Show 577, May 11, 2024: Portuguese Wine Week with Organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars

“Get ready to savor the flavors of Portugal as Portuguese Wine Week descends upon Los Angeles from June 2 through 9. Hosted by Diniz Cellars, importer of fine Portuguese wines, this week-long celebration promises to captivate wine enthusiasts with a series of enticing events, including wine tastings, dinners, and other immersive experiences.”

“Renowned for its diverse terroirs and unique grape varietals, Portugal has emerged as a rising star in the global wine scene. Portuguese Wine Week offers an unparalleled opportunity for wine lovers to explore the depth and complexity of Portuguese wines right here in Los Angeles.”

“We’re thrilled to highlight the vibrant flavors of Portugal to Los Angeles,” said organizer Sandra Gomes Rocha. “This event is a celebration of Portugal’s winemaking heritage, our culture, and a testament to the growing popularity of Portuguese wines in the United States.”

Sandra Gomes Rocha of Diniz Cellars is our guest to uncork all that is Portuguese Wine Week.

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Show 551, November 11, 2023: Madeira Wine with Sommelier and Wines of Portugal Brand Ambassador Eugenio Jardim Part One

Sommelier Eugenio Jardim

Madeira Wine from Portugal can be appreciated at any time. According to each type, Dry Madeiras are great with aperitifs, as well as the Medium Dry ones, which are also a wonderful complement of soups. Cheeses are perfect to pair with Medium Sweet Madeiras, while Sweet Madeiras are ideal for sweets, chocolate and with an excellent premium coffee.”

“Food matching with Madeira Wine suggestions are endless and they can be truly surprising, offering flavors, aromas, textures, and unique sensations, You just have to dare yourself!”

At the Maderia Wine Experience’s recent Food and Wine Pairing seminar at The Maybourne Beverly Hills, Eugenio boldly paired Sablefish with white miso and compressed pineapple with Barbeito Baltimore Rainwater Special Reserve Madeira. It matched well.

Sommelier and Wines of Portugal US Brand Ambassador Eugenio Jardim is our guest to help us discover the beauty and versatility of Madeira wine.

Show 551, November 11, 2023: Madeira Wine with Sommelier and Wines of Portugal Brand Ambassador Eugenio Jardim Part Two

Sommelier Eugenio Jardim

Madeira Wine from Portugal can be appreciated at any time. According to each type, Dry Madeiras are great with aperitifs, as well as the Medium Dry ones, which are also a wonderful complement of soups. Cheeses are perfect to pair with Medium Sweet Madeiras, while Sweet Madeiras are ideal for sweets, chocolate and with an excellent premium coffee.”

“Food matching with Madeira Wine suggestions are endless and they can be truly surprising, offering flavors, aromas, textures, and unique sensations, You just have to dare yourself!”

Sommelier and Wines of Portugal US Brand Ambassador Eugenio Jardim continues with us to help us discover the beauty and versatility of Madeira wine.

Show 539, August 19, 2023: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part One

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

The wines of Loire Valley are generally available locally at your favorite wine merchant including The Wine House in West Los Angeles, K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Show 539, August 19, 2023: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part Two

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

The wines of Loire Valley are generally available locally at your favorite wine merchant including The Wine House in West Los Angeles, K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles continues as our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Show 517, March 18, 2023: Vega Vineyards & Farm with Proprietor Jimmy Loizides

Jimmy and Karen Loizides of Vega Vineyard and Farm

“Hospitality entrepreneurs, Karen and Jimmy Loizides, launched late last year the family’s newest Santa Ynez Valley venture, Vega Vineyard & Farm. The working winery, farm, and event venue, located on historic land most recently home to Mosby Winery & Vineyards, was renamed “Vega” in honor of the ranch’s initial identity, Rancho La Vega, and its important place in the heart and history of northern Santa Barbara County.”

