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Sip Sip Hooray Podcast

By Mary Hammers
Sip Sip Hooray! A Podcast From Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin, Where Wine Is Always Fun, Tasty And Inspirational
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Olympian Natalie Coughlin, Gaderian Wines - Ep. 36
Have we got an Olympic-sized episode for you! We are thrilled to welcome 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin to Sip Sip Hooray! She won gold in the pool, now she’s winning gold in the vineyard. Join us, the Marys, As we dive deep into what drives Natalie, her Olympic career and her new wine label Gaderian Wines. Natalie says yes to opportunity when it presents itself to her. That’s led to a wide range of experiences, including being a reality show dance competition contestants, both competitor and judge in cooking competition shows, a Sports Illustrated swimwear model, and, of course, hands-on winery owner. You’ll want to gather around Natalie’s table and her wine. With Gaderian Wines she’s making wine fun and approachable and something you’ll want to share.
58:30
September 20, 2021
A Wine Lineage: Steven Kent Mirassou, Ep. 35
This episode is a Sip Sip Hooray! podcast exclusive! What does lineage mean when it comes to wine? For our guest today lineage means everything. Steven Kent Mirassou’s family is America’s oldest winemaking family - older than the Mondavi’s, the Sebastianis and the Gallos. He’s now working side-by-side with the seventh generation. If you are a Pinot Noir lover, you can thank Mirassou’s ancestors for bringing the some of the first pinot vine cuttings to California. In his first full, sit down interview, sixth generation vintner Steven Kent Mirassou gives us the inside scoop on his deeply personal book Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine. Join us, the Marys, as we introduce you to Steven and his stories. Lineage is a page turner - and definitely not your typical wine book. It is a love letter to wine and highly personal, with emotional highs and lows and sprinkled with racy language!
01:09:04
August 31, 2021
Samra Morris - Alma Rosa Winery, Ep. 34
This Sip Sip Hooray! episode is all about courage! As a child growing up in Bosnia, Samra Morris dodged incoming fire just trying to go to school. This brave woman survived her war-torn country, studying winemaking in her native Sarajevo. Now Samra’s following in the footsteps of a wine world legend - Richard Sanford at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara wine country in California. She is also California's first Bosnian winemaker. You don’t want to miss Samra’s story! Join us, the Marys, for a truly compelling and inspiring episode of Sip Sip Hooray!
43:33
August 11, 2021
Champagne Laurent-Perrier - Michelle DeFeo, Ep. 33
She's bubbly, effervesecent, elegant and ebullent. We're thrilled to have Champagne Laurent-Perrier's Michelle DeFeo join us for a great conversation about one of our favorite beverages, French Champagne. Michelle DeFeo is the President of Laurent-Perrier U.S. The winery, dating back to 1812, is the largest family-owned and female-led Champagne house. Join us, the Marys, as we get the inside scoop on all things bubbly! Michelle’s path to Champagne isn’t your typical road - and it started with sneaking a bottle during one of her parents’ parties. So pop a cork and enjoy our sparkling conversation!
01:16:03
July 23, 2021
Alan Viader, Viader Vineyards, Napa - Ep. 32
Resilience. Determination. Perseverance. These three words describe our guest, Alan Viader of Viader Vineyards & Winery. Resilience to continue in the face of wildfire devastation. Determination to grow grapes on the steepest, rockiest slopes of Napa Valley's Howell Mountain, and perseverance to survive not one but two major fire events. Join the Marys as we get right into a story so relevant for today's wineries. With fire season here, and the continuation of drought in California, we are so inspired by Alan, who is making the wines at the pioneering winery his mother Delia Viader started in 1986. Alan is a volunteer for Napa search and rescue operations, and recently became a trained firefighter. This dynamic mother-son team keeps pushing the limits to create some of the most sought after wines in Napa Valley. You'll be inspired by their story.
53:08
July 6, 2021
Julia Coney, Founder, Black Wine Professionals - Ep. 31
Julia Coney is a powerhouse in the wine world. This wine journalist and entrepreneur, a former beauty writer, who loves perfume and Champagne, is changing how the world views the wine industry. She founded Black Wine Professionals in the wake of the George Floyd shooting to recognize black people working in all aspects of wine, offering visibility, support and guidance. Tune in as the Marys get to know this mover and shaker - her struggles being a black woman in an industry not traditionally known for diversity, how she is working to overcome that and help others on their wine journeys and her string of accomplishments, included being honored by Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Wine Star Awards as the Social Visionary of the Year in 2020.
