Vin de Cru...french for "Vintage Wine" is a weekly exposé and audiolog focusing on exclusive VinVillageRadio guest interviews featuring high-profile, in-depth discussions with the "who's who" in wine and food. Please read, listen and enjoy!

VinVillage chats with Monique Soltani of WineOh TV; Greg Walter of Pinot Report; Timm Crull of Terraces Wine; and Eve Bushman of Eve Wine 101

Segment-1: Wine Journalism - For over five years, Monique has been covering the wine scene in California and around the globe as she shares her passion for wine, journalism and television in telling people’s stories on "WineOh.tv" with the world - Monique Soltani
 
01: Wine Oh TV Founder and Host, Monique Soltani, is a seasoned journalist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and American Studies. Having honed her reporting skill over a decade working at several ABC, CBS & NBC affiliate television stations across the country, Monique also earned her wine certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, became an experienced wine judge, and has interviewed at least 200 winemakers, dozens of top chefs, and "A-list" celebrities. Most recently, Monique has also been reporting on weather and wine country for "The Weather Channel."
 

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Segment-2: Wine & Events - PinotReport Editor & Publisher Greg Walter has been creating compelling content in wine, food and beyond for more than 30 years. He's also the co-producer of the highly popular "Pinot On The River" event now in its 11th year - Greg Walter
 
02: PinotReport is written exclusively about Western Pinot Noir. Available by subscription in either online or print formats, PinotReport is written for people who love Western Pinot Noir -- California, Oregon, New Zealand specifically - and want to keep up on the latest new wines. Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Newsletter. The 11th annual Pinot On The River Festival is on Sunday, October 26th, from Noon-4PM on the Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg. It is one of the best opportunities to taste wines from more than 100 top Pinot producers from up and down the West Coast, many of which are small, artisan producers with some participating in their first public tasting event.
 

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Segment-3: Wineries - Founded in 1993 by the Crull family, The Terraces is an artisanal winery which embodies California history. The oak woodlands of the estate extend across the eastern foothills of Rutherford - Timm Crull
 
03: In 1993, the Crull family purchased the remaining Werle property and renamed it Quarry Vineyards in reference to its history as a working rock quarry. Then, in 2001, the Crull's purchased The Terraces property from Wayne Hogue, reuniting the original homestead to create: The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards. The Terraces is an artisanal winery which embodies California history. The oak woodlands of the estate extend across the eastern foothills of Rutherford and encompass hillside vineyard blocks thriving in rocky volcanic soil as well as orchards, beehives, a balsamic vinegar acetaio and, of course, Rutherford dust. The Terraces produces hand crafted, limited release wines from the fruit grown in their terraced Napa Valley vineyards, and other select vineyards in California.
 
 
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Segment-4: Wine Education - About 7 years ago Eve Busman chose to write exclusively on wine education for beginners. Her experience is based on over 20 years of classes, tastings, winery tours, and reading everything she could get her hands on...and the education never ends - Eve Bushman
 
04: Eve Bushman wrote the Eve's Wine 101 column for a local newspaper in Santa Clarita for 3 years. For 11 years prior to that, she was a community columnist for the same paper. Eve also writes for Elite Magazine, The SCV Beacon and does freelance work in other periodicals and books. Her knowledge is based on over 25 years of reading, tasting, classes, and many events. Eve writes about wine for beginners, accepts guest posts, and has several staff and guest writers. After being featured on "Wine Down TV", "Wine Dogs USA 3" and the "Wine Cats," one of Eve's goals was to promote her work to a greater audience, which she achieved when she published a short e-book on Kindle, "Wine Etiquette for Everyone" which had over 1,500 downloads within the first 5 days of its release.
 
