Vin de Cru...french for "Vintage Wine' is a weekly exposé and audioblog focusing on exclusive VinVillageRadio guest interviews featuring high-profile, in-depth discussions with the "who's who" in wine and food. Please read, listen and enjoy!

WineFairy chats with Luigi Collavini of Collavini Winery, Anne Gingrass-Paik and Ray Tang of Brix Restaurant and Crushpads Richard Hart of Ricardus Corculum

First segment of this weeks Show: Friuli's family-owned and operated Collavini Winery partners with Operation Heroes & Hounds - Luigi Collavini

The Collavini winery has announced a 50-cent donation to Operation Heroes & Hounds program in January, 2010 for every bottle sold in the US through the end of the year. Collavini, the family-owned and operated Friulian winery known for the award winning wine Broy (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Friulano) has a history of supporting animal shelters and foundations in Italy. Heroes & Hounds is a 10-week program which offers injured members of the United States armed forces the opportunity to coach and live with shelter dogs. Operation Heroes and Hounds provides injured soldiers with a purposeful job which promotes the practice of smiling, loving, and being a benevolent leader. Today, Eugenio Collavini Viticultori is run by patriarch Manlio Collavini, his wife Anna and their two sons, Luigi and Giovanni.... all dog lovers.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Peace, fabulous Collavini wines of Fruili and man's best friend are secrets to good life - Luigi Collavini

Luigi Collavini's house pets are cats, but clearly, the family's identify is focused around canines. Look no further than Eugenio Collavini wine labels that proudly pay tribute to Ribolla, patriarch Manlio Collavini's dearest dachshund, the first in in a lifetime of 12. Begin your Collavini journey with a bottle of Pinot Grigio Villa Canlungo Collio Black Label DOC: clean, refreshing, Old World style made with New World innovation for under $20. Collavini recently introduced an organic Pinot Grigio IGT that retails for around $14. Collavini's dry Friulano DOC, known as Tocai elsewhere, is most representative of this ancient Italian northeastern white wine powerhouse winegrape growing region that borders Slovenia where a risotto infused with the tips only of white asparagus is a perfect match. The famous Collavini Broy Bianco DOC smells of ripe tropical fruit and honey but deceptively ends dry with more weight on the tongue. I can't wait to try Collavini Ribolla Gialla Brut Millesime DOC made from the indigenous name-sake grape which sell for around $59 USD

   

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Yountville's Brix Restaurant introduces "Brix Unpaved" international street food series under the stars - Anne Gingrass-Paik and Ray Tang

Brix restaurant's Executive Chef Anne Gingrass-Paik and long-time friend, Caterer/Chef Ray Tang have teamed up for a new series of three events celebrating the best in international street food from India, Thailand, and Italy showcasing their passion for exotic foods. Brix Gardens will be transformed into vibrant global street scenes on Thursday, August 20th featuring Mumbai Fare, Bollywood Flair; on September 17th featuring One Night in Bankok; and on October 15th with the culinary theme Street Feasts of Sicily. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $35 allowing visitors to visit each of the seven food stalls per night. Beer, wine and specialty cocktails will be available for an additional $5 each.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Ricardus Corculum is where clandestine past and Latin inspired New World wine passion intersect - Richard Hart

Richard Hart. What can I say. He probably can't say much either because he is a former spy for the Clandestine Service, or Directorate of Operations for the CIA (not the culinary one). Long before we meet him here, he contemplated one of two career paths: becoming a priest or a Classics professor. Hart's first wine love was France---well, he lived around the world! And we are lead to believe that he has a good nose, good taste, and 'wacky ideas' about winemaking. He must be on to something because his 2006 Ricardus Corculum ClandestZin Russion River Valley Zinfandel first release, 2007 Ricardus Corculum ClandestZin Dry Creek Valley, Grist Vineyard, Zinfandel (a cabernet lovers zin), and 2005 Ricardus Corculum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon are all medal winners! Learn more here.

