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Winefairy chats with Barbara Ensrud, one of the first Women Wine Journalists and Jerry Shriver of USA Today

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First segment of this weeks Show: Barbara Ensrud is one of America’s First Women Journalists of Wine – Barbara Ensrud

Barbara Ensrud began writing about wine when most of the current crop of wine journalists weren’t even born. Growing up in the South, her passion was English Literature and poetry. Quoting Ernest Hemingway from A Moveable Feast: “In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.” Originally with Time-Life Books since 1967, she moved to Vogue magazine in 1978, on to The New York Daily News and its subsidiaries in 1979 and The Wall Street Journal.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Durham Wine Columnist, Duke Continuing Ed Wine Classes, and Appellation America – Barbara Ensrud

Barbara Ensrud judges at all of the top national wine competitions, most recently, at the 2009 San Francisco Wine Competition. She continues her life-long career in wine journalism with free-lance projects and a monthly column in Raleigh’s Metro Magazine. Always the wine educator, she loves staying connected to consumers via teaching wine appreciation classes at Duke University. For Appellation America, Ensrud covers the rapidly expanding wine industry in North Carolina and it’s American Viticultural Areas, Georgia and Virginia.

    

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Wine, Dining, Travel, Rock-N-Roll for USA Today – Jerry Shriver

From the small-town of Ashland, Ohio to Washington D.C. and New York City…. Newspaper writing has been a fun-ride and a great way to see the world. Jerry Shriver graduated from Ohio State University in 1978 with a degree in Journalism and never looked back. Funny thing, he’s back in Cleveland, as I type, to report on the 2009 inductees to the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. Newspaper biz being what it is right now… Shriver’s roll as the sole wine writer for USA Today is no longer covering wine, per se, but if some famous singer is knockin’ back a big-name Champagne… maybe we’ll read about it in the Life Section.

 

 

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Six continents and 49 states for USA Today yet he’s no politician! – Jerry Shriver

Jerry Shriver is a Features Writer for the Life Section of USA Today and USAToday.com which has been his home-away-from-home since 1983. Now he can enjoy a glass of wine and drinks what he really likes versus tasting critically for his numerous rolls as a professional wine judge and wine journalist. USA Today’s main audience is the American travel person on-the-go. Shriver reports on the hot and low dining destinations across America, and more recently on music for the masses.

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Winefairy chats with Tom Wark on Amer Blog Awards, Domaine Serene on OR Pinot, and Crushpads Mitchell Klug on managing vineyards

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First segment of this weeks Show: American Wine Blog Awards 2009 Highlights Growing Influence of Wine Blogs - Tom Wark

Of the 800-plus wine blogs on the Internet, which are the best? This was the question being answered at the third-annual American Wine Blog Awards, founded by Tom Wark of FERMNTATION: The Daily Wine Blog. Wark is passing the baton for the AWBA on to the Open Wine Consortium for next year's round of voting. And the 2009 winners are: Best Writing On A Wine Blog--Vinography; Best Graphics & Presentation On A Wine Blog--The Good Grape; Best Single-Subject Wine Blog--Lenndevours; Best Winery Blog--Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Blog; Best Business/Industry Wine Blog--The Wine Collector; Best Wine Reviews On A Wine Blog--Bigger Than Your Head; Best Overall Wine Blog--Vinography. Congratulations to all!

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Domaine Serene 2006 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir named one of Top 100 Wines of 2008 by Wine Spectator Magazine - Grace Evenstad

Minnesota born Ken & Grace Evenstad purchase 42 acres atop the renowned Dundee Hills, Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon in 1989 with the intent to fashion the world's best Pinot Noir in a time when there were under 20 wineries in the state. In 1990, Domaine Serene (named after Ken & Grace's daughter Serene Evenstad Warren) produced their first wine from contracted fruit. "Domaine Serene burst upon the wine scene" with the world's most famous wine critic, Robert Parker, giving their very first wine 90-points. The 2008 WS confirms Domaine Serene as the highest ranking Oregon Pinot Noir on the list, solidifying its reputation as Oregon's number one Pinot Noir.

