Archive for the ‘Event’ Category


A RARE Opportunity to Taste Artisan Napa Valley Cabs on February 24

[Photo from winery sites. First photo: Herb Lamb Vineyards] Over the years, as I look back, I’ve come to realize that my calling has always been to champion the underdogs. And I write “underdogs” with the utmost respect. I see talent and I know potential. I came to first realize my gift when I couldn’t […]

When Carl Doumani Calls ~ A Petite Master Has Answers

How appropriate that I get to write about PS I Love You and Petite Sirah on Valentine’s day. Years ago, when I was loving the architecture of Carl Doumani’s Quixote Winery, in a meeting we had set up for an interview, we had finished chatting and he gifted his time-worn Hundertwasser book to me. I […]


21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival ~ Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner

Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner AT THE 21st ANNUAL SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL March 21 through March 25, 2017   This is a film lovers’ paradise. Add food and wine, and the Gala sounds like an Epicurean/wine lovers’ blast! I haven’t made my way down valley to attend any of the events surrounding […]


Do You Craft a High End Grenache or a Grenache Blend, or in the Wine Business and Passionate about Grenache?

THE SOMM JOURNAL As a public service to The Tasting Panel, if you are a producer that crafts a high end Grenache or a Grenache Blend, you have an opportunity to pour at a walk-around tasting in the LA area. There’s no fee, just pour your wine and have someone to represent the brand.  Space […]


Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018

Tickets are $45.00, and are being sold through Eventbrite.


Winter WINEland 2018 ~ Wine Country is Alive And Well

Join us for two glorious days along Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County as we celebrate the 26th Annual Winter WINEland! 2018. It’s right in my backyard, on January 13 and 14, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., each day. We love seeing you all, wine glasses in hand, going from one participating winery […]


How to get what you want from a blogger, by simply approaching it honestly, no deception included

Let me just say this, I was NOT looking for a sequel, in any way, shape, or form today. Nope, I wasn’t. Then… Along came another query today, but this one was well ORGANIZED!


Bloggers Getting Legal ~ Wine Bloggers Conference 2017

DISCLAIMER: Wine-Blog is a journal of my PR wine activities and learnings. 1) I occasionally write stories about wine clients, but don’t charge them hours for that time. 2) Wine reviews (and trips) originate from free samples sent by PR people representing the brands. 3) Images are either mostly mine, some are purchased; a few […]


The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation’s November 10-12 Wine Classic

Every year, I’ve heard about The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation’s  wine classic. It’s one I’ve never attended; however, I’ve heard glowing reports for a very long time. If I were anywhere near it, I’d be there! The wine classic is a 501 (C)(3), which means that it benefits local charities. This year is the […]


Golf Ball Terroir ~ Welcome to Karibu

Karibu in Swahili means welcome; so Welcome to Welcome… This is part of my current learning curve, as I prepare stories for Karibu Vineyard’s new Web site. It’s in the process of being developed: Lyla Moore has created the logo. Jose’s creating the website, coding it, adding pictures, you know… You’ve all either built sites […]