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Tasting 101 Simplified for a Novice ~ Especially if you’re faced with teaching it

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I was just asked by someone, who's writing an article on tips of how to train your palate. He asked if I would be interested in sharing a tip for developing tasting chops.

Wine Blog 18 minutes ago

A New Book From Dick Rosano ~ The Secret of Altamura

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If you're looking for a wine county novel to read, Dick Rosano's books won't disappoint you. He's an excellent author.

Wine Blog 1 day ago

Bordeuax Mirror of Water ~ partie dix

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Bordeaux, the pearl of Aquitaine... the fascination continues. Millesima If I were to travel to Bordeaux, where is one place I would definitely want to visit, based on what I've now learned? The Miroir d'eau (Water Mirror)

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay from Chile

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Consistently tasty wine from Casillero del Diablo is something you can bank on as a great value, I don't care what varietal grape it is. When it retails for $8 in the US (average, not the same pricing in PA or Puerto Rico, for instance), it's an easy crowd pleaser.

Wine Blog 5 days ago

When the party arrives in a box ~ Mon Dieu, Decadent Saint, Rocky Mountain High

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C'est dans l' sac ~ Decadent Saint ~ What we love, the Winery Two 12 ounce cans of "Refresher" Seltzer Water 1 bottle of NV Ruffin Prosecco Sparkling Wine, Product of Italy Decadent Saint Batch 9, Bottle 902: Decadent Saint White Sangria White Wine, Real Fruit, Fresh Spice A Gold Medal Concetrate Rocky Mountain Crafted […]...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

We’re all in Pursuit of Balance

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I just got this E-Mail; although, I also read their press release, so I did know about this one. Dear Friends, We announcedAs yesterdayAs that weAs¹re closing IPOB at the end of 2016.As Therefore there will not be another membership tasting. We are very grateful for your interest in IPOB, and we wish you all the best in […]

Wine Blog 7 days ago

Bordeaux ~ The Aquitaine Region ~ partie huit

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I'm learning about Bordeaux, a big piece of my wine puzzle that's been missing since I began my wine journey in 1993. When one moves from a state like Maine to California, California wines just take over, especially if you make California wine your business and not a hobby. [Do you know that Maine is […]

Wine Blog 8 days ago

It’s all about the Silverado Pickups and Tres on Bass and Guitar

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I love rock and roll. I'm a product of The Summer of Love and then working for rock station WBLM in the 80s. I'm deeply into it, because music is a universal language, and I hear it. Have you ever noticed that when music is playing somewhere, a child about the age of two can't […]

Wine Blog 9 days ago

The Top 10 Joys of Writing, from mostly wine writers

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The Top 10 Joys of Having Wine Writer Friends I crowd sourced on Facebook for this one. Many of my friends' stories were repeated, proving that we're all part of the same tapestry. This story was inspired by my friend Pamela Kline… Number 1 below… when she declared the following and it got me to […]

Wine Blog 12 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Biokult Österreich Rosé Secco

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Austrian wines are really so delicious. Taste their wines, and you learn a bit about their culture. Their motto: arrive and revive. I'm sure that it has a lot to do with their mountains, for starters. From the Austrian Info Website: The miracle of Austria is that all of its wine regions are incredibly easy […]

Wine Blog 14 days ago

Magic Cellar Rendezvous ~ Celebrating Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District ~ Part 2

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STAGS LEAP AVA Another day to leave the office, and explore more of my wine world? When I got the invite to experience Napa Valley for an important weekend for so many specific vintners, I had to decide… Chained to my desk, or go exploring? People come from all over the world to discover Napa. […]

Wine Blog 16 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ An Ode to Bila-Haut

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The 2015 Bila-Haut Rosé, Les Vignes de Pays, d'Oc Indication Géographique Protégee is deserving of its own ode… Delicious every day, with or without the rhyming, it's poetry in crystal. Domaine de Bila-Haut, Roussillon on the Rise, Rhône Leader Michel Chapoutier's Bila Heights" believes that Roussillon has the potential to be as great as ...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

What I Would Love to Tell Clients ~ But, they’d think I was just making excuses

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Purchased image copyright: kasto / 123RF Stock Photo   This morning, Cathy Huyghe – a brilliant journalist for Forbes (Harvard grad, et al) and an independent wine writer for "Hungy for wine" was at the Mobile X Festival 2016. While attending, she wrote on Facebook and then quoted the following: PR people's greatest challenge, in […...

