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Turning wine into vinegar, almost

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"Why would anyone be turning wine into vinegar?" you might ask. Sonoma Portworks has the answer and the goods to prove it… And, they're mighty delicious, so now I know why. Perhaps you will too, someday. Besides producing completely delicious port-style wines, Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma also produces some really delicious flavors for you to...

Wine Blog 3 hours, 34 min ago

Yes, I’m “that one”

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Being fussy isn't easy, especially when you've written about that one yourself. In my story, it's called Road Warrior Survival Guide." In the air, it's probably called Air Warrior Survival Guide… Or, at least it should be, because flight attendant service seems to be a very difficult job, these days… Having to put up with […] The ...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

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What I do on my weekends, these days… I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, "I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?" Lately, on weekends I'm researching and developing a personal story, since, I need to now step […] The post The Writer...

Wine Blog 5 days ago

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015, as the dust settles

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These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year's Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year's event was… […] The post Dark ...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

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Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I'd help the family to distribute the news spread, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The […] The post Evelyn Trenta...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine

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As a public service, the following is what the Wine Institute has distributed, since the article about arsenic in wine has been published… The are keeping us all informed. Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic Mar 20, 2015 FACT SHEET Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation has [̷...

Wine Blog 8 days ago

Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine

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Regarding the story that CBS reported on last week, regarding high levels of arsenic: Very high levels of arsenic" in top-selling wines With a title about high levels of arsenic, it's enough to scare anyone… And, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines are looking better all of the time… unless you know the producer and its […]...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Somewhere in the vast array of options

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Procrastination creates burdens, but those who march forward open up opportunities for life is as it should be… Not wasted… a vast array of options. The post Somewhere in the vast array of options appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Boutique ~ Who’s with me on this one

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Every time I hear the word "boutique, you might as well be dragging your fingers down a blackboard in my world. When I entered my freshman English class in high school, Miss Samways immediately said to us, "Don't ever use the word ‘nice' in anything you write in this class. I have one idiosyncrasy, and […] The post Boutique ~ Who's with...

Wine Blog 14 days ago

Dalst Wine Cellars creates magnificence

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Once upon a time, Dalst Wine Cellars was a client of ours. If you like a writer, it would seem that that person would make a great PR person for you, right? I thought I was up to the challenge, but I quickly found that I wasn't. I know how to talk about wine and […] The post Dalst Wine Cellars creates magnificence appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, by Joseph Mills

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It was a perfect afternoon for rug cleaning. Professionals were zipping though the house. The decision of what to do with this "found" time Turned into poetry reading and wine sipping… Although I couldn't be at "The Beach," I was sipping a 2007 Viña La Playa Block Selection Reserve Chardonnay ("La Playa" is Spanish for […] The post Ange...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Wine and sex, as prescribed by Dr. Ruth

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Wine & Sex… A great subject. PLUS… How many calories in a glass of wine + How many calories in sexual activities Forget "Lite" wine. Enjoy real wine, know the calories, and know what you have to do to burn them off… Inspired by Dr. Ruth… The decade: The 1980… The show: David Letterman, who […] The post Wine a...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Writing, the lost art

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I love writing about wine, but I also just love the exercise of writing. When I was in elementary school, I learned the Palmer Method. Anyone remember that one? I found that I loved it, because it was so artistic. It was the closest, in Catholic school, that I got to any kind of art […] The post Writing, the lost art appeared first on Wine Bl...

Wine Blog 20 days ago

Malolactic Simplified

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You, too, can join the "Cheap Date Society." The post Malolactic Simplified appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Yeah… Wine’s high rent district

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I love my friends. They send me Emails that they think I should read, which of course will elicit an opinion. My friend Paul Moe in Florida just sent a link to me from Smirky Chimp saying, "They’re all ‘wine barons!'” I wrote back, after reading the story entitled, Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’—Intense Challenges […] The post Yeah…...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Back Label Girl is available to spin your story

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Wine labels, including the back label, are portals to a winery. In the the late 60s, my friend Leon Pinkham said to me, "Album covers have the greatest art on them." I hadn't thought much about it before he said that to me. I had just taken it all for granted, but once Leon pointed […] The post Back Label Girl is available to spin your story ...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Integrated Pest Management: Cats, bats, birds, and dogs in the vineyards

