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!

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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WineFairy chats with Eric Hemer on Bourgogne Training; with Alan Goldfarb on Wine Lists; and about the L.A. WineFest with Sara Fisher Chapin & Barrie Lynn Kirch

Segment-1: Wine Education - All-Day Master-Level Advanced Bourgogne Training in Miami May 16 – Eric Hemer
 
01: Don't wait! Space is still available to participate in all-day session designed to quickly review the basics and then dive into an in-depth study of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune with extensive tastings of Premier and Grand Cru wines to reinforce the lessons learned presented by Don Kinnan, CWE, Lead Instructor for the French Wine Society's Bourgogne Master-Level Program and Eric Hemer MS, MW, Senior Vice-President, Director of Wine Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of America. A “certificate of proficiency” will be provided upon successful completion of a short test. Choose from two registration options. Check out the complete list of wines to be tasted and schedule of class.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Lists - Checking Restaurant Wine Lists at Absinthe, Hayes Valley, San Francisco – Alan Goldfarb
 
02: Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, blogs for Tablehopper on how to navigate a wine list. We talk about his recent column dedicated to San Francisco’s Absinthe restaurant and adjoining Arlequin wine shop in Hayes Valley… a wine geek’s dream!

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - 9th Annual LA WineFest—An Exploration of Taste May 31st & June 1st, Raleigh Studios, Hollywood – Sara Fisher Chapin
 
03: The LAWineFest is proud to be in its ninth successful year. This popular event blazed a trail in Los Angeles to bring wine and people together in a fun, inviting and accessible way. Now a local institution, they’re known to reliably deliver a sun-kissed event that balances fun, exploration and education. Their goal is to help people explore their taste in a festive environment. Their unofficial motto: “Drink what you like; Like what you drink!” Sara Fisher Chapin oversees Program Development, Sponsorships, and Strategic Relations. VinVillage.com and VinVillageRadio has exclusive members only pricing! Log-in or Sign-up to see our exclusive pricing... but hurry as our special pricing is a VERY limited time offer!

 

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Saturday & Sunday, 5/31 & 6/1 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood!

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  Sat-May 31st   ~or~   Sun-June 1st
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Segment-4: Wine Events - The Cheese Impresario Partners With Rosenthal, The Malibu Estate and Wisconsin Cheese Artisan - Barrie Lynn
 
04: Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, has curated a stunning selection of cheeses handcrafted by the artisan cheesemakers of Wisconsin, which will be paired with wines that bring out their best. She will share how to put a winning cheese board together, what condiments make a delicious bridge to the wines, and what wines go best with which cheeses. This will be a delectable experience you can recreate at home when entertaining friends and family.

 

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L.A. WineFest Exclusive Seminars: An Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventure by Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, with Heather Ryon of Rosenthal, The Malibu Estate Winery. Click below for seminar tickets.

Sat-5/31: 02:30pm-3:15pm | $25 | 30 seats. Tickets

Sun-6/01: 12:30pm-1:15pm | $25 | 30 seats. Tickets

 

Saturday & Sunday, 5/31 & 6/1 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood!

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WineFairy chats with Eva Bertrand and Steven Urberg of Gloria Ferrer; and with James Hall of Patz & Hall

Segment-1: Sparkling Wines - It’s Time For Gloria Ferrer's Fabulous "Hand-Crafted" Carneros Sparkling Wines - Eva Bertrand
 
01: The knowledge gained over 25 growing seasons is now fully coming to fruition at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma, the first sparkling wine house built in Carneros. Eva Bertran, Vice President Marketing, has been with the company since 1986. She shares the story of the Ferrer family’s history as well as the Freixenet Group, the world’s largest producer of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. The Ferrers are co-hosting the 2014 Sonoma Havest Wine Auction, as part of the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, August 29-31.

 

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Segment-2: Sparkling Wines - Gloria Ferrer: Over 400 Gold Medals and 30 Outstanding 90+ Ratings In the Last 5 Years – Steven Urberg
 
02: A rich montage of flavors is hand-farmed at Gloria Ferrer’s Sonoma Carneros estate vineyards. The 2008 Brut Rosé (92% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay) is a superb cheese wine and complements the hard-to-pair artichoke. It serves faithfully as well as a delicious apéritif or with a wide range of cuisine from fresh oysters to grilled prawns, salmon, mussels and olives. The newest sparkling wine release from Gloria Ferrer is a Non-Vintage (NV) Blanc de Blancs made exclusively from Carneros estate-grown Chardonnay. Savor accordingly! Steven Urberg has been with the winery full-time since 2001. As Winemaker for Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, his favorite go-to food with his sparkling wines is sushi, bar-none.

