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WineFairy chats with Master of Wine Konstantine Lazarakis; Apostolos Alexakis on their winery; Yiannis Paraskevopoulos on Gaia Winery; and with Sofia Perpera and George Athanas on the new wines of Greece

Segment-1: Wines of Greece - Indigenous Greek Wines are Lifestyle Choices That Are Delicious and Different - Konstantine Lazarakis M.W.
 
01: Konstantine Lazarakis, Master of Wine, Journalist joins us from Athens. After studying jazz guitar and mechanical engineering on the National & Technical University of Athens, he became Sommelier of Jajazzo Restaurant in Athens - the first restaurant in Greece to hire a full time sommelier and the first to be awarded a Michelin star. Now he works as an Imports Manager and Wine Buyer in AIOLOS ltd and the Managing Director of Wine and Spirits Professional Consultants that run WSET courses in Greece. In the last two years he has been involved in wine writing and wine journalism. He now write for four Greek publications as well as having 'Wines of Greece' published as a part of the Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library in Sept. 2005. Lazarakis consults for wine producers, hotels and restaurants.

 

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Segment-2: Wines of Greece - Alexakis Family is One of the Most Important Representatives of Cretan Wine - Apostolos Alexakis
 
02: Apostolos Alexakis joins us from Alexakis Winery in Crete. The whole family works at the winery. The company is headed by its founder, Stelios Alexakis, an oenologist-chemical engineer, assisted by his wife Sophia, who is responsible for quality control. Their children, Apostolos and Lazaros, who literally grew up in the winery, are now oenologists. Apostolos earned a degree from Fresno University, California. The Alexakis family is one of the most important representatives of Cretan wine. They own the largest private winery in Crete, with ultra modern equipment, while, over its long course, it has worked with almost all the growers on the island.

 

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Segment-3: Wines of Greece - Gaia Wines Highlight Quality Native Greek Varieties For Recognition in International Markets - Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
 
03: Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos is Oenologist and Co-Owner of Gaia Wines in Greece. Gaia has a winery in Santorini and Nemea. He earned a PhD in Oenology from Bordeaux. Gaia Wines (Nemea) began production in 1994 with 9,800 bottles of Thalassitis white wine, which quickly became established in Greece and abroad as an example of unique Santorini wines. Today, Gaia operates two wineries: one in Koutsi, Nemea, which is the heart of the company, and one in Exo Gonia, Santorini. The oak fermented Thalassitis and the Gaia Assyrtiko (Wild Ferment) white wines are made from Assyrtiko grapes, along with five-year-old aged vinegar. The multiple award-winning and internationally recognised Gaia Estate wine is made from the Agiorgitiko variety at the private, 7-hectare vineyard in Koutsi, Nemea. This winery also produces Notios white and red wines, Agiorgitiko14-18h rosé, Gaia Agiorgitiko red, Gaia S red, Ritinitis Nobilis retsina and Anatolikos sweet wine.

 

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Segment-4: Wines of Greece - The New Old Wines of Greece... Yours To Discover - Sofia Perpera and George Athanas
 
04: There were many successes last year for the Greek wine industry in the U.S. with the value of Greek wine imports up 12%. Greece's entry into Wine and Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual restaurant poll reconfirms that the mainstream market in the US has begun to embrace our native varieties. Sofia Perpera is Director of All About Greek Wine and George Athanas is the President, but Sofia was the driving force. Sofia is a Bordeaux trained winemaker and managed the Greek Wine Federation in Athens before 2003. During that time she came to know the sector very well and developed good working relationships with all of the winemakers in Greece. Among many other things during her time at the Federation, she also worked to help modify and expand Greek wine legislation. George comes from 3 generations in the food and hospitality industry in the U.S.

