Wine Wednesday with Ben Pearson
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8/23/2010

Wine Wednesday on The Drive!




Wine Wednesday has again been nominated for the 2013 Taste Awards for "Best Food or Drink Radio Program"

Wine Wednesday isn't your average wine show - it's a revealing look into the world of wine from grape to glass as told by those who create who create it.  The show is a celebration of the bounty of Wine Country, featuring the winemakers, vineyard managers, and grape growers who make it happen.  Each week we'll talk to a wide ranging array of guests - from major forces in the wine industry to smaller boutique and start up wineries.  It's not just a wine discussion, but an insightful feature of the background of the people behind the wine and how they got their start.  With the unmatched expertise of co-hosts Ben Pearson, Tom Simoneau, and William Allen, host Steve Jaxon presents Wine Wednesday in an engaging, entertaining, and interactive look into the region's most important industry.

Join The Drive every Wednesday at 5:00 for our Winery of the Week on Wine Wednseday!  Brought to you each week by Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa! Each week Ben Pearson from Bottle Barn will join us to feature a new winery on the show with an insight into the grape to glass process of the winery. Check out some of our recent segments below!
 
Wine Wednesday is presented each week by:
 
 

For two decades now, Bottle Barn has been providing customers with an unmatched selection of the finest wines, beer, spirits and accessories. With everyday low-prices and in-depth product knowledge, they have built a strong and loyal following. You can find the great wines of all of the wineries we feature on Wine Wednesday at Bottle Barn for the best prices in town!

 
Wine Wednesday Contributors

Ben Pearson, Wine Buyer - Bottle Barn - Co-host

Ben Pearson is a twenty-year industry veteran who has judged a number of local wine competitions, as well as being a frequent member of the tasting panel for the Press Democrat.

 

Tom Simoneau "The Wine Guy"

 

Since the early 1990's Tom Simoneau "The Wine Guy" has been bringing KSRO listeners the best local wine reviews, tasting tips, and vineyard happenings.

Tom was born in Chisholm, Maine, and educated at Boston University. He spent nine years managing and performing in a country-rock band before finally making his way west as the Director of Telemarketing Sales for Windsor Vineyards.

In 1988, Tom purchased a 12-acre vineyard in Alexander Valley. Soon after, his passion for growing grapes and making wine paid off when (in 1992) Tom won the distinguished Amateur Red Sweepstakes Award at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Tom's credits include judging professional and amateur wine competitions such as the California State Fair in Sacramento and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.

He sits on the wine panel for the Press Democrat Food and Wine Section. Tom's informative articles on wine are also found in the magazine Northern California Woman. Tom also serves on the board of directors for the Sonoma County Viticulture Technical Group, the Santa Rosa Junior College Agribusiness Committee, and the marketing committee for the Alexander Valley Wine Growers.

 
 
William Allen, Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog

William Allen, is the creator/editor of Simple Hedonisms, a  wine site focusing on Wine Country lifestyle. Just over 2 years old, it has become one of the top read wine blogs in the Bay area.  His passion for wine and taken a life of its own with  studies in viticulture, oenology, wine history, sensory evaluation.

While many wine writers and bloggers target their work at each other, Simple Hedonisms articles and wine reviews are written for wine consumers, with a focus on education.

William is also a ‘garagiste’  small lot winemaker and hobby viticulturist, both endeavors serving to better appreciate wine and winemaking.  You can read more about his history in articles ‘Sonoma William’ Joins Forces With the Rhone Rangers; Some History & New Directions and My 2010 Rhone Harvest – Garagiste or Passion Gone Runaway?

William is an vocal advocate for Sonoma County. and passionate wine consumer for 20 years, who leverages his experience as an Sales/Marketing Executive from the technology sector, to assist the wine industry. He has presented seminars for the Wine Road, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State, as well as contract work with several brands and PR firms.

Upcoming Wine Wednesday Schedule

November 27th - Rodney Strong/Trentadue

December 4th - Chalk Hill/Clo du Bois

December 12th - J Winery

December 18th - 'Best of' Wine Wednesday

 
September 12th - Gloria Ferrer



September 5th - Armida Winery



August 29th - Tom Simoneau Presents...Carol Shelton Wines



August 22nd - Witch's Hand Wines



August 15th - Medlock Ames






August 1st - Windsor Oaks Winery


 
July 25th - Home Winemaking with Tre Amici Wines



July 18th - Legendary Winemaker Dick Peterson



July 11th - Selby Winery





June 13th - Reynoso Vineyards


June 6th - Dutton Goldfield





May16th - Unti Vineyards


May 9th - Lancaster Estate


May 2nd - Taft Street Winery


April 25th - Stryker Sonoma

April 18th - Gary Farrell Winery

April 11th - Amapola Creek

April 4th - Rhone Rangers
 

January 4th - Kunde Estate
 
 
 
December 21st - Luxery Wines - Kosta Browne, Opus One, Matanzas Creek, Iron Horse, Iniskillin
 
 
 
July 13 - J Vineyards & Winery
 
 
July 6 - Enkidu Winery
 

 
June 29 - Stryker Sonoma
 
 
June 22 - Capture Winery
 
 
June 8 - Foppiano
 
 
June 1 - J Vineyard
 

 
May 25th -  Laurel Glen Vineyard
 

 
May 11th - Pomo Nation Wine Group
 
 
 
 
May 4th - Balletto Winery
 
 
April 27th - Schug Winery

 
April 20th - Kendall Jackson
 
 
 
April 13th - Part 1 - Amapola Creek
 

 
April 13th - Part 2 - Iron Horse Vineyard
 

 
April 6th - Sonoma in DC
 

 
March 30th - Schramsberg Vineyards
 

 
 
March 23rd - Longboard Vineyard
 

 
 
March 16th - Trentadue Winery
 

 
March 9th - Rich Thomas, retired director SRJC Viticulture Program
 

 
 
March 2nd - Martineli Winery
 

 
February 23rd - Gundlach- Bundschu Winery
 

 
February 16th - Coppola Winery
 
 
 
February 9th - Michel Schlumberger Winery
 

 
February 2nd - Windsor Oak Winery & Vineyard
 

 
January 26th - Wind Gap
 

 
January 19th - West Wines
 

 
January 12th - Arista Winery
 

 
January 5th - Peay Winery
 
 
December 22nd - Evan Goldstein
 
 
December 15th - Landmark Vineyards
 

 
December 8th - Pete Opatz/Shane Wine Cellars
 

 
December 1st - St. Francis Winery
 
 
 
November 24th - Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein
 
 
 
November 17th - Kenwood Vineyards
 

 
 
 
November 10th - Quivira/Sonoma State Wine Business Program
 
 
 
November 3rd - Sonoma Cutrer
 
 
October 27th - MacMurray Ranch
 
October 20th - La Crema
 
 

October 13th - Cline Cellars
 
 
October 6th - Mounts Family Vineyard
 
 
September 29th - Jordan Winery
 
 
September 21st - Geyser Peak
 
 
September 15th - Duskie Estes (Zazu)/Hafner Vineyards
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
September 8th - La Follette/Sangiacomo Vineyards
 
 
 
September 1st - Hanna Winery
 
 
 
August 25th - Dutton Goldfield
 

 
August 18th - Valdez Family Vineyards



August 11th - Alexander Valley Vineyards


August 4th - Huge Bear Winery
 
 
July 28th - DeLoach Vineyards
 

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