The Connected Table SIPS!

The Connected Table SIPS!

The Connected Table SIPS! gives you a taste of something delicious. Hosts Melanie Young and David Ransom taste and talk about wine, spirits, beer, coffee and more with leading winemakers, distillers, brewers and growers from around the world. We like to Eat, Drink & Explore and want to share our discoveries with you. Listen to our short SIPS! anywhere, anytime. This show is brought to you by Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).... Show More

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July 15, 2019 13 min

Michele Chiarlo in Italy’s Piedmont region is a world-class producer of single vineyard wines. The family-run winery has vineyards in three classic appellations: Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi. Patriarch Michele Chiarlo helped establish standards of quality for DOC Piedmont and was among the first to introduce green harvest practices in Italy in 1984. His son, Stefano, an enologist, discusses the family’s commitment to sustainability,... Read more

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July 3, 2019 9 min

For over 40 years St. Francis Winery has produced top-quality varietal wines from superior mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County, earning a reputation for luscious, fruit driven wines that showcase the terroir unique to Sonoma. Winemaker Katie Madigan discusses St. Francis Winery’s commitment to sustainability and selections from its portfolio of elegant, versatile, affordable food-friendly wines, including its signature P... Read more

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June 26, 2019 10 min

Susana Balbo’s career is a history of firsts: The first Argentinian female winemaker, first Argentinean woman to become a global wine consultant and first Latin American woman to chair the W20 Summit. Her 30-year career includes serving as President of Wines of Argentina for three terms during which time Argentinian wines gained global recognition and achieved record export growth. She is founder of Susana Balbo Wines, imported by ... Read more

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June 21, 2019 8 min

Rhône Valley rosés can range from crisp and dry to fresh, floral and fruity. AOC Luberon in the southern Rhône Valley, south of Avignon and west of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, produces versatile rosés for enjoying throughout a meal. Natalie Margan, fifth generation family member at Chateau La Canorgue in Bonnieux, discusses different styles of Luberon rosé, which range from a light pink grapefruit citrus squeeze to an embrace of f... Read more

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AOC Luberon in the Rhône Valley is a popular place to visit, featuring picturesque towns, rustic beauty and 300+ days of sunshine. The region’s wine and food have a Mediterranean flair and flavor- fresh and vibrant. Regional wines include reds from Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes, and whites from mainly Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Natalie Margan, fifth generation family member at Chateau La Canorgue ... Read more

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The AOC Mont Ventoux in France’s southern Rhône Valley has a vibrant viticulture and unique biodiversity that help to create fresh, fruit-driven wines with balanced acidity, minerality and lushness. Think Mediterranean meets sub-Alpine. Vintner James King, a Scotsman who chose Ventoux to his make his own wines at his estate, Chateau Unang, discusses styles of red wine and dominant grape varieties: Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Syrah, C... Read more

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The Ventoux area, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1990, is located in France’s mountainous and forested Vaucluse, west of the Alps. Vines have grown in the area since ancient times, and the wines were served to the kings of France at the Royal Court. At 1912 meters, Ventoux is the centerpiece of the AOC, providing seven subsoils ideal for growing grapes. Frédéric Chaudière, with family-run Château Pesquié, discusses the region and... Read more

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AOC Costières de Nîmes in France’s southern Rhône Valley produces versatile, food-friendly wines with good acidity and minerality, thanks to the Mediterranean-Rhône terroir: sunny, cool breezes and mineral-rich alluvial soils. Wines include velvety reds and vibrant rosés from Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and vivacious whites from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne. Vintner Anthony Taylor, Maison Gabriel Meffre, discusses styles ... Read more

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AOC Costières de Nîmes in the southernmost appellation of France’s Rhône Valley has a rich heritage in winemaking dating back 2000 years before pre-Roman times. Located between Provence and the Camargue, Costières de Nîmes has a Mediterranean climate tempered by sea breezes and mistral winds, and four soils: rocky, sand, clay and limestone- ideal for healthy vines. Local vintner, Anthony Taylor, Maison Gabriel Meffre discusses the ... Read more

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June 10, 2019 10 min

The Frescobaldi family history in Tuscany dates back over 1000 years and is closely tied to the wine, food and culture of the region. In addition to its storied wine estates, the family makes exquisite Tuscan olive oil called Laudemio Frescobaldi, a deeply fragrant extra-virgin olive oil with spicy notes, packaged like a fine perfume. Bona Frescobaldi, the family's global ambassador and culture preservationist, discusses terroir, h... Read more

