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August 8, 2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs visit with Katie Murphy, wine ambassador from Alexander Valley Vineyards.  Among the large array of wines they produce is the ever popular Sin Zin.  But there is much more!!  Karl talks about Albarino, a great Spanish white wine for your summertime enjoyment.  Karl and Brian taste and rate '04 Domaine de la Cadet Chardonnay, Bonnie Doone Syrah, and '06 Venteux Raucous Blend.  Marcia shares Alexander Valley Vineyard's resident chef's recipe for Cilantro Pesto Prawns paired with AVV Estate Chardonnay.

 

August 1, 2008 Megan McGrath, winemaker, Lucas & Lewellen

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs talk with Megan McGrath, a young winemaker with impressive credentials.  She's with Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, located in Santa Barbara County and making some impressive yet rather inexpensive wines.  We taste four winners.  Karl and Brian taste and rate 3 wines including a really good $20 Pinot Noir-an '06 Taft Street Pinot Noir.  Ratings are also high for a Vankenburg Gewurztraminer and the '04 Sunterra Meritage.  Marcia's recipe, compliments of Lucas and Lewellen, is an Herb Crusted Grilled Lamb with Apricot Relish paired with a Lucas and Lewellen Petit Verdot. Cheers! 

 

July 25, 2008 Delicious DeLoach Wines

A visit from Julia Vazquez, winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma County enlightens Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs about their lovely Chards and Pinots.  DeLoach will be producing biodynamically farmed wines in the very near future. The wine word of the day is Cote Roti.  Learn about the great wines from that region.  Ever wonder where toasts came from and why?  Karl shares some of the "saucier" toasts of the last decade.  Brian Mahoney and Karl Von Senden, our sommelier taste and rate 3 wines: Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Francis Ford Coppolla Pinot Noir, and a Markham Cabernet Sauvignon.  Marcia shares a DeLoach recipe, Bacon Roasted Salmon with Mushroom Sauce, served with a DeLoach Pinot Noir.

 

July 18, 2008 Author and Editor, Steve Heimoff

Steve Heimoff, west coast editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and author of two wonderful books about the wine country and its winemakers visits with Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs. Hear about the new movie debuting in August--"Bottle Shock"--and get ready to kick "Sideways" to the curb! Hear a primer about the lovely Hermitage wines.  Then Karl answers some questions about Swiss wines.  Karl and Brian Mahoney taste and rate an '07 Remy Pannier Vallee Les Jardins, an '06 Row 11 Pinot Noir and an '05 Two Angels Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah.  Marcia resurrects and old favorite--Coq au Vin and pairs it with a Pinot Noir.  

 

July 11, 2008 A Short and Sweet Show

Our studio techies erased our interview with Megan McGrath of Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, so today's show is a half hour.  Karl gives us some insight into the passito method of making wines.  Karl and Brian taste and rate 3 wines including a really good $20 Pinot Noir-an '06 Taft Street Pinot Noir.  Ratings are also high for a Vankenburg Gewurztraminer and the '04 Sunterra Meritage.  Marcia's recipe, compliments of Lucas and Lewellen, is an Herb Crusted Grilled Lamb with Apricot Relish paired with a Lucas and Lewellen Petit Verdot. Cheers!

 

July 4, 2008 Alhona, Small Winery, Big Merlots

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs talk with Rick Alhona, owner of Alhona Vineyards in the lovely Carmel Valley, just south of San Francisco.  Rick's family owned winery makes some lovely Merlots worth tracking down.  Learn about another varietal you may not be familiar with--Torrontes, a popular Argentinian wine.  Karl and Brian taste and rate 3 BIG wines, an '05 Opolo Viognier from Paso Robles, an '04 Morgan Cote du Crow, a big red from Monterrey County, and an '04 Conn Creek Cabernet Saugivnon from Napa.  Winners all!  Marcia dives in and uses the bounty from the summer garden in a Baby Eggplant, Tomato and Basil Casserole with Parmesan Cheese.  A great way to use the $100 a piece home-grown tomatoes!  She pairs it with an Argentinian Torronte!

 

June 27, 2008 Freeman Pinot Noir, Among Top 30 Pinots

Ken Freeman onwer of freeman Winery joins Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs to talk about his award winning Pinot Noirs.  Food and Wine Magazine named Freeman one of the the top 30 Pinot Noirs in the country.  Next, Karl talks about the charms of Petite Verdot.  Then, learn why the "Judgement of Paris" turned the wine industry on its head.  Karl and Brian taste and rate three wonderful reds, an '06 Cambria Pinot Noir, a Mitch Cosssentino Ol' Red, and an '06 Vertex Blend.  Marcia's Chicken Marengo will rock your world.  Pair it with a nicely chilled Pinot Gris.

 

June 20, 2008 An American Owned Tucsan Winery

Tim Grace, Director of il Molina di Grace winery in Tuscany talks about the joys of owning a winery in Tuscany.  We taste their outstanding wines and wonder if this American's soul isn't really Italian.  Karl tempts us to try a Vouvray this summer.  Chenin blanc by any other name...  Karl and Brian taste and rate three winners, an '97 Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, an '06 Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas Blanc, and an '06 Ramsay North Coast Pinot Noir in the $18 range.  Marcia's recipe is for a Salad Nicoise that she pairs with the '07 Brancott Marlborough Sauvignan Blanc.

 

June 6, 2008 A Walk on the Wild Side, Oak Knoll Winery

Greg Lint, Prez of Oak Knoll Winery joins Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs and wows them with his economically priced Oregon jewels!  In addition to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, Oak Knoll produces two unique wines--a red raspberry wine and a wine made from native American grapes.  Wild stuff.  The Wine Word is Jurancon, a lovely wine you don't see very often.  Brian and Karl taste and rate an '06 Arrowwood Cote du Luna Blanc, a Pascal Jolivet Sancerre, and an '06 Flora Springs Chardonnay.  Marcia shares a recipe with a Caribbean theme that she's making for Karl's bday bash--Jerked Pork Tenderloin.

 

May 30, 2008 PurVine Wine by the Barrel

John Burtner, Director and winemaker at PurVine Wine joins Karl and Marcia to explore a unique marketing concept--buy excellent wines for your own personal consumption by the barrel, or part of a barrel.  Learn how this idea came about in Tempe, AZ--not exactly wine country.  The buyer can be involved in the winemaking process and nurse "his" barrel start to finish.  Karl talks about Brunellopoli, the big scandal in process with Brunello di Montelcino.  Brian and Karl rate an '06 Elyse Le Peche, and '06 Marshall Family Vineyard Barry's Blend Pinot Noir, and and '05 Wild Hurst Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon of $17.  Marcia's recipe wasn't the hit she hoped it would be, but with a bit of tinkering she pulls it off.   

 

May 23, 2008 Copia, Happenings and Doings for Spring

Copia's senior wine educator, Kevin Toomajian, joins Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs to talk all about the upcoming wine and food events at "the Disneyland for wine lovers" in lovely Napa, California.  Copia, an idea orginated by Robert Mondavi and Julia Child, is an incredible place for wine, food, and the arts that's not to be missed.  Next, learn about the Greek wine Retsina that's been around for over 2,700 years.  An acquired taste?  Karl and Brian rate an '05 Cartledge & Brown Cabernet Sauvignon for $13, an '06 Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc for $18, and the Morgan Cotes du Crow's Red Blend for $21.  Marcia shares the winning recipe of Copia's Best Darn Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest and pairs this sinful dessert with Karl's suggestion--a Muscat. 

 

May 16, 2008 Trentadue Winery Award Winners

Miro Tcholakov, winemaker extraordinaire at Trentadue Winery shares his international experience with Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs.  Discover his stellar award winning Petite Sirahs, Zins, and Cuvee 32.  Karl looks into Carignan, one of the most widely planted and least known about grapes and gives us the skinny.  Karl addresses the latest hot brouhaha op-ed piece in the LA Times about California wines being underperformers.  Brian's baaaack! And he and Karl rate our three wines--an '06 Clos du Val Chardonnay, '06 Hook and Ladder Tillerman's Red, and a Catena Zepala Malbec.  Marcia dares us to try her recipe for Flaming Madeira Quail paired with a Pinot Noir.

 

May 9, 2008 Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

Ansley Coale joins Marcia Josephs and Karl Von Senden to talk about artisan distillers, the highly acclaimed Hangar One as well as St. George Spirits, the first maker of absinthe in the US in over 100 years.  Ansley points out the world of difference between mass made liquors and hand crafted batches.  We taste Hangar One Buddha's Hand vodka and St. George absinthe at 120 proof.   Karl talks a bit about the under rated wines from Rioja--and they're still a bargain.  Brian our Value Wine Guy is on vacation this week, and leaves Karl to rate our three wines--an '06 Tangent Sauvignon Blanc, an '04 St. Francis Wild Oak Merlot, an '06 Rex Hill Pinot Noir.  Marcia shares her recipe for Shrimp Curry and pairs it with a Riesling.

