This week, Eve Wine 101 readers get…my script! A few weeks ago I was asked if I was open to being on a show about wine. Duh, YES!
It happened like this:
My name is Tim Skogstrom, I own Cornell Winery and the Old Place Restaurant over in Agoura. I have spoken with Michael* a couple of times and he has posted some of my info on your site. About three months ago I started an internet show called “The WineDown”. My host is Sonja Magdevski, Emilio Estevez’s fiancé and winemaker for Casa Dumetz wines. See the current issue of the wine spectator. I would like to invite you to come in or Skype in for an interview.
The take on the show can go in a few different directions so if you are interested, please respond with a time and number I can call you for follow up.
*Tim knew my name because my Contributing Editor from the EveWine101.com site, Michael Perlis, had come in for a tasting and interviewed him for a story.
So, without further ado, this is what happened:
Wine Immersion For Beginners (Eve Bushman) on The Wine Down
Episode Synopsis (Or just watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPUqXl2Pm3k&feature=uploademail )
Today we’ve invited Eve Bushman of www.evewine101.com to explore the world of wine events. Sonja, Brandon and Eve delve into what it takes to become involved in wine culture in your local community. They talk in depth about the range of different types of events that are held weekly all over the country, taking a special interest in the greater Los Angeles area.
Eve Bushman writes articles about wine and wine events in a local magazine and for her website www.evewine101.com. She has been writing locally in Santa Clarita Valley for just over 14 years. About 5 years ago she chose to write exclusively on wine education for beginners. However, despite all her experience, Eve still considers herself a wine 101er.
Eve also continue to write a wine 101 column in print and online for http://www.scvelitemagazine.com/ and online for http://westranchbeacon.com.
3:35 What brought you to start writing about wine?
5:15 What do you think of the wine we are drinking now?
5:45 What has helped you to learn how to appreciate wine?
6:25 What drives you to go out and buy a bottle of wine?
7:55 What do you enjoy most about writing about wine?
8:45 Do your contributors volunteer their time?
9:00 How many years have you been writing about wine? How have your site and your audience changed?
10:25 Do you find that your audience has stayed with you?
12:05 How has your knowledge of wine changed?
13:16 How often do you go to events or tasting and how often do you interact with the community?
18:00 Finding local wine events
19:39 How important are these events and how often do you go?
21:30 What are some events in particular that you like to go to?
23:55 How would you direct someone who is going to their first tasting event?
26:20 How should people approach tasting while at an event?
27:57 What tools can we use at an event?
30:55 What are some of your standard tips?
34:35 What would you ask the wine makers when you approach their table at an event?
38:00 Hide-a-Wine blind tasting product
39:00 What other ways can people become involved and learn more through blind tasting?
42:38 Wine education: formal and informal
44:20 WSETs: what is it and why is it important?
47:35 Local events all over Los Angeles
56:50 What is the most important advice you want to leave our viewers with?
58:18 Wrap up
Event Information from the Show (Editor’s Note: I have deleted events mentioned on the show that have already occurred)
www.wine661.com Cristal Champagne Tasting – Thursday, December 8th 6-9pm Wine 661, 24268 Valencia, Blvd. Valencia. Pouring 5 bubblies from the Cristal family of Champagnes; the finale being CRISTAL! Chocolates & chocolate covered strawberries come with the tasting for $40 p/person. 661.288.2980
The Antelope Valley (AV) Thespians will be presenting their final production in the 2011 Season, Three Days of Rain, by Richard Greenberg, in November at AV Winery. See local theater and enjoy local wine at the same time! The show will be several runs this November. Contact www.avthespians.org
Eve’s Wine on Wednesday: Taste three wines for free every Wednesday at Mixers, starts at 7pm, 50% off select bottles that night too. 661-750-2649, www.mixerslounge.com 26532 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, 661-750-2MIX
Also from Eve, Grape of the Night is a once a month event usually held on the first Monday of the month at Valencia Wine Company. (661-254-9300): I only host this small group, the evening is led by my staff writer Rusty Sly. The deal is he selects one grape varietal every month and guests buy a different bottle to share. It’s a great way to learn what a varietal may commonly taste like (i.e. cherries in Pinot Noir) and discover what you like or don’t like. For more information on this event e-mail me at email@example.com
Daily events for in and around the Santa Clarita valley (aka Awesometown) can be viewed on the SCV Wine Calendar on my EveWine101.com site or for special events, sign up for my weekly Dear Wine Friend newsletter via the site.
For pairing: Parmesan Thyme Crackers & Mole Biscotti (Try dipping IN your red at the end of a tasting) from The Pair! = a wonderful tasting/pairing! www.thepoachedpair.com
From WINE EXPO / Enoteca Centrale / Champagne World HQ 2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404 (310) 828-4428 Bubbly Night in our Wine Bar, Friday 11/25. Taste a large range of truly fine fizz from Prosecco, Moscato and Metodo Classico bottlings from Italy, French Cremants plus some real gems from the heart of la Champagne. $30 per person for Bubbly, Chips & Nuts plus a sampler of our famous Crostini. Fizz friendly Cheese or Salumi plates and other fun snacks sold ala carte plus we’ll have the amazing Egg Slut Truck out front with even more deliciousness that you can bring inside. If you are not up for tasting the entire range, all the wines will be offered individually by the glass as well.
Winery Dinners. Continuum from Tim Mondavi on 2/5 for $295 per person. The Wine House – Los Angeles / Santa Monica – www.winehouse.com
Silverlake wines – Silverlake – www.silverlakewine.com – Blue Monday or Thursday Night Flights for $12
Red Carpet Wine – Glendale – www.redcarpetwine.com – Tasting nightly at their wine bar 888-AV2-8332
My voracious appetite for knowledge has led me to incredible journeys as well as halted me in my tracks. Through all I have done the one thing that connects me to the earth, to my work and to others is information.
Wine Immersion For Beginners (Eve Bushman) on The Wine Down – Episode 9