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TODDCAST EPISODE 98: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:


Greetings Moonstoners, today is November 7th and on this day in 1980, we lost the “king of cool”, actor Steve McQueen.   McQueen was an Academy Award nominee for his dramatic turn in “The Sand Pebbles” but he was probably most known for his starring role in “The Great Escape”.  He defined “cool” and rebellious in the counter-culture era of the 60’s. He was known for being difficult on a set and yet he was very highly paid.  Other great roles included “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Towering Inferno”, and the “Thomas Crown Affair”.   

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Crown Cap

A crown cap is the kind of “top” or closure you’d find on a beer bottle, but is also used during the secondary fermentation when you are making sparkling wine in individual bottles (the Champagne Method).  But in that case, there is a small plastic receptacle attached to the crown cap into which yeast sediment settles during the riddling process.  

And even though it’s not very romantic, you may also find crown capsules on finished sparkling wines, like lower-priced proseccos from Italy. It’s so unromantic in fact, that it is illegal to put a crown cap on a finished bottle of bubbly from the Champagne region itself.

But you want to know what is truly unromantic and downright barbaric, Jill? It’s when someone tries to open a beer bottle with their teeth. A chipped tooth isn’t very attractive and will likely need to be capped with its own crown.

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Until next time, beers to you!


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)



Rick Auricchio

Lisa Williams

Rose Bedard


Club shipments have gone out.

What’s new at the winery?

Tamar is “Back”


Save the Date!  January 24th– Meet the Winemakers



RIP Merton

Cancel that gym membership.


See, I didn’t need to workout.


My, my, I’ve got the vapors.

Crashing the party!


Scorpio, it’s best if you stay home this weekend.  Some negative neighbors could put you in a bad mood.  So close the blinds, lock the door and don’t share that fine bottle of wine you’ve been saving.  It’s just for you.  And when the knock comes at the door, just shout, “No more treats here!”



Here’s a juicy tidbit. Know how many grapes it takes to make one bottle of wine?  About 600.




Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd


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