The Wine CEO Podcast

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Ever feel overwhelmed when buying wine at the grocery store? Or maybe you've been to a restaurant and felt completely intimidated by the wine server? Welcome to The Wine CEO - a podcast dedicated to making wine fun and approachable! Each week, certified sommelier Sarah Roth covers a different wine topic that helps you feel more confident as a wine consumer. From exploring 'What wines are sweet?' to 'What wine should I cook with?' and so much more, each episode helps make wine less intimidating. Friends, there are so many wine varietals, fancy tools, and trends out there that it can be difficult to navigate the wine world. Consider me your personal "pocket sommelier" to help you learn more about wine and feel comfortable entertaining with, shopping for, and drinking your favorite vino! Subscribe today so that you never miss an episode and be sure to check out thewineceo.com for more amazing wine content!

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The Wine CEO Episode #100: Top 5 Most Listened to Episodes and more!
22:24

Thank you all for supporting The Wine CEO Podcast for the last 2 years and 100 episodes! With over 40,000 downloads, I am so honored to have this incredible community of wine lovers! Today on the show, I'm highlighting the top 5 episodes that you all have listened to the most as well as a few of my personal favorites. It's a moment for me to say thank you to everyone who has faithfully listened to this podcast and supported this community. Whether today is your first or 100th episode - you are welcome here and I am so excited have you as a part of this community and promise to continue sharing wine content in a fun and approachable manner! If you haven't subscribed to the show yet, press that subscribe button now so that you never miss an episode!

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Top 5 most listened to episodes:

1. Wine and Food Pairings - Episode 3

2. Wine 101 - Episode 2

3. Top 5 Italian Red wines - Episode 75

4. So you want to be a Sommelier? - Episode 39

5. Why you should be interested in Micro Wineries - Episode 67

A few of my personal favorites:

1.  Interview with Doug Frost - Episode 95

2. Interview with Maximillian Riedel - Episode 94

3. Interview with a 5 Diamon Maitre d - Episode 46

4.  Interview with an In Flight Sommelier - Episode 85

5. Interview with my good friend and English Wine Expert, David Montgomery - Episode 68

Thank you all for the continued support!

Nov 23, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #99: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
23:01

It's that time of the year again and everyone is shopping for unique and creative gifts. Today on The Wine CEO Podcast show Sarah is sharing her top 15 picks for this year's holiday season. From unique wine glassware to artwork and home decor, Sarah has the best gifts for your coworker, neighbor, mother in law, or yourself! Press play now to listen to this great holiday episode and don't forget to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode of The Wine CEO Podcast.

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

#1 Elysia Myers Wine Art

#2 Chirpy Bird Stopper

#3 The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

#4 Reidel Decanter

#5 West Elm Bar Cart

#6 Wine Coasters

#7 Waiter's Corkscrew

#8 Affordable Champagne under $75

#9 Everyday Glassware

#10 Wine Scented Candles

#11 Wine Cooler Bags

#12 Champagne Bucket

#13 Wine Chips

#14 Wine Face Mask

#15 Wine tasting with The Wine CEO

 

Nov 16, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #98: Top 3 Wine Tips for Thanksgiving
17:10

The holidays are right around the corner and everyone is looking for great wines to serve during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, and every other holiday meal. Today on the show, Sarah shares her top 3 tips for buying wines this holiday season. She covers wines to cook with, wines to drink, and how to make everyone happy when you are entertaining a large group. It's an episode you don't want to miss, so press play now wherever you listen to your podcast shows and don't forget to hit subscribe so you get all of the amazing holiday wine content this season.

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Episode #3: Wine and Food Pairings

Episode #4: What wine says Gobble Gobble?

Episode #50: Three wines on every Thanksgiving Table

Nov 09, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #97: Interview with Trevor Durling, Senior Winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards
46:27

Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) is one of Napa's oldest and most significant wineries with many of their wines gracing the tables of Presidents and Heads of State around the world. Today on The Wine CEO Podcast, Sarah sits down with Senior Winemaker, Trevor Durling, to discuss his journey to BV, the history of this incredible brand, the hardest thing about being a winemaker, and what exciting things BV has in store for 2023. They discuss the unique terroir of Rutherford AVA and also talk some unique food and wine pairings. It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass of your favorite wine and press play now!

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Today's Guest: Trevor Durling, Head Winemaker BV Wines

bvwines.com

Beaulieu Vineyard Instagram: @bvwines

Trevor Durling Instagram: @trevor.durling

 

Nov 02, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #96: Dracula's Hometown Wine
22:39

If you had to guess Dracula's favorite wine, you would probably say that he likes a bold, earthy red with notes of iron and bitterness. But if Dracula enjoys a wine from his honetown region of Transylvania, then this description could not be farther from the truth! In today's episode, Sarah gives you a fun look into the legend of Dracula and the wines that are made in the region of Transylvania, Romania. It's a quick but fun episode to get you in the mood for the spooky halloween season, so grab your favorite glass of wine and press play now to listen!

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Episode #47: Candy and Wine Pairings

Wineries mentioned in today's show: Transylvania top producers: Jidvei and Villa Vinea

Oct 26, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #95: Interview with Doug Frost, Master Sommelier & Master of Wine
39:50

Doug Frost is one of only 4 people in the world to hold both titles - Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. These extremely difficult certifications make Doug a bit of a phenomenon in the wine industry and today on The Wine CEO Podcast he chats with Sarah about why he got both distinctions, how they changed his career, and what he is doing now. Doug talks about his winery, Echolands, in Walla Walla and also mentions The Wine Pinnacle Awards - an illustrious Wine Award Ceremony held in Singapore later this month where he is on the judging panel. This is an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass of your favorite wine and press play now!

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Today's Guest: Doug Frost

Doug's Instagram: @dougmsmw

Echolands Winery Instagram: @echolandswine

Stay tuned for the winners of this year's Wine Pinnacle Awards! Doug will be judging this competition at the end of October and the results should showcase some of the world's top wines!

Oct 19, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #94: Interview with Maximilian Riedel, 11th Generation Glassmaker & CEO
19:04

If you've ever bought wine glasses, then it's likely you've heard of Riedel. As one of the world's top producers of stemware, decanters, and glassware; Riedel is a household name used in top restaurants, hotels, and residences around the world. Today on the show, Sarah interviews Maximilian Riedel, 11th generation glassmaker and CEO of the family business. They discuss the impact glassware has on your perception of wine, why you should buy a decanter, and the 2 types of glasses you should buy if you can't afford to fill your house with special styles of glassware. Maximilian also shares practical advice about cleaning glassware, drying decanters, and so much more! You don't want to miss this exciting interview with one of the world's top wine industry professionals - so grab your favorite glass of vino and press play now!

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Today's Guest: Maximilian Riedel

Riedel's Instagram: @riedel_official

Maximilian's Instagram: @maxiriedel

Website: riedel.com

Oct 12, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #93: Top 10 Questions I get asked in Wine Tastings
23:16

Sarah has been hosting wine tastings for years and whether in person or virtually, she always seems to get the same questions! Folks are always curious about "how long a bottle can last once opened", "why a wine tastes dirty", "why wine gives my headaches" and so much more. So today on the show, Sarah is giving quick answers to the top 10 questions she is consistently asked when hosting a wine tasting. Whether you are a beginner wine fan or an expert, today's episode is a great overview of some popular wine topics, so hit play and listen now!

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Episode #17 - Wine Temperatures

Episode #38 and Episode #39 - Wine Certifications and what it's like to become a Master Sommelier

Episode #3 - Food and Wine Pairings

Episode #66 - Should you Decant/ Swirl your wine?

Episode #22 and Episode #23 - Wine and Health/ Does Red wine give you headaches?

Episode #12 - What does the vintage/ date on the label mean?

Episode #20 - How can I learn more about wine on my own?

Oct 05, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #92: Interview with Beringer Vineyards Head Winemaker, Ryan Rech
35:11

Founded in 1876, Beringer is the oldest operating winery in the state of California. Today on the show, Sarah interviews the head winemaker from Beringer and discusses their exciting wines coming from Knight's Valley AVA. You also get to hear about harvest and their upcoming vintage, so it's an episode you don't want to miss! Press play to listen to this exciting interview now!

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Today's Guest: Ryan Rech from Beringer Vineyards

Beringer Website: www.beringer.com

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Sep 28, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #91: Why you should be doing comparative wine tastings.
23:34

What exactly is a comparative tasting? Why do sommeliers do blind tastings? Is it possible to do a comparative tasting at home? Today on The Wine CEO Podcast, Sarah answers these questions and so many more about the purpose and benefit of doing comparative tastings, even for the average wine consumer! Press play now to listen to this exciting episode and don't forget to subscribe to the show if you haven't yet!

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Sep 21, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #90: What is it like to travel with a Certified Sommelier?
17:19

Today on the podcast show, Sarah interviews her friend and professional fashion photographer, Jeannie Albers, about their recent wine tasting adventures in Europe. The pair travelled to 5 countries in 19 days and tasted a lot of wine! As a wine consumer without any formal education, Jeannie shares her impression of travelling wine regions with a certified sommelier, what she learned, and what she would now do differently when planning her own wine tasting trips. It's an episode you won't want to miss, so press play now to listen in!

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Today's Guest: Jeannie Albers

Instagram: @jeanniealbers

Website: jeanniealbers.com

Sep 14, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #89: The oldest grape vine in the world is in Slovenia?!
26:18

Did you know that Slovenia is home to the oldest grapevine in the world?! Slovenia has an amazing history of winemaking and the region is predominately known for white and orange wines. Sadly the communist influence left the Slovenian wine industry in shambles in the early 1990s and the country has had to work diligently to rebuild the region over the last 3 decades. So how are they doing with this and what were my thoughts after visiting the top wine region of Slovenia? Find out by hitting play and listening to this episode now! And don't forget to subscribe to the show on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts now!

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Episode #60 - Natural and Orange Wines

 

Sep 07, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #88: The oldest wine region is Croatia?
31:05

Did you know that Croatia is attributed for having the oldest continuously cultivated vineyard in the entire world? Or that Croatia is the birthplace of Zinfandel? Croatia is an incredibly important wine region in the world and today on the show, Sarah shares an overview of her recent trip to the region, what she thought of the wines, and what you need to know about the future of Croatia. She also gives a unique lesson on how history and economic stability can impact the success of a wine region for generations. It's a fascinating episode and one that you don't want to miss! Press play and start listening now on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts!

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Aug 31, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #87: A trip through English Wine Country with David Montgomery
01:18:44

Imagine driving through winding roads in a convertible Jaguar hopping from winery to winery in the gorgeous English Countryside. In today's podcast, David Montgomery from @David_bikes_and_wine returns for his second appearance on The Wine CEO Podcast to join Sarah as they recount their tour of 6 wineries and over 30 wines in just 48 hours. Sarah and David summarize their opinion of the current English wine industry and just have a really entertaining and fun conversation. If you ever plan on visiting London, this is an episode that you don't want to miss, so listen now on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts!

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Today's Guest: David Montgomery

Instagram: @David_bikes_and_wine

David's first appearance on The Wine CEO Podcast: Episode #68

 

Aug 24, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #86: How to plan the perfect wine tasting trip
43:47

In Episode #86, Sarah shares all of her top tips for planning an amazing wine tasting trip! What should you pack? Do you have to make reservations? Should you book with a local guide or just go on your own? All of these questions and so many more are discussed so it's an episode you don't want to miss! Hit play now on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify to listen!

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Aug 17, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #85: Does wine taste different on airplanes?
42:13

In Episode #85, Sarah interviews in air sommelier, Megan Kockx from The Fox in Flight. Megan is a certified sommelier and airline professional who uses her wine knowledge to improve the wine experience of clients all over the world. Megan chats with Sarah about the real life struggles of serving wine as a flight attendant, how to store wine in a very small galley, how to open sparkling wine on an airplane, and so much more! She also discusses the truth around how alcohol affects you at high altitudes and the reality of how your perception of wine changes on an airplane. It's an episode you don't want to miss, so hit play now on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify to listen!

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Today's Guest: Megan Kockx

The Fox in Flight Website

The Fox in Flight Instagram @thefoxinflight

Aug 10, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #84: An interview with Winemaker Kerith Overstreet, Bruliam Wines
48:08

In Episode #84, Sarah interviews California winemaker Kerith Overstreet from Bruliam Wines. Kerith left the medical profession to pursue winemaking and has build an incredible reputation over the last 10 years in Northern California! She chats with Sarah about the importance of terroir, the terms used on wine labels, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so hit play now on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify to listen!

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Today's Guest: Kerith Overstreet

Bruliam Wine Website

Bruliam Wines Instagram

Bruliam Wines Facebook

Jul 27, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #83: Interview with Negociant California Winemaker Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf
47:28

In Episode #83, Sarah interviews winemaker Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf to learn more about being a negociant in northern California. Claire lives in Calistoga, California and makes a wide array of incredible wines. She focuses on old world styles but adds her own flare to build a unique flavor profile. In addition to winemaking, she owns a retail merchantile where she sells her wines and an odd assortment of other gifts and specialties. It's a great episode and you don't want to miss hearing Claire's incredible passion for winemaking and her unique journey that landed her in California! Listen now on Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Podcasts and don't forget to subscribe to the show to give your support!

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Today's Guest: Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf

Picayune Cellars Website

Picayune Cellars Instagram

Picayune Cellars Facebook

Jul 20, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #82: Hungarian Wine - an interview with female Hungarian winemaker Dora Hausel
40:16

Did you know that wine is made in Hungary? If you did, then you're probably familiar with the sweet wine from the region of Tokaji. But did you know that Hungary has 22 wine regions and they make so much more than sweet wine? In today's episode, Sarah interviews winemaker Dora Hausel, a female winemaker in Hungary about her journey of becoming a winemaker and what is happening in the Hungarian wine industry right now. It's an episode you don't want to miss, so be sure to press play now to catch the interview!

