I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine

I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine Podcast

A former sommelier interviews incredibly famous and knowledgeable wine personalities in his tiny apartment. He gets them to talk candidly about their lives and work, and then shares the conversations with you. Erin Scala contributes amazing original segments. Crush Wine & Spirits is the retail partner. To see all the back episodes from episode 1 in your feed, and to see new episodes sooner, it is important to SUBSCRIBE. It is free to subscribe. Contact info- Email leviopenswine@gmail.com Instagram and Twitter @leviopenswine Phone (347) 450-3092 Website illdrinktothatpod.com

IDTT Wine 469: Mimi Casteel Thinks Your Sustainability Sucks. Try Again.
Mimi Casteel is the owner of the Hope Well Vineyard, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Her family owns the Bethel Heights Vineyard, also in Oregon. Mimi takes on issues like land use, agricultural practice, and vineyard work in this interview, stressing the importance of a connection with nature. She argues against reductionist approaches in the vineyard, and against a goal of species elimination. She also explains how she has worked to combat phylloxera through ecology. Mimi discusses her larger worldvie...

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IDTT Wine 468: David Ramey and the Evolution of Chardonnay
David Ramey is the founder and co-owner of Ramey Wine Cellars and Sidebar Cellars, both based in Sonoma County, California. David shares his career path in California wineries from Simi, to Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus Estate, Rudd Estate, and starting wine labels of his own. While discussing those various work experiences, David also shares what he learned at each point, and how this would evolve into his winemaking approach today. He goes grape variety by variety, explaining key aspects he has lear...

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IDTT Wine 467: Benjamin Leroux Explains How Winemaking in Burgundy Has Changed and Why It Will Change Again
Benjamin Leroux is the proprietor of the Benjamin Leroux winery located in the town of Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France. Benjamin explains how although his family was not in the wine business, he found himself working in a winery at a young age. He discusses his internships outside of Burgundy, at wineries in Oregon and Bordeaux, before talking about his start as the head winemaker at Comte Armand in the 1990s. Benjamin describes in detail the winemaking techniques he was using to make wine in Pomma...

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IDTT Wine 466: Joe Rochioli Jr Built a House for Pinot Noir
Joe Rochioli, Jr. owns the J. Rochioli Vineyards and Winery in California with his son Tom Rochioli and his family. Joe describes the events on the family farm in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County around the middle of the twentieth century, when there was a shift from growing various cash crops to growing more and more wine grapes. He discusses his decision to pursue more plantings of grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir on his acreage. And Joe talks about what he discove...

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IDTT Wine 465: Ken Wright Went Looking for Aroma
Ken Wright is the founder and winemaker of Ken Wright Cellars, based in Carlton, Oregon. Ken discusses his work with Dick Graff in the 1970s, and then explains why he decided to move from California to Oregon in the 1980s to pursue winemaking in Oregon. He gives a thorough explanation of the different rock types found in state, and the attributes that different sites bring to a resulting wine. He also goes into depth in explaining his own winemaking evolution, from working at Panther Creek, to starting Ken ...

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IDTT Wine 464: Russell Hone and the Killer Wine Tasting
Russell Hone lives and works in Burgundy, France with his wife Becky Wasserman. Russell is one of the wine world's great characters, and this interview follows along with the various curves, shifts, and turns to the side of his life, going from England in the post-war years to Germany, Bordeaux, and then on to Burgundy in the 1980s until today. He recalls several encounters with a broad cast of characters from throughout his life, and along the way gives an account of how various wine regions and wines have...

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IDTT Wine 463: Brenna Quigley and the School of Hard Rocks
Brenna Quigley is a geologist who does wine related consulting as a terroir specialist at brennaquigley.com Brenna describes her unusual family connection to geology, and her entry into the wine world. She goes on to define key concepts in geology, such as what soil is, how it is formed, and the different types of rocks that are found in the world. Brenna describes the key rock formations of France, their history, and how they correspond to wine regions. She then discusses what the implications of different...

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IDTT Wine 462: David Hirsch and the Hirsch Vineyards Lighthouse
David Hirsch is the owner of Hirsch Vineyards, located in the Sonoma Coast of California. David opens up about his travels across the United States and across the world in the 1960s and 1970s, and about what led him eventually to the outer reaches of the Sonoma Coast to plant a vineyard. He also reveals what he has learned about the farming of grapevines over the years. And he talks about some of the key people who shaped his thoughts as he became the owner of a vineyard, and then subsequently a winery. Fam...

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IDTT Wine 461: White Burgundy Maestro Pierre Morey
Pierre Morey works with his family at Domaine Pierre Morey and Maison Morey-Blanc, both based in the Burgundy village of Meursault, in France. Pierre grew up farming some of the most renowned vineyards of Meursault, as his family worked as sharecroppers for the Lafon family. He discusses his experience working in and vinifying the fruit of vineyards like Le Montrachet, Meursault-Perrieres, Meursault-Genevrieres, and Meursault-Charmes. He also delves into his transition to Regisseur at Domaine Leflaive, whic...

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IDTT Wine 460: Joel Peterson and the Winemaking American Dream
Joel Peterson is the Founder and Winemaker of the Ravenswood Winery, and the Founder and Winemaker of Once & Future Wine, both in California. Joel describes his first moments with wine, tasting wine with his father and mother, and how that led later to his work with Joseph Swan. Joel talks at length about Swan and the early days of the Joseph Swan winery. Swan was making exemplary California Zinfandel, and Joel explains why he also chose to focus on Zinfandel at the winery he founded, Ravenswood. He recount...

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IDTT Wine 459: Jasper Morris Goes Deep on the Burgundy Crus
Jasper Morris is the author of the book "Inside Burgundy: The Vineyards, the Wine, & the People", as well as the website Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy. Jasper gives both an overview of his own career as a wine importer and Burgundy specialist, and an overview of the vineyards of Burgundy. Jasper goes from north to south along the Côte d'Or, giving his unfiltered opinion about the different communes and crus along the way. Specific vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-R...

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IDTT Wine 458: Luis Seabra Opposes the Winemaking Orthodoxy
Luis Seabra is the proprietor and winemaker at Luis Seabra Vinhos, producing dry wines from the Douro Valley and the Vinho Verde regions of Portugal. Luis discusses his beginnings working as a plant specialist at an university, his work doing vineyard trials for the Portuguese government, the nine years that he made dry wines at the house of Niepoort, and on to the founding of his own winery. Over the course of the interview Luis takes up all kinds of topics relating to Portuguese wine, such as vine materia...

