The Taste with Doug Shafer


A series from Doug Shafer about the people behind the food & wine you love.

Available to listen on your favorite streaming platforms, or listen directly from this page.

Doug Shafer and Leslie Sbrocco

Leslie Sbrocco

46 minutes

Doug Shafer talks with TV host and “wine translator” Leslie Sbrocco, known to millions from her fast-paced wine segments with Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show, her PBS show Check Please, Bay Area and her books including Wine For Women. For more on Leslie Sbrocco visit
Doug and John Skupny

John Skupny

64 minutes

Doug Shafer talks with vintner John Skupny, whose resume includes working with Francis Ford Coppola at Inglenook, Bernard Portet at Clos du Val, and Charlie and Chuck Wagner at Caymus before he and his wife Tracey launched their own winery, Lang & Reed, specializing in Cabernet Franc. For more on John Skupny visit:
Doug Shafer and Cindy Pawlcyn

Cindy Pawlcyn

40 minutes

Doug Shafer talks with chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who is credited with launching the current era of Napa Valley’s restaurant scene, when she opened Mustards in 1983. She went on to open Fog City Diner in San Francisco, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, Calif., and win a James Beard Award for one of her cookbooks. For more on Cindy Pawlcyn visit:

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