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Today's Guest: Dora Hausel of Deva Wines

Instagram: @aszutokaji -> https://www.instagram.com/aszutokaji/
Facebook: @tokajiaszunet -> https://www.facebook.com/tokajiaszunet
TikTok: @devawine
Jul 13, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #81: Interview with Urban Winemaker, Lindsey Williams
19:35

Have you ever wondered what an urban winery is? Or what it means when someone is a negociant? In episode #81, Sarah interviews Lindsey Williams, an Urban winemaker that is the owner of Davidson Wine Co and Charleston Wine Co. As a female winemaker in the Southern United States, Lindsey has an amazing perspective on Urban winemaking and is truly paving the way for wineries in her region. Listen now on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts and don't forget to subscribe to the show to never miss an episode!

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Today's Guest: Lindsey Williams

Owner of Charleston Wine Co and Davidson Wine Co

Social:

@charlestonwineco

@davidsonwineco

 

Jul 06, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #80: Wine for a Cause
53:15

This week on the Wine CEO Podcast I had the chance to interview two amazing wineries that are making wine and donating their profits to some amazing causes! First up I spoke with Blair and Laura from Rescue Dog Wines about how they are making amazing wines and selling them to support animal shelters and puppies who need a home. Then I spoke with Dr. Bob Hollander of 2 Red Winery about how he is selling his wines to raise money for prostate cancer research. It's an incredibly encouraging episode and one full of some amazing stories and wonderful people!

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2 Red Winery

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Instagram

Robert and Susan Hollander Foundation

 
Jun 29, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #79: The best wine for Chicken Parm, Fettuccine Alfredo, Tiramisu, and more Italian favorites!
16:19

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We're at the end of our mini series on Italian wine and this week we conclude our Italian focus with an overview of food and wine pairings! In Episode #79, I discuss the top wines to go with all of your favorite Italian dishes. It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Episodes Mentioned in today's show:

Episode #11: Wine & Pizza

Episode #78: Top 5 Italian Dessert Wines

Jun 15, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #78: Top 5 Italian Dessert Wines you need to know!
15:17

We're in the middle of a mini series on Italian wine and this week the focus is all on dessert wines! In Episode #78, I discuss the top 5 dessert wines you need to be familiar with when learning about Italian wines. We discuss food pairings, regions, how to shop for these wines, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Top 5 Italian Dessert Wines:

1. Marsala

2. Nosiola

3. Vin Santo

4. Moscato Passito di Pantelleria

5. Recioto della Valpolicella

Honorable Mention: Recioto di Soave & Verduzzo

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Episodes Mentioned in today's Show:

Episode #62: Marsala

Episode #7: Vin Santo

Jun 08, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #77: Top 5 Italian Sparkling Wines to know
17:50
We're in the middle of a mini series on Italian wine and this week the focus is all on bubbles! In Episode #77, I discuss the top 5 spumante (sparkling) and frizzante (fizzy) wines you need to be familiar with when learning about Italian wines. We discuss food pairings, regions, how to shop for these wines, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Top 5 Italian Sparkling Wines:

1. Prosecco

2. Franciacorta

3. Asti

4. Lambrusco

5. Brachetto d'Acqui

Honorable Mention: Sangue di Giudia

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Episodes Mentioned in today's Show:

Episode #71: An Intro to Italy

Episode #8: Champagne Overview

Episode #55: Franciacorta

Episode #32: Lambrusco

Jun 01, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #76: The Top 5 Italian Rosato (Rosé) Wines you need to know!
17:50

We're in the middle of a mini series on Italian wine and this week the focus is all on rosé! In Episode #76, I discuss the top 5 rosati (or rosé) wines you need to be familiar with when learning about Italian wines. We discuss food pairings, regions, how to shop for these wines, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Top 5 Italian Rosati:

1. Chiaretto di Bardolino

2. Cruasé

3. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo

4. Rosato del Salento

5. Etna Rosato

Honorable Mention: Rosato di Ciró  and Castel del Monte Rosato

May 25, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #75: Top 5 RED Italian Wines you need to know!
24:58

We're in the middle of a mini series on Italian wine and this week the focus is all on REDS! In Episode #75, I discuss the top 5 red wines you need to be familiar with when learning about Italian wines. We discuss food pairings, regions, how to shop for these wines, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Top 5 Italian Reds:

1. Sangiovese Family (including Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Super Tuscans)

2. Nebbiolo Family (Barolo and Barbaresco)

3. Barbera

4. Nero d'Avola

5. Valpolicella Blends (including Amarone and Recite)

Honorable Mention: Dolcetto, Sagrantino, Nerello Mascalese, and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

May 18, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #74: Top 5 Italian white wines you MUST know!
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We're in the middle of a mini series on Italian wine and this week the focus is all on WHITES! In Episode #74, I discuss the top 5 white wines you need to be familiar with when learning about Italian wines. We discuss food pairings, regions, how to shop for these wines, and so much more! It's an episode you don't want to miss, so grab a glass and press play now!

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Top 5 Italian Whites:

1. Pinot Grigio

2. Moscato d'Asti

3. Vernaccia di San Gimignano

4. Soave Classico

5. Grillo

Honorable Mention: Verdicchio

May 11, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #73: Top Italian Prosecco - an Interview with Filippo Lapides of Gemma di Luna Wines
45:37

In today's episode of The Wine CEO Podcast, we continue our mini series on Italy with an interview on white wines from Northern Italy. Filippo Lapides is the National Branding Ambassador for Gemma di Luna, the largest private producer of Prosecco in Italy. Filippo and I discuss how prosecco is different from champagne, delicious pinot grigio and food pairings, and how moscato can be dry or sweet! There's so much incredible wine knowledge in this episode, so grab a glass of prosecco and listen now!

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May 04, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #72: Mamma Mia! Top Italian Wine Regions you need to know!
21:03

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast show, we dive into the top Italian wine regions you need to know about! From Tuscany to Sicily, join me as I cover 6 of Italy's most important regions in less than 30 minutes. It will give you all the tools you need when you are shopping for Italian wines and is a great overview for anyone looking to learn more about this region. This episode is a part of a mini series on Italian wines, so to make sure you don't miss future episodes in the series, subscribe now to The Wine CEO Podcast on Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Podcasts!

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Episode #60: Orange Wines

Episode #7: Vin Santo

Episode #62: Marsala

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Wine Region Notes

Piedmont

  • Nebbiolo (Barolo & Barbaresco)
  • Barbera
  • Moscato (Moscato d'Asti)

Veneto

  • Prosecco
  • Soave
  • Amarone
  • Valpolicella (Amarone della Valpolicella)

Friuli Venezia Giulia

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Ribolla Gialla
  • Friulano

Trentino Alto Adige

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sparkling Wine

Tuscany

  • Sangiovese (Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)
  • Super Tuscans (blends of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others)
  • Vernaccia (Vernaccia di San Gimignano)

Sicily

  • Grillo
  • Carricante
  • Nerello Mascalese
  • Nero d'Avola
Apr 27, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #71: An Intro to Italy
31:28

Italy has been making wine for centuries and this incredible region is known for some of the best wines in the world. Today we kick off a mini series on top Italian wine regions and grape varieties that you need to know about from this region! In today's show, I give a quick overview of Italian wine history, wine laws and labelling practices, as well as what to expect over the next few weeks as we dive into the world of Italian wines. Listen now and subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode!

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Apr 20, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #70: 8,000 Year Old Wine from The Republic of Georgia
38:16

Did you know that wine has been made in Georgia for over 8,000 years?!? And we're not talking about the state of Georgia - we're talking about The Republic of Georgia, straddling Europe and Asia. Wineries in this region are mostly small production facilities on family farms using ancient, traditional winemaking processes. Today on The Wine CEO Podcast Sarah interviews Dr. Kelly McBride, Director of Public & Media Relations for Emerald Wines, the PR firm for Silk Road Wines. Silk Road is a wine distributor that imports natural wines from Georgia. Listen now to learn more about wines from Georgia as well as Kelly's unique career path and how she got into the wine industry without any formal training or hospitality experience!

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Dr. Kelly McBride

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Apr 06, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #69: English Bubbly, An interview with Master Sommelier Laura Rhys
33:30

Did you know that England is famous for making sparkling wine? In fact the south of England is perfect for growing Champagne varietals and the English have capitalized on this by making outstanding sparkling wine in the traditional method. In today's episode I interview Master Sommelier Laura Rhys on the current English wine market as well as her position as a female Master Sommelier in London. Laura works as the Global Brand Ambassador for Gusbourne wines, a well known English winery located in Kent. Laura was the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year and has worked in countless positions in the wine industry. She is an amazing person and we had a wonderful conversation. You don't want to miss it, so press play now and don't forget to subscribe to the show!

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Mar 30, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #68: England makes wine?! An interview with David Montgomery
49:44

Did you know that wine is made in England? It is! And believe it or not - they grow the grapes there too. Join me in The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 68 as I chat with fellow wine enthusiast, David Montgomery. David lives in Surrey in South East England right in the heart of wine region and he shares his perspective on the history of English wines and why folks should pay attention to the amazing wines coming out of his region! And ps - he's from Scotland originally, so you basically feel like you're listening to Sean Connery talk - it's amazing and you don't want to miss it. Listen now and subscribe to the show if you haven't yet!

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Mar 23, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #67: Why you should be interested in micro wineries! An interview with Terra Jane Albee
41:32

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast show Sarah interviews Terra Jane Albee, owner of Ownroot Collective. Ownroot is a new kind of wine service or club that offers its members exclusive access to small-batch wines made by professional winemakers as their side projects. Some of the top winemakers in the country spend their free time creating these unique, environmentally friendly, and delicious wines under their own labels and Terra Lee is sourcing them and making them available to consumers across the country! She has a really unique background in wine distribution & marketing and you're going to love this interview. Listen to the episode now and be sure to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode!

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Mar 16, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #66: Why Do You Decant Wine?
23:02

What is decanting? Do you only decant expensive wines? And how do you know how long you should decant a wine for? In today's episode I dive into these questions and so many more about decanting wine! It's a topic I get asked about all the time and one that I love to talk about. So grab a glass of wine, get comfy on the couch, and press play to learn all about decanting in this quick but approachable and fun episode!

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Great brands of decanters:

Riedel (Classic Decanter from Williams Sonoma)

Riedel (Horn Decanter)

Riedel (Swan Style Decanter)

Schott Zwiesel (Classic Decanter)

Riedel Merlot vs Cabernet Sauvignon styles for Medium vs Heavy bodied red wine decanting 

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Mar 09, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #65: Fortified Wines Part 4, Port
22:17

Today wraps up this 4 week mini series with a discussion about one of the world's most popular fortified wines...port! Port is from the Douro River Valley in Portugal and there are tons of different styles that are made. Listen now to get a glimpse into the styles, food pairings, and history that make this wine so unique! And don't forget to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode!

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Grapes used to make Port:

White: Malvasia fina, rabigato, gouveio, codega, viosinho, and sometimes an additional indigenous Portuguese varieties 

Red: Sousao, tinta barroca, Tinto cao, touriga franca, touriga Nacional, and tinta Roriz (which is also known as Tempranillo and is native to Spain)

Some of the major labels of Port you might see are Graham's, Cockburn's, Dow's, Sandeman, Warre, Croft, Quinta do Noval, Quinta do Vesuvio, Smith Woodhouse, Taylor, Fonseca, and more.

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Mar 02, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #64: Fortified Wines Part 3, Madeira
23:52

What exactly is Madeira? Is it just for cooking? How do you know which styles are sweet and which are dry? In Episode #64, we dive into the delicious fortified wine made on the island of Madeira! I tell you all about how it's made as well as some fun facts on how Madeira impacted early American History! It's an episode you won't want to miss, so grab your favorite glass of vino and press play now! 

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Grapes used to make Madeira:

Sercial, verdelho, terrantez, bual, and malmsey (white)

As well as the one red grape - Tinta negra mole (aka negramoll).

Some of the major labels of Madeira you might see are Cossart Gordon, Miles, Blandy’s, and Sandeman.

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Feb 23, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #63: Fortified Wines Part 2, Sherry
19:11

Sherry is not just for old European men who sit around in robes and smoke cigars. It's an amazing fortified wine from the south of Spain that can actually be made in 7 unique styles! Listen today as we dive into the uniqueness of this region, great food pairings, and everything you need to know about Sherry! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music today so that you never miss an episode!

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Grapes grown in the Jerez region that can be used in Sherry: 

Palomino Fino, Moscatel Bianco, Pedro Ximenez

Seven Styles of Sherry:

Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Cream, Pedro Ximenez

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Feb 16, 2022
The Wine CEO Episode #62: Fortified Wines Part 1, Marsala
15:15

Join Certified Sommelier, Sarah, as we dive into the world of fortified wines in this 4 week mini series. Today the focus is Marsala, an Italian fortified wine made in Sicily. Learn about how marsala is made and why it's a delicious wine to try! If you haven't subscribed to the show yet, be sure to sign up in Amazon Music, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts so that you never miss an episode! 

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Pellegrino & Florio

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Feb 09, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #61: Why Pink Prosecco is your Valentine's Day Pick
17:31

Did you know that there's a new style of rosé on the market? Prosecco DOC just started allowing rosé versions of prosecco, so we are starting to see pink colored prosecco hitting the shelves in wine markets everywhere. In today's episode, I share all about rosé prosecco, how it compares to white prosecco, and why it's your top pick for Valentine's Day! It's one you don't want to miss, so grab a glass of wine and listen now!

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Episode #15: Top 5 Rosé recs for 2021

Episode #16: Chocolate & Wine Pairings

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A few new Pink Proseccos to try:

  • Albino Armani
  • Ruffino
  • Lamarcha
  • Tiamo
  • Nino Franco
Feb 02, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #60: Natural and Orange Wines
18:20

Have you ever heard of Natural wines? How about an Orange wine? Well spoiler alert - Orange wines are not made from oranges, but are a unique category of wine made from grapes. In today's podcast show I'm diving into this special topic in the wine industry to chat all about Natty wine, Pet Nats, Orange wines and more! Be sure to subscribe to my show so that you never miss an episode!