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IDTT Wine 457: Jeanne-Marie de Champs Does Not Follow the Trends
Jeanne-Marie de Champs is the proprietor of Domaines et Saveurs Collection, an exporter of Burgundy and other wines from France. She is based in Beaune. Jeanne-Marie discusses arriving in Burgundy from the Loire Valley, and the situation for Burgundy in the 1970s and 1980s. She explains why she started her own business exporting wines, and the changes in the American wine market that were happening as she was developing her own business. Jeanne-Marie highlights some of the vigneron in Burgundy who helped he...

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IDTT Wine 456: Ehren Jordan Has Eyes for Oregon
Ehren Jordan is the proprietor of the Failla winery, which specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah from California and now also Oregon. Ehren is also the owner of the Day wine label, working with Zinfandel. Ehren discusses his decision to work increasingly with fruit from Oregon vineyards, while comparing and contrasting those with the vineyards he is familiar with in California. He also addresses aspects of his winemaking in Oregon, in terms of technique. Reduction in wine is something that he tal...

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IDTT Wine 455: Jean-Pierre de Smet and the Burgundy Community
Jean-Pierre de Smet was a co-founder and partner in Domaine de l'Arlot, the winery based in the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. Jean-Pierre retired from l'Arlot in 2007, and has since that time been helping his friend Didier Fornerol make the Domaine Didier Fornerol wines, also in France's Burgundy region. Jean-Pierre provides key insights into a number of Burgundy winemaking techniques, and also about the people he knew and has worked alongside with in Burgundy since the 1970s. Jean-Pierre is very clear a...

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IDTT Wine 454: Blending for Beauty with Maggie Harrison
Maggie Harrison is a partner in the Antica Terra winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, where she is also the winemaker. Maggie also makes the Lillian wines from California fruit. Maggie discusses her first winery job working at Sine Qua Non, the development of her approach to each step of the winemaking process, and what she sees as the difference between Oregon and California wine areas. She also explains her thoughts on blending wine, and what she is looking for at the blending table and before that ...

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IDTT Wine 453: Esther Mobley Looks Through the Lens of Wine
Esther Mobley is the wine writer for the "San Francisco Chronicle." Esther talks about her previous work at "Wine Spectator" magazine, how her approach to writing has evolved since joining the "San Francisco Chronicle", and what she has found compelling amongst the stories and issues surrounding California wine today. Esther also shares a lot of insight into how she goes about her job for the "Chronicle" and how she views her work as different from her predecessors at that newspaper. This episode is sponsor...

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IDTT Wine 452: Louis-Benoit Desvignes and the Challenge of Finding Who You Are with Wine
Louis-Benoit Desvignes and his sister Claude-Emmanuelle Desvignes work together at Domaine Louis-Claude Desvignes in Morgon, in the Beaujolais area of France. Louis-Benoit discusses the challenges of the climate, the farming, and the market for a producer of Morgon wines today. He describes a changing area that is inheriting great vine material and building on the the hard work of previous generations, but also actively searching for approaches to address a different set of problems. Louis-Benoit details th...

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IDTT Wine 451: The Aligoté Thread
Erin Scala speaks with Burgundy vigneron devoted to the Aligoté grape variety and explores the challenges and rewards associated with Aligoté today. Erin narrates a tour of Burgundy cellars and vineyards, piecing together conversations with multiple vigneron to find a through thread for Aligoté. This episode contains interviews and commentary from vigneron and wine professionals working with Aligoté, including: Roland Rapet and Vincent Rapet (Domaine Rapet Père et Fils) Fanny Sabre (Domaine Fanny Sabre) Syl...

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IDTT Wine 450: António Maçanita on the Past and Future of Portuguese Wine
António Maçanita is involved with several wine projects throughout Portugal, including Fitapreta in the Alentejo, Maçanita Vinhos in the Douro Valley, and the Azores Wine Company on the Azores Islands. António discusses the rapid change that is happening on the island of Pico, as hundreds of hectares of vineyard are being replanted after over a century of decline. He explains the winemaking history of the area, and points to the reasons why there is a resurgence in interest in grape vines on Pico, an island...

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IDTT Wine 449: Training to Be the World's Best Sommelier with Arvid Rosengren
Arvid Rosengren is the Wine Director of Legacy Records, the restaurant in Manhattan. He won the World's Best Sommelier title in 2016. Arvid shares his memories of growing up in a household of limited means, and what that brought later in his life to his attitude as a competitor and a working sommelier. He recalls his wine studies in Sweden, and his work in restaurants in both Denmark and Sweden before his move to New York. He also recounts the process of winning the World's Best Sommelier Competition, and w...

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IDTT Wine 448: Lee Hudson's Grape Guide
Lee Hudson is the owner of Hudson Ranch and Vineyards, in California's Carneros district. Lee recalls his early days in Texas and in France, as well as the experience of working the 1975 harvest in Burgundy at Domaine Dujac. Lee describes founding his own ranch and vineyard in California, and gives a grape by grape guide to different grape variety characteristics and how the ways they are grown can affect them. Those interested in Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Pinot Noir will find...

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IDTT Wine 447: Sommelier to Self-Employed: A How-To Guide from Will Predhomme
Will Predhomme operates Predhomme, Inc. a wine communications firm based in Toronto, Canada. He is also a partner in Pearce Predhomme, a wine label sourcing wines from Oregon and South Africa. Will traces his history with restaurants and wine, from humble beginnings in Windsor, Ontario to sommelier jobs in Calgary and Toronto. He discusses how his goals changed over time, and how he approached a transition off the floor and into working for himself. Will addresses the potential pratfalls of self-employment,...

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IDTT Wine 446: James Conaway is a Moralist in the Valley
James Conaway is the author of "Napa: The Story of an American Eden", "The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley", and "Napa at Last Light: America's Eden in an Age of Calamity," a trilogy of books about wine and wineries in California's Napa Valley. James argues that serious changes are needed if the Napa Valley is to survive as an agricultural eden in the future. He points out threats to the Valley from climate change, limited resources, increased vineyard and winery develo...

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IDTT Wine 445: Reinventing the Cork with Dominique Tourneix of DIAM
Dominique Tourneix is the Director General of DIAM Bouchage, a company specializing in reconstructed cork closures for wine. Dominique discusses the causes of cork taint in wine and the presence of volatile compounds within traditional cork. He examines the part that wine cork plays in both preventing and allowing for the oxidation of wine, as well as the useful life of a cork. He also explains the alternative solution that his company offers to the traditional wine cork, and how it can be seen as a winemak...

