Category Archives: California

Wine for Normal People Podcast: Audio blog 13 — Cool Weather Whites

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Audio_blog_13__Cool_Weather_Whites.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:43 — 9.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen the weather is cold, I often just want to reach for a red. It’s got higher alcohol, is served at a warmer temperature, and it’s great with hearty food. But I’m here to...

Podcast: Ep 162: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek in Paso Robles, CA

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_162__Jason_Haas_of_Tablas_Creek_in_Paso_Robles_CA.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:12:20 — 66.4MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSJason Haas was the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. As the GM and a partner in the Tables Creek Vineyard joint venture with the Perrin family of Rhône fame (Château de Beaucastel...

Truchard Vineyards: Another Year of Outstanding Wine

It’s no surprise that I’m a Truchard fan. I’ve written about them and even nominated the winery as one of America’s best for the Daily Meal. It’s true that I like the people behind the winery, but even if I didn’t, their wines are fabulous and for some strange reason,...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 134 — How to Become a Winemaker with Ryan Schmaltz from Bella Winery

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/134_Ep_134__How_to_Become_a_Winemaker_with_Ryan_Schmaltz_from_Bella_Winery.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:05:37 — 60.3MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week, we have a great story for you! Ryan Schmaltz, podcast listener and chemistry Ph.D turned winemaker at Bella Winery and Wine Caves in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma shares his fascinating...

Wine for Normal People Radio – Ep 131: Observations from a Trip to Sonoma, CA

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/131_Ep_131__Observations_From_A_Trip_To_Sonoma_CA.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 49:15 — 45.3MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSAfter a recent trip to Sonoma, we reflect on how things have improved in the past few years. The maturity of the region, including the quality of the wine and creativity of the producers, the family legacy of...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 130 — CA Pinot with Jim Morris of MacPhail Family Wines

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_130__CA_Pinot_with_Jim_Morris_of_MacPhail_Family_Wines.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:11:13 — 65.4MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSIn this episode we talk with Jim Morris of MacPhail Family Wines. We discuss a lot of stuff with our old friend and one of the nicest guys in Sonoma. Topics range from: The...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 129 — Mick Unti on Igniting Sonoma’s Grape (R)evolution

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_129__Mick_Unti_on_Igniting_Sonomas_Grape_Revolution.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:17 — 38.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSAn impromptu recording with one of the only producers in the Dry Creek that does Mediterranean grapes, not just Zinfandel: Mick Unti, co-founder, winemaker, and sales and marketing mind of Unti Vineyards.  The conversation...

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 125 The Difference Between Napa and Bordeaux Reds

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/Ep_125__Napa_v_Bordeaux_Cab.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:57 — 31.3MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSApart from the obvious (which, M.C. Ice states): there’s an ocean and a continent separating them, what IS the difference between the Caberet Sauvignon based wines of Napa and those of Bordeaux (Left Bank)....

Wine for Normal People Radio: Ep 118 — ACORN Winery of Sonoma, California

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/118_Ep_118__ACORN_Winery_of_Sonoma_CA.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 54:10 — 49.8MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSFor this episode, I had the honor of talking with Bill and Betsy Nachbaur of ACORN Winery in Sonoma. From Sonoma history, to grape leaf shape, canopy management, barrel toast, and their specialty —...

ACORN Winery from Sonoma: Where Consistency and Quality Reign

Sometimes you can taste a signature of the winemaker in a great wine. When that happens it’s fabulous. It’s a different experience. I liken it to the difference between a typewritten note and a handwritten one. They are both nice to receive but the handwritten one is like a virtual physical touch....