Through The Grapevine | Wine & Hospitality
By Jeremy Troupe-Masi
Through The Grapevine | Wine & Hospitality Oct 25, 2023
The Importance of Travel
JTM returns from a 3-week stent in southeast Asia, recharged and refreshed, and excited to reflect on his travels. A familiar voice in Nakoah tags along for a thoughtful episode highlighting what we believe to be some of the most important reasons why we should seek to explore. Join us for another great TTG conversation!
Shooting The Shit w/ SVC & Matt
Come hang out with Savannah and Matt for a relaxed episode going over some things going on in the Livermore Valley and other fun topics on the horizon!
Economic Innovation w/ Brandon Cardwell
We are joined today by none other than Mr. Flywheel himself!! Brandon Cardwell was born and raised in the Livermore Valley. He has seen Livermore in many forms and is not only excited about its growth. He is involved as the Director of Innovation & Economic Development for the City of Livermore. In his first episode, he introduced the fly \wheel, which has come to serve as a general basis for many of the conversations that have followed. Join us for an informative and candid conversation with one of the Livermore Valley's brightest minds. And if you are reading this today, September 19th, go wish him a happy 40th birthday as well. The future is bright with leaders like Brandon at the helm.
We would like to thank our partners in crime, Serviceware Pleasanton. Serviceware is an Apple Authorized Service Provider that has been family-owned and operated since 1987. They specialize in all things Apple and want to serve you! Whether your products are under warranty or not Justin and his wife Jenn are here to help. Skip the appointments and long lines of the Apple Store and head straight to the source for all your Apple fixn needs! Or check them out at https://servicewr.com/
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Serviceware Pleasanton | 2 Generations of Tech
Owners Justin & Jenn Carvacho are both avid listeners of the podcast as well as community ambassadors just the same. We are honored/humbled/grateful/excited to be able to share both their story and services on the podcast.
The business's inception is a bit American dream meets a love story. In 1972, Justin's father [Carlos] immigrated from Chile to California to attend Heald College to pursue an education in TV repair. Fate had different plans when he met his would-be wife, Gail, at a pizza parlor in Berkeley. Justin's father found Serviceware in 1982, and the rest is somewhat history, as they say. After working with the business for 8 years, the original owners approached Carlos with an offer they could not refuse - to take over the company. 41 years later, they have established themselves as one of the very few legacy providers of Apple Authorized Service in the Bay Area. Serviceware started as an electronics repair shop and has become an industry leader in phone and computer repair. Their technicians have 10+ years of hands-on experience and a commitment to staying up-to-date with all manufacturer certifications and training.
Serviceware is your local one-stop shop for all things Apple.
Family Business w/ Lebon Restoration & Woodworks
We are joined by a great friend and long-time industry vet, Justin Lebon owner and proprietor of Lebon Restoration & Woodwork. This episode is steered by SVC & JTM as Matt was in Wisconsin recording a docuseries for the CrossFit games. Nevertheless, we were able to put together a great episode and conversation. Justin is another one of those Fremont transplants who made their way to the Livermore Valley and never left. He spent a decade at Uncle Yu's right here in the heart of downtown as the GM and every other position. And when the pandemic hit, he was pressed to make some hard decisions about what was next. Join us for another deep dive into what it takes to push yourself to be your best. And we are reminded again that banking on yourself is always the best bet.
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Cheese Parlor | Brandon Wood Rd.II
Summer Blossoms with Poppy Flower Truck
We got to sit down with the owner and proprietor of Poppy's Flower Truck - Kristy Hootman. Kristy and her family live here in town and can be seen frequenting many of TTG's favorite spots in either their blue ’69 VW Single cab or their yellow '75 FJ cruiser aka Big Bird. In this episode, Kristy shares what it has been like since taking the leap into small business ownership over the pandemic. Giving insight into the courage that it has taken to step outside her comfort zone to do something that she loves while also being a full-time mother of two. Kristy's story is very grounding and reminds us to give ourselves grace in taking the leap as small business owners. She is also a lover of Scribe wines that continue to make a presence throughout our recent seasons. Grab a glass of your favorite whatever and tune in. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review.
