“Wine Just for the Health of It” part 2 this week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©


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Welcome to the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© this Sunday morning.  This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with a man who enjoys great wines from around the world.  Dr.Stan Wilson from Missoula, Montana is a world renowned Cardiologist and inventor.

You might ask why such an accomplished doctor lives in a small city like Missoula?  Missoula is host to the International Heart Institute at St. Patrick Hospital which is the number one program for heart surgical procedures and research in the world.  The other reason Missoula may be one of the coolest places to live is The University of Montana.  Culture, art, wine, excellent medical care, and great restaurants just make this university centered city a great place to live and work.  In Dr. Wilson’s case, practice his cardiology specialty.

About The International Heart Institute of Montana http://ihimontana.org/

The International Heart Institute of Montana (IHI) brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center and The University of Montana.

What is The Women’s Heart Health Program offered at the IHI?

Many of us are surprised to learn that one in three women will die from cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease and stroke kill more women than all cancers combined, including breast cancer.  It remains an underappreciated fact that more women than men die of cardiovascular disease every year.

The Women’s Heart Health Program is a comprehensive way to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease in women.  Heart disease may be especially difficult to diagnose in women as they may have different symptoms than men.  This program helps women to identify and reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy.  The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.

“Wine Just for the Health of It” is part 2 of an ongoing series on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©.  This mission of my show is to share great wine and food in a moderate healthful way.  Sometimes we forget about the wonderful and natural health benefits that both red and white wine provide as part of a daily lifestyle that we enjoy.

The American Heart Association recommends a daily glass of wine to keep the heart doctors away.  Woman should drink one 5oz. glass and for men 10oz. is the recommended amount.  They medical community is quick to say if you don’t drink alcohol now do not start.  The recommendation here is over consumption may could lead to alcoholism, while increased caloric intake could contribute to obesity which increases the risk of diabetic complications.

As Doctor Wilson points out there is plenty of science to back up the health benefits of the daily recommended amount of wine.  In fact studies show that drinking the recommended amount of wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 50%.  Medical associations now recommend white wine for those that have respiratory issues. 

The right diet to complement the recommended moderate consumption of wine is a way that we can still enjoy all that we love about wine and food.  It is very important to examine our lifestyle and think about how we can live in a healthier way.  Remember the old saying, “you are what you eat”, it still holds true.  WineGuyMike™ would like to recommend this website for great information on healty eating, recipes, and exercise recommendations.  www.Heart.org is a site that I found to be outstanding.

Dr. Wilson, the inventor, developed what is known as Bifurcated Stent.  The stent is a stainless steel tube that looks like a microscopic piece of chain-link fence.  An incision in the patient’s groin is the point of entry for the physician to snake the stent up to the damaged artery.  A balloon opens up a path way to insert on the end of the wire.  A patient’s own tissue will grow around the stent in four to six weeks.  Stents act as reinforcement for arteries.

20 percent of the time a blockage is at a junction, or bifurcation.  Stents on each branch would leave a junction unprotected and a stent placed at a junction could block one of the arteries.

The bifurcated stent goes in on the end of one wire while the cardiologist snakes it to the site, imagine a Y-shaped device with its legs tied together.  Once the bifurcated stent reaches the site the wire releases and then the stent opens up and is guided into the bifurcation.

The bifurcated stent is in use in Europe and is nearing FDA approval in the United States.  This magical device should begin to be used in cardiology procedures in the United States next year.   Dr. Wilson gets to be the magician.

