Archive for the ‘Wine Education’ Category

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Open letter to wine event volunteers ~ Everyone is a CO-STAR

So, dear Volunteers, imagine if we advocacy groups didn’t have you for our wine events. Simple math suggests that this advocacy group, for instance, would have to either close down, or find a volunteer to run the group.

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Keeping it real… Will he, that Steve Heimoff?

Tweet Keeping it real… well I know Steve Heimoff will. The natural buzz that’s developing is, “Will the Jackson Family Wines be keeping it real?” Yes, I believe all parties will. I’ve known Steve Heimoff long enough to know that if he’s not true to himself, he’ll crumble and so will everything else around him. […]

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Defining terroir, it’s a science not a myth

Paul Skinner is brilliant man. Many are happy to attest to that. I only write this about him, because I recently found myself defending his brilliance to someone who just didn’t want to believe what I had come to know… about the AVA’s climate, and who Paul Skinner is in this business.

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Red Wine and Chocolate ~ For chocolate lovers only

Tweet Coming up on April 10 through the 13th this year is one of my favorite wine and food events ~ The Florida Winefest. It’s very well done in a gorgeous location, and one that’s a blast for wine lovers. The panel that I organized at one of the Florida Winefests turned out to be […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Petite

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® … This coming Friday evening (February 21, 2014) is the Eighth Annual Dark & Delicious event, put on by PS I Love You… a labor of love for all included within this story. (The name says it all, really, doesn’t it?)

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The Pros and Cons of Social Media

Having our own wine PR and marketing company has brought visibility to who Jose and I are; but, it’s having my wine blog and being on Facebook that has stretched and magnetized who I am as a brand.

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How much shelf space is E.J. Gallo controlling?

Most of us just go about our day-to-day lives, while the E.J. Gallo Winery Sales wine school is headed toward cornering the wine market. Some would say, “Fine, I don’t have time for that.” Others – like me – will say, “What?”

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Old World versus New World Wines, what are the differences?

Tweet My friend Chang Liow of Chinois Asian Bistro had me stand in for him at a wine tasting and luncheon. His restaurant Chinois is located in Windsor, and the food is wonderfully delicious. If you’re a wine person, along with being a foodie, you’ll marvel at his wine list. It’s one that gets stolen […]

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What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

Tweet What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale, is worth our time. The planting of a vineyard is far from as simple as this video (below) makes it look. I got an Email from Hugh Hamilton Wines in the McLaren Vale of South Australia. Don’t we just love how […]

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Fermentation 101, the easiest way to get people to understand it

Tweet Why I’d Like to Be Reborn as a Yeast on a Chardonnay Grape is how I explained Fermentation 101. My stint at Robert Mondavi Winery as a wine educator was one of the quickest jobs I’ve ever had, while it was also the most intriguing… Within five months I got a break as a […]