Whitley On Wine

Host Robert Whitley, whose wine column is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate and appears in the Union-Tribune, goes behind the scenes and chats with the winemakers, vintners and wine professionals who have the inside skinny on the wines you love to drink. Listen to Whitley On Wine SignOnRadio.com.

Recent Shows

Wine for Wheels - Download

Vintner Gordon Holmes tells his story, which is set on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas mountains, where he founded Lookout Ridge Winery in 2001. The Lookout Ridge wines are made by an all-star cast of California winemakers such as Greg La Follette, Cathy Corison and Marco DiGiulio. These limited production wines retail for $100 a bottle, but there's a twist that all but makes the price moot. For each bottle of Lookout Ridge wine sold, Holmes donates a wheelchair to people without mobility somewhere in the world. The World Health Organization estimates there are 150 million people, most of them in Third World countries, who are incapacitated and in need of a wheelchair. Since launching his Wine for Wheels project, Lookout Ridge has distributed thousands of wheelchairs to those in need.

Published: May 27, 2009

Sommelier Megan Yelanowski - Download

Robert and his co-host Lisa Redwine are joined by Megan Yelanowski, Wine and Beverage Manager at the new Bayfront Hilton. Megan is the first woman in San Diego to obtain her Advanced Level in the Court of Master Sommeliers. They chat about what it means to be a Sommelier, and what it takes to become one.

Published: May 13, 2009

Winemaker Interview: Ventana's Reggie Hammond - Download

Ventana's Reggie Hammond is on a roll this year in California's major wine competitions. His latest success was a Best of Show red wine award at the Riverside International Wine Competition with Ventana's 2007 Rubystone, a Rhone-style blend. That comes on the heels of a Best of Show white wine award with Ventana's 2008 Pinot Gris at the West Coast wine competition, and Best of Show white wine accolades for the 2007 Riesling at the Monterey and San Francisco Chronicle competitions. Reggie joins Robert and co-host Lisa Redwine of LaJolla's Shores restaurant to talk about his award-winning wines.

Published: May 6, 2009

Rioja, the old and the new - Download

Robert chats with sommelier Lisa Redwine about the emerging "high expression" wines of Rioja as well as Rioja's more traditional producers who have managed to maintain high standards in a changing world.

Published: April 29, 2009

Winemaker Interview: The Ortmans - Download

The legendary Chuck Ortman and his son Matt now have their own winery and they join Robert and co-host Lisa Redwine, sommelier at The Shores, to explain how Matt was eventually lured into the wine business alongside his famous father.

Published: March 11, 2009

The Family Winemakers - Download

Robert and co-host Lisa Redwine chat with Neil McNally of Rosenthal Estate and Jim Gullet of Vino Noceto about the increasingly popular Family Winemakers of California, an organization of small (usually) wineries that tour the country and exhibit their unique wines at public wine-tasting events.

Published: March 4, 2009

The Valentine's Day Show - Download

Robert and co-host Lisa Redwine, sommelier and general manager of La Jolla's The Shores restaurant, offer up delicious suggestions for Valentine's wining and dining.

Published: February 11, 2009

Winemaker Interview: Steve Fennel, Sanford Winery - Download

Steve Fennell is the winemaker and general manager at Santa Barbara County's iconic Sanford Winery, which pioneered Pinot Noir in the region more than 30 years ago. Fennell was a successful young winemaker in the Napa Valley when the opportunity to take the reins at Sanford came along, and he hasn't looked back since. He joins Robert to discuss Sanford's Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Published: February 4, 2009

Winemaker Interview: Jonathan Nagy, Byron Vineyards - Download

Jonathan Nagy joined the iconic Byron Vineyards as assistant winemaker in 2001 and was promoted to chief winemaker in 2006, continuing the exemplary craftsmanship of founding winemaker Ken "Byron" Brown. Nagy joins Robert to chat about what's new at Byron and to discuss the merits of the historic Nielsen vineyard, which is the backbone of the Byron Pinot Noir and Chardonnay programs.

