• Jan 21 – 2017 BBQ Trends & More!

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    First up is Steven Raichlen, the busiest man in BBQ.  Today we are going to be talking BBQ Trends in 2017.  What to cook, what fire source, what type of grills…you get the picture :-)

    Steven Raichlen is a multi-award winning author, journalist, television host, and now novelist. His books include the international blockbusters The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill and the New York Times bestselling Planet Barbecue. His new novel, Island Apart, tells a story of love, loss, redemption and really good food set on Martha’s Vineyard. Translated into 15 languages, Raichlen’s books have won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP-Julia Child Awards and have sold more than 4 million copies. Raichlen also hosts the popular TV shows, Primal Grill and Barbecue University on PBS, and a French language show called Le Maitre du Grill. He lives and writes in Coconut Grove, Florida, and on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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    Steven says, “A new year already? You know what that means: It’s time for Raichlen’s predictions for barbecue trends in 2017. The good news? More people are cooking a wider range of foods on a more diverse selection of grills and smokers, using more interesting fuels and flavorings than ever before. The bad news? There is no bad news. Just more great grilling and smoking for the year to come.  www.barbecuebible.com  Steven is on Facebook and Twitter @BarbecueBible

     

    smoking meatLater I’ll be talking to Jeff Phillips self-proclaimed Fire Poker, Pitmaster, and Smoke Whisperer.  Jeff is the man behind Smoking-Meat.com: A network of resources including a 300-page website, a smoking meat forum with more than 81,000 members, a newsletter with more than 300,000 subscribers, and a huge following of facebook fans. All for the sake of smoked meat!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:

    2011 Chateau Bel Air Haut-Médoc
    Image result for 2011 Chateau Bel Air Haut-MédocThe grapes are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. All of the grapes are hand harvested and vinified traditionally, in temperature-regulated stainless steel vats, with a long final maceration process. The wine is aged 12 months in barrique, 25% new.

    Reviews: “Features dark, roasted alder and mesquite notes mixed together, followed by juicy layers of linzer torte, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce. The long, anise-framed finish displays a serious graphite spine for length and definition. Best from 2014 through 2020.” ~ 91, Wine Spectator 2013

     

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    Posted on January 10th, 2017

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    Jan 14 – Restaurant Week & more…

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    First up is some information about one of the coolest events in town…it’s the 2017 Wichita Restaurant Week.  This great city wide event is a benefit for Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas and takes place Jan 20-29.

    Juston White from the Boys & Girls Club and Susie Santo President/CEO of Visit Wichita will join us to share their thoughts on this great organization and this years Restaurant Week.

    Last year’s event raised more than $10,000 with 24 restaurants participating.  This year should be even better with 10 new restaurants participating.  Visit WichitaRestuarantWeek.com for more info and to checkout the restaurants and how you can win $25 gift certificates.

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    Playoff Football…The Super Bowl…College Basketball, name your sport but let’s talk about what to serve at your watch party!

    It’s all about great party food to go with any sport but especially the Super Bowl.  How about Chili? How about Chili that’s not too bad for you?

    Nutrition expert Clark Bartram of SixPackAbs.com is one of my guests to talk about his chili recipe and many great things to help you stay on your New Years diet, boost testosterone and still have FUN!

    Want to burn belly fat, build testosterone and get lean — by eating chili? You can even use fatty ground beef. [Recipe below.]

    Clark Bartram, Performance & Nutrition Industry Expert for SixPackAbs, cooks his chili recipe that burns belly fat ans boost testosterone. He recommends it as a perfect dish during the Super Bowl.

    Clark Bartram, Performance & Nutrition Industry Expert for SixPackAbs, cooks his chili recipe that burns belly fat ans boost testosterone. He recommends it as a perfect dish during the Super Bowl.

    Men over 40 with higher testosterone levels have more energy, more strength and less belly fat, according to Clark Bartram, 53, Performance & Nutrition Industry Expert for Six Pack Abs, and Lead Advisor to the International Sports Sciences Association. When men’s testosterone levels are low, they face muscle loss, low energy and loss of sex drive. Additionally, their body stores most of the food they eat as belly fat.

    The fats in red meat as well as salmon and tuna boost testosterone, he said. Other such foods are: almonds, garlic, eggs, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, avocados, bananas, watermelon, citrus fruit, grapes, and honey.

    For chili, adding white button mushrooms are a key ingredient to blocking estrogen, the female version of testosterone. Estrogen can cause a man to bloat, develop breast tissue and store more fat around the waist. Rising estrogen levels also cause your belly fat to start producing a testosterone killing chemical that creates even more estrogen.

