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    Posted on September 15th, 2014

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    Sept 20 – This Week’s Show

    Larry & Guy in 1991

    Larry & Guy in 1991

    During this show I’ll be saying farewell to my good friend and mentor Larry Evers.  Many of you no doubt have taken wine classes at WSU with Larry many years ago when the classes were at the Marcus Center.  Of course most will remember Ever’s Wine & spirits in the Piccadilly market and some of you will remember Larry as the driving force at Standard Beverage Corporation where he founded Vintage Marketing.  For the past several years Larry has been one of “The Wine Guys” at Jacob Liquor on North Rock, a community supporter, a Wichita Wagonmaster and a great guy.  Larry is moving to Florida to be near his son Chris and to start a joint venture with him.

    Stop by Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road
    Saturday Sept 20 between 3-6:00 p.m. to say goodbye!

    Then it’s all about Comfort Food with Hank Will.  Hank and his wife Karen publish Grit Magazine (www.grit.com) and have put together a great book for anytime of year but especially as we transition to Fall.

    comfort foodThis cookbook contains the best comfort food recipes from the files of Grit magazine. The recipes in this cookbook are a guide to simple and delicious comfort food, from a centuries worth of cooking. Comfort Food Cookbook brings together recipes for traditional comfort food with nostalgia for the kitchen of another era. Cook your heart out with 200 recipes–home-style favorites for each meal–illustrated with full-color photos and pages full of old recipe cards and letters from cooks of years past. With guidance from the editors of the popular Grit magazine (who personally selected these recipes from the magazine’s archives), your favorite meals, along with your mom’s, and even her mom’s, will live again. Bring the best of Grit‘s comfort food recipes into the modern, twenty-first-century kitchen.Comfort Food Cookbook offers 200 recipes, organized by dish (breakfasts, soups and stews, sandwiches, breads, casseroles, sides, main dishes, cookies and bars, desserts, and preserves), as well as guides to measuring, storing, and entertaining.  Order a copy NOW!

     

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Something to pair nicely with Comfort Food :-)

     

     

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    Posted on September 9th, 2014

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    Sept 13 – Adam Mason & Mulderbosch wines

    Guy & Adam in L.A.

    Guy & Adam in L.A.

    My guest this week is Adam Mason winemaker at South African producer Mulderbosch.  I had the pleasure of meeting Adam at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival and taste many of the current release wines.  Always a favorite, Mulderbosch has been producing some of the best examples of high quality wine making from South Africa and Cape Town.

    Since its founding in 1989, Mulderbosch Vineyards has widely been accepted as one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. In 2011 Mulderbosch was bought by California-based investment company Terroir Capital with well known wine investor Charles Banks at the helm, who had long desired to invest in the Cape Winelands. Banks overhauled the winemaking and management teams, bringing in top winemaker Adam Mason who he had met several years earlier in the Napa Valley where Mason had worked a stint with highly regarded Napa winemaker Andy Erickson.

    Although wine guide author John platter famously referred to the Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc as ”South Africa’s most celebrated Sauvignon”, Mulderbosch’s entire portfolio has consistently represented high quality wines of distinction for which it has gained an enviable track record. Offerings include our Faithful Hound Bordeaux-style blend, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, a Barrel fermented and lightly wooded style of Chardonnay, a Chenin Blanc sourced from predominantly old bush vines and a deliciously decadent Noble Late Harvest made from Sauvignon Blanc.  Learn more here.

    Adam Mason

    ADAM MASON – WINE MAKER
    After receiving his winemaking degree from Stellenbosch University in 1997, Adam spent the next six years working harvests in France, Spain and South Africa, acquiring the practical skills necessary to complete his formation as a winemaker. His tenure at Klein Constantia from 2003 to 2011 provided a valuable arena in which to explore one of the world’s great terroirs, “…a hugely grounding experience…” in his own words. Since joining Mulderbosch in 2012, he has found a new home full of challenges and opportunities, not least of which remains to pay tribute to the original ethos of this groundbreaking and distinctive wine company.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    The South African Wines of Mulderbosch

    Mulderbosch lineup

    Late in the second half I’ll be talking to David Haglund an Old Cowtown board member about this Sundays Old Cowtown Wine Mosey.  An annual fund raising event that offers some great wine, Old West Entertainment, fantastic BBQ prepared by the Wagon Masters,  and a great live auction.

