The Urban Wine Club podcast features fun and interesting guests discussing their life, passions, careers, and favorite wines. Your hosts Ari Kalos (the tech guy and wine newbie) and Foti Stamos (the wine guy) come from diverse backgrounds but come together through a mutual love and respect of wine. Grab a glass and join us!
"Drink Responsibly… It’s Not What You Think" Webinar
Our Sustainability Series Premiere – Drink Responsibly… It’s Not What You Think!
To kick-off our Sustainability mini-series (and to celebrate Earth Month), join our guests sustainability and zero waste consultant Kaitlyn Reed, and healthy living enthusiast and nonprofit director Karen Sheehan, for a discussion about sustainably produced wines and how we can make responsible choices for our planet, and our health. With so many buzz words out there like zero waste, green, and natural, Kaitlyn and Karen will make sense of it all, and answer the question, “What does sustainable even mean?” Together with our wine expert Fotios, they’ll explain the difference between organic, natural, and sustainably grown wines and how consumer demand is changing the way winemakers produce their collections. We’ll also be sampling a few excellent and affordable sustainably produced wines. This Urban Wine Club event is Part 1 of a miniseries dedicated to living your best life – sustainably! Be responsible and join us!
More about Kaitlyn Reed: Kaitlyn Reed graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Sustainable Development. Dedicating her career to educating people of all ages about the importance of sustainability and easy ways to incorporate it into their lifestyles, she hopes to help individuals redefine what convenience means to them, one webinar at a time.
About Karen Sheehan: Passionate about heathy living since her childhood years in the performing arts, Karen has continued to pursue her interest and the effects of lifestyle choices on longevity while working in the senior living industry in Massachusetts. She is the Director of Development at the Rhode Island nonprofit Clean Ocean Access and is currently studying Nutrition and Healthy Living through Cornell University, exploring connections between human health and the health of our planet.
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Sharing Wine & Food at the Table: a PANDAS / PANS Fundraiser
Zhuzh up your cheese and charcuterie board to pair with Château Barbebelle Cuvée Madeleine Rouge and benefit The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund Supporting Research, Education, and Treatment of PANDAS.
Please join Susan and William “Towny” Manfull, founders of The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, and David Scott Allen, editor of Cocoa & Lavender, at the Urban Wine Club for a fun and informative webinar about an excellent (2017) French red wine from Château Barbebelle in Provence. This Cuvée Madeleine Rouge (2017) – aka “Alex’s wine — was specially made to raise awareness about PANDAS, a neurological disorder triggered by Streptococcus that is also referred to as basal ganglia encephalitis.
This awareness campaign is called À Table! (French for “come to the table!”). The goal is to bring people “to the table” to share wine, food, and conversation about PANDAS and a related neurological disorder called PANS. Our guests at the table will be discussing the recent Health Care legislation passed in Massachusetts and how it will benefit those with PANDAS/PANS.
Proceeds from the sales of the wine will be donated to The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to raising awareness as well as supporting education and research that furthers the understanding of PANDAS/PANS, especially in adolescents and young adults. The Cork Stop/Urban Wine Club is the only outlet in the United States selling this wine. (It is available in France at De La Cuisine au 20 in Lourmarin and at Château Barbebelle in Rognes, both in Provence.)
In the kitchen, David will begin by popping some no knead bread into the oven and, while that is baking, he will demonstrate how easy it is to make the bread. Then, he will create a cheese and charcuterie board that will pair with Alex’s wine and show us how to zhuzh it up with things you probably have around the house. The nice thing about a charcuterie board is that it doesn’t need to be complicated or have fancy ingredients. It simply needs to have items that pair well with the wine being served. Together, Susan, Towny, and David will talk about the best cheeses, meats, and accoutrements to go with Alex’s wine – and why.
Towny and Susan (editor of Provence WineZine), who lost their only child to PANDAS, will also talk about why they founded The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, part of PANDAS Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Most importantly, also sitting ‘round the table will be some local citizens who were instrumental in getting the Health Care legislation passed: Sheilah M. Gauch, LICSW, M.Ed., Principal of Dearborn Academy, and Jennifer Vitelli, MBA, Co-Executive Director of The JBC PANS & PANDAS Foundation and Founding Member of New England PANS/PANDAS Association, who (with a team of citizens!) worked tirelessly. As a result, health insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS treatment is mandated in Massachusetts and a PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council at the Mass. Department of Public Health will be created.
Château Barbebelle Cuvée Madeleine (aka Alex’s wine) may be purchased at the link below (the first shipment sold out in hours!) with FREE SHIPPING! https://urbanwineclub.co/cart/product/cuvee-madeleine-rouge/
Food & Wine Demo & Pairing with Sophia Manatakis
Join us for an amazing cooking demo and wine pairing with Food Network’s Chopped contestant, Chef Sophia Manatakis! Our resident wine expert, Fotios Stamos, will do the honors of pairing Chef Sophia’s exquisite and flavorful dishes.
A little bit about Chef Sophia: Graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and owner of Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine, NYC. Sophia is a Greek and Italian-American chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped and winner of the Family Food Showdown cooking competition. Manatakis is also a recipient of the Orthodox Christian Network “30 Under 30 Entrepreneurship Award”. Sophia has recently published Our Greek Kitchen, the first of many cook-calendars, has a thriving catering business, and is a private culinary instructor. Sophia’s intensity and passion for culinary art is unmatched.
Chef Sophia will be demonstrating 2 recipes along with 2 amazing wines. See the recipes and wines here.
The Cylinder Vodka Cocktail Webinar
Join us for our very first vodka cocktail webinar with founder Stelios Stavrianos of Cylinder Vodka. Stelio will be discussing his journey into making one of the best and smoothest vodkas in the industry while demonstrating three amazing cocktails.
From tending bar to tending still, Stelios eventually distilled a vodka so smooth, he was compelled to bring it to the world. Since then, Cylinder Vodka has won over 20 global awards, donated thousands to local charities, and helped penetrate through a crowded spirit marketplace with the brand’s next-level experiential events and unique cocktail recipes.
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Sips & Dips with Dr. Susanna Hoffman Premiere Episode
Welcome to the premiere episode of our Sips & Dips Series featuring Dr. Susanna Hoffman. We will explore the origins and history of amazing recipes from the Mediterranean region with a focus on Greece. We will also pair these recipes with fantastic wines and have great Q & A sessions for the viewers. Please join us as we discover a Mint Pesto recipe with Retsina!
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A very interesting subject that we want to expand into a lifestyle, intermittent fasting has always been part of Ari & Foti's culture and now is part of their health routine. Listen in as we discuss the known benefits to health with this ancient style of eating. Join us!
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Keep doing what you’re doing. Love the tips and really like hearing from different people in the industry.
I found this podcast very entertaining. My only complaint is there’s only 2 episodes as of now :) Can’t wait for more!
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A fun and informative podcast with interesting guests. So cool, to learn about influential people and amazing wines.