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IDTT Wine 444: Enrico Pozzesi Remembers His Friend Giulio Gambelli
Enrico Pozzesi is the owner of Fattoria Rodano, the winery located within Castellina in Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy. Enrico discusses his wines and vineyard property in this episode, as well as the varying conditions that were presented by different vintages. He also discusses his friendship with an advisor to his winery, Giulio Gambelli. Gambelli in the years since his death has become a legendary figure, known for his incredible wine tasting ability and for the wines he helped create at many properties, in...

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IDTT Wine 443: Anne Parent Shares the Secret to Understanding Pommard
Anne Parent and her sister Catherine run Domaine Parent, based in the Burgundy village of Pommard. They also control the micro-négociant known as Jacques Parent et Compagnie. Anne describes the differences between the key crus of Pommard, relating how Pommard Epenots is distinct from Pommard Les Rugiens. She also describes her vineyard holdings on the hill of Corton. Anne recounts the difficulties of recent vintages in the area, and discloses some of her favorite years for her wines. She talks about differe...

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IDTT Wine 442: Ray Coursen Recalls the Napa Valley of the 1980s and Before
Ray Coursen is the owner and founding winemaker of Elyse Winery as well as Jacob Franklin Wines, in California's Napa Valley. He is also involved with winemaking for Purple Heart Wines, benefiting the Purple Heart Foundation. Ray relates how he arrived in the Napa Valley in the 1980s, and shares conversations he had with several wine world figures at that time. He discusses the history of some key vineyard sites, as well as the attributes of numerous grape varieties that he works with. Ray also divulges som...

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IDTT Wine 441: Chisa Bize Found a Family in Savigny-les-Beaune
Chisa Bize runs Domaine Simon Bize et Fils in Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune with the help of her sister-in-law, Marielle Grivot. Chisa describes her own upbringing in Tokyo, and explains how a chance meeting with Patrick Bize led her to Burgundy, where she is now in charge of the Bize family domaine. Chisa details the differences between the various crus that Bize cultivates, and explains how her approach to farming has shifted over time. She also shares her thoughts on personal growth in response to some t...

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IDTT Wine 440: Aldo Vacca on the History and Future of Barbaresco
Aldo Vacca is the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, in the Barbaresco zone of Italy's Piemonte region. Aldo discusses the foundations of Barbaresco as a delimited zone, and talks about the origins of the Produttori del Barbaresco. He gives a sense of how the winemaking at the Produttori has evolved over time. He also describes the characteristics of some of the important crus of the Barbaresco area, and addresses the differences between some recent vintages and those of the past. While exp...

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IDTT Wine 439: Jean Gonon on Why Every Vintage Should be Different
Jean Gonon works with his brother Pierre at Domaine Pierre Gonon in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, within the Saint-Joseph appellation. Jean speaks about the importance of farming, vine selection, and constant care in this discussion, while asserting that the winemaking that follows is quite simple. He also gives a history of Saint-Joseph as an appellation, and as a terroir. Jean explains why his wines taste as they do, in relation to where they come from and the type of vines involved. And he gives h...

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IDTT Wine 438: Five Decades of Burgundy with Dominique Lafon
Dominique Lafon is the Managing Director of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, with cellars in the Burgundy village of Meursault. Dominique also founded the Mâcon winery Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and the Burgundy négociant label Dominique Lafon. He consults in Oregon at Lingua Franca Wines. Dominique discusses his firsthand meetings with some of the greats of Burgundy of a previous generation, people like Henri Jayer, Pierre Ramonet, Gérard Potel, and Hubert de Montille. He also assesses the contribution of his ...

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IDTT Wine 437: Drinking with the Minotaur
Erin Scala explores the renaissance of winemaking happening today on the Greek island of Crete. Erin narrates a tour through the Crete wine regions near the towns of Heraklion, Chania, and Sitia, and gets answers about grape varieties like Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Candia, Kotsifali, Liatiko, Plyto, and more. This episode contains interviews with winemakers and wine professionals working on Crete, including: Nikos Douloufakis (Douloufakis Winery)  Antonis Dourakis (Dourakis Winery)  Zacharias Diama...

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IDTT Wine 436: Patrick Comiskey on the High Highs and Market Lows of American Syrah
Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer for "Wine & Spirits" Magazine as well as the "Los Angeles Times." He is also the author of the book "American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink." Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought those varieties to prominence in California and Washington State. He provides a timeline for the development of those Rh...

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IDTT Wine 435: Samuel Guibert on the Unique Blend of Mas de Daumas Gassac
Samuel Guibert is a co-owner and winemaker at the Mas de Daumas Gassac winery, in the Languedoc region of France. Samuel goes into detail about the unusual red and white wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac, a winery that blends Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Tannat and a number of other grape varieties together with Cabernet Sauvignon for their red. Samuel explains the setting of the individual vineyards that compose Mas de Daumas Gassac, the wine history of the surrounding Languedoc region, and the evolution of the winem...

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IDTT Wine 434: The Transformation of Lodovico Antinori
Lodovico Antinori is a partner in Tenuta di Biserno, in the Maremma area of Tuscany, and was the founder of Ornellaia in Bolgheri. He is also a partner in Tenuta Campo di Sasso. Lodovico is open and frank in his assessment of his career, discussing his family's position within Tuscan wine, his own important trip to California, and the rise of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia. He describes founding Ornellaia with the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, the later influence of Michel Rolland, and the rise to fame of...

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IDTT Wine 433: Peter Liem's Insider Guide to Champagne
Peter Liem is the publisher of ChampagneGuide.net, as well as the author of the book "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region". Peter Liem returns to the show for an interview about Champagne. Peter has been tasting the wines of Champagne professionally for twenty years, and has lived in that region for the last ten years. In this interview he discusses the terroirs of the Champagne region, and gives tips for better evaluating the wines....

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IDTT Wine 432: Doug Frost is a Double Master
Doug Frost is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Doug does wine and spirits consulting in a range of fields, and works as a wine writer. Doug reflects on his career in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting in this conversation, touching on his varied adventures in the wine and spirits trade. He remembers cellar visits in the Rhone Valley, describes the wine scene in Kansas City over the years, and speaks to the changes within the Master Sommelier...

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IDTT Wine 431: Victor Hazan and the Problem of Italian Wine
Victor Hazan wrote the book "Italian Wine", which was published in 1982. He also co-wrote several Italian cookbooks with his wife, the late Marcella Hazan. Victor Hazan speaks about his lifelong search for authentic Italian ingredients and expressions, an ethusiasm he shared with his wife of many years, Marcella Hazan. Victor details the start of his wine writing career, and confesses why he left off writing his second book on Italian wine. He also provides portraits of some of the key vintners he met along...

