Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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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 […]

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The Essence of Wine

Tweet First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I’d read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it’s taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… […]

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The Warner Wine Guide

I curiously had to click on the pdf and what I realized is that I could learn a lot from this one graphic, so it’s worth sharing. I’m giving you the smaller image, so you can see that it’s wroth your time and/or interest.

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2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® updates of wine & food

Tweet 2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Ridge Winery Ballentine […]

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The comma coma ~ writing wine press releases

Tweet One use of the comma Here’s how it works, just to make your press releases read as they should. Addressing Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved with their two children, Ann and Peter, to the San Francisco Bay Area, in the fall of 1996. Talking about Ann and Peter: Michael and Mary moved […]

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Current Issues in Vineyard Health to be held at UC Davis Extension

Tweet Brought to you by the UC Davis Extension Department, the following is the day’s agenda and registration information for the ‘Current Issues in Vineyard Health’ course. It is going to be held this year in the UC Davis Conference Center, on December 2, 2014. According to Deborah Golino the director of the Foundation Plant […]