 

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The Wines We Tasted...


Gloria Ferrer 2008 Brut Rosé


Gloria Ferrer NV Blanc de Blancs

 

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Segment-3: California Wines - New Sonoma House At Patz & Hall Is Unveiled for New Friends – James Hall
 
03: Patz & Hall happily announce the opening of its new Sonoma House at Patz & Hall at 21200 8th Street East, just a few miles south of the Sonoma town square. Located near the Highway 12 corridor, against a backdrop of vineyards and mountains, the Sonoma House features a luxurious new Tasting Salon. Guests at the Tasting Salon are welcomed for private, by-appointment seated tastings of Patz & Hall’s acclaimed vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, paired with gourmet savory panna cotta food complements. The new location also includes a drop-in tasting bar, a member-exclusive Reserve Room and an expansive patio surrounded by 12 acres of estate vineyards newly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Veteran Winemaker James Hall is co-founder and Winemaker for Patz & Hall.

 

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Segment-4: California Wines - Patz & Hall’s Celebrated Portfolio of Single-Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Wines – James Hall
 
04: Founded in 1988, Patz & Hall combines the collective expertise of Donald Patz, Anne Moses, Heather Patz and James Hall. Together, this team has turned a desire to craft benchmark, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs into one of California’s most respected artisan wineries. By cultivating personal relationships with a handful of California’s finest winegrowers, Patz & Hall has created an acclaimed portfolio of wines highlighting the terroir-inspired character of top vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Mendocino County and Santa Lucia Highlands. The Patz & Hall team has been chronicling the construction of the Sonoma House since August 2013. Enjoy the link below with the Patz & Hall’s 25th anniversary video.

 

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WineFairy chats with Paul Cullen of Tune Your Palate; Diane Wilson on Artisan Wineries; Jim Vaughan on Mead; and with Nancy Light on Down to Earth Month

Segment-1: Wine & Music - Bad Company’s Paul Cullen with Gen7 Wines at The Crosby April 11 (By Invitation Only) – Paul Cullen
 
01: Ever wonder what it was like to play in a legendary rock band? Paul Cullen's story is an inspiration to all who have reached for the pinnacle of their profession. From growing up in an Italian family to not playing an instrument until he was 20 to rocking out with Bad Company in front of 20,000 screaming fans just 9 years later – “From Bad Company to Good Company” covers it all, including easy-to-follow recipes from Paul's Grandma Tagliaferro, his mom Nancy and from his own Italian-inspired cuisine. Another bonus: Paul's latest music recording, "Tune Your Palate!" Join him April 11 for a Cooking Concert at The Crosby Club, San Diego.

 

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Segment-2: Wine - Wilson Artisan Wineries: 8 Boutique Wineries in Northern California – Diane Wilson
 
02: Diane and Ken Wilson fell in love early on with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas that distinguish Sonoma County and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander, Russian River Valleys, Mendocino County and Valley of the Moon regions. Winemaker Diane, a native Californian and chemist by trade, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at the Wilson Artisan Wineries and taking an active role in the community. Six of the eight properties have onsite guest lodging, plus the Wilsons are proprietors of two B&Bs in Healdsburg. In 2002 Wilson Winery established the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation to help students further their education.

 

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Segment-3: Fruit Wines - Chaucer’s Cellars Producing 100% Pure Honey Mead & Premium Fruit Wines Since 1964 – Jim Vaughan
 
03: In 1964 Lawrence Bargetto began producing Mead using honey from a local family owned Walls Honey Farm and then continued with wines produced from different fruits in the area, including plums grown at the winery. The Mead is a blend of three types of honey: alfalfa, sage and orange blossom. Other dessert-style pure fruit wines from Chaucer’s Cellars include, raspberry, raspberry mead, blackberry and pomegranate produced exclusively from Santa Cruz Mountain grown fruit. Chaucer’s Cellars is a sister-brand to Bargetto Winery. Jim Vaughan is Brand Manager for Chaucer’s Cellar, Soquel, California.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - California Wines Get "Down to Earth" April Events and Activities Highlight Sustainable Winegrowing Around the State with New Book – Nancy Light
 