Published: January 14, 2009

Winemaker Interview: Stu Smith, Smith-Madrone - Download

Stu Smith and his brother Charlie opened their small Napa Valley winery on Spring Mountain in 1971, long before fine wines had captured the imagination of the American consumer. Over the years, while producing about 3000 cases a year evenly split between Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling, Smith-Madrone has carved a reputation for Napa Valley quality at decidedly un-Napa-like prices. Smith-Madrone's most expensive wine is a $40 Cabernet. "I think $40 is a lot of money for a bottle of wine," Stu told Robert in this wide-ranging conversation about Smith-Madrone's roots and philosophy.

Published: January 8, 2009

Champagne for the Holidays - Download

Robert and this week's co-host, Sommelier Lisa Redwine of The Shores, in La Jolla, Ca., discuss their Champagne and other sparkling wine picks for the holiday season. For more information about Champagne, visit Robert on the web at www.winereviewonline.com.

Published: December 24, 2008

Sommeliers on Holiday Wines - Download

Guest host Lisa Redwine (Robert is away on a trip to Napa) of The Shores restaurant in La Jolla chats with fellow sommeliers Dan Chapman and Megan Yelenosky about great wines for the holidays.

Published: December 11, 2008

Winemaker Interview: George Bursick, J Vineyards & Winery - Download

Robert and co-host Lisa Redwine chat with winemaker George Bursick of J Vineyards, which specializes in sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from California's Russian River Valley. George, who was the longtime winemaker at Ferrari-Carano, describes the innovative techniques he has applied to making Pinot Noir and the J bubbly since joining the winery in 2006.

Published: December 3, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Theresa Heredia, Freestone Vineyards - Download

Robert and guest co-host Lisa Redwine, Sommelier at The Shores in La Jolla, chat with winemaker Theresa Heredia and owner Bill Phelps of the hot new Sonoma Coast winery, Freestone Vineyards, which specializes in ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Published: November 19, 2008

Chef 'Taki' of La Crema Winery - Download

Executive Chef Constantions 'Taki' Laliotitis of Sonoma's La Crema Winery joins Robert for a pre-holidays feasting discussion of food pairings with cool-climate wines such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a focus on La Crema's new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (both priced under $20) from Monterey County.

Published: November 12, 2008

San Diego Wine & Culinary Center - Download

Robert catches up with the very busy John Alonge, owner of the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center, and gets the lowdown on events the Center will host during the upcoming San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, scheduled for Nov. 12-16. Alonge describes the seminar -- "Find the Opus" -- that he will conduct personally.

Published: October 22, 2008

Wine and Chocolate - Download

Chef Michael Antonorsi of Chuao Chocalatier shares his expertise on pairing wines with chocolates. Michael will deliver a seminar on the subject during the fifth annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 12-16 at the Embarcadero. Michael lays down a few general rules, then turns to specific pairings that are sure to whet your appetite!

Published: October 8, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Adam LaZarre - Download

Over the past eight years winemaker Adam LaZarre has established a reputation for brilliance at the Hahn Estates in Monterey County. LaZarre's Hahn wines have consistently performed well in major international wine competitions, and always delivered exceptional quality at reasonable prices. LaZarre recently embarked upon a new project in Paso Robles -- he will continue to consult with Hahn -- that could well take him to the next level in terms of recognition as one of California's brightest young winemakers.

Published: October 1, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Loic Le Calvez, Taltarni Vineyards - Download

Frenchman Loic Le Calvez finds himself halfway around the world making wine at Australia's Taltarni Vineyards and Clover Hill Winery. He chats with Robert about the allure of Australia and its wines.

Published: September 12, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills - Download

Croatia-born Ivo Jeramaz is the nephew of the legendary winemaker Mike Grgich, whose iconic Napa Valley winery has enjoyed a remarkable string of successful vintages. Ivo now heads up the Grgich Hills viticulture and winemaking and has led Grgich into the world of biodynamic and organic agriculture for its more than 300 acres of vineyards. Ivo discusses that decision and his interesting path to a life of the vine.

Published: August 29, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Rob Davis, Jordan - Download

Longtime Jordan winemaker Rob Davis joins Robert for a conversation about Jordan's innovative approach at the time the winery was founded in the Alexander Valley more than 30 years ago.

