• Jun 24 – This Week’s Show

    My guest this week is Alan Viader, Director of Operations & Winemaking, Viader Vineyards & Winery


    Janet, Delia and Alan Viader

    VIADER is a leading first growth Napa Valley winery and vineyard estate located just northeast of St. Helena on the steep rocky slopes of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1300 feet. VIADER is recognized around the world for consistently producing award winning, very limited production red wines and Bordeaux-style blends.

    Founding winemaker Delia Viader, PhD. applies a unique approach to grapegrowing and winemaking, challenging new world conventions while honoring old world traditions; resulting in a highly sought after and coveted cult wine – their flagship VIADER “Liquid Cashmere” Proprietary Red Blend. Delia forged the vision for this hillside estate vineyard and exceptional wine blend in 1986.

    Today, Alan and Janet Viader join their mother Delia in the continuation of the VIADER estate. Through their direct involvement in daily operations, this multigenerational family business manifests a commitment to world-class winemaking and vineyard management, while offering an elevated yet welcoming level of hospitality.

    59358d19e4b093cc18619cff-optimizedBig FUN going on this Saturday at All Things BBQ, it truly is “Where BBQ Legends are Made!” It’s the Kamado Joe Party and cooking demo with special guest Chef Eric Gephart, Kamado Joe Director of Culinary Inspiration.  Eric will be on the patio at All Things BBQ and will be there to cook on and talk about these incredible grills.
    June 24, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Learn more here!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 VIADER “Liquid Cashmere” 

    VIADER “Liquid Cashmere” shows the typicity and consistency of the VIADER estate with its firm structure influenced by the steep and very rocky volcanic red soils of the eastern slopes of Howell Mountain, and the familiar elegance and harmony created through the combination of Cabernet Sauvignong and Cabernet Franc.

    viader cashmere72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc from the Viader Estate. Deep ruby red color with generous aromatics and a great balance of sweet fleshy red and blue fruits, with hints of graphite and delicate floral notes. An attractively smooth and seamless mouthfeel. Extensively long layered finish of baking spices, cloves and star anise. Gorgeous to enjoy today; it should evolve into legendary territory in 10 years’ time with more cellaring in the bottle.

    94 points from Wine Enthusiast!
    Check out this cool video of Delia Viader and daughter Janet talking about this splendid red wine.


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    Jun 17 – Dr. Dick Peterson

    Today my guest is Dr. Richard Peterson with his new book “The Winemaker.”

    the winemakerThe Winemaker is the fascinating story of a young man born in the depths of the American Depression whose passion for chemistry led him to the very epicenter of the California wine renaissance: a witty and engaging account of life behind the scenes by a leading winemaker for some of California best known wine labels. With candor and fascinating detail, Peterson chronicles how an industry completely decimated by Prohibition was to transform itself with incredible speed into a world-famous wine region. His remarkable journey led him to work alongside many of the most colorful and legendary names who shaped the California wine industry. His  extraordinary depth of experience sheds an entertaining, candid light on the wine industry’s path to success.

    Dick Peterson

    Dick Peterson

    Dick Peterson is well-known in the California wine industry as an innovator, winemaker, educator, international wine judge, viticulture/enology consultant and expert witness in legal cases. After earning a BS in Chemical Technology, a MS in Food Science and a PhD in Agricultural Chemistry, he started his working life in 1958 with E. & J. Gallo Winery in Research and New Product Development. He then replaced the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff as winemaster at Beaulieu Vineyards. He is responsible for creating many well-loved American wines and brands such as Lancers Vinho Branco, Monterey Vineyard and all the original Taylor California Cellars wines. He oversaw the development of Atlas Peak Vineyards, excavating some of California’s largest wine caves.

    Learn more about Dick and order a copy of the book and some wine!

    He is a former president of The American Society for Enology & Viticulture, director of the Wine Institute, and founding member of the Society of Wine Educators and the American Institute for Wine and Food. And by the way…his daughters are equally famous winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett and her sister Holly a talented Chef.

    Heidi Barrett, 47, has made wines for Screaming Eagle, Grace Family Vineyards, Dalla Valle Vineyards and others. Several of her wines have received perfect 100-point scores from influential critic Robert M. Parker Jr., and sell for thousands of dollars at auctions. Married to Bo Barrett, winemaker at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, Heidi also has her own two brands, La Sirena and Amuse Bouche.

    Her sister, Holly Peterson, 45, teaches food and wine dynamics at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, and heads Sea Star, which imports sea salt from Brittany, France. After she graduated from La Varenne culinary school in Paris, Holly worked at Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Krug and RemyMartin, and at Tantris, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Munich.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Richard G. Peterson Pinot Noir
    Peterson PNLegendary winemaker, Dick Peterson, handcrafted this true, old-world style pinot from his vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA situated just south of Monterey Bay.  It is here that Dick planted his vineyard with a footprint unlike any other. Boasting a cool climate and one of the longest growing seasons in California, the Richard G. Peterson property cultivates two distinct clones – Wrotham and R-4. Discovered near Wrotham Village in southeast England; the cuttings were introduced there by the Romans some 2000 years ago. The Wrotham clone produces a uniquely rich color and a spicy characteristic not often found in other Pinot Noir wines. In 1980, Dick Peterson brought the first and only Wrotham cuttings back to California and planted them on his 10-acre property.