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Episode #58: Why aren't all wines vegan?

Episode #59: Organic, Sustainable, and Biodynamic wines

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Notes from today's episode:

Orange wines from the Republic of Georgia are made in a clay pot called a qvevri.

Col Fondo Prosecco is a Natural Wine version of Prosecco.

Jan 26, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #59: Are Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable Wines all the same?
21:35

There are a lot of terms used on wine labels to denote the grape growing practices like "organic", "biodynamic", and sustainably farmed". But what does that mean for the wine? Can these terms be interchangeable to basically mean the wine is healthier? NO! These terms each have unique definitions and don't necessarily mean that your wine is "healthier". Listen to today's episode to learn all about these labelling terms and more! And don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode.

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Episodes mentioned in today's show:

Episode #22: (Sulfites in Wine): Red Wine is NOT giving you headaches....

Episode #58: Why isn't wine vegan?

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Organizations mentioned in today's show:

Demeter Association for Biodynamic Wines

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Jan 19, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #58: Why isn't wine vegan?
12:36

I'm often asked why all wine is not vegan. And the truth is that there are animal biproducts used in the production of wine, so most wines are not actually vegan friendly. Listen to today's episode to learn more about how these products are used, why they make wine taste better, and what alternatives are out there if you want to drink a vegan wine!

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Episode #2: Wine 101

Some vegan wines to check out:

Goldschmidt Winery

Cline Family Winery

Cameleon (Domaine Bousquet)

Jan 12, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #57: Is 'Dry January' actually healthy?
18:49

It's very trendy to make a New Year's resolution to eat healthier, workout, and cutout alcohol for the entire month of January. But is abstaining from alcohol for 4 weeks actually going to improve your health? Are there any concerns with cutting out wine from your diet? In today's episode, I discuss these questions and more to help you jumpstart 2022 with healthy wine choices. Be sure to subscribe to the show so that you can catch all of the exciting wine content coming your way in this new year!

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Episode 23: Wine & Health (Is a glass of red wine a day actually healthy?)

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Jan 05, 2022
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #56: 2022 Wine Resolutions & Trends
16:34

It's crazy to think that we are entering 2022 in just a few days! As we ring in the new year, I thought it would be fun to take a look into some wine trends I predict will be popular over the next few months as well as a few resolutions I'm making for myself and The Wine CEO! Listen now and don't forget to subscribe to the show so that you catch all of the episodes in 2022 (P.S. I release a new one every Wednesday morning!)

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Episodes mentioned in today's Show:

Episode #8: Holiday Bubbles (Champagne and other sparkling wine suggestions for NYE)

Episode #10: 2021 New Year's Resolutions

Episode #18: Ew, Screw Caps (a look into cans, boxes, and wine packaging)

Episode #23: Is a glass of red wine actually healthy?

Episode #22: Red wine is NOT giving you headaches.

Episode #26: Non Alcoholic Wines

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Happy 2022 to you and your loved ones! Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!

 

Dec 29, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #55: Gucci, Panettone, and Franciacorta
16:15

Have you ever heard of Franciacorta? This Italian sparkling wine may not be as well known as prosecco, but many would consider it to be a much higher quality. Join me in The Wine CEO Episode #55 as I discuss what makes this sparkling wine so unique and delicious. And don't forget to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode!

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Episode #53 - The History of Mulled Wine

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Terms you may see on a label of Franciacorta:

  • Millesimato aged for 37 months
  • Riserva aged for 67 months
  • Metodo Tradizionale/ Metodo Classico (Classic Champagne Method of producing sparkling wine)

Great labels to try:

  • Ca Del Bosco

  • Berlucchi

  • Bellavista

  • Cavalleri

Dec 22, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode #54: Holiday Wine Selections with Certified Sommelier Ariel Bruckner
28:38

If you're shopping for a large group o r just trying to make everyone happy around the holidays, it can be difficult to know which wines to buy. Join me this week as I chat with fellow Certified Sommelier Ariel Bruckner about the wines we enjoy around the holidays and a few tips and tricks to make your holiday wine selections a bit easier!

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Wines mentioned in today's show

Ariel's picks for the holidays:

  • 1 Red - New World Pinot Noir
  • 1 White - California Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 Sparkling - Cava or Cremant

Affordable Champagnes: Laurent Perrier, Tattinger, Veuve Cliquot, Piper Heidseick, Nicholas Feuillate, GH Mumm, Tsarine

The wine we drank today while chatting: Voché Rioja Reserva (Tempranillo), 2013 and less than $20 at Costco.

Napa Valley Wineries Ariel is loving: Stag's Leap, Foley, and Swanson. Great wine deals right now!

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Dec 15, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode #53: The History of Mulled Wine
17:11

Around the holiday season, many restaurants will begin serving hot or mulled wine around the world. But this wine based beverage wasn't always associated with Christmas and has a really interesting history. Join me in Episode 53 as I share the history of mulled wine dating way back to the Egyptians, as well as modern day recipes for this yummy holiday favorite. And of course, I share what perfect wines to use when making your own mulled wine as well! Be sure to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode of relatable and fun wine content!

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Great mulled wine recipes to try:

Vinepair.com

Gimme Some Oven

NY Times

Delish

 

Dec 08, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode #52: Are Wine Advent Calendars Worth the Hype?
24:58

This time of year there are tons of Advent Calendars for any product you can imagine. And over the last few years, advent calendars for beer, wine, and spirits have become extremely popular. So are wine advent calendars worth the hype? How much should you pay for a good one? And are there some brands that are better than others? Listen now to Episode #52 to get the answers to these questions and more! And don't forget to subscribe to the show to never miss an episode.

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The Wine CEO Episode #9 - Should you join a wine club?

A few Advent Calendars to look into:

Affordable

  • Target
  • World Market
  • Aldi

Mid Range

  • Costco
  • World Market
  • Total Wine

Top Tier 

  • Vinebox
  • Give Them Beer (I know, but they had a surprisingly decent option!)
  • In Good Taste
  • Vintage Wine Estates

 

Etsy Shops to Build your Own Calendar:

SnowMan Advent Calendar

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Wooden Christmas Box Advent Calendar

Dec 01, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #51: Holiday Gift Guide 2021
18:35

The holidays are here and I've got your Christmas shopping covered with this year's Holiday Gift Guide! From wine games to cooler bags and more, today's episode is dedicated to my top 12 wine gifts for yourself or the wine loving friend in your life. Be sure to check out the blog post that goes along with today's episode for pictures and links to all of the items listed in today's show. And don't forget to subscribe to my show and follow along on social media for more wine related holiday content this season!

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Today's Blog Post with pictures and links to all items on my holiday gift guide: https://www.thewineceo.com/blog/holiday-gift-guide-2021

 

Nov 24, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #50: The 3 Wines on Every Thanksgiving Table
17:13

Thanksgiving is here and there are 3 delicious wines that you need on your holiday table! These wines will pair perfectly with your turkey dinner and all of the yummy fall flavors. Listen now to learn about these 3 wines and why they make perfect Thanksgiving wines. And don't forget to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode!

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Wines from today's show:

Pinot Noir: Erath, Argyle, La Crema, Ponzi, Domaine Drouhin, and EZY TGR.

Chardonnay: Far Niente, Cakebread, Sonoma Cutrer, and Frank Family.

Riesling: Chateau Ste Michelle (Special Label - Eroica), Poet's Leap, Forge Cellars (NY), and Leelanau Cellars (MI).

U.S. Sparkling: Iron Horse (Or French Champagne houses in California like Mumm, Roederer, Chandon, Piper, and more).

Nov 17, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #49: Birthday Cake & Wine Pairings
17:53

Have you ever wanted to know what wine pairs perfectly with your favorite flavor of cake? In episode #49, I dive into the most popular cake flavors and the wines that are their perfect match. From classics like chocolate and vanilla to favorites like strawberry and red velvet - this is an episode full of delicious wine pairings you don't want to miss! Listen now to this quick episode and check out thewineceo.com for a full list of these wine pairings and more!

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Episodes mentioned in today's show:

Episode #8: Holiday Bubbles and NYE Champagne

Episode #16: Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Episode #47: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings

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Wines mentioned in today's show:

Ruffino Moscato d'Asti 

Duckhorn Merlot

Silverado Vineyards Merlot

Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Aqcui

Riuniti Sparkling Lambrusco

Boticello Sparkling Lambrusco

Taylor Fladgate Port

Porto Valdouro Port

Louis Jadot Beaujolais (Gamay)

Erath Pinot Noir

EzyTgr Pinot Noir

Bertrand Cotes des Rosè

Sonoma Cutrer Rosè

Joseph Drouhin Chablis (Chardonnay)

Piper Heidseick Champagne

Tsarine Champagne

Ruffino Prosecco

Tesoro della Regina Prosecco

Dr. Loosen Riesling

Chateau Ste Michelle Eroica Riesling

Forge Cellars Riesling

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Nov 10, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode #48: 4 Steps to Proper Wine Tasting
35:21

There’s nothing wrong with diving into a glass of wine, but you may be missing a few sommelier recommended steps that could help you enjoy that glass even more. In today's episode, I share how these 4 steps will make your wine tasting experience so amazing and why you need to add them into your wine routine asap! This technique isn't anything groundbreaking, but they are commonly forgotten when the average consumer sits down to enjoy a glass of wine. Listen now to learn more!

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Check out The Wine CEO blog post for Episode #48 to get an overview of the 4 steps to proper wine tasting as well as a few tasting wheels that can help you determine wine flavors. 

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Episodes mentioned in today's show:

Episode #2: Wine 101

Episode #22: Red wine is not giving you headaches (a lesson on tannins and sulfites)

Episode #39: So you want to be a sommelier? (an episode on wine certification programs)

Nov 03, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode #47: Spooky Wine Pairings
17:51

Halloween is here and every day is cheat day as we enjoy caramels, candy corn, chocolates, and so many delicious sweets. This week on The Wine CEO Podcast I'm rounding up your favorite Halloween candies and pairing them with tons of delicious wines. Ever wondered what wine to drink which you snack on a bag of Sour Patch kids? This episode is for you! Don't forget to subscribe to The Wine CEO Podcast show wherever you listen so that you never miss an episode!

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Episode #16 - Pairing Chocolate & Wine

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Oct 27, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #46: Real Life of a 5 Diamond Restaurant Maitre d
57:39

In episode #46 we hear from a real life Maitre d of a 5 star/ 5 diamond restaurant. Israel Perez has been the Maitre d and General Manager of Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for over 15 years. In this time, he has gained incredible experience serving guests from a wine list of over 700 bottles. In this episode, Israel tells us how he picks wine for the list, how he pairs wine with the incredible food of James Beard nominated Chef Scott Hunnel, and he shares a personal perspective of what it's like to work at such a high profile restaurant. Ever wondered how you get a job like that or what it takes to be a maitre d? Have you ever been curious about what it's like to serve someone a bottle of wine worth $35,000?! Then this episode is for you! Listen now and don't forget to write a review after to tell me what you enjoyed most about the show.

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Victoria & Albert's (Walt Disney World's 5 Star and 5 Diamond Restaurant)

Website

For reservations: 407-939-3862 or WDW.Victoria.and.Alberts@disney.com

 

Israel's favorite wines:

1. Brunello di Montalcino

2. Barolo

3. Amarone (specifically enjoys a good Recioto)

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Oct 20, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #45: Disney Family of Wines, Part 2
18:05

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast we are continuing the discussion around The Disney Family of Wines! If you don't know anything about this private club of wines featured in the Disney parks and resorts, be sure to listen to Episode #44 to hear Part 1 of this series. And as always, check out social media @thewineceo for more wine related content!

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Wineries from Today's Show:

Kurt Russell's Gogi Wines made at Ampelos Cellars

Chappellet

MacMurray Estate Vineyards

Skywalker Vineyards

 

Oct 13, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #44: Disney Family of Wines, Part 1
21:30

Did you know that there's a secret club of winemakers connected to the Disney Company? After working at Walt Disney World for 10 years, I'm giving you all of the secrets on this private wine club and more! In part 1 of this series, we dive into the unique stories of 3 of these winemakers and the incredible stories that make them legends at the most magical place on earth. Subscribe now so that you don't miss an episode of The Wine CEO Podcast and sign up for my newsletter at thewineceo.com

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Wineries discussed in today's episode:

Fess Parker Winery

Frank Family Vineyards

Silverado Winery

Oct 06, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #43: The Pacific Northwest Overview Part 2, Washington State & More
32:20

This week we continue the discussion on the U.S. Pacific Northwest. I focus on Washington State and compare a lot of facts against our topic of part 1 in this series, Oregon. I also mention 2 minor wine regions that you may not be aware are a part of the Pacific Northwest. It's a great episode about up and coming US wine regions that are growing in popularity and world acclaim.

Check out the blog post for this episode on thewineceo.com HERE

Wineries to check out from Washington State:

  • Chateau St. Michelle, Poet’s Leap, Leonetti Cellar, L’Ecole No. 41, Andrew Will, and Woodward Canyon.

 

Sep 29, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #42: Twins or Sisters?
10:26

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast we dive into the topic of terroir and the question: "Does a particular region or soil type actually impact the flavor of a finished wine?" If you taste a pinot noir from California and one from Burgundy, can you actually taste a difference? This episode is short but sweet because honestly, I had the stomach flu this week. BUT it's an interesting topic nonetheless and a topic I get asked about often! Enjoy and next week we will continue our focus on The Pacific Northwest wine regions.