 

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WineFairy chats with Master of Wine Liz Thach; Ian Cauble on his Top-Somm win; and with Daryl Groom on Colby Red to promote heart health

Segment-1: Wine Education - Sonoma State U. Wine Business Institute Professor Earns Title of Master of Wine - Dr. Liz Thach
 
01: Dr. Liz Thach is an internationally recognized academic author and professor in wine business. In 2011 she earned the title of Master of Wine after years of rigorous study and preparation. She was also awarded The F. Korbel & Brothers Professorship in Wine Business at Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute to recognize and extend the important relevant research of the Institute in wine marketing, wine strategy, and wine economics. The three-year Professorship, awarded to Liz Thach Ph.D., will fund studies that create a significant impact on the industry and the region, and deepen understanding of the global business of the wine industry.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Sommelier - Sonoma State Grad, Ian Cauble, Wins Title of Top Young Sommelier in the World - Ian Cauble
 
02: Relaxing on his hotel balcony in Santorini, Greece, Ian Cauble alerted his friends and relatives to the good news via Facebook, “I won the World Championship.” After an intense 8 hour competition in Greece, Ian was named Top Young Sommelier of the World by the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society based in Paris, France. "I am honored to bring the world title home to the United States,” said Ian. In addition, Cauble was recently named Best Young Sommelier in America (competition for under 34 year old sommeliers) and Best Young Sommelier in the World (under 34 years of age). “Ian Cauble is an incredibly talented sommelier,” said Steven Holt, Director of Public Relations for The Ritz-Carlton at HalfMoon Bay where Ian currently works as head sommelier. A review of Ian’s accomplishment in only 10 years after graduating from Sonoma State University are quite astounding.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Charities - Colby Red California Cuvee Supports Charities That Promote Heart Health - Daryl Groom
 
03: Colby Groom is now 13 years of age. Just prior to his 10th birthday he underwent back to back open heart surgeries. He is now a seasoned volunteer with the American Heart Association and was inspired to raise money for heart research through creating a wine his his Dad, notable winemaker Daryl Groom and Colby Red was born. Colby Red is a blend of California Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot, and Petite Sirah.

 

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Segment-4: Wine - Groom South Australia Premium Wines Where the Fruit Does All The Talking - Daryl Groom
 
04: Marschall Groom Cellars is a very small family winery situated in the famous Barossa Valley region of South Australia. The winery produces three varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz & Zinfandel - under the label GROOM. The dream started to become reality with the purchase of 87 acres of bare land in the Kalimna appellation of the Barossa Valley, directly adjacent to the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard - the home of Grange. In 2000, 8 acres of experimental Zinfandel vines were planted on the Kalimna Bush Block. 2008 Groom Sauvignon Blanc receives highest score awarded a Sauvignon Blanc in the recently released, bestselling James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition.

 

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WineFairy chats with Jesscia Bell about WineCAST LIVE; Robert L. Lynch of KRIS Wines on Americans for the Arts; and Alder Yarrow on JancisRobinson.com

Segment-1: Wine Tastings - My Wine School's new WineCASTs FREE Live Online Wine Tastings, Wednesday's at 6:30 PM CST - Jessica Bell
 
01: Wine Educator Jessica Bell, founder of MyWineSchool based out of Milwaukee and Chicago, has just launched a live, interactive online wine classes on Wedesdays starting at 6:30 PM CST. My Wine School's LIVE WineCASTs are as easy as 0,1,2,3! There is no cost to watch the 20-30 minute WineCASTs episodes. Wednesdays at 6:30 PM CST she is LIVE but you can watch the recorded WineCASTs any time. There are three levels available. "Wine Newbie" courses provide an introduction to the basics of wine and wine tasting. "Wine Explorer" courses are for those who want to explore the world of wine past the basics and build confidence at restaurants and retail stores."Wine Guru" tastings are perfect for those who enjoy the nuances and intricacies of wine. Participants will explore advanced and current topics in wine with Bell as your interactive guide.

 

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Segment-2: Wine & Charities - KRIS Wines Partners-Up With "Americans For The Arts' to Support Art Education in K-12 Schools - Robert L. Lynch
 
02: Champagne: A Global History reveals the origins of the world’s great sparkling wines, telling the stories of the people who made champagne famous, from Dom Pérignon to Veuve Clicquot, and describing the evolution of the sparkling wines of other regions that are now so popular. Starting with the story of the first modern French sparkling wines to be traded, produced by monks in Limoux, Languedoc in 1531, Becky Sue Epstein takes us on a tour of vineyards around the world, from the Champagne region itself through Germany, Spain and the New World, and tells the story of the fiercely guarded right to use the ‘champagne’ name. Champagne: A Global History is written by Becky Sue Epstein, Senior Editor, Wine and Spirits, Intermezzo Magazine.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Blogs - Wine Authority and Publisher Jancis Robinson Taps Wine Blogger Alder Yarrow for Content Expansion - Alder Yarrow
 
