Kris Chislett

Interview with Winemaker Jon Bolta from Conundrum Winery

On Saturday October 2nd I drove down to Orlando to attend the Conundrum wine blending seminar with winemaker Jon Bolta, the Epcot Food and Wine Fest and the Party for the Senses, ALL IN ONE DAY!  Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of it all, but I did manage to catch 5 minutes with Conundrum winemaker Jon Bolta… Kris Chislett: How long have you been with Conundrum? Jon Bolta: About 30 years….

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Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay 2009

Grapes 100% Chardonnay Facts The Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay is named for the fact the wine never comes in contact with any oak, all fermentation / aging is done in stainless steel tanks. In winemaker Jayson Woodbridge’s own words: “… I think a lot of wine drinkers are tired of the over-oaked Chardonnays that hide the floral and citrus characteristics and subtle varietal aromatics that a true Chardonnay should have.” The name Layer Cake supposedly…

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Edelzwicker

 Edelzwicker [pronounced the same way you read it] wines are from the  North-Eastern French region of Alsace [Ahl-zass]. If we breakdown the name, we can see that Edel=noble and Zwicker=mixture, basically meaning that the wine is a blend of the noble grapes traditionally found in the region i.e. Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Blanc. The wines are normally light, dry and best consumed young with fish and cheese dishes.

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The World’s First Ever Interactive Wine Tasting – Chardonnay’s Under $4

This video uses You Tube’s annotation feature, giving the viewer a more interactive experience, kind of like those choose your own adventure books you maybe read when you were a kid. Also don’t worry, even though the video looks like it’s 14 minutes long, it can really be as short or as long as you want it to be! So what better way to start the worlds first ever interactive wine tasting, than for a…

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Burgers with Peanut-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Paired with Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve 2006

Awesome wine, awesome burgers, average pairing. Let’s first get to the wine! This was the Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve 2o06 average retail $135. And just in case you were wondering, no this isn’t the average price tag of wines I drink! I recently enjoyed the Caymus Special Selection 2008, a beautiful Napa Cab at a similar price, but even though it was 3 years younger it was actually was much open and ready to drink….

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Interview with Jane Ferrari from Yalumba Wines

A winemaking graduate from Roseworthy College, Australia, Jane joined Yalumba in 1987 and worked in mainly technical roles before her current position as Yalumba Communications / Brand Ambassador. From the brief lunch that I enjoyed with Jane, even though the majority of conversations were Yalumba focused, I could really sense that Jane could talk for hours, not just about wine, but also her travels around the world in the different jobs she’s held. Jane also…

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Interview with Sandra Bell from Bell Winery

On Thursday October 15th, 2009, Sandra Bell with Bell Winery, Yountville, California, arrived in Jacksonville. Interview conducted at The Grape at St. Johns Town Center The Bell Winemaking Team: Sandra Bell 2nd from left, winemaker Anthony Bell far left. Kris Chislett Name? SHB: Sandra Hewitt Bell KC: Occupation? SHB: Wearer of many hats for Bell Winery! [Laughs] I actually take care of 6 markets for Bell and also hospitality and marketing at the winery. KC:…

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Interview with Robert Pecota from Robert Pecota Winery

In July, 2006, Robert Pecota and his family sold their Calistoga winery and estate vineyard, established in 1978, to Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson fame. It will become the home of the high-end Atalon brand of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Pecota family has retained ownership of the Robert Pecota Winery name and all Pecota-branded wines, and has acquired another property close-by on Bennett Lane just across the Napa River from Chateau Montelena. Plans are to…

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Interview with David Espinar from Ribera del Duero Producer Emilio Moro

If you haven’t heard of Emilio Moro, they are a HUGE name in Spanish wine, and fortunately one that you are starting to see around Jacksonville a lot more! This interview was conducted at Taverna in San Marco, on the same day as my interview with Juan Muga. Jacksonville Wine Guide: Name? David Espinar from Emilio Moro. JWG: Job description? I belong to the Board of Directors for Emilio Moro, which was formed by the…

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Interview with Juan Muga of Bodegas Muga (Rioja, Spain)

Ok, so, let’s start from the top…name? Juan, Juan Muga, the same as the wine. Occupation? I’m on the business side. Me and my brother, we are the 3rd generation we manage the whole company as well as the export market, and my 2 cousins manage the technical part of the winery. Zach, my younger cousin is more into winemaking, and my other cousin Jorge is more into vines. Has wine always been your career?…

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Interview with Sparky Marquis from Mollydooker Wines

On September 22nd, The Mollydooker Team consisting of Sparky Marquis-Winemaker, Janet Gawith-Sparky’s Mom, and Bryan Janssen-Mollydooker Business Development, rolled into Jacksonville, Florida straight from Southern Australia. After a left-handed handshake from all 3 and an extensive lunch, I got time for some questions for Sparky. Interview conducted at B.Bs Restaurant, San Marco, Jacksonville on Sept 22nd 2009 Kris Chislett: Name? Sparky Marquis: Sparky Marquis from Mollydooker Wines KC: DOB? SM: 3/12/1962 KC: Occupation? SM: Winemaker….

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