Friday, November 27, 2009

Fri Nov 27, 2009

Andrew Quady - Quady Winery in Madera, CA
Essensia and other sweet wines for holiday meals and desserts pairings. Andrew and Laurel Quady left crowded southern California and their jobs in pyrotechnics and merchandising to pursue their dream: a non-urban way of life making wine. Returning to school, Andrew graduated with a Masters in Food Science-Enology from UC Davis and Laurel became a licensed CPA. In 1975, at the urging of friend Darrell Corti, they made their first port from Amador County Zinfandel at the now defunct Lodi Vintners where Andrew was working as an assistant winemaker. In 1977, settled in Madera in California’s Central Valley with Andrew working at Heublein, they built a small winery behind their country home and made port on evenings and weekends. In 1980 they decided to add

a fortified white dessert wine to their line. The wine, from the obscure Orange Muscat grape variety was named Essensia and became a major success. In 1983, opportunity knocked when they were offered a crop of Black Muscat grapes which became the first Elysium. By 1984 the expanding business needed space and Andrew and Laurel needed help. Fresno State graduate and former Peace Corp member Michael Blaylock, now winemaker, and Cheryl Russell, now general manager, joined and a new winery was completed. With their enthusiasm and dedication the winery continued to grow, developing more unique wines: Starboard (our euphemism for port), Electra (white and red) and VYA vermouth.

Jim Fiolek Exec Director - Santa Barbara County Vintner's Association
Santa Barbara County has a history of winemaking and winegrape growing stretching back more than 200 years to before California was a state. From the Mission Era of early California through the Ranchero and Pueblo Era, struggling through Prohibition to the beginning of the modern era of viniculuture that started in the 60's, Santa Barbara County continues to combine traditional, hand-made techniques, with the latest cutting-edge innovations in grape-growing and winemaking. Father Junipero Serra brought grapevine cuttings from Mexico in 1782 to be planted in the fertile bottoms of Sycamore Creek (in what is now known as the Milpas district of Santa Barbara). The largest mission vineyard, about 25 acres, was located in the San Jose Creek area, and an adobe winery, built nearby in 1804, is now Goleta's oldest landmark. In 1884, Justinian Caire imported grape slips from France and planted a 150-acre vineyard on Santa Cruz Island. His prize-winning wines were shipped to San Francisco for bottling. A grapevine planted in 1842 on a farm in Carpinteria grew to monstrous proportions. In fifty years, it had a trunk measuring nine feet around, an arbor covering two acres and an annual yield of ten tons of grapes! The wine industry has enjoyed a renaissance in Santa Barbara County in the last 25 years. Early studies by researchers from U.C. Davis found that Santa Barbara County was cooler than most wine regions of Northern California and that it had an excellent balance of geology, climate, soil and water, giving it great potential as a viticultural area. The first modern vineyards were planted in the Tepusquet area of the Santa Maria Valley in the early 1960s. Shortly thereafter, vineyards were planted in several parts of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fri Nov 20, 2009


"What's Cookin on Wine" with Michael Horn live nationwide from Ruth's Chris Steak House! From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2005, we celebrated our 40th anniversary, and we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel.

Fine wines for a fine meal at Ruth's Chiris Steak House.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thu Nov 12, 2009