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Wine Access is the leading direct to consumer online wine retailer, offering exclusive curated wines from around the world both through its retail website and a daily offer newsletter. Wine Access’ selection of wines and sakes include well-known producers, emerging winemakers, and exclusive wines made in collaboration with the best winemaking talent in California. Joe Fish, CEO/CFO, and Vanessa Conlin, Head of Wine, discuss how win... Read more

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A 20-year wine industry veteran, Amy Hoopes is President of Wente Family Estates (Livermore, CA), the oldest -136 years in 2019 - continuously operated, family-owned winery in the USA. Amy joined Wente Family Estates in 2007 was named president in 2015. She has led many pioneering initiatives for the company and the industry, including #MakeTime, which encourages work-life balance and community volunteerism among Wente’s employees,... Read more

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May 2, 2019 7 min

Spanish wine industry veteran, Nicola Thornton, became acquainted with local grape growers and aware of the hardships they faced. She created Botas de Barro (named after the farmers´muddy boots) to help give them renewed hope and support, encouraging them to continue to nurture their low-yield, ancient vineyards, many over 100 years old. Grapes are sourced from small independent grape growers throughout Spain to produce its portfol... Read more

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May 2, 2019 9 min

British-born Nicola Thornton has worked in the wine business in Spain for more than 20 years. She established Spanish Palate to give a voice to small independent producers with great stories and wines she calls “magical little gems,” introducing them to international markets. Working with a largely female team, she’s helped 100 wine producers from 20 different regions find their place in over 40 countries globally, all in under 3 y... Read more

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Donnachiara Winery in the province of Avellino, Campania is a multi-generational family and women-owned business overseen by Chiara Petitto and daugher, Ilaria. Located on the slopes of Montefalcione in Irpinia, Donnachiara produces elegant wines from native Fiano di Avellino, Greco Di Tufo and Falanghina white grapes and Aglianico red, including the renowned Taurasi. Ilaria Pettito discusses the Irpinia region, the allure of Campa... Read more

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March 25, 2019 14 min

Eileen Crane, CEO and founding Winemaker at Domaine Carneros, has been called The Doyenne of American Sparkling Wine. She’s recognized for her leadership and finesse making classically elegant sparkling wines in the mêthode traditionelle style. Located in the Carneros AVA between Napa and Sonoma counties, Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger (Champagne Taittinger). Domaine Carneros’s stunning château offers a v... Read more

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March 25, 2019 8 min

Based in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, La Crema was founded in 1979 as La Crema Viñera, meaning "Best of the Vine." For 40 years, the family-owned and operated winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate coastal appellations, where ocean winds and fog allow grapes to ripen slowly on the vine. Winemaker Jen Walsh discusses La Crema’s Kelli Ann Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) and Shell Ridge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) a... Read more

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Masciarelli Tenute Agricole in Italy’s Abruzzo region was established in 1981 by Gianni Masciarelli, who inherited his passion for wine from his grandfather, Umberto. Masciarelli has vineyards throughout the four provinces of Abruzzo. Its baronial 17th century Castello di Semivicoli is a popular wine destination. Gianni’s daughter, Miriam Masciarelli, discusses signature wines, including the Villa Gemma Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, a dark ... Read more

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March 20, 2019 10 min

Thomas Hansen is the third generation in the Hansen family to produce top-quality wines at Weingut Hansen-Lauer in Bernkastel-Kues in Germany’s middle Mosel. This area’s ideal soil and climate produce world-class Rieslings. Hansen explains what distinguishes “Mosel” Riesling, from medium-dry to a sweeter style, and discusses how climate change has impacted the region, which he describes as bringing it “back to normal.” www.weine-be... Read more

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Tara Smeralda Empson, CEO of Empson & Co., Empson USA, and Empson Canada, shares lessons learned from her father, Neil Empson, who founded his company in 1972. Empson & Co. imports wines from Italy, New Zealand and Chile, as well as select Italian spirits. Empson discusses her vision for expanding the company’s global reach, marketing to millennial consumers, and two of her most successful labels, Lagaria Pinot Grigio and Dofana Ch... Read more

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