    This Pinot Noir is elegant in its Burgundian style and offers an energetic profile on the palate with an array of earthy notes and minerality. Flavors of black currants, cardamom, sautéed porcini mushrooms and smoked game meat complement the wine’s uniqueness. This Pinot Noir will be ready to drink upon release and will continue to age beautifully over the next 25 years.

    “A big and rich style with soft and velvety tannins. Lots of dried-berry and chocolate character. Delicious finish. Drink now.” – James Suckling, December 2016
    Watch this great video with Antonio Galloni of Vinous

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    Jun 10 – Starry Kitchen Cookbook

    My guest this week is Nguyen Tran with his just released book ” ADVENTURES IN STARRY KITCHEN: 88 Asian Inspired Recipes from America’s Most Famous Underground Restaurant.”  

    starry kitchenIn 2009, deep into the recently cratered American economy, newly unemployed Nguyen Tran and his new bride, Thi, launched an underground—and most definitely illegal—restaurant in their apartment in North Hollywood. Within several weeks, their underground operation became the Number 1 Asian‐ fusion restaurant on Yelp in all of Los Angeles, catching the attention of celebrity chefs like Roy Choi and culinary tastemakers like Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold—not to mention the city health inspector, who threatened to arrest Nguyen if he didn’t shut down immediately. Dismissing the threat completely, Nguyen and Thi operated their restaurant, Starry Kitchen, in “black ops mode” until they eventually went legit, turning Starry Kitchen into a mainstay of Los Angeles’s burgeoning food scene.

    Nguyen chronicles this remarkable DIY story in full—from the restaurant’s unlikely origin to its shiny new brick‐and‐mortar restaurant in Echo Park, including all the misdemeanors, milestones, mishaps and amazing meals that contributed to the restaurant’s success. Fully illustrated with color throughout, the behind‐the‐scenes tales are paired with 88 (a lucky number in Chinese culture) recipes for Pan‐Asian comfort food, mouthwatering and easy‐to‐make dishes like Singaporean Chili Crab w/ Buttermilk Beer Beignets, Pandan Churros, and Starry Kitchen’s trademark Crispy Tofu Balls.

    Nguyen and wife Thi Tran

    Nguyen and wife Thi Tran

    Nguyen Tran is co‐founder and self‐proclaimed chief instigating officer of Starry Kitchen. Prior to running Starry Kitchen, “this beautiful accident gone right,” Nguyen worked in the film business for almost a decade producing, selling, and marketing indie films. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, and lives in Los Angeles, where he helps runs Button Mash, his most recent culinary adventure in Echo Park, and an underground crab delivery service (that he won’t even give us details about).

    Don’t forget…come see me at the Orpheum’s Celebrity & Chef Cookoff next Tuesday June 13, 6:00 p.m. at Intrust Bank Arena.  Get tickets here!

    Want some more wine FUN?  Check out these two events that I’m doing at Botanica.

    June 21 –Warm Weather Wines for Summer
    The temperature is HOT and so are these wines! Light, crisp, refreshing and bursting with summer flavor. Join Guy Bower, “The Good Life Guy” on an informative tasting journey of wines perfect for summer entertaining. You will learn about the grape varieties, vineyards, winemaker technique and food pairing ideas as we taste these wines together.

    July 26 – Rosé Rocks
    You can still enjoy the flavors and aromas of big bold red wine during summer months, just think pink. A selection of world class Rosé, from bone dry to softer fruit forward wines. These wines go great with a wide array of food or a summer evening with friends on the deck.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: 2014 J.Lohr Los Osos Merlot
    232213-j-lohr-los-osos-merlot-2014-label-1491828139This Merlot is dark in the glass, with lots of oak, vanilla and caramel aromas against a black-cherry and chocolate-cake backdrop on the nose. Soft and chalky tannins frame the sip, where blueberry, vanilla and chocolate-cream flavors prove lush and inviting.  Wine Enthusiast 90 “Best Buy”

    Get the technical stuff here :-)

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    Jun 3 – The Pho Cookbook

    With this comprehensive cookbook, Vietnam’s most beloved, aromatic comfort food–the broth and noodle soup known as pho–is now within your reach.

    Image result for the pho cookbookAuthor Andrea Nguyen first tasted pho in Vietnam as a child, sitting at a Saigon street stall with her parents. That experience sparked a lifelong love of the iconic noodle soup, long before it became a cult food item in the United States.

    Here Andrea dives deep into pho’s lively past, visiting its birthplace and then teaching you how to successfully make it at home. Options range from quick weeknight cheats to impressive weekend feasts with broth and condiments from scratch, as well as other pho rice noodle favorites. Over fifty versatile recipes, including snacks, salads, companion dishes, and vegetarian and gluten-free options, welcome everyone to the pho table.

