Friday, May 29, 2015

05/29 KELLY EDWARDS, PAM STARR, CROCKER & STARR WINES, AUCTION NAPA VALLEY, STEVE EVANS, REDDI-WIP AND BERRY BREAKFAST

SPRUCE UP FOR SUMMER WITH LIFESTYLE AND DESIGN EXPERT KELLY EDWARDS - SUMMER-SEASON HOUSEHOLD TIPS

Summer is around the corner, and as the sun starts to shine brightly through the windows, your viewers are likely realizing that it’s time to spruce up the home! Lifestyle and design expert Kelly Edwards is on hand and available to give her latest tips and tricks to get the home in order.

ABOUT KELLY:
Kelly Edwards is the co-host and design coordinator for HGTV's “Design on a Dime” as well as STYLE Network's “Tacky House”. In addition to being seen weekly on television, Kelly can also be seen as the segment host and home decorating expert for Shelter Pop where she offers online visitors her trade secrets and unique approach to design. The celebrity designer has been offering dwellers with decorating dilemmas, distinctive design tips, bargain-decorating projects, and total home makeover transformations inspired by personal style and popular trends. Kelly is well known for her knack in re-purposing everyday items into extraordinary collectibles, refurbishing unique home accessories, and crafting recipes for creative cleaning solutions.

Most recently Kelly has been seen on the Marie Osmond Show, Rachael Ray show, in the pages of national magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Life & Style and Midwest Living, and deemed over the airwaves as the “MacGyver of Design”, thanks to her amazing ability to turn a simple space into an innovative interior with only a $1,000 budget. Not just another designing diva, this former teen beauty queen is also a do-it-yourself darling with passion for all things self-created from fabrics to fashions to foods.


PAM STARR – OWNER/WINEMAKER, CROCKER & STARR WINES & E-AUCTION CHAIR, AUCTION NAPA VALLEY

AUCTION NAPA VALLEY - THE AMERICAN WINE CLASSIC JUNE 4-7, 2015

Insider's access to the cool cellars and warm hospitality of renowned Napa Valley vintners. Your choice of dozens of parties, ranging from blue-jeans casual to wear-your-finest formal, each hosted by the people behind some of the world's most recognized wines. More than 300 auction lots, yours for the bidding - from a single case of wine to trips offering experiences not available anywhere else. Return home with memories to last a lifetime and perhaps bragging rights to some amazing wines. Proceeds from this weekend support community health and children's education. To date, Auction Napa Valley has invested more than $145 million in Napa County nonprofit organizations.

AUCTION NAPA VALLEY’S E-AUCTION OPEN TO ALL BEGINNING SUNDAY, MAY 31

Bidding on nearly 200 Napa Valley wine lots to benefit community health and children’s education
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) invites wine lovers from around the globe to participate in Auction Napa Valley’s E-Auction, this year showcasing nearly 200 lots of extraordinary, often hard-to-find Napa Valley wines and memorable wine country experiences. The Auction Napa Valley E-Auction opens for bidding on Sunday, May 31 at noon PDT at auctionnapavalley.org. Spirited bidding will last nearly a week, with the E-Auction closing in waves starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015. E-Auction lots are currently available for preview at auctionnapavalley.org. Although Auction Napa Valley, the NVV’s annual fundraiser benefitting community health and children’s education, is sold out, the E-Auction is open online to bidders from anywhere in the world.

In addition to a treasure trove of Napa Valley’s coveted wines—from highly allocated, iconic Cabernets to wines crafted by a vanguard of talented young winemakers and wines on the verge of being discovered—dozens of this year’s lots also feature intimate tastings, meals and accommodations at winery homes.

Potential bidders can:

  • Collect wines that are rarely available in the marketplace
  • Explore Napa Valley’s diverse styles and varieties
  • Host unique family gatherings
  • Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts to mark a special occasion
  • Acquire an insider’s itinerary for a Napa Valley visit


E-Auction lots can be explored in the following categories:

  • Instant Cellars (24 or more bottles of wine)
  • Verticals (some quite rare and many older vintages)
  • Insider Experiences (meals and special tastings with vintners and winemakers in private Napa Valley locations)
  • Sleepovers (overnight accommodations in Napa Valley and beyond)
  • Big Bottles (large format bottles, many of which are not otherwise available)
  • Collaboration (where multiple wineries are involved, often with a common theme)


For those who simply want to support the causes funded by the NVV through Auction Napa Valley proceeds, contributions in any amount can be made to lot 301, Fund-A-Need. Proceeds from this lot go directly toward lifting children in the Napa Valley community out of poverty and helping them to lead healthy and successful lives.  Visit auctionnapavalley.org beginning Sunday, May 31 at noon PDT to view the lots and bid.

ABOUT PAM AND CROCKER & STAR:
Pam Starr has been the co-owner, manager and winemaker of Crocker & Starr since its inception in 1997 when she helped resurrect the vineyards on the Crocker Estate in St. Helena and established a winery to create world-class wines. After toiling as a winery employee for 18 years, Pam’s transformation at a relatively young age into owner, manager and winemaker was unique and remarkable. It required a special mix of skill, passion and dedication. All of which describe Pam Starr.

Pam’s love affair with winemaking began as a harvest intern for Sonoma Cutrer in Sonoma after graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1984 with a degree in Fermentation Science. Headed down a different path, the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon who was planning to go to dental school quickly switched gears. Attracted by the fast pace, the pleasures of working the land and the wine itself, Pam knew she’d found her calling. “I was simply smitten – the way one is when falling madly in love. Winemaking is mysterious, it’s sexy, it’s magical.” And it’s been her life since.

After the internship, Pam worked for Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo stacking barrels for a season. Her dream of becoming a winemaker began to take shape. For the next six years she was an enologist and assistant winemaker for Carmenet Winery in Sonoma, a job that taught her how to run a winery from cellar to bottle. In 1991, she became the winemaker for Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley where she worked until she and Charlie Crocker established Crocker & Starr and she built the foundation of the business. At the same time Crocker & Starr opened its doors, Pam began wine consulting for Adastra Vineyard in the Carneros, Gemstone Vineyard in Yountville and Garric Cellars of Calistoga, among others.

Passionate about translating terroir into wine, Pam is known for her distinctive Bordeauxstyle blends that express a deep sense of place. For this enthusiastic and inspired winemaker who views her job as translating soil into wine, great wine must taste of the sun, of the earth it comes from and of the place it grows.

Pam is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners, Appellation St. Helena, American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Concierge Alliance Napa Valley and Wine Entre Femme, an international consortium of women winemakers. She is married, lives in Napa and embraces mountain biking, scuba diving, water skiing, sailing, gardening and motorcycling wine roads with her husband. Pam’s dog Griffin, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is her loyal vineyard companion.

WWW.CROCKERSTARR.COM
AUCTIONNAPAVALLEY.ORG



STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.



REDDI-WIP AND BERRY BREAKFASTS


Jump start every morning with a little joy with berries and a whoosh of real cream. Heading into berry season, stop by your local farmer’s market and grab your favorite berries for breakfast.

  • Reddi-wip is the perfect addition to any breakfast including yogurt, waffles, crepes and pancakes.
  • For an added 15 calories per serving, make your berry breakfasts even sweeter with the real cream of Reddi-wip.
  • Top a morning parfait with different berries and Reddi-wip for a light summer recipe.
  • Mix your favorite berries with your favorite yogurt topped with Reddi-wip for a quick and light breakfast you can enjoy all summer long.
  • Hosting a brunch? Reddi-wip, at 15 calories per serving, adds a light and fun touch to your table.

How could you not start your morning off with a joyful and fun whoosh of real cream?

