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The Color of Wine Presents: Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones

The Color of Wine Presents: Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones

Update: 2017-10-25
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As a Louisiana native, the love of good food and drink is coded in Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones’ DNA. It is as much a part of her winemaking journey as her early experiences in Napa Valley as a plant pathologist working on diseases of wine grapes. Experiencing Napa Valley first as a research scientist helped to formulate her deep respect and appreciation for vineyards and the abundant wealth of grape varieties sown on those diverse soils. Although Dr. Jones’ focus in the early years was on the plant diseases that affected wine grapes, she later developed a new kinship with winemaking. This adventure in winemaking was born of her personal quest for true “joie de vivre,” joy of living!  Following employment with the United States government as first a plant bacteriologist and later a national security analyst, Dawna sourced grapes for her first vintage, a Napa Valley Merlot, in 2010. Darjean Jones Wines is the culmination of an enduring affair with wine, fermentation science and the microbes responsible for the magic. Darjean Jones award winning wines are spirited, adventurous and possess a charisma that will seduce wine lovers of all kinds. It is a small family owned winery specializing in boutique wines from California’s most acclaimed growing regions. The objective at Darjean Jones is to produce wine that imbibes the essence of the quintessential California vintage with a uniqueness of character only achieved through artisanal winemaking.  Darjean Jones wines are produced in small lots with epic intention…“joie de vivre,” joy of living! The support and fearless encouragement of her husband, Dr. Chauncey Jones, completes her circle. The Jones’ travel to Napa, California often to nurture their current wine vintages, but make their primary home in Houston, Texas with their two children Chase and Ava. The best odysseys in life involve seemingly purposeful wandering to a most unexpected and glorious destination. At some point, if we are lucky, we allow our moments in life to merge equaling the entirety of who we are. Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones is a proud alum of the University of California Davis (Ph.D., 2004) and Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (B.S., 1997). For More Information: www.darjeanjoneswines Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @darjeanjoneswines Damien Escobar: http://dameesco.com/ Bordeaux, France: http://ca.france.fr/en/discover/bordeaux
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The Color of Wine Presents: Melody Fuller, Founder of The Oakland Wine Festival
In the second episode of our fourth season we had the pleasure of speaking with Melody Fuller, Founder of the Oakland Wine Festival! In our conversation we talked about: · The Exceptional Vine · Inclusion of Women of Color in the Wine Industry · Growing up with a strong Mother · So much more! Melody’s Bio: I am an independent professional wine, food, and travel writer. I write books, white papers, articles, and I engage in exciting publishing opportunities to educate, inform, and entertain. For many years, I traveled locally and around the world learning about wine, food, meeting vintners, and building relationships one sip at a time. I filmed my first TV show at Pebble Beach Food and Wine. For two years I was invited attendee of The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. This is a tremendous honor and high recognition of the work that I do. On the eve of the 2014 Symposium, I was having dinner with a dear friend in St. Helena. My professor, aka, Mr. Robert M. Parker Jr., who was just one table away, was dining with friends as well. He and I had a delightful conversation about the days to come. I capped our evening by correctly opening and pouring my friend’s wine for him and by accurately blind guessing the four wines he and his companions were enjoying. I am a wine educator, leading a couple of monthly wine tasting clubs and simply being a friend and taster at another wine club that meets every other month. I look forward to your continued support of the Oakland Wine Festival! The Last Five Sips: 1. If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? The best wine money can buy to drink with the top 10 decision makers in the wine industry 2. Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Grandparents, Parents and Son 3. What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Trade Newsletters, Wine Magazines and Wine Books 4. What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Don’t wait! Travel to Wine Country 5. When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Classical and lite Jazz How you can connect with Melody on Social Media: Website: http://oaklandwinefestival.com/ Facebook: @oaklandwinefestival Instagram: @oakwinefest and #owff2018 Email: winemakers@oaklandwinefestival.com Resource Links: https://www.opusonewinery.com/ https://www.rombauer.com/ https://www.silveroak.com/ http://www.lobowines.com/ http://www.sonoma.edu/
The Color of Wine Presents: Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine Shop
In this our first episode of our fourth season we had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine Shop! In our conversation we talked about: Rosé Growlers Confidence and Standing Tall US Wine Culture Rosé Wine Club So much more! Sarah’s Bio Sarah Pierre is the Owner/Managing Partner of 3 Parks Wine Shop in Atlanta, established in 2013. Sarah received a Bachelors of Science from Georgia State University in 2004, but decided shortly after graduation to continue working in restaurants and pursue a career in Hospitality. Sarah grew up being passionate about food and the culinary world surrounding it. Prior to opening 3 Parks Wine, Sarah spent most of her career working and managing in notable restaurants in Atlanta and New York City including, but not limited to Twist Restaurant & Lounge, Houston’s Restaurant, Maialino, & Bacchanalia. Her passion for hospitality and her love for food and wine led to the success of 3 Parks Wine Shop. She opened the store with hopes of creating a comfortable, welcoming, and quaint space to purchase wine. A place for wine lovers, and those eager to learn. Her background in restaurant management and hospitality resulted in a wine shop where people spent time, hang out, listen to music, kick back and enjoy wine. It’s a nice spin on the average wine retail store. A fun place to be...where everybody knows your name. When Sarah is not in the shop tasting and teaching wines, or just having fun with her customers, she is learning french, dining at all the restaurants, working out, spending time with friends and family, or planning her next big trip. But usually, she’s planning a trip. Whether traveling domestic or internationally, Sarah is in her comfort zone. To maintain Sarah’s knowledge in the food and wine industry, each year she includes a trip to a wine region spending time with winemakers and local farmers. She is also curating international wine trips where she will be traveling with a group of wine lovers to her her favorite regions. Her goal is to eventually take 2-3 group trips a year! She is also gearing up to take her French Wine Scholar Exam. Sarah has received coverage in print and broadcast including CNN, Thrillist, Eater Atlanta, Mailchimp, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many more. 3 Parks also recieved top 10 Wine Shops in the US and #1 the South East in 2017!  Keep an eye out for “Sarah P’s Social Suppers” and her thoughtfully curated 2019 Trip to France! The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? DRC Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Julia Child and Michele Obama What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Speaking to Importers, Distributors, Wine Makers and reading Bon Appetit What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Take your time and enjoy life a little more When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? I listen to more music in the morning; Trap Music, Classical, Country, Podcasts (in French) How you can connect with Sarah on Social Media: Website: www.3parkswine.com Facebook: @3parkswine Instagram: @sarahpierre1 and @3parkswine Twitter: @sarahfoodandwine and @3parkswine Resource Links: www.romanee-conti.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growler_(jug) https://www.bonappetit.com
The Color of Wine Presents: Alisha Calvert
