The Winemaker’s Journey
Follow Daniel’s podcast, The Winemaker’s Journey, where he interviews his colleagues and explores the stories that shaped their path to becoming a winemaker. Along the way, he shares a few stories of his own.
Season 3, Episode 1: Physiological Pruning with Alessandro Zanutta and Sam Baron
February 8th, 2022
In the first episode of Season 3, I focus on the new physiological pruning that is replacing geometric pruning in the the quality vineyards of Europe, Argentina, Australia, Chili and, gradually, the United States. I begin with a primer with Sam Baron interviewing me about what I learned getting a Diploma in Pruning from the University of Bordeaux in 2019 and then a detailed discussion with Alessandro Zanutta, an Italian master pruner and agronomist who has worked all over the world teaching this style of pruning that takes into account the physiology and pathology of the grapevine and strives to extend longevity and quality.
Season 2, Episode 6: A Roundtable Discussion with Four Roots Fund Scholars
January 4th, 2022
In the last episode of Season 2, we look to the future of wine with a roundtable discussion with Darwin Acosta, Kyle Burke, Candace Keeton and Lena Wellington who are all Roots Fund scholarship recipients working in California wineries during the 2002 harvest. The origin stories, ambitions and insights of these four BIPOC individuals provides a view into a future that includes opportunities for people of all backgrounds in the wine industry.
Season 2, Episode 5:
A Talk with Maggie Harrison
December 15th, 2021
In this conversation with Antica Terra winemaker Maggie Harrison we explore her background and how it has influenced her winemaking aesthetic. She has followed a unique path to become a winemaker and makes iconoclastic wines that express her vision. I think you will find this episode quite compelling.
Season 2, Episode 4:
A Conversation with Zach Berkowitz
July 16th, 2021
In Season 2, Episode 4, I have an in-depth conversation with viticulturist Zach Berkowitz. We talk about his early days working for Moet and Hennessey Vineyards in Yountville in the 1970’s, planting his own vineyard and his current focus on systems and precision farming. Zach’s vast knowledge and wide experience give him a unique perspective on grapegrowing.