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Sharing Our Love for Wine on Talk Radio

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The Final Two Podcasts 17 September 2015

  • A Taste of Chile - Featuring Montes Alpha
  • The Most Northern Winery in the World - In Norway! 

If you have followed along with the Wine Muse podcast show I have co-hosted, then you know that 17 September 2015 was the final day of our podcast. It was a pleasure and honor to speak with those in the winemaking industry around the world.

Many thanks to Linda Rez for inviting me to share my passion for wine. As the Wine Muse show evolved, we added conversations with winemakers and special wine industry guests. We expanded our knowledge and awareness of wine. It was a lot of fun and worthwhile. My mental image of wine continues to evolve. Maybe the #Winemuse will return in another guise. Cheers!

Enjoy our podcasts with a glass of wine.

Winemaker Conversations

A Collection of our Conversations with Winemakers.

In addition to talking about the wine we are tasting, Linda and I have enjoyed many educational and entertaining conversations with the winemakers. You are invited to listen to the world famous winemakers we have interviewed. We have linked to the individual winemaker conversations. More conversations will be posted. Enjoy! Winemaker Conversations Recordings.

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Talk About features conversations on current events, politics, music, art, wine, and literature. Talk About with Rez and Andy is LIVE every Monday at 3:00 with host Linda Rez and Janey "Andy" Anderson. Talk About wine on the Wine Muse LIVE every third Thursday of the month with host William Pollard (Wild 4 Washington Wine) and Linda Rez. In-depth Talk About art, music, literature, and film on the Minstrel and Muse segment where host Linda Rez talks one-on-one with artists.

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18 June 2015 - The Best Spring and Summer Wine Varieties 
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Third Thursday Wine Muse hosts, Linda Rez and William Pollard (Wild4WashingtonWine), explore the varieties that make spring and summer POP. Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir Blanc, Riesling, Rose', Sauvignon Blanc, and sparklings, all wines you'll want to enjoy on a hot day. Special guests include winemakers from several regions: Mike Bayliss from Yamhill Carlton's AVA, Ghost Hill Cellers introducing his 2014 Pinot Noir Blanc, Wayne Bailey from McMinville, Orgeon's, Youngberg Hill Vineyards introducing his Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, and Chris Kajani from Carneros, California's Bouchaine Vineyards introducing her Riesling.

Featuring the wines and winemakers of: 
  • Wayne Bailey, Youngberg Hill, Grower and Winemaker. Organic to Sustainable to Biodynamics.
  • Mike Bayliss, Ghost Hill Cellars, Ghost Hill Cellars is LIVE (Low Input Vineyard and Enology) certified.
  • Winemaker, Chris Kajani, Bouchaine Vineyards, 
It was a fun and lively session.

4 June 2015 - Special Episode - Wedding Wine and Cocktail Ideas with Beautiful Booze
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Spring and summer ring in the wedding season when brides and families all across the world scramble to put together beautiful receptions while staying within tight budgets.
On this special June podcast "Wedding Wine and Cocktail Ideas" Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard welcome Natalie Miglianni from Beautiful Booze to share her creative suggestions for serving wine and wine cocktails at weddings that will make your guests feel special.  They're easy, inexpensive, and you can make them ahead, but they still have the WOW factor.

21 May 2015 - To Decant or Not to Decant? That is the question"
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Should I Decant or Aerate My Wine: How Do I Know, And Which Aerators Are Best?
Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard will speak to Steve Lutz, vigneron, winemaker and proprieter of Lenne Estate to get a first-source perspective on decanting.  How do we know which wines to decant and which not to decant?  How can decanting improve OR destroy a wine?

LIVE taste comparison on the show:
  1. Pouring directly from the bottle to the glass.
  2. Pouring through an aerator to the glass.
  3. Pouring into a decanter, letting it sit, and then pouring it into the glass.
  4. William shared his reviews on industry leading aerators.

16 April 2015 - "Arsenic in Wine: Should I worry?"
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Linda and I discussed the topic of arsenic in wine and the California lawsuit which claims that wine from more than two dozen CA wineries contain dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic. Are you concerned? Is this a real issue?

We also talked about Taste Washington 2015. I attended the VIP tasting and a seminar on the Columbia River Gorge in March. Your chance to hear about my Taste Washington impressions; the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. Keep listening.

Note: I was sipping an Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2009 Merlot connected via The Keeper, Wine Preserving & Dispensing System.

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19 March 2015 - "Sensory Aspects of Wine and Yeast"
Featured Sonoris Wines and Wyeast Labs.
5 pm Pacific on
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Linda and I explored different sensory aspects of wine with two wonderful guests. Hillary Sjolund of Sonoris Wines and Michael Dawson of Wyeast Laboratories. Taste and smell of wine is what this blog is all about. A key part of describing wine is accurately describing what you smell. Taste and smell are inextricably intertwined. Accuracy of describing smells is important to the wine consumer, but critical to the wine professional. Winemaker Hillary Sjolund will share her expertise about the sensory aspects of wine appreciation. Besides the quality of the grapes used in winemaking, how critical is the yeast selection in affecting taste and smell? Listen to Michael as he describes the critical role yeast plays in wine quality.

19 February 2015 - "My Favorite Wine"
Rewarding conversations with our wine loving friends.
5 pm Pacific on
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Linda and I welcomed four of our wine industry friends to share thoughts about their favorite wine. Time went too fast on this show. We want, we need to have each guest return to the show for more discussions about the world of wine. #peacethroughwine

15 January 2015 - Discover Porto Quevedo
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Linda and I are pleased to welcome Oscar Quevedo a Port Wine Producer in the Douro region of Portugal. Porto Quevedo was created as a brand of port in 1991 and continues a 100 year family tradition of producing Portuguese wine. We will be tasting the 2006 Quevedo LBV Ruby Port $20 and Quevedo 10 Year Old Tawny Port $22.

