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    Posted on November 1st, 2017

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    Nov 4 – MEATER meat thermometer

    My guest this week is Joseph Cruz , Co-Founder/President/Sales and Marketing of Apption Labs, an innovative technology start-up dedicated to developing smarter consumer products connected to the Internet and controlled by mobile devices. Oesph says “Taking cues from our own lifestyle problems, we are not building gadgets, but complete solutions that you want and need to use every day.  The topic today: MEATER a high quality wireless meat thermometer using Blue Tooth to connect with the MEATER app on your phone.  Really cool piece of kitchen and outdoor cooking technology.  We’ll tell you all about Apption Labs and this great product.

    Meater is the first truly wireless smart meat thermometer. Along with the Meater app, it will help you cook the juiciest steak, chicken, turkey, fish or other meats perfectly every time for every occasion. Learn more here at the wildly successful Kickstarter site

    The company was founded on January 02, 2015 between 3 co-founders with 30+ years of combined hardware and software engineering experience. As close friends, the founders got together over a BBQ dinner, and after a few bottles of red wine and flights of Scotch, decided to take their problems into their own hands and stop waiting for someone else to solve them. This mentality is the driving force that echoes through the company culture that allows progressive ideas, positive thinking, and innovation.

    Apption Labs is headquartered in Leicester, United Kingdom and also have offices in Los Angeles, CA, USA and Hsinchu, Taiwan. Our multi-continental background serves as an advantage to not only reach a global market for our products but allows us to gather insight and feedback from people of different cultures to help build and shape products with the right features and functionality. Our product inspirations come from our own experiences and most importantly, from the actual people who need them.

    As the consumer market transitions into the Internet of Everything, Apption Labs is poised to lead this space by offering unique products with real world applications. We believe true innovation does not come without substantial risks and challenges; and our mission, as a company, is to face those obstacles head-on, and deliver first-to-market products engineered with laser focus. Visit MEATER.com

    About Joseph Cruz:
    Riding on the heels of a successful career in computing, product and design development and management as R&D manager for Gefen, Joseph Cruz joined forces with his colleague and business partner to pursue his passion for innovation and bring to life his own “big ideas.” Embarking on this journey as business owner and inventor, paired with the spirit of an entrepreneur, Joseph co-founded Apption Labs in 2015. As an avid fan of crowdfunding and the innate desire to develop his own products, Joseph enlisted the strength of the start-up community via Kickstarter to aid in bringing his first product, MEATER to market. MEATER is the world’s first truly wireless leave-in meat thermometer, paving the way for future innovations and setting a new standard in the consumer space in this product category. Apption Labs is at the beginning of its journey through the creation of innovative products with all-new efficiency tools and user-centric tech enhancements on the horizon.

    Joseph Cruz | Co-Founder/President/Sales and Marketing
    Teemu Nivala | Co-Founder/COO/CTO
    Dauson Chang | Co-Founder/VP of Supply Chain Management

    Good Life Guy’s Wine(s) of the Week:
    2015 Ste. Michelle Vineyards Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    Image result for 2015 Ste. Michelle Vineyards Cabernet SauvignonThis special label is in celebration of 50 years of winemaking at Chateau Ste. Michelle. From a warm growing season, the 2015 vintage is sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. The final blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.  Cabernet Sauvignon is a standout variety from Washington, with silky tannins, rich complexity and concentrated fruit. That’s why our Columbia Valley Cabernet is the perfect choice to carry the nostalgic banner of our 50th anniversary. Raise a glass and help us celebrate the next 50 years! WE89

    2016 Ste. Michelle Vineyards Columbia Valley Chardonnay
    Image result for 2016 Ste. Chateau Michelle Chardonnay AnniversaryChateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food-friendly wine. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. This special 50th Anniversary bottling celebrates five decades of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s commitment to tradition, innovation and the future.  Pairs well with crab, poultry, salmon, and scallops. Try seasoning with ginger, lemon zest, tarragon, or thyme.

    Cheers to 50 more years of great wine from Washington!  🙂

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    Pick up some of each and join me this Saturday…you’ll love them both!

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    Posted on October 23rd, 2017

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    Oct 28 – Cork Dork

    If you are interested in wine and want to learn about what it’s like to become a Sommelier you need this book…

    My guest is Bianca Bosker with her new book Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste”

    Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.”

    With boundless curiousity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: What’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine–and, perhaps, the way you live–forever.  Get a book NOW!

    Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist who has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Republic. The former executive tech editor of The Huffington Post, she is the author of the critically acclaimed book Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China (University of Hawaii Press, 2013). She lives in New York City.  Learn more about Bianca: www.biancabosker.com  Follow on Facebook and Twitter

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Secret Squirrel Red Blend, Columbia Valley Washington
    This wine is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc, 11% Petite Verdot, and 7% Malbec. The oak treatment was 65% new French Oak for 28 months.   A wildly expansive nose shows off wonderful herbaceous notes of tea leaf, mint, eucalyptus, pomegranate, olive brine, rubbed sage, fennel, dried red currant, Christmas spice, vanilla bean and cocoa powder. On the palate, this wine is deeply complex, well-structured and delicious with flavors of dried plum, rustic red fruits, blackberry, dusty tannins, cedar and a lingering finish.  www.secretsquirrel.com

    Pickup a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road, Wichita and join us!

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    Oct 21 – Vineyard Sonoma County

    My guest this Saturday is George Rose, a photo journalist, winery publicist, writer and so much more with his new BIG book of stunning photos of Sonoma County.

    “VINEYARD Sonoma County,” a stunning, large-format collector’s edition coffee-table book featuring over 188 pages of color images by noted photojournalist and wine photographer George Rose. Learn more about George and order a copy of this book!

    “VINEYARD Sonoma County” is a celebration of the beauty of winegrowing throughout one of California’s most diverse wine regions and is the culmination of the photographer’s twenty-five-year career spent living, working, and documenting the dramatic seasonal changes of Sonoma County Wine Country. The volume includes a foreword by Alder Yarrow, publisher of the prestigious Vinography.com wine blog and an introduction by noted wine writer, Dan Berger.

    Over 40 years ago, George Rose began his long career as a photographer.  Throughout the years, he has traveled a long and winding road through the elite world of popular music, film, news, politics, and sports, eventually leading him to California’s Wine Country. During his prolific years as a Los Angeles-based photojournalist, Rose developed a remarkable and historic body of photographic work focused on popular culture. Follow George on Face Book 

    In addition to talking about George’s journey in wine and his book we will also be talking about the devastating fires in California and what you might do to HELP!  Below is a list of sites that are taking donations to help the less fortunate in Napa, Sonoma and especially Santa Rosa.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
    Our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has a graceful yet profound entrance. The 2014 vintage has similar flavors to what we saw last season, with an elegant, juicy entry and berry cobbler, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Mocha and wood spices unite, layer by layer, to form a finish that is rich with seamless tannins.

    Wilford Wong, wine buyer for Wine.com says:
    The 2014 Benziger Cabernet is excellent, a real deal in the marketplace. The wine’s ripe fruit, savory spices, and freshness make it perfect for those wanting top wines at decent prices.”  90/100 points.

    2014 Benziger Sonoma County Chardonnay
    Our Sonoma County Chardonnay is a vibrant, engaging wine that bursts with mouth-watering fruit and lively acid. Flavors of apple, pear, citrus and ripe apricot engage the palate, while subtle, creamy hints of butter and meringue unfold. The final presentation is a luscious finish, leaving the palate refreshed and wanting more. We suggest pairing with a roasted Dijon chicken or crab cakes.

    Chris Benziger is one of my good friends that lost his home in the fires 🙁
    www.benziger.com

    Want to help?  Below is a list of places where you can donate:
                                                           NAPA

    • The Napa Valley Community Foundation: click here.
    • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership: click here.
    • American Red Cross Wildfire Relief Fund: click here.
    • Napa Humane Society: click here.

                                                         SONOMA

    • Community Foundation of Sonoma: click here.
    • Redwood Empire Food Bank: click here.
    • SHARE Emergency Housing: click here.
    • Sonoma County Animal Services: click here.

                                                        SANTA ROSA

    • Redwood Credit Union Community Fund: click here.
    • You Caring – Tubbs Fire Victims: click here.
  • Oct 14 – Extra Crispy, unWINEd and Benovia winery

    My first guest this week is Kate Welsh from the very informative and fun “Extra Crispy!”  Extra what?  This is a great site with a weekly news letter published about Food, Drink and Culture and even has a video section.  EC offers cutting edge information often in a humerus fashion and is great fun.  Kate is part of the editorial team at Extra Crispy, an avid writer, photographer and more.  She had two articles recently that caught my attention. Both were taste tests, one about grocery store wheat bread and the other about peanut butter, we’ll tell you about both and more.  Click on the pictures below to read both posts at Extra Crispy 🙂

