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For Those Who Are Interested In The Specifics of Becoming a French Wine Scholar

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The Bordeaux Wine Campus (a registered wine school based in Bordeaux), provides the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification and the WSG (Wine Scholar Guild). This is accomplished through an educational program that might interest you, you… the wine pro.. The French Wine Scholar, created by Wine Scholar Guild, is focused on Fren...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

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[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I'm now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has wa...

Wine Blog 4 days ago

Simply Charmed ~ That’s What I Was and What It Is

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Being December born… Let's just call this a "musing," or "stream of consciousness…" Asked if I would consider looking at Simply Charmed magnetic wine glass charms, I thought, "Why not. Sounds like fun!" Anything December really strikes my fancy. I wondered, too, "What's new and clever, and there's a wine component attached to it? Someth...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 ~ The Red and The White of It

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The Red and The White of It Last evening, with our friend Corinne, we had dinner tasting and enjoying these two very special Bordeaux wines: Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 – Blanc and Rouge. We began our food and wine tasting with humus and endives as an appetizer. We were so involved with Corinne having […]

Wine Blog 17 days ago

2016 Wine and Spirits Books for the Holidays

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Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2016 Wine and Spirits Books. And, here's headed to your Black Friday shopping… A Zentrepreneur's Guide ~ by vintner Ron Rubin and Stuart Avery Gold We've got […]

Wine Blog 18 days ago

Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

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If you're of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bearing Straight had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?As  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California mo...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

A Sicilian Thanksgiving? You Betcha with MandraRossa Nero d’Avola

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Do you know that wines from Sicily are elegant and really affordable? With most of them selling for under $20, they make perfect "house wines," too. During the holidays, especially if you're of Italian descent, these wines will happily grace your table and heritage. Guests will be able to savor your past, while enjoying your […]...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Corkscrew, by Peter Stafford-Bow, a wine buyer, through his lens

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You can't anticipate any of it, your eyes will bug out of your head as you read it. You'll wonder, how will he get himself out of this one? You've just got to read it to understand that I'm not joshing you. This book is hysterical, as he nails his characters with great depth of understanding and humor.

Wine Blog 24 days ago

Wine Country Time ~ Hurry up and wait

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EXCUSE #3: Fiber optics were cut. It has thousands of lines within the tubing, so we're trying to find that just right one line, and do have a blessed day.

Wine Blog 26 days ago

Tasting Sicily with Allesandro

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Image borrowed from the Wines of Sicily Website. I highly recommend that you visit this site for more information and beautiful images of the island. Sicily writes about having a mosaic of flavors. In a booklet that the Wines of Sicilia DOC has distributed. It begins: If to travel through Sicily means to dive into […]

Wine Blog 38 days ago

Buzet you say? Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet, okay…

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SANS ~ The Wine that "respects both Man and Nature" 2015 Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet This wine is a beautifully soft and delicious wine. It's completely food friendly, a ballet on your pallet. As I read about their wine, this indicates why I found the wine to be so alluring: The grapes were harvested at […]

Wine Blog 40 days ago

I missed Bourbon Month, Again

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How could I miss it? We'll I was moving a home of 19 years, two offices, and a second business… Maybe next year will be "Third Time's a Bourbon Charm!" I've just done a revisit and know that Bourbon lovers want to think aobut this one for the holidays coming up, now that we're headed […]

Wine Blog 45 days ago

Returning From a Hiatus ~ The Wines that Awaited, while some were just handy to enjoy

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This hasn't a respite hiatus, not by any stretch of the imagination. It's been moving from and then to a new home and new offices "time out." It's been 19 years since we've moved. I still can't believe how much stuff (nice word for it) that we accumulated in life. Just the garage was a […]

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Peter Stafford-Bow ~ debut novel, entitled “Corkscrew “ the highly improbable”

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This is going to be a fun read. Anyone who's read my Road Warrior Survivor Guide, which debuted in the print copy of Wine Business Monthly (August of 2001), knows there's a sassy world out there. With Peter Stafford-Bow being a professional wine buyer, I'm betting that the story's characters are going to be classic!

