Wednesday, January 4, 2012

01/04 Larry Lipson, Janina Gavankar "True Blood", Ficklin Vineyards

01/04 What's Cookin' Today

Traveling Time! The Great Larry Lipson Tells Us About His Latest Finds

Reporting from Costa Rica, CRN's international wine correspondent Larry Lipson will tell us about his latest Wine finds, including wines UNDER $10!Larry always has something cooking up at the Lipson Institute of Advanced Wine Studies!

Larry forages all of Costa Rica for the absolute best wines. No region is spared from his intense search. No mountain or range or valley is safe from his reach. He leaves no grape unturned, this man of passion. Wine is his life. His love for wine is only paralleled with his love for his lovely partner in wine, Lillian Lipson.Be fully prepared for this master of vino as he shares his food and wine pairing techniques and experiences with you on this great day in America - and the world.

Actress Janina Gavankar, Who Plays "LUNA" From The HBO Original Series "True Blood", Is Here To Talk To Us About Her Own Social Website And The Benefits Of Social Media

How do Men and Women’s resolutions differ? Are privacy concerns preventing how much people share? Have social networks changed the definition of friends? About Janina Gavankar: Janina's fans know her best as Luna, Sam's love interest on True Blood, but Janina also exemplifies the importance Young Hollywood puts on social media. Janina was the first celebrity to sign up for Twitter and she created a theme for actors on Posterous, a website meant to help people share their online presence. So far, thousands of fellow actors are using her site, which Janina believes is integral to helping their career by giving them a place to display their past work. Una is a sexy shapeshifter friend of Sam's. She offers him a shot at romance, but like most of the people in Bon Temps, she has a troubled past.

Peter Ficklin, President & Winemaker of "Ficklin Vineyards" Is Here to Talk To Us About This Year's Harvest

Ficklin Vineyards is primarily a family operation with Peter Ficklin guiding the family's third generation in the production of its highly regarded California port-style wines. Peter once described his duties at the winery with the following comment: "I'm the president, the winemaker and the chief bottle washer as well." The decision to keep the operation small is an important one, as each step receives the personal attention of the family.

His appointment as president in 1991 followed the retirement of his mother, Jean Ficklin. As winemaker at Ficklin Vineyards, a position he was promoted to upon the retirement of his father David Ficklin in 1983, Peter has revived the vintage port program. In over 50 years of Ficklin's history, only eight vintage ports have been released, the most recent being the 1991 Vintage Port, that was released in 2002. From every vintage bottling, Peter holds at least 100 cases for additional cellaring and re-release at a later date. Peter received his Bachelor of Science degree in enology from the University of California at Davis in 1978.

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