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  • 147. Culture Club Pt. II: The Art and Heart of Winemaking with Cellar Master Octavio Barrera

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    Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today in Episode 147 titled "Octavio," we uncork the life and passion of a man deeply rooted in the winemaking industry. Joining us is the dedicated cellar master at Tooth and Nail Wine Company, and the indomitable spirit behind their success, Octavio Barrera Morales.From his original ambitions in mechanics to his inspiring journey in the vineyards of California, Octavio's tale is one of tenacity, family values, and the love of craft. We'll sip through stories of his childhood in Mexico, his migration to Santa Cruz, and his rise from the bottom rungs of the winery to leading a crew harvesting the lush fields of Paso Robles.Stay with us as we pour into the intricacies of the Amorphati 2022 wine, share a glass of insight on the challenging yet rewarding winemaking process, and laugh a little about life's unexpected turns, including how BBQs and shopping with teenagers are part of the blend. Octavio embodies the ethos that work isn't just a job—it's a family affair marked by respect, learning, and collective success, best shared over a fine wine.So uncork your favorite bottle, relax, and let's delve into the world of this remarkable cellar master and witness the infusion of culture, community, and care into every barrel he oversees—right here on The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to OCTAVIO BARRERA!!!This episode’s wine: 2022 Amor Fati Syrah Murmur VineyardFor more information about Amor Fati Wines click the link!Follow Octavio on IGFollow Tooth & Nail Wines on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest

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  • 146. Vines and Punchlines: John Coyle Talks Wine, Comedy, and Authenticity

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    Welcome back to "The Black Wine Guy Experience," where your host MJ Towler takes you on a flavorful journey of wine, life, and laughter. In episode 146, we're joined by the effervescent John Coyle, a man as rich in stories as he is in his knowledge of wine. Today, we're popping the cork on an array of topics; we'll dribble into tales of full-court basketball at Boston Garden and saunter through the vineyards of John's path from the hard streets of Roxbury to the eclectic essence of Venice, California.We'll sip on the bold flavors of John's experiences as he shares his antics at the Harvey Krishna Center, his leap into the world of wine inspired by a past partner's passion for the vineyard's nectar, and his ambitious strides in the entertainment industry. As we swirl our glasses, we'll get intoxicating insights into the hustle of comedy, the tenacity required to fuel a podcast for over 230 episodes, and the grit needed to make it in the competitive arenas of acting, stand-up, and sales.Our glasses will brim with honesty as we touch on the transformative power of genuine connections in an age overshadowed by technology, the need for a balance with our libations, and the comedic drama that can unfold on the stages of New York City's revered Comedy Store. With laughter and reflections on societal shifts, we'll clink to the impact of storytelling in our lives, the cultural tapestry of Boston, and the significance of embracing our roots and rites of passage.Prepare to be entertained and engaged as MJ Towler and John Coyle discuss everything from non-alcoholic beers to the spiritual reverence of Syrah—this is an episode that's as diverse and storied as the guests themselves. So pour yourself a glass, settle in, and let's dive into this riveting episode of The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to JOHN COYLE!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Clément & Florian Bertjier “Terre De Silex”     2020 Fabrizio Dionisio Linfa Cortona Syrah For more information about DOTJ Podcast click the link!Follow John on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest
  • 145. The State of the Wine Union: Talking Wine, Writing, and Culture with Karen MacNeil

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    Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! In this episode, our host MJ Towler is joined by the incredible Karen MacNeil for a captivating conversation about the world of wine, writing, and media. They delve into the dichotomy of delayed gratification in writing books versus the immediate feedback from digital media, and Karen's opposition to Dry January, advocating instead for moderation and the cultural significance of wine. They share personal experiences, from the joys of working in the wine industry to the challenges of creating valuable content in the digital media space. Stay tuned as they discuss the impact of societal changes and misinformation on the wine industry, and the unifying nature of wine in bringing people together. So grab a glass of your favorite wine and tune in for an enriching and enlightening episode!A Massive THANK YOU to KAREN MACNEIL!!!For more information about Karen click the link!To subscribe to Wine Speed click the link!Follow Karen on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest
  • 144. From Academia to Wine: Exploring Italian Wine and Culture with Dr. Danielle Callegari

