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    Posted on May 21st, 2017

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    May 27 – New York Wine

    This show will be FUN!  If you have not traveled to the New York Finger Lakes for a wine trip…you are missing out.  Joining me this Saturday is Jim Trezise, a great guy who has been the head of the New York Wine and Grape Foundations for three decades.  He resigned that position last year and in addition to being the founder of the International Riesling Foundation (IRF) he has now become the president of Wine America as of January 2017.

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    Jim Trezise

    Trezise was the President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation since its creation in 1985, and has been involved with the industry since 1982.  The Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization which sponsors research and conducts promotion programs in support of New York grapes, grape juice and wine.  The Foundation’s research and promotion programs have received international recognition, as has its close and productive partnership with the State of New York.

    Jim is also widely recognized for his leadership in the broader American wine industry, having received six national awards or other recognition for his many contributions: The “Grand Award” of the Society of Wine Educators in 2014;  one of “The 20 Most Admired People in the American Wine Industry” in 2013 based on a survey by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine; the Wine Integrity Award in 2006 from the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission; the first-ever “Distinguished Service Award” in 2001 from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (Eastern Section); the Perpetual Monteith Trophy (Thomas Jefferson Cup) in 1995 from the Vinifera Winegrowers Association; and recognition by “Wines & Vines” magazine as one of the “top 50 movers and shakers” in the United States wine industry.  In addition, in 2014 he received the coveted “Chairman’s Award” of the New York Wine & Culinary Center.

    In the second half Jenny Bartels from Breckenridge Distilling joins us to talk about this Colorado producer of fine spirits.  Jenny will be in Wichita for the June 4 “Spirited Spirits” event at the Wichita Boat House.  This event is the first of two VIP events offered during this year Riverfest. For only $85 you can attend this very limited seating Spirits event and then on June 8, at Century-II Exhibition Hall Balconey Level the all new “Old World vs. New World” Wine tasting.

    Again, for only $85 you get to attend both VIP events and each event is followed by front row seating at that evenings concert.  After Spirited Spirits Sunday June 4 it’s Carrie Nation and The Speak Easy on the RedGuard Stage.  Then the Thursday night June 8 wine event is followed by the world famous Mavis Stapels on the Kennedy Plaza Stage.

  • May 20 – Midwest Beerfest

    LIVE from the 17th Annual Midwest Beerfest at Century-II Expo Hall

    Wichita’s chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food presents the
    17th annual Midwest Beerfest Grand Tasting, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    May 20 at Wichita’s Century II EXPO Hall

    www.midwestbeerfest.com

    Saturday May 20 Doors open at 1 p.m. for the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $45 (inclusive of convenience fee) and can be purchased at Century II’s WichitaTix box office, by calling (316) 303-8100 or online at ww.wichitatix.com.

    Tickets entitle participants to a tasting mug, program guide and a key to the world of beers.

    Also look for non-beer drinks, an array of beer-friendly food, a brew-lover’s Silent Auction with the opportunity to win lots of great prizes, and music.

    The Silent Auction is a benefit for Prairie Travelers/Andover Augusta Rail Trail Initiative (AARTI.)

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    It’s craft BEER you silly  :-)

  • May 13 – Secret Ingredient BBQ & Growler Chill

    We begin this week with a topic and cookbook near and dear to my Barbecuing heart.  My first guest is Staci Jett with her new book “Secret Ingredient Smoking and Grilling – Incredible Recipes from a Competitive Chef to Take your BBQ to the Next Level.”  Long title but a cool book!

    Image result for Secret Ingredient Smoking and GrillingCreate complex, authentic southern flavors with smoking secrets from American Grilled champion Staci Jett. Bring competition-worthy dishes right to your table with secret ingredients like Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Jim Beam Whisky barrel pieces, which add a rich and delicious caramel oak flavor to smoked meat; use Chop House Seasoning to make your burger taste like premium steak, or try an Old Bay dry rub to add new dimensions of flavor to Slow Smoked Baby Back Ribs. With Staci’s unique ingredients and winning techniques, you can serve next-level dishes like Kentucky Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs smoked over cherry and oak wood, Sweet Chili Smoked Wings and Ginger Pecan Bourbon Glazed Salmon.