52:59
June 6, 2021
SOMM TV Director Jason Wise - Ep. 30
When documentary director Jason Wise premiered SOMM at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2012, he didn't imagine the runaway success of the film. In our far ranging interview, Jason gives the Marys the behind the scenes scoop and previews the many (and we mean many) new video and movie projects coming soon to your home computer and smartphone. You won't want to miss this lively chat! Nearly 20 years later, Wise has turned SOMM into the online streaming juggernaut SOMM TV, home to a plethora of full feature wine and food movies, mini documentaries and videos. The new series Verticals, now in its second season, tells the behind the label story of one winery per episode through a series, or "vertical" of wines.
58:27
May 20, 2021
Judy Jordan of Geodesy Wine - "Drink Well. Do Good." Ep. 29
Have we got an inspirational episode for you! Meet Judy Jordan, the woman who is helping make a difference for young women beginning their careers in wine agriculture, cellar work and hospitality. In her words, "Drink Well. Do Good." We couldn't agree more. Judy created J Vineyards, a predominately sparkling wine house in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County in 1987 at the age of 27. Her parents started Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley. The winery became known for hospitality and creative, delectable pairings. When Judy sold the winery in 2015 she was able to pursue her dream of creating a label that would give back to the community by empowering young women wanting to begin careers on the ag, production and hospitality side of the business. She launched Geodesy Wine and partnered with WG Edge, Women Gaining an Edge, to provide mentorship, scholarships and help open doors to opportunities.
47:17
May 3, 2021
Joy Sterling - Iron Horse Vineyards, Ep. 28
We have a sparkling episode for you! The always bubbly Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards in the Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County is our guest. She and her family are committed to caring for the earth through wine. As we celebrate Earth Month, Joy shares her commitment to protecting the oceans, regenerative agriculture and working to secure broadband access for everyone. Join us - with a glass of sparkling wine in hand - and get to know one of our most favorite people in the wine world! You'll want to visit the down-to-earth outdoor tasting room and spend time there taking in the view as you enjoy delicious sparkling wines!
45:21
April 20, 2021
The Chardonnay King: Rob Lloyd, Lloyd Cellars - Ep. 27
Do you love bold, indulgent and decadent California Chardonnays? Then you'll love our guest, Rob Lloyd. He's the winemaker you can thank for delivering Cali sunshine in a glass, perfected at La Crema and Rombauer. Now Rob and his wife Bonnie have their own venture, Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards, but he still makes wine with long running winery clients such as Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines. Join us to learn about Rob's Chardonnay-powered journey to wine, his musical preferences, and why we owe Bonnie great thanks for encouraging Rob to start his own label, a labor of love that they share.
37:23
April 6, 2021
Larry Schaffer - Tercero Wines, Ep. 26
How do you take your coffee? That's the question winemaker Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines asks when you visit his Los Olivos, CA tasting room. What's your coffee preference have to do with wine? The Marys were wowed by this! Join us and find out why. Schaffer makes his Tercero Rhone varietal wines in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. He's one of the most straight talking winemakers we've ever met! So pour a glass of wine, and get ready for a fun and entertaining chat, and discover why you need to try Larry's wines.
49:34
March 23, 2021
Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein - Ep. 25
We are excited to have Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein as our 25th episode guest! Evan was the youngest person to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and, as you can imagine, has had quite the career journey since! We worked with Evan during our In Wine Country TV days, and he was a favorite guest because he makes wine easy and fun! Now he's helping you Master The World of wine in your own home. It's like having a private tasting with several Master Sommeliers, who curate tasty and interesting blind tastings just for you. So grab a glass, tune in and get to know Evan. You'll get a few great wine tips too!
53:07
February 25, 2021
The G.O.A.T. Wine - Margaux Alvarez, Ep. 24
Chateau Margaux is in the house! Winemaker Margaux Alvarez that is. If you're a Titan Games fan then you may have seen our guest running the obstacle course, defying time and gravity, to claim Mount Olympus in victory as the Season 2 West Region Champion. Margaux is fierce in the gym and in competition, and she also brings it to making wine. After all, who else could call her or his wine The G.O.A.T. Wine? Grab a glass, or a pair of dumbells, and enjoy our conversation, and learn which came first, weights or wine.
