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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MOVERS and SHAKERS: Ed LaComb, Owner of Daytona’s Surf Internet Radio and Digital Sound and Video Our Coverage Sponsored by Paul Mayer Attitudes

Ed LaComb

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Edward LaComb is the owner of Daytona’s Surf, an internet-only radio station based in Daytona Beach, Florida with a global audience in 192 countries. It’s the culmination of a journey that began almost 40 years ago when he landed his first radio job while in 11th grade at the local high school in Ogdensburg, NY. It was an odd chance meeting between him and the program and music directors of the local radio station in town that led him to become a part-time disc jockey during the weekends. It was during his Junior and Senior years in high school that the “radio bug” bit him and the career of choice was made.

Ed attended Syracuse University, where he majored in Telecommunications Management with a minor in Military History. He credits his strategic sense with the lessons learned within that minor degree of study. While at Syracuse, he worked at a local AM powerhouse radio station, 62 WHEN. While honing his craft on the commercial side of the business, he was also a member of the senior staff of a small, upstart carrier current radio station owned by the students of Syracuse University, WJPZ. The staff decided it was time to make WJPZ legitimate and applied for funding from the Student Government of Syracuse University and applied for a non-commercial broadcast license from the FCC to take WJPZ “on-the-air.” Those efforts were met with success in the Spring of his Senior year at Syracuse and today, WJPZ is widely recognized as the premiere college radio station for teaching the art of radio.

After graduating from Syracuse, Ed worked in a couple of Upstate New York radio stations as an afternoon drive personality: WYBG in Massena, New York and WTNY in Watertown, New York. Soon however, the desire for warmer temperatures and a new challenge took over and Ed headed South to Daytona Beach, Florida where he became a sales rep at WNFI in Daytona Beach. Within a year of becoming a sales rep, his desire for the programming side of radio took over once again and he became the Production Director of the station. Within a couple of years of that, a brand new opportunity opened for him…in of all places, Syracuse. So Ed traveled back North to become the Production Director at WKFM in Syracuse, where he remained as such for 5 years. Upon the sale of that station, WNFI called him once again where he joined the station as Program and Production Manager. 

About a year later, a new opportunity became available at WTKS in Orlando, where Ed became the Imaging Director of the station. Shortly after that, NewCity Communications hired him back to….you guessed it, Syracuse. He joined as Marketing Director of WYYY and 2 years after that became the Director of NewCity Production Services. Once the company merged with Cox Radio, Ed became the Program Director of WWHT in Syracuse where he remained in that role until the Spring of 1998. 

That Spring, he made the leap of faith as he calls it, to open his own production company…Digital Sound & Video. While the company was formed and spent its first years in Syracuse, it ultimately returned to the land of sunshine in Daytona Beach in the Summer of 2005, where it remains to this day. 

One of Ed’s side projects was to start an internet radio station…and he did just that in 2012 when he signed on Daytona’s Surf. A pop music station that plays hits from the 70’s through today, Daytona’s Surf quickly gained an impressive worldwide audience. Today, you can hear “The Surf” in a variety of online venues including their own app in Apple’s App Store, Tunein.com, Shoutcast.com, Streamfinder.com, their website daytonassurf.com and many other locations.  We are so excited to present Edward LaComb as our newest Mover and Shaker!  Peachy Deegan interviewed Ed for Whom You Know.
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Peachy Deegan: Please tell us your first memory of listening to the radio. 
Ed LaComb: 
My very first memory of it making an impression on me was one day when I was in first or second grade, riding with my mom in the car. She had the radio on. A song was playing…and then suddenly the record skipped. It blew me away. I thought the band was singing live all that time. Then I started to think, if they are playing records…that must be a cool place to work. It was that day that my interest in radio began.

Please tell us your first memory of being on the radio.
Ha! That’s an easy one as I’ll never forget it. It was at a local radio station in my hometown of Ogdensburg, New York. WSLB. I had to read a newscast before I even played the first record. My heart was pounding through my chest. Once I finished the newscast, I hit the start button on the turntable and everything sounded seamless. That’s when I began to relax and knew that “I had this.”

What would surprise many people about being on-air if they have not been on-air before?
Probably the amount of things that happen while the music is playing. There are so many details to attend to…and if you do it right, you’re rarely just sitting there listening to the music.

Do you miss the golden era of radio, and why or why not?
I don’t know a “true” radio person who doesn’t miss it. It was magical. It was respected. Now, I don’t think people think of it to any degree more than they think about their toothpaste. It’s a shame. But…having said that, there are still a few great radio stations out there that inspire and entertain. They keep the hope alive.

