Archive for the ‘History’ Category


How did I miss Bourbon Month in September… Bourbon Curious, by Fred Minnick

FACEBOOK: Take the book closest to you, turn to page 45, read the first sentence, and that will explain your love life. Okay… “President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed a whiskey council made up of industry executives to help the government create a distillery plan for the war efforts.” Yeah, it would take a novel to […]


The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming

It’s always a joy to receive Iron Horse Vineyards’ bubbles. As I read Joy Sterling’s cover letter about her family’s 2010 Russian Cuvée, it sparked another memory, but first, what was written, so you understand the brain connection. Understandably, my family still takes complete credit for ending the Cold War. The 2010 Russian Cuvée in […]


Italy is weighing in as having the most indigenous grapes + Cabernet labrusco

Who has the most indigenous grapes? I once wrote that Portugal has more indigenous grape varieties than any other country in the world. At the time (June 17, 2010) I was entrenched in Portugal, its culture, its people, its wines. I then glimpsed that Italy also declared that it had more indigenous grape varieties, but […]


The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

What I do on my weekends, these days… I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, “I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?” Lately, on weekends, I’m researching and developing a personal story, since I need to now step […]


Historic Variety: Mission Grape

The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class at Santa Rosa Junior College, taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. It was regarding the Mission Grape’s role in California Wine Viticultural history. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, […]


Twelfth Day of Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed. Get yourself a great glass of wine; this is a good finish to our series. In Catholic countries, this is a day of great joy, also called “Three Kinds Day” or the “Epiphany.” From the site: History of […]


As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

As I read Robert Parker’s “Best of 2014” in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I’ve been handling being “on pointe,” since December 29, 2005. Yes, I’ve been wine blogging since then… and it’s now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it’s so much writing. I’m going to now […]


Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Happy Third Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 28. The Three French hens = faith, hope, and love.


Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let’s celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska: From the Catholic News […]


Happy First Day of Christmas from Wine Country

On December 26, happy First Day of Christmas, everyone. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let’s celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. I don’t consider myself a Catholic anymore, although I was raised as one. As I hear about different cultures in the US now all celebrating Christmas, […]