I'll Drink to That! Wine Talk
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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
Kevin Zraly is the author of "Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course". He is also the co-author (with Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen) of the book "Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties and Styles". Kevin was for decades the Cellar Master of the Windows on the World restaurant, located on the top floors of the North Tower of New York City's original World Trade Center.   This episode also features commentary from:   Martin Sinkoff, Martin Sinkoff Associates   This episode is sponsored by:   The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting of New York State wines on September 22nd at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan.   DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market.   Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time.  

Christopher Howell is the winemaker and General Manager of the Cain Vineyard and Winery in the Napa Valley of California.   Christopher discusses his early wine tastings and home winemaking in the 1970s, and talks about some key relationships that helped form his interest in wine. He explains how he ended up pursuing an oenological and viticultural education in Montpellier, France, highlighting some notable people that he studied with, and how that school work then led to a stagiaire position at Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux. Christopher talks about a chance meeting that he had while working at Mouton, and something that was said to him that has stayed with him for the rest of his life. He also discusses other adventures in other wine cellars in France, notably at Château Rayas in the Rhône Valley.   Christopher discusses his return to the United States, and a pivotal meeting with Helen Turley that then led to a job at Peter Michael in the late 1980s. He talks about characteristics of Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer that would contribute to their success in the wine world, and Christopher is frank about what he learned from them both. He further explains how the transition to working at the Cain Vineyard and Winery came about, where he has now been employed for the last thirty years.   Christopher is open about his sometimes unconventional winemaking choices, and explains the thought processes behind some idiosyncratic decision making, as well. In particular concerning brettanomyces, reduction, and volatile acidity. He also discusses the evolution of the different wine offerings at Cain, and what he has learned from that progression. He shares a great deal of his philosophy on topics like farming, vineyard trellising, terroir expression, grape variety blending, and wine complexity. He also is frank in his discussion about what his career choices have really entailed.   This episode also features commentary from the following people:   Cathy Corison, Corison Winery Kelli White, author of "Napa Valley Then and Now" Ehren Jordan, Failla John Lockwood, Enfield Wine Co. Bernard Portet, founding winemaker at Clos Du Val   This episode is sponsored by:   The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting of New York State wines on September 22nd at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan.   DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market.   Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time.  

Jason Lett is the co-owner of The Eyrie Vineyards, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Jason discusses how his father, David Lett, helped transform the Willamette Valley into a growing region for Pinot Noir, acheiving worldwide acclaim for his efforts. Jason, who was born shortly after his father arrived in Oregon, retraces in this conversation the path that led his father there. He also talks about the character of his father, what he was trying to accomplish and why. Jason is clear about the state of winery, the wines, and his relationship with his father at the time of the transition to his own leadership at The Eyrie Vineyards. Jason explains realizations he has made working with other grape varieties besides Pinot Noir in Oregon, such as Chasselas and Trousseau. He also talks about how the farming at the family properties has changed since his father's day. And he discusses how his approach to certain wines is different from his father's practice. Jason is open about how trips to Burgundy and interactions with Burgundians have affected him and his work. He specifically talks about people like Gérard Potel, André Mussy, the Drouhin family, Michel Lafarge, Patrick Bize, and Romain Lignier. Some of Jason's comments about these people are further fleshed out in this episode by additional commentary spliced in from other interviews in the I'll Drink to That! archive. Climate change is also discussed in this episode, as Jason addresses how this reality might be approached in the vineyard. And he talks about how the region that his father made famous for Pinot Noir has itself changed over the decades since. This episode also features commentary from the following people: Mimi Casteel, Hope Well Wine Jacques Seysses, Domaine Dujac Dominique Lafon, Domaine Comtes Lafon Michel Lafarge, Domaine Michel Lafarge Christophe Roumier, Domaine Georges Roumier Becky Wasserman-Hone, Becky Wasserman & Co. Russell Hone, Becky Wasserman & Co.   This episode is sponsored by: The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting of New York State wines on September 22nd at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan. Expedition Blue Ridge. A walk-around tasting of Virginia wines on March 24th at Corkbuzz Union Square in Manhattan. DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market. Melio, a free intuitive payment platform that enables wine shops/bars and restaurants to centralize, schedule, and pay all their bills—using bank transfers, debit or credit cards—in just a few clicks. Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time.  

