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WineFairy chats with Thomas Pennachetti of Cave Spring Cellars; Nik Weis of Weingut St. Urbans-Hof Estate; Mike Colameco on Food Lovers Guide to NYC; and Crushpads-SFWA Roberto Garces on Kindred Wines

First segment of this weeks Show: Canada's Cave Spring Cellars of Niagara Peninsula and Vintners Quality Alliance promises truth in labeling - Thomas Pennachetti

Thomas Pennachetti, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Managing Partner joins us from Jordan Ontario to talk about his family's history who, more than three decades ago, helped pioneer the cultivation of noble European grape varietals on the Niagara Peninsula with the planting of their first Riesling and Chardonnay vines at Cave Spring Vineyard. In the years since, Cave Spring Cellars has established itself as one of Canada’s most acclaimed wineries, earning a reputation for crafting elegant and distinctive cool-climate wines in the heart of Ontario’s wine country. As part of this rich tradition, the Pennachetti family champions the timeless relationship between winemaking, fine food and good living. At Inn on the Twenty—Niagara’s first and most celebrated winery inn and restaurant—have long embraced a local and sustainable approach to gathering great artisan ingredients, sourcing the freshest herbs, dairy, produce and livestock from the surrounding fields and farms. Pairing this sensual garden-fresh fare with the finest Cave Spring wines, Inn on the Twenty innovatively captures the essence of Niagara’s vibrant cuisine and exciting viticulture. Finally, for those who require a little extra pampering, Spa On The Twenty offers luxurious and relaxing aesthetic, massage and vinotherapy treatments.


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Second segment of this weeks Show: Germany's Weingut St. Urbans-Hof Estate Rieslings from the Mosel Valley - Nik Weis

Nik Weis is the third generation Owner, General Manager, and Winemaker for the family estate Weingut St. Urbans-Hof, specializing in estate grown Rieslings. The estate which totals nearly 35 hectares (85+acres) is one of the largest privately-held wine estates in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine-growing region. After obtaining a degree in viticulture and enology at Geisenheim, one of the world’s leading viticulture universities, Nik worked and studyed in Champagne, California, Canada’s Niagara Peninsula, Chile, and Germany’s Nahe region. In 2000, Nik’s commitment to top-quality wine production and adherence to high standards was recognized by the VDP, the German Association of Prädikat and Quality Wine Estates, in making Weingut St. Urbans-Hof their newest member. Today, St. Urbans-Hof has been established as one of the leaders in quality and innovation among German wineries. Weingut St. Urbans-Hof exports a full range of wines, from their excellent value St. Urbans-Hof QbA to high-quality, vineyard-designated Prädikat wines from Ockfener Bockstein, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, and Leiwener Laurentiuslay vineyard sites.


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Third segment of this weeks Show: Wine Bars and Wine Shops featured in Mike Colameco's Food Lovers Guide to NYC - Mike Colameco

Mike Colameco, the host of PBS's popular Colameco's Food Show and WOR-Radio's "Food Talk", helps you make sense of a dizzying array of choices. He draws on his experience as a chef and New York resident to offer in-depth reviews of his favorite eating options, from high-end restaurants to cheap takeout counters and beyond. His work has given him unprecedented access to the city's chefs and kitchens, allowing him to tell you things others can't. He offers inside information about different establishments, giving a detailed and sometimes irreverent sense of the food and the people behind them. Colameco offers choices in every price range and neighborhood, from Tribeca to Harlem. He even uncovers the best WINE BARS and WINE SHOPS.


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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Seven Friends, Seven Partners, Seven Winemakers equal Kindred Wines, Member SFWA, Crushpad - Roberto Garces

Roberto Garces, and six friends scattered throughout the US, keep in touch throughout the year via conference calls over a shared passion for wine. Kindred Wines is the result of seven hearts and minds coming together, virtually, sans winery, sourcing the best possible California grapes, hard work, and 2.0 technology. Wines are crafted at Crushpad of San Francisco with help from Winemakers Mike Zitlaff, Kian Tavakoli, and Chris Nelson. Wines are made available for sale to passionate consumers via the San Francisco Wine Association. Current releases include a Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and white Rhone varietal blend. Listeners are invited to meet Roberto Garces and taste his wines at the second annual SFWA holiday showcase on December tenth, from 5:30 - 8 pm, at Crushpad, 2573 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA. Stay tuned for more details.


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