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Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

 Mark As Read    

Harvard University, by any other name in wine country, is now called Brodiaea, Inc. When Harvard gets involved, we're just off the normal beaten path. It's been my experience that the learning curve is very long and steep for this industry. Investors want their profits today. The old adage of, "If you want to make […] The post Harvard… ...

Wine Blog 6 hours, 39 min ago

SEO and wine blog pitches – beware

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When I get pitched about things that surpass my HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 101 class, I turn to Jose. I know there are a lot of things that take down my blog, because I've had so many crashes. The good news for me is my IT person is living with me, and goes into immediate […] The post SEO and wine blog pitches – beware appeared fi...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

What some of today’s digital writers are being paid these days

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Web 2.0 launched; it opened the flood gates to digital writers. The playing field became a time lapsed frenzy on the field, like at the end of a Super Bowl. So many writers, almost free talent, if publishers are willing to switch off history for a while. That crashed many of those traditional jobs for […] The post What some of today's digital...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

No answer is an answer

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No answer is an answer, if you don't understand that yet. When "no" is an answer, it t can mean several things: The person is on vacation The person isn't quite sure what to say and needs more time to think about it It's a "no," but the person is not even going to get […] The post No answer is an answer appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 10 days ago

Wine Country Artist Erin Hanson is an Impressionist

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Artist Erin Hanson is an Impressionist, which happens to be my favorite style of oil… Long the lover of fine arts, Impressionism is my favorite time in art history; both then and now.  I appreciate how blending strokes come together to masterfully become visual experiences of landscapes. My Jose says this frequently: "Art is anything […...

Wine Blog 11 days ago

The Warner Wine Guide

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I curiously had to click on the pdf and what I realized is that I could learn a lot from this one graphic, so it's worth sharing. I'm giving you the smaller image, so you can see that it's wroth your time and/or interest. The post The Warner Wine Guide appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 12 days ago

Associate Winemaker Ed Morris is moving through the ranks at The Rubin Family of Wines

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I have the pleasure of working with Ed Morris [left] at The Rubin Family of Wines. This is the latest news: The Rubin Family of Wines is pleased to announce that Assistant Winemaker Ed Morris has been promoted to Associate Winemaker. Morris will continue to work in partnership with winemaker Joe Freeman, but at a […] The post Associate Winema...

Wine Blog 13 days ago

The loss of John Pedroncelli is deeply felt in wine country

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John Pedroncelli was one of those quiet leaders; you know them, they're the most in tune with harmony. [The Pedroncelli family photo is borrowed from their Website.] The title read, "John Pedroncelli, prominent Dry Creek winemaker, dies at 89," and my heart sank… We've lost a great one from Dry Creek Valley and from PS […] The post The ...

Wine Blog 14 days ago

The day Miles learned that we can’t turn back time

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Once upon a time, Miles learned that we can't turn back time. That day was on January 3, 2015. It was the first day that Miles heard a timer go off, which had been set to 10 minutes. Nana had bought a timer for Miles, So that when Mommy said, "It's 10 minutes before we […] The post The day Miles learned that we can't turn back time appeared f...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah updates of wine & food

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2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event: Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Robert Biale Vineyards Ballentine Vineyards […] The p...

Wine Blog 18 days ago

Women for WineSense launches contest for Women in Wine event

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Years ago, when my friend and wine colleague Julie Johnson  (today of Tres Sabores) was making waves in Women for WineSense, I went to meetings and was so impressed by her and the group. She had her finger on the pulse (and still does).  At that time, little did I know that when she was […] The post Women for WineSense launches contest for Wo...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Twelfth Day of Christmas

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Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed. Get yourself a great glass of wine; this is a good finish to our series. In Catholic countries, this is a day of great joy, also called "Three Kinds Day" or the "Epiphany." From the 123Holiday.net site: History of […] The post Twelfth Day of C...

Wine Blog 20 days ago

How much can I dissolve myself as a wine publicist?

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Throw in some wine, and I'd say I could dissolve my wine publicist job in the blink of an eye, wine being the liquid factor here. This is what is swimming around in my head today, as I write my journey as a wine publicist… I need to keep myself in balance, on this Eleventh […] The post How much can I dissolve myself as a wine publicist?...

