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When a wine blog is a personal journal

 Mark As Read    

If you're reading this blog, please note, it's my personal journal about being in the wine business... The post When a wine blog is a personal journal appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 6 hours, 38 min ago

Understanding Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

 Mark As Read    

Image via Wikipedia For all of the words that are used in writing about a vineyard's climate terroir, there are significant differences with each. If you don't have the luxury of a viticulture class close by, or you're just too busy to attend a class, here's a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts […] The post Understanding M...

Wine Blog 1 day ago

Organic Wines from importer Véronique Raskin

 Mark As Read    

From yesterday's post: Today's organic wine options are superlative: The Organic Wine Company Organic Wines from importer Véronique Raskin As we tasted through the wines that Véronique Raskin presented to Sue Straight for Sue Straight (Wine Wench), Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing),  Jose and I to taste, the first wine instantly reminded me Sarah J...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Today’s organic wine options are superlative

 Mark As Read    

Jose and I, with our friends Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), recently tasted 17 imported, organic wines. It's always insightful, when the wines are from another countries. And this time, most especially, since they were all organic. I've been an organic proponent since the 1960s. It just made great sense […] T...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014

 Mark As Read    

Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014, is definitely on the list of "things to do." The post Delicious Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards in Green Valley, April 27, 2014 appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 6 days ago

Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 2

 Mark As Read    

An old wives' tale is that you want warm days and cold nights. That came from, I believe, people who were growing wine in warm regions. They have to have a cool night if they have a warm day. But if they have a moderate day, they don’t need that cold night, because the heat that ripens the grapes also metabolizes acids, so they lose acidity. The p...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

 Mark As Read    

It doesn't get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets. The post Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1 appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 10 days ago

The difference between marketing and PR

 Mark As Read    

Sales, marketing, and PR all seemed to be the same thing, because they all fell (and still do) under the same umbrella in the wine business The post The difference between marketing and PR appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 13 days ago

What to wear in wine country

 Mark As Read    

It's all about wine. It's the country. It's very casual around here. The post What to wear in wine country appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Are you right or left nostriled?

 Mark As Read    

Image via Wikipedia Are you? Are you right or left nostriled? Have you ever noticed that there are some of us who tilt our heads while "doing the nose" on a glass of wine? I know we might look really dorky; but, honestly, this is just elemental for the moment, so we can get the […] The post Are you right or left nostriled? appeared first on W...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Seamless… art, food, and wine… in one Santurce location

 Mark As Read    

The first time I went to Puerto Rico, my three children were pretty young. My mother-in-law Mami Ana wanted José, the girls, and me to come to her Puerto Rico to stay with her. I fought it, it was the dead of winter in Maine. Packing three kids was hard enough in the summer, and […] The post Seamless… art, food, and wine… in one S...

Wine Blog 17 days ago

Organic wines and a bird defect

 Mark As Read    

I just don't get out much anymore. I've got so many things to do that joining others… taking that precious time… has been eluding me for a while. Jose and I just made the time, with our friend Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and her friend Mindy, to taste 17 imported organic wines. What a breath […] The post Organic wines and a bird def...

Wine Blog 20 days ago

How about you, girlfriend? Are you into wine, too?

 Mark As Read    

Ah, the use of the word "girlfriend." How about you, girlfriend? Are you into wine, too? is easy to now ask. This has the potential to put some guys on edge, I just realized. A gentleman on Facebook recently wanted to know when "girlfriend" had become main stream for women. This person is a perfect […] The post How about you, girlfriend? Are ...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Do you ever wonder, “Why do imports seem to cost less than domestic wines?”

 Mark As Read    

Here are some thoughts… Do you ever wonder, "Why do imports seem to cost less than domestic wines?" Each day I analyze who's clicking onto my blog, from aggregated sources. I found my story, the one about Marlene Rossman, an extraordinary wine writing talent, coming through to be from BabyBoomerKnowledgeCenter.com. I re-read the story and [&#...

