Guild of Sommeliers Podcast

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Wine Podcasts from GuildSomm with Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth and various guests.

Episode Date
Blind Tasting and Poetry

An interview with recent Master of Wine Nick Jackson about his personal approach to blind tasting and his MW Research Paper on wine in 17th-century British poetry.

Jan 22, 2020
2019 Year in Review

A look back on the developments in the wine business in 2019 with guests Peter Yeung, Debbie Zachareas, Jeremy Shanker, and Geoff Kruth.

Dec 26, 2019
Managing a Vineyard

Interviews with Brenae Royal, Vineyard Manager for Monte Rosso Vineyard, and Fernando Franco of Barboursville Vineyards, on the job of managing a vineyard.

Nov 17, 2019

Three interviews with producers of Riesling: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winemaker David Rosenthal, Katharina Prüm of Joh. Jos. Prüm, and Jean-Frederic Hugel.

Oct 15, 2019
Finding Your Niche

Interviews with Rajat Parr and Drew Hendricks on how they each found their unique niche in the wine industry.

Sep 12, 2019
MW Thesis & Remembering Basset

This month, we speak with Mary Margaret McCamic about what it takes to achieve the MW title, including the details of her research paper. In the second half of the podcast, we remember the life of Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW.

Aug 15, 2019
Oz Clarke

This month, we interview Oz Clarke about his new book "Red & White: An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine" and take a look back at his amazing life and career.


Jul 11, 2019
Ridge Monte Bello

This month we dig deep into a single wine, focusing on Ridge Vineyards' iconic Monte Bello with winemaker Eric Baugher.

Jun 23, 2019

Interviews with David Warter of E&J Gallo, Colin Gordon of Lagavulin Distillery, and Andrea Wilson of Michter's American Whiskeys exploring the production of several classic spirits.

Jun 11, 2019
Ten Years of GuildSomm

Interviews with Geoff Kruth, Matt Stamp, and Kelli White on the development and evolution of GuildSomm.

May 08, 2019
Faults, Reduction, and Oxidation

Interviews with Dr. Paulo Lopes from the Portuguese Cork Association on faults and taints, MW Michael Brajkovich of Kumeu River Wines on reduction, and Champagne Bollinger Deputy Chef de Cave Denis Bunner on oxidation.

Mar 13, 2019
More Big Visions

Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak interviews French wine exporter Becky Wasserman and Geoff Kruth speaks with Barbara Banke of Jackson Family Wines about their big visions in the wine business.

Feb 12, 2019
Old Vines in the Barossa

Chris Tanghe interviews Marco Cirillo, John Duvall, Prue Henschke and Dean Hewitson of the Barossa Valley to discuss the wealth of old vines and the benefits of their age.

Jan 15, 2019
2018 Year in Review

Kelli White, Jason Caballero, Stevie Stacionis and Geoff Kruth review key stories from 2018.

Dec 31, 2018
Sweet Wine
Interviews about sweet wine with Gerhard Kracher of Kracher Winery, Zoltán Kovács of Royal Tokaji, and Jean-Philippe Lemoine of Château d'Yquem.
Dec 11, 2018
West Sonoma Coast

Geoff Kruth interviews Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards, John Raytek of Ceritas Wines, and Akiko Freeman of Freeman Winery on the potential new AVA of West Sonoma Coast and the winemaking practices common in the region.

Nov 13, 2018

Interviews with winemakers Virginia Wilcox, Mark Porembski, and Jean-Nicolas Méo on the subject of tannin.

Oct 11, 2018
Emerging Spain

An intervew with Master of Wine Sarah Jane Evans on the exciting new styles of Spanish wine.

Sep 10, 2018
Rhône Grapes in California

Geoff Kruth interviews Jason Haas of Tablas Creek and Pax Mahle of Pax Mahle Wines on working with Rhône grape varieties in California.

Aug 14, 2018
Big Visions

Interviews with Dave Phinney of Orin Swift and Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon on how they have achieved success with big visions in the wine business.

Jul 10, 2018
UK: Then and Now

Chris Tanghe chats with Steven Spurrier about the role of the United Kingdom in the history of the wine trade, and Geoff Kruth interviews Terry Kandylis of 67 Pall Mall for insight on current trends in London.

