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457: Jeanne-Marie de Champs Does Not Follow the Trends
Nov 25 • 67 min
Jeanne-Marie de Champs has been working in Burgundy for over 40 years. She explains why she arrived there and what she has discovered over the decades of exporting Burgundy and wines from other regions of France.
456: Ehren Jordan Has Eyes for Oregon
Oct 19 • 101 min
Ehren Jordan has had a distinguished career making wine in California for Turley, Neyers, and at his own winery Failla. Now he has expanded into working with vineyards in Oregon for Failla, in addition to California. Ehren talks about his decision to work…
455: Jean-Pierre de Smet and the Burgundy Community
Aug 9 • 69 min
Jean-Pierre de Smet built a top Burgundy domaine almost from scratch, with the important help of some good friends. Jean-Pierre explains about the history of the Domaine de l’Arlot, and about the unexpected path his own life has taken, both before the…
454: Blending for Beauty with Maggie Harrison
Jul 6 • 76 min
Maggie Harrison of the Antica Terra winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon discusses what she sees as the differences between Oregon and California for wine, and what that means for her own approach to winemaking with each vintage.
453: Esther Mobley Looks Through the Lens of Wine
Jun 22 • 64 min
Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle discusses her search for great stories through the lens of wine in California, and addresses some of the key issues affecting the California wine world today.
452: Louis-Benoit Desvignes and the Challenge of Finding Who You Are with Wine
Jun 4 • 70 min
To make great wine is a life’s work, says Louis-Benoit Desvignes, who describes tackling a winemaking learning curve in Morgon as steep as the old vine vineyards of France’s Beaujolais region.
451: The Aligoté Thread
Apr 28 • 50 min
Erin Scala speaks with top producers of the Aligoté grape variety in Burgundy to find out the secrets of Aligoté in the vineyard and the cellar.
450: António Maçanita on the Past and Future of Portuguese Wine
Apr 10 • 64 min
António Maçanita charts the history of wine production in the Azores and the Alentejo regions of Portugal, and discusses what may be next for wine regions like the Douro Valley.
449: Training to Be the World’s Best Sommelier with Arvid Rosengren
Apr 2 • 57 min
Arvid Rosengren won the World’s Best Sommelier competition in 2016. He shares how he got there, tips from his training regime, and what he thinks about the whole process now two years after his win.
448: Lee Hudson’s Grape Guide
Mar 20 • 58 min
Lee Hudson of the Hudson Ranch and Vineyards in Carneros, California gives a rundown of some the important aspects to understand about grape varieties like Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Lee shares all sorts of first-hand…
447: Sommelier to Self-Employed: A How-To Guide from Will Predhomme
Mar 13 • 54 min
Will Predhomme provides straight talk about what it takes to transition from working on the floor to working for yourself, giving examples from his own move from sommelier to entrepreneur. Will addresses the post-sommelier portion of a wine lover’s…
446: James Conaway is a Moralist in the Valley
Mar 7 • 60 min
Is a wine choice a political choice? James Conaway thinks it is. Conaway has authored three books about wine and wineries in California’s Napa Valley since 1990, and he argues that without serious change, Napa’s future is in danger.
445: Reinventing the Cork with Dominique Tourneix of DIAM
Mar 3 • 72 min
What causes a wine to be corked? Where does cork taint come from, and what can be done to prevent it? Dominique Tourneix of DIAM tackles the question of what causes wine to spoil, and discusses what his company is doing to re-engineer the wine cork.
444: Enrico Pozzesi Remembers His Friend Giulio Gambelli
Feb 16 • 40 min
A rare personal reminiscence of Giulio Gambelli. Gambelli helped define what was possible with Sangiovese wines through his work with Gianfranco Soldera, Montevertine, Bibbiano, Fattoria Rodano, and other producers. Enrico Pozzesi of Rodano explains what…
443: Anne Parent Shares the Secret to Understanding Pommard
Feb 9 • 39 min
Anne Parent, whose family winery owns significant parcels of key vineyards in Pommard, delves into the differences between those Burgundy crus, and tells you what you need to know to find the right Pommard for you.
442: Ray Coursen Recalls the Napa Valley of the 1980s and Before
Jan 19 • 51 min
Ray Coursen recalls multiple decades of Napa Valley winemaking history, highlighting key vineyard history and remembering iconic figures who have worked in the wines business in Napa.
441: Chisa Bize Found a Family in Savigny-les-Beaune
Jan 13 • 55 min
Chisa Bize was born and raised in Tokyo, but moved to Burgundy’s Savigny-les-Beaune village as an adult. Now she runs an important domaine there, with a history in the area stretching back several generations.
440: Aldo Vacca on the History and Future of Barbaresco
Jan 2 • 79 min
As the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, Aldo Vacca represents one of the most important wineries in the zone. He discusses what has changed over the course of the Produttori’s history in the area.
439: Jean Gonon on Why Every Vintage Should be Different
Dec 19, 2017 • 76 min
Jean Gonon helps make some of the finest wines of Saint-Joseph appellation in the Northern Rhône Valley of France. In this interview he explains what is important to making those wines, and what isn’t.
438: Five Decades of Burgundy with Dominique Lafon
Dec 11, 2017 • 103 min
Dominique Lafon is one of the most important Burgundy vintners of his generation. He gives a forthright assessment of what he has seen firsthand and learned over 50 years in France’s Burgundy region.
437: Drinking with the Minotaur
Dec 8, 2017 • 47 min
A tour through the resurrected vineyards on Crete, the Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea. This episode, narrated by Erin Scala, contains capsule interviews with many of the winemakers working on Crete today, and tracks down the characteristics of the…
436: Patrick Comiskey on the High Highs and Market Lows of American Syrah
Nov 25, 2017 • 54 min
Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer and the author of “American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink.” Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought Rhône grape…
435: Samuel Guibert on the Unique Blend of Mas de Daumas Gassac
Nov 11, 2017 • 69 min
Mas de Daumas Gassac was a trendsetting pioneer in the Languedoc region of France. Samuel Guibert explains why the winery has been so important to the area, and goes into detail about the unusual wines that he produces there.
434: The Transformation of Lodovico Antinori
Nov 11, 2017 • 65 min
Lodovico Antinori describes the rise to fame of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia and Massteo that he helped create, and his subsequent project at Tenuta di Biserno in the Maremma.
433: Peter Liem’s Insider Guide to Champagne
Oct 15, 2017 • 70 min
Peter Liem has tasted Champagne professionally for twenty years, and lived in the Champagne region for the last ten. He authored the book “Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region”.
432: Doug Frost is a Double Master
Oct 8, 2017 • 84 min
Doug Frost is one of a handful of people in the world who is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine. Doug describes his various career adventures in wine and spirits, working in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting.
431: Victor Hazan and the Problem of Italian Wine
Sep 28, 2017 • 55 min
Victor Hazan wrote one of the key books published on Italian wine in the 1980s, and then abandoned further wine writing. He discusses why he began writing about Italian wine, and then why he chose to stop. He also gives a sense of how the landscape for…
430: Becky Wasserman-Hone Gives a Burgundy Tour
Sep 28, 2017 • 97 min
One of the key participants in bringing domaine Burgundies to an American audience sits down for a look back on her career. Becky Wasserman-Hone leads an individual and personal tour of Burgundy domaines and communes in this interview.
429: Bill Easton Ignored the 90s Monster Wines
Sep 14, 2017 • 50 min
Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California. He describes an era of California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape…
428: Swedish Sommelier Totte Steneby on Restaurant Success and Disaster
Sep 5, 2017 • 74 min
Sommelier Totte Steneby discusses his career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the hard moments he has experienced during restaurant work. Totte also describes the Swedish wine market, and how it has dramatically…
427: Gianluca Garofoli on One Hundred Years of Verdicchio
Aug 28, 2017 • 59 min
Gianluca Garofoli of the Garofoli winery provides an insider’s guide to the Marche, and the wines of Castelli di Jesi and Rosso Conero. Winemaking, wine types, and the pecularities of the region for wine are all covered.
426: Giampaolo Venica Remembers a Different Friuli
Aug 23, 2017 • 38 min
Giampaolo Venica of the Venica winery in the Friuli of Italy details some of the important changes that have swept across the region in the last few decades, and speculates what could happen with the Friuli in the future.
425: Cherasco Barolo Survives Today Solely Because of Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone
Aug 17, 2017 • 27 min
A rare encounter with the elusive Marchese Fracassi, the sole producer of a Barolo from Cherasco. This conversation offers an amazing window into the history of the Piemonte region in Italy.
424: The Complete Stephen Brook
Jul 23, 2017 • 72 min
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…
423: Elena Pantaleoni Remembers When Making Natural Wine Felt Lonely
Jun 17, 2017 • 73 min
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…
422: Christian Moueix on 50 Years of Pomerol and Napa Valley
Jun 2, 2017 • 129 min
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….