As a result of Dr. Wilsons Bifurcated Stent invention he is invited as key note speaker for heart conferences around the world.  Many of these conferences take place in finest wine regions of the world.  This week I’m sharing Dr. Wilson’s favorite wine, the E Guigal Gigondas.  I invite you to listen to the entire conversation between Dr. Wilson and I.  the podcast is available at; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2011/10/30/wine-guy-mike-for-october-30th/

E. Guigal wine from the Rhone Valley of France

the domaine of E. Guigal is located at Ampuis, and was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, who had apprenticed at the negociant Vidal Fleury starting in 1924.  Etienne’s son Marcel has been the winemaker of the family firm since 1962.  He has preserved the tradition of the Rhône region and the scrupulous methods of his father, without hesitating to modernize and update his methods in ways that improve the traditional style without violating the spirit of the appellation.  Philippe Guigal, Marcel’s son, is poised to carry on these traditions of innovation and quality well into the 21st century.

E. Guigal is both a domaine and negociant, vinifying grapes from its estate vineyards in Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage, and St. Joseph.  Guigal buys grapes from other growers in Côte Rôtie and Condrieu to supplement his estate production, and buys wines from other AOCs, including all of his southern Rhône production.  All wines are aged, finished and bottled in the firm’s own cellars, which have undergone several renovations and expansions since 1995.  A new cellar completed in 2006 has allowed the Guigals to store all of their production under their own roof for the first time.

The Rhone Valley is one of France’s most important wine growing regions covering a long strip of land from Avignon in the south to Vienne in the north.  This area produces more appellation wine than any other part of France, except that of the Bordeaux region.  This very diverse region is split into two sections.  The two main red grapes grown in the Rhone are Syrah and Grenache.  The north which is a semi-continental environment is dominated by the Syrah grape and prestigious appellations which include Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and St Joseph.  The south has a Mediterranean climate and produces mainly blended wines from varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  

Syrah is a grape that is a big powerful full bodied red that is supple, smooth, and rich with well mannered mellow tannins.  Flavor wise a Syrah can be slightly spicy, fruity like black cherries, or some may have a deep nutty flavoring.  Grenache is a grape that is famous for use as a blending grape in both France and Spain. Grenache is also full bodied with berry flavors.  It lends itself well to nice full reds or roses that produce fruity or berry like flavor.  The Mourvedreplays a strong supporting role as a blending grape that is fruity with berry flavor and tannin that help provide structure in the red wines I’m recommending today.

E Guigal Gigondas

The vineyards of Gigondas are planted on hillsides at the foot of Mont Ventoux, a region directly north-east of the town of Orange in the southern Rhône Valley.  The Rhone Valley is home to very rocky soils that collect heat from the abundant sunshine that is common in the Rhone.  The grape varieties are similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Grenache (60%), Mourvèdre (30%), and Syrah (10%) predominate. The dry, stony slopes produce substantial wines that are deep in color, with flavors of ripe summer fruits and savory herbs.  This E Guigal Gigondas is polished, refined, and drinks well now or can be laid down for many years.

E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

This is a beautiful wine that is inexpensive. This blend from the well known Guigal family is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre.  The grapes are grown in pebbles and alluvia soil matter, sediment, limestone, granite.  This provides great drainage for the grape vines.

The grapes for this wine spend a great deal of time with the skins are fermented in a cool temperature controlled environment.  Aged 1 ½ years in oak but this wine presents with only a minimal oak influence. Visually this wine is dark red with great depth, and a beautiful shimmer. On the nose this wine has an aroma of red berries, fresh fruit, and just a hint of spice.  The palate is ample, not to full, really a great example of an affordable Cotes du Rhone.  This wine is balanced and very well made.  Nice tannin and spice that is enticing with a long rich finish.  This wine is very aromatic in a very pleasing way.

The Guigal Cotes du Rhone Red will pair nicely with cold cuts, cheese, wild game birds, pheasant and quail in particular.

E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

Marcel Guigal has strayed from his Father’s blanc blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc. This delicious blanc blend now includes significant proportions of Viognier (now 50%), Marsanne (from St.-Péray), and Roussanne.  Fermentation at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks produces a wine that is fresh, rich, and complex.  The beautiful nose of this wine has aromas of honeysuckle, pear, kiwi, and minerals.  This dry white from E Guigal pairs well with appetizers, grilled fish, or spicy Asian preparations.

