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Northwest Wine Radio

Wine Should be Fun! Northwest Wine Radio is a weekly, hour-long show broadcast on radio stations across the Pacific Northwest. Not your typical wine show, Northwest Wine Radio features interviews with the winemakers, brewers, distillers, and cider makers to get the fun stories behind the bottle. No technical talking here; we're sharing real stories about the real people in the industry. Grab a glass of your favorite and tune in for fun stories, food pairing suggestions, news about upcoming events...all without the attitude! Host Brian Calvert and his team present a different kind of wine show: Light, fun, informal, yet informative and relevant to anyone who drinks local and supports local producers. Again, this show celebrates an entire industry of producers who make fantastic products right here in our own backyard. More information: NorthwestWineRadio.com
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Jun 17, 2019

(2019) It's time to party!

We begin this week's show by taking a moment to celebrate our 250th episode.  A big thank you to all our sponsors who make this possible, and a special thanks to YOU for listening to the show.  We have 6 seasons under our belt, and are preparing for our 7th and BIGGEST season yet!

On this episode, we head out to Bainbridge Island to check out the "island wine scene," and share the story behind Fletcher Bay Winery.  We also spend some time in the Willamette Valley getting to know the people and the process behind Wildcraft Cider Works.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

 

Jun 10, 2019

(2019) Drinking delicious craft brew is one thing; making it yourself is something completely different.

That's what our new friends at Single Hill Brewing of Yakima are discovering.  Yet as they brew, they're do some new and different things themselves that you'll enjoy hearing about.  We also learning the story behind Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery in Eugene, then we're off to meet the cider makers at Spire Mountain Ciders.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Jun 3, 2019

(2019) So, a police officer and a crime reporter walk into the same crime scene.  And after a few dates fall in love.  What's Next?

Wine!

This week, we take you to the home of Guardian Cellars and Newsprint Wines to meet the couple behind these Woodinville labels.  You have the right to remain thirsty!  Next, our friend Eric Radovich from the Washington Beer Commission stops by with the results of the first-ever look at craft beers economic impact.  Your mind will be blown by the number of brewers now calling the Northwest home!  And we'll also visit with a distiller who's banking it all on absinthe!  You'll really enjoy the story of Pacific Distillery.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

May 27, 2019

(2019) One of the Northwest's most beautiful areas has become one of the region's newest AVAs.

This week, we take you to Elkton, home of River's Edge Winery, where we hear their tory and better understand the difference a little coastal influence can make!  Then, we're off to Bend for a look behind the scenes at Oregon Spirit Distillers.  And if you enjoy pairing wine with food, you'll enjoy our conversation with the people at the Inn at Port Ludlow, where they plan every meal around a delicious local wine.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

May 20, 2019

(2019)  When Rapunzel lets her hair down from this high tower, someone usually climbs up with a great glass of wine!

This week we meet the people behind Hightower Cellars of Red Mountain, and learn the story behind their success.  Then, we're off to Mount Vernon, where the historic Skagit River Brewery is under new ownership, and making some new brew!  Our tour then takes us to Snoqualmie with a visit to Mount Si Winery for the fun story behind this deliciously small operation

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

 

May 13, 2019

(2019)  They've been a family power in Spanish wine for over a century, and now they've picked the Pacific Northwest as their new home.

This week, we get acquainted with the Spaniard and the French winemaker who have set-up shop in Walla Walla at Valdemar Estates.  We also take a road trip to the beautiful Skagit Valley to learn the story behind Valley Shine Distillery.  And, we visit with the couple behind Season Cellars of Roseburg, and get a better feel for all the delicious varietals being produced in the Umpqua River Valley. 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

May 6, 2019

(2019)  So, you don't fit-in perfectly.  Don't worry about it: It's perfectly fine to be a little odd.

That's what we discovered on a recent visit to British Columbia, home of Odd Society Spirits.  The Vancouver distillery was built in a former motorcycle shop, and their products will take you on quite a ride!  We also learn the story behind Ancestry Cellars on beautiful Lake Chelan, and meet the man behind Chateau Noelle Winery, a unique wine-slash-future BNB in the Snoqualmie Valley.  

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Apr 29, 2019

(2019)  It's one thing to produce some really good wine in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  These people also make their own cheese, meats, and the homemade crackers are to die for!

