31. February 5, 2014 - MARK BURCH, CONSULTING WINEMAKER AT CHACEWATER WINERY & OLIVE MILL AND CHIC LE CHEF JULIE HOSKINS TALK ABOUT WINE PAIRING
* MARK BURCH, Winemaker at Chacewater Winery, grew up in Hilmar, California, an agricultural community southwest of Modesto and was actively involved in raising livestock for the Future Farmers of America. He raised many champions, with each win helping him pay for an agronomy degree at community college. A harvest job with Gallo changed the direction of his career and life abruptly. He so enjoyed the work that he transferred to Fresno State and changed his major to Viticulture. He continued working for Gallo while attending school and after graduation was promoted to Production Supervisor. In 1989, a former colleague wooed him away from the Central Valley to Sebastiani in Sonoma that ten months later made him Cellar Master. On a quest to learn as much as possible about making super-premium wines, he went to Kendall-Jackson where he worked as Assistant Winemaker. Through Kendall-Jackson he met Myron Holdenried, whose excellent reputation for quality grapes led Mark to Wildhurst Vineyards as consulting enologist where he was able to customize his ideal workplace, given his years of hands-on training while working his way from the cellar to winemaker. Mark’s exposure to many different winemaking techniques over the years has helped him develop his own personal style. Chacewater wines are exceptional because of Mark’s creativity and vision.
CHIC LE CHEF JULIE HOSKINS is a former bank executive and respected local actress. Her business acumen and love of cooking endure gracious and personal attention for clients from serving small, intimate dinner parties to large, catered weddings. Her culinary classes provide education, ideas and tips for hosting and cooking for company. Custom catering with shopping, preparation and cleanup allows clients to achieve the perfect party with less stress and in less time, allowing more fun with guests. Chef Julie prepares "TakeOut" dinners, with different menus daily. See what's cooking today!
Julie's attention to fine detail and a comprehensive understanding of quality ingredients and preparation techniques include her meticulous use of fresh and healthy seasonal products and "what's really good for you" quality cuisine. Old favorites such as her own Meatloaf, Chicken Parmesan and Tuscan Pork Loin remain on the menu, but new additions such as Meatballs with Roasted peppers or Goulash and new desserts daily offer her creative spirit with equally thoughtful prices in these challenging economic times. Julie likes suggestions and feedback, and welcomes your ideas. Julie has her own radio show on KPFZ FM 88.1, "Culinary View".
Delicious meals "prepared from scratch" may be ordered online at Chic Le Chef Website: http://chiclechef.com/ ; or call (707) 987-2736.
Lake County Court House
32. February 12, 2014 - MIREYA TURNER IS THE ASSISTANT TO THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
* MIREYA TURNER has lived in Lake County since 2000.She describes herself as a Marine Corps brat,
born in the Philippines who has lived in Japan as well a variety of states in
She holds a BA in History from Bryn Mawr College (in
Pennsylvania) and a Masters in Public Administration from National University.
Before moving to Lake County, Mireya worked in the Visitor Center at Callaway
Vineyard and Winery in Temecula.
Since moving to Lake County, she worked briefly with Steele
Wines in their tasting room.. and...
Made a 2005 Syrah which won a bronze medal at the Home
Winemakers International Competition, and has taken care of a very small
zinfandel vineyard in Kelseyville.
Volunteered at different Lake County wine events, and was my
saving grace in the Summer of Peace.
Passed the Court of Masters introductory exam to pursue
their certification as a Sommellier, has taken a couple of UC Davis winemaking
classes and helped teach a couple of classes for Stephanie’s Wine Experience
Helped with the Winegrape Commission Momentum series and at
their Technical Tasting in San Franciso yesterday.
Went to the Unified Grape and Wine Symposium to make
contacts with vendors interested in expanding their businesses to Lake County
of Lake; and currently works with Case by Case Wine and Grape
Brokers to update their website.
The main thing is that Ms. is fascinated by the Lake County
wine industry and enjoys every opportunity to talk to the world about the many
great things Lake County has to offer.
33. February 19, 2014 - JED STEELE, VETERAN MASTER OF VARIETALS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, EXPLAINS SUBTLETIES AND COMPLEXITIES OF WINEMAKING
* The year 2014 marks Jed Steele's forty-sixth year of being involved in California winemaking. From Jed's start as a cellar worker at Stony Hill in Napa Valley in 1968, to UC Davis for a Master’s Degree in Enology, to starting Edmeades in the Anderson Valley and being there for ten years, then starting Kendall-Jackson and working there for the first nine vintages of that wildly successful winery. Jed left the year he broke the million cases per year production mark, to start his own STEELE Wines in 1991. During this time Jed was able to produce wines from just about every top quality wine region in the State of California, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. The lineup of vineyards which Jed owned or from which he purchases grapes evolved slowly over the years to where they consistently draw on some of the finest vineyards in California.
