Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category

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A Very Interesting Importer’s Perspective ~ Pre Reading her book ~ “How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide”

Tweet “How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide” has been written by Deborah M. Gray. When I was queried about whether or not I’d like to read her book, I thought, “Bring it on.” I spent a couple of years with Enoforum Wines (from Évora, Portugal), prior to their becoming imported to the United States. […]

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Fallow the Yellow Brink Road at Trefethen on April Fool’s Day

Tweet What a great marketing effort by Trefethen. First of all, who doesn’t love to get packages in the mail? Secondly, who doesn’t love a practical joke? Thirdly… We’re all headed toward April Fool’s day, and Trefethen has just nailed it! In an effort to get my attention, they sent their new release to me… […]

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Oscars 2010: Pre Oscar Party in Hollywood With Client Tequila Semental

Tweet And, I interviewed Alex Trebek of Jeopardy, former proprietor of Creston Vineyards. [See below for more details and image.] Talk about glamour… Fashion and elegance… Hollywood event producer Anita Talbert (Hollywood Award Suites) has again just executed on what was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever seen in the posh Beverly Hills […]

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How Randall Graham, Steve Heimoff, and Charlie Palmer Led to Sean Thackrey, Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace

Tweet What a cast of characters… The Sonoma County Wine Library (in Healdsburg) is only seven miles from my house, which occasionally host authors. I’m on the distribution list for announcements. In December, they hosted a wine writers reception, that included Randall Grahm (of Bonny Doon Vineyards fame) and Steve Heimoff. Having never met Randall […]

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Happy New Year! Welcoming 2010 ~ What’s Your Resolution?

Tweet I’d really like to know what your New Year’s Resolution is for 2010. I’ve found that when I have resolve, I tend to make things happen (quitting nail biting as a pre teen, quitting smoking as a young adult, learning about Portuguese culture last year, and many others). As a small incentive for you […]

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Contest: Wine-Blog December Gifts: One Drawing per Week for Five Weeks

Tweet I had so much fun with my Reader Appreciation Day give away (I’m a Sagittarian, we’re know for being generous), that my plan for this season of giving is to offer one gift per week during this holiday month. There are so many things to celebrate this month and I have a gift to cover […]

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European Wine Bloggers Conference ~ Strangers in a Not So Strange Land

Tweet Here’s the schedule: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  ~ Alternatives: to participate in the workshops of the EWBC or to visit the Saint Jorge Castle and the old town of Lisbon 1:00 p.m. ~ Lunch at IBO Restaurant 2:30 p.m. ~ EWBC Yesterday, Delfim Costa, João Costa, Luis Ribeiro (all from Enoforum Wines of […]

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European Wine Bloggers Conference ~ Hitting the Ground Running in Lisbon

Tweet Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal. WinePredator arrives tonight. Just spent the morning in a social media seminar led by Ryan Opaz (Catavino) and André Ribeirinho (Adegga). With the help of my new Blackberry and tutorials from Jose, I was ready to Twitter myself into oblivion. I pretty much kept up with all things being discussed, […]

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Pinot on the River ~ Gorgeous Day ~ Beautiful Wines Part 2

Tweet My question is… How can two hours of tasting turn into eight hours of writing and formatting? I guess Pinot on the River was all that… and more. Cloud’s Rest… Only 400 to 500 cases a year are produced of this wine… An entire winery’s production is dedicated to Pinot Noir. They have 10,000 […]

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Is this the future for wine bloggers? Having to police our own blogs from thieves

Tweet This week seems to have a barrage of people who have decided that the way for them to make a little extra money is to take a blog’s content through an RSS feed, and let that blog’s content make money for them through Google ads. Honestly, it takes a lot of click-throughs to make […]