Thursday, July 24, 2014

7/24 ED WILLIAMS, CAIRDEAN VINEYARDS, SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS

ED WILLIAMS – CAIRDEAN VINEYARDS

Cairdean Estate is the vision of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams.
While working in the software industry on the East Coast outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Stacia developed a strong appreciation and passion for wine. She made her first vintage in harvest of 2000, shipping in winegrapes from California through a local beer and wine hobby shop. She met Edwin, an aerospace engineer, shortly after her first vintage. Edwin being from Fresno, California was immensely interested in her winemaking project and educated her about the world-renowned Enology and Viticulture program at Fresno State. After years of planning, Edwin and Stacia moved to Fresno with their two children so that Stacia could go back to school and earn a degree in Enology & Viticulture from Fresno State.

During Stacia’s time at Fresno State, she and Edwin planned their future together and knew that they wanted to  work together and build a family business managing vineyards and making wine. They had travelled the world together with their children in search of where they would land, but their hearts always belonged to Napa Valley - the first wine country they ever visited as a couple back in the year 2001.

After much searching for their home in Napa Valley, it was their elder son Kyle that led them to the quaint town of St. Helena. He was entering high school and very much wanted to attend the public high school there. In their searches for land that would allow a quintessential wine country lifestyle, they settled on a beautiful 50 acre parcel right on highway 29 in Saint Helena just north of downtown.

After relocating from Fresno to St. Helena in 2010, Edwin and Stacia embraced their vision and created Cairdean Vineyards. Cairdean is Scottish Gaelic for friends, which reflects their belief that wine is meant to be shared by those held close to your heart. The Cairdean symbol is a representation of that belief with the four hearts always present and brought together in the center by friendship.

WWW.CAIRDEANESTATE.COM


SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HRS DOUBLE MYSTERIES THIS SATURDAY 7/26 

FIRST AT 8pmET/8CT… “HONOR AND DISHONOR” - Two women shot dead by a solider. Can the Army convict one of its own? Richard Schlesinger reports.  (Updated rebroadcast. LAD: 9/21/13)

THEN AT 10pmET/9CT… “THE LAST CONFESSION” – A beauty queen is found murdered - the prime suspect - the priest who heard her confession. Richard Schlesinger reports. (Updated rebroadcast. OAD: 3/1/14)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7/23 LARRY LIPSON, EMMA SWAIN, ST. SUPÉRY



LARRY LIPSON - WINE REPORT FROM FLORIDA

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


EMMA SWAIN CEO, ST. SUPÉRY – POLARIS OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE

Explore Napa Wine Country in Our Top-End 4x4 - We invite you to get behind the wheel of one of our POLARIS Ranger 4x4 ATV's, picking up essential off-road training from our world-class instructors and then heading deep into Napa Valley Wine Country for spectacular views and a memorable tour of St. Supéry’s estate vineyards at their 1,500-acre Dollarhide Ranch.

Step into our family-owned winery in the heart of the Napa Valley and experience the best of the wine country. Surrounded by our estate vineyard, St. Supéry is recognized for outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Visit us to enjoy delicious wine tastings, learn about our wine clubs, experience a birds-eye view of our working winery and stroll through our fine art gallery.

St. Supéry crafts three distinct tiers of wine to please wine lovers from the novice to the connoisseur. The estate grows all the grapes for our wine portfolio.

Napa Valley Estate Wines: Bright, smooth, fruit-forward flavors are featured in our flagship varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as our Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Free Chardonnay and Moscato.

Bordeaux Estate Blends: These seductive, multi-textured yet balanced wines include our Elú red blend and Virtú white blend.

Single Vineyard Estate Wines: Only the best grapes from our estate vineyards are used for these concentrated, elegant wines. From our Dollarhide Estate Vineyard, we offer Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals. From our Rutherford Estate Vineyard, we offer Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Emma Swain is the CEO of St Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and is a Certified Public Accountant. Emma has worked in the wine industry for more than 20 years. She began her career with Niebaum-Coppola Winery and served as the Chief Operating Officer at Sebastiani Vineyards prior to joining St. Supéry Estate. Emma currently serves as a board member for the Napa Valley Vintners, as well as serving on multiple sub-committees. Emma also volunteers locally with a number of environmental, educational and health-based charities. She is an avid runner and has several half marathons under her belt of accomplishments.