Mary Ewing-Mulligan is the President of International Wine Center, located in New York City, and a co-author of the "Wine For Dummies" books. Mary discusses her introduction to working with wine, employed by an Italian government agency responsible for promoting Italian wine. She explains the situation for Italian wines in the United States at the time, the 1970s, and how the Italian wines in the market went about competing with wines from other countries. She also contrasts that situation for Italian wine to the situation for Italian wine in the United States today, and points out what has changed. Mary then talks about her own experiences traveling to Italy, and her friendship with the Currado family of the Vietti winery in Italy's Piemonte. Mary goes on to explain a key decision in her own wine career, leaving a high paying job in public relations to take a more modestly paid position at a wine school. She talks about her struggles to pass the Master of Wine exam, and her eventual triumph as the first woman residing in North America to earn a Master of Wine title. She then discusses her introduction of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust curriculum to the United States. Mary's career takes another turn as she and her husband Ed McCarthy write the very successful "Wine For Dummies" book that led to a number of other wine books in the "Dummies" series being authored by the couple as well. She talks about how she and Ed went about writing the "Dummies" books, in terms of approach. And Mary grapples in this interview with being on the one hand the author of "Wine For Dummies," while on the other hand also being a Master of Wine. She explains how she feels about the pairing, and what her motivations were at each point in her career.   This episode is sponsored by: The NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting of New York State wines on September 22nd at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan. DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market. Melio, a free intuitive payment platform that enables wine shops/bars and restaurants to centralize, schedule, and pay all their bills—using bank transfers, debit or credit cards—in just a few clicks. Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time. Expedition Blue Ridge. A walk-around tasting of Virginia wines on March 24th at Corkbuzz Union Square in Manhattan.

Christophe Roumier and his family run Domaine Georges Roumier, located in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny in France. Christophe discusses the arrival of his grandfather in Chambolle-Musigny, and the beginning of the Roumier family history with wine. He talks about his family's work for the Comtes Georges de Vogüé domaine, also in Chambolle-Musigny, and then explains the timeline for estate wines at Domaine Georges Roumier. Christophe further discusses the Roumier and Ponnelle family connections (Christophe's mother was a Ponnelle), and the role that Christophe's father took on at Pierre Ponnelle, as well as at Domaine Georges Roumier. Christophe also details his own route to studying oenology in the late 1970s, and then working at the family domaine beginning in the 1980s. The vineyard holdings of Domaine Georges Roumier are discussed in detail, covering the plots for Bourgogne Rouge and Chambolle-Musigny villages, as well as the Les Cras, Les Combottes, and Les Amoureuses 1er Crus in Chambolle-Musigny, Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru in Morey-Saint-Denis, and the Grand Crus of Ruchottes-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Bonnes-Mares, and Musigny. Christophe then discusses the Corton-Charlemagne parcel he works, the Clos Vougeot that he used to farm, and the Échezeaux parcel that he recently began working. Christophe addresses both the character of these vineyards, and character of the wines that they produce. Christophe talks about the farming practices at Domaine Georges Roumier, and addresses his move to organic farming methods in the 1980s. He specifically highlights why the move to organic has been important for his wine production. He also talks about topics like vine trellising, and the changing conditions in the Burgundy vineyards today. In terms of winemaking, Christophe discusses aspects like the stages of a fermentation, the role of reduction, the importance of temperature control to his work, lees contact, sulphur addition, and further, Christophe enunciates the ramifications of delaying the start of a malolactic conversion. This is a very rare chance to hear directly from Christophe Roumier as he talks about his approaches to his work, and recalls some of the key moments of his career. This episode also features commentary from the following people: Dominique Lafon, Domaine Comtes Lafon Becky Wasserman-Hone, Becky Wasserman & Co. Jacques Seysses, Domaine Dujac Jean-Pierre de Smet, founder of Domaine de l'Arlot Michel Lafarge, Domaine Michel Lafarge Benjamin Leroux, Benjamin Leroux Claude de Nicolay, Chandon de Briailles   This episode is sponsored by: The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, offering beverage professionals a January visit to New York's Finger Lakes. Apply to join today. DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market. Melio, a free intuitive payment platform that enables wine shops/bars and restaurants to centralize, schedule, and pay all their bills—using bank transfers, debit or credit cards—in just a few clicks. Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time.