Please tell us about Digital Sound and Video.
DSV was created as an answer to and industry-wide shortage of great imaging production talent in the radio industry. I was a Program Director, doing all of my own imaging, in between everything else that I had to do. I knew I wasn’t the only one going through this. If you were lucky, you had a budget for a great imaging producer. But then you’d have to have the budget for music and sound effects libraries…and…an extra studio that they could play in all day to get you that sound you’re looking for. That was a rare trifecta in the age of consolidation of radio. Most production people were kept very busy just producing the station’s commercials for their clients with rare occasions to work on imaging.

Please tell us about Daytona’s Surf.
Once a radio Program Director, always a radio Program Director. That was my inspiration for creating the station. First, as a hobby…then all of a sudden, it started growing an audience. Now, we are heard in 192 countries and have over 20,000 unique listeners every week in almost 65000 listening sessions. The station is Top 40, but not just “current” Top 40. We play all the hits from the 70s through today.

How are Digital Sound and Video and Daytona’s Surf related, if at all?
Both are in the same physical facility. And DSV provides the production and imaging for the station.

Do you surf and if so what model of surfboard do you prefer?
LOL, I don’t. But I enjoy watching those who do, especially some of the amazing footage caught on Go Pro cams.

If you do surf do you agree that Ponce Inlet has the best waves for surfing, and have you ever had a little shark biting on your toes out there like Peachy once did (she was fine and survived to be a successful shoe critic)?
Yes, the Inlet and even most of New Smyrna Beach provide probably the best surf conditions on the East Coast. While not a surfer, I am a boater…and have seen lots of marine life, including sharks, dolphin, rays, sea turtles and more in the Inlet.

What are the most challenging aspects of your profession?
We are a deadline-oriented business. Everything we do has deadline pressure. We try to balance our client load with the work load that they submit so that we take no longer than 24 hours to turn around a project. At certain times of the year, that becomes a real challenge. Fortunately, I have an amazing team here, including a couple of guys that have been with me since the beginning in 1998. 

Please explain how the internet has changed radio in general and the differences between traditional AM/FM stations and internet stations.
The internet, satellite radio, YouTube, all have had an impact on traditional AM/FM radio. The total share of the listener pie has been decreasing in the traditional forms of media as the newer, niche options roll out. The only “real” difference between AM/FM and internet radio is the delivery method: IP vs Transmitters and Towers. Content is content. I’d like to think that, as a group, internet radio broadcasters are willing to take more chances and offer up some truly entertaining radio. Larger corporate stations have to play it safe because there is a lot of advertising money on the line, but I think they’ve gone too far with the play it safe model, losing some of what made them legendary to begin with. Hopefully the success that will come from internet radio will inspire AM/FM to look more closely at what we’re doing and “re-learn” from us.

What and where do you think the growth of internet radio will be?
The KEY to getting internet radio in the mainstream is to have an actual preset and affordable bandwidth available in the car. The technology is there. It just needs a little “shove” to get it where it needs to be.

What did you love the most about Syracuse and why?
Syracuse is a great city…in the Summer. There is so much to do and the people are great. You’re only a few hours drive from the Finger Lakes Wine Region, The 1000 Islands, the Adirondacks…and even NYC. And this will sound silly…but living in Florida, the thing I miss most about Upstate New York is Wegmans Super Market. Amazing place! Oh…and the Dinosaur BBQ. (See a theme here?)

We loved being on the college radio at UCC in Cork, Ireland with a sports show, Poc Off with Irishman Des Curran, who now is on air for EIR sport and at Boston College, with our friends who had us on as hockey color commentators. How did your college radio on-air experience affect your life and career, do you still stay touch with the people you worked with and what were the lasting effects of such an experience?
My college radio experience was quite simply, fantastic. I was on the senior staff of a small, Syracuse University student-owned carrier current station called WJPZ. You could only hear us in the dorms. The university had their own radio station WAER. At WJPZ, we had always dreamed to have a “real radio station” broadcasting on an FM frequency…a dream that seemed very unlikely. Then, all of a sudden, things began to happen which made it seem possible. The university announced that they were making their station an NPR affiliate, eliminating much of the student input on the station. It created quite the uproar. At WJPZ, we seized on the opportunity to approach the Student Government Association about taking on the financial responsibility and ownership of the station. A station owned by, managed by and run by the students. Long story short, they agreed and WJPZ was born in 1985, just before I graduated. Today, the station is one of the premiere college radio stations in the country with a huge alumni network. I was inducted into the station’s Hall of Fame a few years ago and we still work with the station, providing imaging production through Digital Sound & Video.

How have you successfully increased your global audience?
The secret sauce isn’t that secret. Provide a quality product, don’t over-commercialize it and RESPOND to your listeners. It’s really just about being brilliant at the basics…and we do that every day.

What are your favorite eras of military history and have you ever combined your love of that discipline with radio?
I enjoy military history primarily because of the way it teaches strategic thinking, but also how it teaches you to learn from your mistakes. Both of those disciplines directly help with radio programming. 