In this our eighth and final episode of our third season we had the pleasure of speaking with Alisha Calvert! In our conversation we talked about: Rosé Rosé Rosé Somm Slam Wince Certification Exams Blind Tasting So much more! Alisha’s Bio  Alisha Blackwell-Calvert, a St. Louis native, began working in restaurants in 2004 after studying Equestrian Science and Biology at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. In 2007, her passion grew for wine and food pairing while waiting tables at fine seafood restaurant Oceano Bistro in Clayton, MO. Blackwell-Calvert was inspired to continue learning and decided to pursue a career in wine sales. She began her rep career with Ionia Atlantic Imports in 2012, where Italian wine became a specialty, followed by wholesale distributor Vintegrity Wine & Spirits in 2015. It was in early 2017 when Reeds American Table approached her with a Sommelier position. Reeds American Table, where she is the current Beverage Director, has received Wine Enthusiast Magazine's award for Top 100 Wine Restaurants two years in a row, the single St. Louis restaurant listed in 2017. Feast Magazine has named her a "Raising Star" for 2018. Alisha is a Certified Sommelier and received the 2015 Walter Clore Certified Sommelier Scholarship for top score at the Kansas City exam that July. She also attained the Certified Specialist of Wine certification through the Society of Wine Educators in early 2015 with a 99% score. Blackwell-Calvert is currently preparing to sit for the French Wine Scholar and Advanced Sommelier examinations. In her free time, Alisha enjoys working with draft horses for Brookdale Farms. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Domaine Romanée Conti (DRC) – Pinot Noir Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Beyoncé What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Guild of Sommeliers Website What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Follow your passion. Save Money – Invest and prepare for a better future When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Beyoncé, Nirvana, Green Day, Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell, Marilyn Manson How you can connect with Alisha on Social Media: Facebook: @exquisitevines Instagram: @exquisitevines and @reeds_stl Twitter: @exquisitevines   Resource Links: https://reedsamericantable.com/ alloywineworks.com http://www.elioperrone.it/en/bigaro.php https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/a-complete-guide-to-wine-from-the-canary-islands/ http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/champagne-sparkling-wine/englands-sparkling-wines-rival-champagne http://beacontavern.com/events/sommslam https://www.guildsomm.com/ http://www.romanee-conti.com/#/Accueil https://www.beyonce.com/
The Color of Wine Presents: Dalia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards
In this Seventh episode of our third season we had the pleasure of speaking with Dalia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards! In our conversation we talked about: Mole and Cabernet Sauvignon La Tapatia The Ceja Family Legacy Bubbles! So much more! Dalia’s Bio Dalia Ceja has been surrounded by wine, food and travel her entire life. She may have grown up in the wine industry but she comes from very humble beginnings. In the late 1960’s her grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, worked in the vineyards and settled in the Napa Valley. With her parents as her role models, hard work and education have been the forefront of Dalia’s drive to excel. In 2008 she graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Marketing & Communications. After graduating from college she departed on a six month “Study Abroad” backpacking journey through South America, learning, exploring and enriching her career with real life experiences. This became the anchor for a blog that she would later launch in 2011. In 2010 she brought her expertise to Ceja Vineyards as the Sales and Marketing Director. “A lot of minority wineries are developing their own style,” she says. “For us, it’s been about family and taking wine to a new level.” And for Dalia, being a Ceja means being part of that evolution, which includes promoting awareness of authentic Mexican cuisine and its subtle, complex flavors—the perfect companion for pairings that yield a new wine experience. “Technology and social media have been a great way to expand our presence,” she says of the tweeting and blogging she does regularly. It is, however, cooking and the Ceja approach to wine and food that continue to be the biggest factor in opening doors. Dalia’s growing role in the culinary world is reflected in the expanding presence of food on the winery’s website, www.cejavineyards.com, and on YouTube, where she has published cooking demonstration videos. In 2011 Dalia was named "Woman of the Year" through the Napa Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her entrepreneurial leadership and charitable contributions. In May of 2011 she launched her own blog and website – www.daliaceja.com. She highlights her own passions to creatively focus on wine, fashion, food, travel and fiestas! In 2012 she partnered with NakedWines.com as a consulting winemaker and launched her own wines under the La Tapatia wine label exclusively selling a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is currently on her 5th wine vintage. “You’re never too young or too old to explore your passions,” says Dalia, who is grateful to her parents for encouraging her to do just that. In 2014 she graduated from Sonoma State University and received her M.B.A. in Wine Marketing and Business. With her personal flare and her passion for fashion, wine, cooking and travel, Dalia is set to leave her mark. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? A bottle of Moet Chandon Grand Cru Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Frida Kahlo What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Because of her job, Dalia reads to unwind. The last book she read was: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Follow your passion. If you love what you do and have a passion for it, you will never have to work a day in your life When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Gypsy Kings – per Alexa How you can connect with Dalia online and on Social Media: Online: https://www.daliaceja.com Online: https://www.cejavineyards.com/ Facebook: @cejavineyards and @daliaceja Instagram: @cejavineyards and @daliaceja Instagram: @cejavineyards and @daliaceja Twitter: @cejavineyards and @daliaceja Pinterest: @cejavineyards YouTube: @cejavineyards Resource Links: https://www.visitmexico.com/en/main-destinations/jalisco https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/ http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/mrs-ceja-goes-to-washington-smithsonian-shines-a-spotlight-on/article_f67e4b79-5677-5300-b5a6-e2dd32e2149c.html https://us.nakedwines.com/products/la-tapatia-pinot-noir-carneros-2016 https://shop.schramsberg.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=MID&CAT=CR https://us.moet.com/Our-Champagnes https://www.amazon.com/dp/0307887448/ref=sxnav_sxwds-tsp_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3524131402&pd_rd_wg=UyfCV&pf_rd_r=SPYEZHFSHCQD92Y45M9E&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-nav&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=0307887448&pd_rd_w=IqeLM&pf_rd_i=ready+player+one&pd_rd_r=27c82f06-dd7c-439f-9154-ebf2726cd947&ie=UTF8&qid=1521572783&sr=1 www.gipsykings.com
The Color of Wine presents: Paul Charles of Charles Wine Company
In this fifth episode of our third season we had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Charles of Charles Wine Company! In our conversation we talked about: Being one of 16 children! Wine Kits Jungle Juice Lodi, CA So much more! Paul’s Bio: The Los Angeles-based Charles Wine Company was founded by Paul Charles, De’Ondre Charles and Dr. Cherise Moore in 2012 and launched its first label in 2014. Their dream started in 2007 with a trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country for wine tasting, which lead them to the cellar with the winemaker/owner doing a barrel tasting. This introduction sparked Paul’s interest to purchase his first premium wine kit, which began their journey. After a few successful bottles, Paul decided to convert his backyard into a small vineyard, growing a few rows of Cabernet and Zinfandel. The grapes were crushed by hand to produce our first bottle of wine. Paul landed a side job in the industry and began to work for a large wine producer selling their Boutique wines along the California Coast in large box store outlets. Then after, Paul started his own Wine Broker service (Varietal Wine Brokers) and distributed premium/boutique wines for five wineries. The Team took two weeks to travel across the United States visiting wineries from Florida to California. Then after they started their journey abroad, stopping off in Spain, France, Switzerland, Greece and Italy. They also made it a priority to meet and work with winemakers at their various stops, whose passion rubbed off on Paul enough he decided to launch their own label. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? The most expensive wines in Bordeaux and sharing them with Friends Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Grandmother, Father and President Obama What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Being “in the field” and out there talking to people What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Keep moving and don’t’ settle! When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? West Coast Rap (Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar) and R&B How you can connect with Paul online and on Social Media: Online: https://charleswineco.com/ Instagram: @charleswineco Email: info@charleswineco.com Resource Links: https://www.goldenstarvineyards.com/shop-wine http://www.lodiwine.com/ https://www.winemakersdepot.com/Wine-Kits-Listed-by-Brand-C39.aspx?gclid=Cj0KCQjwkKPVBRDtARIsAA2CG6Fj3IDL-mvsPGl62t4IUt-Mb2cBx7tp44PfEB22_aU26z06Jv_cILEaAqy1EALw_wcB