421: Sommelier Victoria James is a Rosé Believer
May 23, 2017 • 71 min
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…
420: Michael Garner Remembers the Great Personalities of the Piemonte, including Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, and many others
Apr 30, 2017 • 82 min
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…
419: Beppe Colla is one of the Founding Fathers of Barolo
Apr 28, 2017 • 61 min
Beppe Colla, who was born in 1930, literally defined what Barolo is today through his work at the Prunotto winery in the Piemonte of Italy. Beppe Colla was one of the first to introduce single vineyard Barolo to consumers, and he helped lay down the…
418: Steven Spurrier on the Day that Changed Everything
Apr 20, 2017 • 68 min
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…
417: Mapmaker Alessandro Masnaghetti Studies the Borders Between Wine Cultures
Apr 17, 2017 • 89 min
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…
416: 100% Whole Cluster
Apr 8, 2017 • 49 min
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…
415: Frederic Lafarge Shares the Family Secrets to Making Great Burgundy
Mar 26, 2017 • 62 min
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…
414: Randall Restiano Shares Strategies for Buying Wine
Mar 14, 2017 • 74 min
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…
413: Patricio Tapia on the New Generation of Wine in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil
Mar 11, 2017 • 66 min
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…
412: Marika Vida-Arnold Balances Being Mom with Being a Somm
Mar 6, 2017 • 60 min
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…
411: Arnaud Lambert
Mar 3, 2017 • 66 min
Arnaud Lambert manages Chateau de Breze and Domaine de Saint-Just in the Loire Valley of France.
410: Philippe Newlin
Feb 22, 2017 • 70 min
Philippe Newlin is Head of Duclot La Vinicole USA, the importer and distributor of Bordeaux wines from France.
409: Rhone Grape Varieties Throughout California
Feb 19, 2017 • 40 min
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…
408: Fred Merwarth
Feb 18, 2017 • 70 min
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.
407: Larry Stone
Feb 14, 2017 • 79 min
Larry Stone returns to the show to speak about his Lingua Franca winery and LS Vineyards, both located in Oregon.
406: Stefano Almondo
Feb 12, 2017 • 46 min
Stefano Almondo works with his family at Giovanni Almondo, a producer in the Roero zone of Italy’s Piemonte.
405: Frederic Mugnier
Feb 10, 2017 • 74 min
Frederic Mugnier is the proprietor of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, located in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny, in France.
404: Ehren Jordan
Jan 30, 2017 • 126 min
Ehren Jordan is the proprietor of the Failla winery, located in St. Helena, California.
403: Heidi Schrock
Jan 28, 2017 • 60 min
Heidi Schrock runs the Heidi Schrock winery with her family in Rust, within Austria.
402: Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino
Jan 24, 2017 • 76 min
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”.
401: Dangerous Drinking Between Erdogan and ISIS in Turkey
Jan 18, 2017 • 47 min
Katie Parla returns to I’ll Drink to That! to discuss the situation for wine and other alcoholic beverages in Turkey today.
400: Favorite Episodes
Jan 13, 2017 • 37 min
Regular listeners of I’ll Drink to That! discuss some of their favorite episodes, and Erin Scala tracks down signature clips from those interviews.
399: Erwan Faiveley
Jan 7, 2017 • 47 min
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.
398: Aldo Vaira
Dec 30, 2016 • 65 min
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.
397: David White
Dec 18, 2016 • 75 min
David White is the founder of Terroirist.com and the author of “But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine”.
396: Hardy Wallace
Dec 14, 2016 • 80 min
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.
395: Cristiana Tiberio
Dec 14, 2016 • 72 min
Cristiana Tiberio works with her family at Tiberio, a winery in Abruzzo, Italy.
394: Clement Baraut
Dec 7, 2016 • 90 min
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.
393: Haley Moore
Nov 5, 2016 • 41 min
Haley Moore is Wine & Spirits Director of the Stock & Bones Company, a group of restaurants located in San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland, Oregon.
392: Isabelle Legeron
Nov 4, 2016 • 78 min
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.
391: Vittorio Fiore
Nov 3, 2016 • 56 min
Vittorio Fiore and his family own the Poggio Scalette winery in Tuscany as well as Castelluccio in Romagna, Italy.
390: Ben Howkins
Nov 1, 2016 • 70 min
Ben Howkins is a founding director of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Tokaji wines.
389: Corrado Dottori
Oct 29, 2016 • 65 min
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.
388: Jane Anson
Oct 23, 2016 • 90 min
Jane Anson is the Bordeaux correspondent for “Decanter” magazine.
387: Martina Barosio
Oct 19, 2016 • 65 min
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.
386: Mathieu Deiss
Oct 16, 2016 • 62 min
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.
385: Hugh Johnson
Oct 11, 2016 • 66 min
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…
384: Marie Vayron
Oct 7, 2016 • 47 min
Marie Vayron is a sommelier at Le Bernardin restaurant in Manhattan. Her family owns Château Bourgneuf in the Pomerol area of Bordeaux, France.
383: Mario Andrion
Oct 3, 2016 • 60 min
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.
382: Ernest Ifkovitz
Sep 28, 2016 • 69 min
Ernest Ifkovitz is a partner in PortoVino, an importer of Italian wines into the United States.
381: Cristiano Garella
Sep 25, 2016 • 81 min
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…
380: Giacomo Conterno
Sep 25, 2016 • 57 min
Giacomo Conterno works with his family at Poderi Aldo Conterno, a winery located in the Monforte d’Alba area of Piemonte’s Barolo zone.
379: Maria Teresa Mascarello
Aug 30, 2016 • 84 min
Maria Teresa Mascarello is the proprietor of Cantina Bartolo Mascarello, in the Barolo area of Italy’s Piemonte region.
378: Marta Rinaldi
Aug 26, 2016 • 61 min
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.
377: Claude de Nicolay
Aug 5, 2016 • 40 min
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.
376: Lingzi He
Jul 31, 2016 • 47 min
Lingzi He is a freelance journalist living in Bordeaux, who also has traveled and studied extensively in Italy.
375: Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga
Jul 25, 2016 • 49 min
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.
374: Marco Tinessa
Jul 24, 2016 • 55 min
Marco Tinessa creates Ognostro by sourcing grapes from Italy’s Campania and fermenting them on Mount Etna in Sicily.
373: Luca Currado
Jul 21, 2016 • 52 min
Luca Currado returns to the show to discuss recent changes at the Vietti winery in the Barolo area of Piemonte, Italy.
372: Mariel Wega
Jul 1, 2016 • 41 min
Mariel Wega is the Wine Director of a.kitchen + bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
371: Abrie Beeslaar
Jun 29, 2016 • 53 min
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.
370: Aaron Miller
Jun 25, 2016 • 61 min
Aaron Miller is the winemaker at the PlumpJack Winery in the Napa Valley of California.
369: Ampelio Bucci
Jun 23, 2016 • 49 min
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.
368: Kimberly Prokoshyn
Jun 21, 2016 • 43 min
Kimberly Prokoshyn is the Head Sommelier and wine buyer at Rebelle restaurant in Manhattan.
367: Jean-Nicolas Méo
Jun 17, 2016 • 91 min
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.
366: Joy Kull
Jun 13, 2016 • 46 min
Joy Kull is a co-owner of La Villana wines in Gradoli, Italy.
365: Bruce Tyrrell
Jun 12, 2016 • 61 min
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.
364: Alex Sanchez
Jun 6, 2016 • 74 min
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.
363: Danny Meyer
May 28, 2016 • 69 min
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.
362: Olivier Humbrecht
May 25, 2016 • 66 min
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.
361: Dan Petroski
May 24, 2016 • 67 min
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.
360: Sam Ehrlich
May 14, 2016 • 69 min
Sam Ehrlich is the Wine Director of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group, based in New York City.
359: Nicoletta Bocca
May 10, 2016 • 77 min
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.
358: Tom Peters
May 6, 2016 • 57 min
Tom Peters is the proprietor of the Monk’s Cafe, the Belgian beer bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
357: Daniel Brunier
May 4, 2016 • 87 min
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.
356: Angelo Gaja
May 1, 2016 • 66 min
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.
355: Charles Philipponnat
Apr 30, 2016 • 56 min
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.
354: Ian D’Agata
Apr 23, 2016 • 97 min
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.
353: Andy Erickson
Apr 22, 2016 • 98 min
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.
352: Jean-Louis Chave
Apr 18, 2016 • 109 min
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.
351: Christian Seely
Apr 15, 2016 • 58 min
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.
350: Alexandre Thienpont and François Thienpont
Mar 31, 2016 • 50 min
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…
349: Virginia Winemakers
Mar 29, 2016 • 44 min
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…
348: Jay McInerney
Mar 27, 2016 • 57 min
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…
347: Chris Desor
Mar 26, 2016 • 52 min
Chris Desor is a founder and partner in Verity Wine Partners, a wine distributor operating in New York and New Jersey.
346: Jeffrey Patterson
Mar 24, 2016 • 80 min
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…
345: Dick Grace
Mar 12, 2016 • 65 min
Dick Grace is the proprietor with his family of Grace Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, California.
344: Bianca Miraglia
Mar 8, 2016 • 60 min
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.
