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The Thank You That Changed My Thinking

 Mark As Read    

Do you have a publicist? Second question… Have you ever said thank you? PR – for the most part – is a really thankless job in many regards, and so it should be. I have no doubt about that one. I've learned some things along that way that are really worth sharing, though, that have […] The post The Thank You That Changed My T...

Wine Blog 14 hours, 35 min ago

Food safety guidelines for wine and food events, the rigors

 Mark As Read    

I was told, by one of our food partners, at Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah, The Alameda County Environmental Health Department is the most stringent, for compliance regulations being met in the entire US, as an example of letter-of-the-law compliant. That's the bad news. The good news is that any event, which anyone goes to […] The post Fo...

Wine Blog 1 day ago

Pardonez moi in writing

 Mark As Read    

Portia (1888) by Henry Woods… Portia is the heroine in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This is my wine publicist's journal. In most journals, nothing written matters to anyone but the author… but this one is public. In a public one, everything matters to everyone. Portia: The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It […] ...

Wine Blog 4 days ago

From the “Get a Clue” department on Bad PR form

 Mark As Read    

Get a clue, PR people…You're giving all of us a really bad name, when you do something like the following story, but before I go there… I once read how this one writer hates PR reps. I didn't get "why," because PR people try to bring joy to writers, so they have a good story. […] The post From the "Get a Clue" department on Bad PR...

Wine Blog 5 days ago

Don’t burn bridges ~ PR 101

 Mark As Read    

The Lion and Mouse An Aesop's Fable Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I […] The post Don't burn bridges ~ PR 101 appeared first on W...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

The food safety license was issued at 5:59 p.m.

 Mark As Read    

… Which allowed the doors to open for another Dark & Delicious at 6:00 p.m., only one minute later. Why? Because we had just successfully passed the food safety licensing requirements of Alameda County. It wasn't ever official, until that very minute. Yeah, Dark & Delicious 2015 is going down in history as the steepest […] The p...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

It might help to spell Syrah correctly

 Mark As Read    

I got a terse and fascinating Email, which was sent after we had put out an announcement about a Petite Sirah event we annually organize,  direct, and produce. Nothing more was said than, "It might help to spell Syrah correctly" Jose forwarded it to me and chuckled. I read it and said, "What? Forward that […] The post It might help to spell S...

Wine Blog 11 days ago

Can a writer make a cent on a Website?

 Mark As Read    

Question from a freelance writer: "I want to make some changes to make my Website, making it a little friendlier and to perhaps induce more people to subscribe, offering a few more members-only services. Memberships are very low and I'm not making a cent on the site. I may eventually have to go to advertising…….What […] The post C...

Wine Blog 12 days ago

How to start a wine organization

 Mark As Read    

I once received an Email from someone wanting to create a wine organization: "How did you organize PS I Love You, as there are some wineries in this state that I just moved to [not California] that would like to start an association for a particular hybrid that grows here?" Answer: Start with passion, build […] The post How to start a wine or...

Wine Blog 13 days ago

Cork removal from a bottle is NOT brain surgery

 Mark As Read    

Cork Removal Filling the heartiest among us with fear, when we're on stage… I'll never forget the image of a brain surgeon fumbling with a wine cork, trying to get it out of the bottle. I thought to myself, "Really?" Then I thought, "I hope you're better at your own craft…" Why is pulling out […] The post Cork removal from a bottl...

Wine Blog 14 days ago

Once you’ve gone European… Kenwood Restaurant meets the standards

 Mark As Read    

If you've traveled abroad, you know that a restaurant table is yours for the taking. Nothing is rushed; and if you are, it's because the restaurant wants you to leave. Check out the film "A Good Year…" From the movie notes: London-based Investment expert Max Skinner (Crowe) moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard […] The post Once yo...

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Petite Sirah FAQs ~ People are still asking, after all of these years

 Mark As Read    

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005, this was my first wine blog topic. I'm doubling back over 14 years later, and not mush has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you've been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you're a rare palate in […] The post Petite Sirah FAQs...

Wine Blog 18 days ago

Earth day at Iron Horse with Kevin Jorgeson ~ 2015

 Mark As Read    

Always climbing to new heights, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards nabs Kevin Jorgeson as a guest speaker. From Joy Sterling: I am very excited to announce that our speaker for Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley will be Kevin Jorgeson, who free climbed the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, with climbing partner Tommy […] The post Earth d...

Wine Blog 19 days ago

TBNT – Thanks, but no thanks

 Mark As Read    

One of my bosses turned me onto TBNT… Thanks, but no thanks. I find that I use it a lot (at least in my head) as I read queries regarding my blog. First of all, if you think my blog is all that and you're still asking me to write for my blog, you didn't […] The post TBNT – Thanks, but no thanks appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 20 days ago

Vintage Wine news from Friuli

 Mark As Read    

From Friuli with love… The benefits of having a wine blog is that it daily continues my wine education, beyond what I'm learning and writing about our clients. Clients pay me to keep up, so that keeping up has to do with information that will benefit them directly. Yes, social media is also moving that […] The post Vintage Wine news fro...

