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    Posted on June 29th, 2015

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    July 4 – This Week’s Show

    Happy Independence Day!

    For me, This great day is all about cooking outside on what ever grilling equipment you may have.  Andy Groneman “Pitmaster Extraordinaire”  and the All Things BBQ cooking instructor, joins us to talk tactics and techniques for a number of different styles of BBQ.  Slow roasted pork, smoked brisket, steaks on the grill, you name it. As they say at All Things BBQ…this is Where Barbeque Legends are made!

    Smoke on Wheels Competition BBQ pitmaster Andy Groneman has been part of the Competition BBQ world for 20 years. A second generation pitmaster, Andy started his BBQ journey with the HoDeDo’s BBQ team, to spend time with his dad, George; backing his Uncle, Tom Groneman and Bob Eickhoff in the pits. By 1996, Andy wanted to cook more than the HoDeDo’s could schedule, so Smoke on Wheels was born with his brother in law, Matt Winterscheid. Since then Smoke on Wheels has earned hundreds of BBQ awards, including the Empire State championship, 20 Grand Championships, and 2 ‘Chest to Chest’ Brisket Invitational awards – including 2012. In 2009, Smoke on Wheels closed the season ranked 5th in the nation out of 4700+ teams. For 2010, Andy decided to dip his toe into the BBQ products arena with the launch of his two marinades. Smoke on Wheels BBQ Marinade, and Smoke on Wheels Pork injection and marinade. Both products have helped teams take their competitive BBQ to the next level! Andy has made BBQ a family affair, cooking 20-30 weekends each year in competition, along with his wife, Kim, and two girls Kaylin and Lauren. Both girls enjoy time behind the grill with their dad, and competing on their own in Kid’s Ques. They have both been champions in the 2012 season! Outside of BBQ, Andy is a Solutions Engineer for Sprint, with 14 years in Telecommunications. Currently, specializing in wireless and hosted/cloud computing solutions.

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    Guy & Chris Leamy

    If you take time to cook high quality Que’ you have to pair it with some high quality wines!   My friend Chris Leamy, winemaker at Terra d’Oro winery in Amador County will join us in the second half.  We’ll tell you all about the winery, vineyards, products produced and available here in the flat lands.  Having judged at the El Dorado County (California) Fair Commercial Wine Competition in May, I got to see first hand the magic in the bottle from Chris’ wine making skill.  Wait till you here about the awards he brought home just from this competition alone.

    Terra d’Oro wines were first released in 1973 under the Montevina label, the first Amador County winery to produce wine since Prohibition ended. We quickly earned a reputation for crafting robust, full-flavored red wines, Zinfandel and Barbera in particular. Word spread, and a short time later, Amador’s historic wine industry was revived.

    “With 400 acres of magnificent estate vines—including several historic, old-vine vineyards—Terra d’Oro Winery now produces uncommonly delicious Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. We’re incredibly fortunate to be part of the long history established here more than 150 years ago.”

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Some Killer Juice from Terra d’Oro

    2014 Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc & Viognier
    Displays luring aromas of juicy tropical fruits, fresh lemon and hints of spice. The palate boasts flavors of pink grapefruit, papaya, and subtle sweet mango. This wine is lively, refreshing and well balanced with crisp acidity – perfect for a warm afternoon or during sunset hour. For a delicious pairing, serve this wine with shellfish, ceviche sashimi or a spicy tuna roll and shishito peppers.

    This wine is soft, unctuous and full of flavor with a floral nose and ripe fruit…think HOT weather and chilling by the pool or on the patio.  Get some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road!!


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    Posted on June 22nd, 2015

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    Jun 27 – Latin Twist + Roth Estate Cabernet

    This Saturday we begin with some fine Traditional & Modern Cocktails perfect for the HOT…HOT…HOT days of summer.  My guests are Vianney Rodriguez and Yvette Marques-Sharpnack with their new book Latin Twist

    Latin-Twist-coverYvette and Vianney are known for their Mexican and Latin-fusion recipes made with easy-to-find ingredients. Their cocktails–featuring fresh-squeezed juices and homemade mixers–have been so popular that they decided to devote a whole book to them! Latin Twist is the first book to celebrate the signature cocktails of 18 Latin American countries and Spain in one volume. It delves into the history of each country’s liquors, followed by traditional cocktails and original recipes. Try a luscious Passion Fruit Caipirinha from Brazil, Chile’s fruity Borgoña, or Argentina’s national drink, the deceptively simple Fernet con Cola.

