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WineFairy chats with Chuck Blethen on Muscadines; Jeff Price on NC Wine Council; and Dave Eckert on Taste of Hospitality in KC

First segment of this weeks Show: Southern Appalachian Viticulture Institute extols Wild Mountain Muscadines - Chuck Blethen

Chuck Blethen penned the Wine Etiquette Guide while living in Scottsdale, Arizona, while successfully growing a French-American hybrid wine-grape on the desert valley floor, not far from Mayo Clinic. He now lives in Marshall, North Carolina, northwest of Asheville, at 2,100 hundred feet, and has done extensive research on the wild Muscadine grape vines growing in Madison County. They said it couldn't be done but I am told that there were several wineries growing Muscadine in the hills, prior to Prohibition. Blethen, Executive Director, the Southern Appalachian Viticulture Institute, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Organic Growers School in Asheville, March 6-7th. They expect 1,600 people to attend from around the world. Blethen's topic will be growing grapes in Western NC and what he has learned about Wild Mountain Muscadines.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: North Carolina Wine & Grape Council Facilitates Development of North Carolina's Grape and Wine Industries - Jeff Price

Jeff Price, Gentleman, North Carolina Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, believes that North Carolina is missing a great opportunity to capitalize upon the potential fame of its native muscadine grape/wine industry, especially the attention that could be given to the Mother Vine to promote tourism in the State as well as the NC wine industry. To quote Price in a recent letter, "The NC Wine & Grape Council is somewhat misguided in this regard or, perhaps, strangled by its dual need to meet the demands and expectations of the muscadine and vinifera wineries. Rather than competing with each other they should work together to insure that the North Carolina wine industry is internationally recognized as among the best wine producers in the world. North Carolina, now having thrown the tobacco monkey off its back, should equally throw the anti-alcohol prohibitionist monkey off its back and embrace its former position (prior to Prohibition) as the country's leading wine producing state."


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Per Vitem! Ad Vitam! (Through the vine! Towards life!) includes Southeastern US native Vitis rotundifolia - Jeff Price

According to Jeff Price, the NC Wine & Grape Council has a responsibility to promote the Vinifera wineries, but, not at the expense of the Muscadine wineries. North Carolina is very fortunate to have both types of wineries and it should proudly boast this fact in its promotion of the State's wine and grape growing industry. Few states can offer such variety. "An individual who purchases Midnight Magnolia from Duplin, then purchases a Cabernet Franc from Childress, a Viognier from Stony Knoll and a Merlot from Chatham Hill is not saying they like muscadine over vinifera or the other way around. They are saying they like BOTH. Price reminds the Council members that their mission is: "to facilitate development of North Carolina's grape and wine industries by enhancing product quality for consumers, and encouraging economic viability and opportunity for growers and processors through education, marketing and research."

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Friendship Inn's Seventh Annual "Taste of Hospitality" February 27, Kansas City - Dave Eckert

The Seventh Annual "Taste of Hospitality" wine dinner of Kansas City supports Friendship Inn's heartfelt mission to provide a "home away from home" for out-of-town guests whose loved ones are receiving care at the University of Kansas Hospital. This year's event features wines, hand-selected, by Dave Eckert, Producer and Host of Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert, paired with menu by Chef Todd Walline of Blue Hills. A silent auction will round out the evening. Friendship Inn's Seventh Annual "Taste of Hospitality" Saturday, February 27, 6 - 9 p.m., Blue Hills Country Club. $95 per person. For more information, to learn about sponsorships, or to donate silent auction items, call (816) 506-6339.

Click HERE to listen to Segment 4.


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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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