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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 410: Cahors, France -- the Malbec Capital of the Old World show art Ep 410: Cahors, France -- the Malbec Capital of the Old World

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Cahors is the best-known AOC in Southwest France, likely because the wine of the region is made of a well-known grape: Malbec. Made around the town of Cahors, east of Bordeaux, this region hugs the river Lot, and stretches over slopes with such varied soil, each wine is a story of terroir in a bottle. The unique land, combined with an ideal climate, and a history of winemaking that goes back to the Romans creates a special combination that is responsible for this earthy, dark fruited, herbal, powerful red

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Ep 409: Wine Aromas Explained show art Ep 409: Wine Aromas Explained

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Warning: I recorded this right before I got sick so I sound a little throaty but I hope you'll enjoy the show nonetheless!

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Ep 408: Beaumes de Venise - the Historic, High Elevation Cru of the Southern Côtes du Rhône, The Producers' Perspective show art Ep 408: Beaumes de Venise - the Historic, High Elevation Cru of the Southern Côtes du Rhône, The Producers' Perspective

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In this show, the second part in a series done in educational partnership with the AOC of Beaumes de Venise, we have two ambassadors; Claude Chabran of the high-quality Rhonéa co-op and Florence Cartier of Domaine les Goubert. They join to represent the region and to tell us about this historic, high elevation appellation that makes two beautiful wine types -Muscat & the GSM blend. Check out part I in the series, Ep 407 -- an overview where M.C. Ice and I give you the lay of the land of Beaumes de Venise.

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Ep 407: Beaumes de Venise - An Overview of the Stylish, Dual Appellation Region of the Côtes du Rhône show art Ep 407: Beaumes de Venise - An Overview of the Stylish, Dual Appellation Region of the Côtes du Rhône

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Beaumes de Venise, a Cru of the southern Côtes du Rhône, makes both tasty dry reds of (mainly) Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that exhibit ideal balance, AND the exquisite Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, considered the finest vin doux naturel made of Muscat. We discuss the basics of Beaumes de Venise to explain why these wines are so unique.

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Old Pod, New Context -- Re-release of Ep 191: Proving Terroir is Real with BiomeMakers show art Old Pod, New Context -- Re-release of Ep 191: Proving Terroir is Real with BiomeMakers

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In light of new research and the Terroir Seminar that I did with Laura Catena, Fernando Buscema, and Jane Anson, I thought it would be really helpful to re-release this show and draw your attention to it. BiomeMakers had answered many the questions that terroir seminar addressed, and that the Catena Institute's paper elaborated upon. I encourage you to listen and see how, even 4.5 years ago, we were on the trail of figuring out some vital things about terroir (and what winemaking can do to it). 

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Ep 406: Rasteau – the Magical Cru of the Southern Rhône - The Producers' Perspective show art Ep 406: Rasteau – the Magical Cru of the Southern Rhône - The Producers' Perspective

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In this show, the second part in a series done in educational partnership with the AOC of Rasteau, we have two ambassadors for Rasteau, Frédéric Lavau of Lavau and Domaine Les Évigneaux and Françoise Joyet Larum of Domaine des Girasols. They join to represent the region and to tell us about this historic, beautiful and high-quality winemaking appellation. Make sure to check out part I in the series, Episode 405 -- an overview where M.C. Ice and I give you the lay of the land!

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Ep 405: Rasteau – An Overview of the Naturally Bountiful Cru of the Côtes du Rhône show art Ep 405: Rasteau – An Overview of the Naturally Bountiful Cru of the Côtes du Rhône

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Rasteau, a Cru from the southern Côtes du Rhône, makes delicious dry reds of (mainly) Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Rasteau has varied terroir with a Mediterranean climate. In this show we discuss the land, grapes, and the basics of Rasteau to explain why these wines are so special, incredibly balanced and food-friendly. This is a great show, and don't miss Ep 406, with of the producers who make wine here! These podcasts are part of an educational partnership funded by the AOC of Rasteau.

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Ep 404: Truchard Vineyards, A Carneros (Napa) Legend with Anthony Truchard show art Ep 404: Truchard Vineyards, A Carneros (Napa) Legend with Anthony Truchard

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Ep 403: Sardinia, Italy -- an Overview of Italy's Island with it's Own Accent show art Ep 403: Sardinia, Italy -- an Overview of Italy's Island with it's Own Accent

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Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, and lies off the west coast of mainland Italy. Much larger than Corsica, the wines here have a distinctly Spanish influence, with some Italian and French to boot. The wines are unlike any other you’ll encounter (although many you can only encounter them if you visit!). In this show we try try to sort through the grapes and regions of this island to get to the heart of what’s here (Grenache, Vermentino) and what to look for in the future.

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Ep 402: Corsica, the French Island with an Italian Accent show art Ep 402: Corsica, the French Island with an Italian Accent

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French Corsica is the 4th largest Mediterranean island and the most mountainous. Although part of France, but in many ways closer to Italy (proximity, grapes, and wine styles!).

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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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