Vin de Cru...french for "Vintage Wine' is a weekly exposé and audioblog 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 Aaron Epstein of Le Metro Wines; Sharon Harris on Rare Cat Wines; with Wil Fernandez about Vintage2014; and Laura Booras on Riverbench Vineyards

Segment-1: Wine Clubs - Le Metro Wines is the world’s most cutting edge wine club. Their team includes innovative wine experts, writers, and artists, each of whom has left an indelible mark on the world of wine - Aaron Epstein
 
01: Aaron Epstein is the "Curator" of Le Metro Wine and he has been studying, selling, and writing about wine since before he could legally drink it. He has traveled the world to work in almost every aspect of the wine industry. In 2012, he moved to San Diego, and along with Tina Morey & Eric Guy of Protocol Wine Studio...created Le Metro Wines...which is a wine club like no other. Each of their six-bottle wine collections has been developed around a unique theme and contextualized by their pioneering artwork and written narratives. Wine Club Members never know quite what is inside the box, but you know that it will be both delicious and provocative. Click HERE to visit their website.

 

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Segment-2: Wineries - A passion ignited in Bordeaux over thirty years ago but lives on today in the wines Rare Cat Wines produces from Napa and Sonoma - Sharon Harris
 
02: A “RARECAT” is an elusive one-of-a-kind creature who touches others in a quiet way. Sharon Kazan Harris’s wines express this philosophy with wines which are complex and balanced. Creating wine is so much more than cultivating and bottling great fruit. It really is a passion, a passion that drives us to create something rare and exquisite, something elusive, but something that once discovered remains with you forever. This was the genesis for RARECAT. The true importance of wine is not only the beauty one finds in the glass but the conversations and friendships one develops while sharing something special. Click HERE to learn more.
 

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Segment-3: Wine & Film - A former ad exec produces an innovative Vintage 2014 film-photography-podcast project that cuts through a spider’s web of cultural conundrums - Wil Fernandez
 
03: By covering the entire grape-growing season that just culminated...as it shows the world that truly fine wine is made in the vineyard. By presenting that coverage in a multimedia mix via "Vintage2014.com," it gives chewable content in varying lengths through whatever medium you fancy, all adding up to about 90 minutes of exploration. And by touring the country with a series of events that pair short documentary segments with focused wine tastings, Vintage 2014 will leave a lasting impression on people about the unique magic of Santa Barbara wine country, where passionate vintners who toil in both the soil and the barrels are happy to share their triumphs and tragedies with all. Click HERE to learn more.
 
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Segment-4: Wineries - Situated on the southeastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley, the northernmost AVA in Santa Barbara County, the vineyard originally consisted of 220 acres of Chardonnay and 55 acres of Pinot Noir - Laura Booras
 
04: Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the property. For years since then, some of the most renowned wineries have purchased our fruit for their wines. In 2004, they began producing a small portfolio of artisan Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in limited quantities, with many available exclusively through their tasting rooms in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, CA. Their goal remains to produce the highest quality grapes in our vineyards, resulting in unparalleled wine quality while staying committed to sustainable winegrowing practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically feasible. Click HERE to learn more.
 
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VinVillage chats with Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards; Frank Michiels of Eight Bells Winery; Stephanie Miskew 'The Glamorous Gourmet' and with Tim Stekkinger of SkySquirrel Tech

Segment-1: Wineries - Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County's most beautiful, independent, 'family owned' wineries. Located in foggy Green Valley in the Russian River Valley, where Iron Horse got its start by Audrey & Barry Sterling in 1976 - Joy Sterling
 
01: Joy Sterling represents the second generation at Iron Horse Vineyards. She quietly took the reins as CEO of the winery in 2006 after 20 years of presenting the wines across the country. She was recently awarded the 2014 "Winery CEO of the Year" in the 2nd Annual "Wine Industry and WINEnovation awards". Joy is also a member of the California State Food & Agriculture Board, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown....and she is also the author of "A Cultivated Life", published by Random House. And, at the moment, her favorite Iron House Sparkling wine is their 2010 Wedding Cuvée. Click HERE to visit the Iron Horse website.

