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Kingston Vineyards On The Tasting Room With Wine Guy Mike

Wine Guy Mike

Wine Guy Mike

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Courtney Kingston

Courtney Kingston

Today on The Tasting Room with Wine Guy Mike, my special guest is Courtney Kingston, owner of Kingston Vineyards located in the Casablanca Valley of Chile. Kingston Vineyards is situated in the Western Hills of the Casablanca Valley in Chile.

Chile is a very narrow country that is 2600 miles in length from North to South. At its widest point though it is only 100 miles wide. The moderate Mediterranean climate is not only ideal for growing world-class grapes it has significant European influence stemming from the large number French, German, Spanish, and English that have relocated there.

There are three very distinct climate influences from the East to the West in Chile. Likewise, there are also three main grape growing regions that run from North to South in Chile. The Coastal Region is cool and moist from the Maritime influence, the Central Valley’s can be very warm, while the Andes Mountain region can be warm or very cool depending on the season and location.

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

The three major grape growing regions of Chile are the Casablanca Valley where they grow Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot noir, this area is located within the Coastal region. The Maipo Valley produces Cabernet Sauvignon and is located in the Central Valley region while the Rapel and Colchagua Valley’s grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Merlot grape varietals. These valleys are situated from North to South.

The migration of Europeans over time has influenced the arts, culture, styles of food, and certainly winemaking. Argentina and Chile both are considered New World winemaking countries, yet due to the outside influence of Europeans who have migrated to Chile, there can be an Old World winemaking influence. For Kingston Vineyards Old World winemaking methodologies are definitely present in their handling, fermenting and aging of their wines.

For instance, the majority use of Native yeast rather than commercial inoculated strains of yeast is an example of Old World winemaking technique. Another example is their winemakers use of older barrels for fermenting and aging Kingston wines, imparting far less tannin, aroma, and flavor to the wines. The Kingston Vineyard Chardonnay is partially fermented and aged in cement vats which are a technique used to have a neutral effect on the wine as opposed to wooden barrels that impart texture, aroma, and flavor or steel tanks that can impart a tart crispness, almost metallic style effect on a wine.

Interview with Courtney Kingston 

The three Kingston Vineyard Wines we are featuring today on The Tasting Room are the Tobiano Pinot noir, the Lucero Syrah, and the Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc.

The Tobiano Pinot noir is cold soaked for at least 5 days, this extracts the right amount of color and mellow’s the tannins. It is fermented utilizing mainly Native yeast allowing the grape to speak for itself. This wine was named for a Paint horse residing on the vineyard that looks as if it had a couple cans of paint throw on it.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

The Lucero Syrah grapes are grown highest upon the hillsides at Kingston Vineyards where they receive the greatest amount of sunshine. The Syrah grapes from various blocks of the vineyard are cold soak fermented separately after being de-stemmed, although some of the grapes are fermented together as a whole cluster. The grapes are then put into older neutral wine barrels for a second native fermentation imparting a subtle smoothness into the final product, the wine.

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Lucero is a horse from the farm that the vineyard is also located on. The horse was named for the bright white flash on his forehead!

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

The Kingston Vineyards Sabino Chardonnay has been fermented in French Oak Barrels and concrete tanks. Native yeast natural fermentation allows this wine to have a particular sense of place. It needs a bit of age so I recommend laying it down for at least one year.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

The Kingston Vineyards Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc has a combination of Native and inoculated yeast used in the fermentation process. The wine is finished in steel tanks where it undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, helping to settle the acidity. Cariblanco is a horse that resides at the vineyard too, his face is a stunning white!

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

The wines I have selected today are of exceptional quality and value. I recommend the Kingston Vineyards wines to you.

From my table to yours,

A Father’s Day Celebration With Wine

Today is Father’s Day and I thought it would be a great opportunity to pay homage to some of the men who are or were father’s, whom I have really respected and loved, and have made such an impression that they have impacted my life.

