The Connected Table Live

The Connected Table Live

Food and beverage industry insiders Melanie Young and David Ransom connect you to the people and stories in the world of eating, drinking, hospitality and travel. Hear from chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, farmers, sommeliers, mixologists, authors, educators and more. Discover new places and go behind-the-scenes. Melanie and David are an insatiably curious culinary couple who bring a delicious new approach to exploring the pleasures of the palate. #connectedtable @connectedtable Wednesdays, 2 p.m.ET./11a.m. PT. on W4CY Radio http://www.W4CY.com. The show will be available on demand at www.iHeartRadio.com and everywhere the iHeartRadio app is available under the Shows & Personalities section. This show is broadcast live on W4CY Radio – (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network http://www.talk4media.com/).... Show More

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July 11, 2019 50 min

Loire Valley Vintner Nicolas Joly is a pioneer in biodynamic farming. He is proprietor of La Coulée de Serrant in Savennières, one of only three single estate appellations in France (the others are Romanée Conti, Burgundy, and Château Grillet, Rhône Valley). Once a monastic vineyards dating to the 12th century, La Coulée de Serrant has been under vine for nearly 900 consecutive vintages. It is one of three Chenin Blanc wines of dif... Read more

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Third generation farmer, Tom Gamble, shares his family's 100-year history in Napa. Gamble purchased his first vineyard in Oakville in 1981 and opened Gamble Family Vineyards in 2005. His estate wines are made from vineyards in Oakville, Yountville, Mt. Veeder and Rutherford. Chef and food writer, Annie Copps, shares culinary morsels of New England in "A LIttle Taste of Cape Cod" and "Little Local Maine." Copps is founder of The Rea... Read more

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Located in Tuscany 40 minutes south of Florence, Tenuta Il Palagio is a 16th century estate and organic farm owned by world-renowned musician, Sting, and his wife, Trudie Styler, a director, producer and actor. The couple purchased Il Palagio in 1997 and spent years restoring the villa, gardens and replanting vineyards. Il Palagio makes acclaimed wines, olive oil and honey. Trudie Styler shares the spirit of Il Palagio along with E... Read more

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June 20, 2019 50 min

Feudo Montoni is an historic- and isolated- wine estate in central Sicily dating to 1469. Rosario Sireci purchased Feudo Montoni in the late 1800s upon discovering a wealth of ancient, pre-phylloxera vines. Third generation family member, Fabio Sireci, oversees wine production which focuses on cru-estate wines made from 100% indigenous varietals, all certified organic. His wife and partner, Melissa Muller, has embraced her Sicilian... Read more

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June 13, 2019 51 min

Azienda Agricola Cavalchina in Italy's Veneto has played an historic role in establishing an identity for Custoza white wines and, more recently since 2016, for Garda DOC sparkling wines. Luciano Piona Cavalchina discusses the region and its wines as well as the history of his family's estate which dates to the early 1900s and is located between Verona and Lake Garda. This show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 2PM ET on W4CY Ra... Read more

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South African André Shearer co-founded wine import company, Cape Classics, in 1992 following the end of apartheid. Cape Classics is now the largest player in the South African wine import business and also imports wines from France. Beatrice Contini Bonacossi is a member of family-run Capezzana, Tuscany's oldest wine producing estate dating back to 804. The Contini Bonacossi family helped establish DOCG Carmignano in Tuscany and ac... Read more

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We visit two wine estates in western Sicily: Baglio di Pianetto is owned by the Marzotto family. Dominque Marzotto and Renato de Bartoli discuss the estate's history and location, considered ideal for Nero d'Avola. Feudo Disisa in DOC Monreale has belonged to Mario di Lorenzo's family for more than a century and boasts the first and oldest Chardonnay variety in Sicily. Other key grapes in DOC Monreale include Insolio and Catarratto... Read more

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May 16, 2019 50 min

Janet Fletcher the well-respected author of 30 cookbooks and creator of the blog, Planet Cheese, which opens readers' eyes to the world of cheese. She discusses her latest book, "Wine Country Table: with Recipes that Celebrate California's Sustainable Harvest." Valle dell'Acate winery in southeast Sicily produces wines made from native varietals as well as the iconic Cerasuolo di Vittorio DOCG. Sixth generation family owner, Gaetan... Read more

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Two wine producers from the Loire Valley share their stories. Pierre-Jean Sauvion is 4th generation family member and winemaker for Maison Sauvion, the leading Muscadet producer in France. The Sauvion's “Château du Cléray” has belonged to the family since 1935 and is one of the oldest estates in Sèvre et Maine. Amélie Neau is winemaker at her family’s Domaine de Nerleux, located in St. Cyr en Bourg in Saumur-Champigny, known for it... Read more

