Kristine M. Kierzek
Ray Fister constantly liked white wine, however as a local of Ohio he didn’t mature immersed worldwide. He travelled to Napa in 2001 and succumbed to the area, the red wines, and individuals making them. He wished to discover more.
Letting interest blaze a trail, he started taking journeys and tasting more red wines. In 2008, he put his experience in media and tape-recording together and started a podcast, Life Between the Vines. Today, he can state he’s talked to more than 1,200 wine makers and market experts.
Covering white wine, wine makers and market experts worldwide, Fister handles the audio podcast and “Vino Video” from his tape-recording studio and workplace in the Third Ward, where for more than 20 years he has actually runFifth Floor Recording Studio Chances are, you have actually heard the work he performs in his day task, in which he’s done whatever from regional commercials for cars and truck dealerships to audio and production work for Disney andFamily Guy
He produced Life Between the Vines as a red wine enthusiast who wished to discover more, however with the concept that “white wine ought to not be research.” It’s a one-stop location for knowing, with interviews, videos and “Vino Lingo” particular terms he’s collected along the method.
That language that is a big part of the white wine world likewise influenced his brand-new self-published book: “Vino Lingo” An easy going and academic read for any white wine enthusiast,
Fister will be at a book finalizing and talk at 2 p.m.Jan 28 at Ray’s Wine & Spirits, 8930 W. North Ave.,Wauwatosa He survives on a horse farm in Racine County with his partner,Kathryn His podcast site is lifebetweenthevines.com.
In the start
My initially huge interview ever was withAlan Arkin He occurred to be visiting our college. I was 18 or 19 and an author on our paper personnel.
Blending his interests
I ended up being a red wine enthusiast a long, long period of time earlier, began with fundamental italian red wines. … It ended up being an enthusiasm. I truly delighted in white wine. I remained in the audio business It made good sense to combine them. My initially journey to Napa in 2001, and like every dope who goes there I resembled “I wish to live here!” It is stunning. We spoke with some wine makers, asked what do you think of providing interviews? That journey and the response to it was the start.
The very first interview we did was here in Milwaukee. Jeff Bundschu of Gundlach Bundschu was at Bacchus for a supper. I asked him “Can you come and talk?” He stated “I’ll provide you an hour.” He was here for 2 hours. It was an outright blast, and he provided us some names. To this day I’m in touch with those individuals. I’m extremely grateful to Jeff.
How he interviews
The bulk are done on website. Of course throughout COVID it wasn’t, that was all by phone. I had actually been going to Napa a minimum of when a year, however by 2009 or 2010 I was going a number of times a year.
All white wine fans welcome
I have actually talked to wine makers, a couple of vineyard masters, a couple somms. I had a man not far from me here, he was a house wine maker. I’m not a snob. I’ve talked to over 1,200 individuals. This man has vineyards in his yard, I do not understand what to anticipate, and he blew me away. He made some excellent whites. There are some great whites that can be made here inWisconsin
About Vino Lingo
I began Vino Lingo most likely around ten years earlier. I wished to concentrate on the concept of education in an easier method by single words or expressions. Some were suggested to be extremely major, terroir, maceration, and some were suggested to be a little goofy.
Fun with pictures
This is an enjoyable job. I didn’t desire the wine maker simply positioning with their bottle, it grew from there. I had a wine maker in Willamette Valley with 12 bottles and a magnum in his hand. It ended up being a little a thing. Sarah (Fowler) at Peju, she desired the record, initially postured with 48 bottles however didn’t desire somebody to beat that. … She came down cross legged, we put 3 cases in front of her and we took the photo through that. It is 72 bottles. No one will ever break that record.
Lingo we ought to all discover
Like anything else, begin with the fundamentals. The one word you hear the most is terroir, and it is the one the most mangled. It is not practically dirt, it is whatever in mix.
Wine that made him wish to discover more
It wasCabernet I consume whatever now, however my go-to is constantlyCabernet I enjoy Pinot Noir, however it is a such a picky little monster, not simply in the vineyard. I simply had one a few days ago, from the Carneros location, and it was truly, truly great, however I’ve had a couple of others that were simply eh …
It has to do with discovery. I enjoySauvignon Blanc I enjoy bubbles. I enjoy pet nats, those are simply making me insane nowadays. There are numerous kinds of red wines, it is simply exploring them. There is no white wine I do not like. It is the journey.
Where the journey takes him
Italy two times. I got fortunate to go on journeys with purchasers and somms and other authors. My initially journey was up in Piedmont, which was extraordinary, consuming all these champagnes. It was excellent enjoyable …
This summer season, we went to Abruzzo (in Italy), about 3 hours east ofRome All these red wines I tasted there, they can’t get them here.
I pursue individuals I have actually become aware of or get turned on to by other wine makers, that is the very best. The “have you spoke with so and so in Texas or Virginia?” The 2nd originated from public relations individuals who call me. I simply had one that called me about a winery in Argentina, run by a Frenchman.
My preferred, I got an e-mail from a lady inIdaho They have city wineries inBoise She stated “We’re doing white wine here, would you like to interview us?” I understood every state made white wine, asked what sort of white wine are you making? All gleaming. They are running a fantastic company in the Snake River Valley AVA.
Trends and tastes
I believe Cab Franc is huge now, and Pét– nats are growing (Pet- nat is an abbreviation for “pétillant naturel”). Sparkling has actually grown for individuals. Men initially declined it, now they’re entering into it. Everybody is handling environment modification. The greatest concern is aiming to the future, will they have the ability to grow what they’re growing?
The most enjoyable I’ve had is at Premiere Napa Valley. You go to the barrel tasting and there are 200 plus wine makers. … I leave these things with 30 to 35 interviews. It is the very best day of my life …
The wine makers have actually ended up being good friends. I was at a trade convention in Sonoma inNovember I stroll in and Amy Aiken, who utilized to make Meander Wines, exists. She’s a red wine representative now, and a Wisconsin woman. It is insane enjoyable.
My financial limitation nowadays is 30 to 50 dollars. I utilized to invest 80 to 100. I do not any longer. I have a truly great cellar, and I can’t manage it any longer. But that a person huge bottle is a 2001Opus I purchased that back thens when it had to do with $125.
Social media altered the discussion
Number one, it is gain access to. I can go to anything I desire, turn it off when I desire. I do not need to listen to commercials. The access to whatever is what it has to do with. Type in white wine podcast on Apple and you’ll be there for a day going through simply a few of them. The capability to connect to individuals all over the world has actually altered. In college I was a press reporter on our paper personnel, back when Ready Reference was what it was everything about. It has actually made it much easier and more intricate. you have numerous various methods to get to individuals.
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