Natty Productions with Dave Hendrickson
We get back to the roots in this episode as we shoot the shit to some cool natural wines brought in by SVC. Listeners have been requesting a few wine-centric episodes and here you are! We explore some cool wine-making styles alongside Sidewinder Distiller & Occasio Winemaker Dave Hendrickson. Dave has been a somewhat regular voice on the podcast over the last several years and it is always a treat to taste some cool things alongside him. SVC leads the charge on this episode and offers some cool wines that we have not yet tried on this podcast. So be sure to grab a glass of your favorite natty beverage and let's get after it. Tune in anywhere you listen to the noise and be sure to hit that subscribe button to get all the latest details.
Billings Equestrian | Samantha Billings
Deep Cuts with AJ's Bikes
Season 6 here we go - since 2019, we have aimed to highlight the brilliant collection of makers and innovators located in the Livermore Valley. This season is no different!
We start this season off with AJ Wright of AJ's Bike Service. AJ is a local who has been serving this community since 2015, when he started working at Livermore Cyclery. After their unfortunate closing, he took it upon himself to continue the legacy started by one of Livermore's best cycle shops. He began wrenching out of his garage after hitting what felt like rock bottom during covid. The Livermore Valley community embraced him and helped push him to open his shop!
We go deep in this episode, peeling back the layers that make up small business owner AJ Wright. He shares some things that we were not expecting, allowing us to have a conversation that we have not yet had before on this platform. While a bit intense sometimes, this episode is all love and passion. We hope you enjoy the raw season opener, and be sure to give us a like, subscribe, and follow on Instagram as well @TTG_Podcast & if you are feeling extra gracious, leave us a review.
July Happenings 2023 | Altamont Crew
We are joined by Tasting Room Manager Ryan Stavert and Marketing Manager Alyson Freiders of Altamont Beer Works. Located in the upcoming Vasco Row Makers District. This 54-acre light industrial district is the home to 10 wineries, a distillery & speakeasy, Livermore's newest music venue, as well the one and only Altamont Beer Works. It has been a while since we have circled the wagons with the crew so we invited in a couple of fresh voices to the podcast to share some updates and talk ALL things July! Ryan and Alyson work collaboratively to produce Altamonts Summer Series. The event is a unique vendor fair bringing in some of Livermore's best small business owners for what is one of the most sought events in the Tri-Valley every last Saturday of the month all summer long.
We also spin the tires on our first-ever live event taking place July 21st - Livermore Valley Wine Country's first-ever white wine festival happening at 3 Steve's on July 22nd. And the second annual Vasco Row Block Party happening on July 29th from 11:30 - 7:00. Season 6 will be launching very soon and we are eager to get back after it, but in the meantime stay up to date with how you can join us in person for the next month.
Season 5 Finale Thrupple Style
AND just like that season five has come to a wrap! Time really does fly when you are having a good time, and boy, did we have ourselves one. Special thanks and shoutout to our newest co-host, Matt Souza, who immediately added value to our mission. This episode is ALL LOVE as we look back on some of our favorite moments from season 5, from guests to bloopers. We are actively working on ways to better engage with our listeners and community, and the best is yet to come. Tune in now and find out what is in store for season 6, which is right around the corner. Be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for details on our first-ever TTG Live Meet The Maker Mixer happening in early June. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support and feedback. Our message is only as strong as our following and you all made some noise for us this season. Hit that subscribe button and stay up to date with all the latest TTG happenings on instagram @TTG_Podcast .
Onward & Upward we love you!!!
Eating Local With Happy Acre Farms
Tap 25 | Beer Garden or Heartbeat
Flaca's | Building With Intention | Owner Aurora Nava
¡Mental Health & Hospitality?
Small Family Wine Business w/ Harrison Wood
Today we are joined by our first winery guest of the season! Rhonda Wood began making wine in 1996, fast forward 21 years later, Wood Family Vineyards opened their doors here at Vasco Row in 2017. Wood Family specializes in bold reds and one hell of a good time. Operating one of the most well-known wineries in the region, we are joined by her son and Executive VP, Harrison Wood, to learn more about their journey. Harrison takes us through some of the small business highs and lows, and we have a great conversation about what has set them apart since inception. We get a moment to chat about Rhonda's great disposition for community and how it has helped them push the needle. And as always, we spend time talking about all things Livermore Valley hospitality. It was great to be joined by Harrison, and we can't wait for you to learn more about their story. In the glass, we drank newly bottled Cabernet Franc and their Big Wood Zinfandel - both were quite lovely and showed great! Check them out Wednesday through Sunday.
