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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 47 minutes 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 1 day 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 2 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 Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together.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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 12 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 13 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 14 days ago

Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 2

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Today's part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its worst… Yesterday's blog post was about customer service at its best. RECAP Jose and I recently went to the Asheville, North Carolina, area to visit my daughter Katie, son-in-law Ray, and our two grandsons; Jonathan (14 years old) and Nate […] ...

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 1

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Today's part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its best… Who thought when I'd visit my kids I'd end up with a customer service story. Proving… you can take the wine PR person out of wine country, but you can't take the PR out of the wine person. And […] The post Customer service PR lesso...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Slogging along in the wine blogging world

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My friend Steve Heimoff just wrote: Wine bloggers: Blogging, or slogging? Well, this week it's more like slogging for me, versus wine blogging. I've actually not posted anything since this past Tuesday, and today is Friday. Why? Life has just taken over. Wines to taste, wine competition forms to fill out, reports to write, bookkeeping […] The...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Lisboa ~ While visiting a monastery a play broke out

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The culture of wine transcends what's in the vineyard, in the wine cellar, and what's in the glass. It takes all of that into account, and it also the people, the customs (including foods) and the arts. When I study wine, I immerse myself in every single aspect of it, most especially if I'm traveling. […] The post Lisboa ~ While visiting a mo...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Piemonte’s Fall Favorites

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Piemonte in the fall… Um, the splendor. Piemonte is translated as the foot of the mountain.  And, I'm going with the Italian version of how it's written and pronounced for this blog story, to be more genuine with the location. This was an excellent lesson about geographical locations, when I visited Lisboa… Right, Lisboa… Differen...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Throw Back Thursday with wine and other medicials

 Mark As Read    

I thought I'd have a fun a Throw Back Thursday post, about 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 […] The post Throw Back Thursday with wine and othe...

Wine Blog 25 days ago

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

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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 26 days 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 28 days ago

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

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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 29 days ago

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

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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 30 days ago

Asteisms ~ Ingeniously Polite Insults

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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 33 days ago

Off the Beaten Path with Joe Roberts, Red Wine Varieties

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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 34 days ago

Scandal continues to amuse in its wine Chateaux Du Bolet ways

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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 35 days ago

Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

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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 36 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 37 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 40 days ago

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

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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 41 days ago

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

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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 42 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 44 days ago

Melting Pot Cooking: Joyce Goldstein and Petite Sirah

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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 47 days ago

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

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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 48 days ago

Astrological Signs With Their Astrological Wines

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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 49 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 50 days ago

Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset

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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 54 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 55 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 57 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 58 days ago

Navarra, a Spanish Soujourn

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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 61 days ago

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

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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 62 days ago

Getting to the Heart and Soul of Suisun Valley

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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 63 days ago

Upside down boot + Rightside up New Zealand’s wines

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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 64 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 65 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 68 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

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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 69 days ago

The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

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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 70 days ago

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

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[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 71 days ago

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

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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 72 days ago

Salads with wine pairings? Seriously?

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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 75 days ago

Looking for free wine writing content?

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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 76 days ago
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