From viewing the actual number of wines bottled by Steele Wines, you would think that it was a large winery. This is not the case, as Jed specializes in many wines where the final bottling is less than 1,000 cases. Reflecting his never-ending fascination with many different varietals and vineyard locations, his approach allows Jed to maintain the practice of true craftmanship in the production of his small lot where he bottles locally in Lake County.
Tune in to hear more. You can listen or download Jed's interview free on line at this website, or call or email Steele Wines at : to explore and order new releases or other past award-winning wines. Shooting Star in Sauvignon Blanc is also sistered with Shooting Star Chardonnay. Contact information: email@example.com 4350 Thomas Dr. at Hwy 29 Kelseyville, CA 95451 Phone: (707) 279-9475 Fax: (707) 279-9633
Taira St. John
34. February 26, 2014 - RADIO HOST AND DEPTH PSYCHOTHERAPIST TAIRA ST JOHN TALKS ABOUT DREAMS AND INTERPRETATIONS
* TAIRA ST. JOHN, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a Jungian therapist and Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice at Clear Lake Counseling Center Marriage, where she also directs Alternatives to Violence (ATV), a 52-week program for men and women (in gender-specific classes) referred by the Court for domestic violence offenses. Taira divides her life between business, psychology and the arts, and has a special interest in civic affairs that benefit the Lake County economy. She is active in Lake County Theatre Company (LCTC), Lake County Community Radio (LCCR), and Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee in efforts to boost the economy through the encouragement of our emergent artists and writers colony joining our expanding wine industry and mountain-lake beauty in transforming Lake County into its destiny as a tourist destination. She encourages everyone to learn as much as possible and support the new and expanding wine industry in recognition of all that our largest industry does to support the county economically and culturally. Prior to becoming a therapist, Dr. St. John lived in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. , where she was a news analyst in the White House Press Corps and State Department writing on the President, Arms Control and the Federal Budget for the international commodities industry, and founded two Equity-waiver theatres and a performing arts school, along with Communications and Entertainment, Inc., to produce media projects, shows, films and large theatrical productions on both coasts.
35. March 5, 2014 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BROADBAND EXECUTIVE MANAGER CATHY EMERSON UPDATES LAKE COUNTY BROADBAND STATUS, ADDRESSING ADVANTAGES OF SERVICE, FUNDING AND PUBLIC NEEDS. SONOMA GUEST MICHAEL NICHOLLS CHAIR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND FOUNDER OF ACCESS SONOMA BROADBAND
* Cathy Emerson is the Consortia Director for 13 northern California Counties, including Lake and Sonoma for establishing broadband service to the maximum number of households in California. Having just completed a complex and challenging two-day annual meeting with the Public Service Commission (PUC) in Sacramento, where consortia members from every county throughout the state of California met to discuss accomplishments to date and goals for 2014, Northern California Broadband Director Cathy Emerson, described the purpose, need, education and energy required to meet the unserved and underserved households and businesses without adequate broadband connection that is fast becoming the largest income source in the area through online entrepreneurial and educational pursuits. The purpose of the project is to launch the beginning of a massive worldwide project to link all people on the globe including those in developing countries with low or no internet or other technological connection with the rest of the world.
Mike McNicholls from Cazadero is the County Manager of Access Sonoma Broadband, a part of Cathy Emerson’s consortia of northern California counties, and is also working toward the development of another consortia that combines, Sonoma with Marin, Napa and Mendocino counties. Mike is a community organizational leader with a passion and well prepared interest in carrying out the project as a cultural, economic, technological and industrial development and boon to the U.S. and the world, perhaps to history.
The event was hosted by the Pacific Utility Commission involved, following the FCC ruling that the "Internet" is an information service, not a telecommunications service (Telecom Act 1996) and unlike telecommunications, is not regulated. The question is still debated about the classifiation of the the broadband as a utility, and funding is available to areas of the state to assist in the development of the information needed to fully launch the program. A major task is to determine how the state of CA, the federal government and our local communities can best research the complex issue and fulfill the mandate to do more to get wider and better broadband to citizens?
