BOTTLE TALK WITH RICK AND PAUL Goes to Amador Four Fires Festival

Award-winning writers Rick Kushman and Paul Wagner are taking their podcast and war against wine snobs to the Four Fires Festival at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth on Saturday, May 6th.  The pair will take questions from the audience and record a show during the Four Fires event.

“This is a fun event. We’re really happy they’ve invited us,” says Kushman. “Although, now we will probably ruin the reputation of a whole new group.”

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.

“It’s going to be a blast,” says Wagner. “We expect people to bring questions and rotten fruit. We’ll be dodging both.”

Wagner teaches wine classes 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. He’s also a regular contributor to on wine and beverages.

Both Kushman and Wagner have earned acclaim for their friendly and light-hearted take on wine, and their good-natured attacks on wine snobs and bad wine writing. “Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul” is recorded at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and includes questions from listeners, interviews, wine recommendations and an all-out assault on wine babble wherever it appears. Which seems to be everywhere

“We think of this as a wine show for normal people,” Wagner says.

“Not that anyone has ever called us normal,” Kushman says. “Some Northern California wineries turn on the show in the cellar for the employees – we hope that’s a compliment to us and not punishment for them.

“We’re told the employees laugh a lot,” Wagner says. “Hopefully it’s with us, not at us.”

“Bottle Talk with Rick and Paul” airs a new segment every Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific time at  Prior shows are available on the site, as is information about sponsorship and appearances.

Amador County’s one-of-a-kind food and wine experience, Amador Four Fires, features open-flame cooking, meet-the-winemaker sessions, sensory stations, and wine and food inspired by the cultural traditions of Southern France, Italy, Spain, and Heritage California, it’s an immersive and complete sensory experience.

Enjoy locally crafted beer, olive oils, and other arts and crafts. Early Bird Special to March 15th. Family-friendly area.

Tickets can be purchased HERE!

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