Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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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 […]

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Home Winemaking ~ Yes You Can

Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your homestead, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […]

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The Nose Knows ~ but only after it’s been trained

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir, some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […]

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Swirling Wine Volatilizes Your Esters

Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine releases the bouquet. (The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent of the grape.) If you see people […]

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Wine Etiquette 101 ~ The 10 most important things to remember

I once wrote a story called Wine Country Casual, because people are so concerned, wanting to know the best thing to wear. We’re like that as people, aren’t we? It’s also one of my most clicked onto stories. Everyone wants to know what to wear. But, what about behavior? After we dress to fit in, […]

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Kids in Wine Country, Bring Them On!

Back to my Robert Mondavi Winery days on this one, because I gathered the best stories while working there. Winery Tour Guide You realize, there are a lot of kids who live in wine country, right? Many of them are born into the wine world, so wine is NOT the forbidden fruit, nor is it […]

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Wine Grape Varieties in Portugal

To say that this list is extensive is an understatement. All images are from my visits, while in Portugal at Bodega Borba and Bodega Redondo. I’m giving you some authenticity from the Evora region, to go along with the facts. It is said that there are possibly over 500 Portuguese wine grape varieties. So, I […]

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Still With The “Y?” ~ Why?

PS I Love You began in October, 2002. Today this Petite Sirah advocacy is still actively educating. It’s 14 years later. Early on, when I’d help wine writers to understand that Petite Sirah is not spelled with a “Y,” I’d mostly get people thanking me for the education. I do remember correcting one person, however, […]

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Bordeaux ~ Top 10 Things I Learned From Peter M. F. Sichel ~ partie seize

While reading Peter M. F. Sichel‘s book, The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy, I learned a lot about a lot… His Chapter 29, Becoming a Bordeaux Vintner was very important to me. I’ve been inspired by Millesima, a négociant company based in Bordeaux since 1983, to learn more about Bordeaux wines. Author […]