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    Posted on September 11th, 2017

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    Sep 16 – This Week’s Show

    My guest this week is Paul Hodgins, the author of The Winemakers of Paso Robles.  A massive coffee table book with spectacular photography by Julia Pérez that presents more than 50 winemakers from one of the hottest and fastest growing wine regions in America…Paso Robles.  Learn more about this great book

    Great winemakers have the hands of a farmer, the mind of a scientist, and the heart of a poet. The Winemakers of Paso Robles captures all of these characteristics beautifully, with stunning photography and intimate profiles of 50+ amazing winemakers of California’s hottest wine region.  Most wine books have pictures of elegant tasting rooms, or stately wineries, mostly barrel rooms or sweeping vineyard landscape photos that take your breath away. This book focuses more on the human stories of these talented artists, telling the fascinating story of Paso Robles through the lens of their struggles, sacrifices, desires and accomplishments.

    This gorgeous book is the culmination of the entire 2016 vintage spent embedded with 50+ of the AVAs most influential winemakers. From pre-dawn grape-picking to late night punchdowns and everything in between, Argentine portrait photographer Julia Perez took advantage of extraordinary access to capture the soul of Paso. Author Paul Hodgins spend hundreds of hours interviewing winemakers, vintners, historians, and wine professionals of all stripes to create intimate profiles that take the reader beyond the cellar door.  In these pages you will meet a group of fascinating, passionate people, with amazing diversity. Athletes and scientists, writers, and engineers, successful businessmen and scrappy service workers. There are journeymen from every corner of the world, and there are local kids done good. Some are seasoned pros and some are relative neophytes – and many on their second, or even third career. They overcame tremendous adversity, made enormous sacrifices and risked everything.

    They have come from different places and circumstances, they have different methods, and experiences, and philosophies. But they all share a single quality: a burning obsession with making wine that lives up to their dreams. Get a copy of the book NOW!

    About Paul Hodgins:
    Paul Hodgins has been an award-winning journalist for the Orange County Register for more than 20 years. With a doctorate in music from USC and credits as a dance and theater composer, Paul began his career as a performing arts educator and critic. He is the Register’s wine writer, penning a weekly column called Good Libations.  Paul Says:

    “As the wine writer for The Orange County Register, one of my favorite topics over the last decade has been the meteoric rise of Paso Robles as a wine region. When I first visited in the 1980s, there were more cattle than people in the area and only a handful of winemakers. Now there are well over 200 bonded wineries nestled in the hills and plains surrounding this quaint Central California town, and a few of them have been showered with praise, prizes and 100-point scores. Robert Parker, an early champion, thinks Paso Robles holds Napa’s potential, but on a much larger scale. Within its 11 sub-regions are a vast array of micro-climates, soils and geologies, and a group of artisanal winemakers, many still under 40, are cracking the land’s secrets to refine their mastery of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties as well as Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Italian and Spanish grapes. In The Winemakers of Paso Robles I profile more than 50 winemakers and winery owners, letting each tell his or own unique story about the passion, toil, happy accidents and sublime insights that have led to making great wine in Paso Robles. Photographer Julia Perez provides a wealth of intimate and beautiful photos that reveal the indomitable, quirky and charming personalities of these singular men and women. This is the first book to look in detail at the people behind one of America’s most important new wine regions.”

    Learn more about Paso Robles wineries, restaurants, lodging and more!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2016 Daou Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
    Blackberry, cassis, plum and currant aromas greet the nose, surrounded by black olives, anise, leather and cigar box. Notes of graphite and crushed stone mingle with just a hint of cool mint. Robust and full bodied, an undercurrent of restrained power is palpable just below the surface at the core of this wine. Firm, fine grained tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Meaty and fleshy while retaining an overall elegance, it finishes with authority and finesse.
    100% Cabernet, 10 months in 60% new French oak, 14.2% ABV
    www.daouvineyards.com

