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Behind the Wines with Elaine Chukan Brown
While so many things have been put on hold as we stay and home and practice varying degrees of self-isolation, the wine industry in California continues to push ahead – from bud break in the vineyard to bottling Pinot Noir in the winery. We don’t want you to miss a minute of it so we’re bringing the California winemaking community to you through a virtual discussion and tasting with wine writer and educator Elaine Chukan Brown and some of California’s top grape growing and winemaking talent. We invite you to take a break from the headlines, join us for a glass of California wine, and learn how these individuals are innovating in the vineyard, in the winery, or with their business during these unprecedented times.

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June 2 – Ep. 9 – Zinfandel
Tegan Passalacqua, Turley and Sandlands

In the ninth episode of the series, Elaine will speak with Tegan Passalacqua, director of winemaking at Turley Cellars and owner and winemaker at Sandlands Vineyards. Elaine and Tegan will discuss the rich heritage and varied terroirs of California and, more specifically, Lodi through one of California’s classic grape varieties—Zinfandel—and lesser known, yet equally interesting Cinsault.

Featured wines:
2018 Turley Juvenile, California
2018 Turley Cinsault, Lodi
2018 Turley Steacy, Lodi
2018 Turley Kirschenmann, Lodi
2018 Turley Dogtown, Lodi

June 9 – Ep. 10 – Chardonnay
Stephane Vivier, Stony Hill
Michael McNeill, Hanzell Vineyards

June 16 – Ep. 11 – Pinot Noir
Sarah Wuethrich, Maggy Hawk

June 23 – Ep. 12 – Sparkling
Nicole Hitchcock, J Vineyards and Winery

June 30 – Ep. 13 – Cabernet Sauvignon
Rodrigo Soto, GM, Quintessa
Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker, Quintessa

Videos of Previous Episodes can be found on California Wine Institute's YouTube Channel
Jun 2, 2020 10:00 AM
Jun 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Jun 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Jun 23, 2020 10:00 AM
Jun 30, 2020 10:00 AM
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MAY 26, EP. 8 - Carole Meredith and Steve Lagier
Owners @Lagier Meredith Vineyard
In MAY 26's EPISODE 8, Elaine, Carole, and Steve will discuss farming mountain fruit in the Napa Valley and explore some of the lesser known varieties that thrive here. We will also hear from Anthony Truchard, who will speak about farming in the southerly Carneros region of Napa and how the cooler climate allows for the production of high-quality wines made from grapes like Chardonnay and Roussanne.
Carole Meredith
Owner @Lagier Meredith Vineyard in the Mt. Veeder AVA of Napa Valley
Carole was born in Wales and emigrated to California with her parents as a child. For 22 years, she was a professor at the University of California at Davis, where her research group was among the first to use DNA to explore the origins of grape varieties and the genetic relationships among them. Their discoveries included identifying genetic origins of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah, and linking Zinfandel to its European home in Croatia.
Steve Lagier
Owner @Lagier Meredith Vineyard in the Mt. Veeder AVA of Napa Valley
Carole and Steve have lived there since they bought the property in 1986, first planting vines in 1994 and producing their first commercial wine in 1998. They have no employees and do the vineyard work and winemaking themselves. After earning a degree in biochemistry, Steve turned to winemaking as a way to combine his love of wine with his interest in science. He completed a graduate degree in enology at UC Davis and then worked for Robert Mondavi Winery for 14 years before focusing all his time on Lagier Meredith Vineyard.