Vintage with Brian Bushlach

Vintage with Brian Bushlach

The Voice of Wine, Brian Bushlach, explores wine destinations across American and around the world each week on Vintage. Brian's interview style shares the story behind the wines, vines and vintners with you in an approachable setting. Vintage showcases the wines and winemakers.... Show More

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September 18, 2020 31 min

The Island Lifestyle, and the drinks that go with it, can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. A decade in the making, Tommy Bahama brings us the finest craft spirits from it's Coral Cay Distilling. Rum is obviously a prerequisite here, but Coral Cay is also delivering hand crafted bourbon, gin and vodkas. For those on the go, "Tommy Travelers" provide refreshing & handy canned sparkling cocktails. Beer is ...

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September 7, 2020 30 min

You never know what Mother Nature has planned for harvest in the Willamette Valley. This year, a cool spring and early summer impacted the vineyards. Then, just when it appeared fall was ready to arrive, a heatwave hit forcing vintners & vineyard managers to scramble. In this episode, Brian welcomes Winemaker Katie Santora and Vineyard Manager Jason Tosch from Chehalem Winery to provide the latest update from the vineyards and ...

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July 22, 2020 31 min

We return to one of our favorite destinations, the Applegate Valley and Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden. Brian reconnects with Bill Steele, who co-founded the winery with his wife Barbara. They revisit the backstory of this iconic winery and what prompted Bill & Barbara to become the industry leaders in biodynamics. Ultimately, it's all about the Rhone varietals, perfect for this site in Southern Oregon. They are all showing ...

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How many times have you dreamed you were at your favorite winery or vineyard? Probably often these days... Unfortunately, your favorite winery or vineyard is hours away, requires a reservation or must limit capacity due to the virus. What if you could experience it pre-COVID? No masks, no crowds, in virtual reality? That's what Stoller Family Estate is doing with their groundbreaking Immersive Experience Center. We explore the ...

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April 17, 2020 22 min

In this interactive, virtual episode Brian welcomes Stoller Family Wine Group VP of Winemaking Melissa Burr and Chehalem Winemaker Katie Santora to share the story of Chemistry, a collaboration between the teams at Stoller & Chehalem. Follow along with us at www.chemistrywine.com to browse the lineup from Chemistry, and have these amazing wines at an incredible value delivered right to your front door!

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10 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past two weeks, the majority of them in the hospitality industry, as the coronavirus sweeps across the nation and brings the economy to its knees. In this time of need, Oregon's Stoller Wine Group is partnering with popular local restaurant The Botanist House and Meals on Wheels to feed restaurant workers in need. In this episode, Stoller Wine Group President Gary Mortense...

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April 1, 2020 19 min

This year's Destin Charity Wine Auction moves from its familiar spot on the calendar in late-April to August 21-22. In times like this, it just gives us more to look forward to! Nothing can stop us from counting down to one of America's top wine events, one that many would argue is the most fun. Destin showcases the finest wines, but this event, like no other, is just as much about the chefs & cuisine. In this episode, ...

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We open our virtual tasting room with a trip to Anacortes to visit with Doug Charles at Compass Wines. Over the past 20 years, Compass Wines has gained a well-deserved reputation as THE expert on Washington State wines and as a worldwide wine sleuth, finding incredible wines and values around the globe. Doug shares his story in the Washington restaurant industry which came of age at the same time as the Washington wine industry.

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February 21, 2020 62 min

Legendary winemaker and Master of Wine Bob Betz founded this iconic winery in 1997 and sold to South African business partners Steve & Bridgit Griessel in 2011. Bob has remained as consulting winemaker, forging a close friendship with the Griessel's. Their goal was not to not only continue Bob's high standards, but to take this already prestigious winery to another level. Brian revisits Betz Family Winery in Woodinville...

