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DATE: Tue, 13 Nov 2007
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GNGNB Ep 41: Bennett Lane Winery

In this episode of a guy, a girl, and a bottle we visit the Bennett Lane winery (www.bennettlane.com), which is located on the north end of Napa Valley off Hwy 128, just past Hwy 29 in Calistoga. The property of this winery is incredible, and the view of the surrounding mountains is amazing, there is also a few picnic tables for you to grab a bottle and kick back and enjoy the view of the vineyard. On our visit we did something that was quite unique, we were able to blend our own bottle of wine! (This occurred under guidance of Rob Hunter, Bennett Lanes' resident winemaker) and this is an experience that is available to the public in small groups, check their website for the Bennett Lane Custom Blend Experience. It was a lot of fun, but since we are not wine makers, only wine drinkers, we were worried that we would blend up some kind of swill. Check out the podcast to hear what happens, and to see if we are going to drop the podcasting gig and become wine makers ourselves. In addition to our wine blending experience we tasted some amazing wines, two of which are their signature wines. The Maximus and the Primus Reserve Cabernet, both were amazing wines. Randy Lynch not only is the owner of a great winery, but he also is the only winery in Napa Valley to own a NASCAR race team. You can check out more about the team and follow them as they compete on the NASCAR West Circuit. The song for this episode is by Natalie Gelman and the song is Never Had You. Don’t forget, if you like this song drop the artist a line and let them know what you think and tell them you heard them on A Guy, A Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast! Lastly, we'd like to say a special thanks to our sponsors for this episode Hamilton Beach. Check out the latest line of electric mixers, just in time for the holidays! 3340 Hwy 128 Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 942-6684 View Larger Map   Cheers! Joe and Pam Powered by Qumana

DATE: Tue, 18 Sep 2007
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GNGNB: Video Promo

    Hey there Guys and Girls! After a long summer break, we are happy to let you know that we are back behind the microphone, and in the vineyards! We really apologize for the long delay, but work was getting quite hectic, and The Guy thought that he lost a bunch of already recorded episodes. As it turns out, The Guy secured himself a new job with less hours, which means more podcasting coming your way! In addition, the recordings that we thought we lost have been found safe and sound. Woot!     Upcoming from these 'Lost Episodes' are interviews from the Benzinger Winery, an Eco-tour from the Kunde Estate, a trip to Clear Lake to visit Shannon Ridge (recently voted one of the top 10 hottest small brands in wines), and so much more. We'll even be throwing in some videos for you in the coming weeks and months ahead. Keep those headphones on and your subscriptions up to date cuz The Guy and The Girl are back! Cheers! The Guy and Girl

DATE: Thu, 15 Mar 2007
SIZE: 17.6 MB
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GNGNB40 - Wine Blogging Wednesday #31 - Alternative Wine Packaging

Hey there guys and girls, here we go again! Wine Blogging Wednesday! This month's contest is alternative wine packaging. For most people that means boxed wine. In fact, the Boxed-Wine-Guy is hosting this months' event (Thanks Roger!) but Pam & I are not your average wine drinkers. Nope, not us. We have to be different. We went out and found some wine in a can. With a straw. The horror! Although it is wine, technically speaking it is sparkling wine in a can, and comes to us from Francis Ford Coppola and the wine is his daughter's namesake, Sofia. The Sofia Mini comes in a package of four cans, neatly packaged in a hexagonal box, and retails for about $12.99. Following the hip trendy set, you can also find the cans for purchase at your local disco. We wonder out loud if Karen and Karla from the Rumor Girls are listening as this seems like a product right up their alley. Listen now as we give you are impressions of this marketers dream product. Have you tried Sofia? Let us know! Give us your thoughts on the wine-in-a-can concept.   Music by Bloom - Falling. A Guy and a Girl Comment Line - 408-627-7796 Skype - Aguyandgirl SPONSORS: Sponsorship provided by Folgers. Get your free gourmet samples at www.folgers.com/podshow GoDaddy Promotional codes and coupons! Use these at GoDaddy.com to save some cold cash (and spend it on some wine) Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr.   Powered by Qumana

DATE: Thu, 22 Feb 2007
SIZE: 24.9 MB
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GNGNB EP39: ZAPPed again!

Viva Zinfandel! A few weeks ago we attended the ZAP Festival (www.zinfandel.org), a.k.a the Zinfadel Advocates & Producers Festival in San Francisco, this festival is completely out of control. To give you an idea of how big this event is, there were approximately 9,000 attendees, 273 wineries, and 550 wines featured, if you were to hit every single one, and even if you didn't actually consume the wine but only swirled the wine in your mouth they still would have to haul you out on a wheel barrow. Oh, yeah, did I mention the 1,500 pounds of cheese? We really enjoy going the ZAP festival, but it can be a bit overwhelming which is why it is a good idea to look in the program pick the producers that your intrested in trying and just go for it (it also helps make the decision process easier if there is a sexy beautiful girl pouring the wine). If you are planning a trip out to wine country next year and Zinfadel is a favorite of yours I think you should definatly consider planning it around this 4-day extravaganza event in late January, you will not be disappointed! Well, because there was no way Joe and I was able to taste all the wines and talk about it, we decided to change things up a bit on this show and we simply recorded random bits and pieces from the show floor. We hope that you like it, we will return to the regular format for the next show. Of the wines we tried, we picked some of our favorites, such as: Brown Estate Vineyards - www.brownestate.com (a favorite from last year Barefoot Cellers - www.barefootwine.com (another favorite from last year and has become a regular at meal times at the guy and girl family dinners). I love these guys because their booth was fun, and they knew how to draw a crowd, believe it or not Elvis is apparently not dead. Javalina Leap Vineyard & Winery www.javelinaleapwinery.com here is where they had the beautiful girl pouring the wine but this wine was not just a pretty face it was down right amazing. If you can get your hands on a bottle, check it out for sure. Frank Family Vineyards - www.frankfamilyvineyards.com We don't want to say too much about these guys because they are going to be featured in an upcoming episode, so stay tuned! Our Artist featured this week is Black Lab, and the song is Ectasy. You can find more music from along with other great artists on the Podsafe Music Network http://music.podshow.com. Thanks to everyone who helped make this episode - special thanks to John from the CorkDork blog (http://corkdork.typepad.com) for spotting some of the great wines and sharing those with us. Check out his blog for full details (he even liked the Adobe Road Zin that we raved about!) Cheers! A Guy and a Girl Comment Line - 408-627-7796 Skype - Aguyandgirl

DATE: Thu, 08 Feb 2007
SIZE: 15.9 MB
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GNGNB EP38: Wine Blogging Wednesday #30 New World Syrah

We are getting back in the swing of things and after the ZAP festival in San Francisco, we caught with an old friend, Tim Elliot of Winecast who coincidentally is hosting this month's Wine Blogging Wednesday. This month's challenge is much easier than the last time Tim hosted a WBW, and the theme this time around is New World Syrahs. (New World refers to areas that are relatively new to the wine making world. This includes the Americas, as well as New Zeland and Australia.) Our choice is the 2005 Little Penguin Shiraz. Listen to our podcast, and find out why we disagree on this bottle of wine. If you like the show (or not) take a moment to review our show on iTunes, we'd appreciate it. Sponsorship provided by Folgers. Get your free gourmet samples at www.folgers.com/podshow The song for this episode is by Matthew Ebel and the song is Drive Away, from the CD Beer and Coffee. Don’t forget, if you like this song drop the artist a line and let them know what you think and tell them you heard them on A Guy, A Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast! Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Check us out at PodShow at www.wine.podshow.com Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 17 Jan 2007
SIZE: 23.2 MB
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A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle - EP37: Kaz Winery

In today’s wine podcast we visit the eclectic and eccentric KAZ winery in Kenwood, California. Kaz is the smallest winery open to the public in all of Sonoma county, and is known, at least in wine circles, for the extremely tasty ports that they produce. Kaz also loves to experiment with blends, so the wine lineup changes quite frequently. Only 2000 cases produced each year, spread out over 12 or so different styles, so you certainly won't be finding these bottles on your friends (or your grocer's) shelf. Pam and I have enjoyed coming to KAZ over the last few years. If you are looking for a very formal wine experience, please pass KAZ up, cuz you are certainly in the wrong place. If you truly enjoy a wine adventure, don't miss this winery. There is something always going on at KAZ, tour groups, picnics, and of on occasion, the random light saber battle in the tasting room. Richard Kasmier, "Kaz", has been making wine since 1985 and the winery was bonded in 1994. Formally a professional commercial photographer, you can find many of his images adorning the labels of the wines, as well as the food items that Kaz puts together as well. Kaz's wife Sandi hand colors all the photos, and his son Ryan, passes the time photoshopping his father into, well, interesting situations. Check out their website for a sample of the tomfoolery that goes on at this winery. Don't let the fun stuff distract from the wines, as while the KAZ family enjoys having fun, the wines are top-notch. Ever tasted a white port? Made from Chardonnay, it is one of the more unusual ports that is made for the Bodega Bay Port Works label under which Kaz bottles his all his ports. Very delectable, and even reminds one of cookie dough, if you can believe that. Dog friendly, and just down the street from Sugarloaf state park, bring the whole family for a true California experience. If you are coming in from out of town, and are looking for a place to stay, ask about The Little House located on the Kaz property, kinda gives you an excuse to sample all of the different varieties Kaz has to offer. Tasting Room is open Fri-Mon, 11am-5pm (or by appointment) Contact info: Kaz Vineyard & Winery 233 Adobe Canyon Rd. Kenwood, CA 95452 Phone: (877) 833-2536 Fax: (707) 833-1244 w. http://kazwinery.com/ Google Map SPECIAL OFFER - Tell them that you heard about the winery on a Podcast and your tasting is FREE (and you might even get a special surprise!) The song for this episode is by Alden and the song is Snapshot, from the CD of the same name. Don’t forget, if you like this song drop the artist a line and let them know what you think and tell them you heard them on A Guy, A Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast! Buy it here: We hope that you enjoyed our show, and hope that you listened as we are giving away a signed bottle of their Red Port! You have to listen to the show to find out how to enter the contest, of course. Let us know what you think. Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply want to provide some comments. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at guyandgirl ~AT~ gmail.com. Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Check us out at PodShow at www.wine.podshow.com Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Don't forget!, here are a few codes to save you some wine money next time you have to order some domains: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr.

DATE: Mon, 11 Dec 2006
SIZE: 40.4 MB
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GNGNB Ep36: What goes with Wine? Chocolate!

In today’s podcast we deviate from wine once again, and visited Ariella Toeman at Cocoa Designs . Actually, the pairing of wine and chocolate has been a constant favorite of many, although some claim that not all chocolate pairs well with wine, but in our opinion just like our attitude towards wine, if you like it then go ahead and do it anyway. Ariella was born in Brazil, raised in Montreal, and is a professional pastry chef who has worked in France, New York, and her former hometown of Montreal. It wasn’t until she met her husband and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she came up with the idea for Cocoa Designs. Her first product, Cocoa Nuts, just like all her other products are all hand made in her one woman commercial kitchen in Burlingame, CA. These little hand made addictive nuts are praline almonds dipped in Venezuelan chocolate covered in cocoa powder and spices. My favorite was the Azteque , which also happens to be one of her best sellers. These praline almonds are roasted dark on the inside and crisp caramel on the outside, then they are covered in dark chocolate and dusted with freshly ground cinnamon, New Mexican chile, and cocoa powder. Eating these reminded me of the Mexican hot chocolate my abuela used to make for me when I was a kid. Ariella’s products don’t just stop at just Cocoa nuts as she also makes chocolate bars that are filled with Cocoa Nuts, we made a couple of these during our podcast with a little help with our daughter Madison. I took one of the bars to work and I have to say it didn’t last long because my coworkers said that it was amazing and they kept coming back for more pieces of MY bar. She also makes handmade caramels infused with Thai tea, Jasmine, and Earl Grey tea, I haven’t tried these yet but my mouth is watering just thinking about them. So join us on our little chocolate making adventure with Ariella and our little Oompa Loompa Madison, as we learn a thing or two about making chocolate and those delicious Cocoa Nuts. Contact info: Ariella at Coca Designs: 10am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday. t. 415.407.8268 f. 501.641.0451 e. info /'AT/' cocoadesigns.com w. http://www.cocoadesigns.com SPECIAL OFFER - Use coupon code “guyandgirl” and get a free gift with every order of $50 or more. The song for this episode is by Pennyshaker and the song is Candy. Don’t forget, if you like this song drop the artist a line and let them know what you think and tell them you heard them on A Guy, A Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast! Buy it here: PS - I know we diverted away from wine again but really who can say no to chocolate? We hope that you enjoyed our little diversion, let us know what you think. Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply want to provide some comments. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] . PSS - Oh yeah, we/'re back in the saddle. Thanks for being patient and stay tuned for more, much, much more! Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Check us out at PodShow at www.wine.podshow.com Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Don/'t forget!, here are a few codes to save you some wine money next time you have to order some domains: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr .

DATE: Mon, 21 Aug 2006
SIZE: 34.4 MB
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GNGNB Ep35: So you think you know Gin?

