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Issues & Ideas: air date 12-11-2013

  • Correspondent, Tom Wilmer explores the history of Laetitia Winery, celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Laetitia was started as Maison Deutz, by a champagne house from France. Today the winery continues the French tradition of methode champenoise, plus has become a premier pinot noir producer in California.
  • Then Tom takes us on a Christmas train trip around the country, riding the Polar Express through the Verde Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Branson Scenic Railways.

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.