Dean Cain - Encourage Vaccination Against Influenza
While influenza continues to lead news stories on a daily basis, many Americans have yet to get their seasonal influenza vaccine. That’s why Dean Cain, of TV Superman fame, has joined with the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza educational initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated. The campaign, which features celebrities and everyday people with personal ties to the disease, is designed to put a “face” on influenza to demonstrate the influenza does not discriminate and everyone is at risk for contracting it. The recent H1-N1 influenza outbreak is a strong reminder that influenza is not like the common cold. In fact, seasonal influenza is a serious respiratory illness that results in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and approximately 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Dean George Cain was born July 31, 1966 in Mt. Clemins, Michigan to Sharon Thomas and Christopher Cain. Dean's natural father George Tanaka left Deans mother and older brother Roger before Dean was born and Dean has never nor ever wants to meet his natural father. In his eyes the man who raised him and gave him his name is the only man deserving of the title Dad. Dean made his first major acting appearance in his fathers film The Stone Boy, but football was what Dean really cared about. In 1984 Dean received a football scholarship from Princeton University where he excelled at his sport and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills four years later. Unfortunately he never got to be on a trading card; before he could play one season game Dean hurt his knee and was told by doctors that if he wanted to play basketball with his kids when he was forty, then he had to give up the sport he loved. So, Dean moved on to acting. Dean did commercials for everything from Bally's fitness clubs, to beer, to McDonalds, to Diet Coke before getting bit parts on television shows like A Different World and Life Goes On. In 1992 Dean was cast as Brenda's new boyfriend on Beverly Hills 90210. This gave Dean more exposure for his next audition to star as The Man Of Steel on a new Superman series titled Lois Lane's Daily Planet. Dean was neck and neck with another unknown actor by the name of Kevin Sorbo. In the end Dean got the role of the brainy reporter with a secret identity while Kevin moved on to become Hercules. On September 12, 1993 the series, now titled Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman premiered on ABC at 8:00PM, not the 10:00 time slot originally planned. The series ran for four years, ending on June 14, 1997 with a cliffhanger never to be resolved. After the series ended Dean moved on to other things. Best Men, which was made during the 1996 hiatus of Lois & Clark, was released to theaters in England and eventually to the US on video in 1998. Tracked/Dogboys premiered on Showtime, Futuresport on ABC in October 1998 and began filming a new television pilot titled Rag & Bone for CBS with Robert Patrick (the newest star of The X Files). Unfortunately the show never got picked up. Dean was also busy with his personal life as well. Having had a long list of romances which included Brooke Sheilds, Ami Dolenz, Pamala Anderson, and Gabrielle Reece; Dean began dating country singer/newcomer Mindy McCready in 1997. They became engaged in early 1998 but eventually broke up in July 1998. In that time Dean had also directed two of Mindy’s music videos. Deans career continued with more movies, and more charitable events. In July 1999 Dean appeared in St. Louis with other celebrities for a basketball tournament to help inner city fans. Dean also took time out to visit with his fans. Later that year he became host of TBS's new series Ripley's Believe It Or Not which ended its run in 2004, but continues on in syndication. Dean started to keep his personal life private, but he couldn’t keep quiet the news that came out at the end of 1999, his former girlfriend Samantha Torres was pregnant with his child. They had decided then not to get back together as a couple, but to both be involved in their child's life. On June 11, 2000 Christopher Dean Cain was born. Dean and Samantha now share custody of their son. Since Chris' birth Dean has made many movies and TV guest appearances including winning the first round of Celebrity Blackjack on The Game Show Network in July 2004, but lost in the finals to Caroline Rhea. In September 2004 Dean's new show Clubhouse premieres on CBS where Dean costars along side Christopher Lloyd, Mare Winningham and Jeremy Sumpter. Unfortunately only five episodes aired before CBS pulled it. The rest aired on HDTV after many fans demanded all 11 episodes that were filmed be shown. Since then Dean has appeared in guest spots on Hope & Faith, and Las Vegas and numerous films.

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe - "Diabetes Restaurant"
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe – A basketball legend, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe dazzled fans and players alike with his on-court moves for 13 years, including a league championship in 1973. Now 64, Earl has type 2 diabetes and is working with Merck on the Diabetes Restaurant Month program and challenging local restaurants to transform popular menu items into delicious diabetes-friendly dishes to help show people with diabetes that it is possible to enjoy dining out and stay healthy. Basketball legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is teaming up with Merck & Co., Inc. on the first-ever Diabetes Restaurant Month program, to challenge restaurants in select cities to create diabetes-friendly menu items. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998, Earl has learned how to maintain a diabetes-friendly lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and he aims to inspire others to do the same by making a few small changes in their daily lives, including making smart choices while dining out. Local restaurants cities across the country will feature diabetes-friendly dishes on their menus during the month designated as Diabetes Restaurant Month for that market. Diners are encouraged to try featured diabetes-friendly dishes at participating restaurants and log on to .