Wine Blog 24 days ago

It’s time for the Twenty Third Annual Spring Hopland Passport

 Mark As Read    

It must be spring, because once again, it's time for the Twenty Third Annual Spring Hopland Passport event Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day 17 winery tasting rooms in and around Hopland, California Join 17 wineries to celebrate Hopland Passport on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, […] The post It's time fo...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

The real wine scandal in the hit TV show “Scandal”

 Mark As Read    

Okay, I have a love/hate relationship with the show "Scandal." The intrigue, I love. The fast talking is like a bad Seinfeld episode... The post The real wine scandal in the hit TV show "Scandal" appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 29 days ago

How do you consider the three-tier system in the wine word of the US to be functioning?

 Mark As Read    

Through NAWR Associate Membership, individuals and businesses that may not be retailers, may be just starting out as wine retailers or may merely support the principles that guide NAWR can join with liked mined concerns in supporting NAWR goals. The post How do you consider the three-tier system in the wine word of the US to be functioning? appeare...

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley… Continues as immensely successful consumer event

 Mark As Read    

Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley is presented by the Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association Wine and food tasting: Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's been great to help launch Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley, and to continue to see it flourishing through the efforts of a very dedicated crew. […] The post Passp...

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Non-GMO wine – Score!

 Mark As Read    

Natural Merchants has receives Non-GMO Project Verification for 29 core wines imported from Europe. Yeah! If you don't know, I'm a huge Non-GMO wine proponent. Who knows where these experiments will go, and honestly, we're the guinea pigs. That just boils my butt… I've got kids and grand kids who have problems with digestion. No-one in [̷...

Wine Blog 35 days ago

Today is “hug your sales person” day

 Mark As Read    

I've performed a good deal of sales in my time… I'm still doing it in a very soft way, because PR is sales… It falls under the category of Sales and Marketing. I've done winery sales, too, so I feel like I can address this one pretty well. Proprietors, it's great that you think your […] The post Today is "hug your sales person" da...

Wine Blog 36 days ago

Which wines go with what desserts?

 Mark As Read    

A question that comes up from time to time, "Which wines go with what desserts?" Ah, my just desserts… Sometimes, I've been know to simply eat dessert first, I have to admit. That's probably because my veggies were way overcooked, making them just too bitter to even think about eating; so, the easy way out […] The post Which wines go wi...

Wine Blog 37 days ago

Open letter to wine event volunteers ~ Everyone is a CO-STAR

 Mark As Read    

So, dear Volunteers, imagine if we advocacy groups didn't have you for our wine events. Simple math suggests that this advocacy group, for instance, would have to either close down, or find a volunteer to run the group. The post Open letter to wine event volunteers ~ Everyone is a CO-STAR appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 38 days ago

Calling all wine marketing geeks ~ UC Davis Wine Executive Program

 Mark As Read    

This definitely falls into the category of, "We're so lucky to live out here with these kinds of resources." The post Calling all wine marketing geeks ~ UC Davis Wine Executive Program appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 41 days ago

Jack Roberts + Ray and Eleanor Heald (Jack passes away, the Healds are retiring)

 Mark As Read    

Some days you just don't want those Emails to come in. On March 3, I got this one from radiojack: The post Jack Roberts + Ray and Eleanor Heald (Jack passes away, the Healds are retiring) appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 42 days ago

Keeping it real… Will he, that Steve Heimoff?

 Mark As Read    

Keeping it real… well I know Steve Heimoff will. The natural buzz that's developing is, "Will the Jackson Family Wines be keeping it real?" Yes, I believe all parties will. I've known Steve Heimoff long enough to know that if he's not true to himself, he'll crumble and so will everything else around him. I've […] The post Keeping it rea...

Wine Blog 43 days ago

Do you actually keep an unshopping list?

