The Connected Table Live

The Connected Table Live

Food and beverage industry insiders Melanie Young and David Ransom connect you to leaders and legends in wine, spirits, food and hospitality as they travel the world. Hear from vintners, restaurateurs, chefs, distillers, educators, authors, farmers and more. Melanie and David are the insatiably curious culinary couple who are always in search of a great story to share with their listeners. They bring a fresh approach to spotlighting industry movers and shakers and exploring the pleasures of the palate. Connect and visit www.theconnectedtable.com Instagram@theconnectedtable Like on Facebook@connectedtable

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February 2, 2023 43 min
Vouvray is a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes in the Central Loire Valley district of Touraine. Vouvray’s range of expressive styles runs from dry to off dry to sweet, sparkling and still. Alexandre Monmousseau is a fifth-generation vigneron who founded Alexandre M in 2020 after many years working in the business. His focus is small production, hand-crafted cuvées. These include a sparkling Vouvray Brut, Mon Mouss Pet’Nat, ...
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A Tour de France wine road trip? Mais Oui! Melanie and David continue sharing their experiences and impressions traveling with wine importer Kysela Pére & Fils to leading wine regions of France to meet producers and learn about their wines. Regions and producers discussed in the second of this two-Part series: Southern Rhône Valley, Provence-Bandol, Cassis, Roussillon, Bordeaux, Loire Valley. In all: 11 regions, 32 producers, 3...
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January 24, 2023 49 min
Have you ever dreamed of visiting France's great wine regions to meet producers, taste their wines, and enjoy local food? Melanie and David share their experience traveling with importer, Kysela Pére & Fils, throughout France for a behind-the-scenes look at how wines are selected for U.S. market. Part One of this series spotlights: Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Bugey, Northern Rhône Valley. In all: 2 weeks, 11 re...
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Among Italy's most acclaimed wine regions, DOCG Chianti Classico has many well-known producers. Some have centuries-old estates. An example is Villa Calcinaia in Greve-in-Chianti which dates to 1524. It is owned by the Capponi family who started bottling their wines in the 1950s. Conte Sebastiano Capponi and his brother, Niccolò, took over estate management in 1992. Sebastiano discusses the family's estate and the strict re...
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Valeria Agosta is owner of family-run Palmento Costanzo in Sicily’s Etna DOC and located in the northern Contrada Santo Spirito in the heart of the Parco Naturelle dell'Etna. Unique to this area are centuries-old pre-phylloxera ungrafted vines. The winery is built into a restored 18th century stone "palmento," a traditional stone winemaking structure, also unique to this region. Wines are made using native varieties: Ne...
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A fourth- generation vintner, Giampaolo Tabarrini shares his passion for Umbria and its wines, notably Sagrantino di Montefalco, a voluptuous red wine produced excusively in this region of Umbria, and Trebbiano Spoletino,- also indigenous- producing an aromatic white wine. Expressive and full of energy, Tabarrini hosted Melanie and David at his expansive new family run winery and is considered one of the region's leading produc...
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How do bats and bees impact biodiversity in the vineyards? “Bees are important pollinators; bats and other insects provide natural pest control,” says Marie-Catherine Dufour, Technical Director, Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). She shares new research on how bats and bees are natural allies for improving biodiversity in the vineyards and discusses Bordeaux’s impressive drive to accomplish new benchmarks in sustainability including red...
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In Umbria, Italy, Chiara Lungarotti, chairman of Lungarotti Winery, discusses her family estates in Montefalco, known for its DOCG Sagrantino di Montefalco red wine and Torgiano, which produces single estate Sangiovese reds. She reminisces about her late father, Giorgio Lungarotti, who was a pioneer of modern oenology and agronomy in Umbria. Today, Chiara oversees the family business with her mother, Maria Grazia, and sister, Teres...
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The Perrin and Lurton families have deep roots in AOC Pessac-Léognan, “the gateway to Bordeaux.” Marc Perrin’s grandfather, Anthony Perrin, helped create the AOC in 1987. Marc oversees 13th century Château Carbonnieux, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and largest estates. André Lurton dedicated his life to making wine for 70 years and established four family-owned estates in Pessac-Léognan, including Château de Cruzeau, now overseen by his...