Lauren Ulm, "Lolo," is a vegan foodie and founder of who lives in Boston with her husband and two cats. She is not a chef, has never been to culinary school, and she's not a professional photographer (but she has fun pretending!) When she went vegan in 2002, the kitchen became her favorite room in the house, and still is today. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured in Vegetarian Times. Put the yum into your meals with more than 85 mouthwatering vegan recipes!When Lauren Ulm went vegan, she faced the typical onslaught of questions from acquaintances and more than the occasional wince from unsuspecting dinner guests. Vowing to prove that vegan food can be decadent and delicious—and not a bland stand-in for 'normal' food—she created a blog, What began as a hobby became an obsession, winning her not only legions of vegan and non-vegan foodie fans, but also the 2008 Best Veggie Blog Award from VegNews magazine.Here in her debut cookbook, Lauren shows that vegan food is anything but dull, with her creative and quirky twists on everything from crowd-pleasing appetizers to indulgent desserts, from easy weekend breakfasts to speedy weeknight dinners, plus holiday- and company-worthy fare you can serve with pride. Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Icing • Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake • Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast Sweet Chili Lime Tofu • Tahini Lemon Rice and Beans • Corn Fritters • Eggplant and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto • Crispy Sesame Kale • Moroccan Spiced Root Vegetable Home Fries • Smoky Miso Tofu Sandwiches • Cannellini Bean Soup with Pan-fried Croutons • Chinese Broccoli Wontons in Ginger-Soy Sauce Chipotle Basil Corn Chowder • Baked Mac and Cheeze • Gnocchi with Thyme Vinaigrette • Lime Peanut Noodles with Seitan, Kale, and Carrots •

Janice Ruddock - Managing Director - "Wines of Nova Scotia"
The Winery Association of Nova Scotia was formed in 2002 to represent the interests of wine producers in Nova Scotia, to serve as a voice for local industry and to promote the growth and development of Nova Scotia wines. As a first order of business, a set of quality standards was developed. The Nova Scotia Wine Standards (NSWS) were adopted by the association’s membership in the summer of 2005. The Wines of Nova Scotia logo was created as a symbol of quality which members may use on their wines that are made from 100% locally grown grapes and fruit, and that meet the NSWS. For more information on how to use the logo, view the Wines of Nova Scotia Graphic Identity Specifications. The Nova Scotia wine industry has a climate and soil conditions that favour unique and distinctive grape varietals, an abundant supply of inexpensive land for potential development, unfettered by urban encroachment and strong transportation links and proximity to the large Eastern USA markets and Europe. Building awareness of a Nova Scotia Wine Country and expanding distribution of the Wines of Nova Scotia will increase local market penetration. The Winery Association of Nova Scotia is committed to building excellence throughout every aspect of the industry, forging partnerships and attracting potential investors, ultimately catapulting the Wines of Nova Scotia onto the world stage.

Steve Kleinedler "100 Words for Foodies"
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and of other reference titles published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees and have studied at least one foreign language. Several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. Others have degrees in science or sometimes other disciplines. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible. Food terms make up one of the most fascinating parts of the English vocabulary. The TV Food Network talks about 24 hours a day. People talk about chefs and what they cook in daily conversation. In fact, we spend almost as much time discussing food as we do preparing and eating it. This latest book in the 100 Words series presents 100 mouthwatering food terms to be savored by fine diners, cooking fanatics, restaurateurs, and ordingary folks who wnjoy what they eat but can't always decipher the menu.

Wed Nov 13, 2009

On Today's Show

Mike Horn and Paul Stern host a live show from Charles Krug Winery in Napa with special guests Peter Mondavi Sr. and Peter Mondavi Jr. Happy Birthday to the elder legendary winemaker on his 95th birthday.

Sunday, November 8th, marks Peter Mondavi, Sr.'s 95th birthday. Mr. Mondavi will celebrate at a family luncheon on the 21st to mark his and his wife Blanche's birthdays. Blanche turns 91 on November 22nd. They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this coming June.
Inquiring minds want to know if Mr. Mondavi is still active in the wine industry. As president of the Charles Krug Winery, he comes to the office daily to work on winery business. Tastings, reviewing new equipment that comes into the winery and reading reports on production and harvest are part of his routine. We hope you will all join in and wish Mr. Mondavi a Happy Birthday and toast him with a glass of your favorite wine!