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    Posted on July 27th, 2016

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    Jul 30 – This Week’s Show

    Up first, Chef Ronaldo Linares with his latest book…“Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nueva Cubano Cuisine”

    Products1902-750x750-110065Distinctive cuisines lend a sense of exoticism to any meal, and Cuban dishes are exceptionally popular these days. Ronaldo Linares, executive chef at the popular Martino’s Cuban Restaurant in Somerville, New Jersey, knows Cuban cuisine backward and forward. Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba features nearly 100 recipes, all of which will wow your taste buds and meet the strict nutrition guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. The book is bilingual, with English on one side and Spanish on the reverse. It also includes 8 pages of original color photography, an attractive two-color interior, a glossary, and list of helpful pantry items and kitchen tools. 
    Get a copy NOW…

    Ronaldo Linares is a Cuban/Colombian/American former US Marine, classically trained chef, and Executive Chef of Martino’s Cuban in Somerville, NJ. His Cuban-inspired, passion-infused culinary style has been featured on Food Network’s “Chopped,” BBC America’s cross-country chef competition “Chef Race,” and he’s appeared on Better TV, Fox News, and Telemundo.  www.ronaldolinares.com

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Tyrone Baker, Executive Director of the YMCA Community Development Branch.  We’ll tell you all about this FUN (and fund raising) event August 20.

    pfapSaturday, August 20 6:30-9:30P
    Century II Exhibition Hall
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    Sip some wine, enjoy a nice dinner, and cut loose! Lukas and Careth from B98 will get your toes to tapping as they play hits from the 60’s thru the 80’s.

    • Dine on a delicious dinner
    • Dance to hits from the 60s thru the 80s
    • Delight your tastebuds, sampling an array of fine wines
    • Bid on amazing auction items & win the Golden Ticket
    • Enjoy a lip-sync battle, dance contest, and more!

    Learn more and buy tickets NOW :-)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week from Alsace France:
    2015 Willm Riesling Reserve

    Willm RieslingBright, green-yellow color when young. Clean nose, fresh and fruity with citrus fruits. Dry on the palate, straight, crisp wine, purity of its fruit flavors (citrus, green apple, green pear) nice acidity and minerality, long finish and great ageing potential.

    This is a great value wine and a great change of pace for HOT weather!
    Get some today at Jacob Liquor on North Rock Road, Wichita!

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    Jul 23 – Ethical Meat Handbook

    If you missed it LIVE… Click here to listen or download this show!

    My guest this week is Meredith Leigh author of “The Ethical Meat Handbook.”  Meredith is a food and farming specialist who has worked as a butcher, chef, teacher, and homesteader, all in search of realistic solutions for sustainable food.

    Image: front coverA holistic food manifesto, the The Ethical Meat Handbook describes how we might endeavor to get good meat on our plates, and empower ourselves to own more of the process. Part philosophy, part technical instruction, and part memoir, this book gives eating more substance and soul. Included are discussions of economy, environment, agriculture, and social synergy, as well as complete instruction on whole animal butchery of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. All this, plus a complete chapter on charcuterie, and over 100 delicious recipes make this a must-have for everyone’s culinary collection.

    Nutrition, environmental impact, ethics, sustainability—it seems like there’s no end to the factors we must consider when we think about our food. At the center of the dietary storm is animal-based agriculture. Was your beef factory-farmed or pasture-raised? Did your chicken free range, or was it raised in a battery cage? Have you, in short, met your meat?

    Most efforts to unravel the complexities of the production and consumption of animal protein tend to pit meat eaters and vegetarians against each other. The Ethical Meat Handbook seeks a middle ground, arguing that by assuming full responsibility for the food on our fork, and more importantly, the route by which it gets there, animals can be an optimal source of food, fiber, and environmental management.

    Meredith Leigh

    “Over the past 13 years, I’ve worked as a farmer, butcher, chef, teacher, non-profit executive director, and writer,  all in pursuit of sustainable food. I’ve developed a farmer co-op, founded and catalyzed non-profit ventures, grown vegetables, flowers, and meats, owned and managed a retail butcher shop, and more. I’m a single mom, and, I’m  the author of  The Ethical Meat Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore.  Above all, I am committed to real, good food, as a means to connect with people, animals, and plants, learn new skills, create intentionally, stay inspired, and experience deliciousness.”

