Friday, July 30, 2010

8/2 - Roy Newman, Nancy D. Hunt, Venus Williams

Roy Newman - Private Wine Counsel
Private Wine Counsel was created by Roy Newman to offer custom and personal advice to those interested in enhancing and enriching their wine drinking and collecting experiences. As a career attorney, Roy has been accustomed to giving clients advice about lawsuits and business. Several years ago, Roy decided that he would start advising people on his greatest passion, wine. Roy has provided his wine advice to restaurants, wine bars, winery owners and individuals. Roy has extensive personal experience in the world of wine, from being an owner of a grape ranch, to having traveled to wine regions throughout the world, to having created a substantial wine collection of his own.  As a career attorney, Roy has been accustomed to giving clients advice about lawsuits and business. Several years ago, Roy decided that he would start advising people on his greatest passion, wine. Roy has provided his wine advice to restaurants, wine bars, winery owners and individuals. Roy has extensive personal experience in the world of wine, from being an owner of a grape ranch, to having traveled to wine regions throughout the world, to having created a substantial wine collection of his own.
- Do you have trouble deciding what wines to buy?
- Are you satisfied with the state of your wine collection?
- Are you taking advantage of the great wine buying opportunities in this economy?
- Do you wish you could buy those “impossible to find” wines at a good price?
- Do you find it difficult to keep up with all of the wines and vintages on the market?
- Do your wine magazines and newsletters pile up on your desk?
- Do you find yourself buying the same wines because you aren’t sure what else to buy?
- Do you wish you had access to a trusted wine industry insider?

Nancy D. Hunt - Executive Director - San Antonio Riverwalk
The Paseo del Rio Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to promote and support the San Antonio River Walk, the number one tourist attraction in Texas. The association accomplishes this through the production of special events along the River Walk throughout the year and through the publication of Rio Magazine, a monthly visitor magazine distributed to 35,000 each month. The Association serves as an advocate, facilitator, and moderator among the business, civic, and governmental communities on matters concerning the River Walk. The Riverwalk is one of the most visited places in all of Texas and the greater San Antonio area has a world of fun and exciting things to do and see. San Antonio and the Riverwalk feature luxurious hotels, delicious dining and restaurants, exciting theme parks, attractions, great nightclubs, nightlife and entertainment. And now the San Antonio Riverwalk is bigger and better than ever before. In May 2009, the new Museum Reach portion of the Riverwalk opened. It features over one mile of new Riverwalk footage, beautiful landscaping and lighting at night. It begins at the Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel and ends at the Pearl Brewery Complex just South of Brackenridge Park. On the new Museum Reach of the Riverwalk you will find the beautiful San Antonio Museum of Art, a lock system for the river boats, and the oldest VFW Post in the State of Texas. It is a gorgeous portion of the Riverwalk to enjoy in a boat or on a leisurely walk. With all there is to do in San Antonio and on the San Antonio Riverwalk, we know your next visit here will be fun and exciting. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, you are sure to have a good time when you visit San Antonio. Look around our site and plan your next trip to San Antonio.

Venus Williams - Tennis Superstar
Venus Williams has certainly made her mark in the tennis world, with three Olympic gold medals and 21 Grand Slam titles. But she is more than just a tennis player. At age 29, she balances a thriving high-profile athletic career with several flourishing ventures as fashion designer, entrepreneur and author.  Venus can discuss the upcoming US Open Series and the release of her recently released New York Times bestselling book, entitled “Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession.” Come to Win debuted this week at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #2 on the Nielsen Soundscan list. Recently, Venus invited fans to “Design a Look for Venus,” and helped select the winner of the online design contest. She’s currently using the winning design as inspiration to create an actual outfit which she’ll debut at the US Open. As the designer behind her own EleVen Collection, Venus can talk about her love of style and design and how that affects her performance on-court.  At the tender age of 14, Venus Williams had already become a professional athlete, taking the world of tennis by storm. Fiercely determined and wielding an impressive physical prowess, she spent the next decade rising to the top-ranked position and winning numerous championships, including the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and doubles at the Australian Open in addition to three Olympic Gold medals. Currently, Venus holds 43 WTA Tour titles, including seven Grand Slam singles titles. Currently ranked number 4 in the world, she continues to be unstoppable as an individual player and is just as powerful when teamed up with her sister Serena. The dynamic duo recently won their 10th doubles championship at the 2009 US Open. Venus now joins the ranks of only a handful of legendary women’s singles tennis champions who have won 5 or more Wimbledon Championships. Not only is Venus a force in the tennis world, the fashion community has taken notice of her grace and elegance. She has been photographed by some of the most world-renowned photographers for top fashion publications around the world. At 29, she has parlayed her fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit to excel in several ventures. In addition to her worldwide tennis competitions, the young entrepreneur is a uniquely creative designer. In her new book, “Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession,” 50 successful people explain how they shaped their lives by playing sports. The book debuted at number five on the New York Times bestseller list in July.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/30-Janet Viader, Nina Sutton

