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Winefairy chats with Justin Beckett and Shannan Metcalf on Crave; with Georgeanna Milam Chapman on Craig Claiborne; and with Joshua Greene of Wine & Spirits Magazine

First segment of this weeks Show: CRAVE Arizona Food & Wine Festival in Scottsdale on the waterfront Oct 22 - 24 - Justin Beckett and Shannan Metcalf

Chef Justin Beckett of Crave Arizona and Shannon Metcalf of Savor Scottsdale talk up the second annual Southwest premiere culinary event which features more than 40 Arizona restaurants, 200 wineries, live culinary competitions, wine parties, classes and celebrity sights over three days and nights. Scheduled events include the Taste of Art ArtWalk, Taste of Art Gallery Dinners, Library Wine Tasting Series, Savor Scottsdale Wine Lunches and BBQ & Bubbles. The premiere events have to be the Crave Arizona Kick Off Party on the Bridge featuring a National Top Bar Chef (Iron-style) Competition and Saturday's Arizona Grand Tasting to benefit Savor Scottsdale: a non-profit member organization comprised of a select group of award-winning local chefs, restaurateurs and culinary leaders dedicated to promoting Arizona's culinary reputation. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will be in attendance!

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Why does Craig Claiborne, the original Food Editor of the NY times, matter? - Georgeanna Milam Chapman

Georgeanna Milam Chapman grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. In 2005 she enrolled in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She enjoyed the benefits of a two year Assistantship with Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, where Director John T. Edge suggested that she devote her Master's thesis to examining the life of Mississippi native food writer Craig Claiborne.... the first Food Editor of the New York Times, why he matters in culinary circles, how his Southern upbringing informed his career as the first honest restaurant reviewer who brought attention to professional chefs in a cultural, historical context in the US.


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Wine & Spirits Magazine top Wineries of the Year hail from 50 winegrowing regions across the globe - Joshua Greene

Joshua Greene, Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine since 1986, began drinking wine with meals during a summer in Galicia, Spain at age 13. After graduating from Princeton University in 1981, Greene pursued a career in magazines, starting in management of special-interest publications. His involvement with Wine & Spirits began on a consulting basis, and eventually led to his purchase of the magazine in 1989. Now in its sixth year, Wine & Spirits' magazine honors the top 100 wineries that delivered the best overall performances in Wine & Spirits' tastings conducted during the past year. The "Wineries of the Year" will be profiled in the Winter issue of Wine & Spirits, which is now available on newsstands nationwide.


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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Wine & Spirits Magazine's 20th Annual Restaurant Wine Poll - Joshua Greene

The 20th Annual Wine & Spirits Magazine Restaurant Poll delineates the popularity and prices of wines by brand, variety and country of origin as reported by sommeliers representing Zagat Survey’s leading restaurants across the US. This year, 37.8 percent of restaurateurs report a decrease in wine sales, while 62.1 percent claim sales have either stayed the same or increased. Italy maintains its position in last year’s Poll, garnering the largest share of the most popular wines for any country outside the US. As Italy’s share percentage climbs, US wines represent a smaller portion of the most popular wines, the lowest in 20 years. Pinot noir emerged as the most popular variety for the first time, with a 15 percent share of the most popular wines. Copies of Wine & Spirits’ April 2009 issue featuring the Poll results are available by mail for $7, including postage and handling.

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