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Ep 222: Meeker Wine of Sonoma, CA with Lucas Meeker, the Next Gen of CA Wine

Wine for Normal People

Release Date: 03/04/2018

Ep 370: Six (or Twelve) Unorthodox Wines for Spring show art Ep 370: Six (or Twelve) Unorthodox Wines for Spring

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For this show, we discuss an unorthodox list of lovely reds and whites for spring. I can guarantee that most of these ideas you won't see on other lists! Etna from Sicily? Check. Chignin Bergeron from Savoie in France? Yup. If you're looking for a change from the norm and a great spring list, here it is! 

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Ep 369: The Greats -Sauternes and Barsac show art Ep 369: The Greats -Sauternes and Barsac

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Sauternes and Barsac, two small parts of Bordeaux, make some of the most famed sweet wines on the planet, and certainly some of the most expensive. We go in depth on these areas and talk about what makes them part of "The Greats" of the wine world.

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Ep 368: Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines, Icon of Australia's Boutique Wineries show art Ep 368: Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines, Icon of Australia's Boutique Wineries

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Michael Dhillon of Bindi Wines is one of the most famous winemakers in Australia. A native son of Gisbourne, where his family has lived for more than a century and a half, his vineyard is in Victoria, in the Macedon Ranges, an area less than an hour outside of Melbourne on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range. Michael makes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and cool climate Shiraz. He joins to share his passion for this magical region, and tell us about his wines, which many think are the best of Australia.

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Ep 367: Chardonnay -- The Grape Miniseries Refresh show art Ep 367: Chardonnay -- The Grape Miniseries Refresh

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In this show we take another look at the regal Chardonnay grape and talk about how it has changed over the years. This is an update of a previous show done years ago, so we cover everything we do in a normal grape mini-series but with a fresh take. The gist of the show: To get the most out of your experience with the grape, it's important to understand place and producer so you can get the styles you like every time!

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Ep 366: Riccardo Sobrino of Cascina Delle Rose, The Toast of Barbaresco's Boutique Producers show art Ep 366: Riccardo Sobrino of Cascina Delle Rose, The Toast of Barbaresco's Boutique Producers

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Riccardo Sobrino, of Cascina delle Rose, runs a boutique estate in Barbaresco that produces elegant and complex wines and has been in his family for more than 70 years. Cascina delle Rose, was started by Riccardo’s mother, Giovanna Rizzolio, in 1992 on this ideal site which contains the cru of Tre Stelle and Rio Sordo. Made to highlight terroir, these wines represent the elegance and grace that is inherent to the wines of this region.

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Ep 365: Vins Doux Naturels -- the Underrated, Elegant Wines of Southern France show art Ep 365: Vins Doux Naturels -- the Underrated, Elegant Wines of Southern France

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Vins doux naturels (VDNs), translated to ‘naturally sweet wines’, are some of the most historic yet underestimated wines in France. With a mild sweetness, balancing acidity, and fruit or nut flavors (depending on the aging regimen) these wines offer so much pleasure, balance and a beginning or end to your meal that will make shine every time.

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Ep 364: The High-End World of Rare Wines with Dave Parker of Benchmark Wines show art Ep 364: The High-End World of Rare Wines with Dave Parker of Benchmark Wines

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In this episode I welcome David Parker, founder of Benchmark Wine Group -- the largest online seller of fine and rare wines for wine retailers, restaurants, and collectors worldwide. 

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Ep 363: The Personal Side of Loire with Serge Dore Importer show art Ep 363: The Personal Side of Loire with Serge Dore Importer

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Serge Doré, importer of French wine (and American via Quebec…he’s a man of many identities and a worldliness we can only aspire to!) and popular podcast regular, joins us to talk about the Loire Valley. Serge joins to give us the world of Loire from his perspective, humanize it with stories of producers he imports, and tell us what we can expect from this sometime confusing but wonderfully beautiful and diverse French wine region.

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Ep 362: The Grape Miniseries -- Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) show art Ep 362: The Grape Miniseries -- Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)

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Of the many grapes that we have covered in this series, possibly the hardest to define is the one in this show -- Pinot Gris. It's so complex in part because it goes by many names and can taste neutral and boring to oily, powerful, and bold with notes of smoke, ginger, and spice. It can be bone dry to amazingly sweet and can be powderpuff or very serious in quality.

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Ep 361: Food and Wine Pairings that Inspire Love show art Ep 361: Food and Wine Pairings that Inspire Love

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In the tradition of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, after which aphrodisiacs are named, we give you a list of 12+ foods that inspire love and passion, and the wines to match. Date night just got more exciting!! You can let us know if any of these actually work.

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This week, Lucas Meeker of Meeker Wine -- a Millennial winemaker who has taken the helm of winemaking and operations at this Sonoma favorite. In his philosophical, intellectual way, Lucas recounts stories of the winery's early days and then discusses everything from additives in wine, to how wine is like vocal range. 

Lucas graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with High Honors in English in 2007, but he returned home to the family winery with plans to eventually head to graduate school. But once he started doing marketing, label design, and cellar rat work, he caught the wine "bug."  He made wines under his own label, Lucas J. Cellars, for four vintages (2007-2010) and honed the craft of winemaking through hands on experience and a passion for reading and learning from his Dad, other winemakers, books, UC Davis, the internet, and his own mistakes. Eventually, he abandoned his plans for graduate school and further dedicated himself to the craft of winemaking. Lucas took over daily operation of the winery in 2010, and after four years as Co-Winemaker with Charlie, officially became Head Winemaker in 2014.

Here are the show notes:

  • We chat about the storied history of Meeker, including Charlie's stories from MGM, how he bought the vineyard and how he uprooted Lucas from his Hollywood life to Sonoma
  • We discuss various aspects of the wine industry -- what Custom Crush is and why it's important to wineries like Meeker, the importance of label reading and why some wineries are a sham
  • We wax poetic on the virtue of Merlot and Lucas gives thoughts on wine traditions and their importance
  • Lucas talks about the "magnitude" of wine  and how he parses wine descriptions
  • We talk about Zinfandel and changes in the wine industry in the last 10 years -- including how wine can be altered or honest
  • We have a great conversation about the Meeker philosophy and Lucas's "end zone"
  • We end on a positive note: Lucas's optimism for the next gen of winemakers

 

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