Pouring Syrah on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show

April 15, 2013

Last week I was back on Roger Hedgecock’s TV show pouring three Syrah-based wines, Cabot, Big Basin and St. Cosme. I so enjoy sharing my favorite wines with Roger’s audience. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did filming it!

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Links to the winery websites:
Cabot Vineyards Organic Winery
Big Basin Vineyards
Chateau de Saint Cosme

Sparkling Wines … Really, I tried not to throw Veuve under the bus!

December 27, 2013

Well, it’s that time of year, so of course we had to taste some bubbly on the TV show this month. There are plenty of $40 “meh” options out there (no need to name names … oops I guess I did with the subject line above). Anyway, what I did was bring some bottles that might not be so well-known, but show well up against those overpriced Champagnes brought to you by the folks that make purses that cost the same as a down payment on a small condo.

Click on this link (not the picture) to watch the clip from the TV show. As always, sorry about the 12-second commercial in the beginning. Talk amongst yourselves …

Pouring Sparkling Wines on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show

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Pouring Sparkling Wine on Roger Hedgecock TV Show

The wines poured this month:
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence  ($16.95)
Barth Sekt ($21.95)
Gosset Brut Excellence ($29.95)

White Burgundies – Pure Unadulterated Chardonnay

October 22, 2013

As most people know, I’m on a one-woman crusade to move my friends away from oaky, buttery California Chardonnay and over to the more elegant style of White Burgundy, which shows off the true beauty of this ever-so-popular grape. So when I did my little TV gig this month, I brought three examples of whites from France that actually taste like Chardonnay and not like pencil shavings dipped in Crisco. OK, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the gist of what I’m trying to do …

All three of these wines are readily available and as “starter burgs”, an added bonus is that they are all under $20. That said, many of us Burgheads would rather drink them than Cali Chard that costs twice as much!

Click on this link (not the picture) to watch the clip from the TV show. Sorry about the 12 second commercial in the beginning, but they gotta pay for the lights somehow:

Pouring White Burgundies on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show

Pouring White Burgundies on Roger Hedgecock TV Show

Pouring White Burgundies on Roger Hedgecock TV Show

 
The wines poured this month:
Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuissé ($18)
Louis Latour Grand Ardeche ($13)
William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($17)
 
If you try these wines and find that you enjoy them so much you’d like to sample some higher end White Burgundies, see below for links to wine stores in SoCal where they can help you find the ones that fit the flavor profile that you prefer.  The next level of quality, 1er Cru, tends to be priced at $30-$80, and the highest level (Grand Cru) is typically $100-$300. But any wine lover that has had Grand Cru from a great vintage will tell you that they can be life-changingly ethereal.  Really. Hey, I wouldn’t have chosen it for my crusade if I wasn’t serious about this, would I?
 
http://www.vintagewinessd.com (Vintage Wines, San Diego)
http://www.winex.com (Wine Exchange, Orange County)
http://www.winehouse.com (Wine House, Los Angeles)
 

Pinots with Rex Pickett, author of Sideways

July 5, 2013

Rex Picket joined me on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show to talk about his play Sideways, opening at the La Jolla Playhouse later this month. I really enjoyed the production when I saw it last year at the Ruskin Theatre in Santa Monica. It’s based on Rex’s novel so that even if you’ve seen the film multiple times (like most of my wine geek friends!) it’s quite different with both an additional poignancy and one hilarious scene that didn’t make it into the movie.

So in honor of all that Rex has done for Pinot Noir, I brought three different ones for us to try. The picture below is of Roger doing his impression of Sandra Oh hitting Jack with her motorcycle helmet (if you saw the movie, you know that he deserved it!) See if you can catch my major gaffe in the first minute of the show:

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Rex Pickett and Robin Stark on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show

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To learn more about the La Jolla Playhouse production:
La Jolla Playhouse – Sideways, The Play

Pouring Value Napa Cab on the Roger Hedgecock TV Show

February 24, 2013

Last week I was on Roger Hedgecock’s TV show pouring High Quality-to-Price Ratio Cali Cabs. We were having too much fun for a Friday morning!

I’ll be doing these wine segments on a monthly basis and I’m open to suggestion for future shows

Click on the link below (not the picture) to watch:

Robin Stark from Starkland Cellars – Great California Cabs
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Gaja and Produttori di Barbaresco … A Wine Study in Contrasts

September 21, 2009

I knew my group would be in for a major learning experience when I scheduled our visits in Barbaresco.  The first stop was Gaja, the most exclusive winery in the region, and the second a visit to Produttori di Barbaresco, the co-op that produces wines for a collective of 54 farmers. Angelo Gaja has done more to put Piedmont on the map than anyone. He is an ambassador that has promoted these wines and this region for decades. His single-vineyard Barbarescos are extremely hard to find and command prices of over $300.

Gaja bought and renovated the Castello di Barbaresco. It i decorated with art commisioned from countries where the Gaja wines are most popular.

Gaja bought and renovated the Castello di Barbaresco. It is decorated with art commisioned from countries where the Gaja wines are most popular.

Alessandra Forlani, Gaja import director, showed us around the winery, which is joined to the Barbaresco castle, an incredible building which they have restored into an incredible wine tasting facility and art gallery.  Halfway through the tour, she took me aside and said that Angelo Gaja remembered me from last time, and would join us for the tasting. Turns out that Angelo is an avid cyclist, and rides some of the toughest hills in Piedmont!

Everyone was blown away by out tasting with Angelo. I put him up there with Piero Antinori and the late Robert Mondavi as someone with so much charisma that people who have contact with him are buzzing for days afterwards.

Everyone was blown away by our tasting with Gaya. I put him up there with Piero Antinori and the late Robert Mondavi as someone with so much charisma that people who have contact with him are buzzing for days afterwards.

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Bike and Wine Tour Through Piedmont Italy, Sept 2009

September 15, 2009

It was back in February when I met with Richard and Ann Opper, a couple who asked me to put a bike and wine trip together for them and their friends. They said it could be in any wine region, my choice, and that the biking should be challenging, but not ridiculously hard. It took me all of a minute to come up with the Piedmont region of Italy. It is incredibly beautiful, I love the wines (Barlo, Barbaresco, Barbera) and the hills are more difficult than Tuscany, but not as crazy as the Dolomites.

My good friend Maru Davilla decided to join the trip just one week before we left. This is a totally typical view … it was like this the entire first two days of the ride!

My good friend Maru Davilla decided to join the trip just one week before we left. This is a typical view … it was like this the entire week!

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