In today's wine podcast, we stumble down a slightly different path and explore the intracacies of an alcohol that we know very little about - Gin. Through an invitation by Debbie at Folsom and Associates, we had an opportunity to meet with Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout. Jacques is an internationally known mixologist, and when he is in San Francisco, he can be found behind the bar at his restaraunt - Tres Agaves, or at Harry Denton's Starlight room pouring some of the most expensive drinks around, collectively known as the Million Dollar Cocktails. This event was held in June of 2006 at the W in San Francisco and was an incredible way to learn about the 3 different styles of Gin. Those three styles are: Dutch Style, London Dry Style, and Plymouth. This event was sponsored by Plymouth Gin, and Plymouth's gin receipe dates back to the one originally used in the 18th Century. Plymouth's mixture of seven botanicals: Junipers berries, angelica root, orange peel, lemon peel, cardamom pods, orris root, and coriander seeds; give Plymouth a very smooth taste when compared with other gins. Gin has a fascinating history, which is primarily English in nature. The word 'Gin' is derived from the French word from Juiper - Genievere. Although production was very small in the early 17th century, by 1743 London produced almost 20 millions gallons of Gin - the equivalent of nearly 20 gallons for every adult. By the early 18th century, Milk and water had become unsanitary and Gin became the primary means to quench a thirst. In fact, the taxes on Gin were only 2-pence, compared with 4-pence for beer. This lead to the famous 'Mothers Ruin' phrase as mothers of the time would get drunk and forget about everything, leading them to ruin. Gin is still entrenched in British history, even today every new ship of the Royal Navy still recieves a 'Commissioning kit' from Plymouth gin that consists a pennant, glasses, a gurgling fish jug and a bottle of Plymouth Gin. Join us as we sit down with Jacques and learn about not only the history of the drink, but also how it is made, and most importantly - how to taste it. For you faithful listeners, here is Jacques' receipe that he mentions for his favorite drink, the Negroni. Negroni Cocktail - Named after Count Camillo Negroni from Florence who wanted an Americano with a kick. 1 oz. Plymouth Gin 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1 oz. Campari Splash of soda (optional) Build ingredients over ice into a lowball glass and garnish orange zest. The song for this episode is by Delphinium Blue and the song is California. Show some love for these artists won't you? Tell them that you heard their song on a podcast. We hope that you enjoyed our little diversion, let us know what you think. Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply want to provide some comments. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Check us out at PodShow at www.wine.podshow.com Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Don't forget!, here are a few codes to save you some wine money next time you have to order some domains: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr.

DATE: Thu, 17 Aug 2006
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GNGNB Ep34: Where have we been?

Hello, fellow wine lovers! We have to sincerely apologize for not posting a new episode for about a month and a half. We would love to say that we were busy jetting off to the wine regions of Chile, Argentina, Italy, and Australia but alas we were just plain busy working at our day jobs and spending the warm California summer having fun with our daughter before the school year starts. We are so excited about the launch of Podshow+, and we're sure we have quite a few new listeners out there, so first of all we would like to say welcome to our podcast and we hope you like what your hear, and if you don't please don't hesitate to send us an email and give us your suggestions and comments. (Bad comments send directly to Joe, all gushing wonderful comments can be sent straight to Pam. Also, we want to let you know that we have a barrel full of exciting new and different things coming up that we think you are going really enjoy. A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle were invited to participate in a gin tasting in San Francisco, and although we bet you thought this was just a wine podcast, we figured what the heck, gin just so happens to come in a bottle too! While we were out doing decidedly non-wine things, we set up a quite a decadent podcast with Ariella Toeman with Cocoa Designs, and of course nothing goes better with wine than chocolate. We make a few wonderfully delicious chocolate bars and you get to come along with us. (As an extra special treat, look for our first steps into video podcasting on this one!) Again, to our loyal listeners thank you for your patience, and for our new listeners we hope you enjoy our podcast because our intent is to reach out to the average everyday wine drinker. If you want pretentious, you are looking in the wrong place! Lastly, if you happen to be at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo in September, just look for a Guy, a Girl and there is a good chance we might have a Bottle, so just stop by and say hello, we might even share some with you!Leave us some feedback! Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply want to provide some feedback. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Check us out at PodShow at www.wine.podshow.com Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Don't forget!, here are a few codes to save you some wine money next time you have to order some domains: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr.

DATE: Sat, 17 Jun 2006
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GNGNB Ep33: (Fixed) Wine Blogging Wednesday

DATE: Sat, 10 Jun 2006
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GNGNB Ep32: Wine Music #3 (or music to drink to)

Well, we have been away from the podcasting scene for a couple of weeks, but we are here and raring to go. We have lots of really great stuff coming up in the next couple of months, and hope you join us. If you haven/'t already done so, click on the link to subscribe to the show using your favorite podcatcher, which ensures you get the show delivered directly to you as soon as it is released. Feel free to burn a copy of these songs, or better yet, support the artists by purchasing some of their music by clicking on the links below. Sponsorship Information; Special thanks to Uncle Bens Whole Grain Brown Rice for providing sponsorship for /'A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle/'. As mentioned before in our wine podcast, Uncle Bens is sponsoring a receipe contest using their whole grain rice products - enter your receipe at www.unclebens.com/recipecontest . The contest ends June 16th soon so hurry! Kermit Lynch /"Awake for the Count/" featured on the CD Quicksand Blues Bari Koral - Aspiring Angel LoveSpirals - Love Survives Butterfly Catchers - Morning Black Lab - Remember (Sir Alex Kemp Mix) Bloody Irish Boys - (Get) Drunk Tonight And lastly, here are a few codes to save you some wine money next time you have to order some domains: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr . What did you think of this episode? Leave us some feedback! Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply want to provide some feedback. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Fri, 19 May 2006
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GNGNB Ep31: Wine Blogging Wednesday#21

This month/'s Wine Podcast - Wine Blogging Wednesday #21 It/'s that time of the month again for another installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday . For installment #21 of WBW, we are joining forces with Is My Blog Burning #26 and are having both a meal and a great bottle of wine!Here were the rules for this installment: 1. Pick a favorite bottle of wine from your cellar and create/cook a dish that goes with it. 2. Pick a favorite dish in your culinary repertoire and seek out a wine that will pair will it. The Girl (and my lovely wife Pam) has cooked a delicious meal, and I chose the 2004 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Vineyard Chardonnay as detailed below. Our daughter, who also joins us on this show, has the 2006 Leche de Safeway , which also comes highly recommended. WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS The 2004 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Vineyard Chardonnay is a youthful yellow in color, with aromas of white flowers, lime custard, citrus and baked pear. The Burgundian winemaking techniques including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring and extended aging contribute a complex bouquet of honey and vanilla and amplify an already intensely viscous wine. This is a substantial wine with a silky texture on the palate with layers of complexity and richness making it well-suited to roasted chicken or pork.- The Guy The Girl: For dinner I prepared Cornish game hens, I usually cook these little midget chickens whole, but to save on time I butterflied them so that they would cook faster. To split them you cut them along their backbone, flip them over breast side up and using the heal of your palm press down to flatten. These guys are so easy to make and what I find is that they are great basted in butter, with some dried herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven till the liquid runs clear when pricked in the leg.Some of you might be curious where these miniature chickens came from, well in 1965 chicken mogul Donald John Tyson created these little hens by cross-breeding White Rock hens and Cornish hens. His intent was to create a specialty item at a higher price to appeal to foodies. They look like miniature chickens, and you guessed it…they taste just like chicken.I also prepared some Uncle Ben’s whole grain rice and added a few things to the rice. I love Uncle Ben’s brown rice because it cooks faster then regular brown rice and tastes the same. I soaked a few porcini mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in hot water until they were soft, reserved the liquid and chopped up the mushrooms and tomato and set them aside. I followed the directions on the box for 1 cup of rice but instead of adding 2 cups of water I used chicken broth for flavor and I held back the ¼ cup of water and added the liquid from the mushrooms and tomatoes. Boil the liquid and throw in the rice, mushrooms, and tomatoes then reduce the heat and simmer. For the veggies, I just boiled some fresh green beans in salted water until tender yet crisp. Information; Special thanks to Uncle Bens Whole Grain Brown Rice for providing sponsorship for /'A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle/'. As mentioned before in our wine podcast, Uncle Bens is sponsoring a receipe contest using their whole grain rice products - enter your receipe at www.unclebens.com/recipecontest . Don/'t forget to share your receipe with us! Music this episode:Artist: Lee CoulterSong: Booty VooDooWhat did you think of this episode? Leave us some feedback! Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply disagree completely with everything we said. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers!-A Guy & a GirlSubscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Mon, 01 May 2006
SIZE: 33.0 MB
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GNGNB Ep30: Loxton Winery

Hey there Guys and Girls, welcome to episode 30 of 'A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle' wine podcast. This is a special episode for us in a number of ways, but first and foremost, we get to go to Australia! Woo-hoo! (well, at least for about 35 minutes or so) See in this wine podcast we visit Chris Loxton, Owner and Winemaker at Loxton Winery (www.loxtonwinery.com) in Sonoma, and being Australian and all, well, visiting his winery is a little bit like going down under, without the really, really, really long plane flight. More on Chris and his winery in just a moment. The other really cool thing about today's episode is that we are the first Podcast (aside from Adam Curry of course) to deploy the 'Golden Ticket' as part of this Podcast. What is this Golden Ticket ? Well, the Golden Ticket allows us to run contests and giveaway prizes to a predetermined number of people, in a random fashion. For example, in today's episode 3 lucky people will hear a special audio clip alerting them that they have won. See? Simple as that. Pretty neat-o, doncha think? We do. Why? Well, we want to give away lots of things to you dear listener, and we have been struggling with the fairest way to do that, with as little pain as possible on our end. This I think (forgive the upcoming pun) is the ticket that we needed. So if everything works right, hopefully we will be able to give away stuff on a more routine basis and reward you for spending some of your precious time with us. nnToday's giveaway is an autographed copy of Scott Sigler's first print book - Earthcore . Not only is this book one hell of a fine read (and listen if you want to download it), but this book is special to a lot of podcasters as it is the first podiobook that was successful enough to make it to print. Pretty cool, and 'nuff said. Good luck and let us know what you think of this contest and the way we are going about it. We'd really like to hear from you on this! (our info is at the bottom of this post)nnLoxton Cellars is located in the heart of Sonoma, just off highway 12. (Looks sharp for the signs, being a small winery it is easy to miss if you are daydreaming!) Loxton wines are the epitome of small wineries in this area. Heaps of talent, great wine, small name and cozy atmosphere. You can almost always find Chris hard at work when you stop by, but he loves showing guests around and explaining everything about wine and the Loxton philosophy. Curious to know the difference between a Shiraz and a Sirah? Chris will steer you in the right direction, and always with a touch of the Austrailian humor. A recommended diversion if you are heading out to Napa, and well worth the trip. Don't forget to tell the folks over at Loxton that Joe & Pam from "A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle" wine podcast sent you over, they'll even give you a small discount!nnwine term this week - Dry DRYDry/Off Dry: Little or no sugar = "dry", slightly sweeter = "off dry". http://www.vino.com Our nnArtist this week is Black Lab , and the song is Learn to Crawl . Purchase this track now at iTunes! rnnn Loxton Winery nTel/Fax [email protected] Office Box 70nGlen Ellen, California 95442-0070n Google Map nThe tasting room at Loxton Winery is open by appointment 7 days a week, 11 am to 5 pm.Cheers!-A Guy and a GirlnEmail guyandgirl 'AT' gmail.com nPhone mail: 408-627-7796nSKYPE aguyandgirl nSubscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Tue, 25 Apr 2006
SIZE: 38.5 MB
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GNGNB Ep29: Merlot Madness

In this installment of 'A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle' Joe visits San Francisco to attend a seminar on Merlot and an attempt to restore the good character and decent name of this intriguing varietal after the damage that the movie 'Sideways' has inflicted upon the much maligned merlot. Chris Phelps and Stu Harrison of Swanson vineyards present their case on merlot and why this wine deserves more respect. Music "Taste It" by Casey Desmond For more information on Merlot, visit www.merlotfightsback.com. Sponsors for this Episode: Don't forget to enter your recipe in the Uncle Ben's Contest! ! ! And here's this week's GoDaddy Promo codes: Bottle1 - Save 10% off any order. Everything. Bottle2 - Save an additional $5 of any order $30 or more. Bottle3 - Get any .COM domain name for only $6.95/yr. We hope you enjoy it. Tune in on April 30th, when we release our 30th episode and give 3 lucky listeners a chance to win a signed copy of Scott Sigler's first podcast novel - EARTHCORE Joe & Pam [email protected] Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 12 Apr 2006
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GNGNB Ep28: Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 Wrapup