We're on the road this week to Oregon's Applegate Valley, where we meet the couple behind Wooldridge Creek Winery and Wooldridge Creek VinFarm.  These two do it all, offering a fantastic experience in a gorgeous setting.  Then, we drive north of the border to sample the unique offerings of Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia.  If you've ever had trouble with names, you'll certainly appreciate their story!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Apr 15, 2019

(2019)  His Canadian up-bringing exposed him to wine, but Washington is where he's perfected his craft.

On this week's show, we meet the people behind Cadaretta Winery and Southwind Vineyard on Walla Walla.  There's a great story behind the name on the label, as well as what goes into the bottle!  Then we're off on a field trip to historic Granville Island in Vancouver B.C., the home of The Liberty Distillery.  It's our first experience inside a distillery where they're allowed to serve cocktails.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Apr 8, 2019

(2019)  We definitely have some wine to talk about this week, but we also have some delicious beer that requires a little "island hopping."

On a recent trip to Kauai, host Brian Calvert and "Director Drew" met the crew from Kauai Beer Company and learned more about the craft beer scene on the small Hawaiian island.  But before we escape to paradise, it's time to go to wine school, as we check out the program at College Cellars in Walla Walla.  This program is producing some really great winemakers!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Apr 1, 2019

(2019) When he first arrived on the scene, Woodinville was home to a handful of wineries, and there were about 100 total in Washington.

Over the past three decades, his presence in the industry has grown right alongside the industry itself.  On this episode, we meet the winemaker and learn more of the story behind Patterson Cellars.  We also catch-up with a winemaker who's balaning his love for making wine, with his passion for opening a bed and breakfast.  There are good things ahead for Fivash Cellars.  Then, we head out to the Kitsap Penninsula and check out the cider production happening at Finn River Farms and Cidery.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Mar 25, 2019

(2019)  How many hats do you wear?  As we've come to know, winemakers wear several hats.  And at this place, they take their wine...and their hats...seriously.

On this episode, we learn the story behind Nine Hats Wines of Seattle.  This is a family operation, but the story is more like the Prodigal Son who goes away, only to eventually find his way back.  We also visit the Newberg area of Oregon to learn the story behind Utopia Vineyard, a certified sustainable operation run by a guy who's first career was in the Silicon Valley.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Mar 18, 2019

(2019)  Make sure you're ready to celebrate all things Irish as you listen to this week's show, but don't worry, we've already kissed the Blarney Stone for you!

On a recent trip to Ireland, host Brian Calvert and "Director Drew" met the crew from Killarney Brewing Company and learned more about the craft beer scene overseas.  We saved this story to share on Saint Patrick's Day, as you'll love the Irish accents telling this story!  We'll also meet the local winemakers making a go of things in Duvall, Washington, where they're currently the only winery in town.  You'll love meeting the couple behind Cherry Valley Wines.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Mar 11, 2019

(2019)  Southern Oregon is booming when it comes to vineyards.  There's so much activity, it's spreading towards the coast...which is where we find this week's guests.

On this episode, we take you to where the Umpqua River Valley meets the Oregon Coastal Range for the story behind Brandborg Vineyards & Winery.  It's the tale of a winemaker who's blazed quite a trail through this country, finally landing in Elkton where he's built a renowned facility.  Then, we're off to Newberg to the home of Nicolas-Jay wines for the story of how a lady and two gentlemen have staked their own claim in the Willamette Valley.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Mar 4, 2019

(2019)  Every now and then we take you some place unexpected for a real treat, and this week's show is definitely in this category. 

Last month, we visited the Hawaiian Island of Kauai for the first time, and got a chance to meet a local producer who makes something a little different.  What do you know about mead?  On this episode, we meet the islanders behind Nani Moon Meadery, where we learn mead isn't as sweet as you might expect. 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Feb 25, 2019

(2019)  What do you get when you take a couple of lawyers and give them some wine grapes?

No joke: A historic operation.

On this episode, we take you deep inside Barrister Winery in Spokane, and share the story of how two local attorneys channeled their love for wine into this unique operation inside a historic location.  We also catch-up with families behind Pearl and Stone Wine Company of North Bend, then we go out for a beer in Bend and learn the history of Cascade Lakes Brewing.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Feb 11, 2019

(2019)  What happens when you buy a wine operation with a stellar reputation and set your sights on the future?

