Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12/28-Larry Van Aalst talks to Dan Barwick & Mike Martini

Dan Barwick - Paradise Ridge Winery
As winemaker for Paradise Ridge Winery Dan is in the dream job of jobs. Not only being one of the biggest award winners in Sonoma County, the wines are receiving rave reviews in the press. A favorite of Mike Horn, host of the What's Cookin Show , Paradise Ridge wines range from Sauvignon Blanc to Zinfandel, with a wide selection in between. Located just a stones throw from our studio at The FountainGrove Inn, the winery grounds are unique with one of the most spectacular outdoor art shows in Wine Country. Dan will be with us to talk about the new releases an give us his ideas on how to have the best New Years Eve ever.


Mike Martini - Gentleman Wine CEO at Taft Street Winery

Former Mayor of Santa Rosa, Mike has left politics and taken the role of Gentleman Wine CEO at Taft Street Winery. Having grown up in The San Francisco Bay Area, Mike made the move to Sebastopol in the heart of one of Sonoma's best wine areas.Taft Street Winery is a winner of some of the highest awards in the wine world , and has always been one of the "Best Buys" you can find. Mike will fill us in on what's going on in the world of wine , and maybe give us an insight on politics and wine.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12/21-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report


Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.




Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.




Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12/14-Larry Van Aalst talks with Jeremy Kreck & David Bice

Jeremy Kreck - Winemaker for Mill Creek Vineyards

Jeremy is an award winner for sure.
The family winery was put on the map when Jeremy started winning gold medals and then The Sweepstakes Award for best of show at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
One of the new generation winemakers , he has a full plate producing a full list of different wines, and being both in the vineyard and wine cellar. We will be talking about some great gift ideas and the 2011 vintage.



Being Director of Events and Community Relations takes David all over the States with the story of Redwood Hill Farm. The first Certified Humane Goat Dairy, produces a wide variety of exceptional cheese and other goat milk products. Started in 1968, the dairy is a family project that now stands at the forefront of the industry. David will be here to tell us the story of the farm, give us some recipes, wine pairings and some unusual  holiday gift ideas.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12/7-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.
 


Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/30-Larry Van Aalst visits with Tom West & Mat Gustafson

Tom West - Owner, The Wine Emporium
As owner of The Wine Emporium in Sebastopol California, Tom is at the helm of a shop that the term full service was coined for. Tasting bar, Sommelier service , shipping, and a great web store are just a few of the reasons for using the Emporium for your everyday , and holiday needs. Tom will be here to give us the inside scoop on the best bets for gifts , and the table this season.

As owners of Paul Mathew Vineyards , Mat and his wife head up one of the truly dedicated wineries in Sonoma County. Phelps, Moshin, Edwards, and Dutton are some of the names that Mat can claim as friends and mentors. The Low Input approach is a mantra at Paul Mathew and the wines produced are praised by the press and consumers alike. Mat will bring some currant releases to taste, and tell us about the 2011 vintage.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11/23-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11/16-Larry Van Aalst visits with Dan Kosta & William Silver

Dan Kosta - Kosta Browne Winery
As one of the founders of Kosta Browne Winery, Dan is the success story beyond compare in Sonoma County. Founded in 1997 the winery is the darling of the press and has the highest ratings of any Pinot Noir maker in the world ! Dan will be
here to tell us about the wild ride he has had the past
few years and what he expects for the future.



William oversees The Wine Business Institute . Sonoma State is the one Univ
ersity in Northern California Wine Country that offers a Masters Degree in the field of Wine Business. William will be here to discuss what is happening in education and will talk about some of his favorite wines.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11/09-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/02-Larry Van Aalst talks with Eric Miller & Robert Mueller

Erik Miller - Winemaker, Kokomo Winery
As Winemaker for Kokomo Winery, Erik started the project in 2004 , and is producing amazing examples of twelve different wines.
As a young , newcomer he receive
s high praise from the press , and his peers . Erik will tell us about the hard work it is to start a new winery , and what he is expecting of the 2011 vintage.