President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in 1966.  It was six years later, in 1972, when President Nixon made the day a permanent national holiday by signing it into law.

I thought it would be fun to share a little of my life with you, of course let us not forget this show is all about wine.  I put a great deal of thought into these men who have been important to me and thought about what wines that I have enjoyed recently that reminded me of these special men on Father’s Day.

First I’ll talk about my dad, his name is Frederick.  My dad grew up in a very poor family in Upstate New York, which is also where I grew up.  My Dad’s life growing up was not easy, he is a survivor who has had to scrap for everything in life, but my dad was a dreamer.  My dad went after his dreams and fought as hard as he could to live and achieve all that he could dream.  For my Dad I raise my glass and toast him with a great Syrah from Walla Walla in Washington State from Reynvann Vineyards.  For this toast I chose their Syrah “The Contender”, they make three great Syrah’s but this one that I think is one of the finest varietal examples seemed appropriate for my Dad.

My Father-in-law, Paul Wright who was one of the toughest men I have known, and not due to his physical strength.  He was tough enough to be a great man. Paul a recipient of the Purple Heart from the Korean War was hospitalized for nearly one year having been shot in the war, but he survived.  Paul was a Nuclear Engineer, the father of five children, foster father to over 2,000 children who needed emergency short term(Ha Ha) care.  These kids were raised alongside his own children wearing the same clothing, taking the same music lessons, and playing the same sports.  My Father-in-law just lost a long and hard fought battle to Pancreatic Cancer, he seemed to even beat that though, he lived nearly two years after diagnosis.  I raise a glass of Pinot Noir from Balletto Vineyards and Winery in the Russian River Valley.  This is a great Pinot Noir that expresses true and real terroir at the hands of winemaker Anthony Beckman, that is what my father-in-law was true, real, and an example of something to model oneself after.

My Grandfather on my mother’s side, Alfred Gates, was a survivor of World War II.  He spent his time in the war on destroyer escorts, the support team for the big battleships.  His boat survived the war and all the unbelievable storms at sea.  This man taught me self respect, how to treat others, how to be a leader of a family.  Al was loved by everyone who ever met him, and he enjoyed everyone he met.  He is a person I miss a lot and think about from time to time even though he has been gone for over thirty years.  I’m grateful for this man who always had a twinkle in his eye, for him I toast him with no other than a great sparkling wine, Gruet Brut Rose.

Last but not least by any means, my Grandfather Tornatore from Sicily.  My Grandfather came to this country with nothing through Ellis Island in New York.  He eventually settled in a tiny place in Upstate New York named Mexico, New York.  This man was a bull of a man, as wide as he was short, he was a pheasant who worked in a steel foundry and raised everything on his land to feed his family.  I am forever grateful to this man for instilling my love and passion of wine, my grandfather also loved wine.  As powerful a man as he was, his hand for the vine was gentle.  He was a master of grafting fruit trees and grapevines, I followed him and learned a love of the land, a love of the vine, and he instilled his amazing passion for the wine to me.  For this I’m eternally grateful, to him I raise a glass of Boroli Quattro Fratelli

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© A Tribute To Father’s Day and My Dad

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Today is Father’s Day and I thought it would be a great opportunity to pay homage to some of the men who are or were father’s, whom I have really respected and loved, and have made such an impression that they have impacted my life.

President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in 1966.  It was six years later, in 1972, when President Nixon made the day a permanent national holiday by signing it into law.

I thought it would be fun to share a little of my life with you, of course let us not forget this show is all about wine.  I put a great deal of thought into these men who have been important to me and thought about what wines that I have enjoyed recently that reminded me of these special men on Father’s Day.

First I’ll talk about my dad, his name is Frederick.  My dad grew up in a very poor family in Upstate New York, which is also where I grew up.  My Dad’s life growing up was not easy, he is a survivor who has had to scrap for everything in life, but my dad was a dreamer.  My dad went after his dreams and fought as hard as he could to live and achieve all that he could dream.  For my Dad I raise my glass and toast him with a great Syrah from Walla Walla in Washington State from Reynvann Vineyards.  For this toast I chose their Syrah “The Contender”, they make three great Syrah’s but this one that I think is one of the finest varietal examples seemed appropriate for my Dad.

