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Wine, not whining

Tom Leykis, the chauvinist on KLSX, is newly focused on cabernets.

February 23, 2005|Chris Rubin | Special to the Times

"The Tasting Room" is still a work in progress, with plans to gradually syndicate it around the country, and Leykis looks far and wide for topics. "Every week," he says, "there is stuff going on -- in the wine industry or of concern to people who drink wine." Topics could include a discussion of the Napa Valley Reserve -- a sort of fractional ownership vineyard with an initial fee in the six figures -- or the debate over corks versus screw tops.

And "The Tasting Room" doesn't focus exclusively on wine. Leykis is open to covering beer and spirits as well, and each week will bring in guests to discuss the topics, from bartenders and sommeliers to distillers and winemakers.

Leykis aspires to branch out with guests who have previously declined to share the airwaves with him.

"It would be fun to get celebrities who are into wine, people who won't normally do our show," he muses. "Like Jim Carrey -- we've never had him on, but he has a wine cellar." Now that's something to look forward to: Ace Ventura and the creator of "Flash Fridays" talking tannins.

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