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WineFairy chats with Mario Silva of Casa Silva; winemakers Ernesto Bajda and Nicolas Audebert; and with Robyn Tinsley of Wine Skinny

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Viña Casa Silva, Colchagua Valley, Chilean Family Winery Specializes in Terroir Driven Carmenère - Mario Pablo Silva
 
01: Following five generations of growing exceptional Colchagua Valley grapes (many from century-old Bordeaux vines brought over by first generation ancestor, Emile Bouchon) for other wineries in Chile, it was Mario Pablo Silva who, in 1997, suggested the family bottle wine under their own Casa Silva label. Today, as the owner and Managing Director of Viña Casa Silva, Mario Pablo Silva has established the family-owned and operated winery as an important fixture in Chiles new generation of premium wine producers and more specifically, as a leader in the development and understanding of Chiles trademark wine, Carmenère. In May 2011, Silva was instrumental in helping to pass this long-negotiated new appellation system through the Chilean government, allowing producers the right to use three new terms on their labels Costa (coast), Entre Cordilleras (central) and Andes (eastern). Mario Pablo Silva is the current Vice President of Vinos de Chile, the trade association that represents the interests of Chilean wine producers.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Mendoza, Argentina, Don Miguel Gascón High Altitude Malbec Vineyards - Ernesto Bajda
 
02: Mendoza, Argentina is the perfect home for winemaker Ernesto Bajda because he has an incredible passion for high altitude vineyards. In fact, he was a panelist at the First International High Altitude and Winemaking Symposium in Lake County, California, in 2007, where he presented research on the effect of varying altitudes on Malbec grapes and wines. With seven vintages behind him, Ernesto is emerging as a cutting-edge winemaker. He joined Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón in 2008 to lead the winemaking team at a new, high-tech facility, where Don Miguel Gascón Malbec is crafted. Born to Slovenian immigrants, Ernesto is well known among his colleagues for carrying on his Balkan ancestors' passion for distilled aguardientes (grappa).

 

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Segment-3: Wine Regions - Cheval des Andes: "Argentina With a Small French Touch" - Nicolas Audebert
 
03: Cheval des Andes, Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, is a blended wine based on two main varieties, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Nicolas Audebert is Winemaker of Cheval des Andes, the pioneering joint venture between Château Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class, and Terrazas de los Andes, a property of Moët Hennessy Wine Estates, established in 1999. Nicolas leverages his training in assemblage with a hands-on appreciation for the high elevation vineyards of Mendoza. The wine is produced from a single vineyard on terraces of the Cordon de la Plata section of the Andes Mountains at the western fringe of Argentina, situated in a desert environment. Malbec vines average 74 years of age. Vineyard practices reflect a Bordeaux culture. Production averages 50,000 bottles per year.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - WineSkinny.com Provides the Inside Wine Skinny from Houston Sans Snobbery - Robyn Tinsley
 
04: The Wine Skinny, co-founded by Robyn Tinsley, started in 1998 as an experiment in internet publishing and with the commitment to making wine fun and accessible to everyone-novice and expert alike. Tinsley has been the Managing Editor since its inception. The idea behind this site is that wine is an essential part of life and food and time with friends and family. Robyn regularly contributes wine articles and wine-and-food pairing recommendations to a number of publications, including Sante, GRAPE, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Culinary Thymes Magazine, My Table Magazine, BestDressedMeals.com, iChef.com, post-gazette.com, wine.com, healthykitchen.com, thehomevine.com and others. She also contributes wine pairings to books, including the upcoming Les Dames d'Escoffier cookbook, an international organization of which she is a member. She has completed the first level of the Court of Master Sommelier program and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. In 2011, she completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma.

 

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WineFairy chats with Jim Collins about Frei Brothers and EJ Gallo; and with Hong Kong Wine Personality Debra Meiburg

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Sonoma Frei Brothers Reserve... Better Choices Better Wine... Today and For Generations to Come - Jim Collins
 
01: When you spend a lifetime working in the vineyard, as Jim Collins has, you learn that the quality of the wine begins with the land it comes from. As the man in charge of Frei Brothers Reserve's vineyards, Jim is a passionate steward whose reverence for the land has always been a part of his personal values. At Frei Brothers Reserve Jim leads a team of farmers and works hand-in-hand with winemakers dedicated to sustainable farming and winemaking to realize the exceptional quality and authentic flavors of the wine. Frei Brothers Reserve wines express the best of Sonoma County's most famous AVAs, including the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Jim Collins is Chief Viticulturist for Frei Brothers Reserve vineyards and wines.

