Meet the Baron of Barossa Valley May 11-The Connected Table LIVE!

It seemed like the perfect plan: Help out Barossa Valley grape growers unable to sell their fruit in a changing market by making wine from their grapes, sell it off in bulk to those who need wine to sell and go play golf for the rest of the year.

Well, something like that, anyways…

A champion of the little guy, Peter Lehmann, a fifth generation Barossa native who grew up surrounded by vineyards, was originally a winemaker and buyer for a large British-owned Barossa Valley wine company. In 1979 when told by his superiors not to buy fruit he had contracted for,  and knowing it was the only source of income for his suppliers, Peter decided to buy and process the fruit himself under the name of Masterson Barossa Vineyards, named after Sky Masterson, the gambler in “Guys and Dolls.” He did this at his employers’ winery and with their blessing!


The Cellardoor at Peter Lehmann Wines

However, when the winery sold the following year, the new owners halted the arrangement, forcing Peter to go out on his own. The result, Peter Lehmann Wines, enabled him to keep his relationships with growers in good standing and also showcase the increasing depth of the region’s growing capabilities, a move and philosophy that eventually earned Peter the title “Baron of the Barossa.”

Thirty-five years later, Peter Lehmann wines, founded in the late 1970s as an act of compassion by its namesake  with a group of like-minded wine industry veterans,  produces some of the best wines in Australia.


The winery is now owned by the Casella Family Brands of [yellowtail] fame with a winemaking team helmed by Chief Winemaker Ian Hongell, another Barossa native who made his first wine at age 7 in a plastic bucket. Peter Lehmann Wines are now sold worldwide, and count upwards of 30 wines in the portfolio ranging from entry level easy drinkers to top-tier tiny production wines that are continuously heralded as benchmarks of the region’s output.


Winemaker Ian Hongell with Andrew and Peter Lehmann

Peter Lehmann’s winemaker, Ian Hongell, joins The Connected Table LIVE! on Wednesday May 11 to talk about Peter Lehmann’s legacy, Barossa, and of course the region’s most famous varietal, Shiraz. Tune In at 2:00pm at w4cy radio. Podcasts of this show will be available permanently on and the free iHeart App. Click here for the link.  For more on the inspiring story of How Peter Lehmann wines was started, check out this YouTube Video



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Anger and Disease: the Connection and Remedies

There is no denying that the mind, body, and spirit are all interconnected. What impacts one affects all others. While the general public has become more health conscious in terms of eating healthier, dropping those unnecessary pounds, and exercising more, what often gets overlooked – that continues to impact our health – are our emotional issues and beliefs.

Let me begin by clarifying exactly who we are. We are God’s creations, His sacred children, created in His image and likeness. But how exactly does that define me? God is Love, pure and simple. In that regard, I am Love as well for I am created from Him and can only be that which I originate from. Therefore, I am love. I am not my issues or behaviors. I am not selfish, rude, arrogant, afraid, bad and so on. Behaviors reflect my brokenness; they are a reflection of my unhealed issues. If I was criticized as a child, I may become defensive of any discord. But my defensiveness is not who I am; it merely reveals that I am fearful of disparagement whether I recognize its origins or not. The key to restoration is to be aware of those tapes that repeatedly play in my mind, reminding me of how bad I felt about myself 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. My willingness and ability to identify and begin healing my emotional baggage translates into my physical well-being as well.

World-renowned medical doctor and NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Bernie Siegel, says: “One’s life and one’s health are inseparable. Genes do not make the decisions; our internal environment does. If you internalize anger it destroys you. Self-induced healing is not an accident.” Emotions commonly viewed as negative can prove destructive to the human body. Stress, the number one killer, is an emotion rooted in our thought process, as are all feelings. One who feels the need to succeed or to conform to the ways and beliefs of others will produce feelings of anxiety and fear. The body is the messenger of the mind and emotions not rooted in love wreak havoc on our health. Therefore what is occurring in the physical self reveals what needs to be addressed in the inner (sub) conscious mind.

In his NY Times bestselling book, The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton reveals how our bodies change on a cellular level due to our beliefs and thoughts. Disease indicates that our body, mind, and spirit are not working in perfect harmony with one another, thus creating a state of dis-ease. In order to improve our physical health, one must first address their emotional and spiritual issues and beliefs. Healing anger, forgiving those who have wronged us, overcoming limiting beliefs of fear, learning to love freely and without restrictions (including ourselves), removing prejudice and the need for revenge: when we are able to accomplish the healing of our emotional self, the body will naturally follow suit.

But how can one heal their past issues if in fact they are not clear about precisely what they are? Perhaps a child lost their father at an early age and is now distrusting of men. She may not see the connection nor does she necessarily need to. She is in essence prejudging all men as untrustworthy. Recognizing that this is what she is doing enables her to make the decision to see each man from an individual perspective, being more receptive to getting to know them before making a determination about their character. One can apply this technique to every aspect of their lives: look at what beliefs or behaviors are causing distress in your life, interfering with your relationships, holding you back from achieving success or being happy. If you are able to get to the root of each and change it, that’s wonderful. If you are unable to identify their origin, simply choose to love yourself enough to forgive anyone involved in creating the original incident, ask God to help you let go of the past, and focus your energy on being more loving to yourself and others. And in doing so, in being authentic and true to your higher self which is love, you can rise above any prior events or beliefs and heal your body and your life.

Thank you to my guest, Teresa W. Leming, Light Worker & Spiritual Muse

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