44:54
January 28, 2021
Alfaro Family Vineyards: Ryan Alfaro - Ep. 23
There's one thing to know about Alfaro Family Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You are guaranteed great wine and a good time. This family-owned winery is in Corralitos, at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. It's a mecca for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers, but at Alfaro, you'll also find Syrah, Merlot, and yes, Gruner Veltliner, that crisp and aromatic white wine from Austria that is growing in popularity here. In fact, the Alfaros are leaders in Gruner, planting the first vineyard within the appellation. Richard and Mary Kay founded the winery after beginning to plant their 56-acre vineyard. Now son Ryan steps into the winemaking role, with Richard focusing more on the grape growing. Listen along and meet this super fun, laid back yet serious winemaker and find out why we just love Alfaro wines! 
38:23
January 19, 2021
Laura Catena - Gold in the Vineyards, Ep. 22
What makes a great vineyard great? Laura Catena, of Argentina's leading Catena Zapata Winery and the Catena Institute, set out on a mission to discover what the world's best wines have in common. Instead of telling these vineyard stories the traditional, boring way, Laura takes Gold in the Vineyards readers through an illustrated, colorful, fun and compelling journey around the world, weaving in tales of love, war, betrayal, sibling rivalry, royalty and more, that keep you turning the page to find out what happens next. Tune in to meet Laura - a woman who balances working with her family's Argentine winery and being an ER doctor in San Francisco -  and hear the story of how the Catenas also found vinous gold in Mendoza's highest altitudes at the foot of the majestic Andes Mountains.
49:31
October 26, 2020
Support Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries Fire Relief - Ep 21
On this special edition of Sip Sip Hooray! we hear the incredible stories of bravery, heroism and spirit from vintners most impacted by the August 2020 CZU Lightning Complex fires. You will be riveted by their stories, but you'll also find hope as they assess the aftermath and the path forward. Equally important, we share the best ways you can help the recovery efforts now. Read more. 
54:47
September 30, 2020
The Fizz is Female Blaine Ashley Ep. 20
We've got a sparkling edition of Sip Sip Hooray! Our special guest is the bubbly Blaine Ashley, aka Champagne Blaine and founder of New York Champagne Week. Meet the woman who is bringing Champagne to everyone and helping all of us discover those smaller producers crafting delicious bubbles across France's Champagne region.
48:16
August 30, 2020
Phil Long of Longevity Wines
It's all about wine with heart on this episode of Sip Sip Hooray! We welcome Phil Long, winemaker and co-founder, with his late wife Debra, of Longevity Wines in California's Livermore Valley, east of San Francisco and San Jose. Phil's a busy man! He just inked a national wine distribution deal recently took on the role of president of the Association of African American Vintners. We talk Covid, diversity, hearts and wine.
49:47
August 26, 2020
S.O.S. - Save Our Sommeliers! Ep. 18
There's a saying in the wine industry that sommeliers are the last to be hired and first to be fired. This has never been truer than in the time of coronavirus. A staggering majority of somms were furloughed, laid off or let go permanently. But thanks to a handful of somms and wine companies, these wine professionals are getting the attention and help they need. On today's episode, we talk about what's been happening to somms since March 2020, assistance programs, what role and operational changes may be adopted permanently, how the country's reckoning with diversity and BIPOC is being addressed by the wine community and how you can help save our somms.
57:60
June 25, 2020
What Winery Reopenings Look Like
Across the country winery tasting rooms are slowly coming out of covid-19 lockdown. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has just given the green light to winery reopenings across the state, depending on local county guidelines. So what does that mean for wineries and winery guests like all of us? Join us for the second in our coronavirus wine conversations series for a frank look at how three wineries in three California wine regions have reopened or are preparing for reopening. What's changing? What's staying the same, if anything?
47:45
June 6, 2020
Wine in the time of coronavirus
On this special edition of Sip Sip Hooray! we have a roundtable chat with three vintners who have been, and still are, connecting with wine lovers via Zoom tastings, personal deliveries, wine care packages and more. We welcome Stephanie Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Ann Kraemer of Yorba Wines and Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County to the show to tell us how the coronavirus has affected their wineries, and what they are doing to keep all of us connected to the wine world as we sip from home.
32:04
June 2, 2020
SummerWood Winery Mauricio Marchant
The Marys visited SummerWood Winery in Paso Robles, where we met the charming winemaker, Mauricio Marchant, in June 2019. We talk to the Chilean native about his journey through wine, starting at Chile's Concha y Toro, with stints in Oregon and Napa Valley, before landing in Paso. Come along with us and discover what role music plays in making happy, delicious wine!
23:25
April 30, 2020
Kukkula Winery: Kevin Jussila
The scenery along the drive to Kukkula Winery in Paso Robles took our collective breaths away! We were smitten even before meeting owner, winemaker, and, jack of all trades, Kevin Jussila. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, close your eyes, and imagine you are with us in Kukkula's tank room. We discover how Kevin built his dream winery rock by rock, and he tells all about kippis. Cheers!
