November 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm (Apples, Hard Cider, Wine)
Tags: Freshwater, Hard Cider, North Story Wines, Pat Knittel, Wrangletown Cider Company
Jennifer and Pat…before we started drinking the cider and wine she brought!
It’s the label that will catch your eye — so many new start up hard cider companies it’s hard to keep up. A couple of women wrangling in the streets — well, if you know your Humboldt County history you know that Freshwater was once called Wrangletown. Story goes there were a couple of women who had taken to brawling in the streets of the town. Now why did we ever decide that Freshwater was a better name for that town?
Pat Knittel, with a heavy duty background producing wine in Napa and Sonoma — wanted to come home to Wrangletown — in Humboldt County where she was raised. And she realized that hard cider was her path home (she still makes wine – North Story Wines– but a gal’s got to branch out, right?) So there we were at about 10:30 a.m. tasting up the hard cider which was lovely and dry — pairing meals with hard cider is the next new thing.
One last word of advice (besides don’t start sipping hard cider at 10:30 a.m.) — if you have only tasted those mass produced hard ciders and think they taste like bubbly ultra sweet apple juice with an edge — give Wrangletown a try! You’ll be doing cider pairings instead of wine — a whole new world will open up, and it’s a delicious one.
Check out her website
January 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm (Wine)
Tags: Blue Lake Winery, Frank Onstine
August 14, 2015 at 1:03 am (Honey, Wine)
Tags: Humboldt Honey Wine, Humboldt Mead, Mead, Paul Leslie
If you are like me…you’ve tried mead — and generally found it to be very sweet and cloying — and next time someone offered you a taste of mead…well, you passed.
I am so glad I didn’t pass when I went to the Saturday Arcata Farmers Market and tucked away in a tent that sort of reminded me of the middle east somehow — I saw Paul Leslie was offering tastes of Humboldt Honeywine. (If you are a long-time Humboldt resident — you also enjoy the play on the words Humboldt Honey). I tasted it and experienced a complex myriad of flavors that completely took my taste buds by surprise. It wasn’t dry — but it certainly wasn’t the sweet honey flavor that I expected (was very happy about that)…I really really liked it!
So give it a try and keep an open mind — even if you haven’t liked honeywine or mead in the past — Humboldt Honeywine might just be your next big find —
Listen Here and check out Humboldt Honey Wine Facebook Page
October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm (Wine)
Tags: David Winnett, Willow Creek Winery, Winnett Vineyards, Winnett Winery
Image owning a winery of your own — well, not just a winery but a vineyard too. I’m thinking about that Kianu Reeves film Walk in the Clouds, makes you want to stomp grapes like Lucille Ball in that old I Love Lucy episode! So they grow the grapes and make the wine — they also planted some olive trees and Henry Robertson has been curing the olives off the trees. All of this in lovely Willow Creek California!
Well I interviewed David in a 10 minute session on the Food for Thought show — but soon realized I didn’t even scratch the surface of his knowledge and experience about wine and food…so don’t be surprised if we hear from him again in a future episode, or 2 or 3…
To check out their website
August 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm (Wine)
Tags: Don Wattenbarger, Lina Carro, Violet Green Winery
A small winery…how small? Lina and her husband, Don Wattenbarger are the only employees turning out some very fine wines. Why the name? They are very fond of the birds that come and go at their home and winery, especially the lovely violet green swallows. Want to know more? pour yourself a glass of certified organic Syrah and listen to their story.
Violet Green Winery
April 6, 2013 at 2:34 am (Wine)
Tags: Don Bremm, Moonstone Crossing Winery
I’ve finally done it — finally got Don Bremm into the studio for an interview. I had harassed him for quite a while, usually contacting him at the worst possible time (during the crush). But finally I caught up with him and learned about the business of winemaking in Humboldt. give it a listen and you can check out his website.
November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm (Wine)
Tags: Arin McBlaine, Robert Goodman, Robert Goodman Winery, wines in Humboldt
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing both Arin McBlaine, Head Chef of the new Robert Goodman Winery restaurant, and Robert Goodman, owner. It will be interesting to follow the restaurant’s progress as they continue to work to incorporate local food into the menu. They are on the lookout for some locally raised pork, so if you are raising them — you might want to give Arin a call.
Listen to the interview with Arin, click here.
Listen to the interview with Robert Goodman, click here.
Robert Goodman Winery
They also have a Facebook page.
February 9, 2010 at 12:41 am (Eat Local Humboldt, local food production, Uncategorized, Wine)
Tags: Curtis and David Winery, Dave Brown from Curtis and David, Wine, wine in Humboldt County
Dave Brown with Curtis and David Winery talks about his start in the wine industry, how wine is made and the importance of choosing a good bottle of wine. This is a two part interview:
For more information about Curtis and David Winery click here