    With Staci’s mouth-watering recipes, you will create incredible and distinctive meals from your smoker and grill. Whether you’re in the mood for bison, beef, pork, duck or fish, Secret Ingredient Smoking and Grilling will show you how to take it up a notch.

    About the Author
    Image result for Staci Jett bbqStaci Jett was a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters, won Travel Channel’s American Grilled and was awarded third place at the International BBQ Festival. In addition to being a competitive chef, Staci also owns a catering business, Hog’s Heaven BBQ. She lives in Kentucky.  Get a copy NOW!   Follow Staci on Face Book and Twitter

    In the second half I’ll be talking to Randy Hollister founder and inventor of “Growler Chill.”

    Growler Chill is the revolutionary household countertap that’s taking the craft beer industry by storm. Created to solve the perishability problem in both 64 and 32 oz. standard glass growlers, this innovative home appliance keeps a variety of craft beer cold, fresh for weeks and on-tap right at home. As a smart home appliance, Growler Chill will even alert you when your beer is low and you need a refill!

    growlerchillWhen you bring the full growler home from the brewer, bar, or fill station, remove and replace the cap with our patent-pending quick connect “Magic Top Cap”. Insert into the Virginator, and in seconds any oxygen present in the headspace of the bottle is displaced by CO2. This prevents oxygen from causing off-flavors in your beer. Invert your growler and place in one of the three chill chambers. Once inserted, a regulated pressure of CO2 dispenses your beer through the tap faucet.

    This is a first class piece of equipment that anyone who enjoys craft beer and supporting our local brewers must have.  Learn more at www.growlerchill.com   Follow Growler Chill on Face Book and twitter.

    I’ll finish up with an overview of next weeks Midwest Beerfest and all the new and exciting events and the biggest list of craft beers for you to sample this side of the Rockies and the Great American Beerfest!

    I’ll be broadcasting live from this years Beerfest next week…hope you already have reservations for one of the dinners on Friday May 19 and I hope to see you at Century-II Saturday May 20.  :-)

    Image result for 2014 airlie dry gewurztraminerGood Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 airlie Dry Gewürztraminer

    Dry in style with notes of honey and pineapple. Mouth filling texture and well balanced acidity brings the literal translation of Gewürztraminer – “spice grape” to life. Known as a natural companion to spicy foods like Thai, it is also a great choice for holiday fare from Oktoberfest through Christmas.  Wine Enthusiast 90

    Learn more about airlie here.

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    Posted on May 1st, 2017

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    May 6 – Riverfest & French Wine

    Mary Beth Jarvis

    Mary Beth Jarvis

    First up is Mary Beth Jarvis of Wichita Festivals to talk about some of the new and exciting things happening at this years Wichita River Festival.  I helped with the planning of a VIP wine, spirits and music two day event called “Vino & Vibes.”  For only $85 you get to attend both events on two separate nights, taste some great spirits, some great wine and then have VIP front row seating at two of the best concerts at Riverfest 2017.

    Only 100 VIP tickets to Vino & Vibes will be available so get yours quick!  Learn more about Wichita’s Party on the River…The 2017 Wichita Riverfest is right around the corner

    Madness, Music & Libations

    SUNDAY, JUNE 4 – SPIRITED SPIRITS at The Wichita Boast House – A Tasting of Outstanding Spirits from Around the World.  Then it’s off to the Redguard Stage for “Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy”

    THURSDAY, JUNE 8 – OLD WORLD WINE VS. NEW WORLD WINES at Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony Level – A Tasting of Fine Wines from France and The New World.  Then it’s off to the Kennedy Plaza stage for “Mavis Staples & JD Mcpherson

    Then my friend Dr. Theo Mellion proprietor of Roche-Mère Wine Selections joins me to talk about his journey in wine and more importantly some of the great wines his company brings to the USA.  It’s some of the fine French wines from the Roche-Mère portfolio that you’l have the opportunity to taste at the June 8th Vino & Vibes event as well as New World wines from Southern Glazers distributors.