Published: August 21, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Andrew Hood, Frogmore Creek - Download

Robert is joined in the studio by Australian winemaker Andrew Hood, visiting San Diego all the way from his home on the island of Tasmania, the southernmost wine region in Australia. Hood produces Frogmore Creek and 42 Degrees South, two premium Tasmanian wine brands sold here in San Diego. His specialty is Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Riesling. Andrew chats with Robert about the rigors of making wine in this very cool climate in the Southern Hemisphere.

Published: August 7, 2008

Winemaker Interview: The Napa Valley's Marco DiGiulio - Download

Winemaker Marco DiGiulio is a Napa Valley winemaking consultant par excellence. He currently makes the wines for Napa's highly regarded Girard Winery, and recently took charge at the revamped Windsor Sonoma (formerly the mail-order winery Windsor Vineyards). Marco also has made stops at Cliff Lede and Robert Pepi, among others. He chats with Robert about wine barrels -- from a winemaker's point of view -- and shares a bit of his personal philosophy on wine in general.

Published: August 1, 2008

Elizabeth Spencer's Dynamic Duo - Download

That would be the husband and wife team, Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham, who are the brains and the passion behind the wines of Elizabeth Spencer, which are limited-production beauties from carefully selected vineyards in the Napa Valley and Sonoma and Mendocino counties. They join Robert to discuss their guiding philosophy.

Published: July 23, 2008

South Coast Winery's Big Prize - Download

Temecula's South Coast Winery captured the "Golden Bear" trophy at the California State Fair, signifying California's top winery. Winemaker Jon McPherson, a local legend in the Temcula Valley, has made the South Coast wines since the first vintage in 2003. He joins Robert to discuss the meaning of it all.

Published: July 16, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Jennifer Higgins, Lancaster Estate - Download

Lancaster Estate specializes in superb Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County's revered Alexander Valley, and Jennifer Higgins has been the winemaker since 2004. She joins Robert for the entire half hour to talk about Lancaster's latest Cab, the exceptional 2005 vintage, and how she took a detour from a planned career in medicine to making wine in one of the world's sweet spots for Cabernet.

Published: July 9, 2008

Prosecco, the Everyday Italian Bubbly - Download

Brian Larky, owner of the import company Dalla Terra Winery Direct and former winemaker at Italy's Ca' del Bosco estate, joins Robert to chat about the rising star in Italian sparkling wine -- Prosecco. This fruity bubbly from northern Italy's Veneto region is challenging Champagne on accessibility. It's fresh and lively and usually half the price, or less, of a bottle of non-vintage brut Champagne.

Published: July 2, 2008

Winemaker Leon Santoro on Orfila's Ambassador's Reserve Merlot - Download

For the second time in five years a local winery, Escondido's Orfila Vineyards, has scored a Critics Platinum award at the annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. This year Orfila did it with a 2005 Ambassador's Reserve Merlot. The first time it was an Orfila Sangiovese that did the honor. Winemaker Leon Santoro chats with Robert about the challenges and rewards of growing grapes and making wine in Southern California.

Published: June 18, 2008

Better by Half? - Download

Restaurateur/sommelier Zubin Desai explores the beauty of the half bottle of wine, which is the theme of his San Diego restaurant, The Better Half.

Published: June 11, 2008

Guest Nick Passmore on the Antinori Women - Download

Nick Passmore, a contributing editor to the new Four Seasons Magazine and a wine and spirits columnist for Business Week, chats about a recent visit with Tuscany's dynastic Antinori family.

Published: May 28, 2008

Remembering Robert Mondavi - Download

Wine Review Online (www.winereviewonline.com) columnists Gerald Boyd and Michael Apstein join Robert to share memories of the legendary Robert Mondavi, whose recent death evoked tributes from winemakers and vintners around the globe.

Published: May 21, 2008

Hot New Winery in the Russian River Valley - Download

That would be Benovia, a boutique winery in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. Benovia has the superb winemaker Mike Sullivan, formerly of Hartford Court, at the helm and specializes in elegant Pinot Noirs and brilliant RRV Zinfandels. Mike joins Robert today to discuss this exciting new venture.

Published: May 7, 2008

Getting to the Source - Download

Vintner Tom Gamble's family has been growing grapes in the Napa Valley for decades, but it was only recently that Tom decided to take the next step and make his own wines from the fruit of the family vines. His winery is Source Napa Valley and it focuses on terroir-driven wines that express characteristics to specific vineyard sites in the Napa Valley.

