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This is NOT like one-of those foreign-emails you probably get

 Mark As Read    

A day in the life of a wine publicist… Hi, I came across-your contact over the-web and wanted to-share a brief note. I think a few-changes, aesthetically and/or SEO-wise, can make your site-convert more-visitors into leads-and also get it placed-higher in the organic search-results, for a few of the select terms. (Search-Engine-Optimization i...

Wine Blog 15 hours, 12 min ago

Scarily great wines for your adult Halloween moments

 Mark As Read    

I love good marketing and that's primarily what this story is about… Some great marketing that recently came my way, in preparation for this Friday's Halloween moments and memories. I'm also one of those people who stays home to take care of the kids that come to my door on Halloween night.  Why? Because someone […] The post Scarily gre...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Off beat and darned happy to be… Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah

 Mark As Read    

The premier tasting event for Petite Sirah lovers in-the-world continues to celebrate Petite, with its Ninth Annual Tasting, on February 20, 2015. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah again features a varied selection of Petite Sirah styles, and delectable foods that pair well with Petite. As is the tradition, the wines will be shared by both […...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Is living on principles a good thing, or am I holding myself back… from NoteStream?

 Mark As Read    

As it turns out, I'm not holding my self back, when it comes to principles, and I may have helped the current writing condition take a teeny tiny step forward. I have my principles, and I thought that I may just be stubbornly holding myself back… But then, I'm also not looking to conquer the […] The post Is living on principles a good t...

Wine Blog 4 days ago

Asteisms ~ Ingeniously Polite Insults

 Mark As Read    

Asteisms… Yes, it's a TGIF kinda day… My own ignorance is totally eclipsed by own dumbfounded curiosity. Four years ago, I heard the word "asteism" defined, after hearing a great insult. I actually began this blog story at that time, so I could use this story one fine day, like today. I'm sorry to tell […] The post Asteisms ~ Inge...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

Off the Beaten Path with Joe Roberts, Red Wine Varieties

 Mark As Read    

I received an E-Mail from FIX that's worth sharing, about red wine varieties that are off the beaten path, which includes Petite Sirah. Hey, Jo, My name is Kat and I work for We recently published an article by Joe Roberts, creator of wine website 1WineDude about branching out, and discovering different varieties of […] The post Off ...

Wine Blog 8 days ago

Scandal continues to amuse in its wine Chateaux Du Bolet ways

 Mark As Read    

Chateaux Du Bolet… I have a wine friend who's equally fascinated with the television show called Scandal. Her website is called  Grapefriend, and Jose just found her for me, in a very amusing way, as I was contemplating another blog about this show. We were watching and enjoying Scandal. As the new Season 4 opens, […] The post Scandal c...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

 Mark As Read    

Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life's blows. It's an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you love […] The post Cement Suitc...

Wine Blog 10 days ago

Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

 Mark As Read    

Let's consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It's also important to note that a study handed off […] The post Are Genetically Modifie...

Wine Blog 11 days ago

Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend

 Mark As Read    

As regards Petite Sirah being The John Wayne of Grapes… Imagine, if you will, being plucked from your homeland shortly after being born. (Some would argue that you were ostracized.) You’re brought to the Atlantic, where you board a steamship headed for America. You land in New York, are put onto the next train headed […] The post Petite...

Wine Blog 14 days ago

If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

 Mark As Read    

MONIKER WINE: it's not brain surgery, people, but look how long it took someone to come up with the actual moniker as a wine brand. Now that it's out there, the rest of us are all slapping our foreheads. Leave it to the folks at Mendocino Wine Company, to branch out into the Moniker realm. […] The post If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that...

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

 Mark As Read    

Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you've ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there's a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […] The post Have you ever thought about Making Your Own W...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Nine years of wine blogging, should I have just written a book?

 Mark As Read    

I'm reflecting on nine years of wine blogging this morning… having started just about this time nine years ago, in terms of thinking I should, and then getting Jose to build a site for me. I've had about four wine blog sites in the process. In 2005, WordPress wasn't even born yet, so he had […] The post Nine years of wine blogging, shou...

Wine Blog 18 days ago

Melting Pot Cooking: Joyce Goldstein and Petite Sirah

 Mark As Read    

Renowned chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein excitedly applauds the new food craze of "melting pot cooking" and her experiments with Petite Sirah. "Petite is a niche variety perfectly matched for this cuisine," stated Goldstein at the Tenth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium. Concannon Vineyard, the first winery in the world to varietally label Pet...

