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 all about the 'San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival' with Ken Loyst & Michelle Metter; with Sommelier Bonnie Graves; with Michael Keenan; and with Kelsey Uruburu.

Segment-1: Wine Events - San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov 14–18, 2012 – Founders, Ken Loyst & Michelle Metter
 
01: As one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has helped shine the light on San Diego's thriving food scene. The magnitude of culinary talent in San Diego combined with an international showcase of the world's premiere wines and spirits, and the nation's trendsetting culinary masters, makes attendance at the 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival a mouthwatering feast and precursor to the Thanksgiving holiday. Of special note at this year’s festival is a once in a lifestyle opportunity: “8 Decades of Barolo and Italian Luncheon.” Ken Loyst and Michelle Metter are founders of the festival and of Fast Forward Event Productions in San Diego, CA.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Sommelier Leads Class on Rioja Wines at San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival – Bonnie Graves
 
02: Not only is Sommelier Bonnie Graves an expert on the white, rose and red wines of Rioja, Spain, but she’s passionate, indeed. Join her to taste through a line-up of Rioja's wines, those that embrace classic techniques and those that epitomize the modern advances also present in the region at the 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, on November 15th. Graves is the founder of Girl Meets Grape, providing everything from on-premise beverage programming to digital, social media and traditional marketing campaigns for wine-producing regions to wine event management and lifestyle content production.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - Robert Keenan Winery Teaches Terroir-Driven Merlot at San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov 14-18, 2012 – Michael Keenan
 
03: Robert Keenan Winery produces nearly 14,000 cases per year. The reputation of the Keenan Merlots was solidified in 1988 when tastings of the Keenan Merlots against the world famous Petrus wines (Merlots) resulted in a virtual draw. In the last 8 vintages, 42 wines have been rated between 90-97 points by Robert Parker Jr. Michael Keenan is President of Robert Keenan Winery and will be leading a Merlot tasting and discussion at the SD Bay Wine & Food Festival from Nov. 14-18.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - Stella Artois, Hoegarden, and Abbey Leffe Craft Beers Featured at 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival – Kelsey Uruburu
 
04: Discriminating tastes want to know….. what to serve with their craft beer at the holiday table! Kelsey Uruburu, Marketing Representative, for Anheuser-Busch InBev, joins us to talk about the San Diego “craft-beer centric” market and what will be poured, and when, at the 9th Annual SD Bay Wine & Food Festival. Did you know that you can cook your pasta in your favorite beer?! Listen and learn.

 

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WineFairy chats with Eric Asimov on 'How To Love Wine'; Mike DeSimone & Jeff Jenssen on 'Wines of the Southern Hemisphere'; Rob Barnett on Sideways the Play; and with Hector Osuna and Aaron Walker on Pinot Days

Segment-1: Wine Books - How To Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto From New York Times Chief Wine Critic - Eric Asimov
 
01: New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov knows that while wine anxiety is normal, it's also the greatest obstacle to deriving pleasure from this incredible yet complex beverage. In How To Love: A Memoir and Manifesto, Asimov addresses subjects as varied as the Rise of American Connoisseurship, the Tyranny of the Tasting Note, What's Wrong With Scores?, and How to Learn to Enjoy Wine, while paying special attention to wines that have been particularly meaningful to him. Thought provoking and enjoyable, Asimov hopes to inspire readers not by offering tricks and methods for memorizing arcane data, but by isolating and diminishing the sense of anxiety that so burdens would- be wine lovers.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Books - World Wine Guys Uncork New "Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide" - Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
 
02: "Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide" in hardcover by Wine Enthusiast columnists Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen is the first book focused exclusively on the world's most up-and-coming wine region: the Southern Hemisphere. This widespread area covers several distinct national wine cultures, notably those of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to spotlighting current information on the leading wineries in each country, they feature interviews with premiere winemakers and choice recipes to pair with their wines.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Plays - Nov. 10th Performance of “Sideways the Play" Sponsored by Pinot Days & VinVillage - Rob Barnett
 
03: Act fast if you want to participate in an amazing Pinot Noir tasting featuring two fantastic Pinot Producers "Fess Parker Winery" and "Pali Wine Company" pouring several of their very best wines for all of the shows attendees to enjoy...both prior to the show beginning, and again during show intermission at Sideways The Play by Rex Pickett on November 10th. Rex Pickett, the author of Sideways and his follow-on book "Vertical, will be there to answer questions about his books, the movie and the play. And, to top off this very fun evening, Pinot Days will be raffling off 3 General Admission Tickets to the Pinot Days "Grand Festival Tasting" on Sunday, November 11th, from 2-5 PM at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Don't miss out as this is sure to be an evening you will long remember, but there's only 45 seats available, so don't wait, buy your tickets now! Rob Barnett is CEO and Founder of VinVillage.com and VinVillageRadio.

