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Funny girl. How Morét Brealynn is Having Fun Making Serious Wines.

Season 5, Ep. 86

MJ’s guest today is the Owner and Winemaker of Morét Brealynn Wines, Morét Brealynn. A boutique winery in Sonoma County with a focus on Pinot Noir and supporting animal shelters. In this episode, MJ and Moret discuss growing up in the Central Valley. Work-life in the non-profit sector. Animal rescue and Catceanera's. Tina Fey, Pete Buttigieg, and making world-class Pinot Noir along the California Coast.

 

A huge thank you to Morét Brealynn!


Follow her on IG at @moretbrealynnwines


Check out her website: https://moretbrealynnwines.com/


This episode’s in studio wines:


2021 Morét Brealynn Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir 

2021 Morét Brealynn Lakeview Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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