The Color of Wine Presents: Sherrijon Gaspard of Vina Sympatica
In this fifth episode of our third season we had the pleasure of speaking with Sherrijon Gaspard! Sherrijon is owner of Vina Sympatica. In our conversation we talked about: Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles Wanting more hours in the day The Vina Life Natural vs Artificial Flavors So much more! Sherrijon Gaspard’s Bio Ms. Gaspard is the driving force and visionary behind Vina Sympatica. An accomplished client services professional, Ms. Gaspard has extensive experience successfully developing and implementing integrated marketing and client satisfaction programs. As a founding partner of EOS Ventures, LLC, she utilized her talent by fusing both marketing and client satisfaction business principles, as demonstrated by the dynamic combination of her Pepperdine MBA and highly successful marketing and client services experience. Her work experience includes over nineteen years at Alaska Airlines as a flight attendant where she has been creative and resourceful in generating new ideas and solutions applicable to both the in-flight department as well as the labor union. Prior to this, she worked in the entertainment industry, in the development and production of major motion pictures and episodic television shows. She also has in-depth experience in hospitality, team building and enhancing the customer experience while preserving/elevating brand management. A visionary with a keen eye for detail, strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects on time and on budget, high quality deliverables and customer satisfaction are ensured. Effective working both independently and as part of a team, she has an exceptional ability to build strong relationships with internal corporate clients, channel partners and external suppliers. Ms. Gaspard received her B.A. with honors in Women’s Studies and Film Studies from California State University Long Beach in 1996 and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business Management in 2009. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Any wine from Chateau De Gaspard Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Gloria Ferrer What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Business, Silicon Valley Bank Wine Report What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Be Bold and Be Strident When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mudbug Brass and Celia Cruz How you can connect with Sherrijon online and on Social Media: Online: www.vinasympatica.com Facebook: @vinasympatica Instagram: @vinasympatica Twitter: @vinasympatica Email: sherrijon@vinasympatica.com Resource Links: https://www.gloriaferrer.com/ https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ https://www.winebusiness.com/ https://www.svb.com/wine-report/ www.mudbugbrass.com/ http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/ https://www.biography.com/people/etta-james-9542558 http://www.billieholiday.com/ https://celiacruz.com/ http://hillersden.com/our-wines/sparkling-sauvignon-blanc/
The Color of Wine presents: Chef Rhonda Russell
In this fourth episode of our third season we had the pleasure of speaking with Chef Rhonda Russell! Chef Rhonda is the only African American woman to hold the title of Executive Chef of Wine Arts, in the US. In our conversation we talked about: How growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana has influenced her wines Working to teach kids about healthy eating habits Tasting Blinfolded! Picking Mayhaw’s Lodi, CA So much more! Chef Rhonda’s Bio Chef Rhonda Russell is an Executive Chef of Wine Arts, Winemaker and owner of Taste Collection Cellars. As the only African American woman to carry this title in the U.S. she works tirelessly to not only teach, educate and demystify food and wine lovers on unique flavor pairings and combinations she is also passionate about educating children on the love of good food. Chef Rhonda volunteers monthly to teach fourth graders in Houston, Texas how to cook their own food using fresh, healthy and local ingredients. She also just launched the Taste the World subscription box – a subscription box for worldly wine lovers where she can share her extensive wine and food knowledge with the public. Born and raised in the deep food culture of Louisiana, it didn’t take long for Chef Rhonda to discover her passion for food. Many of her best childhood memories revolve around food and days spent absorbing every bit of knowledge from her grandmother’s kitchen and dishes, lots of dishes. With her passion for food ignited, Rhonda pursued formal training at the Culinary Business Academy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, earning the title of a Certified Personal Chef. Rhonda then began a career as a personal Chef in her city of Houston, Texas, with a focus on Creole and Cajun cooking. Shortly thereafter, she began training at the International Wine Guild, completing her studies in Old World and New World wine regions and earning the title, Executive Chef of Wine Arts and Winemaker. With her advanced knowledge of food and wine, Chef Rhonda enjoys finding ways to bring out the superb taste in a wide array of food through colorful food combinations and inspired wine pairings. Her keen sense of taste brought her to create her own wine collection, Taste Collection Cellars. Chef Rhonda’s passion is to educate and demystify both wine and the food that first sparked her imagination, Creole and Cajun cooking. Chef Rhonda is a member of the world renowned United States Personal Chefs Association, James Beard Foundation, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the International Wine Guild as a Certified Sommelier. She also appeared, as a contestant on Food Network’s “Cooks vs Cons” in 2016 on Season 2. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Any wine produced from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Edna Lewis and Leah Chase What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Oxford Companion to Wine and Wine Atlas What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Walk in your Purpose When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Lindsey Webster and Damien Escobar How you can connect with Chef Rhonda online and on Social Media: Online: www.tastebychefrhonda.com Facebook: @tastebychefrhonda Instagram: @taste_by_chef_rhonda Instagram: @tastecollectioncellars Twitter: @tastebychef Resource Links: https://www.southernliving.com/fruits/berries/what-is-a-mayhaw https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Companion-Wine-Companions/dp/0198705387/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519146554&sr=8-1&keywords=oxford+companion+to+wine https://www.amazon.com/World-Atlas-Wine-7th/dp/1845336895/ref=la_B000APTSNU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519146626&sr=1-1 https://ednalewisfoundation.org http://www.dookychaserestaurant.com/about/chef http://www.lindseywebstermusic.com/ http://dameesco.com/
The Color of Wine Presents: April Richmond of Sip and Swirl Events
Show Notes In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with April Richmond of Sip and Swirl Events.  In this episode we speak to April about: The Non-Traditional route of her Sommelier Journey How being a Flight Attendant helped her with the Service part of the Sommelier Exam What is the Glamp-Out? The Soul of the City Wine Festival in Oakland April's Bio Long Beach, California native, April Richmond, is the Sommelier behind San Francisco Bay Area based,  Sip & Swirl Events, and creator of some the hottest urban wine events in the country. Prior to joining the wine industry, April cut her teeth in the event planning world as one of the Event Planners for Stanford University where she was responsible for managing everything from weddings and press conferences to Passover dinners and staff meetings. Combining her love for wine and event planning, April founded Sip & Swirl Events in 2011 with a goal of bringing together Black winemakers and wine lover's through hosting unique events in unexpected venues. Since then, the company has created a number of signature events including the Soul Of The City Wine Festival, Cupcakes & Corks, The Mystery Wine Tour, and the Wine Country Glamp-Out. The company also offers Sommelier and wine services to a host of private and high-profile corporate clients including Facebook and Ikea USA. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? A $30,000 bottle of wine from a Grocery Store in Paris Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Oprah What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Taste, Taste, Taste and Wine Industry Insight (Lewis Perdue) What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Keep Flying and Don't Settle for the Boy! Start your wine journey now! When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Marcus Johnson, Marcus Anderson, Terrance Blanchard For more information: www.sipndswirlevents.com The Soul of the City Wine Festival: https://www.sipandswirlevents.com/events-1 http://suisunvalley.com/ http://wineindustryinsight.com/?page_id=2 Social Media: Instagram and Facebook: @sipandswirlevents
The Color of Wine Presents: Dorothy J. Gaiter Part 2!
