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Stu Smith, Smith-Madrone Wines

Stu Smith, co-founder of Smith-Madrone winery, joins Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger this week. Steve Jaxon opens the show quoting the old Joe E. Lewis joke, which was also used by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that’s the best they’re going to feel all day.” Stu tells all about starting the winery forty years ago before wine took off and when […]

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Theresa Heredia of Gary Farrell Winery

Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger welcome Barry Herbst of Bottle Barn and this week’s special guest, Theresa Heredia, the winemaker at Gary Farrell Winery. Steve asks Theresa Heredia to tell how she became a winemaker. She says she grew up in Pittsburgh, California, which was not a wine producing region when she grew up. She went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and studied microbiology. She was accepted to grad school at UC Davis, where she […]


Jordan Winery

Tom Simoneau is in this week, with co-host Dan Berger. Tom introduces the guests from Jordan Winery, Ed Jordan, Rob Davis who for 40 years has been the only winemaker Jordan has ever had. Lisa Madsen is also there and John Jordan joins the group later. Rob started in 1976, just after graduating from UC Davis. He tells the story of how Tom and Sally Jordan founded the winery in 1972, and signed the deed for […]

Greg La Follette

Steve Jaxon, co-host Dan Berger, Barry Herbst and guest Greg La Follette talk about Greg’s wines. Along the way, Dan Berger remembers André Tchelistcheff, “the godfather of American wine,” and the black wine glasses appear for a mystery tasting. Dan introduces Greg Follette as, “…one of the great winemakers of America.” Steve asks Greg to introduce Alquimista, which means alchemist in Spanish. Greg tells how he was fortunate to encounter the great André Tchelistcheff early […]


Pedroncelli Wines

This week’s guests are Julie Pedroncelli St. John and Ed St. John from J Pedroncelli Wines, as well as Sajive, owner of Bottle Barn, and Barry Herbst, their wine buyer. The first tasting is a Rosé that Dan Berger brought in. It comes from Mount Beautiful, North Canterbury, in New Zealand. Dan says this region will become very well known in the next few years. He says this wine is “soft and sweet” and everyone enjoyed […]

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Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros

This show includes Sonoma County Wine Guy Tom Simoneau who joins Barry Herbst from Bottle Barn, Steve Jaxon and co-host Dan Berger with today’s guest, Eileen Crane from Domaine Carneros. First we taste a brand new Beujolais that Dan brought, then we hear Eileen Crane tell about being hired thirty years ago to build and open Domaine Carneros and how it became one of the most famous and important wineries in the world. Right away they […]

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Dry Creek Vineyard’s Tim Bell

Today’s guest is Tim Bell, winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard. First we taste a very interesting Rosé from Bonny Doon Vineyards in Santa Cruz, then Steve and Dan talk to Tim Bell about Dry Creek Vineyards as they celebrate their 45th anniversary, with tastings of their Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, a Zinfandel and a blended red. Dan Berger opens with a tasting of “A Proper Pink” which is a rosé produced by Randall Graham, owner and […]


Clark Smith, WineSmith

Steve Jaxon welcomes Clark Smith of WineSmith to the show today. Also in studio are co-host Dan Berger, Barry Herbst of Bottle Barn and Steve Ausburne from Thumbprint Cellars. Clark Smith is a winemaker who has also taught Fundamentals of Wine Chemistry at UC Davis for many years. Dan Berger introduces him as one of the most inventive and creative winemakers on the scene today. “He has a brilliant history as a winemaker and a lot […]