 

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Segment-2: Wineries - Eight Bells Winery is a small urban winery in North Seattle producing hand-crafted red and white wines. Their roots go back to making wine in basements and garages...to a commercial space in the fall of 2009 - Frank Michiels
 
02: Eight Bells Winery is jointly owned and operated by Tim Bates, Andy Shepherd and Frank Michiels and for them, Eight Bells marks both a change in their careers and an opportunity to take their winemaking skills to a new level. Their sixth crush is now behind them and all their 2014 wine is in barrel finishing secondary fermentation. And, to top it off, Eight Bells was recently named among the "10Best: Urban wineries across the USA" in 10Best in USA Today. Click HERE to learn more.
 

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Segment-3: Wine, Food & Travel - Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator, Writer and author of The Glamorous Gourmet blog on food, wine & travel...and also the Proprietor of The Wine Atelier, an online wine boutique, club - Stephanie Miskew
 
03: The Glamorous Gourmet debuted in February 2011 as the reincarnation of Stephanie Savors the Moment, a blog which chronicled Stephanie’s year-long journey cooking her way, a la “Julie & Julia,” through the Junior League of Boca Raton’s James Beard award-winning Cookbook, Savor the Moment. The project was to comemorate the book’s 10th Anniversary and in the process, a new career was born. In addition to her website and contributions to FoxNews.com, Stephanie has also written wine reviews, educational content and wine event coverage for well-known publications. In addition to writing, She also conducts wine tasting classes and educational seminars in both public and private venues...and regularly judges food and wine events including the prestigious "American Fine Wine Competition." Click HERE to visit website.
 
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Segment-4: Vineyards - SkySquirrel Technologies develops drone-based technology for monitoring crop health, with a primary focus on improving crop yields and reducing costs at commercial vineyards - Tim Stekkinger
 
04: The SkySquirrel Technologies solution is based on three tightly integrated technologies: 1) In-house developed specialized multi-spectral and thermal imaging equipment tailored for use on a drone platform, 2) a cloud-based image processing service delivering the "right data" straight to the end-user and 3) a robust unmanned aircraft system (UAS) able to execute autonomous missions. SkySquirrel has an exclusive partnership with VineView-Scientific Aerial Imaging, the leading provider of remote sensing services to grape growers in California since 2002. SkySquirrel Tech develops its own propriety algorithms, and also those in cooperation with their partner VineView.
 
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VinVillage chats with Catherine Fallis of Planet Grape; Rebecca Robinson of ZAP; Tracey Hawkins on Hawk & Horse Wines and Savannah Foodie: Tim Rutherford

Segment-1: Wine Professionals - Becoming a Master Sommelier in the world of wine is a really big deal, and the Master Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers is 'the' ultimate credential a wine professional can attain, worldwide - Catherine Fallis
 
01: Master Sommelier. Consultant, Critic, Judge, Scholar, Writer, and More... Catherine Fallis, aka the 'grape goddess' of Planet Grape is America's premiere female Master Sommelier. A popular and entertaining speaker and host for corporate and private events, Catherine is also a Professional Champagne Sabreuse, and also the Tasting Panel Lead at Swanky Wine Shop. Her list of wine credentials are too long to recite here, but needless to say, Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis is among the very best in the world of wine...regardeless of gender. Learn more.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Zinfandel Advocates & Producers ("ZAP") is a not-for-profit, member-based, educational organization comprised of winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts whose common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s heritage wine - Rebecca Robinson
 
02: Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, ZAP's "Zinfandel Experience" is celebrating its 24th anniversary, Jan. 29-31, 2015, with 3 days of wine tasting featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles from renowned producers and emerging wineries. Set at both the historic Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the iconic Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Zinfandel Experience is the largest single varietal tasting of its kind that brings together top winemakers and wine enthusiasts to celebrate America’s grape. Click HERE to learn more.
 

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    The 2nd Annual 2015

January 29-31 in San Francisco
Four Extraordinary Events, One Classic Varietal
 Epicuria
 Food-Zin Pairing
 6:00P-8:00P
 Thu-Jan 29th
 Flights
 Forums of Flavor
 10:30A-1:00P
 Fri-Jan 30th
 Winemakers
 Dinner-Auction
 5:30P-10:00P
 Fri-Jan 30th
 The Tasting
  General & VIP
 1:00A-5:00P
 Sat-Jan 31st
More Details More Details More Details More Details
(Save on select tickets using the "VinVillage" promo code!)