Service Standards + Workforce Culture
In this episode, Matt, Savannah, and JTM recap the beginning of the year. Spending some time on the Livermore Valley 1/2 marathon and what it means for the region. We then dive into a conversation about the current workforce culture of the area. Should work be fun? With as much time as we all spend in our professions, it was cool to dive into where we think it may be headed. As always we dance around a few other topics and updates here in the Livermore Valley and ultimately round off the session with a new segment called 'Moment of Gratitude'.
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The Last Dance with Bar Quiote
Minute Media w/ Trevor Schlitt - Passion Before Craft
Season 5 Episode 4 is out! Today we are joined by Trevor Schlitt of Minute Media Productions - Minute Media Productions LLC focuses on creating fun and exciting videos. From weddings and real estate to commercial projects, let me capture your story exactly how you want it! Trevor takes us on a journey of how his business came to be and the importance of visuals and media to all businesses. Trevor shares the importance of passion before craft and how taking a risk on yourself will always be your best bet. Trevor is located here in the beautiful Livermore Valley and is excited to continue to support regional growth from the small business sector.
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Check out more of Trevor and Mintue Media at https://www.minutemediaproductions.com/
Superpowers & Agritourism - Livermore Valley
Join Matt, SVC, and JTM as they take another stab at talking about small businesses and the Livermore Valley economy. We are having a blast digging into why businesses choose to open here in Livermore and what factors are contributing to their staying. We open this episode with a deep dive into what superpowers are important, you won't want to miss Savannah's claim to universal domination. It is rare to say, but the pandemic may have been one of the best things to happen to the region. Small businesses, locals, and wine country are chomping at the bits for what we all believe will be one of the best summers in recent history. Tune in and join the conversation - TTG is back at it and trending in the right direction! Hit that subscribe button and share with a friend!
Storytime w/ Paul Halvorsen - Small Business Mindset
And away we go! Season 5 - Episode 2 we are excited to invite back a familiar voice in Chief Storyteller Paul Halvorsen! Paul and his crew of storytellers hold down the block over at Maple Plaza at Story Coffee. Paul brings a few awesome bottles of Chardonnay, paying homage to the early days of winemaking here in the Livermore Valley. If you follow TTG you are well aware of Mr. Halvorsen and his story, but in this episode, we take a deeper look into the steps he took to open the few different iterations of Story. Paul is a Livermore local, small-business owner, historian, and committee member on the city's General Plan Advisory Committee. He is well-invested in the future of the town he loves so much, and we are excited to have him share his passion for this place and give some insight into where the market is headed. So go grab yourself a lucky charm latte before they disappear for the year!
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Season 5 Premiere - Graceful Transitions - New Year New Co-Host
Yo - we could not be more excited to launch our fifth season of Through The Grapevine Podcast a.k.a. TTG_Podcast if you're nasty! As always, we are recording in the beautiful Livermore Valley Wine Country at the Advance Creative Studio. Savannah and I are jacked to take another round around the sun with you all. Our goal is to bring you closer to the movers and shakers of the Tri-Valley and Livermore Valley Wine Country. This season we hope to take a deeper dive into what makes small business work, together alongside owners and entrepreneurs, we will peel back the curtain on how small businesses stay competitive in a highly-competitive marketplace. For our first episode, we are joined by the Owners of Crossfit Livermore (CFL), Matt Souza & Grace Elliot Souza. Throughout the last two seasons, you have heard SVC and I talk about the importance of health, and for us, that means CFL. So to start off season 5 we wanted to take a dive into fitness and health and the importance of it for all those that hope to have a big year! Tune in now baby we are live - and be sure to hang on until the end of the podcast where we introduce season five's newest addition. New Year - New Co-Host.
