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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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May 21, 2018

(2018) Maybe you're interested in brewing your own beer, but don't have the resources or desire to do it all yourself?  Boy, do we have a flying bike for you!

They guys behind Flying Bike Coop Brewery stop by to share their story of helping everyone make good beer.  You can be as involved as you want at this brewery, where your ideas are welcome, and the most popular beers end up on tap.   We also get a chance to visit with the winemaker behind Oregon's Dion Vineyard, and a sneak peak at a summer wine event you wont want to miss in Sherwood!

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."  The "Wine Moms" will make a recommendation, and Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

May 14, 2018

(2018) Talk about a booming industry!  Sure, we're adding more wineries and breweries by the year, but at the core of all this growth is cider!  We have a conversation with the Northwest Cider Association about how it's members are keeping up with increased demand.

This week, we also meet the women of Orlison Brewery, and get a little more insight into the changing of the guard at Betz Family 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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

May 7, 2018

(2018) Down by the station, early in the morning, see the little wine bottles all in a row!  This week, we share the story of Cote Bonneville and Train Station Wines, an operation in the Yakima Valley that's housed in a beautifully refurbished train station.

Then, we head down the road to Richland and meet the winemaker at Pacific Rim Wine, where this Frenchman celebrates Riesling...and ends up converting several people into Riesling lovers! 

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Apr 30, 2018

(2018) You're on an island, in the middle of Puget Sound.  Besides living at a different pace, we meet the family WORKING at a different pace.  We share the story behind Seattle Distilling Company, putting Vashon Island on the spirits map.

Then we're off to Newberg, Oregon to meet half of the namesake behind Nicolas Jay Wines.  It's a winery built on a friendship between a member of the music industry, and a winemaker from Burgundy.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Apr 16, 2018

(2018) He hails from a family of winemakers; Dad made wine in France, Mom made wine in Argentina.  We meet the winemaker behind Oregon's Sylvan Ridge Winery and Elizabeth Chambers Cellars, and learn how the family tree is influencing his Willamette Family creations.

In our Brewers Corner, we meet the women of Stoup Brewing, and learn their influence not only over the beer, but of the atmosphere of their unique taproom.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Apr 9, 2018

(2018)  This week we get "all up in your business" with a little heat!  It's not everyday we come across a winemaker infusing jalapenos into their bottles.  There's a really fascinating story behind Potter Wines of Garden City, including where this idea came from!

We also meet a wine operation where they take the extra from other winemakers, and create something unique!  You'll enjoy the story behind Eye of The Needle Winery of Woodinville, and why Brian referred to them as the Grocery Outlet of wineries...in a very good way.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Apr 2, 2018

(2018)  We mark the 200th episode of the show by inviting some old friends to join us!  Our partner in Northwest Wine Radio is doing something no Northwest distiller has done before:  Offer you a chance to become part owner.  This week, we learn more about the private offering at Heritage Distilling Company.

Then we welcome back the winemaker at Convergence Zone Cellars, who joined us for the very first show we did.  A lot has changed for this operation!  In our Brewers Corner,  we get to know the family behind Foggy Noggin Brewing, an operation that literally is headquartered in the family's garage.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 26, 2018

(2018)  First there was Duck Pond, then came Desert Wind Winery.  We meet the Fries family, the force behind two well-known names in Northwest wine.  And each label highlights the best of the state in which it calls home.

Then we have a good conversation with the family behind Fremont Mischief distillery in Seattle.  It's fun to hear the story of the operation, but REALLY fun when our friend, winemaker John Bieglow of JM Cellars stops in, and the winemaker asks the distiller some good questions.  There might even be a deal brokered right on our show!

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 19, 2018

(2018)  While the name sure does sound presidential, it's the wine that gets top billing at this place!  We sit down with the people behind Isenhower Cellars of Walla Walla, and talk about decades of delicious wine.

Then we meet the guys behind Hanson Vineyards and Franchere Wine Company.  Two different operations, based in the same Willamette Valley location.  The guys share in the labor. and are each able to create unique 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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 12, 2018

(2018)  Our toast to "Taste Washington Wine Month" continues with a visit Steve Warner, head of the Washington Wine Commission.  Steve tells us all about the fun events planned for the rest of the month.

