Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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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 […]

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Why is something so simple so hard? “Removing the Cork 101”

Just can’t get enough of this one, as I watch people struggle all the time, including nervous waitservers. Why is pulling out a cork so darn intimidating? Because very few of us in our American culture were raised on wine, so we don’t know how darned easy it is. As we’re on stage when it’s […]

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SevenFifty Daily Needs To Be On Your Radar, if it’s not already

[Image above is from the SevenFifty Daily Website.] On July 17, 2017, SevenFifty Technologies, Inc., the online platform for the beverage alcohol trade, launched SevenFifty Daily, a new online magazine, covering the business and culture of drinks. SevenFifty Daily is definitely on my radar screen. Editor in Chief Erica Duecy has created a Platform for […]

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The Terroir of the Petaluma Wind Gap

A few years ago, I was privately doing a lot of reading and writing about Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Something that was a bit elusive for me was actually grasping exactly where the Petaluma Wind Gap originates. Everyone writes about it, but knowing exactly where it comes in is not as well […]

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Enolytics ~ Lightbulb Moments about Big Data for Wine

Enolytics ~ Important Lightbulb Moments Still our shining star for 2017: on January 9, 2017, Jose and I were pleased to award Cathy Huyghe our 2016 Diaz Communications Innovator Award. It’s now six months later and the continuing communications from Cathy reaffirms that we were right on the money with this one. Enolytics’ commitment is […]