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    Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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    Mar 7 – This Week’s Show

    Yes Dorothy…Spring really is right around the corner.

    Join me at the Outdoor Living & Landscape show this Saturday.  I’ll be broadcasting LIVE from Century-II and will be talking to many of the vendors and folks that make this event one of the highlights of the year.

    The Outdoor Living and Landscape Show gives homeowners ideas for landscaping, gardening, yard, and other outdoor projects. Learn how to save water, what trees are drought resistant, how to grow vegetables and more with our seminars, sponsored by K-State Research & Extension – Sedgwick County!  And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for shopping! Tons of vendors will be there with what you want and need to make your backyard time the best it can be!

    Century II Expo Hall  225 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202 – Ph: 316.264.9121Friday,

    March 6, 11am-9pm – Saturday, March 7, 9am-9pm – Sunday, March 8,11am-6pm

    Tickets available day of show:  Adults $9,Children ages 5-12 $4,Children ages 4 & under admitted free.,Seniors (ages 60+) $7

    Get Tickets: WichitaTIX 316.219.4TIX

    March is Washington Wine Month and there are so many great choices available today.  Stop by Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and check out the many

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Poets Leap Riesling from Long Shadows

    poets leapInspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.  The 2013 Poet’s Leap Riesling offers aromas of white peach, jasmine, Thai basil and nutmeg.  Flavors of ripe melon, apricot and an appealing minerality continue across the palate.  An underlying hint of honey sweetness is balanced by a streak of bright acidity that provides a long, clean finish.


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    Posted on February 23rd, 2015

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    Feb 28 – Einkorn Cookbook & ‘Taken’ Napa Red

    If you haven’t heard of einkorn yet, get ready to get excited. Tim and Shanna Mallon join us to talk about their new book.

    Easy to digest, less likely to cause gut inflammation, tolerable for those with gluten sensitivity these are just a few reasons why the ancient grain known as einkorn is quickly becoming one of the most popular grains/flours on the market–not to mention its sweet flavor and silky texture. How does one prepare this ancient grain? Popular food bloggers, Tim and Shanna Mallon of Food Loves Writing, bring einkorn right to your table with this beautiful whole food cookbook that includes over 100 recipes, all featuring the world’s most ancient grain. Recipes are broken into sections including breakfast, appetizers, breads, main dishes, and desserts, and include such hits as: Vegetable Quiche with an Einkorn Crust, Kale Salad with Einkorn Berries, Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Bread, Einkorn Cinnamon Buns, Acorn Squash and Caramelized Onion, Einkorn Salad, and Mexican Chocolate Einkorn Cookies. Get ready to embrace einkorn, not only for its health benefits, but its wonderful taste. Once you try The Einkorn Cookbook, you’ll never go back.

    Tim & Shanna

    Shanna and Tim Mallon run a food blog that includes personal essays and recipes. They have been writing extensively about einkorn for the past year, and have been featured in Bon Appetit, Travel and Leisure, The Kitchn, Food52, BlogHer Food, and more. They live in Nashville, Tennessee.  www.foodloveswriting.com

    Here are a few other sources for information about Einkorn

    www.einkorn.com ~ On Face Book ~ Pinterest

    About Taken Wine Company
    Taken Wine Company was founded in 2009 when next generation winemakers, Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps realized their mutual dream to start their own wine label. Josh and Carlo grew up together in the winegrowing town of St. Helena, in the Napa Valley—wine is in their DNA. The wines are crafted to appeal to the millennial generation in terms of both what’s inside and outside the bottle. The names (Taken, Complicated, and Available) all tie into social media and are relevant to their generation.


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2012 Taken, Napa Valley Red Wine
    This is a smooth and opulent Napa Valley wine that bursts from the glass with blackberries, chocolate, plum, cassis and savory flavors as well. The wine is dense and structured and the finish lingers with notes of espresso and toasty oak. The softness of the Merlot adds a complexity and roundness to the mid-palate making for a great balance. The wine spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. This classic Cabernet blend is ready to drink right now and should continue to evolve for 8 – 10 years.  Learn more here!