In Part 2 of our second episode of Season 3 we continue talking to Dottie about wine, wine and more wine!! Dorothy’s Bio Dorothy J. Gaiter conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973. She has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as at The Journal. Dottie and John are well-known from their many television appearances, especially on Martha Stewart’s show, and as the creators of the annual “Open That Bottle Night” celebration of wine and friendship, the last Saturday in February. The first bottle they shared was André Cold Duck. We were wine lovers and students of wine for 25 years before we wrote a single word about our very private passion. So it’s still amazing to us to read something like this about ourselves, from George M. Taber’s book, “To Cork or Not to Cork”: “Wine retailers say that they have the greatest impact of any wine critics. After they recommend a wine, it’s hard to keep it in stock.” Or this, from Randall Rothenberg in Advertising Age: “These wine writers have managed to accomplish something most journalists — hell, most businesspeople — can only dream of: creating a bond with their audience.” We certainly couldn’t have imagined being a question on “Jeopardy.” Or having a top-selling wine book. Or Charles Osgood, who called us “the first couple of wine,” interviewing us in our sub-freezing home and getting our electricity restored. Dorothy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1973 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism for which she gave the commencement address in its centennial year. With her husband, she wrote four books, including “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine: New and Improved,” “Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion: Red, White and Bubbly to Celebrate the Joy of Living,” and “Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes From a Marriage.” The Journal nominated Tastings for a Pulitzer Prize. Dorothy and her husband have two daughters who have Bachelor’s degrees. While a student at the University of Missouri, Gaiter served as one of the founding editors of Blackout, a newspaper published by the University of Missouri’s African-American students. Following graduation, Gaiter worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald and an editor at the Miami News before joining The New York Times as a reporter for the week in review section, the metro desk and the style section. In 1984, Gaiter returned to the Miami Herald, where she became the paper’s first African-American female editorial writer and regular Op-Ed columnist. In 1990, Gaiter became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Manhattan and by 1996 she had become the Journal’s national news editor in charge of race and urban affairs coverage. Her writing on race was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and she won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1998, when the Journal launched its Weekend Edition, Gaiter and Brecher, the Journal’s Page One Editor, added the wine column to their regular duties. They became full-time wine columnists in 2000. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Would experience something she has never tasted before in a Nebuchadnezzar (a single bottle that holds 20 bottles of wine) Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Her Parents What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Taste, Taste, Taste, The Grape Collective (link below), Seven Fifty (link below), Wall Street Journal What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Spend time developing and maintaining friendships When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Zoe Brecher, Miles Davis, Bill Evans How you can connect with Dottie online and on Social Media: Facebook: @winecouple Online: www.grapecollective.com Email: djgaiter9@aol.com Resource Links: www.grapecollective.com https://daily.sevenfifty.com/ http://www.juliaconey.com/blog/2018/1/3/your-wine-glass-ceiling-is-my-wine-glass-box-an-open-letter-to-karen-macneil-and-the-wine-industry http://www.paumanok.com/history.html Books: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dorothy+gaiter&sprefix=dorothy+gai%2Caps%2C193&crid=8BC12QHHIFEO
The Color of Wine Presents Dorothy J. Gaiter
Show Notes: In this second episode of our third season we had the honor of speaking with Dorothy Gaiter! Dorothy and her husband John have been studying and tasting wine for 45 years!!! In our conversation we talked about: Writing about Race and Race Relations throughout her career in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s How wine became a respite The first bottle of wine that she shared with her love, John, on their first date Napa and Sonoma, how they have changed Champagne and Train Travel One of the many books she and John wrote, Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes From a Marriage So much more! Dorothy’s Bio Dorothy J. Gaiter conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973. She has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at The Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as at The Journal. Dottie and John are well-known from their many television appearances, especially on Martha Stewart's show, and as the creators of the annual "Open That Bottle Night" celebration of wine and friendship, the last Saturday in February. The first bottle they shared was André Cold Duck. We were wine lovers and students of wine for 25 years before we wrote a single word about our very private passion. So it’s still amazing to us to read something like this about ourselves, from George M. Taber’s book, “To Cork or Not to Cork”: “Wine retailers say that they have the greatest impact of any wine critics. After they recommend a wine, it’s hard to keep it in stock.” Or this, from Randall Rothenberg in Advertising Age: “These wine writers have managed to accomplish something most journalists -- hell, most businesspeople -- can only dream of: creating a bond with their audience.” We certainly couldn’t have imagined being a question on “Jeopardy.” Or having a top-selling wine book. Or Charles Osgood, who called us “the first couple of wine,” interviewing us in our sub-freezing home and getting our electricity restored. Dorothy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1973 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism for which she gave the commencement address in its centennial year. With her husband, she wrote four books, including “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine: New and Improved,” “Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion: Red, White and Bubbly to Celebrate the Joy of Living,” and “Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes From a Marriage.” The Journal nominated Tastings for a Pulitzer Prize. Dorothy and her husband have two daughters who have Bachelor’s degrees. While a student at the University of Missouri, Gaiter served as one of the founding editors of Blackout, a newspaper published by the University of Missouri’s African-American students. Following graduation, Gaiter worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald and an editor at the Miami News before joining The New York Times as a reporter for the week in review section, the metro desk and the style section. In 1984, Gaiter returned to the Miami Herald, where she became the paper’s first African-American female editorial writer and regular Op-Ed columnist. In 1990, Gaiter became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Manhattan and by 1996 she had become the Journal’s national news editor in charge of race and urban affairs coverage. Her writing on race was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and she won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1998, when the Journal launched its Weekend Edition, Gaiter and Brecher, the Journal’s Page One Editor, added the wine column to their regular duties. They became full-time wine columnists in 2000. The Last Five Sips: If money were no object, what bottle of wine would you splurge on and why? Would experience something she has never tasted before in a Nebuchadnezzar (a single bottle that holds 20 bottles of wine) Who would you love to share a bottle with, living or deceased? Her Parents What are some of the things you do or read to keep up to speed on what is happening in the wine industry? Taste, Taste, Taste, The Grape Collective (link below), Seven Fifty (link below), Wall Street Journal What advice would you give you your 22 year old self? Spend time developing and maintaining friendships When you finish your day and sit down with your favorite glass of wine, what is on your music playlist? Zoe Brecher, Miles Davis, Bill Evans How you can connect with Dottie online and on Social Media: Facebook: @winecouple Online: www.grapecollective.com Email: djgaiter9@aol.com Resource Links: www.grapecollective.com https://daily.sevenfifty.com/ http://www.juliaconey.com/blog/2018/1/3/your-wine-glass-ceiling-is-my-wine-glass-box-an-open-letter-to-karen-macneil-and-the-wine-industry Books: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dorothy+gaiter&sprefix=dorothy+gai%2Caps%2C193&crid=8BC12QHHIFEO
