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WineFairy chats with Chef Traci Des Jardins; Winemaker Luke Bass; Ted Lemon of Littorai & Becky Sue Epstein

Segment-1: Wine & Food - San Francisco's Jardinière Food About A Sense of Place - Traci Des Jardins
 
01: Traci Des Jardins was raised in the San Joaquin Valley where she was influenced by her Mexican and French Acadian grandparents. She cooks from her heart with a deep love for the earth and its bounty. Before opening Jardinière in San Francisco in 1998, James Beard award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins worked in some of the finest kitchens in Los Angeles, France, and New York City. Farm to Feast® features world-class chefs crafting a meal that is only matched by the ambiance of dining under a majestic 100-year-old walnut tree on Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm's 38-acre working biodynamic farm in rural Santa Rosa.

 

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(Video of the incredible 'Farm-to-Feast' fundraiser on May 8, 2010)
 
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Segment-2: Wine Education - Porter-Bass Family Dedicated Organic and Biodynamic Practices in Vineyard - Luke Bass
 
02: For Luke Bass, Winemaker at Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery and Poco a Poco Wines, Biodynamics represents a complete departure from the paradigm of conventional farming. Conventional and Organic farming are driven by simple economic principles. If high levels of inputs (fertilizer, herbicide, petroleum fuel, etc.) are necessary to achieve the desired production then the practice is profitable. On the other hand, a Biodynamic farm strives to be self-sustaining by creating maximum outputs with minimal or no inputs other than labor. Luke Bass makes estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Zinfandel from Russian River Valley.

 

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(Video message from Gina Martinelli on the importance of the 'Farm-to-Feast' fundraiser.)
 
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Segment-3: Wine Education - Littorai Wines Estate Winery in Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area - Ted Lemon
 
03: Littorai's philosophy of winegrowing is inspired by Ted Lemon's years in France and is based upon the concept of terroir. Terroir based winemaking postulates that wine of a single place produced by a single estate, is the greatest expression of winemaking. The pinot noir and chardonnay grape varieties are uniquely suited to this philosophy. The property where the winery is located is farmed biodynamically and using only organically certified materials. It is farmed as a self sustaining, integrated and diversified farm. It is devoted to the mystery of wine, not the science. Littorai creates wines whose balance and proportion make them uniquely suited for dining and for great cuisine.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Travel - Bordeaux En Primeur Tasting 2010, the Second Consecutive Excellent Vintage for Grands Crus - Becky Sue Epstein
 
04: Becky Sue Epstein reports on Bordeaux En Primeur where "Trends in taste continue to evolve. As Bordeaux enology professor and consultant Denis Dubourdieu mentioned, for the past few years, wine writers have been complaining about higher alcohol levels in the wines here. Yet, he says that at tastings, the higher alcohol wines get the higher marks. What do we in the US drink? Well, what we should be drinking are the 'second wines' of the top chateaux the 'classified growth' chateaux. As the prices have risen, the number of potential buyers for their 'grands vins' has declined. Read more excerpts from Epstein.

 

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(Video from the 'Bordeaux En Primeur Tasting 2010'.)

 

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lynn krielow is an independent wine and food journalist, and the premier 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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