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Ep 223: North Canterbury, New Zealand's Hidden Gem with Simone Madden-Grey

Wine for Normal People

Release Date: 03/10/2018

Ep 302: The Insider View of Long Island Wine with Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane Wine show art Ep 302: The Insider View of Long Island Wine with Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane Wine

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Long Island has 3,000 acres planted with grapes and at least 60 wineries. Lieb Cellars has been around for nearly 30 years and this week Russell Hearn, winemaker for Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane wines (who has been there since the start), and Ami Opisso, General Manager and Long Island native, tell us about why Long Island is special, why Lieb is different, and how Bridge Lane is the king of quality wine in alternative packaging (yes, we cover this in detail!).

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Ep 301: Sheldrake Point Winery -- Refreshing Candor (and wine) in the Finger Lakes show art Ep 301: Sheldrake Point Winery -- Refreshing Candor (and wine) in the Finger Lakes

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Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes began in 1997. For most of that time, Dave Wieman, vineyard manager, and Dave Breeden, winemaker, have been with the winery. They dish on what it's really like it is to make wine in this ever-changing, awesome region.

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Ep 300: A Past, Present, and Future look at Wine, for Normal People show art Ep 300: A Past, Present, and Future look at Wine, for Normal People

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As we always do when we hit a milestone, for episode 300 we reflect on three things we each have learned in the last 8 years.

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Ep 299: Texas Wine Country with the Wineries of Texas Fine Wine show art Ep 299: Texas Wine Country with the Wineries of Texas Fine Wine

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Texas is one of the oldest winegrowing states in the US, with vines predating California by 100+ years. The first vineyard in North America was by Franciscan priests circa 1660 in Texas and the industry grew throughout the 1800s. After Prohibtion decimated the industry, Texas jump started it's wine industry in the 1970s and today it's roaring back. Texas has 400 producers and it is growing and growing.The future is bright for the Lone Star state's wine industry.

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Ep 298: The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek show art Ep 298: The Transformation of Loudoun County, Virginia -- The Vineyards at Lost Creek

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Loudoun County, Virginia is in close proximity to Washington, D.C. -- the farthest vineyards are just over an hour's drive away. The area is known more for big, beautiful event spaces & mediocre wine than as a premier region of Virginia. But about 7 years ago Aimee and Todd Henkle of Lost Creek decided to be part of the movement to change that. We learn how hey are doing so with elegant wines, one vintage at a time!

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Ep 297: Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York show art Ep 297: Anthony Road Wine Company -- a Legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

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Anthony Road Wine Company is a legend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It’s one of the pioneering wineries of the area, and it makes wines that reflect the soils and climate of the Finger Lakes. Their wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards owned or managed by the Martini Family and carefully selected by Peter Becraft, the head winemaker. This week Peter tells us the story of Anthony Road, his path to becoming the winemaker and the things that make the wines so unique.

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Ep 296: Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme show art Ep 296: Boundary Breaks of the Finger Lakes, Where Terroir Reigns Supreme

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Boundary Breaks is located in the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It's the consummate cool weather growing region, where Riesling and aromatic whites reign supreme. Bruce Murray, the founder and creative force behind Boundary Breaks, tells us how he went from newspaper man, to working with Elon Musk, to running a winery so focused on terroir, they don't even have a winemaker (they have 3).

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Ep 295: Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic show art Ep 295: Sleight of Hand- Washington State's Wine Magic

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Sleight of Hand Cellars is the fulfillment of two dreams. Jerry Solomon was a real estate attorney in San Diego who longed for a small town life and wanted wine to be part of it. Trey Busch was a Walla Walla winemaker who had insane talent but needed a partner to make his dream winery a reality. The two created Sleight of Hand 12 years ago to create exceptional, terroir driven wines that reflect Washington's unique beauty.

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Ep 294: Walla Walla,  Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars show art Ep 294: Walla Walla, Washington's Fathers of the Vine -- Eric McKibben of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

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Eric McKibben is a partner at Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery in Walla Walla, Washington -- one of the most underrated yet distinctive winemaking regions in the United States. He shares what makes his hometown so special and why Walla Walla Estate wines of Cabernet and Syrah, especially, are such terroir-driven standouts in the wine world.

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Ep 293: Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique show art Ep 293: Afton Mountain Vineyards Proves Why Virginia Wine is So Unique

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Virginia, on the east coast of the United States, has much history with grape growing, but not all of it was good. Today, however, exciting producers have mastered their microclimates and are making some of the most elegant, terroir-driven wines in the United States. This week I sit down with Elizabeth Smith of Afton Mountain Vineyards. We discuss everything from Virginia history with grape growing, to terroir obsession, to the European flare of the region, and why the wines are so darn good.

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Fresh off an amazing trip to the North Canterbury region, just north of Christchurch on the South Island of her homeland, New Zealand, Simone Madden-Grey let's us in on a little known region that we all need to try (and visit): North Canterbury.

Here are some quick notes from the show:

  • The Alps are to the west, the Pacific Ocean to the east.
  • Cool, dry climate with high sunshine and a long growing season means pure, flavorful wines -- especially aromatic whites like Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer since the climate is similar to Alsace. Pinot Noir is also stunning from here
  • 3% of NZ production
  • Wines are grown on the valley floor and vineyards (top ones) are being planted on the hillsides and foothills
  • The stunning subregions of Waipara and Waitaki Valleys are the hot spots for quality wine in the region.
    • Waipara Valley is 40 minutes north of Christchurch
    • About 30 wineries in the valley
  • We discuss the beautiful produce of the ares and how the food and wine are so fully integrated into the culture here, as it is no where else
  • For a list of all the wineries, with links go here: Wineries and Vineyards of North Canterbury and Waipara
  • And the list of wines Simone mentions --

Bell Hill Vineyard – http://www.bellhill.co.nz/

Bellbird Spring – http://www.bellbirdspring.co.nz/

Black Estate – http://blackestate.co.nz/

Greystone Wines – http://www.greystonewines.co.nz/

Pegasus Bay – http://www.pegasusbay.com/

Pyramid Valley – http://pyramidvalley.co.nz/

Tongue in Groove – http://tongueingroove.co.nz/

 

As a wrap up for Women's History Month, we talk about our experiences as women in wine. 

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