Category Archives: Varietal

In Oakland At Bardo lounge On THE VARIETAL SHOW

Having cocktails and apps at Bardo Lounge & Supper Club in Oakland, with owner Seth Bregman, Beverage Director Ben Dimond & Chef Amol Thanky! THE VARIETAL SHOW gets a taste of creating cocktails by Ben with a Golden Era, Cosmopolitan & Jackie O Daiquiri. We also walk through the wine list offerings. Followed by Chef Amol discussing construction of a complementary menu, with fantastic foods that stand alone; Chicken Liver Mousse, Deviled Eggs, Lamb & Pork Meatballs. YUM!

Reserve a table at BARDO! 3343 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Visits Yorba Wines

It was a lovely afternoon in the foothills with Ann Kraemer and her dog at Yorba Wines! THE VARIETAL SHOW visited with her in Amador County, where we discussed the long history of vineyards at high elevations, going back to gold rush times, and amazing wine community. With nods to winemaker Ken Bernards of Ancien Wines.

Together we taste through her Yorba Barbera 2016, Tempranillo 2013 & Syrah 2014.

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A Saini Vineyards Visit On THE VARIETAL SHOW

In Dry Creek Valley, THE VARIETAL SHOW sits down with John and Mike Saini, of Saini Vineyards. This old family farm started in 1917, originally growing prunes, apples, pears, walnuts, and just planted grapes where soil wasn’t so good. Now all 300 acres is grapes with the winery label debut in 2018. Join us to slow down in nature, discussing farming, Italian heritage and the Golds they won from North Coast Wine Challenge: Enjoying 2023 Nonno’s Bianco, 2021 Angelo’s Paint Brush & 2021 Olive Block Old Vine Zinfandel!

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Robert Biale Vineyards Features Fine Zin On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

The perfect #Zinning combination, THE VARIETAL SHOW talks to winemaker David Natali, of Robert Biale Vineyards: Focus in on Zinfandel, the official state grape of California, and its origins in Napa Valley. From this traditional farming region, we discuss old vines averaging 50 years old and celebrate the revered vineyards. Taste the history with us: 2022 Black Chicken, Napa Valley; 2022 Dickerson Vineyard, St Helena, Napa Valley; 2022 Morisoli Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Join us for more #Zinning moments at ZAP in SF Jan 25-27!


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THE VARIETAL SHOW Stops By Stoller Family Estate

The epic Oregon road trip continues for THE VARIETAL SHOW, with a visit to Stoller Family Estate: Introducing my good friends, Winemaker Melissa Burr and Vineyard Manager, Jason Tosch. We discuss the amazing Willamette Valley, which just finished celebrating 40 years as an AVA. Digging deep into soil and clones, we taste three amazing samples of their work: 2021 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay, 2019 Legacy Nancy’s Pinot Noir & 2020 History Colombia Valley Red Blend.

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Holiday Wishes From Elk Cove Vineyards On THE VARIETAL SHOW

HO HO Hope Santa Somm filled your stockings with good wines! THE VARIETAL SHOW discusses the wine wonders of Oregon’s Willamette Valley with Adam Campbell of Elk Cove Vineyards, including the French connection, clones, estate vineyards & IPNC. Join us to taste the 2022 Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley; 2021 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley; and 2021 Pinot Noir, Five Mountains, Laurelwood District.

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Ridge, Shauna & Zin On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

THE VARIETAL SHOW visits star winemaker Shauna Rosenblum of Ridge Vineyards, on the Lytton Springs Road property in Healdsburg. During this year of Dry Creek Valley appellation’s 40th Anniversary, we celebrate the joys of Zinfandel, and the unique soil, weather, microclimates, old vines of different regions for growing the grapes; tasting their 2021 Zins from Geyserville, Lytton Springs & Paso Robles. Looking forward to the great ZAP event in January so mark your calendars!

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Sparkling Wine Spectacular on Nov 15th @Gravenstein Grill!

Join Gravenstein Grill for the final wine festival of the year: the Sparkling Wine Spectacular! As we jump into the holiday seasons, we will be showcasing the best wines to celebrate with – and of course that means bubbles!

Come taste 15+ sparkling wines from producers including Domaine Carneros, Gloria Ferrer, Ironhorse, Flaunt, Breathless, De La Montoya, Scharffenberger, Olivet Lane, Emeritus Vineyards & MORE!

As the weather is changing, we’ll be moving the event indoors (with some outdoor space weather permitting.) There will be hors d’oeuvres by Chefs Simontacchi & Colunga, and jazz guitar by Jay Messer. Don’t miss this end of the year extravaganza as we round the corner into winter!

Tickets are $45 pre-order, $55 at the door.

Inaugural Breathless World Champagne Showdown, Saturday, October 28th

Breathless Wines will host the inaugural Breathless World Champagne Showdown Saturday, October 28, 3-5pm, in tribute to World Champagne Day.

Official judges and esteemed guests are invited to a blind tasting of French Champagnes vs. Breathless Sparkling Wine to pick their favorites. In addition to the blind champagne tasting, guests will be treated to fascinating champagne history, varietal insights, and tasting notes from the panel of experts, including:

  • Sharon Cohn, Sister 1-of-3 Breathless Wines
  • Sarah Doyle, Wine Reporter at The Press Democrat
  • Heather Irwin, Professional food and wine writer in Northern California’s Wine Country
  • Chris Sawyer, Renowned sommelier, wine educator, journalist, critic, and public speaker
  • Scott Lange, Sommelier of Be Bubbly Napa
  • Rebecca Rosenberg, Champagne Widows Novels Author

Breathless Wines is located at 499 Moore Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448. ONLY 70 TICKETS so purchase them ASAP!

Pinot & Chardonnay Paradise @Grav Grill on Weds October 25th!

Come and enjoy harvest season by tasting a mix of West Sonoma County’s premier varietals – Pinot Noir & Chardonnay – on the Gravenstein Grill patio & dining room! We will be pouring wines from 20+ local wineries including Three Sticks, Emeritus, Hartford Court, Porter Creek, Martinelli, Bob Cabral Wines, Lombardi, Bacigalupi, Dutton-Goldfield & More!

Celebrate the season with appetizers by Chefs Bob Simontacchi & Makana Colunga, as well as live music by Jay Messer. TICKETS are $45 if pre-ordered, or $55 at the door. ( 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472)