 

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Segment-2: Wine History - E. & J. Gallo Winery Innovative Land Conservation "50/50 Give Back" - Jim Collins
 
02: "Decades ago, E. & J. Gallo Winery co-founder Julio Gallo introduced an innovative approach to land conservation known as the "50/50 Give Back" plan. For every acre of land planted in vineyard, Julio Gallo set aside one acre of property to help protect and enhance wildlife habitat. Today, that philosophy still guides the winery, and has resulted in thousands of acres set aside for conversation easements for wildlife habitat." (CSWA, Summer 2011 Sustainable Winegrowing Highlights) "Our wines are made from premium grapes carefully grown in some of the best wine-growing regions in the world," Jim Collins says, "You simply can't recreate the unique climate and soil combinations naturally found in our Sonoma vineyards, which is why it's imperative that we preserve and protect the integrity of the land.".

 

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Segment-3: Wine Education - Debra Meiburg Master of Wine Is Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong - Debra Meiburg
 
03: Based in Hong Kong, Debra Meiburg is a celebrated wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and in-demand speaker who is pleasing palates across Asia with her fresh take on the world of wine. Awarded Master of Wine, the highest wine industry honour, Debra has a serious tongue for wine, but her approach is a little tongue in cheek. Through her numerous wine-related pursuits, she is taking the everyday wine lover beyond the bottle to discover the intricacies of their own taste buds and thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of wine. A weekly wine columnist for the South China Morning Post and a contributing editor to the Asian Tatler magazines, Debra was voted "Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong" in 2007.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Regions - Hong Kong's Love Affair With Wine is Growing Steamier Than It's Weather - Debra Meiburg
 
04: Originally from Sonoma County California, long-time Hong Kong resident Debra Meiburg is a celebrated wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and in-demand speaker who is one of only 273 people worldwide to hold the top honour in the wine world, Master of Wine. A former wine professor who is not afraid to get dirt under her fingernails, Debra has worked harvest in Chile, pruned vines in Bordeaux and was a cellar-hand in New York. A widely respected wine judge, she recently founded and is director of the world's first truly Asian wine competition, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, the largest pan-Asian wine competition and firstly authentically Asian competition in the world. Debra's latest venture, an online video series named Meet the Winemakers, is a charming access-all-areas exploration of the wine industry, where she reveals the personal side of the industry's top dogs and rising stars.

 

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WineFairy chats about CA Wine Month with Nancy Light, Paula Kornell, Cindy Steinbeck and Allison Jordan

Segment-1: Wine Regions - CA Wine Month in September is Great Time to Visit - Nancy Light
 
01: Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed September 2011 as California Wine Month, the seventh consecutive year the state has recognized the contributions of the state's growers and vintners by proclamation. To celebrate, many of the Golden State’s wineries, winegrape growers and regional associations are hosting special consumer wine events. "Our state's wineries create jobs for 330,000 Californians and revenue from retail sales of $18.4 billion, including $1.14 billion in exports sales to 122 countries," said Governor Brown in the proclamation. On September 17, California Wine Rush, a walk-around tasting showcasing top wines from more than a dozen California wine regions throughout the state, will take place in San Francisco in the Grand Hall of the historic Ferry Building during the lively Saturday farmer’s market. Nancy Light is Communications Director, Wine Institute, representing 85 percent of U.S. wine production and 90 percent of U.S. wine exports.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - September is California Wine Month in Northern California Wine Regions - Paula Kornell
 
02: Paula Kornell joins Nancy Light to update us on California Wine Month (CWM) events in Napa, Sonoma, and northern California. Kornell is General Manager of Oakville Ranch Vineyards and is a past board president of Napa Valley Vintners and current board member. CWM events include: Conn Creek Winery in Napa Valley is featuring in The American Viticultural Area AVA Room a Barrel Blending Experience; Judd Hill Winery’s Bottle Blending Camp in Napa Valley; Pair Music With Wine at Robert Mondavi Winery; Safari West in Sonoma County; and Crushing Good Time Package, Sonoma County. For a complete list of events visit the link provided below.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Regions - California Wine Month Paso and Central Coast Wine Immersion Experiences - Cindy Steinbeck
 
