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Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience

Tom Simoneau joins California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon, Dan Berger and Harry Duke, to discuss the Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience, this May 20-22. The studio is full of guests today. Karissa Kruse from the Sonoma County Winegrowers is here with Steve De Veres. They are organizing the Healdsburg Food and Wine Experience. Award-winning pizza chef Leah Scurto from Pizzaleah is also here and she brought pizza! Christopher O’Gorman, director of communication for Rodney Strong […]

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Mark Beeman winemaker at Sebastiani

Mark Beeman, winemaker at Sebastiani, is in the studio today to talk to Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger on California Wine Country. Sebastiani wines has been in business since before 1904, but the vineyard goes all the way back to 1825 when the Franciscan padres who established a mission in Sonoma also planted a vineyard that year. That vineyard is still on the Sebastiani property. Samuele Sebastiani came from Tuscany and landed in Sonoma County around […]

Donald Patz from Secret Door Wines

Donald Patz of Secret Door Wines is our guest on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger today. He was last on CWC on this October 16, 2019 episode. Donald Patz was a founder and winemaker for the Patz and Hall label for many years, where there were two couples, four partners, making Cardonnay and Pinot Noir from 1988 to 2016. When Ste. Michelle winery in Washington state bought them, he continued working for […]

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Mike Cox winemaker of La Prenda

Mike Cox, winemaker of La Prenda Wines, joins Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger on California Wine Country. They opened a tasting room in central Santa Rosa last year. La Prenda is owned by Ned Hill and his wife Erika. Mike grew up in the farming industry and started making his own wine fifteen years ago. Back then, the big wineries could dictate what they wanted and “the growers could be left holding the bag, in a […]

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Dry Creek Vineyards David Stare and Kim Stare Wallace

Dry Creek Vineyard founder David Stare and daughter Kim Stare Wallace join Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger on California Wine Country. Tom Simoneau is in the studio today. Dry Creek Vineyard was Tom’s Winery of the Year for 2021. This year they celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. They got the front cover of Wine Spectator magazine too. They are one of the last truly private, family owned wineries in Sonoma County. David Stare grew up in Boston, […]

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Jeff Pisoni from Pisoni Vineyards

Jeff Pisoni, the winemaker at Pisoni Vineyards is our guest today on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger. Pisoni Vineyards is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County. Jeff describes going to Fresno State to learn enology but learned the craft and the artistic side of winemaking from his father. He was always fascinated by winemaking and the complex interaction between vines and the wine, while his brother was focussed on […]

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Donum Estate winemaker Dan Fishman

Donum Estate winemaker Dan Fishman joins Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger today in the studio on California Wine Country. This year Donum Estate celebrates 20 years of making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It was a spinoff of Buena Vista Winery. They sold, but kept their favorite ranch, called Tula Vista, that is down in Carneros. Donum is Latin for “gift” and means that wine is a gift from the land. Anne Moller-Racke came from Germany in 1981 […]

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Eric Johannsen winemaker for La Crema

Eric Johannsen, winemaker at La Crema, is our guest on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger today. La Crema has specialized in cool climate wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, for 40 years. After a couple of ownership changes, Jackson Family Wines purchased the winery in 1996 and has expanded its footprint from Sonoma County to Monterey County and into Oregon. Eric’s twenty-fifth vintage is coming up, most of them with La Crema. Before […]

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Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt Returns

Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt is our in-studio guest today on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger. He came from New Zealand and has been making wine in California for 32 years. Nick is the owner of Goldschmidt Vineyards. His studies included civil engineering, organics and biodynamics in New Zealand then a degree in viticulture and a post-graduate degree in enology in Australia. After that he worked in Chile in the late ‘80s and then […]

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Bottle Barn wine buyer Barry Herbst’s Competition Winners

Bottle Barn wine buyer Barry Herbst joins Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger to taste and describe some recent competition winners available at Bottle Barn, which is the sponsor of this radio show and podcast. Dan Berger has decades of experience as a wine judge and wine competition manager. This year’s competition season is full of important appointments. Speaking of competition and the upcoming Winter olympics, Dan Berger mentions Ice Wines, some of which are coming from […]

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Trione Vineyards and Winery, Scot Covington and Denise Trione

Winemaker Scot Covington and owner Denise Trione from Trione Vineyards join Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger on California Wine Country today, with Harry Duke and Tom Simoneau. Before we get to Scot and Denise, Dan Berger has again brought some wine from his personal cellar. The first one is a 2008 Navarro Vineyards Muscat Blanc. Muscat is not a wine to keep in the cellar for 13 years, but this one was lost. Muscat is an […]

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Paul Mabray CEO of Pix.wine

California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon, Dan Berger and Harry Duke  welcomes Paul Mabray, the CEO of a new site called pix.wine “Pix dot wine” that promises to connect people to wines that bring them joy. But first, as usual, we will open show with a tasting of a bottle from Dan Berger’s wine cellar. This one is a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from the Starborough label, based in the Marlborough district of New Zealand. This Sauvignon Blanc […]

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Dan Barwick, winemaker, Trecini Winery

Dan Barwick is back on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger, with Harry Duke also in the studio. Dan Barwick is here to talk about being the winemaker at Trecini Winery, and more. Dan Barwick has been on California Wine Country before, most recently this episode of July 21 2021, and also this episode of July 29, 2022. First, we have two bottles from Dan Berger’s cellar. First, a Gary Farrell Chardonnay from 2005. […]

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Don Chigazola Wines of Umbria

Don Chigazola is back on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon and Dan Berger. Don Chigazola runs Chigazola Merchants, which imports specially selected wines from Italy direct to consumers here in California. He and his son spent the month of September in Italy, meeting current producers and looking for new ones. The first wines come from Benedetti & Grigi, one of his suppliers. First, they taste a Grechetto, named Eros, to honor the grape’s Greek origins. It’s […]

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Tom Simoneau 2021 Wines of the Year

Tom Simoneau joins Steve Jaxon, Dan Berger and Harry Duke on California Wine Country today, to present his 2021 Wines of the Year, including the book of the year and winery of the year. Best Whites Sparkling Wine: Domaine Carneros 2014 Le Rêve Blanc De Blancs, Estate Grown, $120. Every now and then we all need to do something special for ourselves, a new car or a pair of earrings for your beautiful wife. Well that’s […]

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Clark Smith on Pairing Wine with Music

Clark Smith is back on California Wine Country with Steve Jaxon, Dan Berger and Harry Duke today. Clark has been on California Wine Country a few times before, including this most recent episode on September 15 of 2021. Today Clark Smith will tell about his book and his website dedicated to pairing wine with music. But before we begin with Clark, we will taste a bottle from Dan Berger’s extensive personal cellar. This is a 2004 Peter Lehman Shiraz […]