El gusto del vino, es como delicada poesia A Guy and a Girl/'s pick for Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 - Casamaro Verdejo Rueda ($10.99) The goal of this month/'s installment of WBW was to find and sample a white wine. Easy you say? Pah-shaw. The twist? Well, fellow podcaster and wino Bill from Wine for Newbies insisted on No blends . and oh yeah, it can/'t be a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or a Riesling. Now what are you left with? Sure, we can here you saying, /"but c/'mon you two, even we fellow novice oenophiles (Definition - A Lover or connoisseur of wine) know that you can still find Chenin Blanc, or the super-duper yummy Semillion/". We still say Pah-shaw. First off - Chenin blanc, well, yeah, we coulda/woulda/shoulda, but we wanted to let some of our fellow bloggers and podcasters pick the easy ones. Semillion? Truth be told, we did pick up a bottle of wine made from 100% semillion grapes, but decided to save that for another day. (BTW - it isn/'t all that easy to find a bottle made from 100% semillion, most are blended with Sauvignon Blanc). What did we settle on? We went all out and went to Spain, and found a bottle of Casamaro Verdejo Rueda ($10.99) wine made by the Garciarevalo family owned winery, created entirely from the Verdejo grape. Verdejo grape: White. Very high quality and one of the best white varieties in Spain. It makes very aromatic, glyceric, soft wines with body. It is plentiful in Valladolid (69%), Segovia and Ávila. It is considered a main variety of Rueda Denomination of Origin (D.O.)Other Merchant Reviews 87 Pts - Robert Parker /"An excellent value that has never seen a day in oak, the 2004 Casamaro Blanco, a 100% Verdelho from 50-130-year old ungrafted vines, is a soft, delicious white exhibiting plenty of honeyed apricot, peach, and floral-like characteristics. It is a medium-bodied, crisp, lively effort to drink over the next year./" 2004 Garciarevalo Casamaro Rueda - Rueda is a region of Spain best known for fresh whites with zinging acidity and fresh citrusy notes. This stainless steel treated offering is no exception. Fresh lemon zest notes and long finishing, this wine made 100% from the Verdejo grape is best matched with shellfish, sushi and chicken.-- Chris Cree, 56 Degree Wines , January 8, 2006 Supporting information: Garciarevalo Winery Garciarevalo is a family owned winery established in 1991 in Matapozuelos in the heart of Rueda. They specialize in Verdejo with additional plantings of Viura. They have 40 hectares of over-100 year old vines including Verdejo vines that are up to 130 years old. The unique qualities of this site are evident in the soils that differ from most other areas of Rueda. The soil is sand here and it allows for excellent drainage and greater difference between day and night temperatures. Long winters with late frosts combine with hot and dry summers create the ideal situation to cultivate grapes with the perfect balance of sugar and acidity. Believing that the key to a good wine is in the raw materials, Garciarevalo strive to to make a wine as true to the fruit as possible. The utmost care and latest technologies are used to extract a juice that reflects the hard work and special attention given in the fields. The wines are then put through temperature controlled fermentation to create a final product of the highest quality. Rueda Denomination of Origin (D.O.) Located approximately 170 km northwest of Madrid and just southwest of the mythical Ribera del Duero red wine region, lies the hugely successful wine appellation of Rueda. Wine has been produced in the Rueda region commercially since the 11th century during the reign of Alfonso XI who was the ruler of the kingdom of Castilla y Leon (the castle and the lion). Rueda was destroyed by the Moors in the 10th century during the ongoing battles and the area was depopulated until Alfonso XI, as a last effort to save the region from complete destruction, declared that anyone working the land would gain ownership of it. In came the monastic orders and wine production was begun in earnest. Sherry style wines (oxidised) were made in Rueda for centuries from the native Verdejo grape. Rueda wines came to be particularly adored by the Royal Courts. When Felipe III was resident in Valladolid, for example, he requisitioned half the wine produced in Medina del Campo, as this area was then known.Like many other wine regions in Europe, Rueda suffered in the first half of the 20th century. The Spanish civil war and the dictatorship under Franco did nothing to benefit the local wine industry. It wasn???t until Marques de Riscal, the famed Rioja winery, arrived to Rueda in 1971 that the region came back into relevance for wine lovers. The region was revolutionized with the new ideas and technology Marques de Riscal brought, and has become famous for producing delightful, fresh and fruity white wines from the Verdejo grape (as opposed to unfashionable, Sherry style wines). Riscal also introduced Sauvignon Blanc to the Rueda wine region, which they discovered blended sublimely with Verdejo. These days, Rueda is wildly successful and producing amazingly good value for money fruity wines that are regularly compared to French Sancerres and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.In the 18th century the vineyard area was larger than today and planted exclusively with Verdejo. The wine/'s success was due in part to clarifying through local clay, which made it very clean and long-keeping. Rueda wines continued to be commercially successful until phylloxera disrupted production, destroying two-thirds of the vineyards between 1909 and 1922. Vines for replanting were chosen for yield rather than quality and Palomino replaced Verdejo, the main grape, although young wines made from it were sold locally in bulk.Technical InformationThe Rueda DO is flat, but high meseta land with wide horizons and gently rolling hills. The vineyards are divided between three provinces: the majority are in Valladolid, but others are in Avila and Segovia. The River Duero flows from east to west across the northern part of the growing area. Close to it there are limy alluvial soils with a limestone content rising to 24%. In the south the topsoil is brown and sandy with a subsoil of sandstone and clay. Drainage is good, the soil is reasonably rich in iron and it is generally easy to work. Altitudes vary between 600 and 780 metres.There are three types of young white wine: minimum 75% varietal Verdejos, which are called Rueda Superior; 100% varietal Sauvignon Blanc; and Rueda Blanco, which must be made with a minimum of 40% Verdejo or Sauvignon. Verdejo wines are characterised by their very aromatic, citric grassiness and good structure. (sources: http://www.in-spain.info/top20/spanish-white-wine-rueda .htm http://www.dorueda.com http://www.winesfromspain.com Lastly, the music on tonights show is brought to us by Irene. Check her out here Bonus! -Map of the Wine regions of Spain - HERE What did you think of this episode? Leave us some feedback! Simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or simply disagree completely with everything we said. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers! A Guy & a Girl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 12 Apr 2006
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GNGNB Ep27: Martin Ranch

Episode 27 - Martin Ranch Winery Hey there Guys & Girls, we are travelling south to Gilroy for this episode and visit Therese and Dan of the Martin Ranch Winery (www.martinranchwinery.com). Martin Ranch is a small winery located on the very southern end of the Santa Cruz Appellation, approximately 36 miles from downtown San Jose. Here/'s a great tip - the winery is located just right down the road from Gilroy/'s theme park - Bonfante Gardens - so you might want to work out a stop to pick up some great wines the next time you take the kiddies to the Gardens. Be sure to call ahead though, as the tasting room is only open by appointment, and on special occasions, like the upcoming Passport day on April 22, 2006. Martin Ranch Winery sits on 17 acres in the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains and resides in the perfect microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon - warm days and cool nights. Therese and Dan started commercial winemaking in 1997 and in 2002, their first commercial crush of consisted of 625 cases. By 2004, the production was at 3500 cases. We talk at length with Dan about the farming process and we learn a new wine term this week - Cordon Cordon - horizontal branches of a grapevine trained along the trellis; also called the arms. The canes left after pruning which will produce fruiting shoots and new canes. - http://www.hcs.ohio-state.edu/mg/manual/glossary.htm Therese and Dan are not only winemakers, but also excellent cooks and one of their goals is to make great wines that pair nicely with great food. Visit their website for some excellent recipes. We have included a yummy one at the end of this post, just to whet your appetite! We also have a sponsor for this episode and it is GoDaddy! Use these promo codes to save a ton of cash on your next purchase: Bottle1 - Save 10%, Bottle2 - Save $5 off $30, Bottle3 - .com domains for just $6.95. 00:00 Opening and Intro to Gilroy 01:44 Love Spirals Promo 01:55 GoDaddy promotion 02:37 Martin Ranch Background 13:46 Uncle Jack Story 15:31 Sauvignon Blanc 23:11 2002 Niebbielo 29:20 2003 Therese Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 34:59 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 35:00 Filtration Discussion 45:10 Wrap-up 46:02 I do by Rob Costlow Our Artist this week is Rob Costlow , and the song is I do . You can find more music from Rob Costlow along with other great artists on the Podsafe Music Network (http://music.podshow.com). Purchase this track now at iTunes! Martin Ranch Winery 6675 Redwood Retreat Road Gilroy, CA 95020 Google Map T: 408.842.9197 F: 408.842.8193 TASTING — BY APPOINTMENT (M-F 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time) As always, please let us know what is on your mind. We have several ways for you to get in touch with us:Email [email protected] , Phone mail: 408-627-7796 or SKYPE at aguyandgirl Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! The Food - Thérèse’ s Braised Short Ribs The Wine - Martin Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Santa Cruz Mountains. THE RECIPES (Serves 6-8, Created by Thérèse Martin) INGREDIENTS Beef short ribs (6-8) 1 gold onion 3 tblsp. good olive oil 2 cloves garlic Flour for dredging short ribs for browning Kosher salt and pepper for seasoning 2 cups beef broth 2 cups red wine 32 oz. jar Thérèse’s canned tomatoes (or any available canned tomatoes) DIRECTIONS: Put olive oil in a cast iron, 5-quart Dutch oven. Caramelize onions and garlic on low to medium heat, about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350, change to 325 when putting short ribs in. Remove onions and garlic from pot and brown short ribs on all sides, about 15 minutes. Take short ribs out and set aside. Deglaze pat with 1-cup wine. Add onions, garlic, tomatoes and just a little of the juice. Place short ribs in the pot and add rest of wine and beef broth. Season with salt and pepper and lay 1 rosemary sprig across the top. Cover and put in preheated oven for 2 hours. Check after it has been in oven for 1 hour. Make sure there is plenty of juice and, if needed, add a little bit more wine. After 2 hours take out to cool while finishing the rest of meal.

DATE: Tue, 21 Mar 2006
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GNGNB Ep26: Concannon Vineyards (part 2)

Ep25 - Concannon Vineyards: 1963 Petit Syrah Originally uploaded by GuyandGirl. Episode 26 - Concannon Vineyards (part 2) Podshow PDN {podshow-424d3ad8c6ba1aab631bc20b1a391e11} This episode of A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast has us visiting the Concannon Vineyard in Livermore, California. This is part 2 of our interview with Jim Concannon. In case you missed the first episode, Jim Concannon's grandfather James Concannon started the winery, in 1883. Not only is the Concannon winery known as 'America's First Irish Winery' but the founder James Concannon was actually born on St. Patrick's Day in 1847. Pretty cool. Listen as Jim talks about the early days, when the Concannon Winery used to ship wine directly to Vatican city. Concannon has also been very proactive in the community and has struggled (much as their vines do in the rocky soil) to ensure that the property has been set aside in a trust to preserve it for future generations. The Concannon family is also starting a wine museum, and we will return later this year when the construction is complete and the museum is open. Until then, however, we hope you enjoy the second installment of our interview. Our musical guest today is Joseph K, and the song is Out of Time. When we first heard this song, it reminded us of Jack Johnson, yet Joseph has a style that is all his own. (It doesn't hurt that he is originally from Santa Cruz, just down the road from us) We hope you like it, and if so, check out his website and drop him a line. www.jkmusic.us Concannon Vineyard 23000 Congress Springs Road Saratoga, CA 95070 (408) 741-5858 Google Map Leave us some feedback! We now have voicemail, simply call 408-627-7796 and let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. If you prefer email, you can drop us a line at [email protected] Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Sat, 18 Mar 2006
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GNGNB Ep25: Concannon Vineyards (part 1)

Happy St. Patricks Day! This episode of A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast has us visiting the Concannon Vineyard in Livermore, California. We talk to Jim Concannon, whose grandfather and family patiarch James Concannon started the winery, in 1883. Not only is the Concannon winery known as 'America's First Irish Winery' but the founder James Concannon was actually born on St. Patrick's Day in 1847! Talk about luck of the Irish! We spent a couple of hours with Jim, and the stories that he told were so rich, colorful, and passionate, we simply turned on the recorder and enjoyed his stories. (Due to the length, we decided to split this up in two parts, and this is part 1) While we do sample some wines during our conversation, we don't talk about them in great detail. We promise to return soon and concentrate on the wines themselves. If you are intrigued by the history of wine, then this is the podcast that you have been waiting for. Originally planted with premium Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapevine cuttings from France's legendary Chateau Y'Quem, Concannon later imported the first cuttings from the hybrid Petite Sirah vine developed in 1880 by French viticulturist Francois Durif. James Concannon would become good friends with Archbishop Alemany, a powerful figure in the Catholic Church and a man whose influence would help shape the future of the winery. Archbishop Alemany suggested that James develop a line of sacramental wines for use in church services. It was a suggestion that proved to be a tremendous blessing, as during prohibition, the winery was able to continue production as they were suppliers to the Church, while many other california wineries were lost during those 13 years. James Concannons' grandsons (Joseph and James) would later make the decision to be the first to varietally label Petite Sirah from their 1961 vintage (released in 1964). Later in the 1970's, Concannon's vine clone 7 and 8 (a Cabernet Savignon clone) were planted in Napa, and as a result, the Concannon name has roots in the success of many winemakers that have followed. It seems that once you visit, you may have a hard time leaving! "Early in the morning and late at night, our lab technician will feel a cold breeze coming into the room and see a figure outside of the window where my father had his office in the 1920s," said Jim Concannon of Concannon Winery. "The lights go on and off regularly almost every day for no reason. None of the electricians can figure out why, because all of the wiring is in perfect condition," he continued. "One of our employees came into the winery in the morning, and all of the corks from the previous day

DATE: Thu, 09 Mar 2006
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GNGNB Ep24: Wine Blogging Wednesday #19 (When in Rhone)

