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Synopsis

In-Depth conversations with authors, musicians, artists, artisans and dreamers. The Wine Muse is every 3rd Thursday of the month with cohost William Pollard. Linda Rez got her start in print journalism as editor of a weekly newspaper. During her time there she started a column called "The Devil's Advocate" where she invited two different people every week with polar opposite view points to weigh in on the same topic, side by side. She believes the truth can only triumph if every viewpoint is heard and respected.She is also a musician, (piano, keyboard and flute), writer of poetry and short story fiction, and a crazy horsewoman. Her favorite saying is, "Your GIFT is your DESIRE!" Go for it. Create. Believe. Make your life count!www.minstrelandmuse.com

Episodes

  • My Favorite Wine: Somms Tina Morey  April Yap, The Wine Guy  Frank Morgan

    "My Favorite Wine": Somms Tina Morey & April Yap, The Wine Guy & Frank Morgan

    20/02/2015 Duration: 01h08min

    #WineMuse There are so many wines and so little time, how do you know where to start?  Wine Muse hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard invite four wine industry experts to the #ThirdThursday show to share their favorite wines LIVE. Guests include: Tina Morey from Protocol Wine Studios is a Certified Sommelier working on her Master of Wine. A self-described "wine peddler", Tina curates for the wine subscription services Le Metro Wine and Protocol wine studio. She has an educational online program of the same name, #WineStudio. James Melendez, The Wine Guy, was the National Food and Wine Marketing Manager at Cost Plus World Market, and he's been a writer and contributor to several online sites, as well as chief contributor at JamestheWineGuy.wordpress.com April Yap-Hennig from The Sacred Drop is a Certified Sommelier and holds a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of La Rioja, Spain, and an MBA from Purdue University.  She's lived all around the world and is currently in Oregon working as

  • Two Hot Seattle Bands: Clearly Beloved and Andrea Desmond

    Two Hot Seattle Bands: Clearly Beloved and Andrea Desmond

    13/02/2015 Duration: 01h13min

    Host Linda Rez welcomes two hot Seattle music acts, Clearly Beloved and singer/songwriter Andrea Desmond.  We play the music and let them tell the stories. 

  • Pulitzer Winner  Former National Poet Laureate Robert Hass: Poems and Poets

    Pulitzer Winner & Former National Poet Laureate Robert Hass: Poems and Poets

    12/02/2015 Duration: 51min

    Host Linda Rez and cohost, Barbara Davis, from Books, So Many Books, have an in-depth conversation with former National Poet Laureate Robert Hass about his life and poetry. Robert Hass was born in San Francisco in 1941. He attended St. Mary's College and Stanford University. His books of poetry include Time and Materials, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and the National Book Award in 2008; Sun Under Wood, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996; Human Wishes; Praise, for which he received the William Carlos Williams Award in 1979; and Field Guide, which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also worked with Czeslaw Milosz to translate a dozen volumes of Milosz's poetry, including the book-length Treatise on Poetry and, most recently, A Second Space. His translations of the Japanese haiku masters have been collected in The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. His books of essays include Twentieth Century Pleasures:

  • Port Wine: Its Not Just For Men With Cigars

    Port Wine: It's Not Just For Men With Cigars

    16/01/2015 Duration: 01h09min

    It's #WINEMUSE #3RDTHURSDAY and hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard will be pouring and drinking Port while examining the history and misconceptions behind this rich and elegant libation. What is Port and how is it different from other wines? What is the history of Port and its connection to the Brits? How do they make it, how many styles do they make, and what are the BEST Ports? And for those counting calories for their New Year's resolutions, How many calories does it have? The hostswelcome Oscar Quevedo, from Quevedo Port Wine in Portugal.  Oscar represents a long and well respected wine-making family from the Douro region of his country.  His energy and love for making Port is contagious.  Join The Wine Muse hosts for a fun night exploring Port Wine.  

  • BEST New Christmas Album 2014 David Lanz and Kristin Amarie Hear It Now!

    BEST New Christmas Album 2014 David Lanz and Kristin Amarie Hear It Now!

    26/11/2014 Duration: 47min

    Every year during the holidays Minstrel and Muse searches for the "Best New Christmas Album".  This year we were delighted to find the beautiful and emotional "Forever Christmas" by David Lanz and Kristin Amarie.  It is full of music you will love, some traditional and some original. David Lanz is well-known for his many New Age albums that have sold over a million copies.  His work has been nominated for a Grammy Award and his album, Cristofori's Dream, was #1 on the Billboard Chart for 27 weeks.  Kristin, David's partner, is a singer/songwriter with a recent accalimed album of her own, Notes From a Journey. David and Kristin share their story and love for Christmas as well as their advice for everyone pursuing a creative life. Join us for a musical, mystical journey of Christmas memory, love, and creative passion.  

