Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4/26 Larry Van Aalst talks to 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, 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. 

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.