The Color of Wine - Lawrence Boone of Lawrence Boone Selections
As a child wine was never in our house and I stumbled upon it later in life during an overnight trip to Barcelona with a friend. Spanish culture and Barcelona in particular has a way of seducing the senses, so I cannot say whether it was the city or the wine, but I do know I was in love! When I returned to the States I decided to become an importer and to learn as much as I could about wine. Slowly this quest to learn as much as possible began consuming all my free time and somehow this still wasn’t enough. I then enrolled in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) program where I’m currently enrolled as a Level 4 Diploma student with aspirations of obtaining the next level of Master of Wine. The process of starting Lawrence Boone Selections has been slow, tedious, and at times daunting. Since I knew no one in the industry I had no idea of the normal channels needed for locating wineries or securing wines. So my wife and I took a list of published Robert Parker ratings from Catalonia (even though I’m not a big fan of ratings) and emailed everyone on the list. Only a few replied back, explaining they already had importers and were happy. We then decided to fly to Spain, rented a car and drove to each winery on that same list to try and personally entice someone to take a chance with a new importer. Our initial trip netted us only one very influential producer and two wines, but with persistence over the past year we have added 9 more wineries and 32 wines across Spain and Sicily. While it has become easier for us to find wines to import, most of these do not represent the qualities we seek in a wine or winemaker. Our goal is to find vintners who create wines that express not only the terroir, but also embodies the vintner’s unique personalities and characteristics. We are dedicated to finding the best Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines sourced from small family owned wineries that are true expressions of their terroir. Recently we’ve also started hosting organized tastings with classes ranging from the basics of wine to in- depth discussions on the intricacies of Biodynamic viticulture. For more information: http://booneselections.com Social Media: Facebook and Instagram: @booneselections Other Links: http://spanishwinecountry.com/ https://www.bevindustry.com/ http://winefolly.com/tutorial/in-search-of-the-best-wines-from-priorat/ https://www.amazon.com/How-Wine-Insider-s-Deborah-Gray/dp/1935879405/ref=dp_ob_image_bk http://winefolly.com/review/what-is-madeira-wine/ https://grutera1.bandcamp.com/
The Color of Wine Presents: Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones
As a Louisiana native, the love of good food and drink is coded in Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones’ DNA. It is as much a part of her winemaking journey as her early experiences in Napa Valley as a plant pathologist working on diseases of wine grapes. Experiencing Napa Valley first as a research scientist helped to formulate her deep respect and appreciation for vineyards and the abundant wealth of grape varieties sown on those diverse soils. Although Dr. Jones’ focus in the early years was on the plant diseases that affected wine grapes, she later developed a new kinship with winemaking. This adventure in winemaking was born of her personal quest for true “joie de vivre,” joy of living!  Following employment with the United States government as first a plant bacteriologist and later a national security analyst, Dawna sourced grapes for her first vintage, a Napa Valley Merlot, in 2010. Darjean Jones Wines is the culmination of an enduring affair with wine, fermentation science and the microbes responsible for the magic. Darjean Jones award winning wines are spirited, adventurous and possess a charisma that will seduce wine lovers of all kinds. It is a small family owned winery specializing in boutique wines from California’s most acclaimed growing regions. The objective at Darjean Jones is to produce wine that imbibes the essence of the quintessential California vintage with a uniqueness of character only achieved through artisanal winemaking.  Darjean Jones wines are produced in small lots with epic intention…“joie de vivre,” joy of living! The support and fearless encouragement of her husband, Dr. Chauncey Jones, completes her circle. The Jones’ travel to Napa, California often to nurture their current wine vintages, but make their primary home in Houston, Texas with their two children Chase and Ava. The best odysseys in life involve seemingly purposeful wandering to a most unexpected and glorious destination. At some point, if we are lucky, we allow our moments in life to merge equaling the entirety of who we are. Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones is a proud alum of the University of California Davis (Ph.D., 2004) and Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (B.S., 1997). For More Information: www.darjeanjoneswines Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @darjeanjoneswines Damien Escobar: http://dameesco.com/ Bordeaux, France: http://ca.france.fr/en/discover/bordeaux
The Color of Wine - Marcia Jones of Urban Connoisseurs
Marcia Jones is Urban Connoisseurs. Marcia has over thirty years as an accomplished professional who developed excellent relationships with major clients in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. During those years she successfully negotiated mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders. In 2011 she became a Social Winepreneur and created Urban Connoisseurs. She integrated her wealth of talent with her passion for wine. Urban Connoisseurs is an added value of sales and marketing for Black owned wineries, winemakers, and/or vintners seeking for further expand their products to the connoisseurs. Initially, Urban Connoisseurs focused on Direct to Consumer sales and marketing through the Urban Connoisseurs Quarterly Wine Club. In the latter half of 2016 Urban Connoisseurs shifted directions and began to market some of her clients’ products to retail. As a wine consultant, Urban Connoisseurs orchestrates the purchase between the vintner and distributor and/or owner. She also helps vintners determine the best strategy to market with brand. Urban Connoisseurs also promotes these vintners through tasting events and tourism. Marcia is working on her first book about the history and present day African Americans in the wine industry. She is also developing a fund to provide scholarships to African American students who want to begin a career in the wine industry. Additionally, beginning fall 2017 Urban Connoisseurs will begin filming the first ever documentary highlighting the lives of six Black Winemakers. Marcia is currently bi-coastal. She shares her time between the east and west coast, spending much of her time with winemakers to better understand their wines and their visions.   For more information: www.urbanconnoisseurs.com http://www.urbanconnoisseurs.com/the-black-winemakers-story.html http://www.urbanconnoisseurs.com/reserve-your-bottle.html https://marionmeadows.com/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4134656/ Social Media Instagram - @wine_talk_marcia Facebook - @urbanconnoisseurs
The Color of Wine - Season 2 - Episode 2 - Shae Frichette
