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

WineFairy chats with Jimmy Crippen about Fire on the Rock; Billie Rogers on Blue Ridge Wine-Food Festival; Jean Anderson on Falling off the Bone; and Alan Goldfarb of Tudal Wine Group

1st segment of this weeks Show: Cooking Competitions - Fire On The Rock Interactive Culinary Experience Competition Dining in Western North Carolina - Jimmy Crippen
 
Fire On The Rock Chef Challenge is an annual "diner judged" food competition that began in 2005 during the inaugural year of the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival in Blowing Rock, North Carolina with just six chefs. This year eighteen chefs are competing for the grand prize of $2500 and the coveted "Red Chef Jacket". Restaurants battle head-to-head in preliminary elimination battles every Tuesday and Wednesday at Crippen's Restaurant, the neutral competition house. The last four Chefs standing will compete on stage in front of a live audience while cooking for professional food critics and writers this April 16th and 17th at the Hayes Performing Arts Center during the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival. Jimmy Crippen, Proprietor, Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant, Blowing Rock, is the brains behind Fire On The Rock Chef Challenge.

 

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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Festivals - 2011 Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival in Blowing Rock is As Far West As You Can Go and Still Be in North Carolina - Billie Rogers
 
Looking for a great wine event? The North Carolina High Country encompasses six mountainous counties in the far northwest corner of the state. Bisected by the Blue Ridge Parkway, the area boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Appalachian Mountains. The heart of the region is Blowing Rock, a town of only 3 square miles yet is home to more than 100 shops, about two dozen restaurants, and nearly 20 hotels and inns. Apr 13 - 17, you are invited to attend the 6th Annual Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival where you can enjoy wine tastings, seminars, cooking classes, and wine maker dinners. Billie Rogers is the Events Coordinator for the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and Producer of the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival.

 

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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Recipes & Cookbooks - Falling Off The Bone is Low 'N' Slow Cooking Plus Dashes of Ingenuity and "T.L.C" - Jean Anderson
 
There's a special report on meat cookery in the December 2010 issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter that Jean Anderson finds of particular interest. 'High-heat browning of grilled or fried foods,' the report states, 'can increase inflammation in the body. In addition to boosting your risk for heart disease and diabetes, it may also contribute to arthritis.' The report goes on to say that you can minimize your chances by using such moist methods of cooking as braising, simmering, and stewing. Falling Off The Bone truly is an homage to Anderson's mother who was always able to turn tough, sinewy, economical cuts of beef, veal, lamb, and pork into meals as memorable as they are nutritious. You'll find several recipes using wine and beer. I hope that you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I had recording it with Jean!

 

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4th segment of this weeks Show: Wine Producers - Napa Tudal Winery and Oakland Cerruti Cellars Share Kirk Venge as Winemaker - Alan Goldfarb
 
The thirty-year tradition of crafting boutique wines at Tudal Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley winery shares a common winemaking philosophy in Kirk Venge with trendy, recently-opened urban Cerruti Cellars in Oakland, California. What was Tudal Wine Group thinking when they started a new winery in these uncertain economic times? Thirty-four year old Venge (son of Nils) is now making estate-grown wine from Tudal's 35-year old Cabernet vines. Could they possibly be among the oldest Cab vines still producing in the U.S.? Tudal defines boutique... producing under 2,000 cases and a price range of $35 - $55. I like the idea of wineries nestled in densely populated urban areas. It feels more... local.

