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Napa Valley Earthquake ~ Halt The Sampels

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This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, "What can I do to help?" Yeah… it's one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know it's importance, as I have samples that I'd like to send in […] The post NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE ~...

Wine Blog 13 hours, 11 min ago

Get On Up: James Brown moment + a lifetime memory + a befitting wine

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Get On Up… What a chant… It's no secret that I have a rock n' roll background, long before I moved to California and segued into wine. Our friend Corinne Reichel of Respite Wines just asked us, before seeing the movie  Get On Up, "Did you ever meet James Brown?" Ask about most rock and […] The post Get On Up: James Brown moment + ...

Wine Blog 13 hours, 12 min ago

Social Media Faux Pas, Reminder to Keep Your Social Media Local

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The Napa Valley Earthquake was very close to home. It was also quite a reminder for me how important it is to keep your business local; most especially your social media. Don't expect someone sitting in Kentucky, for example, to understand the local geography. And, how can you even begin to measure someone's emotional intelligence […] The pos...

Wine Blog 1 day ago

Napa Valley Earthquake: Not too shaken, just a little stirred in Sonoma County

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I terrible pun, I know, but actually very true, about this Napa Valley earthquake, as it relates to outlying regions. Our hearts go out to all of the wine companies, their owners, and their employees, whose lives just got turned upside down. this is PR pro Mia Malm's office. While This is an office pick-up, […] The post Napa Valley Earthquake...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Conscientious wine making and scrupulous storage are required to go the distance

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[Image borrowed from the Best of Wines.] Bacchus, author of the site, writes of Jim Ruxin: You will receive an email twice a month listing current holdings in Bordeaux, California, collectibles from current Parker-rated wines, Burgundies, Alsatian (a fetish), and even German Rieslings. His specialty is older vintages but you may have to wait until ...

Wine Blog 5 days ago

Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

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Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it's for their Website, it's got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck with […] The post Writing you don't see, revealed...

Wine Blog 6 days ago

PR 101 ~ The Art of Diplomacy

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I'm a Sagittarian; and in astrology, we're known to be pretty blunt. This isn't a cop out for my being blunt, nor does it say that astrology is the be all to end all for supposed traits within that world… It's just my life's observations about myself, and the realizations that my bluntness has sometimes […] The post PR 101 ~ The Art of ...

Wine Blog 7 days ago

The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution

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What goes round and round and round again? The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor‘ mutual admiration society… [pronounced rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her (the thing speaks for itself)] On Sunday, August 17, PS I Love You and Kent Rosenblum (below, from Rock Wall Wine Company) hosted our annual volunteer and Groupies picnic. The following is a thank you ...

Wine Blog 8 days ago

The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

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As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year's grape season, it's going down as the season of "bewitching fog" in my neighborhood. However, I'm in Russian River Valley and I'm seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out to […] The post The state of the Petite Sirah grape ...

Wine Blog 9 days ago

Night Train to Lisbon with a fine Chardonnay

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A day in the life of a wine publicist with a night train… Night Train to Lisbon ~ A Sunday Segue Searching for my comfort film A Good Year, I fell upon Night Train to Lisbon. It's a film based on the novel of the same name. Written by Pascal Mercier in German, and later […] The post Night Train to Lisbon with a fine Chardonnay appeared ...

Wine Blog 12 days ago

Throw Back Thursday for me: Women for WineSense

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It's been a long time since I've made it over the hill to attend a Women for WineSense event, but this might be the one I'm going to do. I was just invited by Marcia Macomber, and I had to write this Email of interest, but the caveat is great at this time. Not sure […] The post Throw Back Thursday for me: Women for WineSense appeared first on...

Wine Blog 13 days ago

PR 101 ~ Personal emails are a true path

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PR 101 I don't get as many comments on my wine blog as I do private Emails… Why I don't get as many comments on my wine blog as I do private Emails… I don't write a blog to elicit extensive comments on what I've put out there. Controversial stories always elicits emotions and that's […] The post PR 101 ~ Personal emails are a true...