When you are down south, what do you miss about the north (of the USA)?
I miss the mountains. Love being out in Adirondacks, on a lake, knowing there’s no marine life ready to have me for lunch. I miss the vibe of New York City….but definitely visit as often as possible. Still, I LOVE where I live in Florida. I live in Ormond Beach, a Northern suburb of Daytona Beach. It’s small town life, but close to everything big. I have an 8 year old son, he loves the theme parks that are nearby and we visit there often. And of course, our weather is the best.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
I’ll proudly say that Richard Ferguson, former CEO of NewCity Communications was the guy in this biz that I admired most. He encouraged his employees to THINK, take risks, learn from failures and to stretch every day. He had a corporate culture that wanted to create a win for each “client” of the station: Listeners, Advertisers, and Employees alike. Much of that culture is in the DSV culture today.

What are you proudest of and why?
The fact that our company has not only managed to survive the economic downturn of 2008, but actually thrive after it. It’s not easy keeping things afloat when all around you is collapsing, but it’s been a testament to our product, people and clients. We are lucky…but preparation and solid business sense, combined with luck are what make you successful. 

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do?
I’ve been an air talent, Program Director, Production Director, Marketing Director, Consultant, Sales Rep and have done quite a bit of engineering in my radio profession. I can’t think of anything else that I’d want to do other than what I’m doing now. It’s great being able to work with radio pros all over the world each and every day…and providing insight to some of the newer folks in the biz. They really seem to appreciate having my years of experience when it comes time to create the right message for their stations. I love working with consultants too, who understand we are their partner in success. So, I think I’m doing exactly what I want to do.

What honors and awards have you received in your profession?
We have achieved several Silver Microphones, Mercury Awards and I have a couple of Professional awards such as 40 Under 40, etc. To be honest with you though, I’m not driven by awards. The preparation that goes into most awards takes away from our core business of providing killer imaging and production for our clients. I’d rather take that time and spend it on making a great product for our client rather than creating a package for an awards committee to review.

What one word best describes you and why?
TeamBuilder. Ok, maybe that’s actually two words, but it truly does describe me. I have a knack for seeing what talents lie in others and how to combine those people with other people that bring their own unique talents to the table. Then, giving the team a purpose, a goal, and a fun environment in which to achieve those goals. That’s me.

What do you take your sense of identity from?
I lead two very different lives: Work and Family. I try to keep the line between the two well defined. But first in line is my family. My wife is one of the kindest, funniest, most generous people I know. My son ALWAYS has a laugh and a smile. There’s no better way to start the day than to see them and know I have them when I come home. On the work front, I’m known in the business, but try not to flaunt it to excess. It helps when bringing on a new client for them to know that I’ve got the chops to help make them successful, but I don’t define myself that way.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? 
Can’t visit Manhattan without a visit to Ferrara’s in Little Italy. I love the shops and restaurants in Little Italy and it’s always a must on any visit. We really enjoy finding the nooks and crannies with each visit that we haven’t found before. Serendipity is one such place.

And Syracuse, New York? 
One word: Dinosaur BBQ. You have one in Harlem. Check it out. Best BBQ anywhere. Period. I also love Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse. For a city with crappy Winters, this is a real jewel. I also love the lakes and Fall Foliage there.

And Volusia County, Florida? 
 Right where I am, in Ormond Beach. I live 5 minutes from one of the nicest beaches anywhere. 2 minutes from the intercostal waterway. 45 minutes from Orlando, 40 minutes from St Augustine. I can see space shots from Cape Kennedy out my office window…it’s all great.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? I’m an Apple geek. Love the Apple store there. Besides, I used to love hitting FAO afterward. Sorry to see it go.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Wegmans. Hands down.

And Volusia County, Florida?
 Hull’s Seafood. Caught off the boat that day. Doesn’t get any fresher.

If you could hire anybody who would it be and why?
Rich Boerner. Rich and I worked together in Orlando at WTKS many years ago. He and I had the discussion about DSV even before it existed. Career paths took us to opposite sides of the country so we never got to collaborate on what eventually became DSV. But if he was interested, I’d certainly entertain having him be on the team. He’s one of the most twisted, creative types I know. He always inspires me with his creations.

What is your favorite drink? 
 Jack and Coke, following closely by a REAL Mojito.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party?
Being totally mistaken for someone else and I completely went along with it. Was fun while it lasted.

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
 Napoli Cafe, Little Italy, Ferrara’s for dessert.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Dinosaur BBQ, following closely by Joey’s.

And Volusia County, Florida? 
Hyde Park Steakhouse

What is your favorite Manhattan book or favorite character in Manhattan literature? 
 As a purveyor of electronic media, I confess that I don’t do much reading these days other than newspaper/magazines. But over history, I’d have to say that the city itself. I mean, look how many times the city has provided the backdrop for stories both fiction and non fiction. The city is uniquely qualified to be it’s own character.