Wine Blog 52 days ago

In Loving Memory ~ Wine Professional Peter Nowack

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This story originally ran on February 13, 2014. Neither of us saw what was coming soon thereafter. When Peter announced on Facebook that he was given the "cancer" diagnosis, we were all shocked. His life changed from being our "Funny Man," who was one of our wine pros, into a funny man laughing at cancer… […]

Wine Blog 64 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Orsetto Oro Pecorino Terre di Chieti

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~ Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero's 2015 Orsetto Oro Pecorino Last week, I told you about Casal Thaulero's 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti. A week later, from his first communication, Chris ToscanoAs reconnected, "Hailing from Abruzzo, Italy, Casal Thaulero's Orsetto Oro Pecorino… is maintaining the high quality and low cost yo...

Wine Blog 68 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti

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~ Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero's 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti I was asked by Chris Toscano, "Do you like Pinot Grigio? Do you also like new things? If you answered yes to both questions, I'm happy to report that your next obsession is just a sip away. Hailing from Abruzzo, […]

Wine Blog 71 days ago

World Leader Cesari Vineyards is celebrating 80 years ~ #IAMarone

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Interview about Cesari's Amarone, as a world leader, by Mario Menozzi Cesari Vineyards ~ 80 years (1936 to 2016) Cesari Vineyard of Verona, one of the finest Vineyards of the Valpolicella region, is celebrating 80 years of producing some of Italy's greatest wines this year. To mark this occasion, Cesari invited me to be part […]

Wine Blog 75 days ago

How Can We Require Mandatory Reading ~ A Perfect Score

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A Perfect Score The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery Craig and Katheryn Hall ~Hall Wines The world of wine is a fabulous world. It's down home, gutsy, and warm. As I pack up my wine library, getting ready to ship it to another world with us, I pick up magazines that I've […]

Wine Blog 79 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Top 10 Things I Learned From Peter M. F. Sichel ~ partie seize

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While reading Peter M. F. Sichel‘s book, The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy, I learned a lot about a lot… His Chapter 29, Becoming a Bordeaux Vintner was very important to me. I've been inspired by Millesima, a négociant company based in Bordeaux since 1983, to learn more about Bordeaux wines. Author […]...

Wine Blog 80 days ago

Excuse me, just wondering, how long has this bottle been open?

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I've found myself asking that question many times, and I'm not afraid to do it when I've ordered a wine and it's just lost that loving' feelin.' Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines had this info on Facebook a few years ago. I asked permission to reprint here, because he's raised such great points. On Facebook, […]...

Wine Blog 82 days ago

Food and Wine Pairings with Cesari Amarone by Mario Menozzi ~ #IAMarone

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I was offered an interview with Mario Menozzi, of Cesari Verona in Veronese, Italy, because I can't attend any of their 80th Year Anniversary of celebrating. All of the events are happening in New York City, and it's impossible for me to be there for any of them right now. HAPPENED:As Uncle Jack's Steakhouse Midtown ~ […]

Wine Blog 82 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Astoria 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio

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Want to stand out above the madding crowd? Well, Astoria‘s 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio surely does. So much so that I see it as a great picnic decoration, after you've enjoyed the wine. Gather some asters, daisies, Queen Ann's Lace, whatever; put them into the bottle, after everyone's enjoyed the wine, and place it on […]...

Wine Blog 85 days ago

Joe Woerly with Vineyard Chocolatiers ~ Chocolate Kickstarter program

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Vineyard Chocolatiers ~ A tasting ~ My Notes Chardonnay Flavored White Chocolate ~ Creamy smooth with Chardonnay taking white chocolate to a new place, slightly floral and sweet, lingering cream. Merlot Flavored Dark Chocolate ~ Ripe plums with a very smooth finish… delicate, yet full bodied. Cabernet Flavored Dark Chocolate ~ Creamy ripe che...

Wine Blog 87 days ago

Cesari Vineyards is celebrating 80 years of crafting Valpolicella’s finest vintages ~ #IAMarone

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80 Years of Glorious Wines ~ Cesari Vineyards In 1936, the Cesari family created a winery naming it Cesari Vineyards. Located in Veneto, Italy, the family went on to become very famous Amarone pioneers. That was 80 years ago, and they're now celebrating their worldwide success. They also created a great publicity program, inviting 80 […]...

