A native Oregonian and wine aficionado, Brian has been bringing the stories of Northwest wine to listeners throughout Oregon and Washington each weekend. In his twelfth year on the air, Brian owns the airwaves with Sip Northwest Live as the only radio program devoted exclusively to Northwest wines and the faces and places behind them. More than 50,000 wine lovers tune in each week.
The five-week Oregon Wine Month takeover begins Apr. 29 and runs through May 28. Listeners throughout the Northwest can tune in each weekend at 4 p.m. Saturdays on 101KXL FM in Portland and 1 p.m. Sundays on KOMO 97.7 FM and 1000 AM in Seattle. You can also find Sip Northwest Live on Radio Northwest Network stations throughout Oregon and Washington.
The OWB will be hosting this year’s brand new podcasts along with 2016 and 2015 shows on our website each week after they air, so Oregon wine fans everywhere can listen along. Be sure to let your followers know to tune in. Happy listening!
April 29: Old & New Guard
Oregon wine is in a unique position – close enough to the founding winemakers for their stories and influences to still be powerful, but buoyed by new energy, faces and wine expressions. Join winemakers Eugenia Keegan of Gran Moraine and Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines as they reflect on the present and future state of Oregon wine.
May 6: Care to See the Wine List?
A wine list is a story of place, personality, geography and more. The wine professionals who curate those lists bring a mix of preference and service to each decision. How are those preferences built, how are those decisions made, and where do the two intersect? Featuring Ava DeRosier of Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine and Andy Zalman of Higgins Restaurant.
May 13: More Than Pinot Noir
While Pinot noir leads in volume and reputation, Oregon grows more than 70 grape varieties. In this episode we explore the state’s other popular and esoteric varieties, where they succeed, why they succeed in those locations and how do winemakers know? Featuring winemakers Rob Folin of Folin Cellars and Stephen Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock.
May 20: It Takes a Village to Raise a Vintage
It takes many hands to produce a single bottle of wine. Oregon has been supporting an extended wine production family for decades as a matter of principle, not fashion. From harvest help to vineyard workers with decades of experience, who is behind the bottle and how does Oregon’s industry support them? Featuring Leda Garside of ịSalud! and Jim Bernau and Efren Loeza of Willamette Valley Vineyards.
May 27: What is Terroir… Really?
Terroir: What does this elusive term really mean, does it matter and should it inform your wine habits? Let’s seek clarity on this often misunderstood and misused concept. Join winemaker Tom Fitzpatrick of Alloro Vineyard and geologist Kevin Pogue to discuss how Oregon winemakers identify and express terroir.