343: Kevin Pike
Mar 5, 2016 • 62 min
Kevin Pike returns to the show, this time to speak about his new import company, Schatzi Wines.
342: Luca Currado Vietti
Feb 29, 2016 • 105 min
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.
341: Jacques Lardière
Feb 26, 2016 • 48 min
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.
340: Eugenio Jardim
Feb 23, 2016 • 51 min
Eugenio Jardim was a longtime sommelier in California, at Jardinière, and is now US Ambassador for the Wines of Portugal.
339: Adrian Bridge
Feb 20, 2016 • 59 min
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…
338: Ronnie Sanders
Feb 18, 2016 • 57 min
Ronnie Sanders is the President and Founder of Vine Street Imports, a wine importer and distributor.
337: John Lockwood
Feb 15, 2016 • 66 min
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.
336: Cedric Nicaise
Feb 5, 2016 • 57 min
Cedric Nicaise is the Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant in Manhattan.
335: Brad Hickey
Feb 2, 2016 • 71 min
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.
334: Paul Roberts
Jan 30, 2016 • 81 min
Paul Roberts is the Chief Operating Officer of Colgin Cellars, in the Napa Valley of California.
333: Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga
Jan 27, 2016 • 58 min
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.
332: Paul Grieco
Jan 22, 2016 • 113 min
Paul Grieco is the proprietor of Terroir, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.
331: Greg Harrington
Jan 20, 2016 • 121 min
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.
330: Martha Stoumen
Jan 15, 2016 • 61 min
Martha Stoumen is a member of The Living Wines Collective, a winemaking cooperative in California.
329: Ricardo Freitas
Jan 12, 2016 • 60 min
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.
328: Paul Einbund
Jan 7, 2016 • 71 min
Paul Einbund is Beverage Director for the restaurants Frances and Octavia, both in San Francisco.
327: John Kongsgaard
Jan 5, 2016 • 103 min
John Kongsgaard is the proprietor of the Kongsgaard winery in Napa Valley, which he runs with his wife Maggy and his son Alex.
326: Bernard Portet
Dec 30, 2015 • 58 min
Bernard Portet co-founded Clos Du Val in the Napa Valley of California, where he served as winemaker. He left that winery in 2010.
325: Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon
Dec 29, 2015 • 79 min
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.
324: Gregory Dal Piaz
Dec 24, 2015 • 63 min
Gregory Dal Piaz has been preparing a book about the Chianti wines of Tuscany in Italy.
323: Olivier Collin
Dec 22, 2015 • 53 min
Olivier Collin runs the Ulysse Collin domaine in the Champagne region of France. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the Côte de Sézanne.
322: Michael McCaulley
Dec 17, 2015 • 46 min
Michael McCaulley is Beverage Director and Partner in the Tria restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
321: Sashi Moorman
Dec 16, 2015 • 104 min
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.
320: Benjamin Lewin
Dec 10, 2015 • 60 min
Benjamin Lewin is the author of several wine related books, including Wines of France: A Guide to 500 Leading Vineyards
319: Eric de Saint Victor
Dec 8, 2015 • 64 min
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…
318: Salvino Benanti
Nov 30, 2015 • 37 min
Salvino Benanti works with his family at the Benanti winery on Sicily’s Mount Etna.
317: Andrew McNamara
Nov 27, 2015 • 99 min
Andrew McNamara is the Director of Fine Wine for Premier Beverage in Florida and the Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas.
316: Bruce Neyers
Nov 24, 2015 • 71 min
Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards winery in California returns to the show.
315: Karen MacNeil
Nov 22, 2015 • 63 min
Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible, which was recently rewritten for a second edition.
314: CP Lin
Nov 20, 2015 • 46 min
CP Lin is the winemaker behind Erewhon, a New Zealand Pinot Noir. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses New Zealand’s South Island.
313: Bob Cabral
Nov 18, 2015 • 85 min
Bob Cabral recently left his winemaking job at Williams Selyem to work at Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma, California.
312: Bernhard Stadlmann
Nov 17, 2015 • 32 min
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.
311: Suzanne Mustacich
Nov 14, 2015 • 78 min
Suzanne Mustacich is the author of the book Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines
310: João Nicolau de Almeida
Nov 13, 2015 • 74 min
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.
309: Carole Meredith
Nov 10, 2015 • 86 min
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…
308: Dorothy Tchelistcheff
Nov 9, 2015 • 50 min
Dorothy Tchelistcheff is the widow of winemaker André Tchelistcheff.
307: Kelli White
Oct 30, 2015 • 67 min
Kelli White is a sommelier at Press Restaurant in St. Helena and the author of Napa Valley, Then and Now.
306: David Gordon
Oct 22, 2015 • 71 min
David Gordon is the Wine Director of Tribeca Grill, in Manhattan.
305: Andrea Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli
Oct 20, 2015 • 64 min
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.
304: Tara Q. Thomas
Oct 16, 2015 • 57 min
Tara Q. Thomas is the Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine.
303: María José López de Heredia
Oct 14, 2015 • 76 min
María José López de Heredia manages the López de Heredia winery in Rioja, Spain. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Rioja.
302: Richard Betts
Oct 9, 2015 • 78 min
Richard Betts returns to the show for a discussion of his scratch & sniff books on wine and whiskey, as well as other projects.
301: Jeffrey Grosset
Oct 6, 2015 • 76 min
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.
300: Robert Bohr
Oct 1, 2015 • 72 min
Robert Bohr is a partner in Charlie Bird restaurant in Manhattan, as well as the King Street Sommeliers consulting business.
299: Salvatore Geraci
Sep 29, 2015 • 52 min
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.
298: Guy Stout
Sep 24, 2015 • 46 min
Guy Stout is a grape grower and member of the Glazer’s Distribution team in Texas.
297: Craig Collins
Sep 22, 2015 • 55 min
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.
296: Carenn Jackson
Sep 19, 2015 • 65 min
Carenn Jackson was working for Glazer’s Distributors in Austin, Texas at the time of this interview. She has since moved on.
295: Chad Carey
Sep 15, 2015 • 66 min
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.
294: Devon Broglie
Sep 2, 2015 • 65 min
Devon Broglie is the Associate Global Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market. He is based in Austin, Texas.
293: David Keck
Sep 2, 2015 • 73 min
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.
292: June Rodil
Sep 2, 2015 • 76 min
June Rodil is Beverage Director of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group in Austin, Texas.
291: Philippe Guigal
Sep 2, 2015 • 72 min
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.
290: Christy Canterbury
Aug 27, 2015 • 69 min
Christy Canterbury is a wine writer, wine competition judge, and frequent speaker on wine topics around the world.
289: Danilo Nada
Aug 25, 2015 • 59 min
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.
288: Karl duHoffmann
Aug 20, 2015 • 82 min
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.
287: Antonio Flores
Aug 18, 2015 • 70 min
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.
286: Summer Wolff
Aug 14, 2015 • 52 min
Summer Wolff is the founder and European Portfolio Manager of Indie Wineries, a wine import company.
285: Gerhard Kracher
Aug 11, 2015 • 56 min
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.
284: John Slover
Aug 6, 2015 • 65 min
John Slover is a longtime sommelier who now devotes most of his time to private consulting in the New York area.
283: Bruno Borie
Aug 4, 2015 • 67 min
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.
282: Leonardo LoCascio
Jul 30, 2015 • 77 min
Leonardo LoCascio, who recently retired from the Winebow Group, was a co-founder of Winebow in 1980.
281: Kareem Massoud
Jul 28, 2015 • 63 min
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.
280: Ryan Looper
Jul 23, 2015 • 68 min
Ryan Looper is a sales representative for T. Edward wines.
279: Leo Alzinger
Jul 21, 2015 • 50 min
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…
278: Monica Samuels
Jul 17, 2015 • 71 min
Monica Samuels is the National Sake Sales Manager for Vine Connections, a wine and sake importer.
277: Alister Purbrick
Jul 13, 2015 • 78 min
Alister Purbrick is CEO of Tahbilk, in Australia’s Victoria region. Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of Australian wine.
276: Ryan Mills-Knapp
Jul 10, 2015 • 64 min
Ryan Mills-Knapp was the Beverage Director of Le District, in lower Manhattan, at the time of this interview. He has since moved on.
275: Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
Jul 7, 2015 • 82 min
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.
274: Andrea Fassone
Jul 1, 2015 • 57 min
Andrea Fassone is the founder and owner of Enotria Wine Imports, a wine importer based in New York.
273: Megan Glaab
Jun 30, 2015 • 59 min
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.
272: Bill Short
Jun 26, 2015 • 45 min
Bill Short is a Regional Manager for Dreyfus, Ashby & Co in New York.
271: Giusto Occhipinti
Jun 23, 2015 • 67 min
Giusto Occhipinti is one of the founding partners of the COS winery in Sicily, Italy. Martha Stoumen joins to translate for Giusto.
270: Charles Curtis
Jun 18, 2015 • 55 min
Charles Curtis is the author and publisher of The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy.
