Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

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Jerusalem and the High Holy Holidays with Wine ~ PSÂGOT Kosher Wines

Today is a day when – for this year – we segue from the end of Hanukkah season right into the Christmas season. Both born from significant historical and religious events, today, I’m left to wondering. Do you think there will ever again be such compelling circumstances in history, that create what’s recorded as miracles, […]

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Holiday Frenzy: What to get, What to get? Into Wine?

All of the following are from #samples. The holidaze are upon us: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Birthday (yes, some of us have that thrown in for good measure), Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year… They’re all relevant, as is wine, to many of December’s cultures celebrating these festive days. I’ve come to realize, December means […]

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St. Mayhem Hückfest ~ Get Ready for a Holiday with Bold Winter Spices

This was a sample. From their Art + Farm Website: If you are curious. If you embrace mistakes. if you answer to a higher calling and appreciate artisan and hand made products…welcome to our tribe. Pull up a chair and a glass and let’s embark on a journey of discovery. Kat and Rob McDonald are […]

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Wine Related Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

All of the following are from Samples: The holidaze are upon us: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Birthday (yes, some of us have that thrown in for good measure), Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year… They’re all relevant, as is wine, to many of December’s cultures celebrating these festive days. I’ve come to realize, December means […]

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The Stuffing ~ Since 1994, The Ultimate Thanksgiving from Bon Appétit Paired with some favorite wines

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 for that time. 2) All wine reviews originate from free samples, sent by PR people representing the brands. 3) Images are mostly mine, some are purchased, a few rare ones are […]

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Rosh Hashanah ~ Wine of the Week ~ PSÂGOT Edom

Shana Tova, to all of my Jewish family and friends! Raised as a Catholic child, religion was a great comfort to me; as an adult, the dogma became difficult. So, like many people during the 60s and 70s, the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were so intriguing that that culture introduced me to a new […]

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First Memorial Day 1865 ~ It Might Surprise You

MoveOn.org “KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865, in Charleston, SC, to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude […]

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Concannon Vineyard ~ where St. Patrick’s Day means so much

While James Concannon may have not been the first Irish vintner to work in a vineyard or winery in the United States, he was clearly the first Irish vintner to create his own winery. This is why, for me, celebrating St. Patty’s Day has a lot of significance. So much credence is given to the […]

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Simply Charmed ~ That’s What I Was and What It Is

Being December born… Let’s just call this a “musing,” or “stream of consciousness…” Asked if I would consider looking at Simply Charmed magnetic wine glass charms, I thought, “Why not. Sounds like fun!” Anything December really strikes my fancy. I wondered, too, “What’s new and clever, and there’s a wine component attached to it? Something […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]