SIP Wine Education Episodes

Watch Previous SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education Episodes

Episode 1: Red Blends

This episode aired LIVE on February 26, 2021. During the session we learned about Bordeaux style reds and field blends.

Wines tasted during this session:
Viszlay Vineyards 2014 ‘Five Vines’ Red Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
Spicy Vines 2015 ‘Edge’ Red Blend, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Episode 2: Inspiration form the Rhône Valley

For this week’s wine class, we will learn about the famous Rhône wine region and talk about Rhône style wines.
Wines tasted during this session:
Loomis Estate Vineyards 2018 ‘Ember’ Red, Love Kalhor Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA
Lampyridae Vineyards 2018 Grenache, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 3: The Cabernet Debate

For this week’s wine class, we discuss the terroir of Napa Valley and Sonoma and compare two Cabernet Sauvignon’s from those two regions. We also toast Mr. Steven Spurrier.
Wines tasted during this event:
Goldschmidt Vineyards 2016 Yoeman Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA
Sciandri Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 4: French Origins of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the history origins and tasting profiles of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. All attendees are welcome to turn their cameras on to participate, ask questions or share comments.
Wines tasted during this event:
JAX Vineyards 2018 Calesa Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, CA
Honrama Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 5: Site Specific Grape Sourcing

For this week’s wine class, we talked about the importance of site specific grape sourcing. Special guest Winemaker Chad Angelo of Angelo Cellars joined this session to discuss his Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wines tasted during this event:

Angelo Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak AVA, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 6: Demystifying Grape Clones

For this week’s wine class, we talk about clones with special guest Winemaker Kim Vance of Zoetic Wines. During the session you will learn the difference between single clone Pinot Noir and a clone-blend Pinot Noir. The winemaker will also talk about the Russian River Valley and Edna Valley AVAs.
Wines tasted during this event:
Zoetic Wines 2016 ‘Pommard’ Edna Ranch Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, CA
Zoetic Wines 2016 Edna Ranch Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, CA

Episode 7: Oaked vs Unoaked Chardonnay and Food Pairings

For this week’s wine class, we will talk about the differences in aging process between an oaked and unoaked Chardonnay. Special guests and Feeding The Soul Podcast Hosts Sommelier/Educator/Author John Laloganes and Chef/Educator Wook Kang join this session to talk about structural components of each wine and recommended food pairings.

Wines tasted during this session:
Knights Bridge Winery 2018 Chardonnay, Knights Valley, CA
Tonti Family Wines 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, CA

Episode 8: Organic Vineyard Management Practices

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the importance of organic vineyard management. Special guests Partner/Director of Sales Bettina Sichel and Winemaker Randall Watkins of Laurel Glen Vineyard join this session to talk about the winery’s mission and journey to becoming CCOF certified vineyard.
Wine tasted during this session:
Laurel Glen Vineyard 2016 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, CA

Episode 9: The Artistry of Making Rosé Wine

For this week’s wine class, we will talk about the winemaking process of rosé. Special guest Winemaker Adam Hersly of Hersly Wines will join this session to talk about rosé wine production methods. Please purchase the following wine to have for the event, or acquire a SIP Kit:

Wines tasted during this session:

Hersly Wines 2019 ‘Mae’ Rosé of Merlot, Napa Valley, CA

Also discussed: Hersly Wines 2015 Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 10: Winemaking Practices of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the winemaking process of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Special guest Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt Vineyards joins this session to talk about harvest, crush and fermentation steps for each wine.

Wines tasted during this session:

Goldschmidt Vineyards 2018 Charming Creek ‘Hilary Goldschmidt” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley, CA

Goldschmidt Vineyards 2018 ‘Fog’s Edge’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA

Episode 11: The Evolution of Zinfandel

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the history of Zinfandel. Special guest Winemaker Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards will join this session to talk about the grape’s heritage and the best places to find great Zinfandel.