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Recommendations for side by side regional comparisons:

Sauvignon Blanc: Try comparing a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, California, and France 

Syrah: Try comparing a Syrah from France and a Shiraz from Australia

Pinot Noir: Try comparing a Pinot Noir from Oregon and Burgundy

Zinfandel: Try comparing a Zinfandel from California and a Primitivo from Italy (primitivo is the Italian word for Zinfandel)

Pinot Grigio: Try comparing a Pinot Grigio from Italy and a Pinot Gris from France or California (Pinot Grigio is the same as Pinot Gris - just different translations!)

Riesling: Try a Riesling from Washington State and one from Germany

 

Don't forget to tell me what you thought of the comparisons! Could you taste a difference in the wines? Let me know on Social Media (@thewineceo) or send me an email (sarah@thewineceo.com)!

Sep 22, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #41: The Pacific Northwest Overview Part 1, Oregon
18:19

Oregon and Washington state make up the growing US Pacific Northwest wine region. These areas are booming and this week we are taking a quick look into the world of Oregon wines. In less than 30 minutes, we discuss the top regions throughout Oregon, the main grapes you need to know about, food pairings, amazing producers, and more! It's the perfect one stop shop overview of Oregon wine that you need in your life! Listen now and don't forget to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode.

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Amazing Oregon wine Producers:

  • Erath

  • Ponzi

  • Eyrie

  • Arglye

  • Domaine Drouhin

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Sep 15, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #40: Wine for 'Meeting the Parents'
16:18

Meeting your significant others' parents for the first time can be intimidating! How do you know what wine to bring to their house? How many glasses are you allowed to have before you look like a lush? In today's episode, I discuss these questions and more details around this unique situation. Plus I give you specific recommendations for some creative wines to surprise them with!

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Show Notes

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Email: Sarah@thewineceo.com

How do you know what wine to bring when you're meeting the parents? Ask a few of the below questions:

  1. Do you know what they normally like to drink? (Or if they drink at all?) This shows that you took the time to find something that they would enjoy.
  2. What do you like to drink? Maybe you can share something special that you love! It can help them get to know you better.
  3. Do you know what you're having for dinner? Listen to Episode #3a and #3b for more info on making Food & Wine Pairings that complement perfectly!
  4. Is there a unique wine that you could bring? Maybe something that they won't be familiar with? Below are a few options:
    • Tempranillo, a red wine from Spain that is delicious with burgers and charcuterie. Marques de Caceres is always a great, affordable option. 
    • Albariño, a crisp white wine that is perfect with seafood, salads, and tacos. Try Martin Codax
    • Chablis is a white wine from Burgundy that is crisp and refreshing. It's not your typical chardonnay and may surprise your SO's parents! I love Domaine Chenevieres. Learn more about Chablis in The Wine CEO Episode #19. 
    • Beaujolais is a fruity and light red wine from Burgundy, France. It's akin to a Pinot Noir, but much more floral. A lot of folks have never heard of it, which makes it a fun wine to bring to a party. Duboef is a classic option, but Drouhin is also very good! Learn more about Beaujolais in The Wine CEO Episode #24

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Sep 08, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #39: So you want to be a Sommelier?
42:30

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a sommelier? In today's episode I chat about the top 5 wine accreditation programs and why you should choose one program over another. Be sure to tune in to learn all about The Court of Master Sommeliers, WSET, Wine Scholar Guild, and more. By the end of the episode, you will know what it takes to become a sommelier and why so few people carry the titles of Master Sommelier and Master in Wine around the globe!

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Link to great analysis of Wine Accreditation programs by Wine Folly: HERE

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Compares Accreditation Programs: HERE

Top 5 Programs:

  1. The Court of Master Sommeliers
  2. WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust)
  3. Master in Wine
  4. Society of Wine Educators
  5. Wine Scholar Guild

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Don't forget that I offer a Wine 101 class where you can have 1 on 1 training with me. In this course, I teach the same fundamentals found in WSET Level 2 and the Master Court Level 1. My goal is to make the world of wine approachable and accessible to every consumer, so I offer this course at a fraction of what these other organizations charge you. Email me today to learn more about my Wine 101 class as well as my consultation services to help you study for a wine accreditation! Sarah@thewineceo.com 

Sep 01, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #38: Interview with Master Sommelier Brian Koziol
43:43

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Master Sommelier (basically the PhD of wine)? How do they pass the test and retain all of that information? Do they ever drink anything other than wine? This week on The Wine CEO Podcast I interview Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier, and head of the Walt Disney World beverage program for years! Brian shares some unique tips on the Master Court of Sommelier exams as well as encouragement for anyone studying to become a Master. If you've ever wanted a glimpse into the life of a top wine educator, evaluator, and service industry professional - then press play now and listen to this episode!

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Aug 25, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #37: Sippin in the Mitten
19:17

When most people think of American wine regions, they imagine California, Washington, Oregon, and maybe New York state. Michigan is not at the top of the list, but there has been a boom in the wine industry in Northern Michigan and it has become a hot spot for boutique wine travel. I had the chance to visit the Traverse City area earlier this summer and in Episode #37 we dive into what I found and why you need to add this wine destination to your bucket list.

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Traverse City Tour Companies:

Wine & Beer Tours

Traverse City Wine Tours

Grand Traverse Bike Tours

Traverse City Wineries:

Chateau Grand Traverse

Bonobo Winery

Chateau Chantal

L Mawby Winery

2 Lads Winery

Check out my blog post HERE for more info on restaurants, breweries, and more in Traverse City!

Aug 18, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #36: Wine tastes like Cat Pee?!?
16:37

Have you ever heard someone say that wine smells like cat pee? Gross, right? But they may actually be right! Believe it or not, "cat pee" is actually a sommelier term to describe the racy acidicty in many sauvignon blancs! Today in episode #36 we are diving into everything you need to know about the Sauvignon Blanc grape varietal! From famous regions to flavor notes and food pairings, you will feel like an absolute expert on Sauvignon Blanc after this 15 minute episode! 

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Sauvignon Blanc Regions:

  1. Marlborough, New Zealand
  2. Bordeaux, France (often blended with Semillon grapes)
  3. The Loire, France
    1. Sancerre
    2. Pouilly Fume (from Pouilly sur Loire appellation)
  4. USA
    1. Washington State
    2. California (Sauvignon Blanc is also known as Fume Blanc)
  5. Australia
  6. South Africa
  7. Chile
  8. Austria

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Great Sauvignon Blancs to try:

  • France

Domaine Laporte & Salmon (Sancerre), Domaine Fournier Les Belles Vignes (Sancerre), Henri Bourgeois (Pouilly-Fumé), Michel Redde (Sancerre)

  • California

Cakebread, Robert Mondavi, Honig, & Frog’s Leap

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My new favorite wine pairing book:  "Big Macs and Burgundy" by Vanessa Price

 

Aug 11, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #35: Beginner's Guide to New Zealand, Part 2
20:37

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast we are finishing our 2 part Beginner's Guide on New Zealand by chatting about the South Island Wine regions, food pairings, and more! 

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In the South Island, the main regions of note are Marlborough, Caterbury, Waipara, and Central Otago.

Marlborough is known almost exclusively for Sauvignon Blanc. It produces 70% of New Zealand wine and over 85% of the country’s Sauvignon Blanc. It’s also fitting that we discuss Marlborough first because it was actually the first area on the South Island where grape vines were planted. The region is made up of multiple valleys and each imparts specific flavor profiles to the grapes. (For example, some areas offer more irrigation while others have unique soil blends.) Often winemakers in Marlborough will harvest Sauvignon Blanc grapes from multiple valleys and blend them to find a balanced flavor. Marlborough does have some Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Gris; but, it’s mostly known for Sauvignon Blanc. Many producers here age their wine in stainless steel tanks while some age on old French oak barrels that impart little flavor to the wine. Basically, there's little to no oak influence so these wines taste clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Up next are  the regions of Caterbury and Waipara. I combined these two because they are fairly small producing regions located on the central eastern coast of the South Island. They’re also both located right next to the large city of Christchurch. These areas are known predominantly for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc,  but there is some Riesling and Pinot Gris grown here as well.

Last but not least is Central Otago, which is in the south east region of the South Island. This area is known for Pinot Noir and is definitely the second most well known region in the South Island, next to Marlborough. There is a small amount of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling grown here - but Pinot Noir is definitely the main attraction. The reason for this is the unique red colored soil made of clay, lime, and gravel; which imparts unique minerality to the grapes. Additionally the climate in Central Otago is rather dry and sunny, helping the Pinot Noir grapes to develop nice fresh fruit flavors. 

Typically New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are stylistically known for having notes of grapefruit, passionfruit, ripe pear, tropical fruits, kiwi, and herbal notes that a lot of folks equate to fresh cut grass and herbs.  The Pinot Noirs can range in flavor across the North and South Islands, but they tend to have notes of cherry, cranberry, mushroom, raspberry and spices or vanilla.

 

Food Pairings:

With these unique flavor profiles, you have a lot of great options to pair New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noirs with food. NZ is surrounded by ocean, so there's a lot of seafood in their cuisine. New Zealand Sauvignon blancs go really nicely with oysters, shrimp, light white fish, and almost anything that is light and needs acid. Because of the herbal flavors, they also pair nicely with heavily herbed light dishes. So for example, think about a shrimp pasta with lemon and fresh parsley - this would be great with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Additionally, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs pair nicely with salads because of the herbal and vegetal flavors. One thing that a lot of folks don’t expect is that New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs actually go really well with asian foods. The tropical fruit and lime notes are delicious with South Pacific island cuisine. (And if you aren’t familiar with Fiji and the Polynesian islands, think about fish with soy sauce or lime and coconut milk as this is classic cuisine to the region).

New Zealand Pinot Noirs pair nicely with lamb because of the earthier and spicier notes. But, because they are also light, fruity, and acidic, they also pair well with duck and chicken. My personal favorite though is salmon. New Zealand Pinot Noir is light enough to not overpower salmon making for a delicious combination.

Fun Fact:

One of the things that New Zealand is known for is utilizing the Stelvin Closure or Screw Cap in almost all of their wines. You would be hard pressed to find a wine with a cork in it in this country and culturally it’s more odd to see a wine with a screw cap than a cork throughout the islands. This may seem counterintuitive, but if you remember listening to The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #18, then you know that screw caps are becoming more and more popular around the world because they are actually a safer way to seal bottles than natural corks.  Screw caps have been widely accepted in New Zealand for this reason for years and it’s truly just a common practice in the winemaking culture and for all of the New Zealand wine consumers to expect screw caps. 

Wines to try:

Sauvignon Blancs:

  • Cloudy Bay was the first New Zealand winery to put Sauvignon Blanc on the global map. It's a bit of a legend!
  • Brancott also makes delicious Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough.
  • Kim Crawford is a classic label that always has consistent and great quality Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Palliser Estate also has some delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Noirs:

  • Ata Rangi is a top producer with delicious Pinots.
  • Oyster bay is really affordable, but good quality and consistent.
  • Dog Point is a delicious Pinot Noir maker from Marlborough.

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Aug 04, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 34: Beginner's Guide to New Zealand, Part 1
19:28

Today's episode is the first of many wine region spotlights! You all asked for more episodes on specific wine regions and today I'm discussing New Zealand. This 2 part series covers an overview of New Zealand wine history, fun facts and legends, as well as the main wine growing regions on the North and South Islands. 

Check out my blog post HERE if you're a visual learner and want to look at a map while you listen to the show.

Episode #34 focuses on the North Island wine regions listed below and next week we'll cover the South Island, food pairings, and more!

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The North Island is predominantly known for the regions of Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Auckland, and Wairarapa. This whole island is slightly warmer throughout the year than the South Island because it’s closer to the equator. This makes it much easier for the wine makers in this region to grow Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other grapes that require a bit more sunlight.

  1. Auckland: Aukland is the most northwestern wine region in New Zealand and is mostly known for Chardonnay and red blends from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. There has been an increase in Syrah plantings over the past few years in Auckland as well. The region spreads out all around the city of Aukland and although it doesn’t produce the most wine in New Zealand, it actually has the largest number of wineries in the country. The climate in Aukland is warm, but rainy and humid. There’s a lot of cloud cover in this region that can help moderate sunlight hours, but the intense amount of rain can also create problems with rot. For a smaller region, they are producing some really amazing wines. 

  2. Gisborne: Moving clockwise from Auckland we come next to Gisborne. This region sits along the north eastern coast and is known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. They’re especially known for their unique Chardonnays that have tropical fruit and honey notes that make for really unique, bold wines. Gisborne gets a lot of rain along the coast, but is still warmer than most New Zealand regions. This weather makes it perfect for chardonnay. Overall it’s a fairly small region and has a lower number of wineries compared to the other North Island regions.

  3. Hawke’s Bay: Next up is Hawke’s Bay which is along the central eastern coast of the North Island. It is known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and a small amount of Syrah. Hawke’s Bay is actually the second largest wine region in the country and also the driest of all of the regions in the North Island. The leading variety here is Chardonnay, but there’s a long history of red wine as well. Cabernet Sauvignon put this region on the map due to the fertile and gravelly soil that reminded many winemakers of Bordeaux. Today Merlot and Syrah have overtaken Cabernet Sauvignon in the number of vines planted, but all of these red grapes are still used in many delicious blends coming out of this region.

  4. Wairarapa: Last but not least is Wairarapa. This region is in the southern tip of the North island, where the country’s capital of Wellington is located. Wairarapa is known for Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and some Pinot Gris. The most important sub region within Wairarapa is by far Martinborough, which has gained world acclaim for outstanding pinot noirs. The region is compared often to Burgundy, which is also known for Pinot Noir, due to their similar climates. There’s a large mountain range that helps create a really dry climate in Martinborough that is perfect for growing Pinot Noir. Overall, there aren’t a ton of wineries here, but the few that are - make really delicious wines.

 

Great wines to try from the North Island:

  • Palliser Estate: This winery offers Pinot Noir, Sauvignon blanc, and Pinot Gris from Martinborough.

