Saturday, May 14, 2022

Podcast Milestone -- 6 Years. 150 + Episodes. 3 Taste Awards!


6 years. 150 + episodes. 3 Taste Awards. And inducted into the Taste Award Hall of Fame. 

Six years ago this month I pitched the idea to Beth that the Wine Road should have a podcast. We started out recording in the warehouse and settled on a schedule of posting a show every other week. Our audience grew and we started recording episodes at Threshold studios with our sound engineer Richard Ross. 


Anyone who has a podcast knows how much work it is to consistently record and post—be it every week, every two weeks or even once a month. 


Most podcasts run out of steam after a few months. It’s easy to start a podcast it’s hard to keep it going. I’m proud to say we’re going strong and heading into our 7th year. 


Thanks to Beth Costa for believing in my crazy ideas, to Richard for making us sound so good and to our amazing sponsor Ron Rubin Winery for their generous support. And most of all cheers all our listeners! 


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Wine Road Podcast-- Dan Teldeschi, Owner F. Teldeschi Wines with Bobby Terrano

Dan Teldeschi and Bobby Terrano join us for a fun filled conversation about the wines of F.Teldeschi and how they both came to be in the wine business. Wine of the Day 2002 F.Teldeschi Petite Sirah.
Fast Five recipe: Barbecued Tri-Tip from Jason Robinson of Ehret Family Winery

 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wine Road Podcast -- Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience with Karissa Kruse, President Sonoma County Winegrowers

 

 

Karissa Kruse, President Sonoma County Winegrowers joins us to tell us all about the Healdsburg Food and Wine Experience May 20-22, 2022. Wine of the Day CAST Blanc de Noirs Sparkling. Fast Five Recipe: Apple Cider Pulled Chicken from Elizabeth at Dutton Estate Winery.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Pinot Noir: Varietal of the Month

 


Pinot Noir is synonymous with Sonoma County as one of the flagship wines of the Russian River Valley region. Light bodied with moderate to high acidity gives Pinot Noir a structure that makes it eminently pair worthy with a wide range of foods. A cool climate grape, Pinot Noir can be finicky and difficult to grow, but it is also most expressive and reflective of the place where it’s grown. Here in Sonoma County, in the Russian River Valley and along the Sonoma Coast, we have some of world’s best vineyards and growing conditions for producing classic Pinot Noir of elegance and complexity.

Here are capsule reviews of Pinot Noir you may find along the Wine Road.


Baldassari 2019 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

On the nose the 2019 Baldassari Pinot Noir presents a bouquet of strawberry, clove and pomegranate and a hint of flint. A nice balance of fruit, acid and tannin with a plush mouth feel delivers tart cherry, hibiscus, rose hips and deep grounding notes of tobacco. It’s juicy and zingy and full of flavor with a long taut finish. Enjoyable now, but for those that can wait, a few years of bottle age will make it sing. Pair with pulled pork sliders.

ABV 14.1%
$52

Dutton Estate 2018 La Familia Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Deep garnet in color the 2018 Dutton Estate La Familia Pinot Noir opens with a beautiful nose of cranberry, plum, warm spun sugar, black cherry and a touch of white pepper. Well balanced with silky unobtrusive tannins that glide across the palate with lush notes of cocoa, red plums, pomegranate and wild blueberry. Great acidity and a long spicy finish with a pleasant hit of mint at the end. Pair with something classic such as a Liberty Duck confit with a cherry glaze.

ABV 14.4%
$72


Ektimo 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

The Ektimo 2017 Pinot Noir is perfumed with crushed rose petals and violets and a heavenly scent of wild strawberry. Bright and fruity with good acidity featuring primary notes of ripe cherry, plum sauce, and spicy carnation along with savory notes of fig and cocoa that linger on the finish. Great balance and structure make this a sure bet for cellaring, but who wants to wait? Enjoy now with a baked Brie or warm goat cheese salad alongside a rotisserie chicken.

ABV 13.5%
$38

Furthermore 2017 Gaps Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap

The deep garnet color of the 2017 Furthermore Pinot Noir, from Gaps Crown in the Petaluma Gap AVA, portends what’s to come. On the nose you’ll find earthy scents of mushroom and tobacco, with notes of cocoa and ripe Bing cherry. Bright fruit flavors sashay across the palate with juicy red raspberry, black plum and tart pomegranate. The spicy finish offers notes of clove, baking spice and candied ginger that is savory and long lasting. Pair with mac and cheese for a high/low combination that is both elegant and satisfying.

ABV 14.7%
$60


Russian River Vineyards 2017 Horseridge Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There used to be an airline slogan “Something special in the air…” and that’s what came to mind as I inhaled the complex scents of this Russian River Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir. It was an aromatic rush to the senses of strawberry, leather, clove, vanilla, cigar and plum. Balanced and well-integrated interplay of acid and tannins deliver tart layered flavors of cherry, red raspberry, wild blueberry, smoky fig, rhubarb and a dusting of cocoa. Pair with a fine cigar or something decadent like black truffle risotto.

ABV 14.5%
$90 (Library Wine)

Trione 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

On the nose, the 2017 Trione Pinot Noir has scents of sweet briar, cherry, cranberry, clove, mushroom and plum sauce. Soft silky tannins provide a seamless backdrop to the juicy flavors of strawberry, pomegranate and a wonderful note of bacon fat. The long spicy finish has a touch of rose hips and raspberry. There’s a lot going on here but it all comes together in perfect harmony. Great to drink now and I suspect it will be rewarding well into the future too. Pair with bacon wrapped Scallops or cedar plank salmon.

ABV 14.6%
$44

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Wine Road Podcast-- Elizabeth Miller, Hospitality Manager for Dutton Estate Winery

 

We sip on some Dutton Estate Chardonnay and chat with Elizabeth Miller about what’s new and happening at Dutton Estate in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Plus the book of the day --Wine: A Tasting Course from Grape to Glass by Marnie Old, and a Fast Five recipe, Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn from West Wines.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Wine Road Podcast-- Robert V. Camuto, Author, Wine Journalist, Contributing Editor for Wine Spectator

 

We go all Italian on this episode with Robert V. Camuto, author of South of Somewhere: Wine, Food, and The Soul of Italy, plus our with the Wine of the Day--Orsi Family Biancolella d’Ischia, and the Fast Five Recipe--Negroncelli cocktail from Pedroncelli Winery.

 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Wine Road Podcast-- Craig Colagrossi, Owner & Winemaker Colagrossi Wines


We chat with Craig about his wine program focusing on Italian varietals and what’s new and upcoming at Colagrossi Wines on Artisan Alley in Windsor. Plus our Fast Five recipe from Jesse Malvesti of David Coffaro Wines.


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