Wines tasted during this session:

Inspiration Vineyards 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Inspiration Vineyards 2018 Gallaway Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA

Episode 12: The Art of Crafting Sparkling Wine

For this week’s wine class, we will talk about the art of crafting sparkling wine. Special guest Winemaker/Viticulturist Ana Keller of Keller Estate will join this session to talk about the grapes and winemaking methods, including Méthode Champonaise.
Wines tasted during this session:
Keller Estate 2015 Brut Rosé, La Cruz Vineyard, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA

Episode 13: Oak Aging

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the use of oak barrels in winemaking. Special guest Winemaker Michael Trujillo of Trujillo Wines will join this session to share his expertise.

Wines tasted during this session:

Trujillo Wines 2019 Madelyn Rosé, Napa Valley, CA
Trujillo Wines 2018 Madelyn Red Cuvée, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 14: The Russian River Valley AVA

For this week’s wine class, we talk about the Russian River Valley AVA with special guest Viticulturist/Winemaker Lise Asimont of Dot Wine.

Wine tasted during this session:
Dot Wine 2018 Lolita Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA

Episode 15: Climate Change vs Wine

For this week’s wine class, we talk about climate change and its effect on grapes and winemaking with special guest Viticulturist/Winemaker Scott Sisemore of Waxwing Wine Cellars.
Wine tasted during this session:
Waxwing Wine Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, CA

Episode 16: Oxygen in Wine – The Good and The Bad

For this week’s wine class, we will talk about oxygen and wine. We’ll discuss aeration, decanting and wine preserving methods with special guest Tom Lutz, Ph.D., Scientist & Inventor of Repour Wine Saver.
Wine tasted during this event:
Trotter 1/16 Winery ‘Ben’s Blend’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley

Episode 17: Pairing Wine with Grilled Meats and BBQ

For this week’s wine class, we will talk about wine pairings for grilled and barbecued foods. We’ll discuss styles of wines that best pair with summer grilling with special guests Sommelier/Author/Educator John Laloganes and Chef/Educator Wook Kang of Feeding The Soul Podcast.
Wines we tasted at this event:

Episode 18: Why Store and Age Wine in Caves?

For this wine class, we will talk about wine caves and storing and aging wine in caves. Special guest Winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche will also talk about the unique soils and terroir of White Rock Vineyards.

Wines we tasted at this event:

White Rock Vineyards 2018 Claret, Napa Valley, CA

White Rock Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 19: What Makes a Wine Age-Worthy?

Streaming LIVE from Napa Valley! For this wine class, we will talk about age worthiness of wine. Special guest Winemaker Ignacio Delgadillo Jr. will also talk about the unique method of aging and holding wine and releasing when it’s aged to drinking perfection.

Wines we tasted at this event:

Delgadillo Cellars 2016 “The Red” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA

Delgadillo Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 20: Refreshing White Wine Varieties for Summer

Proprietor Jack Seifrick of Cast Wines talks about the vineyard sources and characteristics that make perfect summer sippers and share summer food pairings.

Wines we taste at this event:

Cast Wines 2020 Bucher Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Cast Wines 2020 Front Porch Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Episode 21: What is Pét Nat?

Learn about the labor-intensive winemaking method of producing Pét Nat from grape to glass with Winemaker Elise Nerlove of Elkhorn Peak Cellars. We will discuss the origins of this sparkling wine and what makes it a perfect warm weather sipper.

Wines we taste at this event:

Elkhorn Peak Cellars 2020 Pét Nat of Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, CA

 Episode 22: The Art of Blending Wine

For this wine class, we will talk about the art and science of blending wines.

Special guest Winemaker Cindy Cosco of Passaggio Wines will join us to talk about unique blending techniques and her winemaking philosophy.

Wines we tasted at this event:

Passaggio Wines 2017 ‘Connect’ Bordeaux Style Red Blend, Sonoma, CA

Episode 23: Deconstructing Bordeaux Blends

Special guest Winemaker Bryan Kane of Sol Rouge Vineyard & Winery and Howell Mountain Vineyards joins us to talk about using grapes often meant for blending in single varietal bottlings to showcase their true characteristics.