    

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Third segment of this weeks Show: March 2007 marks the third time Domaine Serene is named "Estate Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits Magazine - Grace Evenstad

In 2004, Domaine Serene creates the world's first white wine made entirely from fully mature, estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes. Coeur Blanc is born.... entirely barrel fermented and aged. Different and unique to say the least. At the end of 2008, Domaine Serene's flagship wine, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, tops 50 premier Oregon Pinots and is named Best of Tasting in the Wall Street Journal with the current 2006 vintage. This summer Domaine Serene celebrates their 20th Anniversary; 1989 to 2009.


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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Former Mondavi Vineyard Director joins Crushpad team - Mitchell Klug

Mitchell Klug is serious about growing premium grapes.... sustainably, honorably. The man is well known, well respected, extremely knowledgeable, curious, open to new grape growing knowledge and experience and not the least bit cheeky. Mitchell speaks to us about his recent appointment as Director of Vineyard Management overseeing all of Crushpad's vineyard relationships and provide viticultural support to over 50 vineyards from which Crushpad currently sources grapes. He welcomes the opportunity to help you make phenomenal wine at Crushpad.

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WineFairy chats with author Tilar Mazzeo, Sea Smoke Vineyards, Melis of Priorat and Local Taste Tours

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First segment of this weeks Show: Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma features handcrafted wines made by on-site proprietors - Tilar Mazzeo

Colby College English Professor, The Widow Clicquot author, Tilar Mazzeo rejoins us to talk about her latest release devoted to finding new discoveries amid the back-land wineries of Sonoma. She went about writing a guide she wished she had when she first moved to Sonoma years ago. Her focus is on family owned and operated wineries, often with only a local distribution, and limited production in places where "wine tasting gets down-to-earth—no one needs to show off how developed his or her palette is."

    

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Second segment of this weeks Show: At Sea Smoke Cellars of Santa Barbara cool maritime sea fog gently smokes bio-dynamic Pinot Noir estate - Victor and Catherine Gallegos

Victor L. Gallegos is General Manager, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture for Sea Smoke Cellars located in the Santa Rita Hills American Viticulture Appellation: prime Pinot Noir country. Gallegos has been instrumental in Sea Smoke's gradual adoption of biodynamic farming practices which began with 12 acres in 2005, expanding to approximately 40 acres in 2008. Under his stewardship, Sea Smoke's estate vineyard has rapidly emerged as one of California's grand cru Pinot Noir properties. Sea Smoke produces an extremely limited quantity of estate Chardonnay. Wines are only available through an allocation system affectionally called "The List." The Pinot Noirs are outstanding!

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Melis Priorat and Elix Priorat... honoring and reflecting the wild, earthy, terroir bespoke Cariñena and Garnacha - Victor and Catherine Gallegos

Co-owner and Grape Harvester Catherine Gallegos is a good vineyard worker, so says her husband Victor, Co-owner, Director of Winemaking, Director of Viticulture. The Melis vineyard estate ranges in elevation from 800 to 1,200 feet with steep terraces of dense volcanic schist and llicorella slate, attributes that contribute to both the signature intensity and minerality of fine Priorat wines. Located near the 13th century town of Torroja del Priorat, the vineyard’s exceptional microclimate benefits from broad access to the Mediterranean Garbinada winds, balancing the vineyard’s warm southern exposure with a cooling maritime breeze. Very limited production.

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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Feel like a local--meet San Francisco food artisans, taste and see how it's made - Thomas A. Medin

According to food disciple Thomas A. Medin, "You can't tell someone what a great cappucino is... one must experience it for oneself!" Medin's Local Tastes of the City Tours aims to "empower foodies to learn how food is made" and translate that sensory knowledge into new experiences at home. Medin, recently touted in Rachel Ray's magazine, leads you inside the real San Francisco and taste one of the culinary and cultural capitals of the world, as you savor the real City through your touch, your senses, and your excitement on a leisurely, flat 7-8 block stroll.


