Friday, March 29, 2013

3/29-Michael Jordan visits with Nancy Milby &

Nancy Milby - Executive Director Laguna Culinary Arts, Inc

Nancy Milby founded Laguna Culinary Arts in 2001 and watched it grow from a tiny school on PCH to a 4,000-square foot multi-faceted operation in Laguna Canyon that includes a home chef and professional chef program, a wine education program for both wine enthusiasts and professionals, full-service catering, a quaint café, cheese shop and wine shop, and a popular destination for private parties and corporate events. She is now thrilled to turn her baby over to long-time program director and Executive Chef Laurent Brazier. Nancy will remain involved with LCA, continuing the management of the wine program, travel program and special events. In her old life, as a tax partner at KPMG, Nancy was a Certified Public Accountant – now she's a certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, London, and is a Certified Wine Specialist of the Society of Wine Educators. The LCA Wine Cellar reflects her wide interest in wine, featuring great value wines from all the major growing regions of the world.

Leslie Mead Renaud was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1965. Her father was an officer in the Navy, so the family moved around a fair bit during her early childhood. When Leslie was 10 her father was stationed in Honolulu, where he subsequently retired. After high school, she worked as a SCUBA diving instructor until she made the decision to return to the mainland and pursue her college degree.

Leslie graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, with an emphasis in aquatic resource management. After school her appreciation for nature led to several years of working for the Forest Service in Oregon, hooting for spotted owls in the forests of Mt. Hood. Next she relocated to California where she worked as an urban forester with PG&E. Leslie’s career path took a significant turn when she applied for a position as a lab technician at Ironstone Vineyards in Calaveras County. She quickly realized the wine industry’s combination of science and artistry was perfectly suited to her own talents and interests.

Committing to a career in winemaking, Leslie moved to Sonoma County to be in the heart of the wine country. There she worked at Clos du Bois, Sonoma Creek Winery, and Hans Fahden Vineyards, adding to her knowledge base and honing her skills. She later moved to Santa Cruz and became the production manager at Bonny Doon Winery. In 2005 she joined Talley Vineyards as an enologist, quickly moving up to Assistant Winemaker, and then was promoted to Winemaker in January of 2007. She joined the Foley Wine Group in August of 2010, assuming her current duties as Winemaker for both Lincourt Vineyards and Foley Estate

Leslie is the Chairperson for the World of Pinot Noir, her second time serving in this capacity for the popular Central Coast event. She is constantly seeking to expand her knowledge of wines and winemaking, which has lead to her enrollment in the WSET Diploma Program. Leslie is a fan of the SF 49ers and Peter Gabriel, has sky dived (once), and loves to travel. She enjoys great food (both eating and cooking), extremely cold martinis, dogs (she has two at the moment), the outdoors, motorcycles, and convertibles.

Leslie and her husband Tim currently live in a hundred-year-old farmhouse on 40 acres of vegetable farmland in the Edna Valley.

Friday, March 22, 2013

3/22-Encore Broadcast Michael Jordan talks with David Strada & Laurent Michit

David Strada - Wines of New Zealand
New Zealand is a land like no other. New Zealand wine is an experience like no other. Our special combination of soil, climate and water, our innovative pioneering spirit and our commitment to quality all come together to deliver pure, intense and diverse experiences. In every glass of New Zealand Wine is a world of pure discovery.

Laurent Michit - Sommelier/Director of French Imports & Education, Uncorked in Laguna Beach

Enjoy an afternoon of chef demos, live music, seminars and tastings from 25 Laguna Beach restaurants, 25 wineries from around the world, a local brewery and sake producers. Participating restaurants include: 230 Forest Avenue, Beach House, Broadway by Amar Santana, Claes Ovation, The Deck, Dizz's As Is, Eva's Caribbean Kitchen, French 75, House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer, Katsuya, K'ya Bistro Bar, Laguna Culinary Arts, Las Brisas, Mosaic Bar & Grille at Montage, Mozambique Steakhouse, Nirvana Grille, Royal Hawaiian, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Splashes Restaurant, Starfish Laguna, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Tommy Bahama and Watermarc Restaurant.
Wineries include: Axel, Beacon Hill, Belasco de Baquedano, Bernardus, Boekenhoutskloof, Chateau Montelena, Domaine Serene, Fairview, Famille Perrin, Frank Family Vineyard, Fuedo Maccari, Hedges Family Estate, La Playa, Louis Michel & Fils, Marqués de Murrieta, Michele Chiarlo, Neil Ellis, Tenute di Nozzole, Penfolds, Retour, Thompkin Cellars, Tres Sabores, Vincent Delaporte. Beer tastings provided by Cismontane Brewing Company.
Purchase a VIP ticket (150 tickets will be sold) and gain entry at 10 a.m. to a seminar with Peter Neptune, Orange County's first Master Sommelier, and his take on what makes a great wine. Neptune is one of only 104 individuals in North America to hold the wine industry’s most prestigious title. VIP experience is sponsored by Rohl.
Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience is presented by the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau and takes place March 8 -11, 2012. Official Sponsors include: HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty, Laguna Beach Independent, Laguna Beach Magazine, Verterra, Union Bank, Fiji Water, Waste Management, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot and Dining Out.
Ticket Admission:

General Admission: $75; $95 if purchased at the door day of event

Groups of 20+ will receive 15% off of General Admission tickets
Wristband distribution begins at 12:30pm. Doors will open at 1:00pm.
VIP Admission: $125 (limited to 150 tickets)

Wristband distribution begins at 9:30am. Entrance to Peter Neptune wine seminar at 10:00am. Early entrance to Laguna Beach Uncorked! begins at 12noon.

