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    Posted on May 5th, 2015

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    May 8 – This Week’s Show

    This week finds me in Sonoma California and the Russian River Valley at Benovia winery with my good friend Bob Cooley. We’ll tell you all about this gorgeous chunk of wine making heaven: vineyards, winemaking, products and more.

    Mike & Benovia logo shadow Bob is the VP of sales and marketing and works with wine maker and co-owner Mike Sullivan to produce some of the finest wines being made in Sonoma.

    Current releases are a couple of stunning Chardonnay’s and a spectacular line up of regional and single vineyard Pinot Noir, Mike’s specialty.

    While the wines aren’t available in Kansas yet, you can order directly from the winery:  www.benoviawinery.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: It’s all about Benovia

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    Posted on April 28th, 2015

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    May 2 -Barry Estabrook & PIG TALES

    My first guest this week is Barry Estabrook food blogger and author, with his latest book “PIG TALES: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat

    An eye-opening investigation of the commercial pork industry and an inspiring alternative to the way pigs are raised and consumed in America.

    Barry Estabrook, author of the New York Times bestseller Tomatoland, now explores the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his sharp investigative instincts, Estabrook covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas. He visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns for Smithfield and Tyson, two of the country’s biggest pork producers. And he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. Through these stories shines Estabrook’s abiding love for these remarkable creatures. Pigs are social, self-aware, and playful, not to mention smart enough to master the typical house dog commands of “sit, stay, come” twice as fast as your average pooch. With the cognitive abilities of at least three-year-olds, they can even learn to operate a modified computer. Unfortunately for the pigs, they’re also delicious to eat.

    Barry Estabrook

    Estabrook shows how these creatures are all too often subjected to lives of suffering in confinement and squalor, sustained on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight, then killed on mechanized disassembly lines. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Pig Tales presents a lively portrait of those farmers who are taking an alternative approach, like one Danish producer that has a far more eco-friendly and humane system of pork production, and new, small family farms with free-range heritage pigs raised on antibiotic-free diets. It is possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America.

    Provocative, witty, and deeply informed, Pig Tales is bound to spark conversation at dinner tables across America.

    A three-time James Beard Award winner, Barry Estabrook is a former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine and the author of Tomatoland, a book about industrial tomato agriculture. He blogs at politicsoftheplate.com and lives in Vermont.

    Schane Gross

    In the second half…
    Schane Gross proprietor of two of Wichita’s finest eating establishments and the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop joins us to offer her take on heritage pigs and how you can get high quality humanely raised pork raised right here in Kansas. www.chopshopwichita.com

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    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2011 Bodegas volver Triga, Alicante – Spain
    Triga is the new project between Jorge Ordonez and Rafael Canizares. The vineyards for Triga are sandwiched between the towns of Pinoso and Salinas in Alicante. A blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine displays intense black and blue fruit aromas with nuances of spice and florality. A deep wine with rich flavors and long spice on the palate, which gives way to a focused finish.

    Wine Spectator 94/100“Expressive flavors of black cherry, mulled plum, dark chocolate, licorice and mineral mingle in this harmonious red. Offers a sleek texture and a solid structure, matching power with elegance. Impressive, in the modern style. Drink now through 2021.”

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    Posted on April 22nd, 2015

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    Apr 25 – Winefest 20th Anniversary

    It’s Winefest Weekend!  That’s the 20th Anniversary of this great 3-day event.

    I’ll be talking to Beverly Moore, Tony DiStefano and others who were a part of making this event a reality and raising several Million dollars for the Guadalupe Health Foundation and Clinic.  Also be telling you all about this years Grand Taseting and why you should be there!

    The Midwest Winefest is celebrating 20 years in 2015.  All proceeds benefit Guadalupe Health Foundation whose primary beneficiary is Guadalupe Clinic.  Midwest Winefest is 3 nights of wine and food fun! Thursday, April 23rd – Old Town Walkabout $50 – 19 venues with wine and food.  Friday, April 24th – AIWF Winemaker Dinners $150 for five course meal paired with five wines: locations Chester’s, Doubletree Hilton, Ambassador Hotel, and Wichita Country Club. Saturday, April 25th is the Grand Tasting, $60, at Century II with 45 wine venues offering 350 wine selections, 30 of Wichita’s finest restaurants making wine-friendly food, a bubble room with champagne and a live and silent auction.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
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    So many wines…so little time!

