Archive for the ‘Award’ Category


Step Aside, Vintners, When it Comes Time For Your Wine Award

I chuckled when I read that Kanye West and his wife are now making wine. Not because of what the quality of the wine might be. All I could see was a Wine Enthusiast’s Awards of the Year party, and Kanye running up onto the stage and ripping the award out of Helen Turley’s hands, to […]


Commitment to quality is always rewarded, as Vintner Ron Rubin recently learned

An Extraordinary Man Is Recognized: The Republic of Tea’s Ron Rubin has been named to Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame… As his wine publicist, I was part of the first line of learning, then part of the distribution, and also provided some insights for copy about his continued commitment of excellence through his Rubin […]


The ego versus the reality

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 meet its […]


Top 10 Reasons I Blog

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 […]


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

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 […]


Nomination Period for the 2013 Wine Blog Awards Now Open

Last year, as a member of a female wine writers and bloggers group, when the Wine Blog Awards’ nomination process was opened, I heard some rumblings about how women just weren’t getting a voice in the nomination process.  I’m one of those people who tends to “worry about the things I can change,” so I […]


Paris Hilton + Clinton Stark = This Blog

So, there I was, looking at the back end of this wine blog (something I do everyday, to analyze what’s going on behind the scenes)… It’s like stepping behind the Wizard of Oz’s curtain… And I saw this link: Clinton Stark of Stark Insider, evaluated wine blogs in 2009, so I see when someone […]


Lisa Mattson Receives the 2012 Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award

Each year, since 2009, Jose and I not only watch who’s a leading innovator, but we also feel, as seasoned veterans, it behooves us to call attention to someone within the wine industry who demonstrates serious innovative leadership. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, it was pretty easy to see innovation leaders… those who were creating […]


Restaurant Wine by Ronn Wiegand ~ Submitting Samples

One of the greatest joys I’ve experienced in the wine business is the relationships that I’ve been able to build within the wine writing community. Ronn Wiegand, MS and MW, of Restaurant Wines is right up there with the best. Although he’s moved from Napa to Europe, the bond continues for this bright and talented […]


2013 Class of the Vintners Hall of Fame: Cesar Chavez, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Frank Schoonmaker, and Merry Edwards

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has announced that its 2013 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees will be legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez, wine writer Frank Schoonmaker, the founder of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, and winemaking pioneer Meredith “Merry” Edwards. I love the announcement of this annual award, because it captures the heart of the […]