WWW.STSUPERY.COM

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7/22 SHIRLEY KNIGHTM REDWOOD HIGHWAY, ELLIOTT DOLIN, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS

SHIRLEY KNIGHT - AWARD WINNING ACTRESS – STARS IN REDWOOD HIGHWAY RELEASED ON DVD JUNE 24TH

Redwood Highway starring Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt Available on DVD June 24th
Redwood Highway stars two time Academy Award nominee, three time Golden Globe Winner & two time Emmy Winner Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt (two time Golden Globe nominee, Emmy Winner) in a journey of reflection and inspiration.

Living in a comfortable retirement community in Southern Oregon, estranged from her family, unsatisfied with her surroundings, and generally not happy about life, Marie (Shirley Knight) decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to revisit the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years. Once reluctant to attend her granddaughter’s wedding, she now arrives as an unexpected guest. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary cast of characters and discovers that you're never too old to learn something about life... and about yourself. To view the trailer for Rewood Hightway, can you visit: http://vimeo.com/61479716

About Shirley Knight
The actress is two time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Sweet Bird of Youth), Golden Globe Winner (3 time nominee), 3 time EMMY Winner (11 time nominee), Tony Award Winner (2 time nominee) and a Venice Film Festival Best Actress Winner (only American actress to win the award).  Her additional acting credits include: As Good As it Gets, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Rain People (Written and Directed by Francis Ford Coppola), Dutchman, Desperate Housewives.

WWW.SHIRLEYKNIGHT.COM


ELLIOTT DOLIN – PROPRIETOR, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS - MALIBU COAST RECEIVES AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA STATUS 

Elliott Dolin, proprietor of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, is pleased to join 51 other Malibu-based wine grape growers who just become classified as part of the official Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). In 2011 Dolin helped initiate the AVA application, a three-year process that concluded last week.

“This is a historic day because the formation of the Malibu Coast AVA finally allows wines from Malibu to identify a ‘sense of place’ on their labels,” says Dolin. “Malibu is world-famous, yet very few people are aware of our wine grape growing history which dates back two centuries. While people sunbathe on the beaches, up here in the hills, our vines have been catching some rays of their own.”

Through the AVA application process, a comprehensive study of the region was completed and submitted to the TTB for approval. The region is approximately 46 miles long and 8 miles wide, comprised mainly of the Santa Monica Mountains with 198 acres of vines in production. Elevations range from sea level to 3,111-feet atop Sandstone Peak. The coastal, Mediterranean climate heavily influences the region, offering a large diurnal shift from day to night, with warm dry summers and cool, moist winters. The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s “California Grape Acreage Report Crop 2012” documented the most widely planted varietals in Los Angeles County as Cabernet Sauvignon (54 acres), Syrah (15 acres), Merlot (13 acres), and Chardonnay (six acres). The Malibu Coast AVA is also home to two previously established appellations, Saddle-Rock Malibu and Malibu-Newton Canyon.

The Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards parcel is located near the western boundary in the hills above the Pacific Coast Highway. The area is relatively cooler in climate compared to the rest of the AVA, and ideal for growing Chardonnay. Proprietor Elliott Dolin and his family planted the site in 2006. Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards currently produces one Malibu wine, an estate Chardonnay. Later this year, Dolin will welcome the addition of a Malibu proprietary red blend. More information on the wines can be found at www.dolinestate.com.

Monday, July 21, 2014

7/21 KELLY MCGOWAN, CHEF, GOOSE AND GANDER’S, COCHON’S HERITAGE FIRE EVENT IN ST HELENA, STEVIE "PUPPET" LEE, THE PUPPET SHOW, HALF PINT BRAWLERS

KELLY MCGOWAN – CHEF, GOOSE AND GANDER’S - COCHON’S HERITAGE FIRE EVENT IN ST HELENA AUGUST 3 

Napa Valley’s Cult-Favorite Food and Wine Festival Features 3,000 Pounds of Fire-Kissed Meat

Heritage Fire by Cochon 555, the Valley’s premier hyper-local, whole animal live-fire outdoor food and wine event, returns to Napa’s Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena  August 3rd, 2014. The event will showcase over 30+ wineries and 40+ notable chefs and butchers cooking 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals in celebration of breed diversity and family farming. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the St. Helena Farmers Market and The American Institute of Wine & Food. A group of celebrated butchers will host a Pop-Up Butcher Shop where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the students of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit cochon555.com.

