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. The Connected Table Live Radio Show is broadcast live at Wednesday's 2PM ET on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). This podcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).

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May 12, 2022 41 min
Known for its stunning castles and gardens, the Loire Valley is France's third largest wine producing region with incredible diversity among its 53 appellations. It is the largest producer of AOP white wines, notably Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, and is a leading producer of AOP rosé wines, Crémant de Loire sparkling wines and Cabernet Franc reds. Melanie and David discuss the wines of Central Loire, incuding Anjou, Tourain...
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After a long career in vineyard management, Clay Shannon established his namesake winery on California’s North Coast in 1996. He chose remote Lake County for its red soil, high elevation and ideal growing conditions. Today, Shannon Family Wines has 2000 acres, half under vine, the rest preserved. Shannon produces a range of reds and whites including its signature Shannon label, Ovis, a premium single vineyard estate red, and Buck S...
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Daphne Oz is an Emmy-Award Winning television host, food writer, and chef. She was one of five co-hosts on the ABC daytime talk show The Chew for the show's first six seasons- 2011 to 2017 and is currently a co-host of the syndicated talk/cooking show The Good Dish.
Growing up in a family of surgeons, Daphne Oz understood the importance of healthy eating. She is author of several bestselling books on healthy cooking including “E...
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Ranked Louisiana's top hotel- and one of the nation's best- The Windsor Court provides an elegant oasis in the heart of New Orleans, and a welcome respite from the nearby evening bustle of the French Quarter, Casino and Riverwalk. Culinary Director/ Chef Igor Krichmar's menu at The Grill Room menu reflects his global perspective and refined cooking style. Director of Beverage and Bars, Nicholas Karel discusses his take ...
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New Orleans native and local chef-restaurateur, Susan Spicer, grew up traveling the world with her family; her father served in the Naval diplomatic corps. The experience opened her eyes to global cuisines. Spicer is co-owner of Bayona, an award-winning restaurant located in a 200-year-old French Quarter cottage with a globally inspired menu, and Rosedale, a low-key restaurant and patio area serving seasonal dishes with Louisiana f...
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The Counts Capponi family has made wine in Greve-in-Chianti in the center of Chianti Classico, since 1524 and started bottling in 1950s. Conte Sebastiano Capponi and his brother, Niccolò, took over estate management in 1992. Since 2014 the vineyards have been certified organic with 75 acres planted, including a few rarer varieties. Villa Calcinaia produces wines of elegance, refreshing yet restrained, made for longer aging.

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Bodegas Fillaboa is a family-owned estate winery in Galicia, Spain with roots dating to the 19th century. Housed in a 15th century Romanesque castle near the border between Spain and Portugal, Fillaboa produces some of the rarest and highest quality estate-grown wines in D.O Rías Baixas. Fillaboa winemaker, Isabel Salgado, discusses the estate’s history, terroir of Rías Baixas, and ageing potential of Albariño wines. Importer: Foli...
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Tulane University college roommates, Ames Morison and Chris Medlock James, became fast friends and eventual business partners, creating Medlock Ames winery in Sonoma. Ames Morison, discusses how growing up on a family farm and Virginia and serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala shaped his views on regenerative farming, a practice Medlock Ames adheres to at its Bell Mountain Ranch near Healdsburg to make its estate-grown wines.

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A divine wine and food destination- Tuscany produces many of Italy's iconic wines. Melanie and David share their impressions from Anteprima Toscana, an annual presentation of new releases held March 202. Learn what distinguishes different production zones, guidelines and suggested producers from Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classico DOCG, Carmignano DOCG, Morellino Scansano DOC, Orcia DOC, Maremma DOC, Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Ve...
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South Africa’s Tesselaarsdal is a rural hamlet of historic importance. The widow of its namesake settler, Johannes Tesselaar, left his farmland to his freed slaves upon his death in 1810, a bold move at the time. Tesselaarsdal is also the name of Berene Sauls’ first winery opened in 2015 in Hemel-en-Aarde (Overberg), an homage to her ancestors who were among the area’s freed slaves. Sauls discusses her cool climate Chardonnay &...
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Mary Taylor paid her dues working in different areas of the wine industry for a long time before establishing Mary Taylor Wines. Her straightforward ”White Label” selections focus on a wine’s geographical origin, typicity, and the name of the vigneron-the story of the wine- from place to person.

