Wine Road Podcast Episode 180

Liana on Jul 27, 2023

From Left to right, Beth, Gio and Marcy in front of a red building

In this enlightening podcast episode, our host sits down for a fascinating chat with Gio Balisrteri from Russian River Vineyards. They delve into the historical backdrop of the vineyard, Gio’s unique approach to winemaking, and the distinctive tasting events available at the winery. Gio shares insider details about his Bacigalupi Chardonnay, emphasizing the role of the family behind the grapes and the harmonious integration of oak. The discussion also covers the vision for Russian River Vineyards, aiming to provide a tranquil and cozy atmosphere for visitors. Moreover, Gio unveils plans of expansion for their estate, which includes a new grove and a guest house solely for wine club members, as well as upcoming collaborations and events with local winemakers.

Our conversation veers towards Gio’s own journey in farming and winemaking, his ardor for highlighting the fruits’ features in his wines, and the introduction of his latest brand, Chester, dedicated to sourcing the finest grapes from diverse regions. They also converse about the one-of-a-kind labels fabricated by Dom Chi Designs for the Austin Collection, created in honor of Gio’s mentor, Anthony Austin. Wrapping up the episode is a tasting session featuring the Austin Collection Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which were acknowledged for their well-balanced taste and representation of the vineyard’s terroir. All in all, this episode unveils Russian River Vineyards’ undying dedication to superior winemaking and creating unforgettable encounters for their patrons.

Podcast Sponsored by: River Road Family Vineyards and Winery

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