Heritage Fire features chefs and farmers working together to spotlight traditional outdoor cooking techniques paired with amazing wines, ice-cold brews, and crisp ciders. While Cochon’s flagship event, Cochon 555, brings chefs together in a friendly competition, Heritage Fire is a collection of culinary champions cooking together for a crowd of meat and wine loving gourmands. The list of heritage and heirloom foods to be featured include dry-aged beef, spit-roasted sturgeon, whole pigs, lambs, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, artisan cheese, oysters and heirloom vegetables.

In addition to the meat-laden feast, the event includes animal theatre cooking, butcher demonstrations, seminars, lawn games, live music and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers and producers at the Chef’s Pantry. The all-inclusive event includes craft beers from Magnolia Brewery and Crispin Ciders. Participating wineries include Stags’ Leap Winery, Antica Napa Valley, Cornerstone and Stepping Stone Cellars, Barlow Vineyards, Somerston Estate, The Scholium Project, Alysian Wines, Larkin Wines, Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Inglenook, Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Cellars, Charles Krug Winery, Zacherle Wines, hope & grace Wines, Red Cap Winery, Cliff Family Winery, Outpost Wines, and many more. Immediately following the event, Heritage Fire Chef Kelly McCown will be hosting the Official After Party for the “Chefs & Producers” at Goose & Gander.

There will be seminars running through the afternoon in the carriage house. The ultra-VIP Seminar will include winemakers Anthony Biagi (Hourglass Winery, Plumbjack, Cade, Cartierra), Fredrick Johannasen (Staglin, Schrader, Outpost) and Matt Courtney (Marcassin, Arista). Abe Schroener of Scholium Project will lead a new-world seminar. Seminars are limited to 40 people.

The closing seminar, Fire Meets Cheese, hosted by The California Artisan Cheese Guild, will include presentations from three dynamic cheesemakers who will cover artisan cheese making and explore the thrill of cheese on the open fire. Seana Doughty of Bleating Heart Cheese, Mariano Gonzalez of Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese, and Kuba Hemmerling of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. will show how to entertain with whole wheels of cheese on the open fire and will give pairing suggestions. They will discuss the long history of preserving food and culture through cheese and fire, as well as the transformation in flavor from a natural preserved state to the heat of the fire. This seminar will have a California twist on tradition and will be a truly American Original experience.

As in 2013, this year’s Pop-Up Butcher Shop will have Large Cuts available for purchase (including tomahawks, double pork-porterhouses and tenderloins). 100% of the proceeds will benefit the CIA. Prize cuts will be seared on the plancha and presented to the buyer, who will also receive a cutting board, knife, forks, bottle of wine, and pig’nic blanket for the perfect grill session with friends.

Tickets: $100 general admission and $200 VIP (VIP Guests receive early access to food, oysters, and limited treats specially prepared by the chefs in addition to magnum wine bar access); to purchase tickets visit http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/heritage-fire/. Be sure to get your tickets, as they are expected to sell out.

ABOUT GOOSE & GANDER
Goose & Gander is a wine country public house- a gathering place for locals and visitors to celebrate Napa Valley’s abundant bounty (or embarrassment of riches). Chef Kelly McCown creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush patio. The seasonally  driven menu perfectly complements Scott Beattie’s retro-fresh libations or a bottle of  wine from our unique and exciting wine list.

WWW.GOOSEGANDER.COM
COCHON555.COM


STEVIE "PUPPET" LEE – AUTHOR, TV SERIES STAR OF "THE PUPPET SHOW & FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MIDGET WRESTLING COMPANY “HALF PINT BRAWLERS” 

HALF PINT BRAWLERS
Steve is the founder and CEO of the midget wrestling company “Half Pint Brawlers” which later got picked up by SPIKETV for a television series. More info on Half Pint Brawlers: www.halfpintbrawlers.com

INSPIRATIONAL
Steve is currently writing "LIVING OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE", an autobiographic and motivational book about living with dwarfism, the stereotypes and social stigma that come with it, and the relationship between his life as a dwarf and living the wild and dangerous life he has. He is happy to discuss the controversy of “Midget Wrestling” and his view on “Half Pint Brawlers” and how it shatters the stereotype of the “Goofy/Cute Midgets,” and respond to the claim that it exploits these stereotypes. Earlier this year Puppet had a near-death experience (health-related) and would be open to talking about that as well.
He has done a number of motivational speeches across the country. More info on Living Outside the Circle (plus Steve’s resume): livingoutsidethecircle.wordpress.com/steves-bio

EVERYDAY GUY
Steve is a husband and father of two. He's a hilarious and well-spoken guy. He is an avid Pittsburgh Stealers fan who grew up in Chicago. Puppet has a quick sense of humor and has done stand-up comedy across the country. A member of SAG, Puppet has appeared in over a score of national and international film and television programs, as well as commercials, for over two decades.