WWW.REDDIWIP.COM

Thursday, May 28, 2015

05/28 FRED RENO, WEST BURGUNDY WINE GROUP, GREY DAMON, AQUARIUS, NBC

FRED RENO - DIRECTOR OF WEST BURGUNDY WINE GROUP

West Burgundy Wine Group represents a portfolio of wineries consisting of estate-based, site specific wines produced from classic burgundian varietals grown in our vineyards across the climate margins of California and Oregon.

Our current portfolio consists of terroir-driven wine produced from the notable appellations of Los Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. Each wine showcases the exceptional quality and distinctive characteristics of our estate vineyards.

Carneros Hills Winery – Los Carneros, California
Champ de Rêves – Anderson Valley, California
Wild Ridge – Sonoma Coast, California
Gran Moraine – Willamette Valley, Oregon

In addition to focusing on our estate vineyards, The West Burgundy Wine Group  also serves as the exclusive importer for Moillard-Grivot, a family-owned domain  and eleveur-négociant since 1850 that produces wine from acclaimed  regions and crus within Burgundy, France.
Moillard-Grivot – Burgundy, France

WWW.WESTBURGUNDYWINEGROUP.COM


GREY DAMON - ACTOR, "AQUARIUS" NEW NBC SERIES (THURSDAY’S AT 9PM)

Los Angeles. 1967.

Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, "Californication," "The X-Files"), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.

So when Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, "Salvation," "Bunheads"), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, "True Blood," "Friday Night Lights") - a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who's been allowed to grow his hair out - to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her.

The generational conflict between the two is immediate and heated, yet they're both dedicated officers and soon realize the need to bring Emma home is more urgent than they foresaw. The immediacy arises because she has joined a small but growing band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones").

Ringing with the unparalleled music of the era, "Aquarius" is a sprawling work of historical fiction that begins two years before the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. It's a shocking thriller, a nuanced character drama and, in the end, the story of how we became who we are today.

Writer John McNamara ("In Plain Sight") serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. "Aquarius" is a production of Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.

ABOUT GREY
Grey Damon stars as Brian Shafe on the NBC series “Aquarius.”
Damon was most recently seen co-starring in the series “Star-Crossed” and just finished filming the lead role in the independent dramedy “Sex Guaranteed,” which will hit theaters later this year. Damon’s other television credits include a series regular role on the final season of the critically-acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights,” a recurring role on “True Blood” and guest-starring role on “American Horror Story.”

Damon also starred in the series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” in addition to recurring roles on “Twisted” and “The Secret Circle.” In 2013, he played the young Josh Brolin for director Spike Lee in “Old Boy” and co-starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

Damon hails from Bloomington, Ind., and was raised in Boulder, Colo. He caught the acting bug early, and worked his first professional job in the production of “The Christmas Carol” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. When he is not on set, Damon spends his time on other artistic endeavors such as writing, drawing comics, sculpting, photography and writing and playing music.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

05/27 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, MARYBETH BOND, THE GUTSY TRAVELER

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


MARYBETH BOND, AUTHOR AND “THE GUTSY TRAVELER” EXPLAINS HOW TO NAME YOUR PRICE FOR MANY VACATIONS - SUMMER TRAVEL DEALS & STEALS

USA’S #1 WOMEN’S TRAVEL EXPERT SAYS IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO PLAN A COOL SUMMER TRIP

Travel Expert, Marybeth Bond is known as “The Gutsy Traveler” for her willingness to try new vacation adventures, but also because she knows how to negotiate a great travel deal.  On May 19th, the author of 11 best-selling travel books is available to share some great travel ideas that ONLY the #1 women’s travel expert would know.  Marybeth will also share some unique vacation adventures for girlfriend getaways that will entertain and frankly surprise your viewers and listeners.  For the truly “gutsy” traveler, who waits until late Memorial to start planning their vacations, find out why waiting until the last minute can actually save you some money if you’re willing to negotiate.

Bond is the nation’s preeminent expert on women travel. She is the award-winning author-editor of 11 books. Marybeth has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than seventy countries around the world. She was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Marybeth has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio and National Geographic Weekend.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

05/26 DR. JOEL FISHER, LA WINE FEST, TOP CHEF ILAN HALL, KNIFE FIGHT, ESQUIRE

DR. JOEL FISHER - LA WINE FEST

May 30-31, 2015 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

The LAWineFest is proud to be in its 10th successful year. This popular event blazed a trail in L.A. to bring wine and people together in a fun, inviting and accessible way. Now a local institution, we’re known to reliably deliver a sun-kissed event that balances fun, exploration and education. Our goal is to help people explore their taste in a festive environment. Our unofficial motto: Drink what you like; Like what you drink!

Dr. Joel M. Fisher – Founder & CEO
Joel M. Fisher, PhD writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California — Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries. Net. A Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California, he is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and is a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal. Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

Sara Fisher Chapin – Head of Program Development & Strategic Relationships
Sara Fisher Chapin is pleased to have joined the family business in 2012. She has an extensive history as a senior leader in small business development and brand marketing.

WWW.LAWINEFEST.COM


TOP CHEF, ILAN HALL - KNIFE FIGHT ON ESQUIRE IS BACK FOR SEASON 3

Get Ready for a Serious KNIFE FIGHT!

The Raucous After-Hours Cooking Competition is Back for Season Three. Leading this Gritty Cooking Experience is Innovative, Young Chef, Restaurant Owner and Winner of the Second Season of Top Chef, Ilan Hall.

Ilan Hall owns Gorbals L.A. and the new Gorbals Brooklyn, which is also serves as the venue for this season of Knife Fight. In each episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of secret ingredients. Sixteen New York area chefs will compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, but only one will be left standing. Award-winning chefs battling include: Franklin Becker, Sean Telo, Joey Campanaro, Daniel Holzman, Einat Admony, Jonah Miller, Miguel Aguilar, Todd Mitgang, Vincent Chirico, Tony Maws, Dale Talde, Pete Lipson, Edi Fraueneder, Wolfgang Ban, Leah Cohen and David Felton.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

KNIFE FIGHT BIO
Ilan Hall is one of the most innovative young chefs of our time. Best known for winning Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef, he is also owner of The Gorbals in Brooklyn. Now, he’s the host of KNIFE FIGHT, a gritty new cooking competition show on the Esquire Network, featuring after-hours cooking bouts between Ilan’s chef friends in The Gorbals kitchen.

Ilan’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show cook with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Ilan was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. At seventeen, Ilan studied in Florence at the famed de Medici Cooking School. Then, he returned to the U.S. to receive his degree at the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a certification in baking and pastry arts at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa, California. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant, for three years.

Ilan has cooked at a variety of events around the nation, including the Wine & Food Festivals in South Beach and Scottsdale, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has been featured in Food & Wine, In Touch, Life & Style, The New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, Salon, Epicurious and Chowhound.

TV.ESQUIRE.COM/SHOWS/KNIFE-FIGHT

Friday, May 22, 2015

05/22 ANN WOFFORD, WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS, MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT, STEVE EVANS

ANN WOFFORD – WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS 

Wofford Acres Vineyards and its sales room opened in 2003. We are family owned and operated and produce just 1,200 cases of wine annually. Drawing on Paul’s 40 years of professional winemaking experience and skill, along with Mike and Ann’s passion for the wine he creates, you can be assured of a unique and pleasant experience.

Due to limited parking and counter space we require a reservation (at least 24 hours in advance) for limos, party busses and large groups. Reservations can be made by emailing info@wavwines.com.

WAVWINES.COM


MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT - BEER STYLES TO ENJOY FOR SUMMER AND HOW DIFFERENT BEER STYLES PAIR WITH GRILLED FAVORITES

Memorial Day is this weekend – serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer, which means plenty of outdoor dining, entertaining and the perfect opportunity to incorporate beer into menus and celebrations. Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt shares his expert beer knowledge including how best to taste, pour and drink beer, differences in beer styles, beer suggestions based on wine preference, food pairings for grilled foods/summer bites, and summer beer styles and more.

