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WineFairy chats with Richard Leahy on Wineries Unlimited 2010; Jessica Bell of Midwest Wine School; and Dewey Markham on French Wine Society Online Program

First segment of this weeks Show: Wineries Unlimited 2010 Conference: 'Balancing Costs and Quality for Profit' - Richard Leahy

"Balancing Costs and Quality for Profit" is the conference theme of the upcoming Wineries Unlimited, the second largest vineyard and winery conference and tradeshow in North America. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine since 1976, Wineries Unlimited, takes place March 9-12, 2010 at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in suburban Philadelphia. The conference theme, "Balancing Costs and Quality for Profit", is both relevant and a top priority, said Richard Leahy, program director and East Coast editor of Vineyard & Winery Management. As with other goods, consumers are now buying wine more cautiously and spending less, while producers struggle to lower inventories and keep down costs. Despite the recession, we can't afford to sacrifice wine quality, but we must stay profitable; the challenge is how to find the right balance that works for vineyards, wineries and their customers, Leahy explains.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: French Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program now in Chicago at Midwest Wine School - Jessica Bell

Midwest Wine School Founder Jessica Bell is partnering with The French Wine Society to offer the French Wine Scholar study & certification program to its wine education offerings in Chicago and Milwaukee beginning February 20th. The French Wine Scholar program offers a solid and comprehensive foundation for understanding the world of French wines. It is the official curriculum for French wine as endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office. It was developed by the French Wine Society to provide current, accurate information on the wine regions of France and to provide testing that would validate proficiency of the course material. The course consists of 8 modules representing over 16 hours of classroom instruction and includes wine samples representative of each region. Classes will be taught by Jessica Bell*, FWS (French Wine Scholar), DWS (Diploma in Wine & Spirits).

 

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Third segment of this weeks Show: French Wine Society Webinar: "1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification" March 15th - Dewey Markham, Jr.

Dewey Markham, Jr., author of the James Beard Award-winning book 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification, will explain what makes the Classification unique to Bordeaux, why some areas such as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol were not included, and how it influences--and how it does not--the character of the wines we enjoy today. The 1855 Classification is a cornerstone for understanding Bordeaux and its wines. The webinar is free to all registered participants in the eight month French Wine Scholar e-learning program and available for $30 for FWS Members and $40 for non-members each. The webinar will be hosted from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. E.S.T. Wine and Dine listeners will receive a 10% discount to the French Wine Scholar Online Program by registering online with coupon code H1RR4G.


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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: French Wine Society Webinar: "Bordeaux Futures: The Process, The Paradigm" March 22nd - Dewey Markham, Jr.

Dewey Markham, Jr. will provide an insider's prospective on Bordeaux, as he delves into the economics of the Bordeaux wine trade. Learn the mechanics of Bordeaux pricing and the history and future of futures. This presentation will discuss the maneuvers and decisions that preoccupy much of the wine world every April, and what it will mean to you as ads for the 2009s begin appearing in the coming weeks. The webinar is free to all registered participants in the eight month French Wine Scholar e-learning program and available for $30 for FWS Members and $40 for non-members each. The webinar will be hosted from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. E.S.T. Wine and Dine listeners will receive a 10% discount to the French Wine Scholar Online Program by registering online with coupon code H1RR4G.


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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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