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WineFairy chats with John Hawkins and Cameron Stark of Unionville Vineyards; Paul Wagner on Back Pack The Sierra wine stories; and with Malibu Wine Guy Howard Leight of Malibu Rocky Oaks

First segment of this weeks Show: New Jersey's Unionville Vineyards Terroir Wins Gold in the "IWSC" International Wine and Spirit Competition - John Hawkins and Cameron Stark

Unionville Vineyards of Ringoes, New Jersey, recently won an international Gold Medal for the 2008 Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Pheasant Hill for achieving the highest quality and excellence in a wine category. The Gold 'Best In Class' Medal for the total Dry White Wine Class was awarded to the vineyard by The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), founded in 1969, London, and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. According to the tasting notes, Unionville stunned the judges into awarding Gold Best In Class for this New Jersey Chardonnay with striking honeysuckle notes, ripe melon and mango. Unionville Vineyards Winemaker and General Manager Cameron Stark is a thirteen year veteran Napa Valley Winemaker and UC Davis educated. John Hawkins is one of the three local vineyard-grower-partners of Unionville Vineyards.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Unionville Vineyards farm originating in 1858 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Site of Historic "Council of War" - Cameron Stark and John Hawkins

Unionville Vineyards in Amwell Valley, New Jersey, has 88.6 acres of home property that is open to the public. The winery is a strong supporter of agriculture, farming, local businesses and tourism. The Pheasant Hill Single Vineyard is also the site of the famous "Council of War" in June of 1778 when General George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and 15 other Continental Army Generals stayed and made the decision to engage the British in what became the Battle of Monmouth. Unionville Vineyards' 2008 Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Pheasant Hill was the only wine from the United States in any category to be awarded Gold in 2010 by The IWSC, and one of only nine in the entire northern hemisphere. It is the first US dry white wine to win an IWSC Gold Medal in the last two years, outperforming premium labels such as Beringer, Cakebread Cellars, Robert Mondavi, Stags Leap, and Sonoma Cutrer to take home the Gold.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: BackPackTheSierra wine stories with International Wine Educator in Napa - Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner is an internationally recognized wine educator who serves as Wine Instructor for the Culinary Institute of Napa College. He joins us from the Society of Wine Educators Conference to share delicious and romantic wine stories posted on a new website, just launched, that documents his many years camping, hiking, and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada of California with his wife of 30-plus years. Nothing like wine chilled in the snow or a stream at 8,000 feet.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Introducing The Red Light Special Rosé Wine Cocktail Contest with Red Leight Wine - Howard Leight

Meet the Malibu Wine Guy, Howard Leight, creator of Red Leight Rosé: "A new exotic Rosé inspired by the energy of the night district," and CEO of Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards. Red Leight Rosé is a dry blend of 55 percent Syrah, 35 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, five percent Cabernet Franc and five percent Merlot all grown in Malibu appellation. This conversation will be continued to learn more about Malibu-grown wine-grapes but for now.... join in on the fun, purchase a half bottle, and use the receipt code to enter Red Leight Rosé Cocktail contest. Submit your cocktail recipe online at

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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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