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. The Connected Table SIPS! Podcast is brought to you by Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com/).

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May 5, 2021 11 min
In 2013, James Sinegal, co-founder/former CEO of Costco, and son, David, a Costco wine buyer, established Sinegal Estate in St. Helena to produce iconic Bordeaux blend Napa Valley Cabernet wine. In 2020, they launched DETAILS by Sinegal Estate, sourcing grapes in Sonoma Valley and using a 1,403-step production process. David Sinegal explains DETAILS’ brand mission to make a Cabernet Sauvignon blend with concentrated fruit and soft ...
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Rania Zayyat, founder, Lift Collective, discusses Be The Change, a virtual job fair connecting beverage alcohol industry professionals with potential employers. Be the Change streamlines the job search process and supports diversity equality and inclusion. Be The Change works in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide job opportunities for its graduates. Cofounded by Zayyat, the first job fair was December 20...
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December 23, 2020 14 min
The Cattin family has made wines in a village near Colmar, the heart of Alsace wine country, since 1720, when Swiss-born François Cattin settled in the area. Domaine Joseph Cattin is one of Alsace’s largest family-owned wineries, a top producer of food-friendly white wines and Crémant d’Alsace. Jacques and Anaïs Cattin, discuss why ancestor and winery namesake, Joseph Cattin, is respected as a pioneer in Alsace. They suggest wine a...
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December 23, 2020 15 min
Maison Gustave Lorentz produces Crémant d’Alsace and grands crus whites of exceptional quality and value. Like most Alsace producers, Gustave Lorentz practices organic and biodynamic viticulture, resulting in wines with freshness, elegance and a sense of place. Alsace whites like Riesling and Pinot Gris pair equally well with hearty winter dishes and light summer fare. 7th generation family member, Georges Lorentz, shares his passi...
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November 10, 2020 8 min
Discover the Beaujolais Wine Route, 85 miles of bucolic scenery with picturesque villages, historic landmarks, casual bistros and hundreds of wine estates, many open to the public. Beaujolais is divided into 12 AOCS: Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages to the south and 10 smaller crus. Considered the gems of Beaujolais wines, the crus include: Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Chenas, Chiroubles, Régnie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-...
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Gamay, the red grape of Beaujolais, produces refreshing wines that burst with juicy strawberry, blackberry and black cherry flavors and essences. Comprised of 12 AOCs, Beaujolais wine styles differ slightly based on location, soil, elevation and climate! Wines among the 10 Beaujolais crus can range from softer, perfumed reds to enjoy with charcuterie and lighter fare to more plush and structured styles with aging potential, ideal f...
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November 10, 2020 6 min
If you enjoy fresh, fruity, food-friendly wines with good acidity, consider Beaujolais, a delightful French wine for today’s casual dining, from home-cooked meals to restaurant takeout. Best known for its red wines made from the local Gamay grape, Beaujolais also produces small amounts of rosé and white wines. Many are produced by local vignerons whose families have been making wine for generations. Beaujolais wines have a rich her...
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October 20, 2020 12 min
Viognier and Cabernet Franc are most closely associated with Virginia wines, but at Barboursville Vineyards, Italian varieties such as Vermentino, Fiano and Nebbiolo flourish, notes Luca Paschina, estate general manager/winemaker. The temperate climate and alluvial soils of Virginia’s Piedmont region attracted Italy’s Zonin family, who acquired this Barboursville in 1976 to plant vines. Paschina discusses terroir and Barboursville’...
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If you follow a vegan diet, be aware that some vintners may use animal byproducts such as egg white, fish bladder and casein to filter the wines, a process known as fining. There also are many well-made vegan wines available. A reliable resource is Vegan Wines, founded by Frances Gonzalez, a longtime vegan and wine lover. Frances personally visits and inspects vineyards, from soil to bottling, to select wines for her portfolio and ...
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June 23, 2020 10 min
Castello di Cigognola stands amidst the hills of Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardia, a region known for its sparkling wines. Owned by the renowned Moratti family, this 12th century castle and landscaped gardens are an Italian National Trust World Heritage site. CEO Gian Matteo Baldi oversees the vineyards and wine production with Gabriele Moratti, with a focus on cool climate Pinot Noir. He discusses three expressions of Moratti Cuvée Bla...