 

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7PM, Saturday, Nov. 10th
at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica (map)

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Fess Parker & Pali Wines tasting,
"Sideways The Play", and meet
Sideways Author "Rex Pickett"

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Segment-4: Wine Events - VinVillage & VinVillageRadio Partner For 4th Annual “Pinot Days Southern California” November 11th - Hector Osuna and Aaron Walker
 
04: Pinot Days Grand Tasting, at the "Shrine Auditorium-Exposition Hall" in Los Angeles, will showcase approximately 80+ phenomenal pinot noir producers. Nearly 2000 Consumers will be able to sample almost 400 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon to Carneros, Anderson Valley to Sonoma Coast to Santa Rita Hills. Come to Pinot Days to taste the highly acclaimed vintages, and talk with the winemakers who create the wines. Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot. Both Hector Osuna, Winery Ambassador, Fess Parker Winery, and Aaron Walker, Winemaker, Pali Wine Company, will pour Pinot Noir at the Grand Tasting.

 

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WineFairy chats with Steve Riboli of San Antonio & Riboli Wines; Nancy Light on CA Wine Month & Tasting Tour; about Tequila Tapatio, and on Sutter Home for Hope

Segment-1: California Wine History - Historic San Antonio Winery is a Cultural Monument in Los Angeles - Steve Riboli
 
01: Since 1917, the historic San Antonio Winery has been an oasis of good living and culture in the heart of Los Angeles. For over 90 years, the Riboli family has owned and managed the only producing winery in Los Angeles and the last of more than one hundred that once lined the Los Angeles River Basin. In the state-of-the-art functioning winery there is a comprehensive fine wine store, the gourmet Maddalena Cucina restaurant, gift boutique, and group rooms ideal for all occasions. This landmark is proud to be one of the most unique venues in LA and a large part of the city’s cultural fabric. Steve Riboli is third generation vintner.

 

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Segment-2: California Wine History - San Antonio Winery & Riboli Family Wine Estates Adds Modern Twist to Rich Historical Tradition - Steve Riboli
 
02: San Antonio Winery has been the heart of wine making and wine culture in Los Angeles. It is the last producing winery in Los Angeles and continues to hand craft wines from estate vineyards in Napa Valley, Monterey, Paso Robles, and many viticultural areas throughout California. As the last of more than 100 wineries which once spread throughout Los Angeles, San Antonio produces countless award winning wines and is one of the last wineries owned and operated for four generations by the family who founded it. The Riboli Family traces its wine producing roots to Lombardia, Italy.

 

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Segment-3: California Wine Month - 8th Annual California Wine Month Features Consumer Tastings in LA and SF - Nancy Light
 
03: September is California Wine Month! This year, Wine Institute is featuring a "California Wines Road Trip" with consumer tastings in Los Angeles on September 6th and in San Francisco on September 22nd that will let people take a virtual "road trip" across California's wine regions. And of course, wineries across the state have set up fun immersion experiences, special tastings, tours and more to celebrate! There is also a fun new video called California Wines Road Trip that lets you take a virtual journey through California wine country. Nancy Light is Director of Communications for Wine Institute.

 

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Segment-4: Industry News - 75 Year Old Tequila Tapatio Brand Arrives in U.S. and 11th Anniversary of Sutter Home for Hope - Lynn Krielow Chamberlain
 
04: After 75 years of distilling Tequila in Arandas and selling throughout Mexico, the venerable Tequila Tapatio is now available in the U.S. Distiller/owner Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers. The hard to obtain Tapatio brand stands alone with its traditional Tequila flavor profile accenting the 100% Highlands Blue Agaves. The Carlos Camarena Family distillery La Altena distills its Tequilas only from estate grown blue agaves. Tapatio sets the bar for the old authentic flavor that is disappearing in modern Tequilas. Sutter Home Family Vineyards is celebrating the 11th anniversary of Sutter Home for Hope. Since 2001, they've helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, treatment and education benefitting thousands of families across the country. For every Sutter Home capsule (or twist off receipt) you mail in from August 1 - December 31, 2012, they will donate $1.00 to finding a cure. Postage-paid envelopes will be available on display at retail outlets.