    93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate –  It does not appear that this Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend is named after the Liam Neeson movies of the same name. However, there is no question I was ‘taken’ by this 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Taken. It exhibits a dense purple color as well as glorious aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, licorice, incense, and a subtle hint of oak. With spectacular opulence, a voluptuous texture and phenomenal concentration as well as purity, but no over-ripeness or heaviness, this beauty should drink well for 10-15 years. This cuvée is a joint project of Carlo Trinchero (from the family of White Zinfandel fame) and Josh Phelps (I’m not sure if he’s related to the Joseph Phelps Winery), who have put together a killer red. As a wine lover, one hopes this is only the first of many more to come. (RP)  (10/ 2014)

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    Posted on February 18th, 2015

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    Feb 21 – 2-Day a Week Diet & Lancaster Estate Wine

    My guest this week is Nancy Baggett, co-author with Ruth Click of “The 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook”  Learn more about Nancy and the book.

    2 day dietA phenomenal new weight busting plan is now taking the world by storm. Known as the 5-2 or Fast diet, it calls for counting calories only two days a week and eating normally the other five days.  But the plan requires cutting back to 500 calories (600 for men) on the diet days–which can be challenging unless you have the right recipes. That’s where The 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook comes in. It’s designed to give you exactly what you need to succeed on your two diet days: Restricted-calorie recipes that are quick, easy, delicious, and remarkably satisfying.

    Here are 200-calorie or fewer versions of favorites (ideal for anyone on a low-fat diet) including chili, New England clam chowder, baked apples, French toast, and chocolate-banana breakfast smoothie–food you can actually look forward to on your diet days.   Plus you’ll find enticing photos, sample menus, and streamlined cooking techniques to fit the recipes into your busy schedule while you shed those unwanted pounds.

    Among the book’s key features:

    * 75 quick and easy recipes. 50 beautiful photographs. Clear, simple-to-follow instructions.

    * Helpful recipe introductions. Fat cutting techniques. Time-saving cooking methods.

    * Recipes that can be made ahead or frozen. Emphasis on everyday ingredients.

    * Nutritional analysis for each recipe. Cooking and shopping tips. Sample menus.

    *  Diet-day strategies.

    *  Gluten-free options for all recipes

    Nancy Baggett is an award-winning author of a number of cookbooks, most recently The 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook (Kindle book) written with Ruth Glick. Nancy’s work has received four International Association of Culinary Professionals and James Beard Foundation “best cookbook” nominations, three for baking books, one for a healthy cooking book. Among her best-selling titles are The All-American Cookie Book, Kneadlessly Simple, The International Cookie Cookbook, and The International Chocolate Cookbook, which was named the best dessert cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her recipes have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Eating Well, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. She has guested on dozens of television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, Today and NPR.

    n the second half Lancaster Estate winemaker Jesse Katz joins us to talk about his journey in wine, and this stunning wine estate in the rolling hills of Alexander Valley.  Lancaster Estate is one of Sonoma County’s elite wineries with 53 acres of vineyards micro-farmed for maximum quality.

    Founded in 1995 at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, family-owned Lancaster Estate is recognized for crafting highly acclaimed wines under the Lancaster Estate and Roth Estate labels, exclusively from classic Bordeaux varietals, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Jesse Katz

    About Jesse Katz:
    As a boy traveling with his well known wine country photographer father, Andy, winemaker Jesse Katz was exposed at an early age to the most famous wine regions on earth. While his father was taking photographs and creating books in Burgundy or Tuscany, the seed was being planted. Later, as a young man working summers in the vineyards and winery lab while attending Fresno State University in California it wasn’t long before Jesse had his Enology Degree with a minor in chemistry. After honing his craft in Napa and Argentina, Jesse was recruited from cult producer Screaming Eagle in 2010 and quickly established that he understood how to build on the tradition of excellence that has defined Lancaster Estate from the very first vintage. Working with legendary winemakers like Andy Ericson, David Ramey, Paul Hobbs and Hans Vinding-Diers shortcuts the process of absorbing a lifetime of winemaking insights.  Working in an array of climates and countries brings added depth.  With dust on his boots, Jesse has quickly learned what the estate vineyards promise.