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WineFairy chats with Anne Kennedy of GreatFood, Gina Gallo, Mary Ewing-Mulligan on Womens Wine Comp and Smoke Wallin on Wine2.0

First segment of this weeks Show: Worldwide economic downturn effects wine sales in Ireland - Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy is the founder, proprietor, and Editor of GreatFood--Ireland's largest and most popular food and wine website. Women purchase wine for home consumption while doing their weekly grocery shopping and paying more attention to bargains these days than ever before. Kennedy firmly believes in the power of sustainable communication via the nurturing ritual of food and wine shared at the home dinner table.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: The Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day with public fanfare and artisanal, local food - Anne Kennedy

The Irish do not drink much beer these days. The young prefer cocktails in the company of others. Those who have settled down with jobs, family, and mortgages enjoy the comfort of wine, with meals, at home. Dare we say, "wine is a more civil drink?" Ireland is now about the marriage between old traditions with delicious new cuisine and opportunity.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: The 2009 3rd annual National Women's Wine Competition means serious business - Gina Gallo and Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Gina Gallo, third generation family winemaker, and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, the first woman to earn a Master of Wine in the U.S. and President of New York City's International Wine Center, serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of this year's competition. They stepped away from their judging responsibilities to talk about the only national wine competition judged solely by women--and experts to boot. The event is designed to provide a unique perspective on the wine women want.

    

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: Wine 2.0 organically "Blends the line between wine and technology" - J. Smoke Wallin

Smoke Walllin is Chairman of Wine 2.0... a leader in technology driven networking featuring a universally-friendly 'tool set.' Wine 2.0 caters to the 'next generation wine consumer' by partnering with 'emerging technology companies, services, and communication tools that are changing the world of wine.' Their next event is Wine 2.0 Expo San Francisco presented by Crushpad on April 2nd. with over 100 wineries and 40 Wine 2.0 companies in attendance.

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Winefairy chats with Cathy Corison, one of Napa`s 1st woman winemakers and Michael Haney of USA`s oldest charity wine auction

First segment of this weeks Show: 30 years creating Napa Power and Elegance--Cathy Corison is one of Napa Valley's first woman Winemakers - Cathy Corison

Over thirty years of winemaking for others, including a decade as the Winemaker at Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin’s first two vintages and ten vintages each for Long Meadow Ranch and York Creek Vineyards, Cathy Corison has been expressing her own decidedly Cabernet-expertise winemaking voice since 1987. Corison Cabernet's are juicy with fruit and hints of violets, olives and spice. They are fresh and lively on the palate, supple and decidedly drinkable as young wines, yet they are structured for a decade or more of bottle development.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Phenomenal, creative, family-motivated Napa wine auction benefits non-profit school in Napa - Cathy Corison

The Tenth Annual Forever Young Benefit will take place on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Castello di Amorosa in the Napa Valley from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. The evening will consist of silent and live auctions and dinner with the Castello as a breathtaking backdrop. You don’t have to be there to bid. Lots are too many and varied to list here. If you miss this year, mark your calendar for next year's auction. Great opportunity for significant heart-felt causes come in small non-profit wine auction packages.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Ul’Eté du Vin is America’s oldest charity wine auction and raises money for cancer - Michael Haney

Michael Haney is Executive Director of l’Eté du Vin (“a summer of wine”), Nashville, Tennessee. Since its inception in 1980, l’Eté du Vin has attracted individuals from around the world with big hearts and a love of wine to gather each summer in Nashville, Tennessee to experience and participate in l’Eté du Vin. To date, thanks to the generosity and support of hundreds of donors, wine and food professionals, sponsors, businesses, volunteers and participants, l’Eté du Vin has raised and contributed over $15 million to cancer related charitable beneficiaries.

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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Icons of Winemaking gather as l'Eté du Vin Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Nashville - Michael Haney

Help celebrate America's original and oldest charity wine auction and 30th Anniversary while supporting the fight against cancer! Premiere Events will be held on April 30th, May 1st. and 2nd. 2009 Premiere Events Guests of Honor include the following: Dirk Langford of Beringer Vineyards, Peter Mondavi, Jr. of Charles Krug Winery, Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Damian Parker of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Heidi Barrett of La Sirena Winery, Laurent Sarazin of Schramsberg Vineyards. The 2009 Premiere Vintners Tasting will feature 12 wines from Guests of Honor and be moderated by Doug Frost: Master of Wine and Master Sommelier and Gary Vaynerchuk: Wine Library TV.

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Winefairy chats with Leonetti Cellars, Amuse Bouche, Crushpads Kian Tavakoli and Bon Coeur Cellars

Segment-1: Merlove in Walla Walla with Leonetti Cellar - Chris Figgins
 
Chris Figgins is second generation Winemaker at Leonetti Cellar, founded by his father in 1977 paving the way for world-class Merlot and Cabernet wines. Walla Walla appellation lies in eastern Washington in the Columbia Valley in the 'rain-shadow of the Cascade Mountains' receiving very little rain, in direct opposite of the coast. Learn about Leonetti Cellar vineyard profiles planted with Merlot compared to Right Bank, Bordeaux-grown Merlot.
 