  • Ata Rangi: Amazing Pinot Noirs from Martinborough

  • Dry River: Delicious Pinot Noirs from Martinborough

Jul 28, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 33: Wine Tools, Upcoming Wine Regions, and more with my little Sister
25:10

In episode #13 my little sister Rebecca joined me on the show to discuss how I got into wine and other random questions. She is back again this week in episode #33 to talk about the top 3 wine tools every kitchen needs, the wine regions I want to travel to, what sparkling wine to use for mimosas and more!

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Three wine tools every kitchen needs:

1. Corkscrew

Classic Waiter's corkscrew 

Rabbit manual corkscrew

2. Champagne buckets

Sturdy Stainless Steel Amazon Option

My Favorite from Crate & Barrel

3. Good Bottle Stoppers

Silicone Rabbit bottle stopper

Vaccum Pump with silicone stoppers (pulls oxygen out to help your wine last longer!)

Classic Sparkling Wine stopper

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Jul 21, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 32: What to drink while shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
15:51

If you are in the US and you love fashion, then you probably know that the Nordstrom anniversary sale is happening this week. I love shopping for wine, but my love for shopping doesn’t end there. I am very excited to check out all of the hot sale items that Nordstrom has for this summer and fall. But I’m not a fashion blogger, so I’m not going to give you any details about the sale or the top items I'm hoping to purchase. Nope, we are here for the wine folks! So instead, I am going to tell you what you should be drinking as you do hours and hours of shopping! 

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So when you're shopping a long sale, it means spending a few hours online, right? You're perusing dozens of pages of items, reading hundreds of reviews, and adding items to your wish list. So it can take some time and you want to stay focused. You don’t want a high alcohol wine that is going to make you crash and need a nap. You want something you can sip all afternoon or evening as you fill your virtual shopping cart. You also want something light and refreshing, but still fun and flavorful.

My recommendation is 10/10 Lambrusco. Lambrusco is a light red wine from Italy that comes from the region of Emilia Romagna, which is in North Eastern Italy. Lambrusco is known for being fruity and acidic, but even better, most Lambrusco is frizzante. Frizzante is the Italian term for fizzy. It’s not enough bubbles to be considered sparkling wine though, so it isn’t like Prosecco or champagne. It's just slightly....well, fizzy!

Lambrusco can be dry or sweet and in both cases, the fizz keeps the wine nice and refreshing. With flavor notes of strawberries, blackberries, and flowers this wine makes for an easy summertime red wine, especially when you chill it to around 50F degrees.

Because of Lambrusco’s acidity and fizz, it’s also a great food pairing wine. Naturally, this wine is a home run with Italian classics like pizza and pasta, but it really shines with the local Italian products from the Emilia Romagna region like prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano cheese. You’ve heard me say it before, but an easy way to ensure a great food and wine combo is sticking to regional pairings. This is no exception as Lambrusco is a heavenly pairing with prosciutto and parmigiano.

But if cheese and salami isn't your preferred snack as you shop, try a little chocolate! Lambrusco's light and fruity flavors make it an amazing combo with milk chocolate.

There are 3 levels of sweetness descriptors for Lambrusco wines and various winemakers across the region will produce theirs differently. You will often find these terms on the wine label so you can know if you're purchasing a dry, semi-dry, or sweet version of Lambrusco.

Secco is the term for dry

Semi-secco is the term for off-dry (slightly sweet)

Dolce is the term for sweet

I recommend pairing the Secco and Semi-secco versions with savory foods and pair the dolce with sweets and chocolate.

Lastly, I think it's important to note that there are  technically 13 different Italian grape varietals with the name Lambrusco in it. All of these grapes are grown in Emilia Romagna and they all make up the family of wines known by the name Lambrusco. Although they are technically different grapes (some are clones of these grapes), they all have the same main flavor profile and they are grouped under the same term "Lambrusco". If you were to taste a few of these side by side, you might be able to determine slight flavor nuances between these grapes, but for the most part, they taste very similar and are all low in alcohol, light in body, and low in tannins. But if you come across some additional names on a wine label for Lambrusco, now you know why! (Three of the most common names you might find are Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco di Salamino, and Lambrusco Grasparossa).

And it's this unique flavor profile of being a light and fruity red wine with low alcohol and fizz that makes it a perfect wine to drink as you shop! But don't drink it as you try your clothes on......no one wants to fight to get red wine stains out of a brand new dress!

Below are a few of my favorite Lambruscos that you can look for in your local wine shop:

  • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco
  • Ceci Otello Lambrusco
  • Riunite Lambrusco

Hope you learned something new about Lambrusco and happy shopping!

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Jul 14, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 31: Winemaker Karim Mussi from Mendoza, Argentina
41:51

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a winemaker? You might be surprised that it isn't a glamorous life of fine dining and private jets. In today's episode, I interview Karim Mussi, the winemaker from Altocedro Winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Karim and I discuss the challenges of being a winemaker, life in Mendoza, if winemakers only drink their own wines, and so much more! It's an episode that you don't want to miss, so hit play now to hear from Karim on the beautiful wines of Mendoza and Altocedro.

And be sure to check out today's blog post on thewineceo.com for pictures, maps, and other behind the scenes info from today's episode!

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How to learn more about Karim Mussi:

Website: karimmussi.com

Instagram: @karim_mussi

Facebook: Altocedro.wines

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Where to buy Karim's wines:

For locals here in Orlando, check out Tim's Wine Market or ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

Otherwise, you can buy altocedro and other wines from Karim on vivino and wine.com You can also ask your local wine shop to order in some of Karim's Wines and they can source them for you!

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Jul 07, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 30: Wine and Barbecue
17:47

Summer is here and folks all around the US are firing up the grill for July 4th weekend. There are a ton of amazing wines that pair perfectly with barbecue and in Episode #30 of The Wine CEO Podcast I dive into these and so much more! Be sure to hit subscribe now so that you never miss an episode and start listening now!

You can also check out my free guide to pairing wine and barbecue at The Wine CEO Blog . It's an awesome tool that summarizes everything from today's show and you can easily save it to your phone for the next time you are shopping. 

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Jun 30, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 29: Real Life of a Beverage Director with Ariel Bruckner
40:44

Have you ever wondered what Sommeliers do? What jobs are out there for sommeliers and what does a day in the life look like? In episode 29, I chat with my friend and fellow Certified Sommelier Ariel Bruckner. Ariel has been in the beverage industry for over a decade and has been beverage director for a major Orlando resort with over 17 restaurants and a large convention business. We chat about what it's like to be a female in the industry, how she became a beverage director, and what she drinks regularly!

We also discussed the right questions to ask when ordering wine in a restaurant and how to properly send a bottle back. It's an episode that you don't want to miss, so be sure to hit play now to start listening! 

Ariel is also co-founder of Wash and Wik, an amazing candle and soap company in Orlando, Florida. They make incredible candles, including a few wine scented. Where else can you find a wine scented candle that has been mixed and approved by a certified sommelier?! Wash and Wik is actually the sponsor of today's show and for The Wine CEO Podcast listeners, Wash and Wik has offered a 20% discount when you use the code THEWINECEO at checkout! Be sure to check them out at washandwik.com

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Show Notes

While recording the show, Ariel and I were drinking Campo Viejo Rosé Cava (around $10 at most grocery stores - sommeliers don't drink fancy wine every night! I promise we're regular people too!)

Ariel & I discussed ordering aged wines and how they can taste different from fresh, young wines. For more information on proper aging and how a few years can affect a wine, be sure to check out The Wine CEO Podcast Episode #12, "Is Age Just a Number?".

Ariel's go-to wines:

1. Joel Gott: This family of wines tends to range from $12-$20  at most grocery stores. Despite the inexpensive price tag, these wines are really consistent and a perfect pick for a mid week bottle!

2. Chalk Hill: These wines have a large price range with bottles anywhere from $15-$55, but all of them are consistently delicious. 

 

Jun 23, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 28: Too Many At A Work Lunch
19:35

Navigating work luncheons and dinners can be intimidating. You're networking to get that next promotion, trying to be funny but not too funny, and trying not to spill any food on yourself. Adding alcohol into that equation only makes things more complicated. Is it always okay to drink at a company event? How many glasses is too many when the company is paying? What do you do if the server keeps topping you off, but you're afraid you're getting tipsy? In today's episode I chat about these questions and more to help you feel prepared for your next professional lunch, dinner, happy hour, or company whatever!

And be sure to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode!

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Jun 16, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 27 - Poolside Sipping With My Friend Sam
23:46

In episode #27 my friend Samantha joins me on the show to chat all about poolside sippers. From rosè and refreshing white wines to light reds and bubbles, we cover it all! We even discuss what glassware and cooling options you have to keep tour pool day simple and care free. You also get a sneak peek into how Samantha set me up with my boyfriend Cris, so it’s an episode you don’t want to miss! Listen now and don’t forget to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode!

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Episode Show notes:

Great poolside sippers for wine this summer:

  • Rosè: look for lighter colored dry rosè (sugar isn’t quite as refreshing on a hot day, so i usually stay away from sweeter options!)
    • Try one of these: Bertrand Cotes de Rose, Chateau de La Noblesse Rose from Bandol, and Sonoma Cutrer
  • White: I love white wines that are light, crisp, and acidic in the hot summer. So Sauvignon blanc and Albariño are two top picks! Try one of the below wines:
    • Martin Codax Albariño, Burgans Albariño, or Licia Albariño
    • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (A classic New Zealand SB), Domaine Fournier Sancerre (Sancerre is from France and delicious Sauvignon Blanc!), and Duckhorn SB from California
  • Red: lighter red wines can be a good option on a cooler evening or if you chill the bottle more than normal (45-50F degrees). Look for Gamay, Pinot Noir, from the U.S., or even a Lambrusco.
  • Bubbles: you can’t beat cava. This inexpensive Spanish sparkling wine is made in the same method as champagne for a fraction of the cost! Try one of my favorites below:
    • Villa Conchi Cava Brut, Campo Viejo, or Borrasca

If you want to learn more about canned wines, check out my episode #18 HERE

Tips for poolside wines:

  1. Temperatures: A large corkcicle or thermos is great to keep wines cold by the pool! (Keep in mind that a normal sized bottle of wine is 750mL or 25oz.) Don’t add ice or this will water down your wine! Pour wine in small amounts into your glass because the wine will warm up faster in your glass than in the corkcicle.
  2. Glassware: If you can’t bring glass to your pool, invest in small insulated thermos cups from corkcicle, yeti, or another company. I love my Rifle Paper Co one HERE. You can also try these plastic reusable stemmed wine glasses that look like real glass from Amazon (I love them and they are great quality!!).

I hope today’s episode was helpful! Please write a review if you learned something new and don’t forget to tell your friends about the show!

Jun 09, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 26: Non-Alcoholic Wines
34:29

Non Alcoholic wines are really trendy right now...but are they good? When you're shopping for Non-Alcoholic wines, how do you know if some are better than others? In Episode 26, I dive into these questions and more! I also tried something I've never done before on the show - I invited 3 of my friends to taste 4 wines with me to get their LIVE reactions. We had some really fun thoughts on these wines, so you don't want to miss this hilarious (and interesting) episode! And be sure to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode.

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Episode 26 Show Notes:

The biggest thing to remember when you are shopping for non-alcoholic wines is that the label should say "de-alcoholized" or "alcohol removed". If the label simply states "non-alcoholic", then there's a good chance that this is simply grape juice (or a very loosely regulated sugary beverage). De-Alcoholized wines are wines that are made in normal wine making and fermentation processes. Then the alcohol is removed to leave a beverage that should still taste like wine, but has less than 1% ABV. (It is important to note that some non-alcoholic wines can still have a small percentage of alcohol in them! Unless the bottle says 0%, be mindful that it may have trace amounts of alcohol).

Sadly, what we found from today's episode was that a lot of de-alcoholized wines on the market are just not as good as the real stuff. We only tried 4 wines, so there's definitely an opportunity to try other brands and explore a bit more. But, we tried 4 different brands and none were overly impressive. As a sommelier, I was really underwhelmed, but even my 3 friends were hoping for more flavor. They all agreed that you could use these wines as a mixer to make a mocktail or NA sangria, but none of the wines were delicious enough to polish a bottle off at your next mommy-to-be brunch.

Below are the 4 wines that we tried as well as a brief review of each wine. Be sure to listen to the show to get our full reactions and why we rated each wine as below.

1. Almost Zero Ravishing Rose

  • This wine label from South Africa makes a white, red, rose, and sparkling that are all de-alcoholized. They claim that all of their wines have 0.4%ABV and are lower in sugar than the average wine. 
  • Sadly, we were underwhelmed by their rose. It had a very odd aroma and a weird aftertaste.
  • Only 1/3 of my friends said that she would drink this while she was pregnant. The other 2 said that they would drink it over ice with some sparkling water or juice, but wouldn't drink it on it's own.
  • Overall, we rated it a 5.5/10 as someone who likes dry rose and is desperate for a glass of wine during pregnancy may enjoy it. 

2. Giesen 0% Sauvignon Blanc

  • This was definitely the best NA wine we tried. I actually did a blind tasting where I gave everyone this wine and a regular sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. Everyone guessed correctly which one was non-alcoholic, but they did hesitate for a moment, which speaks to the quality of the dealcoholized wine.
  • The aromas were pleasant and the flavor profile did remind me of a lighter sauvignon blanc. Sadly, it was a bit flat on the end though and lost so much flavor within seconds. 
  • Again, only 1/3 of my friends said they would drink it on their own and the other 2 said they would turn it into a white sangria or mocktail. 
  • Overall we rated this wine a 7/10 as it was the best of the 4 we tried. If you were looking for a glass of white wine, this is the best one I've found on the market. 

