Legends Behind the Craft Podcast

From Film School to the Vineyards With James Phillips of Madrigal Family Winery

November 17, 2022
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon welcome James Phillips, Winemaker at the Madrigal Family Winery, to talk about the parallels between filmmaking and winemaking. James also shares his experience working with wine from different places and the challenges that come with it.

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From Waiting Tables to Winemaking With Chris Brundrett of William Chris Vineyards

November 10, 2022
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks hosts Chris Brundrett, the Co-founder of William Chris Vineyards, to share his experience from serving tables to running his winery. Chris also talks about their vision of sharing with people what the amazing areas of Texas taste like and having a welcoming environment for working people.

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Sustainability in Wineries With Luke Wylde of Statera Cellars  

November 3, 2022
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon welcome Luke Wylde, Co-owner of Statera Cellars, to talk about his experience running this two-person company with his best friend. Luke also shares his vision for the company, the future of packaging, and how he aspires for sustainable practices to be the bloodline of its operations.

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The Evolution of Wineries With Andrew Januik of Andrew Januik Wines

October 27, 2022
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon welcome Andrew Januik, Owner of Andrew Januik Wines, to talk about his experience being in the wine business the majority of his life. Andrew also shares how he started his venture after working for the family business and how much has changed since his first exposure two decades ago.

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Crafting Your Story Like a Song With Jenifer Freebairn of Wow and Flutter Winery

October 20, 2022
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In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon welcome Jenifer Freebairn, Co-founder of Wow and Flutter Winery, to talk about the secret to building a successful brand in the wine industry. Jenifer gives advice to wine writers in crafting their stories and explains how wineries can recraft their branding to stay relevant.

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Creating the World’s First Luxury Ready-to-Serve Cocktail With Robert Haynes and Damiane Nickles

October 13, 2022
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In this episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon host Robert Haynes and Damiane Nickles. The pair talk about the story behind Sunday’s Finest Gold Fashioned, the world’s first luxury ready-to-drink cocktail. They share what inspired them to work on this unique idea and how they got people to try their product. Robert and Damiane also share what’s next for the Sunday’s Finest brand and give advice to people who want to get into the ready-to-drink category.

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Creating and Managing Multiple Wine Brands With Josh McDaniels of Bledsoe Wine Estates

October 6, 2022
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In this episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon sit down with Josh McDaniels, the CEO and Director of Winemaking at Bledsoe Wine Estates. Josh shares how he got started in the wine business as early as high school, how he met NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and how they ended up as business partners. He also talks about the process of creating three wine brands and the challenges of managing and growing them.

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The Art and Science of Storage and Distribution With Mark Hiddleson of Specialized Storage Solutions

September 29, 2022
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In this episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks sits down with Mark Hiddleson, the Owner of Specialized Storage Solutions. Mark shares how he got into the warehousing business and discusses logistics in the wine industry. He also talks about partnering with 3PLs and gives solid advice for people who want to set up a brand new warehouse from scratch.

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4,083 Days to Success: The Story of a Lawyer Turned Winemaker With Amy LaBelle of LaBelle Winery

September 22, 2022
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In this episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Amy LaBelle, Founder and Winemaker at LaBelle Winery, joins Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon. Amy shares how and why she transitioned from the world of law to the winemaking industry. She also talks about the importance of putting in the hours, doing the work, and staying determined when pursuing your passion.

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Bringing the Renaissance of Armenian Wines to the US With Zack Armen of Storica Wines

September 15, 2022
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In this episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon host Zack Armen, the Co-founder and President of Storica Wines, to talk about Armenian wine. Zack discusses the history of winemaking in Armenia and the renaissance of its wine industry. He shares how he was able to introduce Armenian wines to the US market and how Storica Wines expanded rapidly since its inception in 2018.

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