And Syracuse, New York? 
 Syracuse has frequent cameo roles in film and literature, but nothing really stands out to me as a favorite unique to the city.

And Volusia County, Florida?
I’m fascinated by the gilded age folks who had settled here such as the Flaglers and Rockefellers and the literature that was created as a result of it. No one specific piece, just the topic.

Who would you like to be for a day and why?
President of the USA. Lots of fixes are needed. ASAP.

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? 
Central Park. A bit of calm in a very busy world. Brought to you by Ed.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Syracuse University. Feels like I spent enough there to own it. lol. Seriously, I think maybe a Lake. Lake Ed, has a nice ring, doesn’t it?

And Volusia County, Florida?
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. How cool would that be? It’s like I’m the guiding light for mariners coming to the area.

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? 
Ha! Walking around town. I put on miles every day I’m there.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Horseback riding in Highland Forest. It’s awesome.

And Volusia County, Florida? 
Anything with the water. Beach, boating, etc.

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? 
5th Ave Shopping. Nothing else like it.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Visit friends. Honestly. I have so many there and so little time to see them all with each visit.

And Volusia County, Florida? 
Taking a Sunday morning motorcycle ride along A1A in Ormond By The Sea area. It’s great for the soul. Following closely by visiting our world famous theme parks in the area.

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why?
Donald Trump. He needs some campaign advice. Desperately.

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? 
Dave Matthews Band at MSG during my wife’s and my anniversary. She’s a huge fan and it was a great experience to be in the city in the Fall and enjoy the show.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Rolling Stones, Carrier Dome.

And Volusia County, Florida? 
London Symphony Orchestra. Amazing hearing them live.

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world?
I volunteer a lot. In the past, I have volunteered in a number of roles for AFS (American Field Service), an Inter-Cultural Student Exchange Program. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and make friends all over the world as a result. I also volunteer for my son’s Cub Scout pack as a leader. Working with the boys is enormously fulfilling.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated in Manhattan? 
Underrated: Subways. Without them, getting around would suck.
Overrated: Radio. Haven’t heard much inspiring in the radio there, other than Broadway Bill Lee on CBS FM. He’s still got it.

And Syracuse, New York? 
Underrated: The food scene. There are some great gems around the area.
Overrated: SU Sports. I mean c’mon….whatever happened to a REAL football team. And you can only lean on basketball so much. Time to get some real recruiting going on up on the “Hill.”

And Volusia County, Florida?
Underrated: Quality of life. Sure, there are areas in the county that are seedy and downright dangerous. But there are also gems like Ormond Beach where life is pretty darned nice.
Overrated: The major events such as Races, Bike Weeks, etc. The area leans too much on those events to define itself. 

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite WhomYouKnow​.com​ column and what do you like about it?
Oh Peachy, the way to me is through my stomach….Cuisine and Drinks for me ma’am: I love it all: Terrific Takeout, Peachy's Picks, Champagne Wishes. I’m a foodie and love to find out about new/unique places to dine or go out.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I’m fascinated by nitrogen flash frozen ice cream shops. Thinking about opening one.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
Email is best: ed@digitalsoundandvideo.com

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Terrific Takeout: Aahar by Prashant Bhatt Inaugural Feature Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

From the Mango Lassi to the Tandoori Grilled Vegetables, Aahar is truly a feast, which is its name in Indian

