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A New Chapter for Carmel Valley’s Joyce Wine Co. with Russell Joyce, Ep. 69

Russell Joyce’s family landed in Monterey County, California, thanks to his father’s love of car racing and the nearby Laguna Seca Raceway. Ever since, Russell’s been in the driver’s seat of his family’s grape growing and winemaking endeavors at Joyce Wine Company, with a commitment to minimalist winemaking and working with organically grown grapes. Prior […]

MLB’s 1st Master Sommelier – And Your Wine ?s Answered! Evan Goldstein, Ep. 68

Summer is here, and we’re celebrating Americia’s pastime, baseball! When you get to the ballpark, you’re most likely eating hotdogs and drinking a cold beer. But our guest and friend of the pod, Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, wants you to change up your game and try swirling and sipping a glass of wine instead. He’s […]

Wine, art, music and cannabis at Darcie Kent Estate Winery with Darcie Kent, Ep. 67

There’s a saying that wine is art in a glass. For 5th generation vintner Darcie Kent, that’s always been true. Darcie has helped shape the modern Livermore Valley, California wine scene through her wine, art and live music venue. For one, she’s championing Livermore Valley Grüner Veltliner. And, she’s working to bring in new folks […]

Wine and Music – DJ Soigné is in the house! Vocal Vineyards’ Ted Glennon, Ep. 66

Vineyards have voices. That’s how our guest today, Ted Glennon of Vocal Vineyards in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, approaches winemaking. From DJing to wine, Ted’s career has been both vocal and vinous. Wearing his DJ Soigné hat, he spins up a playlist of cool tunes. Now he’s making cool wines. Ted combined his music passion […]

Gary Farrell Winery – Theresa Heredia, Ep. 65

Photo credit: Will Bucquoy If you’re a Chard and Pinot fan then you may know the name Gary Farrell. His namesake winery – Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery – in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, became the go to for lovers of Burgundian, acid driven wines that reflect the character of the vineyard. And these are […]

Caprio Cellars – Dennis Murphy, Ep. 64

Photo credit: Drink In Nature Photography Give as you go. That’s the motto of our podcast guest, Dennis Murphy. As the founder and winemaker at Caprio Cellars in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Dennis proves that making great tasting wine and making a difference in the world go hand in hand. From building homes and communities […]

A Sustainable Wine Pioneer: Steve McIntyre, McIntyre Family Wines, Ep. 63

Steve McInytre of ⁠McIntyre Family Wines⁠ is truly the OG sustainable grape grower and winemaker of ⁠Monterey County’s⁠ ⁠Santa Lucia Highlands.⁠ Steve dreamed of being a rock star, but lucky for us – and the wine world – the wine bug bit. The Marys visit Steve at his Carmel tasting room, the McIntyre Tasting Studio, […]

Brazil’s Tenuta Foppa & Ambrosi – Lucas Foppa, Ep. 62

Sip Sip Hooray! Podcast is in Brazil! The Marys were invited by ApexBrasil to be part of the first American wine journalists to formally tour Brazil’s major wine region in southern Brazil. On our visit to Tenuta Foppa & Ambrosi, we were charmed by Lucas Foppa and Ricardo Ambrosi, two high school friends who met […]

Sandar & Hem – Rob Bergstrom, Ep. 61

The Marys are back in the Santa Cruz Mountains! On this latest pod we sit down with Sandar & Hem winemaker and storyteller Rob Bergstrom.   Wine and history have always been intertwined for Sandar & Hem winemaker Rob Bergstrom. To him, every bottle tells a unique story about the place it is grown, as […]

Ian Brand, I. Brand & Family Wines, Ep. 60

When Ian Brand came on the Monterey County wine scene, his mission was to work with unsung vineyards and grape varieties. Why? He wants to ensure these special places and wines don’t stay in the shadows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are the varietals most identified with this California Central Coast wine growing region. […]

Santa Clara Valley Wine Auction and Guglielmo Winery with Gene Guglielmo, Ep. 59

Come meet us, the Marys, and sip Santa Clara Valley Wines with us! That’s right, Mary B and Mary O are hosting the VIP Sommelier Experience during the Santa Clara Valley Wine Auction on Saturday, March 25 at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill, Calif. We’re super excited to support this fantastic and historic California wine […]

