Friends Of The Vine

Friends of the Vine Wine Podcast features conversations with winemakers, wine writers, sommeliers and masters of wine. Our guests are knowledgeable, passionate professionals who love talking wine and all things related in the wine industry.

Brenna Quigley is a geologist and founder of the Roadside Terroir podcast. In this episode we go into how she got into wine, the natural connection between wine and geology and her love of both, women in the wine world, the wine community, the complicated geological terroir that is Alsace, blind tasting with her friend and mentor Rajat Parr, grapes she couldn't live without, and many many segues. A lot of segues. We also talk about why and how Brenna got into creating her podcast and what she has in mind for future seasons.

 

Brenna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Biology and Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012, and her Masters in Geology in 2015. Her research focused on geologic mapping and structural geology (how and why rocks deform). She has also worked extensively in the mining industry where she further developed her skills in geologic mapping and interpretation, soil sampling, and geophysical surveying.

Today Brenna works with wine professionals in all areas of the trade, from growers in France to importers and buyers in the US, in order to precisely define the most impactful elements of their terroirs in a relevant and approachable manner. Her work takes her all over the world, from Santa Barbara to Burgundy to Austria.

  

Our audio conversation was recorded over Zoom video conferencing from her residence in Napa Valley, California.

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

Brenna's Instagram content can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/brennaquigley/

  

The Roadside Terroir podcast can be found here-

 

https://www.roadsideterroir.com/

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Brenna's photo courtesy of Summer Staeb.

 

Photos and liner notes of all guests appearing on the show can be found on our website-

 

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For podcast updates and to follow the show as we source out future guests look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

All music found in this podcast is courtesy of the group Shakamoraine-

 

They can be followed here: https://facebook.com/Shakamoraine/

Brett Thiessen is the viticulturist for Mount Boucherie Estate Winery and Rust Wine Co. His task is to convert all their grapes, vineyards and land to organic farming. Multiple acres over multiple sites, in multiple appelations spread throughout the Okanagan wine regions is a big task, but Brett is up for the challenge.    

In this episode we go into how he got into wine, his farming background, the personal growth that this job has given him, and where he sees the future of the Okanagan wine landscape for the next generation.  

Our audio conversation was recorded in person from the Summit Room, located in the Mount Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

Brett's Instagram content can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/makingawinemaker/

  

Mount Boucherie and Rust can be found here-

 

https://mtboucherie.com/

 

https://www.rustwine.com/

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music in this podcast are courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Diogo Reis is the general manager at Quinta Do Sanguinhal, which has been making wine and been in the wine retail business for over four generations. We met last year at the Top Drop Wine Festival in Vancouver, when I got to taste a selection of his family's wines.     

In this episode we go into how he got into wine, the influence of his family over the generations in their DOC of Obidos, some history of wine in Portugal, recent new wine releases, wine and food pairing, and much much more.   

 

Our audio conversation was recorded over Zoom conferencing from his residence in Portugal. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

The Sanguinhal winery and their Instagram content can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/sanguinhal/

  

AmoVino imports their wines into Vancouver, they are found here-

 

https://www.amovino.ca/ 

 

Quinta Do Sanguinhal main website can be found here-

 

  http://www.vinhos-sanguinhal.pt/idade.html

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Ann Sperling is a winemaker and winegrower. She divides her attention between Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna where she manages the winery along with her sister, and the Niagara wine region of Ontario at Southbrook Vineyards, where she focuses on making organic, biodynamic wines.    

In this episode we go into how she got into wine, the family property in Kelowna, growing up in the family wine business, and how that translates to her current philosophies on winemaking. We also talk about a passion project she has in Argentina, where Ann and her husband own a 100 year old Malbec vineyard. 

Our audio conversation was recorded over Zoom conferencing from Southbrook Vineyards in Ontario. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

Sperling Vineyards and their Instagram content can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/sperlingvineyards/

  

 

Sperling Vineyards website can be found here-

 

  https://sperlingvineyards.com/

 

Southbrook Vineyards can be found here-

 

https://www.southbrook.com/

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Barbara Burgess is a sommelier and wine director for Restaurant Tyler in Starkville, Miss. She represents an up-and-coming group of young passionate female sommeliers in smaller wine regions seeking wine education, good wines and some camaraderie with other wine professionals. Through wine clubs, wine tastings, her passion for wine and the food pairings of Chef Ty, Barbara is creating a burgeoning wine scene in this small Southern town. She was recently named Starkville's rising stars under 35, and credited with starting the local wine culture in her town, focusing on organic, biodynamic, sustainable wines.    

