Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

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Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality

Tweet I wrote this story on July 20, and scheduled it for today. I have to write ahead, because my day job is writing for other people, and I don’t have the luxury of time each morning to write 1,500 words, as this blog post is. This takes about three to do… I’d have to […]

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Wine country time

I’d like to institute a law, revoking the “pedestrians have the right of way” one.

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Top 10 Marketing Contributions to the Success of PS I Love You’s 10 Years

Tweet Top 10 Marketing Contributions to the Success of PS I Love You’s 10 Years of existence… It’s been 10 great years as the founding executive director of PS I Love You, Inc. It’s also been, without a doubt, the most challenging and rewarding job of my professional life; although being the director of a […]

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Exploring the Fine Line Between Wine Snob and Wine Enthusiast

Tweet I just read a story on TheGlobeandMail.com, entitled, You too can talk like a wine snob. Why do wine writers perpetuate the concept of a wine “snob?” Is it because readers love to rag about them, and it makes for fun gossip? What I read that really got me to thinking… One commenter wrote, […]

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“Sonoma County’s Riviera ~ A Winery Done Well,” produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Rated “G”)

Tweet More than once on this blog, I’ve written about children having a place at wineries. They should have a place, in my humble opinion. Most winery owners have children, and their children – like mine did when living at home – were able to enjoy wine with their meals. Why not? Wine is a […]

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Speed Tasting, What’s Your Opinion?

Tweet Okay, I’m from the Charm School generation. Seriously, my mother sent me to school to learn how to set a table, walk with a book on my head, and know how to wear gloves. (I’m might have flunked it… I’m not quite sure.) Regardless, I did pick up a few things along the way. […]

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Dan Berger’s “Sound of Tension” Hit a Chord

Tweet My Vintage Experiences just arrived, and as I was reading Dan Berger’s lead story, I found myself nodding in agreement. Dan wrote: The “music,” and I use the term quite loosely, was mainly a series of shorter pieces each with an assertive drum beat. Thumping bass notes were thoroughly annoying and a real intrusion […]

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Could Supertasters Be the Key to Knowing That Organic Wines Are Truly More Delicious?

Tweet Remember, the key to these wines is to enjoy them when they’re young. They don’t have added sulfites to give them a longer shelf life. If you’re referred to as a supertaster, your palate probably answers, “Yes, organic wines have the potential to taste more delicious.” (At least mine does.) Having a super palate […]

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Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ Please Save Your Perfume for More Romantic Times

Tweet Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas when tasting wine don’t really add anything. In fact, they take a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I’m no saint with this one. I’ll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was when I began my wine […]

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Hyposmia ~ How’s Your Palate As You Age?

Tweet Probably not too many people in this lifetime want to admit that their palates are on the wane. No awards are given for fessing up, and it will definitely work in one’s disfavor, but I’ve always been one for telling it like it is, not like it isn’t… I just didn’t know there was […]