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.