 

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WineFairy chats with Gloria Maroti Frazee on NY Wine Expo; Joe Barton on Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour; & with Veronica Barclay of Family Winemakers

1st segment of this weeks Show: 4th Annual “New York Wine Expo” February 25 - 27 in New York City - Gloria Maroti Frazee
 
The 4th Annual New York Wine Expo, February 25 - 27, at Jacob Javits Center in New York City is your chance to sample more than 700 wines from over 175 winemakers around the globe. Sip through hundreds of Old and New World wines from world-famous producers. Enhance your expo experience by attending the many wine seminars led by industry experts such as Gloria Maroti Frazee, of the Wine Spectator School. It’s an event not to be missed! For more information, ticket discounts and contests, go to VinVillage.com! VinVillage IS where wine lovers connect!
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: The NY Wine Expo Is The Largest In It's 4-Year History, Feb. 25-27 - Gloria Maroti Frazee
 
Don't miss your chance to: Sample over 760 wines from around the world; Meet winemakers from over 190 wineries the world over; Visit lifestyle booths featuring the latest in foods and wine accessories. Casually sip and stroll through old world Italian, Austrian, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese wines then let their taste buds lead them through the New World wines of South America, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States. Gloria Maroti Frazee, Director, Wine Spectator School and Video is one of the featured Seminar Presenters.
 
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Feb. 25-27, 2011 at Javits Center in NYC!
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Get ready for the Paso Robles “Grand Tasting Tour - L.A.”, Feb. 26 to Mar. 5 - Joe Barton
 
Paso Robles Wine Country, one of the nation’s premier wine producing regions, hits the road for its 2011 national Grand Tasting Tour with a stop to Los Angeles, February 26 - March 5, 2011. More than 40 wineries from Paso Robles will be pouring over 150 wines at the historical Los Angeles church “Vibiana." The Wineries will showcase the best of their portfolio’s that exemplify the 40+ varietals and blends that make up “Paso Robles Wine Country”. Scrumptious appetizers featuring wine country cuisine will be provided by “Room Forty.” Joe Barton is Owner and Winemaker at Grey Wolf Cellars. For special discounts and ticket contests go to VinVillage.com!
 
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Paso Robles Wine Country Grand Tasting Tour
6:30-8:30PM, Wed, Mar. 2 “Vibiana” in L.A.

 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Family Winemakers brings the 3rd Annual “Trade & Consumer Tasting” to San Diego on March 13, 2011 - Veronica Barclay
 
Veronica Barclay is the Chair for Family Winemakers of California and General Manager of Barclay & Browning winery of St. Helena. Family Winemakers events are the most comprehensive tastings of California wines in the world, showcasing the state’s small, boutique, family- owned wineries! Attendees will have “unlimited access” to more than 200 wineries from over 20 appellations pouring nearly 500 wines representing over 30 varietals. If you love exclusive, limited production wines from renowned vineyards throughout California, this is the event for you!
 
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FAMILY WINEMAKERS OF CALIFORNIA
PRESENT “TASTING 2011

3rd Annual Consumer & Trade Tasting in San Diego

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WineFairy chats with Masters of Wine, Joel Butler and Roger Bohmrich; and with Ray Johnson on the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

1st segment of this weeks Show: The French Wine Society's New Mastering the Wines of Bordeaux Master Level Class - Joel Butler MW
 
Joel Butler, Master of Wine, Wine Consultant, President of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America, is one of a handful of guest instructors for the three-month Master Level online study and certification program on the wines of Bordeaux. The comprehensive study and certificate program starting March 1, with registration now open, on the wines of Bordeaux. The Bordeaux Master-Level Program was developed by the French Wine Society in conjunction with lead instructor Dewey Markham Jr. Joel Butler, Master of Wine, will be teaching the fifteenth webinar titled, "Bordeaux Terroir and the Meaning of Appellation."
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Bordeaux Master-Level Class Begins March 1 from French Wine Society - Joel Butler MW
 
This is Bordeaux as you've never seen it presented! Twenty live webinars conducted by experts in their field, online study modules, reading and tasting assignments, interactive Q&A with instructors, plus an opportunity to review course content in a live classroom environment with tutored tasting at! This is, in scope and design, the most comprehensive wine study program on Bordeaux bar none. Through this program, students will acquire a profound knowledge of the region and develop a greater sensory understanding of its wines. Mastery is conferred to candidates who successfully finish the curriculum and pass the final exam. As one of the first two resident American Masters of Wine (1990), Joel Butler, MW has had a 38 year career in the wine industry. Butler now consults out of Seattle, as co-owner of WineKnow LLC, teaches WSET programs on the West Coast, and is authoring a book under contract with a leading US publisher (anticipated publication, 2012).
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: FWS Debuts 2.5 Month In-Depth Bordeaux Master-Level Program in a Ground-Breaking Format - Roger C. Bohmrich MW
 
