Category: Podcast

June 4th, 2019 by admin

Diving deep: Politics and wine

Wine is just as complex as traveling some very interesting lands.  In this intimate interview with John Paul Encarnacion we talk about Chernobyl, Eco Activism, and wines from Ecuador.

Contrary to popular belief, Ecuador is a wine producing country and we have a bottle of Paradoja from the winery Dos Hemisferios.  This wine secretly reveals Ecuador’s exotic notes of spice and leather.





AGINING:  18 months in Oak Barrel

NOES: Bright and intense ruby red tones, with fruity aromas of vanilla, coffee, and coconut. Round and balanced with a persistent memory in mouth.

By private orders at: In Fine Spirits and Potash

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Ecuador, Malbec, Podcast, Red Wine

April 9th, 2019 by admin

“Tinta de Toro” – D.O. Toro

Toro is a wine region in Castilla y Leon, north-western Spain, known for its powerful red wines made from Tempranillo. It is named for the town of Toro, an ancient settlement located on the Duero River about 40 miles (65km) east of the Portuguese border. The Spanish word toro means ‘bull’, named after a bull structure that is well over 4,000 years old.

After the phyloxera had come to Spain in 1870, vine growing was greatly reconverted, and it is in Toro where the “Tinta de Toro” variety anchored its roots in loose well-drained sandy lands, and the multiplication of the ungrafted vineyards have been conserved to this very day. At present, Toro has its own Oenological Station in the town, offering technical services to current wine growing demands. On 26th may 1933, Toro was awarded its Designation of Origin (Issue 4 of the Gazette, June 1933).

Fun Fact:
Due to its characteristics, which made it indomitable during long voyages, the Toro wine sailed to baptize the New World – The Americas!

Meet the Wine Lovers in Podcast:

 Laurie Brauss  Vin 2U Wine Group
 Megan Barone  Petit Monde Wine Merchant
  Phil Laramore SAmandla Wine Imports

Advanced Sommelier

Wins Somms Under Fire™ 2019


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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Here’s to 10 amazing years! And looking forward to another 10….

I know I’ve been quiet lately. But it’s not because I haven’t been thinking of you! I’m actually working on importing new wines into the Chicago and New York scene.  I even have NEW Ecuadorian Wines!

Flashback:  10 years ago I started Citimaven:  What’s happened in the last 10 years you ask? Find out in less than 10 minutes.

In this anniversary episode I’ll talk about:  Self Discovery, Entrepreneurship, and what the future holds.

2009 – Starting the Wine Journey
2019 – What I’m up to in the wine world today
2029 – What’s in the forecast

I’m Living my passion – are you living yours?


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November 15th, 2017 by admin

Carlos Enriquez from Doen Zhumir Imports shares his thoughts on classic cars and a Chilean Malbec.


Posted in Chile, Malbec, NYC, Podcast

September 11th, 2017 by admin

Interview with physicists Dr. Jones from La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.




Posted in Featured, Malbec, Peru, Podcast

January 4th, 2017 by admin

Juan Illescas from JDI Imports shares his thoughts on Granacha wine and Piscos.

Particular Garnacha 2015

Posted in Peru, Pisco, Podcast

October 23rd, 2016 by admin

My search for wine takes me all over the world. From time to time I happen to get some education in the process. Here’s what my BFF and I learned whilst visiting England.




Posted in Featured, Podcast, Tempranillo

February 11th, 2016 by admin


  1. Gewurztraminer
  2. Macabeo
  3. Monastrell
  4. Müller-Thurgau
  5. Muscadelle
  6. Nero D’Avola
  7. Pinot
  8. Sangiovese
  9. Semillon
  10. Verdejo

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September 8th, 2015 by admin

Special guest Ronnie Rios speaks on Student Success, Higher Education, and Wine.

Ronnie RiosRonnie is an educator and higher education professional who has been in the field of student affairs for 11 years. She is a native Chicagoan born and raised in Logan square (before it was gentrified). Her passion is to create equitable opportunities of access to high quality education for people from all walks of life. She believes that regardless of race, ethnicity, social class, immigration status, gender or other identities education is a right we all have and should advocate for in every way we can.

 Raiz Rosado

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November 24th, 2013 by admin

The Holiday season has officially started and the wonderful Spanish delicacy Polvorón is out!






This podcast came with a surprise as we tried red wine with dark chocolate and it was a major flop.  Move over dark chocolate, Sevillan Polvoróns were a hit with this bottle of Tempranillo.

Join us on this short 11 minute adventure on how we discovered Polvoróns are pretty good with a young red wine from Ribera del Duero.

Ebano from Ribera del DueroPolvoron

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