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Right from the opening Mango Lassi, we were impressed with Aahar by Prashant Bhatt!  It has been open at 10 Murray Street only for a few weeks so far.  We hope we are the first to tell you about this new Indian standout, open since June 10, 2016.  We picked it independently because you know who thinks for herself, but when we got there and spoke to Prashant, we found out he knows a chef we worked with before, Nilesh Singhvi, of The Bombay Club in Washington, D.C. owned by our pal Ashok, who's the best around in America in Indian food.  Peachy didn't even think she liked Indian food before she met Ashok, but it just turns out she was eating the wrong Indian food, and all restaurant owners here should be uber-intimidated if Ashok ever opens in New York because he's the most competitive owner we've seen outside of Manhattan.  
Aahar is also the right Indian food based on our first experience.
It is rare for a restaurant this young to be this excellent, a concept that was previously pointed out with Judge Palmer.
If you're not sure if you like Indian food but you like Italian food, you are going to love the Garlic Naan.  It is amazing at Aahar and incredibly fresh.
Under accompaniments, you will meet the chutney, which we found very zippy.  Mango is in the middle and it is flanked by mint pomegranate on the left and peachy plum on the right, which obviously is the best of the trio as it is peachy!  And, peach and plum pair well together.  We are always excited to try peach anything, however, the chef must be mixing it with ingredients that we think would go well with peach.  Not everything does!
How the crabby love crab!  The non-crabby will also love it here at Aahar.  Peachy Deegan is absolutely not a vegan, so under non-vegetarian appetizers we chose Crab Seekh Kebab, above, featuring jumbo crab and fennel seeds as well as mascarpone cheese, above, and below, Chicken Tikka which was lovely arriving with a cilantro yogurt marination.
We do like to eat our vegetables though, and these were incredible!  Meet the Tandoori Grilled Vegetables, which could be convincing to children that think they don't like vegetables especially.  Broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and garam masala team up for a winner that sings the song of the sun in summer.
Also eat them because they are beautiful.
Steamed Basmati rice is a wonderful companion.
We cannot remember having Chicken Biryani this magnificent before.  Peachy actually dreamed about this dish specifically at Aahar after having it: the flavor really is that sensational.  It is not overly spicy but has solid, superb flavor of chicken and savory notes that are incredibly impressive.  This was our favorite edible of the feature.
How we love shrimp, and not only because of Peachy's towering height.  Feeling an affinity for shrimp, we almost hate to eat them but you are going to want to when they make an appearance in the amazing Shrimp Karawari!  Tamarind, Fennel Seeds, and Black Peppercorn join the succulent party that is great with the rice previously mentioned.
If you are a vegetarian, we would order the Dhingri Matar.  Shittake mushroom and green peas are festively teamed up with cardamon, cloves, and coconut cream.  To us, this tasted like fall and pumpkin pie; it has great flavor.
As you know Peachy is not Indian at all; she is pretty American and always likes to try Chicken Tikka Masala, which is a standard and maybe too boring for Indian people but just right for Goldilocks Peachy.  It is just terrific at Aahar in its tomato and fenugreek and this comfort food is going to impress you too.  
Carnival Cruises loss is your stomach's gain; Prashant Bhatt used to work for them and now he is the proud owner of Aahar!
Why would you try only one dessert?  Prashant thought we should try them all: his idea.
First in the batting order, meet the Swiss White Chocolate.  To be honest, Peachy is also Ms. I Don't Care for White Chocolate so she was worried; she only likes Dark Chocolate.  However, to us, this tasted like vanilla ice cream with totally different consistency.  We liked it!
We really loved the Mango Firni, which was kind of like the incredible Mango Lassi but a different custard-like texture.  This did not last long.  The dessert that tasted the healthiest to us was the Squash Halwa, below.  It does have milk and sugar but we understand its base is a vegetable: squash.  Go see Prashant and his high ceilings and beautiful turquoise decor!
Meaning Feast in Indian, accurately named, Aahar is Terrific Takeout!



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Real Estate/Renovation Stars Dave, Kortney Wilson Prep for Season Two of HGTV’s ‘Masters of Flip’ First of 14 New Episodes Premiere on Monday, October 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan: http://www.whomyouknow.com/2012/12/breaking-manhattan-real-estate-news.html#.VvFbTIrLIU

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After attracting more than 13 million fans to their series during season one, HGTV’s newest real estate/renovation power couple Dave and Kortney Wilson will return with fresh episodes of Masters of Flip on Monday, October 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Limited timelines and tight budgets are no deterrents for this savvy duo as they continue their mission to transform Nashville’s real estate disasters into stunning family dream homes. 

“We’re taking new risks this season, especially as we try to flip some of the homes in transitional areas of town,” said Dave. “Our hope is that the homes we renovate could spur the start of further renovations in these charming neighborhoods.”

The fresh episodes will feature bigger financial stakes and astonishing reveals as the Wilsons tackle a variety of property flips, including the expansion and renovation of small historic homes and their first ultra-modern house design.

“The budgets are super tight, so we have little room for error in our design plans,” said Kortney. “We will maximize the results by preserving the original charm of the older homes, add show-stopping elements to properties that are underwhelming and bring in tons of color to punch up the appeal.”

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2014 Sauvignon Blanc “Sur les Peaux” Alexander Valley, Sonoma County Proves Judge Palmer Wine Has No Sophomore Acts! Extended Barrel Aging of this Orange Wine Style Will Wow You Tremendously Says Whom You Know.

