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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 1 day 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 2 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 3 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Columbia Crest’s CrowdsourcedAs„- Cabernet Sauvignon

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Getting back in touch with a Washington State's Cabernet Sauvignon was pure Heaven… Horse Heaven Hills, to be exact. This wine was/is a CrowdsourcedAs„- project… Trademarked and saying so right on the label. Columbia Crest Winery, in Paterson, Washington, was founded in 1983. Overlooking the Columbia River, it's grown from its humble ro...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

To all my wine pals: Grow Your Career in the Wine Industry at SSU

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So many of my contacts are now wanting to gain wine industry knowledge, in order to grow their career in wine business. When I got into wine, I went to Santa Rosa Junior College, because they had a terrific wine sales and marketing degree program. I could have been running around with arrows for a […]

Wine Blog 8 days ago

Measuring the immeasurable is shocking ~ Enolytics

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I just received this Email newsletter from my friend Cathy Huyghe of Enolytics.com. I asked permission to share, and Cathy said, "Yes." This week I'd like to bring your attention to a surprising pattern. We noticed it as we've been working toAs integrate fresh big data sources about wine consumers in the on-premise and mobile environments. […...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella ~ #IAMarone

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[This map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] The Veneto region is where Amarone wines originated. My journey has just begun with Amarone wines, and it's a love to last a lifetime. It began with Cesari Vineyards contacting me for a promotion they are having. This winery is […]

Wine Blog 10 days ago

Wines of the Week ~ Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Series

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[Image from the Concha y Toro collection] From Concha y Toro's Fine Wine Collection; the top of this line ~ The Gran Reserva Serie Riberas. The winemaker for this series is Mario Miranda, who has a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a mention in Enology from the Universidad de Talca. A true global winemakers, Mario's […]

Wine Blog 13 days ago

Green Valley of Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Wind Gap

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[This photo is of a weather station at The Rubin Family of Wines, in Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Fog is hanging in the background. Terroir Green Valley of Russian River Valley is comprised of the following small towns, which are all bordered to the west by the California Coast Ranges. Sebastopol is […]

Wine Blog 15 days ago

WINESONG ~ Mendocino Coast’s Premier Food and Wine Event

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WINESONG is Mendocino Coast's premier food and wine event, and I highly recommend that if you love food and wine events, get yourself to Mendocino for September 9 and 10, 2016. Having put on wine events for years, I have a pretty good idea what it takes to be behind the scenes. The details for […]

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Verona ~ Amarone: peeling away the layers in my mind ~ parte terza

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Amarone della Valpolicella is the long of it; Amarone is the short version. It's an Italian, dry red wine that's typically rich in flavor. "Amarone," in Italian, translates to "the Great Bitter." This is to distinguish it from Recioto, which is produced in the same region. Passito ~ This is a generic term for wine […]...

Wine Blog 17 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2011 Domaine du Théron Cahors Malbec Cuvée Prestige

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2011 Domaine du Théron Cahors Malbec Cuvée Prestige I popped the cork and sweet cherries filled the air. The color that I poured into my glass was purpley black. I've never seen one this color before… Intriguing, really intriguing. Definitely Old World in nose. This one is making me smack my lips before I even […]

Wine Blog 20 days ago

Oregon Pinot Gris ~ Oregon’s Second Largest Grape Crop

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Keynote Speaker Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast magazine said, "Stop with the Alsace and Italy comparisons. It's time to talk Oregon!"

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Rainstorm Silver Linings Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé

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Silver Linings 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé… I drool just thinking about this one, as I look at the empty bottle. So easy to enjoy and we certainly did. You might ask, "Why would anyone want to take Oregon Pinot Noir and convert it to a rosé?" I certainly did… Then I tasted Rainstorm and […]

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Wine, Women, and Songs

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If you've got the wine and you've got the woman, what are the songs that get it all in the mood? Well, this all began with Let It Wine (from Italy = IT) contacting me in newsletter form. Their tagline: Dedicated to anyone in love with or just curious about the vast universe of wine! […]

Wine Blog 24 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer

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A crisp, clean, Pinot Grigio machine that's an instant winner. Need a little chill after working in the garden, like I just did? This will straighten out all of the kinks and give you extreme satisfaction as you look over your latest seasonal developments. Moments like this put the moments into memorable… 2015 Pinot Grigio […]

Wine Blog 27 days ago

What NOT to do if you’re a writer ~ A True Juicy Tale

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The statement below (on Facebook within a private group) inspired the following blog story… It's a secret that I've long held; and, it's "What NOT to do if you're a writer." This became the title, when I thought about how to position this memory. I've held it too long, I need to just let it […]

Wine Blog 28 days ago

A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

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Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let's explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Historical Wine Grape Variety: Mission

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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, […]...

