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Episode 14 – Dr. Paulo Lopes – Myths and Truths of Cork

In Episode 14, we sit down with Dr. Paulo Lopes, a Portugues scientist and one the foremost experts on cork closures. We explore his journey from being a forest engineer to studying with some of the most influential wine minds at the University of Bordeaux, leading to his Masters and Ph.D. He has conducted some groundbreaking research that has dispelled some of the myths and long-held beliefs of the role of corks in the aging of wine.

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Episode 13 – Dan Dawson, Recovering Wine Shop Owner

In episode 13 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine we speak to recovering wine shop owner, founder of Dawson Wine Advisors, and Napa native Dan Dawson. Dan’s story starts with waiting tables, traveling to the midwest to sell Vouvray, to becoming the French Laundry’s first sommelier, and founding Napa’s most respected wine shops, and ultimately abandoning retail to stake his claim in the digital wine recommendation space. 

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Episode 11 – Cathy Corison, Winemaker

Cathy Corison is the owner of Corison Winery in St. Helena, California. An alum of Freemark Abbey, Robert Sinskey, and Chappellet, she’s made wine under her eponymous label since 1987. Critic Eric Asimov of the NYT has written, “Corison is one of the greatest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley today,” and she’s been named a “Winemaker of the Year” by San Francisco Chronicle. She talks to us about what it was like being one of the first female winemakers in Napa in the late 1970s, and her impressions of how the industry has evolved in the last 40 years.

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Episode 10 – Stu Smith, Winemaker

In Episode 10 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Winery. Stu is a winemaker, a man of science and a passionate skeptic on many topics in the wine business. We cover a wide range of issues from biodynamics, Napa’s Controversial measure C, why he thinks its stupid to try and make a 100 point wine, what it was like in Napa Valley in the early days for the 2nd boom as well as his thoughts on what the future holds for Napa Valley.

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Episode 8 – Mary Margaret McCamic MW

In Episode 8 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Mary Margaret McCamic one of only 45 Masters of Wine residing in the United States, of whom just 16 are women. She discusses her journey to becoming one of the wine world’s top experts, shares her tips on passing the most challenging wine exam on the planet and what its like to win both the Bollinger Medal for outstanding tasting ability and the Overall Achievement Award for being the top student in her graduating Master of Wine class.

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Episode 7 – Angela Maculan

In Episode 7 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Angela Maculan the globe trotting ambassador for her family estate in the Breganze DOC of northern Italy. Angela shares with us what it’s like to be a woman in the male dominated wine business and about her family’s rich history and how they transform the ancient indigenous Vespaiola grape variety into some of the most revered sweet wines in Italy.

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Episode 6 – Master of Wine vs Master Sommelier

In Episode 6 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we explore the differences between the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier certification programs. We speak to Peter Marks, Master of Wine and Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier two of the most influential masters in their respective certifications. If you have ever wondered what the differences are in two top wine credentials, you will not want to miss this episode.

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Episode 5 – Rob McMillan’s Story

In Episode 5 of our ongoing podcast series, we speak to Rob McMillan an award-winning percussionist, once aspiring oceanographer, and business major, and one of the most influential bankers in the wine business who authors one of the most anticipated annual reports on the state of the wine business. Rob is the EVP & FOUNDER Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the Division from the idea and start-up phase, to the point where it’s now regarded as the leading and most connected provider of financial services to the US fine wine business.

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A Podcast interview with Richard Mendelson

In Episode 1 we interview Richard Mendelson about his role in helping establish some Napa Valley’s 16 AVA (American Viticultural Areas) and his book “Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” Richard shares his personal stories about all of the intrigue, hard won battles, and how he helped craft one of the world’s Premier wine regions.

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Episode 1 – Interview with Richard Mendelson

In Episode 1 we interview Richard Mendelson about his role in helping establish some Napa Valley’s 16 AVA (American Viticultural Areas) and his book “Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” Richard shares his personal stories about all of the intrigue, hard won battles, and how he helped craft one of the world’s Premier wine regions.

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