  • Whats So Great About Pinot Noir: Part 3 Steve Lutz Lenne Estate

    What's So Great About Pinot Noir: Part 3 Steve Lutz Lenne Estate

    23/11/2014 Duration: 51min

    The Minstrel and Muse Wine Tour, 3rd Thursdays.  November's show: New World Pinot Noir: California (Carneros), Oregon, and Chile through the words of winemakers on the episode What's So Great About Pinot Noir? Miles (From Sideways) on Pinot Noir: "It's a hard grape to grow... it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then...its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet." Part I: Francois Lurton, 5th generation wine grower from Bordeaux. Owner, Francois Lurton SA. Part II: Michael Richmond from Bouchaine Vineyards in the famed Carneros region of California.  He helped found the Steamboat Pinot Conference over 30 years ago, which attracted winemakers from around the world and brought them together to share experiences and knowledge to help increase quality.  He founded Acacia winery and is now head winemaker at Bouchaine.

  • Whats So Great About Pinot Noir: Part II Michael Richmond

    What's So Great About Pinot Noir: Part II Michael Richmond

    22/11/2014 Duration: 01h02min

    The Minstrel and Muse Wine Tour, 3rd Thursdays.  November's show: New World Pinot Noir: California (Carneros), Oregon, and Chile through the words of winemakers on the episode What's So Great About Pinot Noir? Miles (From Sideways) on Pinot Noir: "It's a hard grape to grow... it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then...its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet." Part I: Francois Lurton, 5th generation wine grower from Bordeaux. Owner, Francois Lurton SA. Tonight's epsiode is Part II: Michael Richmond from Bouchaine Vineyards in the famed Carneros region of California.  He helped found the Steamboat Pinot Conference over 30 years ago, which attracted winemakers from around the world and brought them together to share experiences and knowledge to help increase quality.  He founded Acacia winery and is now head wi

  • Whats So Great About Pinot Noir? Part I Francois Lurton

    What's So Great About Pinot Noir? Part I Francois Lurton

    21/11/2014 Duration: 27min

    The Minstrel and Muse Wine Tour, 3rd Thursdays.  November's show: New World Pinot Noir: California (Carneros), Oregon, and Chile through the words of winemakers, and What's So Great About Pinot Noir? Mileson Pinot Noir (Sideways): "Its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet." Part I: Francois Lurton, 5th generation wine grower from Bordeaux. Owner, Francois Lurton SA. Part II: Michael Richmond from Bouchaine Vineyards in the famed Carneros region of California.  He helped found the Steamboat Pinot Conference over 30 years ago, which attracted winemakers from around the world and brought them together to share experiences and knowledge to help increase quality.  He founded Acacia winery and is now head winemaker at Bouchaine. Part III: Steve Lutz winemaker for Lenne' Estate in Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon.  He chose a vineyard site with the "worst soil in the county".  We'll find out why it's producing exceptional pinot.

  • Boycott Black Thursday Founder: Save Thanksgiving

    Boycott Black Thursday Founder: Save Thanksgiving

    18/11/2014 Duration: 19min

    In 2011 Brian Rich decided to push back against the trend to make our national Thanksgiving holiday into another shopping day, what he calls "Black Thursday."  He founded a Facebook page to get information out: a "Shop This, Not That" list of businesses who close versus those who stay open, online petitions, and personal stories of employees who have lost their jobs or fear losing them if they choose to stay home with their families. The movement has gathered steam this year, as more retailers choose to open early on Thanksgiving, and the page now boasts over 95,000 active and vocal followers. Visit the Facebook page: Boycott Black Thursday.  

  • Outlander Author, Diana Gabaldon, Discusses the Television Series Adaptation

    Outlander Author, Diana Gabaldon, Discusses the Television Series Adaptation

    04/11/2014 Duration: 35min

    Minstrel and Muse welcomes author Diana Gabaldon to the show to discuss the Starz Television Series Adaptation of her novel Outlander.  Author Diana Gabaldon holds three degrees in Science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus, an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters).  In 1991 she wrote a practice novel set in Scotland, a country she had never visited, Outlander, and the rest, 7 more series novels, 1 companion (one on the way out soon), 12 novellas, (26 million books in print, and who knows how many ebooks and audible versions), is history.  The novels have been made into a television series for the Starz Network: the first set of 8 premiered August 9th, and the second set of 8, all based on the first novel in the series, will air April 4, 2015.   Listen to Outlander on audio.

