Wine Country at Work

Wine tourism is a relatively new industry, as least in the scale that it exists today. The most visited wine region in the world is San Francisco's north bay, including Napa and Sonoma counties. The small populations in these agricultural regions host millions of international visitors, most of whom are inebriated. Yet they do that gracefully and graciously. What's their secret?

That is the question that leads the hosts of Wine Country @ Work, local tour guides, to go behind the scenes into a wide variety of workplaces, discovering what talents and skills are necessary to create a great wine tourism destination. The people who work there come from all over the world, drawn to this icon of wine, to learn, to work and to enjoy. The show enjoys beautiful scenery, unique locations and wonderful stories. Taken together it offers interesting lessons about what we call hospitality, life style and success.

Notes to Stations About This Show:

As fits Wine Country this is a very fun, relaxed show, that looks deeply into how people make things work and create a life style they enjoy. This is not a wine country confection interviewing wealthy owners who visit their 'wineries' twice a year. The people featured here are the ones that make the wine, host the guests and work daily to create the wine country experience. It makes them easy to relate to and people can see themselves in those roles.

Wine Country at Work - Inside the Tour Business

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This is a behind the scenes look at what the guides do during a high end private wine tour. Spanning three days in November in Napa California it looks at the complicated process that underlies the clients experience. The host of Wine County at work, Ralph de Amicis, is a top flight tour guide in the worlds top wine destination. He takes the audience along for the ride.

Wine Country at Work - Wine Country and Climate Change

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This is a three part episode where Ralph DeAmicis, host and wine tour guide talks about the strategies that growers in Napa and Sonoma are using to adapt to the climate change that they have been measuring for many years. The second segment is about how ride sharing has changed wine country. The third segment is about the ongoing series on BioDynamics. Produced in September 2017.

Wine Country at Work - The Napa Winemakers Calendar

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This is the second improved version of the episode about this wonderful calendar created by photographer Nicole Marino themed around wine country in the 1800's featuring wine makers from various small vineyards around the valley. This version includes the calendar photography that was not available when the first version was released. The calendar is a benefit for the Yountville Military Veterans home.

Wine Country at Work - The Napa Film Festival Story

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This interesting interview with the co-founder of the festival, Marc Lhormer, offers wonderful stories and insights about the process by which the festival came about not that many years ago, and how it runs today. It includes extensive footage from the 2015 festival. Interviewed by Wine Country @ Work host Ralph de Amicis at the festival offices in downtown Napa.

Wine Country at Work - Stag's Leap Reborn

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The Stag's Leap winery is an icon in Napa Valley and their new visitor center is a leap forward in the world of wine tourism. The footage and narrative describes the wineries place in the history of the valley and how the new space fulfills a new role for its visitors. The second part is a discussion of wine tourism with two popular tour guides.

Wine Country at Work - BioDynamics in Wine Country

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This pair of interviews with two perspectives of Biodynamic agriculture offers wonderful insights into why this method of organics has become so influential among premium wine makers in Napa and Sonoma. Ralph DeAmicis is the host and the interview guests are Chris Beniziger of Benziger Family Winery and Joe Panpandeck of Raymond Vineyards.