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WineFairy chats with Dr. Bob Small on Beverage Basics book; with Judy Mattera on Dessert Pairings; and with Chris Pearce about Sake

Segment-1: Wine Education - Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Dr. Robert W. Small
 
01: For many, the world of wine, beer and spirits can be confusing, even overwhelming to some. Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits is an accessible and educational new book released from Wiley publisher, that aims to change that assumption by covering the art and science of winemaking from vineyard to table, as well as production methods, styles, and ideal food pairings for beer and spirits. Dr. Robert W. Small co-authored Beverage Basics along with Michelle Couturier and Michael Godfrey. Small is former Dean and Emeritus Professor of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he continues to teach.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Education - Beverage Basics Presents a New Approach to Understanding Wine From Varietal Perspective - Dr. Robert W. Small
 
02: Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits was written with academic-use in-mind. It details the techniques for evaluating alcoholic beverages, information on important issues such as purchasing beverages, healthy drinking, and alcohol and the law. This is one of the only books on the market that covers all categories of alcoholic beverages. Dr. Small is Chairman of the Los Angeles International Wine competition, one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the U.S., and is a judge at many other international wine competitions.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - Boston Pastry Chef, Educator, Columnist Specializes in Dessert Wine and Dessert Pairings - Judy Mattera
 
03: Judy Mattera is passionate about the dessert course! Sweet Solutions is her platform for teaching, consulting,writing, and constant experimentation pairing dessert wines with desserts of her creation. She's extremely knowledgeable serving a niche that deserves more attention from professionals and consumers alike. Currently, she is working up recommendations for Mead wines with dessert recipes of her creation. October 29th she will be teaching a Fall Dessert and Sweet Wine Pairings class at the Boston Center for Adult Education. In her spare time she co-chairs the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs' national conference to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 5 - 7. You can find many original recipes and dessert wine pairing ideas on her website for Sweet Solutions.

 

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Segment-4: Spirits Education - The Joy of Sake Brings the World's Finest Sakes to NYC October 21 - Chris Pearce
 
04: The Joy of Sake--the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, held annually in New York City--returns to the Altman Building in Chelsea on Friday, October 21, featuring the world's finest sakes paired with traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine from some of NYC's most acclaimed chefs. This year, sake enthusiasts will also be imbibing for a good cause, with 30 percent of ticket sales going to brewery families who lost their homes in the Great East Japan Tasunami. A total of 326 sakes--170 of which are not available in the U.S.--will be offered for tasting. Chris Pearce is Director of The Joy of Sake and one of the foremost sake experts in the world, holding the title of "Sake Expert Assessor," one of only 36 individuals worldwide to receive this certificate from the Japan National Institute of Brewing. Tickets are $90 in advance; $100 at the door. Purchase online or call 888.799.7242.

 

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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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