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Winefairy chats about the Preservation Napa Valley 2009 Barn Tour; Terry Wheatley on Tough Enough to Wear Pink to fight breast cancer and author Tom Silberkleit on The California Directory of Fine Wineries

First segment of this weeks Show: Preservation Napa Valley 2009 Barn Tour features historic St. Helena Barns - Wendy Ward and Jennifer Garden

Wendy Ward, Director, Preservation Napa Valley (PNV), a nonprofit, historic cultural resources preservation organization based in Napa, CA. Through advocacy and innovative, public education programs, Preservation Napa Valley is helping Napa County conserve many of its defining cultural resources, from architecture to agrarian landscapes. Barn Tour 2009 will be held on August 30, in partnership with the Napa County Farm Bureau celebrating Napa County's rich agricultural history, symbolized through its iconic barns. In addition to the Spring Mountain Vineyard barn, four other historic barns in or near the town of St. Helena are part of the afternoon event: the Varozza barn, Napa Valley Olive Oil barn, the Blue Stocking and the White Barn. Jennifer Garden is co-owner of the Blue Stocking Barn. A limited edition commemorative poster, designed by illustrator Mike Gray and produced by Jennifer Garden of Blue Stocking Press, will raise additional funds for PNV.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Spring Mountain Vineyard has a deep winegrowing and architectural history - Valli Ferrell

Spring Mountain Vineyard, in support of Preservation Napa Valley and the Napa County Farm Bureau, will open its 1886 'Parrott' barn on Sunday, August 30th from 1pm - 5:30pm as part of Barn Tour 2009. Ticket holders will drive to each barn at their leisure to see and feel the unique beauty and sense of place of these St. Helena landmarks. All of the barns date to the 19th century, yet are used today in a variety of ways- an artist's live-in studio, a family owned retail space and a winery museum of antique farming equipment, to name a few. Docents will supply the histories for each barn as attendees meander from field to old town to vineyard. After visiting four barns, attendees will gather at the illustrious White Barn on Sulphur Springs Road, where acoustic blue grass music, an exhibition of local art, noshes, nibbles and wine will provide ambiance for sharing the day's experience. A brief presentation will be made by Preservation Napa Valley director Wendy Ward about the history, importance and rehabilitation of Napa Valley barns. Valli Ferrell is Director of Public Relations for Spring Mountain Vineyard. Her husband, Tom Ferrell, has long been the winemaker.

   

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Purple Cowboy Wines raises funds for the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink?" breast cancer rodeo campaign - Terry Wheatley

Terry Wheatley is a 30-year wine career professional. She is the creator of Purple Cowboy wines.... and co-founder of Tough Enough to Wear Pink?, the professional rodeo and western community's initiative to fight breast cancer along with Wrangler® Western Wear, suppliers of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink? pink rodeo shirt. Terry, herself a breast cancer survivor, comes from a family of ranchers and professional rodeo cowboys. Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red is a Paso Robles blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Night Rider Merlot 2007 was just released and also promises to be so big, deep, and dark that it turns your teeth purple.

   

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: The "California Directory of Fine Wineries" releases 4th edition and the brand new Central Coast edition - Tom Silberkleit

Tom Silberkleit of Wine House Press in Sonoma is the Publisher of The California Director of Fine Wineries which recently released the 4th edition focusing on destination wineries in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino and the brand new Central Coast edition devoted to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles. With each edition update, Silberkleit aims to present wineries that standout due to their architecture, gardens, museum-quality art exhibits, gourmet experiences, wine tours and tastings, combined with exemplary wines. Find thoughtful ideas for holiday destinations and contact information for each wineries cited.

    

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WineFairy chats with Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby on their wines and HealthRoots Foundation; with Paul Dolan on the Green Winegrowing Handbook; and with Haydn Adams on Sip and Sign Party at Crushpad

First segment of this weeks Show: Napa's Rocca Family Vineyards and HealthRoots Foundation founders join us from Malawi - Dr. Mary Rocca and Dr. Eric Grigsby

In addition to her work as a vintner and founder of Rocca Family Vineyards, a grocery store owner, Palace Market, a small grocery store in Point Reyes, wife and mother of four, Dr. Mary Rocca makes annual trips to Malawi in southeastern Africa, with her husband, Dr. Eric Grigsby, an Anesthesiologist and Pain Care Specialist. Mary and Eric started the HealthRoots Foundation in 1997 to provide health education and patient care in under-served areas of the United States and abroad, most recently in The Republic of Malawi in Southeast Africa where nearly 20 percent of the population is affected by the AIDS virus. It was selected as the Mayo Clinic’s Global Health Initiative last year, making it Mayo’s primary international focus. Their work involves educating caregivers and meeting with officials and organizations to advocate for palliative care within Malawi. On this trip they will be working with the Dae Yang Luke Hospital in Lilongwe, and also the Clinton Foundation which is very active in area. They are also teaming up with a non-profit called “Wired” to set up telecommunications channels which will allow them to educate caregivers and medical workers remotely. Mary is also working on establishing a dental office, and by year’s end there should be equipment in place that will allow volunteer dentists to go there and do work. Eric is the VP of the Mayo Alumni Association, and is one of the top pain management doctors in the country.