 

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WineFairy chats with Richard Longoria about Int'l Albarino Day; Smoke Wallin on WITS; and Remy Grassa of Domaine du Tariquet

Segment-1: Spanish Wines - TAPAS Announces Int'l Albariño Day, a Celebration of Albariño, August 4 - Richard Longoria
 
01: TAPAS – Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society – announces the first annual International Albariño Day, a celebration of the Albariño grape, on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Share your experiences online with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta. International Albariño Day was inspired by the annual Fiesta del Albariño held in the small coastal town of Cambados, Spain during the first week of August. Albariño is traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain, and is considered one of the country’s finest white wines. Its lower alcohol and crisp acidity make it an ideal wine for summer evenings and seafood pairings. Richard Longoria is the owner and winemaker for Longoria Wines... handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 to 700 cases. Total annual production currently averages 3,500 cases.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - From Virtual Sips to Cutting-Edge Systems Fresh Strategies at Wine Industry Technology Symposium - Smoke Wallin
 
02: Gold Sponsors of the 8th Annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium® (WITS), which include WineTwits, Oracle, and Wines & Vines, will bring key insights into winery and sales operations, a virtual tasting event, and advanced marketing strategies to attendees of this year’s event. The two-day symposium, which will highlight technology and innovation best practices for the wine industry, will be held on Tuesday, July 10th and Wednesday, July 11th at the Napa Valley Marriott. The Wine Industry Technology Symposium® (WITS) was created in 2005 by a group of wine industry and technology professionals to advance innovation and to address the unique information technology and services needs of the wine industry. Smoke Wallin is Founder and Co-Chair.

 

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Segment-3: French Wines - Domaine du Tariquet of Gascony is Largest Family-Owned Winery in France - Remy Grassa
 
03: The Domaine du Tariquet family is celebrating their 100th anniversary this month. Today, we are joined by 5th generation winemaker, Remy Grassa, a very passionate winemaker. He talks about the fascinating history of the family at Domaine du Tariquet. He's enthusiastic about running Tariquet as environmentally conscientiously as possible, and they have invested a lot of money in their infrastructure to do so, like setting up a water cleansing and recycling system.

 

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Segment-4: French Wines - French Wines With Fresh Attitude: Innovative Blends Inspired by Gascony’s Independent Spirit - Remy Grassa
 
04: Wine by Design (WBD) is the first lifestyle marketing agency to create business opportunities and brand loyalty through the world of wine. WBD applies the same successful marketing principles and practices used for years in sports, entertainment, music and other lifestyle categories.WBD provides new marketing vehicles to companies and sports/entertainment properties, helps the $30 billion wine industry increase its market value, and educates confused consumers. The New York Jets enlisted WBD to develop an integrated wine strategy for the team. A three-tiered program was crafted to release the first Jets Signature Wine, develop wine events, and create a Wine Bar for the New Meadowlands Stadium. This strategy will introduce fans and corporate partners to international wines and elevate the wine experience throughout the Stadium. Diane Karle is the founder of and genius behind Wine by Design.

 

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WineFairy chats with Anupy Singla on Vegan Indian Cooking; Becky Sue Epstein on Franciacorta; and with Richard Leahy on Virgina Wines

Segment-1: Food & Cooking - Indian Food With An American Flair! Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes - Anupy Singla
 
01: Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes by Anupy Singla boasts nearly 150 of Singla’s healthy and delicious recipes. Vegan cooking has exploded in popularity over the last few years, as people seek out healthier, more responsible eating choices. Singla has adapted some of the most popular and familiar Indian recipes using strictly vegan ingredients without sacrificing any of the taste that lovers of Indian food expect. The result is a beautiful cookbook, full of gorgeous color photography, featuring healthful, richly flavored recipes. Whenever she wants to 'spike' her Indian meal with a fun cocktail, she starts with a Lassi traditional drink made with yogurt. She mixes mango puree, frozen mango, yogurt (regular plain or soy), a touch of lime, black salt, and black pepper, along with some vodka (vanilla vodka works really well). Blend together and you have a great starter to any Indian meal.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Franciacorta Region of Lombardy Serves Classic Brut and Amazing Food in Bucolic Setting - Becky Sue Epstein
 