03: Cindy Steinbeck joins Nancy Light to talk about Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast. Steinbeck and family own Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles, a major grape-grower for many wineries. She shares her perspective as a grower and what’s going on with harvest. California Wine Month Paso and Central Coast events include: Savor the Central Coast 2011, Sept. 29-Oct. 2; Pinotfest Monterey, on Sept. 16; A Cabernet FrancFest on Sept. 17, at Buttonwood Farm Winery in Solvang; CRUSH: Temecula Valley 2nd Annual Wine & Culinary Showcase on Sept.10; and the Madera Vintners Association’s California Wine Month Reception & Wine Tasting on Sept. 16 in Madera.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Regions - September is Foodie’s Fancy Time to Discover California Wine - Allison Jordan
 
04: Wine Institute promotes the California Wine Month campaign with the California Association of Winegrape Growers to help contribute to the economic vitality of the state by showcasing its outstanding wine and food offerings. Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the association of more than 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses that initiate and advocate state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. The California Sustainable Winegrowing Practices program defines sustainability as winegrowing and winemaking practices that are sensitive to the environment, responsive to the needs and interests of society-at-large, and are economically feasible to implement and maintain. Allison Jordan is Director of Environmental Affairs, Wine Institute and Executive Director, California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance.

 

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WineFairy chats with Manuel Louzada of Bodega Numanthia; Steve Smith of Craggy Range; and wih Ron Quint of the Wine Education Network

Segment-1: Wine Education - The Award Winning 'Bodega Numanthia' is an Icon of Toro Appellation in Spain - Manuel Louzada
 
01: Manuel Louzada is Winemaker and Estate Director at Bodega Numanthia, one of the most sought-after Spanish wineries from the Toro region of Spain, consistently scoring 90+ points. Tinta de Toro, an adaptation of the Tempranillo grape unique to the Toro region, has naturally resisted Phylloxera for over 140 years in the Toro sandy soils. Numanthia wines are produced from vines that are over 120 years old with yields among the lowest in the world creating wines of intense concentration and structure. Numanthia is part of the LVMH Group.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Educations - Numanthia The Revival of a Spanish Legend of Resistance and Tenacity - Manuel Louzada
 
02: Numanthia's vineyards are "a patchwork of tiny plots," with century- old vines, first planted in 1870... the year that Phylloxera arrived. The vines grow in an extreme climate, extreme temperatures throughout the year and as little as fifteen inches of rainfall. The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthia was founded in 1998 by the Eguren familly, native of Rioja, in order to create the best wine of the Toro appellation.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Education - Expect A Deep Experience With Kidnappers Chardonnay and Te Muna Pinot Noir - Steve Smith
 
03: Steve Smith, MW, Wine and Viticulture Director, Craggy Range Winery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, shares his thoughts on the unusual fall 2011 snowfall, and updates us on Kidnappers Vineyard Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, the rise of Te Muna Road Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Noir and Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Hakes Bay Syrah.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - The Wine Education Network Empowers Students and Instructors With Individual Wine Journey - Ron Quint
 
04: The Wine Education Network offers a unique learning experience, individual attention and memorable insight, making us a premier source for private wine tastings, corporate events, and hospitality training. Our mission is to advance the growth of high quality, engaging, and unpretentious wine education. Ron Quint is Executive Director of the Wine Education Network. He is a Certified Specialist Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and an active member of the Boston Sommelier Society. He began in wine education 20 years ago as a Teaching Assistant at the International Wine Center and later at L'Ecole du Vin.

 

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WineFairy chats with Jamie Goode about the 2nd Int'l Sparkling Wine Symposium; Per Karlsson of BKWine Tours; and Lisa Mattson on Jordan winery

Segment-1: Wine Events - 2nd Int'l Sparkling Wine Symposium November 1-2 at Denbies Wine Estate, U.K. - Dr. Jamie Goode
 
01: The second annual International Sparkling Wine Symposium takes place on November first and second at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, just outside London. Denbies Wine Estate is 40 minutes by train from central London and in close proximity of both London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports. The first day will be devoted to winemaking, viticulture and technical issues and the second day addressing marketing and commercial aspects of sparkling wine. The event brings together oenologists, producers, marketers, buyers and journalists from across the globe in a two-day international forum to share sparkling winemaking and marketing experience and to promote best practice. Dr. Jamie Goode is a London-based wine writer who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - The Sparkling Wine Review Focuses on Consumer Research About Perceptions of Sparkling Wine - Dr. Jamie Goode
 