269: Christopher Bates
Jun 16, 2015 • 72 min
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.
268: Karen King
Jun 12, 2015 • 57 min
Karen King is a Director of On Premise Development for the Winebow Group.
267: Ivan Rapuzzi
Jun 9, 2015 • 66 min
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.
266: Ray Isle
Jun 4, 2015 • 61 min
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine.
265: Graham Tatomer
Jun 1, 2015 • 79 min
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.
264: Justin Berlin
May 28, 2015 • 85 min
Justin Berlin is a founding partner of Spanish Wine Exclusives, a Spanish wine importer.
263: Federico Scarzello
May 25, 2015 • 83 min
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.
262: Levi Dalton
May 21, 2015 • 95 min
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.
261: Michael Cruse
May 19, 2015 • 71 min
Michael Cruse is the winemaker of Cruse Wine Co. and Ultramarine, both in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks St. Laurent.
260: Tyler Colman
May 14, 2015 • 46 min
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…
259: Carl von Schubert
May 12, 2015 • 64 min
Carl von Schubert is the owner of the Maximin Grünhaus estate in Germany’s Ruwer Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Riesling.
258: Jean-Louis Trapet
May 5, 2015 • 78 min
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.
257: Hans Reisetbauer
Apr 28, 2015 • 78 min
Hans Reisetbauer is a distiller working in Austria. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the attributes of alchemy.
256: Beth von Benz
Apr 23, 2015 • 66 min
Beth von Benz works as a wine consultant at her company, MVB Consulting.
255: Florent Plageoles
Apr 21, 2015 • 57 min
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.
254: James Tidwell
Apr 18, 2015 • 69 min
James Tidwell is the Beverage Director of the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas, and also a cofounder of the TEXSOM wine conference.
253: Hanno Zilliken
Apr 14, 2015 • 75 min
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.
252: Jack Mason
Apr 10, 2015 • 71 min
Jack Mason is the Wine Director at Marta Restaurant in Manhattan.
251: Cathy Corison
Apr 7, 2015 • 72 min
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.
250: David Beckwith
Apr 3, 2015 • 54 min
David Beckwith is a partner in Grand Cru Wine Consulting and in the restaurant wine app pickabottle.
249: Michel Lafarge
Mar 30, 2015 • 87 min
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.
248: Aubert de Villaine
Mar 24, 2015 • 70 min
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.
247: Mitja Sirk
Mar 6, 2015 • 63 min
Mitja Sirk works with wine at La Subida, the restaurant his family runs in Italy’s Friuli region.
246: Fabio Alessandria
Mar 3, 2015 • 79 min
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.
245: Josko Gravner
Feb 24, 2015 • 68 min
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…
244: Elin McCoy
Feb 17, 2015 • 94 min
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.
243: Robert Kacher
Feb 13, 2015 • 65 min
Robert Kacher is the founder of Robert Kacher Selections, a wine import company with a focus on French wines.
242: Frédéric Barnier
Feb 10, 2015 • 73 min
Frédéric Barnier is the Technical Director of Maison Louis Jadot, in Burgundy. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Valentine’s wine.
241: Amanda Smeltz
Feb 6, 2015 • 62 min
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.
240: Rajat Parr
Feb 2, 2015 • 75 min
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.
239: Oz Clarke
Jan 30, 2015 • 66 min
Oz Clarke is a British wine writer and television personality.
238: Bertrand Gautherot
Jan 26, 2015 • 77 min
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.
237: Terry Theise
Jan 23, 2015 • 110 min
Terry Theise is a wine importer who focuses on German and Austrian wine, as well as Champagne for his Terry Theise Estate Selections.
236: Morgan Twain-Peterson
Jan 20, 2015 • 116 min
Morgan Twain-Peterson is the owner and winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Zinfandel.
235: Alfonso Cevola
Jan 17, 2015 • 70 min
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.
234: Louis-Antoine Luyt
Jan 13, 2015 • 77 min
Louis-Antoine Luyt is a winemaker based in Chile. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks teeth.
233: Antonio Galloni
Jan 8, 2015 • 109 min
Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media returns to the show.
232: Jermaine Stone
Jan 6, 2015 • 50 min
Jermaine Stone is the Director of Logistics at Wally’s Wine Auctions. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores wine under the sea.
231: Robert Mackin
Jan 2, 2015 • 71 min
Robert Mackin is the owner of wine importer and distributor Artisan Wines Inc.
230: Jeff Kellogg
Dec 30, 2014 • 58 min
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.
229: Alessandro Bindocci
Dec 26, 2014 • 42 min
Alessandro Bindocci assists with the winemaking at Tenuta Il Poggione, in the Brunello di Montalcino zone of Tuscany.
228: Christopher Tracy
Dec 22, 2014 • 58 min
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.
227: Jessie Kiefer
Dec 19, 2014 • 78 min
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.
226: Margrit Mondavi
Dec 16, 2014 • 46 min
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…
225: Giovanni Poggiali
Dec 11, 2014 • 42 min
Giovanni Poggiali is the chief executive of Felsina, in Tuscany, Italy.
224: Fred Loimer
Dec 9, 2014 • 52 min
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.
223: Elisabetta Fagiuoli
Dec 5, 2014 • 72 min
Elisabetta Fagiuoli is the proprietor of Montenidoli in Tuscany, Italy. She also founded the Sergio the Patriarch Foundation. Find more information at http://www.sergiothepatriarch.org
222: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair
Dec 1, 2014 • 95 min
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.
221: Susan Kostrzewa
Nov 28, 2014 • 68 min
Susan Kostrzewa is the Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
220: Graeme MacDonald
Nov 27, 2014 • 76 min
Graeme MacDonald is a partner in MacDonald Vineyards, in Napa Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks turkey wines.
219: Shelley Lindgren
Nov 22, 2014 • 59 min
Shelley Lindgren is a partner and Wine Director at A16 restaurant in San Francisco, SPQR, and A16 Rockridge in the East Bay.
218: Daniel Ravier
Nov 19, 2014 • 98 min
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.
217: Stellios Boutaris
Nov 16, 2014 • 40 min
Stellios Boutaris is the owner of the Kir-Yianni Estate in northwestern Greece.
216: Victor Urrutia
Nov 11, 2014 • 77 min
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.
215: Jonas Sandberg
Nov 11, 2014 • 56 min
Jonas Sandberg is the Sommelier at Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden.
214: James Millton
Nov 7, 2014 • 51 min
James Millton founded The Millton Vineyards in New Zealand, which he runs today with his family and where he is the winemaker.
213: Larry Turley
Nov 4, 2014 • 75 min
Larry Turley is the proprietor of Turley Wine Cellars in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala chronicles a history of Petit Verdot.
212: Thomas Duroux
Oct 31, 2014 • 68 min
Thomas Duroux manages Chateau Palmer, in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux.
211: Izabella Zwack
Oct 31, 2014 • 69 min
Izabella Zwack works for her family’s distillery in Hungary, called Zwack, and also owns the Dobogo winery in Tokaj.
210: Jerome Prevost
Oct 29, 2014 • 69 min
Jerome Prevost is the winemaker of La Closerie, his winery in Champagne, France.
209: Alexandre Chartogne
Oct 29, 2014 • 65 min
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.
208: Tim Mondavi
Oct 14, 2014 • 78 min
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.
207: Pedro Parra
Oct 11, 2014 • 78 min
Pedro Parra is a soil specialist and winery consultant based in Chile.
206: Mark Sayre
Oct 6, 2014 • 67 min
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.
205: Eben Sadie
Oct 2, 2014 • 86 min
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.
204: Fernando Beteta
Sep 30, 2014 • 67 min
Fernando Beteta is the Education & Social Technology Director of Tenzing Wine & Spirits, a distributor and importer based in Chicago.
203: Nathan Adams
Sep 26, 2014 • 54 min
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!
202: Michael Davis
Sep 21, 2014 • 43 min
Auctioneer Michael Davis is a partner in Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the Chicago based auctioneer and wine retailer.
201: Liz Mendez
Sep 20, 2014 • 70 min
Liz Mendez is a partner in Vera wine bar in Chicago.
200: Jeremy Quinn
Sep 16, 2014 • 75 min
Jeremy Quinn was the longtime sommelier at Webster’s Wine Bar and also The Bluebird, both located in Chicago.
199: Craig Perman
Sep 12, 2014 • 51 min
Craig Perman is the owner of wine retailer Perman Wine Selections, in Chicago.
198: Marquis Sauvage
Aug 29, 2014 • 62 min
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…
197: Conrad Reddick
Aug 26, 2014 • 76 min
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.
196: Andy Pates
Aug 22, 2014 • 75 min
Andy Pates is a partner in Cream Wine Company, a Chicago-based distributor and wine importer.
195: Michael Schmelzer
Aug 19, 2014 • 95 min
Michael Schmelzer is the winemaker at Monte Bernardi, the property in the Panzano portion of Tuscany, Italy that he runs with his family.
194: Stephan von Neipperg
Aug 12, 2014 • 65 min
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.
