Interviews

Video: Interview with Jack Bittner of Cliff Lede Vineyards

Today is an exciting day here at The Cork Board. A couple week ago, the folks at Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville reached out to us inviting us to visit the property for a tour and tasting. Last Friday, we dropped by, walked the vineyards, toured the facilities, tasted some of the wines and chatted […]

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An interview with Rudy McClain, producer/director of the Merlot documentary Merlove

Last summer we told you about a local resident who was seeking funding for a documentary film on Merlot. Fast-forward to today and Rudy McClain is set to debut his film, dubbed “Merlove”, to a sold-out crowd at Copia this evening. Earlier this week we caught up with McClain and ran a few questions past […]

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Five questions with Neil Aldoroty of 55 Degrees

There are a wide variety of businesses in the Napa Valley, many of which relate to the wine industry, just like you’d expect. We’ve interviewed winemakers, sommeliers, chefs, people running custom crush facilities and more. Today, we’re bringing you an interview with Neil Aldoroty, proprietor of 55 Degrees. 55 Degrees is a wine storage and […]

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Five questions with August Briggs Winery general manager Mark Koppen

A couple weeks ago we welcomed August Briggs Winery to the blogosphere. After discovering their new blog, we reached out to Mark Koppen, the winery’s general manager, who was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about the venture into the blogosphere, their marketing plans for 2008 and much more. Enjoy! CB: You […]

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An interview with Napa Valley royalty–Margrit Mondavi

Reuters has a quick-and-dirty interview today with none other than Margrit Mondavi, wife of Robert Mondavi, and herself well-known in these parts for her many contributions to the culinary and cultural arts. A couple excerpts caught our eye. First, this bit: Mondavi, 81, spoke to Reuters about her career and life with her 94-year old […]

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Five questions with Palmaz Vineyards president Florencia Palmaz

About a year-and-a-half ago, we had the pleasure of visiting Palmaz Vineyards for a private tour and tasting and came away quite amazed at what we saw, heard and tasted. All told, we spent about three hours getting a personal tour from owner Amalia Palmaz–we learned about the history of the land, the intricate winemaking […]

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Talkin’ turkey and wine with Martini House Wine Director Rob Renteria

One of our favorite local bars is the cozy downstairs wine bar at St. Helena’s Martini House. There’s just something about it–the look and feel of the room, the warm, brightly lit fire, everything that just seems to make the place call out for you to kick back with a nice glass (or bottle) of […]

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