Archive for the ‘Variety’ Category

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Variety versus varietal – Oh, this is so perfect

Variety versus varietal…I think I finally understand it all. This might even be the last time I bring this one up, ever again. The meme below, in this blog post, will just say it all for me, from now on. The Big Picture I’m sick to death of wine writers who are constantly defending the […]

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Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart

Yup… I’m going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart, and I don’t care. I first wrote about his on May 11, 2007. Then, I brought it up again on March 11, 2011. My most recent post for this one was on July 3, 2012. Now, it’s July 2014, and it’s circled […]

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Wine Grape Leaves

There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which in all fairness was planted pre-K-J, when the facility was Chateau DeBaun. What’s interesting to note (I […]

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The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Petite Sirah Symposium

The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Petite Sirah Symposium, sponsored by Concannon Vineyard. Become part of the movement Don’t find yourself reading about how it went, and thinking you can completely recapture the day from any article. No story can condense into anything that will be earth shattering for you. Lead the parade […]

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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 […]

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Expanding Your Grape Varieties Knowledge Base

Expanding your grape varieties knowledge base  never got easier, I think. It’s up for debate… Ever wonder how to learn many of those obscure grape varieties? As you prepare to become a master of wine, you could become inspired by Richard Hemming. He took his talent for music to new heights with this one. You’re […]

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The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium is announced by Oak Knoll Winery

The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium is announced by Oak Knoll Winery, as Oregon Pinot Gris continues to gather national awareness and the effort for understanding it continues. It will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Oak Knoll Winery. This year’s focus is going to be “What the marketing efforts for Oregon […]

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Steve Hall of Robert Biale Vineyards talks about how great wine begins in a great vineyard

Steve Hall of Robert Biale Vineyards has that very easy, very comfortable way about him; and he uses that accessible trait to describe meticulous details of his craft… Namely: working with vineyard owners being at the mercy of mother nature knowing as much about each vine as he possibly could; from the good of the […]

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Miro Tcholakov of Trentadue Winery Talks Winemaking from the Vineyards

There are two separate segments with this interview between Jose Diaz of Diaz Communications and Miro Tcholakov, the winemaker for Trentadue Winery. Miro makes wine for both Trentadue Winery and also his own brand, Miro Cellars. Miro’s got the dream job… And, he’s one of the winemakers whom I’ve adored for a very long time. […]

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The Most Significant Planting of Zinfandel in Our Modern Era, by Dave Pramuk

According to Dave Pramuk, Robert Biale’s co-founder and marketing strategist, “Robert Biale Vineyards is delighted with this project – the most significant planting of Zinfandel in Napa Valley in our modern era. In the pioneering days of California viticulture, Zinfandel was the grape of choice across the state. In Napa Valley, Zinfandel once comprised over […]