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WineFairy chats with Paul Leary of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley; with Rupert Symington of Symington Family Estates; and with Becky Sue Epstein on Port Wine

Segment-1: Wine Travel - Blackbird Vineyards Evolving Merlot Cabernet Franc Napa California Blend - Paul Leary
 
01: Paul Leary joined Blackbird Vineyards as President in 2006. In the fall of 2008, Leary was instrumental in the launch of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, an art, wine and design collective in Yountville, that offers tempranillo, sauvignon blanc and marsanne, in addition to a Napa Valley proprietary red. During his seven year tenure at St. Helena- based Duckhorn Wine Company, Leary oversaw the marketing and consumer sales for three distinct wine brands including; Duckhorn, Paraduxx and Goldeneye. He began his career in the food and beverage industry as general manager for Napa Valley’s noted restaurant, Tra Vigne before segueing into the wine industry.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Lifstyles - Recuerdo Wines of Argentina Are Lifestyle Mementos For Your Dinner Table - Paul Leary
 
02: In 2011, Paul Leary, of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, traveled to Mendoza, Argentina and established a partnership with The Vines of Mendoza to launch a new Argentinean brand, Recuerdo Wines, in the United States. With two of the world’s leading wine lifestyle companies together, Recuerdo Wines offer wine lovers one-of- a-kind, exclusive wine experiencesboth north and south of the equator. Recuerdos winemaking team is led by Santiago Achával and Pablo Martorell. There are two well-priced premium wines, a torrontes and a malbec, available to order in the U.S.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Travel - Port Wine Region Where Tourism and Gastronomy Lead From One Discovery to Another - Becky Sue Epstein
 
03: The Douro region of Portugal offers many opportunities for travelers to learn about the people of the region, the wine growers and the estates ( or “quintas”), such as the Port Wine Route. A web of national heritage, and of scenic, gastronomic, cultural and historic interest, it is comprised of 54 sites of renowned tourist value. The Port Wine Lodges are located in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city facing Oporto and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is in these lodges where most of the region’s unique treasure – Port – is gracefully aged. Becky Sue Epstein travels the world sharing her wine, spirit, and gastronomy tourism advice.

 

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Segment-4: Wine & Food - How To Cook Like The French.... No Matter Where You Live - Wini Moranville
 
04: Now that the typical bonne femme (good wife) works outside of the home just like her American counterpart (and now that French men, like American men, are often in charge of getting dinner on the table), Wini Moranville's emphasis is on easy techniques and speedy preparations in The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. She shows readers that it is possible to cook and dine like the French, no matter where you live, without breaking the bank, or spending all day in the kitchen, to do so!

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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