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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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Feb 10, 2020

(2020)  What began as an ancient pile of fractured basalt in the Dundee Hills back in 1989, has become a very delicious family operation in the years since!

Our guests this week share the stories behind Anderson Family Vineyard of Dundee, and Caprio Cellars of Walla Walla. 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine and Booze in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Feb 3, 2020

(2020)  Winery names can be inspired by several different things.  One of our guests this week was inspired to name his winery after a couple of visitors often seen flying overhead.

Our guests this week share the stories behind 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery of Medford, and Wildcraft Cider of the Willamette Valley.  And, the Wine Moms even make an appearance to make another wine recommendation.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine and Booze in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Jan 20, 2020

(2020)  Years ago, they picked a spot based on it's distance from major cities.  Today, this operation is so large, they're expanding again!

Our guests this week share the stories behind Maryhill Winery of Goldendale, and Sno Road Winery of Echo.  And, the Wine Moms stop by to make another wine recommendation...as the kids have a great time in the background, lol!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Jan 13, 2020

(2020)  In our first new show of the new year, we take you to one of the big operations in the Walla Walla Valley for a really fun wine story.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Woodward Canyon of Walla Walla, and Beardslee Public House of Bothell --- a unique place for food and TWO different types of adult beverages! 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Dec 23, 2019

(2019)  We have some variety on the show this week, with two very different wine making styles for you to hear about!

Our guests this week share the stories behind Prospice Wines of Walla Walla, and Moffett Vineyards of Sherwood, Oregon.  And, the Wine Moms stop by to make another wine recommendation.  Let's hope the kids play quietly in the background this time!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Dec 16, 2019

(2019)  When everything you make sparkles, you're truly the life of the party!  Even when those sparkles come naturally, like they do with winery we're spotlighting this week.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Treveri Cellars of Wapato, Washington, as well as the two brandy-making friends behind DW Distilling of Walla Walla. 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Dec 9, 2019

(2019)  It's been known as one of the larger fruit producers of southern Oregon, and that fruit was mostly in the orchards until a few decades ago.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Del Rio Vineyards of Gold Hill near Medford, Oregon, and Cramoisi Vineyard of Dundee Hills.  And, we explore the most popular cocktails state-by-state.  Can you guess Washington's or Oregon's favorite mixed drink?

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Nov 25, 2019

(2019)  Three friends come together; full of talent, ideas, and the passion to create exceptional wines.  They did it, and then some!

Our guests this week share the stories behind WIT Cellars of Prosser, and AVID Cider of Bend.  And, the Wine Moms stop by to make another wine recommendation.  Let's hope the kids play quietly in the background this time!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Nov 18, 2019

(2019)  He was one of the first craft brewers in the Northwest, and these days, he's an ambassador of the product.  Allen Rhoads of the Washington Beer Commission even teaches a college class! 

Our guests this week share the stories behind Anacortes Brewing of Anacortes, Chipmonkey Wines of Seattle, and Three Rivers Winery of Walla Walla.  And, the Wine Moms stop by to make another wine recommendation.  Let's hope the kids play quietly in the background this time!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Nov 11, 2019

(2019)  Sometimes, the name says it all.  That's definitely the case for a wine making operation out of southeastern Washington, where the name suggests a tie to a noble profession of yesteryear.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Forgeron Cellars of Walla Walla, and Cowhorn Wines of Jacksonville, Oregon.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine & Booze in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

Nov 4, 2019

(2019)  Everybody in the area said it couldn't be done, which is likely why this duo put their science to the taste, and ended up proving everyone wrong!

Our guests this week share the stories behind Native Flora Wines of Dundee, and Meriwether Cider Company of Garden City, Idaho.  And, the Wine Moms stop by to make another wine recommendation.  Let's hope the kids play quietly in the background this time!

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

And remember, after you listen to the show, be sure to check out our other fun programming:

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WATCH Northwest Game Night  LISTEN TO The Joy Unicorns Show

WATCH Northwest Bar Night    WATCH Northwest Wine Night

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Oct 28, 2019

(2019)  And now it's time for something different, yet delicious.   We take this week's show on the road...and up in the air...in order to share the story of saki's tastier cousin.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Hawaiian Shoku Company of Oahu, Canvasback Wines of Walla Walla, and Barrister Cellars of Spokane. 

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

And remember, after you listen to the show, be sure to check out our other fun programming:

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WATCH Northwest Game Night  LISTEN TO The Joy Unicorns Show

WATCH Northwest Bar Night    WATCH Northwest Wine Night

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Oct 21, 2019

(2019)  The name has been associated with Washington's Woodinville Wine Country for decades.  Now we get the story behind this wine-making dynasty.

Our guests this week share the stories behind Delille Cellars of Woodinville and Burke Gilman Brewing Company of Seattle.  And, they're back!  The "Wine Moms" will stop by, crying babies and all, to talk about the new favorite bottle of wine.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

 

Oct 14, 2019

(2019)  Delicious wine, race horses, and a blind date gone GREAT!  That's a heck of a headline for this show, right?

Our guests this week share the stories behind Fortuity Cellars of Yakima and Love That Red Winery of Woodinville.  And, they're back!  The "Wine Moms" will stop by, crying babies and all, to talk about the new favorite bottle of wine.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our new features "Wine in the News" and "Grapevine," a listing for Northwest events featuring wine and beer.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery stops by to answer our wine questions in his segment "Ask Bob," and Justin Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company mixes-up our "Drink of the Week."

And remember, after you listen to the show, be sure to check out our other fun programming:

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WATCH Northwest Game Night  LISTEN TO The Joy Unicorns Show

WATCH Northwest Bar Night    WATCH Northwest Wine Night

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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.

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