ABOUT MARC
Marc Stroobandt is a leading authority in the art and science of food and beer pairing as a Master Beer Sommelier, taking his unique and entertaining approach across the globe. Stroobandt provides beer training and education, presentations and activations at various outlets in the U.S., such as Food & Wine, All-Star Chef Classic and Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival,  and internationally. Stroobandt is an accredited trainer for the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) and has trained through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, in affiliation with the Beer Academy. He has been named to the Honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff in recognition of his professional expertise and services for the promotion of beer and beer culture.



STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

05/21 WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON, DESTINATION AMERICA, BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS, MICHELLE METTER, SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST, RAINA SEITEL, SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE

WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPION MYRON MIXON IS BACK FOR ANOTHER HELPING OF DESTINATION AMERICA'S MOUTH-WATERING COMPETITION SERIES BBQ PITMASTERS ALL-STARS!

Fire Up the Grill!

Ask the Barbecue Hall of Famer for Tips on How to Beef Up Your Barbecue This Memorial Day Weekend.

America's favorite cooking competition series, BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars, is back for a sixth season, and this time, some of the greatest competitors from previous seasons return for the hottest BBQ battles in the country. Also returning to the judges table is Myron Mixon. Myron -- who was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City -- is a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue. Myron is the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple from the Winningest Man in Barbecue and Everyday Barbecue.

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, Myron can share some simple tips for everyday cooks on making that family barbecue extra special; suggestions on how to jazz up your barbecue beyond the standard burgers and dogs; where to find the best barbecue in the country; and of course, what viewers can expect from the new season of BBQ Pitmasters All-Stars.

ABOUT MYRON MIXON:
Myron Mixon a three-time world barbecue champion and known as the winningest man in barbecue.  He is the chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team; the star of Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters; the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue(Random House, May 2011) and Everyday Barbecue (Random House, May 2013).  Mixon was recently inducted into the Barbeque Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri.

WWW.DESTINATIONAMERICA.COM


MICHELLE METTER - PARTNER, FAST FORWARD EVENTS - SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST

ABOUT METTER:
As Partner at Fast Forward Event Productions, Metter brings 15 year's experience in event production, event launch, marketing and public relations expertise to the agency. Metter's extensive background and strategic insight in event marketing, public relations, event launch, design and execution; festival, conference and tradeshow management, and special events provides a foundation for the agency's ability to create and execute a wide range of event concepts and experiences. She possesses a strong knowledge of the event industry and maintains relationships with venues and event service suppliers throughout the country. She is involved in both her local community and the event industry as an active member of IAEE, ISES and AMA.

SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST TICKETS NOW ON SALE EXCLUSIVE $100 WEEKEND PASS AVAILABLE THROUGH MAY

The 2015 Culinary Adventure Includes New Paso Robles Dinner Series, Culinary Personalities, Adventure Tours and More!

All roads lead to SAVOR, September 24 - 27, 2015 during the sixth annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival. Tickets are now available for purchase, and for the month of May only, food and wine lovers savor huge savings on a Main Event Weekend Pass for just $100 (normally $150).

In 2015, the culinary journey centers at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch and features a fresh lineup of new events and experiences, including Adventure Tours, the new Paso Robles Dinner Series and celebrated culinary personalities.

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a unique partnership between Sunset, the West’s leading lifestyle brand, and Visit San Luis Obispo County, the destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County, located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Offering attendees an authentic taste of the California Central Coast, the fourday exploration highlights the region’s signature destinations, sights, tastes and experiences.

Throughout the four-day event, attendees indulge in the area’s unspoiled ‘Classic California’ lifestyle, unplug and enjoy countless delicious moments. SAVOR is uniquely inspired by the place it calls home – one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the U.S., the California Central Coast.

The 2015 Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast food and wine event welcomes back its signature Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch on September 26 and 27, 2015. This Visit San Luis Obispo County, 805-541-8000 ̃Fax 805-543-9498 www.SAVORcentralcoast.com weekend food and wine tasting features ticketed seminars in Chef Central and Winemaker Central, as well as general admission access to tent tastings featuring leading winemakers, farmers, artisan food purveyors and the sounds of local bands.

This year the SAVOR experience features a lineup of new events, dinners, Adventure Tours and culinary personalities, including:

Culinary Personalities - Join James Beard Award-winning author of Kitchen Gypsy (September 2015), international cooking teacher and chef, Joanne Weir, as well as popular food blogger, culinary instructor and author of Eating Up the West Coast (April 2015), Brigit Binns, during several SAVOR experiences throughout the four-day event.

Adventure Tours – On September 24 and 25, attendees immerse themselves in the Central California lifestyle with the return of the popular Adventure Tour series. New tours for 2015 include: Paso Robles Inn Art Bar, an outdoor painting session held at the Paso Robles Inn; Take to the Sea in Avila Beach, a guided boat tour that provides a closeup glimpse of the unique ecosystem and marine wildlife of Avila Beach; and Innovative Traditions at Halter Ranch, a walking tour and opportunity to meet the winemakers at Halter Ranch Vineyard, the largest vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles. For a complete listing of Adventure Tours, click here.

There are several ticket options and ways to experience Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, ticket packages include:

Main Event Weekend Pass –Priced at $100 per person through May, the Weekend Pass includes admission to the Main Event on both Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Prices increase to $150 on June 1, 2015.

Main Event Day Passes –Priced at $85 per person, Day Passes include single day admission to the Main Event on either Saturday, September 26 or Sunday, September 27.

Chef Central and Wine Seminars –Priced at $25 per person, choose between several one-hour seminars, tastings and cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and industry experts during the Main Event. Chef Central and Wine Seminar tickets are available for purchase as an enhancement to the Main Event Pass.

Adventure Tours – Priced at $85 per person, embark on a Central Coast excursion featuring unique tours, tastings and more.

WWW.SAVORCENTRALCOAST.COM
WWW.VISITSANLUISOBISPOCOUNTY.COM


PARENTING & LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND MOM BLOGGER RAINA SEITEL - SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR MOMS

Parenting & Lifestyle Expert Raina Seitel has tips on how to make this summer your family’s best yet!

These days moms have their hands full as they juggle the demands of work and family. It can get even more challenging during the summer when kids are on vacation and routines are less structured. But thanks to some “mom-tested” tools, things just got a little easier. Parenting & lifestyle expert Raina Seitel shares useful tools and strategies to help even the busiest moms keep their lives and families on track this summer and beyond.

ABOUT RAINA SEITEL:
Raina Seitel is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has profiled and interviewed a who’s who of personalities in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, music, theater, sports and politics, including Brad Pitt, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Christie Brinkley, Dolly Parton, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, Clive Davis, Michael Jordan, Rudy Giuliani and Bill Clinton, among many others.

Raina currently serves as an entertainment and lifestyle host and correspondent for a number of media outlets.  She hosts segments and reports on fashion, entertainment, Broadway, beauty, lifestyle and fitness for NBC’s “New York Live,” along with other NBC platforms.  She also co-hosts “Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter” on AXS TV.

In addition to her hosting commitments, Raina is co-staring in the new reality series “City Girl Diaries” on The Style Network. The show focuses on the lives of several, real-life friends as they navigate exciting, high-profile professions, friendships and personal achievements in New York City.

As a style and entertainment expert, Raina serves as a spokesperson for many blue-chip brands via Satellite Media Tours and live media appearances, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Atlantic City Tourist Board, Energizer, Equinox, K. Hovnanian, and Staples.

Raina’s career includes 15 years of experience at CNN, ABC and NBC.  Raina served as co-founder of the multi-platform brand, Moms and The City, and co-hosted the NBC-produced, nationally-syndicated TV show, “Moms and The City & A Dad Named David,” based on the concepts and topics of the motherhood-centered brand.