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VinVillage chats with Ann Rea about Wine, Art and Appreciation; Todd French on The Wine Check; Moorea Warren on the Lodi Wine Stroll; and Esther Bates on Sideways at the Elverhoj Museum

Segment-1: Wine & Art - San Francisco based artist Ann Rea ('Ray') delivers an inspiring program with her Art, Wine & Appreciation events as she takes an old tradition and delivers a fresh approach with her "edu-tainment" themed events - Ann Rea
 
01: Drawing on the tradition of the salon, nationally recognized artist, Ann Rea's clients invite select guests to participate in an intimate and inspired conversation as they learn about art and wine in a relaxed, fresh and friendly way. Starting with a sparkling wine reception, the event Host's introduce each guest by briefly thanking them for their business, contribution, or friendship. This interaction ignites an atmosphere of gratitude and appreciation among the participants. The evening progressses as each wine is paired with an oil painting. The attendees learn a about the wine, and the Artist, Ann Rea, teaches everyone how to look at a painting through the artist’s eyes. Click HERE to learn more.
 

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Segment-2: Wine & Travel - The Wine Check says "Don't Ship It...Check It!" The Wine Check provides a safe, convenient, and economical way to transport up to a case of wine allowing you to "check it" while flying - Todd French
 
02: Truly savvy wine travelers know to check their wine in a wine shipper box with the airline, however checking a 40+ lbs box without wheels, handles, or a pull-strap can be challenging. Now, with "The Wine Check," wine-travel enthusiasts can get their wine home safely and conveniently. And, wineries have a way to sell more wine, decrease weather holds, returns, admin costs, etc, while branding The Wine Check and thus have a rolling billboard throughout airports. After all, it’s the wine that cultivates the relationship between the traveler and the place.
 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - The Lodi Chamber of Commerce announces its 22nd annual School Street Wine Stroll...and this Fall it’s going to be a "Wicked Wine Stroll", so grab your mask and broom and join the fun - Moorea Warren
 
03: The Lodi School Street Wine Stroll is a semi-annual wine event, hosted every Spring and Fall, by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce to promote local wineries and businesses. It features over 25 wineries, each pouring their best wines in a retail shop located in historic Downtown Lodi. Attendees get to casually "stroll" down School Street visiing the shops which are offering the wines they've been "paired" with, plus light appetizers and special sales for that evening. So, come visit Lodi on Saturday, October 18th from 6 to 9PM for a "Spooktacular" time!
 
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Lodi "Wicked" Wine Stroll


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It'll be a Spooktacular time!

6-9PM, Saturday, Oct. 18th in Downtown Lodi

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Segment-4: Wine & Museums - To mark the 10th anniversary of the award-winning film, Sideways, Elverhoj Museum of History and Art presents “Looking Back Sideways,” a photography exhibition currently on display in the Museum Gallery - Esther Bates
 
04: The exhibit at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art features iconic images from the Sideways film and a look behind-the-scenes as captured by Merie Weismiller Wallace, a member of the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers. On Saturday, November 1st, Merie Wallace will talk about her experiences on location with the Sideways cast and crew. The public is invited to the free presentation of "Shooting Sideways" at 4 p.m. in the Museum Gallery. Click HERE for more details.
 
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VinVillage chats with Geoff Alexander on Sideways-10; Chris Bashforth on Santa Ynez Historical Museum; Megan McGrath Gates on Lucas & Lewellen wine; and Charlotte Chipperfield on The Wine Key

Segment-1: Wine Movies - We are talking with the Santa Barbara County Film Commissioner about everything "Sideways" as this September marks the 10th Anniversary of the widely popular movie - Geoff Alexander
 
01: The Santa Barbara County Film Commission, in conjunction with "Visit Santa Barbara" and "Sideways10" are in partnership with "Fox Searchlight" to promote local Film Tourism including a national sweepstakes hosted by FOX Searchlight to accompany their Blu-Ray "re-release" of Sideways, along with an exclusive screening and celebration of the film at The Arlington Theatre featuring Sideways Director, Alexander Payne, a website "Sideways10.com," along with social media support, a new "Sideways Map" as well as 100 “Sideways signs” that are deployed throughout Santa Barbara County.
 

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Segment-2: Wine & Museums - During the Sideways 10th Celebration, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum will be featuring exclusive winemaker dinners and tastings and a VERY special exhibit called… "UNCORKED: The Evolution of Wine in the Santa Ynez Valley" - Chris Bashforth
 
02: The first exhibition of its kind, “Uncorked” traces the evolution of winemaking in the Santa Ynez Valley from the early Mission period through today. The exhibit highlights those pioneering winemakers who helped bring international recognition to the Santa Ynez Valley as a region for producing exceptionally fine wines, along with the many others who laid the groundwork for today's burgeoning wine industry in the Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding areas.
 