Shae Frichette is Co-owner of Frichette Winery, a limited production winery and tasting room in the Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, USA. As a minority business owner in the Washington wine industry and with her background in leadership, Shae has been provided opportunities to speak at various events sharing her story and skill sets. Shae has completed Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2, is the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient, a recipient of the 2015 Entrepreneurial Award, 2015 Young Professional Award recipient and graduate of the Leadership Tri- Cities Class XX. Shae serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Mountain AVA Alliance, Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tri-Cities and is a mentor with eMERGE, a STEM based leadership program for girls. She is an active volunteer with the American Heart Association hosting an annual fundraising and awareness event and also founded the Benton Cities Wineries Giving Garden Project where more than a dozen wineries grow food and provide financial donations to the local food bank. In addition, she serves on an Advisory Board for the UW Foster School of Business. As a community advocate, Shae volunteers by sharing wine and wine education for more than twenty non-profits in the Tri- Cities area each year. Prior to starting Frichette Winery, Shae lead the Organizational Development Function for Stanley Black & Decker - HHI where she designed Leadership Development Programs for associates in four countries. She served as the emcee and facilitator for business conventions and hosted video communications for the organization. Today, in addition to running the daily business of Frichette Winery, Shae speaks at conferences and events on topics such as networking, providing stellar service and teambuilding. Shae holds a B.A. in Theatre from Winthrop University in South Carolina, leadership and facilitator certifications from Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard and Achieve Global and has the distinction of the CPCC from Coaches Training Institute. She loves spending time with her family, enjoying a glass of wine and writing. For more information, follow Shae at: http://frichettewinery.com/ Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - @frichettewinery Taste Washington: http://tastewashington.org/
The Color of Wine Presents: André Hueston Mack of Mouton Noir Wines
In this episode we talked to André Hueston Mack of Mouton Noir Wines.  Despite having a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, Mack decided to leave his “desk job” to pursue his passion for wine.  While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack discovered the joys of introducing guests to the little known vineyards that first attracted him to the business and “the instant gratification of a guest’s reaction.” While still in Texas, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs.  This recognition led to a job as sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned French Laundry in Yountville, California.  Mack went on to accept the position of Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed Per Se in New York City, where he managed a 1800-selection award-winning wine list and consulted regularly with Chef Keller on menu and pairing development.  Winemaking had always been a dream of his and came to fruition in 2007 when he founded Mouton Noir Wines.  Throughout his career, Mack has forged special relationships with star growers and winemakers from Oregon  and it is with this luminary group that he is currently making his most exciting wines.  Mouton Noir wines are served at the best restaurants across the United States.  He recently began curating wines for Club W, a wine club for a new generation of drinkers, to continue his mission of making wine more accessible. Based on the success of his own wine labels, in 2011 Mack established Get Fraîche Cru, a boutique graphic design firm, for which he serves as creative director.  He was worked with clients such as Joel Gott, Palm Bay Imports, and Charles & Charles.  Most recently, Mack authored and designed Small Thyme Cooks, the world’s first culinary coloring and activity book. Mack has been married since 2008 to author Phoebe Damrosch, whose New York Times notable book, Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, detailed their courtship and collaboration in opening Per Se restaurant. Mack has been featured in major publication such as Food and Wine, Wine and Spirits Magazine, New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Mack has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to business.  He was honored in 2007 with The Network Journal’s 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award.  Mack is an ardent wine educator who has been invited to host seminars as well as lead panel discussions at several of the country’s most prestigious food and wine gatherings including Aspen Food and Wine and Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. For More Information: www.moutonnoirwines.com Facebook: fb.com/MoutonNoirWines Twitter: @MoutonNoirWines Instagram: @YouKnowMouton
The Color of Wine - Episode 8 - Phil Long of Longevity Wines
Winemaker/Founder Phil Long of Longevity Wines, began his journey making wine in the garage with his wife Debora.  Now with over a decade of winemaking experience, and a list of awards too long to print, Winemaker Phil continues his journey with the constant of always improving in place.  "In the business of winemaking, the minute you think you know it all, it's time to get out." The cellar practices and techniques that Phil uses in the production of wine are constantly re-evaluated and improved, to ultimately elevate the quality of the wines produced.  The grapes are personally sourced and chosen by Phil.  "Great wine starts with great fruit, there is no way around that."  Grapes are sourced from only the best vineyards for use in the production of Longevity Wines.  Phil began making wine in the Livermore Valley in 2006 under the Longevity label, using other facilities.  It was only a matter of time before production was moved from other facilities to Longevity's own facility in Livermore.  Yearly production has grown from 500 cases per year, to the current production of 2500 cases per year.  Phil enjoys the challenge of making many different wines, and continues to strive for wines that are high in quality instead of high quantities. For more information: www.longevitywines.com Instagram: @longevity_wines Facebook: @LongevityWines Twitter: @longevitywines Pinterest: @longevitywines
Episode 6 - Gwen and Brittny Hurt of Shoe Crazy Wine
In this episode we talk to Gwen Hurt, the Founder and CEO of Shoe Crazy Wine and her business partner Brittny Hurt. Shoe Crazy is a wine company based in Chesterfield, launched in December of 2013 as an online direct to consumer business. We offer 6 delectable varietals [Sweet Harmony, Sauvignon Blanc, Ménage A Red, Chardonnay, Rose and Cabernet Sauvignon]. The wines are available in Costco, Kroger and several restaurants in the VA, NC, DC & MD markets. I didn’t grow up under the easiest of circumstances. I was raised by a single mother and as the oldest girl was responsible for helping to raise my siblings. My mother was mostly illiterate, but she found the strength to leave a physically abusive husband. She took us 4 kids, a few dollars and a can of pork and beans and headed north! My mother’s example and courage helped shaped the person I am today! Her journey taught me to keep faith and never give up. Sometimes, we had very little to eat and only 1 pair of shoes to wear for the whole year! Card board was our friend. It repaired many a worn out shoe sole. As a kid, I always said to myself, “one day I am going to have enough money to eat until my stomach is full and I am going to buy as many shoes as I want”! Thus, the shoe has always been very symbolic in my life. To me it is the base that supports us on our journeys! Eventually my mom learned to read and write and ultimately earned her Master’s Degree! Prior to launching Shoe Crazy Wine, I worked for a Fortune 300 Tech Company. I built a Global Process and Controls organization. I led a high performance, cross cultural team located in multiple geographic locations (The Americas, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe). During my travels I learned to appreciate a smooth glass of wine. I became enamored of the intricacies of wine. My new passion! In 2013 hardship struck. I was downsized by the company in which I had spent 15 plus years and two days later was in a car accident that would take me and my daughter nearly a year to recover from. During my physical therapy and rehabilitation, I made the decision to “NOT” succumb to depression. I told my daughter Brittny that we were going into the wine business. She asked, how many drugs had the emergency room Dr. given me? I chuckled and responded “not enough to stay in this bed and do nothing about my situation.” We both said, “If those Housewives of whatever city could start a wine business, then so could we.” My daughter Brittny is the one that suggested that I name my company something that I love. I love Shoes and Wine. Hence the name Shoe Crazy Wine. Brittny has been with me throughout this journey. We have had ups and downs and personal challenges but through it all, we have had our heart and soul on growing this company into a national brand. The life of an entrepreneur can indeed be very hard and crazy at times. However, perseverance, tenacity, faith and family are paramount. I firmly believe in these core values. I want to share my story and my wines. After all a lot of successful business have been founded due to life’s challenges and hardships and have been discussed over a glass of wine. For more information: Website: www.shoecrazywine.com Facebook: @shoecrazywine Instagram: @shoecrazywine