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Protected: Guideline for a meeting with wine media

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Wine Blog 30 days ago

PR 101 – The Art and Costs of Being on “The List”

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Who's on "The List" at any wine event? First, it's the primary influencers. They're invited and the hosts are happy to have them. They'll attend, and today's social media responses don't even have to wait for a paper to be printed (dinosaur), or a blog story to be written (so yesterday). Today, it's Instagram and […]...

Wine Blog 31 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Laughinghouse Petite Sirah

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The Wine ~ Laughinghouse Petite Why I'm writing about this one is that it's an "American Dream" wine. The dream was there to create a brand and now it's being actualized. I love wine negotiates. They get to dabble with what others have brought forth as they go on a buying trip to make that […]

Wine Blog 34 days ago

Es Rosé, José… un Estelado de Chilé!

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That's what I've been saying all spring into summer, "It's Rosé, José," and this time it was an Estelado from Miguel Torres de Chilé! Olé! A list of what's been pouring in, in an unprecedented amount… 2015 Masi Rosa dei Masi Rosato Delle Venezie 2015 The Seeker Rosé Côtes de Provence 2015 Alta Vista Rosé […]...

Wine Blog 35 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Banking on Iconic Wineries ~ partie quatorze

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[Image: As© CIVB, 2012. Design: Siksik – Cartography. Édition Benoít France] As I look at this map to the right, I realize how much father I have to go to understand Bordeaux. I've written about the Left and Right banks; as we look at this map, we have much more to learn. Left Bank North-West […]

Wine Blog 36 days ago

Sage Advice on Writing From an Unlikely Source ~ PR 101

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The sage advice is the very last "Dear Jo:" at the end of this blog post. If you follow from the top, you'll see how I make decisions on what I have time for, when it comes to helping people with their brands on this blog. It's not so much the brands I enjoy, it's […]

Wine Blog 37 days ago

Verona ~ Who Are You, Anyway? ~ seconda parte #IAMarone

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[The map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] My husband said to me, "You don't know what Amarone wine is?" like I really should know. "No," I answered, "I don't have a clue." With the last 25 years of my life devoted to learning about and working with […]...

Wine Blog 38 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Carménère

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I love Carménère, especially when it comes from Chile.As  Chile has over 460 years of wine heritage. When the Spanish arrived in sixteenth century, there was no phylloxera Chilean vine rootstock (at the time) grew own-rooted, which turned out to be a valuable genetic material. This allowed Carménère to thrive hidden among Merlot vines for [R...

Wine Blog 41 days ago

Congratulations, Paul Draper, on your retirement

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My hat's off to you, sir, as I join the legion of others who celebrate all of your contributions. You not only enriched the PS I Love You agenda, but you have enriched my life, too. I asked, you helped. What more could anyone ask of another and be so rewarded for years to follow?

Wine Blog 43 days ago

Wine in Cans? Yeah… Git along little dogies, git along

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Picture yourself on a sand beach with your colorful towel¦ Or in a favorite park, hiking a long and winding trail¦ You want a sip of something special. You crack open your Pam's Cutie, take a sip, and life is exactly as it should be¦

Wine Blog 45 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Spartico Organic Wine

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Einstein's brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary network of connections. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the grid of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they're from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconnections ...

Wine Blog 48 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Beyond the vines, while enjoying the culture ~ partie treize

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This particular story was just inspired by my friend Ken Payton. On Facebook Ken wrote: So… I've uploaded and tagged a new gallery, this one simply called ‘Bordeaux, France'. I've kept the tags clean and simple; and, as you will note, some will be unavailable for commercial applications owing to the absence of the proper […]...

Wine Blog 49 days ago

There?s something so visceral about a new client ~ Aberrant Cellars

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Aberrant Cellars, a Willamette Valley wine producer… Hello Pinot Noir and Pursuing the Profound ab·er·rant ?ab?r?nt,??ber?nt/ adjective: aberrant departing from an accepted standard. Biology diverging from the normal type. This was the birth of Aberrant Cellars… This is brand is a combination of old world, new world, and some modern att...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Albert Smith Work in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux ~ partie douze

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After my first story about Albert Smith (1854–1932), called Bordeaux ~ Impressionist Alfred Smith ~ partie onze, I wanted to know more about the Bordeaux artist. I thought, "Shouldn't there be a museum in Bordeaux where Albert Smith's works are located?" I mean, he's a home boy, right? Well, there is… The Musée des Beaux-Arts […]...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

A Republican and a Democrat bumped into each other this 4th of July for a drink

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Interesting concept, huh? I have a friend in the CIA, who once told me, when the GOP is in the house, they enjoy hard liquor. When the DEMs are in the house, they prefer wine. Meanwhile, I know who has their "House" wine, but can't tell. How about celebrating this Fourth of July weekend by […]

Wine Blog 52 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ A Juicy Cadre of Rosés

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Einstein's brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary connection network. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the interconnections of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they're from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconn...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

Q&A ~ Do you wanna come out and play?