GNGNB Episode 24: Wine Blogging Wednesday #19 (When in Rhone) OK Guys & Girls, it's a new month, it's Wednesday, that must mean - The next episode of LOST! Well, that isn't really the case, as it happens to be a re-run anyway. Rather it is time once again for Wine blogging Wednesday! the theme for this month is When in Rhone, and is hosted by Jathan over at Winexpressions.com. Although Jathan wanted us to check out some exotic Rhone Varietals, I took this occassion to go and visit a local wine shop here in Willow Glen (a Suburb of San Jose, CA) called the GrapeVine and asked them a few questions about Rhone varietals and sampled a two different wines. I won't give it all away here in the blog, but I did sample a French blend as well as a California 100% Syrah. Listen to the episode for all the wonderful details and won't you come a take a quick trip with me to the Rhone region of France..... Musical Artist is Butterfly Catchers and the song is Morning. Check them out! The Grapevine is located at: 1389 Lincoln Avenue San Jose, CA 95125 Phone: 408-293-7574 Fax: 408-293-7012 http://www.grapevine-wg.com store hours Tues - Fri: 12pm - 9pm Sat: 10am - 9pm You can check out all the results from WBW#19 by visiting the following link - The Guy [email protected] Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Thu, 02 Mar 2006
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GNGNB Ep23: Book reading by Kermit Lynch

Episode 23 - Book Reading by Kermit Lynch Hey there Guys & Girls, in today's episode of A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle we listen to Kermit Lynch, as he reads a few pages of from his new book, Inspiring Thirst, Vintage Selections from the Kermit Lynch Wine Brochure. (You may remember on Episode 19 of A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle wine podcast, Joe interviwed Kermit at his store in Berkeley California.) Kermit presented to the public back in December on behalf of Vintage Wine Merchants, and we recorded that session. Kermit's writing and reading style are very witty, and show a rare side of the wine industry. If you like what you hear, you can purchase an autographed copy of the book directly from Kermit at http://www.kermitlynch.com/pgbooks.html#1 We also plug a very entertaining and informative podcast, Amateur Traveller (http://amateurtraveler.com), and lastly a song by a GREAT artist we just discovered - Black Lab, and the song is "Remember". 00:00 Introduction 03:05 Kermit Lynch 03:05 Promo for Amateur Traveler Podcast 27:16 "Remember" by Black Lab We have added a few new features to our website, including a Frappr map, and a voting button for podcast alley. If you like what you hear, please vote for us over at Podcast Alley, we really appreciate it! About Kermit: Kermit Lynch was born and raised in California. In 1972 he opened a retail wine shop and later began importing and distributing nationally. He has been named Wine Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and the French government presented him a medal and named him Chevalier de l'Ordre de Merite Agricole. His book Adventures on the Wine Route, won the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year award. In 1998 he purchased the historic Domaine Les Pallieres in Gigondas in partnership with his friends the Bruniers of Vieux Telegraphe. visit his wine shop at : 1605 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, California, 94702 Google MAP Phone: 510.524.1524 Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 6 pm Thanks again to Julie Geer from Vintage Wine Merchants of San Jose, CA. Be sure to check out their shop located in Santana Row. Cheers! a Guy and a Girl [email protected] Call us! 408-627-7796 Skype: aguyandgirl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 01 Mar 2006
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The Nominations Are In; Another Top Rated Podcast -- A Guy,

---PodShow's "Undition" Pays Off For a Host of New Shows Added to the PodShow Podcast Network--- SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. March 1, 2006--- PodShow, Inc., the premier brand in podcasting, welcomes A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle, to the PodShow Podcast Network. The pioneering "Vinecast" is now available on the PodShow Podcast Network (http://www.gngnb.com), introducing the largest network of independent podcast listeners to Joe and Lori as they discuss wine tastings, deliver guided vintner tours and interview wine-experts sharing information and commentary suitable for all wine enthusiasts. Due to the popularity of the show and the greater exposure afforded by the PodShow Podcast Network, Podshow is already entertaining sponsorship inquiries from major brand marketers that intuitively understand the value of this media property. "Joe and Lori have a really compelling chemistry and an excellent format that highlights podcastings' 'theatre-of-the-mind' charm,'said Adam Curry, PodShow Co Founder and President. I'm looking forward to the new vintage "cheers to Joe and Lori." A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle were exposed to PodShow through a November 2005 promotion named "The Undition" which enabled over 2000 podcasters to nominate their own shows for addition to the PodShow Podcast Network. Recent additions to the PodShow Podcast Network now enjoy promotion and feature placement across a network of millions of listeners in PodShow's leading directories, communities and listener destinations - PodShow.com, Podcast Alley, indiePodder.org, Podsafe Music Network, Sirius Satellite Radio and PodFinder for iTunes. Additionally, these shows are delivered from PodShowPDN, the first, truly high-performance content delivery network meeting the specific needs of podcasting. Over the coming months, the company will announce many additional shows that have joined PodShow via the PodShowPDN initiative, and the company is expected to release a series of technological innovations that will dramatically improve consumer discovery and enjoyment of podcasts in any environment. "We're very excited to be a part of the PodShow family," said Joe Carpenter of A Guy, A Girl, And A Bottle. "We've just recently joined the network and we're already seeing results - these guys know how to develop commercial success." About A Guy, A Girl and A Bottle Hosted by Joe Carpenter and Lori Leahy, A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle is an innovative, experiential wine podcast exploring wineries and wine culture from a novice-wine-drinker's perspective. A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle profiles many wineries that are often overlooked as travel destinations, enabling more people to visit and enjoy the exclusive, rare and limited-production wineries treasured by collectors and industry insiders. Recording on location, Joe and Lori help their audience understand wine in plain terms with honest reviews, and, as a result, real people are discovering and sharing new favorite wines and entertaining with more confidence. The weekly show started in July 2005, and is available on the PodShow Podcast Network (www.podshow.com). About PodShow, Inc. The PodShow Podcast Network is the premier network in podcasting, assembling the leading communities in podcasting, as well as a host of the most popular personalities and podcasts in podcasting. PodShow also offers professional production and directory services to major media companies and traditional businesses. PodShowPDN is the first high-performance content delivery network meeting the specific needs of podcasting, delivering a comprehensive creation, production, delivery and monetization solution for independent podcasters and mainstream media companies. PodShow makes podcasts more accessible to a growing legion of listeners, provides resources for podcast producers, and enables marketers to take part in the podcast explosion. In the process, the company has greatly simplified the podcasting experience for artists, producers and listeners alike. PodShow is a privately-held company, backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures. For more, visit: http://www.podshow.com, and for all queries visit: http://www.podshow.com/contactus.html. PodShow and PodShowPDN are trademarks of PodShow, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. # # # (Download a copy of the press release at http://www.gngnb.com/Press/GNGNB-PodShow.pdf)

DATE: Tue, 14 Feb 2006
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GNGNB Ep22: ZAP Festival - A Guy's recap (finally)

Episode 22 - Zinfandel Associate Producers Festival OK, OK, I know. The festival was a few weeks ago, and I am just now getting the podcast posted. Alan Baker of the Cellar Rat should be happy now :D Anyway, for those not in the know, ZAP stands for the Zinfandel Associate Producers Festival, an annual event that takes place in January each year that focuses on only one wine varietal - (can you guess? Anyone, anyone? Bueller?) ZINFANDEL. This is believed to be the World's largest single varietal event, and takes place over 4 days in beautiful San Francisco. This year the final tally was over 8,000 attendees, and 272 wineries representing over 600 wines. Talk about heaven! Next year's event is already being planned, visit www.zinfandel.org for more information. Join Joe as he explores what Zinfandel is, where it came from, and where it is going in this informational packed episode. Lori couldn't make it, and I had to wing it on my own. Lori will definitely be back for the next episode. A couple of announcements: A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle have joined Podshow! We are very excited to be working with everyone at Podshow and are thrilled to be given the opportunity to take our podcast to the next level. Thanks to everyone who has listened over the last 8 months! We now have Voicemail! Give us a call and let us know what you like (and what you don't!). Show ideas? Planning a visit to the area and want some suggestions on wineries to visit? Give us a call and we'll do what we can to help you out. 408-627-7796 (24 hrs a day, 7 days a week) 00:00 Intro 00:48 Quit Your Day Job! - JA Donnelly from www.madpod.com 01:26GNGNB Housekeeping & anouncements 04:08ZAP Background and day 1 07:45 Definition of 'Racking' by Grady Wann of Quivira Estate Vineyards 10:15 Tannis Reinhertz talks about food and wine pairing 13:33 Tom Mackey of St Francis Winery talks about why Zinfandels are so high in alcohol 14:53 Valentines day greetings from KFC of the Podchick show! 16:12ZAP Background and day 2 20:50ZAP Background and day 3 26:20 Andrew of Bonny Doon helps Pam confess her sins on the Bonny Doon Absolverator 29:40 Wrap-up 32:30 Music by LoveSpirals - Love Survives (Happy Birthday Angie B!) The wines that we liked are the Brown Family Estate Zinfandel (2004). Winemakers Tasting notes: Deep ruby in color with dark blackberry fruit aromas and layers of ground nutmeg and creamy vanilla. Mouthfeel is velvety and full, leading to expressive dark berry and black cherry fruit flavors that are seamlessly integrated with subtle notes of nutmeg, cloves and hints of caramel. This wine embodies the polish and balance that are hallmarks of Brown Estate zinfandel while simultaneously embracing the power and intensity of the 2004 vintage. Drink now through 2012. Terramater Vineyars TerraMater Unusual Mighty Zinfandel 2004 WinemakersTasting Notes: Deep concentrated violet/purple color. Intense nose with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, dry ripe figs intermingled with prunes. Full palate with lively tannins. Good persistent finish with distinctive aromas of vanilla and figs.This exceptional wine is excellent to be enjoyed on its own or accompanied with strong cheeses, highland ham, meats of hunt as wild boar and deer, grilled meats, spicy and savoury dishes. Our Artist this week is the LoveSpirals, and the song is Love Survives. You can find more music from Love Spirals along with other great artists on the Podsafe Music Network (http://music.podshow.com). Direct link to song: Check out all the photos from the ZAP festival at our Flickr site Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl [email protected] Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 01 Feb 2006
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GNGNB Ep21: Ridge Vineyards

Episode 21 - Ridge Vineyards Today's wine podcast has us visiting the Ridge Vineyard on top of well, the mountain ridge above Cupertino, California. (Ridge has two facilities, one in Sonoma County and one in Santa Clara County. We visited the latter) Nestled in the hills above Cupertino, ridge Vineyards is located approximately 15 miles from downtown San Jose. Ridge Vineyards(http://www.ridgewine.com) overlooks Silicon Valley from the east rim of the Santa Cruz Mountains at height between 1,300 and 2,660 feet. The soil consists of decomposing Franciscan rock mixed with clay, laid over fractured limestone. Ridge produces approximately sixty-five thousand cases of wine per year, consisting primarily of Cabernet and Zinfandel, with small amounts of merlot, mataro, and petite syrah. Ridge also makes small amounts of Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz Mountains. With a long storied history that begins back in 1885, Ridge is certainly a mainstay of the area. Check out their video history on the web at http://www.http://www.ridgewine.com/about/about.tml Paul Draper is the resident winemaker and has been with Ridge for over 35 years. He is a strong advocate of the importance of terroir -- the mix of soil and climate that gives unique character to grapes grown in a particular location. He also believes that the limestone beneath their vines are very important, something that is not normally found in Napa Valley and Sonoma Counties. 00:00 Intro 01:39 Interview with Howard Hickok 10:47 Talk with Tasting Room Manager

DATE: Sun, 22 Jan 2006
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GNGNB Ep20: Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery

Today's wine podcast has us visiting the Cinnabar Vineyard and Winery. Situated 40 miles south of San Francisco between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, Cinnabar(http://www.cinnabarwine.com) overlooks Silicon Valley from the east rim of the Santa Cruz Mountains at 1,650 feet. Mild temperatures and clay-loam soils contribute deep fruit and earthy components to wines that express a unique sense of place. Twenty-three acres of hillside were cleared for planting in 1983. The first commercial vintage was 1986. The winery building was completed in 1987. The name Cinnabar pays hommage to the important role the valley played in extracting gold from the Sierra Nevada range during the Gold Rush of the 1800's. Before starting Cinnabar, Owner Tom Mudd was a senior research engineer at SRI (Stanford Research Institute, International) and had 10 years of experience growing grapes and making wine at his one-acre vineyard in Woodside. As part of the show, we interview the Winemaker, George Troquato. Cinnabar is open for Passport days four times a year and for special events. Please visit their website for events and dates. 00:00 Intro 01:41 Passport Days & Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery 03:42 2004 Monterey Chardonnay 06:08 2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay 07:58 George Troquato, winemaker 16:31 2003 Pasa Robles Merlo 19:26 2004 Santa Cruz Mountain Late Harvest Chardonnay 21:00 Wrap-up and summary of visit 22:34 Bliss by Rob Costlow The wines that we sample are: 2004 Monterey Chardonnay, $18.50 Winemakers Notes: This wine has a nose of pineapple and vanilla segues to tropical fruit flavors with a touch of toasted oak and minerals. It is very well-balanced with a full mouthfeel and bright acidity. Serve with shrimp, avocado and spinach salad or stuffed mushrooms. Guy & Girl Notes: We both liked this wine because of the tropical nose and the taste is smooth and enjoyable. 2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay, $ 25.00 Winemakers Notes: An nose of stone, fruit, vanilla and sweet oak softly engages the mouth of wipe green apples, citrus and wet stones. The acidity is bright while the solid structure lends itself to nearly 5 years of aging. A long finsh pears nicely with rustic polenta and mushroom cream sauce, rotisserie chicken stuffed with herbs and lemons or lobster bisque. Guy & Girl Notes: Joe really likes this wine. He thought it was clear and fruity. It was more complex than we normally expect from a Chardonay. 2003 Pasa Robles Merlo, $ 20.00 Winemakers Notes: This wine opens with aromatic black cherry, spice and vanilla. It blankets the palate with blackberry, cocoa and toasted oak. Thick and velvety with full, integrated tannins. Serve with grilled foccacia pizza topped with mozzarella, romano and fresh tomato. Guy & Girl Notes: Lori thought this wine was earthy, hint of spicy nose, low tannins. Joe thought it was very straight forward, smooth wine. They gave this one a thumbs up. 2004 Santa Cruz Mountain Late Harvest Chardonnay, $ 22.00 Guy & Girl Notes: This is a dessert wine. The grapes were frozen and then pressed to capture the sugar content. This is a very sweet wine. It tastes great and might be paired with cheese and grapes. Elegant boutque. Another thumbs up! Our Artist this week is Rob Costlow, and the song is Bliss. You can find more music from Rob Costlow along with other great artists on the Podsafe Music Network (http://music.podshow.com). Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery 23000 Congress Springs Road Saratoga, CA 95070 (408) 741-5858 Google Map Note: Tasting Room open only for passport days and special events. As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. Would you like to see shorter shows? Perhaps more details? Let us know! You can drop us a line at [email protected] Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Sat, 14 Jan 2006
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GNGNB Ep19: Interview with Kermit Lynch