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Napa Valley Wine Academy, from near and afar, you too, can learn more about wine

 Mark As Read    

The Napa Valley Wine Academy wants you to immerse yourself in the exciting world of food and wine in the heart of wine country. While their courses are taught at some of Napa Valley’s best wineries, they're also located in Tampa, Florida, and you can take courses online. After having immersed my own self in […] The post Napa Valley Wine Acade...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Astrological Signs With Their Astrological Wines

 Mark As Read    

Astrological Signs With Their Astrological Wines is something that I've pondered a bit. What sign matches which sign… For the lunar eclipse, here's what I have to offer… I was born on a lunar eclipse. According to the astrology that I studied (as a side interest) for 10 years, people born on a lunar eclipse […] The post Astrologic...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Trending PR, is this the way of the future or just a guise?

 Mark As Read    

I got to thinking about an Email exchange that I had last week, and couldn't help but ask myself if this was trending PR or not. I'm going to just share the exchange and you be the judge. INCOMING EMAIL: Editor Deadline: Need Holiday Recipes Hi Jo, My name is Bob and I'm with Family […] The post Trending PR, is this the way of the future or j...

Wine Blog 24 days ago

Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset

 Mark As Read    

Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset… Yeah, right!  And, I mean… right…. Once upon a time, I was raised on Sabattus Lake in the summers of my youth. I remember watching sunsets across a lake that is five miles long and one mile wide… I was watching the sun go down, just one […] The post Robert Parker is slowl...

Wine Blog 28 days ago

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah returns on February 20, 2015

 Mark As Read    

About the in Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah… ?   This image to the left,  is NOT a PS I LOVE YOU event. ?  This one is a case of registration infringement. ?  If other entities didn't decide that Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah events would be way cool and groovy to host, and […] The post Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah return...

Wine Blog 29 days ago

“The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma

 Mark As Read    

Since arriving in Sonoma County, I can't even tell you how many times I've heard or read, "The Bounty of the County." It's just way too many times to even calculate; it's a lifestyle, not a slogan. This Sonoma County lifestyle is not just about wine, either. Although grape growing is a primary industry, and […] The post "The Bounty of the Cou...

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especially in wine

 Mark As Read    

The concept that age is a beautiful thing doesn't always play out well in our Western Culture. In one of my psyche classes, we learned that there are two cultures that make up the world; although, I would argue that I fit into a third one. It would be an evolving Melting Pot culture, which […] The post Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especial...

Wine Blog 32 days ago

Navarra, a Spanish Soujourn

 Mark As Read    

Kingdom Navarra ~ Spain… Off on a new adventure to the Denominacion de Oregen… Northeastern Spain; or, an Iberian wine. The region of Navarra has interestingly diverse terroir, comprised of three separate climates. These regions are the following: Northern Mountains, where you'll find the Baztan valley Center appellation, where valleys ...

Wine Blog 35 days ago

iStockphoto just went totally corporate + Alternative great resource for reasonably priced images

 Mark As Read    

istockphoto is done for bloggers who can't afford their new pricing structure.  One image for one blog post is now $36. Huh? If I wanted five, one for each day of the week, my blog now costs me $180 for that week… or $9,360 a  year? My blog, according to, is only worth $$3,718. I […] The post iStockphoto just went totally c...

Wine Blog 36 days ago

Getting to the Heart and Soul of Suisun Valley

 Mark As Read    

I've been working with the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grapegrowers for a long time, at various capacities. My original tasks were primarily to get the name Suisun Valley on the map, and onto the radar screen. They had been in some sort of Rip Van Winkle time warp, and Jose and I were called in […] The post Getting to the Heart and Soul of Sui...

Wine Blog 37 days ago

Upside down boot + Rightside up New Zealand’s wines

 Mark As Read    

Did you ever thing  about New Zealand being an upside down boot? Okay, so maybe it's a small boot with a leg warmer, but it's got it going on. Thanks to Jasper Hammink of Vinopedia, the new free price comparison engine for wine. He read this post, he wrote: I saw your blog… hilarious to […] The post Upside down boot + Rightside up New Z...