 

May 2, 2008 Aarg! A Wine Publicist's Life for Me!

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs talk with talented and articulate Jo Diaz of Diaz Communications, a wine consulting and publicity organization in Sonoma County.  Jo builds market share and recognition for her clients using fun and creative methods that are really paying off!  Listen and realize that if you had it to do all over again......Then Karl delves into the Charbono grape--do we smell a new cult wine?  What exactly does putting wine in an oak barrel do to the wine?  Can you achieve the same results with an "oak teabag?"  Brian Mahoney tastes and rates (Karl has a cold) a 2006 Santa Ynez Gainey Vineyard Rieling, an '05 Midnight Cellars Paso Zin, and an '05 Chappellet Winery Mountain Cuvees.  Marcia shares her favorite marinade for Pork Tenderloin and pairs it with a fruity Gerwurztraiminer.

 

April 25, 2008  Unique and Active Wine Adventures

Marcia Josephs and Karl Von Senden catch up (literally) with Allan Wright, owner and trekker extraordinaire of Zephyr Adventures who pulls out all the stops for active, unique adventures for wine travel around the world.  A Vineyard Walk through Sonoma? A South African wine safari? Biking though Tuscany? No problem. You too can make these your moments to remember!  Karl breathes some life into how, when and why to aerate your vino.  Brian Mahoney and Karl, our host and sommelier, taste and rate 3 wines:  The Good, The Better, and the Clunker.  Marcia's recipe for Basque Chicken Breasts is a big hit with a chilled Pinot Grigio.

 

April 18, 2008  Affordable Big House Wines

"The Warden" of Big House Wines, Georgetta Dane the winemaker, spills the beans about her wines that are "so good, they're almost criminal."  But you won't have to rob a bank to buy them!  Learn about Malvasia grapes and the flavors they impart both blended and as their own varietal.  Pinot Noirs from different regions exhibit varied flavors and require different food pairings.  Brian Mahoney and Karl Von Senden, our host, taste and rate 3 wines:  a Lugarotti Pinot Grigio at $17, a Big Horn Cellars Chardonnay at $24, and a Sacra Natura Red Blend at $20. 

 

April 11, 2008  Allora, Boutique Napa Fine Red

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs chat with Kelly Klein Muters, director of marketing and sales for Allora Vineyards. Allora's estate bottled limited production fine red wines from Napa are something special.  Karl gets you in the mood for warmer weather with the versatile Pinot Blancs.  Do you match the wine to the food or the food to the wine?  Learn the rules.  Karl and Brian Mahoney taste and rate 3 wines available in your wine stores now--Clif's The Climber White Blend, an '05 Midnight Cellars Zin (yum, yum), and an '04 Domaine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. 

 

April 4, 2008  Back by Popular Demand, Gruet, the Rest of the Story

The Gruets, makers of sparkling wines from New Mexico are back with Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs by popular demand.  Learn how they decided on New Mexico as the site for their vineyards and winery.  And explore the possibilities of "wine country" expanding from just the usual suspects. 

 

March 28, 2008  Carol Shelton, Most Awarded Winemaker in America

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs talk with Carol Shelton, the "Most Awarded Winemaker in America."  Learn how she achieved that title and taste six of her award winning wines.  Expand your horizons when Karl talks about Ripasso wines from Italy.  Brian Mahoney and Karl, our sommelier taste, discuss, and rate 3 wines:  and '06 Daedelus Cellars Jezebel Pinot Noir, an '04 Stone street Merlot, and an '04 Marietta Petite Sirah.  Marcia's recipe this week, Duck Breasts with Plum Sauce is paired with a Carol Shelton Mongo Zin.

 

March 21, 2008  Donati Wines from Paicines AVA

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs explore the Paicines AVA on California's Central Coast with Dan Kleck, winemaker at Donati Family Vineyard.  This unique area produces lots of Bordeaux style wines of distinction.  Karl defines a Claret wine then talks a bit about the growing Washington State wine business.  Brian Mahoney and Karl, our sommelier taste, discuss, and rate 3 wines:  Merryvale Starmount Chardonnay, '05 Kinton Vineyards Syrah, and Lioco Pinot Noir, the favorite.  Marcia's recipe for a Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry pairs nicely with a Reisling.

 

March 14, 2008  Ravenswood Old Vine Zins

Joel Peterson, uber-winemaker at Ravenswood Winery explains how unique his Vineyard Designate wines are and talks about Old Vine Zinfandels.  Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs exuberantly taste four Ravenswood Vineyard Designates and LOVE them!  Ever wonder about Vitus Vinifera when people talk about wine?  Karl fills you in.  The Sommelier wasn't stumped this week, so tune in to hear about the wines to serve with Easter dinner.  Karl and Brian Mahoney wax poetic about one of the three wines they rate this week.  Marcia shares a recipe for Cheese Popovers, a scrumptious and easy appetizer for Spring, and pairs it with a Chardonnay.

 

March 7, 2008  Wines of New Zealand

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs explore the wines of New Zealand with David Strada, the US representative for the New Zealand Winegrowers.  We taste four New Zealand wines that are coming on strong.  Karl unravels the mystery between Pouilly Fouisse and Pouilly Fume; one is Chardonnay, the other Sauvignon Blanc.  Karl and Brian rate the  '05 Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, the '06 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel, and the '06 Flying Fish Merlot.  Chicken Puttanesca is Marcia's robust recipe this week, paired with Chianti Classico.

 

February 29, 2008  Gruet, French sparkling wines from New Mexico

Nathalie and Laurent Gruet are making outstanding sparkling wines in of all places, New Mexico.  Karl VonSenden and Marcia Josephs explore  wine making in New Mexico, Gruet-style!  Be prepared to want to run out and buy their wines immediately.  Karl laments the paltry wine lists in most restaurants and solves the mystery of why that is.  Get straight on how the sweetness of sparkling wines is calibrated, starting with our Wine Word of the Day, Brut.  Karl and Brian rate the '05 Mondavi Solaire Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, and an '04 Harlequin Claret.  Marcia's recipe for Lamb Medallions with Hazelnut Hollandaise is paired with a dilemma.

 

February 22, 2008  B Cellars, Napa Valley Blends

Beautifully structured Napa blends from B Cellars intrigue Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs.  Our guest this week from B Cellars is owner Jim Borsack who also shares a love of good wine and cooking; he's also the creator of over 7,000 recipes.  Karl talks about what you can expect from wine ratings.  The Wine Word this week is Shiraz.  Karl and Brian rate three more wines that are available in your local wine stores.  Marcia's recipe is Comfort Food personified.  It's a tasty wild rice and chicken cassarole that even your most finicky eater will love.  Pair it with a B Cellars Blend 24 and you have a bit of heaven

 

February 15, 2008  Peltier Station, Fine Wines from Lodi

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs visit with JC van Staden, winemaker from Peltier Station in Lodi, CA.  JC's experience making wines has refined the "olde tiyme Lodi fruitbombs" into sleek and refined wines with bargain prices.  Our wineword for today is barnyard, you'll love it or hate it.  Next find out when to decant a wine.  It's not what you think.   Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three wines with kitshy labels and big taste.  Marcia shares a recipe for a cold winter evening, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup paired with a Peltier Station Viognier.

 

February 8, 2008  Tensley Wines from Santa Barbara County

Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs talk with Joey Tensley, owner and winemaker of Tensley Wnes about his Rhone style wines from Santa Barbara County.    Today's wine word is Grenache, probably one of the most widely planted grapes in the world.  Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three wines.  Marcia gives guys tips for gifts for their ladies for upcoming Valentine's Day.  Then, a romantic V-tine's Day recipe for Filet Mignon with a rich Balsalmic Glaze paired with a Tensley Syrah.

 

February 1, 2008  Courageous Underdog Wines

Adam Richardson of Underdog Wine Merchants takes Karl Von Senden and Marcia Josephs on a romp through the vineyards of the world looking for wonderful but unappreciated wines.  We taste six of these wines and agree that it would have been a shame to let these wines languish in obscurity.  Our Wine Word of the Day is Alsace, a word that helps explain some of Adam Richardson's wines.  Then Karl once again tries to straighten out questions about Syrah and Petite Sirah on Stump the Sommelier.  Three Value Wines of the Week are rated by Karl and Brian Mahoney.  They are the '06 Tobin James Radiance Chardonnay, the non-vintage Gray Wolf Winery's Lone Wolf Red, and finally the Hartford Russian River Zinfandel.  Winners all.  Marcia shares her not-to-be-missed recipe for Chicken Marabella, one of Karl's all-time favorites, and pairs it with Now and Zen

 

January 25, 2008  Delicious, Delectable, Delectus

Karl and Marcia talk with Gerhard and Linda Reisacher and Liz Youngs of Delectus Winery.  They're making waves among wine lovers who crave big, sophisticated Napa reds, and we taste four of them.  Our wine word for today is claret.  Exactly what is claret?  Karl will tell you.  Then Brian Mahoney and our own Karl Von Senden rate the '06 Martin Ray Pinot Noir, the '06 Eroica Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, and the '04 Marietta Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Marcia's recipe for Super Bowl Sunday is her Super Bowl Red Chili, served with what else--a cold brewski. 

