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Beats Vines and Life

Marvin J. Towler

MJ Towler aka the Black Wine Guy went from a totally obsessed wine newbie to the world's first-ever African-American fine and rare wine auctioneer in less than 3 years.


These days, he is a podcaster and journalist who travels the globe, having conversations with the movers, shakers, and disruptors in the worlds of food, wine, music, and more.

This show pairs his passion for complex, interesting wines with complex, interesting guests. These are deep thinkers and Mavericks talking about their passions, life lessons, and inspirations - while drinking a bottle of something listeners will definitely want to savor for themselves.


Sit back, listen, learn, and laugh. This is Beats Vines and Life.


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Inside Vinexposium a Grand Event for Wine Enthusiasts:Bridging Global Wine Cultures
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Inside Vinexposium a Grand Event for Wine Enthusiasts:Bridging Global Wine Cultures
Welcome back to "Beats, Vines & Life!" In this episode we have a special conversation with Fanny Spironelli, the founder of Le Alabouche. Together with our host, MJ Towler, we'll delve into the intricacies of the upcoming VINEXposium event. From its comprehensive planning process to its global representation, we'll explore how this wine and spirits trade show has evolved since its Bordeaux roots in the 80s and 90s, and its impact on the industry.We'll touch on everything from industry trends and Virginia's emerging wine scene to exciting plans for VINEXPO America 2024 in New York City. Plus, there's an exclusive offer for our loyal listeners and Black Wine Guy Instagram followers. Fanny also shares her journey into the wine world, influenced by her Italian and French heritage, and her passion for wines from regions like Alsace, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley.So, pour yourself a glass and tune in for an engaging discussion on the dynamic world of wine, the energy of physical events, and much more. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to VINEXPO AMERICA & FANNY SPIRONELLI!!🚨 Special Offer! 🚨As a valued Black Wine Guy Podcast subscriber, you have a unique opportunity!  Be among the first 20 to register and receive a complimentary badge to Vinexpo America 2024!Register now using code CRELPART46 and secure your FREE BADGE, or use the 20% discount code: CVINEXPO20LinkSee you in NYC at 📍 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on 🗓️ June 24-25, 2024!CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!    ____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlife Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From Touchdowns to Tannins: NFL Star Sidney Rice on Life, Sports, and Creating Unique Wine Experiences
Jun 10 2024
From Touchdowns to Tannins: NFL Star Sidney Rice on Life, Sports, and Creating Unique Wine Experiences
Recorded Live at Hospice du Rhone Walla Walla. Welcome back to another exciting episode of Beats Vines & Life! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we have a special treat for you. We're diving deep into the world of wine, sports, and the incredible journey of our distinguished guest, former NFL star turned vintner, Sidney Rice.In this episode, we explore the powerful lessons learned from others, the fascinating beginnings of my wine journey in Minnesota, and the unique challenges and triumphs that come with blending a passion for wine and a legendary football career. We'll hear about Sidney's early love for sports, from his standout days in South Carolina's youth football leagues to his rise as an NFL Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion. Plus, we'll delve into the dynamic world of Dossier Wine Collective, the innovative ideas behind our unique wine labels, and how we're striving to make wine accessible and engaging for everyone.Sidney also shares candid stories from his professional football career, including navigating the business side of the sport, enduring the Midwest summers, and playing alongside notable quarterbacks. We'll touch on the importance of mentorship, the impact of family and upbringing, and the excitement of building a legacy with Dossier Wines that you, our wonderful listeners, can be a part of.So, grab your favorite glass of wine, settle in, and join us for an inspiring conversation that bridges the gap between the gridiron and the vineyard. Cheers to the stories that shape us and the wines that bring us together!A Massive THANK YOU to SIDNEY RICE & HOSPICE DU RHONE!!This episode’s wines:  2021 Dossier Index Red Blend      2022 Dossier Viognier       2021 Dossier SYR Syrah      2021 Dossier Dissertation    To learn more about Dossier Wine Collective click the link! Follow DossierWine Collective on IG!For more information about Hospice du Rhone click the link!Follow Hospice du Rhone on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Wine Path: South African Wines and Peter Andrews' Passion for Diversity