We also get to meet a unique winemaker who's putting her own special touch on two different Northwest labels:  Battle Creek Winery & Primarius.   Then, we meet the winemaker with an affinity for race horses...so much so...the wines of Love that Red Winery are named after some racetrack favorites.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Mar 5, 2018

(2018)  We kick off "Taste Washington Wine Month" with a visit from one of the state's premiere female winemakers.  She shares a really fascinating look at the "feminine" influence on the delicious wine made at Warr-King Wines in Woodinville.

Then, we have a conversation with the Northwest's "first family" of craft brewing.  The Kemper family is building it's latest dynasty, and they stop by the share the story of Washington's Chuckanut Brewery.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 26, 2018

(2018)  The homestead has been in the family since the early 1900's.  Today, the newest generation of Williamsons (a really fun bunch) are still producing quality fruit and delicious wine from Williamson Vineyards in Caldwell.

Then, we're off on a field trip to Hawaii's Big Island.  Up among the lava rocks left behind by Mount Kilauea, you'll find the very unique Volcano Winery.  Not only are they producing Pinot Noir and fine mead, but they're into tea leaves as well.  It's a great place to visit when Northwesterners take a trip to the islands!

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 12, 2018

(2018)  Sure they make Syrah, but that wine made from other fruit is pretty tasty as well!  We get a true taste of Oregon's Umpqua River Valley with a visit from HV Cellars of Winston, where the winemaker can't resist fermenting things other than grapes.

Our friend from the Washington Beer Commission stops by to talk about a really fun open house event for raft beer lovers, then we learn more about the art of blending when the namesake of Brian Carter Cellars stops by for a visit.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Feb 5, 2018

(2018)  Some winemakers get really lucky, and have a chance to learn their craft from some of the best in the business.  The winemaker at Goose Ridge Vineyards recalls the great advice that led him to the Tri-Cities, where he puts that advice in every bottle.

If you like to make craft beer at home, or are interested in learning, our new friends from the Cascade Home Brewers Guild stop by with some tips, some warnings, and a lot of great laughs!

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

 

Jan 29, 2018

(2018)  On this episode, we meet a winemaker with a true passion for both his wine, and the land that yields it.  We take you to the heart of the Walla Walla Valley for the story behind Gifford Hirlinger, and the young family making a great go of it.

Then we take a road trip to Garden City, Idaho, to meet one of the only cider makers in the area.  Wait til you hear what kind of effort it takes to make the great products at Meriwether Cider Company.  We then swing over to Oregon and enjoy the story behind Sno Road Winery...the first winery in Echo.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Jan 22, 2018

(2018)  Who needs fancy, city-slicker conveniences like electricity and automobiles, when you can use people-power and horsepower to make you wine?  That's the philosophy at Illahe Cellars in Dallas, home of "1899," the wine made and delivered by hand, foot, and canoe.

And who says winemakers aren't funny?  A former engineer and funnyman tries his hand at wine, and the result is delicious!  We'll meet the siblings behind Long Cellars of Woodinville.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Jan 15, 2018

(2018)  There are several things that can influence your wine experience.  There's taste, smell, and then there's what your eyes take in.  We mention all this, because the wine experience at JM Cellars is the total package:  Great wine, good people, and it's located inside an actual arboretum. 

In this episode, we also gather around the stove for some delicious craft beer.  The guys from Old Stove Brewing stop in to share their story, and announce their new location in the heart of one of the Northwest's biggest attractions.

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 Idaho Wine presents "Bites and Bottles," a fun food pairing with wine, craft beer, and spirits featuring Chef Kathy Casey.

Dec 18, 2017

(2017)  We take the show on the road this week, making stops in Salem, Walla Walla, and Boise! 

