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    Posted on January 27th, 2015

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    Jan 31 – This Week’s Show

    This show is going to be some fun!

    1st up is Courtenay Vuchinich, Co-Founder of Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate.

    At PASCHA CHOCOLATE, their mission is to introduce the world to the power of the cacao bean in as pure and wholesome a form as possible. They’re showcasing its innate decadence in all its simplicity and ensuring that even those with food allergies or intolerances can indulge worry free. From coworkers and family members to best friends and hostesses, PASCHA’s chocolate bars are a guilt-free gift that will indulge their sweet tooth with a wink toward their health.

    Simon Lester founded PASCHA CHOCOLATE wanted to share ALLERGEN FREE chocolate with his family, and by launching the brand was a way for him to share the world of chocolate with his children, as well as those near and far. In addition to using pure, minimalist recipes, the company facility is clear of major allergy triggers including peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, sesame, and rice. Each irresistible offering is certified organic, fair trade, kosher, vegan, non-GMO verified, and part of the 1% For the Planet movement.

    www.paschachocolate.com

    Then it’s Ron “Blackie” Blackburn to talk about my new favorite GOES ON ANYTHING hot sauce from my hometown; Miami Florida.  Blackie Says:

    “I developed the recipe for my hot sauce in 1995 while living in SW Georgia.  Fresh, rich, thick, and flavorful with a medium amount of heat perfectly describe my Blackie’s Best Gourmet Pepper Sauce. It is the hot sauce that everyone will want to put on everything!  I promise you  Blackie’s is unlike any hot sauce you’ve ever tasted! It has the perfect combination of tasteful and pungent chile peppers for when you want to add a little heat and a lot of flavor to whatever you’re eating!  Taste the difference!”

    This sauce is amazing and BIG hugs to my sister-in-law Gina for sending me my first bottle.

    Might even give away some of my private stash…but you can order from Blackie at: www.blackiesbest.com

    Paul Clifton Hahn Family Wines

    Paul Clifton

    Last but not least, from Hahn Winery, Director of Winemaking and General Manager Paul Clifton joins us to talk about the winery, vineyards and products produced with emphasis on My Wine of the Week below.

    Along California’s central coast lies the renowned Monterey County appellation and within that, the Santa Lucia Highlands, home to the Hahn Family’s vineyard estate.

    With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Winery are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting. Wines of Monterey Distinction.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Hahn Winery “Nicky Hahn Meritage

    Winemakers Notes:
    This wine shows a brilliant violet color in the glasss, transitioning to ruby-purple at the edges. Prevailing initial fragrances of cassis and crushed blueberries are quickly followed by a silky impression of vanilla and cedar. This wine is richly textured and integrated on the palate, showing exotic undercurrents of baked blackberries and licorice. A touch of acidity balances a plush mouthfeel segueing into the the fine grained tannins on the finish.  Blend: 35% Merlot, 34% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

    Pick up a bottle or two from Jacob Liquor Exchange  and join us!

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    Posted on January 21st, 2015

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    Jan 24 – Punch & Sherry ;-)

    My guest this week is Talia Baiocchi, Editor and Chief of PUNCH an on-line resource for anything associated with wine, spirits and cocktails. And now the author of  “SHERRY - A Modern Guide to The wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, With Cocktails and Recipes.”

    First we’ll talk about PUNCH;
    punchAccording to Talia; “Our goal is to capture the ethos that’s driving drinks forward: the connection of beverage to tradition and place, the passion to innovate and yes—fun. We also believe that the wine, cocktail and spirits worlds share more in common than they probably realize. We want to bring them together and shine a light on the many places where their values are entwined.  While stories are the core of the PUNCH vision, we’re also bent on becoming a one-stop font for everything from drinks-related travel to mixing the perfect Manhattan. So we’re building a library of editor-tested cocktail recipes and an A-Z guide to drink.”

    Then it’s all about the book and Sherry;
    There is no other wine that is as versatile, as utterly unique in its range and production methods–and, unfortunately, as misunderstood—as sherry. For centuries, sherry was considered one of the world’s great wines, spoken about in the same reverential terms as the finest Bordeaux and Burgundies. But in the last few decades, sherry lost its way—and cheap, cloyingly sweet blends sullied the reputation of what remains one of Spain’s oldest and greatest winemaking traditions.”

    Thankfully, sherry is in the midst of a renaissance. Beloved of sommeliers and bartenders in the craft cocktail community, today sherry is being re-discovered and re-appreciated as an incredible table wine and essential component of many classic cocktails.

    Talia Baiocchi

    About Talia;
    TALIA BAIOCCHI is the editor-in-chief of PUNCH, an online magazine focused on wine, spirits, and cocktails. Previously, Baiocchi was the wine editor for Eater and a columnist atWine Spectator. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit, and Wine & Spirits magazine, among others. In 2013, she was named a top new talent in the food and wine world in Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” feature. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    In the second half Jerry Owen joins us to talk about Lady Hill winery.