My Father-in-law, Paul Wright who was one of the toughest men I have known, and not due to his physical strength.  He was tough enough to be a great man. Paul a recipient of the Purple Heart from the Korean War was hospitalized for nearly one year having been shot in the war, but he survived.  Paul was a Nuclear Engineer, the father of five children, foster father to over 2,000 children who needed emergency short term(Ha Ha) care.  These kids were raised alongside his own children wearing the same clothing, taking the same music lessons, and playing the same sports.  My Father-in-law just lost a long and hard fought battle to Pancreatic Cancer, he seemed to even beat that though, he lived nearly two years after diagnosis.  I raise a glass of Pinot Noir from Balletto Vineyards and Winery in the Russian River Valley.  This is a great Pinot Noir that expresses true and real terroir at the hands of winemaker Anthony Beckman, that is what my father-in-law was true, real, and an example of something to model oneself after.

My Grandfather on my mother’s side, Alfred Gates, was a survivor of World War II.  He spent his time in the war on destroyer escorts, the support team for the big battleships.  His boat survived the war and all the unbelievable storms at sea.  This man taught me self respect, how to treat others, how to be a leader of a family.  Al was loved by everyone who ever met him, and he enjoyed everyone he met.  He is a person I miss a lot and think about from time to time even though he has been gone for over thirty years.  I’m grateful for this man who always had a twinkle in his eye, for him I toast him with no other than a great sparkling wine, Gruet Brut Rose.

Last but not least by any means, my Grandfather Tornatore from Sicily.  My Grandfather came to this country with nothing through Ellis Island in New York.  He eventually settled in a tiny place in Upstate New York named Mexico, New York.  This man was a bull of a man, as wide as he was short, he was a pheasant who worked in a steel foundry and raised everything on his land to feed his family.  I am forever grateful to this man for instilling my love and passion of wine, my grandfather also loved wine.  As powerful a man as he was, his hand for the vine was gentle.  He was a master of grafting fruit trees and grapevines, I followed him and learned a love of the land, a love of the vine, and he instilled his amazing passion for the wine to me.  For this I’m eternally grateful, to him I raise a glass of Boroli Quattro Fratelli

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

These wonderful Father’s Day wine selections are available today at the Market On Front. Located on the ground level of Missoula’s new award winning parking structure.

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

 

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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Take 2 With Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Fabio Viviani

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. MST.

Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© This week I had the pleasure to sit down and have a conversation that was as down to earth, informative, and enlightening as any that I can recall.  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/27/wine-guy-mike-for-january-27/

Chef Fabio Viviani was this week’s featured guest and I can tell you that after the show I was left humbled by the person I discovered in Viviani.  Yes Viviani was a “Fan Favorite” on season 5 of Top Chef and a contestant on Top Chef All Stars, and most recently featured on BravoTV’s newest culinary reality series Life After Top Chef but this is a man of integrity, true expertise, wisdom, and one of the most sincere persons I have ever had the pleasure to have a conversation with.

Viviani came from humble beginnings in Florence, Italy and at 11 years of age went to work in a bakery in order to support his family.  He is quick to point out that he was well paid for his work.  At 14 Viviani began work at Italian Florentine iconic restaurant “Il Pallaio”.  By age 16 Viviani had risen to the position of sous chef.  Hard work, passion, and a commitment for doing things right is who Fabio Viviani is.  He is a rare individual who always rises to the top because he is true to himself and everyone else that he touches.