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TTG Let's Ride
2022 It's A Wrap | Season 4 Finale
Join SVC and JTM as we reflect on the good, bad, ugly, and everything else in between. It has been a great year for TTG and we owe so much of that to the folks that listen and support our shenanigans. It is also our favorite time of the year, the end of it!!! In this episode we revisit our goals and dig into some of the items we would like to accomplish in the new year. Of course we go over our 2022 Spotify Wrap and as always we take down some amazing wine with the episode. Savannah digs into why Cava is a category worth following and JTM continues to share his love of Cabernet Franc. If you are one of those people that actually read these little blurbs we thank you and wish you a happy holidays and hope that the end of the year brings your all the recharge that you need. Next year will be a great year for this podcast and we are excited to connect with you all in new ways in the new year. For now PEACE!!!!!!!!!
Good Vibes & Cool Wines!
We are back with another awesome episode of Through The Grapevine Podcast a.k.a. TTG Podcast. We invite Brad Kurtz Vineyard Director at Gloria Ferrer back to the pod for an epic blind tasting using the advance sommelier grids. Savannah and I welcome in the cooler weather and share some of our favorite holiday pairings and feels. Bradley also takes us through a vintage snapshot - could 2022 be an epic vintage? Be sure to check us out on Spotify, where you can check out the Advance Creative Studio and a look under the hood of a blind tasting. We have one more episode slated to round out the year, see you soon.
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Until next time - Cheers!
Heritage Varietals - Sauv. Blanc Part 1 - Livermore Valley
We are back with another round o tasting with a few of my favorite local wine lovers. We get back to some basics and go over a bit of the local news. Followed by jumping right back into a semi-blind tasting of 4 Sauvignon Blancs moderated by SVC. Only to be followed up by one more pass through 4 more Sauv. Blancs. The Livermore Valley is one, if not the oldest wine-growing region in America. And even though our roots are written all over the industry today, why haven't we been recognized by the greater market and industry as a region worth investing time, money, and interest in? There are a few theories out there, but for us here on TTG, we can help but think it has a lot to do with our varietal identity or lack thereof. Over the last few years, the Livermore Valley Wine Growers and various industry leaders have seriously considered both Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Franc as our regional identity. We are all about the hype, so we put the theory to the test and brought in 8 SBs from all over the world. Each showcases something unique about the varietal. This was a great tasting, and we are excited to see if you all can jive with SB as our flagship heritage white wine varietal.
Tune in now, and don't forget to subscribe so you can stay up to date with all of our newest episodes and content. Follow on IG @TTG_Podcast
Chambers & Chambers & The Wolfe Of Livermore
In this episode, we are joined by Alex Wolfe of Fraser-Howard Vineyards & GM over at 3 Steve's Winery here in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Alex, Savannah, and Jeremy are a few representatives of the next generation of wine professionals helping to propel the Livermore Valley to new heights. Alex offers us his newest bottling of Chardonnay from the famed Fraser-Howard Vineyard and joins us for an SVC led blind tasting. As some of you know Savannah just took a new gig working with Chambers & Chambers as a portfolio specialist. Chambers is one of California's most prized books and it was a treat to taste a few of the wines from this book. The tides have turned and you won't want to miss JTM being blind tasted. Tune in to see if he can nail these blinds. We definitely geek out a bit on this episode so be prepared for a close-up look at how wine professionals go about deductive tasting. AND DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE!!!
BlackVines w/ Founder Fern A. Stroud
Voted USA Today’s 2021 #1 Wine Festival in the Country, Black Vines® is the longest-standing Black wine festival in the country and California’s preeminent curator of Black wine experiences and special events. Hosting an annual celebration of culture, art, and wine education that brings together Black artists, Black musicians, Black winemakers, and vintners; an outdoor summer soiree featuring delectable light fare paired with sparkling rosé, and sangria.
After attending the 2022 BlackVines event at Berkeley's CEIL Center - JTM couldn't wait for his opportunity to get Fern out here to the beautiful Livermore Valley to talk all things wine and culture. Fern is ROOOOOTED in the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley), originally working in Tech and as an intern for NASA. Fern has always had a passion for community and provides some unique perspective on the connections between the tech and wine industry. Her father was a tour guide for the Gray Line Tour Buses in the Napa Valley, so she grew up with a shotgun seat to how wine can be a beautiful accessory to making memories and connecting. Tune in and check out this amazing episode and if you aren't already give us a listen on Spotify for FULL VIDEO ACCESS!!!
The Next Episode w/ Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars | Grape Culture Napa
The bittersweet reunion...