Giacomo Oddero and his family operate Poderi e Cantine Oddero, in the La Morra area of the Barolo appellation in Piemonte, Italy. Giacomo, who was born in the mid-1920s, remembers the difficulties encountered in the Barolo region in the aftermath of World War II, as well as the specific changes that helped set the Barolo area on a path to prosperity. He recalls the challenges posed by families leaving the area in lean times, and the cooperation that was necessary to make region wide changes in wine production standards. Giacomo specifically mentions the process of codifying the Barolo appellation rules, encouraging growers in the area to register their grape production, and the move to make less wine of a higher quality. He also discusses the family purchases of vineyards like Brunate, Rionda, and Rocche di Castiglione, and the differences he finds between single vineyard Barolo and a blended Barolo classico. Giacomo talks about why he chose to stay in the Piemonte during hard times, and the decisions that he and his brother Luigi undertook when the two worked together, when their winery was known as Fratelli Oddero. Giacomo also mentions several other prominent names in the Barolo region, such as Renato Ratti and Battista Rinaldi. Finally, he explains what a public initiative undertaken during his tenure as mayor ultimately entailed for the region. Those who want to understand the culture and history of the Piemonte region will find this interview to be a treasure trove of information.   This episode is sponsored by: The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, offering beverage professionals the opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and Hudson Valley wine regions Melio, a free intuitive payment platform that enables wine shops/bars and restaurants to centralize, schedule, and pay all their bills—using bank transfers, debit or credit cards—in just a few clicks. DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market. Australian Wine Discovered. A comprehensive, free education program offering editable, downloadable content that you can access any time.

Rod Berglund and his family own Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, where Rod is also the winemaker. Rod explains how he first became interested in wine, and what led him to found his own winery in the late 1970s. He also discusses how he met winemaker Joe Swan, who would eventually become his father-in-law. Rod conveys how Joe in many ways stood apart from his California winermaking contemporaries of the 1970s and 1980s, making choices influenced by the changes Joe had seen in Burgundy, France. Those included the use of French oak barrels, an increasing interest in whole cluster, and a focus on low yields from the vineyard. As Rod explains it, Joe's approach to winemaking was a simple one, but he also took seriously the goal of making great wines of limited production. This extended to Joe's approach to Zinfandel, which he made with an eye to high quality, rather than assuming the grape variety had to have a bulk wine destiny. Rod touches on some of the other people that influenced Joe's vision of wine, including André Tchelistcheff, Jacques Seysses, and Kermit Lynch. This episode also features a clip from IDTT episode 460, wherein Joel Peterson speaks about his experiences working with Joe Swan in the 1970s. As the interview progresses, Rod details the changes he has made at the winery and in the vineyard since Joe Swan passed away, explaining the logic of each adjustment. This conversation also touches on topics like the "Swan clone," extended maceration, whole cluster use, tannin management, malolactic conversion for Chardonnay, the specifics of growing grapes in the Russian River Valley, and the makeup of old Zinfandel vineyards. Those wanting to understand the transition of California winemaking practice from the 1960s to now will benefit tremendously from hearing this episode. This episode is sponsored by: The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, offering beverage professionals the opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and Hudson Valley wine regions DIAM Bouchage manufactures technological cork closures for still wine, sparkling, spirits and beer. DIAM closures are guaranteed to provide clean, consistent and reliable permeability from bottle to bottle. G3 is the exclusive distributor of the North American market. Far From Ordinary Roadshow: Discover Australian wines that are far from ordinary at wine trade tastings from Sept 19 through Oct 3 in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco

Tomoko Kuriyama is a partner in Chanterêves, a micro-négociant based in Burgundy, which she runs with her husband Guillaume Bott. Tomoko spent over a decade working in wineries in Germany, then moved to Burgundy in France and started Chanterêves. She explains in this interview the differences between Germany and Burgundy in terms of the winemaking and vineyard work. She also discusses the outlook of the growers in each place, and how those differ. Tomoko worked with growers in Germany like Paul Fürst and Peter Jakob Kühn, and visited German growers like Helmut Dönnhoff and Gernot Kollmann. Then in 2005, she did a harvest at Domaine Simon Bize in Burgundy, which subsequently led her to move to Burgundy and start a micro-négociant there. When addressing topics like botrytis, the nature of a fermentation, brettanomyces, sulphur dose, lees contact, reduction, and tannin management, Tomoko compares and contrasts the approaches in Germany with those in Burgundy. By doing so, she explains both at a deep level. Tomoko also describes how winemaking in Germany and in Burgundy have evolved in the years that she has been making wine. For example, she describes the embrace of infusion instead of extraction in the red winemaking of Burgundy, and why it may be so common today. Those looking to better understand the character of German wine and Burgundy will find a lot of revelatory information in this interview. This episode is sponsored by: NY Drinks NY Harvest Trips to the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley Far From Ordinary Roadshow: Discover Australian wines that are far from ordinary at wine trade tastings from Sept 19 through Oct 3 in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco

Anthony Hanson wrote the book "Burgundy," which was originally published in 1982, and then subsequently revised by him for another edition published in 1995. He is today a consultant for Haynes Hanson & Clark, as well as The Fine Wine Experience in Hong Kong. Anthony describes his entry into Beaune (via bulldozer) in the 1960s, and his first tasting at the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy. He discusses his growing awareness of domaine bottled Burgundy at the time, and how he found those domaine wines to differ from the négociant bottlings that were being shipped to England back then. Anthony talks about his tastings at various Burgundy domaines, with personalities like Hubert de Montille, Jacques d'Angerville, Aubert de Villaine, Jacques Seysses, and Becky Wasserman. He then explains why he began to write his book "Burgundy," which was first published in 1982. That book addressed topics such as clones, fertilizers, chaptalization, blending, the influence of Guy Accad, and the growing amount of domaines bottling their own wine for sale. Anthony subsequently revised that book for another edition published in 1995, and in this interview he explains what had changed in Burgundy between 1982 and 1995, described by him as a period of important changes in the region. In addition, Anthony addresses in this interview topics that emerged later for Burgundy, such as premox and a debate around climate change. This episode is sponsored by: NY Drinks NY Harvest Trips to the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley

Jeff Kellogg is the co-founder of Kellogg Selections, a wine distributor in North Carolina. Jeff is a former sommelier, who previously appeared in I'll Drink to That! episode 230. Jeff discusses his decision to start a wine distribution business, and the financial and personal realities around launching such a business. He also describes a changing demographic in North Carolina, and what that means for the wine market of that state. Jeff weaves in several personal and professional insights from his earlier jobs in explaining what he is up to today, discussing the appeal of working in distribution for a former sommelier. Those who have never worked in wine distribution will likely learn a lot from what Jeff has to say, whether they work in wine professionally or not. This episode is sponsored by: NY Drinks NY Harvest Trips to the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley  