Brazilian Wine 101 with Mauricio Roloff, Ep. 58

We have a confession! The Marys had never sipped a Brazilian wine before ApexBrasil invited us to join a small group of wine journalists to tour the country’s main wine region.  The reaction from most of our friends and family — they make wine in Brazil? Oh yes, and as we discovered, it is darn […]

Folktale Winery & Vineyards – David Baird, Ep. 57

You could say that winemaker David Baird is living the dream at Folktale Winery & Vineyards in California’s Carmel Valley. They say every bottle has a story to tell, and behind the label, David coaxes those stories out of Folktale’s estate vineyards. If you don’t know the Folktale wine or haven’t visited the winery, you […]

The Magic of Mount Eden Vineyards – Jeffrey Patterson, Ep. 56

Getting to Mount Eden Vineyards in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains is an adventure! The drive is up a twisty mountain road with lots of hairpin turns and steep drop offs. A good portion of the road – at the topmost part – is unpaved. But then you arrive at the peak, 2000 feet above Silicon […]

The Wine Bible 3rd Edition is here! Karen MacNeil, Ep. 55

If you’ve ever picked up a wine book, there’s a good chance it’s The Wine Bible, by our guest Karen MacNeil. The Wine Bible is so popular that Karen just revised this 3rd edition, and it has surpassed the one million copies sold mark! But she didn’t want to call her book a wine bible. […]

Bernardus Winery, Carmel Valley – Ep. 54

Buckle up for the newest Sip Sip Hooray! podcast episode! When you think of wine in Carmel Valley, the first label that comes to mind is Bernardus. This Monterey County winery led the way in establishing the Carmel Valley AVA as a world class wine region. The Marys are excited to be back at Bernardus […]

Crushed by Brian Freedman: Wine and Climate Change – Ep. 53

Climate change is on eveyone’s mind, especially when it comes to the world’s grape growers and winemakers. Wildfires, drought, water scarcity, hail, floods, extreme weather, oh my! While there’s much reason for concern, our guest today says there is hope. It is not all gloom and doom, but we must be mindful. Let’s be clear, […]

Caraccioli Cellars – Scott Caraccioli, Ep. 52

We’re celebrating bubbles and California’s Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County on Sip Sip Hooray! with Scott Caraccioli of Caraccioli Cellars. Of course the holidays are sparkling wine season, but we believe bubbles are for year round — and yes, daily sipping 🥂 But there is much more to Caraccioli Cellars than sparkling wine! Scott […]

Alice Feiring – To Fall in Love Drink This, Ep. 51

Acclaimed wine writer Alice Feiring has been in love with wine for decades. She started her sensory training at very young age, sniffing everything along with her grandfather. Little could she have imagined then growing up to be the OG natural wine movement writer, or the person to take down the homogenous ”Parkerization” of wine, […]

Lepe Cellars – Miguel Lepe, Ep. 50

If you don’t know the wines of Lepe Cellars in Monterey County, you’re in for a treat! The Marys continue their Monterey County wine tour, where we met up with Miguel Lepe, founding winemaker of Lepe Cellars. Miguel is an up and coming winemaker, who, as the county’s first Mexican American winery owner, has a […]

Denis Hoey – Odonata Wines, Ep. 49

Creating opportunity. That’s how our guest, winemaker Denis Hoey, has been living his life. He pursued a dream of making wine, and now that he’s established his own winery, Odonata Wines in the Monterey County AVA, he’s dedicated to bringing others along in the wine industry. The Marys visit Denis at his Salinas Valley winery […]

The Iconic Iris Rideau, Rideau Vineyards, Ep. 48

The Marys have a new friend in wine! Join us for an engaging conversation with the woman who just doesn’t know how to stop! Sip Sip Hooray to that! Are you ready to meet the tour de force that is Iris Rideau? From a young age she always had the determination to make hers and […]

Heidi Scheid, Scheid Family Wines, Ep. 47

We are excited to introduce you to this wine dynamo! Heidi Scheid does it all, from transforming her family’s business as grape growers to winemakers, overseeing Scheid Family Wines business operations, developing new brands – including a low ABV wine – to raising a family and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.  Whew! The Marys traveled […]

