Archive for the ‘California’ Category

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Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

Tweet Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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Open letter to wine event volunteers ~ Everyone is a CO-STAR

So, dear Volunteers, imagine if we advocacy groups didn’t have you for our wine events. Simple math suggests that this advocacy group, for instance, would have to either close down, or find a volunteer to run the group.

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Earth Day 2014 in Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards

On Earth Day 2014, come spend an afternoon in this amazing viticultural area, known as Green Valley of the Russian River Valley… One of the coolest places to be is in Green Valley…

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Earth Day 2014 ~ Sandra Day O’Connor will be at Iron Horse Vineyards

Tweet I just got word for Earth Day 2014 ~ Sandra Day O’Connor will be at Iron Horse Vineyards for next year’s festivities. I just marked my calendar for Sunday, April 27, 2014,. The event will again be held at Iron Horse, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Personally, Justice O’Connor is one of […]

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Winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery

Tweet Headed to wine country and want to do it in true style…  A winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery is where you want to be, if you’re in Russian River Valley. I’ve long been a supporter of Westside Road, having spent my first five years in the wine business there. At […]

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Oh, la Joie, les Iron Horse bulles sont arrivés

Tweet Oh, la Joie, les Iron Horse bulles sont arrivés… a throw-back to growing up with French “Bernier” grandparents (rhymes with “Viognier”). Translated: “Oh, Joy, the bubbles have arrived.” Each year, as we head into the last quarter of the year, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards sends a big box of her newly released […]

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11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard

Tweet 11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard The Link For Registering The Day’s Agenda ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSIONS, LUNCH & TASTING: Concannon Vineyard TUESDAY JULY 23, 2013 REGISTER NOW AGENDA 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. WELCOME ~ John Concannon 8:40 – […]

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Little Black Dress ~ A bouquet that *is* a bouquet

Tweet I just opened a bottle of white wine from Little Black Dress ~ A bouquet that *is* a bouquet was the first thing that came to mind as the aromas wafted upwards… 2010 Little Black Dress Divalicious Wine The blend for this wine is the following… and keep up with me: 64% Pinot Grigio (Gris) 18% […]

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Puncheons continue to become more popular for use in winemaking

Tweet In a story by my writing buddy Larry Walker, which was publised in Wine & Vines, Larry wrote a story entitled “How Big Is Your Barrel?” It was written in February 2006, and Larry quotes barrel broker Mel Knox as saying “… in the early 1980s, he didn’t sell a single puncheon. ‘Now, I […]