Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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Hybrid Wine Faults class debuts at Cabrillo College

  When I attend one event, I’m invariably drawn into more fascinating things in the making. This story is one of them. I recently got to see Deborah Parker Wong at a Petaluma Gap Wine Growers Alliance tasting. This is her story. SIDEBAR: My blog also serves the public, besides delivering wine info. Having been in […]

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Rutherford Dust Brought Karen MacNeil Squarely Into My Headlights, Now Into Yours

Most of you know Karen MacNeil as the author of The Wine Bible. Please appreciate it took her 10 years to write this tome, and was without the luxury of the Internet for reading and research. She’s a walking wine encyclopedia, and you have a chance to get to know her a little bit better.

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World’s Largest BYO Tradition is Coming to Russian River Valley

PHOTO: Andrey Cherkasov This wine and food event is going to be really delicious; and in the process, you’ll learn all about a Paulée Dinner. www.lapaulee.com/ ~ La Paulée is a series of events celebrating the wines and winemakers of Burgundy, alternating yearly between New York and San Francisco. The event takes its name from the traditional post-harvest […]

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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 […]