Philana Bouvier of Demeine Estates, Ep. 46

The Marys are thrilled to welcome a true wine dynamo and new friend to the pod! Meet Philana Bouvier. She’s the President of Napa Valley-based Demeine Estates, whose impressive portfolio includes Heitz Cellar, Burgess, Stony Hill, as well as international wineries Champagne Legras & Haas, Domaine de Montille, Racine, La Chablisienne, Ca Rome, and more […]

Mendo Blendo – Saracina Vineyards’ Alex MacGregor, Ep. 45

For this episode of Sip Sip Hooray! we are in Hopland in Mendocino County at the beautiful, picturesque winery, Saracina Vineyards. Tucked into the rolling hills, the mantra at this wine ranch is biodiversity and sustainability. Since its founding by John Fetzer and Patty Rock in 2001, Saracina has been on the leading edge of […]

A Balanced Glass 🍷 Rebecca Hopkins, Ep. 44

Can you have a healthy and balanced life with wine? Our guest today says yes! Wine is plentiful in so many professional and personal situations and it can be challenging to navigate, especially if you feel like pulling back. Rebecca Hopkins created A Balanced Glass, an online community of winegrowers, winemakers, cellar workers, winery management […]

Wrath Wines – Sabrine Rodems, Ep. 43

From behind the scenes of the theater and opera stage to behind the wine label, Sabrine Rodems gave up the bright lights of theater and film production for producing bold wines. Sabrine hones her craft daily at Wrath Wines in the picturesque Santa Lucia Highlands of California’s Monterey County. This region is known for world […]

Niki Wente of Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley Ep. 42

Her family is California’s First Family of Chardonnay. Most Chardonnay vines planted in the state are from the Wente clone, developed in Livermore Valley at Wente Vineyards by Niki Wente’s family. So you can imagine Niki has big shoes to fill. But as a 5th generation winegrower, she’s stepping up to the challenge in her […]

The Kings of Napa – Janine Sherman Barrois, Ep. 41

Are you watching OWN’s The Kings of Napa? We are, and we’re loving the bingeworthy show about a powerful African-American family in Napa Valley with secrets and scandals that are juicier than the grapes! Joining us for this special Sip Sip Hooray episode is creator and showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois. She’s the award-winning writer and […]

Mark Pisoni, Pisoni Vineyards, Ep. 40

Meet Mark Pisoni. He’s a 3rd generation farmer and son of legendary winemaker Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards. While Gary is larger-than-life, Mark is quietly building his own legacy, as grape grower extraordinare, managing what some call Grand Cru vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands: Pisoni, Garys’ and Sobranes. For Mark, it all comes down […]

Winemaker Shalini Sekhar – Neely Wine and More! Ep. 39

We strike a harmonious cord in the wine world with this episode! Say hello to winemaker Shalini Sekhar. She wears many hats in her role as winemaker for Neely Wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Waits-Mast Family Cellars in Mendocino County, among others. She also finds time to make wine under her own label, […]

Carboniste Cali Sparkling Wine – Dan Person, Ep. 38

Why should California try to be Champagne? That’s the question Napa winemaker Jon Person posed to himself and his wife Jacqueline. When it comes to bubbly, Champagne‘s allure is clear. But thanks to folks like Dan and Jacqueline, there’s a new style of California bubbly. Think sunshine in a glass, and breaking all the traditional […]

Clos de la Tech Wines – T.J. Rodgers, Ep. 37

If you think tech and wine don’t go together, you haven’t met our guest, tech entrepreneur T.J. Rodgers.  We all know stories about tech world titans who buy – or launch – their own winery, which often becomes a vanity project.  But that’s not the case for T.J. Rodgers. The man who created Cypress Semiconductor […]

Olympian Natalie Coughlin, Gaderian Wines – Ep. 36

Have we got an Olympic-sized episode for you! We are thrilled to welcome 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin to Sip Sip Hooray! She won gold in the pool, now she’s winning gold in the vineyard. Join us, the Marys, As we dive deep into what drives Natalie, her Olympic career and her new wine […]