    Learn more about Meredith and the book here.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Chakana Estate Selection Red Blend

    60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz aged in 100% new French oak for 10 months.  Deep red color with violet hints. Dark fruits and exotic spices with tobacco and mocha hints. Elegant, well balanced, harmonious, long persistence with chocolate flavors.   Uplifting, vibrant notes of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and violet. Peppery, clean and fresh – so pure! Seamless structure and an electric, refreshing finish. Mouthwatering and persistent.

    You can purchase this wine at Jacob Liquor Store on North Rock Road here in Wichita.

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    Jul 16 – Napa Wine Project

    If you missed it LIVE… Click here to listen or download this show!

    For wine information and resources the Napa Wine Project is one of the BEST!  My guest this week is David Thompson.

    The GOAL: “To personally visit, taste with, and promote all wineries, collectives, and commercial wine producers in the Napa Valley in order to create an educational resource for both consumers and trade. We have reviewed 836 commercial Napa wine producers to date,  out of more than 1,100 total.”

    David Thompson

    The Napa Wine Project is researched and maintained by David Thompson. He has been a wine enthusiast for many years (first wine made in high school) and in 2006 created this project. He has personally visited each physical winery (if applicable), met with a representative & tasted with 800+ unique commercial Napa wine producers to date (physical and virtual wineries). He is responsible for all research, winery visits & revisits, winery reviews, tasting notes, photography and updates.

    Learn more about the Napa Wine Project, plan your next visit or let Dave plan it for you!

    Joining me for the wine(s) of the week is Ca’Momi proprietor and winemaker Dario De Conti. www.camomiwinery.com


    Dario De Conti

    Ca’ Momi may be built on Napa Valley soil, but it’s rooted in soulful Italian tradition. Founders Valentina Guolo-Migotto, Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto started the winery together in 2006 to bring that passion and tradition to the Napa Valley. “In Italy, wine is on every dinner table, 365 days a year,” says Dario. “We’re never afraid to open the right or wrong bottle. It is all
    about enjoying wine in the company of good friends and a great meal.” Embracing that culture of community and sharing, Ca’ Momi has created 12 (and counting) big-hearted, full-bodied Napa Valley wines with a total lack of pretension. From the award-winning Rosso di Napa to the lightly sparkling Ca’ Secco, Ca’ Momi wines strive simply to bring joy to the table. Winemakers Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto have 50 years of combined experience and connections to some of Napa Valley’s best fruit, including Ca’ Momi’s own Carneros vineyard properties. By sourcing top quality grapes and heartcrafting each wine with soulful intention, Ca’ Momi honors centuries of Italian winemaking tradition.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week from Napa:
    2014 Ca’Momi Chardonnay
    wine bottle labelThe 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay strikes the perfect balance between indulgence and refreshment. After a few minutes in your glass, delicate mandarin orange zest aromas open into plush pineapple and pears. On the palate, this wine is pure pleasure, decadent citrus cream poured over fresh pear crostata with a subtle hint of clove. Restrained oak provides a warm vanilla glow and softness, while the finely tuned acidity lifts and balances the richness all the way through the remarkable lengthy finish.

    2013 Ca’Momi Cabernet Sauvignon
    Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013This dark magenta Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon carries on the legacy of our spectacular 2012 vintage, uniting rich, dark fruit and incredible softness into a focused, harmonious whole. High-toned aromas of raspberry and fresh plums swirl around a hint of smokeand warm earth on the nose. In the mouth, the wine’s plush smoothness takes over – a warm, soft caress of dark Bing cherries and wild berry bramble, layered with sweet vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Ripe, round tannins provide substance and structure without rough edges, carrying the wine into a lengthy finish of oregano and dried summer savory. The harmoniousbalance and exceptionally smooth texture make our Cabernet an ideal choice for dinner, drinks, or date night.

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    Jul 9 – Lose Weight by Eating

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    You can’t be good at eating and drinking without the need for a good diet!  I get a bunch of diet books along with healthy eating cookbooks.  The new book by Audrey Johns “Lose Weight by Eating – 130 Amazing Clean-Eating recipe makeovers for guilt-free comfort food” might be the best this year.  Get a copy NOW!

    Popular blogger Audrey Johns lost 150 pounds in 11 months by eating all the foods she loved. Now she shares her secrets to help you lose weight, too!