November 2014 - Pinot Noir Winemaker Interviews
"What's so great about Pinot Noir?" A new world exploration.

November 20, 2014 - Talk and Taste Chilean Pinot Noir
Featuring Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir
SRP: $13
This show sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast here.
Made by: Hacienda Araucano
  • Read my review of the 2013 Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir
  • Listen to our interview with Francois Lurton.
  • About: François and Jacques Lurton found this “dream land” whilst working as consultants for the San Pedro vineyards. The first bottles of Araucano, the name of the last of Chile’s indigenous people, saw the light in 1997. In 2000, François bought 200 hectares of land in the valley of Colchagua. Although he had never before owned vines in this area, the acquisition was no accident: the influence of the oceanic climate moderates the heat that comes from the valley. The difference of the temperature during the day and during the night allows the grapes to reach exceptional levels of maturity. The valley is divided into particularly varied microclimates, which, in turn, and thanks to blending, allows for the production of incredibly complex wines.
October 16, 2014 - Talking About New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Featuring Saint Clair Family Estate
SRP: $20
This show sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast here.
Made by: Saint Clair Family Estate
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemakers: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark
September 18, 2014 - Talking About Australian Shiraz!
Featuring Hope Estate Shiraz "The Ripper"
SRP: $20
This show sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast here.
Made by: Hope Estate
Region: Western Australia, Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Donnybrook Vineyard
August 21, 2014 - Talking About Grüner Veltliner!
Featuring Biohof Pratsch Grüner Veltliner Rotenpullen Organic, Austria
SRP: $20
This show sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast "Getting GROOVY with the Next HOT Wine Gruner Veltliner from Austria."
July 17, 2014 - Talking About Riesling!
Featuring Heinz Eifel Spätlese, Mosel, Germany 
SRP: $14
This show is sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast here.
Heinz Eifel takes personal control over the whole wine making process: from grapevine to bottling. His daughter, Anne Eifel-Spohr has taken over the position of winemaker for the HEINZ EIFEL label. She has been active in the company since 2001 and continues the long family tradition started in 1640.
June 19, 2014 - French Bordeaux and Female Vintners Rocking the Bordeaux-Style Wines
Featuring the EXEM Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France SRP $13.
This show is sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
Listen to the podcast here.
  • A modest example of Merlot based Bordeaux. Smooth and food worthy.
  • Exem Bordeaux is 100% estate produced in Lestiac-sur-Garonne, little village 15km South East from Bordeaux along the right bank of the Garonne river, by the Gonfrier family. Google Map to winery.
  • This tasting was introduced by Guillaume Gonfrier. He is the son of winemaker Eric Gonfrier, 3rd generation of Gonfrier winemaking family.
  • Conversation with Arbor Crest Wine Cellars winemaker, Kristina Milkie Van Lobencells.
  • Conversation with a'Maurice Cellars winemaker Anna Schafer.
May 15, 2014 - Sparkling Wines of Italy!
Featuring the Tiamo Organic Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
SRP $15.
This show is sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
  • We loved this wine!
  • Learn abourt Prosecco. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Great conversation with Luca Botter of Tiamo Organic Prosecco – He was in Rome when we spoke with him. It is a family wine – Botter family wine, with Tiamo brand.
  • We also spoke about Prosecco reicipes from a new to me, and very cool Food Blog - Local Milk.
  • The Valdobbiadene region is ideally suited for the Prosecco grape, where the particular composition of the hilly soil, the exposition to sun, the frequent rains and the constantly mild temperature between April and October combine to provide the best conditions. 
  • The grapes for Tiamo Prosecco are sourced from certified organic vineyards in and around Valdobbiadene. Soils: Moraines, sandstone and clay. Tiamo Wines.
April 17, 2014 - The wines of Portugal!
Featuring the 2011 douROSA Red Wine Douro, Portugal
SRP $15.
This show is sponsored by Wine Sellers, Ltd.
March 20, 2014La Rioja Spain and Great Washington Wines Under $20
Featuring the 2010 La Montesa Rioja
SRP $16.99.
  • Listen to the podcast
  • Rioja is a wine region in Spain, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca. Qualified designation of origin). Rioja is made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.
  • Other wines and wineries we talked about: Gordon Estates, Bergevin Lane, Kiona, Terra Blanca, Longshadows winery and the history of Longshadows, Amaurice, Lauren Ashton Cellars & more!  
February 20, 2014 - Virtual Wine Tasting Catena Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
February 04, 2014 - Virtual Wine Tasting of Terra Blanca Arch Terrace 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
January 2014 - How to Taste Wine
December 2013 - Wine Lovers Gift Ideas
November 2013 - Thanksgiving Traditions
September 2013 - "Cheap" Wine

Virtual wine tasting of Virginia Viognier.

What is a virtual wine tasting?

When you taste wine "virtually" it means that you are tasting with a group of people online. The group tastes the same wine, often at the same time and share their thoughts about the wine via twitter. It is a terrific way to learn about wine and enhance the appreciation of wine. You can listen to our wine show podcast live as we taste or you can playback the recorded podcast and taste that way. We often use tools like twitter to tweet with each other and share photos and comments. William of Wild 4 Washington Wine has participated in numerous virtual wine tastings.

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