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WineFairy chats with Ryan Opaz of Catavino on the Euro Bloggers Conference; and with Brad Hoover of True Blue Imports on Corrido Tequila

First segment of this weeks Show: Minnesota Wine Retailer turned Photographer develops one of the Top Ten Wine Blogs Worldwide - Ryan Opaz

Founded in 2007, Gabriella and Ryan Opaz, Catavino Marketing consults wineries on how to market their brand on the Internet using social media and web 2.0 technology. From workshops to speaking events, they teach wineries how to get online so that they can sell more wine and connect with their fan base. In 2005, the Opaz's started from their home in the Catalonia region of Spain to educate people around the world about Spanish and Portuguese wines using a more effective online dialogue thus spreading the word to a wider global audience.


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Second segment of this weeks Show: 2010 European Wine Bloggers Conference Debate the Intersection of Wine on the Internet in Vienna - Ryan Opaz

Join bloggers, journalists, wine industry professionals and social media innovators on October 22-24 in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the convergence between the culture of wine and the web. Founded and organized by Gabriella and Ryan Opaz of Catavino, and Robert McIntosh of The Wine Conversation, the 2008 conference, in La Rioja, Spain, was the first international event for Wine Bloggers. The 2010 program includes several sessions addressing topical subjects for all online wine communicators, as well as several streams of smaller group sessions to generate and nurture some practical discussions. The 150 wine bloggers expected at the EWBC 2010 will not only attend a wide range of educational sessions, but also visit several key wineries within easy reach of Vienna and also enjoy the best of Austrian cuisine. The event will provide ample opportunity for bloggers to experience the food, wine and culture of Austria.


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Corrido Tequila-making Approaches Wine... Flavors Influenced by Terroir Aged To Taste - Brad Hoover

The Corrido is a musical form of Mexican folklore, originating from the late 1800's in the U.S.- Mexico border regions. Evolving during the U.S. Prohibition, the Corrido often honored the tequilero or tequila smugglers, who gained popularity along the border in those turbulent times. Corrido is now "smuggled" (legally of course) into the United States by True Blue Imports, LLC. Corrido is produced at the Corrido "Prasa" distillery in Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico, using 100 percent blue agave harvested from the rich volcanic soil. Brad Hoover is Founder and Vice President of True Blue Imports of Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Corrido Tequila 100 Percent Blue Agave Single-Estate Grown at 4,500 - 5,000 Feet Elevation

As Tequila portfolio's go, Brad Hoover explains that Corrido is stylistically feminine with citrus notes and a ligher, brighter acidity reflecting high-elevation grown agave. Corrido Cristalino blanco, and all of the aged tequilas benefit from a highly refined, proprietary, "Single-Barrel" sequential barrel aging technique, including Corrido Reposado (aged 6 months), Corrido Anejo (aged 18 months) and Corrido Extra Anejo (aged 3 years). Corrido Extra Anejo was awarded the Best of Show as well as the Best of Agave Spirits in 2009 inaugural The New York Spirits Awards. Corrido Reposado won Double Gold at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


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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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