02: The Sparkling Wine Review brings together some of the world's leading tasters to benchmark sparkling wines in a unique and comprehensive assessment exercise. This technically led review process is aimed at helping sparkling wine producers better understand the needs of the global marketplace and provides insight as to how they can better align their products to meet these needs. Sparkling wine producers who are considering launching a new product, reviewing quality of an existing product, updating packaging or seeking a better understanding of the marketplace and where a product fits are invited to submit their products for the second annual Review, which takes place in October 2011. Top-scoring wines will be showcased at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium in 2011. Dr Jamie Goode is one of the organizers of the first International Sparkling Wine Symposium in March, 2009 and the Sparkling Wine Review.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Travel - BKWine's Travel Programs Named World's Top Wine Tours by Travel & Leisure Magazine - Per Karlsson
 
03: Per Karlsson is President, Photographer, Journalist at BKWine which includes organized wine tours and gastronomy travel; wine consulting and publishing one of the wine world's most read newsletters on wine available on www.bkwine.com. BKWine is entirely dedicated to organizing top-quality wine and food tours to the world's most beautiful wine regions sharing their passion for excellent wine and outstanding food. Join Per and Britt Karlsson in Bordeaux, October 5-9, 2011.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - The Journey of Jordan Video Blog About Vines, Wines, Food & Life at Jordan Vineyard & Winery - Lisa Mattson
 
04: Jordan is California's first family-owned wine estate to create an in-house videography department that uses the latest high-definition video technology for our food and wine blog. An education and entertainment resource, our video blog allows the Jordan culinary, winemaking and hospitality staff to share useful tips and behind-the-scenes stories: cooking videos, food videos, recipe videos, winemaking videos, wine tasting videos, event planning and more. The Journey of Jordan video blog has been recognized as one of the industry's best wine blogs and received two Wine Blog Awards nominations in 2011. Communications Director Lisa Mattson selects shoot locations, develops questions, conducts all interviews and operates the camera.

 

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WineFairy chats with John Gillespie about the Wine Colleagues; and with Heidi Stine about the First Annual Int'l Tempranillo Day

Segment-1: Wine Education - The Wine Colleagues are Wine Business Advocates and Advisors bridging Producers & Consumer Gatekeepers - John Gillespie
 
01: One of the most prominent wine marketers in the U.S., John Gillespie's career spans more than thirty years, and is highlighted by his leadership of Wine Market Council and his direction for more than a decade of the council's ongoing programs of consumer research, advertising, and public relations. At Wine Colleagues, he directs the Consumer Research and Marketing practice. He is also the director of the strategic operations of Wine Opinions, a consumer research provider to the wine industry. Gillespie is CEO and founder of Wine Opinions and a founding partner of Wine Colleagues.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Education - Wine Opinions U.S. wine industry provider is sole Internet research organization devoted exclusively to wine - John Gillespie
 
02: Wine Opinions is the research arm of Wine Colleagues, and is the only research company which maintains a proprietary consumer panel of core wine drinkers. Through ongoing consumer and wine trade surveys, tracking studies, and other research initiatives, Wine Opinions offers unparalleled insight on wine consumer and trade attitudes, preferences, tastes, and trends. Research products offered by Wine Opinions include custom quantitative surveys of U.S. wine consumers and the wine trade, reports on consumer trends and wine market data, tracking studies, syndicated research initiatives and Wine Opinions proprietary 'Vintrospectives' online consumer group qualitative studies.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Social Media - Use Hashtag #tempranilloday on Social Media for First Annual International Tempranillo Day, September 1 - Heidi Stine
 
03: Tempranillo is the sixth most widely planted grape in the world. TAPAS Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society promotes Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and wines produced from them in North America. Plan something fun and different for the First Annual International Tempranillo Day, September 1, 2011. Join a Progressive Dinner in Lodi, August 31, 2011, hosted by TAPAS members or 'Septempranillo' on Thursday, September 1 in Paso Robles. Heidi Stine is Executive Director for the non-profit group TAPAS "Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society."