3. Alternativa 0.0 Rosso 

  • I can't beat around the bush....this wine was awful. We all agreed that it had almost no flavor. It had a very light scent on the nose and then no body at all. 
  • Sadly it tasted watered down. Maybe we got a bad bottle, but it was truly terrible.
  • I was disappointed since I love Italian red wines and this one was made from a fairly well known grape varietal (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo).
  • But at the end of the day, we rated this a 0/10 as we could not in good faith recommend it to anyone!

4. St. Regis Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Although this red wine was better than the Alternativa 0.0, we were still disappointed by the lack of flavor. 
  • For a Cabernet Sauvignon, it had extremely light body and almost no structure. One of my friends said that it tasted like grape juice to her and not wine at all.
  • We rated this wine a 3/10 because it has enough flavor that you could turn it into a red NA sangria, but it's not good enough to drink on it's own.

It was suggested that we need to do a second episode that is solely on non-alcoholic sparkling wines and I agree this would be a popular topic! Sadly I think the final thought was that there are a few decent NA wines on the market that could be used as mixers in mocktails, but they can be hit or miss and surprisingly expensive for the quality. I will be on the lookout for better options and will continue to update you all as I'm determined to find a great NA wine for my pregnant friends and others who want to cut back on alcohol! So stay tuned!

 

Jun 02, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 25: Hot Dogs and WHAT?!?
18:40

Memorial Day weekend is here which means that summer is right around the corner and everyone is ready for a good old fashioned cookout. On today's episode, we aren't talking bbq....we're talking classic hamburgers and hot dogs and the wines that pair perfectly with them. Listen now for all of the details and be sure to subscribe to my show so you never miss an episode! Also head over to thewineceo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter and get a free guide to pairing food and wine! 

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Episode 25 Show Notes:

My top pick for a classic cheeseburger pairing is a Spanish Tempranillo. 

Awesome regions in Spain for Tempranillo include: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro

Tempranillo is given the following classifications based upon age:

2 Years: Crianza

3 Years: Riserva

5 Years: Gran Riserva

*Some awesome Tempranillo to try include:

  • Marques des Caceres
  • Marques de Murrieta
  • La Crimus (Less than $10 at Trader Joe's)
  • Montecillo

My perfect pairing for a classic hot dog is Gewüztraminer! This wine is extremely aromatic and can compete with strong flavors like mustard, sauerkraut, pickles, and relish. 

Some of the best regions for Gewüztraminer are Alsace (France), Tentino Alto Adige (Italy), and The United States (California, Washington, and New York). 

Some delicious Gewüztraminer to try include:

  • Chateau St. Michelle (Washington State)
  • Trimbach (Alsace)
  • Albrecht (Alsace)
  • Armani (Trentino)

Don't forget to tag me on social media this summer if you try one of these wines with your cookout!

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May 26, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 24: Wine for Little Red Riding Hood
21:14

Springtime is here and the weather is finally getting nice enough for picnics! So what wines should you have in your picnic basket? Join me as I discuss 2 perfect wines for springtime - Gamay and Viognier. These aromatic wines both have amazing floral notes that complement this season so perfectly. Listen now to learn more about these two varietals and why they are perfect for your next picnic! Want to know why Little Red Riding Hood was drinking wine? You'll have to listen to find out!

And don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode!

Want a personalized pairing for your next picnic menu? Send me an email Sarah@thewineceo.com or send me a private message on my website thewineceo.com

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Show Notes:

10 Villages in the Beaujolais Cru: Morgon, Brouilly, St. Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Regnie, Cote de Brouilly, and Chiroubles

Great grocery store Beaujolais to try: Louis Jadot & Georges DeBoeuf

Try a Viognier from the Northern Rhone (Condrieu and Chateau Grillet), California (Paso Robles is awesome), or Australia (Barossa Valley).

Some great viognier to try: Sobon Estate (CA), Yalumba (Aus), Michel Gassier Les Piliers (FR)

If you try a Gamay or a Viognier this spring, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on social! @thewineceo

 

May 19, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 23: Is a glass of wine a day actually healthy?
20:24

For years people have been saying that 1 glass of red wine daily can reduce your risk of heart attacks and even keep your brain healthy. But is this actually true? Are there any real health benefits to drinking wine? And is there a difference between drinking red wine or white wine?

This week on The Wine CEO Podcast I'm diving into The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of drinking wine. We discuss all of the health challenges and benefits from drinking wine, so hit play now to start listening!

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and don't forget to write a review for my show to tell other listeners how much you enjoy it!

May 12, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 22: Red Wine is NOT giving you headaches......
15:52

Have you ever heard someone say, "I don’t drink red wine, because it gives me headaches.”? I’ve heard this a lot and usually from females. When I ask them what they think causes the headaches, they usually equate it to tannins or sulfites. It’s a commonly shared belief, but I'm here to break that wine myth and rock your world. Tannins and sulfites are NOT giving you headaches!

In episode 22 I dive into the topic of tannins and sulfites and discuss what's actually giving you a headache. Listen now to learn more and be sure to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode!

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May 05, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 21: Is Wine The New Margarita?
15:04

This week on the Wine CEO Podcast we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo early by discussing some delicious wines that pair perfectly with tacos, guac, and all of your favorite Mexican foods. These wines can be a great substitution for a margarita and spoiler alert - I'm NOT talking about Sangria! Listen now for all of the details on these 2 amazing Spanish wines and don't forget to share this episode with a friend for your next fiesta!

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Notes from today's show:

 1. Albariño - crisp white wine from the Spanish region of Rias Baixas. 

Great wines to check out:

    • Martin Codas Rias Baixas

    • Licia Albarino

    • Burgeons Rias Baixas Albarino

2. Verdejo - crisp white wine from the Spanish region of Rueda. 

Great wines to check out:

    • Marques de Riscal Verdejo, Rueda

    • Palma Real Rueda Verdejo

    • Latitud 42 Rueda Ecologico

Cheers to trying these wines this week for Cinco de Mayo and don't forget to connect on IG or FB so you can tell me what you think of this episode!

Apr 28, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 20: Help! How do I begin studying wine?
31:42

Today’s episode may seem like a simple question, but it’s actually a bit more complex when you think about it. There are over 1,000 different grape varietals (like literally, there are almost 1,300 to be precise) and there are dozens and dozens of countries that produce wine. So where do you even begin when you are looking to learn more about wine? And should you begin by reading or tasting? I answer these questions and many more today on episode 20 of The Wine CEO Podcast!

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Recommended Books from today's show:

The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

Wine Folly, Magnum Edition by Madeline Puckett

Windows on the World Wine Course by Kevin Zraly 

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Janis Robinson

Apr 21, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 19: The ONLY wine you have to drink this Spring!
17:17

Spring is the perfect season to be looking for a medium white wine that has enough body to hold up to a crisp spring breeze, but is still refreshing to drink with a little sunshine. It's warming up around the country and everyone is looking for some lively wine flavors to brighten up their evenings, so this week on The Wine CEO Podcast I am telling you all about the best wine to drink this time of year!

Don't forget to hit subscribe, so that you never miss one of my episodes and check out thewineceo.com for more amazing wine content!

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Quick Facts on Chablis:

  • Chablis is located in Burgundy, France
  • It is a region that exclusively produces Chardonnay wines
  • Typically these wines are not aged in oak, so they have a crisp and refreshing flavor profile (unlike most California Chardonnays)
  • Chablis is broken into 4 designations based upon vineyard classification and grape production quality: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru
  • Chablis pairs well with lighter dishes like salad, chicken, pasta salad, and things with medium fat and citrus content. Try to avoid heavily spiced foods.

Wines listed in today's episode: 

- Chenevieres Chablis $20 from Total Wine

-Sainte Celine Chablis $16 from Trader Joe's

-Amazing Premier Crus and Grand Crus if you're looking for a higher end Chablis: Les Clos, Valmur, Raveneau, Laroche, Fourchaume, and Jean Dauvissat

Apr 14, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 18: Ew, Screw Caps.
32:24

Are all wines with screw caps cheap and poor quality? Join me this week as we dive into the discussion around screw caps, corks, boxed wine, and canned wine! It's a very trendy topic right now and one I get asked about A LOT! Be sure to check out thewineceo.com for more wine info and remember to screen shot this episode and share it on your social media accounts tagging @thewineceo to share what you learned and spread the word about the show!

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Notes from today's show:

Good labels for boxed and canned wines to try:

Cupcake

Underwood

Coppola

Bota Box

Bandit

Have you tried more? I would love to hear about your experience! Either send me a message on Instagram or Facebook or send and email to Sarah@thewineceo.com Thanks for listening!

Apr 07, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 17: Ice Queens and all things Temperature Related
30:53

Thank you all for the love and support during my brief hiatus this past month! I had a minor health scare and had to have a cardiac surgery, but I am recovering and excited to be back with you all!

This week's episode is all about temperatures.... We discuss everything from 'what temperature to store your wines at if you don't own a dedicated wine cooler'  to 'what temperatures you should serve your wine at'. I dive into the common question - how do I quickly chill a bottle of wine if I just got home from the grocery store and I need this bottle for dinner in less than 45 minutes? So be sure to listen to the full episode for this tip and many more and don't forget to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode!

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Links from today's show:

Beginner Wine Coolers - 

6 bottle, 1 temperature mini wine cooler on Amazon

Wine Enthusiast, 1 temperature, 12 bottle wine cooler on Amazon

Larger Wine Coolers - 

24 bottle Dual Zone Cooler on Amazon

*Contact me if you're looking to buy a larger cooler as I can recommend some great options and help you choose your starting wine selection! Just email me at Sarah@thewineceo.com

Tabletop Wine Chillers

Marble Wine Chiller on Crate and Barrel

Marble and Brass Wine Chiller on Williams Sonoma

Steel Wine Chiller on Williams Sonoma

Champagne Bucket on Williams Sonoma

 

Mar 31, 2021
The Wine CEO Episode 16: The BEST Wines to drink with Chocolate
19:44

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Episode 16 is all about pairing chocolate and wine! For an easy chart to save to your phone, check out The Wine CEO Blog Post - Chocolate and Wine for my post on this topic!

Don't forget:

I host virtual wine tastings! CLICK HERE to learn more!

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Does Wine pair with Chocolate? And with so many different kinds of chocolate, how do you know which wines to choose?

The answer is YES - wine 100% pairs with chocolate. And there are some wines that complement certain chocolate flavors better than others. But as always, please remember that my recommendations are not gospel! I encourage you to try my pairings to enjoy some great flavor combinations and maybe find a new favorite, but if you love something, stick with it (even if you are going against a "typical pairing").

So what I’m going to do today is break down a few different types of chocolate and then the wines that would pair really nicely with them. These same pairings would work nicely for things that have those chocolates in them, like a dark chocolate molten lava cake or a white chocolate cheesecake, so you can keep that in mind when thinking about these wine pairings as well.

I'm going to mention options today that pair well with white, milk and dark chocolates as well as a few stuffed chocolates or truffles. (Side note - when you are pairing with a truffle, you’re most often pairing your wine with the filling more than the chocolate. It’s likely that the filling will overpower the chocolate so you want your wine to match the strongest flavor in the truffles.) If you have any additional questions on specific pairings I didn't mention in today's episode, don't hesitate to email me at Sarah@thewineceo.com and I would be happy to give you a free personalized pairing!

>>White Chocolate with Chardonnay or Rosè

>>Milk Chocolate with Pinot Noir or Gamay

>>Dark Chocolate with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon

>>Caramel Chocolates with Madeira or Sweet Riesling

>>Peanut Butter Chocolates with Lambrusco or Pinot Noir

To better understand why these are great pairings, listen to the full episode now or check out my Blog post at thewineceo.com

Cheers!

Feb 10, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 15 - My Top 5 Rosè Recommendations for Valentine's Day 2021
16:13

Rosè wines are such an interesting topic because there are so many different styles out there! With Rosè made in almost every major wine region, the countless options can be overwhelming at times. I often get asked “How are Rosè wines made? Are there rosè grapes? Or are they made by mixing red and white wine?"

The short answer is that rosè wines are made from red grapes. The winemaker limits the amount of time the grape juice is in contact with its skins during the crushing process, so that the juice extracts minimal color and looks more pinkish than red. This also means that the juice extracts less flavor from the skins, so these wines tend to be much lighter and fruitier than the red wines made from the same grape varietals. There are a wide range of flavors and styles of rosè wine because there are countless red grape varietals used to make rosès - Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah….the list goes on and on! Rosès can be a single grape varietal or a blend of multiple varietals.

There are no requirements around the specific grapes that must be used or how the wines are made, so they are truly different depending on where in the world they are from and the specific winemaker who made them. It is important to note that in some rosè regions, like Provence (FR), there are some white grapes that are added to the blend to soften the red grapes. This is not very common as most rosès around the world are made exclusively from red grapes, but I think it’s worth mentioning!

Rosès are perfect to enjoy all year long, but I have found that there is a specific uptick in rosè interest around Valentine’s Day. Everyone loves to drink something pink around this holiday, so I’ve rounded up my top 5 picks for this year and included pictures of each bottle to make it a little easier when you’re shopping for your sweetheart or galentine’s day party!

1.  Sonoma Cutrer Rose: First up is the Sonoma Cutrer Rose from Sonoma California. They’ve made each vintage a little differently and it looks like their 2020 is really light and fresh. I’ve only tried their 2017 which had a really rich dark color, but I was really impressed with it! I’m not normally a California Pinot Noir fan and they make all of their rose’s out of 100% pinot noir grapes, but this wine was fresh, fruity, and delicious. It had great acidity and would honestly hold up to a lot of heavier foods. It’s around $20-$25 depending on the retailer so very decently priced and an awesome pick for Valentine’s Day!

2. Bertrand Cote des Rose: You can find this wine in most grocery stores for less than $20. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault from the south of France and although it has some bold grapes in it, it is very light and refreshing. This is a perfect valentine’s day pick because it is delicious, well priced, and has a gorgeous bottle! Not that you should pick your wines based on the pretty bottle or label, but the bottom of this bottle is shaped like a rose, which makes it beautiful and perfect for a romantic celebration!

