Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

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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 […]

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Suisun Valley Grape Growers hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase

Suisun Valley Grape Growers (Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association) hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase to create weather stations in their pastoral appellation; and, that’s what “put them on the map.” This is according to Roger King, the president of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Winegrape Growers Association. They hired Paul Skinner during […]

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Book Review ~ Tangled Vines, Greed, Murder, Obsession, Arson

Tangled Vines is one of the most fascinating wine history books I’ve read to date… I dove in, nearly drowned from the greed, murder, obsession, arson… Two decades in the wine business and this is nothing that I knew about, except for Mark Anderson’s horrific deed… But, even that was limited. I almost vomited when […]

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The Postmodern Winemaking Symposium ~ Third Annual

Join us behind the curtain of standard platitudes to tap into the cutting edge of wine science and taste the liquid visions of seasoned veterans and emerging hipster winemakers.