Instagram Live Chats: View Wine Spectator's Upcoming Schedule

And catch up on past episodes on the magazine's IGTV channel

Straight Talk with Wine Spectator is a new Instagram Live series featuring conversations with wine-and-food newsmakers. The live chats kicked off in early April amid widespread shutdowns from the COVID-19 crisis, in order to shed light on the changes and challenges these industries are facing, and have since expanded into regularly scheduled programming.

Recent editions have featured star California winemakers Mark Aubert and Thomas Rivers Brown and luminaries of the dining world, including chefs José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse and restaurateur Danny Meyer. (All previous episodes are archived on our IGTV channel for viewing anytime.)

Tune in to Straight Talk on Wine Spectator’s Instagram page, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Plus, keep an eye on our schedule for bonus chats during the day with winemakers from Europe and other regions outside the Americas.


Coming Up

Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m. ET
Grand Award–winning chef Charlie Palmer, hosted by executive editor Thomas Matthews. Palmer's restaurants, in New York, Washington, D.C., Nevada and California wine country, hold seven Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. ET
Chris Carpenter, winemaker at Jackson Family Wines, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth. Carpenter focuses on the small-production, highly focused wines beneath the company's umbrella, including Lokoya, Mt. Brave, La Jota and Cardinale.  

Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m. ET
Winemaker Paul Hobbs, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson. Hobbs, based in Sonoma County, excels with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and consults with wineries around the world.

Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m. ET
Brenae Royal, vineyard manager, Monte Rosso vineyard, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth. Royal manages one of California's most historic vineyards which dates to the late 1800s, and is now owned by E. & J. Gallo. 

Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m. ET
Roger Nabedian, general manager of E. & J. Gallo's premium wine division, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson. Nabedian's portfolio includes 15 wineries in premier grape-growing areas of California and Washington; its LUX Wines division imports iconic wineries from Italy. 

Tuesday, July 28, 7 p.m. ET
Film producer and importer Martine Saunier of Martine's Wines, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson. Saunier was a pioneer in French estates, introducing Leroy, Henri Jayer and Château Rayas to the U.S. 

Tuesday, August 4, 7 p.m. ET
David Ramey, owner and winemaker, Ramey Wine Cellars, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson. Ramey has influenced California's Chardonnay supremacy during a winemaking career spanning nearly 40 years. 


In Our IGTV Archives

July 2
Aviram Turgeman, wine director at Chef Driven Restaurant Group, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth. Chef Driven holds eight Awards from Wine Spectator for their wine lists, including a Grand Award at New York's Nice Matin

June 30
Marcello Fiorentino, chef and owner of Grand Award winner Marcello's La Sirena, hosted by executive editor Thomas Matthews. La Sirena, family-owned since 1986, is located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

June 25
Diana Snowden Seysses, winemaker at Snowden Vineyards and Domaine Dujac, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 24
Maison Louis Jadot president Pierre-Henry Gagey, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

June 23
Argentinian vintner Laura Catena, managing director of Catena Zapata, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 18
Napa vintner David Duncan, proprietor and CEO of Silver Oak, Ovid and Twomey, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 17
French vintner Jean-Charles Cazes, owner of Château Lynch Bages and general manager of Famille JM Cazes, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 16
Importer, marketer and vintner Bill Terlato, CEO of Terlato Wine Group and Terlato Wines, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

June 11
Megastar singer P!nk (Alecia Moore), owner of Two Wolves Wine, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 10
South African vintner Jean Engelbrecht, proprietor of Rust en Vrede, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 9
California vintner Bill Price, owner of Three Sticks, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

June 4
Joe Wagner, founder and CEO of Copper Cane Wines, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

June 3
Michael Quinttus, president and CEO of importer Vintus, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

May 28
Napa grape king Andy Beckstoffer, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

May 26
Sherry-Lehmann CEO Chris Adams, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

May 21
Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo, hosted by senior editor Bruce Sanderson

May 19
Chef Emeril Lagasse, hosted by executive editor Thomas Matthews

May 14
Restaurateur Danny Meyer, hosted by executive editor Thomas Matthews

May 12
California Chardonnay master Mark Aubert, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

May 7
Napa winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

May 5
Chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, hosted by executive editor Thomas Matthews

April 30
Altamarea Group beverage director Hristo Zisovski, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

April 28
Symington Family Estates CEO Rupert Symington, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

April 25
Heitz Cellar CEO Carlton McCoy, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

April 23
Importer Michael Skurnik, hosted by senior editor James Molesworth

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