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Chance to win the dramatic and perhaps you’ll meet Jean-Charles Boisset

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Is there anyone in wine more dramatic and loved than Jean Charles Boisset? The post Chance to win the dramatic and perhaps you'll meet Jean-Charles Boisset appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Seeing a value come to fruition ~ Suisun Valley

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One of my greatest gifts in the wine business was to have the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association come to my doorstep, in September of 2003. We were told that the group had some government funds for the next seven years, and they wanted help to get Suisun onto the wine maps. Finding […] The post Seeing a value come to fruitio...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Women for WineSense needs you as a lecturer

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A new Lecture Series has been introduced by Women for WineSense. This is a new addition to the Napa | Sonoma WWS suite of member benefits. Are you an expert in the wine industry? Do you have unique knowledge? Would you like to teach others something they need to know? If so, please do the […] The post Women for WineSense needs you as a l...

Wine Blog 4 days ago

Looking for a little romance ~ Try Rosé Rendezvous at Simi Winery

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My friend Bob Ecker has found his groove, and it has to do with Rosé. Bob is a wine writer, an aerial photographer, a wine judge, and now a wine event organizer. If you're a lover of Rosé, and you're going to be in the Sonoma County area, this event of delicate rosé wines is […] The post Looking for a little romance ~ Try Rosé Rendezvous at S...

Wine Blog 5 days ago

Vit 101 ~ 7

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WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101: Cover Crops in a Vineyard Cover crops benefit a vineyard in a few ways. They begin by repelling harmful pests. By having a cover crop of […] The post VIT 101 ~ 7 appeared ...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

Tea from wine grape skins: The Republic of Tea and Whole Vine Products

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Two very innovative companies have joined forces: The Republic of Tea has a finished product, with Whole Vine Products supplying the necessary grape products to put into these unusually unique teas. A word about WholeVine Products in the mix: Sonoma Teas utilizes fine wine grape skins sourced from WholeVine, which offers products made with all-natu...

Wine Blog 10 days ago

Variety versus varietal – Oh, this is so perfect

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Variety versus varietal…I think I finally understand it all. This might even be the last time I bring this one up, ever again. The meme below, in this blog post, will just say it all for me, from now on. The Big Picture I'm sick to death of wine writers who are constantly defending the […] The post Variety versus varietal – Oh, th...

Wine Blog 11 days ago

How a Soil Monolith Is Constructed

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How a soil monolith is constructed by Paul Anamosa and his crew from Vineyard Soil Technologies is a very labor intensive job. So much so that Paul isn't really looking to mass produce these works of art. He prefers the pace that he currently has, which is about one a month. Once the following pictorial […] The post How a Soil Monolith Is Con...

Wine Blog 12 days ago

Vit 101 – 6

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WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only viticulture 101.  This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101 Jo Diaz: Volunteer grapevines. This grapevine just popped up about five years ago. Last year was the first year we actually had any grapes on the […] The post VIT ...

Wine Blog 13 days ago

Happy Mothers Day

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If my mother had any proclivity toward alcoholism, I would have driven her there by the time I was five. But, I never saw her have more than one glass of Manischewitz on Easter, year after year. That tells me that she was never going to be an alcoholic. I was a spirited child, born […] The post Happy Mothers Day appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Women for WineSense Offers New Scholarships

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When I lived in Maine, I produced a community issues talk program on WBLM radio that aired on Sunday mornings.  I learned a lot about the Portland, Maine area's community. I interviewed Bart Weyand, from the English as Second Language Program at the University of Southern Maine. The program was about immigrants and refugees that […] The post ...

Wine Blog 17 days ago

Volatilizing Your Esters Brings Joy to Your Wine Experience

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Image via Wikipedia Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. Volatilizing your esters is the key to enhancing that experience 10 fold. The act of swirling your wine releases the bouquet. (The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on […] The post Volatilizing Your Esters Bri...

Wine Blog 18 days ago

Why would you not want to taste Alexander Valley?

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If you enjoy wine, I can't imagine why you would not want to taste Alexander Valley? I was just reminded of this event by Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery, who invited me to taste the valley on the weekend of May 16 and May 17. This is the Eighteenth Annual Taste Alexander Valley in 2015. […] The post Why would you not want to taste Alexander Va...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Vit 101 ~ 5

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VIT 101: Integrated pest management happens in vineyards; because when it's all said and done, a vineyard is really just a grape farm, once the romance has been stripped away. Cats, dogs, birds… they all play a role over the use of poisons. Here are a few of my favorite cats. Chimney Rock Winery (blue […] The post VIT 101 ~ 5 appeared f...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

A Good Year is a Great Movie

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IMAGE: Website. LOCATION: Uncle Henry's Chateau La Siroque is actually Chateau La Canorgue, which is set in the Provence region, Luberon, France. I loved this movie, because it's written about our wine lifestyle, A Good Year (written by Peter Mayle and directed by Ridley Scott) has really struck me. It's worth sharing, in cas...

Wine Blog 24 days ago

Preparing for Provence Through Wines and Genealogy

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I need to go to Provence, and I'm preparing for it through wines and genealogy. I can't explain it… I just keep watching A Good Year over-and-over-and-over again. I want to go around the round-about in Bonnieux. I want to visit ChAsteau la Canorgue (Route du Pont Julien, 84480 Bonnieux). This is the winery in […] The post Preparing for ...

