Archive for the 'terroir' Category

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-

 

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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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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.  

 

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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

 

 

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Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Nice.

 

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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/

 

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

 

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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/

 

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 https://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from his residence in Singapore.

 

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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/

 

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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/

 

 

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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

 

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

 

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