“The 212-acre Vega Vineyard and Farm comprises the previously-Mosby property’s 21 acres of vineyards, currently covered in Italian varietals, as well as the property’s winery and tasting room, both of which have undergone extensive updates and a design overhaul. The tasting room, situated in a barn which was once the land’s circa-1880s carriage house, joins the likes of other historical structures on the ranch including the original adobe home, dating back to 1853, which continues to greet guests with a new garden and VIP area. Sitting atop one of the highest points of the mountainous parcel of land, a 216-square-foot adobe-style chapel, built in 2014 with pews salvaged from an Ohio church. The chapel is adorned with stained-glass windows and an expansive outdoor patio with endless views of the Santa Ynez Valley.”

“This property has an incredible, tangible history, and such energy of its own. But it was in need of some love, and we are overjoyed at the chance to be the people who inject new life into this important place,” said Jimmy Loizides, Vega Vineyard and Farm’s new owner.

Proprietor and hospitality veteran Jimmy Loizides joins us.

Show 517, March 18, 2023: Vega Vineyards & Farm with Winemaker Steve Clifton

Steve Clifton of Vega Vineyard

“Hospitality entrepreneurs, Karen and Jimmy Loizides, launched late last year the family’s newest Santa Ynez Valley venture, Vega Vineyard & Farm. The working winery, farm, and event venue, located on historic land most recently home to Mosby Winery & Vineyards, was renamed “Vega” in honor of the ranch’s initial identity, Rancho La Vega, and its important place in the heart and history of northern Santa Barbara County.”

“Leading Vega Vineyard and Farm’s winemaking operations is esteemed Santa Barbara County winemaker, Steve Clifton, known for his decades-long work with Italian grape varieties. Estate-grown Vega Vineyard and Farm bottlings will begin with vintages from harvest of 2022.”

“Reopened is the now-family-friendly winery tasting room for bottle sales and tasting experiences. Available wines include the winery’s existing library of inventory, as well as bottles under the Vega Vineyard and Farm label, made with grapes sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. Wines currently available for sale and tastings include red wines like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Syrah, Barbera, and Pinot Noir, white wines such as Chardonnay, Bianco (a white blend), Albariño, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, and Viognier, and a Rosato (rosé).”

“Guests may opt for an al fresco wine tasting experience with multiple seating areas overlooking the vineyards, with live music, lawn games, and other entertainment meant for leisurely, outdoor afternoons. Picnic-perfect spots located on the west side of the property welcome families.”

“Steve has worked as a winemaker on projects as far flung as Italy, Argentina and Walla Walla, Washington, but has always known that Santa Barbara County is where his winemaking roots and passion resides.”

Winemaker Steve Clifton is our guest to uncork all that is Vega Vineyard.

Show 501, November 26, 2022: Sarah Simms Hendrix, Lady & Larder, Santa Monica Part One

Sarah Simms of Lady and Larder

Sarah Simms Hendrix and Boo Simms are Lady & Larder. The enterprise is 100% lady-owned. They are both twin sisters and best friends. They grew up in the kitchen. Sarah’s and Boo’s little dream shop located in Santa Monica, California showcases American made cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine along with a curated assortment of seasonal accompaniments including locally grown flowers, fresh bread, caviar, tinned fish, jam, mustard and honey. The sisters believe in supporting a 100% domestic and sustainable food culture; one that will continue to thrive for generations to come.”

“Lady & Larder’s goal is simple: offer the very best stuff they can get their hands on. They have found that the finest ingredients come from small batch, local producers and Sarah and Boo, like you, know there are no substitutes for quality. These American farmers, craftsmen, butchers, wine makers, beer brewers and master cheesemakers are truly the best of the best. Lady & Larder is so proud to support their unwavering commitment and dedication to their craft.”