    Finally…I’ll be telling you all about the new Natural Grocers set to open February 24 in West Wichita.  The new location is located at 10520 West 13th Street North.  There are many fun events scheduled for opening week!
    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2010 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    lancaster-estate-cabernet-sauvignon-alexander-valley-usa-10248666The wine has an intense, deep color with rich aromas of dark chocolate, raspberries, and violets. The tannins are refined and polished giving the wine amazing structure and depth that keeps gaining power as it moves across your pallet. Black berries, cherries, coffee and vanilla that are finely strung together by a distinct minerality seem to come straight from the soil, complementing the tannin and giving way to a long, beautiful finish.
    92 Points – Wine Advocate
    The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is much more polished than the 2009 tasted alongside it. Asphalt, smoke, tobacco, licorice and tar all flow as this sumptuous Cabernet shows off its sexy, undeniably appealing personality. Hints of mocha and espresso add a resonant warmth that is hugely attractive. The tannins are firm but seamlessly balanced. There is a lot to like in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, starting with the wine-s sheer class. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. I continue to be deeply impressed with Lancaster Estate. The winemaking team, headed by Jesse Katz and consulting winemaker David Ramey, is hitting all the right notes.”
     You can get this wine at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita!  :-)


  • Feb 14 – Mr. & Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers

    Happy Valentines Day to you and yours!

    Give your loved one a real wine treat…sign up for the WSU Advanced Wine Appreciation Class starting Monday March 9, four Monday’s in a row, 7-9 p.m.  Both of you will have FUN and learn a little too!  Click here for more info.


    My guest this week is New York Times best-selling author Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox Sunday News anchor Chris Wallace.  She’s been pretty busy since being on the show with Mr. Sunday’s Soup back in 2010.  I missed seeing her next book “Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken” but she joins us today with her latest book “Mr. & Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers.”

    Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox Sunday News anchor Chris Wallace, writes her third cookbook, following Mr. Sunday’s Soups and Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken, both New York Times bestsellers. An expert on making meals for the family, Lorraine presents recipes that are sure to bring everyone together on any occasion, from weeknight meals to holidays to game day. This cookbook includes heartwarming favorites like Beef Stew with Winter Root Vegetables and Mom’s Chicken and Rice Casserole as well as reinvented classics like Lobster Pot Pie and Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels. She also includes delicious vegetarian and gluten-free options. As her first hardcover, Mr. and Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers is a keepsake her fans and family will treasure.

    With food and family as her guide, my friend Lorraine brings her generous spirit to the table in this book. Her recipes are fun and flavorful and will make you want to cook from the heart, just like she does.
    — José Andrés, award-winning chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup

    Lorraine Wallace

    Lorraine Wallace had two great passions growing up–riding horses and cooking. She became an expert in both. Moving to Middleburg, Virginia in the 1980s, she became a competitor on the amateur showjumping circuit and won awards on her horse, Strait Man. At the same time, she started her own extensive garden–growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers. She developed an appreciation for organic ingredients and a deep love for cooking.

    Ashley Ruckman joins us in the second half to talk about the 5th Annual “Palette to Palate – A Wine & Art Experience“, a FUN raiser for KETCH.  This is one of the best food & wine events in Wichita.