     

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Yountville's Rocca Family Vineyards farming organically, producing intensely-flavored, balanced RED wines - Dr. Mary Rocca and Dr. Eric Grigsby

In April 2009, Rocca Wines moved from their former Tasting Salon in downtown Napa to a Victorian home located just off Highway 29 in southern Napa. The home was originally built by General Vallejo for his daughter, and was used by Vallejo to host visiting dignitaries. It will soon serve as Rocca’s new tasting room and winemaking facilities. While the tasting portion is not yet open to the public, Mary and Eric encourage visitors to call to arrange a private tasting or tour. Rocca produces a Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) and Syrah ($45), as well as Bad Boy Red ($32), a blend of Bordeaux varietals from Rocca’s estate vineyards in Yountville and Coombsville. As Rocca Family Vineyards nears their eleventh harvest in 2009, Mary Rocca’s aspirations have since come true with an annual 2,000 case production of full-flavored, expressive, velvety smooth Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yountville AVA.

     

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Third segment of this weeks Show: The future of business is GREEN and Mendocino Wine Company is leading the way - Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan, one of the founders of Mendocino Wine Company, Partner, Paul Dolan Vineyards and Parducci Wine Cellars is a leader in certified Biodynamic®, certified organic and certified sustainable farming and business practices. As a fourth-generation winemaker, farmer and father, Dolan seeks to leave the world in better condition for his children. The Green Winegrowing Handbook provides "an in-depth overview of green practices in the wine industry and a better understanding of how and why these practices contribute not only to the quality of wine but the health of our environment." We provide two links below: Read for free online or purchase a copy of The Green Winegrowing Handbook for $10.99.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: VinVillage.com Wine blogger Haydn Adams focuses on Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys in Beyond Napa Valley - Haydn Adams

Join wine critic, blogger and e-journalist Haydn Adams at CrushPad on August 6th at 'Sipping and Signing.' Sipping includes wines being poured by San Francisco Wine Association members Aver Vineyards, Damian Rae Winery, Mark Moretti Winery, and Ricardus Corculum Wines. Adams will be selling signed copies of his first book, Wineries Beyond Napa Valley: Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. In addition, he currently writes a monthly wine review column Beyond Napa Valley Wine Blog, and co-instructs 'Wonders of Wine' class in Marin. Haydn's goal is to bring to light the "hidden gems" of the wine world. To sign up to attend 'Sipping and Signing' visit online VinVillage.com.


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Winefairy chats with David Milligan on Rose and Beaujolais wine, with Fountain Odom on MotherVine Resveratrol and with Carmine Capo on the Wine Diaper

First segment of this weeks Show: French Rosé Consumption Rising Quickly in the U.S. - David Milligan

The US wine market for imports has seen its share of challenges lately, but opportunities for growth still abound. One of the category’s most promising segments over the past year has been imported rosé, with US retail sales growing by 42 percent in the 52 weeks leading up to April 4th, according to Nielsen and the CIVP/Provence Wine Council. France, in particular Provence, remains the undisputed leader in rosé, producing 28 percent of the global category volume, and it’s been a driving force in the US rosé surge. Over 75 Provence domaines, specialized in rosé, are available in the US. David Milligan is a well known wine expert with over 40 years experience of the wine business in Europe and the United States.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: The many faces of Beaujolais... strong personalities... 12 expressions of local Gamay terroir - David Milligan

David Milligan has trained with leading English companies and was wine buyer for its largest brewery group. His over 30 years experience in the US, based in New Orleans, Miami and New York, where he served as President of Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Co, have given him an in depth knowledge of the imported wine business in the United States. In addition to being a member of several international wine and food societies, he heads up French wine importing company, David Milligan Selections. He is the sole importer of Chateau de Pizay Beaujolais, one of the most important estates in Beaujolais, covering over 100 acres in the appellations of Morgon, Regnie, Beaujolais and Beaujolais Blanc. The beautiful Chateau, dating to the 14th century, houses a luxurious hotel ,with an excellent restaurant.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Mother Vine Natural Whole Grape Supplement Fights Aging and Chronic Disease - Fountain Odom