Wine Blog 21 days ago

Top US Wine Companies from WBM’s ~ My own Top 7 from this list

 Mark As Read    

When I got into the wine business in early '93, I knew (pretty much) nothing about wine. And so I worked it and studied it; and I expanded it, when I created the Petite Sirah wine grape advocacy group called PS I Love You. It's through this group that I've learned firsthand about the following […] The post Top US Wine Companies from WBM's ~ M...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

A Petite Auction – no small deal

 Mark As Read    

The Ninth Annual Petite Sirah auction has become an exclusive Petite auction; the only one of its kind in the entire world. [This image was taken in 2014, just before the doors opened for Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah.] The US is dominating in Petite Sirah growing this variety, and has it's own marketing group […] The post A Petite Auctio...

Wine Blog 25 days ago

Importance of Wine Competitions

 Mark As Read    

Wine Competitions… What is the importance of wine competitions? This is a frequently asked question by wineries just starting out, and their owners are stymied by the fees, the amount of competitions out there, and the ultimate value that competitions play in the wine business. Frankly, name any industry and you'll find that they, too, [̷...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

Winemaking, a simply complicated passion

 Mark As Read    

Facebook is the land of questions, including winemaking; especially for some of us in the wine business. If I get a winemaking question on this blog and I don't have an answer, I turn to my winemaking friends. Last week, on my blog about "Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees," one of my readers […] The post Winemaking, a simply complicated pas...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

Historic Variety: Mission Grape

 Mark As Read    

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, […] The...

Wine Blog 28 days ago

Valentine day wines for 2015

 Mark As Read    

For Valentine day wines, let's start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines… Bubbles are a natural for Valentine's Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers' holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards,  J Vineyards and Winery, and River Ro...

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Shootout

 Mark As Read    

To all of my wine pals, I don't know anyone who works more tirelessly for Pinot Noir than Barbara Drady does. Her Affairs of the Vine annual shootouts are worth your time and energy. I believe in the process of a collective palate, just as I do for individual ones. Barbara's panels are always worth […] The post Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Sh...

Wine Blog 32 days ago

Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees

 Mark As Read    

A very common mistake that I see, over and over again (most especially by writers who are new to wine) is the statement of "Sur Lees Aging." This is incorrect usage of the process. One "lie" Sur lie is a process of aging. It allows for a wine, when it's finished fermenting, to sit on […] The post Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees appeared f...

Wine Blog 33 days ago

Well, if you’re not a super palate, I don’t expect you to get it

 Mark As Read    

Super palate… yeah, if you don't have one, don't try to tell anyone who does how we learned to enjoy wine. There are rumblings out there about how people learn to enjoy wine. They break it down into their own scientific theories, and that's just what they are… Theories, not a complete determination, because they […] The post Well,...

Wine Blog 34 days ago

The Essence of Wine

 Mark As Read    

First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I'd read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it's taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… All […] The post The Essence of Wine appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 35 days ago

Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

 Mark As Read    

Harvard University, by any other name in wine country, is now called Brodiaea, Inc. When Harvard gets involved, we're just off the normal beaten path. It's been my experience that the learning curve is very long and steep for this industry. Investors want their profits today. The old adage of, "If you want to make […] The post Harvard… ...

Wine Blog 36 days ago

SEO and wine blog pitches – beware

 Mark As Read    

When I get pitched about things that surpass my HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 101 class, I turn to Jose. I know there are a lot of things that take down my blog, because I've had so many crashes. The good news for me is my IT person is living with me, and goes into immediate […] The post SEO and wine blog pitches – beware appeared fi...

Wine Blog 42 days ago

What some of today’s digital writers are being paid these days

 Mark As Read    

Web 2.0 launched; it opened the flood gates to digital writers. The playing field became a time lapsed frenzy on the field, like at the end of a Super Bowl. So many writers, almost free talent, if publishers are willing to switch off history for a while. That crashed many of those traditional jobs for […] The post What some of today's digital...

Wine Blog 43 days ago

No answer is an answer

 Mark As Read    

No answer is an answer, if you don't understand that yet. When "no" is an answer, it t can mean several things: The person is on vacation The person isn't quite sure what to say and needs more time to think about it It's a "no," but the person is not even going to get […] The post No answer is an answer appeared first on Wine Blog....

Wine Blog 46 days ago

Wine Country Artist Erin Hanson is an Impressionist

 Mark As Read    

Artist Erin Hanson is an Impressionist, which happens to be my favorite style of oil… Long the lover of fine arts, Impressionism is my favorite time in art history; both then and now.  I appreciate how blending strokes come together to masterfully become visual experiences of landscapes. My Jose says this frequently: "Art is anything […...

