This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Sideways The Play with John Colella and Julia McIlvaine


Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at http://www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast with Sideways The Play stars John Colella and Julia McIlvaine; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/26/wine-guy-mike-for-august-26/

Last week’s podcast with Halter Ranch head winemaker, Kevin Sass; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/19/wine-guy-mike-for-august-19/

YouTube preview of this week’s show with Sideways The Play stars John Colella and Julia McIlvaine; http://youtu.be/eepQA8kdqMA

Recent Podcast with head winemaker of Balletto Vineyards & Winery, Mr. Anthony Beckman; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/29/wine-guy-mike-for-july-29/

Recent week’s podcast; What You Need To Know About Wine  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/15/wine-guy-mike-for-july-15/

Recent week’s podcast; Perfect Patio Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/01/wine-guy-mike-for-july-1/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

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Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana

Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel Sideways won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated in four other Academy Award categories.

Set in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County the movie Sideways has two men in their forties on a week long road trip to the wine country, this is where things go “Sideways”.

Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne whom adapted this screenplay of Pickett’s novel won multiple awards.  In the movie Paul Giamatti portrays, Miles Raymond, who is an aspiring writer and teaches middle school English in San Diego.  Miles a real wine-aficionado is going to take his college roommate and friend, Jack Cole, played by Thomas Haden Church, an actor who is soon to be married on a road trip to the Santa Ynez Valley wine country.  

Miles and Jack have very different ideas about the idea of what quality time on a road trip in the wine country together means.  Actresses Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, portray local women who live and work in this beautiful wine country.  They both become romantically involved with the men and this is where the story begins.

Today though is about a new beginning and I had the pleasure of hosting two star cast members, John Colella and Julia McIlvaine, of Rex Pickett’s new theatrical production Sideways The Play.  The play which parallels the novel much more closely than the movie has been a hit since its opening and has been extended twice through September 2nd.  Sideways The Play is directed by Amelia Mulkey whom as John and Julia were quick to suggest is brilliant. (Full length podcast; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/26/wine-guy-mike-for-august-26/ )

John and Julia’s bios:

John Colella has been acting in theatre, film, and television for the last 25 years. A native Chicagoan and a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University where he received his BFA, John recently took home an Indie Soap Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his portrail of Donnie G. in his Web Series-Vampire Mob.  Film credits include:  Hotel Noir, Girl Walks Into A Bar, The Chicago 8, and The Swear Police (Best Short under 5 min, Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival).  He has also been seen on Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, CSI:NY, American Dreams, Will & Grace, The West Wing, and NYPD Blue.  Theatre credits include:  Miles in Sideways, Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, Italian American Reconciliation, Faithful, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Lobby Hero.

For more information on John, including full resume, demo reel, and testimonials, www.johncolella.com

Julia McIlvaine has been working as an actress for over 15 years, in Los Angeles and New York City. “Sideways” is her 4th production at the Ruskin Group Theatre, alongside “All My Sons,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Cyrano,” which starred “Sideways” own John Colella. In New York, she appeared in Marsha Norman’s “Pride’s Crossing,” and “Henry VIII” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked in four network pilots for CBS, ABC, and Fox, and three TV movies for Hallmark Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre, and the Ruskin School.

It is everyone’s desire to take the play on the road and it sounds like this may happen in the spring of 2013.  It was great fun to have Colella and McIlvaine join me on the show, Sideways the movie is one of my personal favorite wine films for a number of reasons. 

The film had a global impact on the wine industry having stimulated great interest in wine for wine lovers and new wine drinkers alike.  As for Merlot, well it killed the varietal on a global level; it was just not sheik to have a glass on Merlot in your hand.  Pinot Noir was brought to life in an amazing way.  Globally sales of this intellectual varietal have risen to new levels and continued to enjoy lofty popularity.  This is one of the strongest trends historically for wine, yes driven by a discussion between Jack and Miles in Sideways the movie:

Jack: If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot.

Miles Raymond: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f**king Merlot!  

And the rest is history, literally.  Sideways The Play has sold out every night and been extended twice under the direction of Amelia Mulkey.  Each night an hour before the play high end Pinot Noir’s from the Santa Barbara wine country and Central Coast wine region are enjoyed by the attendees.

John Colella and Julia McIlvaine are dynamic personalities who enjoy very successful careers as actor and actress.  Rex Pickett now markets his own brand of Merlot and hopes to position Sideways as global brand.  Pickett, Mulkey, and the outstanding cast of Sideways The Play will be taking this production on the road and I hope that it comes to a city near you.