Currently, the U.S. ranks 33rd in internet download speeds. According to the Ookla Speedtest, the average internet download speed in the U.S. is 21.72 Mbps, which makes the United States rank thirty-third out of one hundred ninety economies ranked in that category. Hong Kong ranks first, with an average internet download speed of 72.54 Mbps. The top ten internet download speeds are:
36. March 12, 2014 - TERRY DERENIUK, DIRECTOR OF LAKE COUNTY WINERY ASSOCIATION (LCWA) SPREADS THE INFLUENCE OF LAKE COUNTY WINES THROUGH GRANTS, PROPOSALS AND LEADERSHIP
* TERRY DERENIUK (Director@LakeCountyWineries.org) brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the Lake County Winery Association as its Executive Director. For the past two years, she has worked with the Lake County Winegrape Commission as manager for its U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty: the crop grant program. She authored petitions to establish two recently approved American Viticultural Areas, Big Valley District and Kelsey Bench. Terry and her husband, Buz, own and operate Cat’s Paw Vineyard in Kelseyville, located in the Kelsey Bench Appellation.
Terry is a Director on the Lake County Farm Bureau board, a member of the Lake County Master Gardeners, and an active member of the Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, chairing that organization’s AgVenture program for the last two years. In 2010, Dereniuk retired from the Treasury Department with 20 years in management positions. She holds a degree in business management.
Lake County Winegrape Commission President Debra Sommerfield worked with Ms. Dereniuk on several projects.
Terry fills a spot most recently held by Heather Conlin. She oversaw efforts to update the association website and the 2013 marketing activities.
Previously, Monica Rosenthal was the executive director for four years. She led the Association in marketing Lake County wines, and wineries with many successful events including the Lake County Wine Adventure, Lake County Wine Awards, and People’s Choice Wine Awards.
Susan Mesick led the association after it was created by a group of wineries in 2007. Terry looks forward to working with the board and members in continuing to get the word out about our highly respected and award-winning Lake County wines.
Thomas Moore, Ph.D.
37. March 19, 2014 - THOMAS MOORE, AUTHOR OF "CARE OF THE SOUL" AND 19 OTHER BOOKS, TALKS ABOUT HIS NEWEST BOOK, A RELIGION OF ONE'S OWN:
MOORE is an American writer of popular spiritual books including the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. He is a psychotherapist, influenced by the writings of Carl Jung and James Hillman. Moore was born to an Irish Catholic family and became a monk, then left it for other lives, including as a musician, a university professor and a psychotherapist, as well as an author of 20 books on deepening
spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. Today, he lectures widely on holistic medicine,spirituality,
psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland
and has a special loveof
Irish culture. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse
University and has won several awardsfor his work, including an honorary doctorate
from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Awardfrom Einstein Medical School of
Yeshiva University. Three of Moore's books have won the prestigious Books
for a Better Life awards. He writes fiction and music and often works with his wife,
yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence,
Spirituality & Health, and
The Huffington Post and has recently published Writing in the
Sand: The Spirituality of Jesus and
the Soul of the Gospels, Care of the Soul in Medicine, and The Guru of Golf and Other
the Game of Life. Much of his recent work has focused on the
world of medicine, speaking to nurses
and doctors about the soul and spirit of medical practice. Thomas Moore was invited to be interviewed on this series because he has appeared previously on a number of series, writes elegant and uplifting prose, and is a fan of fine wine. He is a destined to go down in history as one of the most prolific writers of our time, and a contributor to the American and western philosophy, culture, religion, spiritual thought and literature of the 21st century after the spirit of Thoreau, Emerson, and other great world thought leaders. He has appeared on the Taira St. John Show and other KPFZ shows, including Inside Out's DNA of Carl Jung series, continuously offering new, deeper and broader perspectives on many dimensions of soul in all its rich and trying rays.
Jason Moulton - Winemaker
38. March 26, 2014 - WINE MAKER JASON MOULTON SPEAKS WITH LOVE ABOUT BRASSFIELD'S UNIQUE RIDGED VALLEY FLOOR AND DYNAMIC AIRFLOW THAT ALLOW STRONG NATURAL VINES AND DELICATE AMBROSIAS
* For over 11 years, JASON MOULTON has traveled, studied, and
worked around the winemaking world. Upon graduating from the Lincoln University
Viticulture and Oenology program in New Zealand, Jason set out to find his
ideal place for winemaking. His travels and work experience include making wine
in Napa Valley, Sonoma, Canada, New Zealand, France, and South Africa. From
these experiences, he gained valuable insight into working with warm and cool
Since 2007, Jason has been living and working in Napa Valley starting as a Cellarmaster & Olive Oil Maker for Long Meadow Ranch Winery. Under the direction of Winemaker Ashley Heisey, Jason picked up an immense amount of precision winemaking techniques. From there, Jason transitioned to Cliff Lede Vineyards in the Stags Leap District as their Assistant Winemaker.