Janet Viader-Sales and Marketing for Viader Vineyards &Winery

VIADER is a leading first growth Napa Valley winery estate established in 1986 by Delia Viader, and recognized around the world (view international press) for consistently producing high quality red wines (see reviews). Located 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor just northeast of St. Helena on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. (Map & Directions)
Since the inaugural vintage in 1989, VIADERProprietary blend has featured Cabernet Sauvignon with a significant component of Cabernet Franc. “V” is an exclusive Petit Verdot blend. Our estateVIADER Syrah is clonal blend of Barossa and Hermitage clones of Syrah. DARE by Viader   focuses on single varieties from select vineyards in the Napa Valley blended with our estate fruit. DARE Cabernet Sauvignon features fruit sourced from Lewelling Vineyards in St. Helena. DARE Cabernet Franc incorporates fruit from Stagecoach Vineyards in Oakville.  DARE Tempranillo is made from a Ribera del Duero clonal selection sourced from the northeast side of the Napa Valley. We also produce a very limited amount of Cabernet-based dryDARE Rose.

Nina Sutton is a dynamic  TV host, Beauty and Mom Expert. With an MBA and  a business background in beauty, fashion and consumer packaged goods, she brings real world expertise to audiences around the country. Nina has also run designer clothing and beauty sample sales (both in person and online) and is an expert on budget style shopping.
Nina’s first book, The Chic Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous  was published in 2008. This book is a  practical guide for women to stay chic after the stork has arrived. With the rise of celebrity moms bouncing back so “effortlessly”, this book  offers real women tips on staying chic in all areas of their life- including beauty, fashion, fitness, relationships with friends, spouses, children, and financial and time saving tips for moms.
In addition, her media appearances include: TV Guide, Better TV, A View from the Bay, The Tyra Banks Show , The Rolanda Show The Health and Beauty Revolution and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times.
Nina was also Naturalizer’s Summer 2007 Catalogue. She is described as a “Fashionista, Cyberguru and Devoted Mom.”
She has also conducted red carpet interviews with celebrities and directors, such as George Lucas, Jerry Bruckheimer, Isaac Mizrahi and more.
Nina also devotes her time to charity- she is on the LA board of Step Up Women’s Network and worked with the March of Dimes on their Celebration of Babies event with Halle Barry in November 2009.
Nina currently lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband Kevin and two sons, Dillan and Devan.
·         Expert Topics:
·         Mommy Beauty and Style
·         Mom Lifestyle
·         Budget Beauty
·         Budget shopping
·         Latest in beauty treatments/products

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7/29-Louis Lucas, Doug Brode

Louis Lucas-Lucas and Lewellen Winery

Originally from the Central Valley of California, Louis Lucas is one of California's premier grape growers. He literally grew up in the business. His father, son of Croatian immigrants, was a leading table grape grower in California for decades. Louis is best described as an innovator and a master at utilizing a variety growing practices and techniques. His vast knowledge and viticulture expertise span over 35 years, making him a sought after speaker, consultant and advisor. Louis has sold grapes to many wineries over the years including:
Sebastiani, Korbel, Chateau Montelena, ZD, Wente Brothers, Ridge, Callaway, Bargetto, Kendall-Jackson, Robert Mondavi, Steele, Rusack, Fess Parker, Sunstone, Dan Gehrs, Austin Cellars, Foxen, Sanford, Viansa, Fiddlehead, McKeon-Phillips, Rideau and Bonny Doon.

In 1963, Louis graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in Finance & Business Economics. Aside from his studies, Louis excelled in track and made his best attempt at Irish football. After four cold Indiana winters, Louis headed back to California to join the family's table grape, wine grape, and almond business. Several years later, he embarked on a new venture, one that would mark him as a pioneer in the California Central Coast's wine industry. In 1970, he formed Tepusquet Vineyards with his brother George and partner Alfred Gagnon to become one of the first commercial wine grape growers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

In the early 1970’s, he worked with Jack Niven to form Edna Valley Vineyards and expanded Tepusquet to the Shandon region of Paso Robles. It was during these years where Louis tested all of the growing theories of the past and created some of his own. He spent several summers touring the finest wine regions of France, Italy, Spain and Germany studying their methods and systems. His conclusion was simple, as he states, " The best decision I ever made in the early 70’s was going against conventional wisdom by planting more vines per acre, adapting trellis systems to fit specific varieties, and instituting suckering, hedging, thinning and leaf removal programs. I had learned this from growing table grapes with my Father, and my travels in Europe confirmed these techniques were essential to growing quality wine grapes."

