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THE VARIETAL SHOW Goes Large At Big Basin!

At the Big Basin Tasting Bar, just off the beach in Santa Cruz to be exact: A terrific place to experience these delectable wines. THE VARIETAL SHOW gets a taste of the mountains there with proprietor Bradley Brown, but don’t forget to take the scenic trek up to Big Basin Vineyards in Boulder Creek as well!

  • 2022 Rodnick.Farm Chenin Blanc
  • 2021 Kimari Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2021 Old Corral Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Coastview Vineyard Grenache
  • 2019 Rattlesnake Rock Syrah
  • 2019 Sixty-Two Terraces Syrah

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Partaking In Pennyroyal Farm On THE VARIETAL SHOW

You have to admit, they have it all! Nestled along the scenic Hwy 128 drive through Mendocino, rolling into Boonville, is Pennyroyal Farm in Anderson Valley. Proprietor Sarah Cahn Bennett shares the wines & cheeses (of goat and sheep) with THE VARIETAL SHOW for the ultimate pairings. And we learn a little “Boontling”.

The Wines: Pennyroyal Farm 2023 Pinot Trio; 2021 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ; 2021 Pinot Noir, Monty In; 2020 Pinot Noir, Eye of the Needle Vineyard

The Cheeses: Pennyroyal Farm Laychee, Velvet Sister, Bollie’s Mollies, Boont Corners


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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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Rock On With David J On THE VARIETAL SHOW

What??? Yes, David J, British alternative rock musician, producer, writer, and bassist for iconic goth rock bands Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. He joins local musician Darwin Meiners (of the band Temptation) on THE VARIETAL SHOW to reminisce about Spanish wine, B Sides and #LIVE105! We all share a glass of Patz & Hall, Pisoni Vineyard, Pinot Noir & Lasseter Family Winery, Amoureux

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Episode #150 With Heidi Barrett On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Celebrating the150th Episode, and 4 years of THE VARIETAL SHOW, by visiting my great friend Heidi Barrett of La Sirena Winery! Started in 1994at the northern end of Napa Valley in Calistoga, we discuss the ocean, time capsules, magic carpets and of course, wine. Taste these gems with us: 2023 La Sirena Moscato Azul, 2020 Aviatrix Grenache, 2019 La Sirena Studio Series.

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Spectacular Starfield Vineyards On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Heading east over route 50 is a scenic wilderness wonderland! This is where THE VARIETAL SHOW settles in at Starfield Vineyards & Winery with Rob Sinton, to enjoy a dazzling sampling of his high elevation wines. Placerville is in the El Dorado AVA, established in 1983, home to many wineries and a bucketload of California history! Taste along with us: 2021 Blanc de Blancs, 2020 The Miner’s Inch, 2020 The Big Canyon & 2020 Barbera Reserve.

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THE VARIETAL SHOW Is At The North Coast Wine Challenge!

You read that right, three judges from the North Coast Wine Challenge, including special guest NFL Pittsburg Steelers‘ star safety DeShon Elliott, joins winemaker Jesse Katz, of Aperture Cellars, and Sawyer Somm on THE VARIETAL SHOW! DeShon shares how he soaked up the wine knowledge and talks competition flights.

SAVE THE DATE! North Coast Food & Wine Festival Saturday, June 15, 2024 @Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

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Going Whole Hog At Cochon Tasting Bar On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Just off the Sonoma Plaza is a quaint little wine spot nook. THE VARIETAL SHOW chats with Adam Webb of Cochon Tasting Bar about his migration from OK to CA. We taste a sampling of his amazing wines, that truly represent how innovation meets tradition.

  • 2023 Cochon Old Vine Rose
  • 2023 Cochon Pinot Blanc, Dutton Family-Shop Block
  • 2021 Cochon Pinot Noir, Les Sirenes, Russian River Valley
  • 2022 Gardienne des Vignes, Old Vine Zinfandel, Collins Vineyard, RRV

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In The Cave With Parable Wines On THE VARIETAL SHOW

The story begins in 2020, which lead to a career change for Parable Wines partner Trey Eppright. Together with winemaker Kale Anderson, Parable came to be in Calistoga, CA. Join THE VARIETAL SHOW to learn more about this boutique family project, for a tasting in the cave:

  • 2022 Chardonnay, A18, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
  • 2022 Chardonnay, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley
  • 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vangone Vineyard, Napa Valley
  • 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard, St. Helena

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