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    Welcome to The Black Wine Guy Experience, where we explore the world of wine from unique and diverse perspectives. In this episode, our host, MJ Towler, is joined by the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Danielle Callegari, a professor at Dartmouth College. Together, they delve into a captivating discussion that covers a wide range of topics, from the complexities of Italian wines to academia and Dante's influence. Join us as we uncover the fascinating world of wine and the rich experiences that shape our appreciation for it. Tune in as we sip into the depths of Italian culture, academia, and the sensory pleasure of wine in this enlightening and engaging conversation on The Black Wine Guy Experience.A Massive THANK YOU to DR. DANIELLE CALLEGARI!!!This episode’s wines: 2019 Mastroberardino 'Stilema' Fiano di Avellino Riserva DOCG        2022 Massican Gemina California White Wine To purchase Danielle’s book Dante's Gluttons click the link!Listen to The Gola Podcast Follow Danielle on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest
  • 143. Lisa Perotti-Brown's Vinous Voyage: From Small-Town Origins to International Wine Influence.

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    Welcome to The Black Wine Guy Experience. In this episode, our host MJ Towler, sits down with the remarkable Lisa Perotti-Brown, a true trailblazer in the world of wine. Lisa shares her extraordinary journey from a small town in Maine to becoming a Master of Wine and co-founding The Wine Independent. Join us as Lisa discusses her experiences working with renowned wine critic Robert Parker and her mission to provide unbiased and quality wine criticism. From her early days in London's wine scene to her global adventures in Singapore and Tokyo, Lisa's story is one of determination, passion, and a deep appreciation for the art of fine wine. Get ready for an insightful and inspiring conversation with a true influencer in the world of wine.A Massive THANK YOU to LISA PEROTTI-BROWN!!!For more information about The Wine Independent click the link!Follow The Wine Independent on IG!Follow Lisa on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, Walla Walla Wine. The primary mission of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media, and members of the trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.Find out more at Walla Walla Wine!
  • 142. Understanding Wine, Sports, and Psychology: Unveiling Owen Bargreen's Multifaceted Journey

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    Welcome to The Black Wine Guy Experience, where captivating conversations about wine, music, and life take center stage. In this episode, host MJ Towler welcomes Owen Bargreen. A clinical psychologist by day, Owen is a Level 2 Sommelier. He is the creator of OwenBargreen.com, where he exhibits his deep expertise in California, Oregon, and Washington wines. Together, MJ and Owen dive into a wide range of topics, from the intriguing world of wine tasting and criticism to candid discussions about their personal backgrounds and experiences. Join us as we explore the fascinating intersection of wine, sports, psychology, and the human experience with our insightful guest, Owen Bargreen.A Massive THANK YOU to OWEN BARGREEN!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Holocene "Memorialis" Pinot Noir      2022 Woodward Canyon “Washington” ChardonnayFor more information about Owen Bargreen click the link!Follow Owen on IG!To learn more about Holocene Wines, click the link!Follow Holocene Wines on IG!To learn more about Woodward Canyon Wines, click the link!Follow Woodward Canyon on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, Walla Walla Wine. The primary mission of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media, and members of the trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.Find out more at Walla Walla Wine!
  • 141. Wine, Work, and Walla Walla: Kelsey Itämeri's Inspiring Path to Itä Wines

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    In this episode of The Black Wine Guy Experience, host MJ Towler welcomes Kelsey Itämeri, the owner and winemaker of Ita Wines. Kelsey shares her fascinating journey from political campaign manager to reality TV production assistant, sales manager, and bartender before finding her passion for winemaking. From challenging work environments to finding joy in making wine, Kelsey's story is one of resilience and determination. She discusses her experiences in the wine industry, including her decision to make six different wines at a custom crush facility and her unique approach to wine production. Listeners will also hear about her time in Burgundy, France, and how she brings her diverse experiences and palate to craft exceptional wines. Tune in to learn about Kelsey's compelling journey and her philosophy behind designing a life filled with passion and purpose.A Massive THANK YOU to KELSEY ITÄMERI!!!This episode’s wine: 2022 Itä Semillion No.1To learn more about Itä Wines, click the link!Follow Kelsey on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophiss, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, Walla Walla Wine. The primary mission of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media, and members of the trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.Find out more at Walla Walla Wine!