193: Josh Adler
Aug 8, 2014 • 83 min
Josh Adler is the founder of the Paris Wine Company, and works as a broker for French wine producers.
192: Christoph Schaefer
Aug 6, 2014 • 51 min
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.
191: Tegan Passalacqua
Aug 1, 2014 • 48 min
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.
190: Nicolas Glumineau
Jul 18, 2014 • 48 min
Nicolas Glumineau has overseen Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Chateau de Pez, and Chateau Haut Beausejour in Bordeaux, France since late 2012.
189: Clemens Busch
Jul 15, 2014 • 47 min
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.
188: Patrick Watson
Jul 11, 2014 • 62 min
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.
187: Laurence Feraud
Jul 8, 2014 • 76 min
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.
186: Andrea Franchetti
Jul 4, 2014 • 77 min
Andrea Franchetti is the proprietor of Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and Passopisciaro in Sicily. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Flurbereinigung.
185: Jan Pettersen
Jul 1, 2014 • 61 min
Jan Pettersen operates Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla in the Jerez area of Spain.
184: Ric Forman
Jun 27, 2014 • 50 min
Ric Forman is the proprietor of the Forman Vineyard winery in California’s Napa Valley.
183: Lyle Fass
Jun 25, 2014 • 87 min
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.
182: Chiara De Iulis Pepe
Jun 22, 2014 • 56 min
Chiara De Iulis Pepe works with her family at the Emidio Pepe winery in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
181: Johannes Leitz
Jun 8, 2014 • 72 min
Johannes Leitz runs his family’s winery, called Leitz, in the Rheingau of Germany.
180: Sebastien Riffault
Jun 8, 2014 • 50 min
Sebastien Riffault is the winemaker at his family’s domaine in Sancerre, inside the Loire Valley of France.
179: Serge Hochar
Jun 1, 2014 • 64 min
At the time of this interview, Serge Hochar was the proprietor, with his family, of Chateau Musar in Lebanon. He has since passed away.
178: Kostas Bakasietas
Jun 1, 2014 • 45 min
Kostas Bakasietas is a viticultural researcher and the owner of a vine nursery in Nemea, Greece.
177: Johannes Hirsch
Jun 1, 2014 • 39 min
Johannes Hirsch is the winemaker at the Hirsch winery, in the Kamptal region of Austria.
176: Kevin Pogue
May 27, 2014 • 56 min
Kevin Pogue is a geology professor and terroir consultant living in Washington State.
175: Marco Pallanti
May 27, 2014 • 69 min
Marco Pallanti is the winery director of Castello di Ama, in the Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany, Italy.
174: Florian Lauer
May 23, 2014 • 54 min
Florian Lauer is the winemaker at his family’s winery, Peter Lauer, in the Saar of Germany.
173: Evelyne de Pontbriand
May 20, 2014 • 55 min
Evelyne de Pontbriand oversees her family’s estate, Domaine du Closel (Chateau des Vaults), in the Savennieres region of France’s Loire Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a look at the history of the sommelier.
172: Larry Stone
May 16, 2014 • 101 min
Larry Stone is Estates Director of Huneeus Vintners. Also in this episode, Erin Scala traces the influence of the Dutch on vineyard irrigation.
171: Fritz Wieninger
May 13, 2014 • 54 min
Fritz Wieninger runs the Wieninger winery in Vienna, Austria.
170: Renato Vacca
May 4, 2014 • 84 min
Renato Vacca is the winemaker and owner of the Cantina del Pino winery, in Italy’s Barbaresco area.
169: Stuart Pigott
May 3, 2014 • 62 min
Stuart Pigott is the author of the book Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story. Also in this episode, Erin Scala finds the world’s craziest fermented beverage.
168: Stephane Tissot
May 2, 2014 • 72 min
Stephane Tissot is the winemaker at his family’s domaine in the Jura region of France, Domaine Andre et Mireille Tissot.
167: Bruce Neyers
Apr 28, 2014 • 97 min
Bruce Neyers owns Neyers Vineyards in California with his wife Barbara, and is also National Sales Manager for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the French Revolution, and what it meant for wine.
166: Guillaume d’Angerville
Apr 25, 2014 • 77 min
Guillaume d’Angerville is the latest member of his family to care for the Domaine Marquis d’Angerville based within Burgundy in Volnay, and is also a partner in the Jura’s Domaine du Pelican.
165: Christian Binner
Apr 22, 2014 • 51 min
Christian Binner is the latest generation to run Domaine Binner, originally founded in 1770 in Alsace, France.
164: Samuel Tinon
Apr 18, 2014 • 40 min
Samuel Tinon produces both dry and sweet wines in the Tokaj region of Hungary.
163: Sasa Radikon
Apr 15, 2014 • 64 min
Sasa Radikon works at his family’s winery, Radikon, in Italy’s Friuli zone. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the connection between (gasp!) taxes and wine.
162: Silvio Messana
Apr 11, 2014 • 52 min
Silvio Messana runs the Montesecondo winery in Tuscany, Italy.
161: Mark Hutchens
Apr 8, 2014 • 66 min
Mark Hutchens is a partner in Robert Houde Wines, a wine distributor and importer based in Illinois. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses some highly unusual beverages.
160: Hardy Wallace
Apr 4, 2014 • 64 min
Hardy Wallace is a partner in the Dirty & Rowdy Family Wine Company in California.
159: Pax Mahle
Apr 1, 2014 • 63 min
Pax Mahle produces wine at Wind Gap Wines and Pax Wine Cellars in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the early history of California wine.
158: Andrea Calek
Mar 28, 2014 • 38 min
Andrea Calek crafts wines in the Ardeche region of southern France.
157: Willi Bründlmayer
Mar 25, 2014 • 96 min
Willi Bründlmayer runs the Bründlmayer winery in Austria’s Kamptal region. Also in this episode, Erin Scala and Michael Madrigale talk Gin and Juice.
156: Olivier Leriche
Mar 11, 2014 • 49 min
Olivier Leriche, who was previously the winemaker at Domaine de l’Arlot in Burgundy, is now the winemaker at Domaine des Accoles, the winery he owns with his wife in the south of France.
155: Katie Parla
Mar 11, 2014 • 56 min
Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist blogging about restaurants in Rome, Italy at www.parlafood.com
154: Egon Müller
Mar 11, 2014 • 53 min
Egon Müller is the owner of Weingut Egon Müller, Scharzhof in Germany’s Saar Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the world of bogs and mead.
153: Gideon Bienstock
Mar 4, 2014 • 67 min
Gideon Bienstock is the owner and winemaker of the Clos Saron winery in California, and was previously the winemaker of the Renaissance winery for many years. Also in this episode, Erin Scala shares another dad tale.
152: Ryan Sutton
Feb 27, 2014 • 60 min
At the time of this interview, Ryan Sutton was the New York Food Critic for Bloomberg News.
151: Patrick Cappiello
Feb 25, 2014 • 71 min
As the restaurant Pearl & Ash celebrates its one year anniversary, Patrick Cappiello returns to the show to discuss how he became a Managing Partner and the Wine Director there. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the science of flavor…
150: Levi Dalton
Feb 19, 2014 • 59 min
In a first for the show, Abe Schoener interviews Levi about the podcast, writing, working (& not working) as a sommelier, and Orange wine.
149: Michael Moosbrugger
Feb 18, 2014 • 79 min
Michael Moosbrugger oversees the wine production of Schloss Gobelsburg, in the Kamptal region of Austria. Also in this episode, Erin Scala describes the world of the ancient symposiums.
148: Rajat Parr
Feb 13, 2014 • 68 min
Raj Parr talks about his long career as a sommelier working with Michael Mina and others.
147: Steve Matthiasson
Feb 11, 2014 • 85 min
Steve Matthiasson runs the Matthiasson winery with his wife and family, and also acts as a vineyard consultant to many wineries in California.
146: Piero Mastroberardino
Feb 4, 2014 • 66 min
Piero Mastroberardino leads the family winery, Mastroberardino, in Italy’s Campania region. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Antonio Mastroberardino, Piero’s father, who died on January 28th at the age of 86.
145: Whitney Schubert
Jan 30, 2014 • 57 min
Whitney Schubert is the French Brand Manager for Polaner Selections, an importer and distributor.
144: Stephen Henschke
Jan 28, 2014 • 71 min
Stephen Henschke is the winemaker at the family winery, Henschke, in South Australia. Also in the episode, Erin Scala points out that the relationship of oak and wine is perhaps broader than we often recognize.
143: Jeremy Seysses
Jan 21, 2014 • 102 min
Jeremy Seysses runs, with his family, Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Triennes in Provence, France.
142: Monika Caha
Jan 16, 2014 • 66 min
Monika Caha is the founder of Monika Caha Selections, a broker of Austrian wines.
141: Emmanuel Lassaigne
Jan 14, 2014 • 48 min
Emmanuel Lassaigne runs his family domaine, Jacques Lassaigne, in the Champagne region of France. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks with her dad about his last shift as a waiter.