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An authority on Jewish cooking and culinary history, Joan Nathan is the author of 11 cookbooks, including "King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World," "Jewish Cooking in American" and "Quiches, Kugels and Couscous:My Search for Jewish Cooking in France." She discusses the global migration of Jewish food traditions. This show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 2PM ET on W4CY Radio – (ww... Read more

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Chief winemaker for Golan Heights Winery since 1992, American-born Victor Schoenfeld is a legend in Israel's wine industry. He oversees winemaking for Yarden, Gilgal, Mount Hermon and Golan. Marna and Frank Brigtsen opened Brigtsen’s Restaurant in 1986 in a Victorian cottage in Uptown New Orleans. A New Orleans native and protégé of the late Chef Paul Prudhomme, Brigtsen creates dishes rooted in Creole and Acadian traditions. Many ... Read more

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New York City's Gotham Bar & Grill, celebrating 35 years in 2019, defined new American cooking, thanks to its longtime Exec. Chef Alfred Portale. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Portale initially studied jewelry design. His eye for design inspired his innovative architectural dishes that launched a trend. Portale remains at the top of his game with his team that includes Exec. Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki, who runs the... Read more

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April 11, 2019 49 min

As Executive Chef at the Waldorf-Astoria NYC for 30 years, John Doherty managed five kitchens and dinners for U.S. Presidents and other world leaders. He now runs Black Barn Restaurant in Manhattan, which offers a farm-to-table dining experience, and started the hunger relief charity, Heavenly Harvest Foundation. As Chairman of Feudi di San Gregorio in the Irpinia region of Avellino in Italy, Antonio Capaldo oversees his family's b... Read more

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April 4, 2019 51 min

Tony Mantuano is Founding Chef and Partner at Michelin Star Spiaggia restaurant in Chicago, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2019. Mantuano shares insights into Spiaggia's start and its enduring appeal as one of the country's top Italian restaurants. Winemaker Adam Campbell's family is among the pioneer vintners who launched Oregon's wine industry. His parents started Elk Cove Vineyards in the Willamette Valley in 1974 with a fe... Read more

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March 28, 2019 51 min

Violet Grgich, President of Grgich Hills Estate Winery, Napa, discusses their award-winning Chardonnay and shares anecdotes about her father, Miljenko (Mike) Grgich, who founded the winery in 1977. Oenologist Mike Grgich escaped Communist-controlled Croatia in 1954 and became one of California's most respected winemakers. Paola Mustilli's family runs one of the oldest wineries in Campania, Italy. Mustilli dates to the 1300s in Sain... Read more

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March 15, 2019 49 min

Chef Tanya Holland is owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco, CA, and author of a cookbook by the same name. She has served as an official "Culinary Diplomat" on behalf of the U.S.A. in Kazakhastan and Mexico, and appeared on BRAVO TV's "Top Chef." University professor and vintner Guido Gualandi, owner of Podere Gualandi in Chianti Colli Fiorentini D.O.C.G. near Florence, researched ancient Etruscan w... Read more

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February 28, 2019 50 min

Exploring Virginia's wine and food scene with Winemaker Lee Hartman at his family's Bluestone Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley and Neal Wavra, proprietor at Field & Main restaurant in Marshall, which features locally-sourced food and wines. Melanie and David reveal the winner of the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup: Horton Vineyards 2016 Petite Manseng and share impressions of Virgina wines tasted on their road trip. Virginia has seve... Read more

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February 21, 2019 51 min

Award-winning wine writer, Alice Feiring, is an ardent advocate for minimal intervention (natural) wines which she covers in her newsletter, The Feiring Line. She is author of "The Dirty Guide to Wine," "Naked Wine," "For the Love of Wine: My Journey Through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture" and "The Battle for Wine & Love." Gravner's Mateja Gravner discusses her family's historic winery in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and their phil... Read more

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February 14, 2019 50 min

Jeb Aldrich is Executive Chef at Tiny Lou's, located in the renovated Hotel Clermont in downtown Atlanta, a neighborhood rich in history and diversity. The hotel is a landmark dating to 1924 that served as a communal melting pot in its day. Chef Aldrich discusses the hotel's history and his menu at Tiny Lou's which is a marriage of French and American cuisine. The restaurant's namesake, Tiny Lou, was a popular dancer in the hotel's... Read more

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February 11, 2019 51 min

Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy are highly regarded wine writers, columnists at Wine Review Online and co-authors of the best-selling "Wine for Dummies" wine book series ( John Wiley & Sons). Mary is president of the International Wine Center in New York City, the nation's first woman to be named a Master of Wine and a WSET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Ed is a Certified Wine Educator and solo author of "Champagne for D... Read more

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