As the 1980's approached, a shift began to take place in the wine industry as a whole. Johannisburg Riesling had been the primary white, but Chardonnay was well on it's was to replacing it. Louis adjusted to this shift and converted most of his vineyards from Cabernet, Merlot, and Gamay Beaujolais to Chardonnay (only keeping the Pinot Noir). He also planted another vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley of Santa Barbara County. There he instituted the 'Geneva Double Curtain' trellis system for his Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc. “This system [Geneva Double Curtain] produces a stronger more massive vine, elevating it off the ground with a large open canopy promoting greater production, quality, and health of the vine in general."

Louis’ current venture, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards (L&L), has once again placed him at the top of his class. In 1996, he joined forces with retired Judge Royce Lewellen, with two of his existing vineyards, and together, they acquired several premium wine producing properties. These vineyards are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: the Santa Maria Valley, the Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Ynez Valley, allowing them to utilize the 3 different climate zones that are unique to Santa Barbara's County's coastal climate. L&L vineyards experience warm days and cool nights with long, gentle growing seasons for their over 400 acres and 24 varieties of grapes. L&L is now in the process of planning a winery and tasting room facility in the Los Alamos Valley. In Louis’s own words: "Growing great wine grapes requires a great deal of work. It is a true labor of caring to find a balance between the soil, the vine and the climate. All of these things must occur at the right time and are critical for vine maturity, resulting in real quality yields."

Never too far away from his vines, Louis, his wife Jill and their two daughters live in Solvang, California overlooking one of their beautiful vineyards.

Doug Brode-Author & Critic
DOUGLAS BRODE (b. 1943) is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian, and multi-award winning journalist. Born and raised on Long Island, he traveled upstate to attend SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and never really left. After graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University, he and his wife Sue (Johnson) Brode stayed on and raised a family. Brode became the coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College and then an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is the author of over 30 books on film and the mass media including Films Of The Fifties, Films Of Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington (a biography), Sinema (Erotic Films), Shakespeare In The Movies (for Oxford University Press), two books on Walt Disney for University of Texas Press, From Walt To Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the mouse. Also, Elvis Cinema And Popular Culture for McFarland Press. Most recently, he and Carol (widow of Rod) Serling have completed Rod Serling And The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute for Barricade Books. Brode wrote the screenplay for Midnight Blue, which one critic called "the best of the low-budget erotic thrillers. His produced plays include Heartbreaker and Somewhere In The Night.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7/28-Rob Hallstrom, Ellie Krieger, Anne McAlpin

Rob Hallstrom-President of 714 Media and on the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce

Fullerton Restaurant Week is presented by the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The City of Fullerton, 714 Media, At Home In Magazine, Davis Barber Productions, Graves Design & Communications, The Orange County Register, and OC Weekly.
Warm plates of lasagna, pasta, and pizza topped with mozzarella and various meats and vegetables are ready to satisfy the cravings of patrons during Fullerton Restaurant Week, which runs Sunday, August 1 through Saturday, August 7.
Downtown Fullerton staple, Angelo’s and Vinci’s, will delight patrons with their all-you-can-eat buffet, a Sunday Champagne brunch with chocolate fountain, and pizza to go. Dinner includes four courses and wine pairings. Lunch prices start at $10 and dinner is $20. Angelo’s and Vinci’s is located at 550 N. Harbor Blvd.
Florentine’s Downtown Grill, located at 102 N. Harbor Blvd. in downtown Fullerton, will offer diners a tour of Italy with entrée selections including chicken pesto, lasagna, chicken Florentine, chicken marsala, tilapia piccata, and more. The lunch and dinner specials are available for $10.
Comfort food is king at Lomeli’s Italian Restaurant with their hearty favorites. Lunch and dinner specials include chicken, veal, or eggplant parmagiana, shrimp scampi, Italian scallops, chicken cacciatore, and more. Meals include minestrone soup or salad, garlic bread, ice cream and a complimentary glass of house wine. Lomeli’s Italian Restaurant is located at 1000 E. Bastanchury Rd., Suite B. Prices are $10 for lunch and $10 and $20 for dinner.
Mulberry Street is the Cheers of Fullerton—a place where everybody knows your name. The restaurant will offer a $15 lunch and $20 dinner during Restaurant Week at the 114 W. Wilshire location.  Daily specials featuring or fresh fish accompanied by soup, salad, dessert, and soft drink will be available for patrons. Dinner menus include a glass of house wine.
More than 30 restaurants will participate in Fullerton Restaurant Week by offering special prix-fixe menus with price points ranging from $5 – $40 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Other tastes and cravings can be satisfied by the other restaurants participating during the week. Menus of each can be found on Updates on restaurant additions or specials can also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook/fullertonrestaurantweek or on Twitter at
Ellie Krieger-Author, Chef and Food Network Host                                                                                                                  
New York Times bestselling author and James Beard Foundation and IACP award winner Ellie Krieger helps people of all ages achieve wellness  and get the most out of life.   She is a registered dietitian and host of a hit show, “Healthy Appetite,” on Food Network.
Ellie’s warmth and charisma have made her the go-to nutritionist in the media today. Her success can be attributed to her way of offering real advice without any of the gimmicks and crash diets the permeate today’s news. She reaches people with her message that it is possible for anyone, given the tools and knowledge, to live life to the maximum by being in healthy balance, nurturing a richly satisfying and sumptuous, attainable lifestyle. She believes that through her work she can help to change the way society views food, health and nutrition.                             
Anne McAlpin-Pack it Up                                                                                                                                                                     

Anne’s organized approach to packing has captivated audiences at her personal presentations across the country and on national TV. Her appearances on Oprah®, CNN, The View, and HGTV have earned her national recognition and popularity. Anne teaches the secrets of packing light and smart, and makes packing fun! Her tips help savvy and experienced traveler’s alike pack for any trip; from weekend getaways to lengthy European vacations.
Anne learned to pack lightly for her first trip abroad – a student bike trip across Europe when she was 16. “We had to pack everything we needed for six weeks in our bike bags,” she recalls. “When you have to carry everything yourself, it really makes you cut-down on what you pack.” One of her most important tips: “If you can’t carry (or wheel) your luggage around the block, then you’ve packed too much!”
Studying European history and languages while living abroad, Anne realized she needed a career that would take her around the globe. After several world cruises, Anne noticed how much luggage travelers packed and how much of it was unnecessary. Based on this, she created a seminar for fellow cruisers to show them how to “get it all home”. After many passengers suggested putting her tips into writing, she wrote “Pack It Up” and a business was born! Her DVD is a great visual companion to her informative book.
Anne really enjoys her audiences’ travel stories, and likes nothing better than getting positive feedback from experienced travelers who have learned new tips at her seminars. Anne spends most days of the year traveling and sharing her expertise, but can always be reached on her Blackberry if someone has a “packing emergency!”                          

Monday, July 26, 2010

7/27-Ani Phyo, Haley Caldwell

hEco Chef Ani Phyo-Eco Lifestylist & Raw Food Author
Ani Phyo is the author of “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen”, and is the founder of SmartMonkey Foods, LCC. Watch her free uncooking videos at

She’s on a mission to show you it’s easy to enjoy delicious, nutritious cuisine that’s healthy and supports green lifestyles. Her green living uncookbook is the first of it’s kind, offering tips for natural skin care, composting, recycling, reuse, and more.

Ten challenges using household items. 60 seconds on the clock. $1 million on the line. Think you can do it? You've got a Minute to Win It. NBC's newest sensation hosted by chef and TV personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives") has started a game revolution online and across the country. People are playing these deceptively difficult games at home, at work and at parties. The show features everyday Americans competing in 60-second challenges with household objects for a shot at a million bucks. But as the money increases, so does the level of difficulty. After winning some money, will contestants stay and play, or take the cash and dash? Each show offers new twists: from celebrity contestants, to summer-themed games, challenges using office supplies, as well as teams of twins, couples, and practical strangers that will have you shouting, "Did you see that?!" For all of the games, previous episodes and info on becoming a contestant go to

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7/26/2010 Jennifer Chandler, Vic Parrino, Susan Davis

It's almost summer, and salads of all kinds are appearing on tables around the southland. Whether as a starter, side or even main course, salads give cooks an opportunity to mix it up and experiment. And with all the pre-washed packaged salad greens in our markets today, it's never been easier to put together an elegant, creative and extra-special salad to round out your menu.