Then what happens when you buy a SECOND winery?

We get a chance to meet the new owners of some long time wine operations, and hear the story of what's next for these two Woodinville stalwarts under the new Tinte Cellars label. Then, we head out to the Snoqualmie Valley to find out more about the region's newest group of wineries, and how they're marketing a unique experience.  The episode ends with a visit to central Oregon, where a cider favorite has been forced to change its name from Atlas to Avid Cider.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Feb 4, 2019

(2019)  In some parts of the Pacific Northwest, its just not very easy to grow wine grapes.  Specifically, western Washington just isn't the place you find a lot of vineyards.

Until you look very closely.

This week, we feature to story of Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery of La Conner, Washington.  We find out how a couple found a way to live and make wine close to home!  Then we travel to the most eastern part of Washington to meet some brewers who have really gone to the dogs.  There's plenty of evidence when you hear the names of some of the beers at English Setter Brewery in Spokane Valley.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Jan 28, 2019

(2019)  Their plan was to plant a region-renowned vineyard, and make a life together producing wine.

Then life changed.

This week, we feature to story of Triple Oak Vineyard of Oakland, Oregon, and the circumstances that left a widow to fulfill the dreams of her late husband.  It's an inspiring story that has an ending you'll raise a glass to!  Then, we're off Walla Walla, where we meet the rock star behind Eternal Wines and the Drink Washington State label.  Just the stories behind the names are fascinating.  Wait until you hear how and why he makes the wine!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Jan 21, 2019

(2019)  Did you have any idea there was a matchmaking service for wine grapes?  We met one on today's show!

The mother-daughter team at Kendall Farms used to grow wine grapes and make wine.  They still do today, but the focus on the business is to make sure no Northwest grape goes to waste.  Then we head to Oregon's Willamette Valley to meet the man behind William Rose Wines.  You'll love his accent, and his quest to help other budding winemakers through something called Oregon Wine Lab.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Jan 14, 2019

(2019)  One of Oregon's prized valleys for wine has a new AVA...because the grapes are definitely different there.

The man who began Rivers Edge Winery in Elkton stops by to share his winery's story, as well as what made his region of wine country deserve it's own distinction.  Then we're off to central Oregon to meet a bartender who had tasted plenty of good spirits, then decided to make his own.  It's really fun learning about Oregon Spirits Distillery in Bend, and their line-up of unique products.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Jan 7, 2019

(2019)  We begin the new year by taking a trip to a local island to discover some really delicious wine!

The people behind Fletcher Bay Winery on Bainbridge Island stop by to talk about how they do what they do...as well as the others now making wine on the popular Washington island.   Then we head south to Oregon's Willamette Valley to learn the story behind Wildcraft Cider Works.  This popular operation in Eugene does some really interesting things with fruit!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Dec 17, 2018

(2018)  Sometimes, the person in charge of writing "titles" for the show gets a little too creative.  However, it IS true this episode features both cephalopods and train stations.

First, we sit down with one of Washington's female winemakers to get the story behind her two labels:  Cote Bonneville and Train Station.  Both are based in the Yakima Valley.  Then, we're back to Seattle for the fascinating story behind Mollusk Brewing.  They do things a little differently there!  We finally round things out in Idaho to meet the family that runs Fujitsun Cellars.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Dec 10, 2018

(2018)  Who are we kidding?  There's no place like Bend, Oregon. But as you're about to find out, just because the name says "Bend" doesn't mean that's the entire story.

This becomes much more clear as we sit down with the people behind Bend Distillery and learn more about their line of fine spirits AND that it wasn't named after the city.  Before we take you down this snowy road, we'll learn the story of Milbrandt Vineyards in Washington's Yakima Valley.  They have something special in the middle of all those Yakima hops!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

Dec 3, 2018

(2018)  Maybe you're reading the title of this week's show and thinking "what?"  Well, we were just trying to be clever with the names of our guests.

First, we sit down with the people behind Eugene's Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery, and learn how this operation out in the country has become a major player in Willamette Valley wine.  Next, we head east over the Cascades to Bend to hear the story of Monkless Belgian Ales.  The guy behind this operation had made beer for friends for years.  One day, someone challenged him to "go pro," and he hasn't looked back since!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions, Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week," and the "Wine Moms" will have a wine recommendation.

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