Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

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Bordeaux ~ The Aquitaine Region ~ partie huit

I’m learning about Bordeaux, a big piece of my wine puzzle that’s been missing since I began my wine journey in 1993. When one moves from a state like Maine to California, California wines just take over, especially if you make California wine your business and not a hobby. [Do you know that Maine is […]

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It’s all about the Silverado Pickups and Tres on Bass and Guitar

I love rock and roll. I’m a product of The Summer of Love and then working for rock station WBLM in the 80s. I’m deeply into it, because music is a universal language, and I hear it. Have you ever noticed that when music is playing somewhere, a child about the age of two can’t […]

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What I Would Love to Tell Clients ~ But, they’d think I was just making excuses

Purchased image copyright: kasto / 123RF Stock Photo   This morning, Cathy Huyghe – a brilliant journalist for Forbes (Harvard grad, et al) and an independent wine writer for “Hungy for wine” was at the Mobile X Festival 2016. While attending, she wrote on Facebook and then quoted the following: PR people’s greatest challenge, in […]

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Jackson Family of Wines, Go Get ’em in Oregon!

When word spread in Oregon that the Jackson Family was moving in the entire state of wine was abuzz “What’s it all about,” they whispered? I thought, “Well, this is going to shake things up a bit.” [Image is a Stonestreet cat, one of the wine companies that is now in the Jackson Family portfolio.] […]

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When it’s about passion for excellence, it’s about wine writer Cathy Huyghe

One of my greatest joys, as a more seasoned veteran of wine, is to have watched the next generation of  writers slowly rising to a “cream of the crop” level. I’m impressed when I see the same joie de vivre that I had when I began. Coupled with great writing skills, a desire to be […]

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Bucolic Valley ~ a.k.a. Suisun

Behind the scenes, I’ve been connected to Suisun Valley for a very long time. I have the inside skinny on moves happening in “the valley.” Since my relationship began with them, I’ve been very impressed that growers and producers have been able to maintain their core values: being connected to the earth staying clear of […]

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Brouhaha ~ What’s it all about… Silicon Valley Bank vs. Wine Market Council

Wine Market Council Stands by their 2016 Consumer Research on Millennial Wine Consumption Habits I attended the Wine Market Council’s recent meeting in Napa Valley at their Yountville Conference. They talked about their New York City presentation and clarified all points. Now, the Wine Market Council (WMC) further clarifies data reported at their 2016 Consumer […]

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February – the sweetheart month, and some of its women wine blogging sweethearts

February is the month (astrologically) of altruistic love… Aquarius rules. Valentine’s Day is the height of it all, and a heart is the totem. In this month of altruistic love, I’m going to be sharing a few profiles of female wine bloggers, whose passion is wine; and, sharing (via blogging) their own personal experiences, in one […]

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In Wine PR, what went around has come back around

Two very thoughtful pieces, one written by wine blogger Tom Wark and another one by Steve Heimoff, are telling the story I’ve also been watching unfold, as clients continue to narrow their wine samples releases down to those wine writers who remain in power. Unfortunately, there’s a hierarchy of who will and does have influence […]

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And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]