04: April is Down to Earth Month and an ideal time to check out earth-friendly California wines made with sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices. Wineries around the state are celebrating Down to Earth Month throughout April with hands-on workshops, eco-tours, green-themed events, special offers and tastings of eco-friendly wines. Explore Down to Earth Month events below and plan a visit just as California vineyards are coming alive with spring. “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California” is a new book by California’s Wine Institute, shares the stories of 15 vintners and growers, representing thousands across the state, and how they embrace sustainable practices throughout the cycles of the winegrowing calendar. Nancy Light is Director of Communications for Wine Institute.

 

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WineFairy chats with Chris Leamy of Terra d’Oro & Tim Hanni-MW on ZAP's new "Zinfandel Experience", and Dan Duckhorn on Duckhorn wines.

Segment-1: Wine Events - The World’s Largest Zinfandel Wine Celebration - 23rd Annual “ZAP” Zinfandel Festival Jan. 23 - 25th – Chris Leamy
 
01: Join us for the World’s Largest Zinfandel Wine Celebration! The 23rd Annual “ZAP” Zinfandel Festival Jan. 23 - 25th in San Francisco. The ZAP Festival consists of 4 extraordinary events “poured” over 3 days, showcasing their new “Tasting Tracks” format featuring over a 100 fantastic Zinfandel wineries. Three distinct and informative tracks take you on an in-depth and intimate tasting experience with no more than 350 people in each session. Each session gives you ample opportunity to casually visit and sample with each winery. Go to VinVillage.com for more information and special ticket discounts! VinVillage IS where ZIN lovers connect! Chris Leamy is Winemaker for Terra d’Oro and Vice President of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP).

 

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    The All New 2014
January 23-25 in San Francisco
Four Extraordinary Events, One Classic Varietal
 Epicuria
 Food-Zin Pairing
 6:00P-8:30P
 Thu-Jan 23rd
 Flights
 Forums of Flavor
 10:30A-1:00P
 Fri-Jan 24th
 Winemakers
 Dinner-Auction
 5:30P-10:00P
 Fri-Jan 24th
 Tasting Tracks
 Three Experiences
 10:00A-6:00P
 Sat-Jan 25th
More Details More Details More Details More Details
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Segment-2: Wine Events - ZAP's 23rd Annual Zinfandel Festival Features New "Sensory Tasting" - A Fun and Interactive Foray into Flavor! - Tim Hanni, MW
 
02: Tim Hanni, MW joins the 2014 Zinfandel Experience Sensory Tasting to lead you through the discovery of taste at the Sensory Tasting. Six Flavor Stations hold a magic key to unlocking Zinfandel’s range of flavor in contrasting and complimentary ways. As you make your way through your choices of over 200 Zinfandels, visit the Flavor Stations to taste and learn how foods with Savory, Sweet, Spicy, Sour, and Umami components make that Zinfandel sing.

 

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23rd Annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
January 23-25 in San Francisco

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Segment-3: Wines - Duckhorn Vineyards… First California Winery to Champion Luxury Expression of Merlot – Dan Duckhorn
 
03: Dan Duckhorn, Co-Founder, Duckhorn Vineyards, St. Helena, Napa Valley, "Mr. Merlot" talks about his forty years devoted to Napa Valley’s most acclaimed estate and Merlot grower. The rich diversity of Duckhorn’s winegrowing program allows for the crafting of six different Merlots each vintage, highlighting different vineyards and sub-appellations in the valley, as well as the nuanced distinctions between mountain-grown and valley-floor fruit. From the start, Duckhorn "liked the softness, the seductiveness, the color, (of Merlot as well as) the fact that it went with a lot of different foods."

 

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Segment-4: Wine - The Enchanting Velvety Napa Merlots of Duckhorn Vineyards – Dan Duckhorn
 
04: From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today. Fundamental to that tradition was the early decision by Duckhorn Vineyards to focus on the production of Merlot. Though many Napa Valley wineries were using Merlot as a blending grape in the late seventies, few were exploring the potential of this varietal as a stand-alone wine. Today, the winery's seven estate vineyards are located in alluvial fans of the Napa Valley as well as on the coveted slopes of Howell Mountain. At Duckhorn Vineyards this has always meant an emphasis on site and terroir.