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IDTT Wine 430: Becky Wasserman-Hone Gives a Burgundy Tour
Becky Wasserman-Hone is the founder and co-director of Becky Wasserman & Co., an exporter of wines from Burgundy and other regions of France and Europe. Becky looks back on her career in this interview, and talks about what would be become a key period for Burgundy, as it increasingly found an audience amongst American consumers. She also recalls some of the keys friends and mentors she made along the way, including Michel Lafarge, Gerard Potel, Hubert de Montille, Lalou Bize-Leroy, Aubert de Villaine, Rich...

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IDTT Wine 429: Bill Easton Ignored the 90s Monster Wines
Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California. Bill describes an era of post-Prohibition California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a corner of the state that was little known. Bill also is frank about his stylistic choices, and his decision not to embrace the fashionable 1990s style of big wines....

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IDTT Wine 428: Swedish Sommelier Totte Steneby on Restaurant Success and Disaster
Totte Steneby is the Beverage Manager of Portal Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also an importer of Burgundy wine into Sweden, and a European brand ambassador for both the Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote wineries of California. A former child actor, Totte Steneby discusses his sommelier career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the difficult moments he has experienced during restaurant work as well, including one hard opening gone wrong. Totte also describes the ...

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IDTT Wine 427: Gianluca Garofoli on One Hundred Years of Verdicchio
Gianluca Garofoli works with his family at the Garofoli winery, in the Marche region of Italy. Gianluca Garofoli discusses in-depth the wine history of the Marche, as well as the native grape varieties Verdicchio and Montepulciano. This conversation is an insider's guide to the Castelli di Jesi sub-zone of the Marche, and Gianluca provides rich detail about the winemaking there.  Vineyard characteristics, vine training, weather conditions, soil types, vintages, and winemaking styles are all covered, as well...

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IDTT Wine 426: Giampaolo Venica Remembers a Different Friuli
Giampaolo Venica works with his family at the Venica winery, in the Friuli region of Italy. Giampaolo Venica describes the Friuli as a region that has changed significantly in recent decades, and which is still in flux today. He notes the many changes in grape plantings and wine styles within the Collio, and questions what types of wines from the Friuli may find resonance with consumers in the future....

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IDTT Wine 425: Cherasco Barolo Survives Today Solely Because of Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone
Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone is the sole producer of a Barolo from the Cherasco sub-zone of Italy's Piemonte region. His family has owned vineyard land in the Cherasco area for centuries, and the Marchese, who is now over 80 years old, tends to the family parcel at the edge of the Barolo zone. This is a rare encounter with the Marchese, who rarely grants interviews. The conversation ranges across decades and even centuries of history in the Piemonte, covering the Roman period, the reign of the Sa...

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IDTT Wine 424: The Complete Stephen Brook
Stephen Brook is a prolific author of anthologies, travel books, and a wide range of wine books published over the last thirty years, including "The Complete Bordeaux," "The Wines of Germany," "The Wines of California," "Wine People," "The Wines of Austria," and "Bordeaux: People, Power, and Politics."  Stephen has also been a Contributing Editor to Decanter Magazine since 1996. Stephen revisits his wine writing career in this interview, recounting his adventures and undertakings in several different wine p...

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IDTT Wine 423: Elena Pantaleoni Remembers When Making Natural Wine Felt Lonely
Elena Pantaleoni is the proprietor of the La Stoppa winery in Italy's Emilia. Elena Pantaleoni was pulling out international grape varieties from her vineyard in the mid-1990s, just when the acclaim for such wines was highest. And she embraced a Natural wine approach long before it became fashionable in the market. Why did she make those moves? Elena discusses in this interview the decision making that has set her apart from the pack in the Emilia and in Italy. In the end, she says, she didn't want to copy ...

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IDTT Wine 422: Christian Moueix on 50 Years of Pomerol and Napa Valley
Christian Moueix is the president of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, based on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, France. He oversees several properties in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, including Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy, and Chateau Hosanna. Christian is also the owner of the Dominus Estate and Ulysses wineries in the Napa Valley of California. Christian opens up about his family life and career in this interview, touching on the post-war era of Pomerol, through the 1980s in Napa Valley - which tu...

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IDTT Wine 421: Sommelier Victoria James is a Rosé Believer
Victoria James is the Wine Director of Piora restaurant, in New York City's West Village, and the co-author of "Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé". Victoria discusses her shift from diner waitress to fine dining sommelier, and opens up about the process of co-authoring a book with a new boyfriend. This episode will take you to all sorts of unexpected places, including Piemonte's Saluzzo, a lunch table in Provence, into a legendary Lower Manhattan wine cellar, and ringside for a knife fight at a Greek diner....

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IDTT Wine 420: Michael Garner Remembers the Great Personalities of the Piemonte, including Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, and many others
Michael Garner co-authored the book "Barolo: Tar and Roses - A Study of the Wines of Alba" and is writing the forthcoming "Amarone and the Fine Wines of Verona". Michael Garner helped write one of the classic texts on the Piemonte and Barolo. In this episode Michael narrates a lively journey through his meetings with Giovanni Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Violante Sobrero, Luciano Sandrone, Lorenzo Accomasso, Beppe Colla, and many more Great names and personalities of the Langhe region in Italy. Plus Michae...

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IDTT Wine 419: Beppe Colla is one of the Founding Fathers of Barolo
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 guidelines that shape the wines of the region today. This is a rare interview with Beppe Colla, who is now blind and lives in retirement....

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IDTT Wine 418: Steven Spurrier on the Day that Changed Everything
Steven Spurrier is a Consulting Editor for Decanter Magazine. Steven is famed for conducting the "Paris Tasting" of 1976, wherein wines from California bested the French in a blind tasting. He discusses that day in May '76 in this episode, providing a front row seat to what happened. He also shares surprising details from his life before and after....

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IDTT Wine 417: Mapmaker Alessandro Masnaghetti Studies the Borders Between Wine Cultures
Alessandro Masnaghetti is the editor of Enogea, a wine newsletter that has published several groundbreaking maps of wine regions. Alessandro discusses how he went from nuclear engineer to mapman, and the influence that Italian wine journalist Luigi Veronelli had on his career. He also talks about Beppe Colla, a key figure in the history of the Piemonte, and discusses the rationale for focusing on specific crus from that region. And Alessandro gives some well thought out advice to those looking to better und...

