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First Aired - 01/14/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On this week's A Taste of the Past, Linda welcomes Cathy Kaufman, professional chef and food writer to the studio to make sense of Mesopotamian cuisine, its birth, development, and the records we have of its recipes.
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First Aired - 09/01/2009 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On this week's At the Root of It, Part I of Erin's interview with Lee Campbell of Louis/Dressner Wine Selections. Topics covered: organic and biodynamic wines, the stigmas attached with these labels, and the expanding Dressner portfolio.
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Will Goldfarb, Will Communication, wine force in NYC, Louis Dressner selections, founded by Joe Dressner, sustainable wines, natural wine making, specializing in wines grown as close to New York as possible, portfolio also includes wines from all over France and Italy, did not develop taste for wine until late, Chambers Street Wines, Harlem Vintage, high level of wines coming out of Provence, mistral winds keep grapes dry and clean and healthy, optimum for organic viticulture, wine no longer considered the preserve of the upper classes, now everyone believes they have the right to enjoy wine, India and China now making wine, getting good clean expressive soulful wine to the masses, Lee Campbell, one of the smallest and most powerful companies in business, female personalities were also missing from the sommelier scene in NYC, Lee's West Indian background, Picnick,
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organic wine, biodynamic, debunking myths about certain wines, wine at its purest and truest is an organic product, wine construed as elitist product, whatever compromises consumers are willing to make for organic food they should be willing to make for organic wine, American puritanical disconnect, many producers don't even bill themselves as organic, wineries just want their products to speak for themselves, the return to terroir movement, buyers must learn what else is out there, terroir is king, good wine transcribes feelings and emotions of the earth, a good winemaker is a conduit, Dressner Portfolio lets terroir speak and celebrates it, no artificial or synthetic herbicides or pesticides, no machine harvesting, hand harvested, few high-tech techniques, no ambient or added yeast, the wines choose you as much as you choose them, www.louisdressner.com, Lee deals with finest wines in the world but drinks rather ordinary ones at home,

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