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WineFairy chats with Sandy Lawrence on Lions Run '08 Cab; with Peter Mondavi Jr.; and with wine historian Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Lion's Run Vineyard Debuts 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at The Ubuntu Annex in Napa Valley - Sandy Lawrence
 
01: To celebrate the release of the 2008 Lion's Run Cabernet Sauvignon, the Ubuntu Annex will offer complimentary tastings and light refreshments ending August 18. The new vintage will also be offered at 20% off the $70 per bottle price during the month when purchased in-store. Lion's Run Vineyard is owned by Ubuntu founder, Sandy Lawrence, who planted the estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996 on a gentle slope overlooking the Napa Valley. The vineyard is certified organic and bio-dynamically farmed, and is adjacent to the gardens of Ubuntu Restaurant. Only 400 cases of the vintage were produced. Ubuntu is "a community-focused" vegetarian Michelin star restaurant and yoga studio located at 1130 Main Street, Napa.

 

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Segment-2: Wine History - Peter Mondavi Sr. Family Owners of Napa Valley's First Winery Searches For Oldest Charles Krug Wine Bottle - Peter Mondavi, Jr.
 
02: In time for the 150th anniversary of Napa Valley's first winery, the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family announces a search for the oldest Charles Krug Winery bottle in existence. Founded in 1861, Charles Krug Winery is the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine industry and has been in the Peter Mondavi Family for nearly 70 of its 150 years. Peter Mondavi Jr. puts his family winery's history in perspective: Charles Krug was founded the year President Lincoln was inaugurated, and the year the Civil War began. Listeners are encouraged to scour their wine cabinets, cellars, closets and caves for Charles Krug wine bottles, empty or full, dating either from pre-Prohibition or the Peter Mondavi Family era which began with the 1944 vintage. To submit an entry, visit Charles Krug on Facebook and tell us about your bottle and post a photo, or email it to oldestbottle@charleskrug.com by December 31, 2011. Early entries may be displayed at the annual Tastings on the Lawn 150th Anniversary celebration on September 10.

 

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Segment-3: Wine History - "Wine, the Physician, and the Drinker: Late Medieval Medical Views on Wine's Uses, Pleasures, and Problems - Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre
 
03: Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre specializes in the history of wine and drunkenness. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her doctoral dissertation investigates late medieval medical and philosophical discourse on wine, the beverage that "gladdens the heart of man." In the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, the proprieties of wine were highly praised in the quest for health or pleasure. The ubiquity of wine also made it the counterpart of gastronomy. Any pretext for delight could justify the act of drinking and feasting. Beyond examining wine as a beverage, Azélina's aim is to elucidate medieval patterns of thought by studying how wine may have epitomized a culture and its social codes.

 

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Segment-4: Wine History - Born in Burgundy, Yale Ph.D. Graduate Focuses on Wine History and Culture in Medieval France and Italy - Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre
 
04: Wine Historian Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre was born in Burgundy, France, in a family that had a multi-generational past in wine making. However, she chose to pursue this heritage through an intellectual quest. She moved to Paris to open windows to the world of knowledge. She developed her ability to interpret interdisciplinary historical evidence by completing studies in Art History (B.A. in Art History and Master's in Museum Studies, Louvre School of Fine Arts) and in Archeology (B.A. in History and B.A. in Archeology, Sorbonne). In her third year at the Ecole du Louvre, she wrote a monograph on "Wine Museums in France". This guided the development of her Master's thesis (History, Sorbonne) under the title of "Wine and Inebriation in Medieval French literature," with a focus on the thirteenth century. She then carried on the investigation by closely studying the links between wine, drunkenness, and melancholy in late medieval medical literature.

 

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