Episode 19 - Interview with Kermit Lynch Hey there Guys & Girls, in today's episode of A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle we interview Kermit Lynch, a well-known and well respected importer of wines. Joe visited with Kermit at his store in Berkeley California in early December and talked with Kermit about wine, music, his travels as a Wine Merchant. Stay tuned as at the end of the episode we play a song off of Kermits' recently released CD - Quicksand, with Songs written by Kermit Lynch and Featuring Boz Scaggs, Ricky Fataar, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. The CD is available on Kermit's website at www.kermitlynch.com 00:00 Introduction 01:30 Interview with Kermit Lynch 27:16 "Awake for the Count" featured on the CD Quicksand Blues About Kermit: Kermit Lynch was born and raised in California. In 1972 he opened a retail wine shop and later began importing and distributing nationally. He has been named Wine Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and the French government presented him a medal and named him Chevalier de l'Ordre de Merite Agricole. His book Adventures on the Wine Route, won the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year award. In 1998 he purchased the historic Domaine Les Palleres in Gigondas in partnership with his friends the Bruniers of Vieux Telegraphe. visit the shop at: 1605 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, California, 94702 Google MAP Phone: 510.524.1524 Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 6 pm Thanks again to Julie Geer from Vintage Wine Merchants of San Jose, CA. Be sure to check out their shop located in Santana Row. (Image: Kermit "Spit" Lynch, circa 1968) Cheers! a Guy and a Girl [email protected] Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo!

DATE: Wed, 04 Jan 2006
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GNGNB Ep18: Wine Blogging Wednesday #17 - (or Have you ever

Episode #18: Wine Blogging Wednesday #17 - (or Have you ever seen a Red Kiwi?) We hope that everyone had a wonderful (and safe) start the the New Year. Today's wine podcast is for the January 2006 installment of (insert booming echo here) Wine Blogging Wednesday (/echo). The theme for WBW#17 is "Red Kiwi's" and is graciously hosted by our San Francisco neighbor to the North - The Cork Dork. As we still consider ourselves newbies to this Wine Blogging thing, we actually sample wines on that Wednesday, although I am surmising that if we sampled this yesterday, you really wouldn't know the difference would you dear reader? :b Anyway, after waking up in a cold sweat, I realized that it was Wednesday and we hadn't even begun to look for a New Zealand Pinot Noir! Where to find one? Well seeing as I had to grocery shopping anyway, I headed out to the local Safeway supermarket. After spending an enormous amount of time trying to figure out how Safeway has their wine aisle sorted, there they were, the Kiwis, the challenge d'jour. I chose a 2002 MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR from Kim Crawford Wineries and felt better. Now all I had to do was get the bottle home, get Lori to come over and taste this thing. Hard thing to do when it is only 930AM, but Lori being the trooper and the wine girl that she is agreed that it was in her job description to consume wine on demand (MY demand specifically....) What did we have to say about this wine? Did we like it? Listen to our special Wine Podcast and check it out. Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! - The Guy [email protected] The notes below are provided for the readers benefit and are conspicously copied directly from the winemakers' site. 2002 MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR These grapes are from various vineyards in Marlborough. The cool dry conditions experienced in 2002 were ideal for the ripening of Pinot Noir. Hand harvested at night, these grapes were cold macerated for three days and then inoculated with a pure yeast strain. When dry the grapes were pressed and a portion of the wine racked to older barriques for malolactic and ageing. After four months the wine was pumped out stabilised and bottled. ANALYSIS AT HARVEST Brix: 22.5 Titratable Acidity: 6.8 g/l pH: 3.35 WINE ANALYSIS Alcohol: 13.1 Titratable acidity: 5.7l pH: 3.62 Residual sugar: nil TASTING NOTES Colour: Moderate depth of colour with strong crimson on the edges. Aroma: Distinctively Pinot Noir with berry fruits, especially raspberry, strawberry and cherry, and hints of oak. A subtle beef Bovril complexity is beginning to occur. Palate: A savoury Pinot Noir with elegant, ripe fruit coupled with soft tannins and a touch of oak. Medium bodied style with the ripe fruit, good weight and persistence. Cellar: Medium term with careful cellaring. Food Match: Great with pasta, lighter red meat and fish. An ideal summer red.

DATE: Sat, 24 Dec 2005
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GNGNB Ep17: Happy Holidays! (A Musical Interlude)

Episode 17 - Merry Christmas! Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Hey there Guys and Girls! We got so much great feedback on our musical Thanksgiving day episode, we thought we would do another musical show for Christmas and New Years. We hope you enjoy it! If you like the music we play here tonight, please, PLEASE support the artists and purchase their tracks. The Artist and song information is found in the shownotes and links are provided on our website, www.GNGNB.com. All the music featured here can be found on the Podsafe Music Network - music.podshow.com. The Rad Dudes - Christmas in Malibu Jill Parr - Do you hear what I hear? American Heartbreak - The Greatest Christmas Song Ever Written Gidgets Ga-Ga - Christmas Wish Candy Butchers - Give me a second chance for Christmas Beatrice Ericson - Christmas without you Karmyn Tyler - I'll be there on Christmas Podsafe for Peace - If everyday were Christmas Heth and Jed - Christmas sweeter than wine Jill Parr- O come all ye faithful Tresa Street - Christmas of Love Matthew Ebel - Walk a thousand miles Jonathan Coulton - Podsafe Christmas Song Drop us a line at [email protected]!!! Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl

DATE: Wed, 21 Dec 2005
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GNGNB Ep16: Hallcrest Vineyards & Organic Wine Works

Episode 16 - Hallcrest Vineyards & Organic Wine Works Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! Hallcrest Vineyards (www.hallcrestvineyards.com/) - is about 28.5 miles from central San Jose. Allow at least 40 minutes to get there. The winery is just up the hill from the town of Felton. Established in 1941 with the intent to prove that the Santa Cruz Mountains were the ideal soils and climate for producing premium California varietal wines, Hallcrest Vineyards has a long running history of producing fine wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today, like in 1941, Hallcrest is a small family owned operation that takes pride in producing original wines with a taste of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In addition to Hallcrest wines, the tasting room also serves their Organic Wine Works wines (http://members.cruzio.com/~owwwine/). Sulfites are not added to the Organic Wine Works wines. Sulfites act as a preservative slowing down the oxidation process creating a longer shelf life. 00:00 Intro 02:37 History 08:26 Conversation with Owner and Winemaker John Schumacher 13:17 2004 Organic Wine Works Chardonnay 18:37 2002 Hallcrest Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains 25:43 Label Design Discussion 28:40 2003 Organic Wine Works Zinfandel "Big and Bold" from Mendicino County 31:48 2004 Organic Wine Works Surfin Syrah 38:51 What to Do With Michael Song by the Candy Butchers (www.candybutchers.com) The wines that we sample are: 2004 Organic Wine Works Chardonnay from Mendicino County, $ 13.95 400-500 Cases Produced Winemaker's Notes: This California style Chardonnay has a fresh fruit nose with hints of oak and a dry finish. The crisp, but nutty finish, pairs nicely with a Sunday brunch and lite seafood. Guy & Girl Notes: It is a nice wine. It doesn't linger long on the pallet. 2002 Hallcrest Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, $ 19.95 6,500 bottles produced Winemaker's Notes: This is our second vintage from this estate. Aged in French oak barrells. This wine is complex with full fruits and delicately balanced mellow textures in the mouth. Guy & Girl Notes: Lori liked this wine. Joe isn't a huge Chardonnay fan, but did like it. This wine had hints of butterscotch and of citrus. It explodes with tropical fruits and has a long and smooth finish. 2003 Organic Wine Works Zinfandel Big and Bold from Mendicino County $18.00 Winemaker's Notes: This wine is dry farmed with head trained vines. This Zin shows big tannins and ripe, brambally fruit. The tannins are well knit and lie evenly across the pallet. IT has full flavors of plums and cherries yet it is delicate. It finishes off with a velvety spice that lingers. Guy & Girl Notes: Lori really liked this wine. Joe likes it as well. This was his pick of the day. It had a smooth mouth feel. It is very, very berry with lots of fruit tones. It has deep, dark cherry with a little pepper on the finish. Nice flavorful wine. 2004 Organic Wine Works Surfin Syrah $15.95 Winemaker's Notes: Dry earth tones give way to a soft and smooth finish. Try this wine with red sauces or pizza. Guy & Girl Notes: A really nice, well structured wine. With a hint of licorice on the nose with plum and full berry flavors. It finishes long and smooth. Tannins are very velvelty. The bouquet is very nice. This was Lori's pick of the day. She purchased a bottle for a friend who is sensitive to sulfites. Our Podsafe Music Network Artist this week is the Candy Butchers (www.candybutchers.com), and the song is "What to Do with Michael Hallcrest Vineyards and the Organic Wine Works can be found at: 379 Felton Empire Road Felton, CA 95018 Google Map tel: 831-335-4441 Tasting Room open daily noon- 5pm and by appointment. Drop us a line at [email protected]!!! Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl

DATE: Thu, 08 Dec 2005
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GNGNB Ep15: Wine Blogging Wednesday #16 - Judge a Bottle by

Geez - Is it December already? Where does the time go? It seems like just last week we were particpating in our very first Wine Blogging Wednesday (WBW#15 - Graciously hosted by none other than Fatemeh of Gastronomie) Now Derrick at An Obsession with Food is hosting Wine Blogging Wednesday #16 and the theme this time is: Judge a Bottle By Its Cover. While everyone is busy window shopping for gifts for loved ones, us Wine Bloggers and Podcasters from all over the Globe are window shopping for the best LABEL on a bottle of wine we can find. What perfect timing! We just wrapped up Episode 14 of A Guy, a Girl and a Bottle over at Bonny Doon, and they have some of the most interesting labels we have ever seen. Lori chose the Il Circo (Erbaluce) label for it's fanciful design and carefree circus attitude. Although a fun label, the wine is a bit exotic and we had to do a little research on the varietal as this is the first time we had run across this in our travels. Erbaluce - One of the oldest white vines of Piedmont, Erbaluce

DATE: Thu, 24 Nov 2005
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GNGNB Ep14.5: Special Episode - Happy Thanksgiving

Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! This wine podcast is our way of saying Happy Thanksgiving. In this musical episode of 'A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle' we revisit some of the songs that we recently featured. Keep this episode in your player for those drives through the wine country, or use it to relax by the fire. Either way, we hope you enjoy. We will be back next week with a new episode. In The Quiet by Olivia Greer. Originally played on Episode 7 - Picchetti Winery How Long by Paula Toledo Originally played on Episode 8 - Thomas Fogarty The Same Path by the Reverse Engineers Originally played on Episode 09 - Savannah Chenelle Winery Betty by The Lascivious Biddies Originally played on Episode 10 - Byington Winery Happyman by The Sway Originally played on Episode 11 - Pelican Ranch Winery Lighthouse by Corporate Whore Originally played on Episode 12 - Obester Winery Melody Sings by Fresh Sunday Originally played on Episode 13 - Burrell School Follow Your Own Nose by Slim. Originally played on Episode 14 - Bonny Doon Happy Thanksgiving from A Guy and a Girl! [email protected]

DATE: Mon, 21 Nov 2005
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GNGNB Ep14: Bonny Doon Vineyard