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IDTT Wine 416: 100% Whole Cluster
Erin Scala delves into the evolving conversation around whole cluster, one of the biggest questions in winemaking.  One hundred percent whole cluster?  Not all wines are, but this episode sure is. Why might a winemaker choose to use the stems, as well as the grapes, in their winemaking?  Or why might they discard those stems?  Erin Scala looks at the reasoning presented by some key winemakers from around the world. This episode features interviews with: Jean-Nicolas Meo of Meo-Camuzet (Burgundy) Audert de V...

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IDTT Wine 415: Frederic Lafarge Shares the Family Secrets to Making Great Burgundy
Frederic Lafarge operates Domaine Michel Lafarge with his family, with cellars located in the Burgundian town of Volnay, in France. Frederic and his wife Chantal also recently began the Lafarge-Vial domaine, with holdings in the Beaujolais crus of Fleurie, Chiroubles, and Cote de Brouilly. In this interview Frederic goes deep into the explanation of his winemaking for the various crus and grape varieties (including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay, and Aligote Doree) that he works with. There are several surpr...

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IDTT Wine 414: Randall Restiano Shares Strategies for Buying Wine
Randall Restiano is the Wine Director of the Eli Zabar restaurant group as well as the Eli's List retail shop in Manhattan. Randall Restiano discusses wine buying strategies for restaurants and for retail. He suggests finding out what you don't like, thinking for the long term, being careful about large purchases, and focusing in on no more than two countries of origin for wine. Randall also has several principles that he keeps in mind when he evaluates every potential wine purchase. He shares those princip...

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IDTT Wine 413: Patricio Tapia on the New Generation of Wine in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil
Patricio Tapia is the author of the "Descorchados" wine guide to South America. He is also a Senior Correspondent for "Wine & Spirits" Magazine, responsible for covering the wines of Argentina, Chile, and Spain. Patricio Tapia describes both the history and the future for wine in South America, looking at each generation of siginificant winemakers in Argentina and Chile, and discussing the diversity of grape varieties, winemaking methods, and regions across Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay. Patricio ma...

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IDTT Wine 412: Marika Vida-Arnold Balances Being Mom with Being a Somm
Marika Vida-Arnold is the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park New York City and also has her own consulting business, Vida et Fils. In episode 412, Marika Vida-Arnold discusses her strategies for balancing sommelier work with her priorities as a mother of two children. How does she find balance with her schedule, commitments, and budgets to best get to the sort of life she wants for herself and her family? What are the important ins and outs of working with wine in a luxury hotel? And what needs ...

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IDTT Wine 411: Arnaud Lambert
Arnaud Lambert manages Chateau de Breze and Domaine de Saint-Just in the Loire Valley of France....

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IDTT Wine 410: Philippe Newlin
Philippe Newlin is Head of Duclot La Vinicole USA, the importer and distributor of Bordeaux wines from France....

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IDTT Wine 409: Rhone Grape Varieties Throughout California
Erin Scala takes a tour of Syrah and Grenache vineyards throughout California, and talks with winemakers working with Rhone grape varieties in that state. The following winemakers and vineyard professionals are interviewed within this episode: Chris Pittenger (Skinner Vineyards) Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon Vineyard) David Gates, Jr. (Ridge Vineyards) Bob Lindquist (Qupe) Ryan Roark (Roark Wine Company) William Allen (Two Shepherds) Larry Schaffer (Tercero Wines)...

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IDTT Wine 408: Fred Merwarth
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....

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IDTT Wine 407: Larry Stone
Larry Stone returns to the show to speak about his Lingua Franca winery and LS Vineyards, both located in Oregon....

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IDTT Wine 406: Stefano Almondo
Stefano Almondo works with his family at Giovanni Almondo, a producer in the Roero zone of Italy's Piemonte....

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IDTT Wine 405: Frederic Mugnier
Frederic Mugnier is the proprietor of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, located in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny, in France....

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IDTT Wine 404: Ehren Jordan
Ehren Jordan is the proprietor of the Failla winery, located in St. Helena, California....

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IDTT Wine 403: Heidi Schrock
Heidi Schrock runs the Heidi Schrock winery with her family in Rust, within Austria....

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IDTT Wine 402: Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino
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"....

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IDTT Wine 400: Favorite Episodes
Regular listeners of I'll Drink to That! discuss some of their favorite episodes, and Erin Scala tracks down signature clips from those interviews....

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IDTT Wine 399: Erwan Faiveley
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....

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IDTT Wine 398: Aldo Vaira
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....

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IDTT Wine 397: David White
David White is the founder of Terroirist.com and the author of "But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World's Favorite Wine"....

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IDTT Wine 396: Hardy Wallace
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....

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IDTT Wine 395: Cristiana Tiberio
Cristiana Tiberio works with her family at Tiberio, a winery in Abruzzo, Italy....

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IDTT Wine 394: Clement Baraut
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....

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IDTT Wine 393: Haley Moore
Haley Moore is Wine & Spirits Director of the Stock & Bones Company, a group of restaurants located in San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland, Oregon....

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IDTT Wine 392: Isabelle Legeron
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....

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IDTT Wine 391: Vittorio Fiore
Vittorio Fiore and his family own the Poggio Scalette winery in Tuscany as well as Castelluccio in Romagna, Italy....

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IDTT Wine 390: Ben Howkins
Ben Howkins is a founding director of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Tokaji wines....

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IDTT Wine 389: Corrado Dottori
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....

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IDTT Wine 388: Jane Anson
Jane Anson is the Bordeaux correspondent for "Decanter" magazine....

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IDTT Wine 387: Martina Barosio
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....

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IDTT Wine 386: Mathieu Deiss
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....

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IDTT Wine 385: Hugh Johnson
Hugh Johnson has been an author and editor of wine articles and books for over 50 years. His books include "The World Atlas of Wine," "A Life Uncorked," "Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book," "Hugh Johnson On Wine," and "Wine". He also hosted and produced the PBS TV program "Vintage: A History of Wine"....

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IDTT Wine 384: Marie Vayron
Marie Vayron is a sommelier at Le Bernardin restaurant in Manhattan. Her family owns Château Bourgneuf in the Pomerol area of Bordeaux, France....

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IDTT Wine 383: Mario Andrion
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....

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IDTT Wine 382: Ernest Ifkovitz
Ernest Ifkovitz is a partner in PortoVino, an importer of Italian wines into the United States....

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IDTT Wine 381: Cristiano Garella
Cristiano Garella is a partner in the Alto Piemonte's Colombera & Garella winery, as well as a consultant for many other wineries in that region of Italy. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the shift in vineyard plantings within the Alto Piemonte....

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IDTT Wine 380: Giacomo Conterno
Giacomo Conterno works with his family at Poderi Aldo Conterno, a winery located in the Monforte d'Alba area of Piemonte's Barolo zone....

