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Episode 10: Haute Future



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This episode was made possible by countless friends and supporters, including:

Esa Eslami, Jerusha Frost, Ali Massie, and our Grand Cru Patrons Steven and Amy Lipin.

Premier Partner Episode Feature:

Hitching Post Winery

Frank Ostini, the chef winemaker at Hitching Post Winery, reached out to me following the release of our Harvest Episode, and shared stories of his own early harvests in the 1980s, singing the Ban Bourguignon with Jim Clendenen and Adam Tolmack, and a trip of a lifetime to Burgundy in 1988 to attend the Paulée de Meursault. 

The Hitching Post Wines and the Hitching Post II restaurant of Buellton CA, are iconic establishments in Santa Barbara County –memorialized forever in Sideways fame and deeply loved by Santa Barbara County locals. They offer the quintessential Santa Barbara wine and food experience – and encapsulate the soul and the terroir of the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Hitching Post has featured West Coast BBQ at its best since 1986 – offering lunch over picnic grounds and curated tasting experiences to complement the stunning views of the Santa Ynez mountains. Inspired by Burgundy they have made Santa Barbara Pinot Noir from many of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley since 1984.


Photography by:
Michel Joly

Born in Phnom-Penh, Michel Joly is a photographer based in Burgundy. His work revolves primarily around the notion of terroir and territory, with various angles of approach: history and heritage, geography, the economy of the terroir, but also and especially the links that unite man and his territory. 


Today, whether in Burgundy or beyond, more than half of his work is linked to the world of wine. He is one of the official photographers contracted by the “Climates de Bourgogne” for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photography by: Summer Staeb

Summer was born and raised in Southern California where she currently resides. Her work evokes a sense of nostalgia for times past, days well spent, and the moments that bring people together. She shoots lifestyle, event, fine art and travel photography. Most of her work is shot on 35mm and medium format film. (Summer shot the many beautiful photos for us during a short visit to Burgundy during the perfect "golden moment" of Autumn).


Photography by:
Michael Sager

Michael Sager is a dear friend, ingenious restauranteur, and talented photographer. He accompanied us for several days in Burgundy during both the summer and winter months, and has been kind enough to let us use his photographs. Check out one of his killer wine bars in London (Sager and Wilde). His partner-in-life, Carina Soto-Velasquez is one of the world's best mixologists and has several restaurants in Paris (Quixotic Projects)


This season would not be possible without the support from the following premier partners. We have teamed up with leaders in our industry who have in-depth, personal knowledge of this historic region. Follow along on their social channels as we work together to bring you access to personal experiences, wine access, and curated recommendations to accompany this podcast season.

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Becky Wasserman founded her company in 1979 to sell domaine-bottled Burgundies, a rarity at the time. She is credited as one of the most important influencers for the popularity of the region with an international audience. Today, Becky Wasserman & Co represents extraordinary wineries from all over France. They are small, for the most part organic or biodynamic, and do not like to fully comform to fashion. 

 @beckywasserman , @paulbwasserman

La Paulée is a celebration of the greatest wines of Burgundy hosted annually in New York and other cities, features a series of small dinners, tastings, and seminars, culminating in the event's signature Grand Tasting and Gala Dinner. Founded by renowned sommelier Daniel Johnnes and modeled after La Paulée de Meursault, a traditional harvest celebration, La Paulée celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020 and is returning with a full program of live events in March 2022.

@lapaulee , @danieljohnnes

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Since 1820, Acker has been providing the finest and rarest wine to enthusiasts around the world. Now in its third century, and with fine retail outposts in the US, Hong Kong, and London, Acker continues to deliver the pinnacle of wine and spirits services to those dedicated to the pursuits and products of the vine - spanning global auctions, lifetime culinary and vinous experiences, market analytics, and so much more. Committed to spreading the beauty of the world’s leading wine regions, Acker offers more of the great Burgundy producers than virtually anyone across auction and retail, representing dozens of Burgundy’s top domaines with treasures direct from their cellars. It’s foundation is rooted in service, professionalism, and quality, fulfilling its promise to be The World’s Destination for Fine & Rare Wine™.


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