Sip Northwest Live with Brian Bushlach

SipNWLive LogoEvery May we partner with Brian Bushlach during Oregon Wine Month to showcase the personalities and regions that make Oregon wine so distinct.

A native Oregonian and wine aficionado, Brian has been bringing the stories of Northwest wine to listeners throughout Oregon and Washington each weekend. In his eleventh year on the air, Brian owns the airwaves with Sip Northwest Live as the only radio program devoted exclusively to Northwest wines and the faces and places behind them.

Where To Listen

Sip Northwest Live airs in Portland on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m on 101KXL FM.

Sip Northwest Live airs in Seattle on Sundays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on KOMO 97FM & 1000AM.

To listen elsewhere tune in to your Radio Northwest Network station.

Oregon Wine Month 2017

Listen to: Old & New Guard
Oregon wine is in a unique position – close enough to the founding winemakers for their stories and influences to still be powerful, but buoyed by new energy, faces and wine expressions. Join winemakers Eugenia Keegan of Gran Moraine and Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines as they reflect on the present and future state of Oregon wine. (Air date: April 29)

Listen to: Care to See the Wine List?
A wine list is a story of place, personality, geography and more. The wine professionals who curate those lists bring a mix of preference and service to each decision. How are those preferences built, how are those decisions made, and where do the two intersect? Featuring Ava DeRosier of Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine and Andy Zalman of Higgins Restaurant. (Air date: May 6)

Listen to: It Takes a Village to Raise a Vintage
It takes many hands to produce a single bottle of wine. Oregon has been supporting an extended wine production family for decades as a matter of principle, not fashion. From harvest help to vineyard workers with decades of experience, who is behind the bottle and how does Oregon’s industry support them? Featuring Leda Garside of ịSalud! and Joe Ibrahim of Willamette Valley Vineyards. (Air date: May 13)

Listen to: More Than Pinot Noir
While Pinot noir leads in volume and reputation, Oregon grows more than 70 grape varieties. In this episode we explore the state’s other popular and esoteric varieties, where they succeed, why they succeed in those locations and how do winemakers know? Featuring winemakers Rob Folin of Folin Cellars and Stephen Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock. (Air date: May 20)

Listen to: What is Terroir… Really?
Terroir: What does this elusive term really mean, does it matter and should it inform your wine habits? Let’s seek clarity on this often misunderstood and misused concept. Join winemaker Tom Fitzpatrick of Alloro Vineyard and geologist Kevin Pogue to discuss how Oregon winemakers identify and express terroir. (Air date: May 27)

Oregon Wine Month 2016

Listen to: Why Biodynamic?
Tune in for an engaging conversation about biodynamic vineyard practices with Tahmiene and Moe Momtazi of Maysara Winery and Barbara Gross of Cooper Mountain. (Air Date: May 28, 2016)

Listen to: Certified Oregon
Oregon wineries are thought and practice leaders in the vineyards, as well as in the overall wine business. Listen to Brian discuss the “B Corp” certification with Alex Sokol Blosser of Sokol Blosser Winery and Bill Sweat from Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. (Air Date: May 21, 2016)

Listen to: Southern Hospitality
Chat with Oregon Wine A-List Wine Program of the Year winner, James Rahn, formerly of the Heathman Bar and Restaurant, then head down south for some southern hospitality with John Olson of TeSóAria Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley. (Air Date: May 14, 2016)

Listen to: Oregon’s Border Bounty
Travel across Oregon’s northern border and learn about the Columbia River Gorge from Steve Bickford of Mount Hood Winery and Walla Walla from Marty Clubb of L’ Ecole. (Air Date: May 7, 2016)

Listen to: Big Players and Beautiful Wines
Brian interviews two of the bigger players in Oregon wine: Sam Tannahill of A to Z Wineworks and Ed King of King Estate Winery. (Air Date: April 30, 2016) 

Listen to: A Visit to City Winery
We visit City Winery in New York to discuss the impact of Northwest wines on the east coast with City Winery Associate Winemaker, Ben Riccardi. (Air Date: April 23,2016) 

Oregon Wine Month 2015

Listen to: Walla Walla Valley
Steve Robertson of Delmas Wines talks about the 2015 establishment of Oregon’s newest AVA, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. In the second half, one of Walla Walla’s Oregon vineyard pioneers, Casey McClellan of Seven Hills Winery, talks about the collaboration between Washington and Oregon in this esteemed region. (Air Date: April 25, 2016)

Listen to: Oregon Food and Wine
We sit down with Chris Czarnecki, chef and owner of the Joel Palmer House, and Erica Landon, former Portland sommelier and current co-owner of Walter Scott Wines. (Air Date: May 2, 2015)

Listen to: Collaborative Winemaking in the Willamette Valley
Collaborative Winemaking in the Willamette Valley with Luisa Ponzi, Anthony King and Eric Hamacher of the Carlton Winemakers Studio. (Original Air Date: May 9, 2015).

Listen to: Spotlight on Southern Oregon
Spotlight on Southern Oregon with Earl Jones of Abacela and Bill Steele of Cowhorn. (Original Air Date: May 16, 2015)

Listen to: Spotlight on the Columbia Gorge
Exploring the Columbia Gorge with Lonnie Wright of the Pines 1852 and Robb Bell of Cathedral Ridge. (Original Air Date: May 23, 2015)