Jun 14, 2018
More Champagne

Geoff Kruth interviews Frédéric Panaiotis of Ruinart and Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters on regionality, vintages and current topics in Champagne.

May 13, 2018
Wine Program Management

Chris Tanghe interviews fellow Master Sommeliers June Rodil and Brahm Callahan on the topic of running a restaurant wine program. 

Apr 10, 2018
Wine Chemistry

An in depth interview with UC Davis Professor of Enology Dr. Andrew Waterhouse on the chemistry of wine.

Mar 12, 2018
Exploring South Africa

Geoff Kruth interviews Jim Clarke on the wines of South Africa. Yes 

Feb 12, 2018
2017 Year in Review

Geoff Kruth and guests Stevie Stacionis of Bay Grape, Esther Mobley from the San Francisco Chronicle, and Kelli White of GuildSomm review the year in wine.

Dec 27, 2017
Blind Tasting—Chris Tanghe and Geoff Kruth

This month we go back to everyone's favorite topic of blind tasting with Master Sommeliers Chris Tanghe and Geoff Kruth. Each take on three wines and a surprise wine that might be a bit 'off the grid.'

Oct 21, 2017
Expanding the Reach of Wine

GuildSomm interviews Andre Mack of Mouton Noir and Roger Nabedian of E. & J. Gallo on the topic of how to expand the reach of wine around the world and to new generations.

Sep 13, 2017
Dry Wine in Portugal

Geoff Kruth interviews Portuguese wine producers Helder Cunha, Tony Smith, Sandra Tavares and Luis Pato.

Aug 12, 2017
A Tour of Oregon

Interviews with key producers in four different areas of Oregon, including David Adelsheim of the Willamette Valley, Brian McCormick of Colombia Gorge, Earl Jones of the Umpqua Valley, and Bill Steele from the Applegate Valley.

Jun 02, 2017
Three Red Grapes in the Southern Hemisphere

GuildSomm interviews Laura Catena of Mendoza, winemaker Andres Sanchez from Gillmore in the Maule Valley, and Peter Fraser of Yangarra in McLaren Vale on red grapes thriving in their regions.

Apr 29, 2017
All About Yeast

GuildSomm interviews winemakers David Ramey from Ramey Wine Cellars, Lynda Hanson from Hanzell Vineyards, and scientist Dr. Torey Arvic of SonomaCeuticals on the complex topic of yeast in wine-making.

Feb 23, 2017
The Old School Somms

Fred Dame interviews fellow Master Sommeliers Nunzio Alioto, Steve Morey and Larry Stone about their experiences during the early years of the American Court of Master Sommeliers.

Dec 16, 2016
An Interview with Jancis Robinson

Geoff Kruth interviews legendary wine writer and educator Jancis Robinson on the scope of her career.

Nov 23, 2016
An Interview with Philip Togni

Geoff Kruth interviews legendary California winemaker Philip Togni on his expansive career—from the 1950's to the present day.

Sep 09, 2016
Three Approaches to Blind Tasting

GuildSomm community manager Stacy Ladenburger interviews Master Sommeliers Geoff Kruth, Jim Rollston and Jack Mason on their approaches to blind tasting.

Aug 11, 2016

Geoff Kruth interviews Master Sommelier Brian Mclintic, Sommelier Tamara Forward, and Thibault Gagey from Maison Louis Jadot on the wines of Beaujolais

Jul 28, 2016
Three Elements of White Wine Making

An interview with three American Winemakers on specific elements of white wine making: John Raytek on lees, Ryan Glabb on skin contact and Graham Tatomer on aromatic grapes.

May 13, 2016
From Somm to Sales

Three former sommeliers talk about their transition from floor service to wine importing, distribution and winery sales.

Mar 21, 2016
Making a Wine Film

Geoff Kruth interviews Jason Wise on the process of making a film about wine and discusses the release of his new film "Into the Bottle"

Feb 05, 2016
2015 Year in Review

We review the top stories of 2015 for sommeliers with host Geoff Kruth and guests Dan Petroski of Massican, Stevie Stacionis of Bay Grape, and Julia Weinberg from Delectable.

