Legends Behind the Craft Podcast

Napa Valley Hospitality, Wine Dreams, and Philanthropy with Andre Crisp of Legend Napa Valley

July 20, 2023
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Andre Crisp of Legend Napa Valley shares his insights into the wine industry, his establishment in Napa Valley, and the vision behind the Legend Napa Valley Custom Crush Facility. Discover how Andre is breaking down barriers and promoting accessibility and inclusivity in Napa Valley wineries.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Andre Crisp, Co-Founder and CEO of Legend Napa Valley, Global Wine Brands, and The Crisp Family Foundation. Dive into the challenges of a custom crush facility and explore the process of working with clients to bring their wine brand dreams to life. Andre also delves into the philanthropic efforts of The Crisp Family Foundation and shares his personal preferences when it comes to wine, emphasizing the importance of openness and inclusivity in the industry.

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The Crucial Role of Climate in Grape Growing and Winemaking with Greg Jones of Abacela Winery

July 19, 2023
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Professor Gregory V. Jones uncover the origins of Abacela, its mission to cultivate Tempranillo in America, and the varietal suitability study that led them to Southern Oregon. Discover the unique characteristics of Tempranillo in the Umpqua Valley compared to Ribera del Duero and learn how climate change is impacting grape growing.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Prof. Greg Jones, CEO of Abacela Winery and a world-renowned atmospheric scientist and wine climatologist. Get insights into the trials and adaptations that shaped Abacela’s climate-first approach in wine production, including their exploration of low-alcohol options. Explore their innovative wine packaging solutions and get a glimpse into the future plans of Abacela Winery in terms of hospitality. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with Prof. Greg Jones, where wine, climate, and passion intertwine to create exceptional vintages at Abacela.

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A Journey of Irish Whiskey Heritage, Revival, and Innovation with Jonathan Egan of Egan’s Whiskey

July 13, 2023
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We delve into the captivating story of Egan’s Whiskey with Jonathan Egan, the driving force behind the brand’s resurrection in 2015. Discover the origins of Egan’s Whiskey, tracing back to its establishment in Tullamore, Ireland as P. & H. Egan in 1852. Explore the challenges and motivations that led Jonathan to revive his family’s business and breathe new life into the iconic brand.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Jonathan Egan, 6th Generation Brand Custodian and Refounder of Egan’s Irish Whiskey. Gain insights into the sourcing process, consistency, and the legacy that Jonathan upholds in the production of Egan’s Whiskey. Explore the unique positioning of Egan’s in a competitive market and get a glimpse of exciting upcoming expressions and limited editions. Tune in to this captivating journey into the past, present, and future of Egan’s Whiskey, a testament to heritage and passion in the world of Irish whiskey.

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Unveiling a Unique Franchise Model for the Wine Industry with Ken Lineberger of Waters Edge Wineries

July 12, 2023
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Ken Lineberger of Waters Edge Wineries shares his deep-rooted passion for the wine industry and how it satisfies his insatiable curiosity. He unveils the unique franchise model developed by Waters Edge Wineries, discussing the criteria for becoming a part of this innovative system and explaining why the wine industry is particularly suitable for such a model. Ken also sheds light on the logistical process of distributing the juice to each location, highlighting the fascinating techniques used.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Ken Lineberger, the President at Waters Edge Wineries. He provides insights into the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the delicate balance between maintaining distinctive franchise locations while upholding consistency and efficiency. We delve into the distinction between Waters Edge Wineries affiliates and franchises, exploring the factors that determine franchise territories and addressing legal considerations. Discover the ideal clients and prospects for opening a Waters Edge winery and gain valuable knowledge about bottling operations, staffing structures, and membership benefits. Lastly, Ken reflects on his two decades of experience and offers valuable advice to aspiring franchisees and winery entrepreneurs.

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Leading the Sauvignon Blanc Industry in Napa Valley with Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery

July 6, 2023
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Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery shares the fascinating story behind their iconic brand. From Michael’s early days of selling wine at the age of 21 to taking over the winery full-time, we delve into the evolution of the Honig brand and its domination in the Sauvignon Blanc industry in the heart of Napa Valley.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Michael Honig, the president of Honig Vineyard & Winery. Discover how their wines and terroir have evolved over the years, the impact of wine scores and ratings, their unique marketing strategies, sustainable efforts, and exciting projects on the horizon for the fourth generation.

