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WineFairy chats with Seven Hills on Bordeaux Varietals and Tempranillo; Snake River Winery and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards in Idaho; and with Ferenc Mate on Tuscany

Segment-1: Seven Hills Winery, located in Walla Walla, WA, is producing Bordeaux Varietal Red Wines and Tempranillo, too - Casey McClellan

Fourth generation farmer and winemaker, Casey McClellan founded Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla Valley, American Viticultural Appellation, Washington State and specializes in elite site-specific Bordeaux-varietal reds. As Winemaker, McClellan aims to highlight the character of his Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in the 1980s, Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and the layers of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in his Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Red meritage. "I love Tempranillo," says Casey. "And I'm always looking at new dimensions of what can be achieved in Walla Walla Valley viticulture."

 

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Segment-2: Snake River Winery, Southwestern Idaho, Grows Old World Red Varietals with Passion - Scott DeSeelhorst

Scott DeSeelhorst, Owner, Grape Grower, Winemaker for Snake River Winery, located on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho, is passionate about wine and food. The family owns Solitude Ski Resort, in Big Cottonwood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City where DeSeelhorst was responsible for guest sustenance. In 1998 he and his wife purchased the Arena Valley Vineyard and became Grape Growers overnight. The winery was built in 2000. The diversity of his estate vineyard includes Blauer Zweigelt, Barbera, Tempranillo, Touriga, and Tinta Cao, Malbec, Syrah and Sangiovese with commercial success and critical acclaim.

 

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Segment-3: Estate-Grown Certified Organic 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Eagle, Idaho - Gary Cunningham

Former corporate CEO Gary Cunningham traveled the world while developing his love of wine. "We are an organic family," says Cunningham so naturally, when he purchased his 1,600 acre ranch in the recently formed Snake River Valley American Viticultural Appellation, it was going to be managed organically. The vineyard soils are sandy, loamy, dry soils which contribute to the minerality of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris, Viognier, Roussane, Chardonnay, and bone-dry Reserve Rose, based on Merlot and Grenache. Current hands-on production sits at 7,300 cases.

 

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Segment-4: "The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life - Making the Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own" - Ferenc Mate

The Wisdom of Tuscany: Simplicity, Security & the Good Life - Making the Tuscan Lifestyle Your Own, Ferenc Mate guides us towards Tuscan values that have created what is perhaps the most humane and satisfying place on earth. With his endearing humor and charming anecdotes, Mate, who has lived in Tuscany for over twenty years, points the way towards a saner, healthier, and more fulfilling existence. Of course his book also tells us how to stuff our faces with the world's best food and wine. Mate, who along with his wife and son live in Brunello-country, is highly regarded for his world-class red wines and sailing photography. He speaks to us from Montalcino.

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over a million listeners a month!

 

 

 



 
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