Wine Blog 47 days ago

The Warner Wine Guide

 Mark As Read    

I curiously had to click on the pdf and what I realized is that I could learn a lot from this one graphic, so it's worth sharing. I'm giving you the smaller image, so you can see that it's wroth your time and/or interest. The post The Warner Wine Guide appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 48 days ago

Associate Winemaker Ed Morris is moving through the ranks at The Rubin Family of Wines

 Mark As Read    

I have the pleasure of working with Ed Morris [left] at The Rubin Family of Wines. This is the latest news: The Rubin Family of Wines is pleased to announce that Assistant Winemaker Ed Morris has been promoted to Associate Winemaker. Morris will continue to work in partnership with winemaker Joe Freeman, but at a […] The post Associate Winema...

Wine Blog 49 days ago

The loss of John Pedroncelli is deeply felt in wine country

 Mark As Read    

John Pedroncelli was one of those quiet leaders; you know them, they're the most in tune with harmony. [The Pedroncelli family photo is borrowed from their Website.] The title read, "John Pedroncelli, prominent Dry Creek winemaker, dies at 89," and my heart sank… We've lost a great one from Dry Creek Valley and from PS […] The post The ...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

The day Miles learned that we can’t turn back time

 Mark As Read    

Once upon a time, Miles learned that we can't turn back time. That day was on January 3, 2015. It was the first day that Miles heard a timer go off, which had been set to 10 minutes. Nana had bought a timer for Miles, So that when Mommy said, "It's 10 minutes before we […] The post The day Miles learned that we can't turn back time appeared f...

Wine Blog 52 days ago

2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah updates of wine & food

 Mark As Read    

2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event: Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Robert Biale Vineyards Ballentine Vineyards […] The p...

Wine Blog 54 days ago

Women for WineSense launches contest for Women in Wine event

 Mark As Read    

Years ago, when my friend and wine colleague Julie Johnson  (today of Tres Sabores) was making waves in Women for WineSense, I went to meetings and was so impressed by her and the group. She had her finger on the pulse (and still does).  At that time, little did I know that when she was […] The post Women for WineSense launches contest for Wo...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

Twelfth Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed. Get yourself a great glass of wine; this is a good finish to our series. In Catholic countries, this is a day of great joy, also called "Three Kinds Day" or the "Epiphany." From the site: History of […] The post Twelfth Day of C...

Wine Blog 56 days ago

How much can I dissolve myself as a wine publicist?

 Mark As Read    

Throw in some wine, and I'd say I could dissolve my wine publicist job in the blink of an eye, wine being the liquid factor here. This is what is swimming around in my head today, as I write my journey as a wine publicist… I need to keep myself in balance, on this Eleventh […] The post How much can I dissolve myself as a wine publicist?...

Wine Blog 57 days ago

Tenth Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Tenth Day of Christmas: Ten lords a-leaping = Ten Commandments.   The post Tenth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 58 days ago

Ninth Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Ninth Day of Christmas: Nine ladies dancing = nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.   The post Ninth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 59 days ago

Eighth Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Eighth Day of Christmas: Eight maids a-milking = eight beatitudes.   The post Eighth Day of Christmas appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 60 days ago

Seventh Day of Christmas

 Mark As Read    

Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven swans a-swimming = seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is also New Year's Day. Happy New Year Dear friends, the Seventh Day of Christmas is also New Year's Day. My New Year's Wish for you is that 2015 brings miracles into your life. This image of Champagne being poured […] The post Seventh Day of Christmas app...

Wine Blog 61 days ago

As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

 Mark As Read    

As I read Robert Parker's "Best of 2014″ in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I've been handling being "on pointe," since December 29, 2005. Yes, I've been wine blogging since then… and it's now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it's so much writing. I'm going to now […] The post As Wine-Blog celebrat...

Wine Blog 62 days ago

Paraprosdokians ~ Learning something new everyday

 Mark As Read    

Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians. They're figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, or phrase, is either surprising or unexpected. And, by the way, Happy Fifth Day of Christmas ~ Five golden rings = first five books of the Old Testament. I came up with one of my own paraprosdokian years ago, […] The post Paraprosdokians...

Wine Blog 63 days ago

What’s a carboy? If you’re in the wine business, and still curious…

 Mark As Read    

During harvest, carboy 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 cellars, and is a vessel used for a small fermentation. This is a clue […] The post What's a carboy? If you're in ...

Wine Blog 64 days ago

Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

 Mark As Read    

Happy Third Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 28. The Three French hens = faith, hope, and love. The post Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 65 days ago

Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

 Mark As Read    

Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let's celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska: From the Catholic News […] The post Happy S...

Wine Blog 66 days ago

Happy First Day of Christmas from Wine Country

 Mark As Read    

On December 26, happy First Day of Christmas, everyone. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let's celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. I don't consider myself a Catholic anymore, although I was raised as one. As I hear about different cultures in the US now all celebrating Christmas, […] The post Happy First Day of...

Wine Blog 67 days ago

Let There Be Peace on Earth

 Mark As Read    

Merry Christmas, everyone. The post Let There Be Peace on Earth appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 68 days ago

Le Nez Du Vin by Jean Lenoir for your favorite wine enthusiast

 Mark As Read    

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It's the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can't possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […] The post Le Nez Du Vin by Jean L...

Wine Blog 71 days ago
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