GuildSomm Podcasts

  • Wine Tech Part 2: Winemaker Nicolas Quillé MW

    In this episode, MS  speaks with MW , co-author with MW David Bird of Understanding Wine Technology, 4th Edition. Nicolas was born in Lyon, France, and has worked as a winemaker across the globe. He is currently the chief winemaking and operations officer for the Crimson Wine Group. In this conversation, Chris and Nicholas discuss some of the key technological developments impacting winemaking…

    • Oct 18, 2022
  • Wine Tech Part 1: Tony Cha of Alfred Technologies

    In this episode, MS Chris Tanghe interviews Tony Cha, a consultant for Alfred Technologies, about the state of technology in beverage management. Tony, who previously co-founded BinWise, discusses prior technological advancements for beverage management as well as the new tools, including those that harness AI, impacting the industry today.

    Stay tuned for our second installment on wine technology!

    Thanks for listening…

    • Oct 11, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Paz Levinson

    In this episode, GuildSomm board member  and Argentinean sommelier  return to provide a recap in English of their conversation on our first-ever Spanish-language episode last month. Listen in as Paz shares her blind tasting experiences and insights.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy this episode, please leave us a review, as this helps us connect with and grow our community. Cheers!


    • Sep 28, 2022
  • Regenerative Farming

    In this episode, we dive into the complex topic of regenerative agriculture with two experts in the field. First, Jenny Hemmer speaks with Meghan Zobeck, the winemaker at Burgess Cellars in the Napa Valley. They discuss Meghan's unique path into the wine industry and the importance of vineyard work to winemaking.

    Next, MS Chris Tanghe talks to Nate Ready of Hiyu Wine Farm in Hood River, Oregon. They discuss Nate's…

    • Sep 13, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm in Spanish

    ¡Hemos lanzado nuestro primer podcast en español! En este primer episodio, un miembro de la junta directiva de GuildSomm, , conversa con la sommelier argentina  sobre la cata a ciegas.⁠

    We've released our first-ever podcast in Spanish! In this initial episode, GuildSomm board member Daniela Frison and Argentinean sommelier Paz Levinson discuss all things blind tasting.

    For those who…

    • Aug 23, 2022
  • Cork with Carlos de Jesus

    In this episode, MS  speaks with Carlos de Jesus of APCOR, the Portuguese cork association, to discuss the sustainability, new technologies, and future of cork closures. The insights Carlos shares build on our May conversation with Ruinart Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis, who explained how cork closures are being used in Champagne for lees aging today.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed…

    • Aug 9, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Ray Sholes & Kelli White

    In this month's tasting episode, MS  sits down with  of Michael's Genuine in Miami. Ray shares his approach to blind tasting and how he applies it to his buying habits for the restaurant's list. Then, GuildSomm Executive Director  speaks with GuildSomm alum  to hear her perspective on the blind tasting skillset. Kelli is the director of education for Meadowood in…

    • Jul 27, 2022
  • Consumer Trends

    In this episode, GuildSomm Executive Director  speaks with Rob McMillan and Philana Bouvier to explore consumer trends in the beverage industry. Rob is the executive vice president and founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division, which publishes the annual State of the Wine Industry Report. Philana is a visionary leader and the president of Demeine Estates in Napa Valley.

    Learn more about our guests…

    • Jul 12, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Mia Van de Water

    In this month's tasting episode, MS  sits down with MS  to discuss her approach to blind tasting, why it’s an important skill to hone as a beverage professional, and how she overcame her own "blind" spots. Learn more about Mia in the bio below and by listening to this great conversation.

    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts…

    • Jun 28, 2022
  • Argentina with Amanda Barnes

    In this episode, Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe chats with Amanda Barnes about what's new and exciting in Argentine wine. Amanda’s new book, The South America Wine Guide, offers a comprehensive look at the wines of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. It explores not only regions and producers but also cuisines and places of interest. The book is available in both print and digital versions …

    • Jun 15, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Blind Wine with Ryan Robinson

    In this episode of the Tasting with GuildSomm series, longtime member  speaks with  about the development of his blind tasting methods, how to find mentors and study groups, and how he became the first Idaho resident to pass the CMS Advanced Exam. Ryan also leads a blind tasting of one wine; can you discern the grape, region, and vintage based on Ryan's description?

    We hope you enjoy this new series…

    • May 24, 2022
  • Champagne and the Ruinart Challenge

    In this episode,  hosts Ruinart Chef de Cave, . They discuss the storied past of the Ruinart estate within the broader context of Champagne's history, as well as how the region continues to develop as its producers look to the future. Frédéric also gives a preview of this year's Ruinart Challenge lecture, centered on the topic of cork.  
    All active GuildSomm…
    • May 10, 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Why Do We Blind Taste?