    This year’s event will feature a four course dinner prepared by Chef Peter Moretti at the Wichita Marriott. The night will also include an exclusive VIP Pre-Party, the ultimate wine tasting experience in Wichita featuring some of the most prestigious wines you’ll ever have the chance to savor. Drew Hendricks of Rudd Winery will be the Master Sommelier for the evening.  He’ll discuss the wine pairings for each course.

    Palette to Palate is an evening of perfect pairings to benefit KETCH and the nearly 500 adults with developmental disabilities in our vocational training, residential supports, and adult day services. Join us for this divine sensory experience all while supporting adults with disabilities in their mission to aspire higher!

    Friday, February 27, 2015 ~ Wichita Marriott; 9100 East Corporate Hills Drive

    TICKETS: $150 | Wine Dinner                 $250|VIP Pre-Party Tasting
                               (dinner & auctions)                   (includes wine dinner & auctions)

    Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 316.383.8889 ,or via email

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Ladera Sagrada Castelo do Papa Godello

    The 2013 Papa (100% organically grown Godello) was aged totally in stainless steel and saw no malolactic. It possesses the texture of a classy white Burgundy, as well as lots of honeyed citrus, spring flower, quince and apricot characteristics. Medium-bodied with impressive texture, depth and richness, its finish is fresh, vibrant and exuberant. This beauty is best consumed in its first several years of life. ABV13%  IWC90

    I served this wine at one of our Charity Auction Tapas Dinners and it really showed well.  Much different than the 2012 I last tasted, bringing not only rich fruit with a hint of sweet aromatics but nearly the heft and mouth feel of Chardonnay.  This wine is a beauty!

    Pick up a bottle at Jacob Liqour Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita and join us :-)

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    Posted on February 4th, 2015

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    Feb 7 – The Winemaker’s Hand & Strong Ale Fest

    My guest this week is Natalie Berkowitz with her new book “The Wine Maker’s Hand – Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir. In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine’s complex flavors and aromas.


    Natalie Berkowitz

    Natalie Berkowitz

    Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast,Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the wine blog Winealicious and formerly taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University. There have been many books about the science, art and craft of winemaking but I think this might be the first about the unique individuals from all manner of background and experience who actually do the work.  In my travels and through this show I have had the opportunity to spend time with and become friends with many who make wine.  While there are some common threads, they are all individuals with some unique stories about their journey in wine and more importantly the craft of winemaking.

    In the second half, Schane Gross joins us in-studio to talk about Fork & Fennel, her latest restaurant adventure in addition to The Anchor and Douglas Avenue Chop Shop and more importantly…The Strong Ale Fest at the Anchor!

    Strong ale, as defined by the annual Strong Ale Fest at the Anchor, is just beer that has a higher-than-normal alcohol content, and some of it tastes deceptively smooth.

    Schane Gross

    The Strong Ale Fest, now in its sixth year, will close down the popular downtown bar at 1109 E. Douglas from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday Feb 21 and is expected to draw 200 Wichita beer geeks and fans, all looking to sample a collection of 8-percent-and-higher alcohol content beers amassed by Anchor owner Schane Gross plus local beer distributors and brewers.

    The 6th annual Strong Ale Fest featuring ales 8% ABV and up. Approximately 100 beers. Styles including Belgian strong ales, American wild ales, brown ales, American strong ales, barleywines, dubbel ales, tripel ales, quadrupel ales, IPAs, Imperial IPAs, black ales, porters, imperial stouts, saisons, chile beer, doppelbocks and barrel aged beers.   Cost is $40 ($5 for designated drivers)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: 2012 Frogs Leap Napa Chardonnay “The 2012 Chardonnay is a wine that retains a delicate slate, lemongrass aromatic with just a hint of stone fruit. Super clean on the palate, this wine’s rich flavors are all underscored by a light touch of minerality. The superb balance of bright acid and lovely flavors of peach and citrus make this your go-to wine for all you seafood delights.” Pairs perfectly with freshly shucked oysters to a simple grilled or sauteed filet of sole.
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