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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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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.

Apr 13, 2016

Jeff Hansen, owner and winemaker for Lula Cellars, brings nearly 30 years of grape growing and winemaking experience to the brand. Jeff’s handcrafted, limited production Mendocino Coast Pinot Noir, along with Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Rosato (Rosé of Pinot Noir) reveal the passion he has for producing world class wines.

Hansen got into the winemaking world after working 14 years as a commercial product photographer for advertising agencies in southern California. In 1985 Hansen decided, “life is only so long.” He’d lived well and enjoyed every minute but was ready to do something different. A long time wine aficionado, he moved to Northern California for a slower pace.

He soon landed a job working at a vineyard and winery in Napa Valley. “We made high end Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Hansen. For the next seven years he immersed himself into learning every part of the industry from grape growing to winemaking to sales.  “I used to travel six months a year, going between a dozen states dealing with a multitude of distributors,” he says.

Apr 13, 2016

Alyssa Ramos is a solo traveler with an extreme sense of adventure and sarcasm! She likes hanging her feet over cliffs and chasing waterfalls, and takes her GoPro everywhere with her to prove it! Her goal is to help and inspire you to travel, so if you have any questions, send 'em over to her! She does tons of Snapchat tutorials so be sure to add her, and she also writes for The Huffington Post and Matador Network, and lives in LA when she's not wandering around the world!

 

Dec 1, 2015

Peter Velleno was born and raised in San Francisco where he and his two older brothers were the fifth generation of their family to be born in the city. He attended the University of California at Davis. He took one class in the University’s renowned Food Science department and quickly changed his major from Chemical Engineering to Fermentation Science. After intensive study in winemaking, brewing science, microbiology and food engineering, he earned a BS in Fermentation Science; the only student in the 2003 UC Davis graduation ceremony to receive such a degree.

After graduation, he went to work for William Hill Winery in their laboratory. He quickly worked his way up to the Assistant Winemaker position where he specialized in Chardonnay production. He then worked for the ultra-premium small winery Hartwell Vineyards, where he worked hands-on to help craft some of the most highly regarded Cabernets in the Valley.

Peter’s career path took a sharp turn in 2008 when he joined Dario Sattui’s Castello di Amorosa as the Associate Winemaker. He was promoted to Winemaker in 2014, managing the production of Castello’s wines. He would tell you that making wine in a Castle is even more fun than it sounds.

Peter and his wife Lauren have lived in Napa since 2003. They enjoy playing tennis, biking, cooking, and spending time outdoors with their dog Nora. Peter and Lauren were blessed with their first child in mid-2009. Her name is Claire, and she is cute as can be! Their son, Tyler was born in 2012.

Dec 1, 2015

My name is Nadine Hays Pisani, the author of the best-selling series Happier Than A Billionaire. I used to be a chiropractor but decided that working ten hours in an office was not a whole lot of fun. 

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

"Two plane tickets, no plan, one dream," is often what I tell people. My husband and I really took a risk and sold everything (rather quickly) and moved to Costa Rica in 2007 with just a few suitcases and two pets. When I look back on that, I realize that doing it that way was probably the smartest thing we did. If we thought too much about it, we would probably have talked ourselves out of it!

The reasons we moved were simple: we wanted a happier life. Our life consisted of work, and more work, and sometimes even more work positioned on top of that. As a healthcare provider, I treated people in pain all day and it was very apparent to me that you can't bank time. Time is a thief and it will rob you of your healthy back and good knees. I didn't want to make this move when I was too old to enjoy it, so we bolted at thirty-seven years of age. My parents really let me have it. It was brutal.

Dec 1, 2015

My name is Nadine Hays Pisani, the author of the best-selling series Happier Than A Billionaire. I used to be a chiropractor but decided that working ten hours in an office was not a whole lot of fun. 

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

"Two plane tickets, no plan, one dream," is often what I tell people. My husband and I really took a risk and sold everything (rather quickly) and moved to Costa Rica in 2007 with just a few suitcases and two pets. When I look back on that, I realize that doing it that way was probably the smartest thing we did. If we thought too much about it, we would probably have talked ourselves out of it!

The reasons we moved were simple: we wanted a happier life. Our life consisted of work, and more work, and sometimes even more work positioned on top of that. As a healthcare provider, I treated people in pain all day and it was very apparent to me that you can't bank time. Time is a thief and it will rob you of your healthy back and good knees. I didn't want to make this move when I was too old to enjoy it, so we bolted at thirty-seven years of age. My parents really let me have it. It was brutal.

