01 High Tech Problem Solver Changes to Blending Rhône Varietals at Wine Tree Winery in Amador County – Corinne Moore
Corinne Moore, winemaker and vineyard owner, Wine Tree Winery, specializes in Rhone varietals and blends located in Amador County on Highway 49 just North of Amador City, 30 miles South East of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills. She practices sustainable agriculture – using as few chemicals as possible. The winery is off-grid, with Solar panels, battery backup and a backup generator. The first release was a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre blend followed by a Syrah and a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre. In 2012, she introduced the Corinne label focusing on the Single Varietal/Single Vineyard wines—Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Corinne holds blending seminars the first Saturday of every month.
02 Presenting San Diego Based GrapeHops Wine, Beer and Food Adventures in Italy, Spain and Croatia – Shannon Essa
Shannon Essay, founder, wine, beer, and food tour guide at GrapeHops tour is passionate about travel. Current trip opportunities include Croatia and Piedmont. Working in the wine business for over two decades, owning a catering company, and being a co-owner of a restaurant are just a few of the wine and food experiences she brings to the table. Shannon is the co-author, with Ruth Edenbaum, of “Chow Venice, A Guide to Eating and Drinking in La Serenissma.” She adores Europe: the food, the culture, the people, and most definitely the wine. When not in Europe, Shannon spends her time in and around Santa Barbara and San Diego, California, where she writes for “Edible Santa Barbara” magazine.
03 Annual Wine Shipping Report from ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Focuses on Direct Winery Shipments – Jeff Carroll and Jim Gordon
Growing at a rate far exceeding the overall growth of the American wine retail sector, winery-to-consumer direct shipments of wine grew to $1.57 Billion dollars in 2013 according to a report prepared by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines. The new report, based on millions of transactions from calendar year 2013, also detected the first reduction in average price per bottle of wine shipped since the channel was first tracked in 2010. “Working with Wines & Vines we are able to provide an extraordinarily vivid picture of the fastest growing wine sales channel today,” said ShipCompliant Vice President Jeff Carroll. Jim Gordon is Editor of “Wines and Vines.”
04 In Tosca’s Next Act, Wines Take a Bow: A Critical Look – Alan Goldfarb
Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. We talk about his recent column dedicated to San Francisco icon Tosca Café under new ownership with a wine list 85% dedicated to Old World wines, with focus on Italy, curated by Biondivino wine shop owner Ceri Smith and Bonny Doon Winery founder, winemaker, terroirist Randall Grahm.