Is there anything nicer than sipping brilliant, crisp, white AMERICAN wine by Judge Palmer on a sunny summer afternoon in Manhattan? (Yes, it is even better when you are sipping it and wearing Paul Mayer Attitudes...) And specifically, we speak of 
2014 Sauvignon Blanc “Sur les Peaux” Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, which is another winner.
Judge Palmer was first featured on Whom You Know last week:
Sophomore acts, if you were not in Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin's English class, we believe we had learned are second acts that do not measure up to the first.  This was an SAT word we had to learn (remember Melody and Ms CLP?), and we are so glad our words have elevated us to fine sipping as a profession. 
We like complex words, we like complex products, we like complex thinkers, and we like complex wine.
But like Judge Palmer, we do not like BS so let's keep this simple: you want to try this wine next.  
Judge Palmer, in our estimation, has depth and quality mostly unheard of in brands of its age: it is young.  
Chill this delightful Sauvignon Blanc to perfection and serve. Need we say more? From a cautious sampler of white wines, this carries sufficient weight.  Oh how you know how we like strong everything, mostly!  Planted in a protected spot on the Ellis Alden Vineyard, the Sauvignon Blanc enjoyed cool air and a longer growing season that most of its neighbors. Because of the altitude, the protected spot and the tempered weather, the grapes weren’t harvested until September 18th. This brings “exceptionally ripe flavors” to the wine and makes for one superlative harvest. From the pen of this convert, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc will always be something to search out. Surprise yourself surprise your friends, and enjoy.
2014 Judge Palmer Sauvignon Blanc
“Sur les Peaux”
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Winemaking: "Sur les Peaux" is a departure from most California Sauvignon Blanc, beginning with the fermentation in contact with the skins and ending with extended barrel aging. The goal of this orange wine style is to coax uncommon texture and complexity from white grapes. The wild yeast fermentation began in contact with the skins for a period of ten days with daily punch downs. It was then pressed and racked into 25% new French oak barrels and 75% stainless steel, where it finished fermentation and aged sur-lie without racking for 14 months.

Vineyard: The 2014 Sur les Peaux is sourced from the Ellis Alden Vineyard, which sits at an elevation of 1400 feet along the sun-drenched western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Alexander Valley. Isolated within a sprawling 4,000 acre ranch, the 200 acres of vines enjoy a pristine growing environment, above the fog line and sheltered from wind, frost, and negative pathogens. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted in a low spot in the vineyard where cool air collects, allowing the grapes long hang time to develop ripe flavors while retaining acidity.

Vintage: The third straight year of drought triggered much stress for vineyard owners, but generally contributed to fantastic quality wines. A warm dry winter caused the vines to start their annual life cycle ahead of schedule, but aside from some wind, the spring was free of major weather. All the grape varieties seemed to ripen at once, and the pace in the winery at crush was hectic, but luckily the cooler than normal August brought us an average size crop of ripe grapes with beautifully balanced acids.





Judge Palmer Wine Co. was founded by friends and winemakers Palmer Emmitt and Michael Scorsone. About twelve years ago, Palmer and Michael were introduced through a mutual friend. At this time Michael had been making wine in Napa Valley for several years – after initially graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working as a chef, he fell in love with wine and moved to Napa Valley to pursue winemaking. Palmer was a wine lover who was working in the film industry in Los Angeles, and meeting Michael and learning more about the winemaking process from him spurred his interest in wine from hobby to obsession and later profession. Palmer took classes at night to become certified as a sommelier and then a few years later moved to wine country to earn his MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University.

Upon moving to wine country, Palmer reconnected with Michael and the two began collaborating on the project that would become Judge Palmer. Through Michael’s industry contacts they were able to purchase Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the premier grape grower in Napa Valley – Andy Beckstoffer – and one of his most prestigious sites, the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, for their first vintage in 2011. In subsequent years, additional vineyard sites in Alexander Valley and Knights Valley, both in Sonoma County, were added so that they could produce Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec wines equaling the quality of the Napa Cabernet.

When it came time to bottle the first wines and name the brand, Michael and Palmer mulled over many possible names but settled on one that combined their deep connection with family and their philosophy on winemaking. Palmer’s grandfather James Palmer had for many years served as a judge in Placerville, California (aka Hangtown, a historic gold rush site), and when Palmer said the words “Judge Palmer” out loud, they looked at each other and knew they had found the name. In addition to the familial inspiration, the brand name and imagery evoke the parallel between the judge’s role in a courtroom and how Michael and Palmer approach winemaking – natural, authentic, transparent and with minimal intervention.

After the first few years of toiling away in the cellar and waiting for the first barrels to mature, the business officially launched in 2015 with the opening of their winery in Healdsburg, California and the release of their first wines. In the short period of time since then, they have grown their wine club substantially and secured distribution in Texas, Florida and Tennessee, with several more states to be added in the coming months. Their current annual production is about 1500 cases, up from just 200 in their first vintage 2011, and they hope to grow to 3000 or so in the coming years – staying small enough to remain true to their vision of small-lot artisan winemaking from uniquely distinct single vineyard sites and maintaining a personal connection to each bottle of wine and each customer.

Palmer and Michael now also produce wine under a second label called “Domenica Amato” named for Michael’s grandmother who was born in Sicily and emigrated to the US from Italy in 1966 along with Michael’s father and grandfather. The Domenica Amato wines are made in extremely small quantities and are sold only to members of the Emmitt-Scorsone Wine Club. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool climate Sonoma Coast are the main focus for these wines, but the label also allows Michael and Palmer room to experiment with varieties and styles that are apart from the norm. They are meant to be enjoyed with your loved ones around the Sunday dinner table.