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    Posted on April 13th, 2015

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    April 18 – Weeknight Favorites & Mr. Food Test Kitchen

    This show is FUN…and “Oooohhh it’s So Good!”  My guest from “The Mr. Food Test Kitchen” is Chief Operating officer and on-air talent Howard Rosenthal.  Mr. Food Test Kitchen is all about Quick & Easy, triple tested recipes brought to you not only with their entertaining TV segments but on most all social media platforms and through their nearly 60 outstanding cookbooks.  www.mrfood.com

    We’ll tell you all about Howard, The Test Kitchen, how you can have access to the thousands of FREE recipes on-line and how you can get the latest book written in partnership with the American Diabetes Association; “Guilt Free Weeknight Favorites – More Than 150 New Healthy and Diabetes-Friendly Recipes.”

    Schedules are busy and time is short, but people with diabetes still need healthy meals to stay on track. Here to help is the Mr. Food Test Kitchen and the brand-new Guilt-Free Weeknight Favorites.Recognizing that weeknight meals are the most challenging home-cooked meals of the week, especially for those with families, work, or simply a shortage of time, this book was designed to help home cooks create healthy, delicious meals without falling into the trap of the fast food drive-thru or junk food delivery.  Get a copy NOW!

    Follow Mr. Food on: Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest :-)

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    Howard Rosenthal

    About Mr. Rosenthal
    Howard J. Rosenthal was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Mr. Food Brand in 2010 by company founder,  the late Art Ginsburg.  He joined the company in 1994 as Vice President of Creative Business Development and is responsible for the daily operations and creative control of all departments of the company including TV production, online and traditional publishing, marketing and public relations and fostering licensing and spokespersonship business relationships.  As part of the growth of the brand,  in early 2012 Howard joined Art Ginsburg on TV for segments direct from the  Mr. Food Test Kitchen; and is now the on-air personality for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen television segments. With a Restaurant Management and Professional Chef degree from the State University of New York; Howard brings a demonstrated track record of strong leadership and a solid vision for the company’s continued growth.  Prior to joining Mr. Food, he and his wife, Patty owned and operated their own successful catering company in Syracuse, New York for more than 16 years.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Essay Chenin Blanc/Viognier
    The is a medium-bodied white blend made from South Africa’s white varietal, Chenin Blanc. The Chenin Blanc gives the wines its fruit salad, guava and melon aromas and a refreshing acidity. Some sur lie on the lees for a few months adds to the complexity and body. A touch of aromatic Viognier complements the fruit structure with some floral hints.  The wine is perfect on its own as an aperitif on the porch on a hot summer’s day. Chenin Blanc pairs well with a wide range of foods, especially sushi, oysters, Asian curries, sweet-and-sour dishes, and summer salads.  Blend: 87% Chenin Blanc, 13% Viognier  Robert Parker-Wine Advocate 90/100

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

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    Posted on April 9th, 2015

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    April 11 – Joe Spellman MS & Justin winery

    My guest this week is Master Sommelier Joesph Spellman from Justin vineyards and winery in Paso Robles.

    Joesph Spellman MS

    You’ve seen the movie Somm, you probably heard of some local folks who have taken the first level of this very challenging 4-level course of study, but you probably never heard what all that entails from one who has completed it. There are 140 professionals who hold the title Master Sommelier in North America and the CMS Americas. Of those 119 are men and 21 are women. There are 219 professionals worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.

    Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, CA. He has been sommelier in several Chicago restaurants, including Tango, Maxim’s, Pump Room, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s.  Joseph earned the Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held now by 95 Americans, and 160 individuals worldwide. He was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court in 2005. He also won the 1997 title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits” in Paris.

    JUSTIN_Logo_VineyardsWinery_2012In the second half we will talk about the upcoming AIWF Midwest Winefest dinner featuring the wines of Justin Winery that takes place on Friday April 24 at the Double Tree by Hilton – Wichita Airport.  We’ll discuss the wines, the food pairings and more!  Check out the menu here.

    Learn more about Justin at www.justinwine.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: Two fine wines from Paso Robles…
    2013 Justin Sauvignon Blanc
    100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless with no malolactic fermentation. Fresh aromas of lemon with a hint of grapefruit, white peach, tropical fruit and blackcurrant blossom. On the palate there is bright lemon with a little lime and passion fruit on entry. Mineral and lemongrass notes on the mid-palates, and a refreshing finish of citrus and tropical fruit with a bit of minerality.

     

    2012 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
    100% Cabernet aged 16 months in American oak, 30% new.  An attractive aromatic mix of red and black cherry with blackcurrant, cinnamon, cocoa, cedar and purple flowers.  The palate shows medium body, with a complex mix of red and black fruit of cherries and currants, with cinnamon, cocoa, and a hint of violet in the background. The finish is long and crisp, with cherry, mineral and floral components balanced by soft tannins.

     

     

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