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Complete Shows:
9-1-2019   Hour #1  

9-1-2019   Hour #2   

Individual Interviews:
Nicole Manapol, Director of Letchworth Gateway Villages (Oct.'19)

Alex Miokovic, organizer of the New York State Home Wine Seminar on June 16th at The Grapevine Restaurant in East Rochester, featuring Vinny Aliperti of Billsboro Winery, Suzanne Hunt from Hunt Country Vineyards, and several other speakers.(June '18)

Jim Baker, owner/winemaker of Chateau Niagara. (May '18)

Tim Hardiman, Chef/owner of The Tailor & the Cook in Utica. (March '18)

Cameron Mills of Grand Cru Selections and Curator of Wines for The Tailor and The Cook in Utica. (Feb. '18)

Alex Miokovic, Home winemaker specializing in Georgian-style wines fermented on the skins with indigenous yeast. (March '18)

Craig Hosbach, Winemaker at Hunt Country Vineyards. (July '17)

John McGregor, Owner of McGregor Vineyards on the East side of Keuka Lake (Feb. '18)

Meaghan & Fred Frank, Third & fourth generation owners of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. (Jan. '18)

Brianne Kirk, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Wine Trail Properties. (Jan. '18)

Will Ouweleen, Owner & winemaker at Eagle Crest & O-Neh-Dah Vineyards. (Jan. '18)

Brud Holland, Executive Chef at Fox Run Vineyards and President of the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty.(Jan. '18)

Jack Turan, Past president of the Rochester Home Winemakers and wine columnist in the Wayne County Sun & Record.(Jan. '18)

Dave Breeden, Winemaker at Sheldrake Point Winery (Jan.'18)

Dan Mitchell, Owner of The Staving Artist in Penn Yan (Dec. '17)

Peter Bell, Winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards, and banjo player (Dec. '17)

Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center in Yates County. (Dec. '17)

August Deimel, Winemaker at Keuka Spring Vineyards. (Dec. '17)

Paige Vinson, Winemaker at Rooster Hill Vineyards (Dec. '17)

Peter Weis, Winemaker/owner of the new Weis Vineyards on Keuka Lake (Dec. '17)

Steve DiFrancesco, Winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars for the past 39 years (Nov. '17)

Mark Wiltberger, Winemaker who has launched a new winery and shipped his first wines to customers in mid September. You can be a founder of the winery - for details visit (Sept. '17)

Tracy Schumacher,
Author of front page article in Sept. 10th's Democrat & Chronicle "Next Napa? Winemakers see Finger Lakes as land of opportunity." (Sept. '17)

Mary Ann & Stefan Lewandowski, Owners of Water Street Wine Bar in Penn Yan (July '17)

Katie Roisen
, Marketing Coordinator at Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake (April '17)

Johannes Reinhardt, Owner/winemaker for Kemmeter Wines.(March '17)

Randy Agness, Owner and winemaker at Agness Cellars.(Feb. '17)

Holly Howell, Wine writer for the Democrat & Chronicle, and also host for classes with her mother Ginger at The Seasonal Kitchen.(Feb. '17)

Christopher Bates
, Master Sommelier, Executive Chef, and owner of the FLX Table, also owner of the FLX Wienery (Dec. '16)

Tracey Dello Stritto, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

Seth Olney,
Owner of The Olney Place on Keuka Lake, just south of Penn Yan. (Sept. '16)

Justin Boyette,
Winemaker and partner in Forge Cellars (Aug. '16)

Joyce Hunt,
Owner along with her husband Art, of Hunt Country Vineyards, which just opened their cafe for the first time last week. (July '16)

J. Claude Stewart,
Wine broker working for Victorianbourg Winery in Western NY, and Long Neck Winery in South Africa.

Laura Rodriguez,
Chef/partner in West Main Kitchen in Waterloo (June '16)

Peter Becraft,
winemaker at Anthony Road Wine Company.(June '16)

