January 31, 2011 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi


Brian Quinn, Hardy Wallace, Christina Turley, Heather Munden, Jonny Cigar. Photo by Ashley Teplin.

Two firsts: Our first Noble Rot event in Napa Valley and the launch of The Noble Rot Talks podcast. We hosted three amazing wine industry personalities: Hardy Wallace, Christina Turley and Heather Munden.

You are invited to revel in the discussion and listen below. This was an exciting and truly engaging conversation, so if you’ve the time, listen to each interview. Also, the event was written up by notable blogger Deirdre Bourdet on her blog: Hedonism Ink: Writing about the fun stuff. CLICK HERE to read her post!

INTRO (8:29) — Jonny and Brian introduce themselves, tell some jokes, talk about why the Noble Rot is in Napa and what we’re trying to accomplish.

HARDY1 (3:32) – Hardy Wallace of the NPA (Natural Process Alliance) in Santa Rosa, CA.

HARDY2 (5:42) More from Hardy.

CHRISTINATURLEY (6:33) Christina Turley talks about her family’s new wine! “The Label.”

HEATHER1 (4:43) – Heather Munden, winemaker at St. Francis, also has her own label, “Fama” !!

HEATHER2 (5:03) – More from Heather.

CHALLENGE (3:24) – Thank you, and a Challenge for our audience’s palates…

Hardy Wallace is a maniac/genius. He was the winner of a national competition to head the social media wing of the Murphy-Goode Winery in the Anderson Valley. He’s a fast-talking wine-wiz and he might even be picking your pocket as he impresses and confounds you with the amazing world of Natural Wine. He’s going to be talking about the Natural Process Alliance and we’ll be tasting some incredibly delicate gems. Think of Hardy as the Milk-Man of wine. The NPA delivers wine (within 100 mile radius of their location in Santa Rosa, CA) in canteens, and once you’re done, they pick em’ up, refil ’em and send ’em back to you, milk included I imagine if you ask nicely.

Heather Munden is a story unto herself. We had the fortunate experience of joining her, and a team of her winemaker friends, for dinner back in October. Dinner is an understatement – it was a feast. Her job: help revolutionize a 400,000 case production (St. Francis) and raise the standards. Oh, and she makes her own, small production boutique, outrageously amazing wine. It’s not even bottled yet, but she brought barrel samples!

Christina Turley is a step ahead of the game. Through a chance meeting of Christina’s mom, an introduction was made and I, frankly couldn’t be happier. Christina is intent on challenging the norm – as are Brian and I – and our philosophies are in direct harmony. She left NYC a short while ago to take on a huge responsibility (not that being the Sommelier at Momofuku wasn’t responsibility enough) – but, her family has a new wine.


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