Jacques Seysses is the founder of Domaine Dujac, based in the Burgundy village of Morey-Saint-Denis in France. Jacques recounts how he became interested in wine, and what led him to purchase a domaine in Burgundy in the late 1960s. He describes working with Gérard Potel at Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, as well as some of his visits to other Burgundy vigneron, like Henri Gouges, Charles Rousseau, and Pierre Ramonet. Jacques talks about the Burgundy vintages of the 1960s and 1970s in this interview, and explains how the conditions in Burgundy have changed since that time, both in terms of the climate and the market for the wines. Jacques also shares his memories of some of the many people who have worked with him at Dujac over the years, including Lee Hudson, Jean-Pierre de Smet, Ted Lemon, Alain Graillot, James Halliday, and others. And Jacques talks about what he found when visiting California and the Northern Rhône Valley. There is also a discussion of how the current Dujac wines are approached and what Jacques considers the important decisions of his sons and daughter-in-law in running the domaine. Those curious about winemaking technique will find many specifics from Jacques in this interview, addressing topics like whole cluster use for Pinot Noir, cold maceration, wild yeasts, and more. This episode is sponsored by: NY Drinks NY Harvest Trips to the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley

Mimi Casteel of the Hope Well Vineyard in Oregon discusses the realities of agriculture and vineyard work today, within a changing landscape.

David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars explains how winemaking techniques have evolved in California over the decades, sharing how the winemaking norms for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc have shifted from the 1970s to now.

Burgundy vigneron Benjamin Leroux contrasts the kind of winemaking that he was doing in the 1990s with what he is doing in Burgundy today, explaining what prompted him to change his techniques. He also points out why further changes will be necessary in the future.

Joe Rochioli, Jr. of J. Rochioli recalls the origins of Pinot Noir in Sonoma County, as well as his experiences with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the Russian River Valley of California.

Ken Wright of Ken Wright Celllars recalls some of the key changes that have happened for him and for the Oregon wine scene since he arrived in Oregon in the mid-1980s.

Russell Hone remembers his friends (and occasional foe) from over the course of an extensive wine career that took him from London to Germany to Bordeaux to several decades living and working in Burgundy with his wife Becky Wasserman.

Geologist Brenna Quigley gives a primer for wine folks, as she describes different rock formations of France and where those correspond to wine regions. What is soil and where does it come from? What are the implications for vines of different rock and soil types? Brenna gives answers that wine lovers will find helpful to deepen their knowledge.

David Hirsch discusses traveling across the United States to find a vineyard, and to find himself.

Pierre Morey recounts the story of his life: no running water in his childhood home, pruning vineyards on school holidays, helping his father instead of staying in school, working with some of the most famous vineyards in the world, becoming the head winemaker for the most renowned white Burgundy producer, and experiencing incredible loss within his own family.

Joel Peterson has had one of the most financially successful careers that a winemaker can have, having built an extremely popular wine brand. He explains how he started out making wine in a shack, and with classic principles of winemaking in mind.

Jasper Morris wrote one of the definitive and great books on the Burgundy region of France, titled "Inside Burgundy". In this episode he shares what he has learned through decades of experience visiting Burgundy cellars and sampling the wines.

Luis Seabra helped make pioneering Portuguese dry wines at Niepoort, where he worked for several years. In 2013 he began his own winery, called Luis Seabra Vinhos. Luis has quickly achieved acclaim for his work, and is credited by some as heralding a new era for Portuguese dry wines.

Jeanne-Marie de Champs has been working in Burgundy for over 40 years. She explains why she arrived there and what she has discovered over the decades of exporting Burgundy and wines from other regions of France.

Ehren Jordan has had a distinguished career making wine in California for Turley, Neyers, and at his own winery Failla. Now he has expanded into working with vineyards in Oregon for Failla, in addition to California. Ehren talks about his decision to work increasingly in Oregon, and also discusses his Day Zinfandel project.

Jean-Pierre de Smet built a top Burgundy domaine almost from scratch, with the important help of some good friends. Jean-Pierre explains about the history of the Domaine de l'Arlot, and about the unexpected path his own life has taken, both before the formation of the Domaine and after.

Maggie Harrison of the Antica Terra winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon discusses what she sees as the differences between Oregon and California for wine, and what that means for her own approach to winemaking with each vintage.

Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle discusses her search for great stories through the lens of wine in California, and addresses some of the key issues affecting the California wine world today.

To make great wine is a life's work, says Louis-Benoit Desvignes, who describes tackling a winemaking learning curve in Morgon as steep as the old vine vineyards of France's Beaujolais region.

