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Irreverent Radio Show Launches: Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul


BottleTalkJoined by some of the top names in the world of wine, award-winning writers Rick Kushman and Paul Wagner have launched a streaming radio show about wine that aims to break new ground in conversations about wine.  Recorded at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, the show includes questions from listeners, interviews, wine recommendations, and an all-out assault on wine snobs everywhere.

Kushman and Wagner are both known for their friendly and light-hearted communication styles, and they say they understand that every new wine show or blog pledges it’ll be different. “But we’re going to be different,” Wagner said. “No, really,” Kushman said.

Kushman is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Barefoot Spirit, the story of the founding and unique marketing of Barefoot Cellars.  He is an award-wining journalist and the wine commentator for Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate, as well as a regular guest host for the station’s highest profile show, “Insight.”

“Wine shouldn’t make you feel as if you’re being tested to join a secret Skull & Bones Society,” says Kushman. “People who make wine too snooty should be sentenced to drinking boxed prune juice.”

Wagner, an industry veteran, teaches wine courses at Napa Valley College and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.  With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, he authored the book, Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market, which won the Gourmand International Award for the best wine book of the year for professionals and he’s is a regular columnist for Vineyards & Winery Management Magazine.

“It’s pretty easy to get started in wine,” says Wagner.  “All you need to know is which end of the bottle to open. Most people we run across can figure that part out.  After that, it’s all fun.”

Among the guests slated for the show are Warren Winiarski, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the great Paris tasting of 1976 against top French Chateaux; Traci Dutton, Sommelier at the Culinary Institute of America; Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks of Texsom and the Dallas Wine Competition, and Ricardo Riccicurbastro, the President of the Federation of DOCs in Italy. Kushman and Wagner are currently trying to contact the booking agents for Pliny the Elder, Dom Pérignon, and Keith Richards, who they are pretty sure drinks lots of wine.

“Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul” will air a new show every Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific time at http://www.rickandpaulwine.com/.  Prior shows are available on the site, as is information about sponsorship.

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