Collin makes his way back to the podcast after over a year! JTM's former co-host is back in the studio talking all things Napa, Livermore, and beyond. JTM & Collin, as always, have a bit too much fun on the microphones together and share some insight into the next episode for Nottingham Cellars. After over a year, it was nice to get back into the studio with Collin and chat about his recent move to Napa and what he aims to accomplish. He also shares his desire to continue to do his part in sparking a long-awaited Livermore Valley Renassaince. But this episode isn't all love, JTM asks a few tough questions and shares some BIG news about his next chapter here in the Livermore Valley.
Subscribe and stay in tune with all things Livermore Valley hospitality, California's oldest wine-growing region.
Wingen Bakery 2.0 - Livermore Valley Renaissance!?
What an amazing episode! I wish I could say we kept it serious the entire show but we just have too much fun with the Wingen crew. We circle the wagons, after nearly 2 years and one of our most popular episodes to date, and talk all things Livermore hospitality. Are we headed into a full-fledge renaissance here in the Tri-Valley? Tune in and find out. We are also joined by Rachel Kleist, Human Resources, Web Developer, and Honorary Wingen Break Sandwich to help share another side of what has been an epic rise of this young couple. Both Aimee and Rachel were born and raised here in Livermore and are able to share some really amazing insight into the growth and what makes this community what it is.
And as always share this with a friend, subscribe, and join the tribe!! The best is yet to come here in the beautiful Livermore Valley Wine Country and these young restauranteurs are at the forefront of that progress. Did I mention that I make the seasoning that goes on their Everything Bagel?? Well tune in for more, what are you waiting for!!!!
Tri-Valley Hospitality with President & CEO Tracy Farhad - VTV
It has been a few weeks since we published an episode, but we are excited to be back with Tracy Farhad. Tracy joined Visit Tri-Valley in January of 2020 as their newly appointed President & CEO. Halted by the pandemic Tracy takes us through her onboarding at VTV. She shares what it took for her and her new team to grind their way through the pandemic and speaks about some of its great things! We learn a lot about the many facets that make Agritourism what it is, more than just food and beverage. It is an industry of sports, conferences, and much more. The Tri-Valley is uniquely situated in the East Bay, nestled primarily on the 580 & 680 junctions. A bustling region of innovation, community, and hospitality the pandemic has really shown us our strengths here in this region. Tracy shares what she thinks makes the Tri-Valley special, how her organization serves its community, and most importantly, how she believes the Livermore Valley's best days are ahead of us. Tune back in and saddle up for a great episode with SVC & JTM as we get back into the groove of things at the Advanced Creative Studio.
Video episode is available on Youtube!
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Sommeliers Unite w/ BlakWino Jaton B. Gunter of Grapes & Sand Publishing
Here we go again!!! Join SVC & JTM for an extended episode featuring Jaton B. Gunter - Certified Sommelier, Author, & Owner of Grapes & Sands Publishing. Jaton has been in the industry for over 2 decades now, has published 5 books, and has produced 140+ episodes of Fruit In The Glass on Instagram. Needless to say, the dude has made a name for himself and we are happy to have had him in the Livermore Valley.
NOT TO MENTION - This episode is also our first video podcast that can be found on Youtube now!
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VWrkXIqG1U&t=11s - Through The Grapevine 'Sommeliers Unite'
In this episode we show some love to the start of Women's Appreciation Month, chatting through a few of the most badass ladies in wine. Jaton and JTM share their BlackVines 2022 experience, Savannah is awarded 6oz of Pt. Reyes Stilton Blue Cheese, and we even make time to blind taste two offerings made by Craig Ploof & Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars. Can you guess what they are?!
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All Things California Sparkling - Gloria Ferrer
In this episode, we are joined by Brad Kurtz Vineyard Director at Carneros's first sparkling house Gloria Ferrer. We cover a lot of ground in this episode with Brad from his days at Cal Poly becoming a soil legend to tasting wines before they begin their journeys through method champenoise. We have never sparkled so hard in an episode before and you won't want to miss this bubbly conversation. It was truly a treat to have Brad in the studio with us and share his experiences and more. Native to Danville, a suburb not too far from the Livermore Valley, he was able to share some unique perspectives on the future of agro-tourism here in Livermore and what it might take to get us on the map.