Episode 14 - Bonny Doon Vineyard November 20th, 2005 Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! The Bonny Doon Vineyard (www.bonnydoonvineyard.com) - is about 36.5 miles from central San Jose. Allow at least 50 minutes to get there. The salient and recurring winemaking themes at Bonny Doon/Ca/' del Solo are: 1) having as much fun with the enterprise of winemaking as the relevant governmental agencies will allow; 2) producing wine and wine labels that will scintillate the most jaded imbiber; 3) retaining as much of the natural qualities of the grapes (especially fragrance) through minimal cellar treatment including eschewing limpidity for its own sake and relying on gravity to render matters perfectly clear; 4) paying particularly close attention to the old chestnut that wine is produced in the vineyard. They try to enact the appropriate cultural practices that will lead to the fullest expression of terroir and variety. 0:00Intro 2:32History & Background 10:472004 Clos de Gilroy 14:122002 Le Cigare Volant 18:12Screwtops discussion 19:452002 Aglianco 23:352003 Cardinal Zin 28:15Angelica 30:00 Winery Description 31:55Bouteille Call 34:05Wrap-up 35:23Follow Your Own Nose The wines that we sample are: 2004 Clos de Gilroy, $ 12.50 Winemakers Notes: This itineration of C de G incorporates Grenache from such far flung piquant outposts as Greenfiled, which supplements the old vine fruit from the Hecker Pass growing area, close - ahem - to Gilroy. The wildly fruity, peppery, strawberry-rhubarbarity Grenache is the perfect foil for anything al fresco, especially when anointed with olive oil. Guy & Girl Notes: This wine has a very unique nose. Fruity, peppery, even an earthy nose to it. Lori liked it and Joe - while not his favorite - thought it was one of the most unique wines we have tasted, quite sweet. This is a great wine for Thanksgiving - the Money magazine best buy! 2002 Le Cigare Volant, $32.00 Winemakers Notes: This wine consists of 39% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah and 1% Viognier. The 2002 vintage is a larger, beefier number than usual, though it is hardly a juiced-up, mesomorphic golem conjured up in a top secret, /"Oys Only/" sector of the cellar. The high percentages of mourvedre and syrah endow the wine with an evocative smoky, meaty peppery core on which to rest its somewhat rotund boo-tay. It may be a bit much to ask a wine blended of grapes from numerous vineyards to express terroir, but there is an undeniable stony note contributing a metadimension of flavor. This wide spectrum of flavors topped off by licorice, blackberry and an electric bolt of black currant. Guy & Girl Notes: Opens up pretty nicely...currant nose to it. They had a really attractive (cool) over-sized cigar boxes to box up wines in - 6 bottles. 2002 Aglianco (Available only to DEWN Wine Club Members) Winemakers Notes: Produced by our partners in Puglia, the de Corato family, with whom we also produce the Il Circo Uva di Troia, this wine is another deft example of what southern Italian varieties can achieve with some fastidious viticulture and winemaking. Aglianico, while little known, is one of Italy/'s hidden treasures. Sometimes referred to as the Barolo of Southern Italy, its long and rich history actually puts Barolo to shame. Aglianico is thought to be Greek in origin, its name a corruption of the Italian word /"Ellenico/" meaning /"Hellenic/" or /"Greek/" It has been grown in Southern Italy since well before Rome existed, and certainly before the Piemontese knew much about winemaking. Roughly 3000 years is certainly time enough for a grape to adapt to a new terroir, which likely explains how well the wine suits Pugliese culture and food. While aglianico can be a fairly tannic and rustic variety -as rough and tumble as the streets of nearby Bari- there are several civilizing influences that can be applied, to very gently even out some of its more hirsute edges. This particular cuvee has benefited greatly from an extended maturation in barrels, which has softened some of the harder phenolics, though not at the expense of the wines rich fruitfulness. Guy & Girl Notes: A very exquisite nose, slight acidity character, dusty (?), very delicious. 2003 Cardinal Zin, $19.95 Winemakers Notes: /"It is a Cardinal Zin to be inordinately proud of this windly spicy, full-bodied paean to little red fruit, the envy of those who try and fail. We anticipate its greddy acquisition by consumers lusting for a complete glutinous, sorry, make that supersonic gastronomic experience. This wine will complement all manner of game and other wild beasts, including sloth./" -- R. RAnger (Note, label artwork done by Ralph Steadman, a well known artist and fellow wine lover - www.ralphsteadman.com ) Guy & Girl Notes: Sweet, without being overbearing. Hints of pepper, very unique. Angelica, $18.00 Winemakers Notes: Angelica is perhaps the most original of American wines, initially produced by California?????????s Franciscan missionaries by adding unfermented juice to grape spirits. Similarly, this Angelica was made by adding neutral grape spirits and some fairly fragrant muscat brandy to lightly fermented mission grape juice. The mission grape is believed to have originated in Spain, imported to the Americas by the conquistadores, later becoming the grape of choice in the vineyards of California?????????s Missions. After fortification, the wine was aged in open-topped barrels for many years and allowed to cool and warm with the seasons. The wine itself is extravagantly rich and unctuous, no doubt the product of seven plus years of repose and evaporation (and thus concentration) in partially filled barrels. When paired with pecan pie, one might expect tantric inspirations never contemplated by the Franciscans who created this quickly disappearing wine style. Other blessed arrangements would include dates, veined or aged cheeses, and various fruit tarts. Guy & Girl Notes: Very delicious and sweet. Joe purchased a bottle of this nice little treat to take home, while this wine reminds Lori of her early days of drinking.... Bouteille Call, $16.00 Winemakers Notes: This is not a wine so much as a call to action, an entreaty, an appeal to reacquaint oneself with the pleasures of the sensual world. When the wine is poured, the aromas of raspberry, cassis and licorice fairly billow out of the glass in an almost cartoony, Barbara Eden-like fashion. If you didn/'t know already, Bouteille Call is a naughty little beverage. Guy & Girl Notes: Very jammy, blackberries and raspberry flavors. A great wine for dessert, or perhaps with breakfast? Our Podsafe Music Network Artist this week the song is /" Follow Your Nose /" by Slim. You can check the recetnly released album the website, http://www.slim-music.com Audio engineering provided by Tom Krymkowski Bonny Doon Vineyard can be found at: 10 Pine Flat Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Google Map tel: 831-425-4518 Tasting Room open daily from 11am- 5pm. Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl guyandgirl @ gmail.com

DATE: Sat, 12 Nov 2005
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GNGNB Ep13: Burrell School Vineyards

The Burrell School Winery (www.burrellschool.com) - is about 18.5 miles from central San Jose. Allow at least 30 minutes to get there. Burrell School's origins date back to 1854 when Lyman J. Burrell settled the rough wilderness that is now home to the winery and estate vines. Carrying on the more than 130 year old tradition at the School, David and Anne Moulton began development of the Estate vineyard in 1973. Their grapes are hand-picked at optimal ripeness, crushed in small lots, and fermented with select yeast strains. Winemaker, Dave Moulton, carefully handcrafts each and every wine they make, from vineyard to bottle. From growing to harvesting, the goal is toward the best wine grapes possible in order to produce distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their Santa Cruz mountain home. With a clever twist to include the school theme, every wine is given a nickname such as 'teacher's pet or 'detention red.' The mantra of the Burrell School Winery is "I promise to sip my wine." 00:00 Intro 01:37 Promo from Entirely Entertaining, Gregor Wossilus 03:06 Burrell School Winery Background with Dave 10:47 2002 Estate Grown Chardonnay 15:05 2002 Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir 18:18 Discussion on slogan "I promise to sip my wine!" 19:55 Description of tasting room and grounds 21:15 2002 Ryan Oaks Zinfandel 24:17 2002 Estate Cabernet Franc 28:35 2002 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 43:46 Promo from Accident Hash 43:51 Fresh Sunday and the song "Melody Sings" from PodSafe Music Network The wines that we sample are: 2002 Estate Grown Chardonnay, $24.00 1100 Cases Produced Winemakers Notes: A standout student, their 'teacher's pet'. Classic Burgundian style Chardonnay with signature flavors of lively citrus notes, hints of mango and apricot, vanilla and soft nutty oak. Crisp acidity and a long finish bode well for cellar-aging for four to five years. Guy & Girl Notes: With hints of pinapple and mango (tropicalness from cool evenings and warm days), this wine was Joe's favorite. He is usually a big fan of reds, but this Chardonnay won him over! 2002 Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir, $ 42.00 750 Cases Produced Winemakers Notes: "Principal's Choice" and a medal winner at SF Chronicle Competition. Fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry pair with a unique smoky, spicy note. The finish is long and lingering. This is a complex Pinot Noir that will age well for four to five years. Guy & Girl Notes: This wine was earthy with a mushroom and raspberry nose. Lori loved this one and bought a bottle for her own collection. 2002 Ryan Oaks Zinfandel, $ 25.00 580 Cases Produced Winemakers Notes: "Detention Red" - Sometimes our students need a dose of discipline. Berry nose, sweet spice notes, juicy flavors and a long fruity finish. Guy & Girl Notes: The nose is peppery with a cherry palette. 2002 Estate Cabernet Franc, $36.00 300 Cases Produced Winemakers Notes: 100% of this fabulous varietal is a sure chef pleaser! Cabernet Franc is known for its red berry flavor profile and moderate tannic structure. This Cabernet Franc does not disappoint, adding notes of pepper and an elusive violet scent. One of our most popular wines and extremely rare. Guy & Girl Notes: There is a fruityness that comes through. Very low in tannins and not an overpowering nose to it at first blush (get it?). Both Joe and Lori really liked this wine. 2002 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, $40.00 Winemakers Notes: This student of the Burrell School made "Dean's List." Deep, opaque color followed by aromas of lavender and dried cherries. A nose of white and black pepper is followed by lovely flavors of currants, hints of cocoa, sandalwood and a long peppery finish. Guy & Girl Notes: Most unique nose Joe has smelled in a while. The decanter made a difference on the nose. It has a sweet, minty, licorice, clove smell. Our Podsafe Music Network Artist this week is Fresh Sunday, and the song is "Melody Sings." Burrell School Winery can be found at: 24060 Summit Road Los Gatos, CA 95033 Google Map tel: 408-353-6290 Tasting Room open Friday - Sunday 11am- 5pm and by appointment. Drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers! - A Guy, and Girl

DATE: Sat, 05 Nov 2005
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GNGNB Ep12: Obester Winery

Subscribe to our Wine Podcast at iTunes or Yahoo! The Obester Winery(www.obesterwinery.com - soon to be La Nebbia Winery - is about 35.2 miles from central San Jose. (Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour to get there however as traffic on highway 92 can be unpredictable). In 1934, winemaker John Gemello began producing big, hearty red wines from grapes grown locally in the coastal hills above Santa Clara Valley, California. He crafted them in the tradition of the fine red varietals of his native Italy. Patrons of his winery consumed his reds with great gusto, and so these robust wines were in great demand. In the late 1970's, the winery founded by John Gemello some forty years earlier was relocated from Santa Clara Valley to Half Moon Bay, California. The winery, renamed Obester, continued to produce big, hearty red wines under the Gemello label and new wines-- Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, and sparkling-- under the Obester Label. These handcrafted, award winning wines became the signature of Obester Winery. Located just minutes from the beach in Half Moon Bay, the winery has bocce ball courts, and ample picnicking grounds. Be sure to stop by the local favorite - Cunha's Country Store, to pick up an assortment of meats, cheeses, and other supplies for your afternoon lunch. 00:00 Intro 01:35 Sponsor - Pawin Around Dog Daycare and Boarding (www.pawinaround.com) 02:20 Obester Winery Background with Frank 10:54 2003 Nebbia Chardonnay 15:50 2002 Nebbia White Monterrey Reisling 18:57 Tasting Room Description 20:28 2003 Nebbia White Monterrey Reisling 25:03 2004 Sparkling Wine 25:36 2000 Sangiovese 27:46 Obester location, surroundings 28:23 2000 Sangiovese 31:14 2001 Nebbia Zinfandel 33:27 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon 35:20 2001 Ruby Port 37:03 Wrap-up and summary of visit 38:50 Accident Hash Promo 38:55 Corporate Whore - Lighthouse 42:31 Promo - Shrink Rap Radio (www.shrinkrapradio.com) The wines that we sample are: 2003 Nebbia Chardonnay, $16.95 Winemakers Notes: Barrel fermented and oak aged, this Chardonnay is smooth and subtle. Enjoy with white-fleshed fish, shellfish, vegetable dishes, and pasta in heavy cream sauce. Guy & Girl Notes: Not buttery or oakey, a pleasant surprise with hints of citrus. A very unique Chardonnay from Napa Valley. 2002 Nebbia White Monterrey Reisling, $ 11.95 420 cases produced Winemakers Notes: This wine is a specialty of Obester Winery, and our 2002 vintage is one of our best. This dry wine (1% residual sugar) is tart and crisp with 'green apple' flavors. Smooth implications of pear, perfect for a hot summer day. Enjoy with spicy Asian cuisine or shellfish. Guy & Girl Notes: Creamy and dry with hints of apples and pears. Very delicious. 2003 Nebbia White Monterrey Reisling, $ 11.95 Winemakers Notes: Light and sweet, with hints of summer fruits. Perfect compliment to seafood. Enjoy with cracked crab on the beach! Guy & Girl Notes: This is the same wine, from the same vineyard as the previous sample, just differing in vintage. More aromatic than the 2002. More fruiter and sweeter. Not as dry as the 2002. Sparkling Wine, $ 11.95 Winemakers Notes: This value-priced, California sparkling wine is perfect for sipping and toasting special occasions. A blend of Chardonnay grapes and 10% Pinot. Two bottle sizes offered, perfect for picnicking. Guy & Girl Notes: A surprise! Normally we are not big sparkling wine (aka Champagne) drinkers, but this style is really delicious. Give it a try, we pick up a bottle of this! 2000 Sangiovese, Napa Valley$ 16.95, 400 cases produced Winemakers Notes: Sangiovese grapes are native to Tuscany and the primary grape in Chianti Classico. This wine features flavors of black berry and currants, with a bing cherry finish. Enjoy with Italian cuisine or meat. 2001 Zinfandel, Mendocino County $15.95, 400 cases produced Winemakers Notes: A great pairing with a holiday feast. Jammy, fruity flavors from ripe rich grapes grown in the heart of Mendocino. This wine is great with poultry and grilled vegetables. Guy & Girl Notes: Hints of pepper, and very smooth. Very, very good, low tannins. 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley $22.95, 200 cases produced Winemakers Notes: From our Signature wine collection, this Rutherford cabernet represents our true love of this varietal. With its rich nose and jammy flavors (hints of chocolate, cherries, and plums) this wine is well balanced and full of body. (Bronze Medal - SF Bay Wine Competition, Silver Medal Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Competition) Guy & Girl Notes: A great Cab for all you Cab lovers out there. Rich in tannins (but not heavy). 2000 Ruby Port $39.95, 50 cases produced Winemakers Notes: Made from Bastardo and Tempranillo grapes, this is a portugese-style ruby port. A blend of chocolate and prune flavors with hints of coffee. Great on a cold winter night or after a gourmet meal. Guy & Girl Notes: Very scrumptious, we should definitely bring chocolates next time. Our Podsafe Music NetworkArtist this week is Corporate Whore, and the song is Lighthouse. You can check out their album on iTunes 12341 San Mateo Road Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Google Map tel: 650-726-9463 Tasting Room open everyday: 10am- 5pm. As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. Would you like to see shorter shows? Perhaps more details? Let us know! You can drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers! -A Guy & a Girl