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Remember those fun days, when you had more friends than you had chores? Hide and go seek, kick the can, dancing in your friend's living room, and playing a good game of Monopoly were your greatest joys… Then we all grew up. Today's games surrounding wine have such solitary and serious goals… "Should I go […]

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Impressionist Alfred Smith ~ partie onze

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(Le quai de Bacalan le soir ) is a full bodied image calling for a full bodied wine. Let's say a Left Bank Bordeaux, because it's quite substantive and a bit mysterious, just as the wharves at Bacalan are so described in texts.

Wine Blog 57 days ago

Thinking About the Mountaintop ~ Justin Style ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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Good, better, best: never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best...

Wine Blog 58 days ago

The Cesari Vineyard of Verona

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As I've written about Portugal, To Understand a Wine, Once Must First Understand its People. Now, it's my time to learn about Verona, Italy: The customs of its people, its foods and wines, art and music, it's landscapes, and its history. This is all for the purpose of understanding Cesari wines and what makes the […]

Wine Blog 59 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 biokult Zweigelt Rosé of the Niederösterreich

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Einstein's brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary connection network. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the interconnections of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they're from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconn...

Wine Blog 62 days ago

Consider Hyposmia ~ the aging palate

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Probably not too many people in this lifetime want to admit that their palates are on the wane. No awards are given for fessing up, and it will definitely work in one's disfavor, but I've always been one for telling it like it is, not like it isn't… I've got to thank Dan Berger for […]

Wine Blog 63 days ago

One of 80 and darned happy to be #IAMarone

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Do I love adventure? I have wings on my feet, if you don't know. And I'm a storyteller, which you may also not know… So, this Email arrived. Hi Jo, 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 […]

Wine Blog 64 days ago

In the morphing of time, what once was, becomes what is new again

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[Artwork by John Tewey, Portland Maine Rotary Club] People in Maine sent me off with the tribute to the right. By December 29, 1992, I was on a plane with husband, kids, pets, and all of my earthly belongings… With thoughts of, "Would I ever have such appreciation and understanding again?" Now, when the grape […]

Wine Blog 65 days ago

PS I Love You Report Card, 14 years later

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Reviewing the Mission Statement "To promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a heritage variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness." Since 98 percent of its terroir being California, we've got that covered. This mission statement was created after the first Petite Sirah Symposium. Since 2002, when winemakers had stated that ...

Wine Blog 66 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Trivento Reserve Argentinean Blend of Cabernet-Malbec

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Rich and ripe fruit, with a dusty, smokey character… The finesse is very much there, like a fine Stetson cocked to the right on a gentleman farmer, overlooking his vineyard… The 2014 Trivento Reserve Argentinean Blend of Cabernet-Malbec ~ Delicious… Some day, I've got to get to South America… Specifically, Mendoza Argentina....

Wine Blog 69 days ago

Happy Father?s Day, Syrah!

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[Copyright: mcininch / 123RF Stock Photo ~ Purchased image.] Credit where credit is due… Syrah (father) + Peloursin (mother) = Petite Sirah I did NOT write the following, in this rendition. This was written by Stephanie Douglas of Aratas Wine, who – like me – just "gets it." History, lineage, heritage, passion… We're on it! ...

Wine Blog 70 days ago

2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series in Napa Valley

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I'm listing this one, because I know you'll enjoy more than a few of these dinners if you're local or coming to California for delicious fun. 2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series Includes Napa Valley's Top Wineries The Meritage Resort and Spa, in Napa, has announced its 2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series line up. Featured wineries […]...

Wine Blog 71 days ago

Bordeaux ~ What You Don?t Know ~ partie dix

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[Copyright: phbcz / 123RF Stock Photo – paid image of Chateau Cos D'Estournel, Bordeaux Region, France] I searched on "What You Don't Know About Bordeaux," just out of curiosity, so see what I've been missing with bigger picture items. Up popped my friend Monique Soltani's Website with that exact same name… Her Website is WineOh.tv, [&#...

Wine Blog 73 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling Mosel

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"We should have gone swimming, first…" [What's underlined below are the connective dots for which I'll be remembering this 2015 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling Mosel. Try this system for remembering your wines, too. It works.] We happily ended the evening, when Corinne said, "We should have gone swimming, first…" Here's how it all beg...

Wine Blog 76 days ago

When Wine Education Matters & Who Are Its Preeminent Leaders?

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The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation and Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University hosted this groundbreaking ceremony, for the future of the Wine Spectator Learning Center. The day was hot by mid-morning, when the event began. Sun was bearing down, as most of the early arrivals had all found spots in the shade.

Wine Blog 78 days ago
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