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WineFairy chats with Kris O'Connor of the Central Coast Vineyard Team; and with Sonia Smith of The Champagne Bureau

First segment of this weeks Show: Sip the Good Life is About Great Wines and Healthy Vineyards - Kris O'Connor

Kris O'Connor is Executive Director of the Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT), a non-profit organization formed in 1994 by a progressive group of farmers with a mission to educate and guide growers towards environmentally and economically sustainable farming practices. Now with 300 members representing 80,000 acres throughout the region, the Team is recognized as an industry leader in the area of sustainability and has been a model for other organizations. While the group's leadership is based in vineyard and winery representatives, they regularly welcome input and guidance from regulatory, academic, environmental, and community leaders.


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Second segment of this weeks Show: Sip the Good Life Connects Like-Minded People in Relevant and Meaningful Ways - Kris O'Connor

Since 1996, CCVT has been helping growers assess their farming practices through their award-winning Positive Points System a protocol that has been modeled by other regions and the State. This provided the foundation of what became the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Vineyard Certification Program. 2008 marked the pilot year, with 3,700 acres (14 vineyards) receiving certification. With 116,000 cases of SIP Certified wines representing an assortment of brands and varieties, wine lovers will be able to support companies certifying their care of the land, the people and Sip the Good Life.


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Champagne, an Extraordinary Place on Earth Consistently Producing Authentic Wines - Sonia Smith

Sonia Smith is Director of The Champagne Bureau, located in Washington, DC. The Bureau is the U.S. representative of the Comit Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), the trade association that represents all the grape growers and houses of Champagne, France. The Bureau works to educate American consumers about the uniqueness of the wines of Champagne and expand their understanding of the need to protect the Champagne name in the United States. In the hottest days of summer, think of Champagne to add a touch of glam to picnics at the beach, relaxing afternoons on the deck and backyard barbecues.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Champagne Hotline Answers Questions About Champagne from the Office of Champagne - Sonia Smith

Have a question about Champagne? The Champagne hotline, run by the Champagne Bureau, is a useful resource to learn more about the Champagne you drink and the region from which it comes. Listeners are invited to sign an online petition to protect wine places and origins, featuring Champagne and other high profile wine regions around the world. The legal battle continues in the "sparkling wine war... pitting trademark rights against geographic indications," (Business Law Today by Carol Robertson). An educated consumer is a more powerful consumer.

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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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