The Return of the Amazing Cal Fussman

We’re back. It’s Cal Fussman again with never-heard audio from the original interview. You can listen below and click here for the full transcript.

Show Notes for Cal Fussman’s Interview

Living with the Road to Wine Expert Summit and now podcast is like living with a time capsule.

Or maybe more appropriately a high school yearbook.

Every so often, I can go back to listen to the knowledge my guests shared and see where I was in my journey.

For those new to the podcast, these interviews were originally recorded as part of the Road To Wine Expert Summit: a 10 Day virtual conference with 34 interviews from varying voices in the world of wine and spirits.

The Summit was a hit list of my heroes and influences who I reached out to in order to better understand their wine journey.

There was no one more influential than Cal Fussman.

Cal Fussman is one of my all-time favorite guests of Tim’s podcast. And if you haven’t listened to it already, you can find it on Tim Ferriss’s blog here.

Cal’s interview with Tim pointed me to Cal’s article Cocktails Before the Collapse.

It always gives me the chills and it brings me to tears every time I read it.

It was a piece that inspired me to go on a wine journey. To say, screw it all. And, I actually did.

I quit my job to freelance. Then stumbled into a part-time job in a wine shop. I started taking wine classes, and then I landed on the idea to do a summit.

So this interview is several years old. It was originally recorded on June 7, 2017.

For most of my interviews, I started with the question of “what was the transformative experience that got you into wine?”

But in this interview, Cal jumped right in and answered some of my pre-interview questions.

For those of you who have read the article and listened to the original interview, Cal compares wine with music.

So, I had asked Cal in the pre-interview, “What wine pairs well The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction and Hanson’s Mmm Bop?”

Cal came out firing with his response.

So, here for the first time, is my interview with Cal Fussman completely unedited.

Connect with Cal Fussman

Cal is the host of an amazing podcast, Big Questions. You can listen to Cal as he uncovers the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

My favorite interviews of Cal’s Big Questions are:

Michael Lomonaco, the Executive Chef and Director of Windows on the World when Cal served as sommelier for one night.

Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Key West at the age of 64.

Like Cal’s interview, and want something another RTWE podcast

If you enjoyed Cal’s interview, be sure to check out my interview Bianca Bosker.

Bianca wrote the best-seller Cork Dork in which she documented her wine journey from scrub to sommelier.

What’s your favorite moment from this episode?

Share your highlights from this episode with Cal Fussman below.

Published by Brian McCann

Brian McCann started his wine journey out of luck, faith and confidence, and often times the complete opposite of all those things. Ultimately, he left his 9-to-5 and found himself in wine. His heartbreak grape is Syrah.

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