A former competitive dancer, Raina continues to channel her love of the arts into her work.  Raina graduated cum laude from Tulane University.  She lives in Manhattan with her son, Hunter, and long-haired Chihuahua, Theo.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

05/20 JOANNE CHANG, BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR: RECIPES FOR DESSERTS USING NATURAL SWEETENERS AND LITTLE-TO-NO WHITE SUGAR, CASH NICKERSON, HOW TO “GET TO NEXT”

JOANNE CHANG – AUTHOR, BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR: RECIPES FOR DESSERTS USING NATURAL SWEETENERS AND LITTLE-TO-NO WHITE SUGAR 

Baking with Less Sugar - Recipes for Desserts Using Natural Sweeteners and Little-to-No White Sugar

We don’t need to eat as much sugar as we do. Many crave less-sweet treats, or to taste the deep flavors of fruit, nuts, and spices. These really shine through when baking with less sugar. Some need to lower sugar intake for health benefits, and others are baking for their children, who should be discouraged from worshipping sugar. For all of us who love to bake and sweeten our days with special treats, here’s Baking with Less Sugar.

Beloved author Joanne Chang, renowned for her beautiful pastries and desserts at Flour Bakery + Cafés in the Boston area, and creator of amazing baking recipes in Flour and Flour, Too, has reformulated Flour favorites and developed new recipes to present more than 60 recipes with much less or zero refined white sugar. Instead, you’ll find the famous Flour banana bread made with only six tablespoons of refined sugar, gooey Honey Cashew Morning Buns, Keith’s Super-Snappy Gingersnaps that derive some of their spicy snap from the bite of molasses, and a gorgeous carrot layer cake sweetened with apple juice. An entire chapter is devoted to the unadulterated pleasure of chocolate, most intense when not tempered by the addition of sugar. Cookies, muffins, doughnuts, cupcakes, creamy desserts such as crème caramel and ice cream—all of your favorite sweets are here, and all made by Baking with Less Sugar.

Joanne Chang is the co-owner and pastry chef at Flour Bakery + Café, with locations in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-owner of Myers + Chang.

WWW.FLOURBAKERY.COM



AUTHOR, CASH NICKERSON - HOW TO “GET TO NEXT”  IN TODAY’S RAPIDLY CHANGING MARKETPLACE

Author Cash Nickerson Explains his Unusual Sources of Inspiration, and How This Essay Collection Can Help You!

Talk about a great gift for a college graduate… What can you learn from a monk while flying at 37,000 feet? What can a six-month old teach you about moving and maneuvering through the world? And why should you attend summer camp when you’re in your 50s? Cash Nickerson has all the answers in Getting to Next: Lessons to Help Take Your Career to the Next Level.  An observer, seeker, and doer, Cash has traveled the world and brings to his writing a mix of global insight, practical ideas, and a deep understanding of what it takes to get to next.  The essay format offers readers a feeling of conversation and allows for the book to be read in doses.  Nickerson’s Nuggets of Wisdom will allow you to enhance your employability, step up your game at your current job, and seek a better work-life balance.

ESSAYS IN THE BOOK ARE DESIGNED AROUND 4 KEY TOPICS:
Career Beginnings – focused on the early stages of anyone’s career
For Leaders & Future Leaders – helpful to those who aspire to lead and those who are already there
Trends – covering social media and demographic tendencies that can encourage people to think about their career differently
Reflections – essays Nickerson wrote after a significant life event
BIO FOR  CASH NICKERSON Author and Business Expert

Cash Nickerson is President and CFO of PDS Tech, Inc., a position he has held for 10 years.  With over $440 million in annual sales, PDS is the fourth largest engineering and IT staffing firm in the United States. He has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 25 year plus career including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad, an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of Chicago’s five largest law firms and chairman and CEO of an internet company he took public through a reverse merger. Mr. Nickerson holds a JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an editor of the law review and a recipient of the US Steel Scholarship. Mr. Nickerson is Chairman of the Dallas Regional Cabinet for Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the National Council of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. Mr. Nickerson serves on the Equifax Workforce Solutions Client Advisory Board.

Mr. Nickerson is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas and is a member of the American, Los Angeles and Dallas Bar Associations. He received the Global Philanthropy Award from Washington University for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. He is an avid martial artist, ranked as a third degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and he is a Russian Martial Arts instructor. Mr. Nickerson is the author of the recently released, critically acclaimed book on employment, “StagNation, Understanding the New Normal in Employment.”

CASHNICKERSON.COM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

05/19 ULTRA-DISTANCE ATHLETE RICH ROLL, CHEF JULIE PIATT, PLANTPOWER WAY, JOE MANTEGNA. THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT ON PBS, FOOD NETWORK STAR SUNNY ANDERSON, GRILLING FOR HEROES

ULTRA-DISTANCE ATHLETE RICH ROLL & HIS WIFE CHEF JULIE PIATT – AUTHORS, PLANTPOWER WAY

A transformative family lifestyle guide on the power of plant-based eating—with 120 recipes—from world-renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt
Fitness Magazine named Rich as one of the 25 Fittest Men on the Planet!!

Created by renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete and high-profile wellness advocate Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt, The Plantpower Way shares the joy and vibrant health they and their whole family have experienced living a plant-based lifestyle. Bursting with inspiration, practical guidance, and beautiful four-color photography, The Plantpower Way has more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare whole food recipes, including hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus healthful and delicious smoothies and juices, and decadent desserts.

But beyond the plate, at its core, The Plantpower Way is a plant-centric lifestyle primer that finally provides the modern family with a highly accessible roadmap to long-term wellness and vibrant body, mind, and spirit health. The Plantpower Way is better than a diet: It's a celebration of a delicious, simple, and sustainable lifestyle that will give families across the country a new perspective and path to living their best life.

Meet the Authors
A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich Roll is a world-renowned plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, bestselling author, full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate and motivational speaker.

Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, Julie Piatt has spent decades traveling many paths and studying many traditions. She is a true renaissance artist who expresses her creative voice as a plant-based chef, singer-songwriter, yogi, sculptor, painter, spiritual guide, and homeschooling parent to four children.

Rich and Julie live with their four children in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles


JOE MANTEGNA – HONORING OUR AMERICAN HEROES FOR OVER 25 YEARS: THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT ON PBS LIVE FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL  

JOE MANTEGNA AND GARY SINISE MARK 10TH ANNIVERSARY CO-HOSTING THE NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

All-Star Line-Up Featuring General Colin Powell, Gloria Estefan, Tess-anne Chin, Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson!

This Memorial Day weekend, PBS brings viewers an inspiring night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.  The multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.  The broadcast marks the tenth anniversary that the acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, co-host the event.  The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will showcase courageous American heroes disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); multi Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Estefan; THE VOICE 2014 winner Tessanne Chin; classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional performers to be announced).  The 26th annual broadcast airs live on PBS Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

The 2015 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments:
There are over 4 million living disabled American veterans, a visible reminder of the toll of America’s wars through the decades.  A new national memorial in Washington, DC to pay tribute to these courageous American heroes disabled for life was dedicated in October 2014. The concert will feature the poignant stories of two veterans from different eras severely injured in war and living with life-altering disabilities.
Through the eyes of Gold Star Children, those who have lost a parent to war, we learn how their lives are changed forever.
This summer will mark 70 years since the end of hostilities in both Europe and Asia.  As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the deadliest war in human history, we honor the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, and remember the estimated 60 million men, women and children worldwide whose lives were brutally ended in the war.


FOOD NETWORK STAR SUNNY ANDERSON - GRILLING FOR HEROES... JUST IN TIME FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

NEW GRILLING COOKBOOK RAISES MONEY FOR WOUNDED VETERANS

Just in time for Memorial Day, the biggest grilling holiday of the year, the Propane Education & Research Council is debuting a new cookbook, Grilling for Heroes, to raise money for wounded veterans. The cookbook features a foreword and recipe from Food Network personality Sunny Anderson.

