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WineFairy chats with Sommelier Rick Toyota of Niner Wine Estates and with Camilla Pistilli of Stil Novo Designs


1st segment of this weeks Show: Niner Wine Estates Announces Comprehensive Wine Education Series - Rick Toyota
 
Niner Wine Estates, Paso Robles, Estate Sommelier and Director of Hospitality, Rick Toyota, joins us to talk about the launch of one of the most comprehensive wine education programs on California's Central Coast, appropriate for two audiences: the wine lover and the industry professional. Classes begin January 24th and continue weekly through June 27th, 2011. Each of the 20 classes will provide discussions of specific wine regions, along with an exploratory tasting of six to ten wines. The series includes introductory classes on wine appreciation, viticulture and viniculture, as well as industry standards for proper wine service.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Niner Wine Estates Sommelier-Taught Courses Offer a Tour of the Worlds Wine Regions - Rick Toyota
 
What is wine? Niner Wine Estates Wine Education Series introductory course will help answer this question and provide students with a better understanding of the different styles of wine – still, fortified and sparkling. Emphasis will be on the key varietals that can be found throughout the major wine growing regions of the world. The tasting exercise will focus on proper tasting and evaluation criteria to establish protocols for future classes and to help students understand what specific characteristics of wine they personally enjoy.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Stil Novo Designs Recycled Oak Wine Barrels into Original Creations - Camilla Pistilli
 
Stil Novo Design creates elegant home decor, custom furniture and 'green' gift ideas from recycled oak wine barrels using solid white oak wood staves reclaimed from French wine barrels. Camilla Pistilla joins us to share the story of her family business that's dedicated to creating the finest woodcrafts, specialty pieces & custom furniture. Every piece is a 'one of a kind' item, every decor is original and completely hand painted. Stil Novo Design want the eco-friendly to be elegant, refined, chic and stylish... not shabby! The upcycled shouldn’t be inferior to the high-end market’s standards and moreover should maintain the same sense of exclusivity and distinctiveness.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Stil Novo Designs Eco-Friendly Designer Pieces from Recycled French Wine Barrels-Camilla Pistilli
 
Why wine barrels? After three to five vintages, wine barrels are ready to be discarded. That's when the Pistillis rescue, recycle and transform them into unique beauty to be given a new life. Their Italian heritage brings an innovative, highly sophisticated sense of style and superior manufacture standards to this century’s ‘green revolution.’ Their concern for the environment doesn't affect, nor compromise, the quality and sense of esthetic conveyed in our creations; we proudly strive to exceed our customers' expectations.
 
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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 listeners a month!


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