DATE: Sun, 30 Oct 2005
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GNGNB Ep11: Pelican Ranch Winery

Subscribe to our podcast at i-Tunes or Yahoo! We are back with our 11th wine podcast and today we visit the Pelican Ranch Winery (http://www.pelicanranch.com). This winery located in Santa Cruz, California is our first visit to a truly 'virtual' establishment, as they do not own any vineyards. Rather, owner Phil Crews purchases grapes from all over California and makes wine from within this quaint shopping center. Don't fret about the lack of vineyards though, as Phil makes an amazing variety of wines with very small lots, making these wines all that more special. (Who else is going to have a bottle of Pelican Ranch Winery in your hometown?) Brought back by listener feedback, here are the time codes to help your ease your navigation: 00:00 Scott Sigler Intro 00:13 Pelican Ranch Winery Introduction 03:08 Interview with Owner Phil Crews 10:58 Pelican Ranch Winery Background 14:58 2004 Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Mitsuko's Vineyard 19:46 2003 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel Vineyards 22:35 2004 Pinot Gris, San Lucas, Valley Vista Vineyard 25:36 2000 Spectrum Rouge, California Red Wine Blend 29:13 2003 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 32:00 2003 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Remde Vineyard 34:04 2004 Viogneir, Russian River Valley 35:56 Wrap-up and summary of visit 37:53 Accident Hash Promo 37:58 The Sway - Happyman The pelican ranch Winery is about 31 miles from central San Jose. (Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour to get there however as you traffic on highway 17 can be busy at certain parts of the day). Due to it's proximity to Santa Cruz, we suggest stopping buy on your way to the local beaches, or take the kids to visit the very interesting The Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory located just down the road. The center has the largest blue whale skeleton on display, anywhere worldwide, Arching 87 feet in length and rising 18 feet above the ground, it is a sight to behold. The wines that we sample are: 2004 Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Mitsuko's Vineyard, $21.00 Winmakers Notes: This wine is revered Los Carneros (The Ram in Spanish) sub district of the Napa Valley. It is extremely rich with a beautiful straw-color and generous fruit accompanied by notes of pear and apple. The creamy texture accompanied by vanilla and tasted oak accent a hint of butter from the complete malo-lactic fermentation. 2003 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel Vineyards, $20.00 Winmakers Notes: This wine is from a small vineyard off Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA. The signature of this vineyard mountain apple and flint and the other provides citrus and mineral. The fermentation in 100% new French Oak adds a nice toasty quality and additional complexity has been derived from sur lie aging. 2004 Pinot Gris, San Lucas, Valley Vista Vineyard, $15.00, 70 cases produced Strong aromas of bananas (yes, Bananas!) complement other scents of dried fruit in this wonderful wine. We both really like this particular wine and Lori contemplates yet another purchase..... Winemakers Notes: Fruit from this wine was obtained from a Monterey County AVA first planted in the early 1970's. The warm summer days and cool summer nights, with temperatures that can vary by 60 degrees F, contribute to the signature of this wine - rich tropical aromas and full flavors. 2000 Spectrum Rouge, $18.00 This wine is interesting as it is comprised of three different grapes, each aged separately in different oak barrels for varying lengths of time. This treatment, along with the fining (see below) makes this wine a very delicious chemistry experiment! Winemakers Notes: We have created a Rhone-Style blend with a California signature. A bold step was taken in the making of this wine as it combines 43% Zinfandel (from Eldorado), 43% Syrah (from Paseo Robles), and 14% Chardonnay (From Dry Creek Valley). This unusual approach has created a wine full of aroma and flavor with a mouth filling tasted. The flavors included pepper and spice from the Zinfandel, berry and cedar from the Syrah, and a hint of apple and vanilla from the Chardonnay. The rich fruit and flavors were retained by minimal treatment including egg white fining, and very light filtration. We find this wine accompanies a variety of foods yet it is also pleasant to drink on its own. NOTE: Ok - We didn't know what the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks Egg white fining was and rather than assume you did, we looked it up for you. Enjoy. Egg White Fining (definition complied from several sources) - Fining red wines with fresh egg whites is a traditional method of modifying the wine's tannin structure. Egg whites are principally made of the protein albumin. Proteins have a molecular structure that allows them to bind tightly with phenolic compounds, the large group that includes anthocyanins, which give wine its color and tannins, in turn giving wine significant parts of its mouth-feel. Albumin is particularly good at removing astringent tannins without affecting other desirable phenolic components. Vegan wines are made without animal by products as part of the fining process. (For more information on this, please see Wine Definitions.) 2003 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, $26.00 140 cases produced Intense flavors pack a punch both in the mouth and the nose. A more complex wine than the others at this winery, not for your faint of heart! Winemakers Notes: This AVA, above the Salinas Valley floor, has a microclimate allowing long "hang times" to intensify flavors of Pinot Noir grapes. After crush there was a four-day maceration prior to fermentation. The contact between the cap and juice involved hand punch-down to insure gentle treatment during the extended fermentation. The wine was finished by a single careful rack and bottled unfiltered. We are pleased with its style - an overall bold character with flavors of fig, vibrant plum, raspberry and violet. It is deep in color and has a velvety feel on the palate. Additional complexity is derived from the vineyard location consisting of gently sloping, decomposed granite soils. Our first vintage from this vineyard was the 1998 release, whose structure remains intense (ask for library samples). We believe this wine will further evolve and gain complexity during extended cellaring. 2003 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Remde Vineyard, $25.00 116 cases produced Enjoyable, but may need more time to age. Winemakers Notes: This is our second wine from the beautiful Remde Vineyard located high (550') above the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. A very gentle process was used in the making of this wine. After fermentation, the juice was lightly pressed and then transferred to French Oak. It was not disturbed until the final winemaking steps, which consisted of bottling it unfiltered. Sediment will develop over time but it will not detract from the wine's traditional style - cherry and floral aromas with hints of strawberry and violets. The acid level, including pH is ideal, and will allow the many layers present to further evolve during cellaring. 2004 Viogneir, Russian River Valley $25.00 46 cases produced Our favorite! The best of lot. Great intense aromas, fruity but not sweet. Given that only 46 cases were produced, hurry up and get a bottle before they are all gone! Winemakers Notes: Wine rich in style with apricot peach, pineapple, and other tropical fruit aromas. An extended maceration period was allowed after crushing and prior to pressing. Barrel aged for 6 months in French oak and 100% malolactic fermentation. Once again, special thanks to the Podsafe Music Network for turning us on to this next artist, The Sway and their song is "Happyman". Pelican Ranch Winery 402 Ingalls Street #21 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: (831) 426-6911 Google Map Tasting is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5PM That's all for today, as always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at [email protected] . Cheers! -A Guy

DATE: Sat, 22 Oct 2005
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GNGNB Ep10: Byington Winery

Subscribe to our podcast! In this episode we visit the Byington Winery - www.byington.com - located just off Bear Creek Road above Los Gatos, approximately 16 miles from downtown San Jose. Founded in 1989 by Bill Byington the 95-acre Byington estate resides at an elevation of 2000 feet overlooking several acres of vineyards, forest and of course Monterey Bay. The winery has planted about 8 acres of the on site property (all Pinot grapes) and buys the remaining grapes from other Santa Cruz wineries to help make up their total production of approximately 10,000 cases. The winery has beautiful sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and their onsite ammenities make for a wonderful place to have a picnic, play bocce ball on their public court, or have a wedding to remember. Be sure to check their website for more details. The wines we sampled during our visit are: 2002 Estate Pinot Noir $29.00 about 400cases produced Winemakers/' Notes - This is a wine with a very approachable tannin structure and mouthfeel and finish like a comfortable chair after a great meal. This is a Pinot that stands firmly on it/'s own. This is a great wine to try with Lamb Daube! 2003 Pinot Hastings $30.00 A very delicatble boquet opens this wine, setting the stage for something wonderful. Hints of black cherry, perhaps even some raspberry(?). Delicious, especially if paired with red meat. 2002 Alliage $24.00, 4950 cases produced Our FAVORITE! This is Byington/'s largest production wine by far. Alliage is a true blend at 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Syrah. The Cabernet Sauvignon lends the structure, the Cabernet Franc brings the delightful aromas, and the Syrah adds the depth and finnesse to make this wine a must when visiting. Winemakers/' Notes Alliage is the French word for alloy. And just as a purposeful blending of metals produces an alloy that is greater than the sum of its parts, Alliage is the result of multiple blending components to arrive at a wine far superior to its separate parts. We feel that Byington is one of those wineries that is a *MUST* on your visit to the Santa Cruz mountain wineries. Even if you don/'t drink wine, the views and picnic ground are well worth the trip. The music that we feature in this episode is by The Lascivious Biddies and the song is Betty . Check them out at http://www.biddies4ever.com . Special thanks to Scott Sigler for introducing today/'s episode. Visit his website at http://www.scottsigler.net for a couple of awsome podiobooks. As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery, please drop us a line. -A Guy [email protected] Voice Mail - (206) 984-0257 Skype - aguyandgirl

DATE: Sat, 15 Oct 2005
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GNGNB Ep09: Savannah Chenelle Winery

Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes! OK - After getting over a few technical delays, we are back on track and gearing up for a great fall season. The audio quality for this podcast is a little low, as it turns out one of our microphones died during the recording process. Our audio Engineer Tom Krymkowski did a great job with what we gave him, but there was only so much he could do. We decided to release the podcast as is, rather than leave you high and dry for a whole week. We hope you like it. Regardless of the quality of the recording, the Savannah-Chenelle is one of our favorite wineries thus far. Very family friendly (we both have young kids) and very scenic. Check it out if you are in the area. 00:00Intro 01:01Savannah-Chenelle 01:402003 Estate Chardonnay 05:13 2001 Pierre/'s Ghost Red Table Wine 10:272001 Pinot Noir, Armagh Vineyard 11:452001 Pinot Noir, Laetitia Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley 14:12Review of tasting room 16:05Aroma Wheel 17:332002 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 20:172001 Estate Cabernet Franc 24:452001 Estate Zinfadel 27:232002 Syrah Port (Yummy!) 29:50Wrap-up and summary of visit 31:37Exit Music 32:11 Accident Hash Promo 32:16The Reverse Engineers - The Same Path On this trip to the Santa Cruz Mountains, we visit the Savannah-Chanelle Winery (http://www.savannahchanelle.com/index.html) located in Saratoga, only 14 miles from central San Jose. The Savannah-Chanelle Winery was originally founded in 1892 and currently sits on about 58 acres, comprised mainly of Pinot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfadel, and Chardonnay vines. Anthough they produce several different varietals, they are well known for their Pinot/'s. Some of these vines date back as far as 1910, and the Cabernet Franc is reportedly the oldest stock in California. The winery is nestled in the hills of Saratoga at an elevation of 1200 feet in the Santa Cruz mountains. On site there are numerous picnic tables and a generous grassy area suitable for picnics. The wine shop sells cheese, meat, soft drinks, as well as other wine related nic-nacs. This is a very family friendly environment and kids are welcome, with a multitude of books and a few games to keep them occupied while you sample wines. During the weekends, a pianist adds to the atmosphere by providing background music. The wines that we sample are: 2003 Estate Chardonnay, $28.00 This is an Estate wine, grown from a vineyard that was planted in 1976. The rare use of Hungarian oak brings a unique character to this wine. 2001 Pierre/'s Ghost Red Table Wine, $9.00 This is a blend (70% Syrah and 30% Zinfadel) and "shows a fusion of its indiosyncratic components". This wine is named after the founder - Pierre Pourroy - who according to legend lurks in corners and checks up on his wine-making operation from the grave. It was this Red Table Wine, that his nephew Robert Pourroy was making when we was overcome by CO2 when punching down the grapes and fell into a vat, eventually drowning in 1942. Needless to say, the BODY of this wine is excellent. 2001 Pinot Noir, Armagh Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, $28.00 A three-time award winner (2005 CA State Fair-Bronze Medal, 2005 SF Wine Competition-Bronze Medal, 2005 SF Chronicle Wine Competition-Bronze Medal), this wine brings aromas of ripe red bing cherries, wioth a hint of nutmeg and vanillia and a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Moderately earthy, and very delicatable. 2001 Pinot Noir, Laetitia Vineyard, Arroyo Grande Valley, $25.00 Flavors of cherry and Tobacco start this wine off well. Also a three-time award winner. (2005 CA State Fair-Silver,2005 SF Wine Competition-Bronze, 2005 SF Chronicle Wine Competition-Gold). 2002 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $22.00 Deep rich color, "..in the mouth there is a burst of flavor arcing into a sublime finish. The mouth feel is Silky and Sensual, as it should be..." Bold, spicy and aromatic. A great pinot, and is Joe/'s pick of all the Pinot/'s that were available. 2001 Estate Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains $28.00 Some of the oldest vines in all of California. The vines were planted in 1920. Sutble notes of Cedar and pine. Pomegranite and cherry undertones are also prevalent. 2001 Estate Zinfandel, Santa Cruz Mountains $28.00 Balanced with white pepper and jamminess. Oakiness scent is definitely prevalent. 2002 Syrah Port, $28.00 Winery Notes: Our first port after seven long, dry years. Decadent to the point of moral oblivion, this wine melts souls. In the glass, overwhemingly indulgent waves of Belgian chocolate and cherry fruit seem to some directly from some deep, dark place in the earth. On the tongue sinfully, silky expressions of berries, vanillia, carob, and sloe coat one/'s mouth and make the outside world seem like a very silly thing indeed. Anything that is "...Decadent to the point of moral oblivion..." needs to be sampled, caressed, and enjoyed, in our opinion! Once again, special thanks to the Podsafe Music Network for turning us on to this next artist, The Reverse Engineers and their song is "The Same Path" . Influences of this band include Peter Murphy, The Fixx, and the Police. Savannah-Chenelle Winery 23600 Congress Springs Road Saratoga, CA 95070 Phone: (408) 741-2934 Google Map Tasting is available daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have the time, take a walk up the hill to the vineyards for a breathtaking view and a look at some old vine Zinfandel. Tours for 10 or more people are available for $15 a person, which includes an 18.5 ounce crystal bordeaux wineglass. That/'s all for today, as always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at guyandgirl @gmail.com , or (206) 984-0257. -A Guy Audio Engineering by Tom Krymkowski