Wine Blog 14 days ago

Wines of South America by Evan Goldstein

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More than Wines of South America being an important body of work, it's about the author for me. Please don't misunderstand me. This latest book by Evan Goldstein is just brilliant, but that's what I've come to expect from him; and, that's why he's even more important to me than the books he's producing… Evan […] The post Wines of South ...

Wine Blog 15 days ago

Red Wine for delicious dishes

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Who doesn't love Red Wine, when it comes to pairing deliciously full red wine with the perfect foods? Raise your hands, everyone. 2012 Trivento Amade Sur ~ 70% Malbec, 18% Bonarda, 12% Syrah ~ Mendoza, Argentina This red wine called Trivento Amado Sur is translated literally into "South Love." About 6,214 miles away from their […] The post Re...

Wine Blog 16 days ago

What to wear in wine country… The answer is casual, unless it’s black tie

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This is one of the most popular search items on my wine blog. Everyone wants to know what to wear. It reminds me of when I was in high school, and all of my friends would ask me, when we were going out, "What are you wearing tonight?" What to wear, what to wear… Calm […] The post What to wear in wine country… The answer is casual,...

Wine Blog 20 days ago

The real truth behind the story of the Jackson Family Wines

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The Jackson Family Wines is a huge umbrella. When we think of the name Jackson, it's mostly associated with their most popular and launch brand, which is Kendall-Jackson. This name is only a microcosm within their real macrocosmic selves. The real truth behind their struggle, in my personal experiences, was something that I just encountered […...

Wine Blog 21 days ago

A moving expereince… and I mean a *real* moving for Carica Wines

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Moves can be so disruptive, but in the end, they're always for a better life experience… And so it's always fun for me to keep an eye on who's doing what. I first became aware of Carica Wines, at the first Wine Blogger's Conference held in Sonoma County. Carica hosted a picnic in their vineyards, […] The post A moving expereince… ...

Wine Blog 22 days ago

Reputation Management – PR 101

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If someone has just had a very bad experience at – say – your hotel, how would you handle it? Try your utmost to make that person happy? Tell that person to "go find another hotel"? This just happened to my family members. And when I tried to call the hotel to get to the […] The post Reputation Management – PR 101 appeared f...

Wine Blog 23 days ago

The global wine market is about to get a shot in its legal arm

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For any of my wine law friends, I'm sharing the upcoming Wine and Spirits Law Academy at UC Davis, scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Announcing the UC Davis Wine and Spirits Law Academy Sept. 8-10, 2014 University of California, Davis, and the Napa Valley, Calif. Wine and spirits legal experts from around […] The post The global win...

Wine Blog 26 days ago

The ego versus the reality

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Ego Just another day in the life of a wine publicist… The US Trade & Commerce Research Institute Yay… we've won an award for excellence in market from the The US Trade & Commerce Research Institute (USTCRI)… "a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that ...

Wine Blog 27 days ago

Social media is a very effective marketing tool + Lodi + Oak Farm Vineyards

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How PR works social media has amplified the process [Photo: Ken Payton] Nothing new in the title, "Social media is a very effective marketing tool." However… sitting on both sides of the fence of being a PR pro and a published writer, I'm impressed with other PR people and their efforts. Those who are using […] The post Social media is ...

Wine Blog 28 days ago

Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart

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Yup… I'm going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart, and I don't care. I first wrote about his on May 11, 2007. Then, I brought it up again on March 11, 2011. My most recent post for this one was on July 3, 2012. Now, it's July 2014, and it's circled […] The post Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fa...

Wine Blog 29 days ago

Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality

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I wrote this story on July20, and scheduled it for today. I have to write ahead, because my day job is writing for other people, and I don't have the luxury of time each morning to write 1,500 words, as this blog post is. This takes about three to do… I'd have to be up […] The post Grasshopper, I'm concerned about the us versus them men...