Wine Blog 20 days ago

Rewriting a Wine Bible ~ Sirah

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I have a granddaughter whose middle name is Sirah… Yes, in honor of my life's work that's involved Petite Sirah. I've been writing stories for my grandchildren, and I recently thought, "How can I explain to a two year old what her middle names means to me personally, and why she was given this particular […]

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Cabernet Franc, a Luscious Bordeaux Variety ~ partie sept

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[Image of a Cabernet Franc leaf by Jo Diaz. All rights reserved.] Cabernet Franc is a delicious Vitis vinifera. It has luscious black fruit flavors and is the grape that gave Cabernet Sauvignon it's color and body. (Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Frank are the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, if you didn't know this already.) […]...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Who Would Dare to Serve Petite Sirah for Breakfast?

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Ha… Try Robert Biale Vineyards, that's who; and, deservedly so. Always ahead of the curve for just getting it done, Robert Biale Vineyards realized their passion a long time ago, and hasn't wavered one bit as winemakers… against all odds. And for getting the word out educationally, that's Proprietor Dave Pramuk's credo. We've been worki...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Kentucky Derby Style ~ Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

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Getting ready to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this weekend? If you are (or even if you're not) this is a perfect weekend to indulge your senses in a bit of some Cabernet bourbon… Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Mondavi Private Selection would be a [R...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

It’s tough having been all that elsewhere and then entering the world of wine

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Understanding Wine PR Being in public relations has taught me so much about stardom. I was first in PR in FM radio. I produced a community issues talk program for WBLM radio, and was its host. I was the staff photographer, so I had nearly unlimited backstage access to all major bands in the 1980s […]

Wine Blog 27 days ago

Brian Mitchell PhD ~ Paying Attention to Analyzing Gen Y

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[Purchased photo credit: Olaf Speier] Let me begin by saying that the only formal study I've had with Gen Y, is raising three lovely daughters, observing them 24/7/365 at different levels of living, for however many years each one is old. Now, I observe each of them with her own family, and the children that […]

Wine Blog 28 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Getting to the Bottom of Left and Right Bank Soils ~ partie six

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Continuing from last week's Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie six… This Earth Snapshot image is located on this Website: Sediments in the Gironde Estuary, France, and is of The Gironde Estuary, formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. I left soil for last, because its a serious, geological […]

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Vineyard to Vintner ~ Celebrating Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District ~ Part 1

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I revived an invitation to attend the Stags Leap Vineyard to Vintner annual event, being kicked off on Friday, April 29, 2016. I knew that this was an honor. It just happened over this past weekend, and I took them up on their offer for Saturday, April 30. It's an event that draws out vintners […]

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie cinq

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In northern California, two well known appellation exist: Napa and Sonoma. They're separated by a mountain range, the Mayacamas. (The Mayacamas Mountain name is thought to originally means "the howl of the mountain lion." Lions still do exist on this range, you can be sure of that. I seen my own and was wowed.) Sonoma […]

Wine Blog 34 days ago

Petite Sirah Stakeholders answer the question, “Why do YOU make a Petite Sirah?”

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To Petite Sirah Stakeholders "Why do YOU make a Petite Sirah?" The answers are a tapestry revelation, each an important thread, woven into our magic carpet called Petite Sirah. A. Toraño Family Vineyards ~ Art Toraño, Owner ~ Healdsburg We make our Petite because it is one of the most delicious, unctuous, voluptuous, dark, spicy, […]...

Wine Blog 35 days ago

PS I Love You Members Are Taking It Up a Notch as Petite Sirah Investors

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PS I Love You, Inc. is a 501 (C)(6) non profit. This means that we're a Business-2-Busness organization similar to the Chamber of Commerce. We raise money in order to create marketing dollars. We're not raising money for the private sector, in order to help the disadvantages. Over the years, Petite Sirah has still had […]

Wine Blog 36 days ago

Opportunity of Circumstance, by Vintner D. H. Gustafson

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I recently wrote about Dan Gustafson of Gustafson Family Vineyards and Winery, in a fun, astrological way… This Full Moon in Capricorn Celebrates Prominence “ Dan Gustafson is in the House. I wrote: The Capricorn personality is geared towards that of leadership and achievement, they always want to climb the corporate ladder and be the […...