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Guy Sarton Du Jonchay of Vidal-Fleury winery, rockin’ the Rhone on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©


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This week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© I had the pleasure of having a conversation and personal wine tasting with my very special international guest Mr. Guy Sarton Du Jonchay of the Rhône Valley in France.  Guy was not born into a winemaking family. He was in fact born into a multinational family.  However, his parents came from two of the most wine loving countries in the world, his Father from France and his mother from Argentina. Having studied rural economics and sociology at the National School of Agronomy in Montpellier, France, he chose to follow a further course of study abroad in Argentina.  This course of study took him to the winemaking country of Argentina, Mendoza.  Here he discovered winemaking, which would become a lifelong passion.

Throughout his winemaking career, Guy’s job has led him across the globe to nearly every continent where winemaking can be found.  After subsequent degrees in Enology and Viticulture, Guy made wine in the Haut-Médoc, the Languedoc and other French appellations, with Michel Torino and Viña Undurraga in Chile and Argentina and with Rosemount Estate in Australia.  He has even provided expertise in a venture to produce wine in the Miyun district in China.

From 1995 until 2002 Guy worked for Barton & Guestier as the Senior Winemaker.  His duties there included the design of fermentation caves as well as the installation of automated hydraulic grape presses and a streamlined bottling system.  He also implemented a state of the art tracking system that enables Barton & Guestier to follow its wines from vineyard to bottle, ensuring the highest quality standards.

Guy now brings all of his significant experience and talent to the winery of Vidal-Fleury, where he is Head Winemaker and Managing Director.   He is in charge of the 80,000 cases produced there annually.  With his background in international winemaking, Guy is sure to bring new best practices as well as fresh ideas to the superlative wines that are produced at Vidal-Fleury.

As I have mentioned during a previous show what you experience in a well made bottle of wine is not only wonderful wine but this wine is a direct expression of the personality of the winemaker.  You quite literally are drinking their personality; think about that the next time you enjoy a great glass of wine.  It is certainly something to ponder. 

The other thing I want to point out about Guy is his track record.  This man is a very special person in the world of wine.  Every where he has been and everywhere he goes he elevates wine properties in terms of the wines they produce and the systems and processes he integrates.  Guy is a true Renaissance man; he has the unique ability to preserve the incredible Old World wine making technique while employing new methods of process and systems of wine production.  This allows these renowned properties to remain viable in today’s so very competitive wine market.  I raise my glass to toast Guy and my friends W. J. Deutsch & Sons who import Guy’s wonderful Vidal-Fleury Wines.

Vidal-Fleury in the Rhone

J. Vidal-Fleury was founded in 1781 making it the Rhône Valley’s oldest, continuously operating winery, grower and negociant.  Since the beginning Vidal-Fleury has strived to produce a high quality range of wines which show individuality and the typicity of the different Rhone appellations.   In the 1980’s Vidal-Fleury as purchased by the Guigal family whom produce amazing wines. 

The Rhone Valley is one of France’s most important wine growing regions covering a long strip of land from Avignon in the south to Vienne in the north.  This area produces more appellation wine than any other part of France, except that of the Bordeaux region.  This very diverse region is split into two sections.  The north which is a semi-continental environment is dominated by the Syrah grape and prestigious appellations which include Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and St Joseph.  The south has a Mediterranean climate and produces mainly blended wines from varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.   

Red wines and selected whites are matured in oak casks; a proportion of wines are matured in new oak.  This restrained and selective use of oak ensures that the wines are supported and complemented by oak maturation but never dominated.  Vidal-Fleury under Guy’s direction has recently completed a major project creating a new cellaring system which provides the company optimum conditions for aging, bottling, storing, and shipping wine. 

Now let’s get to the important part of this story, the wine, the wine, the wine.  It was a real honor for me to sit down and have a conversation with Guy, but what a pleasure to have a personal wine tasting lead by Guy himself.  It really doesn’t get any better than that I must tell you.

