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WineFairy chats with Benziger on Biodynamic Farming; Michael Wangbickler on AWC; and with Matt Reidy of Connor-Brennan Winery

First segment of this weeks Show: "If You Build It... They Will Come": Biodiversity at Benziger Family Winery - Kathy Benziger-Threlkeld and Chris Benziger

The development of Benziger Family's farming techniques has been an evolution of sorts. When they first began growing grapes on their Sonoma Mountain estate, they farmed like everyone else... with machines and chemicals. Over time, they started to notice that their wines, while consistent, lacked that intangible thing, that sense of place, that they knew existed in the land and should have been reflected in their wines. They eliminated the use of chemicals in 1990, and in the mid-1990s met Alan York, an expert in Biodynamic practices and a world-renowned horticulturist. Today, Benziger Family estate is one of a handful of Demeter certified-Biodynamic vineyards in North America.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Biodynamic Farming... the Ultra-Organic Approach to Holistic Viticulture - Kathy Benziger-Threlkeld and Chris Benziger

To achieve the purest expression of vineyard character in the wine, Benziger Family embraces a winegrowing philosophy that emphasizes naturally maintained, vital soils. Healthy soils allow roots to fan out and grow deep, providing a better balance between the root system below and plant growth above. This results in stronger vines and fruit with more intense, site-specific flavors. Benzigers created a pyramid to illustrate the principles and practices of Biodynamics; The core elements of a healthy, well-balanced vineyard estate are described in the bottom half of the pyramid; The top half expresses vineyard individuality.


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Academy of Wine Communications Promotes Excellence, Networking, and New Content - Michael Wangbickler

Michael Wangbickler, DWS, CWE, is providing new leadership for wine coverage in the media as Executive Director of the Academy of Wine Communications (AWC), founded in 1994. Members of the AWC are wine and food public relations and marketing professionals, as well as wine reporters, writers, editors and wine communication industry leaders. AWC general principles include: Build on the past, look to the future; Be a resource; Be Inclusive; Use Web 2.0 for Communication; Generate Content; and Be a Green Organization. Membership Benefits include: A friendly environment in which to build new professional relationships with industry colleagues, foster invaluable alliances, advance your career, generate business referrals, and begin lifelong friendships.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Urban Connor Brennan Cellars Making Wondrous Pinot Noirs and Syrahs from Sonoma - Matthew Reidy

The Vintners Hall of Fame celebrates the men and women whose collective vision, determination, and hard work have been responsible for the growth and worldwide prestige of the California wine industry. Bronze sculptures of the inductees "crafted by renowned artist Lawrence Newlan" are displayed on the historic 2,200-gallon redwood wine barrels in the former Christian Brothers' Barrel Room. Each plaque includes a biography of the inductee, capturing that person's unique accomplishments and role in making California one of the most legendary places in the world for fine wine. Each March, the college holds A Celebration of California Wine & Food, a series of events celebrating the induction of new members into the Vintners Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the Induction celebrations contribute to scholarships to the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies. Asher is a regular essayist for World of Fine Wine London-based magazine. His March essay is titled: Worth The Sacrifice? Points, Technique, And Terroir.

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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 monthly listeners!

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