VIP attendees will receive a complimentary Laguna Beach burlap tote bag and receive free parking.

Friday, March 15, 2013

3/15-Michael Jordan talks to Dan Kessler & Michael Rossi

Dan Kessler - Winegrower/Winemaker, Kessler Haak Vineyard and Wines

Winegrower/Winemaker - Dan Kessler was born in Lansing,Michigan and graduated with a BSEE/MSEE degree from MIT in 1981. He spent the early part of his career developing state of the art semiconductor fabrication technologies for Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins,CO. In search of warmer weather, Dan made his move to sunny California where he joined Vitesse, a small high tech startup company, developing and manufacturing  semiconductor technology for the supercomputer and telecommunications industries.
A love for wine started Dan on a journey that took on a life of its own, in a kind of "if you give a mouse a cookie" kind of way. Drinking wine led to learning about wine; led to learning about winemaking; led to making wine as a home winemaker; led to planting a small 200 vine vineyard in his backyard; led to obtaining a Winemaker's Certificate from the UC Davis Distance Learning program; led to falling in love with Sta. Rita Hills; led to buying a 40 acre parcel and planting a 30 acre vineyard; led to, well, where he is today.
Dan loves to learn and is actively involved in every aspect of growing and making wine. In the vineyard, you will frequently see him on the tractor or working with the crew. When the early spring weather gets cold, he's out in the wee hours turning on the fans and frost protection systems.
When he is not in the vineyard, you will find him at his second home at Lafond Winery, helping winemaker, Bruce McGuire, make wine at harvest and working in the tasting room.

Michael Rossi - Chef , The Ranch Restaurant

THE RANCH Restaurant features true American regional cuisine. We’re cooking from scratch with the finest ingredients possible to capture the rustic style of wine country and the freshest flavors of the farm. We honor California’s great ranches, farms and dairies, the artisan bread bakers and cheese and wine makers. Our seasonally driven menu showcases the freshest produce in season- as nature intended. The emphasis is on farm to table, fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables from local farms and from our own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains.

You can look forward to mountain lamb flown in from Colorado; steaks and beef from the highest quality ranches in the U.S. and seafood sourced from those who ensure the sustainability and the bounty of our oceans. The dining experience is in an atmosphere of comfort and truly old-fashioned genuine hospitality. THE RANCH’s wine program features an extensive and complete cellar and a world class selection of wine served in a friendly "non-intimidating" style. The restaurant's bar features a large selection of wines by the glass along with selected hand-crafted draft beers and the latest in mixology with fresh ingredients and great flavors. Don’t fret, there is also plenty of cold longnecks in THE RANCH Saloon to cool down with after dancing the two-step, line dancing, or learning the California state dance, the "west coast swing" to your favorite country artists!

Friday, March 8, 2013

3/8-Michael Jordan visits with Leon Grice

Leon Grice - New Zealand Consulate-General

Leon has been New Zealand Consul General Los Angeles since June 2012. His career in the private sector as a business owner and entrepreneur was interrupted in 2009 when he was asked to establish the New Zealand 2011 Office which was responsible for the leverage and legacy programme delivered for Rugby World Cup 2011. 

That Office was established within Ministry of Economic Development working to Neville Harris, the Government’s lead official for the Rugby World Cup. The Office included, at peak, over 40 employees, government agency secondees and contractors and it successfully delivered the business engagement, showcase, festival and community engagement programmes for the Tournament.

Prior to that, Leon’s diverse business career has been in public affairs, marketing, overseas investment facilitation and start-up businesses. In 1995 he established one of 
Wellington’s leading public affairs and investor relations companies, Busby Ramshaw Grice Ltd. Leon assisted Canadian, US and Australian business to invest in New Zealand forestry, electricity generation and distribution and oil and gas industries.

In 2000 he established an entrepreneurial business that created a number of start-ups including the successful out-of-home digital media business Twenty4media Ltd. He has strong experience building new teams and restructuring companies and assisted Te Ohu Kai Moana (Maori Fisheries Commission) to create Aotearoa Fisheries Limited which now owns Sealords, Moana Pacific and Prepared Foods. Most recently he assisted the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to build the new Christchurch Central Development Unit led by Warwick Isaacs.

Leon has a Bachelor Arts Honours (First Class) from Canterbury University in history, 
international relations and political science. He is married to Lisa and has two children, 
Conor and Frances.

Friday, March 1, 2013

3/01-Michael Horn fills in for Michael Jordan Broadcasting from The World of Pinot Noir Event

Welcome to the 13th Annual World of Pinot Noir!

Our mission is to bring Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education on the shores of California's beautiful Central Coast.
Our annual event takes place the first full weekend in March and includes two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings by the Sea (each with a unique roster of wineries), a featured Burgundy tasting and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S.
The World of Pinot Noir was established in 2001 by a small but dedicated group of winemakers from California’s South Central Coast. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (6) trade organization.