Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3/15 Larry Van Aalst talks with Tim McDonald & Jim Gordon

 Tim McDonald - Founder, Wine Spoken Here 
A part of two of the best wine competitions in California, Tim is also a principle in Wine Spoken Here. The Central Coast Wine Competition, and The San Francisco International, are just around the corner and Mr. McDonald has a big job ahead of him. We talk about the logistics of staging an international event, and all about the Paso Robles Competition.


Jim Gordon - Editor, Wines and Vines Magazine 

Jim is with us in part to talk about a huge cork seminar in the works and what's new in the field of closures. We talk about the newest approaches to making world class wine, and his outlook for the now well watered vineyards in California.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3/1 Larry Van Aalst talks with Beth Costa & Dan Barwick

 Beth Costa - Executive Director, Wine Road Northern Sonoma County

Being the person in charge of The Wine Road in Sonoma County, this also means you are the host of the worlds largest wine event. Beth has been hosting the Barrel Tasting for years now. Including more than 100 wineries, you have a chance to taste barrel samples, current releases, and meet principles in some of Northern California's best. We talk about this huge event scheduled for two weekends in March, and Beth will give you the inside scoop on how to have the best time on the Road.


Dan Barwick - Winemaker, Paradise Ridge Winery  

Winemaker and part of the family at Paradise Ridge Winery, Dan is a pro at putting together a great time at Paradise Ridge during the Barrel Tasting season. A favorite stop for CRN's Mike Horn, this Santa Rosa winery Is a must visit. Award winning wines, beautiful vistas, and the best outdoor art gallery in Sonoma County make for an unforgettable experience. Dan along with Beth Costa will fill you in on the best way to join the fun for the biggest of wine country events.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2/15 Larry Van Aalst talks to The Count & Barry Lawrence

 Agoston Haraszthy - The Count, Buena Vista Winery

Buena Vista Winery has one of the most recognized figures in Northern California as the goodwill ambassador . The Count, in period costume and his trademark stovepipe hat, hosts dinners, leads tours, and brings the spirit of the founder of the oldest winery in Sonoma alive. We talk about the developments at Buena Vista, and how you can participate in the total experience.




Barry Lawrence - Founder, Eagle Ridge Winery 

Author, educator, fixture in both food and wine in Sonoma County and around the world, Founder of Eagle Ridge Winery, and a commercial pilot. Barry is also a historian, and tells us of the Count at Buena Vista Winery. Barry has stories for us all.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2/1 Larry Van Aalst talks to Miro Tcholakov & Elizabeth Slater

 Miro Tcholakov - Vice President of Winemaking, Trentadue Winery  

Being the Vice President of winemaking at Trentadue Winery, and having his own brand, Miro Wines, Mr. Tcholakov is one of  the stars in Sonoma County. Coming off a sweepstakes prize at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and a quick trip to visit family in Bulgaria Miro has jetted in to be on this weeks show. Especially involved in Rhone style wines, he is with us to talk about the new releases from both wineries, and the effect of a major win at the worlds largest competition of American wines.


Elizabeth Slater - Founder, In Short Direct Marketing 

A savant in the marketing field, Elizabeth is the founder of In Short Direct Marketing. A veteran in the Wine Industry and a Motivational Speaker, Elizabeth is here to talk about the future of California Wines, and in specific, the Wine Label Competition she runs in Northern California. A long time friend and a fixture in the business, lends for great stories and insight into all things wine.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1/18 Larry Van Aalst talks with Christopher O' Gorman & Jim Caudill





New in his position as Director of Communications at Rodney Strong Vineyards, Chris is a veteran of the Northern California wine industry. We talk about the new food program at Rodney Strong, and the recent releases. Having just finished the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Chris tells us the big winners and all about the judging.






Jim, a long time employee at some of the biggest and best wine producers in California, now has taken over one of the largest portfolios of  the wine business. Jim is also a long time Judge at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and is here to talk about the largest competition of American Wines in the world!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1/4 Larry Van Aalst talks to Christopher Paige & Dan Berger

 Christopher Paige - CEO, California Human Development

California Human Development, is a non profit social services agency. Chris talks about the future of farmworkers in the vineyards and across the agricultural areas of all California. We learn that what a bottle of wine costs today, may not be what it costs two years from now.








A good friend of CRN, Dan talks about the outlook for the 2016 vintage. A member of the roundtable on "The Drive with Steve Jaxon" on KSRO Radio, Dan is the go to guy in Santa Rosa for news in the industry.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

12/21 Larry Van Aalst talks with Chris Russi & Will Seppi

 Chris Russi - Winemaker, Comstock Winery

Chris heads up one of the newest teams in the area. After making a name at Christopher Creek Winery, his latest venture puts him on the map as one of the best around. Not only exceptional
in his job, Chris is THE nice guy in Northern California, and my favorite guest for the Christmas Show!








Will Seppi - President, Costeaux French Bakery

For more than ten years Will has been heading up Costeaux French Bakery, an icon in Sonoma County. With sweeps in the medals department at our local fairs, and a national Best Bakery in the United States Award, Costeaux is the place to put together a picnic for your day of tasting, or to stop by the Bistro for a real treat. Will gives us his hints for what to do during the holidays, and how he puts together the thousands of loaves of bread for the upcoming Chronicle Wine Competition.