 

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First Annual International #TempranilloDay
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Segment-4: Wine & Social Media - Former American Express Corporate Acquisitions Exec Specializes in Wine Education & Social Media - Heidi Stine
 
04: Learn how yet one more corporate American transitioned into a wine career full-time! Heidi Stine is a member, Social Media Consultant and serves on the Board of Examiners at Society of Wine Educators. She was elected to the Board of Directors of SWE in June 2008 and served a two-year term. She worked on the Society's educational initiatives and materials, including review of a major rewrite of the study guide for the Certified Specialist of Wine exam. Her specialties include: Iberian Varieties in the New World, Wine Education, Social Media, Non-profit management, Event planning and logistics, and Napa Valley Wines.

 

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WineFairy chats with Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef's Garden; about the Denver Int'l Wine Comp; and with Jason Davies of Majestic Wines-UK

Segment-1: Wine & Food - The Chef's Garden Grows Produce "As Good As Farmers Were 100 Years Ago" - Farmer Lee Jones
 
01: In the 1980s, after a significant loss of acreage following a severe hailstorm threatened the family's survival in agriculture, Lee Jones met a chef who was interested in purchasing squash blossoms. Recognizing like-minded methods and philosophies, the Jones Family has supplied produce to some of the finest restaurants around the world for nearly 30 years. The Chef's Garden is located in Huron, Ohio, less than three miles from the shores of Lake Erie.

 

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Segment-2: Wine & Food - The Culinary Vegetable Institute is Highly Regarded Culinary Retreat and Learning Facility - Farmer Lee Jones
 
02: Farmer Lee Jones has been a pioneer of the sustainable agriculture movement, keeping The Chef's Garden on the cutting edge, growing some of the finest tasting and most nutritious vegetables in the world. Putting the chef first approach has allowed The Chef's Garden to grow an ever-expanding selection of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and Micro Greens' sold to working chefs. Jones sits on the board of Chef Magazine. He has been featured in numerous national publications and is a much-in-demand speaker and expert on sustainable agriculture.

 

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Segment-3: Wine - Denver International Wine Competition is Largest Double-Blind Judged Event in Rocky Mountain Region - Christopher and Darcy R. Davies
 
03: Christopher and Darcy R. Davies founded the Denver International Wine Competition to fill a wine competition void that featured a prestigious panel of Colorado wine professionals consisting of Master Sommelier's, Wine Directors, F&B Directors, Wine Journalists, and Retailers who taste wines 'double-blind.' The seventh annual competition will be held September 17 and 18 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. Post competition, the Denver International Wine Festival takes place the first week of November and is open to all wineries with distribution within the State of Colorado.

 

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Segment-4: Wine - Posh Londoners Drink Provence Rosé and Bubbly During Hot Summer Months - Jason Davies
 
04: As in the U.S., women buy the majority of wine for daily consumption, according to Jason Davies who works for a leading wine merchant in the U.K. While Cava's availability and price are respectable, U.K. produced classic method sparkling wines fight for consumer attention. The average upper-class British are fond of Burgundy yet know surprising little about Classified Growth Bordeaux. Even the generic American wines struggle for significant market-share due to price point and limited distribution.

 

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WineFairy chats with Sandy Lawrence on Lions Run '08 Cab; with Peter Mondavi Jr.; and with wine historian Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Lion's Run Vineyard Debuts 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at The Ubuntu Annex in Napa Valley - Sandy Lawrence
 
01: To celebrate the release of the 2008 Lion's Run Cabernet Sauvignon, the Ubuntu Annex will offer complimentary tastings and light refreshments ending August 18. The new vintage will also be offered at 20% off the $70 per bottle price during the month when purchased in-store. Lion's Run Vineyard is owned by Ubuntu founder, Sandy Lawrence, who planted the estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996 on a gentle slope overlooking the Napa Valley. The vineyard is certified organic and bio-dynamically farmed, and is adjacent to the gardens of Ubuntu Restaurant. Only 400 cases of the vintage were produced. Ubuntu is "a community-focused" vegetarian Michelin star restaurant and yoga studio located at 1130 Main Street, Napa.

 

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Segment-2: Wine History - Peter Mondavi Sr. Family Owners of Napa Valley's First Winery Searches For Oldest Charles Krug Wine Bottle - Peter Mondavi, Jr.
 