Jun 3 2024
The Wine Path: South African Wines and Peter Andrews' Passion for Diversity
Recorded Live at Hospice du Rhone Walla Walla. Welcome to another thrilling episode of "Beats Vines & Life." I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today, we have an inspiring guest who embodies the true spirit of passion and perseverance. Join me as we dive into the extraordinary journey of Peter Andrews, the founder of Culture Wine Company, specializing in South African wines from independent producers. From reorganizing a reserve room in retail to mastering the art of winemaking in Italy, Peter's path is filled with rich experiences and heartfelt stories. We'll explore his time harvesting in Piedmont, his MBA pursuit, and his dedication to promoting diversity in the wine industry. Along the way, we'll also chat about the best pizzas in different cities, the unique flavors of Friulano wines, and the cultural melting pot of Italy's wine regions. Peter's adventures stretch from Charleston to Providence, Tanzania to South Africa, and his unwavering belief in the people behind the wine shines through. Get ready to be inspired as we uncover the essence of wine, culture, and resilience. Stay tuned for a captivating conversation with Peter Andrews on "Beats Vines & Life."A Massive THANK YOU to PETER ANDREWS & HOSPICE DU RHONE!!This episode’s wine:  2021 Luddite Saboteur Red Blend    To learn more about Culture Wine Co. click the link! Use the code beatsvinesandlife15 to receive 15% OFF your order Follow Culture Wine Co. on IG!For more information about Hospice du Rhone click the link!Follow Hospice du Rhone on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Prema Korellis and The New Bohemians. Talkin' *Ish and Wine Drinking West Sonoma Coast Style!
May 28 2024
Prema Korellis and The New Bohemians. Talkin' *Ish and Wine Drinking West Sonoma Coast Style!
Welcome to another episode of "Beats Vines & Life" where we delve into the cultural and emotional significance of wine as a product. Join host MJ Towler along with guests Prema Korellis and Ryan Prichard of Three Sticks Wines as they share their unique experiences in the world of wine, discussing everything from rare vintages to the challenges and joys of winemaking. From exploring the impact of wine critics to the importance of authenticity in the industry, this episode promises to take you on a flavorful journey through the colorful world of wine culture. So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy the blend of music, lifestyle, and of course, some exquisite wines on this episode of Beats Vines & Life!A Massive THANK YOU to PREMA KEROLLIS & RYAN PRICHARD!!!This episode’s wines: 2023 Three Sticks Casteñada Rosė     2022 Three Sticks Durrell Vineyard Pinot Blanc     2022 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Pinot NoirTo learn more about Three Sticks Wine, click the link! Follow Three Sticks Wine on IG!To learn more about Head High Wines click the link!Follow Head High Wines on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Live from Hospice du Rhone: The Future of Wine in the Northwest: Insights from Todd Alexander
May 20 2024
Live from Hospice du Rhone: The Future of Wine in the Northwest: Insights from Todd Alexander
Hey everyone, welcome back to a BONUS episode of Beats Vines & Life! Today, I sit in with Sam Coturri & Brian Casey of The Winemakers Pod as we have an extraordinary guest join us—Todd Alexander, a trailblazing winemaker who decided to shake things up by exploring the Pacific Northwest Todd shares personal stories about his passion for wine, the changing landscapes of downtown Walla Walla, and his thoughts on the future of the wine industry. Whether you're a wine enthusiast, a lover of travel stories, or someone who enjoys hearing about life's unique journeys, this episode has something for everyone. Stay tuned as Sam, Brian and I chat with Todd Alexander on this captivating episode of Beats Vines & Life!A Massive THANK YOU to THE WINEMAKERS POD!!!This episode’s wines: Some Winery Sixteen/600 Shit!To learn more about Holocene Wines, click the link! Follow Holocene Wines on IG!To learn more about Force Majeure Vineyards, click the link!Follow Force Majeure on IG!To learn more about Beatus Wine click the link!Follow Todd on IG!To learn more about Atelier Freewater click the link! Follow Atelier Freewater on IG!To learn more about Weathereye Vineyards click the link! Follow Weathereye on IG! To learn more about Cimento click the link! Follow Cimento on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.Follow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tempo of Terroir: Music, Wine, and Randall Grahm's Legacy.
May 13 2024
Tempo of Terroir: Music, Wine, and Randall Grahm's Legacy.
