Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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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 […]

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Brian Mitchell PhD ~ Paying Attention to Analyzing Gen Y

[Purchased photo credit: Olaf Speier] Let me begin by saying that the only formal study I’ve had with Gen Y, is raising three lovely daughters, observing them 24/7/365 at different levels of living, for however many years each one is old. Now, I observe each of them with her own family, and the children that […]

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Bordeaux ~ Getting to the Bottom of Left and Right Bank Soils ~ partie six

Continuing from last week’s Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie six… This Earth Snapshot image is located on this Website: Sediments in the Gironde Estuary, France, and is of The Gironde Estuary, formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. I left soil for last, because its a serious, geological […]

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My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leaf. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It’s marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as “it’s been happening in the wine world since forever.” This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I’m learning I’ll […]

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Earth Day Celebrations at Safari West in Wine Country

Coming to wine country, or live here? What are you doing on Earth day? Safari West is cordially inviting you to celebrate Earth Day with them on Friday, April 22nd. Earth Day is the day that they traditionally set aside to honor the bountiful planet we all call home. In my humble opinion, there’s no […]

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Wine? Get over it with wine writer Jonathon Alsop

A long time friend and wine associate, Jonathon Alsop is also is the owner of the Boston Wine School. In the early years of my wine blogging (2006), this was one of my first focused blog posts, being duly fed up with wine’s pomposity. I wrote, Everyone Has a Palate. Wine doesn’t deserve the elitist hype […]

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Astrid Sirah ~ A not so distant cousin

Open letter to those of you who want to call Petite Sirah “a distant relative of Syrah…” Hello, You, Great story you’ve just written. In 2002, after a Petite Sirah symposium that I put on for Lou Foppiano, I started the wine grape advocacy group PS I Love You. The facts and figures you have […]

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Wine Market Council Announces Details of 2016 Consumer Research Conference in Napa

The Wine Market Council has announced details of 2016 Consumer Research Conferences, which are taking place on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Yountville, California. The Wine Market Council is a non-profit association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, and other affiliated wine businesses and organizations. This year’s conferences include the following presentations: John Gillespie, […]

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Wine Doesn’t Have To Be Rocket Science – It Can Easily Be Wine Folly

While making wine does involve the two sciences of viticulture and enology, for those of us wanting to learn about it, is doesn’t have to so complicated that it loses its luster. I do have 60 college units dedicated to understanding it, so I could work with wine clients and not be a dolt on […]

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Petite Sirah in Paso, at last we’re taking PS education to the people

PS I Love You‘s mission has always been, since 2002… To promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a heritage variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness. The only change that’s now happening is that we’re taking it away from a food and wine event, and getting it back to the heart of […]