Simply Salads, Jennifer Chandler's latest book for home cooks, contains more than 100 salad recipes, all of which start with a bag or two of packaged salad greens. The book explores both dressed-up side salads, which are largely vegetarian, and entree salads in which chicken, meat or seafood play a starring role. She also includes sections on fruit salads, pasta and other grains, and slaws.

Chandler's homemade dressings, which rarely contain more than a handful of ingredients, brighten and lighten the flavors of the ingredients and shower the dishes with pizazz. She makes good use of supermarket snack foods like chips and dried peas as garnishes. And the recipes take full advantage of the wide variety of greens available in supermarkets today: romaine, butter lettuce, mache, arugula and more.

A few of my favorite recipes:

Confetti chip salad, which tosses together romaine, bell peppers, avocado and crunchy vegetable chips and is dressed with a vinaigrette touched with ketchup

Thai beef salad, topped with flank steak and mint, and dressed with a lime-spiked Asian dressing

Butter lettuce with smoked salmon, capers and dill in a lemon vinaigrette (click here for the recipe)

Lobster salad with grapefruit vinaigrette

Layered chop salad, which is presented in a glass trifle bowl and is absolutely gorgeous

We're probably a little more salad-savvy here in southern California than in most places around the country. But even for the salad experts, Simply Salads would be a welcome addition to any collection.

Simply Salads is available on and at local bookstores.

Vic Parrino-Owner of Colombo's Restaurant

Colombo's has been around since 1954, and a visit to the wood-paneled old warhorse is an enjoyable time trip to the era of vodka gimlits, carafes of Lambrusco and oversized plates of spaghetti and meatballs. The menu also offers a respectable Caesar salad, fine lasagna, chicken Marsala, pizzas and affordable steaks. The always-crowded bar is known for its stiff drinks, which have been luring regulars here for decades. A spirited trio serves up old-fashioned piano bar tunes to complement the red-sauced dishes.
Thinking about the benefits of a new, healthier lifestyle? If you are like many people, you have cast a critical eye on your own health habits. Maybe you haven’t been putting your health first, or maybe you are concerned about the effects of aging or preventing disease. Making the decision to get on the right nutritional track is a great first step. But once you have made the decision, where do you start? According to Susan Davis, MS, RD, nutrition advisor for the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, the best way to get on track is to load your plate with color.

Among other dietary musts such as eating fish or whole grains, the importance of a diet full of fruits and vegetables is undeniable. While integrating all colors is important for getting a diet firmly on track, it is those “little blues” — tiny, delicious, Wild Blueberries — that are especially important. “It is just critical that we look at fruits and vegetables as one of the answers and get blue pigment in the diet,” said Davis in a recent interview for the Association. “It’s important to get all pigments in the diet, but the one we overlook most, I think, is blue.”

Davis is passionate about passing along her first-hand knowledge of the benefits of nutrition. As a registered and licensed dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition, and with interests in the areas of phytochemicals, probiotics and preventative health, she works with medical facilities, businesses, school systems, and community programs to promote strategies for good nutritional practices. In a new video segment called “Getting on the Right Nutritional Track” Davis explains why the importance of the berry’s blue pigment cannot be underestimated.

Research shows that diets containing blueberries actually can reverse some of the changes of aging that affect our memory and our motor skills. “Wild blueberries are a great little fruit,” Davis asserts. “They are loaded with antioxidants, and they have natural compounds. What we know is that these compounds help prevent the diseases of aging, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration.” Because Wild Blueberries are smaller and have more skin than their cultivated cousins, she explains, they contain more blue pigment, or anthocyanin, which is responsible for the antioxidant activity that is at the heart of these anti-aging properties.

As a member of the “Bar Harbor Group,” a group of leading researchers from U.S. and Canada that meets annually in Bar Harbor, Maine as part of the Wild Blueberry Research Summit, Davis stays informed about the latest research in the fields of neuroscience, aging, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and eye health, among others. While the Bar Harbor Group remains focused on the Wild Blueberries’ important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, it also monitors exciting new areas of investigation including childhood obesity and the impact of children’s diets in the prevention of disease and longevity. While Wild Blueberries already have a clear nutritional impact, Davis contends that understanding their health benefits may have just begun. “There is not one area of health that isn’t being looked into because of the preliminary research finding with the blueberries,” she said.

Read about the highlights of the annual meeting of the “Bar Harbor Group”.

