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First Aired - 10/11/2011 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Unfiltered returns! Tune in as Brian DiMarco and Erin Fitzpatrick return to the airwaves to discuss whats been going on in the wine world while they've been gone. Learn more about the region of Champagne and hear about Erin's trip to the famed region. Learn more about differences in sparkling wines, and what makes the Champagne region so unique! This episode is sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

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First Aired - 02/02/2010 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on At The Root of It, Erin Fitzpatrick talks with Michael Polenske of Blackbird Vineyards.
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New York market, 2009 Rose, Malbec, tasting, 2007, the vintage of the decade, 2007 Bordeaux was underwhelming, San Francisco Gate, Why California wines aren't selling, boutique vineyards, price points, distributor relationships, small allocations across a lot of markets, organic farming, organic, sustainability, pest problems, pesticides, charity, social conscience, commercial success, finding that balance, Tannic backbone, raspberry jam, build the audience, soft and approachable, the mathematical leftover of the blending process, 07 Paramour, the black fruit, waiting for this moment to arrive, Blackbird, The Beatles, Merlot translates to little blackbird, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, restrained use of oak, over oaked and fruit bombs, California wines get drunk young, Argentina, www.blackbirdvineyards.com, complimentary tasting at Maisonry,

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First Aired - 01/05/2010 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Erin Fitzpatrick digs into an earthy conversation with biodynamic farmer Stephen Storch on a cosmic edition of At The Root Of It - PART 2
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soil enrichment, soil biology, nitrogen, protein, amino acids, all made from nitrogen, nitrogen is where we get our consciousness from, artificial fertilizers diminish the root systems, atrophy, 500 field spray develops a fine deep root system, minerals give wine its complexity, the trick is to make your wine in the vineyards, insects, bees, butterflies, creatures add balance, air circulation, cosmic energy, silica, climate change, for the past ten years we were in a heavy drought cycle, root growth, grape vines, terroir, the plant needs to have intimate contact with the soil, Long Island, Nova Scotia, the fertility of Long Island allowed Manhattan and Brooklyn to become industrial centers, The Vortex Brewer, structured water, photographs of ice crystals, www.naturalscienceorganics.com, Jack Inslee, Hearst Ranch,

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