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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
He's spent his life making custom furniture, but these days, doesn't have time because of his wine adventure! We'll meet the man behind the appropriately named Craftsman Cellars, and then go to Narrows Brewing, where the view is as delicious as the beer!
Speaking of beer, our friend Eric Radovich with the Washington Beer Commission stops by with news of BelgianFest. He says if you're new to beer, "Belgian style" is a great place for the wine drinker to start.
The title of this show is appropriate, because after you hear what one Oregon winemaker is up to, you may think he's in the Golden State. Winemaker Paul Durant stops by to explain.
Are you a gin lover? Most love or hate it, so why would a local distillery focus on it? Because Scratch Distillery has a unique approach that's changing opinions daily.
There's the "Evergreen" state, the "Beaver" state, and apparently, the "Dystopian" state. We meet the people behind Dystopian Brewery, and discover that it's not as frightening as its name might suggest.
Then we're off to Dayton, Oregon to meet the people behind Stoller Family Estate, and how a family farm has been transformed into a world-class wine operation.
For the first time, a wine region in the Northwest has been named "Wine Region of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast. We'll talk with winemaker David Adelsheim about what this means to the Willamette Valley, and the rest of the Northwest.
We'll also visit with winemaker Kasia Kim about women in wine, and meet the team at Everett's Crucible Brewing.
He bought the property for the historic mansion, and ended up with acres and acres of grapes. So begins the story of Garnier Vineyards of Mosier, Oregon.
Hard Cider is becoming one of the fastest growing adult beverages in history, and Woodinville's Locust Cider has plenty of unique flavors. But it's the story of WHY they make these ciders that will really touch your heart.
What do you do when two award-winning vineyards are basically next door to each other? You collaborate and make an ever better wine!
We sit down with the winemakers at Oregon's Hyland Estate and Solena Estate, and then we take you to the Yakima Wine Valley and talk about how wine grapes and hops co-exist peacefully. Speaking of hops, we'll also meet the brewer at Cloudburst Brewing, where the weather makes its way into some fun beer names.