California Wine Country on The Drive! Every #WineWednesday at 5:00.
California Wine Country is a 3-time nominee and winner of the 2015 award for "Best Critic or Review Series" at the Taste Awards in Los Angeles!
California Wine Country 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 California Wine Country! 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!
California Wine Country 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!
California Wine Country 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.
Upcoming California Wine Country Schedule
September 12th - Gloria Ferrer
September 5th - Armida Winery
August 29th - Tom Simoneau Presents...Carol Shelton Wines
August 22nd - Witch's Hand Wines
July 25th - Home Winemaking with Tre Amici Wines
July 18th - Legendary Winemaker Dick Peterson
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