    Pick up a bottle or three at Jacob Liquor Exchange and join us!  🙂

    THE DAOU BROTHERS As children growing up in Lebanon, Georges and Daniel fell in love with the rural way of life during visits to their grandfather’s ancient olive groves. Their world was turned upside down, however, when the Daou family home was struck by an errant rocket at the start of the Lebanese civil war. The Daous were forced to emigrate to Paris and later moved to Southern France. It was here-surrounded by vineyards that reminded them of their childhood-that Georges and Daniel first began to dream of a life in wine. THE DREAM Georges and Daniel came to the United States to study engineering at the University of San Diego and graduated at the top of their classes. Industrious and driven to succeed, they soon started their own networking technology company. Ten years later they would find themselves at the height of their industry and ready to return to their roots. It was now time for their winemaking dream to prevail. VISION Their vision was to produce unrivaled Cabernet Sauvignon. They spent years searching for the ideal terroir, led by research and instincts that would ultimately defy the paradigm. Indeed, the moment that they first set eyes on this staggering mountain in the heart of the Adelaida District, they recognized it as the place they had imagined all along-a singular property with an impeccable confluence of soil, aspect and climate. Their search was now over, and their pursuit of the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon had begun. HISTORIC HOFFMAN MOUNTAIN RANCH The greatness of DAOU Mountain was foretold decades earlier when renowned winemaking authority Andre Tchelistcheff hailed it as “a jewel of ecological elements.” Then known as Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the property produced notable wines and was widely considered the birthplace of modern winemaking in Paso Robles. However, its full potential lay unfulfilled for more than 30 years. When Georges and Daniel acquired the original Hoffman Mountain Ranch property, they began restoring the original redwood winery to preserve a vital part of Paso Robles history. Their intent was to carry the torch that Tchelistcheff and the Hoffmans lit a half century ago-and to finally fulfill the mountain’s long-held promise.

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    Posted on September 5th, 2017

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    Sep 9 – Grilled Cheese & Beer

    Good Life Guy loves Grilled Cheese sandwiches and Beer…and now there is a new book titled “Grilled Cheese & Beer – Recipes for the Finer Things in Life.”  My guest is Kevin Vanblarcum co-author with James Edward Davis of this fine book.

    Grilled cheese is the most perfect food in the world. And paired with the right beer there is nothing finer! In your hands is a masterwork of creative collaboration between a brewer and a chef, combining an extensive knowledge of beer making, food and good humor to create the most amazing cookbook ever!

    In these pages you will find one-of-a-kind grilled cheese sandwich recipes, perfectly paired with craft beers designed to draw out the full flavor of each ingredient. Grilled Cheese & Beer is spiced with wit and a passion for all things grilled cheese and beer, with easy-to-follow instructions that make it perfect for any skill level.

    Grilled Cheese & Beer has over 50 expertly paired sandwich recipes including:
    ● Bacon Me Crazy with Stone Brewery’s Arrogant Bastard
    ● The Nature Boy Ricotta Flair with Moosehead Lager
    ● The Big Kahuna with Hell or High Watermelon
    ● Dia de los Quesos with Modelo Especial
    ● The Ham of La Challah with Briney Melon Gose
    ● Johnny Apple Cheese with Angry Orchard
    ● Muenster Mash with Stella Artois
    ● Funky Bâtard with Unibroue La Fin du Monde
    ● Turkey in the Rye with Keegan Ales’ Mother’s Milk

    Get your copy NOW!

    Kevin says “This book started as a joke. Eddie and I used to make jokes about working at my future fictional (but still completely possible) restaurant “Cheesy Beerds.” As you can probably tell, we have been big fans of puns right from the beginning. This hypothetical brewpub/grilled cheese shop prompted us to start developing a fictitious menu, comprised of some hilariously named sandwiches we’d been coming up with (at least, we thought they were hilarious). Hilarious enough to be in a book? Maybe. Crazily enough, we met a publisher who thought so, too. A few different ideas came to mind. ’Dillas and Daquiris. Wine and Wieners (everybody knows wine goes well with hotdogs). When the pure novelty of the whole thing wore off, we realized exactly what we wanted to make a book about and how special this project could be. So, we went to work. Eddie on the sandwich designing vocals, and myself on the beer pairing drums.”

    Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains, Kevin VanBlarcum currently resides in Pine Hill, New York. He works in nearby Kingston, NY as a brewer at Keegan Ales. After graduating from the University at Albany, he began pursuing a career in the brewing industry. He shares his life with his loving fiancé, Cassie, and their cat, Egg.  Follow Kevin on Face Book

     

    Image result for 2014 Ego Bodegas GorúGood Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Ego Bodegas Gorú
    Glaring oak on the nose results in notes of clove, chocolate and spice to go with generic but ripe black-fruit scents. This blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot feels heavy and syrupy, while flavors of maple, toasted oak, chocolate and clove finish ripe, but also sweet and candied.  From Jumilla Spain. Wine Enthusiast 87

     

     

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    Posted on August 29th, 2017

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    Sep 2 – George Geary & Fair Foods

    My guest this week is Chef, Cooking Instructor, and Cookbook Author George Geary with his latest book “Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs.

    Fair Foods is an illustrated cookbook featuring the recipes of the most popular and offbeat food served at state and county fairs across the USA.

    Packed with 120 original recipes created by award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary, Fair Foods includes such state and county fair classics as Texas Maple Bacon Donuts, The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting, Aztec Hot Chocolate, Witch’s Brew, Caramel Kettle Corn, Fried Sweet Potato Sticks, Ten-Pound Cheesebuns, Cheesecake on a Stick, Chocolate-Encased Bacon, Fried Coca-Cola, Fried Guacamole, Fried Oreo Cookies, BBQ Turkey Legs, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Waffles, Blue Ribbon Chili, Pork Chop on a Stick, and Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers.

    Each page in Fair Foods is lavishly illustrated with both vintage and contemporary photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as fun and lively images of rides and attractions and nostalgic ephemera. Fair Foods is not only mouthwateringly addictive, it also captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest state and county fairs.

    George Geary

    George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, Geary is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all of the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs. Geary has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s KitchenSupermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.  Geary is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake BibleThe Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is presently the featured chef on the San Diego Living television show on the CW Network. Geary lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at www.georgegeary.com
    Follow George on Face Book 
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    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah from Paso Robles
    Image result for 2014 J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah90% Syrah and 1% Viognier. Varietal aromas of blueberry and black tea are lifted by barrel aging on lees in a 60/40 blend American and French oak barrels. A touch of white pepper on the palate opens up slowly to reveal baking spice and pomegranate fruit on the finish.  Wine Enthusiast 91

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    Posted on August 13th, 2017

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    Aug 19 & 26 Shows

    I’m doing research in Bordeaux so here are two great shows I recorded for your listening pleasure!  😉

    Aug 19:
    It’s all about Beetology, a healthy great tasting beverage that is available locally.  Joining me is the Chef Beetologist from Kayco the producer Charles Herzong.  Beetology comes in several flavors  my favorite Beet and Tropical Fruit.

    Kayco expanded its beverage portfolio with the introduction of Beetology, a line of organic, cold-pressed juices. The product line is available in five varieties — Beet + Lemon + Ginger; Beet + Veggie; Beet + Tropical Fruit; Beet + Berry; and Beet + Cherry — that are all 100 percent non GMO, USDA certified organic and certified Fair Trade, the company says. Each variety features 100 percent juice and does not include preservatives, additives, and artificial colors or flavors, it adds. An 8-ounce bottle of Beetology has a suggested retail price of $3.99.

     

    Aug 26:
    My guest is Kat Odell.  Kat is the contributing editor of Eater.com and the fouding editor of their popular Drinks column. She has appeared many TV programs and is now the author of “Day Drinking – 50 Cocktails for a mello buzz”When the occasion calls for a drink, but not for getting drunk, mix up a batch of day drinks—low-alcohol cocktails that are festive, mouthwateringly delicious, and light on the booze.

