Category Archives: Sonoma

ACORN Winery: The Art and Magic of Perfect Balance

In my push to work on the “Wine for Normal People” book (draft done, selling to publishers in process!), many things took a back seat. Among those I feel guiltiest about: not reviewing the ACORN Winery samples that Bill and Betsy Nachbur so generously sent to me for consideration in...

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 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....

Wine for Normal People Radio: Episode 68 — California

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/68Ep068_CaliforniaOverview.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:18 — 28.8MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSCalifornia is a huge state and makes up 90% of wine production in the United States. This week we tackle this great state that put U.S. winemaking on the map. A special thanks to Magnus, a...