While in Idaho, we meet the family behind Fujishin Family Cellars, and learn about their unique approach to wine-making AND working together as a family.  Then, we're off to Walla Walla to meet the people at Tempus Cellars, which is there to greet people as they get off the plane.  We'll learn more about this operation, located at the airport.  And finally, our road trip concludes in Salem, home to Gilgamesh Brewing, where we meet the family helping putting Oregon's capital city on the craft brewing map.

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

Dec 11, 2017

(2017) When you go out to eat, do you ever order the house wine?  Winemaker Hal Landvoight is hoping you do, after all, that's the name of his wine.  We'll get the full story behind his unique marketing, and learn about House Wine's new vessel.

Pairing wine and food can be fun, and it can also be a challenge.  We'll meet local chef who's new product Chef Anne Maries Tasting Chips is becoming a huge hit in tasting rooms across the region.  We'll also spend time getting to know the gang at Sumerian Brewing, the brewery who's head brewer used to be a winemaker!

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

Dec 4, 2017

(2017)  You're given the keys to the Cadillac AND the Lincoln, which one do you enjoy driving more?  Winemaker John Freeman tells us "neither" as he shares his adventures of creating delicious wine for both Waterbrook Winery AND Browne Family Vineyards, without picking a favorite!

We also get to meet the team that makes some great craft beer in the shadow of a very popular attraction.  The gang from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company shares their story, including a name for one of their beers that might cause your inner "12 year old" to laugh out loud.

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

Nov 20, 2017

(2017)  Setting up a wine shop in the heart of Eugene...known for it's craft brewing...is a big enough challenge.  But admitting you're a Beaver in Duck Country?  You better get over the rivalry quickly, because the man behind Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co. in Eugene has a fun story, and some really good wine!

Then we head east over the mountains, the the beautiful city of Bend, where Atlas Cider Company calls home.   And we don't leave anyone out this week; our friend Eric Radovich of the Washington Beer Commission stops by with information about the perfect event to kick-off the holiday season!

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

Nov 13, 2017

(2017) Why would a winemaker from France choose to move to the Pacific Northwest?  We ask that very question to the man behind Domaine Divio of Newberg!  And his answer, and accent, are both certainly charming. 

We also visit with a man who has a French name, but is all West Coast!  The couple behind Auclair Winery join us to talk about how his passion for wine making at home turned the corner into a full-fledged operation.  And finally, we're going to school for some spirits!  A first-ever event at Bothell, Washington's historic Anderson School will first some really great local spirits.  Don't worry, in this case, you won't get sent to the principal's office for drinking!

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

Nov 6, 2017

(2017) Wine made in the Pacific Northwest has actually been inspired by many other parts of the globe.  Case in point, young winemaker Andrew Januik of Andrew Januik Wines just got back from another harvest in South America, and he shares with us how that experience will be evident in future bottles of his wine.

We also talk about the trouble some California winemakers had this past harvest because it got so hot down south over the summer.  Plus, we meet the guys at Summit To Sound Brewing out of Snohomish.  It's another amazing story of how being in the right place, at the right time, can yield some really good beer!

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

 

Oct 30, 2017

(2017)  Do a little dance, drink a little wine, and if your heart races too much...at least there's a doctor in the house at Cubanisimo Vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley. We'll meet the good doctor (and his very lovely nurse) on this unforgettable visit.

Have you ever tried wine that's Kosher?  What's different about it, you ask?  We wondered the same thing, and asked Jay Buchsbaum, Director of Education with the Royal Wine Corporation about it.  We also visit Lewiston, Idaho to meet the couples behind Vine 46 Wines.

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

 

Oct 23, 2017

(2017)  There's some new activity brewing near the site of the old Olympia brewery, and it's goal is to make Tumwater a brewing and distilling destination.  Our friend Justin Stiefel and his Heritage Distilling Company will be among the first tenants of the new Tumwater Craft District.

Speaking of brewing, we take a trip to Newport, Oregon to visit the Rogue Ales & Spirits World Headquarters to talk with brewing legend John Maier.  We also get to meet winemaker Jason Gorski of Delille Cellars, and find out more about taking the reigns of one of Washington's original wineries.

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 Chef Kathy Casey joins us with a fun food pairing featuring wine, craft beer, and spirits!

 

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