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Listen and dive into food, wine, pairings and all things California Wine Country. Weekly episodes are hosted by Nikki Lamberti, a winemaker and wine educator in Sonoma County. She breaks down topics in wine and interviews exciting guests, including winemakers, chefs and other fun and inspiring people from across different industries. Learn a little each week, elevate your food and wine game, all while laughing and not taking it all too seriously.
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I recently re-connected with Ben Hartman, who grew up in my same hometown in Central New Jersey. I was excited to learn that like me, Ben had also chased the dream of making wine... but he's doing it in the Finger Lakes of New York! He and his wife Michelle own and operate Deep Root Vineyard and are doing some really exciting and interesting things…
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“In matters of taste there is no dispute”... Liz Tagami is a 6th generation Californian, who has been involved in defining and nurturing the Lucero Olive Oil brand for over 16 years. She’s a specialty food and veteran with 4 decades of international business experience. She and her husband, Donald, now own the Lucero Olive oil brand and American Ol…
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Liz Tagami is a 6th generation Californian, who has been involved in defining and nurturing the Lucero Olive Oil brand for over 16 years. She’s a specialty food and cooking equipment industry veteran with 4 decades of international business experience. She and her husband, Donald, now own the Lucero brand and American Olive Farmer website and marke…
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Holy cow!!! This week I’m interviewing a well known author, wine journalist, teacher and mentor, Karen MacNeil. Not only is she the author of my personal favorite wine reference book, the Wine Bible (which has sold almost a million copies around the world), she is also the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English langua…
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Drinking around the world at Epcot….Have you done it? Head about it? Planning your next trip? It’s Definitely a thing. This is Part 2 in a 2 part series- Miss part 1? Go back to last week and catch up! My partner Michael and I are taking you on adventure around the world (at Walt Disney World’s Epcot!) In this conclusion to cliff-hanging part 1, fi…
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Drinking around the world at Epcot….Have you done it? Head about it? Planning your next trip? It’s Definitely a thing. With or without kids (we are without), Walt Disney World can be a playground for foodies and people who like to try “all the things”. The World Showcase in Epcot has 11 countries represented around a beautiful lagoon, and each stop…
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Not everyone loves wine. I know this. And while it’s hard for me to relate, I can respect it. My very good friend Heather, who lives in Austin Texas, has never liked wine. In fact, she has even referred to it as “rotten juice” during our decades long friendship. She suggested we do an episode where she shares her past experiences and biases with wi…
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The Ramazzotti family has been managing vineyards in Sonoma County since the late 1970s, and they are well-known and respected grape growers and wine producers with a gorgeous new tasting room in Geyserville, CA. (Sonoma County) This week, I'm sitting down with Travis Ramazzotti, who is a second generation member of the family business and he talks…
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In this week's episode, I'm answering this super thought-provoking question: Why is wine Important? Why does wine matter? Karen MacNeil is a very well know wine writer, author of the Wine Bible (one of my favorite wine reference books) and an instructor of mine in the Culinary Institute of America's wine program. She recently asked the question, "w…
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This week I'm sipping and sharing a new (to me) wine that I recently tried and loved! I just couldn't wait to tell you about it because it's an interesting blend of Malbec and Syrah and at a really affordable price. And it's just De-Licious! It's from Tilia, a producer in Mendoza, Argentina with a very cool approach to farming and business. You can…
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Do you find yourself wondering if you should be seeking out "low sugar" wines? My social feeds are flooded with brands marketing their wines it this way... Let's breakdown: Do all wines have sugar? If so how much? What's RS in wine? Is low sugar wine a "thing'? What causes the perception of sweetness in wine even it's not? Is all Riesling sweet? Ge…
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Are you in search of that fireworks moment when you combine the right food and wine together? Or are you uninspired or even frustrated by the whole “Perfect Pairing” hype? Wherever you land in the quest for the best combinations… you’re going to want to listen in as I share WHY it can truly make a difference and HOW to approach it in a simple but e…
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Heading to Italy this Summer? Napa? The Finger Lakes? I’ve seen over a decade worth of wine-tasting visitors miss some small details that can get in the way of them having their Best Day Ever of Wine tasting. If you are planning a day (or week) of tasting in a wine growing region near or far, you’re going to want to listen in for some super-helpful…
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If you can’t come up with anything other than “wine” or “yummy” when asked to describe what's in your glass , you are NOT alone! Plenty of people that love wine are the first to admit they stink at identifying what they are smelling and tasting in the glass. Or they question WHY it even matters. I'm giving you a very quick and easy tool to better a…
