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