140: Steve Edmunds
Jan 6, 2014 • 83 min
Steve Edmunds is the winemaker at his Edmunds St. John winery in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala highlights the role of the wine importer. And we introduce our new retail partner: vine-wine.com
139: Shawn Paul
Jan 3, 2014 • 76 min
At the time of this interview, Shawn Paul was an Associate Wine Specialist at Christie’s auction house in New York.
138: Talia Baiocchi
Dec 30, 2013 • 56 min
Talia Baiocchi returns to the show to discuss Punch, the online drinks culture journal, and her forthcoming book focusing on Sherry and cocktails. Also in this episode, Erin Scala traces back the history of Wassail.
137: Justin Christoph
Dec 20, 2013 • 50 min
Justin Christoph is a Riesling specialist at Acker Merrall, and the founder of wine importer Crystalline Selections.
136: Whitney Adams
Dec 20, 2013 • 48 min
Whitney Adams is a blogger, podcast host, and the owner of the Bottle Stock Shop, a wine accessories vendor.
135: Gaia Gaja
Dec 17, 2013 • 75 min
Gaia Gaja is the daughter of Angelo Gaja, and works for the Gaja winery in Piemonte. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the history of the shift drink.
134: Gavin Chanin
Dec 10, 2013 • 52 min
Gavin Chanin is winemaker and partner at Chanin Wine Co. and LUTUM, both in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala considers how the Earth’s oceans relate to wine.
133: Jodi Stern
Dec 6, 2013 • 47 min
Jodi Stern is an Austria Brand Manager for Winebow.
132: Peter Wasserman
Dec 2, 2013 • 116 min
Peter Wasserman works with Becky Wasserman Selections, a wine brokerage specializing in French wines. Also in this episode, Erin Scala’s dad recalls the family moonshine business.
131: Jordan Salcito
Nov 26, 2013 • 67 min
Jordan Salcito is the Beverage Director of the Momofuku Group. Also in this episode, Erin Scala sings about Thanksgiving with a friend.
130: Peter Weygandt
Nov 22, 2013 • 62 min
Peter Weygandt is the founder and owner of wine importer Weygandt Selections.
129: Frank Cornelissen
Nov 19, 2013 • 79 min
Frank Cornelissen produces wine from Mount Etna in Sicilia, Italy. Also in the episode, Erin Scala gets some Thanksgiving pairing ideas.
128: Alex Moreau
Nov 12, 2013 • 68 min
Alex Moreau is the winemaker at his family domaine in Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy, Domaine Bernard Moreau. Also in this episode, Erin Scala takes a closer look at corn.
127: Ed Behr
Nov 8, 2013 • 78 min
Ed Behr is the editor and publisher of “The Art of Eating” and the author of the book “50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste.”
126: Jon Bonné
Nov 5, 2013 • 83 min
Jon Bonné discusses his book “The New California Wine.” Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the history of cranberry juice and cocktails in America.
125: Antonio Galloni
Oct 29, 2013 • 87 min
Antonio Galloni is the founder of Vinous Media. Also in this episode, Erin Scala gets some Halloween beverage advice.
124: Jancis Robinson
Oct 25, 2013 • 56 min
Jancis Robinson recently coauthored “The World Atlas of Wine,” 7th Edition.
123: Allen Meadows
Oct 22, 2013 • 80 min
Allen Meadows is the publisher of the Burghound.com newsletter and website. Also in this episode, Erin Scala examines how terroir ultimately came to be.
122: Roberto Paris
Oct 14, 2013 • 63 min
Roberto Paris is the Wine Director of the restaurants Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari, both in New York. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the most ancient of wines.
121: Alder Yarrow
Oct 10, 2013 • 68 min
Alder Yarrow is the publisher of the wine blog Vinography.
120: Bob Lindquist
Oct 7, 2013 • 64 min
Bob Lindquist is the founding owner and winemaker at the Qupe winery in California. And in the Warm Up to this episode, Erin Scala plays a game of wine Balderdash.
119: Josh Greene
Sep 30, 2013 • 70 min
Josh Greene is the Editor and Publisher of “Wine & Spirits” Magazine.
A Special Friday Release Featuring Sandrine Leccia
Sep 27, 2013 • 6 min
Occasionally we might release a track on Fridays, just for fun. Today we feature Sandrine Leccia, the wife of Corsican winemaker Yves Leccia. In this short discussion Sandrine talks about the prominent grape varieties of Corsica, the wines they make,…
118: Nick Mills
Sep 24, 2013 • 61 min
Nick Mills tends to the vines at Rippon Vineyard, a property his family owns in Central Otago, New Zealand.
117: Jo Landron
Sep 17, 2013 • 62 min
Jo Landron is the owner and winemaker of Domaine de la Louvetrie, in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation of the Loire Valley, France. Also in episode, Erin Scala explores the history of the toast.
116: Giuseppe Vaira
Sep 10, 2013 • 103 min
Giuseppe Vaira works with his family at the G.D. Vajra winery in Barolo, Italy. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the world of blind hearing.
115: Bruce Sanderson
Sep 2, 2013 • 71 min
Bruce Sanderson is Senior Editor and Tasting Director of “Wine Spectator” Magazine.
114: Matt DeVriendt
Aug 27, 2013 • 62 min
Matt DeVriendt is the Spirits Brand Manager for Winebow. And in the Warm Up to this episode, Erin Scala relates the story of New York City’s first female sommelier.
113: Grant Reynolds
Aug 19, 2013 • 63 min
Grant Reynolds works as a sommelier at the New York restaurant Charlie Bird. Also in this episode, Erin Scala gets some friends to try to pronounce famous German vineyard names for the Warm Up.
112: Daniel Johnnes
Aug 13, 2013 • 82 min
Daniel Johnnes is the Wine Director for Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, as well as an importer, and the founder of La Paulee Burgundy themed events in New York, San Francisco, and Aspen.
111: Linda Milagros Violago
Aug 6, 2013 • 50 min
At the time of this interview, Linda Milagros Violago was the Wine Director of Contra restaurant in New York City.
110: Mark Snyder
Jul 30, 2013 • 70 min
Mark Snyder is the owner of wine distributor Angels’ Share Wines, and also one of the founders of The Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn.
109: Tom Vanik
Jul 23, 2013 • 70 min
Tom Vanik is a Sales Partner at wine distributor Verity Wine Partners.
108: Roger Dagorn
Jul 19, 2013 • 59 min
Roger Dagorn is Beverage Director of the restaurants Tocqueville, 15 East, and The Fourth, in New York City.
107: Stephen Bitterolf
Jul 16, 2013 • 60 min
After leaving Crush Wine & Spirits, where he was a buyer, Stephen Bitterolf founded Vom Boden Imports, specializing in German wine.
106: Thomas Pastuszak
Jul 11, 2013 • 43 min
Thomas Pastuszak is the Wine Director of The NoMad, in New York City.
105: Johannes Selbach
Jul 9, 2013 • 62 min
Johannes Selbach is the owner and winemaker at Selbach-Oster, a winery in Germany’s Mosel region.
104: Bianca Miraglia
Jun 28, 2013 • 61 min
Bianca Miraglia is the founder and sole employee of Uncouth Vermouth.
103: Wink Lorch
Jun 25, 2013 • 60 min
Wink Lorch is writing a book on the wines of the Jura, which she intends to self publish in April of 2014.
102: Tim Kopec
Jun 20, 2013 • 60 min
Tim Kopec was for many years the Head Sommelier at Veritas Restaurant in Manhattan.
101: Robert Simonson
Jun 18, 2013 • 50 min
Robert Simonson writes about spirits and cocktails for “The New York Times,” as well as other publications.
100: Isabella Oddero
Jun 14, 2013 • 54 min
Isabella Oddero works for her family’s winery. Poderi Oddero is a producer of Barolo and Barbaresco in Italy’s Piemonte region.
99: Michael Feuerstein
Jun 11, 2013 • 62 min
Michael Feuerstein is the owner of wine importer and distributor Selection Pas Mal.
98: Katell Pleven
Jun 7, 2013 • 51 min
Katell Pleven is a co-proprietor of wine importer and distributor The Vine Collective.
97: David Chapel
Jun 4, 2013 • 48 min
David Chapel, the eldest son of a famous French chef, is currently helping to tend the vines of the Lapierre family in Morgon.
96: Nick Bumstead
May 31, 2013 • 62 min
Nick Bumstead is a co-founder of the website and mobile app Find. Eat. Drink.
95: Gernot Kollmann
May 28, 2013 • 47 min
Gernot Kollmann is the owner and winemaker of Germany’s Immich-Batterieberg winery, in the Mosel.
94: Phil Sareil
May 24, 2013 • 53 min
Phil Sareil is a salesperson for Jenny & Francois Selections, an importer of Natural Wines.
93: Kevin Pike
May 21, 2013 • 79 min
At the time of this interview, Kevin Pike was the National Sales Director for Michael Skurnik Wines, a national importer and distributor.
92: Ralf Kuettel
May 17, 2013 • 51 min
Ralf Kuettel is the chef owner of the Trestle on Tenth and Rocket Pig restaurants in New York City.
