 min
I was happy to hear Scot Bilbro was in town to chat with me. I presented him with a newsletter from 1990 when I featured his fathers Old Vine Red #9. Have a listen like two old friends.
Always Engaging; Victoria Aslanian of Armas Winery
Oct 8, 2019 • 56 min
I am proud to say that one of, if not the first interview she ever did, was in our studio years ago. Great to have her energy and wisdom back in the studio for this episode of Wine Talks.
Meet Marie Edith Olivier and her trek through all facets wine.
Oct 3, 2019 • 35 min
Such an interesting trek to become the North American manager for a great collection of French wines. She discusses Parisian life, Caribbean trends and great french wines.
Meet Vahe Keushguerian, most interesting winemaker ever and after Gary Lipp ofCoho Wines
Oct 1, 2019 • 36 min
I was floored when speaking with Vahe Keushguerian…amazing trek into this world of wine. Right after him, Gary Lipp of Coho is making bold statements with his Cabernet and Merlot.
What is Cognac and how is it different from other brandy? Meet Charles Braastad, of Delamain
Sep 26, 2019 • 37 min
All Cognac is brandy but not all brandy is Cognac. Find out why and much more as we talk with Charles Braastad, a descendant of the Delmain family.
Follow the 12th century monks trail thru Chateau Carbonnieux with owner Eric Perrin
Sep 19, 2019 • 40 min
The 12th century monks would stop at Chateau Carbonnieux on their way to Spain which eventually was a 500 mile trek. Of course, they needed good wine. Amazing history and we speak to the owner Eric Perrin.
A linguist turned Woman in Wine, Chiara Fe is engaging and informative.
Sep 17, 2019 • 45 min
From famed wine region Montepulciano south of Florence comes beautiful wines of well know distinction. Salcheto winery, rather new to the scene, is making very regional correct wines both conventionally and organically. Chiara Fe is here to tell…
Michelin Starred Chef Josiah Citrin. An LA Icon restaurateur.
Sep 12, 2019 • 30 min
I visited Chef Josiah at this Charcoal restaurant in Venice Beach. Intriguing history and chat. Now head of Charcoal in Venice, Melisse, Dear Johns and Daves Dog House.
James Beard winning food author Patric Kuh speaks of 15 years as a food critic.
Sep 10, 2019 • 51 min
Patric Kuh was LA Magazines food editor for 17 years and won a James Beard award for his book “The Last Days of Haute Cuisine”. Just off a stint writing “Becoming a Restaurateur”; you will find Patric engaging and interesting. Both…
Meet WInemaker Damien Landouar, Chateau Gaby in Bordeaux
Sep 5, 2019 • 38 min
The theme of the day is passion. It is obvious in the trek of Damien Landuoar to become the Director de Culture of Chateau Gaby.
Disneylands Private Clubs. Meet Matthew Ellingson Mgr. 21 Royal Street/Club 33
Sep 3, 2019 • 74 min
Some of you might know that Disneyland has a private club; Club 33. But did you know of the club named 21 Royale? In what was to be Walt Disney’s apartment? and could be the most expensive restaurant in the country…and by all accounts, an experience…
The Hollywood Dream is real. David Zucker, famed Director tells his story.
Aug 29, 2019 • 48 min
I sat down with Wine of the Month Club member David Zucker to discuss his fascinating ascent in Hollywood. Director of the iconic Airplane and the Naked Gun series, David reveals interesting roadblocks and the tenacity it takes to make it in…
Women in wine…try WOMAN in Wine. Meet Mary Taylor. Fascinating.
Aug 27, 2019 • 53 min
I have meet with 1000’s of people in the wine business…winemakers, suppliers and bottom fishers…Mary Taylor is one unique individual and we could have spoken for hours. In a short amount of time, she has accumulated great knowledge into the…
Wine Stories of Nixon and Thomas Jefferson…have a listen.
Aug 22, 2019 • 29 min
Paul talks with Hugh Davies of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards about the Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai. Then Paul is joined for tasting by Anne Parent, 12th…
From Cellar Rat to Dragonette with Brandon Sparks-Gillis
Aug 20, 2019 • 53 min
Paul talks with Brandon Sparks-Gillis about their shared roots and learning an appreciation for wine culture.
Bartholomew Broadbent Reintroduced Madeira to America
Aug 15, 2019 • 25 min
Paul talks with Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO of Broadbent Selections and son of the legendary auctioneer, writer, and Master of Wine, Michael Broadbent.
Is Master of Wine same as a Master Sommelier? Join me and Peter Koff MW
Aug 13, 2019 • 78 min
Wine Talks is a peeled back look at the wine business….restaurant business and general business.
Stephane Schaeffer talks Exporting Burgundy
Aug 8, 2019 • 57 min
Paul talks with wine exporter Stephane Schaeffer on a range of topics, including his childhood home in the Alsace region of France.
Meet Joachim Splichal, James Beard Award Recipient
Aug 6, 2019 • 57 min
Joachim Splichal, the world-renowned chef hashes it out with Paul K.
Josh Phelps of Grounded Wine and Bollinger Champagne’s Guy de Rivoire
Aug 1, 2019 • 40 min
Paul talks with rising Napa Valley winemaker Josh Phelps about the story of Grounded Wine. Then, hear from veteran importer Guy de Rivoire of Bollinger Champagne.
Chianti Classico with Alessandro Gallo of Castello D’Albola
Jul 30, 2019 • 42 min
Paul talks with Alessandro Gallo about his journey from Piedmont to Castello D’Albola in the Chianti region of Italy.
The Yacoubian Brothers and Armenian Wine
Jul 25, 2019 • 46 min
Paul talks with Viken and Vahe Yacoubian about how their dream to make wine in Armenia became a reality.
