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Podcast: New Zealand Pinot Noir With Sam Neill of Two Paddocks at IPNC

A pleasure to sit down for a bit of an early morning chat with Sam Neill, Proprietor of New Zealand’s Two Paddocks. We were both in McMinnville, Oregon, for the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC, where I was an invited media guest and he was the Master of Ceremonies) and conversed in the bucolic backyard of a local [More]

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Passing Time With Dan Marino and Damon Huard: Podcast

I don’t think it will come as a shock to find out that I love wine. I mean, DUH! But would it surprise you to find out I’m a huge fan of football? I am. Growing up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, my team was (and is) the Chicago Bears. So it was a real thrill to [More]

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Podcast: Summer Wines With Marissa A. Ross

I did a lot of things while in New York to attend the SAVEUR Blog Awards. But at the top of the cool list was hanging out with fellow nominee, Comedian and Writer Marissa A. Ross. (BTW, get out the broom because she swept the wine category, taking home both the Reader’s and Editor’s Choice!) If [More]

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Yalumba and Viognier: Food and Wine Pairing with Jane Ferrari

If you want a lively, memorable, and fascinating lesson about Australian wine, there’s no one I’d rather listen to than Jane Ferrari of Australia’s Yalumba. She’s a winemaker, communicator, and storyteller. I had the chance to sit down to dinner (the winery’s treat, BTW) with her on a bustling Friday night at Seattle’s Wild Ginger [More]

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Kevin White Winery: The Art of Balance in Wine and Life

How do you fit in the job of winemaker with a full-time day gig and a family as well? I spent some time with Kevin White at his eponymous Kevin White Winery in Woodinville, WA to find out. Kevin White on the Wine Without Worry Podcast Topics discussed: His focus on Syrah and Rhône bleds [More]

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Wine And Mother’s Day: A Conversation With My Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this upcoming holiday and to celebrate mothers all over the world, I invited my Mom to be a guest on the podcast. Have a listen: So what will you encounter this episode? Excellent question. Among other things: Two wines that begin with “M” that my Mom was most familiar with as [More]

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Smoking Meat and Pairing Wine: BBQ Podcast II

NBD, just hanging with my friend Sean as he gets prepared to pull some pork with an intimidating-looking cordless drill attachment. It’s time to talk BBQ again via my Wine Without Worry podcast. I’m smoking meats and drinking wine with my Portland (Oregon) pals, Sean Martin and Mary Cressler. They are a husband-and-wife duo with a [More]

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Smith-Madrone: Stu Smith on Wine and the Ephemeral Sense of Art

Post-Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, all I wanted to do was eat tacos and drink cocktails. And guzzle beer. But I am very glad I took a trip up to the top of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain to visit Smith-Madrone. A few months prior, I’d had the wines–a Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Riesling–sent to me and [More]

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