North Carolina Brotherhood Knights of the Vine Master Knight, and former North Carolina State Senator, Fountain Odom has started a new company, The Mother Vine, to make nutraceuticals from Muscadine grapes, nature's most powerful source of resveratrol and other antioxidants: 40 times more resveratrol and seven times more antioxidants than European grapes (e.g. Pinot noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, etc.) and more than twice the antioxidants of pomegranates. Located on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, the MotherVine is the oldest living grape vine in the Americas, over 400 years strong. The Scuppernong is the official state fruit of North Carolina and is now raised throughout the southeastern US. The new MotherVine Natural Whole Grape Supplement is comprised entirely from the whole muscadine grapes--skins, pulp and seeds--ground into a fine powder.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Pamper your wine while traveling ... 'I Want My Wine Diaper!" - Carmine Capo

The Wine Diaper is a reusable air-tight zip-locked bag that is lined with the same material found in baby diapers. The bag cushions and protects your wine, but in case of accidental breakage while in-flight, the diaper material will rapidly absorb up any liquids so that none of your clothing or valuables are ruined. Carmine Capo, originally from Florence, Italy, is a CPA based out of Detroit, Michigan and one of four Partners of Idea Mia, the marketing arm for The Wine Diaper. The price for a pack of 3 is $15, or $75 for the box of 24. Bulk volume pricing starts at $1.99/piece and goes lower for larger quantities.

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WineFairy chats with Flickerwood Cellars, Renee Schettler on French Beer and Crushpads Mark Moretti

First segment of this weeks Show: Pennsylvania's Flickerwood Wine Cellars is a regular winnner for Fruit Wines and Grape Wines - Sue and Ron Zampogna

Sue and Ron Zampogna founded Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Cane, Pennsylvania, in 2000. Their 2006 Flickerberry Dew, a blend of blackberry and red raspberry juices from New York State-grown fruit, won Best Fruit Wine category in the 2009 International Eastern Wine Competition. According to Pennsylvania wine-making laws, a winery must produce no less than 75 percent of their wines from Pennsylvania-grown fruit AND within a radius of 350 miles fro the winery. When the Zampogna's founded Flickerwood Wine Cellars there were less than ten wineries in the state of Pennsylvania. Now, there are over 80! Check out their strawberry-rhubarb wine named Strawberry Field, and their straight red raspberry wine. Real fruit makes real wine!

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Artisanal French Bière de Garde delivers complex diversity to new beer audience in US - Renée Schettler

What do you think of when you see the word Blonde? How about French beer? Renée Schettler is an editor and writer about all things food, wine, spirits and beer. In the Summer 2009 issue of France Magazine she presents a fascinating tale of French beverage history that will surprise all but the well-informed Francophile. By the late 1700s, there were more than a thousand family-owned breweries in France, many near Flanders.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: France's new artisanal beers exude terroir of ingredients and sensibilities of craftsmanship - Renée Schettler

"Not going to France anytime soon? Whole Foods Market and a variety of liquor and beer stores carry French brands. There is no single resource for locating retail outlets, but some can be found through wine-search.com." In the US, famous-named restaurants and bars are increasingly giving equal weight to wine and beer, "with a focus on often-overlooked options in both categories. The intent is to surprise." Chefs are.... "preparing tasting menus tailored specifically to a beer's terroir as well as its flavor." To read Schettler's article, pick up a copy of the summer 2009 issue of France Magazine in bookstores now, or subscribe online.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Crushpad and San Francisco Wine Association help make virtual Mark Moretti Winery become a reality - Mark Moretti

Mark Moretti is a former domestic garagiste! That is to say, his winemaking hobby started in his suburban San Carlos, California garage with help from family and friends. Moretti, a Silicon Valley high-tech professional was and still is fascinated with the process of transforming grapes into wine. He is committed to using sustainably-grown fruit and favors Santa Barbara county Rhone cultivars. Keep up with his work and order his wines via the link below.

