Archive for the ‘News’ Category


The loss of John Pedroncelli is deeply felt in wine country

Tweet 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 […]


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

Tweet 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 […]


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

Tweet 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 – […]


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

Tweet “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 […]


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

Tweet 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. […]


Patty Bogle Passes Away ~ The Wine Industry Has Lost A Quiet Leader

Tweet Yesterday I learned through a news alert from Wine Business that my friend and colleague Patty Bogle has passed away. Patty was the matriarch of Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, and she passed away this past Friday, February 11, 2011. This past Friday, as I was packing up Petite Sirahs for our Dark & Delicious […]


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Federal Register: Petite Sirah and Durif to *finally* become synonyms

Tweet The Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 19, 2011 in the Federal Register, which proposes to add several new names to the regulatory list of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines. Link for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Petite Sirah and […]


Jim Concannon Receives Man of the Year Award

Tweet When I was hired to be the publicist for Concannon Vineyard in 2003, I came to realize that I had been given a true gem, within the wine business. At the time, Lynn Kirimli, the marketing director, and I knew the challenges. Later, when Laurie Jones replaced Lynn, the challenges were still the same, […]


The Rhone Rangers Have Undertaken a Noble Cause, all sparked by an Eric Asimov Question

Tweet The question? “Is There Still Hope for Syrah?” He went on in his story to further ask? “THERE’S a joke going around West Coast wine circles: What’s the difference between a case of syrah and a case of pneumonia? You can get rid of the pneumonia. It would be funnier if it weren’t so […]