Category Archives: Travels

In The Cellar At Joel Palmer House Restaurant On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Levi Seed is the Sommelier extraordinaire at the amazing Joel Palmer House Restaurant! THE VARIETAL SHOW huddles with him in the wine cellar to discuss the history of this mushroom centric eatery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, as well as the ‘Omakase’ Experience, and the largest selection of Pinot Noir in the country: We celebrate with some Ribbon RidgeRR‘ Reisling & Authentique Pinot Noir!

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Sergio González On THE VARIETAL SHOW Sharing Mexican Wines!

México Selection is a special competition put on by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. This year THE VARIETAL SHOW was in Parras de la Fuente, in the region of Coahuila. While there I sat down with representative Sergio González, Certified Sommelier for The Court of Master Sommeliers, to discuss the history of wine in México, which includes the oldest winery in the Americas. Together we enjoy the tastes of Casa Madero, Don Leo and Parvada. (Of special note, this region is also famous for Dinosaurs!)

México Selection RESULTS from a total of 737 wines and spirits, from 21 producing states of Mexico and the United States, “Guest Country of Honor 2022”, competed for a distinction. LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for notification about upcoming episodes, most Tuesdays @12:30pm!

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Stoller & THE VARIETAL SHOW Wishing You HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

With a nod to Thanksgiving week, THE VARIETAL SHOW returns to Stoller Family Estate, that was originally home to a turkey farm! Here I met with Karl Weichold, Production Winemaker, in the vineyard to discuss weather patterns in Willamette Valley, winemaking techniques and his status as Vigneron. Taste along with us the 2021 Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir Dundee Hills.

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Chillin’ With Chehalem Winery On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Continuing my visits in the Willamette Valley, next stop Chehalem Winery for THE VARIETAL SHOW. There I met with winemaker Katie Santora where we discuss some interesting sub-AVA’s, and dip into the beauty of Pinot Blanc, Reisling fruit and Reserve Pinot Noir!

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The Swingin’ Crew Jazzes It Up On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

On my final Celebrity Cruises voyage this year along the Mexican Riviera, I was pleased to see my favorite jazz quartet The Swingin’ Crew! These talented young musicians are from Buenos Aires, Argentina: Sophia, Ailen, Tomas & Theo are on a six-month Solstice ship tour that ends in January. THE VARIETAL SHOW shared some delicious Bacigalupi Petite Sirah and Kokomo Grenache, discussing some interesting comparisons to their wines back home.

Scroll below to enjoy their fabulous music, or hop onboard the Celebrity Solstice, and be sure to pair it with some spectacular wines! LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for notification about upcoming episodes, most Tuesdays @12:30pm.

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All aboard the amazing Celebrity Solstice, with views of Cabo San Lucas! Drinking fine wines with Theo, Sophia, Ailen & Tomas.

Join THE VARIETAL SHOW For Some Special Cruise Memories!

Taking a little break this week for my Costco wine cruise to Mexico, on the Celebrity Solstice: I will surely have lots of tales to tell after the fact, but for now enjoying sun and sea with the family!

Until then please enjoy these episodes of THE VARIETAL SHOW featuring new friends, musician Daniel East & Dr. Dave, from my earlier 2022 cruises & come back next week for a new episode, CHEERS!

Cruising To Mexico With Some Amazing Wines!

Just sending a shout out to all the wines coming along on my Celebrity Solstice wine education cruise to Mexico, departing October 1st for a week – CHEERS!

Bacigalupi Vineyards: 2 Hawk Wines: Keller Estate: DNA Vineyards: Kokomo Winery: Mucho Mas: Three Sticks: Marimar Estate

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Cruising To Alaska With Dr. Dave On THE VARIETAL SHOW

On the Celebrity Solstice and bumped into amazing scientist “Dr. Dave”, AKA David Plourd MD, again after our initial meeting on a Caribbean adventure in January. He shares with THE VARIETAL SHOW his expertise on marine biology, as we dive into the amazing ecology of frozen water, ie. icebergs, glaciers and growlers!

We talk & taste 2021 Chehalem Inox Chardonnay, 2019 Muscardini Tesoro & 2018 Rowen Red Blend!

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Winemaker Randy Meyer From Barra On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Basking in the sun of Redwood Valley, winemaker Randy Meyer at Barra of Mendocino & Girasole Vineyards, welcomes THE VARIETAL SHOW. We discuss the advantages of Mendocino grapes, having estate vineyards, organic winemaking and wine blending. We get a little ZINNY, tasting the 2019 Barra of Mendocino Zinfandel & Girasole Vineyards, Charlie’s Blend!

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Visits Domaine Anderson Winemaker Darrin Low

Trekking along Hwy 128, THE VARIETAL SHOW made a stop at Domaine Anderson, to have a chat with winemaker Darrin Low. In a different part of Mendocino, this time just outside the town of Philo, for some wines with true Anderson Valley flavors. Together we discuss the growth of wineries in AV, how the ocean portal affects the grapes and being biodynamic with 100% estate fruit!

Taste with us: Domaine Anderson 2018 Chardonnay, 2021 Rose, 2018 & 2020 Pinot Noir. Plus we go “into the deep” with their 2014 Pinoli Vineyard Pinot Noir!

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