After earning the MW title in 1993, Roger dedicated himself to the MW cause, first as Education Coordinator of the North American educational program, then as Chairman of the North American Advisory Board. He led the formation of the non-profit Institute of Masters of Wine (North America), where he served three terms as its first President. Most recently, Roger set up the U.S. affiliate of Millesima, Europe's leading fine wine mail order merchant. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Millesima USA, and is based in New York. Roger Bohmrich, Master of Wine, will be presenting webinar number fourteen on "Garagistes" and number twenty on "The Economics of Bordeaux."
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Get Ready for the World's Largest Competition of American Wines - Ray Johnson
 
On January 7th, 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded its judging... Over 5 days, 60 professional wine experts tasted and evaluated a world-record breaking 5,050 entries from 23 states. The 'Public Tasting' is much more than a wine tasting, it's a very one-of-a-kind wine and food experience... creating the largest Tasting of 'Award Winning American Wines' on the planet. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting will be held from 2-5 PM on February 19th at Fort Mason in San Francisco! For more information and to enter the Free Tickets contest, go to VinVillage.com.
 
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WineFairy chats with James Suckling about his new online venture; and with Charlie Caldwell on the First Annual NC Conference on Sustainable Viticulture

1st segment of this weeks Show: Tasting Reports on 2008 & 2009 Bordeaux, 2006 Barolo & 2006 Brunello on JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling
 
James Suckling, the respected journalist and wine critic who spent close to 30 years as Wine Spectator's European bureau chief, has partnered with Hollywood producer, director, and writer James Orr to launch JamesSuckling.com, an all-access pass to the wine world. The newly launched site focuses on delivering wine information in a cutting-edge style, relying on high-quality video, with Suckling giving subscribers a visual guide to wine tasting that goes beyond simple ratings to include tasting notes, vintner interviews, and rare access to wineries around the world.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: JamesSuckling.com Gives You an All-Access Pass to the World of Outstanding Wine Regardless of Price or Origin - James Suckling
 
With James Orr behind the camera, Host James Suckling's extraordinary zeal and wine knowledge is brought to life in exclusive video content, bringing viewers a firsthand account on all aspects of the wine industry. The focus of the website is to report on many of the best wines of the world through tastings in vineyards and in cellars with winemakers, vintners, and owners, which allows viewers to see through their own eyes the place, the people, and the rating process. The site will deliver viewers at least one new video every day of the year. The site is a combination of free and paid content, with both subscribers and non-subscribers having access to written and video posts in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: 3rd. Generation Organic Grapegrower, Black Squirrel Vineyard & Winery, Council Bluffs, Iowa - Charlie Caldwell
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Consulting, in conjunction with the NC BioNetwork BioBusiness Center in Candler NC, will host the First Annual North Carolina Conference on Sustainable Viticulture. The conference will feature Charlie Caldwell from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Caldwell is a third generation grape grower. Candwell is recognized as one of Iowa's largest certified organic vineyard by Iowa Department Agriculture of Land Steward. Black Squirrel Vineyard & Winery grows wine and table grapes organically on seven acres of nine different cold hardy varieties. Caldwell has hosted many field events at local, regional, and state viticulture events in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: North Carolina Conference on Sustainable Viticulture Focuses on Growing Cold, Hardy, High Altitude Grapes - Charlie Caldwell
 
Charlie Caldwell is frequently called on to speak about pruning, controlling pest and diseases, nutritional programs, canopy management plus weed control for growing grapes organically. Sustainable refers to growing grapes naturally/organically/biodynamically and being able to make a bottom-line profit on your farm. The First Annual North Carolina Conference on Sustainable Viticulture is designed to be a practical approach to growing grapes for farmers and growers who want to seriously consider growing grapes in the mountains.
 
