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Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi,the man, the winery, Napa Valley.. On this week’s audio podcast.

Robert Mondavi,the man, the winery, Napa Valley.

Our next guest to share the story, of a man who created celebrity for himself and his winery. He also created celebrity for the whole wine region of Napa Valley, and actually of California.
We are talking about a great new world wine pioneer, an international icon, the late Robert Mondavi, founder of the Robert Mondavi Winery, co-founder with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Opus One of course, a great patron of the arts, and so much more.

Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillipe de Rothshield

Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillipe de Rothshield

1966 The Winery’s first harvest is celebrated with the first Blessing of the Grapes.
1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi meet for the first time in Hawaii. The Baron suggests the idea of a joint venture, which later becomes Opus One.The photo here is from a later time when the Baron visited Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa.

 Mark de Vere, Master of Wine.

Mark de Vere, Master of Wine.

Here to share the Mondavi story, and share a few of his own, he is a celebrity in his own right.

Our guest  bearing the title of the most prestigious title in the world of wine, that is a MW. Master of Wine, such an elite group, one of only 38 residing in all of the US. Lots to cover today we welcome Mark de Vere, Director of Wine Education for the Constellation Academy of Wine.

Listen to Mark de Vere at 30:06 minutes into the show.

On this week’s radio show…Celebrities and their love of wine.


We have a great show for you today. Our topic “Celebrity Wines.”
Whether owning their own wineries or hooking up with an existing winery, famous directors, actors, musicians, around the world are getting involved in this business.
And why not?  Who wouldn’t want to own a winery?  We do! So we’ve got three special guests joining us here today. You know them all, from celebrity wineries,  the wines and the celebrities themselves.

After Robert’s success in Napa Valley, he returned to his boyhood home in Lodi and founded Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi…. everyday wine.


Robert’s foresight of planting vineyards throughout Northern California resulted in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection.

The late Robert Mondavi is considered the godfather of the California wine movement. This classic cab with cassis, blackberry and cedar notes has been made since the winery’s founding in 166. Enjoy it with hearty dishes, meats, lasagna or filet mignon.

The Wine Ladies meet Margrit Mondavi

On this week’s radio show…Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Meet Mark Beringer, 4th generation winemaker Beringer Vineyards… On this week’s audio podcast.

Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer

Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer

Beringer Vineyards named one of the most beautiful European-style wineries in Napa Valley, California.

On this week’s radio show…Ancient Vines,Historic Wines, Antiques, Beringer Vineyards, Taylor-Fladgate Port plus a great new find, Porta 6.


In our first segment an iconic winery, rich in history and absolutely stunning, Beringer Vineyards.Record breaking of which The Wine Advocate Robert Parker had this to say,
“After Years of visiting the world’s best wine producers, I cannot think of too many cellars where I have walked out shaking my head at such an extraordinary range of quality”.

This winery founded in 1876 by two brothers who left their homeland, the Rhine Valley in Germany to pursue their careers and their dreams and to continue the family wine making tradition is Beringer Vineyards

Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer

Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer

Today we are so pleased to welcome,the 4th generation winemaker of the historic wine family and wine producer located in Napa Valley. Recognized as one of the finest wineries around the world.It is,among the most awarded and it is Beringer Vineyards, and our guest.Coming up first is Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer.

Listen to Mark Beringer at 7:52 minutes in the show 

 Beringer’s historic wine caves. Tours available.

Georgia’s Wine Pick…Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Porta 6 launches in Ontario, a 90 Pointer claims Decanter Magazine.


October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

October is Merlot Madness Month,starring benchmark Merlot producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley

Happy Halloween !!! @DuckHornWine We recommend you eat, drink, and be scary this Halloween! #MerlotMe #Halloween #scary

On this week’s audio podcast…
October is Merlot Madness Month


Calling all Merlot wine skeptics out there and all you Merlot wine lovers alike!

Get ready for Merlot Madness! October has been officially designated #MerlotMe month in which hundreds of wineries put the spotlight on this grape varietal that may have gotten a bit of a bum wrap you might recall in the blockbuster movie Sideways!

A bum wrap indeed…but do not be fooled! This supple, silky, seductive varietal, boasts playing the starring role in such iconic wines as one of the most revered, sought-after and expensive wines in the world, Chateau Petrus!

In today’s show we visit two wineries that make the most memorable Merlot, benchmark producer Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley and a cool coastal Merlot from super “cool”  Cannonball Wine Company.

Plus prepare to be obsessed with the most stunning stemware,12 Obsession launching in their world wide premiere on The Wine Ladies radio show!

Duckhorn does it best! It is a grape that can and does produce outstanding, delicious, coveted wines such as the one we will open up our show with today, a Merlot served at Presidents inaugurations.This Merlot is the benchmark Merlot for Napa Valley and California, and the company is Duckhorn Vineyards.

Duckhorn Vineyards is actually the initiator of this month long #MerlotMe international spotlight on the varietal, started a few years back…and we’re going to begin by welcoming Renée Ary, the winemaker at Duckhorn to fill us in on her award winning Merlots, as well as give us more info on Merlot Madness!


Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2011, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Schramsberg Rosé Brut Methode Traditionelle 2011

Schramsberg Rosé Brut

On our recent trip to Las Vegas we discovered our latest Fabulous Finds For Foodies. The restaurant is Aureole, located in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.It is part of the incredible Charlie Palmer Group, a two time Michelin Star recipient and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner for its wine list every year since 1999!

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

One of my favorite courses from the Charlie Palmer Tasting menu was the 1st course, a blood orange salmon gravlax and lightly smoked ora king salmon dish. Incredible! This was paired with the Schramsberg Rosé Brut Methode Traditionelle 2011, a delectable sparkling wine. It is my wine pick for this week!

Schramsberg located in Calistoga, Napa Valley, California and founded in 1862, this producer has legs!

The 2011 is a delectable blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay.The dose of chardonnay added for complexity, says the winemaker. Handcrafted using select cool climate north coast vineyards,

So delicious, so enticing with aromas of strawberry, and touches of citrus… bright acidity on the palate with a long, refreshing and lingering finish.. So relish….Schramsberg Rosé Brut Methode Traditionelle 2011.

Schramsberg Brut Rosé

Schramsberg Brut Rosé

In our market by the way…you need to contact THE VINE AGENCY.

$59.95 per bottle /6 per case.

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TUNE INTO THE WINE LADIES RADIO SHOW at 3:29 minutes into the show.

Episode #18 (WL 03-22-2015) Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas… wine and dine scene extraordinaire!Our Fabulous Finds For Foodies… Aureole Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer, Mandalay Bay.

The Wine Ladies on Connect Me Radio

The Wine Ladies on Connect Me Radio

Beringer Rhine House

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

So okay, I’m looking at a winemaker, a lady of course, in keeping with our radio show’s theme today… Extraordinary women of wine , food and politics! She has been with this winery since 1986…. Now that’s having legs, excuse the pun… and for the last 13 years has been the head winemaker… The winery… one of the first wineries in NapaValley.. dating back to 1875 is Beringer…. And the winemaker is Laurie Hook. My wine pick the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon (V)

Cabernet Sauvignon

—VINTAGES#: 352583


Susanne and I had a chance to taste this wine with Jerry Comfort, ll a number of years ago, and it left an indelible impression on my palate… so here it is again.

From Sonoma’s Knights Valley full bodied, seductive nose of ripe blue and black berry, full intense fruit flavor, good acidity and lasting finish… hmm hmm good!

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