Archive for the ‘Wine Awards’ Category

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Monique Soltani ~ Media and Videographer of Wine Country

Tweet A few years ago, a wine writer of great fame was coming into my area to participate in a book signing and story telling from the publishing of his latest tome. His publisher hadn’t even given him a stipend for his travels and time, which is a very common practice, I’ve learned. I recently […]

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And, the PS I Love You’s Phenomenal Service Award goes to….

Tweet It’s with great pleasure that the Board of Directors announced at their annual meeting that Concannon Vineyard is the PS I Love You 2012 Phenomenal Service Award. [Pictured at the 10th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium, left to right: Evan Goldstein (keynote speaker), John Concannon, and Jim Concannon.] I’ve long marveled at what Concannon has done […]

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Does Anybody Really Need Publicity? I Still Get Asked This Occasionally.

Tweet In the world of any product (people, places, and things), publicity is an independent third-part endorsement. Those who love to write deliver the message to those who love to read and/or listen. It’s that simple. Why anyone would take the time to create an internal story, then deliver it to the outside world is […]

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Average Consumer is Planted at Petite Sirah Symposium for Impressions

Tweet At the Eighth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium sponsored by and held at Concannon Vineyard this past August, I planted a couple of my friends at this industry only event. Why? I felt that it’s important to get a handle on what the average consumer thinks of Petite Sirah. So, I conducted my experiment in […]

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The Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

Tweet [Image courtesy of Gary Mangels] Mae Fisher Purcell wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: When Omar Khayyam, poet-tentmaker, wrote in his immortal Rubalyat the […]

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F. Paul Pecault ~ Wine Writer #36

Tweet F.Paul Pecault is a wine and spirits veteran, who began his career as the PR person for Rodney Strong Vineyards. That’s no stretch for understanding, because if someone is working as a PR agent, it stands to reason that the person is a writer. Most PR people don’t segue from that career into writing […]

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Wine Enthusiast Nominations for 2009 are Stellar

Tweet Awards are great! Giving them is a show of appreciation for the efforts of others, who have passionately strived for what they believe. I know one of the greatest achievements of my wine career was nominating Jim Concannon of Concannon Vineyard for an award at the California State Fair a few years ago… It […]