Julia and John I want to thank you both for taking time from your busy schedules to be featured guest on this week’s WineGuyMike Radio Show, it was great fun and I hope you will both join me again.

I have two inexpensive Pinot Noir wines that I’m recommending for you this week.  Both are available especially priced at Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

You can listen to the show live on the Trail 103.3FM or U 104.5FM.  These shows are podcast for your convenience and available on my blog at; www.WineGuyMike.wordpress.com

From my table to yours,

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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Halter Ranch Vineyard Head Winemaker Kevin Sass


Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at http://www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast with Halter Ranch head winemaker, Kevin Sass; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/19/wine-guy-mike-for-august-19/

Last week’s podcast with Author Becky Sue Epstein; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/12/wine-guy-mike-for-august-12/

YouTube preview of last week’s show with Becky Sue Epstein; http://youtu.be/ZrIZX-k9pHc

Recent Podcast with head winemaker of Balletto Vineyards & Winery, Mr. Anthony Beckman; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/29/wine-guy-mike-for-july-29/

Recent week’s podcast; What You Need To Know About Wine  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/15/wine-guy-mike-for-july-15/

Recent week’s podcast; Perfect Patio Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/01/wine-guy-mike-for-july-1/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment; Perfect Patio Wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebook; WineGuyMike please “like”

Twitter; @WineGuyMike please follow me

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana

Hansjörg Wyss

Hansjörg Wyss

Successful Swiss-born businessman Hansjörg Wyss is a man with vision, and a man on a mission, of sustainability that is.  Wyss is a devoted philanthropist and land conservationist, he is also the founder of Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.

Halter Ranch Vineyard

Halter Ranch Vineyard

Paso Robles AVA is located in the Central Coast Region of California along U.S. Highway 101, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  This area supports the growth of more than 40 grape varietals. Bordeaux, Rhone, and a handful of other grape varietals produce the outstanding wines this area is noted for.

The Paso Robles AVA has the greatest daily temperature variant of any viticulture area in California.  There are many distinct microclimates, diverse soil composition, and a long growing season.  Halter Ranch Vineyard is located West of Highway 101 near the western boundary of the Paso Robles AVA.  The Halter Ranch vineyards are influenced by cool ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean to the west, and elevation from the Santa Lucia Mountain Range to the east.  The vineyards of Halter Ranch are planted to south facing slopes rising to 1800ft. of elevation, thus creating nearly perfect terroir producing grapes of intense varietal character.

Halter Ranch Vineyard dates back to 1880’s and was part of a 3600 acre holding owned by San Francisco businessman Edwin Smith.  Smith built a grand house on the property and began dealing in farm produce and livestock; he also invested heavily in silver mining.  Smith had been an avid horse racing enthusiast, keeping a private box at Tanforan Race Track and a stable of thoroughbreds on his estate.

The estate was broken up in the early 1990’s and in 1943 the MacGillivray family purchased 1200 acres.   The family farmed the land for the next 50 years and began planting grapes in 1996.  In 2000, Hansjörg Wyss purchased 900 acres of the ranch, renovated Smith’s historic farmhouse, and enlarged the vineyard to its present 250 acres, leaving nearly 750 acres unfarmed supporting the ranches natural habitat and old growth oak groves.

New state of the art facilities have been built to complement the world class grapes grown by Halter Ranch.  The new winery is multi-level and utilizes a gravity flow system; this allows the winemaker to handle the fruit in the gentlest way possible with no pumping from the de-stemmer, to the tanks, and ultimately the barrels.   

Halter Ranch adheres to the Sustainability in Practice (SIP™) Vineyard Certification Program.  

SIP™ certification assures that a vineyard practices integrated farming and is committed to environmental stewardship, equitable treatment of employees, and economic viability.  Incorporating all Organic farming techniques and nearly all aspects of Biodynamic farming, SIP™ requires more stringent farming practices in many other key areas as seen in the chart below.

