Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

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Starting a legal winery? Here are things to consider

Tweet Starting a legal winery has to be a daunting task, most especially for the people who’ve never been connected to the wine industry. I know that I segued from radio into wine, and it took me at least three years before I was really on any real sure footing. I was contacted by Danielle […]

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When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

Tweet It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk […]

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Old Mission & Leelanau Winery Passport + Radio station success story

Tweet Once upon a time… There are many “once upon a times” for me. I remember when I first began Diaz Communications, Page Poulos reached out to me. At the time, she owned Paige Poulos Communications, Inc.. She congratulated me on taking that independent step. And she warned me, “Always be looking” [for new clients]. […]

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When wine becomes a bitch… Treasury, I feel for you…

Tweet I just read the headline: Law firm launches shareholder class action against Treasury Wine Estates I had to chuckle to myself. Here I sit in the wine business. Treasury Wine Estates is doing everything right, in my humble estimation… Staying engaged in their wine company’s advancements and participation in the industry. As the exec […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Blog

Tweet I don’t write this blog for other bloggers. I know they’re not my audience; although, for many, that’s their joie de vivre and that’s just fine. There’s a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is […]

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Marvin Shanken knows how and why to throw a party

After each event, when those in attendance begin to wax poetic in the afterglow, those who didn’t attend ask, “How do I get onto that list?”

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Can you send your review to me about my wine, so I can market myself?

Ronn offers a stellar wine program…

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Smart move, Tasting Panel, on The SOMM Journal

Tweet I’ve not only enjoyed reading The Tasting Panel Magazine for all of these years, but to also have written a few stories for them, has been both a treat and an honor. I’ve watched Anthony Dias Blue come in as editor, something that Meridith May was doing by herself, ever so long ago it […]

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Community Involvement + Art Student = Win Win Education

Tweet In giving back through community involvement, something special has been going on at Oak Knoll Winery for years. Considered “the people’s winery” by Portlandians, Oak Knoll conducts an annual wine label art contest tied to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization celebrating everything Portland and Oregon. The festival has an annual attendance […]

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THE 50 BY 50 ~ Rock on Devo Guy

Tweet If you know anything about me, you know that I come from a PR rock n’roll background, having worked for WBLM radio station in Portland, Maine. That was for 11 years, before moving to California and segueing my PR into the wine industry. It’s 20+ years later, and I now know how naive I […]