Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6/21 Larry Van Aalst talks with Debra Del Fiorentino & Alexandra Russell

 Debra Del Fiorentino - Owner, WineCompetitions.com

Debra is a veteran of all things wine. Along with being a one time winery owner, and running five of the most noted wine competitions, Debra is now part of Spirited Magazine. A background in the publishing industry makes the job a perfect fit. We talk about the debut of Spirited, and the upcoming North Coast Wine Challenge, named the best of the best, with only gold medal winning wines.

 Alexandra Russell - Editor in Chief, Spirited Magazine

Alex has just geared up and released the first issue of this unique magazine. Wine, spirits, beer, and ciders, all play a role in the content, the target reader is both the professionals in the field and all interested in finer beverages. Alex tell us about starting a publication and her relation with The Press Democrat, the most popular wine country newspaper. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6/7 Larry Van Aalst talks with Tom & Brenda Lee Simoneau




We have a full hour with Tom and his wife Brenda Lee, proprietors at Simoneau Vinyards. Natives of Maine, Tom came to California as a musician, fell in love with the Northern California Wine Country and talked Brenda into coming out to Healdsburg in Sonoma County. After years selling wine Tom made the leap and purchased the 15 acre vineyard and started the winery. Years later Tom, known as "The Wine Guy" on local radio is making some exceptional Bordeaux and Chardonnay. Awards abound, and the press is wild over the Simoneau Wines. Tom and Brenda tell us about the good life living on "the ranch".

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5/24 Larry Van Aalst talks to Christopher O'Gorman & Greg Morthole

Christopher O'Gorman - Director of Communications, Rodney Strong Wine Estates 

Chris is a veteran in the wine business, with stints at some of the most recognized wineries in Northern California & The position at Rodney strong is natural. We talk about the amazing special events going on at the winery, but mainly the Davis Bynum brand that is a part of the Rodney Strong organization. 





Greg Morthole - Winemaker, Davis Bynum Winery

Following in the footsteps of Davis Bynum, Greg is the winemaker at Davis Bynum Winery. With a forward vision and a nod to the past, the wines are exceptional, and honor the founder of one of the most progressive wineries in Sonoma County. As part of the Rodney Strong family, Davis Bynum continues to be on the top of my list of favorites.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5/10 Larry Van Aalst talks to Tom and Brenda Lee Simoneau & Scot Covington

 Tom & Brenda Lee Simoneau - Proprietors, Simoneau Vineyards

We have a full hour with Tom and his wife Brenda Lee, proprietors at Simoneau Vinyards. Natives of Maine, Tom came to California as a musician, fell in love with the Northern California Wine Country and talked Brenda into coming out to Healdsburg in Sonoma County. After years selling wine Tom made the leap and purchased the 15 acre vineyard and started the winery. Years later Tom, known as "The Wine Guy" on local radio is making some exceptional Bordeaux and Chardonnay. Awards abound, and the press is wild over the Simoneau Wines. Tom and Brenda tell us about the good life living on "the ranch".

 Scot Covington - Winemaker, Trione Winery

Just outside of Geyserville in the Alexander Valley, Scot is the Winemaker at Trione Winery. With a long history in Sonoma County the Trione Family found a gem  of a winemaker in Scot and he is producing wines winning major awards. A world traveler, with a degree from Fresno State, the choice to premier the winery with Scot at the helm has worked perfectly. We talk about the Sonoma scene and what is happening with the 2017 vintage.

4/26 Larry Van Aalst talks with Debra Del Fiorentino & Alexandra Russell

 Debra Del Fiorentino - Owner, WineCompetitions.com

Debra is a veteran of all things wine. Along with being a one time winery owner, and running five of the most noted wine competitions, Debra is now part of Spirited Magazine. A background in the publishing industry makes the job a perfect fit. We talk about the debut of Spirited, and the upcoming North Coast Wine Challenge, named the best of the best, with only gold medal winning wines.





 Alexandra Russell - Editor in Chief, Spirited Magazine

Alex has just geared up and released the first issue of this unique magazine. Wine, spirits, beer, and ciders, all play a role in the content, the target reader is both the professionals in the field and all interested in finer beverages. Alex tell us about starting a publication and her relation with The Press Democrat, the most popular wine country newspaper.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4/12 Larry Van Aalst talks with Rene Byck & Scot Covington

Rene Byck - Co-owner, Paradise Ridge Winery

Being Co-owner of Paradise Ridge winery in Santa Rosa Ca, is a dream job for sure. With his brother in law Dan Barwick making award winning wines, support from the entire family, and one of the most beautiful wineries in the United States, Rene is sitting on top of the world. Located at the north end of Santa Rosa, the winery and vineyards are one of the most popular spots for events in the wine country. There is a long list of special reasons to visit throughout the year, the outdoor Art Garden is beyond compare. As one of the extraordinary venues for weddings, you can't miss, when you are in Sonoma County, stopping at Paradise Ridge.


 Scot Covington - Winemaker, Trione Winery

Just outside of Geyserville in the Alexander Valley, Scot is the Winemaker at Trione Winery. With a long history in Sonoma County the Trione Family found a gem  of a winemaker in Scot and he is producing wines winning major awards. A world traveler, with a degree from Fresno State, the choice to premier the winery with Scot at the helm has worked perfectly. We talk about the Sonoma scene and what is happening with the 2017 vintage.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3/29 Larry Van Aalst talks to George Christie & Ray Johnson

George Christie - Founder & CEO, Wine Industry Network 

Involved in the wine business for many years, George sits on agency boards, has worked for Northern California Wineries that are household names, and now runs a newsletter that gives you more information than any other. We talk about Spring in Sonoma, politics and wine, and the prospect of a great 2017 vintage.







Ray Johnson -  Director of the Wine Business Institute, Sonoma State University 

Educator, Author, Wine Competition Maven, and all around good guy, Ray is with us to talk about the new building at Sonoma State University. The Wine Business Program is off to a great start and is already known around the world. With the addition of the hub of the program, the students will enjoy state of the art surroundings on their way to a Masters Degree in Wine Business. We talk about the progress and the date we expect the opening. With the addition of the Green Center a few years ago, world class entertainment is at hand and expect more great things all about wine.