Published: April 30, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Rick Sayre, Rodney Strong, Part II - Download

Winemaker Rick Sayre of Sonoma's Rodney Strong Vineyards explains the new "winery within a winery" concept that is fueling a renaissance at Rodney Strong.

Published: May 1, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Oded Shakked, Longboard - Download

Winemaker/owner Oded Shakked of the Russian River Valley winery Longboard joins Robert for a discussion of the many changes Oded has witnessed over a long winemaking career (he was the winemaker at J Vineyards before Longboard) in America's premier region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Published: April 11, 2008

Winemaker Interview: Oded Shakked, Longboard, Part II - Download

Winemaker Oded Shakked of Longboard, a new Russian River Valley winery, opines on the growth and expansion of this special winegrowing region in coastal northern California.

Published: April 11, 2008

Apstein on Burgundy's '05 Vintage - Download

Wine Review Online columnist Michael Apstein has a strong opinion on Burgundy's 2005 vintage, and he joins Robert to share his views.

Published: April 4, 2008

Apstein on Chablis - Download

Wine Review Online columnist Michael Apstein, just back from a trip to France's Burgundy region, chats with Robert about the resurgence of consumer interest in Chablis, the famous white wine from northern Burgundy.

Published: April 4, 2008

March 28, 2008 Segment 1 - Download

Published: March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008 Segment 2 - Download

Published: March 28, 2008

Carlsbad Winery Scores Eye-Opening Victory - Download

Witch Creek Winery of Carlsbad scored a huge victory for local wineries when its 2005 Nebbiolo won a double gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition -- with grapes grown in Baja California's (Mexico) Guadalupe Valley. Majority owner Dave Wodehouse and winemaker Ryan Baker spend the entire hour chatting about the Witch Creek winery and local wines, and the exceptional vineyards they source for grapes in Mexico.

Published: March 14, 2008

Witch Creek Nebbiolo Wins Double Gold in SF - Download

Witch Creek Winery of Carlsbad scored a huge victory for local wineries when its 2005 Nebbiolo won a double gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition -- with grapes grown in Baja California's (Mexico) Guadalupe Valley. Majority owner Dave Wodehouse and winemaker Ryan Baker spend the entire hour chatting about the Witch Creek winery and local wines, and the exceptional vineyards they source for grapes in Mexico.

Published: March 14, 2008

Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee Stars in Monterey - Download

Gloria's Ferrer's "Royal Cuvee" from the 2000 vintage has just taken the Best of Show sparkling wine award at the 2008 Monterey Wine Competition and the winery's Eva Bertran chats with Robert about this superb bubbly and the other outstanding wines produced by this award-winning Sonoma County winery.

Published: March 7, 2008

Ventana Vineyards Winemaker Reggie Hammond - Download

Winemaker Reggie Hammond of Ventana Vineyards joins Robert for a lively discussion on Ventana's 2006 Riesling, which took the top prize for white wines at the 2008 Monterey Wine Competition. Hammond has Ventana on a wine competition roll. The winery's 2005 Syrah took a double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. Best part of Ventana's winning ways is that the wines are modestly priced (below $30) for the exceptional quality they deliver.

Published: March 7, 2008

Vina Robles Winemaker Matthias Gubler on Prospects in Paso - Download

Winemaker Matthias Gubler of the Vina Robles winery in Paso Robles chats with Robert about the vast potential of the California Central Coast's booming Paso Robles wine region. Gubler, whose family grew Pinot Noir vines in Switzerland, has found a home in Paso making bold red Rhone and red Bordeaux blends.

Published: February 22, 2008

Dr. Apstein on Why Riesling Labels Leave Him Wanting - Download

Wanting more information, that is. Dr. Michael Apstein, a columnist for Wine Review Online (www.winereviewonline.com) and a former James Beard Award nominee, applauds the rise of popularity being enjoyed by Riesling, but frets that it's nearly impossible to tell from the label whether or not the wine is bone dry, off-dry or downright sweet.