Wine Blog 25 days ago

Number 1 Rule of a PR Pro is to be a Writer’s Writer

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The number 1 rule of a PR pro is to be a writer's writer… It's really imperative that you write to inspire, not tire, your audience. PR Pro Joe Gargiulo, of JAG Public Relations, contacted me last week about my story called, "Top 10 Faux Pas of Wine PR People." He was expecting something entirely different […] The post Number 1 Rule of ...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

Vit 101 ~ 4

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WARNING: If you're in the wine business, this is only viticulture 101.  This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101: Bunny Boxes… When new vineyards are planted, or when just one plant needs to be replanted (as in this picture), those vines need protection from critters. […...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

Top 10 Faux Pas of Wine PR People

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Media people get tired of us. While we're the link to their samples, the less they have to do with us after the samples arrive, the better. From their list of complaints, I've compiled the do's from their don't, of the top 10 faux pas of wine PR people regarding sending them samples. I fell […] The post Top 10 Faux Pas of Wine PR People appea...

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Commitment of Joy Sterling and Kevin Jorgeson toward our Earth

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These days, Mother Nature is cleverly disguised as Joy Sterling, of Iron Horse Vineyards. For as long as I've had the pleasure of knowing Joy, I've found this to be true. She has the intellect, understanding, compassion, and resources to pull it off. She cares for the earth in ways that many of us can't […] The post Commitment of Joy Sterling...

Wine Blog 32 days ago

Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

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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 Macroclimate, M...

Wine Blog 33 days ago

Viticulture 101 ~ 3

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Viticulture 101 ~ 3 VIT 101: During spring, the color green is bright and vibrant in the vineyards, with all of the new foliage. You can see wine grapes growing in the background of this picture. I took this picture at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. The reason I chose this image it to show you […] The post Viticulture 101 ~ 3 appeared first...

Wine Blog 34 days ago

Earth Day 2015 April 22

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The Summer of Love gave birth to an important movement… The first Earth Day began the following year in 1970, by U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson. He witnessed the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He was inspired by the Vietnam anti-war movement and felt that if he could take […] The post Ear...

Wine Blog 34 days ago

When you hire someone to do PR for you, that’s not where your job ends

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It's where it begins for true success… I wish I had penned that bit of wisdom, because it's brilliant. Alas, it was penned by another, and I don't take credit for someone else's words of wisdom. So, credit to the universe. When I read it, I didn't make note of the author. The words, however, […] The post When you hire someone to do PR f...

Wine Blog 38 days ago

Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ Perfume is for romance, not for wine tasting

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Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ 101 Although there's a lot of "romance" associated with the "wine experience," additional aromas when tasting wine doesn't really add anything. In fact, it takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I'm no saint with this one. I'll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was when […] The post Wine Tas...

Wine Blog 39 days ago

A classic restaurant, bar, caterers, and picnic item… Boxxle

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Being asked if I'd consider Boxxle, I had no clue what it was or that it even existed, so I curiously said, "Sure." When it arrived, I thought, "What a great restaurant, bar, caterer or picnic item!" And, I'm hooked. Restaurants, bars, and caterers For people in restaurants and bars… Remember me? I'm the one […] The post A classic resta...

Wine Blog 40 days ago

Viticulture 101 – 2

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Viticulture 101 continued from last Monday… APRIL 8, 2015: Vines are trained in two different ways. This is the other way, with cordons being discussed in last week's Viticulture blog. It's called a "head pruned vine." The trunk grows up, each spring it grows canes (with leaves, shoots, and tendrils). It then is pruned back […] The post...

Wine Blog 41 days ago

The timing of the Green Parade has never been better… Irrigation-wise

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Earth Day is just days away…. California's drought versus viticulture is very complex, but has the ability to get people thinking more intelligently and scientifically. And, the Green Parade may have finally just arrived, more than a few decades from the summer of love, peace, and ecology. I just read an article by Dan Berger […] The po...

Wine Blog 45 days ago

Earth Day in Green Valley of Russian River Valley

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Earth Day in Green Valley of Russian River Valley is near and dear to my heart. I'm a Summer of Love survivor and apostle. In Northern California, nobody does Earth Day better than our own Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards. She, too, is an apostle of treating Mother Earth with dignity and r-e-s-p-e-c-t. For […] The post Earth Day in Green ...

Wine Blog 46 days ago

The only way to get over this is to get under it, Governor Brown

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Governor Brown, this blog post is dedicated to you: If you see me in this vineyard tomorrow morning, only five minutes from my home, with my bar of soap and towel, know that this is where I'll be taking my showers from now on. My husband went out and about yesterday, to get coffee, something […] The post The only way to get over this is to ge...

Wine Blog 47 days ago

Viticulture 101 ~ A Perspective

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My background perspective of viticulture comes from college classes, being in the field, and being and behind a camera for that better view. My blog is my journal about my being a wine publicist, for not only viticulture, but for enology, marketing , PR, sales, wine education, for writing about it for over 20 years… […] The post Viticul...

Wine Blog 48 days ago

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 53 days 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 55 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 58 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 59 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 60 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 61 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 62 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 63 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 67 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 68 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 69 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 72 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 73 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 74 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 75 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 76 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 79 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 80 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 81 days ago
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