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WineFairy chats with Ursula Hermacinski aka Gavel Gal, and with wine-writer and author, Robert V. Camuto on his new book

First segment of this weeks Show: Young History Detective Becomes America's Foremost Wine Auctioneer - Ursula Hermacinski

Robert Mondavi is quoted to have called Ursula Hermacinski, "truly an exceptional auctioneer." As author of The Wine Lovers Guide to Auctions: The Art & Science of Buying and Selling Wines" her exceptionally reknown career at Christie's in New York in 1984 began as an "expert in quality." In 1994, Ursula established Christie's New York wine department along with their original auction partner Zachys, the Scarsdale, NY fine wine mega-retailer. The Zachys-Christie's New York wine auctions set new standards for the American wine auction market. Ursula left Christie's at the end of 1998 and jumped into the high adventures of the dot.com arena. Her pioneering interest in online wine auctions prompted Wine Spectator to profile Ursula in its article "The Changing Face of Auctions."
 

     
 

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Celebrity Auctioneer Settles Down with Long Horn Cattle and Organic Grapes at Casey Flat Ranch - Ursula Hermacinski

There comes a time in everyone's life when the excitement on the road, being the media darling, isn't enough. But what to do with all those valuable connections, all of the in-the-know history, and expertise status? For Ursula Hermacinski, the answer came in 2006 when she joined the team at Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards. Hermacinski now leads up the "distinctly authentic" vision of quality at Casey Flat Ranch led by Robert and Maura Morey, committed to leaving the smallest environmental 'footprint' on the ranch that borders Napa and Yolo counties for future generations. Hermacinski has honored us by premiering the release of Casey Flat Ranch wines here on Wine and Dine Radio.
 


 

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Sicily, a Continent "Where People Still Eat Their Own Tomatoes!" - Robert V. Camuto

Robert V. Camuto's life is outlined by "wine and epicurean writing and adventure in France, Italy, and occasionally beyond." He joins us today to discuss his latest book, Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey. Inspired by a deep passion for wine, a Sicilian heritage, and a desire for a land somewhat wilder than his home in southern France, Camuto set out to explore Sicily's emerging wine scene dominated by "what may be Sicily's first entrepreneurial class." Camuto's physical and spiritual communion with Sicily, as described in Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey is rich in historical, political, wine, food, and geographical metaphor and observation.
 

     
 

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Sicily, NO Replica of Somewhere Else - Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey - Robert V. Camuto

Chronicling his journey through Palermo to Marsala, and across the rugged interior of Sicily to the heights of Mount Etna, Camuto captures the personalities and flavors and the traditions and natural riches that have made Italy's largest and oldest wine region the world traveler's newest discovery. Here, amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, dramatic religious rituals, deliciously contrasting flavors, and astonishing natural warmth of its people, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining moment in history.
 

 

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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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