Viviani attended culinary school and traveled across Europe, training in classic Italian and European cuisine.  He has always been on the move learning and sharing his culinary passion and by the time he was 27 he had 5 restaurants and 2 night clubs in Italy.  True of most entrepreneurs Viviani wanted to expand his horizons and ventured out to America.  Viviani settled in Los Angeles, California with all of his experience and business acumen to try his hand as a business man in the United States.  The result has been success. The reason integrity, hard work, and always delivering a valued product.  Viviani points out this is fairly simple but how many can truly deliver like he has?

Viviani is Owner and Executive Chef of Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA and Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, CA, and will soon be opening opening Siena Tavern an Italian concept in Chicago, IL.  Viviani has also successfully published two cookbooks and will be releasing his newest one in April 2013 titled Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.  This cookbook is full of his family’s recipes from 20 generations of grandmothers spanning 300 hundred years.

Viviani is arguably the most sought after celebrity chef in America and has been a  guest on many of the top TV talk and morning shows.  His award winning “Chow Ciao!” the #1 lifestyle and food show on the internet, http://screen.yahoo.com/women/chow-ciao/  features a new show every Monday.  If you visit www.FabioViviani.com you can sign up for Fabio’s newsletter which will keep you up to date with this star that continues to rise.

On a personal note; Fabio I would like to thank you for taking time to share your story with the WineGuyMike audience.  I can only hope everyone has been as touched by your story and inspired by your sincerity and passion as I was my friend.

Thank you for joining me once again on this week’s show and remember to continue to broaden your wine palates.  Be sure to check out my wine blog at www.WineGuyMike.com for wine suggestions. You can find many of the wines that I recommend at Liquid Planet in the Heart of Downtown Missoula for your ultimate wine shopping experience.  I’ll see you on the radio friends.

 

For a great selection of wines to pair with your food with be sure to visit Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The  wines suggested today receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™   www.wineguymike.com is your wine resource.

From my table to yours,

 

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Social Media links;

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebookhttp://on.fb.me/hvHsil please “like”

Twitter; https://twitter.com/WineGuyMike

This week’s podcast with Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Fabio Viviani; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/27/wine-guy-mike-for-january-27/

This Week’s YouTube preview Take 2 With Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Fabio Viviani;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yr__G8sof0

Last week’s podcast “Two New Grapes”; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/13/wine-guy-mike-for-january-13/

Recent weeks podcast on pairing wine and food; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/06/wine-guy-mike-for-january-6/

Recent podcast with wine visionary David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/12/23/wine-guy-mike-for-december-23rd/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

 

 

This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Fabio Viviani

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 11:00AM MST.

Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© This week I had the pleasure to sit down and have a conversation that was as down to earth, informative, and enlightening as any that I can recall.  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/27/wine-guy-mike-for-january-27/

Chef Fabio Viviani was this week’s featured guest and I can tell you that after the show I was left humbled by the person I discovered in Viviani.  Yes Viviani was a “Fan Favorite” on season 5 of Top Chef and a contestant on Top Chef All Stars, and most recently featured on BravoTV’s newest culinary reality series Life After Top Chef but this is a man of integrity, true expertise, wisdom, and one of the most sincere persons I have ever had the pleasure to have a conversation with.

Viviani came from humble beginnings in Florence, Italy and at 11 years of age went to work in a bakery in order to support his family.  He is quick to point out that he was well paid for his work.  At 14 Viviani began work at Italian Florentine iconic restaurant “Il Pallaio”.  By age 16 Viviani had risen to the position of sous chef.  Hard work, passion, and a commitment for doing things right is who Fabio Viviani is.  He is a rare individual who always rises to the top because he is true to himself and everyone else that he touches.

Viviani attended culinary school and traveled across Europe, training in classic Italian and European cuisine.  He has always been on the move learning and sharing his culinary passion and by the time he was 27 he had 5 restaurants and 2 night clubs in Italy.  True of most entrepreneurs Viviani wanted to expand his horizons and ventured out to America.  Viviani settled in Los Angeles, California with all of his experience and business acumen to try his hand as a business man in the United States.  The result has been success. The reason integrity, hard work, and always delivering a valued product.  Viviani points out this is fairly simple but how many can truly deliver like he has?