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WineFairy chats with Katie Jackson and Barbara Banke of Cambria Winery; with Carl Bowker of Caliza Winery; and with Ray Foley of Bartender Magazine

1st segment of this weeks Show: Second-Generation Winegrower Katie Jackson Launches Blog - Katie Jackson & Barbara Banke
 
Katie Jackson, the 24-year-old daughter of Cambria Winery proprietor Barbara Banke and wine industry pioneer Jess Jackson, cannot remember a time when the art and business of making wine wasn't part of almost every aspect of her life. To document her experiences and share a behind-the-scenes look at Cambria Winery, Katie has launched a blog that covers day-to-day life at the Santa Maria, California based winery, as well as Katie's trials and triumphs in the kitchen, her exploration of local Central Coast cuisine and culture, and the making of her namesake wine, the Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Cambria Winery Santa Maria Valley, Built Reputation for Site-Reflective Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - Barbara Banke and Katie Jackson
 
In 1986 Barbara Banke acquired a large portion of the original Tepusquet Vineyard (planted between 1970 and 1971) Santa Barbara to serve as the site for Cambria winery for it's potential to produce outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Over the last two decades the vineyard has been expanded, replanted and updated with new clones and rootstocks to take advantage of the unique climatic and geological conditions of the Santa Maria Bench.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Caliza Winery, Paso Robles, "Making Modern Wines with Old World Grapes" - Carl Bowker
 
Hands-on Carl Bowker built a successful career in the world of convention staging. He enjoys the creative process of building from the ground up. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, his corporate life was based out of San Francisco but his travels to the Rhone Valley fired his desire to become a winemaker and viticulturalist. Caliza Winery's 2009 Syrah won Best Syrah and Best of Show at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, his first Syrah vintage. The winery was named to the San Francisco Chronicle's "Top 100 Wines of 2010" and was just named as Wine Spectator's winery "Pick of the Month."
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Bartender Magazine the First Magazine For, By and About Bartenders and On-Premise Industry - Ray Foley
 
Irishman Ray Foley is part comedian, but when it comes to tending bar and sharing stories he's seriously all Bartender, all realist, no fluff. He's seen it all, been there at the beginning of the American cocktail wave that began 30 plus years ago. A former Marine based out of Camp LeJeune, Foley's talent is with words, the gift of entertaining gab. He is not a purist except when it comes to his martini, Bombay Sapphire with one olive please. He has authored A Thousand Martinis, Bartending for Dummies, and Running a Bar for Dummies. Bartender Magazine is currently celebrating 32 years.
 
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WineFairy chats with Amy Evans Streeter on Southern Foodways Alliance; Steve Myers on Cellar Key; and about ZAP with Duane Dappens of D-Cubed Cellars


1st segment of this weeks Show: Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Interships in Food Cultures of the American South - Amy Evans Streeter
 
The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. The Oral History Initiative seeks to capture stories of Southerners who grow, create, serve, and consume food and drink. In-House Internships are prearranged, structured learning experiences usually lasting one to two weeks. A Guided Internship at the SFA offers the opportunity to pursue either an oral history or multi-media project based in any location within the South. Applications for 2011 Internships are due February 1, 2011. Amy Evans Streeter, Oral Historian, is the main contact at SFA for oral history internships and project submissions at University of Mississippi, Oxford.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Southern Foodways Alliance 2011 Theme "The Cultivated South" - Amy Evans Streeter
 
Southern Foodways Alliance stages symposia on food culture, produces documentary films, publishes compendiums of great writing, and—perhaps most importantly—preserves, promotes, and chronicles the region’s culinary standard bearers. They’re talking white tablecloth chefs and fried chicken cooks, barbecue pitmasters and peanut farmers. Integral to an appreciation and understanding of the diverse food cultures of the American South is the collection and preservation of the stories behind the food. The SFA is a member-supported organization of more than 800 people. Chefs and academics, writers and eaters: all are active participants.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Comes to Life in the Palm of Your Hand - Steve Myers
 
