Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10/27 LARRY SCHAFFER, TERCERO WINES, THE RHONE RANGERS 2015 LOS ANGELES, BEN LYONS

LARRY SCHAFFER FROM TERCERO WINES - THE RHONE RANGERS 2015 LOS ANGELES TASTING EVENTS NOV6-7 

*** FOR $10 OFF VIP TICKETS TO THE RHONE RANGERS 2015 LOS ANGELES GRAND TASTING ON 11/7/15 USE DISCOUNT CODE:VIP-CRNRADIO (THE TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE BEFORE NOVEMBER 7)  GO TO RHONERANGERS.ORG FOR MORE INFO***

The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles on November 6-7, 2015 with 50 wineries pouring their American-grown Rhone wines. The events include a series of in-store tastings and winemaker dinners on Friday evening, as well as a seminar and a walk-around tasting reception on Saturday. Ticket purchases can be a la carte for individual events or buy the Saturday Pass (includes the morning seminar and early admission to the Walk-Around Tasting from 2-6 PM).

RETAIL IN-STORE TASTINGS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

  • Whole Foods, 225 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice CA, 5-8 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Bonny Doon Vineyard and Michael-David Winery. For more information contact the Wine Department at Whole Foods, (310) 566-9480.
  • K&L, 1400 Vine Street, Hollywood CA, 5:30 - 7 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Quivira, Qupe and Vina Robles. For more information contact the store at (323) 464-9463.

WINEMAKER DINNER: PARKWAY GRILL, PASADENA 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 6:30 PM
Featuring the wines of kukula, Pomar Junction and Ridge Vineyards.
This will be an intimate dinner hosted by Sommelier Emmanuel Gonzalez, and Winemaker Kevin Jussila from kukkula, David Gates, VP of Vineyard Operations at Ridge Vineyards, and Mark Stern (CSW, CS), Director of Hospitality and Sales at Pomar Junction.  You'll enjoy a 3-course seated dinner at Parkway's private dining room; to make a reservation call the restaurant at (626) 795-1001 and ask to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner on November 6th.  This will sell out, only 24 seats available, don't delay!

WINEMAKER DINNER: Redbird, downtown LA. 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 PM
Featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek.
Chef Neal Fraser, Bravo TV Top Chef, has designed a 3-course seated dinner for you at The Nest, Redbird's private dining space and outdoor deck overlooking the LA skyline at Vibiana.  Sommelier Ben Teig will be featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek for you to enjoy with Chef Neal's special pairing menu. This is an intimate dinner for just 30 guests, along with representatives from each of the wineries.  Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at 213-788-1191, and asking to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner November 6th. This will sell out, do not delay!

SEMINAR: "GRENACHE ON THE RISE."  
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10:30AM
This seminar will focus on Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache-dominant blends. Our moderator will be Patrick Comiskey.  Winery participants include Andrew Murray, Bernat, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lightning Wines, Mounts Family Winery, Petrichor, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Terre Rouge and Vines on the Marycrest.

GRAND TASTING 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2-6 PM 
This event takes place at The Reef, 1933 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund.

RHONERANGERS.ORG

ABOUT TERCERO:
The idea for tercero wines surfaced a number of years back. Larry Schaffer had been in the educational and trade publishing industry for a number of years and had achieved all he had set out to do. It was time for a change . . . . but to what? Larry’s dreams of becoming a professional volleyball player were never going to happen, so he looked towards something he had always been interested in but never understood completely – winemaking. One thing that really interested him was the ‘why’ involved – how in the heck do you start with a grape and end up with this wine? Or that one? He needed to know more – and he needed to challenge his brain.

Fast forward four years . . . and Larry begins his new career in earnest as the Enologist for Fess Parker Winery, a well-respected winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Why Santa Barbara County? The winemaking community is willing and wanting to help each other, but more importantly, it is simply an incredible place to raise children!

Fast forward another year, and Larry is ready to ‘take the plunge’ and start buying grapes to make his own wines! It’s scary and challenging at the same time – no matter how much you read about it or do it for others, it’s quite different when it’s ‘your own baby’ . . . But it’s also a way for Larry to ‘marry’ his past with his present – to use his sales/marketing skills along with his technical winemaking skills to see what he can produce . . .

WWW.TERCEROWINES.COM


MOVIE & HOME ENTERTAINMENT EXPERT BEN LYONS HIGHLIGHTS HALLOWEEN, HORROR AND SCARY TITLES ON BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL 

Ben Lyons is a Television, Radio, and Online host and producer who covers pop culture like nobody else. Each month with his DEN (Digital Entertainment News) segment, Ben highlights the latest Blu-ray and Digital HD releases and the best ways to watch them.

Ben’s next DEN segment is Tuesday, October 27th,  and he will highlight some great Halloween, horror and scary movies and television titles avaiable on Blu-ray and Digital.  Ben will also discuss other recent Blu-ray Digital HD releases and the best ways to watch them, whether you are watching from the comfort of your own home with the latest 4K or Smart TV's or on the go with a tablet or smartphone.    

Ben is a special correspondent on EXTRA and regular contributor for ESPN LA radio. He is also the host of The Sidebar on Yahoo, an in-depth interview series featuring the biggest names in Movies, TV, Music, and Fashion. Ben is the lead host on Yahoo's LIVE movie premiere and awards show coverage. He reviews movies on Mario Lopez’s national radio show  and has recently, been on The View, Wendy Williams, ESPN's SportsNation, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Good Morning America, and The Artie Lange Show. Previously he appeared on the E! Network and E! News as their lead film correspondent and movie critic. Ben’s latest venture is as chief correspondent and “voice of the fans” at Derek Jeter’s theplayerstribune.com and host of The Players Tribune on SiriusXM radio.  Born and raised in New York City, Ben is the grandson of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, and is the son of film and theater critic Jeffrey Lyons. The Lyons family has been covering pop culture in American media for more than 80 years.

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