03: The Silver Spoon, the most influential and successful Italian cookbook of the last 50 years, is now available in a brand new revised edition. A comprehensive and lively book, its uniquely stylish and user-friendly format makes it accessible and a pleasure to read. The new edition features new introductory material covering such topics as how to compose a traditional Italian meal, typical food traditions of the different regions, and how to set an Italian table. Its over 2,000 recipes are illustrated with newly commissioned photographs and contains a new section of menus by celebrated chefs cooking traditional Italian food. Emilia Terragni is the Editor of The Silver Spoon as well as Phaidon's Editorial Director.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Blogs - Vinography: A Wine Blog Features Food and Wine Adventures in San Francisco and Around the World - Alder Yarrow
 
04: You know Champagne only comes from Champagne, France but do you wonder about the difference between Champagnes from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims? The Center for Wine Origins invites you to join a panel of wine experts and Master Sommeliers for a guided tasting tour of wines from various locations across Champagne, France. Location Matters. Sommelier Bonnie Graves will be one of the presenters on Thursday, November 17, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center. Go to VinVillage.com for special ticket discounts.

 

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WineFairy chats with Party Culinista Josetth Gordon; with Becky Sue Epstein on Champagne; with Emilia Terragni about The Silver Spoon; and with Sommelier Bonnie Graves on the SD Bay Festival

Segment-1: Wine & Food - Party Like a Culinista Celebrates Whole Foods, Bold Flavors, Wine and Friends - Josetth Gordon
 
01: The Culinista way to party is all about celebrating with the best ingredients—minimally processed whole foods, lots of greens and grains, seasonal and local when you can—to create incredible health-minded dishes that will wow your guests without weighing them down. Authors Jill Donenfeld and Josetth Gordon have written detailed menus that make dinner parties stress-free with lots of tips for pre-party planning and easy multi-task cooking. From sunny brunches to BBQ blowouts, last-minute get-togethers to intimate parties for two, Party Like a Culinista has inspired menus for any and every occasion. With everything from picnic-friendly salads to cocktails, wine pairings, and sweet-tooth takeaways, you’ll always have a delicious reason to party.

 

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Segment-2: Wine History - Champagne: A Global History Reveals Origins of World’s Sparkling Wines - Becky Sue Epstein
 
02: Champagne: A Global History reveals the origins of the world’s great sparkling wines, telling the stories of the people who made champagne famous, from Dom Pérignon to Veuve Clicquot, and describing the evolution of the sparkling wines of other regions that are now so popular. Starting with the story of the first modern French sparkling wines to be traded, produced by monks in Limoux, Languedoc in 1531, Becky Sue Epstein takes us on a tour of vineyards around the world, from the Champagne region itself through Germany, Spain and the New World, and tells the story of the fiercely guarded right to use the ‘champagne’ name. Champagne: A Global History is written by Becky Sue Epstein, Senior Editor, Wine and Spirits, Intermezzo Magazine.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - The Silver Spoon: New Edition... The Bible For Italian Home Cooks... An Encyclopedia of Italian Cuisine - Emilia Terragni
 
03: The Silver Spoon, the most influential and successful Italian cookbook of the last 50 years, is now available in a brand new revised edition. A comprehensive and lively book, its uniquely stylish and user-friendly format makes it accessible and a pleasure to read. The new edition features new introductory material covering such topics as how to compose a traditional Italian meal, typical food traditions of the different regions, and how to set an Italian table. Its over 2,000 recipes are illustrated with newly commissioned photographs and contains a new section of menus by celebrated chefs cooking traditional Italian food. Emilia Terragni is the Editor of The Silver Spoon as well as Phaidon's Editorial Director.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - Join Talking Terroir: France's Champagne Region at 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - Bonnie Graves
 
04: You know Champagne only comes from Champagne, France but do you wonder about the difference between Champagnes from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims? The Center for Wine Origins invites you to join a panel of wine experts and Master Sommeliers for a guided tasting tour of wines from various locations across Champagne, France. Location Matters. Sommelier Bonnie Graves will be one of the presenters on Thursday, November 17, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center. Go to VinVillage.com for special ticket discounts.

