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.

Published by Simplecast, and available on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Season 3, Episode 3:
Dr. Ron Runnebaum from UC Davis

September 16, 2022

In this interview with Dr. Ron Runnebaum associate professor of Viticulture and Enology and of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC, Davis, we discuss the past and future of this important research and teaching department as well as Ron’s current research topics and interests which address sustainable winery practices as well as identifying aroma and flavor markers in Pinot Noir wines that can be consistently linked to site. I think you will find it fascinating.

Season 3, Episode 2:
Jim Duane, Daniel Baron dual interview

April 29, 2022

In the dual 2 hour podcast Jim Duane and I interview each other about our paths to winemaking and podcasting and our winemaking philosophies. Jim is the creator of the popular Inside Winemaking podcast in which he interviews winemakers, researchers and technicians to shed light on the nuts and bolts of winemaking and grapegrowing. He is the winemaker at Seavey Vineyards, a winemaker for Naked Wines and a partner in Terratorium Wines. I think you will find this an entertaining and informative listen.

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.

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