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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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Oct 16, 2017

(2017)  The next time you think you don't have much free time, consider Neil Glancy.  The winemaker makes really good vino for Crossings Winery, and has now launched his own label called C Sebastian.  And when he's not working on these wines, he's helping others make good wine.  Sound like a good guy to know, right?

With a name like Mollusk Brewing, you can imagine there's an interesting story behind this Seattle brewery.  And there is!  Wit til you hear the names of some of their brews.

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 9, 2017

(2017) This week, we take a trip to Walla Walla's Pepper Bridge Winery & Amavi Cellars to learn the story behind this estate operation. 

Then it's off to British Columbia, a growing power in the world of craft brewing.  We get a chance to sit down with the people behind Postmark Brewing, who do their work beside a winery and fine restaurant, all in a very historic building on Vancouver's waterfront.

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 2, 2017

(2017) We spend some time this week re-discovering the delicious wine made in Idaho, and end-up stumbling upon Huston Vineyards.  They're the fun people who live on Chicken Dinner Road.  No joke...they even have the label to prove it!

And if you thought they spelled Houston a little different, wait until meet our Chelan wine makers.  They go really "old school" with the spelling of Tsillan Cellars (yes, it's pronounced "Chelan"). 

Fortunately, our guest brewer throws no spelling curve balls.  They just make really good beer at Bale Breaker Brewery.

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!

 

 

Sep 25, 2017

(2017) From church to craft beer...to a really cool award!  We'll meet the family behind 5 Rights Brewing Company, just named Washington's small brewery of the year.  R.J. Whitlow and family stop by to spread the good news.

What does it mean to be "estate grown?" And what makes Red Mountain so special?  You'll learn that and a lot more when we visit with Mike Amato of Ambassador 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!

 

Sep 18, 2017

In our quest to try new, locally made wine, it's always a bonus to find out the wine you're drinking benefits some really hard-working people.  As Ashley Trout tells us, proceeds from Vital Wines go to help fund healthcare for everyone from those who pick the grapes, to those who work in tasting rooms around the region.

Another graduate of South Seattle College's wine program makes a BIG splash in wine!  We'll meet Jason Morin of Ancestry Cellars.

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!

Sep 11, 2017

We kick-off our 4th season of the show with a new name, and an unforgettable trip!  We now call our show "Northwest Wine Radio," and our first stop in season 4 is Eagle, Idaho, where we connect with 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards.

Then, it's off to Dundee, where we meet Page Knudsen Cowles of Knudsen Vineyards.  Her parents began farming the land, now she and her family will continue this unique legacy.

Portland is our next stop, where we catch-up with Andy Garrison at Stone Barn Brandyworks, where the products are as unique as the name.

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!

Jun 26, 2017

This week we explore part of the Northwest getting more and more of a reputation for delicious wine.  Winemaker Lynzee Schatz hosts us for a special visit to Vancouver Wine Company, and explains what makes her wine a little different.

Does having "innocent" in your name make your wine "innocent?"  Listen to how Mark Vlossak of Oregon's St Innocent Winery tells his story, and make your own call.  And we learn a little more about the wine varietal known as Mourvedre.

Jun 19, 2017

Do you think you can taste the difference?  Ryan Harms of Union Wine Company bets you cannot, and sales of his wine in a can is proof.

Speaking of Proof, we'll tell you about the event bearing that name the celebrates Washington's craft distilleries.  Then Darryl Joannides of Viola Wine Cellars shares the interesting story behind his wine's name, and his way of wine making.

Jun 12, 2017

She works her way from the lab to the position of "winemaker" in just a few years.  We have a really enlightening conversation with winemaker Emily Hanes, and she's handed the keys to Butch's place, as in Butch Milbrandt Vineyards of Prosser.

Making money on wine takes plenty of time, so a couple of entrepreneurs outside of Salem, Oregon pool their resources to create a wine experience.  We meet the family behind Zenith Vineyards.

 

Jun 5, 2017

On this week's show, the crew from Woodinville's Alexandria Nicole Cellars stops by to share their story, their castle, and the unique stories overheard in the tasting room.

Our friend Eric Radovich from the Washington Beer Commission also pays a visit to remind us that we better not have plans for Fathers Day yet.  He has a personal invitation to this year's Washington Brewers Festival. 

And Dallas, Oregon's favorite Frenchman drops by to share the story of Van Duzer Vineyards.

May 22, 2017

He's a pioneer in the craft brew industry AND the chairman of the Washington Beer Commission.  So yes, Allen Rhoades of Anacortes Brewing is the "King of Beers" as far as we're concerned. 

And the kids have taken over!  The next generation from Westport Winery join us as they talk about the family dynamic at their beautiful resort in Aberdeen.

May 15, 2017

Five friends get together and decide they want to get into the wine business.  The obvious choice for a name, "Five Guys," was taken, so they settled on Cinq Cellars.   On this week's show, you'll find out why they chose that name, and the rest of the story behind their unique operation.

John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse stops by to share the story of this unique brewery in Spokane, and we'll also meet the crew from Sleeping Dog Wines of Benton City.  Yes, we'll find out the unique reason behind their name as well!

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 DJ MacIntyre of Willamette Valley Vineyards has a fun wine and food pairing!

May 8, 2017

What happens when you work together?  Some pretty amazing things if you live in the Yakima Valley!  We'll introduce to members of the group Craft Beverage Yakima, where the winemakers, brewers, and cider makers work together to get people to visit their area.

Then, we discover the fun story behind how Spoiled Dog Winery of Langley, Washington got it's name.

