Ep. #5 Ty Cline

I had a really fun interview with Ty Cline. I was lucky enough to be invited into his home where we popped the corks on a bunch of different wines. He even brought out a delicious spread of meats, cheeses and all sorts of other goodies so we could snack while we talked and sipped on the good stuff. Aside from just being a knowledgeable wine guy, Ty is the Beverage Director at Stadium Thriftway in Tacoma, Wash. You can say hi to him there and check out his well curated selection of affordable wines. Overall this was a really fun interview. 

Some highlights from the episode include:

  1. Ty's favorite wine resources
  2. Growing grapes indoors and the future of wine
  3. The glassware he uses to enhance his wine experience

Wines Tasted In This Interview

Ep. #4 Ajay Iselin

Ajay was a really fun guest to have on the show. He's super quick witted and always makes me laugh. It was refreshing to interview someone outside of the wine industry for a change. We both tasted some (a lot) of Riesling while we recorded the episode so it got a bit more opinionated on my end, but nonetheless I enjoyed myself. Aside from talking about Ajay's frequent wine stop, Ponzi Vineyards, we also mixed in some banter about workout routines, cooking, marriage, cracking old peoples backs and much more. After recording, editing and uploading this episode I'm still having a good chuckle as a write this. I do hope you enjoy this episode with my friend Ajay Iselin. 

What Ajay Drank - 2015 Ponzi Riesling

What Max Drank - 2015 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Sweet Kathrine Riesling

A shot of the Ponzi vineyards Tasting Room March 6th, 2017

A shot of the Ponzi vineyards Tasting Room March 6th, 2017

Ep. #3 Yashar Shayan

Yashar is a really interesting dude. He currently runs his own online wine retail store called impulsewine.com where he finds unique wine gems and offers them to his customers via email.

Yashar was born in the city of Tehran in Iran, moved to Vancouver, Washington and then eventually settled in Seattle where he still resides today. There wasn't  much wine in his life in his younger days but he did tell me a story about his parents making wine that involved pantyhose...so stay tuned for that. Throughout the episode we also cover some unique experiences Yashar has had in his extensive wine career. Within the past 12 years he's worked in wine tourism, wine retail, as an assistant winemaker as well as working in many well known restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Yashar has a wealth of experience in the wine industry which made for a fun interview. He's also quick-witted with a sense of humor (which I can appreciate). 

Thanks so much for listening and I hope you enjoy my conversation with Yashar Shayan!

Where to find Yashar online

Mentioned in this episode...

  • Jancis Robinson - Vintner's Tales old school wine vidoes

Ep. #2 Joel Dhanapal

Joel Dhanapal is a Wine Specialist at Pete’s Wine Shop in Seattle, WA. Pete’s has been around since 1974 and is well known for it’s wine and more specifically its selection of Champagne and Sparkling wines.

Joel has been in the wine business for thirty years. Aside from Pete’s, he also spent time at Larry’s Markets which we’re a small chain of fine wine shops in the greater Seattle area.

Bright is an accurate adjective used to describe Joel. His wine knowledge is top notch and he’s just an all around smart guy. One thing I appreciate about him is that he’s a straight shooter and he gets right to the point. There’s no room for fluff, and I like that.

Thanks so much for checking out the WINEJETS podcast. I hope you enjoy my interview with Joel Dhanapal.

Links Mentioned in the episode


Wines/ Wineries



Learning Resources



Show Notes

  • How Joel got into wine 3:35
  • Champagne School 7:00
  • How come French wines are popular? [8:45]
  • What's Washington State's wine identity? [10:13]
  • Great value wines [12:15]
  • Wine buying tips pt. 1 [13:45]
  • Weddings and wine [16:15]
  • What does minerality in wine mean? [16:49]
  • Where do some wine flavors come from? [17:30]
  • Selling Christmas trees is kinda like selling wine... [19:34]
  • Selling fine wines in a 7/11 [19:40]
  • Good tip for wine stewards [20:55]
  • Secrets of the wine business [22:56]
  • Wine legalities and logistics [24:15]
  • How wineries can benefit from each other [26:55]
  • Is it hurtful for brands to have too many wines? [27:40]
  • One of Joel's educational resources [20:30]
  • Thoughtful insight on wine scores [30:00]
  • Do our tastes change as we age? [32:40]
  • Wine gifts for clients [33:00]
  • Wine and food pairings [34:00]
  • Good questions to ask at a wine shop [36:13]
  • Protecting against wine fraud [38:00]
  • Best wines to age [39:30]
  • Washington wine recommendations [41:20]
  • Traveling through Europe [46:40]
  • Taste where your at/ expanding your palate [48:30]
  • Wine tasting tips [50:20]

Ep. #1 Nick Davis

My first guest on the show is Nick Davis. Nick is a certified Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is one of the youngest sommeliers in the nation to a have accomplished this challenging task. If you don’t know what a sommelier is you’ll have a better idea by the time this podcast is over. Or you can go ahead and google it. Nick has personally tasted thousands of wines and polished thousands of wine glasses while working at some very well known restaurants such as Canlis and RN74 in Seattle, WA. He also runs his own wine company called Medium Plus that is largely focused on wine education, service and events.

Thanks for listening to my conversation with Nick Davis!

Find Nick Online

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

    What we were drinking...

    Show Notes

    • How to polish and/or “forge” your resume to land a new job [6:30]
    • How to outgrow being an introvert in the wine biz [8:00]
    • Blending music and wine [8:20]
    • What’s in Nicks glass? [9:25]
    • PRO TIP - preserving opened wines in the fridge [9:35]
    • WINE TOOL - What is a Coravin? [10:48]
    • Working at Canlis Restaurant [19:40]
    • Nick’s definition of “sommelier” [31:30]
    • An attempt to quantify how long it takes to become an Advanced Sommelier [45:55]
    • Sommelier study tips and memory techniques [47:50]
    • Getting to know world wine regions [53:20]
    • Challenging yourself [59:10]
    • Studying to become a Master Sommelier [1:02:14]
    • How to taste wine [1:06:04]
    • How to taste wine part 2 [1:15:30]
    • How to learn more about wine [1:17:05]
    • Great resources to learn more about wine [1:17:34]
    • Choosing good wine glasses [1:19:05]
    • More about Nick’s company, Medium Plus [1:23:00]
    • Why traveling is important [1:25:50]
    • Why attending wine events is important [1:27:10]

    Music in this episode

    "You Figure It Out" by Mt. St. Helgens