Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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Dear Abby of Wine, Please let me pick your brain

I wish I had time to just take questions and answers, and be paid handsomely. I’d spend the rest of the day eating bonbons and writing kids’ books. Alas, that extra time is spent answering a myriad of questions I never saw coming. Good ones, I’ll give them that. I get a lot of really […]

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Ron Rubin Funds Maynard Amerine Wine Label and Menu Collection at UC Davis

As the Ron Rubin Winery’s PR person, I got to work on this really amazing, philanthropic story for Ron Rubin. Since I worked in collaboration with U.C. Davis, I’m just going to share it in its entirety. Ron Rubin’s 40-Year Dream has now evolved into 6+ years of giving back to his wine community. This […]

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“Cork Dork” by Bianca Bosker, Tells It Like It Is With Lots of Sass

Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork,  A Wine-Fueled Adventure” hit a home run, with this book. I’ve been in a lot of situations, like hers in her story, so it’s all very believable. What a joyful story of learning the who, what, when, and where of the quirky inner sanctum of sommeliers.. Bianca is a down to […]

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Summer Reading ~ Let James Gabler Take You Away

This blog is my wine journal, as a wine publicist, since the day I started it on December 29, 2005. There are very rare occasions, when I segue to something that doesn’t fit the above profile. This is one of those times. I’ve reviewed a few wine books in my wine time. For instance… I’ve […]

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Home Winemaking ~ Yes You Can

Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your homestead, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […]

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The Nose Knows ~ but only after it’s been trained

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir, some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […]

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A Fourteen Week French Wine Scholar™ program in live online-classroom format

Meet the talented instructors who will lead the 14-Week French Wine Scholar ™ program in live online-classroom format, beginning on June 8, 2017.   STUDY UNDER TALENTED AND RENOWNED WINE INSTRUCTORS Sharon McLean is an award-winning wine educator whose ability to teach has been proved time and again by her students: Her wine knowledge is […]

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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 […]