While there, he had the pleasure of working under consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka and Winemaker Kale Anderson.
As the Associate Winemaker at Brassfield Estate, Jason works closely with consultant Winemaker David Ramey to craft artisan wines at high altitude vineyard sites.
In his free time, Jason serves as Regional Vice President of the American Wine Society, working to create a bond between wine consumer advocates and local industry businesses through wine education, networking, and promotion. Jason is also a certified wine judge through the American Wine Society. He lives in Napa Valley with his wife April and son Preston, whose birth ushered in three varietals on the same day last fall. Contact Infpormation: RASSFIELD ESTATE WINERY 10915 High Valley Road P.O. Box 1661Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423 DRIVING DIRECTIONSGOOGLE MAP PHONE(707) 998-1895FAX(707) 998-1880 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Congressman Mike Thompson
HONORABLE MIKE THOMPSON AND LAKE COUNTY WINEGRAPE COMMISSION CHAIR PETER MOLNAR MINDING THE GRILL.
LAKE COUNTY WINEGRAPE COMMISSION CHAIR PETER MOLNAR
39. April 2, 2014 - SPECIAL GUESTS CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON, CHAIR OF CONGRESSIONAL WINE CAUCUS, BOOSTS VINEYARDS AND WINEMAKING IN LAKE COUNTY AS KEY INGREDIENTS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT; AND VINTNER PETER MOLNAR, CHAIR OF THE LAKE COUNTY WINEGRAPE COMMISSION, OUTLINES FUTURE GROWTH PATH FOR THE LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY
* U.S. CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON REPRESENTING CALIFORNIA'S 5th DISTRICT, is recognized in Congress and throughout his district as a strong leader for Democratic principles who has built a solid reputation for bipartisan problem solving. His number one priority in Congress is to create jobs and grow our economy. He has co-authored numerous pieces of legislation to improve our nation’s infrastructure, boost our renewable energy economy, and better our education system.
Thompson is a small vineyard owner and initiated the organization of the Congressional wine caucus because of the enormous impact the wine industry has on our national, state and district economy. He was formerly the maintenance supervisor for the Beringer Winery, and taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico, where he earned his Master’s of Public Administration from California State University, Chico.
Congressman Thompson is married to Janet Thompson. They have two sons, a firefighter and a deputy sheriff, and three wonderful granddaughters.
PETER MOLNAR has been the Chair of the Lake County Winegrape Comission (LCWC) since 2009 and the general manager of Obsidian Ridge Vineyard in the Red Hills of Lake County since its transformation from an abandoned walnut orchard in 1999.
Well respected as a leader in the Lake County wine community, Peter is also a founding partner of Tricycle Wine Partners which farms in Carneros Napa as well as Lake County and operates a winery in Sonoma. Peter is also a partner in Kádár Hungary, one of the three cooperages in the Chêne & Cie group, helping direct the development of the company and work with client winemakers in the United States, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
* LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Time Bank of Thrive Lake County is encouraging its members to participate in the Lake County-wide physical activity challenge, Move More 20+14, by matching one hour from its Social Capital Fund for every hour a time bank members provides towards an exchange until April 26 in which they are engaged in moderate physical activity.“Moderate physical activity” involves movement resulting in increased breathing and heart rates while still permitting normal conversation.
Time bank members who believe their service exchange qualifies for this special promotion are asked to apply for the extra hours by emailing email@example.com .
Carol Cole-Lewis, Thrive Lake County Coordinator and Time Bank Project Coordinator explained, “We’re hoping this promotion will encourage our members on many levels: to get more physical activity, earn Time Bank hours, and take part in the Move More 20+14 challenge. Alternatively, we’re hoping people signed up for the Move More 20+14 challenge who are not yet time bankers will apply for Time Bank membership.”
Susan Jen, program manager for Climb to the Peak of Heath – the program promoting the Move More 20+14 challenge – described the challenge: “Move More 20+14 is a collaborative activity across several organizations and stakeholders who are participating in a Community Transformation Grant awarded to St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake by the national Centers of Disease Control as a means to reduce chronic disease. By participation in Move More 20+14 we can work together as individual citizens as well as across county organizations to lift Lake County from its poor overall health ranking that we have heard and read about over the past year.”
Jen added, “We hope all time bank members will consider signing up for the Move More 20+14 challenge at http://www.MoveMore2014.org .”
The Time bank uses the complimentary currency of hours to enable members to exchange services. Every hour is valued the same, regardless of the service performed.
Time bank membership is open to any Lake County resident, business or organization.
The next free orientation for new and prospective members is on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Dancing Tree People Farm, 1445 Pitney Lake, Upper Lake.