Category: Thoughts

This Is Not A Test

Hey. You, over there with your iPod. Yeah, come here. Let’s talk.

In two years as a producer, I haven’t taken a week off of producing a show… until now.

Excuses are easy to come by, but I’ll just say that the last month has been extraordinary, and I’m at my limit. Something had to give this week, and unfortunately Wine Biz Radio drew the short straw.

So, I’m using this as an opportunity to solicit feedback from you, our listening audience, to determine what’s good about Wine Biz Radio, as well as what’s missing: what aren’t we doing that would make this radio show the one podcast you can’t live without? What guests are we overlooking? Is the long interview format working? Will we ever do the show in anything other than our underwear? Please leave a comment and let us know. Every comment is valuable, except the ones left by 1WineDude (Seriously, Joe: you have our condolences on your family’s loss. Even losing a family member that has lived a long life is a burden to bear, and we’ll be thinking of you).

On the upside, next week September will start off with a ridiculous bang as Rick Bakas, Kaz Winery and Wine Biz Radio are hosting the first Wine Country Tweetup next week (all tickets are spoken for)! And guess who the guest will be: everyone at the tweetup! We expect it to be one of the most interesting and reckless shows we’ve ever done.

So, again, I offer my apologies, not just to our excellent sponsor, Cornerstone Cellars, who will naturally get an extra episode tacked onto their sponsorship term, but to all of you listeners out there who have supported us over the fantastic journey that has been the last couple years. See you all next week!

Upcoming: Talkshoe episode about Robert Mondavi

Wine Biz Radio will be hosting a Talkshoe conference about Robert Mondavi this Friday, May 23 at 9AM Pacific. Please check our Talkshoe page for more information about how to participate.

At minimum, you can call in at +1-724-444-7444, and when prompted, enter the conference code 16919#. Other methods are available to use your broadband connection and a headset on your computer to be able to participate. Participants can ask questions and give comments using the chat interface provided by the Talkshoe interface.

If you have a story, tribute or testimony to give about Robert and his influence on you personally, the wine industry, or the world of wine, you are definitely welcome.

Podcast Delays: They are what they are.

So, I don’t like to meta-blog (that’s the term that says I don’t like talking about things pertaining to this website – problems, gripes, whatever – by using this website as a soapbox), but I’m experiencing some delays getting the raw recordings of our shows from our friends at KSVY and wanted to say that I’ll get Monday’s show up as soon as I get my hands on the recording.

I’m also going to try and take steps to rely just a little less on our community radio station partners, just in case we run into long delays again. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Promoting the OWC

So, today I had the pleasure of interviewing Joel Vincent, (blogger and founder of OpenWineConsortium) on today’s Wine Biz Radio (which I’m awaiting the radio station to release the recording so I can podcast it for all you lovely listeners out there). Joel was articulate and driven, which made it clear to me why he’s leading the charge for the OWC and getting the word out.

Now Kaz (who is the long-time co-host of the show, unlike me) is being dragged kicking and screaming (or more likely, scratching his head and saying “huh?”) into Wine 2.0. But I think he’s finally getting the idea, after parading Wine 2.0 luminaries through the studio and over the phone, show after show. I could start to see the lights going on inside his head about what this means to him, a small (~1,500 cases/year) producer, and how he can really leverage the ability to get his name beyond the word-of-mouth that has gotten him quite far, but perhaps not where he could go.

I think that’s the promise of Wine 2.0 and the OWC: in an age where major corporations buy up larger and mid-sized wineries, giving those wineries access to leverage they only dreamed about when they were independent, Wine 2.0 offers (and indeed, opens) the world of wine buyers and consumers to pretty much any winery of any size. It helps to level the playing field in a fundamentally new way that was just not possible a few years ago. So to Joel and the emerging Board of Directors for the OWC: kudos to you all, you’re inspiring not only me (a jaded tech weenie who loves wine and is entering the wine industry) but also those troubled Luddite souls whom will really benefit from your hard work and vision.

I gotta say, I’m glad I was sitting in the studio looking at him when the lights went on. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.

Older shows

Over the course of several weeks (basically as time permits), I’ll be putting up past shows on the site. For those shows, I plan to post them as new podcast entries, even though they are weeks (if not months) old. To distinguish these shows-from-the-archives, I’ll be posting them with “Wine Biz Redux” instead of “Wine Biz Radio”.

There, that was easy.


As you can see, this is a brand new podcast for a two-year-old radio show on community radio station KSVY in Sonoma.

It’s a grand experiment, you might say, putting to test the notion that there is indeed a hidden audience that loves the show but continues to miss it when it airs. Heck, my wife can’t consistenly listen to the show and she lives in Glen Ellen, and I know the signal has real challenges reaching southern Napa County.

Wine Biz is a program that talks about (you guessed it) the wine business, focusing primarily on Northern California and especially Sonoma County. Each week, we bring you news and talk ranging from the wildly theoretical (like what’s the best winemaking technique) to the imminently practical (like what to put in your compost pile at home). The show airs Mondays from 1 to 2 P.M. Pacific Time on KSVY 91.3FM, or

So, for all of you who are pining for the show, let this be your eternal DVR (or whatever they call it when you time-shift radio programs).

This is Wine Biz Radio.