Thursday, September 14, 2017

IDTT Wine 429: Bill Easton Ignored the 90s Monster Wines

Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California.

Bill describes an era of post-Prohibition California winemaking that has largely disappeared, and explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a corner of the state that was little known. Bill also is frank about his stylistic choices, and his decision not to embrace the fashionable 1990s style of big wines.

A New Episode of I'll Drink to That!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

IDTT Wine 428: Swedish Sommelier Totte Steneby on Restaurant Success and Disaster

Totte Steneby is the Beverage Manager of Portal Restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also an importer of Burgundy wine into Sweden, and a European brand ambassador for both the Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote wineries of California.

A former child actor, Totte Steneby discusses his sommelier career, having worked at a number of top restaurants in Sweden. He shares some of the hard moments he has experienced during restaurant work as well, including one hard opening gone wrong. Totte also describes the Swedish wine market, and how it has dramatically changed over time.

A New Episode of I'll Drink to That!