Steve Myers, General Manager for Lion Nathan Wine Group in North America, talks to us about Cellar Key brand of two-dimensional Quick Response (QR) barcode technology loaded with rich content that is available to any cell phone with a camera and web access. Cellar Key offers users access to wines and wineries around the globe where you can take a video tour of a winery, read accolades, meet the winemaker, and explore food and wine pairings directly from your smartphone.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: ZAP Celebrates 20 Years of Zinspiration January 27 - 29th in San Francisco - Duane Dappen
 
Duane Dappen, Founder-Winemaker, D-Cubed Cellars joins us for the second year in a row as President of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers to talk up the organization's twentieth anniversary world's largest zinfandel festival. The ZAP Festival consists of four events "poured" over three days, showcasing nearly 250 wineries offering barrel samples and new releases, combined with culinary demonstrations and decadent food pairings. For more information and to purchase tickets visit VinVillage.com.
 
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WineFairy chats with Sommelier Rick Toyota of Niner Wine Estates and with Camilla Pistilli of Stil Novo Designs


1st segment of this weeks Show: Niner Wine Estates Announces Comprehensive Wine Education Series - Rick Toyota
 
Niner Wine Estates, Paso Robles, Estate Sommelier and Director of Hospitality, Rick Toyota, joins us to talk about the launch of one of the most comprehensive wine education programs on California's Central Coast, appropriate for two audiences: the wine lover and the industry professional. Classes begin January 24th and continue weekly through June 27th, 2011. Each of the 20 classes will provide discussions of specific wine regions, along with an exploratory tasting of six to ten wines. The series includes introductory classes on wine appreciation, viticulture and viniculture, as well as industry standards for proper wine service.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Niner Wine Estates Sommelier-Taught Courses Offer a Tour of the Worlds Wine Regions - Rick Toyota
 
What is wine? Niner Wine Estates Wine Education Series introductory course will help answer this question and provide students with a better understanding of the different styles of wine – still, fortified and sparkling. Emphasis will be on the key varietals that can be found throughout the major wine growing regions of the world. The tasting exercise will focus on proper tasting and evaluation criteria to establish protocols for future classes and to help students understand what specific characteristics of wine they personally enjoy.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Stil Novo Designs Recycled Oak Wine Barrels into Original Creations - Camilla Pistilli
 
Stil Novo Design creates elegant home decor, custom furniture and 'green' gift ideas from recycled oak wine barrels using solid white oak wood staves reclaimed from French wine barrels. Camilla Pistilla joins us to share the story of her family business that's dedicated to creating the finest woodcrafts, specialty pieces & custom furniture. Every piece is a 'one of a kind' item, every decor is original and completely hand painted. Stil Novo Design want the eco-friendly to be elegant, refined, chic and stylish... not shabby! The upcycled shouldn’t be inferior to the high-end market’s standards and moreover should maintain the same sense of exclusivity and distinctiveness.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Stil Novo Designs Eco-Friendly Designer Pieces from Recycled French Wine Barrels-Camilla Pistilli
 
Why wine barrels? After three to five vintages, wine barrels are ready to be discarded. That's when the Pistillis rescue, recycle and transform them into unique beauty to be given a new life. Their Italian heritage brings an innovative, highly sophisticated sense of style and superior manufacture standards to this century’s ‘green revolution.’ Their concern for the environment doesn't affect, nor compromise, the quality and sense of esthetic conveyed in our creations; we proudly strive to exceed our customers' expectations.
 