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Segment-3: Wine - For on VinVillageRadio back in 2008, Lucas & Lewellen joins us to talk about their wines and their invovlement in the Sideway 10th celebration - Megan McGrath Gates
 
03: The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the 3 wine growing valleys of Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Maria Valley. These valley vineyards benefit from a rare transverse mountain range topography, an east-west orientation which channels the cool ocean air of the Pacific into the coastal valleys, allowing warm days and cool nights to produce a long, gentle growing season. And, on Sat-Oct. 11th in honor of the Sideways the 10th Celebration, you can enjoy a delicious winemaker’s dinner with Lucas & Lewellen (which was featured in the Sideways Film), at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.
 
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Segment-4: Wine Education - The Wine Key is a wine education and consulting business based in San Francisco that hosts wine-themed educational events around the country - Charlotte Chipperfield
 
04: The Wine Key, lead by Founder, Charlotte Chipperfield, is on a mission to make wine less intimidating and to enrich lives one sip, or one click at a time! Learn to navigate the world of wine with The Wine Key's online resources such as tips for purchasing, how to read wine labels, their webinars, or by attending live classes. The Wine Key also offers social media and marketing consulting to wine related businesses such as wineries, wine bars, and restaurants.
 
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VinVillage chats with Andy Abramson on Grenache Day; with Roger Noujeim about Quini Wine App; Beth Smith aka @TrailWineChick; and "Grilliant Ideas" about their radio show

Segment-1: Wine - Int'l Grenache Association uncorks the 5th Annual International Grenache Day 2014 on Friday, Sep. 19th - Andy Abramson
 
01: Andy Abramson, the U.S. "Grenache Ambassador" joins us and we're talking about nothing but "Grenache" as on Friday, Sep. 19th, marks the "5th Annual International Grenache Day" celebrating the most widely planted red grape on the plant...and on that day, for 24 hours worldwide, there will be Grenache tastings, plantings and tweetings around the globe. And, to the true "Grenachistas" it’s only a matter of time before more people request Grenache the way they do other wines. So, let's all "SIP" into something more comfortable like a great glass of Grenache and let's get talking about this fabulous varietal...and Taste...Talk...Tweet...#GrenacheDay!"
 

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Segment-2: Wine Apps - Quini is a wine tasting app that helps you do just that. Notice more...Taste more...and Enjoy wine even more - Roger Noujeim
 
02: We are joined by Roger Noujeim ("New-Jaym"), CEO of "Quini," the FREE interactive, intuitive Wine App that allows users to rate wines, and expand their wine-tasting abilities through a five-step process...Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Finish, & Opinion. Useful for both wine enthusiasts and novices, Quini captures the users input, and then, the wines quality and character are captured in a colorful, "bloom-like" image, each petal reflecting one of the five aspects of the wine. Each bloom rating is unique, and incorporates a numerical score based on the popular 100-point rating system.
 

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Segment-3: Wine Blogs - Elizabeth "Beth" Smith, aka the "Traveling Wine Chick" is a former college professor turned wine professional and blogger - Elizabeth Smith
 
03: Having lost her college position in 2012 to unexpected budgetary cuts caused Beth to rethink her life’s journey. So, she enrolled in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 and Level 2 courses to expand her horizons. In 2013, she held multiple part-time positions in online education, in travel, and one for a wine broker which got her foot in the door of the wine industry. Still seeking full-time employment, she got a her "break" with the help of a wine business travel client... So, in early 2014, she packed up and she moved from Virginia to Napa Valley, to start her new life as wine club coordinator at Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards and as a wine blogger, known as the "Traveling Wine Chick."
 
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Segment-4: Internet Radio - A mild-mannered Food Packaging salesman recreates himself as "Mr. Incognito" to become an internet talk-radio Host on his own foodie show - Grilliant Ideas
 
04: Having been a mild-mannered Food Packaging salesman for nearly 30 years, he felt unfulfilled after all that time on the road.  With most of this life being on the east coast, he ultimately trusted his heart for a life of mystery and adventure and headed west  Landing in San Diego for nearly 12 years, he discovered the art of BBQ. Following the great BBQ masters...and always looking for ways to hone his new craft...when one evening while grilling by a setting sun...he had that "aha moment."...and came up with "A GRILLIANT IDEA" for the name of his new company and brand...which lead him to GrilliantIdeasRadio.
 