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Segment-3: Wineries - Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a family-owned and operated vineyard and ranch practicing biodynamic viticulture on a historic property in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County, specializing in estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Port - Tracey Hawkins
 
03: The winery takes its name from the plentiful Red-Tail Hawks on the property as well as the ranch’s history as an equestrian facility. "At Hawk and Horse Vineyards we are passionately dedicated to quality from the ground up. From the selection of our vines and vineyard site, to the most carefully detailed farming practices, we pay special attention to every aspect of the wine growing process." The families have maintained the original rustic elegance of the ranch and welcome visitors for tours and tastings. Visit website.
 
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Segment-4: Wine Blogs - Tim grew up in rural Kentucky...and a ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path to exploring food and wine - Tim Rutherford
 
04: Tim Rutherford now spends his time writing about the people and places that make food and wine special. In his spare time, he teaches cooking and consults in the food and beverage industry on food safety, menu development and event marketing. His weekly e-mail newsletter, "Savannahfoodie Tastings", circulates weekly to nearly 5,000 subscribers. Tim is available as an after-dinner speaker, cooking class demonstrator or to simply help with your next wine pairing. He is also a wine team member at the Savannah Wine Cellar.
 
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VinVillage chats with Michelle Metter about 'San Diego Wine Classic'; Jann Cotter of Jackson Family Wines; Sommelier Lisa Redwine; and with Jimmy Cefalo of Martini Wines

Segment-1: Wine Events - The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an Annual Thanksgiving Precursor - Michelle Metter
 
01: You're invited to join celebrity chefs and legendary winemakers at the “11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival” November 16 – 23, featuring over 30 city-wide events, 170 fantastic wineries, breweries and spirits producers, along with 60 of San Diego's best restaurants. Go to VinVillage.com for more event details and to save 15% on select tickets. Michelle Metter and Ken Loyst are partners at Fast Forward Event Productions, and founders of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

 

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11th Annual SD Bay Wine & Food Festival!

Seven Days of Wine & Food Events!

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12-3PM, Saturday, Nov. 22nd at Embarcadero Park-North

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Segment-2: Wineries - Founded in 1983 with a focus on artisanal wines of distinct character and quality, Jackson Family Wines, based in Sonoma County, is one of the few family-owned and operated winery groups of its kind - Jann Cotter
 
02: Jackson Family Wines, based in Sonoma County, is one of the few family-owned and operated winery groups of its kind. Founded in 1983 with a focus on artisanal wines of distinct character and quality, Jackson Family Wines consists of a very broad portfolio of award-winning wineries which reflect a unique quality story steeped in extraordinary vineyards, remarkable artisan winemaking and the dedication of hard working, talented individuals. And, today, the Jackson family carries the formidable legacy of founder Jess Jackson forward to the next generation.
 

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Segment-3: Wine Experts - Lisa Redwine brings a whole new level of food and wine knowledge to the San Diego community. Lisa passed the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced Exam in 2010 and is on her way to Master Sommelier status - Lisa Redwine
 
03: As Food & Beverage Manager of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club., Lisa is responsible for creating innovative seasonal beverage programs that encompass wine, cocktails and beer, staff training, revenue generation and service standards for The Marine Room, The Shores Restaurant, La Jolla Shores Hotel Catering, and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Catering and Club Dining...among her many responsibilities...and luckily for all of us, she's involved again in the SD Bay Festival.
 
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Segment-4: Wine Ambassadors - Jimmy Cefalo is a familiar face to many from his many years as a local TV personality. He is also a familiar figure from the gridiron as a former member of the Miami Dolphins and the current radio voice of the team - Jimmy Cefalo
 
04: Jimmy holds a long list of impressive career credentials from both on and off the field. In his broadcast career, he was a correspondent for NBC news on the "Today Show", sports anchor for "NBC News at Sunrise" and co-host of the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, in which he snared an Emmy for his writing on the Games. Jimmy also co-hosted "PM Magazine," "AM South Florida," on WTVJ and hosted the "Trump Card" game show...among his many other achievements and endeavors. And, now, he joins us as the Matini Sparkling Wines Ambassador.
 