  • The Path of the Horse Author and Filmmaker, Stormy May: Beyond Riding

    The Path of the Horse Author and Filmmaker, Stormy May: Beyond Riding

    17/09/2014 Duration: 49min

    Can you imagine a world where we don't ride horses, but instead, learn a new way of communicating with and learning from them? Author and filmmaker Stormy May can, and her film, The Path of the Horse, is changing the way equestrians think about their horses: no bits, no saddles....no riding.  The documentary is a fascinating look at the horse and human heart and the other-worldy potential for their relationship.  About a decade ago, Stormy, formerly a champion competitor, instructor, and judge in equestrian sporting events, sold her ranch and bought a camera.  She set out to travel the world and film the greatest horsemen and women, people whom she respected and read, and to learn a different and more humane way to work with horses.  Her journey uncovered research that challenged her thinking and led her to look at her relationship with her own horses much differently. She'll share her journey and her thoughts on horses in this conversation on Minstrel and Muse. OurHorses.Org

  • 10th Anniversary of Sideways Iconoclastic Author Rex Pickett Interview

    10th Anniversary of Sideways Iconoclastic Author Rex Pickett Interview

    10/09/2014 Duration: 01h15min

    It's the 10th anniversary of Sideways, the book and movie that changed the wine world.  Wine Muse hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard are honored to welcome Rex Pickett--iconoclastic author of the book. The movie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; it also won over 350 awards from critics.  In 2011 Mr. Pickett published Vertical which continues the story of Miles and Jack as they embark on a roadtrip with Miles' mom, her nurse, and her dog through wine country and middle America. Vertical explores Miles' relationship with his mother and his coming to grips with her impending death. Mr. Pickett recently adapted his novel Sideways for the stage. It sold out to audiences for six months when it was performed at the Ruskin Group Theater, and it then went on to break all attendance records at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, where it was directed by Des McAnuff.  The play is now heading to London's West End. He has a new book in the trilogy coming this fall, Sidew

  • The Wine that Beat the French: Chateau Montelenas New Head Winemaker

    The Wine that Beat the French: Chateau Montelena's New Head Winemaker

    08/09/2014 Duration: 24min

    They shocked the world by winning the white wine competition for their Chardonnay at the famous "Judgement of Paris" in 1976 and are largely responsible for the wild success of Chardonnay in the States.  This summer, the famous Bo Barrett passed the Head Winemaking baton off to Matthew Crafton.  The Wine Muse catches up with Matt to find out about his philosophy and see if the pressure of that great win--mythic in nature now--sets an unrealistic standard for him to follow. He'll also give his opinion on the current state of perception and appreciation of Chardonnay in the world. Listen to more winemakers talk about Chardonnay at this link. www.minstrelandmuse.com www.wild4washingtonwine.com

  • The Rise, FALL, and Rise of Chardonnay

    The Rise, FALL, and Rise of Chardonnay

    08/09/2014 Duration: 02h37min

    Hosts Linda Reznicek and William Pollard, wine writer and reviewer at Wild 4 Washington Wine, explore the up and down trajectory of the world's favorite varietal, Chardonnay, through the words of great Chardonnay winemakers. Why did Chardonnay go out of favor, or did it? What makes a GREAT Chardonnay? Chateau Montelena: They won the the white wine competition at the famous "Judgement of Paris" and made Chardonnay the quintessential American Success Story.  Their winemaker Matt Crafton will share the philosophy behind their win and di. Bouchaine Vineyards: A 40 year pioneer in the California wine industry, Michael Richmond founded Acacia Wines in the Carneros district of Napa Valley and now makes wine for Bouchaine. He brings the history and his love of wine education, experience, and adventure. Forgeron Cellars: Winemaker and managing partner Marie-Eve Gilla was trained in the Burgundy region of France and understands the long tradition of great Chardonnay craftsmanship. Cote Bonneville: Kerry Shiels' Ch

  • Musician Philosopher Carl Funk of 80s Brandos and The Halyards

    Musician Philosopher Carl Funk of 80's Brandos and The Halyards

    02/09/2014 Duration: 01h04min

    Our listeners who are fans of great 80's music may remember the classic roots rock band The Brandos who charted on Billboard and toured the world opening for legends like The Cars and INXS. Now, long time friends and former Brandos' drummer and songwriter, Larry Mason and Carl Funk, have formed their own band, The Halyards, and written and recorded an album with another longtime friend, Grammy-winner Eric Tingstad. The album, Fortune Smiles, is a bit of everything: roots rock, Spanish guitar, funk, and americana. It defies labels, as do the seasoned musicians whose life's lessons and experiences have formed it. A wonderful piece of music you're sure to love, Carl Funk stops by to share the songs and the stories behind the album. Join Minstrel and Muse for a conversation with seasoned songwriter and performer Carl Funk.