 Mark As Read    

First of all, what is an unshopping list? Well, it can be one of two things, I think.The post Do you actually keep an unshopping list? appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 44 days ago

Steve Heimoff has left the building to explore the world of wine

 Mark As Read    

This new position for Steve couldn't have happened to a more deserving person... And, congratulations to KJ for recognizing that his talent will enrich all of their story lines. They simply made him that once-in-a-lifetime offer that he couldn't refuse.The post Steve Heimoff has left the building to explore the world of wine appeared first on Wine ...

Wine Blog 45 days ago

Having a Good Reason For Changing a Name, and Thomas George Winery Did

 Mark As Read    

According to Jeremy, "Thomas George Estates is the manifestation of the passion and commitment of the Baker Family to continue the tradition of growing great grapes and making great wines in the unique and magnificent Russian River Valley." The post Having a Good Reason For Changing a Name, and Thomas George Winery Did appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 48 days ago

Wine is only one element of culture ~ Alentejo’s Azulejos

 Mark As Read    

Alentejo's Azulejos ~ the art of Portuguese tiles... The world of wine leads to so, so much more. Travel opens up the myriad of channels to that passion of wine, always revealing more than you expected to appreciate.The post Wine is only one element of culture ~ Alentejo's Azulejos appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Defining terroir, it’s a science not a myth

 Mark As Read    

Paul Skinner is brilliant man. Many are happy to attest to that. I only write this about him, because I recently found myself defending his brilliance to someone who just didn't want to believe what I had come to know... about the AVA's climate, and who Paul Skinner is in this business.The post Defining terroir, it's a science not a myth appeared f...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

Carboy… Did you ever wonder about its deriviative?

 Mark As Read    

[This image is borrowed from the Wikipedia site, as their example.] During this time of harvest, this 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 […]The post Carboy… Did you e...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

Red Wine and Chocolate ~ For chocolate lovers only

 Mark As Read    

Coming up on April 10 through the 13th this year is one of my favorite wine and food events ~ The Florida Winefest. It's very well done in a gorgeous location, and one that's a blast for wine lovers. The panel that I organized at one of the Florida Winefests turned out to be a […]The post Red Wine and Chocolate ~ For chocolate lovers only app...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

A list of Portuguese wine grapes, I need your help!

 Mark As Read    

It's said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I set out to find them. The post A list of Portuguese wine grapes, I need your help! appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Taking a spin to Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County from Wilfred Wong

 Mark As Read    

Wilfred Wong, a respected wine judge and BevMo!‘s Cellar Master, is a highly regarded colleague. His opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy! Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you'd like to review [...

Wine Blog 57 days ago

On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine

 Mark As Read    

The following are averages, because viticulturists ultimately decided how many plants there will be on one acre of land. The post On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 58 days ago

The Most Significant Planting of Zinfandel

 Mark As Read    

According to Dave Pramuk, Robert Biale’s co-founder and marketing strategist, “Robert Biale Vineyards is delighted with this project – the most significant planting of Zinfandel in Napa Valley in our modern era. In the pioneering days of California viticulture, Zinfandel was the grape of choice across the state. In Napa Valley, Zinfandel once...

Wine Blog 59 days ago

It’s Spring in wine country

 Mark As Read    

[I purchased this image. I didn't take this one.] Yeah, I know, I'm a month early, but that's the reality in Sonoma County. And today, regardless of this being a very dry winter, I'm thanking the gods that the next few days won't have rain. I'm only two days away from putting on an annual […]The post It's Spring in wine country appeared first...

Wine Blog 63 days ago

American Wine Consumer Coalition ~ Wineries, are you paying attention?

 Mark As Read    

Do you wineries who are selling directly to consumers want to take the slow boat to China with your wine sales, or would you like to fast forward your bottom line?The post American Wine Consumer Coalition ~ Wineries, are you paying attention? appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 65 days ago

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Petite

 Mark As Read    

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ... This coming Friday evening (February 21, 2014) is the Eighth Annual Dark & Delicious event, put on by PS I Love You... a labor of love for all included within this story. (The name says it all, really, doesn't it?)The post Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Pe...

