Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wed Jan 27, 2010

Louis Lucas -  Lucas & Lewellen   (pronounced Louie) Originally from the Central Valley of California, Louis Lucas is one of California's premier grape growers. He literally grew up in the business. His father, son of Croatian immigrants, was a leading table grape grower in California for decades. Louis is best described as an innovator and a master at utilizing a variety growing practices and techniques. His vast knowledge and viticulture expertise span over 35 years, making him a sought after speaker, consultant, and
Winemaker/farmer Louis Lucas ... advisor. Louis has sold wine grapes to many wineries over the years including: Sebastiani, Korbel, Chateau Montelena, ZD, Wente Brothers, Ridge, Callaway, Bargetto, Kendall-Jackson, Robert Mondavi, Steele, Rusack, Fess Parker, Sunstone, Dan Gehrs, Austin Cellars, Foxen, Sanford, Viansa, Fiddlehead, McKeon-Phillips, Rideau and Bonny Doon. In 1963, Louis graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in Finance & Business Economics. Aside from his studies, Louis excelled in track and made his best attempt at Irish football. After four cold Indiana winters, Louis headed back to California to join the family's table grape, wine grape, and almond business. Several years later, he embarked on a new venture, one that would mark him as a pioneer in the California Central Coast's wine industry. In 1970, he formed Tepusquet Vineyards with his brother George and partner Alfred Gagnon to become one of the first commercial wine grape growers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. In the early 1970's, he worked with Jack Niven to form Edna Valley Vineyards and expanded Tepusquet to the Shandon region of Paso Robles. It was during these years where Louis tested all of the growing theories of the past and created some of his own. He spent several summers touring the finest wine regions of France, Italy, Spain and Germany studying their methods and systems. His conclusion was simple, as he states, " The best decision I ever made in the early 70's was going against conventional wisdom by planting more vines per acre, adapting trellis systems to fit specific varieties, and instituting suckering, hedging, thinning and leaf removal programs. I had learned this from growing table grapes with my Father, and my travels in Europe confirmed these techniques were essential to growing quality wine grapes." As the 1980's approached, a shift began to take place in the wine industry as a whole. Johannisburg Riesling had been the primary white, but Chardonnay was well on it's was to replacing it. Louis adjusted to this shift and converted most of his vineyards from Cabernet, Merlot, and Gamay Beaujolais to Chardonnay (only keeping the Pinot Noir). He also planted another vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley of Santa Barbara County. There he instituted the 'Geneva Double Curtain' trellis system for his Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc. "This system [Geneva Double Curtain] produces a stronger more massive vine, elevating it off the ground with a large open canopy promoting greater production, quality, and health of the vine in general." Louis' current venture, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards (L&L), has once again placed him at the top of his class. In 1996, he joined forces with retired Judge Royce Lewellen, with two of his existing vineyards, and together, they acquired several premium wine producing properties. These vineyards are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: the Santa Maria Valley, the Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Ynez Valley, allowing them to utilize the 3 different climate zones that are unique to Santa Barbara's County's coastal climate. L&L vineyards experience warm days and cool nights with long, gentle growing seasons for their over 400 acres and 24 varieties of grapes. L&L is now in the process of planning a winery and tasting room facility in the Los Alamos Valley. In Louis's own words: "Growing great wine grapes requires a great deal of work. It is a true labor of caring to find a balance between the soil, the vine and the climate. All of these things must occur at the right time and are critical for vine maturity, resulting in real quality yields." Never too far away from his vines, Louis, his wife Jill and their two daughters live in Solvang, California overlooking one of their beautiful vineyards.

Chef Richard Blais "Hottest Food Flavors in 2010?"

The world's leader in flavor reveals this year's emerging flavor and food trends poised to shape the year ahead For a decade, McCormick has identified trend-setting tastes that will define Richard Blais will have an ... the year. The year in flavor will be heavily influenced by bitter, warm and earthy notes. We see America's palates embracing stronger flavors – high-impact combinations that are anything but subtle. These are few of the influences behind the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2010.  The flavor experts have teamed up with an esteemed international group of top chefs, popular food bloggers and a mixologist joined the flavor experts at McCormick in the United States and Europe to identify this year's flavor combinations and create contemporary applications of these inspiring duos. And, what are the driving forces behind these flavors?  According to Richard Blais, contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef: Chicago" and owner of Trail Blais restaurant in Atlanta, a convergence of influences – the economy, the environment and a focus on health and wellness – are all impacting our food culture like never before. A shared set of trends inspire the flavor pairings that are expected to emerge in the coming year.

