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Chef Marc Murphy- Global Citizen & Family Man

Chef Marc Murphy- Global Citizen & Family Man
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Chef Marc Murphy has one of the most eclectic bios we’ve ever read. First, he’s a nationally recognized chef whose restaurants have included Landmarc and Ditch Plains, each with two locations in New York. Second, he is a regular judge on The Food Network’s wildly popular “Chopped” shows in their various renditions. But there’s much more to his story than what people see on screen and read in media.     Dig deeper and you learn that this devoted husband to wife, Pamela Schein Murphy, and father to Callen and Campbell, has a little international man of mystique about him. A few examples: Before the […]

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Secrets of the Southern Table with Virginia Willis

Secrets of the Southern Table with Virginia Willis
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Our August 14 edition of The Connected Table LIVE comes with a southern drawl and a discussion about food that left listeners (and us) drooling, courtesy of  Virginia Willis, author  of “Secrets of the Southern Table” and southern food chronicler. The South is a delicious hodgepodge when it comes to its culinary heritage and it is one of the most fascinating places to visit because of it. Many customs are rooted in traditions that blend diverse cultures: Irish, Scottish, English, French, African, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Greek, just to name a few. In fact, the upcoming Les Dames d’Escoffier International Conference October 24-27 in Nashville has a […]

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Come Take a SIP with Us- The Connected Table SIPS

Come Take a SIP with Us- The Connected Table SIPS
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Attention importers and wine and food companies and the talented people who work with them. Let us help you spotlight your brands and programs this Fall and beyond through custom podcasts on The Connected Table SIPS on iHeart Radio and more. Did you know we’ll come to your event to set up an on-site studio to interview your visiting producers? Did you also know we can interview anyone, anywhere in the world? We’re local to New York but global in our broadcasts. The Connected Table SIPS on iHeart Radio are easy- to-record podcasts that offer a turnkey way for you to get your message out […]

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Sipping with Stefano Chiarlo, Michele Chiarlo Wines

Sipping with Stefano Chiarlo, Michele Chiarlo Wines
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Home to some of the world’s most sought after wines including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, and Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont is regarded as one of Italy’s great wine regions.  Michele Chiarlo Wines, founded by Michele Chiarlo and now run with the help of his sons Alberto and Stefano, has been a leader in the region since 1956. Always family owned and operated, Michele Chiarlo owns vineyards in three of Piedmont’s most important growing regions: Langhe, Montferrato, and Gavi, and focuses exclusively on making single vineyard wines. Their vineyard in Cerequio, in the heart of Barolo, is considered one of the finest plantings […]

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Exploring AOC Costières de Nimes, Rhône Valley

Exploring AOC Costières de Nimes, Rhône Valley
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Costières de Nîmes was a pleasant discovery for us, far from the more heavily visited areas of Provence to the east. The Rhône Valley’s southernmost wine region sits on a plateau that stretches north from the Camargue delta region 50 kilometers to the south. From some hilltop vineyards, one can see Arles and an outline of the Frank Gehry-designed The Luma Arts Foundation complex, which has turned that ancient Roman city in Provence into a contemporary arts destination. Vines have been cultivated in Costières de Nimes since the days of Ancient Greece. The area was also occupied by the Romans […]

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Lavender Fields Forever: Sipping Luberon Rosé in the Rhône Valley

Lavender Fields Forever: Sipping Luberon Rosé in the Rhône Valley
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When July rolls around we’re longing for Provence and the chance to see first-hand the lavender fields in bloom. It’s still on our bucket list; we are not there, yet, despite having spent many lazy, late summer days visiting friends with a house in the Luberon, usually end of August. But we did have the chance to visit the Luberon in May for a wine tour of  the southern Rhône Valley.  The weather was warm and dry, and the buses of tourists were still thankfully sparse. May is a great time to visit before the summer crowds descend. While no […]

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Sipping with Susana Balbo, Argentina’s First Woman Winemaker

Sipping with Susana Balbo, Argentina's First Woman Winemaker
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Susana Balbo, Founder of Susana Balbo Wines, has a career history of firsts: The first Argentinian female winemaker, first Argentinean woman to become a global wine consultant and first Latin American woman to chair the W20 Summit. She has served as a member of Argentina’s parliament representing the Mendoza region, and she served three terms as President of Wines of Argentina during which time Argentinian wines gained global recognition and achieved record export growth. Balbo believes to lead is to set an example for future generations. Interestingly, her original dream to study abroad and become a nuclear physicist in the […]

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Access Meets Awesome- Sipping with Wine Access

Access Meets Awesome- Sipping with Wine Access
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When you choose a nice bottle of wine to drink, what are you looking for besides balance and structure? How about Authenticity and a touch of Awesome? And if you are selecting a wine to sell, would you stake your reputation on it? That’s the thought process behind the team at Wine Access (www.wineaccess.com) whose management team say they take the guesswork out of selecting wine. Wine Access offers a selection of curated wines from around the world from both established producers and new discoveries, as well as a selection of sakes. Wine Access  also features a selection of proprietary […]

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A Visit with Bona Frescobaldi, Laudemio Frescobaldi

A Visit with Bona Frescobaldi, Laudemio Frescobaldi
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Bona Frescobaldi is a member of storied Frescobaldi family, whose history in Tuscany dates back over 1000 years and 30 generations, and whose wine estates are world-renowned. She serves as a global ambassador for the family to strengthen international relations. Frescobaldi has made it her life’s mission to support and preserve the art and culture of Tuscany, as well as its agricultural bounty, especially wine and olive oil. In 1986, the family created the Laudemio Consortium, the first private Italian institution fully dedicated to expressing the art and terroir of Tuscan olive oil. The family has more than 300 hectares […]

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Botas De Barro- The Story of the “Muddy Boots”

Botas De Barro- The Story of the "Muddy Boots"
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Nicola Thornton grew up in the U.K. but fell in love with Spain after attending university there. She moved and entered the wine industry. We first met Thornton when she was working for a well-known producer in Toro.  We’ve stayed in touch over the years and were delighted to spotlight Thornton in two podcasts for The Connected Table SIPS.     The first podcast discussed the expert set up called Spanish Palate. Thornton says she looks for independent producers that are “magical little gems with great stories,” giving them a voice and introducing them to international markets. Working with a largely […]

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Sipping with Eileen Crane, CEO, Domaine Carneros

Sipping with Eileen Crane, CEO, Domaine Carneros
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For anyone who’s ever visited California wine country, one of the of the most popular places to stop and taste is Domaine Carneros Winery, which is recognized for its méthode traditionelle sparkling wines, estate vineyards and breathtakingly beautiful château. Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger of the Champagne Taittinger family. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma, Domaine Carneros comprises six vineyards on 400 acres. The château is inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region. To oversee management and production of its first méthode […]

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Sipping with Amy Hoopes, Wente Family Estates

Sipping with Amy Hoopes, Wente Family Estates
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Joining a tight multi-generational family business can be tough as an outsider, especially when the family is globally recognized for producing a hallmark brand, in this case California wines. But Amy Hoopes, a 20-year wine industry veteran has done it seamlessly as President of Wente Family Estates (Livermore, CA), the oldest continuously operated, family-owned winery in the country.  Hoopes joined Wente Family Estates in 2007 and was named president in 2015. Wente Family Estates celebrates five generations working in the business and 136 years in 2019. She has led many pioneering initiatives for the company and the industry, including #MakeTime, which encourages […]

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