Archive for the ‘Jo’s World’ Category

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Top 10 things I’ve learned in the past 10 years of wine blogging

It’s  now been 10 years of wine blogging for me. My anniversary date is December 29, 2005. So, I celebrated on that day by not writing anything, and continuing with my last week of the year’s stay-cation. I can now let a weekday go by and not feel that I have to write a blog […]

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Sauvignon Blanc Claw Factor

What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). On […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

I’m so thankful for a wonderful family, now all over the US (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Florida, and California). This all happened in my generation. (Incredible!) My friends are all over the globe, and that number has greatly expanded via social media. Where are you from? Places I’ve yet to […]

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And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]

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With wine, how much does matter

Once upon a time, in a tasting room, not so far away, I was telling some visitors about wine having health benefits. They thought that was pretty cool. They bought some wine (for their health), and left to visit more wineries. As soon as they left, my tasting room manger came flying around the corner […]

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Trashy Love Story, or… Why I Drink Wine and Not Gin

From the Facebook page Born & Raised in Maine, I saw this picture. It inspired me to share and write: “In Maine, it could happen, but for me… It was squirrels, thankfully.” My friend Terry Mcnulty: When we used to camp at Lake Pillsbury, we would take our food and put it in a big […]

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Yes, I’m “that one”

Being fussy isn’t easy, especially when you’ve written about that one yourself. In my story, it’s called Road Warrior Survival Guide. In the air, it’s probably called Air Warrior Survival Guide… Or, at least it should be, because flight attendant service seems to be a very difficult job, these days… Having to put up with […]

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Still blogging after all these years

What does a wine blogger do on her time “off.” Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it’s not about wine. It’s come to writing children’s stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to me […]

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Slogging along in the wine blogging world

My friend Steve Heimoff just wrote: Wine bloggers: Blogging, or slogging? Well, this week it’s more like slogging for me, versus wine blogging. I’ve actually not posted anything since this past Tuesday, and today is Friday. Why? Life has just taken over. Wines to taste, wine competition forms to fill out, reports to write, bookkeeping […]

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This is NOT like one-of those foreign-emails you probably get

A day in the life of a wine publicist… Hi, I came across-your contact over the-web and wanted to-share a brief note. I think a few-changes, aesthetically and/or SEO-wise, can make your site-convert more-visitors into leads-and also get it placed-higher in the organic search-results, for a few of the select terms. (Search-Engine-Optimization is the-process of […]