Dec 1, 2015

Mitch and Tracey took over the daily operations of the ranch in 1999 and began to plan the vineyard. The vines were planted in 2001 and the first release, the 2004, was met with an International Gold Medal. It was important to the family that they maintain the original feel of the property. Lake County is still Cowboy country and Hawk and Horse Vineyards takes advantage of a local work force of young men and women – true cowboys and girls - who understand the value of a good day’s work.

The rustic elegance of El Roble Grande has been maintained in the development of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. The tasting room is in a part of the former horse trainer’s residence and is kept as a tack room with antique saddles, tack and memorabilia from the property’s storied past. The horse pastures now house a handful of American Saddlebred and American Quarter Horses which the family uses to ride the fence line and for play at amateur rodeo events. Some of the pasture land is also home to Scottish Highlander Cattle which provide the necessary elements of the biodynamic farming used in the growing of Hawk and Horse Vineyards wine.

The majority of vineyard preparations are made on site – compost and manure are vital ingredients. The vineyard is also home to a large number of Red-Tail Hawks who help keep rodent populations in check. A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back to the gracious ranching life and family-based hospitality of a bygone era.

Dec 1, 2015

Mitch and Tracey took over the daily operations of the ranch in 1999 and began to plan the vineyard. The vines were planted in 2001 and the first release, the 2004, was met with an International Gold Medal. It was important to the family that they maintain the original feel of the property. Lake County is still Cowboy country and Hawk and Horse Vineyards takes advantage of a local work force of young men and women – true cowboys and girls - who understand the value of a good day’s work.

The rustic elegance of El Roble Grande has been maintained in the development of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. The tasting room is in a part of the former horse trainer’s residence and is kept as a tack room with antique saddles, tack and memorabilia from the property’s storied past. The horse pastures now house a handful of American Saddlebred and American Quarter Horses which the family uses to ride the fence line and for play at amateur rodeo events. Some of the pasture land is also home to Scottish Highlander Cattle which provide the necessary elements of the biodynamic farming used in the growing of Hawk and Horse Vineyards wine.

The majority of vineyard preparations are made on site – compost and manure are vital ingredients. The vineyard is also home to a large number of Red-Tail Hawks who help keep rodent populations in check. A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back to the gracious ranching life and family-based hospitality of a bygone era.

Dec 1, 2015

Chicago Steve Barkley has been making audiences laugh in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and for corporate clients for more than 40 years. With a high energy delivery punctuated with sound effects and an animated delivery style, Chicago Steve never fails to deliver big laughs while keeping his show corporate clean. Just read the reviews!


Talents

  • Comedian
  • Actor
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Comedy Writing (television and radio commercial copy)

TV and Film Credits

HBO, A&E’s “Good Time Cafe”, “Comedy Express”, has appeared 5 times on the Showtime Comedy Club Network and was a featured performer in Michael Nesmith’s Grammy Award Winning video, “Elephant Parts”. Chicago Steve is also a $10,000 winner on ABC’s “America’s Funniest People”.

Chicago Steve has either opened for or toured with: Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Bolton, Gladys Knight, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, The Righteous Brothers, Vince Gill, George Jones, Gregg Allman, David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Smokey Robinson, Keb Mo and many Mo!

He has appeared with: Jerry Seinfeld, Milton Berle, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Sid Ceasar, Danny Thomas, Whoopie Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Robin Williams, Timothy Leary, Gary Shandling, Bruce “Baby Man” Baum, Father Guido Sarducci, Pat Paulson, Will Durst, Bobby Slayton, Jay Leno, Kevin Pollack, and Paul Rodriguez.

Clubs Casinos & Cruise Ships

Clubs: The Punchline Sacramento, San Francisco and Concord CA, Atlanta GA, Houston TX, Columbia SC & Charlotte NC. The Funny Bone Omaha NE, St Louis MO, Columbus OH & Des Moines IA. Harvey’s Comedy Club Portland OR, The Comedy Underground Seattle WA, Stanford’s Comedy House Kansas City MO, The Comedy Corner West alm Beach FL, Rooster T Feathers Sunnyvale CA, Cobb’s Pub San Francisco CA, The Comedy Gallery Minneapolis MN, Broad Ripple Comedy Club Indianapolis IN, Honolulu Comedy Club and Outer Island Tour, Honolulu HI, Guam Comedy Tour, Guam

Casinos: Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Reno & Laughlin NV. & North Kansas MO. Casino Magic Biloxi MS, Red Lion Casino Elko NV, The Sands Reno NV, Claridge House Casino Atlantic City NJ

Cruise Ships: Royal Caribbean & Holland America

Dec 1, 2015

Chicago Steve Barkley has been making audiences laugh in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and for corporate clients for more than 40 years. With a high energy delivery punctuated with sound effects and an animated delivery style, Chicago Steve never fails to deliver big laughs while keeping his show corporate clean. Just read the reviews!