    Whether you’re having a backyard fiesta or just entertaining a few friends, there is a drink in this book for every ocassion. Clear instructions and gorgeous color photos make it easy to mix up a glass or pitcher of crowd-pleasing cocktails.

    Latin Twist  features:

    • 97 traditional and original cocktail recipes from 20 countries
    • Brief historical facts of the alcohols used in each country
    • Latin American illustrated map of cocktails
    • Gorgeous color photography throughout
    Vianney & Yvette

    Vianney & Yvette

    Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is a recipe developer, food blogger, and cookbook author who draws culinary inspiration from her Mexican heritage. She co-authored Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor(Hippocrene Books, 2012) and has been featured in Latina magazine, People en Español, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. The Muy Bueno blog was a finalist in the 2014 and 2012 SAVEUR Best Food Blog Awards. Yvette was also named one of the “Latina Bloggers You Must Know in 2014″ by Latina magazine. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. Visit the Muy Bueno blog or follow @MuyBuenoCooking for the latest news.

    Vianney Rodriguez, a proud Tejana recipe developer and food blogger, was raised by Mexican parents in South Texas. Her blog, Sweet Life, reflects this identity, and has been featured as one of NBC Latino s Food Blogs We Love and Latina magazine’s Best Food Blogs among others. Vianney was recognized as the LATISM 2012 Best Latina Food Blogger. She resides with her family in Texas. Visit Sweet Life online or follow @sweetlifebake for the latest news.


    Leslie Mead Renaud

    In the second half I’ll be taking with Leslie Mead Renaud, Director of Winemaking at Roth Estate Vineyards in Sonoma.  Well tell you all about the winery, vineyards and some of the products available here in Kansas.  We’ll finish with a discussion of my wine of the week, a fine example of Alexander Valley Cabernet.

    Learn more here.


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    cabernet-sauvignon-roth-estate-alexander-valley-ca-2010-360px-360px2011 Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
    This vintage of the Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was grown entirely on Alexander Valley vineyards consisting of soils containing volcanic ash. This wine is a true reflection of the passion for the noble Cabernet grape. Beautiful aromas of nutmeg, sweet oak and red cherries carry through to the palate. This bright cabernet sauvignon has soft, balanced tannins that are layered with notes of black currant, red berries, and sweet vanilla on the finish.

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

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    Jun 20 – Quick & Easy Chicken + Wheat State Distilling

    First up is Linda Gassenheimer with her latest book; Quick & Easy Chicken – Diebetes-Friendly Recipes Everyone will Love.  
    Some great recipes to fix for Dad this Sunday!

    Chicken is easy to cook, incredibly versatile, and a wonderful choice for health-conscious home chefs. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s also the most popular food item in the United States by a wide margin. In fact, on the American Diabetes Association website, the number one searched word by online visitors is, you guessed it, chicken.

    To keep up with the popular appetite for all things poultry, the ADA has teamed up with best-selling author Linda Gassenheimer to cook up Quick and Easy Chicken, an affordable, easy-to-follow collection of chicken recipes designed for people with diabetes or prediabetes. With more than five dozen recipes based on flavors and traditions from around the world, this handy little volume is stuffed with quick, easy, flavorful recipes everyone will love.  Get a copy today!

    Linda Gassenheimer is a TV and Radio Personality, Syndicated Journalist, Best-Selling Author, Spokesperson, and Food Consultant. She is the producer and host of the weekly segment, “Food News and Views,” on WLRN 91.2 FM National Public Radio and has made guest appearances on numerous radio and television programs throughout the United States and Canada. Her Miami Herald column, “Dinner in Minutes,” is distributed on the McClatchy-Tribune Wire to over 4 million readers each week. In addition, she writes regularly for “Bottom Line Newsletter” and has written for Women’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Food and Wine, Prevention, and Cooking Light. She also appears on the Television Food Network and has been a guest on other national and international television shows including “Good Morning America,: “Cookin’ U.S.A.,” and “Canada AM.”  Learn more about Linda at www.DinnerInMinutes.com

    Later in the show I’ll be talking to David Bahre about Wheat State Distilling and the unique products he is crafting right here in Wichita.  David calls it field to bottle distilling, tracing the ingredients used from the FARM to the MILL to the STILL to the BOTTLE. Talk about the perfect gift for many Dad’s this Sunday.  Not only a bottle of great Kansas made spirits but they have distilled products and gallon barrels that you can age your own at home.  My rum came out spectacular!