    At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy—until the day she vowed to give up the “fake food”—frozen “diet” meals, low-cal sodas, quick-to-make boxed foods—and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. In less than a year, Audrey mastered the kitchen and lost more than 150 pounds (more than half her body weight), going from a size 24 to a size 4—all while pinching pennies. Now Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean-eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouth-watering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, nachos, meat loaf, and cookies—all bursting with flavor but with fewer than 500 calories per meal. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive Smart Swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and spouse-approved.


    After losing more than 150 pounds, Audrey Johns started LoseWeightByEating.com, which has helped thousands of people. Her story has been featured on CBS’s The Doctors and on the cover of Woman’s World magazine, and she was a chef contestant on the second season of ABC’s The Taste. She also hosts a clean-eating video series on eHow.com, and writes food, wine, and travel columns for local magazines. She lives with her family in Atascadero, California.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    3 Italian Wines to taste and talk about today, click on each to learn more…

    2015 Squadra Extra-Dry Prosecco

    2014 Squadra Bianco
    2014 Squadra Rosso

    squadra winesIt’s easy to find a bottle of wine to drink. The world is full of perfectly good juice. The hard part comes when you are looking
    for real wine from some place… that’s how Squadra was born.  There is no better way to discover the heart and soul of Italy than to pedal your way through the countryside – experiencing the authenticity of its many regions through crisp breezes, remarkable landscapes and the road shared with warm-hearted locals. The Squadra, composed of Master Sommelier, Bobby Stuckey, an award-winning Chef, Lachlan Patterson and an celebrated industry veteran, Tony McClung. They have been crisscrossing the winding roads of Italy for the past twenty years and, every now and then we getting off their bikes to discover something magical…

    You can taste these wines for FREE Saturday July 9th between 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road!

  • Jul 2 – The Exes in My Glass & Chardonnay

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    If you missed it LIVE… Click here to listen or download this show!

    Happy July 4th weekend…hope you have some splendid food, wine and fun on this great long weekend and you do that with family and friends.  I’m lucky to have my brother Brian in the studio this week. Brian and I started The Good Life in Miami Florida in 1988 on WKAT 1360AM. Lots of water under the bridge since then.  He and wife Gina are in town to help me celebrate my birthday today.  Yes, another trip around the Sun and a year closer to the last chapter, but hey…life is good.

    Lisa Mattson

    Lisa Mattson

    Up first is Lisa Mattson, long time friend and a true woman of the world.  Lisa Says; “I’m a Kansas girl living my dreams in wine country. Wine marketing expert, blogger, videographer, traveler, foodie, drinker and author of  The Exes in My Glass.” She is currently the Director of Communications for Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley.  That title doesn’t do her justice!  With her social media skills, video expertise and charming personality she worked with proprietor John Jordan to make this one of the most forward thinking, tech savvy wineries in California.  You must visit Jordan Winery and spend some time looking at the blog she oversees and some of the amazing and humorous video’s they have produced.

    exes in my glassLisa is on the road, not unusual for this gal, and back visiting Kansas.  She has quite the journey in life and wine and shares it in her new book The Exes in My Glass…How I Refined My Taste in Men & Alcohol.  The witty story of one country girl’s raucous journey from lust to love and cheap beer to fine wine will leave you thirsty to uncork your potential, too. Get a copy of Exes in My Glass NOW!


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:

    A couple of fine Examples of Chardonnay

    2013 Jordan Chardonnay 
    Intense aromas of passion fruit, persimmon and Granny Smith apple leap from the glass, woven with notes of Meyer Lemon, Asian pear and wet stone minerality. A juicy mid-palate of honeydew melon, fresh guava and a touch of baking spice is balanced by firm acidity and a creamy mouthfeel that carries through the lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now for its fresh, youthful flavors or cellar through 2018 to enjoy the crème brûlée and preserved lemon characteristics that will develop with age.  WW92 WE91

    2014 Jax Reserve Chardonnay, Duton Ranch
    This wine begins with a vibrant, golden hue that rolls out notes of butterscotch, light caramel and delicate barrel vanillin. Crisp lemon drop and meringue flavors run rampant around the palate. Medium bodied and dry by nature, there is a slight perceived sweetness of fruit on the finish.

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