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VinVillageRadio chats with Warren Bobrow on Whiskey Cocktails; Kim Young & Peggy Patterson on Wolves & Wine; Kat Ellis & Joe Mullenix on Chords & Vines; and Paul Cullen on his Cruise

Segment-1: Spirits - From the 2013 "Apothecary Cocktails," to the soon to be released "Whiskey Cocktails," there something fun to learn for all spirits lovers - Warren Bobrow
 
01: Mixologist extraordinaire, and author of "Apothecary Cocktails" and his new "Whiskey Cocktails," Warren Bobrow has published over 300 articles on food, wine, and cocktail mixology, is hugely knowledgeable in the world of cocktails. In addition to his popular blog, The Cocktail Whisperer, he writes for the Williams-Sonoma blog, Foodista.com, Voda magazine, Saveur, Serious Eats, The Beverage Journal and Beverage News and Edible New Jersey. Warren has taught social media and food writing at the New School in NY as well as the Institute for Culinary Education. He is a Ministry of Rum judge and was the only journalist from the USA asked to participate in Fete de la Gastronomie 2012 in Paris. He can be found online at "CocktailWhisperer.com"
 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Wolf Haven International is celebrating its fourth annual "Wolves & Wine" Charitiable Fundraiser - Kim Young & Peggy Patterson
 
02: Kim Young, Director of Communications for Wolf Haven International, and Peggy Patterson, Proprietor of Hoodsport Winery joins us to discuss Wolf Haven, a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary that has worked for wolf conservation since 1982, and their upcoming "Wolves & Wine" charitable wine & food fundrasier on Saturday, Sep. 27th. Peggy Patterson and her Hoodsport Winery are one of the participating wineries pouring at the event. Click below to get your tickets now!
 

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Segment-3: Wine & Music - "Chords & Vines Radio"...pairing music with wine. And, Kat and Joe started it all! - Kat Ellis & Joe Mullenix
 
03: Every Sunday afternoon on L.A. Talk Radio, Joe Mullenix and Kat Ellis go to a different venue in the Temecula Valley area of southern California and showcase a few of the best and most talented musicians in the area. "We listen to a few of their original tunes and then one of our incredible wine experts will pair those tunes to wine from any of several award winning wineries...of course we have to sample the wines and give our opinions too which adds to the fun."
 
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Segment-4: Wine & Travel - Former Bad Company 'bad-boy bassist,' Paul Cullen, has proven he really is Good Company - Paul Cullen
 
04: From rocking with Bad Company in front of 20,000 screaming fans...to an intimate cruise along the Mediterranean with 20 food and wine lovers, Paul Cullen has proven a bad-boy can become REALLY good company. And, now, Paul and his wife Bonnie are hosting the ultimate food, wine and music cruise aboard Oceania Cruise Line's, The Marina. Guests will enjoy private wine tastings, gourmet dinners, musical performances, winery and food tours, it promises to be the trip of a lifetime. Every day and every night will be filled with food, wine, music and history!
 
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WineFairy chats with Kirsten Rødsgaard-Mathiesen on her book; with Jaime Joyce on Moonshine; Jessica Munnell of Mercer Wines; and Gary Mortensen of Stoller Family Wines

Segment-1: Wine - The "Unofficial Winemaking Sisterhood" of New Zealand: "Passion, Pinot & Savvy" - Kirsten Rødsgaard-Mathiesen
 
01: Kirsten Rødsgaard-Mathiesen is a news and feature journalist from Denmark who moved to New Zealand in 2002 to focus on her passions: design, travel, food and wine. Thanks to mingling and mixing with lots of wine people, from all over New Zealand, attending uncountable wine-tastings and writing about wine,” she has "gathered a fair bit of knowledge about the modern wine industry" there. With "Passion, Pinot & Savvy," she offers an up-to-date insight into New Zealand's exquisite wine industry, through the eyes of 16 women winemakers passionate about their craft.”
 

