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Chatting bubbly with Mark Garaventa and Penny Gadd-Coster of Rack & Riddle; with Rich Gosse on Singles Charity Ball; and Jason Elkin on his new TV series Jason Elkin Uncorked

Segment-1: Sparkling Wine - We're chatting with someone that not only makes and sells great "still-wines", they also produce some of the best Sparkling wines in the country - Mark Garaventa
01: When wine industry veterans Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist set out to establish Rack & Riddle Winery as a leading-edge facility using premium vineyards to produce wine in the heart of the North Coast wine country which included both a still and sparkling custom crush facility for custom crush clientele, as well as for their Rack & Riddle wine brand. Now, as General Manager at Rack & Riddle, Mark Garaventa brings a unique background in sales, marketing and financial development to the company, and he has been instrumental in helping shape Rack & Riddle into an award-winning winery and custom crush facility. As Managing Partner Bruce Lundquist said, "Mark has taken us into the next tier as a business...helping us to exceed our clients’ expectations in every capacity. He is a natural fit with our boots-on-the-ground approach to doing business and we are lucky to have him, as are our clients."


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Segment-2: Sparkling Wine - Continuing our conversion on Rack & Riddle with their Executive Director of Winemaking & "Winemaker of the Year" - Penny Gadd-Coster
02: Penny’s interest in wine began when her family moved to the Livermore Valley, and in 1986 she landed a job as "crush help" at Jordan Vineyards & Winery, which lead to a 13 year career with them. In 1999 she was hired as the Assistant Winemaker for J Vineyards and Winery, eventually working her way up to the Sparkling Winemaker position. Then, in 2007, Penny left J to work as a Winemaker for Rack & Riddle. She also has her own brand, "Coral Mustang", making Tempranillo wines. Penny's talents have garnered more than 100 medals and awards; more than 30 Best of Class, Double Gold and Gold medals for both Rack & Riddle and clients wines. And in 2013, Penny was named "Winemaker of the Year"...a remarkable achievement, as contenders included the top winemakers from Sonoma, Napa and the greater Bay Area. 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 it shows the world that truly fine wine is made in the vineyard. By presenting that coverage in a multimedia mix via "," 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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