    With a thoughtful guide on ingredients and techniques, plus evocative location photography and deep historical knowledge, The Pho Cookbook enables you to make this comforting classic your own.  Get a copy NOW!

    Andrea Nguyen

    Andrea Nguyen

    Andrea Nguyen is an author, editor, teacher and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. Her first book publication was “Trip to Freedom,” a short children’s book on how her family came to America. Andrea’s food writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Lucky Peach, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Rachel Ray Everyday, Sunset, Cooking Light, and Rodale’s Organic Life.

    Her first cookbook, “Into the Vietnamese Kitchen” was nominated for three 2007 James Beard and IACP cookbook awards. “Asian Dumplings” was her second cookbook with award-winning publisher Ten Speed Press. In March 2012, Cooking Light magazine selected both books for their Best 100 Cookbooks of the Past 25 Years award. Andrea’s works comprised two of the seven cookbooks in the Asian category.  Learn more about Andrea at www.vietworldkitchen.com Follow on Twitter @aqnguyen and on Facebook 

    Later in the show I’ll be talking Diane Gordon President of The Orpheum Performing Arts Centre about the upcoming “Celebrity & Chef Cookoff.”  I have the great pleasure of judging once again…lucky me!  :-)  Twitter @WichitaOrpheum  and Facebook

    Presented by Eby Construction, the Celebrity & Chef Cookoff is a night of celebration in support of our historic Orpheum Theatre, held at INTRUST Bank Arena with an Iron Chef-style cooking competition as the main entertainment, featuring six celebrity/chef teams competing for first place.

    Surrounding the main event are tasting tables from local restaurants including Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, Reverie Coffee Roasters, Noble House Hawaiian, Tallgrass Country Club, and Bagel Haus, and many more. Get ready to bid in the silent auction, or go big with our live auction, including the teams’ finished dishes up for grabs. Have fun while supporting your Orpheum theatre!  Learn more about The Orpheum.

    Admission includes entry to the event, cocktails, a taste of Wichita’s best restaurants, and a bid number for the auctions. Tables for 10 can also be reserved for $850. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 316.263.0884.  Get tickets NOW!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    large-pepiere muscadet sur lie 20152015 Domaine de la Pepière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Sur Lie
    The 2015 vintage maintains its classic lemony, stony and briny quality. The nose-wrinkling piquancy of lime zest and fresh ginger is allied to intimations of the mineral notes that play a dominant role in this performance. A caressing feel is combined with admirable vivacity and refreshing primary citrus juiciness. Alkaline, stony and saline nuances serve for interest and saliva-inducement on a lingering finish.

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    May 27 – New York Wine

    This show will be FUN!  If you have not traveled to the New York Finger Lakes for a wine trip…you are missing out.  Joining me this Saturday is Jim Trezise, a great guy who has been the head of the New York Wine and Grape Foundations for three decades.  He resigned that position last year and in addition to being the founder of the International Riesling Foundation (IRF) he has now become the president of Wine America as of January 2017.

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    Jim Trezise

    Trezise was the President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation since its creation in 1985, and has been involved with the industry since 1982.  The Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization which sponsors research and conducts promotion programs in support of New York grapes, grape juice and wine.  The Foundation’s research and promotion programs have received international recognition, as has its close and productive partnership with the State of New York.

    Jim is also widely recognized for his leadership in the broader American wine industry, having received six national awards or other recognition for his many contributions: The “Grand Award” of the Society of Wine Educators in 2014;  one of “The 20 Most Admired People in the American Wine Industry” in 2013 based on a survey by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine; the Wine Integrity Award in 2006 from the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission; the first-ever “Distinguished Service Award” in 2001 from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (Eastern Section); the Perpetual Monteith Trophy (Thomas Jefferson Cup) in 1995 from the Vinifera Winegrowers Association; and recognition by “Wines & Vines” magazine as one of the “top 50 movers and shakers” in the United States wine industry.  In addition, in 2014 he received the coveted “Chairman’s Award” of the New York Wine & Culinary Center.

    In the second half Jenny Bartels from Breckenridge Distilling joins us to talk about this Colorado producer of fine spirits.  Jenny will be in Wichita for the June 4 “Spirited Spirits” event at the Wichita Boat House.  This event is the first of two VIP events offered during this year Riverfest. For only $85 you can attend this very limited seating Spirits event and then on June 8, at Century-II Exhibition Hall Balconey Level the all new “Old World vs. New World” Wine tasting.

    Again, for only $85 you get to attend both VIP events and each event is followed by front row seating at that evenings concert.  After Spirited Spirits Sunday June 4 it’s Carrie Nation and The Speak Easy on the RedGuard Stage.  Then the Thursday night June 8 wine event is followed by the world famous Mavis Stapels on the Kennedy Plaza Stage.

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