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Tenth Day of Christmas

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Tenth Day of Christmas: Ten lords a-leaping = Ten Commandments.   The post Tenth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Ninth Day of Christmas

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Ninth Day of Christmas: Nine ladies dancing = nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.   The post Ninth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Eighth Day of Christmas

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Eighth Day of Christmas: Eight maids a-milking = eight beatitudes.   The post Eighth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 24 days ago

Seventh Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven swans a-swimming = seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is also New Year's Day. Happy New Year Dear friends, the Seventh Day of Christmas is also New Year's Day. My New Year's Wish for you is that 2015 brings miracles into your life. This image of Champagne being poured […] The post Seventh Day of Christmas app...

Wine Blog 25 days ago

As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

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As I read Robert Parker's "Best of 2014″ in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I've been handling being "on pointe," since December 29, 2005. Yes, I've been wine blogging since then… and it's now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it's so much writing. I'm going to now […] The post As Wine-Blog celebrat...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

Paraprosdokians ~ Learning something new everyday

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Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians. They're figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, or phrase, is either surprising or unexpected. And, by the way, Happy Fifth Day of Christmas ~ Five golden rings = first five books of the Old Testament. I came up with one of my own paraprosdokian years ago, […] The post Paraprosdokians...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

What’s a carboy? If you’re in the wine business, and still curious…

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During harvest, carboy is a good word to know, if you don't already know it. Carboy is a common term in winemaking. I've heard it now for about two decades, always wondering about the derivative. It's usually talked about in wine cellars, and is a vessel used for a small fermentation. This is a clue […] The post What's a carboy? If you're in ...

Wine Blog 28 days ago

Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

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Happy Third Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 28. The Three French hens = faith, hope, and love. The post Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

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Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let's celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska: From the Catholic News […] The post Happy S...

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Happy First Day of Christmas from Wine Country

 Mark As Read    

On December 26, happy First Day of Christmas, everyone. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let's celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. I don't consider myself a Catholic anymore, although I was raised as one. As I hear about different cultures in the US now all celebrating Christmas, […] The post Happy First Day of...

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Let There Be Peace on Earth

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Merry Christmas, everyone. The post Let There Be Peace on Earth appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Le Nez Du Vin by Jean Lenoir for your favorite wine enthusiast

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The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It's the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can't possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […] The post Le Nez Du Vin by Jean L...

Wine Blog 34 days ago

Discovering Writer Mark Pendergrast

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[This photo is borrowed from Mark Pendergrast's Website.] I enjoy introducing you to other writers in the wine business, or related to it in some seamless way. In this case, it's a fellow writer whose expertise has earned him columns in Wine Spectator, which are related to coffee and evaluating it. Mark is best known […] The post Discovering ...

Wine Blog 39 days ago

Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages

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Decopas is a wine dedicated to the Millennial audience, and I believe that this wine is perfectly suited to that age group; however, I love it, too. Their label tells the story perfectly, doesn't it? (See below) The label doesn't tell the story of the winemaker, we don't know about the Estate Vineyards, we don't […] The post Decopas ~ A wine ...

Wine Blog 40 days ago

The Claw Factor of Sauvignon Blanc

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What's the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). On […] The post The Claw Fac...

Wine Blog 41 days ago

Wine is a civilizing beverage

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I was just reminded that "wine is a civilizing beverage" as I tasted through some wines of Turkey. The post Wine is a civilizing beverage appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 42 days ago

Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

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There's a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know more […] The post Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First ...

Wine Blog 44 days ago

1000 corks – two things about that

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1000 Corks Does anyone need or want 1,000 corks. I've just emptied a wine barrel with over 3,000 corks and don't want to just throw them away. If you pay for shipping for 1,000 of them, I'll send them to you. 1,000 corks, the Website   1000 Corks, the offer Please email me: jo@diaz-communications.com 1000 […] The post 1000 corks – ...

Wine Blog 46 days ago

Italian Wine Equals Great Romance

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Italian wine equals romance in my world. Why? I don't really know, they just do. Perhaps it's the past life I've had in Venice? Maybe it's dreaming in Italian, but in my waking life I don't understand the language, but in a dream I understood every word… So much so that it woke me out […] The post Italian Wine Equals Great Romance appea...

Wine Blog 47 days ago

Weight of Wine Bottles and Being Unduly Impressed in a Time of Sustainability

 Mark As Read    

How do you feel about the weight of wine bottles these days? I know of one wine writer who, when the bottles began to take on the "Big Boy" effect, had serious issues right away. It's only been within the last 10 years that wine bottles have put on the extra pounds… As part of […] The post Weight of Wine Bottles and Being Unduly Impress...