91: Yoshi Takemura
May 14, 2013 • 48 min
Yoshi Takemura is the wine director of Japanese internet retailer iwine.jp.
90: Isabella Pelizzatti Perego
May 10, 2013 • 62 min
Isabella Pelizzatti Perego helps with her family’s winery Ar. Pe. Pe., in Lombardia, Italy.
89: David Weitzenhoffer
May 7, 2013 • 51 min
David Weitzenhoffer is a cofounder and partner in wine importer A.I. Selections.
88: Erin Scala
May 3, 2013 • 49 min
At the time of this interview, Erin Scala was the Wine Director of Public Restaurant in Nolita.
87: Klaus-Peter Keller
Apr 30, 2013 • 49 min
Klaus-Peter Keller is the owner and winemaker at Germany’s Keller winery, in the Rheinhessen.
86: Tegan Passalacqua
Apr 26, 2013 • 67 min
Tegan Passalacqua is the winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars in California.
85: Bill Fitch
Apr 23, 2013 • 58 min
Bill Fitch is the Wine Director of Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn.
84: Liz Willette
Apr 19, 2013 • 54 min
Liz Willette is a partner in wine importer and distributor Grand Cru Selections.
83: Mike Chelini
Apr 16, 2013 • 52 min
Mike Chelini has been the winemaker at Stony Hill Vineyard in Napa Valley for over 40 years.
82: John Sellar
Apr 12, 2013 • 38 min
John Sellar is the New York Metro General Manager of wine importer and distributor Frederick Wildman & Sons.
81: Jim Clendenen
Apr 9, 2013 • 44 min
Jim Clendenen is the winemaker and owner of the Au Bon Climat winery and also Clendenen Family Vineyards, both based in the Santa Maria Valley of California
80: Katharina Prüm
Apr 5, 2013 • 56 min
Dr. Katharina Prüm collaborates with her father, Dr. Manfred Prum, to make the wines at their estate Joh. Jos. Prum in Germany’s Mosel region.
79: Bobby Stuckey
Apr 2, 2013 • 61 min
Bobby Stuckey is an owner of the Colorado restaurants Frasca Food & Wine and Pizzeria Locale.
78: Veronica Stoler
Mar 29, 2013 • 68 min
Veronica Stoler is the wine buyer at Despana Vinos Y Mas Market, a Spanish wine shop in SoHo.
77: Randall Grahm
Mar 26, 2013 • 40 min
Randall Grahm is the founder and winemaker of the California-based winery Bonny Doon Vineyard. Randall charts his sometimes quixotic path to finding a true vin de terroir. He discusses transposition of terroir, extended reductive elevage, magnetic…
76: Jean-Marie Fourrier
Mar 22, 2013 • 56 min
Jean-Marie Fourrier runs the family winery, Domaine Fourrier, based in Gevrey-Chambertin.
75: Arianna Occhipinti
Mar 19, 2013 • 61 min
Arianna Occhipinti is the owner and winemaker of the Occhipinti winery in Sicilia.
74: Matteo Mollo
Mar 15, 2013 • 53 min
Matteo Mollo is the owner SelectioNaturel Imports and also a part of The Wine Bottega in Boston, MA.
73: Jeff Porter
Mar 12, 2013 • 65 min
Jeff Porter talks about his time working in Los Angeles at Mozza and his current role as the wine director at Manhattan’s Del Posto Ristorante.
72: Katherine Moore
Mar 8, 2013 • 43 min
Katherine Moore is the sales general manager at Union Square Wines.
71: Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti
Mar 5, 2013 • 54 min
Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti is a member of the the family that owns the Badia a Coltibuono winery in Tuscany, Italy.
70: Aaron Von Rock
Mar 1, 2013 • 53 min
Aaron Von Rock is the Wine Director at Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center. I’ll Drink to That exclusively sponsored by SevenFifty, the new way to search for wholesale wine & spirits in New York and New Jersey.
69: David Schildknecht
Feb 26, 2013 • 66 min
David Schildknecht, a wine critic for The Wine Advocate, stops by the show to talk the state of wine writing and his history in the business.
68: Scott Gerber
Feb 22, 2013 • 51 min
Scott Gerber is a cofounder of wine and spirits distributor Martin Scott Wines.
67: Michele Smith
Feb 19, 2013 • 44 min
Michele Smith stops by to discuss her work as the Wine and Service Director of New York’s three Michelin-starred Brooklyn Fare.
66: Kristen Murphy
Feb 15, 2013 • 72 min
Kristen Murphy is a Wine Buyer and Social Media Specialist for Wine Library, the massive and popular New Jersey retail shop.
65: Piero Incisa della Rocchetta
Feb 12, 2013 • 84 min
Piero Incisa della Rocchetta is the owner of Bodega Chacra in Patagonia, and a member of the family that owns Tenuta San Guido. Tenuta San Guido produces what is arguably Italy’s most famous wine, Sassicaia.
64: Richard Betts (Part 2)
Feb 8, 2013 • 82 min
In Part 2 of our interview with Richard Betts, he and Levi chat about his Sambra mezcal project, various other wine and spirits he’s been involved in over the years, and touch on the heated orange wine topic.
63: Richard Betts (Part 1)
Feb 5, 2013 • 48 min
In part one of our interview with Richard Betts, we discuss his entry into the business and career as a sommelier. This episode is exclusively sponsored by SevenFifty, the new way to search for wholesale wine & spirits in New York and New Jersey….
62: Marta Rinaldi and Fabio Alessandria
Feb 1, 2013 • 40 min
On a recent trip to Italy, Levi sat down separately with two winemakers. Here now are those discussions with Marta Rinaldi of the the Giuseppe Rinaldi winery in the Barolo commune and Fabio Alessandria of the G.B. Burlotto winery in the Verduno commune.
61: Jon Langley
Jan 29, 2013 • 50 min
Jon Langley stops by the studio to discuss his career as a beer sommelier in New York and his upcoming Greenpoint beer-focused restaurant Tørst, which is opening in early March.
60: Charlie Woods
Jan 25, 2013 • 61 min
Charlie Woods is the owner of wine importer Bonhomie Wine Imports.
59: Deirdre Heekin
Jan 22, 2013 • 59 min
Deirdre Heekin stops by the show to talk about her career as a writer, winemaker and restaurateur. She’s the author of “Libation, A Bitter Alchemy” and, along with her husband Caleb Barber, owner of Vermont’s Osteria Pane e Salute.
58: Yannick Benjamin
Jan 18, 2013 • 50 min
Yannick Benjamin stops by to discuss his career as a New York sommelier and current position as sales associate at Le Du’s Wines, a retail shop in the West Village.
57: John Gilman
Jan 15, 2013 • 81 min
John Gilman stops by to discuss his influential wine newsletter “View From the Cellar.”
56: Liz Nicholson
Jan 11, 2013 • 46 min
Liz Nicholson was at the time of this interview the Wine Director of Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.
55: Jean-Marc Roulot
Jan 8, 2013 • 74 min
Jean-Marc Roulot heads up Domaine Roulot in the Meursault commune of Burgundy.
54: Steve Wildy
Jan 4, 2013 • 57 min
Steve Wildy is the Beverage Director for the Vetri Family of restaurants in Philadelphia, PA. He discusses his Irish roots, love of Italian wine and explains why he won’t drink Guinness anymore.
53: Chris Barnes
Jan 1, 2013 • 59 min
Chris Barnes discusses his career in retail wine at Manhattan’s Chambers Street Wines and his current position as the National Sales Manager for Jose Pastor Selections.
52: Ruben Sanz-Ramiro
Dec 21, 2012 • 51 min
Ruben Sanz-Ramiro discusses his career in the wine world, from his roots in Spain to sommelier positions at The Fat Duck, Double Crown and, most recently, Vertias in New York City.
51: Chris Cannon
Dec 18, 2012 • 83 min
With over 30 years in the New York restaurant business, Chris Cannon is a legend. He discusses everything from giving Paul Grieco his first job to his upcoming projects in Manhattan and New Jersey.
50: Ryan Ibsen
Dec 14, 2012 • 56 min
For our 50th episode, Levi chats wit Ryan Ibsen, the Wine Director at Pasanella & Son, a retail wine shop in the South Street Seaport that was affected by Hurricane Sandy. Ryan talks about coming back after that catastrophic event, his career in…
49: Matt Stinton
Dec 11, 2012 • 72 min
Matt Stinton came to New York for Broadway. Now he’s the beverage director for Hearth in the East Village and all locations of Terroir Wine Bar. He discusses his recent promotion to that role and what it’s like to work under Paul Grieco.
48: Joaquín Simó
Dec 7, 2012 • 66 min
Joaquín Simó is a partner in Alchemy Consulting, a group which recently opened the bar Pouring Ribbons in the East Village. He stops by to talk about his career in the cocktail scene and the importance of hospitality behind the bar.
47: Eric Texier
Dec 4, 2012 • 74 min
In the midst of Hurricane Sandy, vigneron and wine producer Eric Texier stopped by to chat with Levi about his career making wine in France’s Rhone Valley and in the Macon of Burgundy.