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WineFairy chats with Jason Wilson on Boozehound; and with Dushan Zaric, author of Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined


1st segment of this weeks Show: Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits - Jason Wilson
 
Anthony Bourdain writes of Boozehound, "Superbly informative, entertaining, and yet deeply subversive." Yes, I agree! In Boozehound, Jason Wilson lets us tag along as he tracks unusual libations, uncovering the secrets of their flavors and sharing their fascinating histories in the process. Wilson writes the spirits column for the Washington Post and is the editor of the arts and culture criticism online magazine TheSmartSet.com. He joins us from Drexel University where he teaches writing.
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Boozehound a Unique Blend of Travelogue, Spirits History, and Recipe Collection - Jason Wilson
 
Jason Wilson is a true purist; the uninformed might say, snob. This intrepid travel narrative combines Wilson's bartending know-how with recipes and cultural analysis as it unravels the mysteries of taste, trends, terroir, and the peculiar alchemy behind the world's intoxicants. Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits,demonstrates that perhaps nothing else as entwined with the history of human culture is quite as much fun as booze.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined, From New York's Employees Only Bar... Changing Lives 15 Minutes at a Time - Dushan Zaric
 
In Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined, From New York's Employees Only Bar, Dushan Zaric with co-author Jason Kosmas, mingle the past and present with their inventive, inspired drinks. At their intimate, secluded West Village bar-restaurant Employees Only, these master mixologists take a culinary approach to classic cocktails. With the finest spirits, freshest flavorings, and a good measure of reverence for the craft, time-honored classics are elevated to artisanal status.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined Contributes to Cocktail History with Tasting Notes - Dushan Zaric
 
In Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined, From New York's Employees Only Bar, Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas introduce cocktail tasting notes for the first time, borrowing from the food and wine lexicon: What is the dominant flavor? What is the accentuating flavor? What is the finish? What is the body of the cocktail? What's the mouthfeel, the texture? Three Dimensional Cocktails Communicating a Story with Tasting Notes.
 
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WineFairy chats with Joseph Miller of the International Sommelier Guild; and with Rajat Parr on the Secrets of The Sommeliers

1st segment of this weeks Show: International Sommelier Guild Announces San Francisco Spring 2011 Classes - Joseph Miller
 
The International Sommelier Guild (ISG), one of the leading wine education organizations in the United States, announces the Spring 2011 classes in San Francisco beginning on February 7, 2011 and will be held at the City College of San Francisco. This season's classes include the Wine Fundamentals I and Wine Fundamentals II programs and offer students the opportunity to learn about wine from root to vine. The only wine program in the country licensed by the boards of education in states in which it conducts classes, the ISG specializes in bringing together the most in-depth and up-to-date resources from around the world, including top educators, industry leaders, premier restaurateurs, wine merchants, wineries, and writers to keep students and graduates on top of the latest trends, research, developments, and standards in the wine industry. ISG President Joseph Miller says, "Our programs are geared toward wine lovers of all levels and offer in-person hands-on teaching. The Sommelier community is thriving and we welcome everyone to grab a glass and join in."
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: The International Sommelier Guild Offers Three Program Levels for Sommeliers in Training Worldwide - Joseph Miller
 
The ISG's introductory course, Wine Fundamentals I, is designed for the novice oenophile. The curriculum is structured to provide an introduction to the basic aspects of sensory evaluation of wine. Upon completion, students will have learned basic wine terminology, will understand label information, appellation concepts, rudimentary service techniques, as well as some of the food- and wine-pairing theories. In Wine Fundamentals II, students are exposed to all elements involved in the wine business, including viticulture, vinification, and regional appellation laws. The Sommelier Diploma Program is an intensive six-month course offered once a week for eight hours per session.The ISG designation is the defining benchmark for wine knowledge within the hospitality industry.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Secrets of The Sommeliers: How To Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals - Rajat Parr
 
Our country's top sommeliers, such as Rajat Parr, operate somewhere in between wine servers and wine gurus. Their lives are devoted to wine in a more intense way than even the most avid wine collectors. And they not only serve wine in restaurants, but they buy and sell wine, teach their staffs and their customers about wine, pair wine nightly with fabulous cuisine. In Secrets of the Sommeliers, a fascinating exploration of the inside world of sommeliers, Parr and journalist Jordan Mackay seek to capture and share that mojo.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: Secrets of the Sommeliers Offers an Unprecedented Glimpse into the Art and Craft of Fine Wine Service - Rajat Parr
 
Rajat Parr is the wine director of the Mina Group, developing and managing the wine programs at its 17 restaurants, including properties in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Scottsdale, and Atlantic City. Parr's knowledge of wines, enduring relationships with producers and renowned tasting abilities have made him a legend in the business. Arresting photographs of famed producers and storied cellars reveal the faces and places behind some of the world's most prized wines.
 