Wine Blog 37 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from Chile

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And you think that New Zealand has cornered the market on Sauvignon Blanc's claw factor? Think again, friends. I just tasted a 2015 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, and it rivals anything I've tasted and really enjoyed from New Zealand, for instance. Also, I love the new bottles. Fun and so Millennial. Diablo… […]...

Wine Blog 40 days ago

Jackson Family of Wines, Go Get ’em in Oregon!

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When word spread in Oregon that the Jackson Family was moving in the entire state of wine was abuzz "What's it all about," they whispered? I thought, "Well, this is going to shake things up a bit." [Image is a Stonestreet cat, one of the wine companies that is now in the Jackson Family portfolio.] […]

Wine Blog 41 days ago

When it’s about passion for excellence, it’s about wine writer Cathy Huyghe

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One of my greatest joys, as a more seasoned veteran of wine, is to have watched the next generation ofAs  writers slowly rising to a "cream of the crop" level. I'm impressed when I see the same joie de vivre that I had when I began. Coupled with great writing skills, a desire to be […]

Wine Blog 43 days ago

Bordeaux and the rest of us are silently weeping for Denis and May-Britt Malbec

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This blog story began on Thursday, April 14, 2016. I titled it: Bordeaux, You Can Bank On It, Partie Quatre. At the time, I had no idea that this story was about to take a very sharp 180 degree turn. [Denis and May-Britt Malbec at a reception for Respite Wines in Geyserville a few years […]

Wine Blog 44 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 Bordeaux Rose

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This sample came to me from Natural Merchants. I was asked if I'd taste Les Hauts de Lagarde's 2015 Bordeaux, which is both organic and verified as NON GMO. If you don't know me, I've been as organic as I can be, once – in the 60s – a "health food" store opened. It wasn't […]

Wine Blog 47 days ago

If you want the truth, ask a consultant, like D. A. Miller

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I'm usually brutally honest, because lying is abhorrent to me. I think it ended when I stopped going to confession. As a small child, I'd have to make up lies; so I'd have something to discuss with the priest, who then would bless me. "Dear Father, please forgive me, because I did this, I did […]

Wine Blog 49 days ago

My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

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Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leave. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It's marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as "it's been happening in the wine world since forever." This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I'm learning I'll...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

Earth Day Celebrations at Safari West in Wine Country

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Coming to wine country, or live here? What are you doing on Earth day? Safari West is cordially inviting you to celebrate Earth Day with them on Friday, April 22nd. Earth Day is the day that they traditionally set aside to honor the bountiful planet we all call home. In my humble opinion, there's no […]

Wine Blog 54 days ago

Astrological Signs With Astrological Wines

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Astrological Signs With Astrological Wines, for some of us, the truths are self evident and tons of fun…As  For the lunar eclipse tomorrow, 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 […]

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Blinders by Michael Amon ~ The most fun read in a very long time

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In fact, I can't remember ever devouring a book this quickly. And, even if I hadn't been flying, for some time off, I still would have put everything non-urgent aside and just read through it. Michael Amon's debut book Blinders is a must read, if you love to be captivated by the first sentence onward… […]

Wine Blog 58 days ago

Friday Funny ~ The bottle of Wine

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I'd like to thank Claire Cyr, a high school friend of mine, still living and thriving in Maine. She sent this to me, knowing that I love a good story. I know that you do, too. And, happy April Fool's Day! THE BOTTLE OF WINE For all of you who are married, were married, wish […]

Wine Blog 61 days ago

Favorite Memories ~ Over a Glass of Wine With You

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James Brown and Studio 54 It was what it was, and I had no idea what Studio 54 was at the time. Nor did I know about the joy for so many others of being put on the short list of who gets in. While in rock and roll radio, I was on everyone's list, […]

Wine Blog 63 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Sicilian Flavors of Stemmari Nero D’Avola and Tenuta Rapitala

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Delicious, mysterious, and adventurous (for my palate)…As  Sicilian flavors from Stemmari's Nero D'Avola and Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar's Pinot Nero. They were really enlightening and sumptuous… As I tasted both the Nero D'Avola variety and a combination of Pinot Nero and Nero D'Avola wines, I was thinking how the Pinot Nero was a wine varie...