Welcome to another captivating episode of "Beats Vines & Life," where we blend the rich worlds of music, wine, and personal journeys. Today's episode features the intriguing Randall Grahm, a vintner and trailblazer in the wine industry, renowned for founding Bonny Doon Vineyard and his innovative approaches to winemaking.In this session, we dive into Randall's colorful background, starting from his youthful days in Los Angeles to his philosophical studies at UC Santa Cruz, and how these experiences shaped his visionary pursuits in the world of wine. Randall shares heartfelt stories about his family, including the significant influence of his music-loving grandfather and his mother's unexpected role in his business. We'll explore Randall's radical shift from aspiring to produce the great American Pinot Noir to his love affair with Rhône varieties, and his current endeavors with the Language of Yes project in Modesto. Throughout the episode, Randall reflects on the evolution of LA, his transformative college years, and his profound experiences with wines that eventually led him to a life dedicated to viticulture. Join us as we uncork the essence of creativity and heritage with Randall Grahm, and perhaps, discover a renewed appreciation for the art and story behind every bottle.A Massive THANK YOU toRANDALL GRAHM!!!This episode’s wines: 2023 The Language of Yes “Les Fruits Rouge” Pink Wine  2022 The Language of Yes Grenache Rancho Réal     2022 The Language of Yes “Cuvée Sinso” Red Wine  2022 The Language of Yes Syrah Rancho RéalTo learn more about The Language of Yes, click the link!Follow The Language of Yes on IG!To learn more about Popelouchum, click the link!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Uncovering David Bowler: Insights on Wine, Music, and Cultural Trends
May 6 2024
Uncovering David Bowler: Insights on Wine, Music, and Cultural Trends
Welcome to this week’s episode of Beats Vines & Life, where we journey into the fascinating intersections of culture, sports, and the wine industry with our guest David Bowler. This episode takes a deep dive into David's unique career trajectory, transitioning from a budding musician navigating the vibrant punk scenes of New York City to becoming a revered figure in the wine industry. We'll explore his days at the iconic wine shop Crossroads, his encounters with film and music legends, and ultimately, how he established his own successful wine distribution company. Along the way, we'll discuss David’s views on various topics, from the influence of wine critic Robert Parker to the cultural shifts within the wine market, and how social media is reshaping the industry. We’ll also look at the personal side of David, reflecting on his upbringing, early interests in sports, and how personal experiences and relationships have shaped his approach to business and life. So pour yourself a glass of your favorite vintage, and join us as we uncork the rich stories of David Bowler’s life and insights.A Massive THANK YOU to DAVID BOWLER!!!This episode’s wine: 2022 Bodega Sierra de Toloño La Dulu Garnacha de AlturaTo learn more about Bowler Wine, click the link!Follow Bowler Wine on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pouring Passion: Alex Mackh on Wines, Glassware, and Family Traditions
Apr 30 2024
Pouring Passion: Alex Mackh on Wines, Glassware, and Family Traditions
Welcome to this exciting episode of "Beats Vines & Life," where we're diving into a world of innovation and passion with our guest, Alex Mackh. Alex, the founder of Grassl Glass and a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, is here to share his unique journey from the ski slopes of Austria to the world stage of wine glass design. Discover how Alex's heritage, education, and love for craftsmanship have shaped his approach to creating exquisite mouth-blown glassware that enhances the wine tasting experience. From his early days in a family business to revolutionizing the wine industry with his pioneering glass designs, Alex's story is steeped in tradition yet driven by innovation. Whether you're a wine aficionado or a lifestyle enthusiast, prepare to be inspired by Alex's dedication to quality, character, and the pursuit of excellence in every pour. Join us as we explore the nuances of wine culture, the art of glassmaking, and the personal journey behind Alex's success. Stay with us on "Beats Vines & Life," where stories and sips come together in perfect harmony.A Massive THANK YOU to ALEX MACKH!!!This episode’s wines: Not available in the US…To learn more about Grassl Glass, click the link!Follow Grassl Glass on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Craft of Cultivating Legacy: Tegan Passalaqua is Unveiling the Rich History of California Vineyards
Apr 22 2024
The Craft of Cultivating Legacy: Tegan Passalaqua is Unveiling the Rich History of California Vineyards
Welcome to another captivating episode of Beats Vines & Life, where the rhythm of music meets the swirl of the glass. I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we have the incredible Tegan Passalaqua, winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars and owner of Kirschenmann Vineyard, joining us to uncork a vintage conversation.In this episode, we'll venture through the fertile grounds of Lodi, California, and beyond, sipping the rich stories that lie within each vineyard. Tegan brings her deep-rooted passion for old vine varietals and forgotten classics to the table, along with tales of a landscape changing under the pressure of progress and perception. We'll explore the delicate dance of sustainable winemaking, the challenges faced by the industry, and the push for transparency and honesty in every bottle.Get ready to learn about the nuances that make a red table wine, the impact of sand and clay on viticulture, and how a conversation and a taste of Lodi changed Tegan's path forever. We'll also touch on family histories intertwined with the land, the dynamics of local communities, and the importance of planning for the future. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite blend, sit back, and let's dive into the life and times of Tegan Passalaqua, right here on Beats Vines & Life.A Massive THANK YOU to TEGAN PASSALAQUA!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Sanlands Kirschenmann Cinsault    2021 Sandlands Red Table WineTo learn more about Sandlands Vineyards, click the link!Follow Tegan on IG!To learn more about Turley Wine Cellars, click the link!Follow Turley Wine on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pouring Over Pages: Lettie Teague's Life in Wine and Wordz.
