Hey, You All! We’re filling in for Tim McNally on the Dine, Wine & Spirits Show this week from September 12 through the 16th – Monday through Wednesday and, also, Friday. Of course, our show, the Dine, Wine & Spirits Show – NOLADrinks Edition, will air, as always, on Thursday. We will be making the podcasts from the DWS show versions on this post throughout the week. Also, if there is a New Orleans area location involved, you can find it on the map below…

On Monday’s show (9/12/16), I welcome Leora Pearl Madden of Pearl Wine Co., a terrific New Orleans wine shop and bar located in the Mid-City neighborhood. Earlier in the day, Leora and the shop hosted the organization, Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the national trade promotion group for their wine industry. The event was an industry “master class” where folks from New Orleans restaurant, bar, and other related businesses learned about the wines, the regions, and more. The focus was on the Chenin Blanc varietal, the most widely grown in South Africa, representing a bit more than 18% of their total production. Leora comes on the show to talk about the event, the wines, the fascinating history of wine in the country, and how Pearl Wine Co. has embraced South African wines due to their increasing quality and value pricing. She joins the show in the 4th segment until the end (if you want to skip my musings and ramblings!) Here’s the full show podcast… Cheers, You All!

Dine, Wine & Spirits Show from Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Lincoln Case of Pontchartrain Vineyards joins the show. We talk about the winery, the Jazz’n Vines concert series, and more. We also taste the newly released 2013 “De Temps En Temps” Syrah Mendocino and chat about upcoming wine releases, including a new reserve line that will debut next year!

On the Dine, Wine & Spirits show from Wednesday, September 14, we talk about the wine business. Specifically, we cover concepts connected to shipping winegrapes from the west coast and what it means for wineries in the rest of the country who procure them. We also chat with Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of SoBou about the restaurant, bar, and what they’re up to for Restaurant Week New Orleans. Also, on the topic of Restaurant Week New Orleans, we welcome Lauren Cason of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to discuss the 6th annual version of this culinary happening!

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