Christiana Tiberio is Making Indigenous Wine in Abruzzo
Jul 23, 2019 • 44 min
Paul talks to winemaker Christiana Tiberio about the value of organic farming and indigenous vines.
Cht. Beychevelle in the house. Romain Ducolomb speaks.
Jul 18, 2019 • 50 min
The winemaker Romain Ducolomb from famed Chateau Beycheville will inspire you to change careers and head to Bordeaux. A wealth of intrigue from the district of St Julien (most Cru Classe of any Bordeaux appelation) comes from the this storied…
Valentino Valentini Talks Being Mayor in Italian Wine Country
Jul 16, 2019 • 39 min
What happens when a winemaker becomes mayor? Paul talks with Valentino Valentini, a third generation winemaker and former mayor of Montefalco in the Umbria region of Italy.
Importing from Chile with Alex Guarachi
Jul 11, 2019 • 48 min
He came to America to play professional soccer, got injured and with that started a very successful wine company. Alex Guarachi is in the house.
Prosecco and Animal Science with Dr. Umberto Cosmo
Jul 9, 2019 • 45 min
There’s a doctor in the house today as Dr. Umberto Cosmo and Bob Castellani join Paul in studio to talk about the differences between Prosecco and Champagne, green roofs, and much more.
Biodynamic Pinot Noir from Oregon with Guillaume Large
Jul 4, 2019 • 38 min
Today we recorded on location in Downtown Los Angeles with Guillaume Large of Résonance Vineyards about the biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay they are producing up in the Willamette Valley.
What Does Mars Have to do with Wine?
Jul 2, 2019 • 37 min
We find out what the stars and planets can tell us about wine in a fascinating conversation with Gelert Hart of Ambyth winery.
Wine Royalty with Chris Corley
Jun 27, 2019 • 53 min
This one is so fascinating we almost forgot to hit record. We could talk to Chris Corley for hours. From his father’s history of cutting beef in Chicago to cresting the apex of the wine world, this is one for the books.
An Unlikely Route with Jean Paul Bignot
Jun 20, 2019 • 44 min
An incredible conversation today with Chateau Talbot’s Jean Paul Bignot. We talk about the winding road he took to the wine world, his career as a lawyer, his wife’s family in wine, and of course the unbelievable wines of Bordeaux.
Napa Lineage and What it Takes to Start a Brand
Jun 18, 2019 • 53 min
Incredible talk today with Matthew Torres and Ryan Darrell of the Protege Project. We talk all about what it takes to not just start a winery but a successful brand. There’s no way around it but hard work.
Wines from Sardegna? An Incredible Conversation.
Jun 11, 2019 • 41 min
Today we talk to Davide Marino, an incredible winemaker making biodynamic wines in Sardinia. We talked for the full episode which doesn’t happen often. Unbelievable conversation with Davide. Enjoy!
Champagne and Port Magical Liquids
Jun 6, 2019 • 39 min
We have to experts on the show today. We talk Champagne with Clovis Taittinger and Port with the great Chris Forbes of Taylor Fladgate
Armenia and Argentina Juliana Del Aguila and Ricardo Rebelo
Jun 4, 2019 • 38 min
We are joined by two incredible winemakers from Karas Wines, Juliana Del Aguila and Ricardo Rebelo to talk about the wine markets in Armenia and the ever-growing popularity of Argentinian wines.
Decades in Napa Valley with Bruce Neyers and Biodynamic Pinot
May 30, 2019 • 40 min
Today we talk to the legend Bruce Neyers about 30 plus years in the Napa Valley and what makes up the scent of the California Varietal. We then talk to another fantastic winemaker Jacques Lardiere about the move to biodynamic wine.
Zak Miller in From Napa with Love
May 28, 2019 • 41 min
We are joined today by an incredible winemaker, Zak Miller. We talk about the wines in Napa Valley and the beautiful chateau Domaine Carneros.
Vegan Wine with NBA Legend John Salley and Breakfast Sparkling with Tonya Falkner
May 23, 2019 • 38 min
NBA Legend John Salley joins the show to talk vegan wine and the five mother saucin french sauces. We also talk to Tonya Falkner about switching careers and bringing bubbles to America.
The Family Business Part 2 with Paul Kalemkiarian Sr.
May 21, 2019 • 41 min
It’s Part 2 with the legend, my dad, Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. the man who created the 3 billion dollar direct to consumer wine business, and who was actually there in the 70’s when California Wine stepped onto the world stage. Paul is also joined by…
A Lifetime of it with Robert Mondavi Jr. and Spanish Varietals with Marcus Bokish
May 16, 2019 • 38 min
Today we are joined by Napa Valley royalty who tells us about entrepreneurship in divinely bad behavior and starting a new estate under the Mondavi family wine. We also talk to one of the most unique winemakers in the country, Marcus Bokish, who is making…
The Family Business with Paul Kalemkiarian Sr.
May 14, 2019 • 48 min
Paul is joined today by his father, Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. the man who created the 3 billion dollar direct to consumer wine business, and who was actually there in the 70’s when California Wine stepped onto the world stage. Paul is also joined by legendary…
Pinot Noir with Piero Incisa and Tasting to Bottling with Emanuel Kemiji
May 9, 2019 • 42 min
Paul sits down with one of the most interesting winemakers in the world right now, Piero Incisa. Paul then talks to Emanuel Kemiji about going from Master Sommelier to wine maker.
Teaser - Wine Talks
Apr 24, 2019 • 0 min
All you knew about wine is about to bust wide open….we are going to talk about what really happens in thewine business and I’’m taking no prisoners…