Meet the Sommelier

Richard Betts, Betts & Scholl

Richard Betts, Betts & Scholl

What makes 'The Chronique' so addictive? Why is it a good thing the American government doesn't speak French? What do sommeliers talk about when they get together? Find out as master sommelier and winemaker Richard Betts talks candidly with Wine Taste TV's Paul Grieco.  More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 4:54
Rom Toulon, Meadowood

Rom Toulon, Meadowood

Rom Toulon leads us on a tour of the stunning cellar at Meadowood in Napa Valley. Check out their highly acclaimed, hard to find treasures, and find out what wines Rom recommends as good value buys from little known California producers.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 4:52
Doug Mohr, Vidalia Restaurant

Doug Mohr, Vidalia Restaurant

Find out what's being poured at one of the most acclaimed dining destinations in the nation's capital, Vidalia. Sommelier Doug Mohr gives us an exclusive look into the contents of the wine cellar, and shares his pick for the wine he would most like to have while stranded on a desert island!  More »

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Wine Talk: L-P 3:39
Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc

Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc

Chris Blanchard loves discovering under-the-radar wines and combining them with innovative California cuisine. Now he uncorks Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc, a thrilling Napa Valley wine that is always on his list.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:33
Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil is like a little piece of the Cote d'Azur tucked away in California wine country. Kara Adamson highlights the resort's new additions, while sommelier Kris Margerum gives us an in depth look at his world class wine list.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 2:43
Meadowood: Executive Retreat

Meadowood: Executive Retreat

Meadowood Napa Valley is the ideal site for an executive retreat - where the bonding happens around wine. Gilles de Chambure connects teams through wine, relaxation, and education. (Production support provided by Meadowood)  More »

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Wine 101: Education 4:07
Meadowood: Leisure Retreat

Meadowood: Leisure Retreat

Meadowood is a favorite Napa Valley base for great wine education, luxurious accommodations, and tours of wine country. Director of Wine Education Gilles de Chambure shares his passion and insider connections with guests throughout the year. (Production support provided by Meadowood)  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 4:12
Hudson Chardonnay

Hudson Chardonnay

The Hudson Vineyard is already used in some of California's finest chardonnay. Now Chris Blanchard introduces us to Hudson's own bottling of the precious fruit. It's the perfect companion for lobster risotto, but it will do just fine all by itself.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:47
Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet

Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet

You could go to Redd and order a great bottle of wine for $900. Or, you could get a perfectly delcious bottle for $45. That's what Chris Blanchard calls a steal. In this tasting, he turns us on to Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet Sauvignon, a great value that pairs with everything from chocolate cake to a thick cut steak.   More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:43
Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc

Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc

Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc makes Chris Blanchard sing, packing all the richness and flavor intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon, but with a rustic edge. It's another insider find from Napa Valley.   More »

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United States: California 1:32
Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is serving up some delcious rarities. in Santa Monica With a focus on small production wine in the cellar and exquisitely fresh produce in the kitchen, this warm and inviting spot delivers a unique dining experience. Bonnie Graves digs into the exciting wine list with Sommelier Josh Loeb.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:23
Water Grill

Water Grill

Water Grill is on the cutting edge of spicing up Los Angeles' dining scene, and Sommelier Cara Betrone is leading the way with an exciting wine list. Bonnie Graves explores some unique pairing ideas, from Chateauneuf-du-Pape with fish to an unexpected Blaufrankish.   More »

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Wine Regions: Austria 3:58
Pacific Dining Car

Pacific Dining Car

At one of Los Angeles' oldest dining institutions, Bonnie Graves discovers that there's so much more to enjoy with steak than California Cabernet. Sommelier Johnathan Mitchell pairs unexpected varietals and rare finds with an incredible menu.   More »

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Wine Regions: United States 4:43
Brown Estate Zinfandel

Brown Estate Zinfandel

Super ripe and loaded with fruit. Chris Blanchard shares his affection for Brown Estate Zinfandel, a pure and distinctive Napa Valley insider's find.   More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:24
Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot

Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot

Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot reminds Chris Blanchard of ripe cherries and blackberry pie. Now you'll discovery why he loves this under-the-radar find from Napa Valley.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:25
Shibumi Knoll Cabernet

Shibumi Knoll Cabernet

Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard turns us on to another one of his rare Napa Valley discoveries, Shibumi Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon. See how power and elegance combine in this insider's find.   More »

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Wine Regions: United States 1:16
Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting 101

