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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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Mar 30, 2020

(2020)  As our world is turned upside-down from a pandemic, we know that all businesses and industries are impacted.  Northwest producers want you to now that they're STILL producing AND you can still get their products.

Our guests on the show this week include Steve Warner with the Washington Wine Commission, as we talk about what local wine, beer, and spirits makers are facing, and their plans for surviving Covid-19.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our features "Wine and Booze in the News" and the "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 be sure to listen for the "Wine Moms" as they make a recommendation while the kids play in the background.

Mar 23, 2020

(2020)  He came from Italy, stopped in Canada, and settled in Oregon's Dundee Hills.  And every life experience culminates in the wine now being produced by Furioso Vineyards of Dundee.

Our guests on the show this week also include something different from the Yakima Valley family behind Wilridge Winery and Distillery.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our features "Wine and Booze in the News" and the "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 be sure to listen for the "Wine Moms" as they make a recommendation while the kids play in the background.

 

Mar 16, 2020

(2020)  We hear the term "organic" being used for a lot of things, but what exactly does it mean when it comes to wine?  We'll explore that, and the difference of going "bio dynamic" when we talk with our guests from Montinore Estate Vineyard of Forest Grove.

Our guests on the show this week also include the family behind one of Idaho's wineries, Telaya Wines, located next door to Boise in Garden City.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our features "Wine and Booze in the News" and the "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 be sure to listen for the "Wine Moms" as they make a recommendation while the kids play in the background.

Mar 9, 2020

(2020)  Their wine operation is in the middle of a tiny ghost town.  Too bad they're not making spirits!  But seriously folks, the work being done in this special AVA is making for some delicious wine being produced by White Heron Cellars of Quincy.

Our guests on the show this week also include the guys behind one of Seattle's newest beer operations, Jellyfish Brewing, located in the city's Georgetown neighborhood.

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our features "Wine and Booze in the News" and the "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 be sure to listen for the "Wine Moms" as they make a recommendation while the kids play in the background.

Mar 2, 2020

(2020)  It's a pledge and a mission for these Washington winemakers: This is the fruit of our workers.  The story of Martinez and Martinez Wines of Prosser will inspire you, from the humble beginnings of being a fruit grower, to the wine making operation in play today.

Our guests on the show this week also include the guys behind Seattle's Locus Wines, located in the city's oldest neighborhood.  

Join host Brian Calvert for all this, plus our features "Wine and Booze in the News" and the "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 be sure to listen for the "Wine Moms" as they make a recommendation while the kids play in the background.

Feb 24, 2020

(2020)  It's one of the most popular wedding destinations in this part of Oregon.  Why, you ask?  It could be the mansion, or perhaps the Malbec.

Our guests this week share the stories behind EdenVale Winery of Medford, and Elk Horn Brewery of Eugene.  And, the Wine Moms even make an appearance...complete with kids in tow...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."

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.

 

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