  • 10th Anniversary of Sideways Conversation with Author Rex Pickett

    10th Anniversary of Sideways Conversation with Author Rex Pickett

    28/08/2014 Duration: 01h15min

    Wine Muse hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard welcome Rex Pickett--author of what may be the all-time most dramatically influential book about wine: Sideways. The movie, which was based on that book, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; it also won over 350 awards from critics.  In 2011 Mr. Pickett publishedVertical which continues the story of Miles and Jack as they embark on a roadtrip with Miles' mom, her nurse, and her dog through wine country and middle America. Vertical explores Miles' relationship with his mother and his coming to grips with her impending death. Mr. Pickett recently adapted his novel Sideways for the stage. It sold out to audiences for six months when it was performed at the Ruskin Group Theater, and it then went on to break all attendance records at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, where it was directed by Des McAnuff.  The play is now heading to London's West End. He has a new book in the trilogy coming this fall, Sideways 3 Chile,

  • Winemaker Week: Finger Lakes Winemaker Dave Breeden on New York Riesling

    Winemaker Week: Finger Lakes Winemaker Dave Breeden on New York Riesling

    14/08/2014 Duration: 13min

    Joing hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard, Wild 4 Washington Wine, as they talk to Finger Lakes winemaker Dave Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery.

  • Winemaker Week: Anna Schafer aMaurice Cellars On Bordeaux-Styles Wines

    Winemaker Week: Anna Schafer aMaurice Cellars On Bordeaux-Styles Wines

    13/08/2014 Duration: 22min

    Join hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard, from Wild 4 Washington Wine, for a conversation about what it means to make wines in the "bordeaux-style" in Washington State with award-winning winemaker Anna Schafer from aMaurice Cellars. Anna Schafer Winemaker, Founder aMaurice Cellars: As one of the founders of àMaurice, Anna has dedicated her time to creating wines with a unique quality. Her talent is her palate and curiosity of winemaking. As a practically trained winemaker, she works both hemispheres to taste wine in the vineyard.  She worked harvest in Mendoza, Argentina for winemaker Paul Hobbs's Viña Cobos in 2006 and 2007.  Anna brings to the wine a world perspective having visited thirty-six countries. Her most unique wine experience was in the Szechwan province, China, enjoying Tibetan barley wine.  Speaker at Aspen Food and Wine, Women for Democracy and Taste Washington.  Only female and youngest Top New Winemaker by Seattle Magazine. aMaurice Cellars Make sure to join Linda and William for The Win

  • Winemaker Week: Gilles Nicault Director of Winemaking at Long Shadows

    Winemaker Week: Gilles Nicault Director of Winemaking at Long Shadows

    12/08/2014 Duration: 15min

    Join hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard (Wild 4 Washington Wine) for a conversation with the Gilles Nicault, Director of Winemaking for Long Shadows Vintners, a winery that brings together the Rock Stars of winemaking for all the major worldwide wine regions.  He is also the winemaker for Long Shadows' acclaimed Chester-Kidder, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah blend.  Gilles grew up in southern France and graduated from the University of Avignon with a degree in viticulture and enology. He honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cotes du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. In 1994, already a vintner of rising fame in his homeland, Gilles traveled to Washington State to expand his winemaking.  Impressed by Washington State's vineyards, he stayed in the Columbia Valley, working for Staton Hills and Hogue Cellars before joining Woodward Canyon in 1996, where he stayed until moving to Long Shadows in June 2003. Sharing Woodward Canyon's passion for world-class wines, Gilles soon found Woodward C

  • Winemaker Week: Kristina Van Lobel Sels 93+ Bordeaux Style Wines

    Winemaker Week: Kristina Van Lobel Sels 93+ Bordeaux Style Wines

    11/08/2014 Duration: 13min

    Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard from Wild 4 Washington Wine have a conversation with the winemaker for Arbor Crest Winery, a pioneer in the Washington state wine industry.  Their bordeux-style Dionysus wine is highly rated, regularly garnering 91-93 ratings from the major wine magazines. Grab a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy Winemaker Week on Minstrel and Muse and make sure and tune in every third Thursday of the month for The Wine Muse World Tour. In September we'll be talking to 4 world-class Chardonnay winemakers, including the winemaker for Chateau Montelena who beat the French in a blind testing in 1976, about "The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Chardonnay."   Arbor Crest Winery

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