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 DJ MacIntyre of Willamette Valley Vineyards has a fun wine and food pairing!

May 1, 2017

Nothing better than celebrating spring that a visit to the ballpark!  This week, we spend the entire hour at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.  This season, several local wines, beers, and spirits will be served to their fans.

So, come with us as we tour the park, and meet up with representatives from Waterbrook Winery, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Browne Family, Heritage Distilling Company, Ghostfish Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, and Hop Valley Brewing.

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 DJ MacIntyre of Willamette Valley Vineyards has a fun wine and food pairing!

Apr 24, 2017

(Episode Title translated:  How About Some Spanish Wine?)

You love drinking wine, and most of us are pretty familiar with the Italian and French styles.  Doug McCrea of Salida Wines stops by to tell us more about Spanish wines, and why you should have a glass soon!

Pam Walden of Willful Wine Company of Portland shares her story, and her "will" to make good wine out of some interesting circumstances.  Plus, Dave Takush and Nicole Martin of 2 Towns Cider House explain their product, and their name (hint: think Ducks and Beavers).

 

Apr 10, 2017

Welcome to William Church, where you're welcome to attend any day of the week.  Leslie Balsley and Noah Fox Reed stop by to share the story behind this unique winery in Woodinville.

Have you ever wondered how in the world a restaurant selects wine?  Julie Johnson, Cellar Master at The Resort at Port Ludlow stops by to share some secrets, and as well as a few tips for wine and food pairing.

And it's the distillery that got it's name from a fly fishing trip.  Don Poffenroth joins us with that story and the other fun factoids behind Spokane's famous Dry Fly Distillery.

 

Apr 3, 2017

This week, we'll meet Russ & Stacie Hamilton from Hamilton Cellars who tell us what it takes to stay married while making wine.  "Do what she tells me," is basically how Russ answers!

And while what's inside the bottle is important, how you market your wine is also important.  Thomas Voegel from Zero One Vintners stops by to talk about marketing strategy and how he gets his wine to 20 states.

Plus, our friend Sandra Lee from Woodinville Wine Country stops by to tell us about a really fun wine auction coming in May, and how you can be a part of it.

 

Mar 27, 2017

 

In this episode, we meet a couple of women who have made names for themselves here in the Northwest.  First, Kerry Shiels of Cote Bonneville stops by with how she makes some really delicious bottles of wine.  Then, Tami Joyce & Jen Akin of Seattle Distilling Company join us...we haven't had this much fun at the bar in a long time!

We also get a chance to meet Brad Binko of Eternal Wines, where the slogan is "Drink Wine, Be Happy."  We can certainly live by that motto!

Mar 20, 2017

When a Frenchman comes on to your show, you'd better listen, especially when he proclaims "Rieslings Rule!"  Winemaker Nicolas Quille of Pacific Rim Wines joins us.  Then, the team from Nicolas Jay Wines based in Newberg, Oregon explains how to make great wine from a female perspective.

And then, we're off to make your next experience with craft beer even better.  The guys from the Washington Beer Awards stop by with some tips on enjoying your brew even more, as well as the deadline for their awards this year.

Mar 13, 2017

You're a founding winemaker of an entire region, and now it's time to hand over the reigns.  Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery is turning things over to winemaker Louis Skinner, and the pair join us with how they're making the transition of a lifetime.

Did you know there's an entire organization solely to promote Northwest-made cider?  We'll meet it's director, Emily Richie, and then we meet some Oregon winemakers who've moved not once, but four times.  And it was all to make Fullerton Wines what it is today!

Mar 6, 2017

What's in a name?  If you pick the right name, A LOT!  Just ask the people behind Naked Winery in Hood River.  You'll love their story, and why they chose to go a little risque in order to make wine approachable for everyone.

And wine can certainly be a family affair!  We meet the Kitzke family, and find out who does what to make all the great wine at Kitzke Cellars.

Feb 27, 2017

If you're up on your geography, you know that when we refer to the "Pacific Northwest," we're generally talking about Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.  So, it may surprise you we're going to Maui this week!  On a recent trip, we discovered Maui Wines, and the incredible story of how they are growing wine grapes against all the odds.

Then, we're definitely back in the Northwest to share the story of the father-son team behind Granville Wines.  Allen and Jackson Holstein join us!

Feb 13, 2017

Our first stop on this week's show is beautiful Whidbey Island, which is home to Blooms Winery.  Ken and Virginia join us to share their story, and the efforts of winemaking on the island.

Then a fascinating story of a brewery that's added a cidery!  Did you know Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company were under the same roof?  Well, sort of.  Their brewer and head cider-maker stop by the share their stories, and how the work together to make some really good products.

Feb 6, 2017

The Jolly Green Giant, Ronald McDonald, and the Geico Gecko all seemed to work, so why note create a new mascot for beer?  That's just what they did at Orlison Brewing, and you'll laugh along with us as we share how "Orlison" was created.

And then, what do you do when you want to name your winery after yourself, only to find out your name's meaning isn't the most flattering?  You do what they did at Truth Teller Winery, and you use a little fun creativity to come up with the perfect compliment to some really delicious wine!

 

 

Jan 30, 2017

Some have dreams of playing in a rock band, while others fantasize about making their wine.  On this week's show, we meet Chris Gorman, who's done both.  We find out more about the story behind Gorman Winery, and discover winemaker John Patterson of Patterson Cellars has a true passion that's not necessarily wine.

And when you hear the word "gin" you usually have one of two strong reactions.  The people behind Sea Bishop Distillery introduce us to their very different kind of gin, and how it's causing those who once made a "stink face" over this spirit to suddenly warm-up to it.

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