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WineFairy chats with Monica Larner of Wine Enthusiast Mag; and with Jimmy Katz and Steve Doerner on River Journeys and Cristom Vineyards

Segment-1: Wine Travel - Wine Enthusiast Mag's Unique Italian Wine Review Perspective - Monica Larner
 
01: Italian Editor Monica Larner reviews Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has lived in Italy on-and-off since age 11. Currently based in Rome, steps away from the Colosseum, Monica visits every corner of Italy in her red Mini Cooper to report on the wine, food and travel highlights of her adopted home. Her books include In Love in Italy (Rizzoli) and Living, Studying and Working in Italy (Henry Holt), and she is now writing a guide to traveling in Italy in the slow lane.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Travel - Why Does Food Taste Better With Wine in Italy? A Form of Worship? - Monica Larner
 
02: According to Larner, "Appreciation of food and wine (throughout Italy) is taught in schools and practiced at home. Italy's economy relies heavily on food and wine and its gastronomic exports enjoy the same recognition as luxury, fashion and design goods. In a sense, the whole country celebrates a nationwide 'sagra' (festival) to its agricultural products that evokes veneration and respect." Monica is a sommelier with the Italian Association of Sommelier (AIS) but her passion for wine finds roots in Larner Vineyard, the family-run vineyard and winery in Santa Barbara county where she returns each year during harvest season.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Travel - James Henry River Journeys Blends Classical Music, Exquisite Wines and Cuisine on the Rogue River - Jimmy Katz and Steve Doerner
 
03: In celebration of 39 years of conducting wilderness whitewater river journeys, James Henry River Journeys of Bolinas, California, Jimmy Katz, Founder of and Chief Guide, joins us to talk about his unique special-interest whitewater rafting offerings for 2011. On June 17-20 wine bibbers will have the opportunity on a four-day Classical Music, Wine Tasting, Gourmet California Cuisine and Natural History Trip to taste the elegant and subtle Pinot Noirs, refreshing Pinot Gris, rich and balanced Syrahs, and intriguing Viogniers of Oregon's acclaimed winemaker, Steve Doerner of Cristom Vineyards. While tasting Steve's well-crafted wines, Baroque flautist Rachel Streeter and her recorder/guitar accompanist Jim Oakden will warm your evenings along the Rogue playing renaissance and baroque duets.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - Cristom Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Care of Mother Nature - Steve Doerner
 
04: Cristom Vineyards is nestled on the slopes of the Eola Hills with a view of Mt. Jefferson. Steve Doerner who, after a quarter century of experience, still believes the winemaker's job is to "optimize what nature - the vineyard - provides." In addition to his reputation as a master winemaker, Steve is a biochemist. Cristom cultivates eight distinct vineyards growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Syrah totaling 65 plantable acres. The vineyards are dry farmed with the focus on quality fruit with low yields and high density planting. Join Steve Doerner for very private conversations about Cristom Vineyards wines on the Rogue River with Jimmy Katz and James Henry River Journeys, June 17 - 20, 2011.

 

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lynn krielow 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 per month!


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