 

January 18, 2008  Rafanelli Reds

Karl and Marcia talk with Shelly Rafanelli-Fehlman, fourth generation winemaker at A. Rafanelli Winery in the Dry Creek region of Sonoma County, CA. Rafanelli Zinfandels have an almost cult following among red wine drinkers.  Learn how to purchase these hard-to-come-by wines for your enjoyment.  Malbec was the wine word of the day, Argentina's big luscious red wine.  Then, the latest on the Primitivo-Zinfandel uproar. Brian Mahoney and our sommelier, Karl Von Senden, rate the '02 Chateau Reynella Shiraz, the '05 Jeff Rundquist Z Zinfandel, and the '04 Chariot Gypsy.  Marcia hits the comfort food hard with a luxurious meatloaf--huh?--Meatloaf stuffed with spinach, carrots and cheese.  She pairs it with a Rafanelli Zin. 

 

January 11, 2008  Foppiano Vineyards, A Sonoma Pioneer

Lou Foppiano, fourth generation to cultivate Foppiano Vineyards in Sonoma County, Ca. visits with Marcia and Karl.  Lots of big lucious red wines to talk about that have a reasonable price point.  Carignan was the wine word of the day and Karl speaks his mind.  Ever considered Sardinian wine?  Get the scoop.  Brian Mahoney and Karl rate the '06 Fess Parker Viognier, the Sebastiani Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and the Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee.

 

January 4, 2008  A Chat with Jancis Robinson, author of The World Atlas of Wine

"Wine is geography in a bottle," states Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and author of the new 6th edition of The World Atlas of Wine.  Hear about her newest edition that includes new wine regions, new wines, and new facts enhanced with gorgeous photos and crystal clear maps.  Her website, Jancisrobinson.com provides a daily shot of insight from one of the world's most influential wine afficiandos.  Pinot Gris is the Wine Word for today and Karl tells you all about it.  Brian Mahaoney rates three Value Wines the Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio, the '05 Row 11 Pinot Noir, and the '04 Hayman Hill Cabernet Sauvignon.  Marcia bows to the number one new years' resolution--lose weight.  She shows us how to do it with Hungarian Porkchops with Baby Spinach.

 

December 21, 2007  Sparkling Chandon for the holidays

Sparkling winethe center of holiday entertaining!  Karl and Marcia talk with the sparkling winemaker and wine educator from Chandon and taste six, yes six, delicious and unique Chandon sparklers.  Pick your favorite for New Years Eve!  Ever wonder what a sommelier can do for you?  Karl answers that question with a flourish.  He then takes away any confusion about buzz words associated with sparkling wines and champagnes.  Today the focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon to taste and rate.  Karl and Brian rate an '05 Sousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet from Chile, an '05 Bommarite Cabernet Sauv from Napa Valley, and the '04 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  Marcia shares two recipes from the restaurant at Domaine Chandon.  This is the last show of the year.  Join us again on January 4, 2008.  Happy New Year!!

 

December 14, 2007  The Feast of the 7 Fishes in The Big Apple

Say "seafood" and all thoughts turn to the Grand Central Oyster Bar Restuarant in New York City.  Join Mike Garvey, general manager, who will make us drool over his seafood offerings and fabulous wine list.  A match made in heaven for The Feast of the Seven Fishes!!  Karl and Marcia talk about and taste a real bargain wine--Orvieto.  And they love it!  Learn what you need to know to stock your wine cellar from Karl, our sommelier.  Brian and Karl rate 3 red blends:  St. Francis Sonoma County Red, Hook and Ladder Tillerman Red, and the '04 Estancia Meritage. Marcia pairs the Orvieto with her recipe for Devilled Dungeness Crab and shares some recipes from the grand Central Oyster Bar.  Be sure to check the website under "Marcia's Recipes."

 

December 7, 2007  Landmark Vineyards' Lovely Libations

The proprietor of Landmark Vineyards, Mary Colhoun, joins Karl and Marcia to talk about and taste their wines--Chards, Pinots, and Syrah--all rated 90 or above.  And you can buy them at surprisingly reasonable prices!  Then Karl tells us a bit about Perequita, a Portuguese grape, that is making some fine wine. The Sommelier was not stumped about Canadian wines.  Hear about some good wines from Canada, of all places.  Then, Brian and Karl rate three wines, an '05 Cimicky Trump-a red from Australia, a Kenneth Volk Jaybird Chardonnay, and and '02 Archipel Bordeaux blend.  Marcia pairs the '06 Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir with her recipe for Veal Scallops with Lemon.

 

November 30, 2007  Sonoma Valley Vision Cellars Wines

Karl and Marcia hear from Mac McDonald, owner of Vision Cellars and a founder of the Association of African American Vintners.  Mac makes primarily Pinot Noirs as well as several other tasty varietals.  Karl then gives the definitive answer(s) for wine with Asian foods.  Learn about the wines from the Valtellina valley in Italy.  Brian and Karl review and rate a white and two reds--the 2006 Bergevin Lane Vineyards Calico White, and '05 Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and an '03 Paraiso Syrah.  Marcia shares her deceptively simple recipe for Succulent Salmon Sauce.

 

November 23, 2007  Coniglio Fine Wines

Coniglio Wines are lucious!  Charles Coniglio of St. Helena, in the Napa Valley, visits with Karl and Marcia and talks about his small production wines.  Bet you don't know how to describe a 'corked wine."  Learn the definitive descriptors so you don't look like a novice when sending a wine back.  Brian and Karl reveiw and rate three reds, Vinaterra Pinot Grigio, Stafano Farina '03 Barbaresco, and Molly Duker Blue Eye Boy.  Be in for a surprise.  Marcia recipe this week is Pork Medallions of Beef with Spicy Southwest Orange Sauce.  Pair it with a chilled Gerwurtztraminer.

 

November 16, 2007  Swanson Vineyards and Merlots

Swanson Vineyards makes some of the best Merlots in Napa Valley.  Join Karl and Marcia as they visit with Chris Phelps, winemaker at Swanson.  Merlot had been maligned in the movie Sideways, but it's back.  Strong as ever.  You can't keep a great wine down!  Then, in keeping with the 2007 release of Beaujolais Nouveau, Karl and Marcia discuss the Nouveau and the classic Beaujolais.  Quite interesting.  Find out what wines are worth cellaring and about the rare "garista" wines from France.  Brian and Karl reveiw and rate the '07 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, the '05 Frank Family Chardonnay, and the '04 Viader Cabernet Franc.  Marcia shares a rich, creamy Oyster Stew and pairs it with the '05 Frank Family Chard.

 

November 9, 2007  Visit with Natalie MacLean

Karl and Marcia catch up with Natalie MacLean, sommelier, well known wine writer, and wine judge from Ontario.  Get great tips on wine for Thanksgiving as well as hearing about her new highly entertaining book, Red, White, and Drunk All Over.  Then Karl tries to unconfuse us regarding German wine designations as well as a brief discussion about the lovely fresh Kabinetts.  Then, learn something new about wines from Mexico, of all places.  Brian Mahoney  and Karl review and rate three good wines--a Spanish Temperanillo, an '05 Costantinos Cabernet Franc, and an '03 Stone Street Alexander valley Merlot.  Marcia reveals her favorite knock-your-socks-off recipe for turkey stuffing.

 

November 2, 2007  Caldwell's Big Reds

Karl and Marcia are joined by John Caldwell, AKA The God of Wine, to talk about his big luxurious Napa reds. Then Karl talks about a rather unknown French appellation--Coteaux du Languedoc--that's starting to deliver some good wines.  Be the first on your block to look for them.  And Renee Rousseau of Hollywood tries to Stump the Sommelier.  Brian Mahoney turns us on to three darn good wines--an '05 Taft Street Pinot Noir for under $20, an '05 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon blend, and the biggie--the '04 Joseph Phelpps Insignia.  Marcia does a recipe for the cooking challenged with only 6 indredients--Crab Cakes.  And she pairs it with an UnOaked Iron Horse Chardonnay.

 

October 26, 2007  Living the Dream

Is your goal in life to own a winery and make wine?  Hear from John Holdredge, a boutique vintner in Sonoma County, how he did it.  Learn from his dreams, apsirations, and pitfalls. Karl talks about a lovely dessert wine, Aleatica, that you should try if you ever run across it.  Our Stump the Sommelier question asks about the value of barrels in the winemaking process.  French or American?  Toasted or untoasted?  Karl and Brian rate an Italian '05 Carpeneto Dogajolo, an '04 LaPlaya Axel Cabernet from Chile, and an '04 Louis Jadot Pommard from France.  Marcia offers up the perfect recipe for Halloween week, a whole stuffed pumpkin--very festive! Pair it with a lovely Amaretto. 

