Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

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Opportunity of Circumstance, by Vintner D. H. Gustafson

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 […]

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

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… […]

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The Richebourg Affair, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

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 […]

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Wine Business Monthly ~ And they said magazines were going to die

Since my early days in wine, which started in March of 1993, I’ve watched Wine Business Monthly (WBM) morph. For those of you who aren’t in the wine trade, it’s our professional bible… When it first arrived, is was akin to a newspaper (same kind of paper) and it was free. Seemingly, their advertising took […]

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A Mentor for Success ~ Everyone Needs One

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket –Chinese Proverb p. 154 We all need mentors, whether employed or self employed. I can list every single one of mine, who are related to the wine business. and from previous life incarnation. And I’m betting that you can, too. The need for expert counsel […]

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Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey ~ Super Soul Sunday

Dear Oprah, Thank you for having your Super Soul Sunday show on SuperSoul.tv. Thank you for also having your 11 Life-Transforming Talks from Spiritual Thought Leaders, Change Makers and Wisdom Teachers. I’m not sure where Dr. Tom Pinkson would best serve your audience, but I know that you will decide what’s best. I’m compelled to […]

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Fruitful Aging by Tom Pinkson

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a wine publicist, it’s knowing where to draw the line. And, I had regrettably to do just that recently with an offer made by Tom Pinkson, Ph.D. Just for background of who Dr. Tom Pinkson is, from Tom’s Website: For over 45 years I have traveled the globe […]

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2015 Wine and Spirits Books for the Holidays

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2015 Wine and Spirits Books. Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers ~ Second Edition, by Joseph Mills Every bit as good as his first edition; Joe Mills begins this […]

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The Charlemagne Connection, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

If I were writing my own autobiography, I might have come up with this title, The Charlemagne Connection. Direct descendant of Charlemagne, including his first born Pepin the Short Pepin born from Charlemagne’s first wife, and heir to the throne This genealogy led to Kings of Scot Which lead to the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]

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Sara Matthews ~ A photographer with an extraordinary eye for beauty

Sara Matthews is going to be in California shooting in both May and September. If you’d like to have her photograph your wine world, because you might benefit from her eye and perspective, let her know. She normally spends a day or two at a winery to create a whole portfolio of images, which you […]