02: Franciacorta was the first Italian sparkling wine produced exclusively by the Classic Method, or second fermentation in the bottle, to win, in 1995, official status as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). Today, the front label on the wine reads simply “Franciacorta”: this one term defines the growing area, the production method, and the wine. All of Europe boasts only 10 such privileged wines, and only three of them are made by refermentation in the bottle, Cava, Champagne, and Franciacorta. The area’s venerable wine cellars, which today have transformed themselves into cathedrals of modern winemaking technology, proudly produce the four categories of Franciacorta sparkling wines, Millesimato, Rosé, Satèn, and Riserva. Becky Sue Epstein, international editor and author, writes about wine, spirits, food and travel.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Books - Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia - Richard G. Leahy
 
03: Richard G. Leahy has written on Virginia wine since 1986. And now, with Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the former editor of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has written the essential book on Virginia wine, covering its history, interviews with the state's top wine industry members and members of state government, with updates on the latest industry developments. The story encompasses many people in many fields: university researchers, grape growers, winemakers and winery owners, politicians, marketing professionals, the media, and others.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Books - Learn Why Virginia Wine Has Never Been Hotter in Beyond Jefferson’s Vines - Richard G. Leahy
 
04: Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia by Richard G. Leahy gives you an insider’s tour of the Virginia wine region, from its early days when Thomas Jefferson established his vineyard at Monticello to a place where yet another new revolution is brewing today—that of great wine. It focuses on the last thirty years but also sheds light on previously unexamined chapters of the eighteenth-century Virginia wine experiment. You’ll see the vast diversity of Virginia wine, from large wineries to brands without wineries that hire custom-crush facilities to make the wine for them.

 

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WineFairy chats with Greg Poirier of American Grand Cru Society and with Elaine Honig of Wine Women & Shoes

Segment-1: Wine Organizations - "American Grand Cru Society" Embarks on a Campaign to Classify the Best in Class US Vineyards - Greg Poirier
 
01: Gregoire Poirier is a credentialed Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers since 1995. Feeding an intellectual curiosity he received a Masters of Business Administration from L’Ecole de Management in Bordeaux, France. An entrepreneur with a background in wine, hospitality, and technology he is always looking ahead. Now he’s on a quest to recognize and classify the best in class vineyards across the U.S. as Founder of The American Grand Cru Society. In spending months and years researching and traveling to the most important wine regions of the world he believes that great wines come from great vineyards. His background includes import/export, buying, and hosting private wine tours to Bordeaux for Calvert Woodley in Washington DC, and with private clients to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Southern Rhone Valley. Poirier resides in Washington D.C.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Organizations - American Grand Cru Society Priority is Unbiased Recognition for Best in Class American Vineyards and Wines - Greg Poirier
 
02: Grand Cru is a universally known trade term to describe best in class vineyards that identify a specific place of origin, and vineyard specific qualities that express themselves in unique wine influences. In late 2006 and early 2007 Gregoire Poirier set out to protect the term "American Grand Cru®" from being misused in the future. He registered the term with the US Patent and Trade Office. Now the term can not be used legally by any self appointment or marketing campaign. The American Grand Cru Society® is an association of consumers and wine trade experts who are committed to identify and recognize our best in class American Grand Cru® vineyards.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - Make Your Next Charity Fundraiser a Shoemmelier® Success: Host a Wine, Women & Shoes Event - Elaine Honig
 
03: Prior to Wine Women & Shoes, Elaine Honig ran the marketing, branding, and communication for Honig Vineyard and Winery. Known for their Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Elaine helped grow the business from its garage roots to a 90,000 case, nationally recognized brand. Wine Women & Shoes is the brainchild of Elaine Honig. While chatting with a girlfriend about the growing popularity of wine and food pairing events, they jokingly said "wine and shoe pairings would be a lot more fun!" Now in it's eighth year, Wine Women & Shoes events are now in 27 cities across the country, with over 15,000 attendees per year, and have helped raise more than $9,000,000 for women's and children's causes.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - Wine Women & Shoes Has Raised $10 Million For Women's and Family- Related Charities - Elaine Honig
 
04: Wine Women & Shoes events are festive, with feminine soul that include a fashion marketplace, Shoe Guys, and teach about wine using a metaphor women understand well -- shoes! Inspired by the classic country ballad "Wine, Women and Song," this unique event offers both charity and corporate clients the opportunity to leverage our successful platform to achieve a variety of goals from charity fundraising and cause awareness to team building and client networking. Elaine Honig is Founding Shoemmelier® of Wine Women & Shoes.