Topic of Interest

Sustainability in Practice (SIP)TM

USDA-National Organic Program

Biodynamics®

Annual Certification

X

X

X

Biodiversity

X

X

X

Vineyard Management

X

X

X

Soil Conservation

X

X

X

Pest Management

X

X

X

Water Quality

X

X

X

Organic Approved Pesticides

X

X

X

Reduced Risk Synthetic Pesticides*

X

 

 

Water Conservation

X

 

 

Energy Conservation

X

 

 

Air Quality

X

 

 

Social Equity

 

 

 

Continuing Education

X

 

 

Fruit Quality

X

 

 

Economic Viability

X

 

 

GMO Prohibition

n/a for winegrapes

X

X

Homepathic Remedies

 

 

X

Incorporate Forces of Nature

 

 

X

Lead by Kevin Sass, head winemaker for Halter Ranch Vineyard, the philosophy is simple; grow premium grapes, incorporate Old World technique and New world technologies, handle fruit gently, and produce elegant Bordeaux and Rhone style wines.  Mission sustainable, mission accomplished.

Halter Ranch Winemaker Kevin Sass

Halter Ranch Winemaker Kevin Sass

Today’s podcast with Kevin Sass, head winemaker for Halter Ranch Vineyard; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/19/wine-guy-mike-for-august-19/

Last year Halter Ranch founder Hansjörg Wyss contributed $35 million toward the protection of 1 million acres of grasslands in Montana.  Governor Schweitzer of Montana celebrated the Halter Ranch owner,(huff.to/NU4fsd), and enjoys Halter Ranch wines at various events.  Halter Ranch wines will be available in the Montana market in the near term future.

WineGuyMike™ reviewed three of the Southern Rhône Valley style wines from  Halter Ranch Vineyard, all three were beautifully made and true to the Old World style in which they were crafted by winemaker Sass.

I have two inexpensive Rhône Valley wines that I’m recommending for you this week.  Both are available especially priced at Liquid Planet, Missoula’s “Best of Beverage”, located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

You can listen to the show live on the Trail 103.3FM or U 104.5FM.  These shows are podcast for your convenience and available on my blog at; www.WineGuyMike.wordpress.com

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

“Three Big Reds” This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©


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Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/02/19/wine-guy-mike-for-february-19/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment with Valentine’s Day wines; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30455384/index.html

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Sponsors      

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike show.  It’s the middle of winter and it’s time to move with my shifting palate and that can only mean one thing.  It’s time to break out the big guns, some familiar and some not so familiar.  Today I’m going to share three great full bodied wines with you, and they’re all from The big “C”, California.

In recent weeks my focus has been on Old World wines that pair so well with food. 

WineGuyMike and Gia the wonderdog

WineGuyMike and Gia the wonderdog

I’m hunkered down here in the Rocky Mountains of Montana sitting with Gia the wonderdog, she is my tasting partner, and we are sipping and tasting wine.  As I have mentioned in previous weeks New World wines are made to be drunk, not necessarily with food but paired correctly are excellent companions.  Today though Gia and I are just tasting wine, no dining.

The wines we are sharing with you today are from artisanal family owned wineries in California and all produce beautiful examples of the single varietal wines.  All three of these wines are full bodied, powerful, yet are made with finesse and elegance.

Today I have two Zinfandel’s and one varietal you may not be familier with, Cabernet Franc, the spicy cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Remember Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, powerful red wine that is full in body, rich, and very flavorful imparting nuances of fruits, berries, currants, and plums.  Cabernet Franc has traditionally been used as blending wine but now is gaining popularity as its own stand alone wine type or varietal. This is a full bodied wine and in the hands of a good winemaker is lovely to drink as a single varietal wine.

Zinfandel is full bodied wine that is fruit forward, spicy wine that is one of California’s favorites, and most plentiful.  Berries, cherries, tobacco, oak, and vanilla, this wine seems to have it all.

The wines I’m sharing with you today are all delightful examples of the varietals they represent.  The Zinfandel wines are different, yet both are very good wines.  J Dusi’s Zin is a wonderful wine made with the delicate touch of a woman, so easy and nice to drink.  The Truchard Zin is powerful, complex with structure and such a nice Zinfandel to drink.

The Cabernet Franc from Lang & Reed is also a great wine to enjoy in these long Winter months.  This wine is affordable, very well made, and elegant with just a hint of spice.  Enjoy these wines that Gia the wonderdog and I share with you today from the WineGuyMike world headquarters here in Montana.

Welcome to J Dusi Wines

Janell was born and raised on the Dusi Vineyard where her grandfather Dante taught her the Old World Italian style of winemaking.