Dec 29, 2015
Napa Valley - Then and Now

An interview with Kelli White, author of Napa Valley Then & Now on the last hundred years of Napa Valley.

Dec 04, 2015
Washington State Wines

Exploration of the wines of Washington. We interview four producers with a focus on Walla Walla, Yakima, Red Mountain and the Horse Heaven Hills.

Nov 02, 2015
The Past and Future of the Sommelier

Discussion with Master Sommeliers Sabato Sagaria, Laura Maniec and Fred Dame on the Past and Future of the Sommelier Profession.

Sep 18, 2015
All About Albariño

In this episode we focus on a single grape. We interview two producers and a geneticist in the Rias Biaxas to see what we can discover about the Albariño grape and it's regional character.

Aug 07, 2015
Defining Sustainability

For some, sustainability may be an ill-defined buzzword but important segments of the wine business are taking it seriously. We interview three growers and a representive of the County of Sonoma on their efforts.

May 28, 2015
An In-depth Look at Sake

An In-depth Look at Sake with Master Sake Sommelier Stuart Morris

Mar 21, 2015
Calvados and Rum

A detailed look at two of the world's most interesting spirits; Calvados and Rum. We interview Importer and Author Charles Neal on Calvados and Rum specialist Tristan Mermin.

Feb 14, 2015
2014 Year In Review

Host Geoff Kruth and guests Matt Stamp and Stevie Stacionis discuss the year in wine and countdown the top 10 stories and themes of 2014.

Dec 22, 2014
Concepts in Winemaking

Geoff Kruth interviews three American winemakers: Andy Erickson, Megan Glaab and Jeff Stewart, explaining concepts in modern winemaking and contrasting their personal approach.

Nov 30, 2014
Blind Tasting Questions

Master Sommeliers Geoff Kruth, Emily Wines and Yoon Ha take questions on blind tasting.

Oct 06, 2014
Tea and Mezcal

Where do we draw the line of what a sommelier should know? We interview tea specialist Kyle Stewart and Mezcal expert Bobby Heugel

Aug 22, 2014
Development of an AVA

A three-part look at the development of an American AVA. What does it take to propose a new AVA, some thoughts from a pioneer of an up-and-coming region, and a blind tasting of wines from an established but not widely known area.

Jul 09, 2014
The Problem with Minerality - Wine Soil and Geology

A discussion of soil and geology with Earth Sciences professor Alex Maltman, Alsace producers Olivier Humbrecht and Phillipe Blanck and Master Sommelier and former geologist Wayne Belding.

Apr 24, 2014
Great Italian White Wines

Three producer interviews and a comparative tasting with two sommeliers of three great styles of Italian white wines.

Feb 24, 2014
Napa History - Roundtable discussion with Tim Mondavi, John Williams and Kelli White

Geoff Kruth interviews Tim Mondavi of Continuum, John Williams of Frogs Leap and Kelli White of Press Restaurant on the post-prohibition history of the Napa Valley.

Dec 27, 2013

Geoff Kruth interviews Matt Stamp on the wines of Madeira.

Nov 11, 2013
The Process of Champagne

An interview with Champagne Ruinart's Chef du Caves Frederic Panaiotis on the Champagne process.

Sep 13, 2013
Four Sommeliers Each Pitch a Wine

Four sommeliers: Desi Echavarrie, MS, Ryan Stetins, Steve Distler and Kelli White, each tell us about a wine they are currently excited about and answer a host of questions about their selection and the region it comes from.

Aug 04, 2013
2013 Blind Tasting Series Part 3/3 with Geoff Kruth, MS

Matt Stamp interviews Geoff Kruth on his blind tasting techniques follwed by a blind tasting of four wines.

Jun 03, 2013
2013 Blind Tasting Series Part 2/3

Matt Stamp interviews Tim Gaiser, MS on his blind tasting techniques.

Apr 26, 2013
2013 Blind Tasting Series Part 1/3

Interview with Anthony Moss, Research & Development Director of the WSET on the topic of Blind Tasting.

Mar 08, 2013
Three Female Sommeliers on What It's Like to Be in the Business

A series of interviews with female sommeliers Emily Wines, MS (Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants); Chris Baggetta (Quince and Cotogna); and Shelley Lindgren (A16 and SPQR) about how they got their start, what it's like to be a female in the wine industry, and what the future may hold.