    A wine industry pathfinder, fifth-generation farmer, and respected community leader, Jerry Owen brings passion, energy and management expertise to the creation of Lady Hill Winery and the Lady Hill wine brands.  As the steward of his family farm—continuously farmed since his ancestors came to the land in the 1850s—and with an education that includes both agriculture science and literature, Jerry possesses an unusual sensitivity to both the economics and poetics of agrarian-based businesses and the responsibilities of being a steward to the land and its heritage.

    In 1995 Jerry entered the wine business with the planting of his estate St. Columban Vineyard, followed in 1999 by co-founding Owen Roe Winery. Deeply involved in all aspects of managing winegrowing, fruit sourcing, and winery management, Jerry’s reputation for integrity, fairness, and energy has cemented extensive relationships with key growers and winemakers throughout the Northwest.  Seeking to build on his experience with grapes from across the Northwest, and to honor his five-generation Oregon family heritage, Jerry founded Lady Hill in 2012 and built the Lady Hill Winery in 2013.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Lady Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    12 Lady Hill cab
    Dusky dark red color looks almost like maroon velvet. Complex scents of campfire smoke, rosemary, and dried rose petals surround fruity aromas of figs and plums. On the palate the wine offers fresh and focused flavors of cassis and fig fruit, with elements of black tea, truffle, and plum-infused cola.  The flavors are quite layered and intertwined, with varietal characteristics of both cabernet sauvignon-like plumminess, and cabernet franc-like leafy fig.  The tannin structure is quite fine and unobtrusive, while bright acidity gives the wine a clean and forward character. 2012 vintage in Washington was almost ideal, with plenty of even growing season warmth that allowed the grapes to ripen fully and naturally, resulting in wines that are generally considred to be rich in fruit, balance, and elegance. This is an enjoyable wine today, but will age well for the next 4-8 years.

    Looking forward to trying this wine…
    …stop by Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road Today
    Between 2-5 p.m. Meet Jerry and taste Lady Hill wines

     

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    Posted on January 12th, 2015

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    Jan 17 – Whiskey Cocktails & Northstar Merlot

    My guest today is Warren Bobrow with his latest book “Whiskey Cocktails – Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World’s Most Popular Spirit.”

    Grab your bow tie and a rocks glass, because we’re talking all about one of the most classic – and classy – spirits. Whether you like bourbon, scotch or rye, whiskey’s diverse and complex taste will be your new go-to drink for parties, gatherings, or evenings in your study with a roaring fire. Whiskey can be an intimidating drink to the uninitiated. Most folks may not be able to drink it straight. We’ve got you covered. The Cocktail Whisperer, Warren Bobrow, author of Apothecary Cocktails (Fair Winds Press) incorporates some of the best whiskeys into hand-crafted cocktails that bring out the subtle notes and flavors of any good bourbon or scotch. Whiskey Cocktails features 75 traditional, newly-created, and original recipes for whiskey-based cocktails. This wonderfully crafted book also features drink recipes from noted whiskey experts and bartenders.  Order your copy NOW!

    Warren Bobrow

    Warren Bobrow, author of Apothecary Cocktails and Whiskey Cocktails, and over three hundred articles on food, wine, and cocktail mixology, is hugely knowledgeable in the world of cocktails. In addition to his popular blog, The Cocktail Whisperer, he writes for the Williams-Sonoma blog, Foodista.com, Voda magazine, Saveur, Serious Eats, The Beverage Journal and Beverage News and Edible New Jersey. Warren has taught social media and food writing at the New School in NY as well as the Institute for Culinary Education. He is a Ministry of Rum judge and was the only journalist from the USA asked to participate in Fete de la Gastronomie 2012 in Paris. www.cocktailwhisperer.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2010 North Star Columbia Valley Merlot

    The 2010 Merlot Columbia Valley gives up a fabulous perfume of ripe black fruits, plum, asphalt, licorice, tar and assorted meatiness to go with a full-bodied, seamless and elegant feel on the palate. A blend of 70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in 95% French oak (57% new). it opens up beautifully in the glass, has building tannin and a great finish. It will continue to shine through 2025.   Wine Advocate-93

    Pick up a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and join us!

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    Posted on January 7th, 2015

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    Jan 10 – Urthbox, Rock the Keys, David Adelsheim

    Today I’ll be telling  you all about Urthbox, an interesting way to get tailored healthy products delivered to your door with monthly subscriptions that you get to choose.

    Each month you will receive healthy full size products that must pass strict ingredient, sourcing, calorie, nutrition and manufacturing standards.  With Urthbox (pronounced earthbox), it’s all about healthy non-GMO, organic and all natural products. Each month you receive any combination of  food, beverages, snacks, or personal care products.
    You can choose from classic, gluten-free, vegan, or diet box options. Choices include one month, three month, or six month subscriptions.  You select what type of box and what size; Mini with 4-5 products is $9, Small with 8-10 products is $18, Medium with 14-16 products is $29 and finally, if you are a full time snacker…the large box is $49 and has 20-24 products.  With each size increase begining with the small box you get a bigger discount. Starting with 10% on the small and an additional 10% added as you increase to the large box and receive 30% product discount.  This would make a great gift for most any occasion.
    Why would you want to subscribe?
    “It’s a known fact that the primary driver of our good or bad health is what we consume. Both childhood obesity and adult obesity largely have to do with the types of foods we consume, especially while snacking. And, with our busier daily lives of career, fitness and family who has the time to make sure the very crucial thing that drives our health is attended to?” UrthBox is a convenient and subtle way to make sure you have access to healthy snacks for your home, the office or on-the-go. “We help you cut through the crud and keep you focused on making healthy foods a priority in your life.”

