Monday, March 31, 2014

3/31 Dr Alain Raynaud, The Grand Cercle, Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar

Dr Alain Raynaud - President of The Grand Cercle, founder of Le Cercle Rive Droite 

Dr. Raynaud’s lineage in wine production dates back to the 15th century with his family winery in Bordeaux.
Though he left the industry to pursue a career in medicine, he returned in 1998 to craft some of the most sought-after small production wines from Bordeaux, including La Fleur De Gay and La Croix De Gay in Pomerol and Chateau Quinault in St. Emillion. More recently, he and his wife Francois purchased Chateau du Parc in St. Emillion. Formerly the President of the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, Alain has been President of the Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, a unique organization created to further the quality of the wines of the Right Bank, since its inception in 2002. His dedication to neo-classical winemaking techniques and attention to detail are the perfect complement to the Colgin team, where his expertise is exclusive to Colgin Cellars in Napa Valley.

4/7/14 TRADE Grand Cercle Des Vins De Bordeaux Tasting Monday, Apr 7 12:00p - Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

38 top winemakers from the famed Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux, will treat Sommeliers, Wine Buyers and Wine Journalists to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions, ranging from the 2013 en primeur vintage to the most widely celebrated 2010 and 2011 varietals. The event, held at STK Midtown, will begin at 12PM and run until 5PM. Speak with some of the industry’s most respected winemakers and explore, critic, and sample some of the finest wines that France has to offer.

Sarah Wilson - Health Coach and Author, I Quit Sugar

The former editor of Cosmopolitan Australia, she was the host of the first season of Master Chef Australia, the highest-rated television show in the country’s history, and her audience now straddles several continents. Sarah is also a qualified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

I Quit Sugar is a step-by-step guide for getting off sugar, complemented by recipes to keep you off it for good. The book will lead you through the various stages of detox and adjustment, with advice on how to lose weight and kill cravings.

The recipes are designed for minimal fuss and expense, and to supply you with ideas for breakfast (to replace the cereal and fruit salad with yoghurt), kids treats, sweet treats, cakes, desserts and smoothies. Learn how to stock your fridge, pantry and freezer with sugar-free food ready to go. And the effect afterwards.  Most people lose weight, up to 50kg in some cases? just by quitting sugar and changing nothing else in their lives. Others have come off their cholesterol and diabetes medication.

In January 2011 Sarah Wilson stopped eating sugar. Two big reasons tipped the balance in her decision: she learned that sugar could be a factor in her autoimmune disease, and she realized she was a sugar addict and she didn’t even know it. Sarah hid behind so-called healthy sugars, some granola here, some honey there, a square or two of dark chocolate after meals. But if someone put a cheesecake in front of her, she’d eat the whole thing. Once she got a taste, she couldn’t stop herself because sugar is sugar and it’s highly addictive.

What started as an experiment soon became a way of life.  I QUIT SUGAR: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook (Clarkson Potter; April 8, 2014; $25.00; Trade Paperback) is a practical and encouraging week-by-week guide that shows you how to make one simple, but very significant change, quit sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health.