Wine Blog 89 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Cusumano Shamaris Grillo, Sicilia DOC

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Cusumano Cantina I recently received a sample of the 2015 Cusumano Shamaris Grillo, Sicilia DOC. There are a lot of things about this wine that are unique to me. I've only had two other Sicilian wines, and that was on March 27 of this year (2016). They, too, were a Wine of the Week. Both […]

Wine Blog 92 days ago

From the Chill to the Thrill ~ 2015 SendaVerde Godello Bierzo

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This is how it works for me, today… Wine Century Club #167 SendaVerde 2015 Godello, Bierzo, (082016). La Senda Bodegas y Viñedos España Samples arrive from all over the world, and I'm thrilled. My scope of wine is expanding exponentially steeper daily about the world of wine, every time my door bell rings and a […]

Wine Blog 94 days ago

Labor Day, a Sobering Holiday

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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 BBQ's for me today. Nay… It's pretty sobering for me. It's time to […]

Wine Blog 96 days ago

A Boomer Writer Watching Millennial Writers

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...as I watch Millennials struggling, because time isn't moving fast enough for them, I remind myself that life is like an LP. The quicker one gets to the center, the faster the revolutions.

Wine Blog 100 days ago

Where Does One Begin with Vintner Peter M. F. Sichel?

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A MUST READ The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy by Peter M. F. Sichel… One cannot take the life of a such a fascinating man as Peter Sichel, and condense it into 1,000 words or less in a complete book report, and so I've just begun writing about Peter Sichel. BOOK'S BACK […]

Wine Blog 101 days ago

Bordeaux ~ An Epicenter Like No Other ~ partie quinze

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Bordeaux, as an old world location, is a new world for me. I began to pay attention in earnest last September, and now September is right around the corner, again. Life is like an LP. The closer you get to the center, the quicker the revolutions. — Jo Diaz (Been saying this since my days […]

Wine Blog 103 days ago

Get ready folks: England is on the winemaking map with Ridgeview England

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Established in 1995, Ridgeview's wines are the fist wines to arrive from England that have been imported to the United States. Asked if I would interested in tasting them, how could I refuse? Curiosity is my middle name. Their PR person Erica Honni, wrote to me, "…Ridgeview Wines, the first English wines to arrive in […]

Wine Blog 106 days ago

Wine Century Club Expands Your Mind and Your Palate with Senda Wines’ Treixadura

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This is how it works for me, today… Wine Century Club #166 Treixadura (081716) – SendaVerde 2015 Ribeiro La Senda Bodegas y Viñedos Spain Samples arrive from all over the world, and I'm thrilled. My scope of wine is expanding exponentially steeper daily about the world of wine, every time my door bell rings and […]

Wine Blog 108 days ago

Clone and Place ~ All Things in Ernest

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Introducing Ernest Vineyards, a new artisan producer of cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast… Owners Erin Brooks and her husband Todd Gottula produce wines that have been created to express their clonal attributes and their terroir's sense of place. When they began Ernest, their mission became to "focus on love of fam...

Wine Blog 109 days ago

How Wine Travels Impact a Wine Road Warrior ~ #IAMarone

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Thanks, Radical Cartography, for this borrowed map image, in order to show how Europe and the US have regional differences, base on borders. As an employee of wine companies, I had the privilege of being a frequent flyer. There are only 10 of our 50 states I haven't visited. They're in the deep south and […]

Wine Blog 110 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Columbia Crest’s CrowdsourcedAs„- Cabernet Sauvignon

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Getting back in touch with a Washington State's Cabernet Sauvignon was pure Heaven… Horse Heaven Hills, to be exact. This wine was/is a CrowdsourcedAs„- project… Trademarked and saying so right on the label. Columbia Crest Winery, in Paterson, Washington, was founded in 1983. Overlooking the Columbia River, it's grown from its humble ro...