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South Africa’s Hamilton Russell Vineyards has produced world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for more than 40 vintages. The wines have a classic Burgundian style and structure, balancing opulent fruit and spice with masterful restraint. Hamilton Russell Vineyards also makes wine in
the Willamette Valley. Proprietors Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell discuss their Oregon project and its first two wines, both 2018
vintage. The wines a...
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J Vineyards & Winery is one of Sonoma’s top sparkling and varietal wine producers. Located in the Russian River Valley, the winery encompasses six vineyards with a visitors’ center near Healdsburg which offers signature events, from bubbly pairing experiences to behind-the-scenes tours. J Vineyards Executive Chef Carl Shelton discusses J Vineyards Cuvée 20 and Rosé, both made in the traditional method, and shares food pairing t...
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Louis M. Martini Winery is known for its world-class Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from exceptional vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. This historic winery dates to 1933 and underwent a major restoration in 2019. It offers a range of culinary experiences at its visitors center and wines are available nationwide. Louis Martini Winery Executive Chef Jeffery Russell discusses food pairing tips for Louis Martini Cabernet (Napa) and Louis Marti...
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Cairanne, a pretty hill town in the Côtes du Rhone, has a winemaking community committed to producing elegant wines with an eye on sustainability and authenticity. A cru appellation since 2016, AOC Cairanne requires vines to be hand-harvested and sulfite levels kept to a minimum. 26% of all vineyards are organic. Jean-Etienne Alary, 11th generation family member at Domaine Alary, discusses Cairanne’s different soils and how young w...
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AOC Cairanne, the youngest of the Côtes du Rhone’s 17 crus, is located on the left bank of the Rhône River in the Vaucluse. Cairanne’s dry, sunny climate, cooling mistral winds and three distinct soil types provide the perfect setting for producing the region’s complex, lush grenache-based red wines and “rising star” aromatic whites blended from local grapes. Producer and negociant, Jean-Marie Amadieu, discusses Cairanne’s setting ...
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April 3, 2020 11 min
AOC Lirac on the Rhône River’s right bank is a small cru appellation producing lush reds and aromatic whites. Lirac has an ideal terroir: over 200 days of sun, purifying mistral winds and three different soils: rocky galets, calcareous and sandy, with most vineyards organically farmed. AOC Lirac Co-President Rodolphe de Pins is owner of Château de Montfaucon, where some vineyards date back 140 years. He discusses how Lirac’s differ...
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One of the Côtes du Rhône’s first cru appellations since 1947, AOC Lirac is a wine lover’s rare gem, just northwest of Avignon. Lirac wines were prized among Europe’s nobility and the Avignon papacy in the 14th century. Lirac is rare among the 17 Rhône crus for its range of red, white and smaller amounts of rosé wines made from blends of mainly indigenous varieties. Château de Montfaucon’s Rodolphe de Pins, AOC Lirac Co-President, ...
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March 20, 2020 10 min
Located in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, Khareba Winery in the Republic of Georgia encompasses over 4,000 acres located in prime growing regions. Khareba Winery employs both traditional Georgian winemaking techniques and modern European methods to make its wines, working with more than 24 indigenous and international grape varieties. The wines have achieved international acclaim. Chief winemaker, Vladimer Kublashvili, di...
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Rachel Martin and husband, Kurt Deutsch, are founders/owners of Oceano Wines, single vineyard cru wines sourced from the Spanish Springs Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, California. Oceano’s second release Chardonnay 2017 has earned national awards and critical acclaim. In 2019 Oceano released its first Pinot Noir to rave reviews. Martin is an advocate for women; 60 percent of every dollar spent in the production of Oceano’s wines goes...
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Japanese master distillers are known for their pursuit of perfection. Rare bottles of whisky can command thousands of dollars at auction. But buying a bottle for home or gifting is easy thanks to dekantā, the world’s leading online retailer, which sells more than 2000 types of Japanese whisky as well as shochu, sake, other spirits and wines. Makiyo Masa, founder of dekantā, explains what makes Japanese whisky special and why you sh...
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