In this week's episode, we meet Adam Orman, managing partner of the Italian restaurant, L'Oca D'Oro. Adam has been in the restaurant world for many years, working in some top wine spots in New York, San Fransisco, and now Austin. He tells us of the philosophy of the wine and food menus, a focus on open flame grilling, heirloom ingredients, and the restaurant's mandatory gratuity to give their employees a livable wage. Also, we hear from LaSaan Georgeson, and her upcoming music and wine pairing festival. We get a taste of the bands playing and have some fun exploring some music and wine pairings. Finally, we hear from the editors of Slow Wine about their 2017 guide and the industry event they were putting on in Austin. (we will have another episode of expanded coverage on this event!)
Neal Rosenthal is celebrating 40 years in the wine business, starting as a retailer in New York and quickly moving to importing. He was just in Austin, and we caught up with him in person to talk about his history, tastes, and recommendations to our younger generation of wine professionals.
What better way to celebrate Texas Wine Month than with three leading producers, Ron Yates of Spicewood Vineyards, Fredrick Osterberg of Pedernales Cellars, and Dave Reilley of Duchman Family Winery. These wineries along with Brennan and Bending Branch make up the Texas Fine Wine Group which share a philosophy of producing wines made from grapes best suited to Texas. We hear what varieties they are producing and experimenting with as well as stories from the 2016 harvest!