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I first met Dr Hoby Wedler when he led my wine education team and I through his signature “Tasting in the Dark” experience. We were blindfolded and tasting the wines (thought) we knew very well, in a whole new light (or lack thereof). Dr. Hoby Wedler is a Chemist, Sensory Expert, Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur who happens to be blind since b…
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This is PART 2 on this topic- if you missed last week’s episode on this topic- start there! Is there really a difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $100 bottle of wine? And if, so, What the HECK is it? If you’ve ever been stumped (or frankly a little miffed) at why bottles are priced they way they are, I’m going to shed some light on the sp…
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Is there really a difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $100 bottle of wine? And if so...What the HECK is it? And is is WORTH it? If you’ve ever been stumped (or frankly a little annoyed or even turned off) at why bottles are priced they way they are, I’m here to shed some light on the elements that factor into how wine is priced. With a li…
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This week we are laughing and learning from the very talented and witty-as-heck Chef Melissa Walnock. She’s a fellow central NJ native, who studied at and now is an instructor and Associate Dean of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. We talk about: How being a type 1 diabetic since childhood has shaped her career and artistry How ha…
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My Dad’s sister, my Aunt Vivian, is a Brooklyn native and the Matriarch of our family. At the time of this Episode release (Jan 2024) she just turned 87 years old and she is one of the best storytellers I know. She has taught multiple generations how to cook “with love” and her eggplant parmigiana, potato croquettes and Sunday sauce will put anyone…
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If you've ever felt a bit (or totally) overwhelmed by all of the wine bottles staring back at you from their store shelves, you’re going to want to listen in as I give you some simple hacks to help you pick the right wine each time. I’ll break down: How to decipher wine labels to look for clues to pick your perfect style How the bottle shape can cl…
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My younger sister, Amanda, had the great idea for us to record an episode together when we were home for Christmas 2023 in NJ. Although she lives in Southern CA and I'm in Northern CA, our hearts are still rooted in New Jersey, where our older sister and the rest of our family reside. So while we were home for the holidays, we opened some bubbles, …
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This week, I’ve got the lowdown on all things OXYGEN. When and how to incorporate it and how to protect against by preserving that precious vino after the cork has left the building. Questions like: What’s the deal with decanting wine? When should I do it? How and for How Long? Swirling… is that really a thing? Ever find yourself with a half-full b…
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So... our Producer, Kathryn, suggested that we turn the tables and someone interview me for this week's episode. This way, you'll get to know me a little and learn about what gets me fired up! (hint: it rhymes with food and wine.) I chose my good friend, Steve Tinn, in Orlando to get the job done. Not only is Steve one of the wittiest and best stor…
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Alright class, (don’t worry, it’s Wine School)… Taking a break from our super fun interviews to give you some quick clarity on a topic that I ALWAYS get so many questions on… Aging Wine! If you’ve ever wondered things like: Why should I age a wine? How does it change? Will I like it? What’s the best way to store it? How do I know if a wine is going…
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Man did I laugh during this interview with Dan Gora! He manages the Operations and Test Kitchen for One Hope in Napa Valley! He’s also an inspirational writer and always looking for love in Wine Country. We cover quite a range of topics including: Identifying as Italian and the re-zoning of his family’s heritage The inspirational Holy Trinity of th…
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My guest in our first episode is Dan Richer, a fellow Matawan, NJ born chef and owner of Razza in Jersey City, which was named Best Pizza in North America by "50 Best". He’s the author of the New York Times Best Seller, “The Joy of Pizza” my go-to book for at-home pizza making! With 5 James Beard Nominations under his belt, Dan has dedicated his pr…
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This week I’m talking with Sally Johnson Blum, a well known winemaker from Napa and Sonoma and one of Glamour Magazines “10 Most Bad-ass Women Winemakers! We worked together for many years and from the moment I first met her I have always been inspired by her cool and calm demeanor coupled with her laser- focused attention to detail and ability to …
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It’s finally happening! I’m launching a podcast that helps wine and food lovers make sense of it all. As a wine educator and winemaker living in Sonoma County, CA, I'll be welcoming you into my magical world each and every week, making wine less intimidating and more approachable and fun! A new episode will release every Monday, with some shorter s…
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