Archive for the ‘Juicy Tale’ Category


The Chilling Howl That Ran Right Under My Window

Photo copyright: aliensprog / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, I worked for Ironstone Vineyards. The following story is one of my favorite memories, while working in the Sierra Mountain region. It all happened in Calaveras County. It began with a two and a half year gig I intuitively knew going into it that it would […]


What NOT to do if you’re a writer ~ A True Juicy Tale

The statement below (on Facebook within a private group) inspired the following blog story… It’s a secret that I’ve long held; and, it’s “What NOT to do if you’re a writer.” This became the title, when I thought about how to position this memory. I’ve held it too long, I need to just let it […]


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 […]


An Impatient Publicist©

“An Impatient Publicist” will be the name of my book, when it’s published, because I am she. I’ll have my soap opera Cheesecake in the Vines buried in there somewhere, because it’s too good of a story to be left unwritten, and I’d like to develop these characters of intrigue. I didn’t write about the […]


When Cork Dork Is Too Simple a Name, or a.k.a. Charm School Dropouts

I love W. Blake Gray, of the Gray Market Report. When he read this story last year, he commented, “Hilarious, Jo. I don’t know how many if any of these things I’ve been guilty of, but I know in the future I’ll be wary of causing Pourus Interruptus.” I’ve had time to think about this […]


Reconnecting with a Grandmaster ~ Richard Mansfield

Back Story When I was working at Belvedere Winery in the 1990s, Richard Mansfield was hired to be the winemaker for Bradford Mountain Winery. As colleagues go, I adored Richard; because, besides educating me, he could really make me laugh. One instance was when we both traveled to Oregon to participate in a road show […]


The side of democracy that our founding fathers never saw coming… the double edge of that sword

I run the risk of sounding pugnacious as I write this… I  know. And, I may never hit the send button. If you’re reading this, I decided to publish it, with this immediate disclaimer. Please don’t think that I’m just a whiny wench. I’m extremely frustrated and just trying to work it out in my […]


Some days I feel like the little red hen

Remember “Hey, you, get off of my cloud!” Or, the Little Red Hen story…. When the bread was finished, the tired little red hen asked her friends, “Who will help me eat the bread?” “I will,” barked the lazy dog. “I will,” purred the sleepy cat. “I will,” quacked the noisy yellow duck. “No!” said […]


Seventy Five Years Later, Who is That Eponymously Sparkling Woman?

“Wake up dear, we’re going to take a walk across the bridge today!” Imagine being six years old and your father insists that you make history with him, by walking across the newly finished San Francisco Gold Gate Bridge. Fast Forward to College… Attending Stanford University, you fall in love with and marry the perfect […]


Dear Undercover Boss Rick Tigner, why was I chosen to be involved?

[Image borrowed from The Press Democrat’s site: KENT PORTER/The Press Democrat] FROM THE PD: In an upcoming episode of CBS’s hit series, Undercover Boss, Rick Tigner, president of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, gets choked up during the hour-long reality show. Production of the show started last spring, around the time that Tigner’s boss and mentor, wine […]