In this episode we go into how she got into wine, epiphany moments, being a young female sommelier in the wine world, how the current Covid pandemic is affecting her profession, mentorship of other sommeliers on her life, and much much more.   

Barbara recently was given a scholarship with SommCon USA, who awards the top 10 professionals under the age of 30 who are blossoming leaders in the wine industry. 

Our audio conversation was recorded over FaceTime from Restaurant Tyler in Starkville, Miss. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

Barbara's Instagram content can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/bottleofbarb/

  

 

Restaurant Tyler can be found here-

 

  http://eatlocalstarkville.com/wp/

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Sabato and I reunite for another fun chat. We haven't talked since Episode 15, so lots has changed. We discuss what he is up to recently, his departure from Bar Taco, his contributions to Somm TV, his new youtube channel called Freerun with Dustin Wilson MS and Mike Laszlo about the state of the food and beverage industry, and what his quarantine wines have been recently.  

 

Audio recorded over FaceTime from his residence in NYC. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

Sabato can be found on Instagram here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/sabato3/

  

 

Their Freerun youtube conversations on the state of the food and beverage industry can be found here-

 

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR2rSOBtsoPY9D5Gv6__Drg/featured

 

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Join us for a wine tasting from the hatch wines tasting room located in West Kelowna. Grayson Riordon and I run through a flight of delicious, approachable wines. Be sure to check out prior episodes with Grayson (Ep. 10) and winemaker Jason Parkes (Ep. 37) to get a true sense of what an amazing crew runs this great little winery.   

Audio recorded in person from the hatch tasting room located in West Kelowna, BC. 

In this episode, we talk about some of their recent releases and go through the following wines.

-2019 Hobo Series Muscat ( stones throw vineyard-North Oliver)

-2019 Hobo Series Gewurztraminer (7 mountain vineyard-East Kelowna)

-2019 B. Yanco (home vineyard in West Kelowna)

-2017 Black Swift Chardonnay (vintoro vineyard-East Kelowna)

-2016 Hatchchild (Cab Sauv from monarch vineyard-East Osoyoos)

-2017 Dynasty Red (hans estate vineyard-East Osoyoos)

-Hatchfinity/Hatchforever ( multi vintage/ multi variety/ multi vineyard)

-2016 Syrah (hans estate vineyard-East Osoyoos)

  

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

  

the hatch Instagram page can be found here-

 

https://www.instagram.com/hatchwines/

  

 

the hatch wines scoundrels can be found here-

https://thehatchwines.com/

 

 

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Matt Landry is an engaging sommelier that is well known in the Vancouver wine scene. He currently is located at the Fiore restaurant where he shares stories, pours great wine, and drops some knowledge along the way.

 

In this episode, we talk about his wine collaboration with the Okanagan Crush Pad, the recent BC Somm competition, and some quick hot takes on wine that evolve into more insightful and thoughtful points on all things current in wine.    

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person from the Fiore restaurant located in Vancouver, BC. 

 

The Fiore Restaurant South Granville location has a website that can be found here-

https://fiorerestaurants.ca/

 

Matt's Instagram page can be found here-

  https://www.instagram.com/m.g.landry/

 

The Metro Vancouver Wine Club can be found here-

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481961958539867

 

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Elysia Myers lets us in to the fascinating world of painting art using real wine. She shares some stories of some of her work and how her passion for painting led her to this unique livelihood. We also share travel stories, our mutual love of mulled wine, and much more.   

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Colorado.  

 

Elysia's website for wine art pieces and commissions- https://elysiamyerswineart.com/ 

Her Instagram content can be found here-  https://www.instagram.com/elysiamyers.wineart/

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Highlights from my various conversations over the last year, compiling 10 episodes in part one and 10 episodes in part two. I sit down with some great guests, and these are some snapshots from our chats, sharing their wine stories and experiences. 