 

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WineFairy chats with Paul Leary of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley; with Rupert Symington of Symington Family Estates; and with Becky Sue Epstein on Port Wine

Segment-1: Wine Travel - Blackbird Vineyards Evolving Merlot Cabernet Franc Napa California Blend - Paul Leary
 
01: Paul Leary joined Blackbird Vineyards as President in 2006. In the fall of 2008, Leary was instrumental in the launch of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, an art, wine and design collective in Yountville, that offers tempranillo, sauvignon blanc and marsanne, in addition to a Napa Valley proprietary red. During his seven year tenure at St. Helena- based Duckhorn Wine Company, Leary oversaw the marketing and consumer sales for three distinct wine brands including; Duckhorn, Paraduxx and Goldeneye. He began his career in the food and beverage industry as general manager for Napa Valley’s noted restaurant, Tra Vigne before segueing into the wine industry.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Lifstyles - Recuerdo Wines of Argentina Are Lifestyle Mementos For Your Dinner Table - Paul Leary
 
02: In 2011, Paul Leary, of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, traveled to Mendoza, Argentina and established a partnership with The Vines of Mendoza to launch a new Argentinean brand, Recuerdo Wines, in the United States. With two of the world’s leading wine lifestyle companies together, Recuerdo Wines offer wine lovers one-of- a-kind, exclusive wine experiencesboth north and south of the equator. Recuerdos winemaking team is led by Santiago Achával and Pablo Martorell. There are two well-priced premium wines, a torrontes and a malbec, available to order in the U.S.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Travel - Port Wine Region Where Tourism and Gastronomy Lead From One Discovery to Another - Becky Sue Epstein
 
03: The Douro region of Portugal offers many opportunities for travelers to learn about the people of the region, the wine growers and the estates ( or “quintas”), such as the Port Wine Route. A web of national heritage, and of scenic, gastronomic, cultural and historic interest, it is comprised of 54 sites of renowned tourist value. The Port Wine Lodges are located in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city facing Oporto and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is in these lodges where most of the region’s unique treasure – Port – is gracefully aged. Becky Sue Epstein travels the world sharing her wine, spirit, and gastronomy tourism advice.

 

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Segment-4: Wine & Food - How To Cook Like The French.... No Matter Where You Live - Wini Moranville
 
04: Now that the typical bonne femme (good wife) works outside of the home just like her American counterpart (and now that French men, like American men, are often in charge of getting dinner on the table), Wini Moranville's emphasis is on easy techniques and speedy preparations in The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. She shows readers that it is possible to cook and dine like the French, no matter where you live, without breaking the bank, or spending all day in the kitchen, to do so!

 

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WineFairy chats with Adam Chase on WSET; Mike McArthur of Burning Kiln Winery; and with Wini Moranville on the Bonne Femme Cookbook

Segment-1: Wine Education - Grape Experience Offers Updated Wine and Spirits Education Trust Courses to the Bay Area - Adam Chase
 
01: Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a premier provider of wine education at every level. Operating both nationally and internationally, it is best known for educating and certifying wine professionals, but its range of classes are also valuable for savvy collectors and hobbyists. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Grape Experience offers a range of acclaimed WSET courses appropriate for consumers and collectors as well as those considering a profession in the wine industry. The fall 2011 Intermediate Course begins November 1st and consists of six three-hour classes priced at $725 for the series. The Advanced Course begins November 2nd with 15 classes for $1400. Grape Experience Founder Adam Chase earned an MBA from Harvard University and worked in marketing and advertising before pursuing his passion for wine. He was formerly the Dean of Wine Studies at COPIA in Napa, CA.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Burning Kiln Winery in Soon-To-Be Ontario South Coast Designated Viticulture Area - Mike McArthur
 
02: Mike McArthur is a partners in Burning Kiln Winery of Saint Williams, located in southern Ontario, Canada. Burning Kiln is one of the wineries leading the way in what will become the new Ontario South Coast Designated Viticulture Area (DVA) within the next two years. He is a founding member and the current President of Ontario's South Coast Wineries and Growers' Association. The DVA location is between Niagara to the east and Lake Erie North Shore to the west, formerly, a traditional tobacco growing region. Burning Kiln produces only vinifera varietals having adapted the Italian dry down method by refitting and re-using former tobacco kilns. The results are highly aromatic wines from the sand soils and flavour intensity from the drying down.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day - Wini Moranville
 
03: Wini Moranville writes a monthly wine column for Relish, is a restaurant reviewer for The Des Moines Register, and has contributed to many food magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Creative Home, and MasterChef magazine. In The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day, she brings authentic French food to American home cooks, with 250 recipes that reflect the way real French families eat today. With a focus on fresh, tasty ingredients and a generosity of spirit, it's French cooking without fuss or fear.

