Archive for the ‘Wine 101’ Category

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Why is something so simple so hard? “Removing the Cork 101”

Just can’t get enough of this one, as I watch people struggle all the time, including nervous waitservers. Why is pulling out a cork so darn intimidating? Because very few of us in our American culture were raised on wine, so we don’t know how darned easy it is. As we’re on stage when it’s […]

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The Nose Knows ~ but only after it’s been trained

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir, some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […]

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Kids in Wine Country, Bring Them On!

Back to my Robert Mondavi Winery days on this one, because I gathered the best stories while working there. Winery Tour Guide You realize, there are a lot of kids who live in wine country, right? Many of them are born into the wine world, so wine is NOT the forbidden fruit, nor is it […]

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Wine Grape Varieties in Portugal

To say that this list is extensive is an understatement. All images are from my visits, while in Portugal at Bodega Borba and Bodega Redondo. I’m giving you some authenticity from the Evora region, to go along with the facts. It is said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I […]

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Volatilizing Your Esters is Worth Your Time and Energy

Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine even hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine (volatilizing) releases the bouquet. The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent of the grape. It cracks me […]

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Calling All Marketing Departments, Life Just Got Really Easy

FOREWORD: I was contacted by Visme to share this info graphic. It hadn’t been until I’d written this blog, however, that I fully understood how this company has incredible opportunities for wine companies. You can now personalize amazing presentations, create infographics, and enhance other engaging content for your staff, marketing materials, and for your consumers. […]