Archive for the ‘History’ Category

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Twelfth Day of Christmas

Tweet 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 123Holiday.net site: History […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

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

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Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Tweet 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 […]

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Happy First Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Tweet 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 […]

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Getting to the Heart and Soul of Suisun Valley

Tweet I’ve been working with the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grapegrowers for a long time, at various capacities. My original tasks were primarily to get the name Suisun Valley on the map, and onto the radar screen. They had been in some sort of Rip Van Winkle time warp, and Jose and I were called […]

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Amphoras as seen through the eyes of Portugal

Tweet As I’ve written previously, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. This has become abundantly clear to […]

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Bacigalupi Vineyards ~ 50 Years of living and loving Russian River Valley

The year 2014 is a year of celebrating landmarks in the Russian River Valley, at the venerated Bacigalupi Vineyards. Three generations, including a vibrant Helen Bacigalupi, are in concert, bringing more vigor to the new family-label wines.

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Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler

Tweet Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler just arrived. I believe this is the most important body of work in modern history to present our past of “following the wine trail from Genesis to the Modern Age” (its subtitle). This is not to discount its Modern Divine Wine Trails. These findings are also […]

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“Gracianna,” inspired by true events

Tweet “Gracianna,” inspired by true events, has just rocked my world. Gracianna Winery is located in Russian River Valley on Westside Road. Before this winery was built, on the land of its vineyards, sat a small home. My daughter Melanie and her winemaker husband Heath Hoffman lived on the Amador family’s property for a while. […]