 

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Segment-4: Wine & Food - How To Cook Like The French.... No Matter Where You Live - Wini Moranville
 
04: Now that the typical bonne femme (good wife) works outside of the home just like her American counterpart (and now that French men, like American men, are often in charge of getting dinner on the table), Wini Moranville's emphasis is on easy techniques and speedy preparations in The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. She shows readers that it is possible to cook and dine like the French, no matter where you live, without breaking the bank, or spending all day in the kitchen, to do so!

 

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WineFairy chats with Beth Costa and Crista Luedtke on A Wine & Food Affair event; with Bruce McGechan on his book, How to Sell Wine Online

Segment-1: Wine Events - 13th annual Sonoma County Weekend of Tasting Along the Wine Road November 5 & 6 - Beth Costa
 
01: The 13th annual “A Wine & Food Affair” in Sonoma County calls for a weekend of Tasting Along the Wine Road, Nov. 5 & 6. Throughout the weekend, guests will have the opportunity to visit some of the 110 wineries stretching across Sonoma County’s Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander valleys, sampling wine and food pairings along the way. Attendees have the option to choose a course covering one or both days of the event, enjoying Sonoma’s finest at their own pace. Beth Costa is Executive Dir. of Wine Road Northern Sonoma County...a year-round wine country destination.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - A Wine & Food Affair Tasting Along the Wine Road Cookbook Celebrates Sonoma - Crista Luedtke
 
02: Over 100 winery members participating from the Wine Road Northern Sonoma County in Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander valleys in Sonoma, California, November 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Participating wineries will each prepare their favorite recipe from the Tasting Along the Wine Road cookbook for guests to sample throughout the event. Each guest will receive a commemorating tasting glass and copy of the cookbook, containing all of the recipes served by the wineries during the event, allowing them to recreate their favorite dishes and wine pairings from the weekend at home. Crista Luedtke, proprietor of Boon Eat + Drink, Boon Hotel + Spa, and Big Bottom Market all of Guerneville, contributed the Foreword to the 2011 Tasting Along the Wine Road cookbook.

 

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Segment-3: Wine SEO - How to Sell Wine Online... the Book - Bruce McGechan
 
03: Bruce McGechan is a wine internet marketing consultant and researcher. He develops and promotes wine retail eCommerce websites, and has a 20 year marketing career running many a marketing campaign for multinationals and small retailers. He is the author of How to Sell Wine Online where he explains how a small wine retailer can turn a quiet Main Street wine store into a flourishing internet success.

 

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Segment-4: Wine SEO - Increase Website Traffic, Turn Them Into Customers, and Create Loyal Advocates - Bruce McGechan
 
04: Bruce McGechan is a wine marketing and technology entrepreneur who has pulled together all his experience of internet marketing and selling wine online into a new book called How to Sell Wine Online. Bruce launched a long tail wine eCommerce venture in 2008 which looked to help niche wine retailers all over the world sell their wine to American wine enthusiasts. Early realization of the restrictions of shipping compliance law resulted in a this being turned into a Wine Retailer Internet Marketing Agency. Bruce has worked for the Fortune 500 companies Heineken and Vodafone as well as consulted to US wine retailers. He is based in New Zealand but regularly travels to the US.

 

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WineFairy chats with Dr. Bob Small on Beverage Basics book; with Judy Mattera on Dessert Pairings; and with Chris Pearce about Sake

Segment-1: Wine Education - Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits - Dr. Robert W. Small
 
01: For many, the world of wine, beer and spirits can be confusing, even overwhelming to some. Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits is an accessible and educational new book released from Wiley publisher, that aims to change that assumption by covering the art and science of winemaking from vineyard to table, as well as production methods, styles, and ideal food pairings for beer and spirits. Dr. Robert W. Small co-authored Beverage Basics along with Michelle Couturier and Michael Godfrey. Small is former Dean and Emeritus Professor of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he continues to teach.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Education - Beverage Basics Presents a New Approach to Understanding Wine From Varietal Perspective - Dr. Robert W. Small
 