Wine Blog 30 days ago

Dog Days in the Vineyard… loveable and creative promtion

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This one's novel, because so many wineries don't even want to see your dog at their facilities. The post Dog Days in the Vineyard… loveable and creative promtion appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 33 days ago

Cork … It’s what’s for dinner

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Did you know even that it's an oak tree that has this bark? From the mighty oak, comes the cork, besides the nuts. The post Cork … It's what's for dinner appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 34 days ago

PRIMER FOR BLOGGERS: Winery flow chart for story lines

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So many people are blogging about wine today: from pros, to connoisseurs, to hobbyists… Pros, it's another platform. Connoisseurs, because it's fun to share their thoughts, and maybe… just maybe… it will turn into later creds… like Robert Parker did for himself. Hobbyists are writing about their experience, simply because th...

Wine Blog 35 days ago

Starting a legal winery? Here are things to consider

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Starting a legal winery has to be a daunting task, most especially for the people who've never been connected to the wine industry. I know that I segued from radio into wine, and it took me at least three years before I was really on any real sure footing. I was contacted by Danielle Rodabaugh, […] The post Starting a legal winery? Here are t...

Wine Blog 36 days ago

When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

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It was a beautiful summer's day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola's Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk about […] The post When the Dust turns to ...

Wine Blog 38 days ago

Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

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Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just take […] The post Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and...

Wine Blog 41 days ago

Living in Sonoma County, I find myself dreaming of Sea Ranch Lodge

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I need a real vacation, because this wine publicist's house is under siege with repair people. Yesterday I posted about a flood happening in our upstairs bathroom. With water fans blowing 24/7, the "loud" white noise is now really setting in. I need a couple of days at the ocean… and again, I find myself […] The post Living in Sonoma Co...

Wine Blog 42 days ago

Avalon Bay saves my day, right when I needed Calgon to take me away

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I was asked if I would review a wine refrigerator for Avalon Bay, a home appliance company; their Avalon Bay AB-WINE12S 12 Bottle Single Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler, to be exact. Sure, why not? I have another Air & Water wine refrigerator in our kitchen. When I get samples in my office, I occasionally lamented […] The post Avalon Bay ...

Wine Blog 43 days ago

Dusty Moments and Luscious Wines ~ The Rutherford Dust Society’s 15th Annual

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014 The Rutherford Dust Society is having its annual tasting on Wednesday, July 16. This annual event is held so that trade members are able to meet the vintners, growers, and winemakers of the Rutherford Appellation. Each year they have a Special Grand Tasting for wine writers, wine buyers, wholesale members, and […] The...

Wine Blog 44 days ago

Wines appealing to the adverturer inside of you ~ Rocca Sveva

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There's a group called the Wine Century Club, of which I'm a member. All you need to do is track how many different varieties that you've enjoyed… even if those varieties are in a blended wine. It almost feels like cheating; but those are their rules, and rules are rules. When I started I thought, […] The post Wines appealing to the adv...

Wine Blog 47 days ago

Old Mission & Leelanau Winery Passport + Radio station success story

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Once upon a time… There are many "once upon a times" for me. I remember when I first began Diaz Communications, Page Poulos reached out to me. At the time, she owned Paige Poulos Communications, Inc.. She congratulated me on taking that independent step. And she warned me, "Always be looking" [for new clients]. Then, […] The post Old Mi...

Wine Blog 48 days ago

60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them: Acorn Winery has an answer…

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A question that I can't help but ask, "If you grew 60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them?" The reason for asking this is that I just met with Bill and Betty Nachbaur of Acorn Winery, for a second time. I say second time, because I met with both of them, not […] The post 60 different grape varieties, what would you do with ...

Wine Blog 49 days ago

Amphoras as seen through the eyes of Portugal

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As I've written previously, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. I would add the word "history" to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. This has become abundantly clear to me. […] The post Amphora...

Wine Blog 50 days ago

Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library

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There's going to be an informative, hands-on workshop in both Spanish and English on Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library. I've asked wine grape growers what it's like, now that we have stricter immigration laws, and none of them are happy. Many are being forced to by mechanical harvesters, because workers are no […] The post Imm...