    • Convenient discovery of tasty new snacks for your busy life.
    • Healthy replacement products for home, office or on-the-go.
    • Better Value for your money with up to $100 value boxes.
    • Big Discounts & gift cards you can use online or at local stores.
    • Help Change eating habits everywhere starting with you & your family.
    • A Pleasant Surprise at your doorstep every month.

    I’ll also be talking to Kathrine Sanneman, Board President of Wichita’s Communities in Schools.  This great program surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  We will be telling you all about “Rock The Keys”, a FUN & fundraiser for this organization.  The event promises a fun-filled evening of Dinner, Drinks, Dueling Pianos and a Silent & Live Auction.

    Event Details:

    January 24, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Abode Viney – 1330 E. Douglas
    Tickets are $125

    Tickets are available by calling 316 973-5110 or visiting www.ciswichita.org


    David Adelsheim
    joins us to talk about this great Oregon producer, the region, vineyards and this week’s featured wine.  “As one of Oregon’s founding wineries, our history is long and varied. From planting the first vineyard in the early 1970’s to farming 237 acres in the north Willamette Valley today, a great deal of learning, experimentation and collaboration has contributed to our company’s and our region’s success.”

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Adelsheim Pinot Gris

    Wine Enthusiast 91 + Editor’s Choice

    “A terrific value in a benchmark Oregon Pinot Gris, this is bright and refreshing, with the palate-cleansing minerality that characterizes all of the Adelsheim white wines. Jicama and melon and pear fruits mingle seamlessly, and the wine’s texture and length are impressive.”

    Pick up a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and join us!

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    Posted on December 29th, 2014

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    Jan 3 – Juices, Smoothies & More!

    Happy New Year – Here’s hoping 2015 is a great year with health, prosperity and great food & wine.

    My first guest for 2015 is Emily von Euw with her latest book; 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks.  We all seem to need a little help after the great food & drink associated with the holidays and this book might just be a great way to help you jump start your journey back to a normal healthy lifestyle.

    100 Best Juices, Smoothies & Healthy Snacks: Recipes For Natural Energy & Weight Contral the Easy & Healthy Way

    Smoothies and juices are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy fruits and vegetables. Combined with healthy vegan milks, berries, nuts, and spices, they can be surprisingly filling and refreshing. But rather than tossing whatever is in the kitchen into the blender, having a reliable set of recipes to maximize the benefits and flavors of various combinations will help you reach your health and weight goals much more easily.

    Popular blogger, Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life, has made a name for herself creating delectable raw and vegan recipes. Her new book 100 BEST JUICES, SMOOTHIES & HEALTHY SNACKS [Page Street Publishing, December 2014, $19.99 US] features 100 fresh smoothie and juice recipes. With both sweet and savory juices and smoothies, as well as mylk-shakes, energy bars, and snacks, 100 BEST JUICES, SMOOTHIES & HEALTHY SNACKS will take blender creations to a whole new level. Each recipe also contains information about how the specific ingredients can be used to boost health

    Emily von Euw is the creator of the blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, winner of The Vegan Woman’s 2013 Vegan Food Blog Award and named one of the Top 50 Raw Food Blogs of 2012 by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Her blog gets nearly 1 million views a month, and has over 40,000 Facebook likes and over 8,300 Pinterest followers. Her recipes have been featured on Shape.com, SkinnyLimits.com and AscensionKitchen.com. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

    In the second half Jill Adams joins us to talk about her recent article featured in the Washington Post as well as the Wichita Eagle.  The article: “Is Drinking Alcohol Going to Make You Fat”  (Click here to read it) fits nicely in today’s program as we once again try to shed the poundage gained over the holidays.

    Jill U. Adams

    About Jill:
    Jill U Adams writes about health & medicine, nature & environmental issues, and the intersection of research & policy for newspapers, magazines, and the web. Publication credits include AudubonDiscover, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostScience, and Nature. A former research scientist, Jill has shed her passive voice but not her disapproval of handwaving theories. A parent of teens, she is loath to give advice, but is full of it anyway. Jill lives in Albany, NY, with her husband, three kids, and a dog. 

    Also be telling a little about some great deals for fitness at your local YMCA :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2010 Triennes  St Auguste Red Blend
    Provance France
    Saint Auguste is a selection of the best cuvées of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The color is a rich dark purple with bright ruby highlights. It offers alluring aromas of ripe black cherries, nutmeg and clove. It is full and concentrated and is a wine that can be enjoyed upon release and over the following ten to fifteen years.

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