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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The Langhe region in Italy’s southern Piemonte produces many outstanding wines, notably DOCG Barolo and DOCG Barbaresco. Made exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape, each wine follows strict production and aging guidelines to create their distinctive styles, complexity and elegance. Matteo Ascheri, president of Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe and Dogliani, discusses the Langhe region and why the world’s finest Barolo... Read more

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The two smallest winemaking appellations in the Côtes de Bordeaux are Francs and Sainte-Foy. Francs sits just north of Castillon and exclusively produces reds wines, primarily from Merlot but also Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Sainte Foy, located south and west of Castillon, produces both red and white wines. Both regions reflect a more laid-back agrarian way of life in Bordeaux. The wines offer excellent quality for value... Read more

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November 29, 2019 7 min

East of St. Emilion, along the north side of the Dordogne River, lies the picturesque wine region of Castillon, named for the Battle of Castillon in 1453 which ended the 100 year war between England and France. The third largest appellation in the Côtes de Bordeaux by volume, Castillon is a red wine region. Merlot comprises 70% of the plantings which thrive in the rich limestone soil. Sommelier Yannick Benjamin sheds some light on ... Read more

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November 29, 2019 10 min

Nestled on the right bank of the Garonne river, the southernmost winemaking appellation within the Côtes de Bordeaux is the region of Cadillac. Named for the Duke of Cadillac, who was a well-known lover of wines, it is the second largest appellation by production volume in the Côtes de Bordeaux. Red wines rule here, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc being the key grape varieties. Sommelier Yannick Benjamin discusses the region, histor... Read more

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November 26, 2019 10 min

Situated in the northwest corner of Bordeaux across the Garonne River from the Medoc, Blaye is a land of family farms and undulating landscapes planted to just shy of 15,000 acres of vines in 41 communes, making this appellation the Cotes de Bordeaux’s largest region by production volume, predominantly red wines. Blaye has held historical significance in Bordeaux dating to Roman times, explains Sommelier Yannick Benjamin who discus... Read more

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November 25, 2019 9 min

Home to some of the world’s most well-regarded fine wines, Bordeaux is the largest AOC in France with 6500 growers and 65 appellations. At the heart is Côtes de Bordeaux, a flagship appellation of 950 producers. Created in 2009, the AOC Union des Côtes de Bordeaux comprises four distinct sub-appellations- Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon, Francs and Sainte-Foy. Sommelier Yannick Benjamin discusses key appellations and why Côtes de Bordea... Read more

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November 20, 2019 8 min

Bordeaux is one of the world’s most renowned wine appellations with more than 6000 producers. For 30 years, the Bordeaux Wine School has been the premier education source for learning about Bordeaux. Located in Bordeaux City and online, the school educates more than 85,000 people annually through its global network of over 250 accredited tutors. Master of Wine Mary Gorman McAdams discusses the Bordeaux Wine School’s curriculum for ... Read more

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Bérénice Lurton is a fourth-generation winegrower of Bordeaux’s renowned Lurton family. Her father, Lucien Lurton, acquired a collection of famous estates that he shared among his ten children. In 1992, Bérénice assumed stewardship of Château Climens at age 22. Considered a jewel of the Sauternes region, the 16th century Château Climens is a premier cru First Classified Growth of 1855 known as the “Lord of Barsac.” Read more

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November 6, 2019 11 min

Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is owner of four historic Tuscan wine estates: Borgo Scopeto (Chianti Classico) Carpazo and Altesino (Montalcino) and Doga delle Clavule (Morellino di Scansano). Being a successful vintner is a fruitful third career for Elisabetta, who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and in the arts before studying oenology. Elisabetta and daughter, Alessandra, discuss Borgo Scopeto and Carpazo and their passion for ... Read more

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October 31, 2019 8 min

Founded in 1834, Champagne Boizel has been family-run for six generations-185 years. Located on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, Boizel works solely with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes sourced from the region’s top Grands and Premiers Crus. Wines are aged sur lie for at least three years and often longer to achieve balance and complexity. 5th and 6th generation family members Evelyne and Florent Roques Boizel discuss their cha... Read more