 

October 19, 2007  Effects of Globalization of the Wine Industry

A thinking man's show about the future of the world-wide wine industry and the effects on winedrinkers everywhere.  Dr. Jim Lapsley, UC Davis joins Karl and Marcia to opine if the large number of new entrants into the wine business is a positive or negative.  And should we expect more quality wines?  Then, our hosts talk about the popularity of Spanish cavas.  Karl, our sommelier, answers the question why and under what circumstances Italian wines may taste better than California wines.  Think vacation.  Karl and Brian rate an '06 Belle Valee Cellars Pinot Noir, the '04 Trentidue Petite Sirah, and the Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon.  Since we're in the throes of Fall, Marcia has the perfect hearty casserole recipe to take to the PTA potluck--Mexican Style Beef Casserole. 

 

October 12, 2007  The Inimitable Iron Horse

An impressive array of sleek and sophisticated wines, both sparklers and still wines, continue to garner accolades from the experts!  Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards joins us as we explore this year's top award winners.  Karl regales us with true stories of wine made from the Alicante Boushet grape.  Think explosions!  Brian and Karl go "over the top" rating the '04 Antonori Tignanello, the Chateau del Jonnis Cote de Louveron White, and A to Z Wine Works Pinot Noir.  Marcia swears by a new recipe incorporating an herby rub, and she pairs the recipe with a Mettler Petite Sirah.

 

October 5, 2007  Top Wine Blogger in the World

Alder Yarrow, winner of the Best International Wine Blog, joins Karl and Marcia and dissenting opinions fly!  But in a nice way.  Karl fills us in on an east coast varietal, Chelois.  If you don't like the grapes, the plant makes a lovely arbor!  Don't miss the wines that Karl and Brian rate this week--an '06 Dog Point Marlboro Sauvignon Blanc, Cambria Chardonnay, and an '03 Juan Rojo Toro Temperanillo.  Marcia shares the perfect recipe for a single guy to make an impression on his date--Chicken Breasts in Champagne, paired with, what else, Champagne.

 

September 28, 2007  The Fabulous Fantesca

Karl and Marcia talk with a new winery owner, Duane Hoff of Fantesca Winery, who is turning out beautiful and delicious wines in Napa Valley.  Karl explores an old varietal Charbono.  Could it become the next cult wine?  Then, how bottle shapes help you choose your wine.  Karl and Brian rate a Mark West Pinot Noir for $17, a Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay, and a Hahn Meritage, all wines to drink now.  Marcia shares a recipe for French Chicken with Apples served with a chilled Viognier.   

 

September 21, 2007  Know What's happening in the Vineyard

Karl and Marcia take a month by month trip through the happenings in the vineyards and the winery.  Karl talks about the lovely Semillon wines that you can find in your wine shops.  Brian and Karl highly rate a Grenache Blanc, a Petite Sirah, a Chianti and a Pinot Grigio as wines to drink now.  Marcia shares a recipe for Grilled Tuna with Capers and Tomato Sauce paired with a Premier Cru Chablis.

 

September 14, 2007  Paul Mathew Vineyards' Fine Pinots

Learn of a boutique Russian River Valley winemaker,  Paul Mathew Vineyards, maker of highly sought after cool weather Burgundian style wines--Pinot, Chard, and Gamay.   Their new releases will be out soon, so get in line.  Karl talks about Bourgonne and the style of wines native to the region.  Answers to the question of which champagne should you choose--vintage or non-vintage.  It's not as simple as you may think.  Brian and Karl rate three more wines sure to impress your wine-snob friends.  Marcia's baaa-ack and is she ever grumpy!!  She lights into a less-than satisfactory dining experience in lieu of a recipe.

 

September 7, 2007 Global Warming's Impact on the Wine Business

Join us and Dr. Andy Walker, Professor of Viticulture, UC Davis, to discuss the ramifications of Global Warming on our beloved wines.  Is the new wine country Vancouver, Canada?  Next, everything you ever wanted to know about tipping in a wine bar--do you tip on the price of a bottle you bought plus the corkage fee?  Do you tip the owner?  What's the standard tip?  Stuff you gotta' know so your date doesn't think you're a cheapskate.  Brian and Karl taste 3 big wines to buy now.  Then Karl reminisces from ancient history a recipe that always "worked" with and impressed his dates--Steak Diane.  Just don't burn down the kitchen!

 

August 31, 2007  Miami Wine Fair & Rebel Winery

Karl solos this week and explores the upcoming Miami Wine Fair, the biggest and best wine show in the South.  Next he meets with one of the "Three Thieves" of Rebel Wine Company  whose wine, "The Show" --a Cabernet Sauvignon--won the highest red wine rating at the 4th Miami International Wine Competition.  And it's less than $18 a bottle!!  Karl pulls an old recipe out of his hat--Manly Chili, that will cause the fainthearted among you to beg for mercy.   

 

August 24, 2007  California Wine Month Events   Join Karl and Marcia who learn from Leslie Sbrocco, well known TV personality and author, what is planned for California Wine Month in September.  Karl tells us what constitutes an Old Vine Zinfandel.  Then, Rutherford Dust, can you really taste it in your wines?  Karl and Brian rate three good choices, a Santa Barbara '05 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, a Napa '05 Big Horn Cellars Chardonnay, and a South African '05 Ondine Cabernet Sauvignon.  Marcia whips up a recipe for Shrimp on the Barbie with Garlic Butter Dip, paired with the '05 Big Horn Cellars Chard.

 

August 17, 2007  Homemade Liqueurs and Exploring Portuguese Wines  Learn how to use summer's bounty to create exotic homemade liqueurs for holiday gift-giving or for your own satisfaction and use.  It's fun and everyone appreciates being gifted with the unique results!  Then Karl and Marcia explore the burgeoning table wine industry in Portugal and test two surprisingly tasty well made wines that are unbelieveably inexpensive (read, cheap).  Brian Mahoney and Karl rate three stellar wines to buy NOW--an '05 Castle Rock Pinot Noir, an '06 MollyDuker's The Boxer Shiraz, and the luscious '04 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon.

Marcia trumps Ma's pork chops with her own recipe for Pork Chops with Peaches that uses an apricot liqueur in the ingredients, and is paired with a light, fruity Viognier.    

 

August 10, 2007  Critter Wines for the Dog Days of Summer

It's the Dog Days of August, so what would be more apropos than an irreverant romp with the dogs we love on wine labels.  Good marketing idea or misguided?  You be the judge.  Learn more about the fabulous Chablis out there.  Chablis of yore were terribly maligned with a reputation as a cheap American jug wine.  Not so!!  Plus more exciting information on the wine tour to Argentina this Fall.  Karl and Brian taste and rate 3 wines to buy right now--a fabulous Santa Barbara Viognier, Big Red Monster, a red blend priced right, and the new vintage of Rombauer Chardonnay.  Marcia overrules all other wimpy Ratatouille recipes out there with her own superior offering.  

                                                                               

August 3, 2007  California Rhones

The Father of Syrah in California, Gary Eberle, join Karl and Brian for a romp through the Rhone varietals making a splash in Paso Robles.  Sancerre was the Wine Word for this week, a lovely wine for summer drinking.  Karl and Brian taste and rate 3 wines to buy right now.  Gary Eberle's recipe for Paella, a combination of chicken, shrimp, scallops, and sausage is paired with the Eberle 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

July 27, 2007  Sake, the New Ancient Libation

Sakes are the new "it" drink!  Henry Sidel of Joto Sake joins Karl and Marcia to expand our knowledge of premium sakes.  Bet you didn't know there's sparkling sake.  Join us and learn lots more.  Karl shows us some new stuff about our old friend Viognier.  Brian and Karl rate a French Sancerre, Little's Reserve Chardonnay from Australia, and a Stag's Leap Petite Syrah from Napa.  Marcia stays with the Asian theme and delights us with Fusion Chicken paired with Shichi Hon Yari Junmai sake.

 

July 20, 2007  Party Hardy with Vodka

Party Man Tim Laird, chef extraordinaire, wine and spirits expert, and a guy who throws at least 3 parties a week, joins Karl and Marcia to talk about vodka.  Tim has singlehandedly invented over 200 vodka drink recipes.  Join the fun!  Then learn about Cabernet Franc, not one of your best known wines.  Brian and Karl rate 3 wines that you'll enjoy this month.  Marcia's lip smacking recipe is medallions of lamb with basil served with a lightly chilled Pinot Noir.