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Segment-2: Spirits - "Moonshine: The Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor" - Jaime Joyce
 
02: Jaime Joyce, Time Inc. Editor, joins us to discuss her latest book, Moonshine-The Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor, exploring America’s centuries-old relationship with moonshine from its fascinating history to its widespread effect on U.S. pop culture and modern-day craft distilling practices of today. Moonshine provides a fresh perspective on the profound implications that underground moonshine making has had on American life, as we know it.
 

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Segment-3: Wine - Mercer Wine Estates Founded by 5th Generation Mercer Family of Horse Heaven Hills AVA Washington – Jessica Munnell
 
03: Washington State University viticulture-trained Jessica Munnell is winemaker for Mercer Wine Estates of Prosser, Washington founded by Mercer family fifth generation in 2005. The Mercers are one of the largest landowners and grape growers in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, tending 18 percent of the vineyard land with over 2000 acres for their estate wines and vineyard clients. Horse Heaven Hills is home to 25% of the state’s wine grapes. Learn why grapes grown in Horse Heaven Hills are so highly regarded by Washington state winemakers. Mercer Wine Estates includes three tiers of wines ranging from $10 to $42, Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
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Segment-4: Wine - Stoller Family Estate Winery: Committed to Leadership in Winegrowing and Sustainable Environmental Practices – Gary Mortensen
 
04: Stoller Family Estate, the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills and the 2014 recipient of Wine Press Northwest’s "Northwest Winery of the Year", announces a new branding for its packaging and website. According to Stoller Family Estate President, Gary Mortensen, "Our new branding reflects Bill Stoller’s over twenty-year process of transforming his family’s farm into one of Oregon’s leading winegrowers and a destination winery, as well as a model of sustainability. In the last two years alone we have invested extensively in our vineyard, opened a new net zero energy tasting room, remodeled our three guest homes and hired a team of talented professionals to provide excellent hospitality for our guests."
 
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WineFairy chats with Steve Piatz about Mead; with bloggers, Joe Roberts aka "1WineDude," and Elaine Chukan Brown

Segment-1: Making Mead - "The Complete Guide to Making Mead" ... Up-to-date, Modern, Authoritative – Steve Piatz
 
01: Award-winning mead-maker Steve Piatz begins with a brief history of the fermented beverage; a rundown of the various types of mead; and a discussion of the many types of honey that are available, their characteristics, and where to source them. Readers will be treated to discussions of yeast and special ingredients, as well as what equipment is necessary and recommended and an illustrated and detailed look at the basic process. With more than 100 color photos, “The Complete Guide to Making Mead: The Ingredients, Equipment, Processes, and Recipes for Crafting Honey Wine,” includes dozens of recipes for basic meads (honey only), melomels (honey and fruit), metheglins (honey and spices), and braggots (honey and malt).
 

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Segment-2: Wine Blogs - Blogger 1WineDude Provides ‘Serious Wine Talk For the Not So Serious Drinker’ – Joe Roberts
 
02: Joe Roberts is not a journalist by education or by trade. He is an independent source of wine information, and he chooses what to what to write about, what to say about each topic, and when it gets published… since 2007. Heckle him for his latest wine coolness delivered to your virtual doorstep in short, easily digestible mini wine reviews and some educational, entertaining wine videos. If you're looking to up your wine tasting IQ, check out his book ‘How to Taste Like a Wine Geek: A practical guide to tasting, enjoying, and learning about the world's greatest beverage.’
 

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Segment-3: Wine Blogs - Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews… "A New Standard for Wine Reviews" – Elaine Chukan Brown
 
03: Veteran Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with wine producers, Elaine Chukan Brown uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story. Her wine writing also appears in 'World of Fine Wine,' 'Wine and Spirits,' 'Serious Eats,' and various trade magazines, among others. As a featured guest, she has spoken about wine at the ‘UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program,’ ‘Pebble Beach Food & Wine,’ and in wine classes around the country.
 
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Segment-4: Wine Blogs - Blogger’s Primary Goal is Always to Witness the Person or Glass in Front of Her - Elaine Chukan Brown
 
04: This summer Elaine Chukan Brown was a Grand Seminar speaker, and ‘University of Pinot’ educator for the ‘International Pinot Noir Celebration.’ Her previous work as an academic philosopher informs her views of wine, and people. She brings the rigor, thoroughness, and clarity demanded of her previous career forward to her work with wine. In traveling wine regions, and interviewing people in wine, her primary goal is always to witness the life in front of her, be it in person or in-the-glass.
 
