Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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Viticulture 101 ~ 3

Tweet Viticulture 101 ~ 3 VIT 101: During spring, the color green is bright and vibrant in the vineyards, with all of the new foliage. You can see wine grapes growing in the background of this picture. I took this picture at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. The reason I chose this image it to show […]

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Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ Perfume is for romance, not for wine tasting

Tweet Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ 101 Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas when tasting wine doesn’t really add anything. In fact, it takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I’m no saint with this one. I’ll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was […]

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Viticulture 101 – 2

Tweet Viticulture 101 continued from last Monday… APRIL 8, 2015: Vines are trained in two different ways. This is the other way, with cordons being discussed in last week’s Viticulture blog. It’s called a “head pruned vine.” The trunk grows up, each spring it grows canes (with leaves, shoots, and tendrils). It then is pruned […]

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Viticulture 101 ~ A Perspective

Tweet My background perspective of viticulture comes from college classes, being in the field, and being behind a camera for that better view. My blog is my journal about my being a wine publicist, for not only viticulture, but for enology, marketing , PR, sales, wine education, for writing about it for over 20 years… […]

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The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine

Tweet As a public service, the following is what the Wine Institute has distributed, since the article about arsenic in wine has been published… The are keeping us all informed. Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic Mar 20, 2015 FACT SHEET Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation […]

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Food safety guidelines for wine and food events, the rigors

Tweet 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 […]

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Cork removal from a bottle is NOT brain surgery

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 much 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 […]

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Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]