-Sam Mudie- Episode 31

-Natalie MacLean- Episode 32

-Jason Ocenas- Episode 33

-Brooke Martin- Episode 34

-Jane Masters- Episode 35

-Anthony Buchanan- Episode 36

-Jason Parkes- Episode 37

-Keira LeFranc- Episode 38

-Nicole Muscari- Episode 39

-David Paterson- Episode 40

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person and over Skype, various locations.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Highlights from my various conversations over the last year, compiling 10 episodes in part one. I sit down with some great guests, and these are some snapshots from our chats, sharing their wine stories and experiences. 

-Daryl McDonnell, BBQ Sessions- Episode 21

-Lawrence Francis- Episode 22

-Heather Lipp- Episode 23

-Cristie Norman- Episode 24

-Steve Halfnights, VIWF Recap- Episode 25

-Jack Chapman- Episode 26

-Anne Krebiehl- Episode 27

-Kelsey Rufiange- Episode 28

-Grant Biggs, Katie Truscott- Episode 29

-Esther Mobley- Episode 30

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person and over Skype, various locations.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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David Paterson and I sit down and talk about the 2019 harvest, Okanagan viticulture, and the push for sub-appellations. His knowledge of the Kelowna wine scene is immense, and he shares it openly and honestly. His riesling is world class, and we discuss this grape and the others that Tantalus is known for. Of course, I also find out his desert island grape varietal, which is always a fun topic. 

David was born in Canada, raised in New Zealand, and returned to Canada as the winemaker for Tantalus Vineyards. He's been making wine for them for 10 years, and in the last 5 years, took on the role as GM. He received his winemaking degree from Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ and following time spent working in the local NZ industry (Neudorf Vineyards) he travelled the wine world gaining experience.

While honing his skills over a handful of international vintages, he was fortunate to work with some incredible mentors along the way including Anna Matzinger at Oregon’s Archery Summit, Blair Pethel at Burgundy's Domaine Dublère, and Stephen Henschke and Paul Hampton at South Australia’s Henschke Cellars.

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow the winery, go here-  https://tantalus.ca/

 

 Tantalus Vineyards can also be followed on Instagram here- https://instagram.com/tantaluswine/

 

Audio recorded in person from Tantalus Vineyards in Kelowna, BC.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Nicole Muscari, aka Grape Chic, is a wine blogger, NY fashion expert, and has some of the most engaging Instagram content on wine, fashion and travel. She is currently awaiting the results on her WSET III, which we discuss, among many other things.

We talk Italian and French wines, wine road trips and wine regions, travel, her work in the fashion industry, wine blogging and the influence of social media and wine. We also share some of our favourite wine stories and experiences throughout the episode. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow her wine blog, go here-  https://www.grapechic.com/

 

 She can be followed on Instagram here- https://www.instagram.com/grapechic/

 

Audio recorded over FaceTime from her residence in New York City.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Keira LeFranc is the winemaker for Stag's Hollow. She got her start with Stag's Hollow, working a harvest. After living in Australia, running a wine bar, and  getting her wine making degree in New Zealand, she came back to Okanagan Falls, to mentor under then winemaker Dwight Sick.

 

She now spearheads the wine program, marking 2018 as her first solo vintage. Young, ambitious, talented, she is a star on the rise in BC wine. 

 

Wines Tasted-

2018 Muscat Frizzante

2018 Syrah Rosé

2018 Dolcetto

2016 Tempranillo Joven

2016 Tempranillo (85% Tempranillo, 15% Bordeaux Varietals)

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow all new wine projects of Keira and the winery, go here-  https://stagshollowwinery.com/

 

Audio recorded in person at Stag's Hollow Winery, located in Okanagan Falls, BC. 

 

 She can be followed on Instagram here- https://www.instagram.com/stagshollow/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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This episodes features my conversation with Jason Parkes. The man behind the winery that is the hatch, and the various entities that flow from it. Jason and his team have made a name for themselves by being unique and providing some character and fun to the world of wine, and because of this, they are a known presence in the Okanagan. Their tasting room is always full. 

