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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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 13 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 16 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 18 days ago

Some Feet Not Meant for Shoes ~ Pamela Klein

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So, I know that my feet have never been meant for shoes, and it's a great day when I meet someone else with the same joie de vivre. I first met Pamela Klein on Facebook, through our mutual friend Nancy Weil Brown. Pamela and I instantly clicked as twin sisters from other mothers. In many […]

Wine Blog 19 days ago

Swallow This ~ Second Edition ~ Mark Phillips

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I love this guy Mark Phillips… He's the brains behind WineTasting.org. His site begins with "Making Wine Fun." Yes, indeed, he's got quite the sense of humor. I learned a long, long time ago, make what they have to learn be as much fun (and funny) as possible, and even the most complicated concepts become […]

Wine Blog 20 days ago

Wine of the Week ~ Champagne Forget-Brimont

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Sometimes it just hits you so right… A hot, late spring day (90AsºF), you only want to eat light fare, and it has to be bubbles to make it all so refreshing… That was last night, as I reached for the newly arrived bottle of Champagne Forget-Brimont Brut Premier Cru. Everything was right with the […]

Wine Blog 23 days ago

Exploring Israel’s Wines

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[Image from winesisrael.com.] Will there ever be a day when I am headed to Israel to taste wines? I do know that they're working hard to create a great Petite. Beyond that, I'm just plain ignorant, as very little has come to me in this regard. I can tell you that Kerry Damskey is a […]

Wine Blog 24 days ago

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 25 days 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 26 days ago

Bordeaux ~ Mirror of Water ~ partie neuf

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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 27 days 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 27 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 30 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 31 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 32 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 33 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 34 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 37 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 39 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 41 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 44 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 45 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 46 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 47 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 48 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 51 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 52 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 53 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 54 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 55 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 59 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 60 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 61 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 62 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 65 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 66 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 68 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 70 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 72 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 74 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 76 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 79 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 81 days ago
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