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While making this documentary, we accumulated so many more stories than we can use in one feature documentary, so we’ll be posting clips from time to time that help show off the amazing personalities we met along the way. Mary Olson of Airlie Winery in Monmouth, Oregon is someone who always makes you feel at […]

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We recently spoke with wine writer Katherine Cole to help us frame some of the larger themes in our current documentary project. She took some time away from her current book project to meet us at the Southeast Wine Collective, an urban winery that fosters some up-and-coming winemakers in an urban space that borders the […]

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Like any good suburban neighbors hatching a scheme over beers and barbecue, Thomas Jefferson hatched a scheme with Filippo Mazzei, an Italian patriot living on the next hill over from Monticello. Mazzei was an Italian patriot from a well-known wine family. They decided that they’d form a company to produce fine, European style wines on […]

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For the next set of interviews for Vino Veritas, we traveled east, to Virginia, to learn a little about the birth of the wine industry in America. Most think of the West Coast as the original home to American wine, but in truth early colonists were required to plant vinifera, and Thomas Jefferson even was […]

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Our latest interview for the documentary took us to the technical side of winemaking.¬†Elizabeth Clark didn’t set out be a winemaker. A lifelong wanderer with a background in Math and Russian, she’s almost surprised to have found herself in the wine industry since 2000. After working for a catering company in Oregon’s wine country, she […]

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By his own reckoning, Chris Czarnecki, executive chef at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon, is “living the dream.” He can’t imagine anything else he’d rather do than head the kitchen in a fine dining restaurant surrounded by the local bounty of the Willamette Valley, not to mention some of the most noted pinot […]

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When talking to one of Oregons original wine growers, I learned something about the human pioneering spirit, namely that it never diminishes. Dick Erath started selling Oregon wine from a card table in his garage. Now he lives perched on a hill with a view of some of the most noted vineyards in the world, evidence of an industry that he helped to build.

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A trip to Arizona wine country is full of contrasts. You climb out of a valley baking at 117 degrees, where massive dust storms swallow mountains, and you round a bend and see a sign welcoming you to Arizona wine country, rolling green pastures in all directions and nightly monsoons slipping over the mountains to drop curtains of rain on vineyards, delaying the harvest.

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When it comes to independent coverage of the world’s most captivating beverage, nobody has been doing it better, longer, and with as much enthusiasm as the guys from Grape Radio. They’ve been podcasting since it first came out, recording interviews and videos with¬†sommeliers, wine writers, vignerons from around the world and just about every rockstar […]

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Here’s a different cut of our experiences on our recent foray into Northern California wine country. We visited Sonoma and interviewed folks at three different wineries. We decided to each edit our own take on the trip. Kegan rolled his behind the scenes piece out a couple weeks ago. Here’s another version. The sound is […]

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We drove nearly 1,500 miles in 4 days to acquaint ourselves with Sonoma wine country and interview our first group of winemakers in California. Despite starting off rough (late start, hail, snow, standstill traffic, rain) conditions improved so that by Sunday afternoon the sun came out and we were able to enjoy fascinating stories, hospitality […]

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When Michael Amigoni of Amignoi Urban Winery told folks he was growing French varietals like Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on the Missouri plains, many didn’t believe him. He was advised by the “experts” time and time again against planting these European varietals, urged instead to plant the hybrid varieties that are more […]

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