Wine Blog 38 days ago

The importance of an editor ~ So get over it

 Mark As Read    

The importance of an editor cannot be underscored. I've hired one for everything that I put out there, and there are even times when my mistakes might go unnoticed. Not very many of them, but it does occasionally happen.  This is because we – most especially those of us who write the original document, or […] The post The importance of ...

Wine Blog 39 days ago

Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner who seems to have everything

 Mark As Read    

The perfect wine gift, a soil monolith… [Picture of Paul Anamosa borrowed from his Vineyard Soil Technologies.] It may seem a bit early to be thinking of the holidays, but wait… I'm reminded of how I used to begin to make sweaters for family members, starting in September, so I'd have enough done in time […] The post Soil Monolith...

Wine Blog 42 days ago

Is your wine cellar ready for the last third of the year? Iron Horse is at the top of my list for readiness

 Mark As Read    

For me, Iron Horse Vineyards has to always be "in the house." You never know what's worth celebrating, above and beyond the usual celebrations. Sometimes, it's just a wonderful surprise… like finishing the last chapter of your book. That was a moment to remember and one I didn't anticipate until it happened; and so, I […] The post Is yo...

Wine Blog 43 days ago

The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

 Mark As Read    

OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that's right with it and everything that's wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I've yet to witness. I believe it's finally hit a paradigm shift that's been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering. Imagine creating a wine […] The post The e...

Wine Blog 44 days ago

The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark Beaman ~ During harvest, no less

 Mark As Read    

[Image borrowed from the Wines That Rock Website. Mark Beaman is in the middle of this image.] One of the many charms of Mark Beaman is that I got a winemaker profile during harvest. One would think that it's pretty hard to do right now. Certainly I did. So I used a different technique than […] The post The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark B...

Wine Blog 45 days ago

Oregon Pinot Gris is getting it’s Gris On, Redux

 Mark As Read    

Oregon Pinot Gris is once more Getting it's Gris on, with a statewide tasting to celebrate this varietal wine. Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is wine and food nibble tasting event is consumers and is happening at wineries that want to join the fun, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014. The second […] The post Oregon Pinot Gris is get...

Wine Blog 46 days ago

Salads with wine pairings? Seriously?

 Mark As Read    

You might ask, salads with wine pairings? Seriously? Yes, I'm here to tell you that it not only works, but it works really well. When I was working at a winery in the Sierras, we had a chef that worked there every day. It was he who turned me on to the fact that we […] The post Salads with wine pairings? Seriously? appeared first on Wine Blog...

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Looking for free wine writing content?

 Mark As Read    

Free wine writing, does this happen anymore? When wine blogging first got going, I got emails like this a lot, as a sign of the times… Bloggers wanting their names to become associated with wine sites, and they were willing to give away their content to build their credibility. I'm not willing to write for […] The post Looking for free ...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

Pairing Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen with delicious wines

 Mark As Read    

Pairing Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen recipes with some recently tasted wines was a great education for me. REMINDER from yesterday: Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, published by Fair Winds and written by Joni Marie Newman, offers fresh ideas and flavor combinations for anyone, as it would for any vegan on the path […] The post Pairing Fu...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen and great wine pairings

 Mark As Read    

When Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen arrived, I wondered how limited the audience could be. Yeah… Not even. If people think that being vegan lacks flavor or excitement, think again. Jose and I have really pared down the foods that we do eat, and he's come to have even more discipline than I have. […] The post Fusion Food in the Vegan K...

Wine Blog 52 days ago

Some common misconceptions about wine blogs + reality checks

 Mark As Read    

The following are some are common misconceptions about wine blogs, and I'm taking it a step further by presenting a reality checks to go along with each misconception. This is coming from a seasoned wine pro, who is also blogging. Additionally, I'm and very aware of the cadre of wine writers who've come before many […] The post Some common mi...

Wine Blog 53 days ago

The First Global Village ~ How Portugal Changed the World, by Martin Page

 Mark As Read    

Image via Wikipedia When a book arrives on one's doorstep as a gift, it has not only come from the sender, but it's also arrived from the universe as a token of change and an opportunity for expansive knowledge. This is what The First Global Village by Martin Page became for me. Before it arrived, […] The post The First Global Village ~ How P...

