Archive for the ‘Wine Competitions’ Category

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19th Annual Pacific Coast Oysterwine Competition Seeks 10 Best West Coast Wines for Oysters

Tweet Personally, I believe that an Oregon Pinot Gris is the perfect match for this one… But then, I’m somewhat connected and invested in Oregon Pinot Gris’ success. Still, I don’t get myself involved if I don’t believe in the product in the first place. If I advocate for it, it’s because I love it… […]

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31st Annual Riverside International Wine Competition with a Twist

Tweet It’s been a while since I’ve touted the virtues of a wine competition; not because it’s not been worth it, but because there’s not been anything new under the sun, in my thinking. I believe in them, regardless of the fact that it involves so many palates and a collective opinion is formed. Having […]

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Wine Competitions, Are They Still Important?

Tweet This is a frequently asked question by wineries just starting out, as their owners are stymied by the fees, the amount of competitions out there, and the ultimate value that competitions play in the wine business. Frankly, name any industry and you’ll find that they, too, are constantly looking for third party endorsements, as […]

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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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What’s the silver bullet, Dr. Vino?

Tweet [This Petite Sirah character was created by Appellation America, based on a poem I had written about Petite Sirah. Do you need inspiration, a wine with sensation?] The question posed to Dr. Vino at the Eighth Annual Petite Sirah Noble Symposium this year was, “Can Petite Sirah be the next Pinot Noir?” Or, more […]

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Wine Bloggers Worth Celebrating

Tweet Time to shine a spotlight on those who have been kind enough to send some light my way. It’s my hope to possibly turn you onto a great wine blogger that you might not know… Most of them you might already know. Each person mentioned in this list has the same passion that I […]

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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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The Importance of Retailers ~ Mine is Traverso’s

Tweet In my quest to become a member of The Wine Century Club, I was just reminded of the importance of retailers. They’re the link between the vineyards and the all important point-of-purchase. Retailers play one of the most important roles as wine purchasing influencers in our lives. As Jose and I just looked at […]

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Further Defining Petite Sirah’s AVA Characteristics

Tweet [SIDEBAR: Five copies of the book Corked, by Kathryn Borel, will be given away this Saturday. Just leave a comment on today's blog entry, to be registered to win. Winners will be announced on Saturday.] The very first wine writer that I discovered who really loves Petite Sirah is Dan Berger. I’ve since identified […]

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The Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition… Winemakers Are the Wine Judges

Tweet The Winemaker Challenge website is up now, with a list of the winemakers/judges, rules, etc. This wine competition is an important one, not only for the accolades that it will brings to wine companies for those all important third party endorsements, but also for the stellar line-up of those who are judging the wines. It’s […]