Her family’s heritage dates back to the early 1920’s, where grape growing has been a craft that has deep roots in the Dusi family.  The farming practices that were implemented by her great-grandparents eighty years ago, are still the standard that they follow today.  The unique, hand crafted quality of J Dusi Wines results from Janell’s intimate involvement in every step of the process: working in the vineyard, driving the tractor, hand picking their own fruit, crushing the grapes and fermenting the juice from the bins to the barrels to the bottle.  One thing that Janell knows and understands is that; winemaking is part science, part art and 100% passion.

She takes great pride in blending tradition with progress.  Her family has partnered together to purchase other vineyards, with different grape varietals, so with an adventurous spirit; Janell is able to produce more hand crafted wines that highlight her “spice rack” in the cellar.

Her name is Janell Dusi.  Her true passion is Zinfandel.  Her label is J Dusi Wines.  She is a farmer and a winemaker.  She carries on the legacy and also the dream: A family tradition with a new perspective.

2009 Zinfandel

Big bright fruit envelopes you on the front palate with a hint of spice towards the end. This garnet Zinfandel gives you the essence of 100% Zinfandel from the westside terroir of the Dusi Vineyard.  Brambleberry essence and a dry finish that is medium in body.  

Truchard

Truchard Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley.  Proprietors Tony and Jo Ann Truchard have managed a successful vineyard and grown exceptional grapes for over 30 years.  Through their hard work and devotion to this unique property, they helped pioneer grape growing in the Carneros.  In 1989, the Truchards established a winery and began producing wines using only their estate-grown fruit.

Truchard Vineyards produces the only Zin made entirely from Napa Carneros fruit.

2009 Truchard Zinfandel

Beautiful aromas of cherry, cranberry and cassis; with a touch of cedar and mint.  The mouth is filled with ripe jammy flavors of plum, wild berries, and sweet vanilla.  Round tannins and firm acidity provide a long, delicate finish of spice and red fruits.

Lang & Reed

In the last century Lang & Reed began their exploration into Cabernet Franc, they did so with a constant sense of resolve to stay keenly aware of all things ‘Cabernet Franc’.   So it was with resolve that they investigated and strived to understand the source material, the clonal selections as they were evolving throughout the 1990’s.  The choice of Cabernet Franc clones before this time was minimal, but in those roaring 90’s a number of great clones made their way into the vineyards of Napa Valley.  One of these unique selections was Clone 214, a cultivar that originated in the Loire Valley of France, home to some of the worlds’ most renowned Cabernet Franc vineyards and producers.

In 2007 Lang & Reed found a vineyard located on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley.  The Sugarloaf Mountain benefits from moderate temperatures and cooling breezes that emanate from the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay.  This New World climate combined with this Old World Loire Valley Clone provides the basis for a unique and immensely gratifying presentation of the Cabernet Franc grape.  

When Lang & Reed began their exploration of Cabernet Franc they set out with the goal to present a wine that was ‘true to type,’ or in wine-speak, a wine that showed ‘typicity’ – boldly saying ‘Cabernet Franc’! Their exploration, in progress for over a decade, brought them to the rows of many vineyards in very diverse growing conditions.  For seven vintages we have been focused a little north of us [north of Napa Valley that is] in the hills of Lake County.  They have been working with vineyards ‘up’ in Lake County long enough to have found growers who are passionate in providing them with the grapes they needed to realize their Cabernet Franc vision.

The 2009 is a compelation of grapes from four vineyards, two located in the Napa Valley and two from the northern reaches of Lake County.  Though only a small percent, the Stanton Vineyard in Oakville provides that bright crisp cherry aroma and flavor component.  Sugarloaf Mountain, located in the cool southeastern reaches of Napa Valley contributes to the effusive aromas and texture. The High Chaparral Vineyard, located high up in the real red hills of Lake County just north of Kelseyville was planted back in the 70’s.  It is the only Cabernet Franc vineyard Lang & Reed know of that is planted on its own roots – a true Franc de Pied providing deep structure and lovely fruit tannins.  Also above the 2,000ft elevation in the High Valley appellation of Lake County are the Cross Spring Vineyards. The grapes from this vineyard provide them with an exciting facet in their quest to express ‘typicity’ in our North Coast bottling.

The 2009 North Coast Cabernet Franc has a bright, clear and brilliant red color rimmed in youthful violet-blue.  Sweet cherry, herb and spice aromatics push forward accented with lightly toasted top notes. The flavors call forth bright cherry fruit and a mélange of dried herbs – all with a beguiling softness that begs for another glass.

All of these wines receive the WineGuyMike Seal of Approval®

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