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Encore Episode: Your Personal Wine Orientation

Summary: Find out how wine is made and how to pick the right wine for your tastes.
Air Date: 8/23/17
Duration: 20:56
Host: Dr. Mike Fenster
Guest Bio: Bruce Cakebread, COO of Cakebread Cellars
Bruce CakebreadBruce Cakebread, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cakebread Cellars, is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the winery, the family vineyards and all grower relations.

Discussing the Cakebread family’s philosophy of winemaking over the past 35+ years, Bruce says, “Our goal has been to work with our vineyards to gain the full potential of quality from each vine allowing us to create the finest wines possible. We want our wines to be balanced, elegant and complex with a fine finish that fits seamlessly into any meal or any occasion.”

Bruce first studied Pomology (Tree Fruits) at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. When he decided to enter the family business he transferred to the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California at Davis, where in 1978, he received his degree in Enology. After working alongside his father since the winery was founded in 1973, Bruce assumed the winemaking position in 1979 until 2002 when he became president and COO.
Encore Episode: Your Personal Wine Orientation
Wine is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.

The process of winemaking begins in the vineyard. The goal is to get the vine to produce grapes of uniform maturity, making it easier to produce a delicious wine.

Many Napa Valley wineries start the harvest day in the middle of the night. Cold grapes are fresher and produce a better tasting wine. It takes eight to ten weeks to harvest the fruit.

Yeast is added once the juice is extracted. The fermentation process takes about two weeks. It is then moved to barrels for aging.

Wine has been made in Napa Valley for over 150 years. Vintners in the area have learned by experience which grapes grow best in what soil and the optimal conditions to produce a consistent quality product.

Wine pairs wonderfully with food. Delicate wines go best with delicate foods. You can pair sauvignon blanc with goat cheese. Chardonnay goes best with something like a brie cheese. Match the intensity of wine with the intensity of the food. You may have something lighter with summer foods. Merlots are great for autumn.

Tips for Wine Tasting
  • Does it taste good? This is the most important factor to consider when buying wine.
  • Find out how it was made. You’ll have deeper appreciation for it the more you know about that particular wine.

Listen in as Bruce Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars shares some wine basics.

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