 

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WineFairy chats with Terry Wheatley of Middle Sister Wines; John Gomez on Sangria; and Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe on Crus Bourgeois

Segment-1: Wine Organizations - Middle Sister Wines Gives Voice to the Female Perspective - Terry Wheatley
 
01: The Wine Sisterhood was founded by a group of female wine marketers, collegues, and friends who share years of experience creating successful wine brands. Their mission is to create an innovative, interactive community that puts consumers in charge of developing wines they really want to drink. Through use of the blogopshere and social media, the Wine Sisterhood has been able to tap into the collective creativity and inspiration of their many sisters and have created a dialogue between those who make wines and those who buy them. Middle Sister Wines have partnered with food banks across the country to help families. 'Help A Sister Out Campaign' has pledged to donate a minimum of $15,000 to food bank charities nationally. You can help. Terry Wheatley is CMO/Partner of Canopy Management.net. Branding wines, building community, empowering women.

 

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Segment-2: Organic Drinks - Enjoy Good Times, Good Friends & Good Food With Eppa SuperFruit Organic Sangria - John Gomez
 
02: Eppa SuperFruit Sangria, the first certified organic superfruit sangria, is now available in multiple cities throughout the U.S. since first launched in Florida in the fall of 2011. "Eppa SuperFruit Sangria is enjoying growth for many reasons,” explained John Gomez, co-founder of Eppa Wine Company. “The sangria and sweet red blend wine category are hot right now and given the premium quality, organic and antioxidant values this appeals to consumers on many levels, but most importantly it just simply tastes great" he added. The palate-pleasing wine is created by blending organically grown Mendocino Cabernet and Syrah. The grapes are then blended with a unique combination of organic superfruit juices including pomegranates and blueberries as well as Mediterranean blood oranges, acai berries and natural citrus essences.

 

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Segment-3: French Wines - The Coupe des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc 2012 Winner is... Château Poitevin of AOC Médoc - Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe
 
03: A specially selected jury brought together 30 wine industry professionals and wine buyers, along with journalists and renowned sommeliers, including the President of the Association de Sommellerie in Paris for the 2012 Coupe des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc blind tasting competition of 2009 vintage from 246 châteaux members of the l’Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc industry association. Bruno Quenioux, designer of the "Château Baccarat" range of wine tasting glasses was also be on the jury. Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe is Director Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc trade organization.

 

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Segment-4: French Wines - Crus Bourgeois du Médoc 8 Appellations: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint-Estèphe - Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe
 
04: The wines of the crus bourgeois are blended from four traditional Bordeaux cultivars: Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc and Petit-Verdot. Le Point Paris magazine lists the 246 2009 entries of The Coupe des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc as being 99 from Médoc, 85 from Haut-Médoc, 13 from Listrac, 16 from Moulis, nine from Margaux, five from Pauillac, and 19 from Saint-Estèphe. The nine finalists were: La Fleur-Peyrabon, Pauillac; De Gironville, Haut-Médoc; De Braude, Haut- Médoc; Le Temple, Médoc; Vieux-Robin, Médoc; Grandis, Haut-Médoc; Ramage-La Batisse, Haut-Médoc; L'Argenteyre, Médoc and finally, Bel- Air of Haut-Médoc. Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe, Director Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, assures that you can purchase wines from the 2009 vintage "with your eyes closed" they are so good across the board.

 

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WineFairy chats with Tom Mueller on Olive Oil; with author Kari Underly on Meat; with Christine Vernay and Paul Amsellem on Domaine Georges Vernay; and Diane Karle on Wine by Design

Segment-1: Gourmet Foods - Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Seeks Truth in Labeling - Tom Mueller
 
01: Tom Mueller writes for The New Yorker from his medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy. His current passion is truth in olive oil. In Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, Mueller unveils the sacred history of olive oil as well as those oils that are masquerading as pure and extra virgin in the hands of globalized fraudsters and multinationals who 'control the flow of fake products.' Learn how to support 'hardworking artisan producers who struggle to conserve ancient, local traditions.' Buy real extra virgin olive oil.

