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Feb 10, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 143
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery


Episode 143 | Gio Balistreri -- Owner and Winemaker, Russian River Vineyards

Giovanni “Gio” Balistreri, Owner and Winemaker at Russian River Vineyards tells us what's happening at the property this year as we sip on the 2017 Pinot and 2020 Chardonnay form Russian River Vineyards. Our Fast Five recipe is from Damy Tamburrino of Foppiano Vineyards.

Wine of the Day: Russian River Vineyards 2020 Chardonnay & 2017 Pinot Noir

Fast Five: Damy Tamburrino of Foppiano Vineyards

Podcast SponsorRon Rubin Winery


1:22 Wines of the Day Russian River Vineyards 2020 Chardonnay and the 2017 Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir a blend of 6 different vineyards.

6:13 How the winery came to be—Ideally located the property was under several different owners and Gio bought it in 2008 and has now developed it into a must see on your wine road itinerary.

8:21 Happy Hours at Russian River Vineyards on Thursdays start up in June, and have become popular with the local neighbors who come through the back gate on Joe Rodota trail. One of the best spot for sunsets and views—It’s your dream backyard!

11:11 Fast Five Recipe – Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino from Damy Tamburrino from Foppiano Vineyards

Spaghetti or linguine
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic cloves (six or more)
Red chilies flakes
Parmesan cheese

Directions:Boil the pasta. On low heat in a frying pan add olive oil, garlic and chilies –heat and mix together. Then drain and add the pasta to the frying pan, top with parsley and parmigiano. Mix well and enjoy. Serve with Petite Sirah from Foppiano Vineyards.

12:56 Highlight for Gio is getting feedback on the wine and meeting al the guests at the winery. He usually is on premise every day and especially on weekends.

14:11 Gio’s favorite things to do and see for visitors – the Armstrong Redwoods and the ocean, Rivers End at Jenner, and just explore the great outdoors of Sonoma county.

15:46 Special offers to listeners—Wine Road 2022 20% of any purchases and a complimentary tasting for two if you say I heard Gio on the Wine Road Podcast --use code Wine Road 2022 to get the discount.

17:35 The Madrona Manor renamed The Madrona outside of Healdsburg will be reopening after an extensive remodel in March and also new wine bar Masion Healdsburg will be opening and offering older vintages and library wines.

19:05 Gio launching a new brand called Chester after the original winery dog with tag line—“Live Life Off-leash!”


Russian River Vineyards

Armstrong Woods

River’s End

Foppiano Vineyard

The Madrona 

Maison Wine Bar Healdsburg 

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