We are currently launching his new TV series, "THE PUPPET SHOW", an outrageous new sketch comedy show. bingewatchthepuppetshow.com





Friday, July 18, 2014

7/18 KEVIN SORBO, SUSAN ZIRINSKI, 48 HOURS, STEVE EVANS

KEVIN SORBO – AMERICAN ACTOR – ALONGSIDE NIGHT (POLITICAL THRILLER)

ABOUT ALONGSIDE NIGHT:
Alongside Night is a political thriller movie that tells the story of the final economic collapse of the United States as seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Elliot Vreeland, searching for his missing Nobel-laureate-economist father (played by Kevin Sorbo, Hercules).

This independent film is Director/ Writer J. Neil Schulman's latest production, and is based on his award-winning 1979-libertarian novel endorsed by Nobel-laureate Milton Friedman, Anthony Burgess, Glenn Beck, and Ron Paul. Neil has written 10 books, and there is a new movie edition and new graphic novel tied to the film. alongsidenightmovie.com

In addition to Kevin Sorbo, the movie features Tim Russ (Live Free or Die Hard) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), Mara Marini (Parks and Recreation), Said Faraj (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jake Busey (CSI: NY), and Dr. Ron Paul as himself.

BIO:
Hailing from Norwegian ancestry, Kevin was born in Mound, Minnesota, USA. His mother worked as a nurse and his father taught junior high school resulting in a down to earth upbringing that forged the outstanding work ethic Kevin holds to this day. By the time he was in University, Kevin was covering tuition costs with modeling work which swiftly translated into a career in television with his first appearances on Prime Time shows such as Murder She Wrote and The Commish.

Just as the Hercules series came to an end, Kevin received a call from the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, personally requesting him to play the lead role in Roddenberry’s second sci-fi series, Andromeda. The show ran for five seasons and further fueled Kevin’s already ferociously loyal global following!

In 1993, Kevin emerged as a full fledged international TV star when he was cast as the lead role of Hercules in a series of TV films that would lay the groundwork for the immensely popular series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Kevin also guest-starred as Hercules in episodes of the successful spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess as well as providing his voice to the animated Hercules films. In 1997 Kevin accepted his first leading film role in the fantasy action feature Kull the Conquerer.

Along the way, Kevin played characters in video games such as Mortal Kombat 4, God of War and The Conduit. Kevin guest starred on the sitcom Two and a Half Men and played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. One glimpse at Kevin's imdb and it's clear that this hard working actor takes no breaks! In addition to his work onscreen, Kevin now also produces films, recently serving as Executive Producer and star of the movie Abel's Field.

Kevin recently authored the widely praised book, True Strength, that recounts the painful recovery from serious health setbacks that changed his life during his Hercules years. Sorbo married actress Sam Jenkins, whom he met during her guest appearance on Hercules in 1998. They have three children together, Braeden, Shane and Octavia.

Besides his successful career in entertainment, Kevin has always devoted a hearty portion of his time to causes he believes in. In 2005 he was named successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger as the national spokesperson for The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit working to ensure that all children have access to quality after school programs, and since ‘97 Kevin has donated his time as the spokesperson for the non profit organization, A World Fit For Kids. Please visit WorldFitForKids.org to learn more.


SUSAN ZIRINSKI - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - 48 HOURS (CBS) - A DOUBLE MYSTERY AT 8PM AND 10PM on SATURDAY 

 FIRST AT 8pmET/7CT… “THE WRITING ON THE WALL” – The family of a televangelist’s security chief is executed and you’ll never guess who committed the ultimate sin. Maureen Maher reports. (Updated rebroadcast. LAD: 3/30/13) THEN AT 10pmET/9CT… “A BAD BET” – who killed the bookie’s wife? Was it her husband or her husband’s co-worker in a botched robbery? Richard Schlesinger reports. (Updated rebroadcast. OAD: 1/25/1



STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.