 

 Jason and I sat down for an hour and talked a lot of topics, some of them too controversial to be recorded. I learned a lot more about the man that runs this fun, dynamic brand known as the hatch. He has a great team of people that assist him, and because of them, his ideas have flourished.  

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow all new projects and shenanigans of Jason and the hatch crew, go here- https://thehatchwines.com/

 

Audio recorded in person at Jason's residence, located in West Kelowna, BC. 

 

 

To follow Jason's current band, Proper Man, check them out here- https://www.propermanband.com/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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This episodes features three short interviews, and a recap of the BC Pinot Celebration from Kelowna. I was fortunate enough to stay with my friends on the Kitsch Wines property, and sample 25-30 different wineries at this celebration.

 

Also, I was invited to the Garagiste North Wine Festival, which focuses on small wineries in BC, that make 2000 cases or less. Some of them truly are garagiste level, while others are verging on big name success. I was lucky enough to taste quite a few, with some of course being a very low intervention style, so a definite contrast to the bigger wineries. All in all, a great weekend. 

 

I also managed to record a few minutes with three of my favourites from the Garagiste North Wine Festival, which was at Sperling Vineyards in East Kelowna. Mike Mosny of Winemaker's Cut, Anthony Buchanan, who is the head winemaker of Desert Hills, now has his own side label called Anthony Buchanan Wines, and finally Tyler Knight from Lightning Rock, who shares the wine growing and wine making duties with his wife, Jordan Kubek. 

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

The Garagiste North Festival website can be found here- http://www.garagistenorth.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from Sperling Vineyards in East Kelowna, BC. 

 

Mike Mosny- https://winemakerscut.ca/ 

Anthony Buchanan- https://anthonybuchananwines.ca/

Tyler Knight- https://www.lightningrockwinery.com/

 

 

Photos from the wine festival courtesy of Jennifer Schell, who operates the festival, writes books, makes wine... all of her talents can be seen here-  

http://www.jenniferschell.com/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Jane Masters is a wine consultant, and Master of Wine. She has a well earned reputation in the wine community as someone who is full of knowledge and passion for wine, and eager to help share it with others. We get into her history, her origins, some of the roles she has had in wine, including her time as the chair for the Institute of Masters of Wine.

 

She shares some of her wine stories from consulting and her wine selection in her role as the Opimian wine club consultant, of which I am a member. In essence, the wines I get to drink each week are handpicked by Jane.  

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

The Opimian website can be found here- https://www.opimian.ca

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Nice.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Brooke Martin is a wine writer and wine blogger, and is the creator of The Brooke Blend. She is a force on Instagram, where she is a popular online wine presence. Her wine picks and conversations about wine resonate with her audience.

 

Join our conversation about how she discovered Napa and fell in love with wine, French rosé, Utah wine laws, social media and wine, boutique wineries, Brooke's stuck on a desert island grape varietal, and much much more.

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Her website and blog can be found here- http://www.thebrookeblend.com/

 

Her Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/thebrookeblend/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Utah.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Intro music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Jason Ocenas is the General Manager of Township 7 Wine in Langley, BC. We get into a variety of topics, including BC wine trends, natural wines, his origins into the wine industry, and the always popular stuck on a desert island grape varietal.       

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

The Township 7 website can be found here- https://www.township7.com/ 

 

His Instagram page can be found here-   https://www.instagram.com/jasonocenas/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from the Township 7 Winery in Langley.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Intro courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Natalie MacLean is a wine writer, author, and wine reviewer. She is known for her beautiful story telling style that gets you as the reader immersed into her fun journey through the world of wine. She has been compared to Canada's version of Jancis Robinson.       

Join us as we get in to her personal journey with wine, her first experiences in Napa, and her online wine courses. We also talk about some of our most memorable wines.      

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

For Natalie's wine courses and wine reviews, her website can be found here- https://www.nataliemaclean.com/index.aspx

 

Her Instagram page can be found here-   https://www.instagram.com/nataliemacleanwine/

 

The Opimian website can be found here- https://www.opimian.ca

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Ottawa.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Intro courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Sam Mudie is the General Manager for Cult Wines, Singapore. He joins me for a discussion on wine investment, specifically with a focus on the South East Asian market.      