Episode 5 - Theodora Lee of Theopolis Vineyards
Ms. Theodora Lee, a partner and trial lawyer at Littler is the founder and owner of Theopolis Vineyards. Her passion for wine began upon her arrival to San Francisco from Texas in 1987, primarily due to the influence of her law firm mentors, many of whom owned vineyards. This led Ms. Lee to take several viticulture classes at UC Davis, before deciding to develop her own vineyard. In 2001, Ms. Lee purchased sheep land in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, and began developing her vineyard. Finally, in 2003, Ms. Lee planted her vineyard, and adopted her Greek name, from pledging Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and established Theopolis Vineyards. In the wine world, Ms. Lee is known as Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards. Wine Critic Robert Parker bestowed upon wine made from grapes harvested from Theopolis Vineyards a stellar rating of 94-96 points, a spectacular showing for the vintner's first harvest in 2006. Emboldened by the great fruit produced by the land, Ms. Lee, a bold and dynamic Texan, decided to bottle her own wines in 2014. In addition to bottling the richly intense and flavorful Petite Sirah, Theopolis Vineyards strikes a lighter note by bottling a Symphony, a white wine grape, which is a crossing of Muscat and Grenache Gris. Ms. Lee also bottles the unique Rosé of Petite Sirah, an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and a Yorkville Highland Pinot Noir. The Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition has consistently given the Estate Grown Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah stellar Gold Medals. The 2012 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah won a stellar Gold Medal at the 2015 Competition, and the 2013 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah won a stellar Gold Medals at the 2016 Competition.  The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition has bestowed on the 2014 Estate Grown Theopolis Vineyards Rosé of Petite Sirah a stellar Double Gold Medal. The 2013 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah recently won a Double Gold Medal and 95 points at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, which is considered to be one of the most influential wine competitions in the world. The September 2016 Issue of Somm Journal listed the 2013 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah as Best in Class, meaning it is considered the best Petite Sirah in the world. The other wines from Theopolis Vineyards including the 2014 Symphony and the 2014 Pinot Noir have won either silver and/or bronze medals at the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, the Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition or the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has bestowed on wines from Theopolis Vineyards 90 plus Points, and those wines are featured in the March 2017 Issue of that magazine. In addition to practicing law and making wine, Ms. Lee serves as Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee for the Board of Directors of the YMCA of San Francisco and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Legal Aid. She is the Past President of Bay Area Black United Fund and the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and Past Vice President of the United Negro College Fund San Francisco Advisory Board. Ms. Lee is a graduate of Spelman College and the University Of Texas School Of Law. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Lee worked as a Senate intern in Washington, D.C., for Senator Sam Nunn. For More Information: http://theopolisvineyards.com/ Instagram:@theopolisvineyards Facebook:Theopatra Lee Twitter: @TheopolisV
Episode 3 - Marcus Johnson of FLO Brands and FLO Wine
In this episode we speak with Marcus Johnson.  Marcus is an independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist. He is also the CEO and Founder of Flo Brands, LLC and more recently Flo Wine, LLC. Marcus has combined an eminently successful musical career with his love of wine by marrying the two in a unique endeavor.   Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums.  On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world.  His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media and accolades across the music industry.  Marcus is on the cutting edge of ‘Euro Jazz’ having formed JURIS, a musical collaboration with acclaimed Parisian DJ and producer Young Pulse. The duo quickly developed a name within the international music community, enjoying large-scale performances and preparing a Q3 release of their latest project entitled “Eiffel Tower.” Johnson’s FLO Brands, LLC,tm is aptly titledFor the Love Of ; LLC. ™ FLO began as a musical publishing, production, and lifestyle branding company to house all of Johnson’s musical and entrepreneurial ventures.  However the scope and reach of the company has expanded delving into winemaking, sourcing grapes and production in California.  FLO Brands launched FLO Wines, LLC in March 2012.  FLO Wine is capturing the taste buds of wine-lovers from California to South Carolina. To date retail partners  in various states include Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, Giant, Harris Teeter, Renaissance Hotels, Kroger, Aloft Hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, Farm Fresh, and Total Wine. As the owner and brand ambassador, a marketing initiative is currently underway with Johnson’s “Sips & Sounds” performances marrying music and wineFor the Love Of concept.  FLO Wine currently offers a FLO Red Californian Blend and a FLO California Chardonnay.  As of July 2013 the company is launching its 2011 FLO California Moscato.  A graduate of Howard University, Johnson went on to simultaneously earn both his MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees at Georgetown University. In 1995 during this demanding period at Georgetown, he also decided to independently produce and distribute his first jazz album, Lessons in Love,which sold more than 40,000 units, a major success for an unknown independent artist’s debut release.  One year later, he releasedInter Alia,with great acclaim. These two albums led to Johnson signing with N2K Encoded Music with whom he released several CDs until the label was sold in 1998. Johnson’s success caught the attention of Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder and businessman Robert L. Johnson who invested in Marcus and his newfound company, Marimelj Entertainment Group (MEG).  Under their partnership, MEG’s label, Three Keys Music based in the Washington, DC metro area, established its own full service recording studio, Studio 8121; and two music publishing companies, Marimelj Music Publishing and Three Keys Music Publishing.  Marcus was responsible for releasing and producing CDs on the Three Keys label for national jazz artists Michael Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, R&B singer, Alyson Williams and neo-soul songstress Yahzarah and smooth jazz Saxophonists Phillip Martin and Brian Lenair.  While producing music for the aforementioned artists, Marcus also released several critically acclaimed albums:Inter Alia,Chocolate CityGroovin’;Coming Back Around;Urban Groove,In Person: Live at Blues Alley,Just Doing What I Do,Smooth Jazz Christmas andIn Concert for a Cause,all charting at Top 20 or more on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts.  