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WineFairy chats with Juan and Nola Palomar of Dominio Buenavista & Veleta Wines; Alec Lindsay on WineGlass App; and wine blogger & reviewer, Fredric Koeppel

Segment-1: Winery & Importers - Bodega Dominio Buenavista and Veleta Wines of Granada, Spain – Juan and Nola Palomar
 
01: Juan and Nola Palomar, operate Dominio Buenavista family owned winery situated south from Granada, on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in one of Spain's oldest wine regions: La Alpujarra – Contraviesa. They produce wines organically adhering to biodynamic practices in their vineyards and while using traditional methods in their new facilities to produce wines of exceptional quality. As a result of their cleanliness routine in the winery, they have some of the lowest sulphite content of their wines in the market. The Palomar’s import their wines themselves and strive to share their passion and award winning white, rosé, red and Cava wines with US consumers.
 

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Segment-2: Wine Apps - Replace Your Shame With Confidence Using The New WineGlass App..."A Game Changer" – Alec Lindsay
 
02: WineGlass started with a conversation between brothers Roddy and Alec Lindsay in 2012. The Brothers Lindsay were staring at a wine list in a restaurant in Moscow, eyes glazed over with anxiety and shame. That evening, they decided to build a friendly, intuitive wine app predicated upon speed, simplicity, and ease of use. They've partnered with CellarTracker, the world’s leading wine community, which provides the data that powers WineGlass. Take a picture of a wine list at a bar or restaurant and WineGlass will instantly scan the image and give you an interactive version on your iPhone. Easy!
 

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Segment-3: Wine Blogs - "Bigger Than Your Head" Wine Review Blog Balances Pleasure With Skepticism – Fredric Koeppel
 
03: Veteran print journalist, former college English Instructor, Fredric Koeppel, writes and publishes the immensely popular, well-regarded blog “Bigger Than Your Head: wine reviews from his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he’s focusing a lot of attention on delicious dry rosés for our summer delight. He spends a great deal of time eating and drinking… reading, watching movies, listening to most forms of music, admiring architecture and the visual arts… cooking, fostering rescue puppies, and sharing his life with us.
 
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Segment-4: Wine Blogs - Memphis Wine Blogger Provides Original Commentary for Consumer and Industry Review – Fredric Koeppel
 
04: Fredric Koeppel’s “Bigger Than Your Head” was voted best wine reviews blog in 2009 and 2013. He’s been writing about wine, online, since 2004 and is considered one of the most influential voices on wine in 2014. His taste in wines is eclectic, see category list, ranging from cheap to esoteric-limited, but honest and steadfast to his inner-wine-voice. Koeppel will rejoin us in December with his annual 12 Days of Christmas Champagne and Sparkling Wine review list. If you can’t wait ‘til then, we can’t recommend his blog highly enough.
 
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WineFairy chats with Cynthia Cosco on Passagio Wines; with Alyssa Rap of Bottlenotes; and with Alan Goldfarb on the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference

Segment-1: Winemakers - Follow Your Passion: Passagio Wines to Open Tasting Room on Vine Alley, Sonoma Square - Cynthia Cosco
 
01: "What an awesome journey this has been...I was a 15year Law Enforcement Officer who left that career to follow a passion for wine making. I moved to California in 2004 to pursue that dream. I now am the owner/winemaker for Passaggio Wines. The name Passaggio comes from an Italian word meaning ‘passage way.’ This journey has been a wonderful passage into the world of wine. I have met many inspiring friends and have shared some remarkable food and wine... I couldn't have done it without the help of some wonderful friends... Watch for the new Passaggio Wines tasting room... coming soon to Sonoma!!"
 