3. Reserve des Chastelles Tavel Rose. This wine really surprised me because it’s less than $15 at Trader Joe’s! I bought it because the dark rosey color intrigued me. It’s also from Tavel, which is a very famous region in the Southern Rhone Valley, France that is specifically known for making amazing rose wines. Well, this wine lived up to the reputation because it is absolutely delicious! You may have seen this bottle a few weeks ago on my Instagram because I paired it with a pesto chicken pizza and it was an absolutely amazing pairing! I think this one is undiscovered and an absolutely perfect wine to drink in the winter time because of its bold flavors and dark color.

4. Chateau Vignelaure Rose: When most people think of provence, they think of rolling lavender fields and unbelievably delicious foods, but Provence is also known for being an incredible home to rose wines. Some of the best roses in the world come from Provence and this one is true to that reputation! It’s around $20 a bottle and is very crisp and refreshing. I really like recommending rose from Provence (or Bandol, which is a region in Provence) because they have an incredible history in this region for making excellent roses!  

5. Chanoine Champagne Rose Brut: Last up – Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a little champagne and why not make it a rose champagne? If you listened to my New Year’s Eve episode on Champagne then you know it can be difficult to find champagne under $50, but I love to recommend this rose champagne from Chanoine because it is delicious and under $40! It’s light and refreshing and has great notes of strawberry, making it a perfect pairing with dessert or some chocolate covered strawberries to enjoy with your valentine.

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Check out my blog post on this episode which includes pictures of each wine to make shopping a bit easier! 

 

Still looking for a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? Purchase a coupon for one of my virtual wine tastings! It's the perfect date night and it's a creative gift that your beau will not expect. Email me at Sarah@thewineceo.com to learn more!

 

Feb 03, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 14 - STOP these Top 10 Wine Faux Pas Now!
14:04

Why do people sniff the cork of an open bottle of wine? Is it okay to add ice cubes to your wine? Is there a right and wrong way to hold a wine glass? Join me in Episode #14 of The Wine CEO Podcast as we discuss these topics and so many more! 

There are tons of wine faux pas out there and you may not know you're doing some of them! Instead of letting you be embarrassed or caught unaware in a social setting, I am listing out 10 common wine faux pas so that you can be well informed of what to do and not to do when it comes to enjoying wine!

This is a fun episode and one that you don't want to miss!

To learn about more interesting wine topics, check out my website at thewineceo.com and be sure to hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode of my podcast show! Cheers!

Jan 27, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 13 - How I got into wine and other questions from my sister
30:27

This episode was so fun because I brought my little sister, Rebecca, onto the show to ask some questions that she's been wondering as well as a few that you all as listeners have been asking about as well! We had so much fun covering a ton of topics like how I got into wine, music and wine, and judging a bottle by it's label. It's a fun episode that you don't want to miss so hot play and listen now!

 

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Jan 20, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 12 - Is age just a number? Vintages, Old Wine, and more!
21:28

Is age just a number or does it actually impact the quality of your wine? In Episode #12, I dive into this topic of wine vintages and old wines and answer a lot of questions that you may have about the dates found on wine labels! 

We first discuss that the vintage, or date you see on a bottle, is simply the year that the grapes were harvested to produce that wine. Not all wine bottles have vintage dates on them because winemakers may use grapes from multiple years (a blend of multiple vintages) to make a wine and then they cannot list a date. Rules around labeling can differ from region to region, but in general, you can assume that if a date is listed on the label, then the grape juice that made that wine was harvested in that particular calendar year listed on the bottle.

Now does it really matter if the grapes were harvested and fermented in 2014 or 2015? It does! Things like weather patterns, infestation of pests, or global pandemics that affect harvest dates can all affect the outcome of the crop. This in turn will affect the flavor of the juice and the final flavor of the wine. 

The only way to really know if a vintage was a "good year" or not, is to research it!

And if a wine is older, does it mean it's better? Not always! Only wines that have high acid, high tannin,  high alcohol, or high sugar content are great aged. Believe it or not, only 5-7% of wines should be aged, so the rest should be enjoyed within 2-5 years of the year they're released for sale. 

Red wines that age well are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and high acid Tempranillos. White wines that age well are ultra sweet reislings and oak aged, tannic chardonnays. 

If you are looking to age a wine, research the winemaker to ensure they have a history of making great wines that age well. Then store the bottle on it's side in a dark, temperature controlled room. (You don't want the wine to be exposed to sunlight or extreme changes in temperature.)

Be sure to listen to the full episode for all of the details on the above and don't forget to check out thewineceo.com for more wine related content or to book a virtual wine tasting!

Jan 13, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 11 - Pizza & Wine Pairings plus the #1 most imported wine into the U.S.
21:38

Gone are the days where Pizza is simply Cheese or Pepperoni. With so many gourmet flavors of pizza out there (BBQ Chicken, Buffalo, Truffle, Ham & Pineapple) it can be difficult to know how to pair wine with all of these different flavors. Well all of these unique pizza flavors can make things a little challenging when it comes to pairing the perfect wine. One of my favorite episodes so far was episode #3 where I talked about pairing food and wine and how to ensure your flavors harmonize. If you haven’t listened to that episode, go back and listen to learn the basics of how to pair food and wine. One of the things I discuss is how you can’t just pair protein with wine. For example, I can’t say that you should always pair white wine with chicken because chicken alfredo will pair with a different wine than barbecue chicken, kung pao chicken, chicken tacos and so forth. 

It’s similar with pizza - a wine that might go well with a pepperoni pizza is not going to be the best option for a pesto pizza or an arugula and goat cheese pizza. So how do you know where to begin? Well let’s start with the basics and the easiest to pair with. Good old pizza with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Maybe you have some pepperoni on there, maybe you don’t. So it’s always good to remember that you can pair regional food with regional wine and it’s almost always going to be a perfect pairing. So if you’re eating a pizza with classic Italian toppings like this, then you want to pair your pizza with an Italian wine like a pinot grigio or a chianti.

But when you start going crazy with gourmet toppings, you want to pair your pizza with the flavors of the toppings. Below I listed a few common pizzas and recommended pairings here, but you can also check out my blog post HERE to see an awesome chart I created with these parings and more! You can also save the chart as a photo to your phone or pin to pinterest to keep in mind for the next time you’re doing a pizza and wine party!

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Syrah

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pizza or Veggie Pizza with Sauvignon Blanc

Pesto Pizza with Rose

Buffalo Chicken or Cauliflower Pizza with Chardonnay

Meat Lovers Pizza with Chianti

4 Cheese Pizza with Pinot Grigio

White Cheese and Truffle Pizza with Nebbiolo

 

When in doubt, stick to Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio is a very light white wine that is nice and acidic. That makes it an awesome wine to cleanse the palate and pair with a lot of different flavors. It’s light enough to go with lighter flavors like pesto or goat cheese and veggies, but the acidity will still make it refreshing if you pair it with a tomato sauce based pizza or even one with unique flavors like barbecue or buffalo. Although pinot grigio has a reputation of being a cheap white wine, there are actually some really great pinot grigios out there. You may not know that Pinot Grigio is actually the #1 most imported wine into the United States! 

Check out the below Pinot Grigios for some great quality wines at really good price points and if you want to learn more about Pinot Grigio, be sure to listen to the full episode!

Tesoro Della Regina, Italian Pinot Grigio

Banfi, Italian Pinot Grigio

Santa Margarita, Italian Pinot Grigio

Trimbach & Albrecht, French Pinot Gris

Acrobat, U.S. Pinot Grigio

Parducci, U.S. Pinot Grigio

Thanks for listening! As always, you can check out my website for virtual wine tastings, consulting services, blog posts, and so much more at thewineceo.com

Jan 06, 2021
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 10 - 2021 New Year's Resolutions
17:27

Everyone seems to make goals this time of the year, so I figured - why not make some fun wine goals too?! So in today’s episode, I’m chatting my top 3 recommendations for ways you should mix up your wine life in 2021. I also chat about the health and nutrition side of wine since everyone seems to make a resolution to eat healthier or lose weight in the new year and this doesn’t necessarily mean cutting wine out completely. So let’s get started by talking about some fun wine resolutions for 2021.

1. First up, I want to challenge you to try a wine again that you’ve had in the past, but didn’t like.

    1. If you’ve been listening to some of my previous episodes, then you know that the food you’re eating or other situational factors like the time of year and weather can all impact your perception of a wine. Maybe you didn’t like it last time because you were eating spicy food and the wine just didn’t quite mesh well. Or maybe you had just finished a cup of coffee and there was a little residual acid on your palate. Try this wine again because you may actually love it….or at least appreciate it for what it is! 

2. Next resolution for the new year is to try a wine you’ve never heard of! We all know about Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but have you heard of Grenache? Or what about one of the below:

Viognier, Nebbiolo, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Lambrusco, Torrontes, Valpolicella

It’s great to be adventurous and try something new!

 

3. My third challenge for you is to try a dessert wine. These are the wines that most people forget about 99% of the time. Everyone remembers red, white, and sparkling… but there are so many tasty dessert wines out there! Port, Sauternes, Sherry, Vin Santo, Ice Wine, and my personal favorite Tokai, which is a sweet dessert wine out of Hungary. And these are just a few of the many options!

  1. These wines are naturally very very sweet, so you have to think of them a little differently than you would a normal white sweet wine like a Riesling. They are going to be thicker and have a lot of residual sugar. They pair perfectly with dessert obviously, but they are delicious on their own as well.
  2. They also make amazing pairings with cheeses, so if you aren’t a big dessert fan, you can still enjoy balancing the sweet wine with savory! And if you’ve already tried a dessert wine and you didn’t like it, try a different one! They’re all a little different, so it’s great to try a few of them to see what you like.

Just to share some of my personal goals with you all for 2021… as a new small business, I have so many goals to create new and exciting content that you all find useful, valuable, and fun!  The Wine CEO is here to help you all on your wine education journey, so I want to focus on creating great content for you guys! I want to create more videos on useful wine topics as well as do some live wine review videos! I also want to explore the world of orange and natural wines a bit more, which we’ll talk about in a future episode!

So lots of goals, but these are some big ones that I’m really excited about! In a perfect world, I would also love to be traveling again so that I can take you all to some beautiful wine regions, but we’ll see what the world has in store for 2021!

Now I also want to chat about wine and health. A lot of people make New Years resolutions about health - wanting to lose weight or maybe eat healthier. Well we all have a bit of a hangover from 2020 😂. This year was extremely stressful and I think we all had a lot of free time at home with little to do….. no judgement, I was there too! So since most folks drank more this year than most years past, I think a lot of people may be looking to cut back on alcohol consumption in 2021.

But before you cut it out completely, there are actually some health benefits from wine! A lot of studies show that wine can actually decrease your risk for heart disease. And for many, drinking a glass of wine can help relax and reduce stress, and we all know that stress and anxiety can cause some pretty serious health issues. Now that being said, I love wine, but I am a proponent of everything in moderation…. The American Cancer Institute recommends that men drink no more than 14 drinks per week and women drink no more than 7 drinks per week. 

And if you are a daily wine drinker, I recommend that you stick to  bold red wines or acidic white wines as these dry wines will have less sugar (it doesn’t mean that you never enjoy a fruity rose or sparkling wine, but for nightly drinking, keep in mind that these wines tend to have more sugar....sometimes up to 30g of carbs from sugar - so definitely a decent amount if you’re trying to watch your nutritional intake!). A glass of wine usually has 100-140 calories, so if you’re trying to count calories, it’s good to plan in advance the number of glasses you’re going to let yourself enjoy tonight. And my number 1 recommendation is to be sure to drink lots of water before, during, and after drinking to make sure you don’t get dehydrated as this will cause your headaches and hangovers. A lot fo folks think it’s the sulfites, but it’s not…..it’s just dehydration or cheap wine with fillers, so save up for the good stuff, drink it in moderation, and stay hydrated!

For more amazing wine content, be sure to check out my website thewineceo.com or sign up for a virtual wine tasting with yours truly by emailing me at sarah@thewineceo.com Thanks for listening!

Dec 30, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 9 - Should I join a Wine Club?
19:02

Around the holidays, there are so many specials offering memberships in wine clubs! You sign up for a meal subscription box, you get a free wine club membership. You subscribe to a magazine, you get a wine club membership. I swear if you buy perfume these days you even get a free wine club membership!

But are these wine clubs worth the investment? Are they worth the hype or a total waste of time?

In this episode we are going to chat all things wine clubs and discuss if you should tack on that new membership to all of the fancy Christmas gifts you got this year.

And as always, be sure to subscribe to my show so that you never miss and episode and check out me virtual wine tasting and consulting services at my website thewineceo.com!

Dec 23, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 8 - Holiday Bubbles and NYE Champagne
24:42

In Episode # 8 of the Wine CEO Podcast I dive into a question I get a lot this time of year.....what champagnes should I buy for Christmas and NYE? And is there really a difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines?  So I will break down a few different types of sparkling wine, explaining how they’re different, and listing a few great options to find in your local wine market! 

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First up is the queen of sparkling wines and what every other sparkling wine wants to be…..Champagne! Champagne is delicious and it’s so amazing because of the high level of restrictions that go into the winemaking process! In order for a sparkling wine to be called “Champagne”, it must be grown and processed in the region of Champagne, France. It must be made from either Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meuinier, or a blend of these 3 grape varietals; and finally, it has to be made using the Methode Champenoise, also known as the Methode Classique or Methode Tradicional. So this means that all champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wines are champagne! If it doesn't follow all 3 of the above requirements, then it cannot be called a champagne.

Be sure to listen to the full podcast episode to get the details on each of these requirements and a little more detail on champagne!

