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    Posted on May 20th, 2015

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    May 23 – This Week’s Show

    Seems like it was just Christmas…but the good thing about time flying by and the arrival of Spring is it’s time for Wichita’s River Festival!  This years Festival is May 29 through June 6, 2015.    Get your Riverfest button in advance and get ready for a great week of community fun with concerts, the beloved food court, fireworks, activity on the river and so much more family FUN.

    Regardless of what it’s been called over the years, Riverfest has always been about bringing people together.  From the beginning, as part of the City’s Centennial celebration in 1970, the goal was to bring the entire community together, to build community pride and focus on Wichita’s beautiful natural resource, the Arkansas River.

    Ann Keefer, Vice President for Development at Wichita Festivals joins us to talk about the history and evolution of this great community event, what’s new this year and the many opportunities available this year.

     Learn more about this year’s River Festival and plan your week of FUN!

    Joining me for the Wine of the Week is Carol Shelton aka “The Mistress of Zinfandel” and producer of the wine of the week this week.

    Carol Shelton

    Carol Shelton

    Carol Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won countless medals for her wines and has been honored as Winemaker of the Year numerous times. After years of working with some of the industry’s top winemakers and wineries, Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.

    Notorious for Zinfandel, Carol makes a wide range of wines from up and down the coast of California.  I recently judged at the El Dorado County Fair commercial wine competition and had the opportunity to taste many great rose’ wines.  Always a fan and even more after last weeks judging. So many great pink wines, not the often maligned sweet pink, but serious quaffs that are easy to drink, lighter in alcohol and dry.  Food friendly and fun…

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Carol Shelton “Wild Thing” Rendezvous Rose’
    /userfiles/image/wine/ROSE_Wildthing_web.jpgFrom Mendocino County this wine is 82% Carignan, 10% Viognier, 2% Zinfandel, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Pinot Noir and 2% Petite Sirah.  Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, hint of pink grapefruit.  Refreshingly crisp and dry.  Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ!

    You can taste Wild Thing Rose and many other PINK wines this Saturday between 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita during their “Pinko d’ Mayo” sale and tasting.

     

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    Posted on May 20th, 2015

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    May 16 – This Week’s Show

    I love talking about great products that are healthy, taste great and have a good story!

    Justin Anderson and WOATS

    WOATS Oatsnack is an indulgent snack made with an irresistible blend of gently baked whole grain oats, honey and other premium ingredients. Perfect anytime, anywhere, right out of the bag. True to the ambitions of our young founder, the mission of WOATS Oatsnack is to inspire kids and young adults to discover and harness their passions, make a difference in their communities and change the world for the better.

    Justin’s Story:
    “My love affair with the humble oat began at an early age. I enjoyed snacking on granola but the crunchy stuff was tough on my braces. Craving a softer snack, I took over my Mom’s kitchen, mixed together some oats, honey and nuts and after several batches baked up the perfect recipe. It was such a huge hit with my friends that I borrowed $500 from my grandmother and by the time I was sixteen had started a company. www.woats.com

    As I’ve grown older my tastes have changed but I’m still a kid at heart. WOATS Oatsnack is the ideal combination of natural goodness and indulgent fun that I like to call inspired snacking.

    I was raised in humble circumstances by my mom and grandparents who always supported my education and encouraged me to follow my dreams. Thanks to their unconditional love, a lot of hard work and a little luck, I’m fortunate today to be able to do my thing and share my story with kids across America.”

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2010 Mabel’s Homestead Vineyard American Cabernet Sauvignon
    Produced and bottled in Arkansas City, Kansas with grapes from the Suisun Valley.  The Suisun Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Solano County, California, located just east of the Napa Valley wine region in the Coast Range. It has touches of spice, generous fruit and perfectly integratd oak flavor and aroma from twenty four months in new French oak barrels.

    In a near future program I’ll have the two guys behind this interesting wine project on the show and highlight their other projects.

     

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    Posted on May 5th, 2015

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    May 9 – This Week’s Show

    DANG!!! This show was Preempted for WSU Shocker Baseball due to local weather…

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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:
    Something cool that will be featured at the Grand Tasting

     

    So many wines…so little time!

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