    From brunch with friends to bridal showers and barbecues, from tailgates to snow days to afternoons hanging out on the beach, just about any daytime social occasion is greatly improved by a drink. And these 50 creative cocktails are just the thing.

    Using beer, wine, sake, sherry, and vermouth, plus a variety of amari and other flavorful liqueurs like St-Germain, Campari, and Aperol, the cocktails (and mocktails!) of Day Drinking are easy to make and easy on the alcohol content. Here are light drinks for hot days, warm drinks for cool days, and an abundance of classic—and reimagined—low-proof spritzers, sangrias, micheladas, and so much more.

    Of course there is some great Wine of The Week editions for both shows.

  • Aug 12 – Lady Jane’s & Hatch Green Chili

    This week I’ll be live from Lady Jane’s Hair Cuts for Men.  There will be contests, music, and giveaways including the opportunity to wine $40,000 in the dice roll game.  You had to have pre-registered prior to this Saturday to have a chance to participate.

    lady janes logoDetroit-based Lady Jane’s Haircuts For Men is expanding to Wichita this summer, the West location is open and there is plans for a new Eastside venue as well. The growing company has more than 80 stores either open or in the works nationally.  The company, which bills itself as a men’s haircuttery, has all corporate stores and is not a franchise. Lady Jane’s  specializes in haircuts for men in a “sporty, friendly” atmosphere.

    Services include haircuts, highlights, shampoos, coloring and waxing. “It’s not strictly just a barbershop haircut,”  says the owner.  The chain’s first Wichita store is going to go at 2556 N. Maize Road here in Wichita.  Visit Lady Jane’s and learn more.

     

    I’ll also be talking to my good friend Marty Johnson about this years Iron Chili Head event and the arrival of fresh green chili from Hatch New Mexico.  Marty says:

    “If you love Wichita’s craft beer scene as much as we do, come celebrate the 2017 JGC Chile Fest at the 5th Ever Iron ChileHead Festival!”  Local food trucks and brewers have been busy creating recipes and brewing their own unique take on yummy creations using roasted Hatch Green Chile from Johnson’s Garden Center in preparation for this competition.

    Be a part of the fun on Saturday, August 19 from 12-3 PM. Tickets will include a commemorative sampling glass, an Iron ChileHead Sticker and unlimited sampling from these great brewers: Aero Plains, Central Standard Brewing, Cinder Block Brewing (Kansas City), Crane Brewing (Kansas City), Hank is Wiser Brewing, Hopping Gnome Brewing, Kansas Territory Brewing (Washington, KS), Limestone Beer Co, Norsemen Brewing (Topeka), Radius Brewing (Emporia), River City Brewing, Three Rings (McPherson), Third Place Brewing, Walnut River Brewing and Wichita Brewing.

    The featured food trucks include: BS Sandwich Press, Funky Monkey Munchies, Lumpia Palooza, Drink Local Beer Truck, Kamayan Truck, Surly Mermaid, Hot-2-Trot Hot Dogs, Lolo’s Crepes, Uno Mas, Let’m Eat Brats. There is no charge for the food truck competition, except for the menu items purchased at the individual trucks.

    Also back this year is live music by the Bolzen Beer Band – a party punk polka trio from Lincoln, Nebraska!

    You’ll be able to pick up your own Hatch Green Chile and Iron ChileHead swag at the event to take home. Grab your tickets for beer today either here or at either Johnson’s location! There will also a select few available for purchase at the door!      Learn more.

    Johnson’s Garden Center – 2707 W 13th St N, Wichita, 67203

    Ego Bodegas - Marionette Red 2014Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette, Jumilla Spain
    Rich berry and graham-cracker aromas announce a ripe, easygoing Monastrell-Syrah blend. Chewy and slightly sinewy in feel, this offers heaps of tasty but creamy oak and vanilla to go with spicy, herbal berry fruit. A creamy, thick finish is fitting for a warm-climate wine like this. Wine Enthusiast 90/100

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