Show 345, October 19, 2019: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part One

David Nemarnik of Alloro VineyardAlloro Vineyard in Sherwood brings Old-World allure to Oregon, just 30 minutes southwest of Portland. The 80-acre estate is a bucolic homage to Italian tradition, from its iconic Tuscan farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops. “Alloro” is Italian for laurel—a salute to founder David Nemarnik’s Italian/Croatian heritage, and the Laurel Ridge site itself. Holistic agricultural practices and respectful stewardship create terroir-driven wines showcasing purity of fruit with a clear sense of place.”

“David Nemarnik grew up in Portland helping his parents start a produce business, and has been fascinated with growing and fermenting his whole life. In 1999, he founded the Alloro estate to create world-class Pinot Noir in a manner that honors his family’s food & wine traditions and respect for the land. Today, Nemarnik lives on the property with his daughter, surrounded by wine grapes, culinary gardens, olive trees, chickens, sheep, and registered Hereford cattle.”

David pulls the cork on Alloro for us.


Show 345, October 19, 2019: Alloro Vineyard, Sherwood, OR with Proprietor & Vineyard Manager David Nemarnik Part Two

David Nemarnik of Alloro VineyardAlloro Vineyard brings Old-World allure to Oregon. Nestled in the south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains just 30 minutes outside of Portland, the 70-acre Alloro estate is a bucolic homage to timeless tradition. From the iconic Italian farmhouse and culinary gardens to the heirloom sheep that graze the vineyard cover crops, and herd of Hereford cattle, the winery and vineyard is built upon the sustainable holistic agricultural practices, respectful stewardship, and intense passion for food and wine of David Nemarnik, Alloro’s founder and vineyard manager.”

“Alloro makes wine exclusively from 33 acres of estate vineyards perched on sloping hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The Vineyard is dry-farmed, and tended with the lightest possible touch. L.I.V.E.-certified, Salmon-Safe agricultural practices strive to promote natural biodiversity and improve sustainability every year. The site’s Laurelwood series of soils—dark brown loess topsoil layered on brick-red decomposed basalt Jory soils that act as a sponge—offer optimal fertility and moisture for the micro-climate.”

Alloro produces three estate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose of Pinot Noir, and Vino Nettare—a dessert wine made from Muscat and Riesling.”

Proprietor David Nemarnik continues.


Show 339, August 31, 2019: Kyle Meyer, Co-Founder, Wine Exchange – The Mysteries of Oak in Wine

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. Kyle delves into the mysteries of oak in wine. How does it add to the flavor profile? What’s the how and why of American Oak versus French Oak in barrel aging? What’s toasting?


Show 327, June 8, 2019: Caroline Styne, Lucques Restaurant Group – Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine 2019

Caroline StyneThe 2019 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine season officially launches Opening Night with John Legend on June 15th. Now into the fourth year with award winners chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue.

Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their flagship restaurant. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings, which include three restaurants and three marketplaces in addition to menus for the Terrace and Garden Boxes, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award winner Suzanne Goin in tandem with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award.

Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.

Caroline Styne pulls the cork for us with all the details.


Show 316, March 23, 2019: Winemaker Jeff Pisoni, Pisoni Vineyards, Lucia and Lucy Part Two

Jeff PisoniWinemaker Jeff Pisoni continues…

The Pisoni family’s goal: grow exceptional grapes to make exceptional wine. Wines made by the Pisoni family are bottled under the Pisoni Estate and Lucia labels. Gary and his two sons, Mark and Jeff, farm and produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from their three vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands: Pisoni, Garys’ and Soberanes vineyards. These vineyards and wines represent an extreme commitment to farming and classical winemaking.

Lucy is the charismatic younger sister of Lucia Wines, a celebrated label that represents a collection of vineyards run by the renown Pisoni Family. In 2003, making her limited debut in just two precious barrels, winemaker Jeff Pisoni immediately knew he had crafted something exceptional. More than a decade later, the tradition of providing the utmost care and attention to the exquisite rose’ carries on. Only a limited amount is produced each year, and $1 per bottle is donated to breast cancer research.”

Jeff’s vivacious wife, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, is also an acclaimed winemaker. Her labels are Alma de Cattleya and Cattleya Wines. We’ll meet her on the April 20th’s show.


Show 305, January 5, 2019: Winemaker Eric Hamacher, Hamacher Wines, Beaverton, Oregon

Eric HamacherEric Hamacher set forth as a winemaking gypsy after earning his viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis in 1988. Eric has since created stunning wines for more than 35 vintages at multiple wineries around the world. After leaving Napa in 1995, Eric headed North to the “Promise Land” of Pinot Noir and founded his eponymous winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

After pushing for several years and finally succeeding to change Oregon state law to enable multiple winery licensing in one facility, Eric with his wife, Luisa Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards) and partners Ned and Kristen Lumpkin, co-founded The Carlton Winemakers Studio in 2002. The Studio was the first of its kind and operated as a multi-winery facility designed to enable small, high-end wineries and boutique, artisanal producers to share space and expertise.

