The Wine Programme

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  1. How NOT to be a wine wanker

    If you’ve ever felt overawed, or even irritated, by someone’s endless knowledge of wine then this night of mythbusting will help get your own back.

    There’s no mistaking someone who loves to show off their wine knowledge. The vintage, the terroir, the way the winemaker parts their hair.

    These ‘wine wankers’ will snuffle and snort and pontificate their way through social occasions and explain at cellar doors how the wine could have been made differently.

    Miss Pearls knows only too well. She used to sell wine at cellar doors and come face to face with these ‘experts’.

    Bar manager Miss Pearls and sommelier Dan Sims turn those pretensions on their head with a hugely successful dissertation and imbibing session called ‘How Not to Drink Wine Like a Wanker’ which has enjoyed a sold-out season on top of a building during the 20th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

    Participants, most of them women, learn how to taste and appreciate wine without boring others and get the chance to sample a range of reds, whites and champagne.

    It all ends with Miss Pearls taking to a bottle of champers with a bayonet, in a glorious moment of French excess called sabrage!

    On the way Dan and Miss Pearls debunk some old expectations of the vino, and explain there’s no stupid question when asking about what you’d like to drink.

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  2. Food Writing 101

    Judging from the copious blogs and metres of magazine columns most of the Western world wants to not only eat and drink good food and wine, but write about it as well.

    And if we could get paid for it, and do it from an exotic locale, then that would be just cream on the cake.

    But really, how hard is it make a crust from food writing?

    RN First Bite is a fly on the wall as a bunch of hopefuls practise their craft in the quest for a different life.


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  3. BBQ and Wine


    When people think of BBQ, or smoked meats, or even backyard grilling, the thought of pairing the food with wine is understandably not the first thing to cross their minds. Given the various kinds of wood available to cook or smoke the food, as well as many types of sauces and rubs used to prepare the food, it would seem to be a daunting task to find a wine that would pair well with the final dishes. A few obvious wines probably come to mind: Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache or Mourvedre. But, likely as not, many people will not even try to find a match, preferring to roll out the beer instead. Well, it really doesn’t have to be that way. You just might be able to have your “Que,” and your wine too!

    Join us as we talk with Craig Adcock, of Overland Park, Kansas’ Bellyup Bar-B-Que, about all that flavorful food, and the wines that will indeed match up to the task.

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  4. If you drink wine and care about the planet, cork growers want your attention | Public Radio International

    You may have noticed that more and more wine bottles — even expensive ones — are increasingly coming with screw tops and synthetic stoppers. You might not think much about the stopper when you make a purchase, but cork producers want you to start. They’re mounting a campaign to show that real cork is better for the planet.

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  5. Kevin Zraly and the World of Wine

    Acclaimed as the creator of the famous wine list at Windows on the World (which sold more wine than any restaurant in the United States), Kevin Zraly designed the training program for the most knowledgeable wine-service staff in America. He is a James Beard Award winner and has co-hosted the Food Newtork’s “Wine A to Z”.

    Kevin also celebrated his 30th anniversary in 2006 as the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated over 18,000 students since its inception. He has been teaching wine for over 30 years, beginning at the age of 20, and has studied wine-making techniques in California and all the great wine regions of Europe.

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  6. Crybaby Dirtybottom - The Shakes - Mule Radio Syndicate

    Pat is off to a prolonged rendezvous with a Disney princess, so Quinn and Jeremy hang out in Your Mom’s Basement, drink some wine and discuss having a sounding board you can trust to maintain your sanity.

    Thanks for the beer, Joel! Well, actually we would say thanks for the wine, except a client left the wine after a meeting. So we’ll just say thanks for our next beer, Joel!

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  7. Donald Trump Surprises Voters with His Take on God’s Role in His Faith

    I’m not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. If I do something wrong, I think I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture.”

    Trump went further to indicate that his periodical taking of Communion could be symbolic of asking for forgiveness: “When we go into church — and when I drink my little wine, which is about the only wine I drink, and have my little cracker — I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness. I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, OK?”

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