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A podcast for the discerning consumer seeking the ultimate in wine, food and travel.

October 26, 2020

Meet Champagne Blaine - part 1

As the Founder of NY Champagne Week, and several other popular events Blaine Ashley has been dubbed Champagne Blaine. She has a platform for introducing and promoting women in sparkling wine - The Fizz is Female. and was named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 under 40 in 2016. Listen in as she shares her story and her passions with Ilona.

October 19, 2020

Fred Dame - Character, Hard Work, & Wine, Part 2

A sixth generation Californian, Fred pursued a degree in Journalism, when a fateful trip to Europe changed this life trajectory. His love affair with wine and food became a lifelong passion and profession. Dame holds a rare title of passing the grueling three-part Master Sommelier exam in one year and is one of only hundred and forty Americans to hold the title itself. The founder of the US Branch of The Court of Master Sommeliers, he has won more national and International awards and holds more titles for his professional achievements than his three car garage walls can hold. Above all, Fred is a consummate teacher and mentor who shepherded hundreds of grateful mentees. Those who know him, love him with abandon, those that know of him admire him. His legacy is that of unyielding camaraderie, hard work, loyalty, stellar character and always striving for more.

Fred Dame is currently a global wine Ambassador for Daou Family Vineyards. His synergy and shared vision with the Daou brothers is uncanny and brings uncommon value to consumers worldwide. Ilona has interviewed hundreds of wine professionals - this one stands out in a league of its own.

October 19, 2020

Fred Dame - Character, Hard Work, & Wine, Part 1

A sixth generation Californian, Fred pursued a degree in Journalism, when a fateful trip to Europe changed this life trajectory. His love affair with wine and food became a lifelong passion and profession. Dame holds a rare title of passing the grueling three-part Master Sommelier exam in one year and is one of only hundred and forty Americans to hold the title itself. The founder of the US Branch of The Court of Master Sommeliers, he has won more national and International awards and holds more titles for his professional achievements than his three car garage walls can hold. Above all, Fred is a consummate teacher and mentor who shepherded hundreds of grateful mentees. Those who know him, love him with abandon, those that know of him admire him. His legacy is that of unyielding camaraderie, hard work, loyalty, stellar character and always striving for more.

Fred Dame is currently a global wine Ambassador for Daou Family Vineyards. His synergy and shared vision with the Daou brothers is uncanny and brings uncommon value to consumers worldwide. Ilona has interviewed hundreds of wine professionals - this one stands out in a league of its own.

October 12, 2020

Daniel Daou, September 2020

Catching up with Daniel Daou, a vintner and winemaker who speaks to the very soul of his wines. The 2020 harvest brought about its own unique challenges, but mostly the unbridled excitement and largesse. Take in Daniel’s extraordinary insights and passionate perspective on viniculture and winemaking.

September 28, 2020

Meet Adam Lee of Siduri, Clarice, & More! Pt3

A Southern Baptist background and a degree in history, with stints as a wine buyer for a luxury department store equals what? You guessed it. An extraordinary winemaking career that culminated in becoming one of the top Pinot Noir producers in North America. This week, Ilona had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lee, the founding winemaker for the iconic Siduri brand, and now Clarice Wine Company. Despite tremendous talent and innumerable accolades, Adam is so humble and personable, it is impossible not to fall in love with him and his life philosophy. Listen in as he shares his powerful and compelling story.

 

 

September 28, 2020

Meet Adam Lee of Siduri, Clarice, & More! Pt2

A Southern Baptist background and a degree in history, with stints as a wine buyer for a luxury department store equals what? You guessed it. An extraordinary winemaking career that culminated in becoming one of the top Pinot Noir producers in North America. This week, Ilona had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lee, the founding winemaker for the iconic Siduri brand, and now Clarice Wine Company. Despite tremendous talent and innumerable accolades, Adam is so humble and personable, it is impossible not to fall in love with him and his life philosophy. Listen in as he shares his powerful and compelling story.

September 28, 2020

Meet Adam Lee of Siduri, Clarice, & More! Pt1

A Southern Baptist background and a degree in history, with stints as a wine buyer for a luxury department store equals what? You guessed it. An extraordinary winemaking career that culminated in becoming one of the top Pinot Noir producers in North America. This week, Ilona had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lee, the founding winemaker for the iconic Siduri brand, and now Clarice Wine Company. Despite tremendous talent and innumerable accolades, Adam is so humble and personable, it is impossible not to fall in love with him and his life philosophy. Listen in as he shares his powerful and compelling story.

 
September 14, 2020

Postmodern Winemaking with Clark Smith, Part 5

Clark is the perhaps the winemaking wizardry best kept secret, a viticultural veteran and wine whisperer. His journey took him from MIT to UC Davis, and all the way to heart of California's wine country. An industry hero, he is a renown author of a book that is widely acknowledged as the ultimate insider resource - "Postmodern Winemaking.” Clark comes with his signature sense of humor, an optimistic outlook and a tremendous treasure of knowledge and experience of all things wine. Come along, share a laugh, and learn a lot!

September 14, 2020

Postmodern Winemaking with Clark Smith, Part 4

Clark is the perhaps the winemaking wizardry best kept secret, a viticultural veteran and wine whisperer. His journey took him from MIT to UC Davis, and all the way to heart of California's wine country. An industry hero, he is a renown author of a book that is widely acknowledged as the ultimate insider resource - "Postmodern Winemaking.” Clark comes with his signature sense of humor, an optimistic outlook and a tremendous treasure of knowledge and experience of all things wine. Come along, share a laugh, and learn a lot!

September 14, 2020

Postmodern Winemaking with Clark Smith, Part 3

Clark is the perhaps the winemaking wizardry best kept secret, a viticultural veteran and wine whisperer. His journey took him from MIT to UC Davis, and all the way to heart of California's wine country. An industry hero, he is a renown author of a book that is widely acknowledged as the ultimate insider resource - "Postmodern Winemaking.” Clark comes with his signature sense of humor, an optimistic outlook and a tremendous treasure of knowledge and experience of all things wine. Come along, share a laugh, and learn a lot!