    Wheat State Distilling is a Kansas artisan distillery producing premium spirits including vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon and rum.  Our Wheat Vodka is for sale now at the distillery and at Kansas liquor stores with our Gin and White Rum for sale later this spring.  We currently are aging our Wheat Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey and Spiced Rum.

    Meet the DistillerDavid is a Wichita native and self-professed nerd.  Following a family tradition in agriculture, he received his bachelor’s degree in Grain Science and Milling from Kansas State University and is working on his Masters in Agribusiness from KSU as well.  Wheat State Distilling is a family owned and operated business.

    Wheat State Distilling is located at 1635 E. 37th St. North near 37th and Hydraulic and is open this Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. for your last minute gift giving ideas…tell Dave you heard about it on The Good Life.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon
    88% Cabernet, 12% Merlot aged in French oak. This wine is a blend of select hillside vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake Counties and Olive Hill Estate Vineyard. Years of working with these vineyards provides the advantage of selecting only the best low-yield vineyard blocks to produce this rich concentrated Cabernet. Complex and full, rich aromas of plum, cassis and black cherry are accompanied by a bouquet of the finest French oak, cedar, cola, anise, vanilla, and nutmeg. On the palate, our Silver Label is a big rich Cabernet with luscious flavors of dried berry and cherry, ample tannin, and a long finish. ABV14.3%

  • Jun13 – Jordan Vineyards and Paola Art & Wine Stroll

    From Jordan Vineyard and Winery with John Jordan, founded in 1972…the legend continues!

    Founders Tom and Sally Jordan were maverick pioneers with a unique vision. They wanted to be the first to create a Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignon that was approachable while young yet aged gracefully. Located in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, the home for their wine would be an extraordinary chateau combining winemaking facilities, guest suites, and kitchen and dining areas under one roof. The couple set a standard for American wine quality and wine country hospitality—a top standard that is still held at Jordan today.

    John Jordan

    Under the guidance of second-generation vintner John Jordan and Rob Davis, the winemaker whose hands have crafted every vintage of Jordan since the inaugural 1976, Jordan Vineyard & Winery continues to innovate and elevate through award-winning wines and hospitality. From advancements in fruit sourcing, oak aging, precision farming and conserving natural resources to diversifying agriculture and creating new visitor experiences at the Healdsburg winery, Jordan maintains a relentless quest to improve with every vintage.

    Then it’s all about a FUN trip put together by the WSU Non-Credit staff…it’s a bus trip to Paola Kansas on   I get to lead this excursion to Paola that starts at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday July 11, 2015 from the Hughes Metroplex.  We’ll take a scenic bus ride to Paola and have a great meal at The BBQ Shack (Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) with my good friend and pit master Rick Schoenberger.  We leave the restaurant for the short ride to the town square and the fun continues with great local art, live music and some fine wines from Kansas. Then it’s back on the bus for the ride back to campus.
    Click here for more information…hurry the bus is almost full :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2011 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 jordan cabDelicate aromas of fresh cranberry and red cherry mingle with enticing notes of cassis, chocolate and tobacco. The wine is round, soft and refined with elegant flavors of red currant, freshly cut herbs, vanilla bean and allspice. Predominantly French oak aging lends structure to the mid-palate with soft tannins and an inviting mouthfeel, balanced by a backbone of clean acidity. This wine’s enduring finish makes it perfectly suited to enjoy today or cellar worthy through 2022-2027. Decant for 30 minutes prior to serving to further enhance aromas and flavors.

  • Jun 6 – Sonoma and More!