 

 
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Segment-2: Merlove embraces Cult Napa mountain-grown Merlot created for food by diva winemaker and Napa Francophile entrepreneur - John Schwartz

John Schwartz, Founder, Proprietor of Amuse Bouche partnered up with famed artisan winemaker Heidi Barrett to create Napa Valley Merlot fashioned after Right Bank Bordeaux Merlot-dominated red wines. With only 525 cases produced of the current 2007 vintage, thank heaven the economy is in a slump because now a few newcomers can move up the waiting list to receive this one-of-a-kind artistic expression of grape and Napa Valley terroir at $225 per bottle... available only from the winery.

 

 
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Segment-3: U.C. Davis trained geneticist turned winemaker is Bordeaux varietal expert at Crushpad - Kian Tavakoli

Kian Tavakoli has journied far from his birthplace of Iran (father), to France (mother), to opportunity and a better way of life in northern California in 1981 with family. His expertise in red Bordeaux cultivars stems from experience working in the lab at Opus One and then under the direction of John Clews of Clos Du Val, Napa Valley after graduating from U.C. Davis majoring in genetics, minoring in viticulture. His depth of understanding Merlot is serious and professional. His clients are very fortunate indeed.

 

 

 
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Segment-4: Erie PA Winemaker crafts Merlove at Crushpadwine with integrity and Bon Coeur - David Mark Freeman

Dr. David Mark Freeman is a Pediatric Cardiologist in Erie, Pennsylvania who caught the PREMIUM wine bug by accident after purchasing a bottle of Clos du Val, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. His family grew up drinking jug red wine. So, it's curious if not down right serendipitous that he now enjoys Kian Tavakoli of Crushpadwine, formerly of Clos du Val, as his consulting winemaker. Bon Coeur Cellars refers to the enjoyment that good wine brings to the heart. David is forever improving his personal craft of winemaking for Freeman Family Wines.

 
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Winefairy chats with chef and author Frank Stitt, and cheese expert and author, Max McCalman

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First segment of this weeks Show: Birmingham Chef and Author Frank Stitt is devoted to Italian food and wine! - Frank Stitt

In Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef's Love Affair with Italian Food...the purity and simplicity of Mediterranean flavors are celebrated with Southern spirit on every page. Stitt celebrates and supports locally produced slow-food artisans and growers like Wright Dairy--supplying natural unhomogenized milk to Bottega Restaurant and Café; Jones Valley Urban Farms in the middle of downtown Birmingham, McEwen & Sons fresh eggs; Jefferson County Farmers' Market; and Henry Fudge's pork.

    

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Bottega Favorita recipes offer fabulous food-friendly Italian wine suggestions for every recipe. - Frank Stitt

Frank Stitt understands the subtle role that wine plays in a meal. He adores wine himself as a lifetime student and consumer. Recommended Italian whites include the little known Arneis, Erbalace from near the Swiss and French borders, Tocais, Pinot Biancos, Sauvignons and Pinot Grigios from Friuli, Alto Adige and the Vento.. Reds show his interest in cooler clime food partners such as Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo.... Valpolicella Ripasso, Lagrein, Chianti. Stitt shows off his confidence by naming specific winery names (and they are not common American-known producers). Stitt's wine selection is insightful and educational!

    

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Celebrate daily with ideas from The Cheese Plate - Max McCalman

According to Max McCalman, cheese authority and author of "The Cheese Plate" and "Cheese, A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best", cheese has suffered a bad rap in health circles but there's nothing farther from the truth. Cheese on a daily basis is a much healthier choice of calcium, protein, good acids, minerals and vitamins than drinking milk! In fact, people who eat cheese tend to weigh less than people who abstain. And moreover, cheese and wine comprise the better part of a complete meal! Learn how Max justifies his argument.

    

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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: The variety of premium cheese combinations and wine selections is endless! - Max McCalman

Max McCalman, Dean of Curriculum for Artisanal Cheese has become a highly visible advocate for artisanal cheese production around the world. "Wine and cheese share so much in common - reliance on microclimate and terroir, the role of the artisan behind production, the importance of history in local styles." At Artisanal Cheese online cheese shop, discover a wide range of ideas to pair with specific wine types and order cheeses from around the world to be shipped direct. Try pairing the floral fruits of Gewurtztraminer wine, or the earthy, cherry notes from an Oregon Pinot Noir with Comté cheese of France this spring.