We definitely went a bit long on this one but the conversation was too good to cut off along with tasting thought 8 bottles of wine, yum!! This episode is a sipper for sure so pop open a bottle of something nice, kick those feet up and enjoy. TTG is back at it!
Say It Loud - The Color Of Wine
Here we go! In this episode, we touch on a few of the most influential organizations making change for the wine industry and BIPOC. Tune in as SVC and JTM cover everything you need to know about a few organizations that you should be following. We also spend some time recognizing the Lunar New Year while sipping a bit of Black Girl Magic from the McBride Sisters.
Looking for some outlets for career growth or education advancement? This is the episode for you - JTM list 5 of our favorite organizations making change and SVC offers a plethora of education entities that can help catapult into the world of wine. There is literally no better time to join the food and beverage industry.
Most importantly do not forget to hit that subscribe button and give us a follow. We are humble and motivated by your support and ya better believe me when I say the best is yet to come!!
#eatlocal #drinklocal #livelocal
Livermore Rants & Holiday Raves
Savannah and I are back for episode two of season four! In this episode, we dig into some local politics, and defend our city council!! After SVC and JTM finish their rants they spend some quality time talking about what makes their holiday dinner tables complete. Are you a thanksgiving purist or do you color outside the lines? Regardless of where you stand on the matter, you won't want to miss out on one epic holiday feast. Listen in now and give us a follow! We have one more episode coming to you before the year is up so get caught up and stay a part of our journey.
We hope you were able to enjoy your holiday with a roof over your head and in good company.
Welcome Back - Season 4 Premiere
Yooooo! TTG is back in full effect and we could not be more excited to be back behind the microphone talking to you. In season four we will see the podcast take on some new heights. New guests, new sounds, bigger ideas, and a brand new co-host. SVC and I are geared up to bring you all the latest news, booze, and buzz going our the food and beverage world while talking up our hometown in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Set those notifications to stun and give us a follow as we take on a brand new season of Through The Grapevine. Let's build!
Blind Taste Like A Pro - PT.II - The Reds
This will be our final episode of the year - Thank you to our listeners and to all those that actually read this stuff I take the time to write, lol. It has been a pleasure thus far and I look forward to getting better next season. I am looking to add a few more segments, some cool givebacks, an all-around better listening experience, and of course loads of cool new guests!
Take care of one another and support "your" local as best you can. 2021 is right around the corner and brighter days are ahead, that's what Paul over at Story keeps telling us!! TTG nation you rock, Happy Holidays and we love you!!
Okay bye and many many many Covid kisses to you!!!
Blind Taste Like A Pro - PT. I - The Whites
Back to the Future w. Paul Halvorsen | Story Coffee
Did you know that from about 1800-1900 the Livermore Valley was known across the nation as a must-stop town for settlers heading west? Or that the historic Ravenswood used to be the Livermore Valley's very own Gatsby Estate? Where spectacular and luxurious parties were thrown inviting folks from all over the region to stop here in our neck of the woods. Well, you won't want to miss Paul Halvorsen's dive into the rabbit hole of rich history here in the valley. We take a moment to try out some holiday coffee, Paul shares a few of his 2020 bests, and ultimately sends away with exactly what we could all stand to hear as the holiday rolls in. Tune in now for an insider's look on everything Livermore, Story coffee, and those waffles!!!!
Carolyn Wente | 4th Generation Winegrower & CEO
Yo!!!! TTG could not be more excited to offer this episode with CEO & 4th Generation Winegrower Carolyn Wente. With over 130 years of history here in the Livermore Valley, we are humbled at the opportunity to chat with this amazing woman. Talking all things wine and food! Carolyn shares her passion for food while taking us through a few things you might not have known about this valley. In the quest to find a regional identity who better to talk to than Carolyn. You won't want to miss what she has to say about the future of the region. It is Thanksgiving week and we hope you are enjoying responsibly together with your loved ones. Keep pushing for greatness and keep pushing us to be the greatest we can be. TTG Nation stand up!!!
Mr. Flywheel - Brandon Cardwell v.II
We are always happy to sit down with Mr. Flywheel himself, Brandon Cardwell. Born and raised here in the Livermore Valley he has become one of the region's most influential ambassadors. Working alongside the city to ensure the future of a region and it's community. JTM and Collin introduce a new nickname, will it stick?? And Brandon introduces the Isabel Neighborhood Specific Plan that was recently adopted by our city council. Collin is back!! And shares a harvest recap along with some big NC news. You won't want to miss this week's episode.
