Guild of Sommeliers Podcast


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

53:37 | Jul 11th

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.
Ridge Monte Bello

38:24 | Jun 23rd

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

1:03:13 | Jun 11th

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.
Ten Years of GuildSomm

55:10 | May 8th

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

1:03:13 | Mar 13th

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.
More Big Visions

41:52 | Feb 12th

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.
Old Vines in the Barossa

42:23 | Jan 15th

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.
2018 Year in Review

55:41 | Dec 31st, 2018

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

51:12 | Dec 11th, 2018

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

53:43 | Nov 13th, 2018

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.

56:21 | Oct 11th, 2018

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

37:59 | Sep 10th, 2018

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

50:03 | Aug 14th, 2018

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

57:02 | Jul 10th, 2018

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.
UK: Then and Now

37:35 | Jun 14th, 2018

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.
More Champagne

44:55 | May 13th, 2018

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

56:31 | Apr 10th, 2018

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

44:45 | Mar 12th, 2018

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

38:27 | Feb 12th, 2018

Geoff Kruth interviews Jim Clarke on the wines of South Africa. Yes
2017 Year in Review

1:12:23 | Dec 27th, 2017

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.
Blind Tasting—Chris Tanghe and Geoff Kruth

54:13 | Oct 21st, 2017

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.'
Expanding the Reach of Wine

51:30 | Sep 13th, 2017

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.
Dry Wine in Portugal

1:05:15 | Aug 12th, 2017

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

1:10:11 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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.
Three Red Grapes in the Southern Hemisphere

50:29 | Apr 29th, 2017

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.
All About Yeast

1:09:52 | Feb 23rd, 2017

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.
The Old School Somms

44:07 | Dec 16th, 2016

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.
An Interview with Jancis Robinson

45:32 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Geoff Kruth interviews legendary wine writer and educator Jancis Robinson on the scope of her career.
An Interview with Philip Togni

55:05 | Sep 9th, 2016

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

57:51 | Aug 11th, 2016

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

54:13 | Jul 28th, 2016

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

58:02 | May 13th, 2016

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.
From Somm to Sales

49:08 | Mar 21st, 2016

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

36:19 | Feb 5th, 2016

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"
2015 Year in Review

50:49 | Dec 29th, 2015

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.
Napa Valley - Then and Now

52:00 | Dec 4th, 2015

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

1:22:20 | Nov 2nd, 2015

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

42:10 | Sep 18th, 2015

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

49:09 | Aug 7th, 2015

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.
Defining Sustainability

56:59 | May 28th, 2015

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.
An In-depth Look at Sake

56:07 | Mar 21st, 2015

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

1:06:53 | Feb 14th, 2015

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.
2014 Year In Review

56:31 | Dec 22nd, 2014

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.
Concepts in Winemaking

1:08:43 | Nov 30th, 2014

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

1:03:15 | Oct 6th, 2014

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

57:31 | Aug 22nd, 2014

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

43:49 | Jul 9th, 2014

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.
The Problem with Minerality - Wine Soil and Geology

50:06 | Apr 24th, 2014

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.
Great Italian White Wines

54:26 | Feb 24th, 2014

Three producer interviews and a comparative tasting with two sommeliers of three great styles of Italian white wines.
Napa History - Roundtable discussion with Tim Mondavi, John Williams and Kelli White

1:01:09 | Dec 27th, 2013

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.

49:59 | Nov 11th, 2013

Geoff Kruth interviews Matt Stamp on the wines of Madeira.
The Process of Champagne

39:34 | Sep 13th, 2013

An interview with Champagne Ruinart's Chef du Caves Frederic Panaiotis on the Champagne process.
Four Sommeliers Each Pitch a Wine

1:01:11 | Aug 4th, 2013

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

1:00:30 | Jun 3rd, 2013

Matt Stamp interviews Geoff Kruth on his blind tasting techniques follwed by a blind tasting of four wines.
2013 Blind Tasting Series Part 2/3

33:32 | Apr 26th, 2013

Matt Stamp interviews Tim Gaiser, MS on his blind tasting techniques.
2013 Blind Tasting Series Part 1/3

30:52 | Mar 8th, 2013

Interview with Anthony Moss, Research & Development Director of the WSET on the topic of Blind Tasting.
Three Female Sommeliers on What It's Like to Be in the Business

53:34 | Jan 28th, 2013

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,...Show More
Alsace with Michael Madrigal

33:37 | Dec 6th, 2012

Geoff Kruth interviews Michael Madrigal on one of his favorite wine regions - Alsace.
Sherry with Peter Liem

41:43 | Nov 2nd, 2012

An in-depth discussion of Sherry with Peter Liem, author of Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla.
Chardonnay in California - Part 2

56:12 | Oct 9th, 2012

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.
Chardonnay in California - Part 1

49:35 | Aug 29th, 2012

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 Chardonn...Show More
Studying Wine Theory with Matt Stamp MS

32:46 | Jul 11th, 2012

Geoff Kruth interviews Matt Stamp about the best ways to expand your knowledge of wine theory.
Blind Tasting 20 Questions

24:22 | Jun 1st, 2012

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.
Food and Wine Pairing

24:39 | Apr 10th, 2012

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.
Interview with John Hoskins, MW on the tasting exam for the Masters of Wine

45:50 | Feb 18th, 2012

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.
Interview with Paul Grieco of New York's Hearth Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars

42:54 | Dec 13th, 2011

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.
Interview with Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm on Higher Level Sommelier Certifications

30:24 | Oct 21st, 2011

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 Ma...Show More
Blind Tasting: Selecting wines for the 2011 Top|Somm Finals

50:57 | Sep 1st, 2011

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...Show More
Interview with Jean-Marie Fourrier of Gevrey-Chambertin

52:59 | Aug 4th, 2011

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.
Interview with Rudi Wiest - July 2011

50:05 | Jul 17th, 2011

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