Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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Current Wine and Winegrape Research course offered by UC Davis Extension

This is Public Service Announcement for UC Davis. For the inquisitive, marketers, wine sales industry pros, wanting to understand more about wine grapes and current enology projects. You are invited to join U.C. Davis’s Extension program for the Current Wine and Winegrape Research course, so that you can soar to new heights of understanding. Monday, […]

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Bordeaux 101 ~ The Stages of Learning about Bordeaux ~ partie

Bordeaux 101, my stages of discovery for the past year. Since this is a birthday for me, and my last year was devoted to learning more about Bordeaux, today I’m sharing my Bordeaux 101, for anyone else so inspired. Now I’m going into a new region: Verona, Italy, for 2017. Today is my cross over, […]

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To all my wine pals: Grow Your Career in the Wine Industry at SSU

So many of my contacts are now wanting to gain wine industry knowledge, in order to grow their career in wine business. When I got into wine, I went to Santa Rosa Junior College, because they had a terrific wine sales and marketing degree program. I could have been running around with arrows for a […]

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A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let’s explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]

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Bordeaux ~ Banking on Iconic Wineries ~ partie quatorze

[Image: © CIVB, 2012. Design: Siksik – Cartography. Édition Benoít France] As I look at this map to the right, I realize how much farther I have to go to understand Bordeaux. I’ve written about the Left and Right banks; as we look at this map, we have much more to learn. Left Bank North-West […]

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Thinking About the Mountaintop ~ Justin Style ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Good, better, best: never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best…

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Bordeaux ~ What You Don’t Know ~ partie dix

[Copyright: phbcz / 123RF Stock Photo – paid image of Chateau Cos D’Estournel, Bordeaux Region, France] I searched on “What You Don’t Know About Bordeaux,” just out of curiosity, so see what I’ve been missing with bigger picture items. Up popped my friend Monique Soltani’s Website with that exact same name… Her Website is WineOh.tv, […]

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Swallow This ~ Second Edition ~ Mark Phillips

I love this guy Mark Phillips… He’s the brains behind WineTasting.org. His site begins with “Making Wine Fun.” Yes, indeed, he’s got quite the sense of humor. I learned a long, long time ago, make what they have to learn be as much fun (and funny) as possible, and even the most complicated concepts become […]

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Tasting 101 Simplified for a Novice ~ Especially if you’re faced with teaching it

I was just asked by someone, who’s writing an article on tips of how to train your palate. He asked if I would be interested in sharing a tip for developing tasting chops.

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Bordeaux ~ The Aquitaine Region ~ partie huit

I’m learning about Bordeaux, a big piece of my wine puzzle that’s been missing since I began my wine journey in 1993. When one moves from a state like Maine to California, California wines just take over, especially if you make California wine your business and not a hobby. [Do you know that Maine is […]