Archive for the ‘News’ Category


The Bordeaux Wine Experience says, “Attacks in Paris: We will never surrender”

In a message from Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, wine writer, and president of the Bordeaux Wine Experience: Cheers from Bordeaux, International solidarity after the callous attack on our Western Civilization… Bonjour Jo, It’s not going to happen. I was shocked by the callous attacks in Paris last Friday and we mourn those that were […]


The only way to get over this is to get under it, Governor Brown

Governor Brown, this blog post is dedicated to you: If you see me in this vineyard tomorrow morning, only five minutes from my home, with my bar of soap and towel, know that this is where I’ll be taking my showers from now on. My husband went out and about yesterday, to get coffee, something […]


Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I’d help the family to distribute the news, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The wine […]


Americans reacting to the lawsuit regarding high levels of arsenic in wine

Regarding the story that CBS reported on last week, regarding high levels of arsenic: Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines With a title about high levels of arsenic, it’s enough to scare anyone… And, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines are looking better all of the time… unless you know the producer and its […]


The loss of John Pedroncelli is deeply felt in wine country

John Pedroncelli was one of those quiet leaders; you know them, they’re the most in tune with harmony. [The Pedroncelli family photo is borrowed from their Website.] The title read, “John Pedroncelli, prominent Dry Creek winemaker, dies at 89,” and my heart sank… We’ve lost a great one from Dry Creek Valley and from PS […]


Jack Roberts + Ray and Eleanor Heald (Jack passes away, the Healds are retiring)

Some days you just don’t want those Emails to come in. On March 3, I got this one from radiojack:


The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium at Oak Knoll Winery Set Out New Marketing Directions

On Thursday, June 13, The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium at Oak Knoll Winery set out new marketing directions. At each and every turn, presenters took on the challenges before them, while exploring Oregon’s internal strengths and weakness, as well as their external opportunities and threats, as regards Oregon’s Pinot Gris. The leader of […]


11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard

11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard The Link For Registering The Day’s Agenda ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSIONS, LUNCH & TASTING: Concannon Vineyard TUESDAY JULY 23, 2013 REGISTER NOW AGENDA 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. WELCOME ~ John Concannon 8:40 – 8:50 […]


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 […]


Mirassou Winery, On Behalf of the Wine Industry, “A Big Thank You”

Recently I was reading a wine business news story about a major wine corporation donating thousands of dollars to a non-profit that had absolutely nothing what-so-ever to do with the wine business. It wasn’t for disaster relief, which one always understands; it was more an act of random kindness, from an outside observer’s perspective. I […]