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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

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Dec 1, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 163

Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 163 | Chris Taddei Owner and Wine Maker of Taddei Wines.

Chris Taddei of Taddei wines joins us to tell us about his winemaking philosophy and how he got into making wine. He shares his Project X, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Our Fast Five Recipe is Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.

Wine of the Day: Taddei Project X, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Fast Five Recipe: Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.
Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery


1:04 Starting off with 2018 Taddei Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley (Project X) But Chris brought a whole case of wines to try!

3:00 Chris’s tasting room philosophy is he wants people to understand who he is and what he does through his wine. He will open anything you are interested in.

5:08 Wine is a slow beverage. The learning experience is a part of the wine tasting experience. And his vertical tastings are a rare treat.

7:10 How Chris came to be a winemaker, his wine epiphany with a bottle of La Tâche, and how he met his wife.

10:53 Chris started the winery in 2003 and made first wine in 1999. Self taught in winemaking with a background in chemistry. Chris Makes wine with intention and deliberateness.

17:38 Fast Five Recipe –Lamb Chops with Blue Cheese Compound Butter from Julius Orth from Ektimo.

Ingredients: Rack of Lamb, Butter, and Blue Cheese.

Directions: Separate the chops from the rack of lamb and trim off fat. Put olive oil on the chops and sear on a hot grill about 2 minutes. In advance create the Blue cheese compound butter. Crumble the blue cheese into softened butter. Mix well and roll into a tube in wax paper. Put in refrigerator to chill. Cut a medallion of the lamb chop and slater with the butter. Serve with a roasted root vegetable medley. Pair with Ektimo Pinot Noir

21:05 Chris will also take guests through barrel samples too. Open by appointment only but Chris is always there at the Bell Road location.

25:42 Tickets are now available on for Winter WineLand January 14 & 15 with 70 wineries participating. Also check out the Insider Club -- link on the website with all the details. Fill your bag with wine and tag with #mywineroadadventure


Taddei Wines

Ektimo Wines


Wine Road Insider Club

Ron Rubin Winery

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