 

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WineFairy chats all about the 'San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival' with Ken Loyst & Michelle Metter; with Bernard Retornaz of Louis Latour; with Master Somm Joe Spellman; and with Chef Grant MacPherson

Segment-1: Wine Events - San Diego Wine & Food Celebration is Annual Thanksgiving Precursor - Michelle Metter & Ken Loyst
 
01: You're invited to join celebrity chefs and legendary winemakers at the “10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival” November 18 – 24, featuring over 20 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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10th Annual SD Bay Wine & Food Festival!

Seven Days of Wine & Food Events!

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12-3PM, Saturday, November 23rd at Embarcadero Park-North

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Maison Louis Latour Wines Play Significant Role at the “10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival” – Bernard Retornaz
 
02: The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. The Latour family founded their shipping company in 1797 and is still based at 18 Rue des Tonneliers in Beaune. The company is unique in Burgundy in that it is still family owned and operated, having passed down from father to son for over ten generations. Regarded as one of the traditional négociant-éléveurs, Maison Louis Latour produces some of the finest Burgundian wines as well as pioneered the production of fine wines from outside of Burgundy. Bernard Retornaz is President of the US subsidiary Louis Latour Inc.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Hosts Master Sommelier Blind Tasting – Joe Spellman, M.S.
 
03: Join Master Sommelier Joe Spellman as he walks you through how to determine varietal, vintage and AVA utilizing classic techniques involving sight, smell and taste. Find out what the professionals look for and learn how to identify different varietals and styles of wine following the Master Sommelier technique of wine identification. The blind tasting will be conducted in the Court of Master Sommeliers' tasting format. Taste from six exceptional wines along with our expert panel and test your ability to determine the grape varietal, AVA and age. Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - Wine Spectator Celebrity Chef Dinner & Big Bottle Live Auction November 21, San Diego - Chef Grant MacPherson
 
04: Join nationally acclaimed Celebrity Chefs and fifteen legendary wineries in an unforgettable dining experience at the 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, November 21 where the evening begins with fresh oysters, sparkling wine, and a vast display of tray passed hors d'oeuvres. The Live Auction features 25 wine lots with proceeds benefitting culinary and enology scholarships awarded by the American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Apés auction guests will be wowed by Celebrity Chefs and specific wine pairings. Chef Grant MacPherson currently runs his own company, Scotch Myst, in Las Vegas.

 

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WineFairy chats with Bill Nesto and Fran Di Savino on Sicilian Wine; with Paul Cullen of Tune Your Palate; and with The Cheese Impresario Barrie Lynn

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Unmistakable Spirit From Ancient Roots to Modern Evolution in "The World of Sicilian Wine" – Bill Nesto, MW, and Fran Di Savino
 
01: Bill Nesto, Master of Wine, an expert in Italian wine, and Frances Di Savino, attorney and a life-long student of Italian culture, have co-authored “The World of Sicilian Wine,” providing wine lovers with a comprehensive understanding of Sicilian wine, from its ancient roots to its modern evolution. For those looking to study genuine terroir, Nesto and Di Savino chronicle one of Europe’s most historic areas, a place where many cultures, ancient and modern, intersect. Bill Nesto is a founder of the Wine Studies Program at Boston University.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Sicily, Vibrant Wine Region Where Many Cultures Intersect is One of Europe’s Most Historic Areas - Bill Nesto, MW, and Fran Di Savino
 
02: "The World of Sicilian Wine” blog is for wine lovers who are discovering Sicily in a genuine search for terroir. Bill Nesto, an expert in Italian wine, and Frances Di Savino, a student of Italian culture, have co-authored the University of California Press book of the same title. They blog about Sicily and offer their readers the opportunity to embrace Sicily as vibrant wine region in both words and images. “Sicily is only now rediscovering the quality of its indigenous grape varieties, such as Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Grillo, and distinctive terroirs such as the slopes of Mount Etna."

