Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

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Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

Tweet Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have been carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in […]

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Is living on principles a good thing, or am I holding myself back… from NoteStream?

Tweet As it turns out, I’m not holding my self back, when it comes to principles, and I may have helped the current writing condition take a teeny tiny step forward. I have my principles, and I thought that I may just be stubbornly holding myself back… But then, I’m also not looking to conquer […]

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Nine years of wine blogging, should I have just written a book?

Tweet I’m reflecting on nine years of wine blogging this morning… having started just about this time nine years ago, in terms of thinking I should, and then getting Jose to build a site for me. I’ve had about four wine blog sites in the process. In 2005, I eagerly waited to write that first […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

Tweet About the ® in Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®… It’s the Ninth Annual! ←   This image to the left,  is NOT a PS I LOVE YOU event. ←  This one is a case of registration infringement. ←  If other entities didn’t decide that Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® events would be way cool […]

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Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especially in wine

Tweet The concept that age is a beautiful thing doesn’t always play out well in our Western Culture. In one of my psyche classes, we learned that there are two cultures that make up the world; although, I would argue that I fit into a third one. It would be an evolving Melting Pot culture, […]

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Upside down boot + Rightside up New Zealand’s wines

Tweet Did you ever thing  about New Zealand being an upside down boot? Okay, so maybe it’s a small boot with a leg warmer, but it’s got it going on. Thanks to Jasper Hammink of Vinopedia, the new free price comparison engine for wine. He read this post, he wrote: I saw your blog… hilarious […]

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The many charms of a winemaker ~ Mark Beaman ~ During harvest, no less

Tweet One of the many charms of Mark Beaman is that I got a winemaker profile during harvest. One would think that it’s pretty hard to do right now. Certainly I did. So I used a different technique than the meet n’greet interview process. I sent questions to him, and told him there was no […]

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Some common misconceptions about wine blogs + reality checks

Tweet The following are some are common misconceptions about wine blogs, and I’m taking it a step further by presenting a reality check to go along with each misconception. This is coming from a seasoned wine pro, who is also blogging. Additionally, I’m very aware of the cadre of wine writers who’ve come before many […]

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You can’t ride two horses with one behind + professional ethics

Tweet Whomever said, “You can’t ride two horses with one behind,”  never saw the circus act where the pretty, young girl is riding two horses while standing up. You can ride two horses, but you have to be on your feet to do it, not on your behind. That’s where I am… I’m riding two […]

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Social Media Faux Pas, Reminder to Keep Your Social Media Local

Tweet The Napa Valley Earthquake was very close to home. It was also quite a reminder for me how important it is to keep your business local; most especially your social media. Don’t expect someone sitting in Kentucky, for example, to understand the local geography. And, how can you even begin to measure someone’s emotional […]