Goodwill donations will be accepted in exchange for downloads of the cookbook at GrillingForHeroes.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 wounded service members and their families.

The cookbook opens with a message from Anderson, an Air Force veteran and co-host of the Food Network show, “The Kitchen.” It also features a compilation of 50 original grilling recipes along with heartfelt stories of military servicemen and servicewomen as submitted by food bloggers and grill enthusiasts from across the country.

Hundreds of recipe submissions were collected through a contest last summer on GrillingForHeroes.com. From those entries, Anderson hand-picked her favorite recipe and story of military service, featured below. The winner, Shawn Syphus, a food blogger at I Wash You Dry, will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend.

Visit GrillingForHeroes.com to donate and download the grilling cookbook, now available throughout 2015. GrillingForHeroes.com also features PERC’s tips for safe grilling including proper grill placement, what to do if the flame goes out, and proper procedures for relighting.

ABOUT HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS:
The mission of Hope For The Warriors (HopeForTheWarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families

ABOUT SUNNY ANDERSON:
While growing up traveling the world as an Army brat, Sunny's parents always encouraged her to indulge in the local cuisine. When she joined the Air Force as a radio broadcaster and journalist, she continued her trek through the world for news stories while indulging in culinary finds along the way. Upon leaving the Air Force an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ in many cities, culminating in her dream job in New York at a #1 rated radio station. There, as a hobby she began cooking for her friends in the entertainment business and turned her growing client list into a catering company. That led to a guest appearance on Food Network’s Emeril Live! in 2005 and shortly after, she left her radio career and closed her catering business to focus on chasing yet another dream, sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience. Things worked out in 2007 with her first show, Gotta Get It, a food gadget show, quickly followed by Cooking for Real, How'd That Get On My Plate and other Food Network show appearances. Her cooking style combines classic comfort foods along with unique flavors inspired by her many travels. She is the author of NY Times Best Seller Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life and is currently a co-host on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Sunny lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her 4 rescue cats, Cheddar Cheese, Truffle Tycoon, Milky Mouth and Sea Salt.

GRILLINGFORHEROES.COM
HOPEFORTHEWARRIORS.ORG

Monday, May 18, 2015

05/18 REDDI WIP, GARY CANTER, CANTERS DELI, OZ CLARKE, THE HISTORY OF WINE IN 100 BOTTLES

PAIR REDDI WHIP WITH BERRIES – THE PERFECT SUMMER TREAT 

A Delicious Whoosh and Sundae Funday

  • The joy of summer means ice cream and sweet summer treats topped with a whoosh of Reddi-wip, a treat you can taste, see and hear (insert Whoosh noise here).
  • Ice cream sundaes are a summertime favorite and Reddi-wip has create sundae recipes that are sure to make every bite more fun and delicious. With 15 calories per serving, you can add real cream goodness to every summer sundae including:
    • Crunchy Bourbon Peanut Butter Sundae
    • Strawberry, Rum Raisin, Almond Sundae
    • Spicy Maple Bacon Sundae
    • Coconut Chili Mango
    • Unique toppings include: Himalayan pink salt, potato chips, glazed donuts along with fresh berries
    • Which one of these sundaes would you top with real cream?
  • These all *sound* amazing and taste even better with a delicious whoosh of Reddi-wip. Grab your favorite summertime sundae and add real cream goodness to your real delicious creations.



OZ CLARKE – AUTHOR, THE HISTORY OF WINE IN 100 BOTTLES

The History of Wine in 100 Bottles - From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond

Winemaking is as old as civilization itself. In THE HISTORY OF WINE IN 100 BOTTLES (Sterling Epicure, April 28, 2015), renowned wine writer Oz Clarke takes a unique approach to that history: by exploring 100 bottles that have had the biggest impact on the evolution of wine.

Moving from the first cork tops to screw caps, Clarke presents such landmarks as the introduction of the cylindrical wine bottle in the 1780s; the first estate to bottle and label its own wine (formerly sold in casks to merchants only); and the most expensive bottle sold at auction and the oldest unopened bottle. Fully illustrated with photographs of bottles, labels, and other images, this is a beautiful tribute to the "bottled poetry" that is wine and a perfect addition for every wine lover’s coffee table.

ABOUT THE OZ CLARK
A former leading West End actor, Oz Clarke is one of the world's best-known wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. Known for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions, and enthusiasm for life in general, Clarke is Britain's most popular wine writer.


GARY CANTER – CANTERS DELI 

Since 1931, Canter's has been serving up LA's finest deli cuisine. Voted the best pastrami by the LA Times and LA Weekly, Canter's prides itself on delivering the amazing experience that has kept its clientele returning over-and-over again for decades. This culinary landmark is lovingly managed by the third- and fourth-generations of the Canter family, who take a hands-on approach to ensure the highest quality in every aspect of the restaurant. Whether it's the freshly-baked breads, or the famous house-made pickles, Canter's always goes the extra mile to provide the authentic, traditional Jewish deli experience, which helped grow the restaurant from a small storefront to the massive operation that it is today. As inviting as its food, Canter's is also known for its welcoming ambiance, a perfect blend of contemporary comfort with the nostalgic charm of its stylish 1950's decor. Canter's continues to stand out as a unique dining experience that transports patrons back to the golden age of delis.

Canter's Deli is one of California's oldest delis. Located in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile District -the heart and soul of the entertainment industry - Canter's Delicatessen is a third-generation family-run business whose owners have an intense pride in their deli and a hands-on work ethic.

It all began in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1924. After losing a deli in the 1929 stock market crash, Ben Canter and his two brothers moved to California with just $500 in their pockets.Eager to succeed, they opened up a Canter Brother's Delicatessen in 1931 in Boyle Heights, the Jewish center of Los Angeles.

When the character of the neighborhood changed, Ben Canter's daughter, Selmo Udko, and her then husband, Harold Price, partnered with Ben Canter and his wife, Jennie, to purchase a prime location at 439 North Fairfax Avenue. And instead of calling it Canter's Brothers they called it Canter's Fairfax.

In 1953 this new team purchased the old Esquire Theatre at 419 North Fairfax and moved Canter's Deli just up the street to the larger location.

For over seventy-five years now this third-generation family-owned business has served food to locals, tourist, and celebrities alike. With its Art Deco décor and its trademark autumn leaves ceiling, this hangout has hardly changed in its over half century at its current location.

Canter's has also become a favorite whistle stop for hot political contests. Mayor Bradley, Governor Deukmejian, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Simon have gone from booth to booth introducing themselves to our customers. And with CBS studios just up the block, celebrities frequent Canter's every day. Our catering department caters to many television shows and movies, as well as catering their wrap parties.

Over the years, many celebrities have passed through our doors. In the 50s Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller ate here, as did Jack Benny and Elizabeth Taylor. Other celebrity noshers include Sydney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Wilt Chamberlain, Charlene Tilton, Brooke Shields, Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Oxenberg, John  Travolta, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Olivia Newton John, Muhammad Ali, Monty Hall, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Rodney Dangerfield, Dick Van Dyke, Shelly Winters, Elizabeth Montgomery, The Cars, Henry Winkler, and Greg Morris. The producer of Miami Vice, Michael Mann, wrote here for hours at a time when he was writing for Vegas. The Neil Simon movie, "I Ought to be in Pictures", with Walter Matthau was filmed here. Many celebrities who prefer to go "incognito" sneak in around 3:00 am for a late night nosh!

Canter's is also part of the larger Los Angeles community having received numerous awards from such institutions as the City of Hope, appreciation letters for outstanding and dedicated service, and letters from Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association thanking Canters for donating food.

