Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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Becoming A French or Italian Wine Scholar Has Never Been Easier

The Wine Scholar Guide program providers in California are offering the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs. Both session programs are beginning shortly. These wine courses are designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization programs, on both French and Italian wines. Look for an […]

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Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which […]

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Sur Lie, on the Lees, and Sir Leigh

A very common mistake that I see, over and over again, 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 on the lees while flavor is extract. When the wine […]

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Does size really matter?

Yes, it really does. Check out how happy my friend Denise Medrano (The Wine Sleuth) is, for instance. The size of the smile on Denise’s face is directly proportional to the size of the bottle… The bigger the bottle, for instance, the longer the wine will age well. There’s less space (not oxygen, because that […]

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Calling All Marketing Departments, Life Just Got Really Easy

FOREWORD: I was contacted by Visme to share this info graphic. It hadn’t been until I’d written this blog, however, that I fully understood how this company has incredible opportunities for wine companies. You can now personalize amazing presentations, create infographics, and enhance other engaging content for your staff, marketing materials, and for your consumers. […]

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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 […]