DATE: Thu, 06 Oct 2005
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GNGNB Ep08: Thomas Fogarty Winery

In this episode we visit the Thomas Fogarty Winery, located just off Skyline boulevard in the hills of Woodside, CA. Dr. Fogarty, a successful surgeon and inventor, started the winery in 1978, but did not begin commercial production until about 1981. The Fogarty winery is well known not only its' famous founder, but also many local companies hold Team Building excerises on the wonderful grounds. Weddings and private parties are also welcome. With sweeping views of the Silicon Valley below, it is no wonder that Fogarty Wineries remain a popular destination for the wine crowd. 00:00Intro 01:47Fogarty Background 03:042002 Estate Reserve Chardonnay 05:55Santa Cruz Mountain Appleation Description and layout of property 10:072003 "Ventana Vineyards" Monterey Chardonnay 11:232004 Monterey Gewurtztraminer 18:002001 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir 20:18Vineyard information 22:48Exit Music 23:50 Accident Hash Promo 23:55Paula Toledo The Thomas Fogarty Winery produces approximately 15,000 cases of wine per year, and the property includes approximately 25 acres of vines (11 Chardonnay, 7.5 Pinot, 6 Merlot, 1 Sangiovese), at an elevation of about 2,100 feet. The wines we sampled during our visit are: 2002 Estate Reserve Chardonnay $45.00 about 302 cases produced A complex chardonnay, but not in a buttery sort of way. Hints of pear, butterscotch and tropical fruits highlight this wine. Winemakers' Notes - Straw in color, with a touch of honey and alfalfa on the nose, the wine appoaches with a texture that is immediately rich and subtle. With an essence of peaches and cream, this mineral-ladden-multi-layered wine shows through in the glass. 2003 "Ventana Vineyards" Monterey Chardonnay $26.00 about 260 cases produced A "Big" Chardonnay, suitable for cocktails. Again tropical fruit is on tap as the primary elements that are noticed in this wine. Winemakers' Notes - The wine has a green/straw colored hue and loads of minerals, fresh apples and cream on the nose. The palette offers the tell-tale Santa Cruz Mountain minerality and stoniness as well as apple and pear flavors. This wine would pair fabulously with pastas with cream based sauces, seared scallops and fresh lobster. 2004 Monterey Gewurtztraminer $17.00 The winemakers favorite! All steel fermentation (no barrel aging) process allows you to enjoy the grape for what it is, without all the additional complexity that oak barrels can add. Although Gerwurtztraminer is normally known as a dessert wine, this one is suitable on its own or as an apertif. You must give this one a try! Winemakers' Notes It is always delightfully dry on the palette, but full of tropical fruit, white flowers and spice, the hallmark of this beautifully crafted wine. The 2004 vintange produced some of our most striking gewurz ever with incredibly intense fruit flavors balanced by well integrated acidity. A perfect accompaniment to most fresh and exotic flavors. 2001 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir $25 Winemakers' Notes This wine enraptures our strongest sense, the nose, with a rich invitation to savory red fruits. The first sip confirms this premise by offering a warm mouthful of almost sweet, strawberry-rhubarb compote. Set off against the structure and spice of this classic mountain fruit

DATE: Sat, 17 Sep 2005
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GNGNB Ep07: Picchetti Winery

Today/'s episode we visit the Picchetti winery (http://www.picchetti.com/), one of the oldest wineries in Northern California and have been continusously bonded under several names since about 1896. (Their California Bonded Winery number is #148 !). The Picchetti family was a great lover of birds, and one of the favorite - the Peacock - still roams freely about the grounds. The winery itself is located on the edge of the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District (http://www.openspace.org/), and therefore many trailheads are very close to the winery, affording a great recreational opportunity in addition to the wine tasting. The Picchetti Winery produces approximately 9000 cases of wine per year, including some from 110 year old Zinfandel vines. The wines we sampled are: 2004 Viognee $24.95 424 cases produced (Double Gold - 98 pts California State Fair) 2001 Leslie/'s Estate Chardonnay $19.95 (Silver Medal) 546 cases produced 2001 Red Pavone - $15.95 (Gold Medal - 90 pts Santa Cruz Mountain Commercial Wine Competition) 2003 Old Vine Zinfadel - Picchetti Estate $49.95 125 cases produced Lastly we have a quick promo by our friends over at Accident Hash and some music from the Podsafe Music Network by Olivia Greer. You can check out her music on i-Tunes . 00:00Quick Intro 00:47Intro Music 01:16Welcome Back - History 03:02Midpennisula Open Space District 04:17Winery Grounds Description 06:272004 Viognee 08:142001 Chardonnay 11:142001 Red Pavone 13:01Old Vine Zinfadel 14:49Tasting Room Details 19:17Exit Music 19:40Olivia Greer Next week we vist the Thomas Fogarty Winery a Silicon Valley staple. Be sure to tune in! As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at [email protected] . Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes! -A Guy

DATE: Mon, 12 Sep 2005
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GNGNB Ep06: Guglielmo Winery (Part 2)

Guglielmo Winery Join us as we complete our visit to the Guglielmo Winery (www.guglielmowinery.com) as part of their 14th Annual Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp. Part 1 of our visit focused on the history of the winery with a sound scene tour of the winery, courtesy of Steve Wilson of the Guglielmo Winery. Part 2 of our visit includes us checking out the festivities (A Salami Toss, Bocced up Bocci Ball, Whack a Walnut, and finally, the Grape Stomp. We also have a guest host, courtesy of my wife Pam, and music from the Pod Safe Music Network by Adrina Thorpe - Round the Bend . Check it out. The wines that we sample in today/'s episode are 2002 Private Reserve Petite Sirah Vintage: 2000 Appellation: Santa Clara Valley Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah Alcohol: 13.5% Release Date: April 2003 California Suggested Retail: $17.00 2002 Pinot Blanc Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc Alcohol: 13.5% California Suggested Retail: $16.00 2002 Claret $25 Bottle (No Vintners Notes at this time. Will be available in late September) All the wines above are available at the Guglielmo Online Store Next week we visit the Picchetti Winery , one of the oldest wineries in the valley. Be sure to tune in! As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at [email protected] . Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes! -A Guy

DATE: Sat, 03 Sep 2005
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GNGNB Ep05: Guglielmo Winery (part 1)

Guglielmo WineryTasting Room Gourmet Food Shop Location: 1480 E. Main Avenue Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Located 20 minutes south of San Jose, 1 hour south of San Francisco & 45 minutes from Monterey. We visit the Guglielmo Winery (www.guglielmowinery.com) as part of their 14th Annual Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp. Part 1 of our visit focuses on the history of the winery with a sound scene tour of the winery, courtesy of Steve Wilson of the Guglielmo Winery. We also have a guest host, and music from the Pod Safe Music Network by Adrina Thorpe ‘Fly Fly Fly’ . Check it out. Next week we bring you Part 2 of the Guglielmo Winery Harvest Festival, with reviews of their wines, the games, and more. I have posted some pictures of the tour on Flickr (have you ever seen 100 year old redwood wine storage tanks?). As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at [email protected] . Thanks for tuning in. -A Guy

DATE: Sat, 27 Aug 2005
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GNGNB Ep04: Hunter Hill Winery

On our 4th episode, we visit Hunter Hill Winery (http://www.hunterhillwines.com) and review the beautiful scenery and wines. We discuss their recent Best of Show award at the State Fair for their 2002 Arroyo Seco Mesa Del Sol Syrah (Double Gold, 98 points). We also discuss their Wine Club and special Wild Game dinner event hosted at the winery every year. The wines that we reviewed are: - 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel - 2001 Merlot Estate - Hunter/'s Blend We also play our first song from the Podsafe Music Network , and the song is /'Relax/', by SugarGlider . Finally, we have added some additional photos to our blog, courtesy of Flickr. As always, please let us know if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery. You can drop us a line at [email protected] Thanks for tuning in. Next week we have a special episode where we review the Guglielmo winery during their 14th Annual Harvest festival, including a behinds the scenes tour! - A Guy

DATE: Sun, 21 Aug 2005
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GNGNB Ep03: Silver Mountain Winery

Today we take a tour of the Silver Mountain Winery (http://www.silvermtn.com), and sample some wines. We also talk about Souldier of Fortune which is the music that we used in the beginning and end of our Podcast. We also discuss the Passport Program of the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association . During our Passport Day, Silver Mountain had a vertical tasting which we found very interesting and allowed us to compare different vintages of the same style of wine. Vertical Tasting - A vertical tasting involves wines from different vintages but all the wines will come from the same winery. If the winery produces more than one type of wine, you would select a single wine from that winery and taste multiple vintages of that wine. For instance, you might have 4 vintages (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002) of Chardonnay. When you hold a Vertical tasting, you are learning more about the differences between different vintages rather than the differences in wineries or styles. The wines that we reviewed are: 2001 Chardonnay (Estate, organically grown, $20 bottle) 2000 Alloy (Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot $24 bottle) - A Guy

DATE: Sun, 14 Aug 2005
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GNGNB Ep02: David Bruce

We are back with Episode 2! We are s-l-o-w-l-y picking up new subscribers, but hey, that is OK with us. We are out there sampling wine so you know the cool places to hit the next time you are in town. This week we visit David Bruce Winery www.davidbrucewinery.com , one of the larger wineries in the area. We review the grounds as well as learn a little bit about the Saignee Process. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, have suggestions, or would like us to review a particular winery, please drop us a line at [email protected] Thanks for tuning in.

DATE: Sat, 06 Aug 2005
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GNGNB Ep01: Cooper Garrod winery

Welcome to A Guy, A Girl, and A Bottle Podcast! This is our first podcast, although the actual recording took place almost a month ago. We talk about who we are, why we are Podcasting, and where we expect to go from here. Our inaugural winery is Cooper-Garrod www.cgv.com and we review not only some of their wines, but also the winery itself. Grab a bottle of wine, and enjoy! Tell us what you think! If you have a question, a comment, or would like us to visit a particular winery, contact us by email at [email protected] (include an mp3 file of your question for possible inclusion into a later Podcast). Also, as we are brand-new, we are not listed in iTunes just yet, but we have submitted our information and should be there soon. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our Podcast via the RSS feeder at the bottom of the page. -A Guy

DATE: Fri, 01 Jul 2005
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Welcome to A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle!

Welcome to A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle Wine Podcast! A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle is a weekly Wine Podcast from in and around Silicon Valley. Join hosts Joe and Lori as they visit each winery and review both the winery and their wines, from an amature/'s perspective. We have fun exploring not only the wine industry, but also learn how to taste wine and develop our palates. Check it out! Audio Engineering by Tom Krymkowski - Joe and Lori - - - - - - - - - - A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle An innovative wine podcast from in and around Silicon Valley www.gngnb.com Skype - aguyandgirl [email protected] Subscribe to our Podcast via iTunes or Yahoo!

Recent Comments for A Guy, a Girl, and a Bottle...

I love these guys (and girls)

Submitted By: ajcarpenter@... (on 5-2007)

you rock

awesome show. you guys rock. play more black lab and new london fire

Submitted By: sobelizzard@... (on 8-2006)


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