Canter's Delicatessen continues to be a Los Angeles landmark and late night hot spot, and, with the 2003 addition of Canter's Deli at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, we are committed to bringing the best delicatessen food to our noshers on the famed Las Vegas Strip and to Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium.

WWW.CANTERSDELI.COM

Friday, May 15, 2015

05/15 TRAVEL EXPERT STEPHANIE OSWALD, ETHAN WAYNE, THE OFFICIAL JOHN WAYNE WAY TO GRILL: GREAT STORIES & MANLY MEALS SHARED BY DUKE'S FAMILY, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

AWARD-WINNING, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPERT STEPHANIE OSWALD PROVIDES INSIDER TRAVEL TIPS, TRENDS AND TOOLS

2015 SUMMER TRAVEL PREVIEW: LATEST TRENDS AND TIPS!!

Award-Winning, International Travel Expert Stephanie Oswald Provides Insider 2015 Travel Tips, Trends and Tools on Everything from How To Go, Where to Go, What to Pack and Getting the Most for Your Travel Dollar!!

Most seasoned travelers knows that planning is the key to a trip packed with value. It's a worthy goal, and it involves more than just knowing about the lowest airfares or best prices for accommodations. Adding value to a trip requires knowledge about destinations, events and logistics. International travel expert and Editor-In-Chief of travelgirl magazine, Stephanie Oswald, understands how stressful traveling can be.  She is available for interview to share plenty of tips and trends for all your Summer 2015 travel needs that will ensure the whole family has a great time!

Some of the Unique Insider Summer 2015 Travel Trends and Tips Stephanie can offer are:
  • Research, Research, Research.  The best trips don’t just happen – planning a fun and successful trip means doing your homework
  • Spring Break Travel Checklist. Breaking down what should be on your list for easy packing.
  • Hottest Spring Break Travel Destination Trends. What’s hot this year?  Cruising, Learning Adventures and of course…Beaches.
  • Choosing the best accommodations for your budget.  Don’t let your digs put a damper on your trip.     
  • Stay in touch with yourself. Prepare ahead of an incident:  e-mail a copy of your passport or your driver’s license to yourself.
  • Dress for success at security. Getting through security at the airport doesn’t have to be a stressful nightmare.  Dressing smart and knowing what to wear (and what not to wear) can get you in and out in a breeze.
  • Be an official frequent traveler. Joining a rewards program can be beneficial to everyone whether you are a globetrotting jetsetter or just travel once a year.
  • Pack some pampering.  Bring along some stress busters in the form of Zen-inducing travel candles, your favorite scented hand lotion, etc for instant stress relief.
  • Travel medical advice.  What to visit your doctor about in advance and what to bring along with you.
MORE ABOUT STEPHANIE OSWALD:
As the Editor-in-Chief of travelgirl magazine, a Web Correspondent for The Weather Channel, and seasoned travel correspondent for CNN, she has reported on everything from stress-relieving spa treatments and unique escapes around the world to the human side of a hurricane. She is the co-founder of travelgirl -- the first national travel magazine to launch after the events of 9/11. The travel and lifestyle publication was chosen by industry leader Mr. Magazine as one of the "most notable" launches of 2003. Oswald is a native New Yorker who spent 13 years globetrotting as CNN's travel correspondent and host of the weekend program, CNN Travel Now. In 2003, she also launched a groundbreaking series called The Weather Channel Road Crew that showcased the "fun" side of weather. In 2004, she filed written and audio reports during Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne as the very first Web Correspondent for Weather.com.  As anchor and correspondent for CNN Travel Now, a weekly program on worldwide destinations, travel trends and cuisine, Oswald specialized in adventure travel, filing reports from Europe, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. One series took her into the depths of Papua New Guinea for a rare and eye-opening look at the Huli Wigmen. Her reports also appeared on CNN Headline News, CNN in-flight programming for Delta Air Lines, CNN International and the CNN Airport Network. Immediately after 9/11, she filed human interest stories on the crisis for CNN, and covered the impact on the travel industry during live studio reports on CNN Headline News.


ETHAN WAYNE (SON OF JOHN WAYNE) - THE OFFICIAL JOHN WAYNE WAY TO GRILL: GREAT STORIES & MANLY MEALS SHARED BY DUKE'S FAMILY

John Wayne Enterprises is proud to present The John Wayne Way to Grill, a new cookbook containing more than 200-pages of Duke's favorite meals, from Tex-Mex classics to the best of Western barbecue and everything in between. More than just a collection of recipes, this deluxe publication will be chock-full of never-before-seen photos of the actor, along with personal anecdotes and heartwarming stories shared by his son Ethan. A man is what he eats, and readers can expect to discover not only what America's most enduring icon loved to chow down on--from the perfect charbroiled burger to his smoldering and spicy baby back ribs--but the essence of what made him a legend. It's more than a cookbook. It's a guide to making you the ultimate man.

BIO WIKIPEDIA
John Ethan Wayne (born February 22, 1962), better known by his stage name Ethan Wayne, is an American actor, son of actor John Wayne and his third wife Pilar Pallete Wayne. Ethan grew up in Newport Beach, where he shared his father's love of the ocean and outdoors. His name was chosen in direct relation to John Wayne's character in The Searchers, Ethan Edwards.

He played Little Jake, the grandson of his father's title character in Big Jake. Ethan started doing stunt work after the death of his father in 1979, his first film was The Blues Brothers. Subsequently, he went back to work as an actor. His next two major film appearances were in 1981, in the comedy Longshot, and the slasher film Scream. Later works included a role, in the NBC TV movie The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory, as Edward Taylor in 1986, Storm Logan on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (with Robert Mitchum's granddaughter Carrie Mitchum, whom he had met on the Big Jake set), 1987 through 1988 which led to a lot of work overseas, and his role as Officer Matt Doyle on The New Adam-12 (Universal Studios) 1989 through 1991. He appeared as an expert on John Wayne memorabilia on History Channel's Pawn Stars in the episode "Dog Day Afternoon" which aired January 14, 2014.

He now manages John Wayne Enterprises (www.johnwayne.com) and serves as the director of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and created its Team DUKE fundraising program (www.teamduke.org).

He is the brother of Aissa and Marisa, and the half-brother of Patrick, Toni, Melinda, and Michael Wayne.



STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

05/14 LISA CAREY, CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, DR. CHRISTINE DUMAS

LISA CAREY – CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

LOCATION: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard.

The belle of all things “berrylicious,” the California Strawberry Festival May 16 & 17 in Oxnard celebrates 32 years of serving up all day fun with delicious eats, entertainment and fine arts.  Right in our own backyard, it ranks tops in the nation and proceeds for charity now top $4.5 million.

Featuring 50+ food booths, contests like the tart toss and shortcake build off, celebrity chef demonstrations, Strawberryland For Kids with rides, 200+ Fine Arts & Crafts exhibitors and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone.

Hours are 10:00am to 6:30pm. The two-time Grammy-award winning “Maraichi Divas” and “Dirty Rice” headline the non-stop concerts on multiple stages.

We’ll bring the Festival to you if you’d like to feature a real taste of what’s in store for the upcoming weekend when 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed.

Strawberry Smackdown
Here's the scoop on the new contest they’ll be doing:
Similar to the Food Network’s popular “Chopped” show, two chefs put their creative talents to the test in front of a live audience in the Strawberry Promenade at 1pm at the 32nd annual California Strawberry Festival, Sunday, May 17th. TV monitors within the popular tented oasis cover all the action for the standing-room-only audience.

The CA Strawberry Festival, CSF, will supply all the ingredients, but chefs bring their own spices/accents they can’t live without. Strawberries and select key ingredients will be at each chef’s disposal in the “Strawberry Smackdown Mystery Ingredients Box.” Their task will be to create an incredible dish within 30 minutes that best utilizes the strawberries – can be dessert, sauce, main dish, beverage, appetizer, snack, spread, etc. They will not have any knowledge of the ingredients in advance of the challenge. This is a no-bake challenge. There is a refrigerator; an electric burner and non-stick electric grill available for their use, along with mixers, blenders, and a food processor.