02: In time for the 150th anniversary of Napa Valley's first winery, the Peter Mondavi Sr. Family announces a search for the oldest Charles Krug Winery bottle in existence. Founded in 1861, Charles Krug Winery is the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine industry and has been in the Peter Mondavi Family for nearly 70 of its 150 years. Peter Mondavi Jr. puts his family winery's history in perspective: Charles Krug was founded the year President Lincoln was inaugurated, and the year the Civil War began. Listeners are encouraged to scour their wine cabinets, cellars, closets and caves for Charles Krug wine bottles, empty or full, dating either from pre-Prohibition or the Peter Mondavi Family era which began with the 1944 vintage. To submit an entry, visit Charles Krug on Facebook and tell us about your bottle and post a photo, or email it to oldestbottle@charleskrug.com by December 31, 2011. Early entries may be displayed at the annual Tastings on the Lawn 150th Anniversary celebration on September 10.

 

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Segment-3: Wine History - "Wine, the Physician, and the Drinker: Late Medieval Medical Views on Wine's Uses, Pleasures, and Problems - Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre
 
03: Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre specializes in the history of wine and drunkenness. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her doctoral dissertation investigates late medieval medical and philosophical discourse on wine, the beverage that "gladdens the heart of man." In the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, the proprieties of wine were highly praised in the quest for health or pleasure. The ubiquity of wine also made it the counterpart of gastronomy. Any pretext for delight could justify the act of drinking and feasting. Beyond examining wine as a beverage, Azélina's aim is to elucidate medieval patterns of thought by studying how wine may have epitomized a culture and its social codes.

 

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Segment-4: Wine History - Born in Burgundy, Yale Ph.D. Graduate Focuses on Wine History and Culture in Medieval France and Italy - Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre
 
04: Wine Historian Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre was born in Burgundy, France, in a family that had a multi-generational past in wine making. However, she chose to pursue this heritage through an intellectual quest. She moved to Paris to open windows to the world of knowledge. She developed her ability to interpret interdisciplinary historical evidence by completing studies in Art History (B.A. in Art History and Master's in Museum Studies, Louvre School of Fine Arts) and in Archeology (B.A. in History and B.A. in Archeology, Sorbonne). In her third year at the Ecole du Louvre, she wrote a monograph on "Wine Museums in France". This guided the development of her Master's thesis (History, Sorbonne) under the title of "Wine and Inebriation in Medieval French literature," with a focus on the thirteenth century. She then carried on the investigation by closely studying the links between wine, drunkenness, and melancholy in late medieval medical literature.

 

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WineFairy chats about the new Coombsville AVA; with Cognac Expert Mauro Mahjoub, on "Tales of the Cocktail" Conference and with Cocktail Expert Jonathan Pogash

Segment-1: Wine Education - The proposed new 'Coombsville' Appellation the in SE Corner of Napa Valley - Curtis Strohl
 
01: The proposed Coombsville Appellation adjoins or is located near the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley viticultural area to the northwest, the Los Carneros viticultural area to the southwest, the Wild Horse Valley viticultural area to the east and the Solano County Green Valley viticultural area to the southeast. Coombsville’s 11,075 acres, 1,360 acres of which are in 26 commercial vineyards, are at an elevation between 300 and 500 feet on the south-east ridge of Napa Valley. Coombsville vintners production focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to its varied soil types and the numerous meso- climates spread throughout its rolling landscape, excellent examples of Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are also produced. Curtis Strohl is Director of Ancien Wines, producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

 

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Segment-2: Spirits Education - International Cognac Expert Conducts Tasting of Cognacs (VS, VSOP, XO) and Workshop Focusing on Sidecar - Mauro Mahjoub
 
02: At the recently held Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, Mauro Mahjoub owner of the Negroni Club, Munich, along with Todd Appel (Piranha Bros, Chicago), conducted a hands-on tasting and workshop that focused on VS, VSOP and XO Cognac and the Sidecar cocktail; “The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris." Not only is the Sidecar a historic cocktail, but it has also spawned numerous famous drinks such as the Margarita. The original recipe called for equal parts Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, now known as "the French school." Later, an "English school" of Sidecars emerged which call for two parts Cognac and one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice.