Apr 17 2024
Pouring Over Pages: Lettie Teague's Life in Wine and Wordz.
Welcome back to "Beats Vines & Life," where the melodies of music, the enchantment of wine, and the narratives of life converge. I'm your host, MJ Towler. Today, we uncork the essence of wisdom and wine with a very special guest: Lettie Teague, the renowned wine columnist for the Wall Street Journal and multi-time James Beard Award winner. This episode delves deep into Lettie's intriguing journey from a liquor store to the lustrous halls of wine-writing prominence. We get personal as Lettie reminisces about her early years working in her parents’ shop and the invaluable lessons learned under the mentorship of wine maven Roberta Morell. Despite a rocky start in wine wholesale, Lettie's admiration for the industry's assertive salespeople set the tone for a storied career. Our conversation turns the pages of the downward spiral magazines faced during the 2008 economic downturn, highlighting Lettie’s lament on content diversity, all while she honors the craft of journalists with a touching anecdote about her path to the Wall Street Journal. Lettie gives us a peek into her Rolodex of celebrity wine projects and the award-winning "Educating Peter" series, sprinkled with lighthearted banter about Napa extravagances and columnist budgets. We move on to the challenges and silver linings in the wine industry, from millennial accessibility to the joy of sharing a bottle regardless of prestige. Lettie shares her childhood memories, her Midwestern roots flavored with Gallo pink chablis, and her grandmother's influence on her writing dreams. We also throw in a dash about our fondest dining traditions and Coach Popovich’s unique connection to the wine world. Touching on the digital age's transformation of content consumption and the importance of informed curiosity, Lettie delivers anecdotes with a bold, robust finish – true to a fine wine’s character. Whether you're a wine aficionado or someone intrigued by the stories behind the label, there’s a pour of knowledge for you in this intimate tete-a-tete with Lettie Teague.Get ready to savor the blend of life experiences and fine wine on today's episode of "Beats Vines & Life." Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to LETTIE TEAGUE!!!To learn more about Lettie, click the link!Follow Lettie on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From Minnesota to The Mosel: Jenna Fields' Story of Riesling and Resilience.
Apr 8 2024
From Minnesota to The Mosel: Jenna Fields' Story of Riesling and Resilience.