A panel of judges will determine the champion. The designated winner receives a two-night getaway vacation to either San Diego or Palm Springs, courtesy of Welk Resorts.

Celebrity Chef Bernie Guzman from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," serves as emcee and judge. Presented by Gold Coast Broadcasting.

STRAWBERRY-FEST.ORG


SIMPLE STEPS FOR A HEALTHIER YOU - KICK-START YOUR SUMMER WITH WELLNESS ADVICE FROM DR. CHRISTINE DUMAS

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A HEALTHIER YOU!

Kick-Start Your Summer With Wellness Advice From Dr. Christine Dumas. Ready to kick back and enjoy the lazy days of summer? Why not take advantage of the season ahead to start some healthy habits that can have long-lasting benefits?

About Dr. Christine Dumas:

Dr. Christine Dumas is among the most trusted authorities pertaining to health, wellness and general lifestyle. She is a Consumer Health and Lifestyle reporter, strategic consumer trends advisor and author. Since 1996, Christine has covered the lifestyle, consumer affairs, health and wellness space and her stories have appeared on NBC's Today and Today: Weekend Edition and Weekend Live on FOX, and she has made guest appearances on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.  She is one of the most trusted television personalities in the country, who in her unique fashion, can cover a broad range of issues from consumer health and wellness to lifestyle issues and trends that matter most to American families.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

05/13 JASON PUGACH, CALIFORNIA WINE MASTERS, DR. JOSHUA ZEICHNER, JUSTINE SANTANIELLO

JASON PUGACH – CALIFORNIA WINE MASTERS 

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS
The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 16, 2015 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised over $27 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  It’s focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes, Discover Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuves dinner!

The 26th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters Saturday, May 16th, 2015 6PM at Warner Bros., “Midwest Street”

A wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of WINE SPECTATOR’S “TOP TEN U.S. CHARITY WINE AUCTIONS” will be held on the “Midwest Street” backlot at Warner Bros.

May 16, 2015
Warner Bros. Studio Gate 7 – Forest Lawn Drive
Burbank, CA 91522 6:00PM- 10:30PM
Tickets: $375
Premium Tickets (VIP): $500 - Comes with Valet Parking and Early Entrance

2015 Winemasters Auction now open!
Thank you to all of our auction donors! Please check out all the products trips and wines donated from around the world.

CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG


DERMATOLOGIST, DR. JOSHUA ZEICHNER &  BEAUTY EXPERT, JUSTINE SANTANIELLO SHARE EXPERT TIPS FOR SKIN HEALTH THIS SUMMER 

The long-awaited summer is FINALLY in our sights! After the brutal winter we battled across the nation, we are all eager to get outside for some family fun-in-the sun activities.
But before you shake off that sweater and bask in the glow, remember sun safety is more important than ever. Available to break down what you really need to know about transitioning into warmer temperatures are Dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner and Beauty Expert, Justine Santaniello. The two are joining forces to share expert tips on protecting, reviving and restoring skin’s throughout the season.

ABOUT Dr. Joshua Zeichner
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD, is the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Zeichner is frequently called on by the national media as a skin care expert.  His quotes can be found in major national magazines including Allure, InStyle, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Women's Health, Health, and Martha Stewart Living.  

ABOUT Justine Santaniello
Lifestyle Expert Justine Santaniello is a regularly featured beauty expert on The Veria Living Network and has served as a correspondent for Access Hollywood and The Wendy Williams Show. Justine has appeared as a style expert for New York Live, guest co-host for Life Love Shopping, and has made appearances on the Hallmark Channel, WE, the Discovery Channel, and BRAVO. With extensive media experience, she is also a regular guest on local morning TV shows across the country.

WWW.SOCIAL.CHOOSESKINHEALTH.COM   

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

05/12 IAN BLACKBURN, LEARNABOUTWINE.COM, STARS OF CALIFORNIA, MARK SCHATZKER, THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR, REDDI WHIP WITH BERRIES

IAN BLACKBURN – FOUNDER, LEARNABOUTWINE.COM - STARS OF CALIFORNIA

STARS OF CALIFORNIA AT THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS IN BEVERLY HILLS ON MAY 20, 2015  FROM  7:00PM — 9:30PM

VIP Admission
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM (6:15 PM Entrance)
ROBUST DINNER BUFFET (ONLY UNTIL 7pm)
VIP GIFT BAG
Full Event Access and Unlimited Tasting
PLUS an exclusive 6:30 VIP Presentation with Kosta Browne
$150 Advanced Price ($200 at the door)

General Admission
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$95 Advanced ($125 at the door)
Unlimited wine tasting
Tray Pass and Buffet Appetizers
Over 35 wineries (many winemakers and/or owners) pouring over 100 wines
Silent Auction Benefiting TJ MARTELL FOUNDATION

ABOUT IAN BLACKBURN:
Master of Wine Student and innovative wine industry spokesperson, Ian Blackburn drinks wine for a living. Since it was established in 1995, Ian Blackburn has worked on building Learn About Wineinto the leading source for wine education and events in Southern California. LearnAboutWine was the first business of its kind: a wine education and event website dedicated to the education, service, and enjoyment of wine.

Today LearnAboutWine has developed into Southern California’s premier company for wine education and events. Ian continues to innovate and focus on demystifying wine for everyone from the casual drinker to the potential collector. LearnAboutWine events include the wildly successful, monthly “TASTE” Series, a large-scale wine social; “PALATE BUILDER” Sensory evaluation class, VINTAGE – High end collectables tastings and LAW SCHOOL – the four week credential program that concludes with the BAR exam (Beverage Aptitude Review). Over 30,000 students in Southern California have participated in LearnAboutWine’s core class “Wine Camp,” an introduction into wine, and it is considered one of the top introduction courses in the region.

With a database of over 18,000 subscribers, Ian’s following and notoriety has grown with the popularity of wine. He has taught classes at Cordon Bleu, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, The Learning Annex, and other prestigious universities. LearnAboutWine maintains an active calendar of classes and events offered to the public, but thrive as a source of private and corporate events. Ian’s clients range from small social clubs and church organizations, to Fortune Five Hundred companies like Amgen, Pfizer, Disney, Nestle, Deloitte, Latham Watkins, Ernest and Young, Bank of America/US Trust/Countrywide, Paul Hastings, Quinn Emanuel and KPMG.

Ian’s passion for wine and entertaining makes him one of the top spokespersons in the United States; he was trained as an educational Ambassador for the Napa Valley Vintners and the Region of Champagne, France. Ian’s expertise and entertaining ways can be heard regularly on Los Angeles radio airwaves likeKCRW, KLOS, KROQ, INDIE 103.1, 98.7 and Ian even appeared as an expert on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Creating wine lifestyle events in order to get more people involved in the enjoyment and appreciation of wine is Ian’s forte. Commissioned by Wiley Publications to write The Pleasure of Wine in 2004, Ian is currently studying for his Masters of Wine and working on his second book at his home office in Downtown Los Angeles.

LEARN ABOUT WINE’S PHILOSOPHY
To demystify wine for everyone from the casual drinker to the potential collector. Whether it is an intimate sensory class, corporate team building exercise or a large-scale wine social, Learn About Wine is the one stop resource for education, service and enjoyment of wine.

WWW.LEARNABOUTWINE.COM


JOURNALIST MARK SCHATZKER - AUTHOR, THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR 

A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

America has a flavor problem.
In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition.

Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Those perfectly round, red tomatoes that grace our supermarket aisles today are mostly water, and the big breasted chickens on our dinner plates grow three times faster than they used to, leaving them dry and tasteless. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language—flavor—that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. We’ve been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.


