The TallMikeWine Podcast

The TallMikeWine Podcast

It's a Wine Podcast, but NOT a Podcast all about wine...Meet Mike! He's tall, way into wine, and a former Disc Jockey. This podcast is his life rolled into one fun bundle of wine geekery, relatable conversation, many sips of wine AND laughter. Wine should be fun, right? This podcast tries to be fun. Based out of Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma, California. Yes, THAT country!


November 28, 2023 48 mins

More driving, more great wine (and food!) and fun chats with the local wine geeks of Paso Robles. You'll feel as though you are in the passenger's seat on this road trip.

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Wineries on this episode:
Nicora Winery, Hubba Wines, Torr...

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Mike packed up the microphones and headed south! His first visit to the exploding Paso Robles wine region. He talks to his fellow wine enthusiasts about the "Paso Scene" (also how to properly pronounce things), and tells you about the also very hot restaurant scene.

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Wineries visited: Tablas Creek...

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October 30, 2023 39 mins

Mike hits the road and heads east to Lodi California, not the *most* well known wine region, but there *is* lots of wine there. A chat with Eliza Hess from Lucas Winery about the 2023 vintage, what Lodi does best, how a farm girl from Illinois ended up out west and (wait for it) the TUBA! A few nice Lucas wines are tasted, too.

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October 9, 2023 45 mins

Mike learns of a new musical genre, Trop Rock! A sort of "beachy" country music (Jimmy Buffett is the bench mark), and Erica Sunshine Lee is one of the leading practitioners, touring 300 dates a year. Hear how this small-town Georgia girl became a sensation, and what type of wine she likes to drink in her down time. She is a WINE lover!

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September 28, 2023 22 mins

Lately Mike's been pondering a certain wine label from an Italian producer, Tolaini, and their Cabernet Sauvignon "Legit". Find out why, and hear how this wine came to be, from Lia Tolaini herself, who Zooms in from Tuscany. Also, what else has been in Mike's glass of late.

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August 31, 2023 49 mins

Zooming in from Mexico City, Javier de La Torre talks to Mike about his early life, in the world of banking, finance, consulting for power plants and oil companies, and a brief foray in the fitness industry. But eventually, upon reflection what he really wanted to do was cook for people, and drink delicious wine, so he created KÜA Kocina
Nómada. Then came podcasting! Javier hosts Vino Con Todo in Spanish, and the newly created ...

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August 9, 2023 46 mins

Rachel Coe joins Mike in the Vintner's Room at Nicholson Ranch. She's just returned from a trip to France to assist in the opening of Dominique Crenn's newest venture in Paris. Rachel runs the beverage programs for all Crenn Restaurant Group projects, which keeps her super busy....and she loves it! Rachel and Mike talk about her early years, tasting wines at the dinner table with her dad, heading off to Missouri for ...

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July 10, 2023 58 mins

Mike's pal, and host of the Red Fern Book Review Podcast, Amy Mair "zooms in" for a chat about books! Amy recommends some good summer reads, and talks about the genesis of her own podcast. Of course they also sip wine and talk about it, and discuss the similarities of critiquing books and wine.

Amy's Summer Book Picks:
Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
Age of Vice by Dee...

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June 6, 2023 27 mins

Mike's longtime friends Karin and Jeff Reed came down from Seattle for a visit. Tag along on a trip up the Napa Valley! They visit 3 wineries, all unique (Mike got to pet a horse at one of them), and taste through too many wines to count. There's also conversation with Podcast Guest #5 Hiro Sogi.

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Stops along the...

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May 25, 2023 43 mins

A standup comic and his wife walk into a winery.......NO, it's not a setup for a joke, it's a true story. Nathan Owens, rising star comedian from Atlanta visited the winery with his wife back in February. He and Mike hit it off immediately and found they BOTH host podcasts and enjoy laughter (giving and receiving). Now Nathan is ON the podcast, to talk about wine (boxed and non-boxed); being the "3rd funniest" m...

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The Big Boss at Nicholson Ranch is back for his 5th time on the podcast. Deepak talks to Mike about the BIG Project, replanting a large portion of the estate vineyard at the winery. Before that Mike explains where he's been the past few weeks! And what wines he's had in his glass of late. It's a fun peek behind the scenes. You can see pictures on Mike's Instagram - follow along! And as always if you need a quest...

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This episode really should be called "come for the mountains, stay for the wine" - for that is what happened to Sean Sullivan, the founder and editor of Northwest Wine Report. Visiting his brother in college near Seattle, Sean came under the spell of Mount Rainier and actually moved to Seattle from the east coast. He climbed the mountain! Then wine came along, and another spell was cast, and the rest (as they say) is...
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February 16, 2023 39 mins

The Wine Woman of Walla Walla Washington, Cara Almberg returns to the podcast for a chat about the Super Bowl, her NEW job - in the Oregon part of Walla Walla, Maui, Russell Crowe, hockey and more! Yes, it's really the Wine Podcast that's NOT "all about wine". Although they do sip a couple of delicious wines, and Mike describes (in detail) what a "corked" wine smells like.

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February 9, 2023 13 mins

Mike talks about his friend and co-worker JC who passed away recently, and plays clips from their July 2021 podcast conversation "JC Brings the Science"

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January 16, 2023 31 mins

In 2008 Jay Nunez watched a movie on a flight to Spain. The movie turned out to be Bottle Shock, and Jay's pivotal "ah ha" wine moment. Jay now owns his own small wine label, No Love Lost, based in Napa. But Jay makes wine from small family-owned vineyards all over the Bay Area. Hear the whole story, of Jay's upbringing in Florida with his Cuban immigrant parents, his first inspiring glimpse of Jimi Hendrix, and...

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Another year nears its end and Mike's feeling nostalgic for year-end countdowns of the past, with Casey Kasem. Hear a rare "unguarded moment" from the King of the Countdowns (NSFW) and then hear Mike count down the top wines he drank this year. Also, the "rest of the story" from the recent Washington vacation, wherein some ribs were fractured.

Comments? Questions? Send an email: tallmikewine@gmail...

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November 29, 2022 44 mins

We pick up right where part 1 left off! Mike tastes and tastes and tastes through another 3 days in Walla Walla, talking to everyone, and getting the scoop! More great stories of people moving their lives to experience the magic in the southeastern corner of the Evergreen State. Also, restaurants, and why it is that part of the Walla Walla region is in Oregon? Oh, and sadly Cara Almberg (the Wine Woman of Walla Walla Washington) wa...

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November 21, 2022 38 mins

Mike packed up the mic and went on vacation again to Walla Walla Washington. Lots of driving, then lots of wine, wine, and more wine. And conversation with the Winos of Walla Walla. It would seem people move there to pursue their Wine Dreams, and actually achieve them! You may decide to pack your bags after listening to this episode.
However if you just want to SEE what Mike's talking about, check out the Instagram! For fe...

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Fourteen years ago, Shelbi Herring started a wine importing company - buying wine from very small wineries in Argentina and selling them to restaurants, wine shops, etc. all over the San Francisco Bay Area. She was only 26! Now the business has grown to include more wine from more countries, a winery of it's own, and Copa Fina now sells wine all over California and Arizona. It's a great story of entrepreneurship, and a fu...

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October 25, 2022 50 mins

Mike's back in the Vintner's Room at Nicholson Ranch, chatting with Taylor Derenzo, who works in marketing at Saintsbury Winery just a few miles away. The two of them totally "geek out" on a couple of wines and also discuss the not uncommon path Taylor took to wine country from her upbringing in Massachusetts, Florida and Kentucky, the difference between "wine geeks" and "wine snobs" and they...

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