We also get in to his personal journey with wine, some of his early influences, the rise of Napa wine for investment, and whether or not natural wines is trending within wine investment portfolios. This discussion was over Skype, so it has some crunchy parts as the wind played havoc with our signal. It is a great discussion, so I'm hoping you stick with some of the problem spots.      

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

For wine investing, Cult Wines can be found here- https://www.wineinvestment.com/

 

His Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/stmoods/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from his residence in Singapore.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

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Esther Mobley joins me for some fun wine talk. In this episode, we discuss a variety of topics, including upcoming varietals in California, the current status of Napa Valley wines, the rise of Lodi, and the always popular natural wine debate and how it plays out in California, and the rest of the American wine scene. We also go back to how she got into her current role as the wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.     

 

Esther has worked as an editorial intern for the Wine Enthusiast and assistant editor for the Wine Spectator before landing her role as the wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She primarily writes about California wines, and won an award for best writing by the Association of Food Journalists in 2017. She enjoys a well deserved reputation that allows her access behind the scenes into the world of American wine.    

     

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

 

All of her selected works can be found here- https://esthermobley.com/

 

Her Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/esthermob/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over FaceTime from her apartment in San Francisco CA.

 

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Join us as we sit around the dinner table at the Kitsch Wines property. In this episode, winemaker Grant Biggs cooks us dinner and we are joined by Katie Truscott, tasting room manager for Kitsch, plus Ria Kitsch, who is one of the founders of Kitsch Wines.    

 

This episode features another podcast opportunity from my recent trip to the Okanagan region, as we also highlighted in the last episode with Kelsey Rufiange from Echo Bay Vineyard.

 

In this episode we feature my stop in Kelowna to visit my friends at Kitsch Wines. We were joined for part of the podcast by Ria Kitsch, one of the owners of the winery.

 

As in the last episode, I was joined on this wine trip and in this podcast by my wife, as we shared dinner and a great wine conversation with the Kitsch team.      

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

 

The Kitsch Wines website can be found here- https://www.kitschwines.ca/

 

and Kitsch IG page here- https://instagram.com/kitschwines/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from the Kitsch Wines property in East Kelowna, BC.

 

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Kelsey Rufiange is a relatively new winemaker in the diverse Okanagan wine landscape. Her family planted vines on their property in 2013, and over the last few years, she took over all of the grape growing and wine making. She studied oenology and viticulture at Lincoln University and worked vintages in New Zealand, California and Australia. Their wines feature limited SO2 usage, relying on minimal intervention, natural fermentation with organic growing and biodynamic practices.    

 

This episode features my recent trip to the Okanagan region, with my stop in OK Falls to visit Kelsey and taste some of her wine. We also got to experience barrel samples from some of her up and coming wines. I'm joined in this podcast by my wife, who helped me share a great talk with Kelsey.      

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

 

 

The Echo Bay Vineyard website can be found here-

 

https://echobayvineyard.ca/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from the Echo Bay Vineyard property in Okanagan Falls, BC.

 

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This podcast proudly supports the hatch wines. Follow those renegade scoundrels here-

 

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Anne Krebiehl is a wine writer for a variety of publications, including being the contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, writing for Decanter, as well as The Buyer and The World of Fine Wine among others. She specializes in Germany, Austria and Alsace, with a focus on Pinot Noir. She holds a MW designation.

 

This episode features our chat about Anne's entry into the world of wine, WSET and MW studies, her wine writing, and some of the wonderful wines and tasting experiences that she has been a part of in her daily life.     

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Two of the memorable wines mentioned by Anne during our talk- 

 

Ebner-Ebenauer St Laurent Alte Reben 2015

Neumeister Stradener Alte Reben Sauvignon Blanc 2015

 

Anne's website can be found here-

 

http://www.anneinvino.com/

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from Anne's residence in London, UK.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

This podcast proudly supports the hatch wines. Follow those renegade scoundrels here-

 

https://thehatchwines.com/

 

 

Intro courtesy of Shakamoraine

 

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