Shop Offerings: Full-Service Cut-to-Order Cheese and Charcueterie Counter, Blooms by the Bunch, Fresh Baguettes and Loaves, Larder Staples such as Olive Oil, Flake Salt and Cultured Butter, Caviar, Farmers Market Produce, Rotating Craft Beer Case, Natural Wines, Hand-Dipped Candles and our Apertif Wall featuring Small Batch Vermouth, Tinned Fish and Linen Cocktail Napkins. They offer their Secret Lunch Menu daily from 12-3PM featuring Sandwiches, Salad and Picnic Boxes. With 24 hours notice, they offer their Lady and Larder Cheese and Charcuterie Boards or Crudites Boards and custom Cheese Cakes.”

Sarah Simms takes a break from assembling a colorful cheese board to join us.

Show 501, November 26, 2022: Sarah Simms Hendrix, Lady & Larder, Santa Monica Part Two

Sarah Simms of Lady and Larder

Sarah Simms Hendrix and Boo Simms are Lady & Larder. The enterprise is 100% lady-owned. They are both twin sisters and best friends. They grew up in the kitchen. Sarah’s and Boo’s little dream shop located in Santa Monica, California showcases American made cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine along with a curated assortment of seasonal accompaniments including locally grown flowers, fresh bread, caviar, tinned fish, jam, mustard and honey. The sisters believe in supporting a 100% domestic and sustainable food culture; one that will continue to thrive for generations to come.”

“Lady & Larder’s goal is simple: offer the very best stuff they can get their hands on. They have found that the finest ingredients come from small batch, local producers and Sarah and Boo, like you, know there are no substitutes for quality. These American farmers, craftsmen, butchers, wine makers, beer brewers and master cheesemakers are truly the best of the best. Lady & Larder is so proud to support their unwavering commitment and dedication to their craft.”

Shop Offerings: Full-Service Cut-to-Order Cheese and Charcueterie Counter, Blooms by the Bunch, Fresh Baguettes and Loaves, Larder Staples such as Olive Oil, Flake Salt and Cultured Butter, Caviar, Farmers Market Produce, Rotating Craft Beer Case, Natural Wines, Hand-Dipped Candles and our Apertif Wall featuring Small Batch Vermouth, Tinned Fish and Linen Cocktail Napkins. They offer their Secret Lunch Menu daily from 12-3PM featuring Sandwiches, Salad and Picnic Boxes. With 24 hours notice, they offer their Lady and Larder Cheese and Charcuterie Boards or Crudites Boards and custom Cheese Cakes.”

Sarah Simms takes a 2nd break from assembling a colorful cheese and charcuterie board to continue with us.

Show 464, March 5, 2022: Winemaker Keith Emerson, Vinoce, Napa

Keith Emerson of Vinoce

Twenty-five years after naming his wine brand Vinoce, Proprietor Brian Nuss (Napa Valley based) finds himself in a revitalization mode as he and the rest of the world emerges from the pandemic. Which leads him to proclaim, “I don’t want this winery to go away. It’s been part of my life since 1996. But this reinvention is not for me; it’s for my sons Tim and Tyler.””

“Nuss called his winery Vinoce (pronounced veen-O-chay), which he translates as “wine nut.” He coined the word in tribute to his German-Italian heritage; “nuss” means nut in German, and “noce” is nut in Italian. Brian’s mom was Italian-Spanish, while his dad was German-English.”

“Over the last three decades, Vinoce has developed an intimate knowledge of growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on the rugged, hillside slopes. Vinoce is devoted to creating wines that reflect the true expressions of Mount Veeder with balance, power, and uniqueness.”

“In 2013, Keith Emerson initially came on as associate winemaker to make the Vinoce wines. Emerson, the winemaker at Vineyard 29, is now Vinoce’s winemaker as well. The wine is made in St. Helena at Emerson’s Vineyard 29 and Ballentine Vineyards. Vinoce’s Mount Veeder fruit comes from an 8-acre estate vineyard near PymRae Nuss purchased and planted in ‘13. Vinoce produces about 2,000 cases a year.”

In 2019 Vinoce opened their tasting room at the historic Tannery building in Napa on the Napa River.

Winemaker Keith Emerson joins us to uncork all that is Vinoce Vineyards.