    We're adding a regular tasting series to the GuildSomm podcast! In addition to our monthly wine topics, we'll be releasing monthly podcast episodes devoted to the theme of tasting. We'll cover a wide spectrum of tasting subjects, including blind tasting study methods, challenging comparatives, full-length tasting sessions with GuildSomm members, and more.

    To kick off the first episode in this new series, Director…

    • Apr 26, 2022
  • Food & Wine Pairing

    In this episode,  discusses pairing food and wine with Master Sommeliers Andrea Robinson and Max Kast. They cover their basic guidelines for selecting pairings, share some favorite pairings that are consistently successful, and offer advice on pairings to avoid. 
    Toward the end of her conversation with Chris, Andrea offers an unlikely Cabernet pairing suggestion for non-meat eaters. Find her vegan…
    • Apr 12, 2022
  • Emerging Wine Regions: Michigan & Southwest USA

    In this episode, we continue our Emerging Wine Regions series and explore several states producing wines off the beaten path in the United States. First,  interviews Master Sommelier  about the wines produced across Michigan. Madeline is famously the first American woman to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and has witnessed the Michigan wine industry develop since she began her career…
    • Mar 15, 2022
  • Rum

    In this episode, Master Sommelier  explores the vast world of rum. First, he interviews Shawn Martin, distillery manager of Papa's Pilar Rum in Key West, who discusses the production methods used to make myriad styles of rum. Then, Chris speaks with Ian Burrell, the global rum ambassador, about rum's origins in the Caribbean, how the colonial power of the Royal Navy informs the legacy of rum, and how the…

    • Jan 20, 2022
  • Emerging Wine Regions: Vermont & The Finger Lakes

    In this episode, we explore two wine regions in the northeastern United States. While Vermont and northern New York State are both located in the extremes of viticultural viability, both regions have emerged as hubs of quality wine production.  interviews Master Sommelier  about his winemaking venture in northwestern Vermont and then speaks with Meaghan Frank about her family's multi-generational…

    • Oct 13, 2021
  • Remembering Becky Wasserman

    In light of Becky Wasserman’s passing last month, we are rereleasing this 2019 conversation Becky had with our staff writer, . Becky had a profound impact on the careers, palates, and personal lives of wine professionals across the globe. She will be remembered as a champion of the underdog and a pioneer who opened wine industry doors for small producers, for women, and for Burgundy.

    At the end of the…

    • Sep 17, 2021
  • Rosé & Orange Wines

    In this episode, the GuildSomm team delves into rosé wines and white wines made with skin contact. First,  interviews Master of Wine  about all things rosé. They discuss pink wine's varied and often misunderstood production methods, whether a rosé's color connotes quality, and Elizabeth's recommendations for emerging rosé-producing regions. Later, 

  • Wine Pairings: Music & Food

    In this episode, we discuss wine pairings on multiple dimensions. First,  interviews Master of Wine  about her career as a classical pianist and how her first passion inspired the topic of her MW Research Paper: pairing Champagne with classical music. Then, Bryce and  dive into a friendly debate to settle the question of whether wine and food pairings are all they’re cracked up to…

    • Aug 10, 2021
  • Managing Old & New Vines

    In this episode, we discuss managing a vineyard from the perspective of two winemakers.  interviews Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co. about the benefits and challenges of working with old vines, and  speaks with Matt Crafton of Chateau Montelena about the technical, environmental, and financial considerations behind replanting a vineyard to new vines. 

    This month’s blind tasting segment …

    • Jul 13, 2021
  • Soju & Sake

    In this episode, GuildSomm Interim Executive Director  interviews two entrepreneurs who specialize in east Asian beverages. Master Sommelier  discusses how his company, KMS Imports, is creating a market for Korean soju and other artisanal beverages in the US. Later, Todd Bellomy describes the production process and styles of sake and the vision behind Farthest Star Sake, his forthcoming sake brewery…

    • Jun 8, 2021
  • Career Series: Packaging Design & Branding

    This month on the GuildSomm podcast, we're hosting a special series focused on careers in the wine industry. We're releasing one episode per week throughout the month of May, featuring interviews with wine professionals whose careers highlight lesser-known paths within the industry.

    For our fourth and final episode in the series, GuildSomm Director of Strategic Partnerships  interviews Kevin…

    • May 30, 2021
  • Career Series: Wine Auction

    This month on the GuildSomm podcast, we're hosting a special series focused on careers in the wine industry. We're releasing one episode per week throughout the month of May, featuring interviews with wine professionals whose careers highlight lesser-known paths within the industry.

    For our third episode in the series, GuildSomm director of operations and editor  speaks with Marie Keep…

    • May 24, 2021
  • Career Series: Consulting

    This month on the GuildSomm podcast, we're hosting a special series focused on careers in the wine industry. We're releasing one episode per week throughout the month of May, featuring interviews with wine professionals whose careers highlight lesser-known paths within the industry.

    For our second episode in the series, GuildSomm Interim Executive Director  interviews