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Oh, the discoveries of integrated pest management… CATS: My first lesson came just after I arrived in California… while waiting for a full-time job at a winery. I had secured a part-time job at Belvedere, who had a winery cat. Watching that cat turned into a project that was such a fun. I had no […] The post Integrated Pest Management: ...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

Wine Books I’ve read over the years…. Getting ready for some summer reviewing

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With weather averaging in the 70s in Northern California, our summers begin a bit ahead of other areas, in terms of getting outside, having weekends where we leave wine country to the tourists, and find quiet moments to get back to slower times on longer days. Also, I'm still rebuilding my life from our house […] The post Wine Books I've read...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

Veraison is fruit set to raisin

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In California, everything in nature is coming early for 2015, as regards growth of plants. This has been the winter from hell for most of the country, but we've been really blessed in the Golden state. Bud break has happened, this is when a grape vine's tiny nodes begin to burst forth with the year's […] The post Veraison is fruit set to rais...

Wine Blog 28 days ago

The Thank You That Changed My Thinking

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Do you have a publicist? Second question… Have you ever said thank you? PR – for the most part – is a really thankless job in many regards, and so it should be. I have no doubt about that one. I've learned some things along that way that are really worth sharing, though, that have […] The post The Thank You That Changed My T...

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Food safety guidelines for wine and food events, the rigors

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I was told, by one of our food partners, at Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah, The Alameda County Environmental Health Department is the most stringent, for compliance regulations being met in the entire US, as an example of letter-of-the-law compliant. That's the bad news. The good news is that any event, which anyone goes to […] The post Fo...

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Pardonez moi in writing

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Portia (1888) by Henry Woods… Portia is the heroine in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This is my wine publicist's journal. In most journals, nothing written matters to anyone but the author… but this one is public. In a public one, everything matters to everyone. Portia: The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It […] ...

Wine Blog 33 days ago

From the “Get a Clue” department on Bad PR form

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Get a clue, PR people…You're giving all of us a really bad name, when you do something like the following story, but before I go there… I once read how this one writer hates PR reps. I didn't get "why," because PR people try to bring joy to writers, so they have a good story. […] The post From the "Get a Clue" department on Bad PR...

Wine Blog 34 days ago

Don’t burn bridges ~ PR 101

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The Lion and Mouse An Aesop's Fable Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I […] The post Don't burn bridges ~ PR 101 appeared first on W...

Wine Blog 36 days ago

The food safety license was issued at 5:59 p.m.

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… Which allowed the doors to open for another Dark & Delicious at 6:00 p.m., only one minute later. Why? Because we had just successfully passed the food safety licensing requirements of Alameda County. It wasn't ever official, until that very minute. Yeah, Dark & Delicious 2015 is going down in history as the steepest […] The p...

Wine Blog 37 days ago

It might help to spell Syrah correctly

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I got a terse and fascinating Email, which was sent after we had put out an announcement about a Petite Sirah event we annually organize,  direct, and produce. Nothing more was said than, "It might help to spell Syrah correctly" Jose forwarded it to me and chuckled. I read it and said, "What? Forward that […] The post It might help to spell S...

Wine Blog 40 days ago

Can a writer make a cent on a Website?

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Question from a freelance writer: "I want to make some changes to make my Website, making it a little friendlier and to perhaps induce more people to subscribe, offering a few more members-only services. Memberships are very low and I'm not making a cent on the site. I may eventually have to go to advertising…….What […] The post C...

Wine Blog 41 days ago

How to start a wine organization

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I once received an Email from someone wanting to create a wine organization: "How did you organize PS I Love You, as there are some wineries in this state that I just moved to [not California] that would like to start an association for a particular hybrid that grows here?" Answer: Start with passion, build […] The post How to start a wine or...

Wine Blog 42 days ago

Cork removal from a bottle is NOT brain surgery

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Cork Removal Filling the heartiest among us with fear, when we're on stage… I'll never forget the image of a brain surgeon fumbling with a wine cork, trying to get it out of the bottle. I thought to myself, "Really?" Then I thought, "I hope you're better at your own craft…" Why is pulling out […] The post Cork removal from a bottl...

Wine Blog 43 days ago

Once you’ve gone European… Kenwood Restaurant meets the standards

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If you've traveled abroad, you know that a restaurant table is yours for the taking. Nothing is rushed; and if you are, it's because the restaurant wants you to leave. Check out the film "A Good Year…" From the movie notes: London-based Investment expert Max Skinner (Crowe) moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard […] The post Once yo...