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IDTT Wine 379: Maria Teresa Mascarello
Maria Teresa Mascarello is the proprietor of Cantina Bartolo Mascarello, in the Barolo area of Italy's Piemonte region....

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IDTT Wine 378: Marta Rinaldi
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....

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IDTT Wine 377: Claude de Nicolay
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....

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IDTT Wine 376: Lingzi He
Lingzi He is a freelance journalist living in Bordeaux, who also has traveled and studied extensively in Italy....

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IDTT Wine 375: Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga
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....

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IDTT Wine 374: Marco Tinessa
Marco Tinessa creates Ognostro by sourcing grapes from Italy's Campania and fermenting them on Mount Etna in Sicily....

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IDTT Wine 373: Luca Currado
Luca Currado returns to the show to discuss recent changes at the Vietti winery in the Barolo area of Piemonte, Italy....

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IDTT Wine 372: Mariel Wega
Mariel Wega is the Wine Director of a.kitchen + bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania....

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IDTT Wine 371: Abrie Beeslaar
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....

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IDTT Wine 370: Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller is the winemaker at the PlumpJack Winery in the Napa Valley of California....

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IDTT Wine 369: Ampelio Bucci
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....

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IDTT Wine 368: Kimberly Prokoshyn
Kimberly Prokoshyn is the Head Sommelier and wine buyer at Rebelle restaurant in Manhattan....

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IDTT Wine 367: Jean-Nicolas Méo
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....

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IDTT Wine 366: Joy Kull
Joy Kull is a co-owner of La Villana wines in Gradoli, Italy....

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IDTT Wine 365: Bruce Tyrrell
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....

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IDTT Wine 364: Alex Sanchez
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....

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IDTT Wine 363: Danny Meyer
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....

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IDTT Wine 362: Olivier Humbrecht
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....

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IDTT Wine 361: Dan Petroski
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....

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IDTT Wine 360: Sam Ehrlich
Sam Ehrlich is the Wine Director of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group, based in New York City....

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IDTT Wine 359: Nicoletta Bocca
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....

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IDTT Wine 358: Tom Peters
Tom Peters is the proprietor of the Monk's Cafe, the Belgian beer bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania....

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IDTT Wine 357: Daniel Brunier
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....

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IDTT Wine 356: Angelo Gaja
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....

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IDTT Wine 355: Charles Philipponnat
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....

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IDTT Wine 354: Ian D'Agata
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....

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IDTT Wine 353: Andy Erickson
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....

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IDTT Wine 352: Jean-Louis Chave
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....

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IDTT Wine 351: Christian Seely
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....

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IDTT Wine 350: Alexandre Thienpont and François Thienpont
Alexandre Thienpont oversees Vieux Château Certan in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux. François Thienpont is the founder of Wings, a wine trading company focused on the wines of Bordeaux. Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts some decisive events that occurred in 1956....

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IDTT Wine 349: Virginia Winemakers
Erin Scala hosts an exploration of winemaking in the state of Virginia for a special episode of I'll Drink to That! The following people are featured in this episode: Ben Jordan, Winemaker at Early Mountain Vineyards & producer of War & Rust Jake Busching, Winemaker at Michael Shaps Wineworks Joy Ting, Enologist at Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps, head honcho at Michael Shaps Wineworks Andrew Cole, Beverage Director/Owner at Lampo Matthieu Finot, Winemaker at King Family Vineyards Jim Law, Winegrower ...

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IDTT Wine 348: Jay McInerney
John Barrett "Jay" McInerney, Jr. is an American novelist and wine writer. His novels include "Bright Lights, Big City", "Brightness Falls", and "The Last of the Savages".  His wine essays have been collected in "Bacchus & Me" and "A Hedonist in the Cellar".  He is the current wine critic for Town & Country Magazine....

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IDTT Wine 347: Chris Desor
Chris Desor is a founder and partner in Verity Wine Partners, a wine distributor operating in New York and New Jersey....

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IDTT Wine 346: Jeffrey Patterson
Jeffrey Patterson is the winemaker for Mount Eden Vineyards and Domaine Eden in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, wineries which he also co-owns with his wife Ellie Patterson. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Andreas Fault....

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IDTT Wine 345: Dick Grace
Dick Grace is the proprietor with his family of Grace Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, California....

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IDTT Wine 344: Bianca Miraglia
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....

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IDTT Wine 343: Kevin Pike
Kevin Pike returns to the show, this time to speak about his new import company, Schatzi Wines....

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IDTT Wine 342: Luca Currado Vietti
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....

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IDTT Wine 341: Jacques Lardière
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....

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IDTT Wine 340: Eugenio Jardim
Eugenio Jardim was a longtime sommelier in California, at Jardinière, and is now US Ambassador for the Wines of Portugal....

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IDTT Wine 339: Adrian Bridge
Adrian Bridge is the Chief Executive Officer of The Fladgate Partnership, encompassing the Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, and Croft Port brands from Portugal. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses how the reign of England's Charles II affected the Port wine trade....

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IDTT Wine 338: Ronnie Sanders
Ronnie Sanders is the President and Founder of Vine Street Imports, a wine importer and distributor....

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IDTT Wine 337: John Lockwood
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....

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IDTT Wine 336: Cedric Nicaise
Cedric Nicaise is the Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant in Manhattan....

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IDTT Wine 335: Brad Hickey
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....

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IDTT Wine 334: Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts is the Chief Operating Officer of Colgin Cellars, in the Napa Valley of California....

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IDTT Wine 333: Vicente Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga
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....

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IDTT Wine 332: Paul Grieco
Paul Grieco is the proprietor of Terroir, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan....

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IDTT Wine 331: Greg Harrington
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....

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IDTT Wine 330: Martha Stoumen
Martha Stoumen is a member of The Living Wines Collective, a winemaking cooperative in California....

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IDTT Wine 329: Ricardo Freitas
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....

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IDTT Wine 328: Paul Einbund
Paul Einbund is Beverage Director for the restaurants Frances and Octavia, both in San Francisco....

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IDTT Wine 327: John Kongsgaard
John Kongsgaard is the proprietor of the Kongsgaard winery in Napa Valley, which he runs with his wife Maggy and his son Alex....

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IDTT Wine 326: Bernard Portet
Bernard Portet co-founded Clos Du Val in the Napa Valley of California, where he served as winemaker.  He left that winery in 2010....

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IDTT Wine 325: Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon
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....

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IDTT Wine 324: Gregory Dal Piaz
Gregory Dal Piaz has been preparing a book about the Chianti wines of Tuscany in Italy....