48:25
April 5, 2020
Party in a Can
Are you on the hard seltzer bandwagon yet? White Claw, Truly, Bon & Viv, Smirnoff, Henry's, Pura, boozy bucha and tipsy teas are all vying for your tastebuds. Wondering if these libations are worth your cold hard cash? And what's really in them? In this episode the Marys pop the top on a wide range of sparkling bevvies. We give you our honest take or take down of the hottest, trendiest brands in the drinks biz.
34:59
February 18, 2020
Spirits Out of Wine? Paso's Re:Find Distillery Ep. 12
Join the Marys as we visit Alex Villicana, who, with wife Monica, kicked off Paso Robles' modern day spirits movement, establishing Re:Find Distillery, a micro craft spirits producer, at the Villicana winery. Vodka and gin from wine grapes? Find out how the Re:Find folks do it.
40:29
December 12, 2019
Ancient Peaks' Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins - Ep. 11
We are thrilled to have a real life cover girl on our show! Meet Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, a total dynamo in the wine world. Her title at Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita, Calif., which is just south of Paso Robles, is VP of Operations, but she does so much more. Amanda is a tireless promoter of her winery and the Santa Margarita and Paso Robles wine regions. She's also a rancher, mom and she has a talent for wrangling people together for a good cause.
49:26
October 17, 2019
Crocker & Starr's Pam Starr - Ep. 10
We're headed to Napa Valley to interview a star of the wine world. Meet Pam Starr, co-founder and winemaker extraordinaire of Crocker & Starr. She's the queen of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, but that's not all! Pam's path to wine started with a plan to go to dental school. Fortunately, wine won out.
48:19
September 26, 2019
Shafer Vineyards' Doug Shafer - Ep.9
In Napa Valley, the name Shafer is synonymous with grit and determination. That's what it took for John Shafer, one of the valley's pioneering winemakers, to start his namesake winery. Shafer's son Doug now carries the legacy forward, and the Mary's road tripped it to meet up with a fellow wine podcaster and awesome storyteller.
42:27
August 5, 2019
Open That Bottle Night! - Ep. 8
In this episode of Sip Sip Hooray! we talk about a fabulous event called Open That Bottle Night. Tune in to find out what it is all about and how to join in our Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) challenge!
30:55
July 16, 2019
Rhonda Wood, Wood Family Vineyards - Ep. 7
When the winery motto is “It’s all good at Wood,” you can’t help but have fun at Wood Family Vineyards in California’s Livermore Valley. Commercial airline pilot turned winemaker Rhonda Wood’s path to wine is inspiring.
35:14
June 30, 2019
Wine Country, The Movie - Ep. 6
Have you seen the movie Wine Country yet? We watched it as soon as it was available on Netflix. What did we think?
31:26
June 12, 2019
Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm - Ep. 5
Iconic. Pioneer. Rebel. Rule Breaker. Visionary. These words all describe the one and only Randall Grahm, winemaker and face of Bonny Doon Vineyard. The Marys had the honor of a visit by Randall to their Sip, Sip, Hooray! podcast studio.
37:30
April 3, 2019
Rob Jensen of Testarossa Winery - Ep. 4
Twenty five years ago Rob Jensen was immersed in the high tech world of Silicon Valley. He and his wife Diana shared a love of wine and after volunteering during harvest at a local winery, decided to try making wine themselves. Like a true tech start up, they turned their garage into a home winery. Well a couple barrels led to a few more, and then many more.
37:56
February 22, 2019
Wine Buzz: Four Buck Chuck is Here; Prisoner Wine's New Home - Ep. 3
On this episode of Sip, Sip, Hooray! the Marys dish on what's buzzy in the wine world, from a huge globe vessel for aging wine to The Prisoner wine's new Napa Valley digs.
27:38
January 15, 2019
Dane Stark of Page Mill Winery - Ep 2
He’s a father of three, husband, musician, composer, serious athlete (runner and Iron Man competitor) and occasional poet. Add winemaker to that list, and that sums up our guest Dane Stark, of Livermore Valley's Page Mill Winery.
40:17
December 18, 2018
Sip Sip Hooray! Podcast Preview - Ep. 1
The Sip Sip Hooray! wine podcast is here. On this sneak peak co-hosts Mary Babbitt and Mary Orlin introduce you to the wine-soaked show, and catch you up on what they've been up to since the "In Wine Country" NBC TV days. No wine snobs allowed, because wine is always fun on our podcast.
19:12
December 3, 2018