Wine Blog 51 days ago

Happy 4th of July with Happy Camper wines!

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Popular varietals: Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet... that's what Happy Camper is all about. What does it taste like? Spend the money and find out! At only nine dollars a bottle, you can't afford to not have this experience (and you won't be disappointed). The post Happy 4th of July with Happy Camper wines! appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 54 days ago

When wine becomes a bitch… Treasury, I feel for you…

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I just read the headline: Law firm launches shareholder class action against Treasury Wine Estates I had to chuckle to myself. Here I sit in the wine business. Treasury Wine Estates is doing everything right, in my humble estimation… Staying engaged in their wine companies advancements and participation in the industry. As the exec director [...

Wine Blog 55 days ago

Coming to wine coutry with kids… Safari West is your answer

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make sure that your children are happy and engaged The post Coming to wine coutry with kids… Safari West is your answer appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 56 days ago

Children in wine country… get over it

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I was just reminded of this, last weekend at the Bacigalupi 50th Anniversary celebration of the Judgment of Paris decision… Bacigalupi's grapes were a portion of the Number One chosen wine from Chateau Montelena… Yeah, Sonoma ruled and Napa got the credit. (Easier for the French to say "Napa," n'est ce pas?) FROM Rusty Gaffney: […...

Wine Blog 57 days ago

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves

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Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I've worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College's Demonstration Vineyard; which […] The po...

Wine Blog 58 days ago

Top 10 Reasons I Blog

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I don't write this blog for other bloggers. I know they're not my audience; although, for many, that's their joie de vivre and that's just fine. There's a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other's company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is that […] The post Top 10 Reasons I Blog a...

Wine Blog 61 days ago

Did you know that the Judgment of Paris had mostly Sonoma County Wine in that “Number One” winner?

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It isn't often that I turn my blog over to someone else's writing. This is my "journal," so if I didn't experience it, it's hard to segue into someone else's news. That said, I do have an introduction, because over the weekend Jose and I attended the Bacigalupi Family‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Third Anniversary […] The post Did...

Wine Blog 62 days ago

Mission not-so-impossible: Know your audience and then pitch it

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Want to know how to get my attention? With an email that has a personal message in it, directed at me. If you send a press release to me, odds are I'm going to delete it before I even think about considering it. Why? My blog is not a journalistic news outlet resource. My blog […] The post Mission not-so-impossible: Know your audience and then...

Wine Blog 63 days ago

Who doesn’t love a little black dress?

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When I was graduating from the eighth grade, my mother took me from Maine (where I was growing up) to Boston, to get my graduation dress. We met my cousin Ann in the city, she came in from Stoneham, to give me fashion guidance. Plus, living in the Boston area, she knew all of the […] The post Who doesn't love a little black dress? appeared fi...

Wine Blog 64 days ago

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 just didn't know there was a […] The post Hyposmia ~ the aging palate appeared first o...

Wine Blog 65 days ago

The week my computer fried itself

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This is the week my computer decided to fry itself. Oh, yeah… All new start… All new programs. All new computer. Whole new appreciation for when it's going well. I also spent a lot of time in my organic garden, waiting for things to come together in my office, Thanks to Jose. This is a […] The post The week my computer fried itsel...

Wine Blog 68 days ago

Understanding sulfites’ role in wines

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Véronique Raskin and I have embarked on a journey that has to do with organic wines. And, we really got things going…. That I know for sure. When I saw a link coming in from Italy, I knew that this is huge. Meanwhile, Véronique also knows that this is her moment to finally get out […] The post Understanding sulfites' role in wines appea...

Wine Blog 71 days ago

Marvin Shanken knows how to throw a party

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After each event, when those in attendance begin to wax poetic in the afterglow, those who didn't attend ask, "How do I get onto that list?" The post Marvin Shanken knows how to throw a party appeared first on Wine Blog.

Wine Blog 72 days ago
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