Welcome back to another episode of Beats Vines & Life, the podcast where melodies meet Merlot, and the rhythms of life blend with the bouquet of the vine. In today's special pour, we raise our glasses to the indomitable spirit of Jenna Fields, the maven of German wine, who turned a flood of challenges into a vintage of success. From her unassuming beginnings in Eagan, Minnesota, to the aromatic vineyards of Germany's Ahr Valley, Jenna's journey is as complex and compelling as the Pinot Noir we'll be sipping on today with our host, MJ Towler. We'll uncork the story of how a business card and a fateful decision not to work at Target, but to dive headfirst into the intricate German wine market, paved the path for Jenna's remarkable ascent.Join us as we swirl through her tales of resilience in the aftermath of a natural disaster that ravaged the vineyards she so dearly champions. With each sip, we'll explore Jenna's evolution from nanny to president and founder of a company that today represents over two dozen top wineries, painting the canvas of the American wine scene with German hues.MJ and Jenna will also engage in a pairing as unique as a Riesling with Thai cuisine, delighting us with stories of Michelin star ambitions, the challenges of transportation logistics, and the warmth of familial bonds in this intoxicating world of wines. So find your favorite spot, pour yourself a glass, and let's delve into Jenna Fields' rich life and passionate pursuits. This episode is for those who love the stories behind the labels and the people who pour their hearts into every bottle. Uncork and tune in to the symphony of Beats Vines & Life.A Massive THANK YOU to JENNA FIELDS!!!This episode’s wines: 2015 Meyer-Näkel Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder AhrTo learn more about The German Wine Collection, click the link!Follow The German Wine Collection on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at beatsvinesandlife.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From Vines to Vinyl: Aaron Jackson’s Life in Notes and Tannins
Apr 8 2024
From Vines to Vinyl: Aaron Jackson’s Life in Notes and Tannins
Welcome to another episode of "Beats Vines & Life," where the rhythm of music meets the richness of wine culture. Today's episode features a special and insightful conversation with the innovative winemaker, Aaron Jackson. Join us as we uncork the story behind his unique wine blend, “The Trespasser” which started in 2010, and his journey from a passionate youth to an established name in the wine industry.Aaron shares his excitement for the ever-evolving winemaking process, the highs, the challenges, and the way climate change is stirring the pot. He invites us all for a toast and a trip down to their winery in Tin City, Paso, while relishing the deep, enduring connection between wine and its connoisseurs.Host MJ Towler dives into Aaron's technique, philosophy, and passionate drive that led him to specialize in the Petite Sirah variety. Alongside discussions on blending artistry and winery challenges of today, Aaron's tale serves as a beacon for aspiring young entrepreneurs in the industry.So pour yourself a glass, settle in, and let the blend of conversation and discovery flow. This is "Beats Vines & Life," and we're about to taste the stories that make wines—and life—truly extraordinary.A Massive THANK YOU to AARON JACKSON!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Aequorea Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo     2021 Aaron Wines “The Trespasser”     2021 Aaron Wines Petite SirahTo learn more about Aaron Wines, click the link!Follow Aaron Wines on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at beatsvinesandlife.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dane Curley: The Artist Shaping California's Wine Scene One Label at a Time.
Apr 8 2024
Dane Curley: The Artist Shaping California's Wine Scene One Label at a Time.
Welcome to "Beats, Vines, & Life," the intersection where rhythm meets the grape and individual stories blend into the rich tapestry of life. I'm your host, MJ Towler, coaxing the culture from the creatives and the passion from the producers all over a shared bottle of the finest vintages. In today's episode, we're uncorking a special blend of conversation with the multifaceted Dane Curley — an artist, a designer, a man who paints the stories of wines onto the very labels that grace their bottles.Dive in with us as Dane takes us through his personal journey — from the Southern California waves to the ivied halls of New England's educational institutions. His story is a cocktail of surfboards and fine art, mental health advocacy, and a familial lineage of ingenuity. He's a man whose trajectory from Orange County to a Central Coast maverick exemplifies the freedom and accountability of the entrepreneurial spirit.We'll swirl around tales of artistic burnout, triumphant career pivots, and that unique anxiety that comes with waiting for your creations to face the world. From Dane's early days of comic book sketches to his current wine label wizardry, it's a tale of personal growth, geographical transitions, and the unrelenting pull of a creative life lived fully.So pour yourself a glass of that Turtle Rock or Saint K and join us on this tour through the notes of Dane's palette — a story as rich and varied as the varietals we adore. Buckle up for anecdotes of football dreams that gave way to art school realities, and get an insider's peek into role of social media in Dane's vibrant career.A Massive THANK YOU to DANE CURLEYThis episode’s wines: 2020 Turtle Rock Willow’s Cuvee     2021 Saint K. Gravesend     2021 Herman Story “Made” To learn more about Dane's Art, click the link!Follow Dane on IG!Follow DSC Designs on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give Beats Vines and Life a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at beatsvinesandlife.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyFollow Beats Vines and Life @beatsvinesandlifeThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sipping on Sustainability: Family, Innovation, and the Quest for Quality Wines at Jada Vineyards.
Apr 1 2024
Sipping on Sustainability: Family, Innovation, and the Quest for Quality Wines at Jada Vineyards.
