Monday, December 13, 2010

12/13 - Jim Fioleck , P J Ochlan,

P.J. OCHLAN  - Cobblestone Winery 
From his humble beginnings on a Michigan farm, Saul Levine became an FM radio pioneer in 1959 launching Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters in Southern California. Levine’s radio success helped him get back to his roots, and with his wife Anita he started Cobblestone Vineyards. For over 30 years Cobblestone only grew grapes for premium California wineries, until 2004 when the Levines released their own wines under the Cobblestone label. These limited production, single-vineyard wines have since received consistent acclaim from the top critics and publications, and are featured at many of the nation’s premier restaurants and wine shops. A veteran actor for over twenty years, P.J. has appeared on Broadway, been in numerous critically acclaimed films, performed in Joseph Papp's historic New York Shakespeare Festival, and been a four-time television series regular. P.J. has worked with directing legends including Jodie Foster and Garry Marshall, producing greats such as Aaron Spelling and Brian Grazer, and alongside countless stars of stage and screen. P.J. serves as creative director for KKGO "Go Country" 105.1 FM, KKJZ "K-Jazz" 88.1 FM and KGIL 1260 AM. As an on-air personality he hosts special programming including concert broadcasts, public affairs, arts reports and interviews. A regularly published writer, P.J. also often appears as a narrator and emcee for numerous concerts, events and local arts organizations.

Jim Fioleck - Executive Director -  Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association
The unique, transverse nature of the valleys of Santa Barbara Wine Country provides a patchwork quilt of microclimates and terrains, resulting in one of the most diverse grapegrowing regions in the country. The valleys in the Pacific coastline actually run east-west rather than north-south, and both the coastal Santa Ynez Mountain range and the more interior San Rafael range are transverse too. Because of this geologic oddity, the ocean breezes sweep eastward, channeled by the hills and mountains that ring the region. Heading east into the foothills, the temperatures are warm during the day and very cool during the night, whereas the vineyards that lie westward toward the ocean enjoy a mild and moderate climate. Coupled with soils that run the gamut from ancient beach and diatomaceous earth to chirt and limestone, there is a near-perfect place for a wide variety of winegrape varietals

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