The fine folks over at Grape Radio (several of whom are long-time posters on the West Coast Wine Net) have expanded their range to include video podcasts as well. Somehow I had missed this development until I read that one of their video podcasts had been nominated for a James Beard award. So, off I trotted to take a look at Stewards of the Land, the episode that received the nomination.
It’s a wonderful 20 minute film on Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, with a focus on the area’s history and current success as a fine location to grow Pinot Noir. The cinematography is beautiful, and the content quite engaging, with a nice mix of critics (nice to see a lot of camera time for the excellent Allen Meadows), chefs, sommeliers, winemakers, authors, and, most interestingly to me, grape growers, with particular focus on the pioneers of Pinot Noir in the area – the Bacigalupis, Rochiolis and Allens. While I certainly don’t agree with everything mentioned by the folks appearing in the film, there is a lot of good information, and I heartily recommend it to you.