 

July 13, 2007  Seafood, Oysters, and Wine at Grand Central

Fishy and fabulous!  We visit with Michael Garvey, General Manager of the Grand Central Oyster Bar Restaurant to talk about seafood, oysters, and the wines that complement them.  Karl talks about some good summer Rieslings and wasn't stumped by our listener's question about Chianti.  Brian and Karl rate a Spanish rose, Gran Feudo, a Rhone wine, Brunier Vieux Telegramme, and an American Novy Syrah.  These wines are not to be missed.  Marcia passes along a recipe from Grand Central Oyster Bar for Panfried Baby Soft Shell Crabs with Garlic Herb Butter, served with a refreshing Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

 

July 6, 2007  Barbeque Season Kickoff

Barbeque your brains out and know what kinds of libations to serve as well.  Karl and Marcia reminisce about fabulous barbeques they've attended and look forward to the barbeque in the Andean Mountains of Argentina coming up this Thanksgiving.  Join them on the Argentina Wine Tour this November!  Brian and Karl rate the Italian Pietro Rinaldi Dolcetto,  the Lodi Earthquake Zin, and Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.  Marcia steps up with a Rosemary Crusted Porterhouse Steak with Red Wine Sauce for the barbeque recipe, served with a lightly chilled Petite Sirah.

 

June 29, 2007  Down Under Wine Bar

So You Want to Run a Wine Bar? Listen as Karl and Marcia talk with Roger Carpenter about the ups and downs of owning a happenin' boutique wine bar.  Karl expands upon the Priorato region of Spain.  Interested in buying wine futures, you riverboat gambler, you!?  Hear about the risks and rewards.  Brian and Karl rate the '05 Steele Viognier, Carlidge-Brown Pinot Noir, and the '05 Norman Zinfandel from Paso Robles.  Marcia makes us drool with a Fillet of Sole with a crunchy orange and garlic breadcrumb topping served with an ice cold Spanish Alvareno.

 

June 22, 2007  Wine finds from "Off the Beaten Path"

Joern Tittel of Monarchia Matt International joins us to talk about stellar wines being imported from wine regions "off the beaten path."  Explore some areas unknown to you.  We taste 4 outstanding Hungarian wines sure to be a big hit.  Karl brings the Furmint grape to our attention and the lovely Tokays it produces.  Kate Bloor of Far Corners Safaris regales us with details on the Argentina luxury wine trip coming in November.  We'll be eating in 2 of the top 10 restaurants in the world!!  Marcia pairs Chicken a la Provencale with the Burgundian style Egri Chardonnay from Hungary.

 

June 15, 2007  Great New York Wines

Fred Frank of Dr. Frank's Vinifera Winery in the Finger Lake Region of New York joins Karl and Marcia to taste and talk about their Gold Medal winning wines.  Did you know that New York is the second largest wine producing state?  And they're producing wines comparable or better than our California brethern. Karl and Brian Mahoney take another stab at saving the world with the 10 point wine rating system.  Three outstanding wines that you can buy in your wine shops today are rated.   Marcia's recipe this week is Bev's Zucchini Jack, THE answer for all the zucchini coming out of your summer gardens.

 

June 7, 2007  Legislative Threats to Shipping Wine to You

Tom Wark of Wark Communications joins Karl and Marcia to talk about the legislative threats states are concocting to keep you from having wine shipped directly to your home.  Learn what you can do about it.  Learn which states are in dire peril.  Karl and Brian Mahoney take another stab at saving the world with the 10 point wine rating system.  Three outstanding wines that you can buy in your wine shops today are rated.   Marcia's recipe this week is an Artichoke Frittata, an appetizer for Karl's birthday party on Saturday.

 

June 1, 2007  Summer Beers!

The Brewmaster of the Sonoran Brewery, Scott Yarosh, maker of fine hand-crafted beers joins us to taste and talk about 16 (YES!! 16) boutique and commercial beers for your summer enjoyment.  Karl tells you when a wine is "petillant," and other adjectives to describe wine with this characteristic.  Thighs aren't the only things that get flabby.  There are also flabby wines.  Learn how to recognize and avoid them.  Karl and Brian Mahoney take another stab at saving the world with the 10 point wine rating system.  Three outstanding wines that you can buy in your wine shops today are rated.   Marcia's recipe this week is a Beer Marinade for Beef or Lamb Shish-kebobs

 

May 25, 2007  Details on Argentina Wine Trip!!  Join Karl and Marcia for the adventure of your life

Finally we have the details of the Argentinian wine trip for Thanksgiving week.  Premium fine wineries, the best restaurants, luxury hotel and spa, and all the romance of the wine country of Argentina.  Kate Bloor of Far Corners Safaris, purveyor of high-end world tours, fills in the details for the 12 lucky people who get to go.  Karl explains why you would like to drink a wine characterized by the smell of "cat pee."  Then on another subject, Karl talks about Orvieto and its popularity.  Brian pulls a coup and rates three outstanding wines--'05 Domaine Alfred Chardonnay, an '04 Waterbrook Syrah from Columbia Valley, and a 2002 Dona Paula Estate Bottled Malbec.  Marcia's recipe this week is Barbequed Short Ribs.

 

May 18, 2007 The Wine Pricing Game

Karl and Marcia meet with Cameron Hughes who "opens the kimono" on how wine is priced.  Cameron Hughes, a negotiant, provides premium wines through Costco at 1/2 to 1/3 of the price of comparable offerings,

and every shipment is sold within hours of hitting the shelves!  Karl answers a listener's question about Italian sparkling wines.  Marcia and Karl explore Amontillado, best known in Poe's macabre tale.  Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System," including fabulous German Reisling, a Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz, and a 2005 Marilyn Merlot.  Marcia's recipe this week is Chateaubriand with a Garlic-Ginger Sauce.

 

May 11, 2007  

Silver Oak Sophisticates

Meet with Daniel Baron, Director of Wine Making at Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars in Napa Valley, home of an almost cult following of their Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Pinot Noirs!  Karl answers a listener's question about the difference between Pouilly Fume and Poully Fuisse, a mystery to many.  Karl and Mahoney rate three well-priced wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System," including a 2006 Smith Madrone Spring Mountain Reisling, a 2004 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot, and a Charles Cimicky Grenache/Shiraz Blend.  Marcia's recipe this week is Chutney Chicken, a bit of exotica.

 

May 4, 2007  

Zippy Zins and ZAP

More free tickets to ZAP's phenominal Zinfandel Grand Tasting Event in Phoenix on May 10.  Join Karl and Marcia and talk with Bruce Walker, VP of ZAP and Prez of Starry Night Winery.  Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three well-priced wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System," including a 2005 Flora Springs Chardonnay, a 2005 Justin Orphan-a red blend, and a 2002 Pellegrini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Yum).  Marcia's recipe this week is Chicken Breasts in Champagne.

 

April 27, 2007  

Contest for tickets to Zinfandel Grand Tasting and Wine Faults

Take a flying leap and answer our wine question.  Win  two tickets to ZAP's phenominal Zinfandel Grand Tasting Event in Phoenix on May 10.  What could possibly be wrong with your wine?  Corked?  Oxidized?  Maderized?  Get a handle on why wines go bad and the how the ol'schnoz can detect the problems.  Karl and Marcia taste three aged wines that, well, literally explode from the bottle. Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three well-priced wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System," including a 2003 Wrenwood Select Series viognier, a Trefethan Double T Red Blend, and a 2004 Charles Krug Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon.  Marcia's recipe this week is Salmon with a Verde Salsa.

 

April 20, 2007  

Hungarian Wine, The New Kid on the Block    A winemaking tradion that spans 2,000 years, interrupted by over 40 years of communism, is now thriving.  Sophisticated, world class wines from Hungary are all the rage!  Hear Kevin O'Connell, importer of these fine wines talk about the new "old" wines bursting from Hungary.  Karl and Marcia taste four Hungarian wines that should be on your list!  Karl talks about how to tell the difference between a Rhone style wine and a Bordeaux style wine.  Karl and Brian Mahoney rate three value wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System," including the first 8 rating--a fabulous Zinfandel.  Marcia's recipe, in keeping with this week's theme, is Hungarian Goulash made in a crock pot for you busy winelovers.

 

April 13 2007 

Paso Robles, the Burgeoning Wine Region  Robert Hall of Robert Hall Winery tells us about the growing wine region in Paso Robles, CA where they make lovely Rhone style wines.  Hear about Robert Hall's large wine portfolio and enjoy with us four of their world class wines.  Also, Karl tells us about Madiran wines from France.  Find out about the most expensive bottle of wine bought in recent history.  Brian Mahoney and Karl rate three value wines you could buy today on the "Save The World 10 point System."  Marcia's recipe is for you Spring Chickens out there, a taste treat of Chicken Breasts stuffed with Leeks, Orange, and Mint that will serve 6.