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Winefairy chats with David Peterson-GM of Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay wineries in NY Finger Lakes; and Mary Ann Coskery, Executive Dir. of the American Wine Society

First segment of this weeks Show: Goose Watch Winery's Finger Lakes Brut Pinot Noir Rosé is Best Sparkling Wine at 2009 IEWC - David Peterson

David V. Peterson, Ph.D., Viticulture, is the General Manager of Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay Wineries, all of the Finger Lakes region in up-state New York. Peterson's family have been growing Vitis vinifera, Vitis labrusca, and French-American hybrid wine grapes in the Finger Lakes for over 40 years. In 1990 they founded Swedish Hill, the first of three separate wineries. You know that sparkling wines capture my attention and respect above all others so naturally, when I saw that Goose Watch Winery's Non-Vintage Finger Lakes Brut Pinot Noir Rosé won Best Sparkling Wine of the 2009 Best of Category Winners at this year's International Eastern Wine Competition.... well.... I just had to share the news with you.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Goose Cross Winery.... called "the Bonny Doon of the East" - David Peterson

The Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York is perfect climate for producing high quality sparkling wines. In the 1860's, sparkling wines from the Finger Lakes region of up-state New York were winning awards here and abroad. Cool climate tempered by large bodies of water have a long tradition of being excellent sources for growing wine-grapes destined for sparkling wines. The Peterson Family of Romulus, New York, grow Pinot Noir and other grapes for classic method sparkling wines under the Goose Watch, Swedish Hill and Penguin Bay Wineries. Other reds wines that are produced at Goose Cross include a Finger Lakes Lemberger, Chamboucin, and Cabernet Sauvignon (not typical of the region).

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Third segment of this weeks Show: American Wine Society is America's largest and oldest consumer based wine education organization - Mary Ann Coskery

Mary Ann Coskery, Executive Director, heads up The American Wine Society, organized in 1967 as a non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine. On October 7, 1967, a group of some two hundred wine enthusiasts gathered at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s vineyard on Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, NY for the AWS’ initial meeting. Through a system of a board of directors, an executive director, regional vice presidents, and chapter chairman, the Society has grown into a nation-wide organization of amateur grape growers, winemakers, and wine appreciators interested in learning more about the history, production, appreciation, and use of wines. The Society has also attracted wine educators and professionals in wine related sciences, as well as the wine trade itself, extending the Society to a much broader membership base than most other wine clubs.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: American Wine Society.... "Promoting Appreciation of Wine Through Education" throughout the U.S. - Mary Ann Coskery

American Wine Society membership is open to any interested person - wine enthusiast, professional wine maker, amateur wine maker, grape grower, and curious novice - anyone who wants to learn more about wine! AWS Member Benefits include: Participation in local chapter activities; Participation in local, regional, and national events, including national conference; Membership card and certificate; Quarterly American Wine Society Journal; Quarterly AWS Newsletter; Technical manuals, bulletins, videos, and vintage charts; Wine Judge Certification Program; National Tasting Project; Winemaking competitions; AWS Education Foundation; AWS Insurance Program; Discounts at participating wineries.

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Winefairy chats with Tom Davies-V.Sattui; Moya Shatz on Idaho Wines; and Stephen Bolger and Michael Brill of Crushpad

First segment of this weeks Show: V. Sattui Winery of Napa Valley selling direct-to-consumers for 30 years - Tom Davies

Tom Davies, President, V. Sattui Winery of St. Helena, has been on the same job for 30 years! That's rare these days. In 1976, Dario Sattui, great-grandson, reopened V. Sattui Winery, originally of San Francisco, as the 46th winery in the Napa Valley to come back to life after Prohibition. Dario Sattui founded the St. Helena winery on direct-to-consumer sales, eschewing the traditional three-tier system of national distribution. They farm 75 percent of what they produce.... a significant statement on its own. There's something for every palate, from dry to sweet, red/rosé, white and blue, still and sparkling.