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IDTT Wine 323: Olivier Collin
Olivier Collin runs the Ulysse Collin domaine in the Champagne region of France. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the Côte de Sézanne....

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IDTT Wine 322: Michael McCaulley
Michael McCaulley is Beverage Director and Partner in the Tria restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania....

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IDTT Wine 321: Sashi Moorman
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....

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IDTT Wine 320: Benjamin Lewin
Benjamin Lewin is the author of several wine related books, including Wines of France: A Guide to 500 Leading Vineyards...

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IDTT Wine 319: Eric de Saint Victor
Eric de Saint Victor oversees Château de Pibarnon in the Bandol appellation of France. Eric discusses his parent's purchase of Château de Pibarnon in 1978, and details the previous history of the estate. He also talks about the Mourvedre grape variety, the various terroirs of his property, the aging curve of the wines, and winemaking techniques such as whole cluster use. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the history of the Bandol area....

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IDTT Wine 318: Salvino Benanti
Salvino Benanti works with his family at the Benanti winery on Sicily's Mount Etna....

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IDTT Wine 317: Andrew McNamara
Andrew McNamara is the Director of Fine Wine for Premier Beverage in Florida and the Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas....

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IDTT Wine 316: Bruce Neyers
Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards winery in California returns to the show....

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IDTT Wine 315: Karen MacNeil
Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible, which was recently rewritten for a second edition....

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IDTT Wine 314: CP Lin
CP Lin is the winemaker behind Erewhon, a New Zealand Pinot Noir. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses New Zealand's South Island....

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IDTT Wine 313: Bob Cabral
Bob Cabral recently left his winemaking job at Williams Selyem to work at Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma, California....

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IDTT Wine 312: Bernhard Stadlmann
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....

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IDTT Wine 311: Suzanne Mustacich
Suzanne Mustacich is the author of the book Thirsty Dragon: China's Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World's Best Wines...

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IDTT Wine 310: João Nicolau de Almeida
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....

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IDTT Wine 309: Carole Meredith
Carole Meredith is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where she specialized in grape genetics within the Department of Viticulture and Enology. She is also a partner in the Lagier-Meredith winery in Napa Valley, where she works today with her husband Stephen Lagier....

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IDTT Wine 308: Dorothy Tchelistcheff
Dorothy Tchelistcheff is the widow of winemaker André Tchelistcheff....

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IDTT Wine 307: Kelli White
Kelli White is a sommelier at Press Restaurant in St. Helena and the author of Napa Valley, Then and Now....

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IDTT Wine 306: David Gordon
David Gordon is the Wine Director of Tribeca Grill, in Manhattan....

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IDTT Wine 305: Andrea Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli
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....

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IDTT Wine 304: Tara Q. Thomas
Tara Q. Thomas is the Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine....

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IDTT Wine 303: María José López de Heredia
María José López de Heredia manages the López de Heredia winery in Rioja, Spain.   Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Rioja....

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IDTT Wine 302: Richard Betts
Richard Betts returns to the show for a discussion of his scratch & sniff books on wine and whiskey, as well as other projects....

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IDTT Wine 301: Jeffrey Grosset
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....

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IDTT Wine 300: Robert Bohr
Robert Bohr is a partner in Charlie Bird restaurant in Manhattan, as well as the King Street Sommeliers consulting business....

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IDTT Wine 299: Salvatore Geraci
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....

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IDTT Wine 298: Guy Stout
Guy Stout is a grape grower and member of the Glazer's Distribution team in Texas....

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IDTT Wine 297: Craig Collins
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....

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IDTT Wine 296: Carenn Jackson
Carenn Jackson was working for Glazer's Distributors in Austin, Texas at the time of this interview. She has since moved on....

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IDTT Wine 295: Chad Carey
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....

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IDTT Wine 294: Devon Broglie
Devon Broglie is the Associate Global Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market. He is based in Austin, Texas....

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IDTT Wine 293: David Keck
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....

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IDTT Wine 292: June Rodil
June Rodil is Beverage Director of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group in Austin, Texas....

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IDTT Wine 291: Philippe Guigal
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....

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IDTT Wine 290: Christy Canterbury
Christy Canterbury is a wine writer, wine competition judge, and frequent speaker on wine topics around the world....

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IDTT Wine 289: Danilo Nada
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....

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IDTT Wine 288: Karl duHoffmann
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....

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IDTT Wine 287: Antonio Flores
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....

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IDTT Wine 286: Summer Wolff
Summer Wolff is the founder and European Portfolio Manager of Indie Wineries, a wine import company....

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IDTT Wine 285: Gerhard Kracher
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....

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IDTT Wine 284: John Slover
John Slover is a longtime sommelier who now devotes most of his time to private consulting in the New York area....

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IDTT Wine 283: Bruno Borie
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....

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IDTT Wine 282: Leonardo LoCascio
Leonardo LoCascio, who recently retired from the Winebow Group, was a co-founder of Winebow in 1980....

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IDTT Wine 281: Kareem Massoud
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....

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IDTT Wine 280: Ryan Looper
Ryan Looper is a sales representative for T. Edward wines....

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IDTT Wine 279: Leo Alzinger
Leo Alzinger, Jr. works with his family at the Alzinger winery in Austria's Wachau. Leo Alzinger discusses the key vineyard holdings of the family, as well as some of the realities of climate change, and the conditions of some recent vintages. He also details some of the changes that have occurred at the winery as some techniques regarding lees contact and sulphur use have been fine-tuned. And Leo explains some of the differences between Gruner Veltliner and Riesling, both in terms of growing them in the vi...

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IDTT Wine 278: Monica Samuels
Monica Samuels is the National Sake Sales Manager for Vine Connections, a wine and sake importer....

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IDTT Wine 277: Alister Purbrick
Alister Purbrick is CEO of Tahbilk, in Australia's Victoria region. Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of Australian wine....

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IDTT Wine 276: Ryan Mills-Knapp
Ryan Mills-Knapp was the Beverage Director of Le District, in lower Manhattan, at the time of this interview. He has since moved on....

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IDTT Wine 275: Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
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....

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IDTT Wine 274: Andrea Fassone
Andrea Fassone is the founder and owner of Enotria Wine Imports, a wine importer based in New York....

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IDTT Wine 273: Megan Glaab
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....

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IDTT Wine 272: Bill Short
Bill Short is a Regional Manager for Dreyfus, Ashby & Co in New York....

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IDTT Wine 271: Giusto Occhipinti
Giusto Occhipinti is one of the founding partners of the COS winery in Sicily, Italy. Martha Stoumen joins to translate for Giusto....