     

     

     

     

     

    Kate says: “Im a writer and editor in Brooklyn. With extensive experience in editorial, social media, customer experience, and creative realms, I know what it takes to tell a good story to every possible audience. Yep, even that one.” Learn more about Kate. @khwelsh @extracrispy

    In the second half I’ll tell you about yet another FUN event that I’m hosting at Wichita’s Botanical Gardens, it’s called “unWINEd” and this months addition is all about the wines of Fall.  The event is Wednesday October 18 starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Your’s truly is your wine host and I’ll offer some insight on, you guessed it…wines of Fall. We’ll taste 5 different wines perfect for the drop in temperature and leading us up to the holidays.  Then dinner is served by Sweet Basil and you will be free to taste all the wines again or just enjoy a glass of your favorite with dinner.

    Tickets are $45 for Botanica members and $50 for non-members.  You must make a reservation, for more info and to order tickets follow this link or call 316 264-0448.
    Botanica, The Wichita Gardens 701 N Amidon Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67203

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Benovia Fort Ross – Seaview Chardonnay
    Winemaker Mike Sullivan says: “Maybe the most Burgundian Chardonnay in our portfolio, this seductive Chardonnay displays explosive aromas of lime blossom and William Pear with underlying mineral notes. On the pallet the wine displays tension between bright acidity and cool-climate structure framed with flavors of nectarine and lemon custard. This wine is delightfully elegant upon release but will continue to gain complexity with bottle age for 3 to 5 years.”  Robert Parker WA92

    Benovia is near the worst of the fires ravage and many who work there including winemaker Mike Sullivan lost their home.  Below is a list of places where you can donate:

    NAPA

    • The Napa Valley Community Foundation: click here.

     

    • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership: click here.

     

    • American Red Cross Wildfire Relief Fund: click here.

     

    • Napa Humane Society: click here.

     

                                                         SONOMA

    • Community Foundation of Sonoma: click here.

     

    • Redwood Empire Food Bank: click here.

     

    • SHARE Emergency Housing: click here.

     

    • Sonoma County Animal Services: click here.

     

                                                       SANTA ROSA

    • Redwood Credit Union Community Fund: click here.

     

    • You Caring – Tubbs Fire Victims: click here.
  • Sep 30 – Downtown Chili Cookoff

    LIVE from the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff

    The 2017 Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff is yet again upon us! Saturday, September 30th one Douglas and St. Francis. $5 all the chili you can handle!! Kids Play Zone, Flyovers, Beer, Live music, CHILI, and so much more! Proceeds go to the Good Life Grant which benefits local charities. Come party with the Wichita Wagonmasters and Good Life Guy. Your sure to have a great time!

    I’ll be talking to the reigning Chili Potentate Bob Lutz, the famous and overworked 2017 Wagonmasters “Chili Dipper” Steve Moore and many of the contestants and happy participants at this years event.

    Join the Party!

    Since the return to Douglas Avenue the crowds have responded in great numbers. And, the best part…the weather doesn’t matter! Hot, mild or even cold, it’s chili weather! We expect the crowd to be over 9,000 strong and all of them eager to taste some of the best chili in the Midwest!

    The total number of contestants has increased from around 70 the last several years to 92, and the list of participants includes individuals, superior chili competitors, businesses and restaurants. (Shameless plug: For the first time ever, Dining With Denise will have a booth at the cookoff, where She’ll be serving a chile verde made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    While the first beverage that comes to mind when thinking chili is beer…
    …you might want to try a little Spanish Cava!
    NV Poema Brut, Extra Dry & Rose’ 
    Poe_cava_brut_btl_230px Poe_cava_xdry_btl_230px Poe_cava_rose_btl_230pxAll three of these Sparkling wines are made in the traditional method with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle.  The primary grapes are different than French Champagne, in Spain it’s Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada in the blend.  While I like them all, especially at a great price of only $8.99, I think the Extra Dry is perfect to accompany most any chili.

    Poema carefully observes the Cava DO’s stringent regulations to craft its top-quality, small-production Cavas, which are made using the same traditional method used in Champagne. The grapes are grown in the limestone hills surrounding Barcelona on vines that are a minimum of 20 years old. A green harvest and careful selection help to ensure that only ripe, pristine grapes are picked. Grapes are harvested manually and pressed in three different wineries close to the vineyards before each lot is fermented separately. With 55% of the must free-run juice, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, then the lots are blended and second fermentation takes place in the bottle.

    Get ya some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita!

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