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Bio: Mike Wreyford, AKA Mike the “Wine Guy” is a Food, Wine,Travel & Lifestyle Expert. This Writer, Blogger, Foodie/Wine Enthusiast, and Spontaneous Traveler, is the Host & Producer of “The Good LIfe” Show, a popular Weekly Radio Talk Show. Mike combines his lifetime of Travel, 30+ years in the Restaurant / Bar business, an “Ongoing Appreciation of Wine”, along with his marketing and entrepreneurial expertise, to share his passion for Food, Wine, Travel and Lifestyle with friends, fans, and businesses around the world.
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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 29, 2016

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small vineyard and winery in the Sierra Foothills AVA. Owned and operated by the Starr Family, Phil and Anne since 1995 and their son Jackson since 2005. Phil is the head honcho around here as he does just about everything. Anne operates the tasting room in downtown Grass Valley and runs the Sirius Sipper Wine Club. Jackson, joining the family business in December of 2005, is the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He also fills in where needed, assisting both his mother and father in day to day operations.

May 29, 2016

As manager of communications for the Wine Institute, a nonprofit advocacy association of more than 1,100 California wineries and affiliated businesses, Gladys Horiuchi spends her time thinking of ways to promote California wineries and wine (How hard can that be?) And as a communicator for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, she also helps encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly winegrowing and winemaking practices.


“I studied to be an English and journalism teacher for junior high or high school,” says the Mill Valley resident. “And I actually taught for six months when an English teacher left on maternity leave mid-year.” But Horiuchi’s career led her down a different path instead.

May 29, 2016

Rooted in traditional German brewing practices mixed with an innovative Californian twist, Sudwerk is focused on creating the highest quality craft lagers known to man. The hybrid beer styles can best be described as West Coast craft lagers. Join us in our mission as we tirelessly work at perfecting our craft and sharing it with you.

May 29, 2016

“I’m a firm believer that great wines come from great fruit,” said Alex Szabo, whose eponymous winery offers tastes in a stylish spot on Nevada City’s strip. Unlike many of his blend-friendly neighbors, Szabo makes single varietal wines that he believes reflects his European-oriented palate. “I consider myself a purist,” explained Szabo, whose Hungarian roots, expertise in five languages, and time spent working around the Eastern Bloc countries honed his wine sense. “I just want to be amongst the best at what I do.”

Szabo calls this smoky, soy-inflected bottle his “velvet hammer,” and it doesn’t fail to arrest your senses with a serious but supple mouthfeel and perfectly pleasant flavors. $24

May 9, 2016
  • Family owned, led and managed business. When the whole family is involved to mold and solidify their ideals and pass them along through the generations, they have the possibility of advancing the family’s ideals and reputation.
  • Owning a vineyard. Almost, if not all of the multi-generational winemakers have their own vineyard with family members taking care of it with passion and commitment to ensure making great wines all the time.
  • Farming is key. The conditions of the vineyard and truly knowing it is  fundamental. A biologically balanced, healthy soil and farming is the foundation of a great and important wine.
  • Great winemakers. A passionate, skilled winemaker involved with a burning desire to make great wine. Great winemakers create wines that have good balance, wines that are beautiful when young and becomes more elegant with age.
  • Wines that are beautiful when they are young, then as they age a patina is developed without anything being removed from them. This is mastered by great winemakers and wine making families in the world.
May 2, 2016

Sara Schneider is Sunset’s wine editor, and I was able to speak with her recently on “The Good Life” Show about the upcoming Sunset Celebration Weekend at their new Corner Stone location in Sonoma.

Sara writes a monthly wine column, as well as covering wine related travel and food. She’s a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, and edited Bay Food magazine prior to joining Sunset, where she was the food editor before being named the magazine’s first wine editor.

With so many things to do in Northern California, Sunset’s Celebration Weekend is a great opportunity to check out their new Corner Stone facility which is home to an outdoor kitchen, wine bar and exhibit area, along with outdoor test gardens.

The staff at Sunset looks forward to these events as it gives them a chance to get out of the office, and hang out with and get in touch with their readers. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s plenty of good food and wine involved as well!

Food and culinary demos will include some well know “celebrity Chefs” including Ludo Lefebvre, Nyesha Arrington, Perry Hoffman, Andy Ricker and many more. Sara has been nominated twice for James Beard Journalism Awards and holds the Academy of Wine Communication’s Certificate for Excellence in Wine Writing.