2009 Côtes-du- Rhône Blanc

2009 Côtes-du- Rhône Blanc

 

Let’s start with the 2009 Côtes-du- Rhône Blanc which is from the Southern Rhône.  This white wine is 100% Viognier which is one of my favorite varietal types.  This beautiful example of Viognier fermented and aged in stainless steel which preserves the true bright fruit and crispness in this wine.  This vintage was a very warm one in the Southern Rhône which presents certain challenges in the wine making process.  Viognier is a very dry, delicate wine with floral aromas and apricot overtones.  This wine from Vidal-Fluery does not disappoint, it visually presents as a nice gold color in the glass with a mild nose of fruit, subtle citrus, and beautifully floral.  Once this wine hits your palate you will enjoy a nice full, lush mouthfeel.  This wine is medium dry with nice balance of fruit and acid.  It has great flavor of fruit, a little tropical fruit, a nuance of almond and a beautiful finish.  This wine has an impression of subtle sweetness, honey, which comes from this wine being aged on lees.  I really enjoyed this wine and recommend it with chicken dishes, a white fish dish, or a Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese.

2007 Côtes-du-Rhône rouge

2007 Côtes-du-Rhône rouge

 

The next wine that I tasted was the 2007 Côtes-du-Rhône rouge and I love red blends from the Rhône.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.   This is a very typical blend from the Southern Rhône.  The Vidal-Fleury wines all express nice terrior which is what great winemakers strive for.  With this blend being predominantly Grenache will get a lot of aroma and flavor of red berries which this wine defiantly delivers.  It is very pleasant on the nose with mild smoke, and earth which really speaks to an aspect of the terrior of this beautiful garnet colored wine.  On the palate this wine is a nice balance of fruit and acid with really solid structure.  This wine expresses a subtle chocolate which is great with the beautiful red berry quality of this wine.  You’ll also get some nice white pepper and a little black cherry from this wine.  This is a very enjoyable example of a red blend from a well done Southern Rhône blend.  This is a wine you will want to try and will really like, there is very good value in this wine.  I recommend you try this with grilled red meat, terrific with duck, or one of my favorite cheeses the Smoked Blue from the Rogue Valley Creamery.

2007 Côtes-du- Rhône Saint Joseph

2007 Côtes-du- Rhône Saint Joseph

 

Last but not least is the gem from the Northern Rhône Saint Joseph appellation, 2007 Côtes-du-Rhône Saint Joseph .  This Vidal-Fleury selection was the stand out wine for me going through the tasting with Guy.  This region in the Northern Rhône is a Semi-Continental environment which means it is very hot in the day and very cool at night thus perfect growing conditions for the Syrah grape which is all that is allowed to be produced in the Northern Rhône.  The nose of this wine is amazing, smoke, earth, dust, dirt, and the best of all BACON, yes I said bacon.  Great wines from France as Guy explained to me are a result of two things and they are grapes and time.  It made me think of the late Jim Croce and his famous song, “Time In A Bottle”.  As great as this wine is on the nose watch out because it is fabulous in the mouth.  Beautiful tannin and great full, lush, nutty, spicy, with nice minerality.  Guy delivers huge with this fine selection from Vidal-Fleury and did I mention the nice acidity in this wine.  Wow you have to try this beautifully made with, this is terrior in your glass and I like to think of this particular wine selection as a real expression of my friend Guy’s personality and I believe it does just that.  This wine has it all, great value, great wine to enjoy with red meat, pizza, pork, or the Oregon Blue Cheese from the Rogue Valley Creamery that is is aged in Syrah soaked grape leaves.  I recommend this wine, you’re going to love it.

Today’s wine selections from Vidal-Fleury and distributed by our friends at W. J. Deutsch & Sons receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval®.  Thanks for joining Mr. Guy Sarton Du Jonchay and WineGuyMike™ this Sunday morning.