Yvonne Taylor,
co-founder of Gas Free Seneca, discussing their June 30th fundraiser in Ithaca. (June '16)

Will Ouweleen,
owner/winemaker at Eagle Crest Vineyards on Hemlock Lake. (June '16)

Carrie Morabito, partner in 2Foodies Wine & Spirits in Greece (May '16)

Stuart Pigott,
author of a new online book "Rock Stars of Wine America". The recently published Chapter 3 focuses on the Finger Lakes - "FLXtra with KJR - This is a Love Story." (May '16)

Herb Raymor
of Raymor Estate Cellars Winery. (May '16)

Ben Dailey,
chef/owner of Cebo restaurant in Geneva. (April '16)

Joseph Campbell
of Gas Free Seneca, discussing the importance of sending comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Governor Cuomo. (Jan.'16)

Joseph Campbell updating Gas Free Seneca's new association with the Water Keepers Alliance. (Jan.'16)

Sam Buyskes, Executive Chef of Kindred Fare & the Bacon Laced Popup Bakery.

Carrie Morabito, owner of 2Foodies Wine & Spirits in Greece, at Fetzner & Rt. 104 (Aug.'15)

Lynne Stewart
, owner of Soul Juicin in Victor (July '15)

Jake Lagoner,
founder of the new Embark Craft Ciderworks at Lagoner Farms in Williamson (July '15)

Carl Fribolin,
owner of White Springs Winery on Seneca Lake (June '15)

Rune Hilt,
owner of Red Dove Tavern & Red Dove Provisions (June '15)

Brian DeGroff, owner of 810 Meadworks in Medina (June '15)

Tom Russ,
author of the new biography of Dr. Konstantin Frank. He will be signing books on Father's Day at the winery above Keuka Lake. (June '15)

Rob Thomas,
winemaker/owner of Shalestone Vineyards (May '15)

Bruce Murray,
owner of Boundary Breaks Winery (May '15)

Michael Fitzgerald,
columnist for the Finger Lakes Times and author of the new book, Fracking Justice. His Kickstarter campaign ends on May 10th at 3:51pm. (May '15)

Thomas Pellechia,
who has just published "Over a Barrel - The Rise & Fall of New York's Taylor Wine Company." (April '15)

Kelby James Russell, winemaker at Red Newt and participant in Discover Dry Rose in April with his own KJR brand dry rose. (April 15)

Barbara Tartarnic, Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute at Brock University in Niagara Peninsula of Canada, discussing Cuvee - their premiere celebration of the wine & food of Ontario. (Jan.'15)

Johannes Selbach, Owner of Selbach-Oster in the Mosel of Germany.(Feb.'15)

Fred Frank, President of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars (Jan.'15)

Michael Turback, author of "Finger Lakes Uncorked - Day Trips & Weekend Getaways in Upstate NY Wine Country." (Jan.'15)

Richard Figiel, author of a new book about the history of grape growing and winemaking in NYS, "Circle of Vines." (Nov.'14)

Herm & Wilma Young, and the winemaker, Jan Klapetsky, from Young Sommer Winery in Williamson. (Nov.'14)

Ed Bartush of Wusthof-Trident, celebrating their 200th anniversary of producing fine cutlery. (Nov.'14)

Mel Goldman, owner of Keuka Lake Vineyards, discussing their Leon Millot Nouveau, Vignoles, and single vineyard Rieslings. (Nov.'14)

Allen Rossignol, President of Edge Architecture in Rochester, discussing their designs for Nedloh Brewing, Red Tail Ridge Winery, and the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture & Enology Center.(Oct.'14)

Thomas Raco, co-founder of Wineworx, a Rochester company which uses a hands-on program to teach winemaking, from harvest to bottling (Sept.'14)

Dave Mansfield, owner of Three Brothers Winery, discusses the new Eastview Mall tasting room (Sept.'14)

Chef Jeffory McClean,
lead chef instructor and educational liason for the New York Wine & Culinary Center, discussing the Iroquois White Corn Project class and other classes/events coming up this fall. (Sept.'14)

