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Guest The Drunken Cyclist: I have been a wine lover for some time now, but I try not to take it all that seriously. I am also a Cat 3 cyclist, a husband, and a father of two great (most of the time) boys. I love to combine all my passions when I vacation, especially when I am going to my in-laws. Since they live close to Napa and Sonoma I can go there and get loaded as well as ride my bike in glorious California. Please visit www.thedrunkencyclist.com
Guest Georges DAOU: With a head for business and a heart full of passion for life, Georges DAOU oversees the marketing and branding of DAOU Vineyards, keeping his sharp eyes on the direction of the winery and the steady growth of the family’s beloved vineyards. As children, Georges and his brother day-dreamed of a bucolic American ideal, replete with roaming cattle, ripening grapes and a thriving family culture. Please Visit www.DaouVineyards.com
“Love is the most powerful emotion in Life and we hope to enhance it when you visit us at DAOU Mountain. In the end, our story and message is in the bottle” – Georges Daou
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The Drunken Cyclist: I have been a wine lover for some time now, but I try not to take it all that seriously. I am also a Cat 3 cyclist, a husband, and a father of two great (most of the time) boys. I love to combine all my passions when I vacation, especially when I am going to my in-laws. Since they live close to Napa and Sonoma I can go there and get loaded as well as ride my bike in glorious California. Please visit www.thedrunkencyclist.com
Sonoma Wineries the Drunken Cyclist feels you should visit…
Flowers: Stunning property out on the Sonoma Coast. Make some spectacular chardonnays and pinot noirs. Certainly a trip to get out (and up) there, but worth going in my opinion. Need to call ahead and make a reservation.
Freeman: A newish winery just outside of Sebastopol. A beautiful winery and setting. Eric (and Ed) are really making some incredible wines. The winery is beautiful and Eric is an incredibly nice guy.
Hirsch: David Hirsch is one of the pioneers in the ‘true’ Sonoma Coast. Started the vineyard back in 1980 and sold off the fruit. Started making their own wine with the 2002 vintage. About three miles or so as the crow flies from Flowers, but it takes at least 45 minutes to drive it. An unassuming place, but Jasmine Hirsch is incredible and the wine is legendary.
Littorai: Another legend in Sonoma pinot circles is Ted Lemon of Littorai. Make both pinot and chardonnay and both are fantastic. Farms bio-dynamically and has a great tour and explanation of what bio-dynamics entails. If you visit (and you should) be ready to spend a good hour.
Siduri: One of my favorite producers. Great pinot, but also syrah and some whites. Fun tasting atmosphere even though Adam is a huge Cowboys fan.
Skewis: Top notch pinot. Hank and Maggie are the nicest people you will ever want to meet. I have not been to their new tasting room, but will get there this Spring. I’m sure it’s great, but I think I will miss the rusticity of the old ‘ghetto’.
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Keith and Kimberly welcome Georges Daou to the show this coming Saturday
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In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles’ acclaimed west side, not far from William Randolph Hearst’s magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world.
Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. Hawks wheel and bank while the all-day sun caresses close planted rows of lush, emerald green vines. The 100 percent calcareous soil makes no sound as it parses out nourishment and only a gentle breeze flows up through the Templeton Gap from the Pacific Ocean. The quiet is bewitching; you want to lay down roots here, just as the seven-year-old vines have done. But the sense of peace belies the serious industry at work on this 212 acre estate. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery.
This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. You’re more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California. Coupled with the infectious passion and gracious, family style hospitality of the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel, the result is pure magic. The kind of magic that comes in a bottle.
Chris Phelps is our Guest today. Enjoy the Full Show !!
The Wines we are Tasting Today… (Wine Life Radio: Purchase all of these Wines)
When Chris joined the Swanson Vineyards team in April 2003, it was an ideal partnership for both winery and winemaker. The Swanson family’s passion for innovation and history of consistently producing French-style wine from its Oakville vineyards posed an irresistible draw.
