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WineFairy chats with Yuri Kato on Japan's Cocktail Culture; Alva Johnson on the Champagne & Sparkling Wines Invitational; and with Cornelius Geary on the SF Vintners Market

First segment of this weeks Show: Japanese Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Sake, Shochu, Whiskey, and More - Yuri Kato

Yuri Kato is a beverage alcohol consultant and judges cocktail competitions around the world. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Yuri inherited her passion for the culinary arts from her mother and uncle, both chefs, who taught her about Japanese cuisine and spirits. In addition to cocktails, Japanese Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Sake, Shochu, Whisky, and More teams with interesting tidbits on travel destinations, at home cold recipes and seasonal Japanese festivals. Filled with rare and exotic combinations, Kato showcases Japanese traditions and tastes through a vibrant selection of photos that ultimately reinvigorate the art of drinking--Japanese style.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Rare and Exotic Combinations bring Japan's Cocktail Culture to Life - Yuri Kato

Suntory, along with spirits expert Yuri Kato, have brought Japan's cocktail culture to life with a collection of more than 60 Japanese cocktail recipes. Suntory Ltd. is one of the world's leading wine and spirits companies. Founded in 1899, Suntory was the first company to introduce Western-style spirits to Japan, exporting a wide range of authentic Japanese whiskies and liquors to 35 countries, including the U.S. Made with exceptional Japanese craftsmanship and premium-quality ingredients, these include Midori Melon Liqueur, Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, and Kuromaru Shochu, Japan's traditional distilled spirit.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Fizz Fest New Orleans Conference Dedicated Exclusively to Champagne and Sparkling Wines - Alva Johnson

April 16th-18th in New Orleans, more than 50 of the nation's top sommeliers will be on hand to pour some of the world's most sought after sparkling wines at the INDEPENDENT CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING WINE INVITATIONAL (ICSWI), the nation's first conference devoted exclusively to independently produced champagnes and sparkling wines. Industry experts will educate both professional and consumer attendees, pouring wines produced in the grower and independent spirit ranging from the superb high-end cuvees of the Grande Marques to the terroir driven jewels of the small producers. "Having direct access to the country's leading sommeliers is completely unique to this event," says Alva Johnson, ICSWI Co-Founder/Event Organizer. "At this premier event we want to provide as much context and education as possible. This convergence of so many sparkling wine professionals in New Orleans will be significant."

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: San Francisco Vintners Market the first Event Where Consumers Try and Buy - Cornelius Geary and the San Francisco Wine Association team-up as partners to introduce the San Francisco Vintners Market - the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area. Over 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring their favorite wines including new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages for you to taste ... and buy. No more racking your brain trying to remember the name of that great wine or wasting time trying to actually find a place that sells it. At the San Francisco Vintners Market April 10th - 11th, wine buyers can connect with hundreds of wineries and taste and buy wines direct from the source at Fort Mason. The San Francisco Vintners Market was co-founded by Cornelius Geary, co-Founder of Wine 2.0.

Click HERE to listen to Segment 4.

Over 200 wineries from Napa, Sonoma and beyond will
be pouring their best wines for you to TRY and BUY and
take your favorites home with you...even some of the best
SF Wine Association” wineries will be pouring for you!

12-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 10th & 11th

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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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