May 2, 2016

Poppies is a locally-owned boutique dedicated to bringing top quality women’s fashions and unmatched customer service to the Yuba Sutter area. Come shop brands such as Brighton, Hobo, Habitat, Nomadic Traders, CMC, FDJ, and Holly Yashi. Poppies is proud to offer a selection that is vast, appealing, and fairly patriotic - many of their brands are made in the U.S.A!
If you’re looking for a gift, ask about our Wish List program, pick up a gift certificate, or let our knowledgeable team help you choose that special something. We can't wait to see you!

May 2, 2016

I like talking to strangers, dogs with beards, hair braids, flat caps, patterns on patterns, Robyn, cheese and crisp baguettes that crumb all over your clothes. I like cider that tastes like dirty earth and wines that taste like tear drops and soft waves, purple marker and fistfulls of herbs. 

I am a Toronto city girl through and through. Keep your mountains and give me urban parks & winding alleys.  

After university, I fled to France (#thedream) because cheese, bread, men and wine. 

I worked for a fancy negociant making labels, translating websites, learning French swears and tasting expensive things. Croissants, velour and hunting trips were fun, but what I really wanted was to stomp grapes, drive tractors, wear overalls and dress like a boy. 

Dreams of the land lead me to Australia because they have so much of it. I worked a vintage in Clare Valley, a small town two hours north of Adelaide with more millipedes than people. I drove machines I had no right to drive, cleaned barrels, shovelled grapes and met hilarious grape pickers from around the world. 

I moved back to Toronto and spent 3 years selling badass wine to badass people, while completing my French Wine Scholar certification, finishing my WSET Diploma (so close) and traveling most places they make great wine. 

Work asked me to move to Vancouver and I said yes, because beauty and weather and adventure and fear.

 

May 2, 2016

Lucero Vineyards & Winery is owned by Dan and Marian Lucero on family owned property dating back to 1906. We are located in Dobbins, California; 72 miles northeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Years prior to the vineyards being planted, our family ran cattle and farmed these gentle slopes amongst the Ponderosa Pine trees. Since then, we have looked for other uses of our land.

After his retirement as a teacher, Dan & Marian decided to start a vineyard. They and their children took many viniculture classes at U.C. Davis and with their four daughters and their families, hand planted the first vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rootstock in 1993. The Merlot field followed in 1997 hand planted with potted bench grafts.

These estate vineyards produce small crops of intensely flavored grapes. The combination of warm days, cool nights and rich red clay soil contributes to our deep color, elegant flavors and full-bodied wines.

Our emphasis is on growing and making limited production, ultra premium wines. We take pride in our wines and look forward to you experiencing our variety of wines.

May 2, 2016

Before founding Grey Fox Vineyards in 1996, the Arrigoni and Cecchi families spent much of their free time pursuing their passion for flying small planes. It was on these getaways that conversations turned to dreams of planting a vineyard and building a winery. Bruce's family had a tradition of making wine at home and Gary had a good chemistry background. A seed was planted and it began to take hold.

They all sought out viticulture courses at U.C. Davis and committed themselves to a new passion--winegrowing. While Bruce, Gary and Jeanne are involved in the vineyard and winery operations, Pat is busy handling sales and wine tasting events. Their goal is to create high quality wine by constantly overseeing and improving their vineyard to produce great fruit.

Come visit Grey Fox and share in the fulfillment and pride of this incredible endeavor. Taste the premium wines and you'll understand why winemaking has become their ultimate passion.

May 2, 2016

Alison Kero grew up with 2 different organizational styles being modeled to her. One parent was precision neat while the other was a pack rat. Through her teenage and college years Alison lived more like her pack rat parent but when she became an adult and started living on her own, she searched for systems that allowed her to easily get and stay organized.

When Alison became a decluttering expert in 2004, she continued her search for the best productivity and organizational practices. However, it wasn't until 2015 while recovering from an illness that she discovered what the process was trying to show her. Clutter wasn't just physical, it was emotional and spiritual as well. However, by starting with the physical clutter and using the 5 Main Organizational Steps, she was able to start transforming her life in a truly meaningful way and she also found that as the physical clutter left her life, the emotional and spiritual clutter were easier to identify and remove as well. Suddenly she felt she was living an easier, happier, more authentic life. In fact, Alison found that her health, happiness and productivity levels were all rising when she stuck to the Main 5 and that they were particularly helpful during times of stress or when she could feel herself wanting to self-sabotage the positive changes she was making. She has continued working the process ever since and is now happily sharing her methods with her clients.

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