Archive for the ‘Wine Appreciation’ Category

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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 […]

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A wine tasting experience ~ elitism can sneak in and ruin a good glass of wine

A wine tasting experience ~ elitism can sneaks in and ruin a good glass of wine… I remember the first story I wrote about wine tasting experiences. I was suggesting that people should get over the elitist BS that goes with enjoying wine. Yeah, I just wrote BS, because that’s all it is to me. […]

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Elitism can sneak in and ruin a good glass of a wine tasting experience

At a wine tasting, in my humble opinion — and I could be all wrong — elitism can sneak in and ruin a good glass of wine. I remember the first story I wrote about wine tasting experiences. I was suggesting that people should get over the elitist BS that goes with enjoying wine. Yeah, […]

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Spitting ~ I’m From the School of Jackson Pollack Versus Pablo Picasso

When a copy of Vineyard & Winery Management arrived, editor Tina Caputo wrote on Facebook that it was her favorite cover ever. I can see why. Chad Johnson (left) and Cory Braunel (right) of Walla Walla’s Dusted Valley Vintners are having a good spit. Kevin Masterman took the shot… straight into the wind. As I looked […]

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Explorers of Portugal Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

While in Portugal and the Alentejo wine grape growing region, I was a guest of Enoforum Wines. At the time, I received a well-rounded education from my friend Delfim Costa. From the beginning of our friendship, Delfim has taught me that to understand Portuguese wines it’s most important to first understand the people of Portugal. […]

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The Curious World of Wine and Eklektikon examples, it’s all Greek to me

The Curious World of Wine I was asked to review Dr. Richard Vine’s book, The Curious World of Wine. Being a book lover, I accepted the offer to add this delightful book to my both my library and to my mind’s expansion. I’m so glad I did. What an easy, fun read about the world […]

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Why do you volatilize your esters?

Image via Wikipedia 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.) It […]