       

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Idaho excels in exceptional Rhone red and white varietal wines - Moya Shatz

Moya Shatz has been living and working as the Executive Director of the Idaho Grape Growers & Wine Producers Commission based out of Caldwell for under one year. In that time period, the state has witnessed eight new wineries opening their doors. Despite the slump in the economy, Idaho grape growing and winemaking are on a positive surge with 40 wineries and an additional 20 vineyards devoted exclusively to growing grapes. Most grapes come from the Snake River Valley, an American Viticultural Appellation of roughly 8,000 square miles. Find links to all wineries and travel referrals.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Crushpad Bordeaux offers Right and Left Bank virtual winemaking opportunities - Stephen Bolger

Stephen Bolger is President of Crushpad Bordeaux, a state-of-the-art winery where you are the winemaker. Crushpad provides grapes from some of Bordeaux's finest terroir, an industry-acclaimed wine making team and a Saint Emilion-based winery 100 percent focused on making luxury class wines in micro-cuvées. You choose your level of involvement and they do the rest.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Michael Brill, Crushpad Founder visionary introduces democratic winemaking for everyone - Michael Brill

Crushpad, the California company that makes it possible for anyone to become a winemaker, since 2004, is evening the playing field one more layer with the release of the next generation of Fusebox home blending winemaking kit. The July release features professional quality interactive custom label designs for individuals wanting to create one or two case lots of their own personal blend. The first release will feature Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux related cultivars with more varietals being rolled out for virtual production every other month. Don't miss Brill's end-of-the-segment heads-up about the brand new Fusebox Fund-Raiser affiliate program for non-profits!

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Winefairy chats with Author Jacqueline Friedrich, Wine Educator Marlene Rossman, and Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr of Idaho winery Cinder Wines.

First segment of this weeks Show: Earthy Loire wines for the 21st century and the new UC Irvine wine course online - Jacqueline Friedrich, Marlene Rossman

Wine writer Jacqueline Friedrich talks to us from her home near Chinon, an area internationally known for red wines made from Cabernet Franc. A New Yorker by birth and Civil-Rights protester, her first passion was civil rights law and language. A trip to the Loire Valley in the late 1980s changed her life's direction. Marlene Rossman writes about wine and food for Chef magazine and teaches 'A Sommelier's Secret Guide to the Wine List: Wine and Food Galore' via UC Irvine, Extension, Specialized Studies Program.

    

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Second segment of this weeks Show: The Wine Humanist: Wine By People, For People - Jacqueline Friedrich

In 1989, Jacqueline Friedrich moved to France to write a book about the wines and foods of the Loire basin..... which represents 20 percent of France. Presently, she is working on the second edition. Her writing style is entirely narrative, devoid of frigid ratings, including the social history of each village and family. Her writing perspective is holistic, uncommon in wine-writing-circles, taking into account political, cultural, economic, historical, familial, causes and effects. Her most recent book is The Wines of France: the Essential Guide for Savvy Shoppers.

    

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Boise Urban Winemaker delivers wine to downtown restaurants on a tricycle - Melanie Krause

Melanie Krause is an outdoor person.... mountain biking, skiing, white water rafting, viticulture. After graduating with bachelor degrees in Biology and Spanish, and traveling to Asia, she settled down as a vineyard technician for Stimson Lane in Washington. She eventually worked her way up to Assistant Winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle's Canoe Ridge Estate Winery specializing in red wines. In 2006 she co-founded Cinder Wines and The Urban Winemakers Cooperative in her hometown of Boise. All wines are made from Snake River Valley fruit.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Cinder Wines of Boise, Idaho based solely on Snake River Valley AVA fruit - Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr

Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr met at Washington State University, married in 2006 and returned to Krause's Boise origins to start their own wine brand. Syrah and Viognier were the first wines to bear the Cinder label, named after the layers of volcanic remnants founder under the vineyards in Idaho. Snake River Valley vineyards lie between 600 feet and 1,500 feet elevation, with the climate resembling that of the Rioja in Spain and Columbia River Valley of Washington state.

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WineFairy chats with Rachel Dumas Rey and Lynne Carmichael; Erica Crawford; and with Crushpads Fulcrum Wines

First segment of this weeks Show: Compli and Hinman & Carmichael provide legal, beverage industry compliance services and software - Rachel Dumas Rey and Lynne Carmichael

Rachel Dumas Rey, founder and President of Compli, Inc., is extremely comfortable with state and federal compliance paperwork. Since 1997, Compli has been a leader in managing licensing for new businesses, and providing day-to-day compliance services including license renewals, brand registrations, shipment reporting, sales and excise tax payments, and new licenses. Lynne Carmichael, Founding Partner, Attorney with San Francisco based Hinman & Carmichael is exclusively devoted to providing legal services for the alcoholic beverage and hospitality industries.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Do-It-Yourself web-based Direct Ship Licensing for Wine Producers, Retailers, and Importers - Lynne Carmichael and Rachel Dumas Rey

