Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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Malbec ~ A Primal Variety ~ Wild and Sleek

Copyright : Kseniya Abramova As I was inviting our friends Carole and Rob Rinne to share a tasting of four Malbecs, I had this brain poof… “I wondered what vines in South America had any phylloxera problems?” I vaguely remembered that Chile hadn’t, or was it Argentina? What if it’s all vines in Chile and […]

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The Circuitous Path from Network News to Fine Wine ~ Tim Ortman

A few days ago, I was explaining to friends Robin Parnell and her lifelong friend Suzette Johnson – while we were out wine tasting – that it was a rosé which became my aha moment in wine. For years, during the Merlot craze, I was giving it my best shot; but, Merlot just wasn’t doing […]

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S.S.U. Wine Business Institute Announces Second Volume of Academic Case Research Journal

Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute School of Business and Economics pretty much says it all. While the University of California at Davis focuses on training enologists and viticulturalist, Sonoma State University (SSU) – being in the center of California’s North Bay wine world – was poised to go in this direction.  SSU is the […]

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Earth Day in Wine Country ~ You are what you eat AND DRINK

You are what you eat AND DRINK… Why have we missed stating the obvious DRINK part for so long? As you think about this question, consider where we’d be today, if – in the 60s – we would have chanted this concept, with “drink” also included. Then, our children would be further ahead in their […]

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SOMMs, Start Your Engines ~ The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine, by Patrick Alexander

The Book Wine Library Section About The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine (An introduction to the History, Mysteries and Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine), by Patrick Alexander… The entire time I was readying this book, all I could think of was: “if anyone is really into wine and contemplating becoming a sommelier, this book is a […]

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Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry: March 8-9, 2018

The course is taught in an interactive format in which questions and comments are welcomed and real world dilemmas are explored. Feel free to bring any wine you would like to share. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

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Dear Wine Brands and Importers, Let Me Give You a Piece of Solid PR 101 Advice

Dear Wine Brands and Importers, We need to get something into balance, here… This is a bit redundant, but I’m going to repeat it again, anyway, because it’s an issue that’s not going away. Regardless of how much I (and others) write about it. Still, this is a fresh take on an old issue. First […]

When Carl Doumani Calls ~ A Petite Master Has Answers

How appropriate that I get to write about PS I Love You and Petite Sirah on Valentine’s day. Years ago, when I was loving the architecture of Carl Doumani’s Quixote Winery, in a meeting we had set up for an interview, we had finished chatting and he gifted his time-worn Hundertwasser book to me. I […]

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SOMM: Into the Bottle ~ This one is a hit for wine lovers

In all fairness, I watched he original SOMM, and reviewed it as “navel gazing?” Here’s the deal, I’ve been in the wine business since 1993. Combine that with me reading the book Cork Dork Bianca Bosker’s,  A Wine-Fueled Adventure,” which hit a home run, IMHO. I wasn’t alone in my assessment, of a few guys […]

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Petite Sirah FAQs

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005; this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back 15 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in the […]