“Merlot was a big reason to move to Swanson, bringing me back to my Bordeaux roots,” Chris explains. “Merlot is the biggest red variety in Bordeaux, and in all of France. It is a winemaker’s grape, with natural acidity, lots of tannin, but the gentle kind that makes drinking red wines pleasurable.”
Since then, Chris has contributed a fresh, cutting-edge perspective to all phases of winemaking, from pre-harvest through blending and bottling. His style can be summarized as minimalist, in respect of excellent grapes. “If the fruit is picked when it is physiologically ripe and balanced, intervention through winemaking techniques is minimized,” Chris says. “My job as a winemaker is to form an honest interpretation of what a specific vineyard site in a specific vineyard is trying to tell me.”
Chris is a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group. He lives in St. Helena with his wife, Maria, and their four children, with whom he shares a love of swimming and backpacking. An assistant scoutmaster, he also leads his local Boy Scout troop on expeditions. Read more at www.SwansonVineyards.com
Keith and Kimberly welcome back Winemaker Chris Phelps to the show today.
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Swanson Vineyards 2009 Face Cabernet Classic Napa Valley Cabernet at its very best, this wine is a profound wine with many layers of depth. Although it drinks quite nicely now, it will continue to age gracefully through at least 2028.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The dominant aromas are intense ripe black cherry,cassis and sweet French oak. In the mouth, the entry is sweet and supple,withhintsofcreamycassis, vanilla and roasted espresso. The wine is full-bodied, with intricate complexity and very ripe,
powerful tannins, while still showing the grace, finesse and long finish we expect from our FACE Cabernets. The 2009 FACE can be cellared and enjoyed through at least 2028.
by Kimberly Faye
This past week we wrote exam level essays that count toward our final grade. We will repeat that process when we do our final exam which will include a 100-point multiple choice test, 4 essays and 9 blind tastings – all timed. This is only the beginning for those who are truly passionate about furthering their knowledge and career potential as a Sommelier.
Essay writing is an important component of the International Sommelier Guild qualification for certificate achievement and if you have an any inkling that you may want to proceed to diploma level and then pursue the Quarter Master Sommelier or seek to achieve the highest and most prestigious award in the industry: Master of Wine Diploma, then grab your paper and pen because you have some writing to do. To even be considered for the Master of Wine (by invitation only) you must submit an essay describing your achievements along with your current Sommelier knowledge.
Writing is an art form that comes easier for some than others. I happen to pride myself as being a wordsmith and in fact am quite convinced that words are my love language. I subscribe to the word-of-the-day through dictionary.com because it also pronounces each word along with the definition and offers quotes of the word in the context of a sentence. Even so, I grapple with my words, especially conjunctions, because I believe they set the tone for a positive or negative response.
If writing is your strong-suite then you will find essay writing on your Sommelier journey to be rewarding. As an author (see memoirofabrokenbrain.com) Pays Nantais & Chablis Essay and blog writer, I will honestly confess that while I love writing, I found the essay’s to be challenging. For every essay that I turned in, I wrote and rewrote that essay at least five times. From my own experience, I highly recommend following your instructors homework guidelines and write as many essays as you can prior to taking the exam. “Essay sections on the ISG’s Level II and Diploma exams are important measures of a student’s understanding of the topics covered in class.” (International Sommelier Guild https://www.internationalsommelier.com/courses/wine_fundamentals_2 ).
According to Cognitive Science, writing helps to improve your memory through what is called, Elaborative Encoding ( http://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/68/does-writing-somethingdown-help-memorize-it ). I am convinced that writing the essays also helps the instructor gauge the comprehension level of his students and make adjustments accordingly. While the instructor’s primary purpose is to educate the students on Wine Fundamentals from the textbook, his ability to size up the room is an important element of the success of the class. Our instructor, Thomas Allen, has done an excellent job of developing a cohesive group of students who achieve the ultimate goal of why we spent our hard-earned money on this class: To receive L2 Sommelier Certification. BTW, I’m not being paid to plug ISG or Mr. Allen. I write this blog for all the fledgling Sommelier’s of this world and those who are considering their options to achieve wine knowledge certification.
In conclusion of today’s blog I am attaching one of my essays that I achieved a 10/10 score.
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