Wine Blog 48 days ago

Holiday book recommendations for wine and food lovers

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Each year I like to share book recommendations for wine I've read in the past year, for those who like to up the ante on their family and friends' wine libraries… The book library, of course. Here's my list and a paragraph about each one for new books in 2014: Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, […] The post Holiday book recommendations f...

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Spot-Not for wine enthusiasts

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Gadgets, doodads, and fooferettes is where I'd categorize Spot-Not. I can be anal retentive about my wine glasses and decanters. I want them spotless. Did I want to dedicate an entire blog post to one product? No, how much can be said? Then… I read the bottom of the E-Mail from Julie Weber: "This Wednesday […] The post Spot-Not for wine...

Wine Blog 54 days ago

The comma coma ~ writing wine press releases

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One use of the comma Here's how it works, just to make your press releases read as they should. Addressing Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved with their two children, Ann and Peter, to the San Francisco Bay Area, in the fall of 1996. Talking about Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved with […] The post The comma coma ~ writing wine press r...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

Holiday Coctails with NON GMO Zulka

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The NON GMO labeling of Zulka Morena Sugar is inspiring to me. I was asked to share a recipe for the holidays, and Zulka was an ingredient. When I learned what it was, I knew that I had to share. SIDEBAR: Mr. Shapiro, my seventh grade home room teacher helped my class to remember how […] The post Holiday Coctails with NON GMO Zulka appeared f...

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Current Issues in Vineyard Health to be held at UC Davis Extension

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Brought to you by the UC Davis Extension Department, the following is the day's agenda and registration information for the ‘Current Issues in Vineyard Health' course. It is going to be held this year in the UC Davis Conference Center, on December 2, 2014. According to Deborah Golino the director of the Foundation Plant Services […] The...

Wine Blog 59 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

 Mark As Read    

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Each year, once our family is about to have our Thanksgiving meal, we like to first say why we're thankful. I, like most of you, have a lot of thanks for the people who have a great impact my life. I'm going to try to include you all here. This is just a snapshot of […] The post Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! ap...

Wine Blog 60 days ago

Thanksgiving Wines ~ The Reds and a White

 Mark As Read    

Today's blog is about red wines for this coming holiday. Since the weekend is a time when we do some shopping for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd give you wines to research and buy well ahead of this coming Thursday. Wines are a natural  topic during this time of giving thanks, since I'm in the wine business… […] The post Thanksgiving Wines...

Wine Blog 60 days ago

Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

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Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Compete History of Presidential Drinking, by Mark Will-Weber, is a well researched and documented history book, the likes of which we've yet had revealed. Enlightening, frightening, and really captivating, This book will never be pried out of my stiffly clutched arms. I think I'll take it with me for fun [̷...

Wine Blog 62 days ago

Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

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Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who's been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if […] The post Thanksgiving wines...

Wine Blog 63 days ago

Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

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One by one, I've watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from the […] The...

Wine Blog 66 days ago

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Here!

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day is here once again, and I was fortunate enough to enjoy an early bottle, so I could blog aobut it on this very day. This year the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is très fabuleux, once again. It has delicious aromas of bright red fruit, like raspberries and strawberries.  When I sipped […] The post Beaujolais No...

Wine Blog 67 days ago

Still blogging after all these years

 Mark As Read    

What does a wine blogger do on her time "off." Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it's not about wine. It's come to writing children's stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to me […] The post Still ...

Wine Blog 68 days ago

How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles

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Paso Robles has just gone through tremendous growing pains, and this map is proof of all of their geological research… Air, soil, water, and climate all playing contributing parts to defining terroir; as well as the people involved, the flora, and the fauna… Having traveled to 41 of our 50 US states, I can tell […] The post How im...

Wine Blog 69 days ago

Tell me why I should be a member of your group

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If I hear "Tell me why I should be a member" one more time…  Well, I still don't know what I'll say; but, I know what I'd like to say. It would go something like this: If I have to tell you why you should be a member of any organization, I'd just be wasting […] The post Tell me why I should be a member of your group appeared first on Wi...

Wine Blog 70 days ago

Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

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Acorn Winery  & Alegría Vineyard When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking process. […] The post Acorn Winery ~ ...

Wine Blog 73 days ago

Throwback Thursday ~ Wine and other medicinals

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Here's a little Throwback Thursday for you… These Were the Good Ole Days? I just got one of those Emails that circulates around and around until it finally makes its way to your computer. Being in the wine business, I'm fascinated by the history of wine. I didn't realize that at the turn of the […] The post Throwback Thursday ~ Wine and...

Wine Blog 73 days ago

Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

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Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, "Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, on...

Wine Blog 75 days ago
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