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WineFairy chats with Rollin Soles about Cellar Key; with Jessie Niewoldt and Kate Connors on Champagne and Tawny Port; and with Todd Godbout on MyJoogTV


1st segment of this weeks Show: Oregon's famed Argyle Winery and the Cellar Key 2D Barcode Technology Informs Smartphone Consumers - Rollin Soles
 
Argyle Winery, the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated and largest sparkling wine producer, presents new Cellar Key 2D barcode technology on its top three bubbles featured on renowned Argyle Vintage Brut, Extended Tirage Brut and Brut Rosé. A perfect complement to any celebration, Argyle bubbles featuring Cellar Key allow consumers to explore food and wine pairings, watch winery videos, read reviews and learn about Argyle Winemaker Rollin Soles. Located on Argyle's bottle neck tags and displays, Cellar Key establishes an instant connection to the wine and tells the story of Argyle Winery through the use of Smartphones. "We are excited to feature Cellar Key on our Argyle bubbles in time for the 2010 holiday season," says Argyle Founder and Winemaker Rollin Soles. "Cellar Key is a great tool for consumers who want to discover more about our top-rated sparkling wines, whether they are sipping, toasting or pairing it with favorite dishes."
 
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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Argyle Winery -- Hand-Crafted Oregon Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine - Rollin Soles
 
Since 1987, Argyle Winery has produced world-class méthode traditionnelle Sparkling wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley with its first being the Argyle Vintage Brut, 100% Argyle-grown. Each year a small portion of the classic Vintage Brut is set aside to gently age on-the-yeast (en tirage) for ten full years. From this aging comes the Argyle 'Extended Tirage' Brut. Argyle Brut Rosé, is a blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grown on the highest-elevation blocks of Knudsen Vineyards in Oregon's famed Dundee Hills. Argyle Winery was established in Dundee, Oregon in the Willamette Valley in 1987 by Brian Croser and Rollin Soles. Argyle's commitment to improvement, at the vineyards and at the winery, has been built on a bedrock of innovation and practices that are L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) Certified Sustainable & Oregon Certified Sustainable.
 
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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Pour Authentic Champagne and Porto for All Celebrations - Jessie Niewoldt and Kate Connors
 
Jessie Niewoldt and Kate Connors want us to remember that it's okay to indulge in a delicious Tawny Port to warm the body this winter. Tawny lasts for up to two weeks after opening. Next time you feel like ranting about the snow seeping through your socks... breathe in, breathe out, and drink up. As for what to serve friends during the last few days of football mania, remember that an authentic bottle of Champagne, whether Extra Dry, Brut, or Extra Brut marries phenomenally well with almost anything... but definitely football-food-fare... from salted peanuts and pepperoni pizza to brie en croute.
 
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4th segment of this weeks Show: MyJoogTV.com Pairing Musicians with Winemakers, Beer and Spirit Producers - Todd M. Godbout
 
Professional website developer, blogger, Todd M. Godbout likes to pair his favorite musicians with makers of fine wines, brews, spirits, or anything else that is fermented. MyJoogTV Season One included: Cadillac Sky @ Tarara Winery; Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ Flying Dog Brewery; Uncle Dave Huber @ Black Ankle Vineyards; soihadto @ Brewer's Art; Skyla Burrell Blues Band @ Adams County Winery; Andrew McKnight @ Catoctin Creek Distilling; Tom Principato @ Mad Fox Brewing Company; The Festy: The Infamous Stringdusters & Sarah Siskind @ Devil's Backbone Brewing Company. Godbout talked to us from Vienna, Virginia. Look for episodes recorded in the Finger Lakes, New York, and Texas Hill Country in 2011!
 
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