Viviani is Owner and Executive Chef of Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA and Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, CA, and will soon be opening opening Siena Tavern an Italian concept in Chicago, IL.  Viviani has also successfully published two cookbooks and will be releasing his newest one in April 2013 titled Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.  This cookbook is full of his family’s recipes from 20 generations of grandmothers spanning 300 hundred years.

Viviani is arguably the most sought after celebrity chef in America and has been a  guest on many of the top TV talk and morning shows.  His award winning “Chow Ciao!” the #1 lifestyle and food show on the internet, http://screen.yahoo.com/women/chow-ciao/  features a new show every Monday.  If you visit FabioViviani.com you can sign up for Fabio’s newsletter which will keep you up to date with this star that continues to rise.

Please rejoin Fabio and WineGuyMike once again next week for part 2 of our continued conversation.

On a personal note; Fabio I would like to thank you for taking time to share your story with the WineGuyMike audience.  I can only hope everyone has been as touched by your story and inspired by your sincerity and passion as I was my friend.

Thank you for joining me once again on this week’s show and remember to continue to broaden your wine palates.  Be sure to check out my wine blog at WineGuyMike.com for wine suggestions. You can find many of the wines that I recommend at Liquid Planet in the Heart of Downtown Missoula for your ultimate wine shopping experience.  I’ll see you on the radio friends.

This wine is a secondary label from Adelsheim Vineyard.  While the Adelsheim Vineyards wines have grown in popularity so have their prices.  By creating a secondary label with this Wallace Brook Pinot Noir you can enjoy a terrific wine that is a real deal.  This is a wonderful wine to pair with your dinner.

This Pinot Gris from Balletto is an incredible wine.  Pinot Gris is perhaps the best white wine to pair with food due to the natural fruit and acid profile of the grape.  What winemaker Anthony Beckman does with the grapes grown by John Balletto is extraordinary.  Beckman is one of the top winemakers in America and Balletto is one of the best consumer values for wine in America.

Chenin Blanc is another great white wine to pair with foods and this is a wonderful example of a New World wine made from this grape varietal.  This wine is inexpensive and very well made.  I enjoy this wine with meals frequently.

Christophe Hedges was a recent guest on the WineGuyMike Radio Show recently and like Balletto Vineyards & Winery the Hedges Family Estate wines are also one of the best consumer values for wine in America.  Hedges Independent Producer wines are a personal project of Christophe’s and these wines are outstanding.  Both the Chardonnay and Merlot that I’m recommending are New World Wines made in an Old World Style and you should not miss the opportunity to try one or both of these wines with your meal.

The Hedges CMS Red and White are two delicious New World wines from Hedges Family Estate that are very well made, very good wines, and offer very good consumer value.  I recommend both of these wines to drink alone of pair with your meal.

For a great selection of wines to pair with your food with be sure to visit Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The  wines suggested today receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™   www.wineguymike.com is your wine resource.

From my table to yours,

 

Logo_WGM

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebookhttp://on.fb.me/hvHsil please “like”

Twitter; https://twitter.com/WineGuyMike

 

Last week’s podcast “Two New Grapes”; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/13/wine-guy-mike-for-january-13/

Recent weeks podcast on pairing wine and food; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/06/wine-guy-mike-for-january-6/

Recent podcast with wine visionary David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/12/23/wine-guy-mike-for-december-23rd/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Just Darn Good Wines

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 11:00AM

This Weeks YouTube preview “Just Darn Good Wines”

Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© This week I would like to briefly mention next week’s very exciting show and trust me it is a show to look forward to.

In recent weeks I have shared with you a great deal of information about pairing wines and food.  Well next week joining us on the show will be one of America’s hottest chefs Fabio Viviani!  If you’re not a foodie and have been living in a cave Viviani is from Florence, Italy.  He started as a baker at 11, owned and operated 5 restaurants and 2 nightclubs when he left Italy at 27.  Be sure to tune in for next week’s show to find out what this culinary master, entrepreneur, and Top Chef “Fan Favorite” contestant has accomplished since coming to America.