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October 31, 2019 11 min

From his medieval Castello di Vincigliata in Fiesole, Bibi Graetz crafts his wines on a hillside overlooking Florence. His four organically farmed estates of both owned and leased vineyards contain many old vines. Graetz also produces white wines from native Ansonica and Vermentino varieties on Isola del Giglio off the Tuscan coast. In 2019 he acquired Hotel Villa Aurora near Florence to convert into winery to produce flagship wine... Read more

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Ask any product marketing expert how important design and packaging are for selling a food or beverage brand, and the answer will be: "Extremely!" Many people don’t realize the thought process involved in creating packaging that is functional, sustainable and eye-catching. Heather Fritzsche, Co-Founder and CEO of The Spearhead Group, a pioneer in designing innovative packaging for many industries, including wine, spirits an... Read more

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October 25, 2019 12 min

As Prosecco’s leading wine estate, Villa Sandi produces wines for all occasions: Prosecco DOC Treviso, Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG and flagship cru, La Rivetta Cartizze DOCG. Export Director Flavio Geretto discusses what distinguishes the Cartizze style and the DOCG’s location and vineyards situated on a steep hill in the heart of the region. We taste 2017 Villa Sandi Superiore di Cartizze La Rivetta DOCG. Importer: Folio... Read more

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October 23, 2019 8 min

In 1851, stylish young entrepreneur, Charles Heidsieck (known as Champagne Charlie), founded his namesake Champagne house in Reims to produce cuvées blended from 40 percent reserve wines averaging 10 years old. Only 60 crus from Champagne are blended to create all Charles Heidsieck Champagnes. Brand Ambassador Philippe André discusses the label’s signature styles and we taste Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Importer: Folio Fine W... Read more

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October 22, 2019 10 min

Sicily’s renowned producer, Donnafugata, is run a family passionate about wine, food and culture as a way of life. Donna-Fugata, translates to “woman in flight” which refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company’s vineyards are located today. Fifth generation family member, Jose Rallo, discusses the vineyards in Mt Etna and we taste Donnafugata 2016 Fragore Etna Rosso DOC. Importer: Folio ... Read more

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October 22, 2019 8 min

Established in 1892, Coppo Winery is one of the oldest family-run estates in Italy continuously making wine in Piemonte for more than 120 years. Coppo is recognized for its range, from sparkling Asti wines to Chardonnays and Piemontese reds. Fourth generation family member, Luigi Coppo, discusses the family’s vineyards in the newer Nizza DOCG (est. 2014), Nizza DOCG regulations and Coppo’s 2016 Pomorosso Barbera DOCG Nizza. Importe... Read more

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October 22, 2019 5 min

Michael Mondavi Family Estate began making estate wines in 1999 with the purchase of Animo Vineyard in Atlas Peak. Assistant Winemaker Sabrina Massola discusses their flagship white, Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc, a barrel-aged wine whose rootstock can be traced to Château d'Yquem. Grapes are sourced from the family’s Oso Vineyard, we taste Animo 2018 Sauvignon Blanc distributed by the family’s import/sales agency Folio Fine W... Read more

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October 21, 2019 11 min

Political visionary and businessman, Don Melchor Concha y Toro, was a pioneer of Chile’s modern wine industry. In 1987, Concha y Toro’s Guilisasti family established Don Melchor Estate in the upper Maipo Valley to make world-class cru Cabernet Sauvignon from the renowned Puente Alto Vineyard. Longtime Don Melchor Winemaker Enrique Tirado discusses the recently established independent Viña Don Melchor winery and 30th anniversary rel... Read more

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October 21, 2019 11 min

Founded in 1996, Bodega Trivento in Uco Valley (Mendoza), Argentina is internationally recognized for producing high-quality wines that are also wallet-friendly. Chief Winemaker Germán di Cesare joined Trivento in 2002 and since 2008 has overseen Trivento's top-tier wines including Amado Sur, Brisa del Otono, single varietal Golden Reserve wines and icon wine, Trivento Eolo. Trivento is owned by Concha y Toro. Read more

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October 21, 2019 9 min

Long Meadow Ranch is a family-run working organic farm in Napa Valley dating to the 1800s. The property was purchased by the Hall family in 1989 and restored. Long Meadow Ranch now covers more than 2000 acres where one can find Highland cattle, chickens, vegetables, olive trees and, of course, vineyards.Conservation and sustainability are key to Long Meadow Ranch’s philosophy of “Excellence through Responsible Farming,” explains Vi... Read more

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