Talents

  • Comedian
  • Actor
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Comedy Writing (television and radio commercial copy)

TV and Film Credits

HBO, A&E’s “Good Time Cafe”, “Comedy Express”, has appeared 5 times on the Showtime Comedy Club Network and was a featured performer in Michael Nesmith’s Grammy Award Winning video, “Elephant Parts”. Chicago Steve is also a $10,000 winner on ABC’s “America’s Funniest People”.

Chicago Steve has either opened for or toured with: Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Bolton, Gladys Knight, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, The Righteous Brothers, Vince Gill, George Jones, Gregg Allman, David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Smokey Robinson, Keb Mo and many Mo!

He has appeared with: Jerry Seinfeld, Milton Berle, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Sid Ceasar, Danny Thomas, Whoopie Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Robin Williams, Timothy Leary, Gary Shandling, Bruce “Baby Man” Baum, Father Guido Sarducci, Pat Paulson, Will Durst, Bobby Slayton, Jay Leno, Kevin Pollack, and Paul Rodriguez.

Clubs Casinos & Cruise Ships

Clubs: The Punchline Sacramento, San Francisco and Concord CA, Atlanta GA, Houston TX, Columbia SC & Charlotte NC. The Funny Bone Omaha NE, St Louis MO, Columbus OH & Des Moines IA. Harvey’s Comedy Club Portland OR, The Comedy Underground Seattle WA, Stanford’s Comedy House Kansas City MO, The Comedy Corner West alm Beach FL, Rooster T Feathers Sunnyvale CA, Cobb’s Pub San Francisco CA, The Comedy Gallery Minneapolis MN, Broad Ripple Comedy Club Indianapolis IN, Honolulu Comedy Club and Outer Island Tour, Honolulu HI, Guam Comedy Tour, Guam

Casinos: Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Reno & Laughlin NV. & North Kansas MO. Casino Magic Biloxi MS, Red Lion Casino Elko NV, The Sands Reno NV, Claridge House Casino Atlantic City NJ

Cruise Ships: Royal Caribbean & Holland America

Dec 1, 2015

Michael Green as wine consultant to Gourmet Magazine for over 20 years

Michael's expertise in the world of food and drink are unrivaled. He is a highly sought-after personality at corporate events and on national television, with numerous appearances on MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, and The Food Network.

He is the creator and host of the web series The Wine Hero and serves at as the food, drink and travel consultant to Departures Magazine.

Let Michael harness the power of wine to build unforgettable experiences for your business with carefully curated food and wine experiences, wine country tours, and private concierge services.

Looking to bring something different to a short evening with coworkers, an extended corporate retreat, a high-level meeting, or an employee incentive program? Michael’s extensive knowledge will ignite your audience! His close relationships with wineries, restaurants, and world-renowned chefs will provide you with all of the resources you need to create an event that will resonate for years to come.

When working with Michael, you will not only receive his services as a food and drink expert; you will receive a detail-oriented and research-based strategy for your entire event. Michael and his team will craft resonating experiences, exciting wine pairings, detailed travel plans, sensible event strategies, and carefully chosen entertainment programs that will flow seamlessly and effortlessly. They work to ensure that the only thing you have to focus on is enjoying yourself.

With a winning combination of wine, experiential marketing, and theater, Michael creates a perfect experience that will always leave you, your colleagues, and clients wanting more.

Nov 17, 2015

Carmel Mooney, Traveling Corespondent for "The Good Life" Show, talks to Mike about her recent visit to Sorensen's Resort in Hope Valley California... near Lake Tahoe. http://www.sorensensresort.com/

Oct 28, 2015

Jeff Cohn Cellars is a premier urban based winery

located in historic Jack London Square in Oakland, California.

they specialize in, and produce small lot single vineyard wines

as well as Rhone inspired red and white blends.

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