02: Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits was written with academic-use in-mind. It details the techniques for evaluating alcoholic beverages, information on important issues such as purchasing beverages, healthy drinking, and alcohol and the law. This is one of the only books on the market that covers all categories of alcoholic beverages. Dr. Small is Chairman of the Los Angeles International Wine competition, one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the U.S., and is a judge at many other international wine competitions.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - Boston Pastry Chef, Educator, Columnist Specializes in Dessert Wine and Dessert Pairings - Judy Mattera
 
03: Judy Mattera is passionate about the dessert course! Sweet Solutions is her platform for teaching, consulting,writing, and constant experimentation pairing dessert wines with desserts of her creation. She's extremely knowledgeable serving a niche that deserves more attention from professionals and consumers alike. Currently, she is working up recommendations for Mead wines with dessert recipes of her creation. October 29th she will be teaching a Fall Dessert and Sweet Wine Pairings class at the Boston Center for Adult Education. In her spare time she co-chairs the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs' national conference to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 5 - 7. You can find many original recipes and dessert wine pairing ideas on her website for Sweet Solutions.

 

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Segment-4: Spirits Education - The Joy of Sake Brings the World's Finest Sakes to NYC October 21 - Chris Pearce
 
04: The Joy of Sake--the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, held annually in New York City--returns to the Altman Building in Chelsea on Friday, October 21, featuring the world's finest sakes paired with traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine from some of NYC's most acclaimed chefs. This year, sake enthusiasts will also be imbibing for a good cause, with 30 percent of ticket sales going to brewery families who lost their homes in the Great East Japan Tasunami. A total of 326 sakes--170 of which are not available in the U.S.--will be offered for tasting. Chris Pearce is Director of The Joy of Sake and one of the foremost sake experts in the world, holding the title of "Sake Expert Assessor," one of only 36 individuals worldwide to receive this certificate from the Japan National Institute of Brewing. Tickets are $90 in advance; $100 at the door. Purchase online or call 888.799.7242.

 

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WineFairy chats with Gregg Alger and Melissa Sanborn on Sippin' in the City; and with Wine Importer, Terry Theise

Segment-1: Wine Events - Taste Huston Vineyards Snake River Valley Chicken Dinner Wines at Sippin' In The City - Gregg Alger
 
01: Former business executive Gregg Alger sits on the Idaho Wine Commission in addition to owning and operating Huston Vineyards of Caldwell, Idaho, established in 2006. Huston Vineyards is a boutique winery and vineyard located in Huston, the entry point of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, with five varietals, including Chicken Dinner White and Red blends which will be served at Sippin' in the City on November 17, 2011 at the Linen Building in Boise, Idaho, featuring Idaho wineries, Idaho's culinary artists and music. The consumer tasting will begin promptly at 6:30pm and run till 9:30pm.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - Sippin' In The City: Idaho's Newest, Hippest Wine & Food Event in Boise on Nov. 17 - Melissa Sanborn
 
02: The Idaho Wine Commission Introduces Sippin' In The City: Idaho's Newest and Hippest Wine and Food Event for the Fall, November 17, 2011 at the Linen Building in Boise. Nearly 300 guests will be greeted with a commemorative wine glass as they taste and sip their way through Idaho's best. There are a total of 43 wineries with 1600 vineyard acres planted. The Idaho wine industry contributed $73 million to Idaho's economy. Belissa Sanborn is co-owner, grower and winemaker of the family-owned Colter's Creek Winery of Julietta, Idaho, nestled near the confluence of the Potlatch and Clearwater Rivers.

 

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Break out from the everyday tasting, step away from the table, prepare yourself for a different type of tasting. Sip your way thru Idaho's best while tasting sweet and savory bites in the city. Featuring more than fifteen Idaho winemakers, tasty treats from Idaho's coolest culinary artists and great music provided by "Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho."

6:30-9:30PM  …  Nov. 17th, 2011  …  Linen Building  …  $25 (includes wine glass)

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - Best Food Writing 2011 "Befriending Your Palate" from Reading Between the Wines - Terry Theise
 
03: I owe a thanks to Holly Hughes, Editor of Best Food Writing 2011, just released from Da Capo Press, because in it she includes a chapter by wine importer Terry Theise aptly titled "Befriending Your Palate" from his book titled Reading Between the Wines. He likes to use big words like 'anthropomorphic' but bottom line... his message is powerful: "....still your ego and listen."