In addition to illuminating the benefits of Wild Blueberries, Davis also addresses a common misconception: that fresh fruit is healthier than frozen fruit. Because fresh fruit is picked, shipped across the country, and held for days in the supermarket, it can be two weeks by the time a consumer eats fresh fruit. In contrast, fruit frozen at the point of harvest preserves all the nutritional value and health benefits, adding convenience and economics to the already advantageous Wild Blueberry.

It all makes a strong case for this spectacular fruit. “I love Wild Blueberries. I eat them every day,” said Davis, giving blues her personal endorsement. It’s clear that there is no better way to get on the right nutritional track — adding plenty of little blues to your diet is an ideal way to bring your health into vibrant and delicious focus.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

7/23-Wes Marshall, Gary Morgenstein

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Wes Marshall-What's A Wine Lover To Do
Hundreds of easy-to-scan tips in everyday language let time-starved readers find quick answers.

Most people who enjoy wine would like to know more about it, to feel confident in what they like and why, to know the "lingo." Wine lover and writer Wes Marshall helps readers explore the world of wine, offering plainspoken explanations to wine questions that most people have but are hesitant to ask—no question is too simple, no answer too advanced.

Like earlier titles in the series, such as the best-selling What's a Cook to Do?, this book offers empowering information in question-and-answer format with pronunciation guides, charts, maps, and step-by-steps—plus the best-bang-for-your-buck wine recommendations from well-known experts. Is Barolo a grape or a place? What do wine scores mean? What about sniffing the cork and which glasses to use? In this newest book in the What’s a … to Do? series, Wes Marshall presents his years of wine experience and insider tips in everyday language that makes wine approachable and knowable.

Gary Morgenstein-Novelist & Playwright from Comic Con 2010
Gary Morgenstein's novels include "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," about a divorced man who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi; "Jesse's Girl," a powerful story about a father's search for his adopted teenage son, and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a political baseball thriller, as well as the baseball Rocky "The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees." His prophetic play "Ponzi Man" played to sell-out crowds at the New York Fringe Festival. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by lots of books and rock and roll CDs.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7/21-Luis Sanchez, Jerry Howell, Ken Hair

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Luis Sanchez-Mixologist at Nic's in Beverly Hills and Mexico's West Hollywood

National Tequila Day

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In the United States, July 24 is National Tequila Day.
According to Wikipedia, tequila was invented during the 16th century in Mexico by the conquistadors.  The Aztecs had long made a fermented drink called pulque from the maguey plant (there are stone carvings from 200 AD which are believed to depict pulque).  The discovery of tequila came when the conquistadors ran out of brandy and tried to make a liquor based on the same plant.  Instead of pulque, they came up with tequila.  They made the tequila from the sap of the blue agave.
The name of "tequila" comes from the name of a village that was very close to where drink was discovered.  The town itself did not itself become established until 1656 but the name and association stuck.
Tequila is not fermented from a cactus.  Cactus are not related to agaves.  There is usually no worm in tequila.  The worm is found in some mezcal and this tradition was only begun in the 1940s as a marketing ploy.  Mezcals are related to tequila.  Historically, tequila was known as mezcal wine or mezcal brandy.  Today, there are considered distinct.  Tequila comes from the Jalisco State in Mexico.  Mezcal often comes from the Oaxaca.
Tequila first became mass produced in Guadalajara, Mexico in the early 1800s by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira.  It was first exported to the United States in 1884 by Don Cenobio Sauza, Municiple President of the Village of Tequila.
His grandon, Don Francisco Javier established the tradition that genuine tequila can only come from the State of Jalisco in Mexico.  He is famous for saying "there cannot be tequila where there are no agaves."

How many haircuts is that tune-up worth?

With money tight, bartering is growing in popularity. Over 70,000 businesses make cashless transactions throughout America. Here is the only complete, step- by-step guide to how this potentially lucrative process works, including: the advantages of direct versus national barter networks; how to save and increase profitability; how to increase sales and revenue; and how to start a trade exchange.

*From a national expert and bareter entrepreneur

*Detailed resource section exchanges and business associations

  About the Author

Jerry Howell is President and Founder of Midwest Business Exchange, which facilitates cashless transactions. Howell serves on the Board of the National Association of Trade Exchanges and runs two philanthropic organizations. Tom Chmielewski is a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and the Internet, and founder of a digital book publishing company.