Now on to this week’s business, just darn good wine.  That’s right this week I’m sharing wines that I have loved over the last few weeks of tasting wines that offer great value while pairing them with food.  So let’s dig right in as I share with the wines that I have enjoyed and why.

This first wine that I have talked about as a varietal, Frappato, has been around a long time and until recently has been used as a blending grape with the well known Nero d’Avola.  Frappato is a semi-aromatic grape varietal that presents subtle floral and blossom aromas.

This Frappato is one I personally enjoyed recently as I tasted wines to share with you.  Decant this wine a good hour before serving to enjoy it at its best.  This wine really does well with food, is new and fun with a very affordable price point.

This wine is a secondary label from Adelsheim Vineyard.  While the Adelsheim Vineyards wines have grown in popularity so have their prices.  By creating a secondary label with this Wallace Brook Pinot Noir you can enjoy a terrific wine that is a real deal.  This is a wonderful wine to pair with your dinner.

This Pinot Gris from Balletto is an incredible wine.  Pinot Gris is perhaps the best white wine to pair with food due to the natural fruit and acid profile of the grape.  What winemaker Anthony Beckman does with the grapes grown by John Balletto is extraordinary.  Beckman is one of the top winemakers in America and Balletto is one of the best consumer values for wine in America.

Chenin Blanc is another great white wine to pair with foods and this is a wonderful example of a New World wine made from this grape varietal.  This wine is inexpensive and very well made.  I enjoy this wine with meals frequently.

Christophe Hedges was a recent guest on the WineGuyMike Radio Show recently and like Balletto Vineyards & Winery the Hedges Family Estate wines are also one of the best consumer values for wine in America.  Hedges Independent Producer wines are a personal project of Christophe’s and these wines are outstanding.  Both the Chardonnay and Merlot that I’m recommending are New World Wines made in an Old World Style and you should not miss the opportunity to try one or both of these wines with your meal.

The Hedges CMS Red and White are two delicious New World wines from Hedges Family Estate that are very well made, very good wines, and offer very good consumer value.  I recommend both of these wines to drink alone of pair with your meal.

Thank you for joining me once again on this week’s show, next week get ready for one of America’s Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani.  Fabio and I will be talking wine and food, be sure not to miss this show!

Remember to continue to broaden your wine palates and be sure to check out my wine blog at WineGuyMike.com for wine suggestions and Liquid Planet for your ultimate wine shopping experience.  I’ll see you on the radio friends.

For a great selection of wines to pair with your food with be sure to visit Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The  wines suggested today receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™   www.wineguymike.com is your wine resource.

From my table to yours,

Logo_WGM

 

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebookhttp://on.fb.me/hvHsil please “like”

Twitter; https://twitter.com/WineGuyMike

Last week’s podcast “Two New Grapes”; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/13/wine-guy-mike-for-january-13/

Recent weeks podcast on pairing wine and food; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/06/wine-guy-mike-for-january-6/

Recent podcast with wine visionary David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/12/23/wine-guy-mike-for-december-23rd/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

 

 

This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Two New Grapes To Know

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Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©  Last week on the show I shared with you a few basics of pairing wine and food.  One of the important points I mentioned focused on balance, weight, and texture of both food and wine.  Ah yes… a harmonious balance of wine and food, it’s a beautiful thing when it all comes together.  Perhaps it is like a well written song; rather like beautiful music in your mouth.

One of my goals for this year is to drink less of what I’m familiar with and more of that which I’m not, bringing me to this week’s show.  There are two new grapes that I believe we should pay attention to.  One a red varietal from Sicily, Frappato,  and the other, Jacquère,  a white grape from a little known wine region of France.