Danielle Pezzuti,
Marketing Director of Ventosa Vineyards with details about the October 18th Dry Red Tasting event titled "Fall Into Red."   (Sept.'14)

Christopher Bangs,
GM of Georgetown Wine & Spirits (Sept.'14)

Andrea O'Neill
of Casa Larga Vineyards (Sept.'14)

Collin McConville of Apple Country Spirits (July '14)

Clark Smith, author of Postmodern Winemaking, who will be at the NYWCC for a symposium August 6-7, 2014. (July '14)

Tricia Renshaw
of the New York Wine & Culinary Center (July '14)

Josh Greene,
Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine (June '14)

Thomas Pastuszak,
Wine Director of NoMad Hotel in NYC (June '14)

Paul Hobbs Winery team members,
David Hobbs (Paul's younger brother who is managing the Watkins Glen vineyard project), Christopher O'Gorman (Marketing Communications Manager), and Sean Higuera (US Vineyards Director). (March '14)

Matt Cole
from the North Shore Grill in Lakeville (March '14)

Donniella Winchell, President of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, discussing "License to Steal" - the annual conference of the National Wine Marketing Association from April 8-10. (March '14)

Steve Shaw, Sr. winemaker and owner of Shaw Vineyard on Seneca Lake (March '14)

Steve Shaw, Jr., representing Shaw Vineyard in NYC (March '14)

Devin Shomaker, partner in Roof Top Reds which is raising money through Kickstarter during March to fund rooftop vineyards in Brooklyn. (March '14)

Laury Poland, President of the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association. (March '14)

Sayre Fulkerson, the 6th generation owner of Fulkerson Winery.  2014 is the 25th anniversary of the winery, and 35th anniversary of the juice plant for home winemakers. (Feb.'14)

Jim Hazlitt & Tina Brace Hazlitt of Sawmill Creek Vineyards (Feb.'14)

Doug Hazlitt, owner of Hazlitt 1852 Winery (Feb.'14)

Lou Damiani of Damiani Wine Cellars (Feb.'14)

Andrea O'Neill & Cathy Fabrietti
of Casa Larga, discussing the February 15th NY Ice Wine Festival (Feb.'14)

Sebastien & Celine LeSeurre, owners/winemakers of Domaine LeSeurre on the East side of Keuka Lake -opened in October 2013. (Feb.'14)

Kim & Vinny Aliperti, owners/winemaker of Billsboro Winery, (Feb.'14)

Cary Becraft of CaryMo Chocolates (Feb.'14)

Heather Tompkins of Opus & Seneca Wood Fired Bistro in Geneva

Rune Hilt of the Red Dove Tavern. (Feb.'14)

Beth & Jim Haswell (and Lily) of The Stomping Grounds  Stomping Grounds fundraiser on Indiegogo (Feb.'14)

Paul Hobbs and Johannes Selbach, partners in a new vineyard/winery project on Seneca Lake,, (Jan.'14)

Morgen McLaugh
lin, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Vintners Association, California.  Until April, 2013 Morgen was President & CEO of the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association. (Jan.'14)

Will Ouweleen, owner/winemaker discussing the potential LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) expansion in Watkins Glen (Jan.'14)

Chris Missick, owner of Villa Bellangelo and his winemaker Ian Barry (Jan.'14)

Yvonne Taylor, Joseph Campbell & Jeffrey Dembowski, the three founders of, (Jan.'14)

Joyce & Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards  (Jan.'14)

Aaron Roisen, winemaker at Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake  (Jan.'14)

Christopher Bates, Master Sommelier, winemaker & chef,, (Jan.'14)

Ken Hall, owner of Casa Vin Arte in Fairport, (Nov.'13)

Holly Howell,
wine writer for the Democrat & Chronicle and  (Nov.'13)

Will Ouweleen,
owner of Eaglecrest Vineyards,  (Nov.'13)

Mel Goldman,
owner & vineyard manager for Keuka Lake Vineyards, (Nov.'13)