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7/22-Alex Guarachi, Greg Bozzo, Lindsay Davenport, Sam Querrey

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Alex Guarachi-President and CEO of TGIC Importers

TGIC Importers, Inc. began 25 years ago as a wine import company with only a single Chilean winery in our portfolio. While our beginnings were small, our dreams were big and today our portfolio has grown to include the finest wineries, representing the best winemakers in the world today.
TGIC was founded with the singular focus to bring the best wines of the world to its customers. Our mission is to establish ourselves as a leading international producer, importer and marketer of the finest wines of the world with a rich and diverse portfolio. Through our strong commitments to our suppliers, wholesalers, accounts and consumers, we achieve this through establishing long-lasting relationships and alliances with the best winemakers and distributorships in the world.
Today, we are proud to represent 18 wineries from around the world as a national importer. We also offer a large selection of select imported and domestic wines for wholesale in the state of California. It is our pleasure to introduce to you the exceptional wines of the TGIC portfolio.

Thank you for your interest in the 2010 Gilroy Garlic Festival.More than 150 local non-profits collect over $500,000 generated at the annual affair, half of which is distributed directly from The Garlic Festival Association.

Garlic Festival organizers have committed to making our event as green as possible over the next few years. During this transition, I hope we meet or surpass modern environmental expectations like sourcing re-useable materials and conscious food selections. Whether it is locally grown mushrooms, fine wines from our valley, pasta made in San Francisco or California grown garlic, residents from The Golden State need not travel far to find locally or regionally produced food. Californian's have always pioneered or adapted quickly to changes. Upon returning to the 2010 festival, I hope you find garlic traditions fused with culinary innovation.
On behalf of the thousands of people who have helped organize the first 31 festivals, thank you for your interest in number 32.
Lindsay Ann Davenport (born June 8, 1976 in Palos VerdesCalifornia) is a former World No. 1 American professional tennis player. She has won three Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles. In 2005, TENNIS Magazine ranked her as the 29th-best player of the preceding forty years. She is one of only four women (the others being Steffi Graf,Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert) since 1975 who has been the year-end World No. 1 at least four times. Davenport finished 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005 as the top ranked player.

Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey began playing tennis at the age of four-years-old when he was introduced to the game by his parents Mike and Chris Querrey. Originally from Thousand Oaks, California, Sam was a top junior player in the U.S. winning back-to-back junior hard court titles at the USTA Spring Championships and Easter Bowl in April 2005. Sam also reached the quarterfinals at the Junior US Open in 2004 and the Roland Garros in 2005 before deciding to turn pro in 2006.
From 2005-2007, Sam was a practice partner for the US Davis Cup Team before making his debut on the team in 2008 when the US faced Spain in the semifinals playing in Madrid, Spain. 2008 also proved to be his breakout year on the ATP World Tour, when he came out strong in January with a third round showing at the 2008 Australian Open. Following this, Sam also made the semifinals at Delray Beach before he earned his first ATP World Tour Singles Title at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas.
During the summer clay court season, Sam surprised many by beating Richard Gasquet in the Monte Carlo Masters event to earn a spot in the quarterfinals, but his proudest week of the year came at the US Open where he played some of his best tennis. He won three tough matches advancing to the Round of 16, and then played a stellar match on Labor Day against Rafael Nadal losing in four sets.
After his breakout year in 2008, Sam followed things up in 2009 by advancing to the final in Auckland before the Australian Open in January. Later in the season, he reached the final of three consecutive events including the Campbells International Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in Indiana and the LA Tennis Open in California where he captured his second career singles title in front of his home crowd. He then improved to being ranked #26 on the ATP World Singles Rankings, which made him the fourth highest ranked American behind Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish in 2008, and also the youngest ranked player in the top 50 in that particular year.
After a freaky accident in Bangkok, where Sam fell through a glass table and cut his lower arm muscle, in late 2009, he bounced back in 2010 with winning his third career title at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. He defeated good friend John Isner in the finals, and the two then proceeded to win the doubles title. Sam was also selected to represent the US in Davis Cup action for the second time in his young career.
Currently, Sam resides in Santa Monica, California, which is not too far from where he grew up and went to high school in Thousand Oaks with many of his friends who are now apart of his widely known Samurai Club. The Samurais have received a tremendous amount of attention from tennis fans and media since breaking onto the tennis scene with Sam, and in 2009 were provided a complimentary trip to Indianapolis by the tournament director. You can be sure to catch many of the Samurais at upcoming tournaments who will be cheering Sam on as he continues to climb up the rankings on the ATP Tour.