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Founded in 1983 as the third winery in the Walla Walla Valley, L'Ecole No. 41 enters its fifth decade as an American favorite and an international player. As Sara Schneider wrote in Robb Report "L'Ecole... has turned into a world ambassador with Ferguson." Those accolades, the result of claiming Best Bordeaux Blend in the World with the 2011 Estate Ferguson at the prestigious 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards. Owner &...

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February 14, 2020 30 min

We can't think of a better way to pop the cork on our 2020 episodes than to do it on Valentines Day at the American epicenter of Grower Champagne, Fat Cork in Seattle. In this episode, Brian reconnects with Brian Maletis, who along with wife Abby founded Fat Cork a decade ago. Together, they bring the best of the best to America to share with the rest of us!

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November 8, 2019 21 min

Dr. Madaiah Revana found the perfect piece of property in St. Helena and began a journey that led him to establish vineyards & wineries in Oregon and Argentina. In this exclusive interview, Brian travels to Napa to sit down with the Houston cardiologist and learn how his passion for wine produced this trifecta of respected wineries in two hemispheres.

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October 28, 2019 28 min

A Who's Who of Washington's top vintners calls the Walla Walla Valley home. And with the wineries and tasting rooms within a short drive, it makes this region one of the most enjoyable to visit. Just north of the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, Mike & Lauri Corliss welcome you to experience one of the most magnificent wineries & tasting rooms in America, with the wines to back it up. Brian travels to Walla Walla for ...

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The second generation of Oregon winemakers is now well established. In the Willamette Valley, where their parents migrated 30+ years ago, this group has set a new standard for the industry, raised expectations, perfected a Burgundian-style Chardonnay, and they are now turning their attention to sparkling wines. Jesse Lange is the winemaker, and an industry leader for his generation of smaller, family wineries that thrive in thi...

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October 21, 2019 47 min

Rollin Soles traveled the world as a young man and chose to make his mark in Oregon. He founded Argyle and proceeded to not only put sparkling wine on the map, he re-wrote the boundaries for bubbles worldwide. Now, Rollin & wife Corby have teamed up at ROCO, where Rollin's showcasing his Pinot Noir, including the "Private Stash". Brian heads to the Willamette Valley to revisit friends and record this post-harvest in...

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October 18, 2019 40 min

There is vodka. And then there is Glass Vodka. Artisan craftsman Ian MacNeil has transformed this homogenous, artificially-flavored and mass-produced liquor into a connoisseur spirit that is like nothing you've ever experienced. From the exquisite glass packaging, to the extraordinary, velvet smooth vodka inside it, Ian MacNeil's Glass Vodka is an outstanding outlier. And now, he delivers another refreshing option with Glas...

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October 16, 2019 52 min

Seattle native Larry Stone grew up with wine in his blood, scientific curiosity, and the warm and approachable personality it takes to entertain guests at America's top restaurants. The 9th Master Sommelier in America and first American to win the prestigious Best International in French Wines Competition in Paris, Larry has returned to his Northwest roots to guide his passion project, Lingua Franca. Brian takes a day trip to O...

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One thing's for sure. Our friends in Destin do it right! The main event in April, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, celebrates its 15th year in 2020. Meantime, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown into a world class event on its own. This three-day event has a different vibe, but its still first class. While the wine dinners are already sold out, there are plenty of entertaining options throughout the weekend o...

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September 11, 2019 43 min

After a decade together building Avennia into one of Washington's most respected wineries, Marty Taucher and Winemaker Chris Peterson were looking for a new challenge. They literally got in the car one day and went for a drive through Eastern Washington. High atop Red Mountain, they found what they were looking for. Brian revisits Avennia to reflect on the past decade, and what lies ahead for Liminal.

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August 28, 2019 47 min

One of the most respected families in Napa Valley continues to produce spectacular wines. But it's their work through wine, charitable giving, and a commitment to change how mental health issues are perceived, diagnosed and managed that have put the Staglin's center stage for a major announcement. Brian travels to their Rutherford estate to share their very personal story, and their tireless effort over the past 25 years.

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