 

April 6, 2007 

Passport to Dry Creek Valley No need to pack, just bring your passport issued by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley to visit 40 wineries open only to you.  Clay Mauritson, Prez of the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley talks about this very special event and we taste wines redolent of the Dry Creek terroir.  Many of the smaller boutique vineyards not open to the public participate in this signature event.  Also, hear about the little known Cornas wines of France.  Learn what makes a wine "fragile."  Then Karl and Brian Mahoney rate a 2005 Republic Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (they loved it), a Ray's Hill Cherise Pinot Noir, and an '04 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon on the ten point "Change the World" rating system.  Marcia provides a rich and tasty side dish for your Easter menu, Broccoli Lorraine.

 

 

March 30, 2007 

Pinots from Oregon  Elk Cove Vineyards of Oregon's Willamette Valley joins Karl and Marcia with their outstanding food-friendly Pinots--both red and white.  Also, hear about the Torrontes grapes of Argentina and the tasty wines they produce.  Karl and Brian Mahoney rate a Chappellet 2004 Chenin Blanc, a Coltibuono Chianti Classico, DOCG, and a Havens 2001 Napa Valley Syrah on the ten point "Change the World" rating system.  Marcia provides a lip-smacking recipe for sauteed veal chops paired with an Elk Cove Pinot Noir.

 

March 23 2007 

Aussie Wines of Distinction!  Join Rosalie Curow-Cornew of Pretty Sally Winery from Australia introducing us to her outstanding wines--they're very sophisticated, complex and surprisingly inexpensive.  They're all rated "90 and above."  Karl explores wines from Portugal.  Dolcetta, the Italian "lunch-time wine" is paired with Marcia's Angel Hair All'Amatriciana recipe.  Three stand-out wines are rated on Karl's new "Change the World" ten point rating system.

 

March 16, 2007 

Wine for St. Paddy's Day  Jim Concannon of Concannon Winery, the first and oldest successful winery run by an Irish family, enlightens Karl and Marcia with the first 125 years of Concannon's wine success in California. What a history! And what fine wines!  Karl educates us on Jurancon wines from France.  A succulent Lamb Chops with a honey mustard and rosemary rub recipe is Marcia's harbringer of spring.   Brian Mahoney and Karl rate three tasty and well-priced wines on Karl's new 10 point system.

 

March 9, 2007 

Bold Petite Sirahs Aplenty  The PS (Petite Sirah) I Love You organization regales us with their "sultry brunette beauties."  Karl unveils his unique 10 point wine rating system that makes so much more sense than the 100 point system.  Learn about Faugeres, a red from the Languedoc region.  Brian Mahoney presents three more big wine values.  Marcia's recipe for Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese and Sweet and Spicy Walnuts is perfect with a big Petite Sirah. 

 

March 2, 2007  

The Best Wine and Food Festival in the West!

Karl and Marcia get the nitty-gritty on the upcoming Scottsdale Culinary Festival from Joe Zanovitch, Director.  Karl waxes poetic about all kinds of Ports and Hermitages.  Our Value Wine Guy, Brian, discovers three new value wines--one standout for only $8.  Marcia's recipe for Pepper Crusted Monk Fish with a red pepper sauce whets the appetite. 

 

February 23, 2007 

New trends in wine taste preferences    Kim Stellhorn, wine steward at AJ's Find Foods joins Karl and Marcia to explore the changing tastes in wine.  Jammy and high alcohol like the Nadeau Critical Mass Zin?  Dry and unoaked like the Mer Soleil Silver Chard?  Also Karl opines if a vintner owes their customers wines that are true to their varietals.  Just because a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is 75% Cab, can it be called a Cab if the vintner blends it with bubble gum to impart another flavor?  Just kidding, but you get the dilemma!  Marcia's recipe for Insanely Easy Scallops is a stand-out.

 

February 16, 2007

BEER, BEER, BEER  The oldest known alcoholic beverage known to Man!  Karl and Marcia visit with Scott Yarosh, brewer extraordinaire, President of the AZ Craft Brewers Guild, and owner of The Sonoran Brewing Company.  And for "You'ns Pittsburghers" out there, remember Old Frothingslosh?  What's the difference between Lager beer and Pilsner beer?  Plus, we have a beer with 19.5% alcohol by volume--a new trend in beer making.  Marcia pairs beer with Honey-Chile Glazed Beef Kebabs.

 

February 9, 2007

Small Production Boutique Wines  Meet Gabrielle Leonhart, owner of the Gabrielle Collection of luxury and premium wines from Napa Valley, California.  Hear about three magnificent red wines at surprisingly modest prices.  Who invented champagne?  Not Dom Perignon.  Karl and Marcia will peruse history and come up with just the facts, ma'am.  Learn about the versatile Vignole grape and the luscious wines it makes.  Make Marcia's award winning chili.  Great for these cold winter nights!

 

February 2, 2007

Holdredge Pinot Noir & Worthwhile wine events! What makes a fabulous Pinot Noir?  Join Karl and Marcia as they compare and contrast John Holdredge's winemaking techniques versus the "big boys."  Then, wade through the ugly underbelly of wine faults and find out when you really need to send back that bottle of wine.  Then meander through scintillating gossip, rumors, and facts about happenings in the world of wine.  Hear about a couple of upcoming events in California wine country that you shouldn't miss.

 

January 26, 2007

The Wine Lady "Sings" about Australian Wines  Vivacious Anita LaRaia, wine educator and author talks with Karl and Marcia in the cellar about Australian wines.  Taste test a sparkling Shiraz with us.  Find out about Barsacs.  And what about wine ratings--a help or hinderance?  

 

January 19, 2007

Wine Blogs  Tom Wark, wine blogger, Executive Director of the Specialty Wine Retailers, and owner of a public relations firm specializing in the wine industry will be join Karl and Marcia in the cellar.  So wine is good for you, right?  And what about Chambourcin--what?  New shipping regulations.

 

January 12, 2007

Pinotage and a New Sparkling Wine!  Ever heard of a Pinotage wine?  Karl and Marcia explore what this fast growing varietal is all about.  Then join us in the cellar with Avventura Vintners, makers of a new and delicious sparkling wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes--California Bubble Works!

 

January 5, 2007

Fine Wine and Food in Highpoint, North Carolina  Karl and Marcia meet with Matt Upchurch, owner of M. Stephens Restaurant and winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.  Fine dining in the South.  Hear about the up and coming wineries in North Carolina.  We taste two of the fine Chardonnays served at M. Stephens, Mer Soliel and Sonoma Cutrer.

 

December 29,2006

All Things Champagne  What better way to end the year than with a sparkling discussion and tastings of the champagnes and sparkling wines for the New Year's Eve celebration!! 

 

December 22, 2006    

Hot Toddies, Smoking Bishops, Tom & Jerrys, Oh my!!  The Wine Guys from the venerable Copia will be joining Karl and Marcia.  Explore the festivities, classes and programs Copia presents.  Then stick around for those other holiday drinks that will warm the cockles of your heart!! 

 

December 15, 2006

Holiday Fantasia with Barbara Poole Fenzl  World reknown chef and author Barbara Fenzl will join us in the cellar and talk about mouthwatering holiday treats and the wines that accompany them!  Don't miss this one. 

 

December 8, 2006    

From Kosher Wines to Gifts for Wine Lovers  Join Karl and Marcia as they explore what makes a wine kosher with Dennis Bookbinder of Royal Wine Company.  Then we'll be visiting with our contest winner Dave Larsen.  Marcia has gone shopping and will provide some gift ideas-from the simple to the sublime-for wine lovers!

 

December 1, 2006 

Nectar of the Gods  If it's good enough for Zues, it's good enough for you!  Wine isn't just made from fermenting grapes--for centuries civilizations have been fermenting honey into mead, the nectar of the gods.  We explore the making of modern mead with our meadmaker, David Meyers of Red Stone Meadery in Colorado.

 

November 24, 2006

The Aussie Creme de la Creme  Philip Shaw (no, not THAT Shaw), two time winner of the prestigious International Winemaker of the Year will introduce us to cool-climate, high altitude Australian wines that are wowwing wine drinkers world wide.

 

November 17, 2006 

Big Italian Wines From Sicily  Tomaso Majori, restauranteur extraordinare and owner of a new Sicilian winery will expand our horizons from the traditional Italian wine regions and take us on a Sicilian adventure.   

 

November 10, 2006

Sparkle for the Holidays, and Beyond!  Eva Bertran, Executive Vice President of Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves will wow us with the versatility of sparkling wines.  These tips will take your appreciation of sparkling wines far beyond the upcoming holidays. 

 

November 3, 2006

Insights into 2006 Crush   John Holdredge of Holdredge Wines in Sonoma County California will join Karl and Marcia to talk about another fabulous harvest for Pinot and Syrahs.  Take a walk with us and learn how those grapes become the wine in your glass. Plus Karl and John make a movie!