Monday, July 19, 2010

7/20-Rick Hirsch, Jeff Yeager

CRN 1 Live M-Thur 7a-8a PT

Rick Hirsch-Owner and Chef of Damariscotta River Grill
Rick Hirsch, Chef/Owner of the Damariscotta River Grill and Anchor Inn Restaurant, brings over two decades of culinary experience to his well-known restaurants situated in mid-coast Maine.

While earning his business degree at Ohio University, Hirsch cooked during summer breaks at several Maine restaurants. Wanting to experience other food cultures he headed to the Virgin Islands where he joined the busy teams of two restaurants on St. Thomas. Hirsch returned to New England for his formal culinary training at Providence, Rhode Island’s prestigious Johnson & Wales University.

His longtime goal of owning his own restaurant came to fruition soon thereafter when Hirsch, with his business partner, Jean Kerrigan began operating the popular Anchor Inn Restaurant in Round Pond, Maine.  The Anchor Inn Restaurant, which in 2007 celebrates its 20th-year celebration, each year becomes a central gathering spot for returning "summer people" and locals alike, all drawn by the seasonal restaurant’s authentic, savory New England cooking and Hirsch’s top-notch Maine seafood specials.

The talented duo next launched their very successful Red Plate Catering business, which continues to serve events ranging from wedding receptions and anniversary celebrations to holiday events and large corporate gatherings.

In 2004, Hirsch and Kerrigan decided to grow their culinary enterprise further still by launching the Damariscotta River Grill in nearby coastal Damariscotta, Maine.  The well-regarded restaurant, open year-round and situated just a stone's throw from the scenic Damariscotta River, has earned raves from thePortland Press Herald and numerous online food sites, including, and  Known as much for its impressive wine list and active wine club as for its regional, upscale comfort food selections, the Damariscotta River Grill today continues to serve full houses of enthusiastic diners at its brunch, lunch and dinner seatings.

Chef Hirsch has long been committed to purchasing locally grown ingredients and supporting nearby Maine farmers, producers and fishermen. At both of his Maine restaurants, he serves dishes which feature fresh Maine lobster and fresh oysters from the Damariscotta River, supplied by Pemaquid Oyster Company. Chef Hirsch also offers patrons dishes which feature wild mushrooms from Oyster Creek Mushroom Company, and a variety of fresh produce from Morning Dew Organic Farm.

Jeff Yeager spent 24 years working as a CEO and senior executive with national nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC before launching his career in 2004 as an author, public speaker, and media personality.
Specializing in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by spending and consuming less, Yeager was dubbed "The Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer on the NBC TODAY Show, where he occasionally appears as a guest correspondent. He also hosted a series of segments, $aving Green by Living Green, on G-Word, an environmental news show on Discovery's PLANET GREEN network. Yeager has appeared as a guest on CNN, ABC News, CNBC, FOX News, PBS, and dozens of local TV stations around the country. He is a popular guest on the nationwide talk radio circuit as well, having been interviewed on more than 150 radio stations, including shows broadcast on National Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Oprah & Friends network.
Yeager's first book, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, was published by Random House/ Broadway Books in January 2008. Road Map is currently in its sixth reprint and was the #1 Personal Finance book on His second book, The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily below Their Means, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2010, also from Random House/Broadway Books. His work is also featured on his website, and his popular weekly blog, The Green Cheapskate, is syndicated by Hearst's Daily Green website ( to leading environmental and personal finance sites on the worldwide web.
During his career in the nonprofit sector, Yeager served as the CEO of the American Canoe Association, the oldest recreation-based waterway conservation in the U.S. (founded in 1880) and a National Governing Body of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Previously he served as director of the American Youth Hostels, the U.S. affiliate of the International Youth Hostel Federation. He also served as the director of fundraising for the Partnership for Public Service, a think-tank based in Washington.
In 2004, at the age of 46, Yeager realized something startling. Because of the experience he gained as the self-proclaimed "Titan of Tightwads" in the nonprofit sector and the positive impact those same management techniques had on his personal finances, Yeager realized that he had reduced his dependency on money to the point where he could retire. Or rather, as he likes to say, become "selfishly employed," free to pursue whatever interests he chooses, without inordinate worry over a paycheck.
Since leaving the work-a-day world, Yeager has done just that. As an active volunteer, Yeager serves on the boards of four nonprofit organizations involved in education and the environment. But most of all, Yeager has used his newfound financial freedom to pursue his passion for writing and multi-media journalism.
Jeff currently lives just outside of Washington, DC, with Denise, his wife of 27 years. He grew up in rural Ohio, and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bowling Green State University. He was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and was voted funniest student in his fourth grade class.