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Get On Up: James Brown moment + a lifetime memory + a befitting wine

 Mark As Read    

Get On Up… What a chant… It's no secret that I have a rock n' roll background, long before I moved to California and segued into wine. Our friend Corinne Reichel of Respite Wines just asked us, before seeing the movie  Get On Up, "Did you ever meet James Brown?" Ask about most rock and […] The post Get On Up: James Brown moment + ...

Wine Blog 57 days ago

99 Bottles of Wine On the Wall, it’s no longer a joke

 Mark As Read    

It's easy to joke about 99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall, when you've got it going on. I've been doing it for years. We got this wine storage unit from a client as payment, years ago. I loved it when I got it… Who wouldn't? In July 8, a pipe burst in our upstairs […] The post 99 Bottles of Wine On the Wall, it's no longer a joke appeared ...

Wine Blog 58 days ago

You can’t ride two horses with one behind + professional ethics

 Mark As Read    

Whomever said, "You can't ride two horses with one behind,"  never saw the circus act where the pretty, young girl is riding two horses while standing up. You can ride two horses, but you have to be on your feet to do it, not on your behind. That's where I am… I'm riding two horses, […] The post You can't ride two horses with one behind...

Wine Blog 59 days ago

What Labor Day Means to Me

 Mark As Read    

What labor Day Means to Me… is not what you might expect. It's not a day to go boating for the last time of the season; or, heading off to the beach one more time, before I settle into apple picking. No BBQs for me today. Nay… It's pretty sobering for me. It's  time to […] The post What Labor Day Means to Me appeared first on Wine...

Wine Blog 60 days ago

Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey

 Mark As Read    

Any wonderful story deserves equally wonderful wines, and so I got to work... The post Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 63 days ago

Retailer With Beverage Education As A Priority ~ Total Wine & More

 Mark As Read    

I applaud Total Wine & More… Being on the inside of the wine business, I get to see things happening that let me know who's who and what's what. [Image: center is Ron Rubin, owner and president of The Rubin Family of Wines, greeting his guests.] I have been in the wine business for over […] The post Retailer With Beverage Education ...

Wine Blog 64 days ago

Napa Valley Earthquake ~ Halt The Sampels

 Mark As Read    

This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, "What can I do to help?" Yeah… it's one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know it's importance, as I have samples that I'd like to send in […] The post NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE ~...

Wine Blog 65 days ago

Social Media Faux Pas, Reminder to Keep Your Social Media Local

 Mark As Read    

The Napa Valley Earthquake was very close to home. It was also quite a reminder for me how important it is to keep your business local; most especially your social media. Don't expect someone sitting in Kentucky, for example, to understand the local geography. And, how can you even begin to measure someone's emotional intelligence […] The pos...

Wine Blog 66 days ago

Napa Valley Earthquake: Not too shaken, just a little stirred in Sonoma County

 Mark As Read    

I terrible pun, I know, but actually very true, about this Napa Valley earthquake, as it relates to outlying regions. Our hearts go out to all of the wine companies, their owners, and their employees, whose lives just got turned upside down. this is PR pro Mia Malm's office. While This is an office pick-up, […] The post Napa Valley Earthquake...

Wine Blog 68 days ago

Conscientious wine making and scrupulous storage are required to go the distance

 Mark As Read    

[Image borrowed from the Best of Wines.] Bacchus, author of the site, writes of Jim Ruxin: You will receive an email twice a month listing current holdings in Bordeaux, California, collectibles from current Parker-rated wines, Burgundies, Alsatian (a fetish), and even German Rieslings. His specialty is older vintages but you may have to wait until ...

Wine Blog 70 days ago

Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

 Mark As Read    

Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it's for their Website, it's got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck with […] The post Writing you don't see, revealed...

Wine Blog 71 days ago

PR 101 ~ The Art of Diplomacy

 Mark As Read    

I'm a Sagittarian; and in astrology, we're known to be pretty blunt. This isn't a cop out for my being blunt, nor does it say that astrology is the be all to end all for supposed traits within that world… It's just my life's observations about myself, and the realizations that my bluntness has sometimes […] The post PR 101 ~ The Art of ...

Wine Blog 72 days ago

The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution

 Mark As Read    

What goes round and round and round again? The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor‘ mutual admiration society… [pronounced rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her (the thing speaks for itself)] On Sunday, August 17, PS I Love You and Kent Rosenblum (below, from Rock Wall Wine Company) hosted our annual volunteer and Groupies picnic. The following is a thank you ...

Wine Blog 73 days ago
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