 

October 27, 2006

A Salute to Firefighters  Karl and Marcia will chat with Michael DeLoach and learn how firefighters influenced Hook and Ladder winery.  Then a lively and irreverant discussion about how wine labels lie.  We'll be tasting a couple of his wines and Marcia will pair one of them with a scrumptious fall recipe.  Our Value Wine Guy, Brian Mahoney, will name three wines with the biggest bang for the buck. 

 

October 20, 2006

The Robin Hood of Wine  Cameron Hughes, The Robin Hood of Wine will be Karl and Marcia's guest.  He will share how he provides premium wines at low prices so that we all can enjoy the best wines around.  Learn where you too can buy these bargains.  We'll be tasting two of Cameron's offerings.  You won't want to miss this show, especially with the holiday wine buying season coming up! 

 

October 13, 2006

The Crush 2006   Karl and Marcia welcome Guy Davis, Founder, Farmer, and Wine Maker of The Davis Family Vineyards as they talk with him about his passion for winemaking and how the 2006 Crush is progressing in the Sonoma Valley, CA.  Discover Guy's other interests--gourmet olive oil and apple brandy made from 100 year old Gravenstein apple trees.  We'll taste two Davis Family Vineyards wines,  the 2004 Chardonnay and the 2004 Pinot Noir.  Brian Mahoney from the Terroir Wine Pub in Scottsdale, Arizona comes up with three stellar value wines that are available in the stores today.  

 

October 6, 2006

The Young Turks of Spanish Wine Imports  Join Karl and Marcia as they talk with Matthew and Andrew Mejia of Mejia America Wines.  Learn the ups and downs of starting a wine import business.  We'll taste a couple of their new fine Spanish reds.  Also, listen in on some interesting discussion about sulfites and allergies.

 

September 29, 2006

From China to Ireland - Libations Apart   Join Karl and Marcia, as they explore the wines of China.  Wines of China . . . who would have thought?  Touch a Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon.  Learn about the Great Wall Winery.  Then climb aboard as they take a rollicking tour through Ireland with Brian Mahoney and feast upon Irish beers and stouts.  Learn Marcia's secret Hungarian recipe for Chicken Paprikash, and a beautiful wine pairing with a Davis Family Vineyard Russian River Chardonnay.

 

September 22, 2006

Wine Franchise Stores  Ryan Zacher, Owner/Manager, of WineStyles in Greater Phoenix visits us and talks about the trendy marketing approach of wine frachise stores and their friendly approach to marketing wine. Update on Arizona's shipping laws, and tips on how best to travel with wine due to the new airline regulations.

 

September 15, 2006

Washington State Red Wines  Greg Tresner, Master Sommelier from Mary Elaine's Restaurant at The Phoenician, Phoenix, Arizona, visits Debbie and Karl in the wine cellar.  We'll taste some special red wines that he encountered on his recent wine buying trip to Washington State.  Also, what it's like to manage a wine staff at Phoenix's 5-star restaurant, Mary Elaine's.

 

September 8, 2006

LocalWineEvents.com Visit with Eric V. Orange, Owner of localwineevents.com, the popular web resource for finding out about wine events around the world.  We'll chat about some of the upcoming wine festivals around the country.

 

September 1, 2006

Alpana Singh - the Youngest Female Sommelier in the World  

We'll find out what it's like to be the youngest female sommelier in the world from Alpana Singh, Wine Director, at Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago, Illinois.  What wines are most popular with 20-30 year olds?  Find out the inside scope on Alpana's new book, "Alpana Pours". 

 

August 25, 2006

The Manly Show: Men in the Cellar 7 Deadly Zins, Incognito, Earthquake - we'll chat with Dave Phillips, Owner Michael David Winery, Napa, California, about his Lodi wines.  What's involved with owning a wine bar with Special Co-Host Brian Mahoney, Owner, Terroir Wine Pub, Scottsdale who also fills in while Deb's out this week.

 

August 18, 2006

The Role of a Distributor in the Wine Chain  What does a distributor do for a winery?  What does it do for the consumer?  Monet Davis, Trade Development Manager at Alliance Beverage Distributing Company, Phoenix, Arizona, shares some insight on how the distributor functions in the three-tier alcohol distribution system.  Find out how this link in the wine chain really works. 

 

August 11, 2006

The Saucy Sisters  Barbara Nowak, Nashville, Tennessee and Beverly Wichman, Hyde Park, New York, are authors of several books including The Saucy Sisters Guide to Wine, The Everything Wine Book and Cook it Right.  The pair will visit with Debbie and Karl about their success as authors and public speakers on the topic of wine.  They'll also talk about the costs factor that goes into a bottle of wine.  What's really in the bottle? 

 

August 4, 2006

Wine and Chocolate  Anita LaRaia, Director of the Wine School in Atlanta, Georgia, has been conducting wine education classes for over 28 years.  She'll talk about her popular book, Pick Up a Perfect Wine in No Time.  We'll also learn about the best wines to pair with Chocolate.  Wine and Food Pairing Recipe this week . . . of course, a chocolate dessert and red wine!

 

July 28, 2006

Arizona Wineries  Jan Schaefer, First Lady of the Arizona Wine Growers Association and wife of Rod Keeling, Owners of Keeling Schaefer Vineyards shares, the history of grape growing in the state and statistics about the number of wineries Arizona supports.  We'll be reviewing a variety of wines from the three wine growing regions in the state, including samples from Colibri Vineyards & Winery, Page Springs and Rancho Rosso.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Rancho Rosso Syrah and Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon Rosemary Oil.

 

July 21, 2006

Wine Public Relations  Paul Franson, co-author of Spinning the Bottle, talks about what steps a winery takes today to gain media attention.   Debbie and Karl will chat with Paul about his contributions to "Wine Enthusiast" and what it's like to host NapaLife, the guide to travel, food and wine in the Napa Valley. 

 

July 14, 2006

Planning a Wine Trip  Thinking of visiting the wine country in Napa/Sonoma, California; or maybe Chile, Argentina or South Africa? Debbie and Karl provide tips on planning your ulitmate wine trip.  Special Guest Kate Bloom, Owner, Far Corners Safaris, Phoenix, Arizona, shares her experience on what to expect, how to plan your itinerary, how to buy wine, and tips on locating the best places to stay and dine. 

 

July 7, 2006

Let's Barbeque:  Wines for Summer Grilling  Marian Janssen op de Haar, Wine Director, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Newport Beach, California, provides tips on pairing wines with barbeque.  Review and Tasting of three wines that match up well with barbeque:  2004 Zilliken Butterfly Riesling, 2003 Yalumba Bush Vine Barossa Grenache, and 2003 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel. 

 

June 30, 2006

Talking Wine with Gourmet Magazine's Michael Green

Michael Green, Wine & Spirits Consultant to Gourmet Magazine, joins Karl and Debbie in the cellar to talk about hosting a wine tasting.   Plus, trends on marketing wine at restaurants and innovative wine lists.

 

June 23, 2006

Happy Birthday:  Good Libations Celebrates First Year with a Spanish Birthday Party  Debbie and Karl share highlights of their first year hosting Good Libations, The Wine Show.  Plus, what's on store for the future.  Spanish Wines and Foods and Special Guest:  David Johnson, Sommelier at Sol y Sobra Restaurant, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

June 16, 2006

Wines from Provenance  Meet Tom Rinaldi, Winemaker of Provenance Vineyards in Napa Valley.  Learn how his winery became a leader in the renaissance of Rutherford, Napa Valley's premier Cabernet Sauvignon appellation.  Also, we'll chat with Michelle Scott, author of The Wine Lover's Mysteries for Penguin Publishers, who just released her new mystery MURDER BY THE GLASS set in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

 

June 8, 2006

Wine and NASCAR  Chat with Randy Lynch, Owner of Bennett Lane Winery, the first California vintner to sponsor a NASCAR West racing team.  What does wine have to do with racing?  Learn Randy's plans to change NASCAR beer-guzzling drinkers into wine aficionados.  

 

June 2, 2006

Claudia Sansone -- Culinary Art Director to Celebrity Chefs & Owner, StoneFly Vineyard  Learn about Claudia Sansone's adventures as an culinary art director for such food stars as Joanne Weir, Jacques Pepin and Michael Chiarello.  When she's not creating beautiful sets, she helps her husband market and sell their StoneFly Vineyard wines, including the elegant Cabernet Franc.

 

May 26, 2006

Pairing Wine with Global Cuisine  Matt Rinn, Sommelier and General Manager at Scottsdale's award winning restaurant, Mosaic, shares his guidelines on pairing wine with global cuisine.  Debbie and Karl  also chat with Matt about what it takes to put together an extensive restaurant wine list.  Plus, wine and food pairing tips.  Review and Tasting of four wines.  Wine and Food Pairing:  2003 Alvaro Palacios "Propiedad" Rioja, Spain with Pork Satay with a Tamarind Barbeque Sauce.