Marcus has released 15 Billboard-charted CDs. He has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) CDs which consisted of three distinct albums: FLO Chill,FLO Romance andFLO Standards ,  all charting Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously.  Johnson’s previous solo 2007 release, The Phoenix, was widely lauded by jazz critics and aficionados alike and like Johnson’s previous CDs, it peaked in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts. Johnson’s next Top 20 Contemporary jazz releases, the unique and multi-facetedPoetically Justified (2009) andThis Is How I Rock (2011) solidified Marcus Johnson as heir apparent to the George Duke and Herbie Hancock style of funky urban groove music.  Creatively, Johnson continues to evolve as an artist. With the release of his 2012FLO: Holiday  CD and the ongoing collaboration with famed Parisian Producer DJ Pulse – as the musical duo “Juris” – he has managed to maintain his traditional jazz roots, while also remaining on the forefront of the expanding “Euro Jazz” movement. His music continues to enforce and define his musical legacy as a “jazz movement for all people”.    Johnson is also evolving as an innovative wine expert. He resides in the Metropolitan Washington area and is a new father. His daughter Chase was born on September 12, 2012.  Marcus is currently featured weekly on Fox News and is involved with community and charity events, including service on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club. Discography: Billboard Top 20 CD Releases: Lessons in Love (1997 and 2005)In Concert For A Cause (2006) Urban Groove (2000)The Phoenix (2007) Comin’ Back Around (2001)FLO: For the Love of Chill (2008) Inter Alia (2002)FLO: For the Love of Romance (2008) In Person, Live at Blues Alley (2002)FLO: For the Love of Standards (2008) In Person, Live at Blues Alley DVD (2003)Poetically Justified (2009) Just Doin’ What I Do (2005)FLO: Holiday feat Juris (2011) Smooth Jazz Christmas (2005)This Is How I Rock (2011) Education:    B.A. in Music, Howard University JD/ MBA, Georgetown University Business: CEO/President, Marimelj Entertainment Group, Three Keys Music, Three Keys Publishing CEO/Founder, FLO Brands, LLC, FLO Wines, LLC _____________________________________________________________________________________ Affiliations: Professional Awards, Speaking Engagement, Community Support NAACP Image Award Nominee “Poetically Justified”  Billboard Contemporary Jazz  Artist Top 20  Professor/Speaker: Harvard, Georgetown, Howard, MTSU and Bowie State University Speaker Harvard University Law School: Recording Artists Projects, Contracts, Entrepreneurship and    Protecting Your Rights Speaker BMI:  Copyright and Publishing Rights in the new Millenium Speaker, World Copyright Summit: Intellectual Property Rights  (Representing BMI) Speaker, Miami Music Conference: The Business of Jazz Panelist for Microsoft Corporation:  Build Your Business Speaker, GMAC:  “The Importance of Intellectual Property and Protecting Your Work Product Panelist, Howard Univesity School of Law: Center Court Panel on Entertainment Law and Intellectual   Property Speaker, Georgetown University Law Center Ambassador:  BMI Intellectual Property; Panelist: MIDEM Music Convention, France Award Recipient: U.S. Small Business Administration: Young Entrepreneur of the Year  Community Leader: YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Red Cross Holiday Cards for Heroes, MJ Music Camp, and Hear Our Voices Anti-Bullying Campaign, American Cancer Society, Rachel’s Women’s Center, National Center for Children and Families; Capital Youth Empowerment Program; Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival, Obama Victory Fund, Elmira University “Bullying” Program, Elmira, NY, Mentoring to Manhood Recipient of “Men Who Make A Difference” Award.    Speaker/Leader: Music Business Seminars at Studio 8121 Silver Spring, MD Television and Radio Featured Commentator: Idol Chatter, Fox 5 News Segment on American Idol - Current Radio Host: Smooth Jazz 105. Performances: Capital Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Cruise, Ghana Jazz Festival, Bahamas Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, Huntington Beach Jazz Festival, Trenton Jazz Festival, Dell East, Blues Alley, Blue Note, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Hamilton, Congressional Black Caucus, 100 Black Men of Orlando. , Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (Paris, France), Carter Barron Theater, Spring Breeze Soul Jazz Festival, Southern Tier Jazz Festival, Centennial Olympic Park Wednesday’s Winedown,  Lincoln Foundation “Evening of Jazz”, Low County Jazz Festival, Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival, Spaghettini’s, Jazz Fest West, Silver Spring Jazz Festival, Gardena Jazz Fest, Rams Head on Stage, Temecula Jazz Festival, to name a few. Performances With:  Boney James, Kim Waters, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Dave Koz, Diane Krall, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Will Downing,  Fourplay, Pieces of A Dream, Bobby Lyle, Arturo Sandoval, Alyson Williams, Maysa, Erykah Badu, Peter White, Rich Braun, Chuck Mangione, Marion Meadows, Mike Phillips, Jakeim Joyner, Miles Jaye, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Kahn, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Bradshaw, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Kenny G, Kem, BeBeWinans, Alyson Williams, Jean Carne, Norman Connors, Kirk Whalum, George Duke, Jean Carne,  and many others… For more information: www.threekeys.com www.flobrands.com www.facebook.com/marcusjohnson3k www.youtube.com/marcusjohnson3k Live Performance and Speaking Clips http://youtu.be/YkLXSoniUZ4 Spaghettini's 2013 http://youtu.be/rEsN4lAVCs0 Marcus Johnson with Bobby Lyle Pavillion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwRbi7NDxWA Road To Los Suenos http://youtu.be/7OQyrANpPsk Maxin http://youtu.be/Z9Wc8gMmA-I This Place Hotel Live from Germany  http://youtu.be/mKTdpXeUVjk AARP Speaking Engagement
Episode 2 - Benita Johnson of The Vine Wine Club
In this episode of The Color of Wine, we speak to Benita Johnson of The Vine Wine Club, about her path to wine, her annual Exclusive Blacklist event, her journey to becoming a Sommelier and so much more! Sit back and enjoy Benita's story and share in plenty of laughs.  Cheers! Benita's Bio I started drinking wine like most of us…sneaking wine from your parents’ house and believing all of it was disgusting. But because I’m no quitter, I kept trying. By the time, I got to college, I realized that I could actually finish an entire glass all by myself. Then one became two and two became the bottle and so on and so on. In 2005, I decided to walk away from a “glorious” career as an Accountant to open a wine shop. It was definitely a gutsy move because I knew little about wine. I knew that I liked it. But I had also chosen an area that folks dared to open “upscale” shops. It was very close to the neighborhood where I had grown up and far from the areas that you would expect to find such a shop. “Grapes & Barley” became my love. It was where I knew that wine would forever be a part of my life. So in 2007, I attended classes with the Court of Master Sommeliers and earned my pin. From that point on, teaching people about wine and celebrating its nuances became my passion. Fast forward to 2014. A lot had changed. The grocery store scene had changed dramatically in Richmond, I no longer had the security of a husband with a steady paycheck, and I had overcome the fear of failure. With the help (and badgering) of my partner “G”, The Vine Wine Club was launched as an online wine club and retail shop. We “deliver the best pours to your door”. We also offer educational experiences and grand events such as our signature, The Exclusive Blacklist. In short, I’m a regular girl with a discerning palette and willingness to share what I know. Catch me each Friday at 3pm as I host my radio show, “Off The Vine with Benita and Terricinia” on Blogtalk and Google Play.   Here's where you can find Benita: Website: www.thevinewineclub.com Facebook: The Vine Wine Club Instagram: @vine_wine_club Twitter: @TheVineWineClub Pinterest: @thevinewineclub
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The Color of Wine Presents: Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones

The Color of Wine Presents: Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones