Bar Tales

Episode 37-Pete Stringfellow

PETE is a well-rounded entertainer in both music and film. Performing as a country artist has been a passion of PETE’s for many years. He has songs on the radio across the nation, and over 150 song placements in Hollywood. He’s a songwriter, a producer and performs with passion and enthusiasm, coupled with a never ending drive that has propelled him with success in the industry…and he’s just getting warmed up.

Episode 37-Pete Stringfellow

Episode 34-John Troia And Tempus Fugit Spirits

John Troia is the co-founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits, which began its mission in 2007 to bring historically produced absinthes to the US market after being banned for almost 90 years. As an absinthe historian, John has conducted numerous educational seminars on the authentic history and development of one of the most storied and misunderstood spirits of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Recognizing the absence of other historically produced cocktail modifiers such as crèmes, bitters, and liqueurs that were commonly used in the earliest days of the cocktail evolution of the 19th Century, John turned his research and focus towards uncovering authentic 19th Century recipes for some of the most important spirits used in many of the legendary cocktail recipes. These spirits were developed from extensive research for historical accuracy and crafted using the highest quality natural ingredients and produced using historic protocols.

Tempus Fugit Spirits is now widely regarded as the producer of some of the finest and most historically authentic spirits from the 19th Century, which can be found gracing the shelves of the best cocktail bars in the US and worldwide.

Widely regarded as an expert on historic spirits, John Troia has been cited in a variety of cocktail publications and has conducted seminars with numerous US Bartender Guild chapters, along with other industry venues and is in regular demand as a speaker on the history of 19th Century spirits.

Episode 34-John Troia And Tempus Fugit Spirits

Episode 32-Bryan Bergman (The Parish Cafe)

Bryan Bergman, former child star and legendary wine country waiter. After working in popular Atlanta hot spots He came out to nor-cal in the turbulent 90’s to learn more about wine and cooking. He’s opened his own restaurant, helped open Pinot blanc, martini house, and Cindy’s in Napa, migrated to Sonoma in 2005 and was part of the amazing Cyrus restaurant from beginning to end. Since then he’s been part of the Parish Cafe in healdsburg! He is awesome!

Episode 32-Bryan Bergman (The Parish Cafe)

Episode 31-Legendary Maître d’ Nick Peyton

Maître d’ Nick Peyton

Nick Peyton has spent his entire fifty-year working career in the hospitality industry performing every possible position from dishwasher through owner, but the front of house has always been his principal focus. His first major management job was at the Fairmont Hotel’s Squire Room. From 1978 through 1987 the Squire won the most prestigious awards of that day. Then from 1987 to 1991 he was at the helm of Masa’s, acknowledged during those years as the greatest restaurant in the Bay Area.

Moving to the Ritz Carton Dining Room in 1991 he guided it to the same lofty position, leading him to partner with the Dining Room Chef Gary Danko at his eponymous restaurant in 1999.

In 2001 Douglas Keane invited Nick to join him in creating a dining destination in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Their partnership, tested by the challenges of independent restaurant ownership, has persevered the past 17 years to great success; first with Market Restaurant in St Helena, through the Two Michelin Star Cyrus, the classic “burger joint” Healdsburg Bar and Grill and now Two Birds One Stone.

After all those years have flown by; each time stepping onto the restaurant floor brings him renewed excitement and a passion for creating special dining experiences for every guest.

Episode 31-Legendary Maître d’ Nick Peyton

Episode 30- Bar Stories Takeover At Alley 6 Distillery

Check out our first live podcast and the Bar Stories takeover at Alley 6 Distillery in Healdsburg, Calif. We welcomed back fan favorites Laura Sanfilippo and Tara Heffernon of Duke’s Spirited Cocktails, hear from event emcee Kasey Drady and introduce Cora Tang from El Silencio Mezcal. Enjoy!

Episode 30- Bar Stories Takeover At Alley 6 Distillery

Episode 29-Chef Ryder Zetts (Bouchon Bistro, Archetype, Solbar etc)

Ryder Zetts is a local chef who hails from Virginia. He’s worked at many well-known establishments including Bouchon Bistro, Archetype, and Solbar. On this episode, we shotgun a beer to send Ryder off on his next adventure in Nashville.

Episode 29-Chef Ryder Zetts (Bouchon Bistro, Archetype, Solbar etc)

Episode 27-Cappy Sorentino (Dukes Spirited Cocktails)

Cappy Sorentino Is a cocktail magician and partner at Dukes Spirited Cocktails in Healdsburg, Calif. On this episode of Bar Stories, Cappy tries to kill us with his homemade zombie recipe, a quart container of batched mojitos, cucumber crush Sour beer, a bottle of Pineapple Plantation rum, and of course, a little Fernet Branca. This is an epic episode to say the least. Enjoy!

Episode 27-Cappy Sorentino (Dukes Spirited Cocktails)

Episode 26-Walter Moore With Encanto Pisco

WALTER MOORE, Chef, Sommelier and Distribution Specialist is one of the co-founders of Campo de Encanto Pisco from Peru. Graduating from Duke University in 1993 with degrees in Economics and Psychology Walter has spent the last 25+ years in the wine, food and spirit business. Walter is a trained chef, a spirit specialist and a sommelier with three degrees from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma), Certified Specialist of Wine and Court of Master Sommeliers, who transitioned from restaurant beverage management to wine and spirit distribution and sales. Walter, who currently lives in Healdsburg, California is a wine and spirits consultant studying towards his degree in Viticulture and Winemaking.

Episode 26-Walter Moore With Encanto Pisco

Episode 25-Sonoma Distilling Co. (Adam Spiegel)

Adam Spiegel was born and raised in San Francisco. From a young age he experienced the bounty that Sonoma County offers through regular visits to the area with his parents to it's beaches, attending concerts and tagging along on wine tastings.

In 2008 he found his passion for creating spirits while assisting a distiller friend in Santa Rosa and soon realized that there could be more to whiskey. Sonoma Distilling Company was founded in 2010 as one of the first 200 distilleries in the United States.

Episode 25-Sonoma Distilling Co. (Adam Spiegel)

Episode 22-New Alchemy Distilling

Jason and Chandra are Healdsburg, Calif. locals. Chandra was born and raised in Healdsburg and Jason has lived in Healdsburg for 15 years. They both primarily work in the medical field, but share a great passion for crafting fine spirits. Together with Jason’s cousin DJ and business partner Matt, they started and run New Alchemy Distilling. They distill all their spirits in-house, hand label and bottle, and distribute their products to bars and restaurants in the Bay Area.

Episode 22-New Alchemy Distilling

Episode 21-The Kickboxer & The Minion

Rob Lippincott, owner of The Parish Cafe in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, is a New Orleans native— one could say that’s where his appreciation for a great cocktail comes from. He was a fishing boat captain in Louisiana before meeting his wife in Southern California, eventually settling down in Healdsburg. His love for home inspired him to bring a little New Orleans to wine country.

Episode 21-The Kickboxer & The Minion

Episode 20-The Gentlemen Wormwood

Josh Opatz and Shane Harlan are brothers and represent the XY chromosomes of Young & Yonder Spirits. Before they came together to work on this venture, Josh worked in San Francisco, holding down a corporate career in finance while slowing building the dream of starting a distillery back in his hometown of Healdsburg, California. Shane previously worked in winemaking in Sonoma County, and then became part of Y/Y at the end of 2017 to help with the ongoing distillation and fermentation programs at the distillery. The guys work daily with Sarah, Josh’s wife and co-founder of Y/Y, making the business a three person family powerhouse. Their distillery and tasting room is at 449 Allan Court, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Episode 20-The Gentlemen Wormwood

Episode 19-Spirits Of California

Herbie Benham IV is a man of many hats: long time bartender, brand ambassador of Graton Distilling Company, gourmand, embracer and peddler of vice, musician, and surfer. He is born and raised in California and considers every part of the golden state his home. He is committed to quality, whether in the craft spirits he helps develop or in the music that he creates. Keep an eye out for him in cocktail bars and stages all over California.

Episode 19-Spirits Of California

Episode 18-Marty Party/Bad Fish

Sebastian Knox is a Chef who has worked in restaurants throughout the Bay Area including Oliveto in Oakland, and Oenotri in downtown Napa. He later moved to Hopland, California, to help open Piazza de Campovida, where he met Marty Garcia. Marty is a transplant from southern California who has worked in the service industry for 20+ years with stints at Foreign Cinema and Zeitgeist in San Francisco.

Episode 18-Marty Party/Bad Fish

Episode 17-Double D Dimples

Tara Heffernon and Laura Sanfilippo — aka purveyors of the “Boner Bar” — are industry lifers who went from six to midnight life when they opened their own bar, Duke’s Spirited Cocktails in Healdsburg, CA, with two other fellow bartenders and friends. They love strong drinks and have strong opinions on just about everything.

Episode 17-Double D Dimples

Episode 16-Cocktails & Dreams

While Adam was in Ireland, Kasey Drady from the Geyserville Gun Club stepped in as co-host. Grab some popcorn and Junior Mints and sit back and listen as James and Kasey dissect an American cult classic, “Cocktail.”

Episode 16-Cocktails & Dreams

Episode15-Dirty Vengeance

Tim Espinoza is the first legal distiller in the city of Napa since prohibition. His passion for great quality and honest alcohol led him to Napa Valley Distillery where he has been producing top notch spirits for the past three plus years.

Episode15-Dirty Vengeance

Episode 14-Left Right Goodnight


Josh Browning has worked in the restaurant buisness for eight years and for four years in viticulture. Outside of Napa, his culinary adventures have taken him to Healdsburg, New Zealand and south Australia. He currently works as a cellar specialist at Brasswood Cellars in St. Helena, CA.

Episode 14-Left Right Goodnight

Episode 13-Kill Bill

Mike Benz is the director of sales and distribution for Russian River Brewing Company. He has been in the beer industry for nearly 15 years. Benz doesn’t drink any more, he doesn’t drink any less either. He loves his wife and their dog, coffee and fennel, and grammar.

Episode 13-Kill Bill

Episode 12-Grapes Of Wrath

Jude Affronti grew up in San Francisco, where he explored the foods of many cultures. He began working in restaurants -- first as a dishwasher --eventually cooking in Italy & Manhattan before returning to the kitchens of his hometown. He moved to Sonoma County seeking menus with an emphasis on local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients. He currently works at Diavola in Geyserville, CA.

Episode 12-Grapes Of Wrath

Episode 11-Living The High Life

Danny Ojinaga and Michael Franco are...THE GOOD TIME BROS! Two small town bartenders working at Mario & John's Tavern in Petaluma, CA, Danny and Michael showcase their adventures within the hospitality industry through Instagram and a greatly anticipated podcast.

Episode 11-Living The High Life

Episode 10-The Pinnacle Of Service/Edible Nightmare

Chris Robinson has been in the service industry for over 16 yrs. He's worked anywhere from breweries, bistros, and fine dining where hes done literally every position in the front of the house. 

Episode 10-The Pinnacle Of Service/Edible Nightmare

Episode 9-Mind Blown

Michael Matijasic is a professional server living in Napa, CA. He has worked at many well-known establishments including two Michelin star-rated Cyrus and The Culinary Institute of America. He currently works at Torc in downtown Napa.
 

Episode 9-Mind Blown