 

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Segment-2: Gourmet Foods - Meat is in vogue. Butchery is Back. 3rd Generation Meat Cutter Shares Trade Secrets With Food Enthusiasts - Kari Underly
 
02: In a time when Americans yearn to know the origins of their food, meat education has become a hot topic. A third-generation butcher, author and meat cutting educator, Kari Underly is the go-to expert for all things meat. And in The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional’s Guide to Butchering and Merchandising, she reaches out to a new generation of serious home chefs. Inside, she covers all the fundamentals of butchery, including 450 full-color photos of every cut, step-by-step instructions on cutting techniques, the best beef-cutting tools as well as cooking methods. Following in her grandmother’s and father’s footsteps, KARI UNDERLY has been exposed to butchery her whole life. She is the founder of Range, Inc., a consultancy dedicated to helping companies in the meat industry develop merchandising tools and new market strategies.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Regions - Awarded by Bettane and Dusseauve Best Estate in the World Domaine Georges Vernay of Condrieu - Christine Vernay and Paul Amsellem
 
03: Christine Vernay is a woman of the vineyards. Today at the head of a emblematic winegrowing estate, the daughter of Georges Vernay has received the lessons of country life, vine by vine, to make her plants express their artistry. With Paul Amsellem, her musician husband who is marketing and sales director of the estate, Christine Vernay is continuing the work of the father who gave so much to the generous land of the Rhone Valley. It is thanks to Georges Vernay that Condrieu has become AOC. (quoted from Françoise Petit) Domaine Georges Vernay white wines come exclusively from the Viognier vine, characterised by its apricot and white peach flavours and its fragrance of violet. The Condrieu soil is very evident in the locally grown Viognier wines. Product of old vines and matured in barrels, the vintages "Les Chaillées de l'Enfer" and in particular the "Coteau de Vernon", rich and complex, can be tasted over the next three to ten years.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Marketing - Wine By Design Lifestyle Marketing Agency Works With NFL and New York Jets to Create Jets Uncorked - Diane Karle
 
04: Wine by Design (WBD) is the first lifestyle marketing agency to create business opportunities and brand loyalty through the world of wine. WBD applies the same successful marketing principles and practices used for years in sports, entertainment, music and other lifestyle categories.WBD provides new marketing vehicles to companies and sports/entertainment properties, helps the $30 billion wine industry increase its market value, and educates confused consumers. The New York Jets enlisted WBD to develop an integrated wine strategy for the team. A three-tiered program was crafted to release the first Jets Signature Wine, develop wine events, and create a Wine Bar for the New Meadowlands Stadium. This strategy will introduce fans and corporate partners to international wines and elevate the wine experience throughout the Stadium. Diane Karle is the founder of and genius behind Wine by Design.

 

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WineFairy chats with Jonathan Chiri of Travel + Leisure; Dave Kasper of Select Wine Journeys; Stone Brewing's Greg Koch; and James Gabler on 'Be Your Own Wine Expert'

Segment-1: Gourmet Wine & Food - Gourmet Cycling Travel Provence Luxury Tour Rated a Best Life-Changing Trip by Travel + Leisure Magazine - Jonathan Chiri
 
01: Gourmet Cycling Travel was started by two good friends with passion for active travel, gourmet food and wine. Jonathan Chiri, of the U.S., and Simon Kessler, of South Africa, take pride in being your tour leaders on each trip, ensuring that you receive exceptional service. Join them on travels through stunning regions of France, Spain, California and South Africa. They also build personalized custom tours, corporate getaways and self guided tours. American-based-in-Southern France Chef and cyclist Jonathan Chiri is co-founder of Gourmet Cycling Travel.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Travel - Select Wine Journeys 2012 Program of Wine Tours in Historic Touraine Region of France’s Loire Valley - Dave Kasper
 
02: Select Wine Journeys offers journeys of wine-tasting and more in Vouvray, Bourgueil, St. Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon and Montlouis-sur-Loire. A variety of week-long tours will be offered April through October 2012 focusing on four themes: Walking & Wine, History & Wine, Discover New Wine, and Regional Cuisine & Wine. Each seven-day/six-night tour week includes accommodation at a luxurious manoir and dining in exceptional local restaurants in the towns and villages of Touraine. Guests visit local AOC wineries, explore local markets and enjoy gourmet picnic lunches or dine in the vineyards themselves or at a local establishment. Select Wine Journeys’ principal Dave Kasper is a bilingual Canadian with extensive personal and business wine relationships in the Loire Valley. Take advantage of the Early Bird Booking Special of $500 per person through December 31, 2011.