Peter Marshall - Entertainer  ("Hollywood Squares")

Peter Marshall (born March 30, 1926) is an American television and radio personality, singer and actor. He was the original host and "The Master" of The Hollywood Squares, from 1966 to 1981. He has almost fifty television, movie, and Broadway credits. His stage name, Peter Marshall, reportedly derived from the college in his home town (Marshall College, which became Marshall University in 1961). Peter Marshall was born as Ralph Pierre LaCock in 1926 Peter Marshall was the host ... in Huntington, West Virginia to a show business family. Following his father's death, he moved to New York City to be with his mother, a costume designer. His elder sister, Joanne Dru, was an actress who is best remembered for her roles in the films Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and All the King's Men. Although Marshall occasionally worked in film and television, he could not find regular work in the industry until his friend Morey Amsterdam recommended him to fill in for Bert Parks as the host of the game show The Hollywood Squares in 1966. The show had a long run on daytime network TV and in syndication, making Marshall as familiar to viewers as the celebrities who appeared on the show. The easy-going and unflappable Marshall was a perfect foil for the wicked wit of such panelists as Amsterdam and his Dick Van Dyke Show castmate Rose Marie, Paul Lynde, Jan Murray, and Wally Cox. The Hollywood Squares was canceled by the NBC network in 1980, but production continued in syndication into 1981. Marshall grew tired of hosting the show after several years and wanted to leave. Toward that end, he would make outrageous salary demands whenever his contract was up for renewal, hoping that he would be fired for doing so, but his demands were always met.  He is currently married to his third wife, Laurie Stewart, and has four children and two stepchildren from his previous marriages. His son, Pete LaCock, is a former Major League Baseball player. The retired first baseman spent nine years playing for the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs before finishing up his career in Japan.

Steve Clarkson - Legendary Football Coach 
Steve Clarkson is an American football coach. He is considered one of the premier quarterback coaches.[1] Clarkson has tutored Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart, J. P. Losman, Gino Torretta and Jimmy Clausen, among others. Clarkson is a 1979 graduate of L. A. Wilson High School, where he led his team to three Los Angeles City Championships with a 39-1
Quarterback Adrian Diaz of ... record during three seasons. Clarkson was named to the All-City teams during his Junior and Senior seasons, and was the All-City Player of the Year in 1978 after leading the state in passing yards and total offense. He later was a three-year starter for coach Jack Elway at San José State University, where he holds several passing records and was named to the Academic All-American teams in 1981 and 1982. After going undrafted in the 1983 NFL Draft, Clarkson played a season for the Denver Broncos and two seasons for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders. He then became a district manager for a steakhouse chain, before turning to football coaching.[4] He founded "Air 7", a quarterback academy, that offers tutoring to high school players. Clarkson has since coached more than 20 Division I-A quarterback starters and, including other positions, Air 7 has produced about 80 I-A starters.

Lauren Sydney  - Superbowl Eating
As an award winning Lifestyle journalist and former CNN anchor, Laurin currently contributes segments on fashion, beauty, decorating, entertaining, gardening, travel, cooking, and
 ... . | Authors | Laurin Sydneycreative living on NBC's The Today Show. She's also the author of best-selling lifestyle books, and a sought after guest expert on how to create a better life without spending a lot of time, talent or money! Laurin's second book, "Little Things Make a Big Difference" concentrates on the home, relationships and the workplace. It's filled with insightful mini tips that translate into maxi results!  Americans consume a whopping 156 billion calories on Super Bowl Sunday. The starting line-up for any Super Bowl party needs to be filled with expected football food favorites, but this year you can offer big taste that won't ruin your healthy New Year's Resolution so early in the game.  Lifestyle and entertainment expert Laurin Sydney will show you how to throw the ultimate Super Bowl party without passing on the traditional tasty treats your "home team" loves. A carrot stick will never take the place of Buffalo wings, BUT you can try serving fun, mini versions of the food and drinks people like to eat while "handing-off" delicious, smaller portions.  During this segment, Laurin will show viewers how to set the scene for the ultimate football party with a mini twist.

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