 

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Segment-3: Spirits Education - Tales of the Cocktail Annual Conference is for All, Not just Professionals - Becky Sue Epstein
 
03: Tales of the Cocktail's mission is to be recognized as the world’s premier brand dedicated to the advancement of the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion. The founder's mission is to be instrumental in advancing the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion. "It’s open to anyone interested in cocktails, not only professionals." And, Becky Sue Epstein, Palate Press’s International Editor, says yes, it really was fun. "It seems every seminar was hosted by spirits, liqueurs, and other cocktail components. Hence, the Golden Rule: three sips, then PUT IT DOWN. I followed this rule throughout the conference and I’m convinced it saved my life. You know that other rule about not mixing your alcohol? Impossible here. But I could always count to three. Three sips, then firmly jettison the drink.

 

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Segment-4: Spirits Education - The European Bartending Perspective Includes Marie Brizard a Staple in Mixologist’s Arsenal - Jonathan Pogash
 
04: Jonathan Pogash is a New York City-based cocktail developer and mixologist specializing in bars, restaurants, and liquor brands. He consults for fine dining and cocktail establishments across the U.S. Jonathan creates signature drinks for liquor companies, as well as private and corporate events. Pogash moderated The European Bartending Perspective seminar at the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. Historically, the two continents practiced the craft of tending bar with different attention and substance. Today we have created a universal bartending community, in which ideas are shared and techniques emulated.

 

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WineFairy chats about Reims Cathedral 800th Anniversary; the West of West Wine Festival; the Good Food Awards; and about Carpathian Wines

Segment-1: Wine History - Reims Cathedral Celebrates 800th Anniversary: United States and Champagne Region Share History of Support - Sam Heitner
 
01: The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims, historic coronation site for French kings located in the Champagne region of France, celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, the Reims Cathedral welcomed generations of French monarchs and nobility. Wines from the Champagne region were historically served at the royal banquets that accompanied coronations, contributing to Champagne's reputation as a luxurious beverage. "The Reims Cathedral is a stunning showcase of the Champagne region's history and beauty," said Sam Heitner, director of the Champagne Bureau, the U.S. representative of the Comit Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne CIVC. The town of Reims has planned a series of celebrations through mid-October of this year to celebrate the cathedral, including concerts, exhibitions and a spectacular daily light show.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Events - West Sonoma Coast Vintners Launch West of West Wine Festival Aug. 5-7 in Occidental - Carroll Kemp
 
02: Attend the first West of West Wine Festival event specifically celebrating West Sonoma Coast wines August 5 - 7, one hour north of San Francisco, in the quaint coastal hamlet of Occidental, California created by the West Sonoma Coast Vintners (WSCV), a new association of wineries and growers on Sonoma's coastline. Experience the wine, food and culture of the West Sonoma Coast that contains many distinct growing areas including Annapolis, Fort Ross/Seaview, Occidental, Freestone, Green Valley and the Sebastopol Hills. West Sonoma Coast Vintners is a brand-new association of wineries and growers who are passionate about farming wine grapes on the coastline of Sonoma County. WSCV is the brainchild of Carroll Kemp, inaugural president, and winemaker at Red Car Wine Company.

 

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Segment-3: Wine & Food - Seedling Projects and Good Food Awards Build Communities and Celebrate Stewards of the Land - Sarah Weiner
 
03: Last year, the Good Food Awards was born as the first national initiative to recognize food products that excel in taste and sustainability. With over 780 entries from 41 states. Sarah Weiner is Executive Director of the Seedling Projects who oversees the Good Food Awards. The Awards began in 2010 as an effort to recognize food producers who are committed to craftsmanship and responsible sourcing, thus supporting healthy agricultural food communities. Wine is unfortunately not a category this year. The categories will be expanded each year and will be put it to a public vote next year as to what category will be added. Winners will be announced on January 13, 2012.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Events - Join VinVillage & Carpathian Wines at the SD-MIT Enterprise Forum Annual 'Wine Social' - Katy Bendel
 
04: The MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego signature wine social, held annually, is widely recognized as the premier networking event for San Diego's technology and biotechnology community. With more than 680 company founders and executives of growth companies, business development personnel, investors, and service providers, this industry networking social creates an opportunity for technology sector leaders and entrepreneurs across all segments to connect in a relaxed and inspiring setting at the Birch Aquarium overlooking the ocean. Katy Bendel is co-founder of Carpathian Wines, specialty importers of New Old World wines from Central Europe. Carpathian Wines ships direct to consumers.

 

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