Bruce Murray, owner of Boundary Breaks Winery, (Nov.'13)

Nancy Tisch, owner & winemaker of Bet the Farm Winery, and Kit Kalfs, President of the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty.  (Oct.'13)

Tom Higgins of Heart & Hands Wine Company,  (Oct.'13)

Greg Woodworth of Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods, (Oct.'13)

Annette Lutz of Waterloo Container and Glen Silver of Concerned Citizens of Seneca County., (Oct.'13)

Sam Argetsinger, vineyard owner who supplies Ravines with premium Riesling, Pinot and Chardonnay grapes.  Sam was featured in a chapter of Evan Dawson's book, Summer in a Glass. (Sept.'13)

Tom Raco & Tony Toscano, of Wineworx, a hands-on wine making experience from picking to bottling. (Aug.'13)

Pierre & Nicole Heroux, of Simply Crepes discussing their focus on Finger Lakes wine for the past decade. (Aug.'13)

Len Wiltberger of Keuka Spring Winery, winner of the 2013 Governor's Cup for their 2012 medium dry Riesling. (Aug.'13)

Ed Finstein, wine judge and author of the new book of fiction, "Pinot Envy - Murder, Mayhem and Mystery in Napa" (June '13)

Fred Frank, owner of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars (May '13)

John Ingle, owner of Heron Hill Winery (May '13)

Steve DiFrancesco, winemaker at Glenora Wine Cellars (May '13)

Kim Engle, owner/winemaker at Bloomer Creek Vineyards (May '13)

Shawn Kim, winemaker at Thirsty Owl (June '13)

Peter Bell,
winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards  (June '13)

Kelby Russell, winemaker at Red Newt Bistro & Winery (June '13)

Chris Stamp, winemaker/owner of Lakewood Vineyards, (June '13)

Derek Wilbur, winemaker at Swedish Hill.  (June '13)

Suzie Hayes of Miles Wine Cellars, describing the June 29th Winestock NY event (June '13)

Antonia Mantonakis, Associate Professor of Marketing at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.   She is part of the upcoming Academy of Wine Business Research 7th International Conference, to be held June 12-15 at Brock Univ. (May '13)

David Whiting, winemaker/owner of Red Newt Cellars & Bistro, and one of the collaborating winemakers who created the "Tierce" Riesling which will be served at the President's Inaugural Luncheon. (Jan '13)

Karen Miltner,
food writer for the Democrat & Chronicle, about the Jan. 17th Flavors of Rochester Book Club meeting with Evan Dawson who wrote Summer in a Glass. (Jan '13)

Jim Trezise,
Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, with an overview of Viticulture 2013 coming to Rochester on Feb. 6-8.  and (Jan '13)

Janice Thompson,
Executive Director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, discussing their January Ice Wine Festival. (Jan '13)

Thomas Matthews,
Executive Editor of The Wine Spectator, (Oct.'12)

John Brahm, Owner of Arbor Hill Winery and Randall-Standish juice plant. (Oct.'12)

Red Cat Cellars, Featuring the Red Cat Cellars team in Naples, John Keeler (President), Brad Phillips (Director of Marketing), Tim Benedict (VP of Winemaking) and Dave Fitch (East Coast Crush & Co-Pack). (Oct.'12)

Frederick Frank, President of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, which started the celebration of their 50th year with Best White Wine in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and then won the Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year at the New York Wine & Food Classic (only the 2nd time in 20+ years that the same winery has won both coveted awards). (Sept.'12)

Marco Caprai, of Arnaldo Caprai Winery, (Sept.'12)

Ben Hartman, of the new winery on Keuka Lake, Deep Root Vineyard. 

