The Renaissance of Spirits – Absinthe

17absinthe1main.jpg Getting back to our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at absinthe, an anise-flavored spirit derived from botanicals, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color and is commonly referred to in historical literature as “la fée verte” (the green fairy). Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland in the late 18th century. It became quite popular as an alcoholic drink in the late 1800s and early 1900s in France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. Owing in part to its association with bohemian culture, the consumption of absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists. Often portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen, due to the chemical compound thujone, there is only a trace amount in the spirit. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in much ...
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The Wines of Oregon – with Vincent Wine Company

17vincent1main.jpg After years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California, owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched Vincent Wine Company in 2009 to make Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, adding Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc soon thereafter. Vincent intends to be all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small amounts of AVA-labelled and Single Vineyard designated wines. Join us as we talk with Vincent about how and why he got into wine, or as we sometimes hear it – “OMG, what have I just done?” For more info: Vincent Wine Company: www.vincentwinecompany.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #423
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2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin

16wopndrouhin1main.jpg Founded in Beaune in 1880, Joseph Drouhin was an enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region at the age of 22, and settled in Beaune. His son Maurice succeeded him and began to establish a vineyard domaine for the House, purchasing land in some outstanding appellations such as Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot. Robert Drouhin succeeded Maurice in 1957, and gave the domaine its present size, acquiring many vineyards, especially in Chablis where he was able to recognize the true potential. He was one of the first in Burgundy to introduce “culture raisonnée” (doing away with pesticides and other chemicals) and to build a laboratory of enology run by Laurence Jobard, the very first woman enologist in Burgundy. Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric are Robert and Françoise Drouhin’s four children, and all work in the family business. Join us as we listen to Frédéric explain the ...

The Wines of Chile – with Viña Ventisquero

17vina1main.jpg Ventisquero began making wine in 2000. With estate-owned vineyards in Chile’s major wine producing areas: Coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Leyda and Colchagua, along with extensive research into Chile’s terroir, Viña Ventisquero seeks to produce high quality wines and consistently made wines. The winery is led by a young, creative team of entrepreneurs who are creating distinctive, high quality wines. Under the guidance of head winemaker Felipe Tosso, the winery was built in the Coastal Maipo Valley, where grapes for our first wines were produced. Three years later, they ventured into the Casablanca Valley and the prestigious Apalta Valley, the source today for Viña Ventisquero’s premium wines. Join us as we talk with Felipe Tosso, Chief Winemaker for Viña Ventisquero, about the differences in Chilean terroir and Felipe’s approach to winemaking. For more info: Viña Ventisquero: www.vinaventisquero.com/ Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com Click ...

2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits – Part 2

16wopncotedor2main.jpg Part 2 of a seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir that takes us through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. In a “March Madness” motif, moderator Don Kinnan has attendees taste the wines blind, one region against the other. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a wealth of information about the wines from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits. For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #420
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2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Côte de Beaune vs. Côte de Nuits

16wopncotedor1main.jpg In this seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir, Don Kinnan takes us on a taste test through Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits regions. Which region will be the seminar’s favorites? Who cares. It’s ALL Burgundy! So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us a closer look at the wines from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise. For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/ Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com Click Below to Play the Show: Show #419
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Chêne Bleu – with Nicole Rolet

17chene1main.jpg Straddling the corners of four appellations in the Vaucluse area of southeastern France, Chêne Blue made a bold decision deciding to step outside of the AOC system in order to achieve their goal of producing high quality wines. With a southern latitude, in line with Gigondas, and high altitude (more northern and similar to Condrieu), Chêne Bleu almost literally has “one foot in the southern Rhône and one foot in the northern Rhône.” Being outside of the AOC system means the wines are often given broader geographic boundaries, such as Vin de Pays, Vaucluse or AOC Ventoux. The Chêne Bleu project has utmost respect for the history, heritage and tradition of the land (they are in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Here, forest intermingles with vineyards, giving the wines a true sense of place. Join us as we talk with Nicole Rolet about the challenges and Chêne Bleu’s efforts to ...