Brian Duncan gives you step-by-step instructions on how to taste wine. Slow down, take it all in, turn your mouth into a tasting machine and unlock a "strip-tease in the glass" with WineTasteTV  More »

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Wine 101: Education 3:27
Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

You shouldn't have to be a sommelier to get a great bottle of wine at a restaurant. Brian Duncan shares his top tips for ordering winning wine when you're eating out.   More »

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Wine 101: Education 3:18
Wine and Food Pairing with Brian Duncan

Wine and Food Pairing with Brian Duncan

Brian Duncan shows you how to choose the right wine for what you're eating. It's all about the sauce, matching the intensity of the spices, versatility, and most of all your enjoyment.   More »

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Wine 101: Education 4:20
Eno Wine Bar - Wine Education in Style

Eno Wine Bar - Wine Education in Style

With the philosophy Eat, Drink and Be Happy it's no wonder people are flocking to the Eno Wine Bar. With their wine education classes, or "Enoversity," sommelier Holly Smith teaches guests how to pair flights of wine with cheese and chocolate. WineTasteTV stops by this cutting edge hotel wine bar and mixes wine education with a luxurious social setting.  More »

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Wine Regions: United States 3:49
John Kolasa: Bordeaux Winemaker

John Kolasa: Bordeaux Winemaker

Bordeaux winemaker John Kolasa talks with Wine Taste TV about the 2004 vintage for Rauzan Segla and Chateau Canon. Will the neglected vintage that offers great value today develop into greater wines after another decade in the bottle?   More »

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Wine Talk: G-K 4:53
Franco Massolino

Franco Massolino

Since 1896, Franco Massolino's family has been producing some of the most powerful and expressive wines of the Piedmont. Now he shares his winemaking philosophy, and two of his latest offerings, with WineTasteTV.   More »

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Wine Talk: L-P 7:29
Jacques Bavard: 2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Jacques Bavard: 2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Jacques Bavard shares his 2005 Bourgogne with Rick Pitcher and WineTasteTV. A restauranteur turned winemaker, his first bottling provides a rich expression of chardonnay in an "easy" and nearly perfect vintage.  More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 2:46
Chardonnay 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Chardonnay 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Chardonnay isn't just popular, it's one of the world's top wine choices. But why do we love chardonnay more than any other white wine varietal? As he kicks off his Grape Guide series, WineTasteTV's Chris Blanchard talks chardonnay basics: from the effects of oak to some of the best chardonnay food and wine pairings. Lobster risotto anyone?   More »

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Wine 101: Education
Cabernet Sauvignon 101

Cabernet Sauvignon 101

Cabernet Sauvignon is King in Napa Valley. In his continuing Guide to Grapes, Chris Blanchard takes on the tannic power of cabernet sauvignon and talks about what he loves about this powerful red wine varietal. Smokey notes of espresso, chocolate, and rich, voluptuous fruit all make cab compelling.  More »

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Wine 101: Education 1:54
Pinot Noir 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Pinot Noir 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Pinot Noir has been called the winemaker's wine. Beautiful to drink, but difficult to make. What makes pinot noir so versatile on the table, and what are some of the best pinot pairing choices? Chris Blanchard talks about why he loves pinot noir, in his continuing Guide to Grapes series.  More »

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Wine 101: Wine Regions 1:36
Sauvignon Blanc 101

Sauvignon Blanc 101

Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect Spring wine. In another installment of his Guide to Grapes series, Chris Blanchard shares his respect for the fresh and refreshing characteristics of sauvignon blanc and describes some ideal food and wine pairing ideas for an afternoon party.  More »

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Wine 101: Education 1:44
Syrah 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Syrah 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Syrah is one of Chris Blanchard's favorite varietals. Whether it's from the Rhone valley or the Napa Valley, find out why Syrah's massive aromatics make it the perfect varietal for food and wine pairing with meats and barbeque.   More »

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Wine 101: Education 1:31
Ray Coursen: Elyse Winery

Ray Coursen: Elyse Winery

Ray Coursen's Elyse Winery has been turning out world class wines from top vineyard sources. Chris Blanchard visits with Ray and tastes 3 of his favorite wines. After 25 years in Napa Valley, it's all about tasting the fruit and staying down to earth.  More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 2:47
World of Pinot Noir

World of Pinot Noir

Wine Taste TV's Bonnie Graves takes you inside the World of Pinot Noir. With award winning wines, celebrity chefs, and one of the world's most extensive gatherings of Pinot Noir winemakers, it's an event you won't want to miss.   More »

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Tastings: Pinot Noir 3:04