    Recently came back from 12 days in California starting in Paso Robles, up to Sonoma then Napa and ending up in the Sierra Foothills and Amador County.  Great fun and a chance to chat with old friends and make new ones.  This show starts with a visit to Gloria Ferrer in Southern Sonoma.

    Claudia Pehar-Tikvica

    Had a nice chat with Claudia Pehar-Tikvica director of Public relations and tasted some fine wines from this great producer with Spanish roots.  Claudia and I first met in Spain many years ago when she first started at working with the Ferrer family and Gloria Ferrer.  We had the opportunity to travel all over Spain and visit all the still wine producer that had joined the Ferrer portfolio.

    We tasted a number of sparkling wines in addition to couple of winemakers Bob Iantosca’s and Mike Crumly’s outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The highlight of sitting on the newly remodeled patio was sipping a little Carneros Cuvee.  We tasted the 2003 as well as the newly released 2004 vintage of this unique handcrafted sparkler delivered in a custom stylish hand labeled bottle.

    2004 Carneros Cuvée - Late DisgorgedThe Carneros Cuvée is Gloria Ferrer’s flagship Tête de Cuvée sparkling wine. It is a made from the most premium estate fruit from our 333-acre Carneros vineyard. With over 9 years en tirage and a minimum of six months on the cork, this decade old wine is remarkably fresh, rich and complex and represents the ultimate statement of our sparkling house style.

    This effervescent sparkling wine opens up with aromas of Asian pear, Granny Smith apples and hints of toasted brioche. On the palate, this wine carries great finesse and a wonderful complexity.  Flavors of baked apple and Meyer lemon create for a balanced acidity and lingering finish. The 2003 vintage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, offering a synthesis of effusive ripe fruit expression with superb structure and finesse. The quality of the fruit together with our winemaker’s blending expertise has resulted in another glorious vintage.

    The Carneros Cuvée is only available directly from the winery www.gloriaferrer.com

    Bob Cooley

    A quick hop-skip-jump North to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and a visit to Benovia Vineyards and Winery with my good friend Bob Cooley VP for Sales & Marketing at Benovia.  Bob has had a great career in the wine biz  and his hectic travel schedule and marketing savvy are making a BIG impact at Benovia.

    Had the opportunity to not only tour the new (nearly completed) winemaking facilities but also taste most everything made at this rapidly growing producer of some the Russian River AVA’s most revered Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   Winemaker and partner Mike Sullivan who grew up in wine country is right at home making wine in Sonoma and the Russian River.

    benovia winerCurrently you can purchase from the winery directly and I strongly urge you to join their email list.  Small quantites produced often mean acting quickly to get some.  You will be happy to know that Benovia wines should be available here in Kansas this Fall.

    The morning before our departure I had the pleasure of tasting the just released 2014 Rose’ of Pinot Noir with Bob.  This perennial favorite was harvested at night from the Martaella Vineyard before whole cluster pressing. It entices with vibrant cranberry and late-summer watermelon aromas and a bracing acidity, followed by a citrus-like finish.  This wine is dry and complex after spending time in neutral oak to meld the flavors.  Limited production makes this the smallest lot wine in the spring portfolio and it will sell-out quickly, so place your order soon!

    Learn more and check out the many products at www.benoviawinery.com


    Peter Lane

    Last but not least, Peter Lane President and CEO of the Walton Art Center in Fayetteville Arkansas joins us for a brief chat about next week’s most magnificent wine event “The Art of Wine.”  Peter joined Walton Arts Center (WAC) in May 2009. Before that Peter served as President and CEO of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and spent a decade as Executive Director of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

    You don’t need to book an expensive trip to Napa Valley when one of the South’s premier wine tasting events happens right here in Northwest Arkansas!  Since 2000, Walton Arts Center’s Art of Wine Festival has been enjoyed by Arkansans and visitors from across the country.  This annual, multi-day wine and food festival has quickly grown into one of the largest in the region, featuring hundreds of wines, food from dozens of area restaurants and live entertainment.

    The 15th Annual Art of Wine is June 11-13, 2015, Click here for more information and to get tickets.  There are many of us traveling to Fayetteville this year and hope you will join us.  The perfect getaway for any wine lover and a great Father’s Day gift :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    You pick from the great choices above…

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