A Wine Lineage: Steven Kent Mirassou, Ep. 35

This episode is a Sip Sip Hooray! podcast exclusive!  What does lineage mean when it comes to wine? For our guest today lineage means everything. Steven Kent Mirassou’s family is America’s oldest winemaking family – older than the Mondavi’s, the Sebastianis and the Gallos. He’s now working side-by-side with the seventh generation. If you are a […]

Samra Morris – Alma Rosa Winery, Ep. 34

This Sip Sip Hooray! episode is all about courage! As a child growing up in Bosnia, Samra Morris dodged incoming fire just trying to go to school. This brave woman survived her war-torn country, studying winemaking in her native Sarajevo. Now Samra’s following in the footsteps of a wine world legend – Richard Sanford at […]

Champagne Laurent-Perrier – Michelle DeFeo, Ep. 33

She’s bubbly, effervesecent, elegant and ebullent. We’re thrilled to have Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s Michelle DeFeo join us for a great conversation about one of our favorite beverages, French Champagne. Michelle DeFeo is the President of Laurent-Perrier U.S. The winery, dating back to 1812, is the largest family-owned and female-led Champagne house.  Join us, the Marys, as we […]

Alan Viader of Viader Vineyards, Napa – Ep. 32

Resilience. Determination. Perseverance. These three words describe our guest, Alan Viader of Viader Vineyards & Winery. Resilience to continue in the face of wildfire devastation. Determination to grow grapes on the steepest, rockiest slopes of Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain, and perseverance to survive not one but two major fire events. Join the Marys as we […]

Julia Coney, Founder, Black Wine Professionals – Ep. 31

Julia Coney is a powerhouse in the wine world. This wine journalist and entrepreneur, a former beauty writer, who loves perfume and Champagne, is changing how the world views the wine industry. She founded Black Wine Professionals in the wake of the George Floyd shooting to recognize Black people working in all aspects of wine, […]

SOMM Documentary and SOMM TV Director Jason Wise – Ep. 30

When documentary director Jason Wise premiered SOMM at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2012, he didn’t imagine the film’s runaway success. This peek into the secretive world of Master Sommeliers not only spawned two sequels, but it also inspired people to become sommeliers, even if it meant a career change. Nearly 20 years later, […]

Judy Jordan and Geodesy Wine – Drink Well. Do Good. Ep. 29

Have we got an inspirational episode for you! Meet Judy Jordan, the woman who is helping make a difference for young women beginning their careers in wine agriculture, cellar work and hospitality. In her words, “Drink Well. Do Good.” We couldn’t agree more. Judy created J Vineyards, a predominately sparkling wine house in the Russian […]

Joy Sterling – Iron Horse Vineyards, Ep. 28

We have a sparkling episode for you! The always bubbly Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards in the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County is our guest. She and her family are committed to caring for the earth through wine. As we celebrate Earth Month, Joy shares her commitment to protecting the oceans, regenerative agriculture […]

The Chardonnay King: Rob Lloyd, Lloyd Cellars – Ep. 27

Do you love bold, indulgent and decadent California Chardonnays? Then you’ll love our guest, Rob Lloyd. He’s the winemaker you can thank for delivering Cali sunshine in a glass, perfected at La Crema and Rombauer. Now Rob and his wife Bonnie have their own venture, Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards, but he still makes wine […]

Tercero Wines – Larry Schaffer, Ep. 26

How do you take your coffee? That’s the question winemaker Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines asks when you visit his Los Olivos, CA tasting room. What’s your coffee preference have to do with wine? The Marys were wowed by this! Join us and find out why.

Master The World with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein – Ep. 25

We are excited to have Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein as our 25th episode guest! Evan was the youngest person to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and, as you can imagine, has had quite the career journey since! We worked with Evan during our In Wine Country TV days, and he was a favorite guest because […]

The G.O.A.T. Wine – Margaux Alvarez – Ep. 24

Chateau Margaux is in the house! Winemaker Margaux Alvarez that is. If you’re a Titan Games fan then you may have seen our guest running the obstacle course, defying time and gravity, to claim Mount Olympus in victory as the Season 2 West Region Champion. Margaux is fierce in the gym and in competition, and […]