Archive for April, 2005

An Evening with Robert Parker

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Your GrapeRadio crew and Robert Parker Jr.

Your GrapeRadio crew was lucky enough to spend the evening and dinner with Robert Parker Jr. The event was held at Valentino’s Restaurant in the beautiful Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas. It was an 8 course meal with an outrageous selection of wine.

Since Valentino’s is one of the top rated Italian restaurant in the USA we were treated to a magical evening of Italian wines. These memorable bottles were personally selected by Robert Parker. In fact, there were 14 different wines in all.

To view the menu and wines of the evening Click Here.

And of course you can hear our audio comments. Just listen in.

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Show #21
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Announcement – New Disney Podcast

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Congratulations to our Creator, Michael Geoghegan who has been selected to create the coming Disney podcast. This first podcast for the Walt Disney Company is part of the kick off for the 50th anniversary celebration of Disneyland, dubbed “The Happiest Homecoming on Earth.”

This is an extremely important event for Disney and we are pleased that they have recognized podcasting as a viable means of sharing this celebration with their fans worldwide. They will be podcasting from the VIP and special press events held at the park Tuesday May 3rd through Thursday May 5th.

Disney fans can look forward to lots of interviews, red carpet affairs and new rides and attractions.

If you want to find out more:

  • Disney Podcast Site: Click Here
  • Disney 50th Anniversary Site: Click Here
  • Podcast Press Release: Click Here
  • The Wines of Germany

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    German Eiswein “Ice Wine” and a beautiful selection of cheeses.

    Today we speak with Armin Goring, Director of the German Wine Institute. The institutes’ mission is to inform and promote German wines around the world.

    We are all familiar with Riesling; however there are many other fabulous German wines. Armin and the GrapeRadio crew discuss the emergence of Germany as a top player in the wine world and the recent success of many outstanding vintages.

    Find out more about German wines at: www.germanwineusa.com

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    Show #20
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    Announcement – Sideways Winners Selected!

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    Congratulations to the Sideways DVD winners. Here they are:

    – Bryan Lum
    – Greg Evans
    – Lance Heath
    – Adam Koenigsknecht
    – Shayne Bowman

    The DVD’s are on the way. Thanks again to Fox Searchlight Pictures for providing us with the DVD’s.

    Stay tuned, we have lots of additional giveaways coming up.

    Let’s Accessorize – Wine Gadgets

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    An Assortment of Accessories

    What would wine be without all the great toys? From corkscrews to decanters there are hundreds if not thousands of wine accessories. Today we sit down with Abbas Gharabaghi who is the Wine Accessories Manager at Hi-Time Wine Cellars.

    Come and explore the many options that make wine so much fun.

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    Show #19
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    Let’s Get Together Online

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    The West Coast Wine Net has long been a great resource to the wine faithful of the world. We talk with owner / operator Brad Harrington about the board, its history and practical uses today.

    To access the wine board click here: www.westcoastwine.net

    Access Brad Harringtons wine shop at: Varietals Wine Merchants

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    Show #18
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    Movie Review: Sideways

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    Miles and Jack at the
    Hitching Post II Bar enjoying some Pinot. enjoying some Pinot. enjoying some Pinot. enjoying some Pinot.

    GrapeRadio and Michael Geoghegan of Reel Reviews have joined forces in an insightful look at the smash hit movie: Sideways.

    We discuss the film and its impact on Merlot, Pinot Noir and the beautiful wine country of Santa Barbara, California.

    If you would like to continue the Sideways experience here are a few helpful links:

    Wineries in the movie:
    Sanford Winery
    Andrew Murray Vineyards
    Firestone Winery
    Fess Parker Winery (Frass Canyon)

    Other show links:
    Hitching Post II Restaurant
    Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant
    Sideways Tour Map

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    Show #17
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    Announcement – Best Wine Story Selected

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    We have chosen the top story for the “Best Wine Story Contest”. If you read any of the submissions you will know what a difficult decision it was to pick a winner. All the stories were memorable. In fact, since all the stories were so good we are going to send a little consolation prize to each of the entries.

    The winner was selected because we felt the story embodied the best traits of drinking wine: It emphasized friends, family and sharing. Congratulations to Todd Leiser of Florida. Enjoy the Insignia – you earned it.

    To read Todd’s winning submission click on comments button below.

    To read all the submissions: Click Here

    Winemaker Spotlight: Bob Foley

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    Brian, Jay, wine maker Bob Foley, and Leigh.

    Bob Foley has long been viewed as one of the top wine makers in the Napa Valley. He is the head wine maker for many top rated wineries including: Pride Mountain, Hourglass Wine Company, Switchback Ridge and his own label Foley Vineyards.

    Join us for his story and learn how he got to where he is today, his wine making philosophy and why the critics can’t stop praising his wines.

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    Show #16
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    Click Here: Foley Estate Vineyards

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    Audio #125: Winery Profile: Staglin Family
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    Audio #148: Wine Maker Profile: Mike Trujillo
    Audio #197: The Wines of Dunn Vineyards


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