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Welcome to 2017 – DOGS really are an important part of The Good Life! Not specifically about Food or wine but traveling across country with a dog will surely generate some great food stories along the way.  As some of you know November 2015 I lost my best girl Cleo.  She was the smartest dog, the softest dog, and the most fun of any pooch I have been honored to parent.  She was only 11 but had cancer of the spleen. Then nearly a year later, my little brown shadow Caesar left us, he was almost 16 and was tied with Cleo as the BEST DOG!  This was the first dog-less Christmas in many years.  The kids grown and gone and no dogs to open presents left Beth and I with a whole in our hearts Christmas morning. While I have had David’s book for several weeks, I couldn’t bring myself to read it until this past week.  I laughed, cried and missed my fur babies, but it is a great read.  Read it with a glass of the wine of the week and you’ll feel better.

My guest this week is David Elliot Cohen with his new book “The Wrong Dog”

David Elliot Cohen, the multi-New York Times bestselling author of One Year Off, The Wrong Dog is the heartwarming, often hilarious, story of Simba II, a mischievous white Labrador puppy brought home by accident.

As he grows into an enormous ninety-pound dog with a huge personality, Simba cements the bond between two families and enriches their lives in countless ways.  When the family moves from San Francisco to New York, the author is charged with bringing Simba to the family’s new home, so he and his best friend, Erick, load the old hound into the back of a station wagon and set out on a 3,300-mile once-in-a-lifetime road trip across America.

With stops at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace; the Las Vegas Strip; Meteor Crater; the Painted Desert; Cadillac Ranch; Winslow, Arizona; Gallup, New Mexico; Graceland, and other all-American landmarks, this engaging and poignant volume chronicles an epic journey, the unconditional love between one dog and his family, and the vast and benevolent role dogs play in American family life. But most of all, The Wrong Dog shows us how the end of life can sometimes be the richest part of all.  Get a copy NOW!

About the Author 
David Elliot Cohen's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, smilingFor three decades, best-selling author and editor David Elliot Cohen has created books that have sold six million copies worldwide. Most were in the immensely popular Day in the Life and America 24/7 photography book series. He has four New York Times bestsellers and two international bestsellers to his credit. Cohen is a graduate of Yale University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Laureen Seeger, and the youngest of their five children.  Follow on Face Book and find David on Twitter

Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2015 Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling
Image result for willamette valley vineyards riesling 2015This semi-sweet wine opens with luscious aromas of citrus and tropical fruits.The mouthfeel is juicy with bright acidity that activates the palate and displays flavors of peach, pineapple and honeysuckle. The finish is wonderfully persistent with balance of sweetness and refreshing crispness. Peak drinkability 2016-2018.

This wine is SOLD OUT on wine.com for good reason, it’s delicious!  Grab some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita

Food Pairings: Serve well-chilled and allow to warm in your glass for optimal enjoyment of aroma and flavor. Perfect as an
aperitif or as an ideal pairing to spicy Asian dishes, seafood and rich cheeses. This wine is versatile enough for dessert pairings like fruit tarts or savory options like blue cheese creme brulee.

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