 

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Segment-3: Craft Brews - The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. - Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance - Greg Koch
 
03: Welcome to the beer renaissance and San Diego's own Stone Brewing Co. stands at the forefront of this revolution. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. reveals the story at the fastest growing brewery in the U.S. Stone's reputation for outstanding, unique beers and unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, and the art of brewing keep it on the cutting edge of innovation. This insider's guide shares homebrew recipes for many of its celebrated beers and features recipes from the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Greg Koch is CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - Be Your Own Wine Expert (Kindle Edition) Makes Learning Interactive In Real Time - James Gabler
 
04: Be Your Own Wine Expert makes learning about wine fun. In less than 3 minutes you can learn about any one of more than 100 of the world's best wine varietals. No more intimidating wine lists, no more mispronouncing wine names, no more feeling left out when the conversation turns to wine. The more than 2000 Value For Money Wine recommendations that cost less than $10, $15 and $20 a bottle prove that wine doesn't have to be expensive to be good. The best way to enjoy the book is with a glass of wine. The next time you have a glass of wine, open Be Your Own Wine Expert to the wine you are drinking. James Gabler, retired attorney and prolific wine writer is the author of e-book Be Your Own Wine Expert, Kindle edition.

 

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WineFairy chats with Keith Hock of Schramsberg Vineyards; with Tyler Colman on Wine Scores; with Julien Camus of French Wine Society; and with Diane Karle of Wines by Design

Segment-1: Sparkling Wines - J. Schram Brut Wines From Schramsberg Vineyards Express American Individuality and Innovation - Keith Hock
 
01: Schramsberg Vineyards 2004 Chardonnay focused J. Schram and J. Schram Rosé world class sparkling wines are hand crafted by Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies. "German immigrant Jacob Schram bought a piece of land in Napa in 1862 where he established what would be come California's first all-sparkling winery" we know today as Schramsberg Vineyards. "... Over the past several years, Schramsberg has staged blind tastings of its wines along with fine champagnes, for wine professionals. Invariably the new top Schramsberg sparkling wines... are.... judged to be higher quality than champagnes at similar or even higher price levels." From Champagne A Global History. This holiday season... choose grande marque American bubbly!

 

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Segment-2: Wine Scores - Dr Vino Recommends...Say No to Clutch Third Party Wine Scores - Tyler Colman, Ph.D.
 
02: According to Tyler Colman, Ph.D. of wine blog DrVino.com, the new national trend in independent wine retailers is to eschew third party wine scores. The more independent-minded independent wine retailers actually taste what they sell, sorting through the web of global choices. So many choices indeed! The big chains use third party scores because, well, it takes time and money to train staff on all that information required to hand-sell each unique customer that walks in the door. America is finally waking up to independent thinking where a better wine recommendation will likely come from a friend.

 

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Segment-3: Wines of France - The French Wine Society Hosting Live Online Wine Trivia With Prizes December 13, 12-Noon ET - Julien Camus
 
03: Finally! Julien Camus works up the courage to join us for a chat about The French Wine Society which he founded in 2005. Julien joins us from his home in Alsace where he is originally from. He's been worried that his English is not strong enough but I beg to differ. The FWS's base of operations continued to be in the Washington D.C. area. There is so much going on but I want to hone in on one upcoming event to be held at noon EST on Tuesday, December 13th: the first wine education organization to offer a LIVE online wine trivia competition with prizes. To play you must join FWS.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Marketing - Wine By Design Lifestyle Marketing Agency Works With NFL and New York Jets to Create Jets Uncorked - Diane Karle
 
04: Wine by Design (WBD) is the first lifestyle marketing agency to create business opportunities and brand loyalty through the world of wine. WBD applies the same successful marketing principles and practices used for years in sports, entertainment, music and other lifestyle categories.WBD provides new marketing vehicles to companies and sports/entertainment properties, helps the $30 billion wine industry increase its market value, and educates confused consumers. The New York Jets enlisted WBD to develop an integrated wine strategy for the team. A three-tiered program was crafted to release the first Jets Signature Wine, develop wine events, and create a Wine Bar for the New Meadowlands Stadium. This strategy will introduce fans and corporate partners to international wines and elevate the wine experience throughout the Stadium. Diane Karle is the founder of and genius behind Wine by Design.

 

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