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Wine Experience, Process and Authenticity with Jordan Kivelstadt of Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten

July 5, 2023
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Jordan Kivelstadt of Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten delves into their unique wine garden experience, attracting visitors amidst dispersed travel destinations, the special qualities of their wines, and the distinctions between natural, minimal, and biodynamic wines. Jordan also shared insights on sourcing vineyards, scaling production, balancing direct-to-consumer and wholesale distribution, conveying his brand’s story, and his excitement for current wine offerings.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Jordan Kivelstadt, Owner and Wayward Son at Kivelstadt Cellars & WineGarten, to explore his core values, unique approach to winemaking, and the challenges and successes he has encountered in the industry. We dive into the world of Kivelstadt Cellars and discover how Jordan is reshaping the wine industry with innovation, sustainability, and a renewed sense of fun.

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Crafting Pinot Noir Masterpieces in Willamette Valley with Eric & Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines

June 20, 2023
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Eric Fullerton and Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines take us on a captivating journey through their founding of Fullerton Wines in the beautiful Willamette Valley. With their claim to fame being a collection of single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from each of the 11 sub-appellation, we explore the fascinating stories behind their wines. We learn about their transition from Europe to Oregon, Alex’s motivations for pursuing economics and winemaking, and their family crest’s influence on their label designs. Additionally, we delve into the landscape of the Willamette Valley, uncover the secrets of their acclaimed 2018 Lux Chardonnay, and gain valuable insights into Oregon’s unique Chardonnay production.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Eric Fullerton and Alex Fullerton, owners of Fullerton Wines. Eric Fullerton is the Associate Winemaker and Alex Fullerton is the Winemaker. The discussion also covers their meticulous vineyard selection process, the evolution of the Willamette Valley over time, and the changing distribution strategies of Fullerton Wines, including their focus on direct-to-consumer sales and the opening of a new tasting room. Finally, we embark on a mouthwatering exploration of their exceptional Pinot Noir offerings, beginning with the Momtazi Vineyard from the McMinnville AVA, and conclude with a glimpse into the future as Eric and Alex share their motivation and excitement for the next 10 years. Their passion and vision for Fullerton Wines leave us inspired and eager to experience more.

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Exploring Paso Robles: Winemaking Traditions and Innovations with Janell Dusi of J Dusi Wines

June 13, 2023
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Janell Dusi, a fourth-generation owner, and winemaker, shares her captivating journey from her great grandparents’ migration from Italy to Paso Robles, to her own winemaking process and the evolution of J Dusi Wines. Discover the diverse varietals in Paso Robles, the house style of Zinfandel, the influence of vineyards on flavor profiles, and the common denominator between their different wines.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Janell Dusi, Owner and Winemaker at J Dusi Wines. Explore Janell’s latest vineyard project, Paper Street Vineyard, and delve into the challenges and rewards of managing two brands. Learn about their harvests, the evolution of J Dusi wines over the years, and the delicate balance between art and science in winemaking. Janell also shares her excitement for future wine ventures and experiments, while discussing her motivation and what drives her passion. Finally, envision the changing landscape of Paso Robles over the next years and discover the cautionary advice that Janell wants to share with wine enthusiasts.

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Unlocking Winery Financial Success With QuickBooks With Jeanette Tan of QB Winery Solutions

June 8, 2023
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Jeanette shares her journey from Maui to Sonoma County and how she transitioned from her previous career to become a trusted financial advisor for wineries. We delve into common mistakes wineries make with QuickBooks, the essential components for wineries to effectively utilize QuickBooks as a vertical solution, and the tools and integrations necessary to simplify winery operations.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Jeanette Tan, Founder and Consulting CFO for boutique wineries profitability using QuickBooks at QB Winery Solutions, to discuss the unique role of a fractional CFO in the wine industry. We also delve into the membership benefits QB Winery Solutions offers, her amazing team, emerging financial trends in the wine industry post-COVID, and the recommended key performance indicators for wineries. Lastly, Jeanette discusses her motivation and excitement for the industry.

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Creating a Change: Making Meaningful Conversations and Connections With Jill Osur of Teneral Cellars

June 6, 2023
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In this episode with Jill Osur, Jill shares her inspiring journey into the wine industry and how she is using her business to fight for gender and racial justice. Find out why Jill chose a dragonfly logo for Teneral Cellars.
Jill shares why it’s important to use your voice and power to create a more equitable world for all and how companies can harness their power for good to taking action on issues that matter.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon are joined by Jill Osur. Jill Osur is the founder and CEO of Teneral Cellars. Jill shares her marketing strategies for getting her brand out digitally by running ads, having virtual wine experiences, event marketing, corporate gifting, and worthy-case marketing.

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