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NVWR® 108 – Smith-Madrone

by David on August 31, 2010

In this episode, Stu Smith, Owner and Winemaker for Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery shares his ideas about growing and making wine here in Napa Valley. This episode is a little longer than usual, but  time will fly as you hear his opinions on dry farming, managing fermentations, Biodynamic, and much more. LISTEN TO MP3 For […]


NVWR® 107 – Authentic Balsamic Vinegar

by David on August 10, 2010

Have you found yourself using balsamic vinegar more often in recent years? Our good friend Diane De Filipi of Let’s Go Cook Italian has recently spent some time at the ancient Cavazzone Balsamery in Reggio Emilia (near Modena Italy). She’s here to tell Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, about how it’s made and […]


There are so many ways to look at pairing wine with food. In this episode you’ll get some great advice from a Master Sommelier. Gilles de Chambure of Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, shares his ideas with Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education. LISTEN MP3 For more wine education: Visit where we have […]


In this episode, Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways has a spicy conversation with spice purveyor and grinder Shuli Madmone of Whole Spice here in the Napa Valley. He tells us about how to buy and store herbs and spices, and how to make the most of them in your favorite recipes. Enjoy! LISTEN MP3


NVWR® 104 – The Moth Invasion

by David on June 8, 2010

You’ve probably seen reports on both the Light Brown Apple Moth and the European Grapevine Moth in recent months and years. How did they get here? What do they mean to us as growers? What’s being done to contain or eradicate the related problems? Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, is here to give […]


Since the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) was founded in 1955, the life expectancy of afflicted children has increased from less than one year to 37 years! Goosecross has partnered with the CFF to help the necessary fundraising continue. Richard Rommes, of the Denver chapter, does a great job of informing us about why their work […]


Longtime friends of Goosecross, Rafael Dieppa and Diane De Filipi of Let’s Go Cook Italian, are also excellent chefs. In this phone interview, Diane talks with Rafael about his very interesting, multi-cultural background and its influence on the way he cooks. Enjoy! LISTEN MP3


NVWR® 101 – Wine Clarification

by David on April 6, 2010

There are many processes behind the scenes when winemaking, some more complex than others. In this episode we thought it would be interesting to present what is meant by “racking” and “fining” the wine. Jeff Booth of Jeff Booth Consulting describes the why, when, and how of the various methods used to clarify the wine. […]


It’s hard to believe we’ve been bringing these podcasts to you since October of 2005. With this episode we’ve reached the 100-episode mark. When you look back, we’ve covered a lot of territory: everything from how to plant a vineyard from scratch, ordering wine in a restaurant, wine bottle closures, olive oil, sulfites in wine, […]

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“Ask Our Educator” is one of my favorite website features because people write in with all kinds of wine-related questions and sometimes we get a real conversation going! In episode 57 (December 2007) we covered questions about screwcaps, sulfites and more. Since then you’ve had questions about decanting, how to buy a good wine glass, […]