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VinVillage chats with Brooks Painter of Castello di Amorosa; Chris Schwartz on WineCraze; about Pinot Days-LA; and Penny Fitzgerald on Traveling Vineyards

Segment-1: Wineries - Opening its doors in 2007, Castello di Amorosa is a true authentically-styled 13th century, Tuscan castle and winery located near Calistoga, California - Brooks Painter
 
01: The Castello di Amorosa castle is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui, who also owns and operates the "V. Sattui Winery" named after his great-grandfather, Vittorio Sattui. His "Director of Winemaking" is Brooks Painter who has been an award-winning winemaker producing ultra-premium varietal wines for nearly 30 years. He was named "Winemaker of the Year" at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest, most influential international wine competition in the U.S. "Brooks has been called ‘the winemaker’s winemaker’ because of his extensive expertise and prominence as a wine industry leader among his peers."
 

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Segment-2: Winery Resources - WineCraze.com is designed to help wine lovers discover destination wineries in person, or on the web...and to help wineries increase web traffic and their Direct-to-Consumer wine sales - Chris Schwartz
 
02: Shortly after visiting one year, an idea was hatched to create a dynamic website that would feature the best of what wine country had to offer. A site that would highlight interesting wineries and wine regions all across the country and eventually across the globe. A site that could help people plan future trips to wine country or explore new wineries and discover exceptional new wines, even if they never left home. Video would play an integral role. The work-in-progress effort known as “WineCraze” is the result.
 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - Pinot Days Southern California is the fastest growing pinot Days event...and it makes sense! People who enjoy blue skies and an easy, breezy lifestyle gravitate to pinot noir because it is easy to pair, easy to drink, and fascinating to talk about - Pinot Days-LA
 
03: Pinot Days celebrates pinot noir in its many styles, ranging from modern to earthy to elegant. Unlike wine events featuring wines more alike than different, Pinot Days brings together pinot noir producers representing every California appellation, style and price point, as well as a few from Oregon and Burgundy as well. And, for the 6th anniversary, the Grand Tasting event will be held once again at the "Skirball Cultural Center" in Los Angeles and 1000's of Consumers will be able to sample from almost 300 pinots from nearly every important pinot region. Its truly a pinot lovers dream that only comes around once a year.
 
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"Grand Festival" Saturday, Nov. 15th 
 At the “Skirball Center” in Los Angeles (map)
Gen. Admission
2:00-5:00PM
Early Entry
1:00-5:00PM
VIP & Seminar
12:00-5:00PM
$75.00 $95.00 $120.00

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Segment-4: Wine Sales - Since becoming a Traveling Vineyards Wine Guide, Penny’s motto has been “So much wine, so little time,” and she has consistently earned the distinction of being in the Top-10 Traveling Vineyard leaders - Penny Fitzgerald
 
04: A friend told me about The Traveling Vineyard and I thought it was too good to be true! An opportunity to share my passion for wine with other wine lovers as a career? Make my own hours, earn fabulous trips, meet new friends, and build my own business? Sign me up! Being a Traveling Vineyard Independent Wine Guide has been the best "job" I've ever had! If you're looking for a fun, fulfilling job you can do from home, you just found it. Our Wine Guides are a laidback, friendly bunch who love what they do. No stuffy wine experts. Just people who have found their dream jobs selling wine.
 
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VinVillage chats with Jon Bonné on JetBlue Wine; Sommelier Jeff Callahan; Marcy Gordon on 'Writing Between the Vines'; and John Bergman on Wine Country Real Estate

Segment-1: Wine & Flying - In anticipation of the launch of its new "Mint" premium flight service to San Francisco Int'l Airport, JetBlue Airways announces its very own wine expert - Jon Bonné
 
01: In this unique role, Jon Bonné is responsible for selecting the wines that will be served on JetBlue, specifically the selections for JetBlue's premium offering, called "Mint." Jon Bonné is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Editor, and author of the award-winning book “The New California Wine". He covers wine throughout Northern California and around the world, and is responsible for the Chronicle’s wine and spirits coverage and the annual Top 100 Wines. He also writes a regular column for Decanter magazine, and is the USA Regional Chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards.
 

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Segment-2: Wine Education - A wine educator and aficionado, in 2013, Jeff, along with Denise Mueller, Aaron Mandel and Craig Adams, founded Mid-American School of Wine in St. Louis - Jeff Calahan
 
02: A Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine, Jeff has been the Sommelier at Porter's Steakhouse in Collinsville, IL since 1998 where he has conducted many wine dinners, classes and tastings. In 2004, Jeff was a co-founder of the "St. Louis Wine Cats" in which they conducted monthly wine tastings at restaurants, wineries and cooking schools in the St. Louis area. Until recently, Jeff was also active with the American Wine Society as co-chair of the St. Louis branch. He also was instrumental in launching other branches in IL. And, now, his latest venture, the Mid-American School of Wine in St. Louis.
 