So is champagne worth the price tag? YES! Because of the quality of grapes, the experience of the winemakers, and the time and effort that goes into make every single bottle of champagne - it is emphatically worth the cost. It's not necessarily affordable for every day drinking, but for special occasions and gifts, nothing compares! 

Some great champagnes at an affordable price tag include: Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve, Tattinger Brut, or Piper Heidseick Sublime Demi Sec

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Because of the price tag, I never mix champagne with orange juice (or really anything!). Instead I look for something a bit more affordable like one of the following sparkling wines.

Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Northern Italy, is a delicious wine with an affordable price tag. Although not made in the traditional Champagne method, this sparkling wine is perfect for mixing into mimosas or bellinis and is refreshing to pair with almost anything. Some of my favorites include Tesoro della Regina, Armani, and Nino Franco.

Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method, is a delicious pairing with Charcuterie and Cheese. With flavors that compete with Champagne at a fraction of the cost, cava is crushing the US scene for sparkling wine! Juve y Camps and Berberana are two well known producers with great quality.

In France, wines made in the traditional Champagne method that are made outside of the Champagne region are called "cremants". These wines boast outstanding flavors and definitely give Champagne a run for its money! I love the Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne, but they also make a rose that’s really nice. Albrecht Cremant d’alsace is also a wonderful option if you love your sparkling wines a little sweeter.

Lastly, there are a few French Champagne houses that have bought property in California and produce sparkling wines in the same methode champenoise. This gives them a similar quality wine to what they’re making in France, but at a much more affordable price tag. There are a lot of great sparkling wines out of California, but if you stick with one of these labels, you’re not going to be disappointed! Roederer Estate is the California branch of Louis Roederer, a famous French Champagne House. Piper Sonoma, founded by Piper-Heidseick, another great champagne house, is also known for amazing sparkling wines.

Read my full blog post at thewineceo.com/blog/holiday-2020-bubbles 

Dec 16, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 7 - The ONLY Wine to drink with Christmas Cookies and other amazing Holiday Food & Wine Pairings
14:01

Episode #7 is dedicated to the perfect wines to drink with all of your holiday meals! I’m also going to discuss the only wine you can drink with Christmas cookies, so this is a MUST listen for this December!

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All of the wine varietals and pairings listed in this podcast can be found in the below show notes as well as on my blog HERE!

Top 5 pairings for popular holiday meals:

1. Turkey & Pinot Noir

2. Ham & Riesling

3. Prime Rib & Bordeaux Blend

4. Citrus Pork Tenderloin & Viognier or Herb Pork Roast & Tempranillo 

5. Italian 7 Fish Feast & Albariño

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The only wine you can drink with Christmas Cookies is Vin Santo!! This amazing Italian sweet dessert wine is perfect for any holiday evening. It's sweet enough to be dessert on it's own, but when you dip a Christmas cookie in Vin Santo, you will be in heaven on earth! 

Shop for Vin Santo at specialty wine markets, Italian specialty stores, or online. 

Enjoy!

Dec 09, 2020
The Wine CEO Podcast Episode 6 - 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
18:56

In Episode #6 I’m going to review some amazing wine gifts and explain why they are perfect for friends, family, yourself - truly any wine lover! I'm also going to spend some time discussing a question I get a lot this time of year - “what wines make great holiday gifts?” Whether you’re shopping for your boss or looking for a hostess gift to bring to your annual Christmas gathering, I’m going to give you a few options here that should help you get through the holiday season!

And all of these wines plus my full holiday gift guide are also listed on my blog, with links to purchase, at thewineceo.com/blog

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We start by diving into price points and buying wines that you know they will love. But what if you don't know what they like? Here are my 3 recommendations for this holiday season...

1. Stick to bubbles! Everyone likes champagne and you know they’ll use it for new year’s if they don’t drink it around Christmas. Plus you can find some really good champagne for $40-$80. Try Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label or Demi-Sec, Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve, Tattinger Brut, or Piper Heiseick Sublime Demi Sec.

2. Try a California Cabernet Sauvignon. Most folks, regardless of wine knowledge, are familiar with Cabernet Sauvignon and will recognize Napa and Sonoma as great wine regions. Also, since many folks eat prime rib, roast beef, and other heavy meats for Christmas, a Cabernet Sauvignon will go great with these. Some of my favorites include Chappellet Signature Napa Cab, Stag’s Leap Artemis, Chateau Montelena, or Caymus.

3. But if you feel like they will get a ton of standard wines and you want yours to stand out, my recommendation would be to try either a French Pinot Noir from Burgundy or a sweet German Riesling. Both of these wines are recognized in the US, but not as well known as a lot of California wines and Champagnes. Try Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Chevillon Chezeaux Nuis St. Georges, or the Jadot Beaune Vignes for a Burgundy Pinot Noir. And try Dr. Loosen and Trimbach for great German riesling.

For more gift ideas and to check out the full list of items on my holiday gift guide, be sure to check out my blog post HERE and happy shopping!

Dec 02, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 5 - Does Alcohol really cook out of food?
20:14

When a recipe calls for "1/4 cup of dry white wine" or "1 cup of medium bodied red wine", do you know what kind of wine to use? Most people have no idea where to start and they either skip the wine altogether in their recipe or they just grab whatever wine has a pretty label. But you don't have to feel overwhelmed anymore! In this episode, I go over the basic tips for shopping for a wine to cook with as well as the specific wines I recommend using in recipes that call for white wine, medium bodied red wine, full bodied red wine, and fortified wines! 

Up first are my 4 tips for cooking with wine.

1. Quality Matters. If you aren't willing to drink it, you shouldn't cook with it!

2. Don't buy any wines that are labeled as "cooking wine"! This is a marketing tactic to get rid of cheap wine!

3. Wine needs about 60-90 minutes to completely cook out of food. So keep in mind that if you only simmer your sauce for about 15 minutes, most of the alcohol content will still be in your dish. 

4. Use the wine you plan on drinking with dinner as your cooking wine! Sounds simple, but it's the best way to ensure your food and wine will pair perfectly!

Check out my latest blog post thewineceo.com/blog to get my "cooking with wine" overview that you can save to your phone for the next time you go shopping!

Here are my top recommendations by varietal:

If a recipe calls for a dry white wine, try using Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Below are some of my favorites:

Ruffino Pinot Grigio, Venezia

Tesoro Della Regina Pinot Grigio

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

If a recipe calls for a medium bodied red wine, try using Tempranillo or Chianti (Sangiovese is the varietal). A few of my favorites are:

Tenuta Di Renieri Chianti

Villa Antinori Tuscan Red

Banfi Chianti Classico

Montecillo Rioja Crianza (Tempranillo)

Campo Viejo Rioja Riserva (Tempranillo)

If a recipe calls for a heavy red, try a Syrah/ Shiraz or a Cabernet Sauvignon. Try one of the below: 

Montes Alpha Syrah

Penfolds Shiraz

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

 

If a recipe calls for a fortified wine, try using Sherry, Maderia, or Marsala. Some great options include:

Osborne Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Sandeman Madeira

Florio Marsala

 I hope this was helpful! If you learned something new, please write me a review on Apple Podcast or Facebook so that more folks can find my show! Thank you!

Nov 25, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 4 - What Wine Says Gobble Gobble?
16:03

Hey friends and welcome to episode number 5 of The Wine CEO Podcast. I’m so excited to be launching my podcast right before the holidays as I think a lot of folks struggle with buying wine for gifts as well as wines to pair with their holiday meals. And next week is Thanksgiving and I'm sure many of you are probably doing some menu planning! 

There’s 1 main wine that I like to recommend with thanksgiving, because it’s a perfect holiday food pairing - AND it’s released around thanksgiving every year. It’s called Beaujolais Nouveau and it's a red wine made from the grape varietal, gamay.

THIS Beaujolais Nouveau maker is one of my favorites and you can find it at most grocery stores and wine markets around this time of year!

 With a few minor exceptions, it’s really only grown in France and is commonly found in both Burgundy and the Loire -which are both French wine regions. We call this wine Beaujolais Nouveau because it’s made in Beaujolais, which is a wine region within Burgundy,  France. I’ve included a link HERE to a map so you can see where Beaujolais is located.

And what makes Beaujolais Nouveau so unique is that it's the first wine to be released for the year. All across the world, it is the first - no one else beats it. When you buy it, it is only 7 or 8 weeks old! It is harvested quickly, blended, bottled and shipped all over the world to be released traditionally on the 3rd Thursday of November.

And because of the quick production process, the wine doesn’t have the same structure that most wines get, which means that it only lasts about 3 months before it will go bad! So it’s definitely meant to drink immediately upon purchase!

Now there are 2 things that make Beaujolais Nouveau so great.

  1. It’s considered celebratory in the wine industry because it means the harvest has ended. Harvest is a busy and tiring time for many viticulturists, or wine growers, so the end of harvest is time to rest and be thankful for the plentiful harvest.
  2. And the second thing that makes beaujolais nouveau so amazing is its unique flavor. Because it is so fresh and isn’t aged, it has really unique fruity flavors that are unlike any other wine on the market. It's so light and easy to drink that it’s actually been a tradition for decades to allow kids in France to drink it!

And these fresh fruity flavors don’t just come from the wine being young. Producers of Beaujolais wines (both nouveau and standard) actually use a unique process called carbonic maceration during fermentation. In this process, the vintner or wine maker, takes whole grape clusters and tosses them into stainless steel vats and they keep piling more and more clusters of grapes until the tank is almost full.

The weight of the grapes on the top start to naturally crush the grapes at the bottom of the vat. Next, natural yeast that is on the grape skins will start to ferment the juice at the bottom of the tank.

Now when yeast eats sugar, you get alcohol, but there are actually 2 other biproducts from this chemical reaction - heat and co2.  The natural carbon dioxide gas that is released, rises to the top of the tank, but because it can’t escape, it continues to collect above the grapes and it builds pressure in the tank. The pressure pushes the grapes further down in the tank, and causes the grapes to burst open and release more juice. This juice begins fermenting when it comes in contact with the juice at the bottom of the tank that has already been fermenting and this process continues until all of the grapes have been crushed and all of the juice is fermented. Then the winemaker opens the vat to release the co2 - otherwise you would have sparkling wine, which we’ll talk about in future episodes. And that’s it!

They strain the skins, seeds, and other matter out of the juice, process it to kill the yeasts, bottle it up, and ship it all over the world to be sold before the end of the year!

So because of this unique process, this wine has some equally unique flavors! A lot of sommeliers say that this wine reminds them of banana and bubble gum flavors, which are uncommon in most other wines and are distinctly from the carbonic maceration process. 

So why is this such a great wine for Thanksgiving and the holidays? Well first off, the story is awesome. Few people in the U.S. have ever heard of Beaujolais Nouveau, so you can wow all of your friends and family by explaining that this wine is the first fruits of the harvest and the first wines to be released this year.

But beyond the cool story, as a really light red wine, you will be able to please both red wine and white wine drinkers with this style of wine (which makes it a crowd pleaser for sure!). Gamay is very similar to Pinot Noir, which if you remember from our last episode, is VERY light bodied and fruit forward. It goes really well with baked chicken and lighter dishes, which is exactly what turkey is! In addition, the fruitiness makes it pair perfectly with cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, and so many other holiday favorite side dishes! So this is my personal recommendation for the perfect Thanksgiving day wine to impress your family and friends.

 

If you can’t find Beaujolais Nouveau, you can try a standard Beaujolais, or a nice Pinot Noir from Northern California or Oregon would also make great Thanksgiving Day wines. And for all of these wines, you want to drink them slightly chilled, so be sure to pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes before you open it.  

I hope this episode was helpful for you! If you liked what you learned, please write a review on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or Amazon music - wherever you are listening! This is one of the best ways for new listeners to find my show, so I would so appreciate if you could just drop a quick note to tell me what you’re loving so far! 

Nov 18, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 3 - Wine and Food Pairings, Part 2
17:06

In episode #3, we dive into the lies you have heard about food and wine pairings! Does white wine always have to go with fish? Can chicken taste good with anything other than Pinot Noir? These old school wine rules are dirty lies and I am telling you why!

Join me as we discuss the common factors you need to consider when matching food and wine as well as 6 basic wine varietals that are perfect when you are starting your pairing journey. Also be sure to sign up for my newsletter on thewineceo.com to get the full Beginner's Guide to Food & Wine Pairing that accompanies this podcast!

Nov 14, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 3 - Wine and food pairings, Part 1
22:15

In episode #3, we dive into the lies you have heard about food and wine pairings! Does white wine always have to go with fish? Can chicken taste good with anything other than Pinot Noir? These old school wine rules are dirty lies and I am telling you why!

Join me as we discuss the common factors you need to consider when matching food and wine as well as 6 basic wine varietals that are perfect when you are starting your pairing journey. Also be sure to sign up for my newsletter on thewineceo.com to get the full Beginner's Guide to Food & Wine Pairing that accompanies this podcast!

Nov 14, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 2 - Wine 101
30:06

In Episode #2 of the Wine CEO podcast, we are getting down to the basics of wine. You have to walk before you can run, so I am breaking down wine 101 into the simple facts around how wine is made and what we mean when we are talking about "wine varietals". This episode is probably going to be my most technical episode of The Wine CEO Podcast, so get ready for a lot of detailed wine info. I promise not to bore you - remember, we are making wine fun and approachable here! And don't forget to leave a review to help others find my podcast and join our wine community!

In this episode, I mention a map that will help you get a better idea of where wine is grown. You can check out my blog post HERE for this map as well as some other great wine content!

Nov 14, 2020
The Wine CEO Episode 1 - Introduction
13:42

In this first episode of The Wine CEO, we discuss what you can expect from this podcast including meeting the podcast host and certified sommelier, Sarah Roth. Listen now to see why you need to subscribe to The Wine CEO today to become a better wine consumer!

Be sure to check out my website thewineceo.com for more wine related content or connect with me on Instagram @thewineceo 

And don't forget to subscribe to my show so that you never miss an episode!

Nov 12, 2020