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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa share their insider stories about the places to check out when you're exploring along the Wine Road.

Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.

Aug 12, 2021

Wine Road Podcast Episode 131
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Matt Michael—Winemaker, Baldassari Family Wines

Winemaker Matt Michael of Baldassari wines joins us to talk about the how he got into making wine, the wines he makes for Baldassari, his inspiration and family ties to Italy, and the experience at the Windsor tasting room where Matt’s dad and partner, Dom, runs the show. Lots of laughs and fun in this show!

Wine Item of the Day – Water & Wines Puzzle

Podcast Sponsor – Ron Rubin Winery


1:20 The Baldassari Chardonnay that got Beth’s attention!

2:25 Matt’s journey into wine started with his Italian grandfather’s passion for the wine and the vine.His grandfather used to make wine in his basement in Chicago and sparked Matt’s interest in wine and the artesian craft of winemaking.

6:50 First vintage was in 2003 and started with 90 cases of Syrah. Now at 1200 cases

8:44 Baldassari Tasting Lounge on a corner on the plaza in downtown Windsor, south of Healdsburg and North of Santa Rosa where Matt’s Dad, and partner Dom, works.

12:05 Matt gives details on the Baldasarri wine portfolio that consists of Chardonnay, Rose of Pinot Noir, Russian River Pinot Noir, Syrah and Malbec.

20:00 Tasting room set up in a relaxed lounge layout and open Wednesday – Sunday by reservation. Do take drop-ins as well.

22:15 Matt’s favorite places to go in Northern Sonoma County.

26:00 Item of the Day -- Water & Wines wine map puzzle of Italy–it’s completely gorgeous and awesome!

28:45 Podcast listeners—we love to hear from you send us what you liked when you were here or what you’d like to hear on the show. Send a note to

31:00 ONE MORE THING—check out The Dream project on Ron Rubin Winery website for details about the life-saving defibrillator program.


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Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.


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