Published: February 22, 2008

Janet and Matt, the Mount Veeder Winery Team - Download

Janet Myers worked and lived in some of the world's most important wine regions, including Tuscany and Western Australia's Margaret River, before settling down in the Napa Valley as winemaker at Franciscan Estates and Mount Veeder Winery. And Matt Asby, the Vineyard Director at both wineries, was on a ski vacation and still undecided about his career when he got the call to relocate to the Napa Valley. Janet and Matt are in the studio today for a conversation on the mountain Cabernet of Mount Veeder Winery and how growing grapes and making wine on steep hillsides is a wee bit different than doing the same thing where the vineyards are flat.

Published: February 15, 2008

Mount Veeder's "Wine with Altitude" - Download

Winemaker Janet Myers and Vineyard Director Matt Ashby join Robert in a conversation on mountain Cabernet from the Napa Valley. Specifically the Napa Valley's Mount Veeder district, which is actually high above the valley floor at the southern end of the Napa Valley. Janet makes bold, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon from Matt's Mount Veeder vineyards, and the two most crucial members of the Mount Veeder team explain the differences between their "wine with altitude" is quite distinctive and different from those wines made on the valley floor.

Published: February 15, 2008

One Hundred Fifty Years of Gundlach Bundschu - Download

Jeff Bundschu represents the sixth generation of the Bundschu clan working in the family wine business since it was founded in 1858. The historic Sonoma winery is the second-oldest in California and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Jeff joins Robert in a conversation about the earliest years of the winery -- indeed, the earliest years of California wine.

Published: February 8, 2008

One Hundred Fifty Years of Gundlach Bundschu - Download

In the second half-hour Jeff Bundschu joins Robert in a conversation about the current state of affairs at the irreverant Sonoma winery commonly known as the "Wild Bunch."

Published: February 8, 2008

Chehalem winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry - Download

Robert chats with winemaker and founding partner Harry Peterson-Nedry of Oregon's Chehalem winery. Peterson-Nedry is predicting a bright future for Oregon Riesling.

Published: January 25, 2008

Sarah Belk King on Oregon cheese - Download

Wine Review Online (www.winereviewonline.com) columnist Sarah Belk King joins Robert and Harry to discuss the booming artisnal cheese scene in Oregon, and which Oregon wines go with which Oregon cheeses.

Published: January 25, 2008

Rebecca Murphy on Wine Competitions - Download

The wine competition season is upon us. Rebecca Murphy, Director of the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition and wine columnist for the Dallas newspaper, discusses the importance and impact of wine competition medals and grand awards with Robert, who oversees three wine competitions of his own -- the Critics Challenge, Monterey and San Diego International.

Published: January 11, 2008

Rebecca Murphy on Wine Competitions - Download

Rebecca Murphy was instrumental in the first wine competition for women only. She chats with Robert about the significance of gender in wine selection.

Published: January 11, 2008

Critic Michael Apstein on '05 Burgundy Vintage - Download

Wine columnist Michael Apstein of Wine Review Online explains why the 2005 vintage was so fabulous in Burgundy, and puts forward a number of his favorites from this stellar harvest.

Published: January 4, 2008

Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez with Wine & Cheese Pairings - Download

Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez, whose resume includes a stint at the famed French Laundry, now holds forth at the chic Addison restaurant at the Grand Del Mar Hotel. Jesse joins Robert to discuss a few of his favorite wine pairings with classic European and domestic cheeses.

Published: January 4, 2008

Conversation with Sonoma Cutrer Winemaker Terry Adams - Download

There are but a handful of California wineries that can boast of Chardonnays that are the equal of the grand cru producers of Burgundy, and the legendary Sonoma Cutrer is one of them. Winemaker Terry Adams of Sonoma Cutrer joins Robert for a lively discussion on what makes a Chardonnay great.

Published: December 21, 2007

Sarah Belk King with a Fab Party Appetizer - Download

Dinner party, that is. Sarah Belk King, who writes the In the Kitchen column for Wine Review Online, offers up a savory shrimp appetizer for one of those elegant holiday dinners.

Published: December 21, 2007

Michael Jordan, of Disneyland Resort's Napa Rose restaurant - Download

Robert chats with Michael Jordan, who oversees one of southern California's most impressive wine lists at the Disneyland Resort's Napa Rose restaurant. The Napa Rose offers a remarkable 80 wines by the glass and Jordan, the Wine Director and a Master Sommelier, says the category with the most growth is German Rieslings. Rebecca Moot, doing a segment we call Home Cooking, checks in with two practical recipes for home chefs.