    Get Clark’s Chili Recipe and more here!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2013 Noble Viines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi California
    337 Cabernet Sauvignon exudes vibrant aromas of black cherry, ripe currant, fresh herbs and lightly roasted coffee. Smooth tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of blackberry, black cherry and chocolate, intertwined with spicy black pepper accents on the finish. This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with herb-roasted pork loin, baked chicken or barbecued steak and sautéed mushrooms.

    Grab a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange and  join us!

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    Posted on January 3rd, 2017

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    Jan 7 – “The Wrong Dog”

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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.

  • Dec 31 – Wheat State Distilling & Distillery 244

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    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year filled with great friends, spectacular wine and food and most importantly good health and time to enjoy all those fun things.

    Image result for wheat state distillingThis week I’ll be talking to my friend David Bahre, founder/owner and distilling hero of Wheat State Distillery.  In case you haven’t been keeping track, the distillery has moved from 37th St. North to a new, bigger and better venue in Old Town combined with Distillery 244.  246 N Mosley here in Wichita, Kansas.  

    David Bahre’s love and knowledge of grains and fine spirits combined into an obsession.  After years of planning, he started building the distillery in January of 2013 and Wheat State Distilling officially opened in December of 2013.  www.wheatstatedistilling.com

    David 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.  David’s wife, Kim, a Wichita native and KSU grad as well, works along with him.  Their daughter, the inspiration for Bella Bahre’s Bourbon, is a frequent sight at the distillery in addition to great friends and family who help out when needed.  On Facebook @wheatstatedistilling

    Later in the show I’ll be talking to Aleigh Wells manager and founder of Distillery 244 an upscale event venue.  Aleigh says:

    Image may contain: 1 person“Distillery 244 is proud to offer our event space for rental for your special event. Our newly renovated, 7,000 sq. ft. event space provides a unique atmosphere. Located in the heart of Old Town, Distillery 244 is within walking distance to many restaurants, night life, hotels and shopping. Our event space has unique concrete floors, exposed brick walls and garage doors. We can accommodate up to 480 people for a sit down dinner in our venue, with an additional 125 people in our Distillery. We also have the capability to close off part of our venue, for a smaller, more intimate gathering.

     

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
    Image result for mumm napa brut prestige sparkling wineBrut Prestige is Mumm Napa’s signature sparkling wine. A classic blend of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier. It is a relaxed, yet elegant, wine that earns sparkling accolades from consumers and critics alike.  Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant flavors are balanced by fine acidity and a rich, lingering finish.

    Critical Acclaim

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      Wine Spectator“Packs in a lot of complexity for the price, offering aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber. The flavors are crisp and layered, with notes of raspberry and spice. “

    Yet another great choice for your New Years celebration.
    Grab it by the case at Jacob Liquor Exchange East or West!

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    Dec 24 – Treveri Cellars

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    Happy Ho Ho Ho…

    Jurgen & Guy

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    I’m a BIG fan of Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Bubbles whatever you prefer…all year round but everyone seems to pay attention to this magical wine this time of year.  My guest today is Jürgen Grieb founding owner and Winemaker at Treveri Cellars.  This fine sparkling wine producer is located in the Yakima Valley, the heart of the Columbia Valley in Washington state.  I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon on the patio at this picture-postcard location with Jürgen this past April.  We now have Treveri Cellars wines here in Kansas including Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Rd.

    Treveri Cellars is a family-owned sparkling wine house that produces some of the finest handcrafted sparkling wines in the United States.  Treveri opened its doors on November 23, 2010 with a mission to put Washington sparkling wine on the map. Since its opening, Treveri wine has been served at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York.  Producing a wide array of sparkling wines, including non-traditional varieties such as Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau, Treveri largely focuses on 100% varietal sparkling wines, and is also launching a reserve tier of sparkling wine.

    Perfect wine for your holiday party or dinner.  Learn more at:  www.trevericellars.com

    Later in the second half I’ll be talking to my friends at Jacob Liquor Exchange and The Cigar Chateau about last minute gift ideas for Christmas.  If you have been procrastinating or need a last minute gift for those on your list who like adult beverages, fine cigars, pipe tobacco and an array of wine accessories, Jacob Liquor and the Cigar Chateau are open until 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve.  www.jacobliquor.com

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:

    NV Treveri Cellars Brut Blan de Blanc
    Image result for Treveri Cellars Brut Blanc de Blanc100% Chardonnay from the Yakima Valley AVA made in the traditional method.  Smooth, complex and crisp, showing green apple and a hint of brioche balanced by bright acidity and touch of yeast on the palate for a cool, crisp finish. This Brut forges old world methods together with new world fruit, making this wine one that shouldn’t be missed. Treveri Brut demands indulgence and brings clear perspective to your moment. The fresh and dry finish enhances this bubbly, and brings luxury to any occasion.

    Pick up a few bottles at Jacob Liquor on N. Rock Road

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