Tom Higgins, Heart & Hands Wine Company on the east side of Cayuga Lake. (May '12)

Rob Thomas, Shalestone Vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. (April '12)

Stephanie Jarvis, Program Manager of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. (April '12)

Doug Miles, Miles Wine Cellars on the west side of Seneca Lake. (March '12)

Rune Hilt, chef/owner of the Red Dove Tavern in Geneva. (Feb. '12)

Frederick Frank, President of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, started their 50th year by winning Best White Wine in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their Reserve Gewurtztraminer (the competition had 5,500 entries!) (Jan. '12)

Kathy Turiano, owner of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters on University Ave. They are doing flights of coffee tasting, just like a flight of wines (which they will be carrying in the near future) (Dec. '11)

Evan Dawson  An entire morning dedicated to the new book "Summer in a Glass" by Evan Dawson.  The book brings to life some of the key winemakers in the Finger Lakes and the stories of how they arrived here - you can't make this stuff up!  It is riveting reading.  (April '11)

Josh Parker, Owner of Eremita Winery in Lodi, NY, located in a gorgeous former church. (Sept. '11)

Greg Kempel, Owner of Maple River Winery & Distillery in Castelton, North Dakota.

Pietro Furgiuele & his grandfather, Mario Fioravanti (known as Babbo)
discussing winemaking in Babbo's garage in East Rochester.

Fred Frank, President of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars,

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Mark Wiltberger, of Keuka Spring Winery, recent winners of Best White Wine at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, one of the largest wine competitions in North America.

John Ingle, owner of Heron Hill, one of the founders of the first Riesling Festival - A Mile of Family Fun, coming to Canandaigua on August 15-16.

Michelle Chandler, from Edible Toronto, discussing Toronto, Niagara and the Finger Lakes.  In the summer she commutes between family in Skaneateles and Toronto.

Brian McKenzie, owner of Finger Lakes Distilling.

Howie Jacobson, one of the founders of the first Riesling Festival - A Mile of Family Fun, coming to Canandaigua on August 15-16.

Tim Moore,
winemaker and owner of Imagine Moore Winery in Naples.

Vinny Aliperti, winemaker and owner of Billsboro Winery on Seneca Lake, and also winemaker for Atwater Estate Vineyards.

Phil Davis, partner in Damiani Wine Cellars on the East side of Seneca Lake.  (Feb. '09)

Scott Osborn, owner of Fox Run Vineyards, about the wine in grocery stores proposal. (Feb. '09)

Joe Pecoraro, Owner of Irondequoit Liquor discussing the proposal to allow wine to be sold in liquor stores. (Feb. '09)

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, (Jan. '09)

Ann Schulz, Schulz Winery, (Jan. '09)

Mystery Guest,
(note: his voice has been altered, he doesn't really talk like a chipmunk)  Developer of the Murder Mystery Game on Seneca Lake that runs through the end of January. (Dec. '08)

John Colarotolo, winemaker at Casa Larga Vineyards, with launch of the new Gallery 155 series of three wines.  www.Casa (Dec. '08)

Lon Rombough, Author of "The Grape Grower" and a wonderful grape pruning DVD. (Dec. '08)

Sue Gardner Smith, the manager of the Brighton Farmer's Market and co-founder of the Long Season Farmer's Market

Gary Cox
, President of the York Historical Society, which is launching their Heritage Wine Collection. (Nov. '08)

Catrina Cerny, Communications Director for the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, (Nov. '08)

Thomas Pellechia, author of several books on wine including the new "Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Winery." (Nov. '08)

Bill Martin, Winemaker at Montezuma Winery (producer of Cranberry Bog Wine)  and the new Hidden Marsh Distillery, which just release Bee Vodka and Apple Brandy. 

Fred Frank, President of Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, (Nov. '08)

Klaus Reif, Winemaker & President of Reif Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, (Nov. '08)
Reif Estate is taking part in 12 Stocking Days of Christmas, from Dec. 3-14, along with 17 other wineries.

Scott Snyder, Executive Chef/Co-Owner with wife, Laura Kudla, of Madderlake Cafe. (Oct. '08)

Steve Wayne, of the Holloway House in East Bloomfield, discussing their wine dinner on Nov. 14th featuring Fox Run Vineyards. (Oct. '08)

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