Hello, wine enthusiasts, and welcome back to another stirring episode of The Black Wine Guy Experience. Today's show takes us into the heart of Paso Robles as we swirl, sip, and savor the story of Jada Vineyards. Joining us are none other than the dynamic duo of the vineyard, General Manager Josh Messina and head winemaker Nate Hall. They share with us an intimate glimpse into their journey from Nate's mentorship under Josh to taking the bold leap into winemaking decisions that shape the landscape of the vineyard today.In this episode, we'll uncork the anecdotes and advice they would give their younger selves, revel in the fun of our wine game, and plunge into the rich nuances of their celebrated 2021 Hell's Kitchen wine blend while also touching upon the emotionally charged decision to sell the family vineyard.From inspiring family values to the intricacies of organic and biodynamic farming, Josh and Nate distill their experiences and aspirations into every bottle of wine, leaving us with a taste of the future of winemaking. We'll also explore the personal triumphs and tribulations along the way, including the imminent arrival of a new addition to Nate's family.Finally, we raise a glass to the end of an era, as this episode marks the final pour for The Black Wine Guy Experience. But fear not, we'll toast to new beginnings with Beats, Vines, and Life.So, pour yourself a glass and let's dive into the incredible saga of Jada Vineyards with your host, MJ Towler. Cheers to great wine and even greater stories on this week's The Black Wine Guy Experience!A Massive THANK YOU to JOSH MESSINA, NATE HALL & RIBOLI FAMILY WINESI!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Jada Vineyards Hells Kitchen     2021 Jada Vineyards Jersey GirlTo learn more about Jada Vineyards, click the link!Follow Jada Vineyards on IG!To learn more about Riboli Family Wines, click the link!Follow Riboli Family Wines on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From Trader Joe's to Tasting Room: Exploring the Craft of Winemaking with McPrice Myers
Mar 18 2024
From Trader Joe's to Tasting Room: Exploring the Craft of Winemaking with McPrice Myers
Welcome back to another episode of The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today's episode is about an incredible journey from the ball fields of LA to the vineyards of Santa Barbara. Joining us is none other than Mac Myers, a maverick in the wine world known for creating wines of exceptional balance and value.In this episode, we'll dive into Mac's early years, swapping the glove for a corkscrew as a devastating injury shifted his path from aspiring pro athlete to wine prodigy. We'll venture through the aisles of Trader Joe's, where a young Mac's curiosity for wine was uncorked, and follow his palate awakening beyond burgers and fries to a zest for pairing vibrant vinos with heartwarming home-cooked meals.From Mac's self-taught winemaking beginning to becoming a fixture in Santa Barbara and Paso's wine tapestry, we're uncorking the details on some of the most dynamic blends—Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah—and the story behind the flavorful 2023 release that reflects a harmonious blend of passion, place, and persistence.Get ready to hear about the highs and lows of carving out a niche in an industry filled with as much character as the wines it produces. Discover Mac's playful perspective with a game of 'slap, lick, fondle' that will change the way you look at grape varietals.Pour yourself a glass, and let's get into the grit, grapes, and glory of winemaking with the remarkable Mac Meyers on Episode 151, right here on The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to MCPRICE MYERSI!!!This episode’s wines: 2023 Beautiful Earth Rosé Paso Robles  2021 McPrice Myers Altas Viñas Red Wine SB County     2021 McPrice Myers Sel De La Terre Grenache     2021 McPrice Myers Paper Street Vineyard Cuvée     2021 McPrice Myers The Estate Vineyard Cuvée     2021 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth Cabernet SauvignonTo learn more about McPrice Myers Wines, click the link!Follow Mac on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Unleashing the Gypsy Spirit: Vailia From’s Journey into the World of Winemaking
Mar 11 2024
Unleashing the Gypsy Spirit: Vailia From’s Journey into the World of Winemaking
Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we're pouring a full-bodied episode with an extraordinary guest, Vailia From, a trailblazing winemaker who has carved her own path in the wine industry with Desparada Wines.Join us as we uncork Vailia's remarkable journey—from her early days working in steakhouses in La Jolla to that fateful moment circling wine job ads with a roommate and diving into the art of telephone sales at Gerhardt Wines. Vailia shares her struggles and triumphs, including work in Canada's tightly controlled wine market, her transformative backpacking adventure in Central America, and the start of her very own wine business alongside her husband, known for Herman Story Wines.We get personal as Vailia recalls childhood luxury experiences that shaped her, the powerhouse influence of her grandmother, and her commitment to embracing both the glamor and grit of winemaking. Taste the passion as she discusses her Bordeaux-style wines, the process of creating her provocative labels, and the importance of mentorship within the wine community.We'll also be toasting to the diversity of her craft, from the highly anticipated Cab Franc-based wine to her tantalizing new venture into sparkling wine with the brand scarab. With candid discussions about the industry, environmental consciousness, and her global inspirations, this is an episode where every sip tells a story.So pour yourself a glass and settle in for a flight of stories and insights with one of the most dynamic figures in the Paso Robles wine scene. It's time to experience the synergy of life, legacy, and the love of wine with Vailia From, right here on The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to VAILIA FROMI!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 I Block Chardonnay  2022 Vela Sauvignon Blanc Chelle Mountain Vineyard  2021 Axis Petit Verdot  2019 Chelle Mountain BDXTo learn more about Desparada Wine, click the link!Follow Desparada on IG!Fostering: A Memoir of Courage and Hope Book____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Paso Vibes: Justin Smith Talks Wine, Life, and The Perfect Blend
Mar 4 2024
Paso Vibes: Justin Smith Talks Wine, Life, and The Perfect Blend
Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we're pouring into an intoxicating episode featuring the extraordinary Justin Smith. Get ready to uncork the story of a winemaker who has cultivated a legacy from the roots of a familial passion and a dedication to the art of blending.In this episode, Ep. 149, we'll swirl through the early years: from Justin's father crafting wines with old vine Zinfandel and Petite Syrah to the serendipitous planting of Rhone varieties that foreshadowed the rise of their acclaimed vineyard in Paso Robles.We'll taste the complexities of grape labeling, delve into the fascinating mislabeling saga involving Morvedra and Graciano, and appreciate the adaptability of vineyard practices to Paso's unique climate. Justin will share insights on crafting wine intuitively—like making a sandwich to achieve the perfect flavor balance—and discuss the challenges and triumphs within the industry, including his iconic meeting with the legendary critic Robert Parker.Justin's journey is steeped in the richness of family tradition, the influence of Paso Robles' vintners, and a commitment to producing wine that honors the natural expression of the vineyard.A toast to the mavericks and deep thinkers who bring diversity and depth to the wine world—this is one episode you won't want to miss a drop of. So pour a glass, settle in, and let's dive into the art of winemaking with the one and only Justin Smith, here on The Black Wine Guy Experience.A Massive THANK YOU to JUSTIN SMITH!!!This episode’s wines: 2018 Saxum James Berry Vineyard White Wine     2005 Saxum Broken Stones Red Wine     For more information about Saxum Vineyards click the link!Follow Saxum Vineyards on IG____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Realm and RIISE: Juan Mercado's Transition from Connoisseur to Creator
Feb 26 2024
Realm and RIISE: Juan Mercado's Transition from Connoisseur to Creator
Welcome back, wine enthusiasts, to another installment of The Black Wine Guy Experience. I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we have a fascinating episode with a very special guest. Join us on a journey through the rich tapestry of life and wine with Juan Mercado, the founder and vintner at RIISE Wines.In episode 148, we'll uncork the story of how a tasting at All Seasons Cafe in Napa uncapped Juan's passion for high-end wines, propelling him from a collector to a pivotal player in the wine industry. We'll explore his early encounters with vintages from Screaming Eagle and Harlan and his eventual move to Saint Helena to be even closer to the heart of wine country.Juan isn't just about collecting, though; he's a creator at his core. Learn about his transition from a career in pulmonary medicine to the art of winemaking, a move spurred on by Fred Schraeder and the mentorship of industry standouts such as Andy Beckstoffer and Christian Mouiex. Hear how opportunities and timing in the interconnected world of wine led him to 17 years at the helm of the Realm project and now the exciting rise of RIISE Wines. From sourcing the best fruit to making tough business decisions, Juan shares the highs and lows of a life dedicated to producing exceptional wines.Tune in to being inspired by Juan's profound reflections on his blue-collar upbringing, his commitment to not having a Plan B for success, and his patience and long-term approach to winemaking. We'll also dive into Juan's personal life, discussing his favorite things—from books to Italian food—and how he enjoys those rare days off.Pour yourself a glass and settle in for an episode filled with inspiration, insight, and the inside scoop from the wine world, as we get to know the man behind the label, here on Ep. 148 of The Black Wine Guy Experience.A Massive THANK YOU to JUAN MERCADO!!!This episode’s wines: 2019 RIISE Jovian Paso Robles Red Wine     2019 RIISE Peace Paso Robles Red Wine     2019 RIISE Doyen Paso Robles Red Wine     2021 RIISE Fermin Paso Robles Red WineFor more information about RIISE Wines click the link!Follow Juan on IG____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Culture Club Pt. II: The Art and Heart of Winemaking with Cellar Master Octavio Barrera