Wine Blog 44 days ago

Petite Sirah FAQs ~ People are still asking, after all of these years

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My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005, this was my first wine blog topic. I'm doubling back over 14 years later, and not mush has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you've been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you're a rare palate in […] The post Petite Sirah FAQs...

Wine Blog 47 days ago

Earth day at Iron Horse with Kevin Jorgeson ~ 2015

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Always climbing to new heights, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards nabs Kevin Jorgeson as a guest speaker. From Joy Sterling: I am very excited to announce that our speaker for Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley will be Kevin Jorgeson, who free climbed the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, with climbing partner Tommy […] The post Earth d...

Wine Blog 48 days ago

TBNT – Thanks, but no thanks

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One of my bosses turned me onto TBNT… Thanks, but no thanks. I find that I use it a lot (at least in my head) as I read queries regarding my blog. First of all, if you think my blog is all that and you're still asking me to write for my blog, you didn't […] The post TBNT – Thanks, but no thanks appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Vintage Wine news from Friuli

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From Friuli with love… The benefits of having a wine blog is that it daily continues my wine education, beyond what I'm learning and writing about our clients. Clients pay me to keep up, so that keeping up has to do with information that will benefit them directly. Yes, social media is also moving that […] The post Vintage Wine news fro...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

Top US Wine Companies from WBM’s ~ My own Top 7 from this list

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When I got into the wine business in early '93, I knew (pretty much) nothing about wine. And so I worked it and studied it; and I expanded it, when I created the Petite Sirah wine grape advocacy group called PS I Love You. It's through this group that I've learned firsthand about the following […] The post Top US Wine Companies from WBM's ~ M...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

A Petite Auction – no small deal

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The Ninth Annual Petite Sirah auction has become an exclusive Petite auction; the only one of its kind in the entire world. [This image was taken in 2014, just before the doors opened for Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah.] The US is dominating in Petite Sirah growing this variety, and has it's own marketing group […] The post A Petite Auctio...

Wine Blog 54 days ago

Importance of Wine Competitions

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Wine Competitions… What is the importance of wine competitions? This is a frequently asked question by wineries just starting out, and their owners are stymied by the fees, the amount of competitions out there, and the ultimate value that competitions play in the wine business. Frankly, name any industry and you'll find that they, too, [̷...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

Winemaking, a simply complicated passion

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Facebook is the land of questions, including winemaking; especially for some of us in the wine business. If I get a winemaking question on this blog and I don't have an answer, I turn to my winemaking friends. Last week, on my blog about "Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees," one of my readers […] The post Winemaking, a simply complicated pas...

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Historic Variety: Mission Grape

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The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class at Santa Rosa Junior College, taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. It was regarding the Mission Grape's role in California Wine Viticultural history. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, […] The...

Wine Blog 57 days ago

Valentine day wines for 2015

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For Valentine day wines, let's start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines… Bubbles are a natural for Valentine's Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers' holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards,  J Vineyards and Winery, and River Ro...

Wine Blog 58 days ago

Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Shootout

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To all of my wine pals, I don't know anyone who works more tirelessly for Pinot Noir than Barbara Drady does. Her Affairs of the Vine annual shootouts are worth your time and energy. I believe in the process of a collective palate, just as I do for individual ones. Barbara's panels are always worth […] The post Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Sh...

Wine Blog 61 days ago

Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees

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A very common mistake that I see, over and over again (most especially by writers who are new to wine) is the statement of "Sur Lees Aging." This is incorrect usage of the process. One "lie" Sur lie is a process of aging. It allows for a wine, when it's finished fermenting, to sit on […] The post Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees appeared f...

Wine Blog 62 days ago

Well, if you’re not a super palate, I don’t expect you to get it

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Super palate… yeah, if you don't have one, don't try to tell anyone who does how we learned to enjoy wine. There are rumblings out there about how people learn to enjoy wine. They break it down into their own scientific theories, and that's just what they are… Theories, not a complete determination, because they […] The post Well,...

Wine Blog 63 days ago

The Essence of Wine

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First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I'd read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it's taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… All […] The post The Essence of Wine appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 64 days ago

Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

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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 65 days 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 71 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 72 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 75 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 76 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 77 days ago
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