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Many producers in AOC Graves are family run, some for centuries and newer producers who appreciate its signature “Gravas de Bordeaux” gravelly soils, ideal for making exceptional white and red wines. Caroline and Xavier Perromat represent the ninth-generation family at Château de Cérons, a 17th century estate. Pierre-Edouard Chatin and his winemaker wife, Amélie, acquired 17th century Château de Respide in 2021 to raise their famil...
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Eduardo Chadwick is descendent of two important Chilean wine families. The Errázuriz family settled in Chile from Spain in 1735; the Chadwicks arrived from England in 1820. Since 1983, Eduardo has overseen the family estates: Viña Errázuriz (est. 1870, Aconcagua Valley) Viñedo Chadwick (est. 1945, Maipo Alta Valley), and Viña Seña (est. 1995, Aconcagua Valley). He reflects on his father, Alfonso Chadwick; his mentor, Robert Mondavi...
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As Chair of the Hospitality Practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, and Labor Counsel to the New York City Hospitality Alliance, Carolyn Richmond is a sought-after expert on labor and workplace issues. Richmond has worked with many high- profile restaurateurs, bar owners and hotels in New York. She discusses how #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, the demand for better wages and benefits and the pandemic have changed the restaurant workplace and ho...
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Di Palo Fine Foods on the corner of Mott and Grand Street in New York City's Little Italy has been a beloved destination for fine Italian food products for more than a century. An immigrant from Basilicata, Savino Di Palo opened his "latteria" in 1910. Di Palo's now sells over 300 Italian cheeses alone. Savino's great grandson, Luigi (Lou) Di Palo, sources products from artisan producers throughout Italy. A gift...
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Melanie and David report on celebrating seven decades of Faustino Rioja Gran Riserva with 6th generation family member, Lourdes Martinez, at The Modern, tasting Burgundy wines with Albéric Bichot, owner, Maison Albért Bichot, at Avra Estiatorio, Languedoc-Roussillon estate wines with Miren de Lorgeril, owner, Maison Lorgeril at Limani, Uruguay's Bodega Garzon wines with Pacific Highway Wines at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, attend...
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Wine writer, Alice Feiring, has been called "The Apostle of Natural Wine." (Forbes 2020). Her newsletter, The Feiring Line, is a must-read on this topic along her books including "Natural Wine for the People and" "Naked Wine." One of her more provocative books is "The Battle for Wine & Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization." In Alice's memoir "To Fall in Love, Drink This" s...
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Etna DOC in Sicily is a protected wine region located on Europe's largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna. Families have made wines on Etna for generations, mainly for personal consumption. Modern Etna winemaking is more recent dating back 30-40 years. One of the pioneers is Giuseppe Benanti, founder of Benanti Winery, now run by sons, Salvino and Antonio. Salvino Benanti discusses his father's role in researching native ...
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A distinguished food writer and screenwriter, Aleksandra Crapanzano writes the dessert column, A Little Something Sweet, for the Wall Street Journal. In her third cookbook, Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes (Simon & Schuster), Aleksandra illustrates how make morning cakes, tea cakes, génoise, dacquoise, clafoutis and more with French flair and creative twists. Passionate about food waste and conservation she is ...
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Here’s A Perfect Pairing from Europe: Garda DOC wines and Piave DOP cheese, both from northern Italy. Garda DOC produces crisp, refreshing sparkling and still wines around Lake Garda between Lombardy and the Veneto. They pair beautifully with the savory-sweet flavors of Piave DOP, artisan hard-aged, pasteurized cow’s milk cheeses from Belluno, a mountain region in the Veneto. After all: what grows together goes together! Enjoy! It’...
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Houston Chef Chris Shepherd achieved success and fame with his Underbelly Hospitality Group of restaurants. In 2015 when a friend and restaurant colleague diagnosed with multiple sclerosis asked for his help to host a fundraiser for the MS Society, the seeds of Shepherd's non-profit Southern Smoke Foundation (SSF) were planted to help food and beverage industry workers in need. SSF provides workers direct emergency relief direc...
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September 21, 2022 47 min
Il Verro in Campania, Italy, was established in 2003 by five childhood friends including Cesare Avenia who oversees the winery today. Located in Caserta in an unspoiled setting north and inland from Naples, Il Verro produces wines from rare, native grape varieties including reds: Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia and whites: Pallagrello Bianco and Coda di Pecora. Avenia also runs Il Casale di Riardo, an inn and restaurant, where one...
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