46: Joe Salamone
Nov 30, 2012 • 49 min
Joe Salamone is a wine buyer at Crush Wine & Spirits, one of the best retail wine shops in Manhattan.
45: Raj Vaidya
Nov 27, 2012 • 57 min
Raj Vaidya discusses his career in the restaurant business, including time spent at wine destinations like Cru and Per Se. Since 2009, he’s been Head Sommelier at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Manhattan flagship.
44: Josh Raynolds
Nov 23, 2012 • 40 min
Josh Raynolds talks about his job as a critic for the International Wine Cellar. He also touches on the role of retail wine shops in shaping his palate and career.
43: John Ragan
Nov 20, 2012 • 50 min
John Ragan is the Beverage Director of the Union Square Hospitality Group.
42: Abe Schoener
Nov 16, 2012 • 73 min
Abe Schoener talks to Levi about the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy at Red Hook Winery, where he’s a partner. Abe also discusses his career and work in California under his critically acclaimed Scholium Project label.
41: Dustin Wilson
Nov 13, 2012 • 57 min
Dustin Wilson was at the time of this interview the Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan.
40: Pascaline Lepeltier
Nov 9, 2012 • 56 min
Pascaline Lepeltier was at the time of this interview the Head Sommelier at Rouge Tomate in Manhattan.
39: Carla Rzeszewski
Nov 6, 2012 • 54 min
Carla Rzeszewski talks about her love of wine and what it’s like to be wine director at three of Manhattan’s busiest restaurants—The Spotted Pig, The John Dory Oyster Bar and The Breslin. Oh yeah, and she sheds some light on her former career as a…
38: Peter Liem
Nov 2, 2012 • 65 min
ChampagneGuide.net scribe Peter Liem returns to the show to discuss his recently released book. Peter is the coauthor of Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla.
37: Juliette Pope
Oct 31, 2012 • 59 min
At the time of this interview, Juliette Pope was the Wine Director of Gramercy Tavern restaurant, in New York City.
36: Lorena Ascencios
Oct 26, 2012 • 38 min
Lorena Ascencios is the wine buyer at Astor Wines & Spirits in New York City.
35: Michael Jessen
Oct 23, 2012 • 56 min
Michael Jessen was at the time of this interview the Managing Director at Zachys Wine Auctions.
34: Giorgio Conterno
Oct 19, 2012 • 53 min
Giorgio Conterno is the proprietor of the Paolo Conterno winery, a producer of Barolo in Piemonte’s Monforte d’Alba.
33: Eric Asimov
Oct 16, 2012 • 67 min
New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov stops by to discueshis new book How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto, which is being released today (October 16th). Eric first appeared back on the show as our 5th episode and we’re happy to have him back!
32: Patrick Cappiello
Oct 12, 2012 • 54 min
Patrick Cappiello was at the time of this interview the Wine Director of GILT in New York City. He stops by to talk about his career and speak some truths about the realities of the modern sommelier.
31: Michael Skurnik
Oct 9, 2012 • 67 min
Legendary wine importer and distributor Michael Skurnik stops by the show to share stories from his time as a sommelier at Windows on the World and his 25-year old, landmark company Michael Skurnik Wines.
30: Dino Tantawi
Oct 5, 2012 • 53 min
Dino Tantawi is the owner of wine importer Vignaioli Selection. He also has the best radio voice in the history of our show.
29: Kevin McKenna
Oct 2, 2012 • 55 min
Kevin McKenna stops by to discuss his long career in the wine business, specifically his experiences as a partner at Louis/Dressner Selections.
28: Charles Prusik
Sep 28, 2012 • 40 min
Charles Prusik was at the time of this interview the Wine Director at the Mario Batali-owned restaurant Lupa Osteria Romana in Manhattan.
27: Jenny Lefcourt
Sep 25, 2012 • 41 min
Jenny is a co-founder of Jenny and Francois Selections, an importer and distributor of natural wines.
26: Alice Feiring
Sep 21, 2012 • 62 min
Alice is a wine writer and the author of two books including The Battle for Wine and Love. Soon, she’ll release a wine newsletter called “The Feiring Line.”
25: Mark Vlossak
Sep 18, 2012 • 65 min
Mark Vlossak, the owner and winemaker at St. Innocent Winery in Oregon, stops by to talk with Levi about the history of wine in the region.
24: Christy Frank
Sep 14, 2012 • 49 min
Christy is the owner of Frankly Wines in downtown Manhattan. Christy talks to Levi about getting started in retail and then breaks out a bottle to taste.
23: Jon Bonné
Sep 11, 2012 • 70 min
Jon Bonné is the wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He stops by to chat with Levi and discuss the history California wines and where they stand today.
22: Camille Riviere
Sep 7, 2012 • 41 min
Camille Riviere stops by to talk to Levi about her wine import company Camille Riviere Selection.
21: Ned Benedict
Sep 4, 2012 • 68 min
Ned shares some memorable stories with Levi about his time working in the New York restaurant scene and talks about his current role as a partner at Grand Cru Selections.
20: Talitha Whidbee
Aug 31, 2012 • 38 min
Talitha is the owner of Vine Wine, one of several wine shops in Williamsburg that’s shaping the Brooklyn retail wine scene.
19: Michael Wheeler
Aug 28, 2012 • 55 min
Michael Wheeler chats with Levi about his long history in the wine distribution scene. He’s currently a partner in MFW Wine Co. (NY and NJ) and PDX Wines (Portland, Oregon).
18: Blake Johnson
Aug 24, 2012 • 55 min
Longtime Rosenthal Wine Merchant sales representative Blake Johnson chats with Levi about his nearly twenty year history with the landmark import company.
17: Justin Chearno
Aug 21, 2012 • 48 min
Justin Chearno stops by to talk about being a wine buyer at Uva wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
16: Gregory Dal Piaz
Aug 17, 2012 • 72 min
Snooth Media Editor in Chief Gregory Dal Piaz talks with Levi about the past present and future of online wine writing.
15: David Bowler
Aug 14, 2012 • 55 min
Wine importer and distributor David Bowler has one of the most exciting portfolios in the business. Today he recounts his long history in the New York wine scene and talks a bit about where his company is headed.
14: Zev Rovine
Aug 10, 2012 • 62 min
Wine and spirits importer Zev Rovine talks to Levi about his company Zev Rovine Selections.
13: Lee Campbell
Aug 7, 2012 • 60 min
Levi sits down with Lee Campbell, wine director at Reynard in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They chat about Lee’s history in wine, working in Williamsburg and some recent criticism about her list.
12: Jan D’Amore
Aug 3, 2012 • 61 min
Levi chats with wine importer Jan D’Amore about his days in an LA rock band and his import company Jan D’Amore Wines.
11: Peter Liem
Jul 31, 2012 • 68 min
Levi talks to writer Peter Liem about his online champagne guide, a forthcoming book on sherry and his surprisingly vast knowledge of the world of tea.
10: Rita Jammet
Jul 27, 2012 • 59 min
Levi chats with Rita Jammet, the woman behind La Caravelle Champagne and a historic figure in the New York restaurant scene.
9: Mannie Berk
Jul 24, 2012 • 65 min
Levi talks with Mannie Berk, founder and owner of Sonoma-based retailer/importer The Rare Wine Co.
8: Laura Maniec
Jul 20, 2012 • 50 min
Levi sits down with Laura Maniec, owner of Corkbuzz Wine Studio and the former beverage director of the BR Guest restaurant group.
7: Brooklynguy
Jul 17, 2012 • 53 min
Levi chats with the anonymous wine blogger Brooklynguy.
6: Nicolas Palazzi
Jul 13, 2012 • 55 min
Levi sits down with cognac importer Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits.
5: Eric Asimov
Jul 10, 2012 • 66 min
Eric Asimov is Wine Critic for the “New York Times.” He talks about his impact as a wine critic and what he wants to achieve with his articles. He also provides an assessment of recent changes in the world of wine writing, wine lists, and sommeliers.
4: Michael Madrigale
Jul 6, 2012 • 58 min
Michael Madrigale was the Chef Sommelier of Manhattan restaurants Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud at the time of this interview. Michael shares stories from his trip to Alsace in France, and describes how he fell in love with Riesling.
3: Talia Baiocchi
Jul 3, 2012 • 61 min
Talia Baiocchi discusses her work reviewing wine lists as Wine Editor at Eater.com. She talks about what makes a good wine list now, and what wine lists may look like in the future.
2: David Lillie
Jun 29, 2012 • 57 min
David Lillie is a founding partner of Chambers Street Wines, the wine retail shop located in New York City. David discusses the start of his wine retail business, and the hard moments at the beginning of that opening. He explains how he developed an…
1: Aldo Sohm
Jun 22, 2012 • 80 min
Aldo Sohm is the Chef Sommelier of Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City, and a partner in the Sohm & Kracher wine label. Aldo discusses how he came to be interested in wine and the role that Alois Kracher played in that process. He describes…