Posts Tagged ‘wine’

A Pioneer in Organic Farming- Phil LaRocca, LaRocca Vineyards- September 27- The Connected Table LIVE!

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Phil LaRocca, founder of LaRocca Vineyards, is a pioneer in organic farming and sulfite-free wine production.  Phil was recently named Farmer of the Year by the Organic Trade Association for his work to help create the California Food and Production Act and formulate official guidelines for organic wine, and for his own efforts as a dedicated organic farmer.

Phil with his Organic Trade Association Farmer of the Year Award (Baltimore September 13, 2017)

This family-owned winery located in the Sierra foothills has quite the farming lineage behind it.  Phil’s Sicilian- born mother, Tilly, came from a multi generational family of farmers. Father Nino, also Sicilian- born, was a San Francisco fisherman known as the “fastest filet-knife” on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Phil grew up in the 1960s counter culture world of NoCal. A fun fact:  He managed the rock band, Creedance Clearwater Revival. After leaving the band, he started farming row crops in Quincy, California, while teaching at Feather River Junior College. He also worked as a cowboy for Randolph C. Johnson, raising registered Hereford bulls. By 1973 he started farming seven acres of organic apples and teaching agriculture and food classes at Chico Senior High School and Paradise High School via the California State University, Chico’s Upward Bound Program.

Phil LaRocca tends to his grapes. He joins The Connected Table LIVE September 27 on W4CY

In 1975 Phil became the first certified organic apple grower in California. He launched LaRocca Vineyards in 1984. Today, the winery rests on 110 acres where the Cascade Mountains meet the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The vineyards produce old growth Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Pinot Noir, Barbera and Zinfandel. A second vineyard, located on western side of the Sutte Buttes near a bald eagle sanctuary, grows Chardonnay varietals. 95% of LaRocca Vineyards’ grapes are 100% organic, and almost all wines are estate bottled.

2010 Chardonay Harvest: Nathan, Phil, D. Tony, Keenan, Phaedra (left to right)

Phil and wife, Judith, have been married 40 years and have raised three children Dharma, Phaedra and Maria and godson, Nathan, all who are  actively involved in LaRocca Vineyards along with their four grand-children Jaeda, Nino, Keenan and Atilavea, and god-grandchild, Natalie. It truly is a family affair! www.LaRocca Vineyards

Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts The Connected Table LIVE!

About us: Our mission is to engage and connect our audiences to the diverse world of food, fine beverage and hospitality and the dynamic people who help shape it through our shows, digital media and educational events. All of our 50 minute shows and SIPS! podcasts can be heard anytime  on iHeart.com and the free iHeart App.  Listen anytime on iHeart.com and the iHeart and live Wednesdays, 2pm EST on W4CY.com. Connect with us on Twitter@connectedtable, Instagram@theconnectedtable and Facebook@connectedtable

Here is the link to last week’s show with Deborah Brenner, Founder, Women of the Vine & Spirits, and Chef Gustavo Rios of Evangeline restaurant in Calistoga. (link)

The Flying Winemaker- Michel Rolland- The Connected Table LIVE Sept 13

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He’s been called “The Flying Winemaker” whose international influence in the world of wine is unparalleled. Bordeaux-based Oenologist Michel Rolland consults for more than 100 estates in 14 countries. Another 400 estates utilize the services of his laboratories located in France and Mendoza for analysis and advice. And at an age when many contemplate slowing down to stop and smell the roses, Michel is still living a life in the air and on the ground tending the vines, blending with finesse and turning out world-class wines. He turns 70 on December 24 this year and celebrates his 45th harvest in Bordeaux.

Michel Rolland (Photo: Clos de los Siete)

Michel was raised on his family estate, Château Le Bon-Pasteur, in Pomerol. With wife, Dany, he oversees several of his own properties in Bordeaux and collaborations such as Clos de los Siete in Argentina. His global footprint has made its mark with the hundreds of wineries that seek out his expertise that has made him an international star in the world of wine. To name just a few of the numerous estates that he’s worked with:  Chile (Casa Lapostelle), Spain (Rolland Galarreta), Italy (Tenuta dell’Ornellaia,Tolaini, Campo de Sasso), California (Araujo, Harlin, Staglin, Screaming Eagle and Jericho Canyon) and France (Château Figeac, Château Bonnet, Château La Louvière, Pape Clément, Phélan-Ségur and dozens more.)

We’re delighted to have Michel take a break from his viticultural globe-trotting, especially during harvest in the northern hemisphere, to join us September 13, 2pm EST for the full 50 minute show. We’ll be taking questions in our chat room (W4CY.com) or you can email your questions for Michel to us at melanie@theconnectedtable.com

 

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Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

She Went From Dietetics to Wine Making – June 14

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It’s all about chemistry. Cambria Wines’ Denise Shurtleff was studying for a degree in dietetics and food administration with the intention of focusing on a career in nutrition when she decided to apply for an internship at a winery. She never looked back, and the chemistry of winemaking became her calling.

Cambria Estate Winemaker Denise Shurtleff

Denise spent 16 years working at Corbett Canyon Vineyards as Winemaker and Winery Manager before joining Cambria Estate Winery in 1999 as Assistant Winemaker. Today she’s Head Winemaker.

Photo: www.cambriawines.com

Located in Santa Barbara County, Cambria is part of Jackson Family Estates. Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke acquired what was then called Tepusquet Vineyard in 1987 and renamed it “Cambria,” the Roman word for “Wales,” a nod to the family’s heritage. Today, Barbara runs Cambria with her two daughters, Katie and Julia Jackson. The winery is located on the Santa Maria Bench located on eastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley AVA. This area is kissed by cool fog, ocean breezes and a long slow growing season for the estate grown grapes, most notably Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Pinot Gris and Syrah. Cambria has been certified sustainable since 2009.

Photo: Cambria Wines

 

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

 

About us: Our mission is to engage and connect our audiences to the diverse world of food, fine beverage and hospitality and the dynamic people who help shape it through our shows, digital media and educational events. All of our 50 minute shows and SIPS! podcasts can be heard live on W4CY.com Wednesdays 2pm EST and anytime on iHeart.com and the free iHeart App.  Connect with us on Twitter@connectedtable, Instagram@theconnectedtable and Facebook@connectedtable