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Cotes du Ventoux, “Rhone done Right” with WineGuyMike™, and Domaine De Fondreche


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The Cotes du Ventoux is a great place to take a bicycle ride and a great place to think about the next time you want to venture out and try a wine that is different than what you normally drink. Mont Ventoux is visited annually by a peloton of bike riders in a race known as the Tour de France, a race near and dear to my heart, a race that I can’t wait to watch every year. Yes I am a bike rider and commuter so I find myself jonesin’ for the Tour every year. Let me share a little secret with you, the two wine I’m going to share with you today will have the same effect on you as the Tour de France has on me. These two wines are so good they are just downright wicked. That’s right they are that good and that interesting, so are a couple of people that I going to tell you about as well.

Let’s start by talking about the place, Cotes du Ventoux a region in the Rhone Valley in southeastern France. The Rhone Valley is home to very rocky soils that collect heat from the abundant sunshine that is common in the Rhone. The rocky soils thus stay warm at night, the vines in the southern Rhone love this. The southern Rhone receives 30% more sunshine hours per year than the regions of Bordeaux or Burgundy. The wines of the southern Rhone are vastly different then wine produced in northern Rhone.  The reason for this is the soil, location, and the grapes that are allowed to be used by the AOC, the French governing body that oversees winemaking in France.

The two main red grapes grown in the Rhone are Syrah and Grenache.  Syrah is a grape that is a big powerful full bodied red that is supple, smooth, and rich with well mannered mellow tannins.  Flavor wise a Syrah can be slightly spicy, fruity like black cherries, or some may have a deep nutty flavoring.  Grenache is a grape that is famous for use as a blending grape in both France and Spain. Grenache is also full bodied with berry flavors.  It lends itself well to nice full reds or roses that produce fruity or berry like flavor.  I’m also going to mention Mourvedre which is used in both wines that I’m sharing with you today.  Spain loves this grape and its popularity is on the rise as a varietal produced wine in that country.  Fruity with berry flavor and tannins that are strong give this grape a strong supporting roll with the wines we are talking about today.

Wines from France are numerous and confusing to most and my focus on the WineGuyMike™ radio show and my accompanying blog post each week is to demystify wine.  One piece of information that I always look for on my bottle of French wine is the producer.  Why is this important? In France and in the many regions of France wines are not always estate produced and bottled, many times grapes are purchased by suppliers and exporters and the wine is then made by their respective winemakers under the stringent French winemaking laws.  So the focus is to know the suppliers and exporters as you wouldn’t know the winemaker(s) in many cases.

Robert Kacher Selections

Robert Kacher Selections

Now it’s time to talk about Bobby Kacher.  When you see imported by Robert Kacher Selections I promise you these wines at all price points are going to be very good wines, that is all Bobby deals with.  Bobby has been in this business for decades and has been in it with dogged determination and tenacity, in other words this man has passion for wine.  He bleeds red wine that’s just how committed to you the consumer he is.  He is only a handful of importers to ever receive the prestigious honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.  Bobby has very personal relationships with every wine producer whose wine he imports.  Not only that he interacts with every aspect of the grape growing all the way through the winemaking process.  This truly speaks to the level of respect he has garnered over decades by winery owners and winemakers of the wines he imports from France, not many people ever get to interact in this way or at this level in the vineyards of France as you can perhaps imagine.

Bobby’s focus on wine is typically estate-grown wines that exude authenticity, earthiness, and suit the individual lifestyles, cuisines and palates of American wine drinkers.  Recently Robert Parker, a well known wine expert named Bobby as “one of the 20 most influential wine personalities of the past 20 years,” and I agree.