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WineFairy chats with Lisa Tate and Megghen Driscol about Toast-to-Women and Ray Johnson about the SF Chronicle Wine Comp

First segment of this weeks Show: Heart disease kills 32 percent of American women. - Lisa Tate and Megghen Driscol

In fact, heart attacks kill six times as many women as breast cancer. Did you know that all of the following are scientifically proven heart healthy foods: red wine, dark chocolate, apples, olives and olive oil, beans, lemons and limes, garlic, avocados, mushrooms, berries? (List excerpted from WomensHeart’s ALL HEART Family Cookbook.) Lisa M. Tate is CEO of WomenHeart, the only national organization dedicated to promoting women's heart health through advocacy, education, and patient support. Download heart-healthy recipes including festive wine drinks.

    

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Clos du Bois Winery works to defeat women's heart disease with ToastToWomen.com. - Lisa Tate and Megghen Driscol

As part of February’s American Heart Month, WomenHeart and Clos du Bois Winery launched ToastToWomen.com new website as part of a year-long campaign to raise $100,000 to defeat women’s heart disease. ToastToWomen.com offers a simple way to raise funds and awareness by sending a free, personalized e-card. For every one sent from ToastToWomen.com, Clos du Bois will donate one dollar to WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. In addition to free e-cards, ToastToWomen.com offers helpful eating tips, festive menu ideas from WomenHeart’s ALL HEART Family Cookbook and heart healthy drink recipes including a Clos du Bois Rosé spritzer for your next brunch… a perfect blend of fizz and fruit.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: The largest competition of American wines in the world at San Francisco Chronicle - Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson is the Assistant Director who specializes in the operational activities of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Ray's major responsibilities include the coding, tabulations, and awards for wine entries in the competition and winery participation at Fort Mason Center. The Results for the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Judging are In! Enjoy the a view of the Golden Gate Bridge while tasting award-winning wines! The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, is Saturday, February 28, 2009. It's much more than just a wine tasting, it’s a wine and food experience! Choose from a record number 4,736 wines entered into the competition for the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition presented by Target.

    

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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Wine polar opposites from the Veneto: Prosecco bubbly drink now and Amarone big reds for future enjoyment - Becky Sue Epstein

Boston-based international wine, food, spirit, travel writer/blogger Becky Sue Epstein talks to us from the Veneto region of Italy. She is conducting interviews and tasting with Prosecco producers to discover the latest trends, news, and delicious Prosecco's for an upcoming book about Champagnes and sparkling wines of the world. While there, she is studying and tasting a large selection of Amarone's from the 2005 vintage, soon-to-be-released. There couldn't be a more contrasting pair of wines than a light, white, refreshing Prosecco versus a full-bodied, serious, red Amarone... and yet from the same region.

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Winefairy chats with the Robledo Family of Black Coyote Chateau and Becky Sue Epstein on Prosecco and Amarone

First segment of this weeks Show: Black Coyote Chateau of Napa is all about Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon - Vanessa Robledo

Vanessa Robledo recently joined Black Coyote Chateau, Napa as President and Partner. The winery name was created to honor the union of four very prominent gentlemen who collaborated their time, energy, interest, and resources into the Napa Valley wine industry. Dr. Ernest Al Bates, Dr. Olin Robison, Jack Ruffle, and Stanley S. Trotman, Jr. enjoy fine wine, each other's good company, and the quality of life that's synonymous with Napa Valley. They also enjoy the consulting winemaking expertise from well-known Marco DiGiulo.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Robledo Family Winery Sonoma the first U.S. winery established by a Mexican vineyard worker - Reynaldo Robledo, Sr.

