Archive for the ‘Wine Appreciation’ Category

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Why Are Palates So Eurocentric on the East Coast? Easy Question

I believe I may have found an answer, through my 25 years of observations, visiting both parts of the country extensively, by living on both coasts – each for extended periods of time, and having been to Europe, to see that part of life, too. Here’s what stuck me as pretty true, as I began […]

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Swirling Wine Volatilizes Your Esters

Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine 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.) If you see people […]

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Tasting 101 Simplified for a Novice ~ Especially if you’re faced with teaching it

I was just asked by someone, who’s writing an article on tips of how to train your palate. He asked if I would be interested in sharing a tip for developing tasting chops.

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Wine? Get over it with wine writer Jonathon Alsop

A long time friend and wine associate, Jonathon Alsop is also is the owner of the Boston Wine School. In the early years of my wine blogging (2006), this was one of my first focused blog posts, being duly fed up with wine’s pomposity. I wrote, Everyone Has a Palate. Wine doesn’t deserve the elitist hype […]

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Adega Coop de Redondo in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

If you get a chance, you’ll be doing yourself a tremendous favor, when you discover the Wines of Portugal. As my host, Enoforum Wines introduced me to winemaker Pedro Hipólito of Adega Coop de Redondo (established in 1956). Based in the town of Redondo, in Portugal’s Alentejo district, this is a municipality of the Évora […]

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10 Ways to Avoid Wine Country Crowds

Not everyone loves crowds. Those who do are ultra social beings and it’s great for them. (Keep it up!) It works, because the vast majority of people love being social and in crowds. But, there are others who prefer more intimate settings, so a list of  ways to avoid wine country crowds needs its place, […]

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Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy for the Napa Wine Train incident

Yesterday’s story about the Napa Wine Train sparked some very interesting comments on that post. Wine industry comments support the issue Great thread, Jo! Should be a “must read” for all “wine professionals”, whether in Napa or not! Interestingly, this incident just appeared in our Oregonian newspaper today, but as you can guess, it, too, […]

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The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem

Well, this was bound to happen, regardless of race, creed, or political party. The removal of Wine Train passengers brings a lot of issues to the forefront, from the side of someone on the other side of the bar. Let me digress for a second… When I was working in tasting rooms, inevitably some group […]

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Wine Pros are the best resource for humor

Wine pros, if you also see yourself, enjoy what you’re seeing… It’s all great fun. This was first published in Wine Business Monthly. Under the name of Road Warrior Survival Guide. It’s one of my rants, and it was born from being on the road a bit too much (I think) at the time. While […]

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

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 Vineyards […]