Judge Palmer brand motto from back label:
The duty of a judge is to maintain order and ensure that justice is done while remaining fair and impartial. We feel that the role of the winemaker should be the same – an expert yet unbiased observer who allows the vineyard, varietal, and vintage to testify for themselves in the finished wine. Try a bottle with a jury of your peers.

Judge Palmer Mission Statement:
We believe there's a lot of bullshit in the world of wine these days. Our approach is to be honest and straightforward in the way we make our wines and deal with all of our customers and partners – just the way my grandfather the small town judge would've done it.

So you won't find us name-dropping, boasting, embellishing or obfuscating. You might find us pontificating, because we are deeply passionate about our work and feel there is something special about artisan winemaking that can't be accurately described in only a few words.

Our Bordeaux varietal wines come from both sides of the Napa-Sonoma border, featuring vineyards with unique character owned by people that share our values. We try to let each wine be what it wants to be, expressing the virtues of each site without letting our own stylistic bias interfere.

We encourage you to break from the herd mentality, eschew the latest trends, and taste our wines with an open mind – you be the judge. We think the honesty and passion with which we make them will shine through and resonate.

Try a bottle with a jury of your peers.
Palmer Emmitt & Michael Scorsone
Owners - Winemakers - Cellar Rats

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On Scholarly Thinkers, by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“I'm not trying to tell you," he said, "that only educated and scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. It's not so. But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with — which, unfortunately, is rarely the case—tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly, and they usually have a passion for following their thoughts through to the end. And — most important—nine times out of ten they have more humility than the unscholarly thinker.” 
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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Famed Portraits of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis on View in Focus Exhibition at The Met Our Coverage Sponsored by Saluggi's

Joseph Siffred Duplessis (French, Carpentras 1725–1802 Versailles). Benjamin Franklin 
(1706–1790). 1778. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931.

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Exhibition Dates: August 22–November 28, 2016

Exhibition Location: 
The Met Fifth Avenue

European Paintings, Gallery 624, 2nd floor

Several works depicting the brilliant writer, inventor, politician, patriot, and statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), who has been the subject of hundreds of portraits, will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in a focused exhibition opening on August 22. The most famous of these was painted by Joseph Siffred Duplessis (1725–1802), Louis XVI's official portraitist, after Franklin arrived in Paris in 1776 to seek French support for the American war of independence. Portraying Franklin in a red coat with a fur collar, and with an astonishingly elaborate frame decorated with his attributes, the oval painting was greatly admired when Duplessis exhibited it at the 1779 Paris Salon. 

The painting, which has been in The Met collection for 85 years, will be a focal point of the installation Benjamin Franklin: Portraits by Duplessis, along with the preliminary pastel portrait of Franklin, a life study by Duplessis. The pastel, which is rarely exhibited and will be on loan from the New York Public Library, shows Franklin in the same pose as the painting but wearing a gray, collarless jacket and waistcoat. The image will be familiar to many: it is the same likeness that is replicated on the current one-hundred-dollar bill. The installation will also explore the processes of image transfer and replication in the 18th century.

Franklin arrived in Paris on December 21, 1776, as a commissioner of the American Continental Congress, and lived in nearby Passy until he returned to America in 1785. He promoted the treaty of alliance between the fledgling nation and the government of Louis XVI that was signed on February 6, 1778. The American Revolutionary War was an enormously popular cause in France, where the elderly statesman's simplicity of dress and manner were admired. The "Fur Collar Portrait," or "VIR Portrait," by Duplessis was commissioned by the entrepreneur Jacques Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont. The oval canvas, exhibited in the frame in which it is still displayed, became the object of extravagant praise. Versions from the artist's workshop and by other hands were in demand and the portrait was replicated dozens of times. A fine replica by or after Duplessis, also belonging to The Met, is so close in design that the contours must have been transferred from the 1778 picture. 

Franklin understood the importance of circulating his image and gave sittings to some half-dozen French artists, but he did not enjoy doing so. He did not wish to sit for the same painter twice, sending away in later years those who applied to him for an original and suggesting that they instead commission a copy. An X-radiograph of the "Fur Collar Portrait" reveals that Franklin's coat was originally much simpler, with small buttons and a narrow collar. In this connection, the exhibition will draw attention to the Duplessis pastel portrait of Franklin that was given to the New York Public Library in 1896. For more than a century, the pastel has been conscientiously protected from damage due to overexposure to light and thus has rarely been exhibited. Traditionally, the pastel had been assigned to the early 1780s, but technical examination reveals that it dates to 1777 or early 1778 and is preliminary to the "Fur Collar Portrait"—its design precisely matches the composition revealed in the painting's X-radiograph. Pastel is a portable medium, and Duplessis probably took his pastel crayons to Passy to set down the direct likeness of Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin: Portraits by Duplessis is organized by Katharine Baetjer, Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Met.