Published: December 14, 2007

Ed McCarthy, author of Wine for Dummies - Download

Ed McCarthy, author of Wine for Dummies, runs down his shopping list of bubbly for the holidays. Ed has great ideas in all price categories for Champagne lovers, and several excellent recommendations in California bubbly, cava and Italian prosecco.

Published: December 14, 2007

Philosophy behind Patz & Hall's extraordinarily successful single-vineyard wines - Download

Winemaker James Hall discusses the philosophy behind Patz & Hall's extraordinarily successful single-vineyard wines. Patz & Hall, a specialist in California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is the Whitley On Wine 2007 Winery of the Year.

Published: December 7, 2007

Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez - Download

Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez made the leap from Thomas Keller's French Laundry to the Grand Del Mar Hotel's Addison restaurant, where he has pulled together a would-class wine cellar that is the envy of every restaurant in San Diego.

Published: December 7, 2007

Winemake Interview: Jac Cole, Spring Mountain - Download

Jac Cole is the winemaker at the historic and recently rejuvenated Spring Mountain winery in St. Helena, in the heart of the Napa Valley. Jac's doing great things with mountain Cabernet and explains the intricacies of this sprawling vineyard property.

Published: November 30, 2007

Wine & Food Trends - Download

Russ Kindom of the Fifty Seven Degrees (a wine bar and temperature controlled wine storage facility) and Wine Review Online food columnist Sarh Belk King join Robert in this half hour.

Published: November 30, 2007

Vintner Interview: Gary Heck, Korbel - Download

Gary Heck's Korbel winery, located in the Russian River Valley, has been bringing affordable and drinkable sparkling wine to American consumers for decades. He joins Robert to chat about the history and evolution of Korbel.

Published: November 16, 2007

Events and Trends - Download

Paul Lukacs, columnist for Wine Review Online, and Paul Wagner, a wine marketing expert join Robert in this half hour. Lukacs discusses his participation in the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival, and Wagner spends the last 15 minutes explaining the unique new "breathable" wine glasses from Eisch.

Published: November 16, 2007

Winemaker Interview: Adam LaZarre, Hahn Estates - Download

Hahn Estates has emerged in recent vintages as one a producer of exceptional value-priced wines. Much of the credit belongs to winemaker Adam LaZarre, who joins Robert to explain his philosophy and technique.

Published: November 9, 2007

Sarah's in the Game - Download

Wine Review Online food columnist Sarah Belk King joins Robert to talk about game dishes, and today's the primary topic is elk!

Published: November 9, 2007

Winemaker Interview: Carolyn Dunn, Wolf Blass - Download

Winemaker Carolyn Dunn of Australia's renowned Wolf Blass winery joins Robert for a conversation on all things Aussie, especially the great Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley.

Published: November 2, 2007

Winemaker Interview: Pat Henderson, Kenwood - Download

Winemaker Pat Henderson of Kenwood Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley joins Robert to discuss Kenwood's exceptional Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.

Published: November 2, 2007

San Diego Wineries and the Wildfires - Download

Leon Santoro of Escondido's Orfila Vineyards and Ira Gourvitz of Fallbrook Winery describe their close calls with San Diego wildfires.

Published: October 26, 2007

San Diego Wineries and the Wildfires - Download

There was little damage to the vineyards of San Diego County wineries, but there was a close call or two. Ira Gourvitz of Fallbrook Winery and Leon Santoro of Escondido's Orfila Vineyards share their experiences.

Published: October 26, 2007

Fallbrook Winery, Part I - Download

Since Ira Gourvitz purchased the Fallbrook Winery a few years back, the North County winery has produced award-winning Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot. Now Gourvitz is excited about the estate vineyards that are just coming into production, particularly an estate Syrah that could well put Fallbrook on the wine map. Gourvitz joins Robert for the entire hour to discuss the evolution of this promising San Diego County winery.

Published: October 19, 2007

Fallbrook Winery, Part II - Download

San Diegan Ira Gourvitz chats with Robert about his hopes and aspirations for the Fallbrook winery, located in northern San Diego County.

Published: October 19, 2007

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