Nikki Huganir and Erica Blumenthal – Yes Way Rosé

Nikki and Erica created Yes Way Rosé, a lifestyle brand that has skyrocketed with success. Looking at their journey in the past two years, that even seems like a bit of an understatement. They now have wine of the same name that can be found virtually everywhere. Nikki and Erica are living proof that “wine experts” come from all walks of life.

One of my favorite parts of their story is that they weren’t looking to create wine, but rather interested in sharing wine and having fun.

Success is a combination of factors including great ideas, luck, timing and execution. For Nikki and Erica, everything came together in the perfect pink-colored storm.

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Road To Wine Expert $1000 Books and Resources Giveaway

Road To Wine Expert $1000 Books and Resources Giveaway

We did it! Thanks to your support we hit 1,000 downloads in Season 1.

As promised, I’m going to deliver. So here goes nothing…

To get you started on your own journey of wine expertise, I’m giving away $1,000 worth of wine books and resources.

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Steve De Long

Steve De Long is a great guide to have by your side in the wine world. After all, it can be scary, overwhelming and complicated place.

If you’re on any journey, it’s important to know where you are going. Better yet, you’ll want to have a map to help you stay the course.

Steve can help you do exactly that. He makes some of the finest wine maps in the industry today.

Funny thing though, I didn’t meet Steve because of his wine maps initially. I met him because of his Wine Tasting Notebook. This was before I learned about the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine from WSET and Deductive Tasting from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In the early days, I used Steve’s book to track my first tasting notes in the wine world.

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Randy Smith

Randy Smith is better known as The Wine Write across the internet. He focuses his blog on winemaker, wineries and other people based in the Central Coast.

Beyond telling great stories about the wine industry, Randy does something admirable which is niche down into a very specific region. With the wine world being so large, I think many people struggle with where to begin. This is something I talked about with Chappy Cottrell during on our podcast episode.

If you’re like Randy, then choosing a region to discover is going to help you understand wine much better than picking bottles at random. The next time you taste a wine you like, I’d recommend that you ask yourself questions about what you’re drinking.

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George Taber

If you do not know George Taber, he is the author of the Judgement of Paris and is the only reporter to cover the 1976 Paris tasting. In this epic head-to-head battle, Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet went up against White Burgundy and Red Bordeaux.

California came out on top, sending shockwaves throughout the wine world.

I was fortunate enough to sit down with George two years ago on the 41st anniversary of the Paris tasting.

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Richard Hemming

Richard Hemming is a fantastic wine writer. He is also a pretty fantastic wine musician. What is a wine musician? I’m glad you asked.

After going down the Richard Hemming rabbit hole, you’ll find yourself listening to his fabulous Wine Grape Variety Song. He wrote that while studying for his MW, and it clearly paid off.

Richard is now a Master of Wine, he write for Jancis Robinson and has a personal blog that’s worth following if you enjoy his sensibility, charm and humor like I do.

A great person, a great story, a great time. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Richard.

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Richard Betts

Richard Betts has a laundry list of achievements and accolades. He makes wine: An Approach to Relaxation and My Essential Wine. He makes spirits: Sombra Mescal and Astral Tequila. He passed the MS Exam on his first attempt, the ninth ever to do so.

My favorite project Richard has ever done is the Scratch and Sniff Guide to Wine. This book was cornerstone to my wine education, and, I dare say, it got me my first wine job. It’s simple, elegant and genius.

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Elliott Clark

If you’re passionate about cocktails, wine and booze in general, it’s impossible not to get inspired by Elliott Clark. His Instagram feed is a cultivation of deliciously handcrafted cocktails made in…you guessed it…his apartment.

Even though his drinks look beautiful and his photos are stunning, it’s his unpretentious attitude and belief that anyone can make better cocktails at home that aid Elliott in inspiring others.

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Ray Fister

Ray Fister is not an amateur. Ray has over 40 years experience as an audio engineer and got into the podcast game before it was cool, trendy and barely a sensation. There’s something about that kind of wisdom.

That’s what I remember most about my interview with Ray.

His advice is like that of an old friend. It’s not cutesy, but a reality check that slaps you in the face.

I had such a great time talking to Ray. In fact, he gave me over an hour of his time, so there is about 20 to 30 minutes that didn’t make the final cut. But that said, I had to take Ray’s advice and be ruthless as an editor.

Ray’s interview is one I continued to revisit, and I hope you do the same.

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