DirectShipLicense, based on the eCompli software platform, allows any winery to complete direct shipper license applications, required certificates, forms and tax permits with a credit card. Not only do wineries have to contend with 33 state-by-state compliance laws but even county-by-county within individual states! Compli provides wine, beer and distilled spirits businesses throughout the U.S. with services and software for wholesale, direct-to-consumer, and direct-to-trade activities. Hinman & Carmichael LLP are experienced specialists in the law as it relates to all aspects of the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverage products.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Kim Crawford Wines of New Zealand creates sustainable, urban-appeal high quality wines - Erica Crawford

Erica Crawford is the Co-founder and Principal of Kim Crawford Wines born from a virtual winemaking platform less than a decade ago in Blenheim. Naturally, their original fame was based on Sauvignon Blanc that the world clamored for but Erica and Kim were ahead of the curve with a dry rosé fashionably called Pansy in recognition of Aukland's gay community, and a dry, unoaked Chardonnay.... imagine that?! Presently, the couple is devoting time and research to Pinot Noir clones and Pinot Gris. Erica informs us that by the year 2012 all New Zealand wines must be certified Sustainable.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Fulcrum Wines committed to balance in CA site-specific Pinot Noir - David Rossi

David Rossi grew up in an Italian-American family restaurant business in Tucson, Arizona. Today, he continues in the food industry based out of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey but his true passion is crafting balanced Pinot Noirs with his wife, Christinna, at Crushpad Wines of San Francisco. He is extremely hands-on... working closely with Fulcrum Pinot Noir growers on vine management to produce his vision of 'fulcrum' balanced Pinot Noirs. Speak with Rossi in person at the upcoming GourmetFoodShows Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival at Bally's Casino, July 31 - August 2, or at Pinot Days in Chicago in mid-November.

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WineFairy chats with Jordan Mackay author Passion for Pinot, Jake Price-Equestrian Wine Tours, Michael Ross-Virtual Napa Valley

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First segment of this weeks Show: Passion for Pinot documents a 'perfect storm of Pinot' - Jordan Mackay

Jordan Mackay, wine-and-spirits editor for 7x7 magazine in San Francisco and contributing writer to Wine & Spirits. He talks about his new book, Passion for Pinot: A Journey Through America’s Pinot Noir Country. Mackay explains, “I love pinot noir because when it’s well made it tastes like it comes from somewhere.” He has also written for Food & Wine, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

    

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Explore a photo-documentary of a year in the vineyard of Pinot Noir - Jordan Mackay

Jordan Mackay has given a great deal of thought about terroir translated by Pinot Noir: New World equals climate; Old World equals soil. Passion for Pinot: A Journey Through America's Pinot Noir Country focuses on Oregon, California, and Washington state vineyards and producers. The original concept for the book started from photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson. Johnson lives in Portland, Oregon; Holmes, in Marin County, California. With useful and informative sidebars, facts, quotes, and maps, Passion for Pinot is an illuminating and entertaining guide.


Photographed by Andrea Johnson & Robert Holmes. Written by John Mackay.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Willamette Valley guided Pinot Noir tasting on horseback - Jake Price

Jake Price purchased Grand Oaks Farm in Yamhill County, Dundee, Oregon, 35 years ago. Along with his wife and son, and urgings from neighbor Joan Davenport, he founded Equestrian Wine Tours. Guided 2-hour tours take you through a series of completely different Pinot Noir vineyards and landscapes atop one of his Tennessee Walking horses.... no previous experience required. Country Carriage Rides and Gourmet Picnic Lunches are also available. Equestrian Wine Tours is featured with a full page photo from Stoller Vineyards in Jordan Mackay's Passion for Pinot. Wine Enthusiast Magazine is also talking-up Equestrian Wine Tours in the June 2009 issue.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Virtual Napa Valley helps with travel and tourism plans - Michael Ross

Michael Ross, Founder, Virtual Napa Valley, specializes in Napa Valley travel and tourism. Travel picks include Napa Valley hotels, restaurants, and golf courses, wineries, wine tasting tours, vacation rentals, weddings, attractions, shopping, spas and salons and real estate to name a few. Ross lives in Sonoma yet sees Napa Valley from a slightly new perspective.

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