Wine Blog 113 days ago

To all my wine pals: Grow Your Career in the Wine Industry at SSU

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So many of my contacts are now wanting to gain wine industry knowledge, in order to grow their career in wine business. When I got into wine, I went to Santa Rosa Junior College, because they had a terrific wine sales and marketing degree program. I could have been running around with arrows for a […]

Wine Blog 115 days ago

Measuring the immeasurable is shocking ~ Enolytics

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I just received this Email newsletter from my friend Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics.com. I asked permission to share, and Cathy said, "Yes." This week I'd like to bring your attention to a surprising pattern. We noticed it as we've been working toAs integrate fresh big data sources about wine consumers in the on-premise and mobile environments. […...

Wine Blog 116 days ago

Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella ~ #IAMarone

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[This map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] The Veneto region is where Amarone wines originated. My journey has just begun with Amarone wines, and it's a love to last a lifetime. It began with Cesari Vineyards contacting me for a promotion they are having. This winery is […]

Wine Blog 117 days ago

Wines of the Week ~ Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Series

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[Image from the Concha y Toro collection] From Concha y Toro's Fine Wine Collection; the top of this line ~ The Gran Reserva Serie Riberas. The winemaker for this series is Mario Miranda, who has a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a mention in Enology from the Universidad de Talca. A true global winemakers, Mario's […]

Wine Blog 120 days ago

Green Valley of Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Wind Gap

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[This photo is of a weather station at The Rubin Family of Wines, in Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Fog is hanging in the background. Terroir Green Valley of Russian River Valley is comprised of the following small towns, which are all bordered to the west by the California Coast Ranges. Sebastopol is […]

Wine Blog 122 days ago

WINESONG ~ Mendocino Coast’s Premier Food and Wine Event

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WINESONG is Mendocino Coast's premier food and wine event, and I highly recommend that if you love food and wine events, get yourself to Mendocino for September 9 and 10, 2016. Having put on wine events for years, I have a pretty good idea what it takes to be behind the scenes. The details for […]

Wine Blog 123 days ago

Verona ~ Amarone: peeling away the layers in my mind ~ parte terza

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Amarone della Valpolicella is the long of it; Amarone is the short version. It's an Italian, dry red wine that's typically rich in flavor. "Amarone," in Italian, translates to "the Great Bitter." This is to distinguish it from Recioto, which is produced in the same region. Passito ~ This is a generic term for wine […]...

Wine Blog 124 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2011 Domaine du Théron Cahors Malbec Cuvée Prestige

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2011 Domaine du Théron Cahors Malbec Cuvée Prestige I popped the cork and sweet cherries filled the air. The color that I poured into my glass was purpley black. I've never seen one this color before… Intriguing, really intriguing. Definitely Old World in nose. This one is making me smack my lips before I even […]

Wine Blog 127 days ago

Oregon Pinot Gris ~ Oregon’s Second Largest Grape Crop

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Keynote Speaker Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast magazine said, "Stop with the Alsace and Italy comparisons. It's time to talk Oregon!"

Wine Blog 129 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Rainstorm Silver Linings Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé

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Silver Linings 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé… I drool just thinking about this one, as I look at the empty bottle. So easy to enjoy and we certainly did. You might ask, "Why would anyone want to take Oregon Pinot Noir and convert it to a rosé?" I certainly did… Then I tasted Rainstorm and […]

Wine Blog 130 days ago

Wine, Women, and Songs

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If you've got the wine and you've got the woman, what are the songs that get it all in the mood? Well, this all began with Let It Wine (from Italy = IT) contacting me in newsletter form. Their tagline: Dedicated to anyone in love with or just curious about the vast universe of wine! […]

Wine Blog 131 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer

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A crisp, clean, Pinot Grigio machine that's an instant winner. Need a little chill after working in the garden, like I just did? This will straighten out all of the kinks and give you extreme satisfaction as you look over your latest seasonal developments. Moments like this put the moments into memorable… 2015 Pinot Grigio […]

Wine Blog 134 days ago

What NOT to do if you’re a writer ~ A True Juicy Tale

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The statement below (on Facebook within a private group) inspired the following blog story… It's a secret that I've long held; and, it's "What NOT to do if you're a writer." This became the title, when I thought about how to position this memory. I've held it too long, I need to just let it […]

Wine Blog 135 days ago

A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

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Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let's explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]

Wine Blog 136 days ago
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