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Music - 'Cullen-ary' Bassist Perfected the Trifecta of Music, Wine and Food at ‘Tune Your Palate’ & ‘Eating Rehoboth’ Walking Tours – Paul Cullen
 
03: "It's all about cool music, jazzy wine and divine cuisine" says former Bad Company Bassist, Paul Cullen "It's a lifestyle we live everyday." A professional musician for over 30 years, Paul has put down his bass to concentrate on his new passion, nylon string guitar. While he was honing his craft on guitar and his palate for wine, Paul has revived classic recipes from his Italian Grandma Tagliaferro that she and Mom Nancy taught him at an early age. His recent cooking classes have become wildly popular, teaching old world methods of making pasta, gnocchi and cheese while pairing with wine, all while playing guitar. Paul now follows his true passion for guitar, wine and food, recently having released 3 CDs that feature cool, Mediterranean style jazz. On any given night you might find Paul playing in a posh eatery, performing a cooking demo or pourin' delicious wines.

 

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Segment-4: Wine & Food - The Cheese Impresario Helps Design Your Next Cheese Course – Barrie Lynn Krich
 
04: For Barrie Lynn Krich - "The Cheese Impresario" - cheese is magical and fun. She shares her passion and knowledge via a “hand-to-mouth” approach to cheese education with provocative and informative ways to have a good time while discovering the nuances of fine artisanal cheeses. She is an original Slow Food advocate and offers ‘cheese therapy’ for those suffering from ‘ cheese paralysis!” Discover her “Cheese Rules” tutorials on YouTube.

 

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WineFairy chats with Rex Pickett on Sideways the Play; Coenraad Stassen of Brys Estate Wines; Wayne Bailey of Youngberg Hill Vineyards; and Beth Costa on Wine Road

Segment-1: Wine Plays - La Jolla Playhouse Presents “Sideways the Play” July 16th through August 25th – Rex Pickett
 
01: Sideways is the story of two friends — Miles, a frustrated novelist, and Jack, a no-name TV actor and director -- and their journey through wine, women and disappointment. During one last blowout road trip before Jack is to be married, the two men run headlong into their midlife crises...while exploring Santa Ynez wine country. This honest and touching comedy comes from author Rex Pickett, from which the Academy Award-winning movie was made, and famed Director Des McAnuff. Show dates are 7/16 - 8/25 
at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA. To save 20% on select play dates, and to learn more about the VinVillage sponsored special engagement play on August 16, click HERE.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Brys Estate Recognized at Top Wine Competitions in the US and Internationally - Coenraad Stassen
 
02: Coenraad Stassen grew up in the Western Cape, South Africa among the grape vines of the famous Cape Town wine region. After eight years honing his winemaking skills in the Klein Karoo Region, Coenraad joined the international exchange program through Ohio State University in 2003, bringing him to Old Mission Peninsula and Traverse City, Michigan. Brys Estate, under the guidance of Coenraad's winemaking, has earned over 225 medals in national and international wine competitions. Coenraad has a strong focus on producing high-quality dry reds and has a crisp, clean approach in producing whites. His focus is to be able to make world recognized wines from 100% estate grown Old Mission Peninsula AVA vinifera grapes from the Brys Estate vineyards situated on 80-acres with breathtaking views of the East Grand Traverse Bay-in Traverse City, Michigan.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Regions - Holistic Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon - Wayne Bailey
 
03: Wayne Bailey, Winemaker and Grape Grower, Youngberg Hill, McMinnville, a small, family estate grower and producer of Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. He started farming organically in 2003 and continues to move toward biodynamic practices. Having the Inn on the vineyard is a great way to meet people from all over the world and share the beauty of The Hill. Vineyards are named after his three daughters.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Travel - Wine Road Expands Tailored Trip Offerings with Launch of New Free Online Concierge Program - Beth Costa
 
04: Northern Sonoma County Wine Road is making it easier than ever to plan a trip to wine country with the launch of its newest online tool, Wine Road Concierge Service. The online service takes the legwork out of arranging a trip to the area by creating a detailed itinerary with recommendations for visitors to make the most out of their trip. Whether its a first-time visit to wine country or a stay for a special event, by providing lodging preferences, wine knowledge and priority information through an online form, the Wine Road Concierge Service creates an itinerary specific to every visitor. The concierge program is available on Wine Road’s website, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST). Beth Costa is Executive Director of the Wine Road.

 

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