With the bountiful 2014 harvest and the seams stretching at the studio, Eric moved himself out. With the “Reopening” of Hamacher Wines at the original Ponzi Historical Estate, Eric was able to launch his first tasting room dedicated to showcasing his wines directly to appreciative wine lovers.

Today, Eric’s production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Hamacher Wines is just shy of 2,000 cases annually, possibly Oregon’s slowest growing winery.

Eric is with us to pull the cork on the Hamacher and H Wines varietals of Hamacher Wines.



Show 303, December 22, 2018: Wing Lam, Co-founder, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Presenting a Dinner at The James Beard House

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosIn early October Wahoo’s Fish Taco presented a sold-out, celebratory dinner (paired with premium Sonoma wines) at the revered James Beard House in Greenwich Village, a singular honor. The outstanding boutique wines represented were Lombardi Wines (Petaluma,) and Coursey Graves Winery (Santa Rosa & representing Works & Days, too.

When I first started Wahoo’s 30 years ago, all I wanted to do was create a fun and casual place for fellow surfers to hang out and eat great food. Fast forward to today, it’s an honor and a privilege to present on behalf of Wahoo’s at The James Beard House,” said Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco. “To be chosen and invited to New York with my brothers is beyond what we could’ve ever imagined.”

“Chefs must be invited in order to host a dinner at The James Beard House,” adds Lam. “We spent our entire careers catering some of the world’s biggest sporting and music events. Hosting dinner at The James Beard House is a testament to our hard work, and we can’t wait to show a brand-new audience what Wahoo’s Fish Taco is all about.

Think Enchilada Duo with Polynesian Shrimp in Red Sauce and Blackened Chicken in Green Sauce with Cauliflower Rice paired with Lombardi Pinot Noir 2016.

Riding the cresting wave and joining us in-studio is Co-founder, Wing Lam

Show 303, December 22, 2018: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, The 411 on screw caps on wine bottles

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur esteemed wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us for two commentaries. You’ve been seeing them on the wines from Australia and New Zealand for awhile and now screw caps on premium wine are becoming more common on domestic wines for very sound reasons.

Wines sealed with screw caps can actually age with grace. A cork is perhaps more romantic but it proven not to be the best closure for wine.

It’s not sustainable, either.

There is also a shortage of premium natural cork worldwide.



Show 303, December 22, 2018: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Introduction to the premium wines of South Africa

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange encores for a 2nd segment.

Kyle was an early adapter to the joys of wines from South Africa. fortunately, a new age there in winemaking post-apartheid.

While known for their whites there is more depth to the premium wines of South Africa than the familiar Chenin Blanc.

Kyle advises to try their Pinotage. It’s a grape that’s a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut.


Show 296, November 3, 2018: Taylor Pfaff, CEO, Left Coast Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Taylor PfaffIn 2003 the Pfaff Family arrived in Oregon on the plot that was to become Left Coast Cellars. In those early years there were just 35 acres of vines and a scruffy, prefabricated cottage. Nevertheless, the sweeping vistas, the canopies of 400 year-old oaks, and wild herons on the lake spoke of unimaginable potential. Since then, in fits and starts, The Pfaff Family has worked to bring out the magic inherent in this land.

“In the fifteen years since our beginnings, we have gone from a largely grape growing operation with long term contracts with fellow Oregon producers, a wonderful opportunity to establish the high quality of our fruit, to an all Estate commitment. We farm 142 acres of vines on our nearly 500-acre Estate, largely sedimentary soil laid down by the Missoula floods and some volcanic soil as well. We grow and meticulously tend our vines and grapes, handcraft our wines and bottle them on site, a fusion of art and science, most certainly a labor of love.”

We take a holistic approach to everything at Left Coast, sustainability being at the core of all we do. We received the largest USDA grant in Oregon in 2008 to go solar, and the vast majority of our estate’s electrical needs are supplied by the ground and roof mounted solar arrays. Our winery and vineyards are LIVE certified, Salmon Safe, and we were one of just six producers that went to a third-party verification in the initial Carbon Neutral Challenge, originally under the aegis of the Governor’s Office, now folded into LIVE as a Carbon Reduction program.”

Younger son, Taylor Pfaff, stepped into the CEO position the summer of 2016. He brings the experience of 6 harvests in the cellar under the excellent mentorship of Winemaker Joe Wright, along with a MBA in Wine and Spirits from the Kedge Business School of the University of Bordeaux.

Taylor Pfaff pulls the cork on Left Coast Estate for us.