KICK-OFF BERRY SEASON BY PAIRING THEM WITH REDDI WHIP FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TREAT 

The summer months cue the official start of Berry season. Fresh berries can inspire the taste of summer in classic recipes, whether they’re mixed into a fruit salad, yogurt or topping on an ice cream sundae with hot fudge and Reddi-wip.

If you’re heading to a local farmer’s market or the supermarket, look for different types of fresh berries during their peak harvest times:
Strawberries: April – July
Blackberries: May – June
Blueberries: June – August
Raspberries: June – August

Keep your berries refrigerated; blueberries will stay ripe and fresh the longest for 10-14 days. Strawberries and Raspberries are best eaten within 1-3 days.

Fresh berries pair perfect with Reddi-wip and with only 15-calories per serving, you can enjoy a guilt-free summer snack.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

05/11 DR. ANITA HAQUE, CHEF MICHAEL SYMON

DR. ANITA HAQUE (PRONOUNCED HAWK): HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Time for vacation!  You’ve got your passport, reserved the kennel for Rover, stopped the mail, notified your bank, got the neighbor kid to water your tomatoes, made your reservations, booked the car/plane/train, packed your bags, made your list, checked it twice and PHEW!  Preparing for a trip is exhausting!

But all the preparation in the world means nothing if you haven’t prepared the most important thing of all:  YOU!

Wellness experts Dr. Anita Haque knows all too well what happens when people forget about preparing their bodies for vacation.  We’ve seen it dozens of times – people heading out of town unprepared for unusual physical conditions or situations, and then getting sick or having a terrible time on their dream vacation or needing a vacation from their vacation when they get home.
Most people’s vacations look quite different from their regular daily lives, so if you have an office job and you’re going to be doing a lot of walking on vacation, Haque will teach you to build your muscles and stamina.  If you live at sea level but you’re vacationing at altitude, they increase your lung capacity in advance.  And if you’re traveling by plane for many hours, or your trip involves sightseeing from a coach or a train, Dr. Anita Haque can give you tips on how to avoid ailments associated with sitting for extended periods of time, and the list goes on.

TOP 5 HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS:
Walking’s easy ‘til you’re doing it for hours on end.  Choose the right shoes, start training early, and get up to speed in a few weeks.
Going up?  Build your lung capacity.
What to do about irregularity—a real vacation-buster!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  And what to do if the water isn't safe to drink.
Lived a little too large last night?  A quick hangover cure that’ll get you back up in time for the next event.

Haque has endless information on how to really prepare for the vacation of a lifetime.  Whether the plan is to lie on the beach all day or zipline through the jungles, they’ve got the tips you need to keep the backaches away.  Even a seemingly simple family reunion can cause mental stress, so she has tips for managing that too.


CELEBRITY CHEF MICHAEL SYMON – CHEESE RECIPES FROM STAR OF THE CHEW, FOOD NETWORK & THE COOKING CHANNEL FOR YOUR GRILLING FUN

FIVE AMAZING NEW SUMMER RECIPES TO ADD  CASTELLO® DANISH BLUE CHEESE FLAVOR TO YOUR GRILL

Chef Michael Symon is best known as the fun-loving super chef you see each day on network TV’s THE CHEW and on numerous shows on Food Network and Cooking Channel. Now, he’s ready to bring that amazing enthusiasm for cooking to your show as he reveals five new recipes to add Castello® Danish Blue Cheese flavor to summer entertaining. On May 11, Chef Symon will explain why he is turning Tuesdays into “Bluesdays,” and how cheese lovers can win prizes by visiting Facebook.com/CastelloUSA. Chef Symon wants to inspire general fans and true cheese connoisseurs to try Danish blue cheese. The James Beard Award-winner has written three best-selling cookbooks and owns several successful restaurants.

FIVE AMAZING “BLUESDAYS” RECIPES for SUMMER:
Bison Burger Blue
BLT—Blue cheese, Lingonberry, Turkey sandwich
Grilled Eggplant with Blue Cheese and Arugula Salad
Savory Blue Cheese Crostini
Shaved Zucchini Salad

BIO
Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul.  Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly-flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his four restaurants in America’s heartland: Lola, Lolita, Roast and B Spot.  He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on the Food Network.

In 2009, Michael earned The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes Region and in 2000 Gourmet magazine chose Lola as one of “America’s Best Restaurants.”

In 2010, Michael appeared on four Food Network/Cooking Channel shows, hosting Food Feuds and Cook Like an Iron Chef, judging season three of The Next Iron Chef and competing on Iron Chef America.

Michael published his first cookbook, Michael Symon’s Live to Cook – Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen, in 2009, sharing home cook-friendly recipes that draw on the flavors of his heritage.

When he’s not working, Michael is riding his motorcycle through Cleveland, cooking at home, playing golf, thinking about his next tattoo, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife, Liz, and their bullmastiff, Ruby, and Old English bulldog, Ozzy.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

05/08 CAROLYN STARK, SONOMA COUNTY'S INAUGURAL TRADE BARREL AUCTION STEVE EVANS

CAROLYN STARK - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS - SONOMA COUNTY'S INAUGURAL TRADE BARREL AUCTION RAISES OVER $460,000

SONOMA COUNTY’S INAUGURAL TRADE BARREL AUCTION RAISES OVER $460,000

Santa Rosa, CA (May 2, 2015) — In just two short hours yesterday, a rousing display of energetic bidding on a range of unique Sonoma County wines resulted in a $461,700 fundraising total for the Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction. The tasting and auction event was attended by more than 250 top trade and media guests and featured rare small lot wines, mostly futures, representing 14 of Sonoma County’s 17 appellations.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our friends in the trade and thrilled to have Sonoma County recognized as a world-class growing region,” exclaimed Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Vintners. “The results of this first ever trade auction demonstrate the value of our beautiful wines and we look forward to welcoming our trade guests at next year’s event scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.”

The 71 lots of wine created for and sold exclusively at the inaugural barrel auction are some of Sonoma County’s rarest; produced in quantities as small as five cases. Each never before, never again wine was crafted to showcase the region’s highest quality and to uniquely express the story of Sonoma County’s diverse grape growing and winemaking styles. Selections included unique single vineyard bottlings, specific clonal selections, blends, wines aged using special barrel regimes and joint lot wines produced by collaborating wineries.

Two lots tied for the highest bid, each selling for $24,000.  The first was purchased by Glen Knight of The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA) and is a barrel collaboration between Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery, and Williams Selyem Winery of Russian River Valley Swan Selection Pinot Noir named “The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.”  The second lot, Williams Selyem Reverence, incorporated seven different heritage clones from 10 of the most prestigious vineyards in the Russian River Valley and was purchased by Drew Goodgame of Porthos Wine Ventures (Sausalito, CA).

Other top earning lots at the auction included Kinsella Estates; Martinelli Winery; a collaboration between West Sonoma Coast Vintners, including Ceritas, Failla, Freeman, Joseph Phelps, Littorai, Peay and Red Car; Patz & Hall; Balletto Vineyards; Paul Hobbs Winery; Pride Mountain Vineyards; Seghesio Family Vineyards; and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  The highest bid for a white wine at the auction was received by Ramey Wine Cellars.

Highest bidding trade accounts at the event include Robert Merrifield Polo Grill (Tulsa, OK); The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA); Wine Spectrum (Santa Rosa, CA); Wine.com (San Francisco, CA); and Hi-Time Wine Cellars (Costa Mesa, CA).

This year’s successful bidders, all members of the licensed wine trade such as retailers, restaurateurs, importers and distributors, will make these highly-collectible wines available to their customers under the Sonoma County Barrel Auction wine label, which is in the final design stages.

About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness and building understanding of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliates of all sizes throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

WWW.SONOMAWINE.COM



STEVE EVANS - THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

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