Robert puts his background in the sciences to good use. Small lots and limited production don't keep him from 90 + scores in The Wine Spectator . Located in the Russian River area of Sonma County. Mueller makes just 4,000 cases of handcrafted exceptional wines.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10/26-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10/19-Larry Van Aalst talks with Joel Bellagio and Mariah Clinton & Miro Tcholakov

Joel Bellagio and Mariah Clinton - KRCB Radio
It's Fall and that means it is time for the

KRCB Wine Auction. The PBS Station that services the San Francisco North Bay Area , puts on the most popular fundraiser in all of Wine Country . With some extraordinary donations , it takes two weekends to auction off all the lots.
Wine, trips, dinners, and much more come up for bid live on two weekends,
October 14 - 17 , and October 21 - 23. One of the best things about the Auction is that you can follow it on
line and bid on items you see described on the web page. Joel and Mariah are the organizers of the auction and will be here to tell us about how you might have the winning bid on some items that are only available at KRCB.


Miro Tcholakov - Winemaker, Trentadue Winery
As Winemaker for Trentadue Winery, Miro will be with us at the most busy time of year. Winemaker for more than ten years Miro wins praises from the big wine competitions all over the United States, and has a touch that Robert Parker lauds time and time again. We will talk about new releases, harvest, and the outlook for 2011 vintage.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10/12-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report


Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10/5-Larry Van Aalst visits with Christopher Silva & William Seppi

Christopher Silva - General Manager of St. Francis Winery
As General Manager of St. Francis Winery, Chris is at the top of the Sonoma County winery elite. A moving force in fundraising , community events, and giving his time to countless worthy causes , keeps him on his
toes morning to night. Chris will tell us about the great showing at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and fill us in on the events rounding out the year at the Winery.Also a special harvest report .

General Manager, and part of the family that owns Costeaux French Bakery, Will has one of the best know bakery/bistros located in Sonoma County's
Healdsburg. Cousteaux is the perfect place to stop for great food and wine and also the best place to fill your picnic basket. We will talk about Costeaux's contribution to The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the awards from the recent Sonoma County Harvest Fair(five years in a row,Best of Show in baked goods) and some of his favorite wine and food combinations.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

9/28-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

921-Larry Van Aalst visits with Dan Barwick & Bob Peak

Dan Barwick - Paradise Ridge Winery
One of the most talented winemakers in all of Sonoma County will take an hour out of his very busy harvest season to tell us how the crush is going and what to expect in the 2011 vintage. Dan is with Paradise Ridge Winery located just a few miles from our Santa Rosa studio, and will sneak away at the most busy time of year to let us know what it's like to have the ripe grapes just waiting to be turned into wine.


Bob Peak - The Beverage People
As one of the partners at The Beverage People , Bob is no stranger to the stress at harvest. The Beverage People is an award winning wine , beer, vinegar , and cheese making supply shop in the heart of Sonoma County. Bob will give us an insight into "make it yourself" in the Wine Country.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9/14-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

9/7-Larry Van Aalst visits with Dan Berger & Suzanne Wright


Dan Berger - Author, Columnist, Speaker & Wine Judge
Dan is an all around wine maven and one of the most well known people in the California wine industry. Dan will be with us to talk about the 2010, and give us his ideas on the 2011 vintages.











Suzanne Wright - CRN Wine Label Contest Winner
Suzanne is the winner of the contest that named a new wine to be bottled with a CRN label . Suzanne lives in the Northern California Wine Country, and will be at our studio to tell us her inspiration for the winning label ,and her experience living the good life north of the gate.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

8/31-What's Cookin' on Wine : Sonoma Wine Report

Hosted by Larry Van Aalst from the Equus Restaurant inside the Fountain Grove Inn.


Located just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is close to the Redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River and Sonoma Valleys.



Golf at the private Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club located only a half a mile from the hotel or plan a shopping excursion in nearby charming downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Wine Country has so much to offer