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Major Survey of Unfinished Artworks from Renaissance through Today to Close Labor Day Weekend at The Met Breuer Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

Alice Neel. James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965. Oil on canvas. COMMA Foundation, Belgium, © The Estate of Alice Neel

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On View through September 4 at The Met Breuer
One of the inaugural exhibitions at The Met Breuer, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible examines a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. With over 190 works dating from the Renaissance to the present—nearly 40 percent of which are drawn from The Met's collection, supplemented with major national and international loans—this exhibition demonstrates The Met's unique capacity to mine its rich collections and scholarly resources to present modern and contemporary art within a deep historical context. 

This scholarly and innovative exhibition examines the term "unfinished" in the broadest possible way, including works left incomplete by their makers, which often give insight into the process of their creation, but also those that partake of a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended. Some of history's greatest artists explored such an aesthetic, among them Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne. The unfinished has been taken in entirely new directions by modern and contemporary artists, among them Janine Antoni, Lygia Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg, who alternately blurred the distinction between making and un-making, extended the boundaries of art into both space and time, and recruited viewers to complete the objects they had begun. 

On View through Monday, September 5 at The Met Fifth Avenue:

(Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3)


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"GRAMMY SALUTE TO MUSIC LEGENDS™" TO PREMIERE ON PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES ON OCT. 14 Ruth Brown, John Cage, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run DMC Among Distinguished Honorees Live Performances by Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Kris Kristofferson, Lucrecia, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, JD Souther, And More Our Coverage Sponsored by Paul Mayer Attitudes

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In collaboration with Great Performances,The Recording Academy® presents "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™," a special all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for The Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The awards ceremony and tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they've inspired.

The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, Oct. 14 from9–11:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Previously held during GRAMMY® Week, this is the first time The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run DMC.John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMTand Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award™.

Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from presenters, the star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia And The CineSon All Stars,Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J'Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Lucrecia,Shelby Lynne, Magnolia Sisters, Martina McBride, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, and JD Souther. Other presenters include David Crosby, Foster, Jimmy Jam, LL Cool J, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Don Was.

Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane take fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.

Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves — music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time GRAMMY-winning guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman and GRAMMY nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and GRAMMY nominees the Magnolia Sisters.

Paying tribute to three-time GRAMMY winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the "Queen Of Salsa" — are Latin GRAMMY nominee Lucrecia and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.

Six-time GRAMMY winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance.

A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther.

The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):

Linda Ronstadt
"Faithless Love" (JD Souther)
"Gritenme Piedras Del Campo" (Lila Downs with Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano)
"Blue Bayou" (Martina McBride with JD Souther)

Fred Foster
"Me And Bobby McGee" (Kris Kristofferson with Shelby Lynne)
"Oh, Pretty Woman" (Shelby Lynne)

John Cage
"Water Walk" (Anthony Parce)
"The Wonderful Widow Of Eighteen Springs" (J'Nai Bridges)

Ruth Brown
"(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" (Patti Austin)

Jefferson Airplane
"Somebody To Love" (Jefferson Airplane)
Medley: "Embryonic Journey"/"Come Back Baby" (Jefferson Airplane)

Celia Cruz
"Guantanamera" (Andy García And The CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)
"Quimbara" (Andy García And The CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)

Run DMC
Medley: "King Of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Peter Piper"/"My Adidas"/"It's Tricky"/"Beats To The Rhyme" (Naughty By Nature)

Chris Strachwitz
"Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest" (Ry Cooder with Henry Gray)
Medley: "Blues De Voyage"/"Magnolia Hop" (Magnolia Sisters with "Ry Cooder)

Herbie Hancock
"Nuance" (Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter)

Earth, Wind & Fire
Medley: Intro/"Shining Star"/"Celebrate"/"In the Stone"/"Fantasy"/"September" (Earth, Wind & Fire with David Foster)
"That's The Way Of The World" (Earth, Wind & Fire)

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing®Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation®, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.

Great Performances is produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET, one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America's most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. 

A production of Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET, "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" is written by David Wild and directed for television by David Horn, with Mitch Owgang as producer, and Horn and Neil Portnow as executive producers. Was is music director. For Great Performances, Bill O'Donnell is series producer; Horn is executive producer.

The Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Agnes Varis Trust, Starr Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, the Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, James S. Marcus, the Lenore Hecht Foundation, and PBS. 

Visit Great Performances online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" and other programs.

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About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards® — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, "like" The GRAMMYs® on Facebook and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.


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WNET is America's flagship PBS station and parent company of Thirteen and WLIW21.WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose, and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET's groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get The Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News With Mary Alice Williams, and MetroFocus, the daily multiplatform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox With Kevin And Grandma Lill. In 2015, Thirteen launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival Thirteen and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.

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