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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 […]

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2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® updates of wine & food

Tweet 2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Ridge Winery Ballentine […]

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Off beat and darned happy to be… Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah

Tweet The premier tasting event for Petite Sirah lovers in-the-world continues to celebrate Petite, with its Ninth Annual Tasting, on February 20, 2015. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® again features a varied selection of Petite Sirah styles, and delectable foods that pair well with Petite. As is the tradition, the wines will be shared by […]

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Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend

Tweet As regards Petite Sirah being The John Wayne of Grapes… Imagine, if you will, being plucked from your homeland shortly after being born. (Some would argue that you were ostracized.) You’re brought to the Atlantic, where you board a steamship headed for America. You land in New York, are put onto the next train […]

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If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

Tweet MONIKER WINE: it’s not brain surgery, people, but look how long it took someone to come up with the actual moniker as a wine brand. Now that it’s out there, the rest of us are all slapping our foreheads. Leave it to the folks at Mendocino Wine Company, to branch out into the Moniker […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

Tweet   The REAL Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * […]

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The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark Beaman ~ During harvest, no less

Tweet One of the many charms of Mark Beaman is that I got a winemaker profile during harvest. One would think that it’s pretty hard to do right now. Certainly I did. So I used a different technique than the meet n’greet interview process. I sent questions to him, and told him there was no […]

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The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

Tweet As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year’s grape season, it’s going down as the season of “bewitching fog” in my neighborhood. However, I’m in Russian River Valley and I’m seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out […]

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Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

Tweet Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just […]

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Did you know that the Judgment of Paris had mostly Sonoma County Wine in that “Number One” winner?

Tweet It isn’t often that I turn my blog over to someone else’s writing. This is my “journal,” so if I didn’t experience it, it’s hard to segue into someone else’s news. That said, I do have an introduction, because over the weekend Jose and I attended the Bacigalupi Family‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Third […]