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A Vineyard in Napa by Doug Shafer Fills in an Important Historical Napa Timeline

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Working for the Robert Mondavi Winery, as Doug Shafer also has, gave me time to simultaneously study Napa history. The prior five years, I had been living and working in Sonoma County, and that history (and its characters) had become second nature. But, then being in the land of Napa, I needed to know more; […]

Wine Blog 1 day ago

Cathy Huyghe Receives the 2016 Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award for Enolytics

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Jose Diaz and I are pleased to announce that Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics is the recipient of 2016's Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award. With her expertise in analyzing consumerism and the wine industry's facts and figures, to better understand today's wine market, Cathy joins the ranks of those whom we've watched develop into […]...

Wine Blog 8 days ago

Current Wine and Winegrape Research course offered by UC Davis Extension

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This is Public Service Announcement for UC Davis. For the inquisitive, marketers, wine sales industry pros, wanting to understand more about wine grapes and current enology projects. You are invited to join U.C. Davis' Extension program for the Current Wine and Winegrape Research course, so that you can soar to new heights of understanding. Monday,...

Wine Blog 11 days ago

Constructing a soil monolith with Vineyard Soil Technologies

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[Photo Credit: Lori Knapp, Rubin Family Vineyards and Winery] I just recommended Vineyard Soil Technologies in my story entitled, "Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner..." The Rubin Family Vineyards and Winery has taken advantage of their soil preserved in a Monolith, in order to educate others who visit the winery, […]...

Wine Blog 13 days ago

New Year’s Day From Around the World ~ Let’s Celebrate With Wine!

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The part of my blog that's currently intriguing me the most is having some important doors opened from import brands. As a result, I'm getting to taste the entire world in the comfort of my own home. In junior high, geography was an easy "A." It still is. Being a lover of life and culture, […]

Wine Blog 17 days ago

Wine and Spirits Books of 2016 That Belong in Any Great Wine (book) Library

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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

Still With The “Y?” ~ Why?

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PS I Love You began in October, 2002. Today this Petite Sirah advocacy is still actively educating. It's 14 years later. Early on, when I'd help wine writers to understand that Petite Sirah is not spelled with a "Y," I'd mostly get people thanking me for the education. I do remember correcting one person, however, […]...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Eleven Years… Eleven whole years of Wine Blogging

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Sometimes I wonder, "Am I nuts?" I voiced it to Jennifer Chin, when she was querying me about helping with her client Ernest Vineyards, a new [artisan] producer of cool-climate Chards and Pinots from the Sonoma Coast. I wrote to her: Thanks for contacting me. Right now, between my day job and all of the […]

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Red Mountain ~ A Novel ~ Boo Walker

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Red Mountain by Boo Walker is a novel that will draw you in, hold your attention, and have you up in the middle of the night because it's nearly impossible to put down, wanting to know what happens next. I received a copy in the US mail from Boo. For Jo, Enjoy! Boo Well, I […]

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Bordeaux 101 ~ The Stages of Learning about Bordeaux ~ partie

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Bordeaux 101, my stages of discovery for the past year. Since this is a birthday for me, and my last year was devoted to learning more about Bordeaux, today I'm sharing my Bordeaux 101, for anyone else so inspired. Now I'm going into a new region: Verona, Italy, for 2017. Today is my cross over, […]

Wine Blog 27 days ago

11 Most Expensive Wines Ever Sold ~ by Randi Glazer

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I was asked, once again, to share my blog for a writer. Most of them are shills for free advertising. But this time I wanted to dig deeper. It sounded interesting. Wine that will never be enjoyed? Perhaps… The Pitch by Kim Bettasso for Randi Glazer Hey Jo, I'm Kim, Content Manager for Randi Glazer. […]

Wine Blog 28 days ago

My Holidaze Wine List

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2011 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto Vineyard vldo-nvbrt.jpg First of all, this is still a young wine. I've gotten way past caring about young wines anymore being hard to enjoy. A friend recently told me that she gifted someone a young wine and there was paperwork that went along with the wine. The person […]

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Feng Shui Architecture ~ A Living Tribute to Architect Designer Barbara Lyons Stewart

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In Memoriam ~ Barbara Lyons Stewart When our client Ron Rubin, of The Rubin Family of Wines, told me that he wanted a story about his winery regarding the fact that it has a Feng Shui design, I thought that that was pretty cool. I had heard about it, had spent a short time reading […]

Wine Blog 30 days ago

You want my help, but your $20 bottle of wine isn’t available as a sample?

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No wine for you! Hi, PR Pro, My desk is now uncluttered. If you'd like to send information and a sample to me, I'm now open to it. Thanks for your patience. Hi Jo, I'm so sorry, but unfortunately we don't have samples to send at the moment, which I understand makes it tricky for […]

Wine Blog 35 days ago

Rex Pickett and Boo Walker ~ A Journey Created

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My review of Vertical, by Rex Pickett, happened in stages. It's a very different way to write a review, I have to admit. And it also makes a bit of sense to me, as Rex Pickett is a very non-traditional kinda guy. Once I published my review, Rex Pickett reached out to me. The version […]

Wine Blog 37 days ago

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 40 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 42 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 45 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 55 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 56 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 57 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 60 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 62 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 64 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 76 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 78 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 83 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 87 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 90 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 102 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 106 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 109 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 113 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 117 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 118 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 120 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 120 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 123 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 125 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 127 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 130 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 132 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 134 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 138 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 139 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 141 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 144 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 146 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 147 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 148 days ago
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