Wine Blog 68 days ago

The Full Moon in Pisces ~ Personified by Sean Thackrey

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The Pisces personalities (and today's full moon in Pisces) are geared toward being compassionate, adaptable, accepting, devoted, and being Imaginative. They're the bard of the zodiac, the dreamer, the poet, the magician. They love to create illusions, the Wizard behind the curtain… Being the last sign of the Zodiac means that unless they have...

Wine Blog 70 days ago

My Story for Passion for Wine ~ Partie un

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Traditional, Professional, and Family ~ I Am She TRADITIONAL: My maternal grandparents were Pierre Bernier and Abbie Ouellette Bernier. My first four years of life, they only spoke French to me. I would give it a try back to them. I remember my grandmother telling me, "You have great intonation," when I was then studying […]

Wine Blog 72 days ago

Bucolic Valley ~ a.k.a. Suisun

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Behind the scenes, I've been connected to Suisun Valley for a very long time. I have the inside skinny on moves happening in "the valley." Since my relationship began with them, I've been very impressed that growers and producers have been able to maintain their core values: being connected to the earth staying clear of […]...

Wine Blog 77 days ago

PR 101 – Sending wine media your “scores”

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Want to keep the peace? Sending wine media your "scores, " is like sending wine media … thinking here for the simile… your neener-neener… Wine writers want to taste your wine for themselves. They want to know what it tastes like on their own palates. They don't want to know that you trusted someone else […]

Wine Blog 79 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Region: Europe ~ Spain (Alali) and France (Bali Haut)

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Spanish Wine of the Week From the Valdepeñas region of Spain: Viña Albali ~ Félix Solís Avantis is one of the top 10 wine companies in the world, and the largest producer of still wines in Spain.As  More than 5,2834,410 gallons of their wines are sold, in more than 90 countries. They produce high quality […]

Wine Blog 82 days ago

The Richebourg Affair, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

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A book of "who done it" in France's Burgundy region of Nuits-Saint-Georges… It is the first in a series of two novels of "Not all is at it seems in the peaceful vineyards of Burgundy¦" The Richebourg Affair ~ R.M. Cartmel's first mystery novel The Charlemagne Connection ~ R.M. Cartmel's second mystery novel I flip […]...

Wine Blog 84 days ago

Brouhaha ~ What’s it all about… Silicon Valley Bank vs. Wine Market Council

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Wine Market Council Stands by their 2016 Consumer Research on Millennial Wine Consumption Habits I attended the Wine Market Council's recent meeting in Napa Valley at their Yountville Conference. They talked about their New York City presentation and clarified all points. Now, the Wine Market Council (WMC) further clarifies data reported at their 2...

Wine Blog 84 days ago

Spirits ~ Anecdote about a shot of whiskey

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Do you know where the term "shot" comes from? I surely didn't and still think that I may not, but these answers are fun, to say the least. As someone in the wine business, spirits also slip into my world. I just saw this and did a fact check on it. From One story: […]

Wine Blog 85 days ago

A Glass of Wine, oh joy!

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In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.

Wine Blog 86 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Windrun Wine’s Pinot Noir

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Mark Oliver, a partner of Windrun Wine, located in Santa Barbara County, emailed to ask if I'd like to taste his Pinot Noirs. As his company is aAs négociant wine brand,As  there's a lot of freedom to choose wine grapes that are grown in the finest vineyards, which makes the most sense to some.As  Windrun Wine […]

Wine Blog 89 days ago

PS in Paso ~ D&D Face Lift Worked Really Well

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The PS in Paso event is done, and I've caught up… I just read that an event planner is the most stressful job; maybe brain surgery might be more, but not by much, I'm betting. Every second, something could go wrong and event planners just waiting quite anticipation for the shoe to drop… while dealing […]

Wine Blog 90 days ago

Italian Marketing Wine to Millennials: Main Themes That Emerged from VINO2016

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A press conference on February 3, 2016, was held at the Highline Ballroom in New York. It began Italian Wine Week 2016, with an exciting panel discussion featuring Maurizio Forte, Stevie Kim, Kevin Zraly, and David Rosengarten. Together they offered insight on the evolution of the US wine market, and the future of Italian Wines […]

Wine Blog 91 days ago
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