Reynaldo Robledo, Sr. came to America in 1968 when he was 16 years old. He was the oldest of 13 children and his responsibility was to help support his family. He arrived at a labor camp the Christian Brothers hosted in Napa Valley, which still exists today. The day he arrived he began pruning in February of 1968. He knew there were great opportunities in this country and was convinced he would be successful. He married Maria two years later in their pueblo in Mexico. He waited two years before he brought his wife to America. Once here, every other year she was pregnant. The Robledo Family grew to seven sons and two daughters who all worked in the family vineyard at a very young age. Maria's cooked for the workers and the family. Once the family opened their tasting room they received a proclamation from the city of Sonoma honoring their family as the first winery established by a Mexican vineyard worker in the country. They hang the proclamation very proudly in their tasting room today.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: 'The Vineyard Worker's Daughter' speaks of wine with Mexican cuisine and 'Los Braceros' - Vanessa Robledo

"As a little girl I knew where to find my mother, in the kitchen. She would go out in the morning in her Mexican embroidered apron to pick her fresh tomatoes, cilantro and peppers for her fresh salsas. Every year my father always planted an organic garden for my mother, just like his father did in his pueblo." Vanessa speaks of a labor program known as “Los Braceros.” Her father honored his ancestors by naming a wine after Los Braceros. This wine ignited an interest from the Smithsonian and the Mexican President. Vanessa's father was never a Bracero. His grandfather, father and great uncles were Braceros. This program was launched during WWII and continued until the early 60’s. The program was so beneficial to the American economy that they decided to continue the program after WWII. Her ancestors would live in labor camps throughout the country until they settled in Healdsburg CA in the late 1940’s. Humbly she states "my ancestors were country people and always worked in agriculture dating back to our Spanish heritage."

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Fourth segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Wine polar opposites from the Veneto: Prosecco bubbly drink now and Amarone big reds for future enjoyment - Becky Sue Epstein

Boston-based international wine, food, spirit, travel writer/blogger Becky Sue Epstein talks to us from the Veneto region of Italy. She is conducting interviews and tasting with Prosecco producers to discover the latest trends, news, and delicious Prosecco's for an upcoming book about Champagnes and sparkling wines of the world. While there, she is studying and tasting a large selection of Amarone's from the 2005 vintage, soon-to-be-released. There couldn't be a more contrasting pair of wines than a light, white, refreshing Prosecco versus a full-bodied, serious, red Amarone... and yet from the same region.

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WineFairy chats about Spains Priorat and Monsant regions; on Beverage Law; and with Crushpad grape supplier Carrefour Vineyards

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First segment of this weeks VinVillageRadio Show: Spain's Priorat wine region is an intimate off the beaten path destination - Rachel Ritchie

Rachel Ritchie heads up Visit Priorat, a first choice provider of quality information and wine tours in the Priorat region of North-eastern Spain, two hours south of Barcelona. Her team is made up of a luxury guest house owner and a quality tour guide specialising in the wines, food, cultural, historical, natural gifts of the region. Their obsessive attention to detail and personal relationships with the region's traditional and New World whose-who provide insider access to otherwise unavailable open-doors.

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Spain's Montsant region has produced wine since Roman times - Gerard Amoros

The Designation of Origin we know as Montsant is named for the Montsant holy mountain range that parallels the Mediterranean just south of Barcelona. Gerard Amoros leads the wine region as Director, traveling the world, to inform red wine lovers everywhere about this tiny, historical appellation, equally known for richly flavored olive oil as hearty red wines. The predominate grape varieties are Grenache and Carignan with Tempranillo filling in the blend. International grape varieties can be found but the heart and soul of Montsant is that of 40 - 50 year old Grenache and Carignan vines.

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Third segment of this weeks Show: National wine consumer swell pushing for "wine without borders" - John Hinman

John Hinman is the founder of Hinman & Carmichael LLP, a San Francisco based law firm leading the legal fight to uphold free-market capitalism thus making wine more accessible, at lower prices, across state lines. Hinman's "experience spans the modern history of the wine industry and includes regulatory defense before state and federal government agencies, distribution litigation throughout the U.S., arbitration and mediation of relations between growers and wineries, and deep involvement in the direct shipping battles from the very beginning.

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: What do a moonlighting dentist and an airline pilot have in common? - Marilyn Nitz

Marilyn Nitz is a 767 Captain for American Airlines based out of Los Angeles, California. Her husband, Greg, is a dentist based out of Reno, Nevada. Romance in Napa and many trips to France eventually lead to their founding of Carrefour Vineyards in 1997, from the ground up, near the Silverado Country Club in Napa. They are most known for their estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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lynn krielow chamberlain, independent wine journalist, hosts, Wine and Dine Radio, global internet radio broadcast on VinVillageRadio heard on wsRadio.


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