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IDTT Wine 270: Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis is the author and publisher of The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy....

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IDTT Wine 269: Christopher Bates
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....

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IDTT Wine 268: Karen King
Karen King is a Director of On Premise Development for the Winebow Group....

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IDTT Wine 267: Ivan Rapuzzi
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....

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IDTT Wine 266: Ray Isle
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine....

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IDTT Wine 265: Graham Tatomer
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....

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IDTT Wine 264: Justin Berlin
Justin Berlin is a founding partner of Spanish Wine Exclusives, a Spanish wine importer....

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IDTT Wine 263: Federico Scarzello
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....

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IDTT Wine 262: Levi Dalton
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....

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IDTT Wine 261: Michael Cruse
Michael Cruse is the winemaker of Cruse Wine Co. and Ultramarine, both in California.  Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks St. Laurent....

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IDTT Wine 260: Tyler Colman
Tyler Colman has written a long running wine blog as Dr. Vino, and has also authored two books on wine, Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink and A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season....

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IDTT Wine 259: Carl von Schubert
Carl von Schubert is the owner of the Maximin Grünhaus estate in Germany's Ruwer Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Riesling....

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IDTT Wine 258: Jean-Louis Trapet
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....

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IDTT Wine 257: Hans Reisetbauer
Hans Reisetbauer is a distiller working in Austria. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses the attributes of alchemy....

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IDTT Wine 256: Beth von Benz
Beth von Benz works as a wine consultant at her company, MVB Consulting....

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IDTT Wine 255: Florent Plageoles
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....

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IDTT Wine 254: James Tidwell
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....

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IDTT Wine 253: Hanno Zilliken
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....

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IDTT Wine 252: Jack Mason
Jack Mason is the Wine Director at Marta Restaurant in Manhattan....

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IDTT Wine 251: Cathy Corison
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....

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IDTT Wine 250: David Beckwith
David Beckwith is a partner in Grand Cru Wine Consulting and in the restaurant wine app pickabottle....

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IDTT Wine 249: Michel Lafarge
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....

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IDTT Wine 248: Aubert de Villaine
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....

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IDTT Wine 247: Mitja Sirk
Mitja Sirk works with wine at La Subida, the restaurant his family runs in Italy's Friuli region....

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IDTT Wine 246: Fabio Alessandria
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....

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IDTT Wine 245: Josko Gravner
Josko Gravner produces wine from Friuli in northern Italy and from Slovenia.  He is joined by his daughter Mateja Gravner, who acts as translator for this interview. Also in this episode, Erin Scala considers the reemergence of clay amphora in the wine world....

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IDTT Wine 244: Elin McCoy
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....

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IDTT Wine 243: Robert Kacher
Robert Kacher is the founder of Robert Kacher Selections, a wine import company with a focus on French wines....

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IDTT Wine 242: Frédéric Barnier
Frédéric Barnier is the Technical Director of Maison Louis Jadot, in Burgundy. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks Valentine's wine....

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IDTT Wine 241: Amanda Smeltz
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....

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IDTT Wine 240: Rajat Parr
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....

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IDTT Wine 239: Oz Clarke
Oz Clarke is a British wine writer and television personality....

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IDTT Wine 238: Bertrand Gautherot
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....

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IDTT Wine 237: Terry Theise
Terry Theise is a wine importer who focuses on German and Austrian wine, as well as Champagne for his Terry Theise Estate Selections....

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IDTT Wine 236: Morgan Twain-Peterson
Morgan Twain-Peterson is the owner and winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala discusses Zinfandel....

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IDTT Wine 235: Alfonso Cevola
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....

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IDTT Wine 234: Louis-Antoine Luyt
Louis-Antoine Luyt is a winemaker based in Chile. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks teeth....

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IDTT Wine 233: Antonio Galloni
Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media returns to the show....

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IDTT Wine 232: Jermaine Stone
Jermaine Stone is the Director of Logistics at Wally's Wine Auctions. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores wine under the sea....

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IDTT Wine 231: Robert Mackin
Robert Mackin is the owner of wine importer and distributor Artisan Wines Inc....

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IDTT Wine 230: Jeff Kellogg
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....

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IDTT Wine 229: Alessandro Bindocci
Alessandro Bindocci assists with the winemaking at Tenuta Il Poggione, in the Brunello di Montalcino zone of Tuscany....

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IDTT Wine 228: Christopher Tracy
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....

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IDTT Wine 227: Jessie Kiefer
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....

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IDTT Wine 226: Margrit Mondavi
At the time of this interview, Margrit Mondavi was Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery. She was married to Robert Mondavi for 27 years. Also in this episode, Erin Scala explores the extraordinary impact of the Paris Exposition of 1889....

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IDTT Wine 225: Giovanni Poggiali
Giovanni Poggiali is the chief executive of Felsina, in Tuscany, Italy....

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IDTT Wine 224: Fred Loimer
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....

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IDTT Wine 223: Elisabetta Fagiuoli
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...

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IDTT Wine 222: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair
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....

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IDTT Wine 221: Susan Kostrzewa
Susan Kostrzewa is the Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine....

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IDTT Wine 220: Graeme MacDonald
Graeme MacDonald is a partner in MacDonald Vineyards, in Napa Valley. Also in this episode, Erin Scala talks turkey wines....

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IDTT Wine 219: Shelley Lindgren
Shelley Lindgren is a partner and Wine Director at A16 restaurant in San Francisco, SPQR, and A16 Rockridge in the East Bay....

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IDTT Wine 218: Daniel Ravier
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....

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IDTT Wine 217: Stellios Boutaris
Stellios Boutaris is the owner of the Kir-Yianni Estate in northwestern Greece....

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IDTT Wine 216: Victor Urrutia
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....

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IDTT Wine 215: Jonas Sandberg
Jonas Sandberg is the Sommelier at Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden....

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IDTT Wine 214: James Millton
James Millton founded The Millton Vineyards in New Zealand, which he runs today with his family and where he is the winemaker....

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IDTT Wine 213: Larry Turley
Larry Turley is the proprietor of Turley Wine Cellars in California. Also in this episode, Erin Scala chronicles a history of Petit Verdot....

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IDTT Wine 212: Thomas Duroux
Thomas Duroux manages Chateau Palmer, in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux....

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IDTT Wine 211: Izabella Zwack
Izabella Zwack works for her family's distillery in Hungary, called Zwack, and also owns the Dobogo winery in Tokaj....

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IDTT Wine 210: Jerome Prevost
Jerome Prevost is the winemaker of La Closerie, his winery in Champagne, France....

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