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Segment-3: Vineyard Writing - Founder and Executive Director of "Writing Between the Vines" - Vineyard Retreats for Writers - A literary arts foundation providing residencies for writers on vineyard estates around the world - Marcy Gordon
 
03:Marcy Gordon's background is in consumer marketing where she worked to launch and position several start-ups including Travelocity and OpenTable. That experience, and her love of travel and writing, led her to become a freelance travel writer, who is currently the Forbes Travel Guide Correspondent for Napa and Sonoma. Along with her blog, "Come For The Wine" Marcy is also the Founder and Executive Director of "Writing Between the Vines" - Vineyard Retreats for Writers - A literary arts foundation providing residencies for writers on vineyard estates around the world.
 
 
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Segment-4: Wine-Country Real Estate - He has 45 years of experience in the real estate business. His exclusive focus on wine-country properties has gained him the distinction of being a top professional in his business - John Bergman
 
04: John Bergman's company, "Bergman Euro-National", established in 1967, is a Real Estate Brokerage Firm that specializes in the sales of Vineyards, Vineyard Estates, large Estate Properties, and Winery Properties in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. John’s ability to stay ahead of the marketplace with his vision of projecting where the market for vineyard values and grape prices may go in the future, has allowed him to become one of the premier wine-country real estate specialists.
 
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VinVillage chats with Mike Sullivan on Benovia Wines; Thea Dwelle of Luscious Lushes; with Alex Andrawes on Personal Wine; and with Matthew Ramos on Garlic Shaker

Segment-1: Wineries - What he truly cherishes about the art of winemaking is that perfection is unattainable. "Winemaking is about the journey...not the destination" - Mike Sullivan
 
01: At Benovia, they believe they've struck the right balance between innovative viticultural techniques and traditional winegrowing. And even though they have made a significant financial investment in upgrading their vineyards with the latest farming and irrigation technology, they rely a little bit more on old-fashioned instinct and experience to handcraft Benovia's exceptional, high quality wines. Benovia's goal is to get to know each vineyard block intimately to learn its special qualities to promote the optimum ripeness and flavor development of the fruit.
 

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Segment-2: Wine Blogs - By day, She is a software jockey...presently specializing in CRM solutions for the wine industry...but by night, she is a devoted "Wine Brat," who seeks to try new wines and expand her palate by drinking as much good wine as possible - Thea Dwelle
 
02: While Thea Dwelle shares this experience through her popular wine blog, "Luscious Lushes," hHer blog is to create a conversation...its not a dictatorship. What she writes about, you may or may not agree with...but that’s OK with Thea as that’s the point of having a conversation. When she started her blog, it was born out of her love of all things wine and her desire to share information with other people.
 

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Segment-3: Wineries - Personal Wine was founded in late 1999 by Alex and his friend Aaron Bulkley, two college buddies with a love of wine, wine bottle labels and finer foods - Alex Andrawes
 
03: With little more than a dream and $10,000 in savings, Alex and Aaron started out by soaking wine bottles in bathtubs to remove the original wine labels. With blank bottles at the ready, they would then add a custom label to each bottle by hand. Fifteen years later, they may have a more advanced operation, but their commitment to providing high-quality personalized wine gifts and excellent customer service remain central to their purpose. "We’re here to help you create a lasting impression with wine that tastes as good as it looks."
 
 
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Segment-4: Food - Have you ever heard people say they started their business on a cocktail napkin?... Well, Garlic Shaker began during the greatest fishing trip of their lives - Matthew Ramos
 
04: Garlic Shaker began during the greatest fishing trip of their lives as a conversation on a fishing boat... "I’ve got this exciting idea for a device that can peel garlic quickly." The response was enthusiastic as the boat motored back to port and the planning began in a tequila bar. And, now, they tryly believe Garlic Shaker is a great idea, and a great product, that has a great a story that started it all. "We are passionate about providing people with the easiest way to peel garlic cloves. It is our passion that drives us to create the highest quality product that is the best way to quickly peel garlic."
 
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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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