Wine Blog 66 days ago

Volatilizing esters brings you so much more enjoyment…

 Mark As Read    

Image via Wikipedia Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine (volatilizing your esters) releases the bouquet. (The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent of […]The post Volatilizing esters brings you so...

Wine Blog 69 days ago

Wacky Peter Nowack, a wine professional with a razor sharp edge

 Mark As Read    

Sorry, Peter, that I've called you "wacky." I mean it the best possible way. When I'm dead and gone, I hope people refer to me as having been "wacky." The post Wacky Peter Nowack, a wine professional with a razor sharp edge appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 70 days ago

Apolloni Vineyards hires Kevin Green as full-time assistant winemaker

 Mark As Read    

Green holds degrees in Winemaking and Viticulture from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.The post Apolloni Vineyards hires Kevin Green as full-time assistant winemaker appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 71 days ago

The Boston Wine Expo’s move against supporters of direct wine shipping is shocking

 Mark As Read    

A report by industry trade journal Wine Industry Insight reports that the Board of Directors of the Boston Wine Expo—the largest consumer wine invent in the U.S.—has banned participation by any company or group that advocates or supports direct to consumer wine shipping. The post The Boston Wine Expo's move against supporters of direct wine shippin...

Wine Blog 72 days ago

Napa Valley Royalty for your Sweetheart from Wilfred Wong

 Mark As Read    

Wilfred Wong is a respected wine judge and BevMo!‘s Cellar Master. His palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you'd like to […...

Wine Blog 74 days ago

Win a Trip to The Texas Hill Country

 Mark As Read    

Everything really is bigger in Texas: It’s the No. 5 wine-producing state in the U.S., the Texas Hill Country American Viticultural Area is the second largest in the nation and its most promising wines boast supersized flavors. Visitors may flock here to sip wine, but they end up drinking in the romance of the region, too.The post Win a Trip to The...

Wine Blog 76 days ago

Earth Day 2014 in Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards

 Mark As Read    

On Earth Day 2014, come spend an afternoon in this amazing viticultural area, known as Green Valley of the Russian River Valley... One of the coolest places to be is in Green Valley...The post Earth Day 2014 in Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 77 days ago

Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur

 Mark As Read    

What makes a great one? People like Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur, is an example of why we adore the chefs whose foods deliver both sustenance and comfort. Add a great wine list to the restaurant's mix and there's nowhere else to go, when sustenance and comfort are what we crave outside of our own […]The post Debbie Shu, my favorite re...

Wine Blog 78 days ago

Everyone has a palate, revisited

 Mark As Read    

When I originally wrote this story on February 11, 2006 – in the first two months of my wine blogging – I knew it was a risky story.  I considered the wrath of the wine gods (writers who held high positions in lofty places). And, that they could have my head on a platter, devouring […]The post Everyone has a palate, revisited appe...

Wine Blog 79 days ago

Let’s get Zapped… ZAP 2014 from Wilfred Wong

 Mark As Read    

As a veteran of the wine business, I've seen trends come and go, and Zin still seems hold its own. While Zin’s greatest stronghold remains in Northern California, there remains a global love for the varietal among those who love wine. My attendance at the ZAP Trade Tasting on Thursday, January 22nd at Rock Wall Winery confirmed that. -- Wilfred Won...

Wine Blog 81 days ago

Since when is removing a cork brain surgery?

 Mark As Read    

This post is inspired by watching a brain surgeon once, trying to remove a cork from a bottle of wine… I'm betting that removing my skull would have been a lot easier. Removing a Cork 101: Why is pulling out a cork so darn intimidating? Because very few of us in our American culture were […]The post Since when is removing a cork brain s...

Wine Blog 83 days ago
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