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Founded by friends Brad Pitt, Cristina Patwa and John Fogelman, Enroot is a collection of sustainably farm-sourced, wellness-focused sparkling cold-brew teas, ideal to drink alone or in cocktails. CEO Cristina Patwa drew inspiration for Enroot from memories of the refreshing teas made by her grandmother, a farmer in the Philippines. Enroot collaborated with James Beard Foundation chefs to create the botanical-based recipes for each...
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Established in 1901 by Don Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca is one of Argentina’s few continually family-owned and operated wineries. Based in Mendoza, the Arizu family helped establish Lujàn de Cuyo as an official CDO in 1989. Pablo Cunéo, Head Winemaker since 2017, discusses the unique growing climates of Mendoza’s Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley sub-appellations, and presents selections from the Luigi Bosca de Sangre reserv...
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In Cambridge, MA, an education in wine, spirits, or sake at Commonwealth Wine School is more accessible than ever for enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. Kim Simone, Manager, Commonwealth Wine School, discusses the range of courses offered from workshops and guided tastings to certifications for WSET, Certified Specialist of Wine and Wine Scholar Guild. Commonwealth Wine School’s faculty includes many top beverage industr...
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Maureen Downey, DWS, CWE, Founder of Chai Consulting and WineFraud.com, is a rare and fine wine authenticator and a global expert on wine counterfeiting who has served as an expert witness in several high-profile investigations. Downey explains how wine counterfeiting, a $3+ billion industry, negatively impacts business, public works and unsuspecting consumers.

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While studying in Italy as a college student, Paula Lambert first tasted local handmade mozzarella. The experience was an "Aha!" moment for the young Texan. She decided to apprentice with an Italian cheesemaker to learn the process, and established a production facility in Dallas, opening in 1982. Texas chefs appreciated the handmade cheeses and serve them at their restaurants, and Paula's business took off. Today, Mozz...
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Considered a trailblazer the beverage alcohol industry, Bouvier’s 20+ year career spans wholesale, marketing and business development. In May 2021, Bouvier was named President of Demeine Estates, a Napa Valley based fine wine importer and marketer. A staunch advocate for the advancement of women in the wine industry, Bouvier discusses Demeine Estates' Dream It, Live It initiative to foster collaboration, inclusivity, and op...
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Professional race car driver Kevin Buckler shot to fame winning the world’s biggest endurance races and is Founder /CEO of The Racers Group (TRG), one of the most storied teams in motorsports. Buckler’s approach to team building and his hands-on focus also applies to Adobe Road Winery, which he and wife, Debra, founded in 2002. Based in Petaluma, Adobe Road Winery sources grapes from select vineyards in Sonoma and Napa for its ultr...
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Award winning author and video producer, Grace Young, has been dubbed “the poet laureate of the wok" - the go-to expert on stir frying. Young is an ardent advocate for supporting Asian-American businesses, many which are mom and pop establishments. She created the campaigns #SaveChinese Restaurants and #LoveAAPI (with The James Beard Foundation)- in support of Asian-America/Pacific Island businesses. She is a co-producer of ...
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Chef-Farmer Matthew Raiford is sixth generation in his family to run Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, GA, first purchased by his great-great-great grandfather Jupiter Gilliard more than 150 years ago. Raiford's ancestry is Gullah Geechee, descendants of slaves brought to America to work the plantations. Gullah Geechee food is an essential cuisine of American history as eloquently conveyed in Raiford's cookbook, “Bress N Nyam” (...
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