 

May 19, 2006

The Elements of Proper Wine Cellaring  Jeff Smith, Author of a newly released book entitled,  The Best Cellar chats with Debbie and Karl about the proper way to cellar wines.  Learn Jeff's secrets to setting up a cellar, buying wines, and how to manage an inventory.  Review and Tasting of a 2004 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio.  Karl provides some hints on caring for your wines in the Summer.  Wine and Food Pairing:  2004 Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier Carneros with Ginger-Glazed Seared Tuna Steak Served over Baby Greens.

 

May 12, 2006

Trends in Consumer Wine Consumption  Ed Sullivan, Cellar Master at AJ's Fine Foods, Mesa, Arizona, talks with Debbie and Karl about the latest trends in consumer wine consumption and what it's like to manage a retail wine shop.  Find out what wines are popular for drinking this Summer.  Wine and Food Pairing:  2005 Bodegas Marques de Olivara Vina Lombas and Rack of Lamb Stuffed with Shiitake Mushrooms, Scallions and Thyme.

 

May 5, 2006

Pairing Wine with Cheese What cheeses go best with various wine varietals?  Devlin's Market Place Cheese Expert Richard Cervone and Co-Owner Wendy Lamer walk us through a cheese tasting course and explain what wines pair best with cheese.  Learn how to incorporate cheese into menu planning.  Wine and Cheese Tasting. 

 

April 28, 2006

Wine and Health  Is wine good for you?  Chat with Dr. Armando Rodriguez-Asbun, Internist from Phoenix, Arizona, about the effects of drinking wine and your heath.  The "French Paradox" and how it relates to daily wine consumption.  Review and Tasting of a 2004 Cascina Val Del Prete Babera D'Alba, made in Italy, and the 2004 "R" Barbera made by Jeff Runquist from California.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed with Spinach and Prosciutto with the Italian Barbera.

 

April 21, 2006

Everything's Coming Up Rose'  Review and Tasting of Goats do Roam.  Karl talks about Rose' wines.  Chat with Wendy Lamer, Owner, Devlin's Market Place, Chandler, Arizona, a fine wine shop that doesn't break the budget and high-end gourmet foods store.  What's happening at ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates Producers) with Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director of ZAP, Rough & Ready, California.  Rose' Wine & Food Pairing.

 

April 14, 2006:

J. Lohr Wines & the Demand for Non-Alcoholic Wines 

Review and Tasting of J. Lohr 2001 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon.  Chat with Brenda Boychuk, J. Lohr Winery, San Jose, California.   Is there a demand for non-alcoholic wines?  All about the 28th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival.  Wine and Food Pairing:  J. Lohr's 2004 Riverstone Chardonnay and Roasted Chicken with Spring Herbs.

 

April 7, 2006:

Wine Art & Wente Vineyards Wines  Wine Art with Thomas Arvid, Atlanta, Georgia, the country's renowned still-life wine art painter.  Review and Tasting of Wente Riva Ranch Reserve Chardonnay.  Chat with Christine Wente about Wente Vineyards Livermore, California winemaking facility and lifestyle destination.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Wente's Crane Ridge Merlot with Homemade Pizza with Fennel Sausage, Oyster Mushroom, Broccoli Rabe, Garlic and Mozzarella Cheese.

 

March 31, 2006

Direct Wine Shipping  Debbie & Karl sample wines from Argentina and talk about the winemaking from this country.  Wine 101:  How to Properly Age Wines.  Jeremy Benson, Executive Director, Free the Grapes, provides an update on direct wine shipping legislation across the US.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Melipal Malbec and Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce.

 

March 24, 2006

The New Wave of Box Wines Review of the most popular box wines in the market today including Black Box, Delicato and King Fish.  The marketing behind box wines with Paul Tincknell, Tincknell  & Tincknell.  Publishing a wine and food magazine with Raymond Rita, Publisher of Scottsdale Food.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Box Wine with Pinchitos Morunos (Grilled Spanish Pork Kabobs).

 

March 17, 2006

Beaucannon Estate Wines  Review of Louis de Coninck's Beaucannon Estate Wines, including the 2002 Ehlers Lane Chardonnay. New Segment:  Karl provides Basic Wine 101.  Learn how you can get your copy of the American Gold Medal Wines 2006 Guide with Clarissa Elgarten, Publisher.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Beaucannon Estate 2001 Trifecta with Beef Medallions in a Rich Red Wine Sauce.

 

March 10, 2006

Wine and Tea  Larry Canepa, Instructor and Manager of L'Academie Restaurant at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona, shares the history of tea and talks about the similarities of wine and tea.  Learn how to pack and move your wines from Mark Lazar, Owner, Cellar Advisors, St. Louis, Missouri.  Review and tasting of Teas.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Bonny Doon Vineyards Framboise and Muscat de Beaulieu with Creamy Almond Custard and Fresh Raspberries or Peaches and Apricots.

 

March 3, 2006

Jeff Runquist Wines Review of a Jeff Runquist Cabernet Sauvignon.  Special Guest Winemaker Jeff Runquist of Jeff Runquist Wines.  Numerical Wine Ratings - how helpful can they be?  Wine & Food Pairing: Jeff Runquist Syrah with Braised Pork Ribs and Sausage Smothered in Red Wine.

 

February 24, 2006

Women Wine Makers  Remote broadcast from D-Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, Mesa, Arizona.  Chat with Lisa Pretty, Pretty-Smith Winery, Paso Robles, California.  Discussion on what impact women are having on winemaking in the US.  Learn about the Tour de Paso 2006 to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 26.  Wine & Food Pairing: Pretty-Smith Cabernet Franc with Baked Cheesy Polenta with Sausage.

 

February 17, 2006

South African Wines  Review of popular wines imported from South Africa.  Interview with Simon Gers, Owner, Cape of Good Hope Wine Company, Scottsdale, Arizona, importer of speciality wines from South Africa.  Learn about the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival.  Wine & Food Pairing:  2003 Headbutt Pinotage with Chile-Spiced Grilled Flank Steak.

 

February 10, 2006

What's So Special About German Rieslings?  Review of German Riesling, the wines, the styles and the regions.   Chat with Lena Langelaar, Owner, 4-in Wine Imports, Glendale, Arizona, on what makes German Rieslings so special and different from new World Rieslings.  Meet the Mistress de Cuisine, Alexi Faucher, Owner, Seduction & Spice, Scottsdale, Arizona, a catering company that adds a generous helping of romance and sizzle to your next private dinner party.  Wine & Food Pairing:  Riesling and Roasted Salmon on a Plank with Peanut Chipotle Sauce.

 

February 3, 2006

Building a Wine Cellar Cave  Review of 2002 Domaine Drouhin, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a black grape used to make Oregon's premiere wine.  Chat with Thomas L. Bloxham, Contra Costra County, California, on the elaborate steps required to build a wine cellar cave.  Learn about the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine with Dr. Mitch Blum, Grand Knight and Owner of Gonul's J Street Cafe, Sacramento, California.  Wine & Food Pairing:  Leg of Lamb in a Yogurt Cinnamon Marinade with a 2003 Chandon Pinot Meunier, Carneros.

 

January 27, 2006

Viva Tequila  All about Tequila.  Special Guest Chef Robert McGrath, Owner of The Roaring Fork Restaurant, Scottsdale, Arizona.  Pairing wines with Southwestern foods.  Detecting differences in Tequila.  Tequila Tasting.  Wine & Food Pairing:  Tequila with Homemade Guacamole.

 

January 20, 2006

Wines from Chile  Review of Carmenere, a smoky, spicy distinctive grape from Chile. A look at the history behind Chile's wine production throughout the years.  Working as a Cellar Master with Ed Sullivan, Cellar Master, AJ's Fine Foods, Mesa, Arizona.  Wine and Food Pairing:  Veramonte Primus Meritage and Winter Beef Stew served over Noodles. 

 

January 13, 2006

What's Your Wine Style?  Review of Malbec, an intense, leathery rich wine made in Argentina.  Suggestions on when and how to Decant Wine.  Shopping for wine by wine style with Kathy Curran, Owner, Bacchus Wine Made Simple, a boutique wine shop in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Learn about an upcoming world-class culinary weekend at The Charleston Food & Wine Festival.   Wine and Food Pairing:  Vinho Verde with Baked Fish with Spanish Potatoes & Onions

 

January 6, 2006

All About Ports   Review of  Porto Pocas L'Agrima Vinho Do Porto, the sweetest white port made in Portugal.  How Ports are Made with an interview with Joe Veselko, Importer with Pocas Port and Douro Wines, Portugal.  Chat with Rosalind Johnson, member of Divas Uncorked, Boston, MA, on the Benefits of Joining a Wine Tasting Group.  Wine and Food Pairing: Porto Pocas Director's Choice Special Reserve Tawny Port with Country Apple Tart with Spiced Brown Butter. 

 

 

 








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