    Only at Cowtown could wine tasting and stagecoach rides make such a perfect combination. The Museum is hosting its 6th Annual Wine Mosey from 4-8 p.m. , Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $50 per person, and are available online, in person at Cowtown or by phone at (316) 303-8100. The event is sponsored by Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc., and is a fundraiser for the Museum.  With the purchase of a ticket, attendees may visit wine stations throughout Cowtown to taste a assortment of wines. Western/casual attire and comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Gun fight re-enactments, stagecoach rides, a show by the Dixie Lee Saloon Girls and outdoor antique bowling will add to the fun.  Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Double Tree by Hilton Airport with a BBQ dinner courtesy of Cargill and the Wagonmasters.  Dinner will be outdoors surrounded by the sounds of the Diamond W. Wranglers.  And then it’s time for the the live auction with some fabulous packages featuring food, wine and more.

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    Posted on August 29th, 2014

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    Sept 6 – Louis Rose Hill Cafe

    It always fun to showcase a local restaurant that is doing great work…Louis Rose Hill Cafe is doing that in spades!

    Chef Louis Foreman has found the perfect place to show case his eclectic, fresh ingredient driven, casual food style  in beautiful Rose Hill Kansas.  With roots in Louisiana and a great background of home cooking, catering, fast food and casual dinning Chef Louis has made an impact with neighbors and friends in Rose Hill and beyond.  This isn’t fancy, no linen table cloths, just casual fun food.

    Louis Rose Hill Cafe features some of the best made to order high quality hamburgers in Kansas, find a Rose Hill Rocket High School student and ask them!  This is a family restaurant with much more than burgers.  Dinner menu includes: Meatloaf (click here to see KSN’s Baan Appetit segment about it), Grilled chicken breast, Pot roast, pork chops, fired catfish and grilled or blackened salmon.

    Soups, salads and sides to make a perfect family meal and not break the bank.  May be one of the best value dinning establishment in Kansas. Chef Louis features nightly specials:

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      Chef Louis and staff

      Monday is Chef’s Choice

    • Tuesday – Chicken Fajitas
    • Wednesday - BBQ Ribs
    • Thursday – Fried Catfish
    • Friday –  Steak Night
    • Saturday Cajun Night

    If you’re luck, Louis’ partner has prepared a special desert…like the made from scratch multi-layered white cake with vanilla icing I had for lunch last week!

    Louis’ Rose Hill Cafe – 107 South Rose Hill Road, Monday through Saturday
    11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m  316 776-9005   Louis’ on Face Book too.

    You can bring your own wine or beer to Louis Cafe as well!  :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Botani Dry Muscat, D.O. Malaga, Spain

    100% Muscat Alexandria. Pale straw color. Fresh, fragrant and brimming with the aroma of Muscat grape, apple, mandarin orange and a pinch of wilted flowers. This generous white offers alluring flavors of peach, orange blossom, vanilla and spice. Off-dry, but this shows enough acidity for balance, and the wine remains light-footed. Wine Spectator 89

    This wine is simply delicious…perfect for hot weather or any weather, a great aperitif or the perfect accompaniment to lighter cheese, shell fish, chicken salad or grilled white fish.  :-)

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    Posted on August 28th, 2014

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    Aug 30 – This Week’s Show

    We are just days away from the September 3rd Grand Opening of Kansas’ and Wichita’s first Whole Foods Market.  If you have never been to a Whole Foods you may not understand all the excitement…that will change on your first visit to the corner of East 13th Street and Webb road next week!