Nov. 3rd - Election Day Throwback | Julio Covarrubias
November 3rd - Election Day 2020
Collin and JTM wanted to go into the vault a pull out an episode that we think everyone might want to hear. The man the myth the legend Julio Covarrubias of Casa de Vinas Vineyard here in the Livermore Valley. Regional maturity is a topic we bring up often on this show, and without people like Julio, it would not be a conversation we could have. While there may never be a statue built of him here in the Livermore Valley. We wanted to make sure we do our part as ambassadors to the region in highlighting the wonderful people that make the needle move. You may even recognize an old voice in this episode, could it be? Jason 'Jmon Green' Montero. That's right we are getting the gang back together in this episode. Tune in and learn a little something from this guy Julio, we sure did!
AND VOTE DAMMNIT!!!
Ep. 19 Trent Thompson | Only Up Mural Festival
Yo, we have Trent Thompson in the house! Most recently he and a handful of Bay Area artists made the Only Up Mural Festival a reality. Bringing color and vibrancy to our city like never before. Originally from Rochester, NY he has made tremendous strides in his first few years here in the Tri-Valley. It was great to sit down with him and reflect on a few of these accomplishments. We cover a few of his favorite places to eat and drink here locally as well as what collaborations you can look forward to. Tune in now!!!!
Ep. 18 - Wingen Bakery | Lets Get This Bread!
Today we are joined by a couple of Livermore locals, Aimee & Bryan Wingen of Wingen Bakery. In this episode, we talk about the families' amazing journey in 2020. Their daughter Waylynn Betty Wingen was born with a very rare disease that challenged both of them like they could not imagine. Join us as they take us through their journey and the courage it has taken to keep pushing in a year that has thrown everything at them. It has been truly a joy to watch our local Livermore Valley community come alive for this amazing couple. And it has reaffirmed for so many of us that this is more than a world-class region, but that it is a world-class community of people. Range Life Alums Aimee & Bryan operate the bakery out of their home here in the Livermore Valley. Making Levain style bread, bagels, and loaves - their cookies could set a room on fire they are that good! We look forward to having them both on again to continue sharing their journey. But for now, you can find them on Instagram and at WingenBakery.com to place your order and join our community.
Phil Long - Longevity Wines | President AAAV
In this episode of TTG, we sit down with the President of the Association of African American Vintners & Winemaker at Longevity Wines Phil Long. Continuing conversations on social equity in the world of wine. Phil shares how you can get involved and the many partnerships that have stemmed from this year! He also takes us through an accident in the cellar early in his career that nearly took his life. All in all this episode speaks to his perseverance and passion to make the best wine possible. Next time you swing by Nottingham Cellars be sure to take a look just 3 doors down and check out Longevity Wines.
Taster Extravaganza Pt.2 - Blind Tasting
Part 2 of this epic episode of Tasters Extravaganza!! Tune in and enjoy the Blind Tasting.
Taster Extravaganza Pt.1
Join JTM on our very first two-part episode of Taster's Extravaganza! Jeremy is joined by a couple of industry street soldiers in Savannah Vento-Chun, her husband Nakoah Chun, and Sabio bartender Eian Cathcart a.k.a. TrapLucifer!! We taste everything from Carignan to Mezcal and even Baijiu Chinese spirit with loads of character. It was a treat to sit down with these young professionals and learn about what kind of leaders inspire them and what types of leaders they strive to be. We have not had a chance to dive into spirits all that much yet, but Eian breaks us off with some knowledge. And Savannah crushes a 'Cata a Seigas'.
This episode has a part 2 that includes a LIVE blind tasting, so be sure to keep the energy rolling and tune into both these Taster Extravaganza sessions now!!!
Alisha Sommer | An Industry of Inclusion
This episode with Alisha Sommer Marketing Director at Ruby Hill and all-around creative and hospitality consultant was one of our bests yet! JTM comes hard with a new intro as we dive into some of the most transparent and important conversations we have had yet. Alisha speaks to her many talents and how you can take an active stance in promoting an industry of inclusion. In a nation so divided could hospitality be the savior? Find out in this episode, tune in now and subscribe!