 

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Segment-4: Wine & Food - Best Food Writing 2011 "Befriending Your Palate" from Reading Between the Wines - Terry Theise
 
04: Terry Theise, winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, is an importer of boutique wines from Germany, Austria, and Champagne. His articles have appeared in The World of Fine Wine magazine. He was Wine & Spirits magazine’s Man of the Year in 2001 and Food & Wine mag’s Importer of the Year in 2006. "We often think of palate as our physical taste receptor, the mouth itself, and, more saliently, the sense of smell. But a palate is more than what you taste; it is your relationship with what you taste."

 

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WineFairy chats with Vietti Winery; about Drink Local Wine Week; and revisits Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Just Released... Vietti Castiglione Falletto Cru Vineyard 2004 Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG - Luciana Vietti
 
01: Although the family has made wine for two centuries, the first Vietti-labeled wines were produced by third-generation Mario, who transformed the family’s farm into a grape growing winery. In 1952 Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter Luciana and made a name for Vietti’s single-vineyard Barbera and Barolo. He also put the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map. While famous for its top quality and scarcity, the Vietti “Villero” has also caught the attention of connoisseurs for its unique labels, which are commissioned by the Currado family to local artists for each differing vintage—a practice that was introduced in 1970, and dedicated exclusively to the “Villero” Riserva since 1982. These specially-designed original works (lithographs, xylographies, etchings, silkscreens, linocuts) are inspired by the wine of that particular vintage. The print run is the same as the number of bottles produced, and the first hundred labels are signed by the artist. Vietti currently owns 80 acres of vineyards spread over nearly all the key regional appellations, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Barolo and Barbaresco Winemaking Guided by Intuition and Terroir at Vietti Winery in Langhe - Luca Currado
 
02: In 1990 Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca Currado, fifth-generation oenologist, joined the family business as winemaker after working at California's Simi Winery, Opus One and Long Vineyards and Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild. Only produced in outstanding vintages, Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG is released on average once or twice a decade and is vinified from grapes grown on the south and southwest-facing slopes of one of Piedmont’s most celebrated cru vineyards, the Villero vineyard in Castiglione Falletto. This rare wine becomes a Riserva after a seven-year ageing process before being bottled unfiltered and unfined. Vietti produced 621 750mL six-bottle cases, 100 magnums, 12 double magnums, and five 5L bottles of the 2004 vintage. Currado's innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional, including roto-fermenters, barriques, large Slovenian oak botte, and open-top fermenters. Recently he eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, and wine-specific approach, and also stopped publishing tasting notes, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - Citizen Wine Writers Contribute 47-Word Essays for 4th Annual Drink Local Wine Week October 9 - 15 - Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre
 
03: This will be the fourth annual Drink Local Wine (DLW) week, and the co-founders Jeff Siegel, a.k.a. The Wine Curmedgeon and Washington Post Wine Columnist Dave McIntyre have even more opportunities to get involved this year. Typically, they use the DLW site to aggregate regional wine writing from around the country that writers, bloggers and consumers post on blogs, web sites, and the like. This year, they are commissioning some original pieces about regional wine. They also have a couple of new promotions, including a 47-word essay contest. They are asking wine lovers to send in an essay about their favorite regional wine or region, and they'll give prizes to the best essays. Why 47 words? Because there are 47 other states that make wine besides California, Washington and Oregon? Submit your essay via DrinkLocalWine@gmail.com!

 

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Segment-4: Wine Regions - Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival Highlights Cool Viticultural Growing Region - Debbie Gioquindo
 
04: The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival highlights Hudson Valley, New York, wines and spirits. The competition was open to all commercial wineries & distilleries in the Hudson Valley AVA using New York State fruit, but more exclusively, Hudson Valley fruit. This was the first year the competition introduced the spirits category. The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association mission is to increase the quality and quantity of wine and grape production in the Hudson Valley through education, knowledge, networking and cooperation. The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association demonstrates and highlights the quality of our regions grapes and wines and growing interest the public has for them and wines from the valley's cool viticultural growing region. Debbie Gioquindo, a.k.a. Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, is the Director, Organizer and Chair-person behind The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival.

 

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