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 - 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.

Wine Country at Work - The Naked Wine Angels

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Wine is a big business sold in many venues and one of the newest is a hybrid wine club/ wine maker cooperative that is only possible due to the internet. In the first segment Ralph & Lahni de Amicis, the hosts and tour guides explain about the various business models used in wine country, and in the second segment Ralph interviews Mary Gavin from Naked Wines, a departure from traditional wine selling models.

Wine Country at Work - Wine Makers Edition

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A question that tour guides hear often is 'how do you become a winemaker?" To answer that in part host Ralph DeAmicis visits the wine making program at Napa Valley College. In the first half of the episode Ralph narrates a little history and perspective about how the program fits into this important wine making region. In the second part we follow the teachers and students through taking the wine and skins off an extended soak and pressing the juice. Produced by Ralph & Lahni DeAmicis and Space and Time TV. www.spaceandtime.com.

Wine Country at Work - Visiting Regusci Winery

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The building at the heart of this family winery dates back to the late 1800's. They are famous for their location and their hospitality. This very entertaining interview with their team offers wonderful insights into what makes a successful winery tasting work for both the customers and the staff.

Wine Country at Work - Wine Tasting 101

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Ralph de Amicis is a top wine tour guide in the two top wine destinations in the world, Napa and Sonoma. Over the years from visiting wineries with his clients he had learned a thing or two about what makes a wine tasting enjoyable and educational. He share some of that here and follows that up with some insights about wine grapes based on clients questions, and finally a look at enjoying sparkling wines.

Wine Country at Work - Napa Walking Tour

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Napa is known for being a famous producer of wine and yet its history goes far beyond that. One of the towns great performing historians is tour guide and actor George Webber, who has created numerous characters, both fictional and historic to tell the fascinating story of Napa and Sonoma. This half hour interview in Napa with host Ralph de Amicis is filled with interesting insights about the region and the work of an actor/tour guide.

Wine Country at Work - Napa Wine Train

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This rolling museum/restaurant rolls up the beautiful Napa Valley twice daily, but what goes on behind the scenes, with these antique cars hosting visitors from throughout the world is a whirl of well organize activity. Ralph starts of in the train yard among the repair crews, moves into the big commercial kitchen, and then travels up the valley splitting his time between compact kitchen, work areas, dining cars and platforms. It is a wonderful, graceful relaxing trip.