Feb 19 2024
Culture Club Pt. II: The Art and Heart of Winemaking with Cellar Master Octavio Barrera
Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today in Episode 147 titled "Octavio," we uncork the life and passion of a man deeply rooted in the winemaking industry. Joining us is the dedicated cellar master at Tooth and Nail Wine Company, and the indomitable spirit behind their success, Octavio Barrera Morales.From his original ambitions in mechanics to his inspiring journey in the vineyards of California, Octavio's tale is one of tenacity, family values, and the love of craft. We'll sip through stories of his childhood in Mexico, his migration to Santa Cruz, and his rise from the bottom rungs of the winery to leading a crew harvesting the lush fields of Paso Robles.Stay with us as we pour into the intricacies of the Amorphati 2022 wine, share a glass of insight on the challenging yet rewarding winemaking process, and laugh a little about life's unexpected turns, including how BBQs and shopping with teenagers are part of the blend. Octavio embodies the ethos that work isn't just a job—it's a family affair marked by respect, learning, and collective success, best shared over a fine wine.So uncork your favorite bottle, relax, and let's delve into the world of this remarkable cellar master and witness the infusion of culture, community, and care into every barrel he oversees—right here on The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to OCTAVIO BARRERA!!!This episode’s wine: 2022 Amor Fati Syrah Murmur VineyardFor more information about Amor Fati Wines click the link!Follow Octavio on IGFollow Tooth & Nail Wines on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Vines and Punchlines: John Coyle Talks Wine, Comedy, and Authenticity
Feb 12 2024
Vines and Punchlines: John Coyle Talks Wine, Comedy, and Authenticity
Welcome back to "The Black Wine Guy Experience," where your host MJ Towler takes you on a flavorful journey of wine, life, and laughter. In episode 146, we're joined by the effervescent John Coyle, a man as rich in stories as he is in his knowledge of wine. Today, we're popping the cork on an array of topics; we'll dribble into tales of full-court basketball at Boston Garden and saunter through the vineyards of John's path from the hard streets of Roxbury to the eclectic essence of Venice, California.We'll sip on the bold flavors of John's experiences as he shares his antics at the Harvey Krishna Center, his leap into the world of wine inspired by a past partner's passion for the vineyard's nectar, and his ambitious strides in the entertainment industry. As we swirl our glasses, we'll get intoxicating insights into the hustle of comedy, the tenacity required to fuel a podcast for over 230 episodes, and the grit needed to make it in the competitive arenas of acting, stand-up, and sales.Our glasses will brim with honesty as we touch on the transformative power of genuine connections in an age overshadowed by technology, the need for a balance with our libations, and the comedic drama that can unfold on the stages of New York City's revered Comedy Store. With laughter and reflections on societal shifts, we'll clink to the impact of storytelling in our lives, the cultural tapestry of Boston, and the significance of embracing our roots and rites of passage.Prepare to be entertained and engaged as MJ Towler and John Coyle discuss everything from non-alcoholic beers to the spiritual reverence of Syrah—this is an episode that's as diverse and storied as the guests themselves. So pour yourself a glass, settle in, and let's dive into this riveting episode of The Black Wine Guy Experience. Cheers!A Massive THANK YOU to JOHN COYLE!!!This episode’s wines: 2021 Clément & Florian Bertjier “Terre De Silex”     2020 Fabrizio Dionisio Linfa Cortona Syrah For more information about DOTJ Podcast click the link!Follow John on IG!____________________________________________________________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! Subscribe and give The Black Wine Guy Experience a 5-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show, sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguyThank you to our sponsor, GrenacheFest. The Second Annual Grenache Festival in Walla Walla, Washington, will be held on November 8th, 2024. It will feature a seated comparative seminar, followed by live music, food, plenty of Grenache wines, and tons of fun.For more information, go to GrenacheFestFollow GrenacheFest on IG GrenacheFest Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.