That being said, we feel pretty lucky to have two. Our buddies Adam and Jeremy make up the local dynamic duo infamously referred to as “The Cork Dorks”. We knew these guys before they were “Cork Dorks”, but does that mean they were just “dorks” when we met them? A question for us to ponder the next time we are sharing a bottle or six of wine with them.
Back on track…
Annie and I get accused of being everywhere all the time. People think we’re at every event, restaurant, bar, winery, and more all at the same time; this is untrue. The Cork Dorks on the other hand, are everywhere and I’m still trying to figure out how the hell they do that. They have been an absolute blast to hang out with as friends and to “work with” at events and even the few times Annie and I have been on the radio with them.
There is no way you could meet two nicer guys with A.D.D., and to top it off they’re even more hilarious in person than they are on the radio…although, they are pretty damn crazy on the radio. We’ve been to a ton of events, parties, concerts, and so on with these guys and had the opportunity to spend this past New Year’s Eve with them at the Halter Ranch Winery house…yet another epic time filled with great people, great wine, and memories that will most certainly last a lifetime (or until I start to have memory issues).
Be sure to check out the Cork Dorks on The Krush 92.5 as well as online…they’re on an amazing wine journey in SLO county all while keeping it real!! Cheers guys…until next time (speaking of next time, that will be this coming weekend at Crush & Roll 2012 in Paso Robles).
Here’s the Official Cork Dork Buzz:
The Cork Dorks have a top rated show on The KRush 92.5 where they take listeners behind the scenes of the tasting room and into the cellar, tasting the wines while getting to know the owners and winemakers. The Cork Dorks are just shy of celebrating two years on the air and have featured big wine names like Justin, J. Lohr, Opolo, Halter Ranch, and Bien Nacido, as well as boutique wineries like Caliza, Grey Wolf, Bella Luna, and more…
Now, for a little Q&A with Adam…one half of the Dorks…
What do you love about radio?
I have loved radio since I was a kid. I was always fascinated with the vast reach radio has, while never sacrificing the real one-on-one connection a person builds with a radio program that they love. Every since I was a kid, I’ve loved radio and remember using double cassette decks to record my voice over songs I would hear on the radio.
How long have you been in radio?
I have been in radio for 11 years, and when not Cork Dorkin’, both of us Dorks host morning radio shows. I host “Up & Adam in the Morning“, heard weekday mornings from 6-10am on Q104.5fm. Jeremy is half of the “Jeff & Jeremy” show on 93.3 KZOZ that also airs weekdays from 6-10am.
Why the Cork Dorks?
I was working at another radio station that had a talk station in the building and began planning a local wine show. I soon transitioned back into working for American General Media to begin Up & Adam. They had the station The Krush which in the past year or so had made a fomat change to include the wine lifestyle in its programming. Jeremy and I were already friends, and had began to learn about wine together. After discussing the idea, we both had an interest in combing our existing love for radio, with our new passion of wine tasting. I remember pitching the idea to the Program Director, and it wasn’t even that hard of a sell! He said, “Just call the show Cork Dorks”, and you’re good. I was so excited, I probably wouldn’t have cared what he titled the show, but to his credit, folks LOVE the name.”
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about wine or the wine world?
That it takes a lot of beer to make wine. Meaning a lot of the time, the last thing a winemaker wants is another glass of his vino during a show. We’ve done shows where the winemaker has a can of Modelo or whatever was around in the cellar. We’re also amazed how UN-snooty these winemakers are. They’re farmers. They’re hard workers. Yes, there is art involved, but these are real salt of the earth people. Maybe the most important thing we’ve learned is that good wine STARTS IN THE VINEYARD. A lot of these guys are not ONLY the winemaker, but the are the GROWER too. They don’t just punch-in come harvest time. They are tending to these vines from early in the year to bud break. I have noticed that some of the best winemakers are dealing with the grapes WAY before they hit the crush pad.
What are you drinking now?
Actually more and more whites. I love a good Viognier, a nice stainless Chard, a dry rose. My heart is with red though. And on any day that ends in Y, I’m down for a well made Bordeaux blend. I’ve recently had Adelaida’s Syrah, as well as the Mouvedre from Cypher. We did a show at Claiborne and Churchill recently, and have been ordering their dry Riesling anytime I see it on a menu when I’m out.
What’s so great about the Central Coast wine region?
The people. Also, there is something so very special about this area and the quality of our fruit. Where does Napa get most of their zinfandel grapes? Us. We are a couple of decades behind them, and thank God for that! I love how this area, and hopefully our show can help in making wine more approachable to anyone with a mouth!
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