Erin Scala speaks with top producers of the Aligoté grape variety in Burgundy to find out the secrets of Aligoté in the vineyard and the cellar.

António Maçanita charts the history of wine production in the Azores and the Alentejo regions of Portugal, and discusses what may be next for wine regions like the Douro Valley.

Arvid Rosengren won the World's Best Sommelier competition in 2016. He shares how he got there, tips from his training regime, and what he thinks about the whole process now two years after his win.

Lee Hudson of the Hudson Ranch and Vineyards in Carneros, California gives a rundown of some the important aspects to understand about grape varieties like Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Lee shares all sorts of first-hand details that only a grape grower would know.

Will Predhomme provides straight talk about what it takes to transition from working on the floor to working for yourself, giving examples from his own move from sommelier to entrepreneur. Will addresses the post-sommelier portion of a wine lover's career, while also explaining how he started out.

Is a wine choice a political choice? James Conaway thinks it is. Conaway has authored three books about wine and wineries in California's Napa Valley since 1990, and he argues that without serious change, Napa's future is in danger.

What causes a wine to be corked? Where does cork taint come from, and what can be done to prevent it? Dominique Tourneix of DIAM tackles the question of what causes wine to spoil, and discusses what his company is doing to re-engineer the wine cork.

A rare personal reminiscence of Giulio Gambelli. Gambelli helped define what was possible with Sangiovese wines through his work with Gianfranco Soldera, Montevertine, Bibbiano, Fattoria Rodano, and other producers. Enrico Pozzesi of Rodano explains what he learned from Gambelli in this interview.

Anne Parent, whose family winery owns significant parcels of key vineyards in Pommard, delves into the differences between those Burgundy crus, and tells you what you need to know to find the right Pommard for you.

Ray Coursen recalls multiple decades of Napa Valley winemaking history, highlighting key vineyard history and remembering iconic figures who have worked in the wines business in Napa.

Chisa Bize was born and raised in Tokyo, but moved to Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune village as an adult. Now she runs an important domaine there, with a history in the area stretching back several generations.

As the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco, Aldo Vacca represents one of the most important wineries in the zone. He discusses what has changed over the course of the Produttori's history in the area.

Jean Gonon helps make some of the finest wines of Saint-Joseph appellation in the Northern Rhône Valley of France. In this interview he explains what is important to making those wines, and what isn't.

Dominique Lafon is one of the most important Burgundy vintners of his generation. He gives a forthright assessment of what he has seen firsthand and learned over 50 years in France's Burgundy region.

A tour through the resurrected vineyards on Crete, the Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea. This episode, narrated by Erin Scala, contains capsule interviews with many of the winemakers working on Crete today, and tracks down the characteristics of the rare grape varieties planted there.

Patrick Comiskey is a wine writer and the author of "American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink." Patrick recounts the origins of Rhône grape varieties in America, and points out some of the winemakers who brought Rhône grape varieties to prominence in California and Washington State.

Mas de Daumas Gassac was a trendsetting pioneer in the Languedoc region of France. Samuel Guibert explains why the winery has been so important to the area, and goes into detail about the unusual wines that he produces there.

Lodovico Antinori describes the rise to fame of Super Tuscan wines like Ornellaia and Massteo that he helped create, and his subsequent project at Tenuta di Biserno in the Maremma.

Peter Liem has tasted Champagne professionally for twenty years, and lived in the Champagne region for the last ten. He authored the book "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region".

Doug Frost is one of a handful of people in the world who is both a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine. Doug describes his various career adventures in wine and spirits, working in restaurants, distribution, writing, and consulting.

Victor Hazan wrote one of the key books published on Italian wine in the 1980s, and then abandoned further wine writing. He discusses why he began writing about Italian wine, and then why he chose to stop. He also gives a sense of how the landscape for Italian wine changed in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

One of the key participants in bringing domaine Burgundies to an American audience sits down for a look back on her career. Becky Wasserman-Hone leads an individual and personal tour of Burgundy domaines and communes in this interview.

Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California. He describes an era of California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a corner of the state that was little known.

Sommelier Totte Steneby discusses his career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the hard moments he has experienced during restaurant work. Totte also describes the Swedish wine market, and how it has dramatically changed over time.

Gianluca Garofoli of the Garofoli winery provides an insider's guide to the Marche, and the wines of Castelli di Jesi and Rosso Conero. Winemaking, wine types, and the pecularities of the region for wine are all covered.

Giampaolo Venica of the Venica winery in the Friuli of Italy details some of the important changes that have swept across the region in the last few decades, and speculates what could happen with the Friuli in the future.

A rare encounter with the elusive Marchese Fracassi, the sole producer of a Barolo from Cherasco. This conversation offers an amazing window into the history of the Piemonte region in Italy.

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 producing countries, and recognizing how those places and the people he has met have changed over time. He also takes a look at the generation he has been a part of within British wine writing, and considers what happens next in his own career and for wine writing generally.

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 someone else from someplace else.

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 turned out to be a fulcrum period of change for that region - and up through his recent business dealings and purchases in both California and Bordeaux. Fans of Chateau Petrus will find plenty of insight from Christian about that wine in this interview, as he discusses his forty years overseeing the property. Those curious about wineries that he owns today will also find plenty of detail, as well as many amazing anecdotes.

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.

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 Michael provides a bonus sneak peek on the topics of his forthcoming book, "Amarone and the Fine Wines of Verona," giving an overview of the wines of Valpolicella and Soave.  

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.

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.

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 understand the crus of Barolo and Barbaresco.  

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 Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy) Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac (Burgundy) Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars (Washington State) Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent (Oregon) Sashi Moorman of Domaine de la Côte, Sandhi, Piedrasassi and others (CA & Oregon) John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. (California) Kate McIntyre of Moorooduc Estate (Victoria, Australia) Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports    

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 surprising revelations, and Frederic explains quite well why, for example, he chooses to use stems with Gamay when he avoids them for Pinot Noir, and his thinking about the different crus. This interview comes full circle when Frederic describes how a technique he started using in 2015 is the same method that was used at the family domaine in the early 20th century, before his own father was born.  

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 principles and more from his personal experience of wine buying in this interview.

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 makes clear that each country is distinctly different, with an individual history of immigration shaping the realities for the different sectors today. And he points out some regions that may become better known for quality wines in the future.

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 to be kept in mind when operating as a wine consultant? Marika addresses all of those topics, and gives plenty of straight from the heart advice to those parents who have made wine their career.

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

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

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)

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.

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

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

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

Ehren Jordan is the proprietor of the Failla winery, located in St. Helena, California.

Heidi Schrock runs the Heidi Schrock winery with her family in Rust, within Austria.

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".

Katie Parla returns to I'll Drink to That! to discuss the situation for wine and other alcoholic beverages in Turkey today.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Cristiana Tiberio works with her family at Tiberio, a winery in Abruzzo, Italy.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Jane Anson is the Bordeaux correspondent for "Decanter" magazine.

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.

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.

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".

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Aaron Miller is the winemaker at the PlumpJack Winery in the Napa Valley of California.

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.

Kimberly Prokoshyn is the Head Sommelier and wine buyer at Rebelle restaurant in Manhattan.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 at Linden Vineyards Rachel Stinson Vrooman, Winemaker at Stinson Vineyards Chris Scott, Grape Grower and Garagiste Winemaker Amy Ciarametaro, Virginia Wine Lover

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Paul Grieco is the proprietor of Terroir, in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Michael McCaulley is Beverage Director and Partner in the Tria restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards winery in California returns to the show.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Dorothy Tchelistcheff is the widow of winemaker André Tchelistcheff.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.  

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ryan Looper is a sales representative for T. Edward wines.

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 vineyards and working with them in the winery. Also in this episode, Erin Scala recounts the history of vines in the Wachau.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Charles Curtis is the author and publisher of The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy.

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.

Karen King is a Director of On Premise Development for the Winebow Group.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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