Jan 28, 2013
Alsace with Michael Madrigal

Geoff Kruth interviews Michael Madrigal on one of his favorite wine regions - Alsace.

Dec 06, 2012
Sherry with Peter Liem

An in-depth discussion of Sherry with Peter Liem, author of Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla.

Nov 02, 2012
Chardonnay in California - Part 2

In the second part of our two part series on Chardonnay in California, Geoff Kruth interviews Vanessa Wong, of Peay winery, and Matt Stamp interviews grape grower Lee Hudson.

Oct 09, 2012
Chardonnay in California - Part 1

In the first part of our two part series on Chardonnay in California, Geoff Kruth interviews Ted Lemon, proprietor of Littorai winery, and Matt Stamp interviews Kendall Jackson's Winemaster Randy Ullom, on their long careers working with the Chardonnay grape in California.

Aug 29, 2012
Studying Wine Theory with Matt Stamp MS

Geoff Kruth interviews Matt Stamp about the best ways to expand your knowledge of wine theory.

Jul 11, 2012
Blind Tasting 20 Questions

Geoff Kruth asks Master Sommeliers, Eric Entrikin and Jesse Becker to play the 20 questions game with two blind wines and then each of them take a second wine to task on their own.

Jun 01, 2012
Food and Wine Pairing

An interview with three sommeliers; Desi Echavarrie of the French Laundry, Sur Lucero of Oenotri and Yoon Ha of Benu, with a focus on the art of food and wine pairing.

Apr 10, 2012
Interview with John Hoskins, MW on the tasting exam for the Masters of Wine

Geoff Kruth, MS interviews John Hoskins, MW, chair of the tasting examination panel for the Institute of Masters of Wine on the MW tasting exam and how it differs from the approach of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Feb 18, 2012
Interview with Paul Grieco of New York's Hearth Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars

In this month's podcast we interview Paul Grieco of New York's Hearth Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars on his professional development, passions, and personal philosophies of running some of America's most unique beverage programs.

Dec 13, 2011
Interview with Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm on Higher Level Sommelier Certifications

Geoff Kruth interviews Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm, the Examinations Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers, on higher-level sommeliers certifications and what to consider in preparing for the Advanced and Masters exams from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Oct 21, 2011
Blind Tasting: Selecting wines for the 2011 Top|Somm Finals

This year, in selecting wines for the Top|Somm finals we decided to put ourselves to the test. Matt Stamp, MS and Jason Heller, MS selected four white wines for Geoff Kruth, MS to taste blind and he puts Jason on the spot with four reds. 6 wines from this flight were later used for the competition finals.

Sep 01, 2011
Interview with Jean-Marie Fourrier of Gevrey-Chambertin

Interview with Jean-Marie Fourrier of Gevrey Chambertin on the current state of winemaking in Burgundy, the subtleties of the villages and vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, and his thoughts on the vintages of the last decade.

Aug 04, 2011
Interview with Rudi Wiest - July 2011

Interview with Rudi Wiest on 30 years of importing German wine.

Jul 17, 2011
Greek Wine Podcast - June 2011

An interview on the current state of Greek wine with Sofia Perpera from All About Greek Wine and Yannis Paraskevopoulos, co-owner of Gaia Winery.

Jun 17, 2011
An Interview with Master Sommelier Fred Dame

An Interview with Master Sommelier Fred Dame on the History of the Court, the Guild and the role of the Sommelier

Jun 14, 2011
High Elevation Winemakeing in California

High Elevation Winemakeing in California with Chris Carpenter from Lokoya, Ross Cobb from Hirsch, Matt Stamp MS and Geoff Kruth MS, from the Guild of Sommeliers.

May 16, 2011
Blind Tasting - April 2011 with four new Masters

In depth conversation about blind tasting with Geoff Kruth MS and four new Masters Sommeliers.

Apr 10, 2011
Sicily Podcast - March 2011

Tasting and Discussion of the wines of Sicily with Geoff Kruth MS, Matt Stamp MS, Shelley Lindgren, and Oliver McCrum.

Mar 10, 2011