    Guy & Theo

    Guy & Theo

    Dr. Theo Mellion is a man of exacting standards, whether operating at Kansas Spine and Specialty Hospital or traveling the vineyards of France. Theo started Roche-Mère in 2011. The name means “mother rock” or “bedrock.” Roche-Mère imports wine from small, independent operations of 10 to 50 acres. The company is currently importing about 100 wines – reds, whites and sparkling wines – from a total of nearly 40 producers located throughout some of the finest vineyards in France.  Check out the Roche-Mère portfolio here.  Better yet, go to Jacob Liquor Exchange and get some to try tonight.  Prices range from $15 to over $100 but most are in the wine sweet spot of $18-$30.  Theo says “My mantra has always been you should be able to drink high quality wine at a reasonable price” – I couldn’t agree more!

    Good Life Guy’s Wines of the Week:
    You guessed it…a couple of fine wines from Roche-Mère

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    Apr 29 – Southern-Latino Table

    My guest this week is Sandra Gutierrez with her latest book “The New Southern-Latino Table – Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America & the American South.”

    The New Southern-Latino TableIn this splendid cookbook, bicultural cook Sandra Gutierrez blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques, creatively marrying the diverse and delicious cuisines of more than twenty Latin American countries with the beloved food of the American South. Order a copy NOW!

    The New Southern-Latino Table features 150 original and delightfully tasty recipes that combine the best of both culinary cultures. Gutierrez, who has taught thousands of people how to cook, highlights the surprising affinities between the foodways of the Latin and Southern regions–including a wide variety of ethnic roots in each tradition and many shared basic ingredients–while embracing their flavorful contrasts and fascinating histories.

    These lively dishes–including Jalapeno Deviled Eggs, Cocktail Chiles Rellenos with Latin Pimiento Cheese, Two-Corn Summer Salad, Latin Fried Chicken with Smoky Ketchup, Macaroni con Queso, and Chile Chocolate Brownies–promise to spark the imaginations and the meals of home cooks, seasoned or novice, and of food lovers everywhere. Along with delectable appetizers, salads, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, Gutierrez also provides a handy glossary, a section on how to navigate a Latin tienda, and a guide to ingredient sources. The New Southern-Latino Table brings to your home innovative, vibrant dishes that meld Latin American and Southern palates.

    Later in the program I’ll be telling you all about the Wichita Grand Opera’s Champagne Ball May 6th at the Hyatt.  Wait until you hear about some of the exciting LIVE auction packages that have been assembled for this exclusive event. Joining me to talk about the event and especially the auction packages is WGO COO Edward Lada.

    A Party without Champagne is ju2017_Wichita_Grand_Opera_Champagne_Ball_Artwork_with_quotest a Meeting” And on May 6th, WGO will follow that very sentiment as we will toast the town, with THE WICHITA GRAND OPERA CHAMPAGNE BALL, The only Social Event or Opera Ball of it’s kind in the state of Kansas.

    Sip on the signature bubbly as you revel in the evening’s festivities; delight in a three-course dinner complete with champagne flair; fall in love with Guest of Honor, Wichita’s own Chris Mann, as he serenades those in attendance with selections as The Phantom from Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” a part he made famous with 700 performances nationwide; bid on luxury live auction items and take your chance with the radiant raffle; and dance the night away to the tunes of the spectacular Matt Johnston and Co. returning by popular demand.

    Learn more about the event and order tickets NOW!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Image result for 2015 Bula Red Blend2015 Bula Red Blend, D.O. Montsant, Spain (40% Cariñena, 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah)
    Brilliant ruby color. Fresh and assertively perfumed, displaying an array of red and dark berry scents and a soft floral character. Sweet and seamless on the palate, with juicy black raspberry and violet pastille flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerality. The persistent finish shows very good focus and lift, framed by silky, slow-building. Aged for 4 months in French and American oak. ABV14%  A GREAT value wine!

    Get some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on N. Rock Road

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