    From their web site:  “Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too. ”

    Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local business people decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. The founders John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds since that first store opened.

    I’ll be talking to Rob Allen Prepared Foods Associate Coordinator about all the fun items on the menu for eating-in or for take home.  Then it’s all about olives, cheese and more with guest John Balmer Specialty Foods Associate Coordinator.   Finish up with a brief chat with David Bisek, Marketing and Communications manager and some of the vendors who will be filling the shelves at Wichita’s Whole Foods Market.

     

    Callejon P verdot 08Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2008 Callejon Del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva, Mendoza Argentina
    Callejon del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva is the most dense and full-bodied of these wines. Powerful, structured, and packed with savory black fruits, it will require extended cellaring to reveal its full potential. It seems to have all the right stuff, so for those who think bigger is better, this is the wine for you. WA Score – 93. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)

    A big aromatic rich wine with big tannin balanced with ripe fruit aroma and flavor enhanced with a little bottle age!  Buy this soon, it won’t last…get it at Jacob Liquor on North Rock Road  :-)

     

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    Posted on August 20th, 2014

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    Aug 23 – LIVE from the LA Food & Wine Festival

    Good Life Guy is LIVE from the L.A. Food & Wine Festival! I’ll be telling you all about this spectacular Food & Wine event that has exciting venues all over the City and includes some of the finest wineries and Chefs.  

    Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines, is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amidst one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. Learn more here!

     

    I’ll also be talking to Elliot Dolin from Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards about his wines and the newly approved Malibu American Vitacultural Area (AVA) and Tim Skogstrom who owns and operates Cornell Winery and Tasting room.

    Most likely, when you think about Malibu, vineyards are not what come to mind. Beach mansions filled with celebrities or surfers riding the waves are more typical images. However, tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains is one of Southern California’s best-kept secrets — the vineyards of Malibu. Due to the hidden hills and remote canyons, it is possible to drive through the mountains and never see these vineyards. But from one-half acre backyards to thousand acre estates, there are more than 50 independent vineyards in the area today. And, with the imminence of Southern California’s newest American Viticulture Area, the Malibu Coast AVA, it is finally time that Malibu’s soil and climate are recognized as unique in their ability to grow wine grapes of distinction.

    Elliott Dolin was part of the original team that petitioned the federal government in 2011 for the Malibu Coast AVA.  Grape growing in Malibu is known to date as far as the 1800s, he said. During Prohibition, all of the vines were ripped out. Subsequently, between fires, the rising cost of land value and the growth of the wine industry in Northern California, no one saw fit to start planting vineyards in Malibu again, until 1985.  Napa Valley Register – July 14, 2014
    www.dolinestate.com 

    Tim Skogstrom owns and operate Cornell Winery and Tasting Room. Tim has more than 20 years experience in the wine industry and has managed some of the most prestigious wineries from around the globe. Natives to Southern California, Tim and wife Denise are devoted to bringing the best of wine culture home. The rich history and traditions of this area have enabled them to create a truly unique Southern California experience. Southern California has its own microclimates, its own traditions, and its own history, all of which are reflected in the wine served at Cornell Station.
    www.cornellwinery.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: The  Wines of Malibu AVA
    While these small producer wines are not available in Kansas, you can visit there web sites, learn more and place orders.

     

    This week’s wine feature available at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road is:
    2010 Chateau Bel Air Haut-Médoc

    A typical blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine is a great value from a storied Chateau.  Wine Spectator: “Features dark, roasted alder and mesquite notes mixed together, followed by juicy layers of linzer torte, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce. The long, anise-framed finish displays a serious graphite spine for length and definition. Best from 2014 through 2020. 12,000 cases made.  Score: 91. —James Molesworth, 2013.”

    At under $20 per bottle this is a wine to buy by the case!  Tell the folks at Jacob Liquor you heard about from Good Life Guy :-)

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