Now I would like to introduce you to the wine, the winemaker, and his piece of terrior in the southern Rhone Valley.  This winery the Domaine De Fondreche is located in the Ventoux at the base of Mont Ventoux.  Because of its location the grapes receive a lot of sun and heat and to balance that the vineyards have a constant breeze that allows the grapes not to get scorched by the sun.  The grapes come from two different vineyards, one that is comprised of clay and limestone gravel.  The second vineyard has soils made up of sand and silt which produce wines of finesse, freshness with moderate alcohol levels. The alluvial soil matter from the ancient dice and stony surface-textured, and sandy clay soils that are situated on this plateau where air currents and high temperatures occur allow the grapes from these two vineyards to flourish and produce wines of amazing quality.

Sebastien Vincenti is the winemaker who produced these two incredible wines, Domaine De Fondreche Nadal and Persia.  Sebastien worked for Andre Brunel in the famed Chateauneuf-du-pape region which is where Bobby Kacher discovered him.  Sebastien is a young upstart winemaker that is intensely devoted to land, grape, and winemaking.  This viticulturist and winemaker cares about this process in a way that sets him apart from many that farm and practice the craft of winemaking.  This is his passion and if Bobby Kacher has red wine in his veins, Sebastien bleeds wine and dirt from his.  The grapes that Domaine De Fondreche produces are organically and bio-dynamically grown and produced. These wines are made in a way that you instantly understand that they are not overdone, not underdone, not over manipulated, they actually approach perfection.  Sebastien has let the process take care of itself through employing farming and winemaking techniques that smack of incredible hands off approach.  But boy you understand completely that this is all about love of land and love of his craft.  Sebastien I applaud you in your efforts, these wines are simple, elegant, and adventurous.  Really can it get any better?  Not so much for me, these wines absolutely leave me wanting and needing more.  Thank you Bobby and Sebastien!

On to the wines:

Domaine De Fonreche "Persia"

Domaine De Fonreche "Persia"

“Persia” is a wine made from 30-40 year-old Syrah vines with a splash of Mourvèdre.  The wine is aged completely in barrels, varying from 300 liters to 228 liters.  Persia requires 2-3 years aging from its release and can be kept for more than a decade.  The wine is inky and displays brawny black fruit and earth with tremendous depth, complexity and length.  Only about 800 cases are ever made.  This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, this is an absolutely stunning wine.  The nose of this wine is big and so very interesting, it hits you right up front with smoke, earth, wodd, bacon, and a dry beef jerky.  then this wine transitions to  the palate  and you experience  beautifully defined wine with silky smooth tannins, touches of raspberry, liquorices, blackberry and minerals; the finish is delightful, elegant, and long.  This wine fills the mouth like no other; it will absolutely rock your world.

Domaine De Fondreche "Nadal"

Domaine De Fondreche "Nadal"

The cuvée Nadal is a wine produced from equal parts old vine Syrah and Grenache.  The Syrah finishes alcoholic fermentation and goes through malolactic fermentation in 300 liter casks, while the Grenache is finished in tank.  Nadal requires 1-2 years aging from its release and can be kept for more than a decade.  This wine is inky and displays fresh and juicy red fruits with tremendous depth, complexity and length.

The 2005 was a great vintage from the Rhone and is one of the best I have ever tasted from  Domaine De Fondreche.  The 2005 Nadal is comprised of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, all from vines that are over 70 years old.  The nose of this wine initially produces an aroma of smoke and dust which is wonderful and then once it immerses on the palate the Nadel exhibits nuances of kirsch, licorice, and black raspberries, and subtly displays an bouguet of early spring floral notes.   The wine is purple in color and appears very dense to the eye.  This wine has been aged in small oak barrels but typical of well made French wine does not taste nor have aromas from the wood, it is its own juice crafted by the amazing Sebastien Vincenti.  The Nadal has a great balance of fruit and acid and will drink well for the next 5 years.

I highly recommend these wines, they are a must try.  Even if these wines fall within a weekend special occasion category price wise you need to taste them.  If it’s not a special occasion it will be once you taste these two gems.

Both of these wines overwhelmingly receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval®

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