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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


194: Zinfandel Pairings, Magical AVAs and Yeast Secrets with Winemaker Kerith Overstreet

Would you like to discover some weird but wonderful food pairings for zinfandel? How can American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) help you find new wines to love? How does yeast have a profound impact on wine’s taste?


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm chatting with Kerith Overstreet, the winemaker at Bruliam Wines in Sonoma, California and a former medical doctor.


You can find the wines we discussed at



One listener in the U.S. will win a bottle of Bruliam's gorgeous Pinot Noir.


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Who is Chewie the Marketing Collie?

As a student of literature, who are Kerith’s favourite authors?

How did Kerith bring her love of the humanities into her medical studies?

When did Kerith develop her passion for wine?

How did Kerith realize she wanted to shift from being a medical doctor to a winemaker?

Are there intersections between Kerith’s science background and her approach as a winemaker?

What lessons has winemaking taught Kerith when it comes to her Type A personality?

How has the support of fellow winemakers impacted Kerith’s journey?

Why does Kerith love experimenting with yeast?

What is the inoculation process in winemaking?

What types of experiments does Kerith do in the winemaking process?

How did the name “Bruliam” come about?

What roles do Kerith and her husband, Brian, have at Bruliam?

Which features of Rockpile make the biggest impact in their wines?

Which creative route did Kerith take to getting access to Rockpile Zinfandel?

Which delicious treat should you try dunked in a glass of Zinfandel?

Which unusual but simple wine and food pairings should you try next?

How do customers feature as the highlight of Kerith’s career so far?


Key Takeaways

I loved Kerith’s pairing suggestions for zinfandel. They’re on my list to try this week.

She shares a great overview of how American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)can help us find the particular styles of wine we love.

Kerith even manages to make yeast interesting as she lets us know its profound impact on wine’s taste.


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About Kerith Overstreet

Kerith Overstreet is the winemaker at Bruliam Wines. When she was small, her dad used to say, “You can be whatever you want after medical school.” So she did. After completing medical school (U. of Rochester), residency, and two fellowships (UCSD), she thought winemaking sounded more fun.



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