Archive for the ‘Wine Etiquette’ Category

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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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Wine Country Casual ~ It’s Getting to Be That Time of Year, Again

I’m a Yankee, with really deep Yankee roots. My maiden name is “Clarke.” Grandmother Gertrude Haines Clarke was the daughter of the late Governor William T. Haines of Waterville, Maine, my great grandfather. Great grandmother Patience Blackstone Clarke, who married Josiah Clarke, was the granddaughter of the Reverend William Blackstone. Blackstone was sent to the […]

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And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]

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Wine Etiquette ~ 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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Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy for the Napa Wine Train incident

Yesterday’s story about the Napa Wine Train sparked some very interesting comments on that post. Wine industry comments support the issue Great thread, Jo! Should be a “must read” for all “wine professionals”, whether in Napa or not! Interestingly, this incident just appeared in our Oregonian newspaper today, but as you can guess, it, too, […]

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The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem

Well, this was bound to happen, regardless of race, creed, or political party. The removal of Wine Train passengers brings a lot of issues to the forefront, from the side of someone on the other side of the bar. Let me digress for a second… When I was working in tasting rooms, inevitably some group […]

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Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ Perfume is for romance, not for wine tasting

Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ 101 Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas when tasting wine doesn’t really add anything. In fact, it takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I’m no saint with this one. I’ll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was when […]

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Wine tasting + perfume = disaster

Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas like perfume, when tasting wine, don’t really add anything. In fact, perfume takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I’m no saint with this one. I’ll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was when I began my […]

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Spitting ~ I’m From the School of Jackson Pollack Versus Pablo Picasso

When a copy of Vineyard & Winery Management arrived, editor Tina Caputo wrote on Facebook that it was her favorite cover ever. I can see why. Chad Johnson (left) and Cory Braunel (right) of Walla Walla’s Dusted Valley Vintners are having a good spit. Kevin Masterman took the shot… straight into the wind. As I looked […]

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What to wear in wine country

It’s all about wine. It’s the country. It’s very casual around here.