Wines we will taste at this event:

Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Red Hills, Lake County, CA

Howell Mountain Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 24: Napa’s Italian History

Special guest Katie Migliavacca of Migliavacca Wine Company joins us to talk about her Italian heritage and how her great-great-grandfather Giacomo Migliavacca, an Italian immigrant, helped put Napa’s wine industry on the map

Wine we tasted at this event:

Migliavacca Wine Co. 2018 Sangiovese, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 25: Napa Chenin Blanc

Special guests Winemaker/Co-Founder Shaina Harding and Co-Founder Natalie Coughlin Hall of Gaderian Wines will join this session to discuss Chenin Blanc and its origins.

Wine we tasted at this event:

Gaderian Wines 2019 Henry Ranch Chenin Blanc, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 26: The Importance of Acidity and Aromatics in Food Pairing

Special guest Winemaker Steve Law of MacLaren Wine joins this session to discuss how a wine’s acidity and aromatics impact food pairings.

Wine we tasted at this event:

MacLaren Wine 2020 ‘Aida’ Viognier, Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

 

Episode 27: Food & Wine Pairings Pt.1 – Holiday Meals

For this wine class, we will learn about how to pair food and wine for the holiday season.

Special guest Proprietor Ross Halleck of Halleck Vineyard joins us to talk about the food friendly Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer wines.

Wines we tasted at this event:

Halleck Vineyard 2017 Three Sons Cuvée of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Halleck Vineyard 2019 Dry Gewürztraminer, Calandrelli Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA

Episode 28: Food & Wine Pairings Pt.2 – Holidays and Beyond

Feeding the Soul Podcast hosts, Chef Wook Kang and Sommelier/Educator John Laloganes are joining the show to help us understand more about pairing food with Syrah by demonstrating braising and stewing techniques. Get ready to learn how to impress your guests this holiday with a hearty meal.

Wine we will taste at this event:

Goosecross 2016 Syrah, Napa Valley, CA

Episode 29: Discovering the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA with Red Car

Winemaker Tanner Scheer from Red Car joins this virtual session to talk about the under-the-radar Fort Ross-Seaview AVA in Sonoma County.

Wine we will taste at this event:

Red Car 2018 Estate Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, Sonoma County, CA

 

 

All Other Previous SIP Episodes

This YouTube Playlist has all 46 episodes from the first year of SIP. Hit play to start watching, or use the video controls to go to the next episode.

What is SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education Series?

Cellar Angels is excited to bring you SIP Virtual Wine Tasting and Educationan online event series for wine club members and wine enthusiasts looking to expand their understanding of the art and science of the winemaking process.These informative, interactive and educational wine webinars are free to attend and feature select topics each week related to the production of hand-crafted wines from the world-famous wine regions, Napa Valley and Sonoma. Each episode involves a presentation of the weekly topic and may also include:

  1. Google Earth flyovers of vineyards,
  2. Poll questions to test your knowledge (or humor),
  3. Attendee Q&A via chat or on camera,
  4. And of course, interviews with winemakers and industry professionals who share their knowledge, experience and prospective. 

Weekly topics range from food and wine pairings, biodynamic/organic/sustainable winemaking, vineyard maintenance practices, what it takes to start a winery, grape varietals & clones, how to read wine labels and much more.

How it Works

1. Acquire the wines corresponding with each eventTo join and “SIP” along with us, simply purchase the wines corresponding with each event. All wines are featured on the Cellar Angels marketplace individually or participants can purchase selections for  four consecutive weeks by acquiring the SIP Virtual Wine Tasting Kit, which also includes a set of four Repour Wine Savers and a 6-bottle wine tote. View the event schedule and SIP Kit details below.Please note: the SIP Kit changes every week! New SIP Kits are released Thursdays of each week, and two weeks ahead of the events to allow proper time to ship the wines.

2. Register one time only for the series on zoom and receive a reminder each week an hour in advance of the event. Episodes are hosted by Cellar Angels CEO, Martin Cody and live stream on select Friday’s at 7pm Central Time (5pm PT/8ET).
How to Join

View Schedule of upcoming virtual wine tasting events here.

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