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Dirt Don't Lie
23 minutes | Jun 30, 2014
Jonathan Nagy: Byron Winery
No other winemaker is quite as jovial as Byron’s Jonathan Nagy. Listen to him as he gives a straightforward lowdown on what it’s like to be married to another winemaker and how he makes the Santa Maria Valley’s principal varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, distinctly different. Other topics in this unfiltered conversation include winemaking’s effects on parenting, as well as Jonathan’s personal vocational challenges. Hear the influences of vine age and weather on the grape ripening process, and a few predictions for this year’s harvest. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls from the Dirt Don’t Lie question grab bag, leading Jonathan to topics such as swimming in Pinot Noir, three words about Byron’s estate vineyard, and what he would do if given a magic wand.
24 minutes | Jun 23, 2014
Wes Hagen: Clos Pepe Vineyards
Everything you ever wanted to learn about viticulture could be asked of Wes Hagen of Clos Pepe Vineyard and Winery. Our loquacious guest shares a myriad of thoughts on topics ranging from Socrates to Russian ballerinas to Robert Parker. Other topics in this unfiltered conversation include the specialties and evolution of Santa Barbara County’s wine growing AVA’s and the full “dirt” on Sta. Rita Hills. Hear Wes’s take on why trusting your winemaker’s judgment is better than taking the opinions of “wine whores,” and, finally, the role of vineyard dogs at Clos Pepe. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls from the Dirt Don’t Lie question grab bag, leading to discussions by Wes Hagen about who would join him at the pearly gates with an unexpected choice of wine.
29 minutes | Jun 17, 2014
Bill Wathen & Dick Doré: Foxen Winery & Vineyard
The ubiquitous “Foxen Boys”, Bill Wathen and Dick Doré of Foxen Winery & Vineyard share their extensive history, perspectives on the diversity of grape growing in Santa Barbara County, and some of that great personality that comes out after being partners for a few decades. Other topics in this unfiltered conversation include the evolution of one of Santa Barbara’s most renowned wine brands and dry farming in the Tinaquiac Vineyard. Additionally, you’ll hear a wine farmer’s personal feelings on the meaning of sustainability and this year’s vintage, which has everyone a little nervous. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls a few good questions from the Dirt Don't Lie grab bag, leading Dick and Bill to reveal some humourous insights into their personalities.
23 minutes | Apr 6, 2014
Karen Steinwachs: Buttonwood Farms Vineyard & Winery
Karen speaks candidly about her winemaking philosophy and what it's like being a female winemaker in Santa Barbara County. Other topics in this unfiltered conversation include growing organic produce alongside wine grapes, and a full disclosure of all the goodness that goes into making Buttonwood's refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, "Zingy." Though Karen is optimistic about the current state of the vines this vintage, her apprehension shows in a talk about possible frost damage this spring. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls a few good questions from the Dirt Don't Lie grab bag, leading Karen to reveal her secret viticulture weapon, which grape best fits her personality, and even which wine farmer she'd trade places with for a week.
20 minutes | Apr 3, 2014
Michael Larner: Larner Vineyard and Winery
Michael tells us about how he deals with Nazi gophers and how the new Ballard Canyon AVA is like giving birth to a third child. Also included in this unfiltered conversation are Michael's thoughts on balancing his own winemaking with selling fruit to others, and stories of past loss due to frost. Learn how recent rains this year have spurred initial shoot growth and nurtured the vineyard. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls a few good questions from the Dirt Don't Lie grab bag, leading Michael to describe the trials and tribulations of a wine farmer as well as which grape is the best match for him, considering he's not a morning person.
29 minutes | Mar 31, 2014
Ryan Carr: Carr Vineyards and Winery
Ryan admits to some early mistakes he made when planting wine grapes in Santa Barbara County and the one grape that best describes who he is. Straight from the mouth of a wine farmer, hear Ryan's optimism concerning the 2014 vintage in Santa Barbara County, and learn about controlling crop yield based on water availability. Ryan also mentions the diversity of the Santa Ynez Valley's most popular grape, syrah, which can vary greatly depending on where it's grown. Your ebullient host Gabe Saglie pulls a few juicy questions from the Dirt Don't Lie grab bag, discovering how Ryan's patience fares during frost season, and his choice between water or vines immune to fungus. He even admits what goes through his mind the moment he gets to the vineyard.
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