On last week’s show I mentioned a new little known red grape native to Sicily, also a great wine to pair with food.  It is one of those varietals like Barbera, Gamay, and Pinot Noir that when you hold your glass up to light you can see through it.  Generally speaking this would be a suitable wine to enjoy with your dinner.  The new up and coming grape that is native to Sicily is known as Frappato.

The Frappato grape varietal has been around a long time and until recently has been used as a blending grape with the well known king of the island, Sicily that is, Nero d’Avola.  The Frappato grape is very thin skinned and one of the problems in making wine from this grape was getting any measurable color extraction from the grape.  This problem has been solved through the advancement of winemaking technology though.  Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks allow the winemaker to macerate or leave the grapes with the skins longer at a cooler temperature and extract the desired coloration without imparting unwanted nuances such as too much tannin into the finished product of the wine.

Frappato is a semi-aromatic grape varietal that present subtle floral and blossom aromas.  This grape that basks in the warmth of Sicilian sun at the base of Mount Etna maintains a perfect level of acidity which makes this an up and coming wine to pair with foods.  Frappato wines also have very supple tannins which also make it a perfect complement to foods.  It wonderful profile and beautiful Cherry blossom floral notes are the reason this grape has been traditionally used as a blending grape for the powerful Nero d’Avola.

The second grape I would like to share with you is also an amazing wine to pair with foods. It comes from the little known wine region around the Rhone Alps, Savoie and the predominant grape grown in the region is Jacquère (Jah-KEHR).  This white grape varietal covers about 50% of their vineyards in the region.

Growing grapes dates to the 1st Century B.C. in the region.  Greek influence was strong and their knowledge of making wine steeped in experience.  The Savoie region has been growing grapes since antiquity and mentioned in writings by

The church was amongst the largest landowners during the period of the Middle Ages.  The Monks were very advanced in their practice of viticulture and making wine and as a result implemented a system of designating the wine regions within the Savoie.  By the 18th century vineyard acreage increased as grapes were being grown from the valley to the foothills of the mountains.

After the annexation of Savoie to France in 1860 competition of the inexpensive wines of southern France became strong and it was also during this period that the phylloxera vine louse infested the vines and devastated the French wine industry.  By the end of the 19th century vines had been replanted utilizing more modern knowledge and techniques allowing the vineyards to become prolific again.

During the first half of the 20th century the wine industry was hampered by World War 1.  Scarce labor forces were another contributing factor to the decline of the wine industry as meaningful work drew laborers to city centers.  The wine industry continued a downward spiral until well after the end of World War 2.

It wasn’t until the 1970’s when this area became a popular destination of skiers from around the world that the wine industry really began to recover.  Today the region is well known for its indigenous foods and draws travelers near and far seeking gastronomic delights.

Savoie’s vineyards have always played an important role in the farming economy and remain an integral part of the agricultural industry.  It is not until recently that the wines from the Savoie region have shown up at our favorite wine shops.

Wines from the Savoie can be exceptional with the Jacquère grape varietal which produces wines that are pale-colored, delicate, fresh, and sometimes a slight effervescence.  The nose of the Jacquère grape exudes beautiful aromas of wild flowers and earthy mineral notes.  The palate this wine is light with well balanced fruit and acid leaving you with a finish that is clean and dry.  This inexpensive wine from the Savoie is exceptional to pair with food.

Well friends it has been fun this week introducing you to a couple of new grapes, Frappato and Jacquère, which you will definitely be seeing more of.  Remember to continue to broaden your wine palates and be sure to check out my wine blog at WineGuyMike.com for wine suggestions.  I’ll see you on the radio friends.

For a great selection of wines to pair with your food with be sure to visit Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

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This Weeks podcast on “Two New Grapes”; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/13/wine-guy-mike-for-january-13/

Last weeks podcast on pairing wine and food; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2013/01/06/wine-guy-mike-for-january-6/

This weeks WineGuyMike YouTube preview on pairing wine and food; http://bit.ly/pVLaBr

Recent podcast with wine visionary David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/12/23/wine-guy-mike-for-december-23rd/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html