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Join Bottlenotes at "Around the World in "80-Sips"! – Alyssa Rapp
 
02: On August 15th, "Around the World in 80 Sips" L.A. will celebrate with over 80 great wines from around the globe. This signature event has General and VIP admission times offering the "Sherry-Lehmann VIP Suite" which includes an additional 25+ world-class wines, plus there's a "Chateau Montelena" hosted educational seminar and sensory tasting of their current six releases. The seminar is at 5:30; VIP at 6:30 & General Admission at 7:30 Friday, August 15th at Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. For more information and VERY special ticket pricing, go to VinVillage.com! Alyssa Rapp is Founder and CEO of Bottlenotes.
 

 

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Segment-3: Wine Blogs - For the Love of Bloggers—The 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, Buellton, California – Alan Goldfarb
 
03: Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, participated in the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference as an observer to build relationships with the increasingly popular and growing blogging community. Now in its seventh year, the conference is supported by three distinct groups: Citizen Wine Bloggers, Industry Wine Bloggers, and Non-blogger participants interested in wine brands, products, and lifestyle.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Blogs - Congratulations To The 2014 Wine Blog Award Winners! - Alan Goldfarb
 
04: Alan Goldfarb’s recent observations from attending the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference will spark interesting conversations and continued food for thought as the blogging theme, campaign, and phenom moves forward. The highlight of the conference is the announcement of the Wine Bloggers Awards. Best Blog Post of the Year went to Lauren Mowery’s “Turkish Wines: Vinkara Winery Working to Preserve Indigenous Varieties with Delicious Results.” Best Original Photography or Video on a Wine Blog went to “The Journey of Jordan Winery.” Best Industry/Business Wine Blog went to “Fermentation: The Daily Wine blog.” Best Wine Reviews on a Wine Blog went to “Wine School of Philadelphia.” Best Single Subject Wine Blog went to “Washington Wine Report.” Best Winery Blog went to “The Lynmar Life.” Best Writing On a Wine Blog went to "HoseMaster of Wine." Best New Wine Blog went to "Girl and the Grape." And, the Best Overall Wine Blog went to "Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog."

 

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WineFairy chats with wine historian, Emily Kate; with wine journalist, Randy Caparoso; and with Edwin and Stacia Williams of Cairdean Estate

Segment-1: Wine History - Discover the History of Wine from Antiquity to Late Middle Ages – Emily Kate
 
01: Emily Kate, Historian, hosts a new YouTube channel based on her own historical research where she posts lectures on the history of wine and the vine. She studied history at Columbia University, earning her undergraduate degree in a mere three years. She has earned the Intermediate and Advanced WSET certifications with honors; interned at wineries in the U.S. and Australia, and works part-time at Gotham Wines in NYC.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Journalism - Wine Educator, Journalist, Sommelier, Lodi Wine Blogger - Randy Caparoso
 
02: Randy Caparoso, contributor at The Tasting Panel Magazine, Editor-at-Large for The SOMM Journal, is a multi-award winning restaurateur, founding partner, former VP, and wine director of the Roy's restaurant group, and longtime wine journalist, who lives in Lodi, California and blogs about Lodi wine. He is currently "Bottom Line" Editor of Sommelier Journal. He has been commended by the Academy of Wine Communications for Excellence in Wine Writing and Encouragement of Higher Industry Standards; an is an Electoral College Member of the annual Vintners Hall of Fame at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

 

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Segment-3: Wineries - Cairdean Estate Provides Full Day Sensory Experience in Napa Valley - Edwin and Stacia Williams
 
03: Cairdean Estate is the vision of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. Cairdean sits at the base of Spring Mountain, encompassing 58 acres in the St. Helena appellation. The estate consists of the Cairdean Vineyards winery, a tasting room open to the public, a tasting room reserved for winery club members, the Redolent Sensory Experience, Rosgal Mercantile and the restaurant The Farmer & The Fox and the bakery/deli Butterscots.

 

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Segment-4: Wineries - Gaelic Inspired Cairdean Estate, St. Helena, Good Wine, Good Food, Friendship - Edwin and Stacia Williams
 
04: Edwin and Stacia Williams have stylishly repurposed the other elements of the property with a charming town square feel. The buildings enclose a courtyard with a historic oak wine tank, a three-tiered round fountain and a willow-covered terrace next to Butterscots’ pizza oven. The Napa Valley selection of wines includes the full range from dry to sweet, white to dry rosé to red. Everyone is happy and welcome.

 

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