Archive for the ‘Wine Etiquette’ Category


What to wear in wine country

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


Clink and Drink, it’s bad luck if you don’t

Tweet Since the holidays are upon us, I thought I’d share this one with you… We don’t want any bad luck hanging over our heads into the New Year, do we? In a toast, how many times have you clinked your glass with someone else, and then went into a conversation without taking a sip? […]


PR 101 ~ Did you say thank you today?

Tweet PR 101, let’s talk the basics… This blog has me jumping though some interesting hoops. I get asked all kinds of questions, and I do my best to answer them, because I also learn something in the process, too. Hi Jo, my boyfriend is a  wine lover and blogger and has mentioned to me […]


Charm School Dropouts at Wine Tastings

Tweet This is a rerun, people, because it’s still so relevant. I know that not everyone in the business had read this – in fact, probably most people haven’t.  But, everyone I know who pours wine can relate, once they’ve read the following story. I love W. Blake Gray, of the Gray Market Report. When […]


Wine Basics ~ The Beginners Guide, by Brett Graham

Tweet Last Friday, I talked about A Fabulous Holiday Gift for Your Favorite Wine Enthusiast ~ Le Nez Du Vin by Jean Lenoir. The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kits, although great for beginners to get a handle on wine aromas, is more suited to a bit more advanced wine enthusiasts… people who fancy […]


Do you have issues with Corkage? I got over mine…

Tweet I just read this Facebook question: “What are your issues about Corkage Fees?” written by Bill Eyer. This question was stemming from a thoughtful blog on the subject at Cruvee Corner Wine Blog, also written by Bill Eyer. First, Corkage fees are defined as what one pays when he or she brings his or […]


An Argument against and for children in wine country… How do you vote?

Tweet MEL810: I was an only child and thus, I was taken to many adult venues that most children did not attend, such as cocktail parties, good restaurants, films aimed at adults, etc. (not so-called ‘adult’ films, however,) I also went to my parents’ workplaces and on political ‘get out the vote’ campaigns. But I […]


Wine Tasting Etiquette ~ Please Save Your Perfume for More Romantic Times

Tweet Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas when tasting wine don’t really add anything. In fact, they take 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 wine […]


Dress Code: Wine Country Casual ~ Welcome Back, Tourists

Tweet What to wear, what to wear… Calm down… 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 was the granddaughter of the Reverend William Blackstone, […]


2010 Pinot on the River Festival ~ Always a Great Event

Tweet On October 22, 23 & 24, 2010, Pinot On The River’s activities return. This is a reminder to purchase your tickets at, if you haven’t already. Here’s the line-up… FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 6:00 p.m. – Pinot On The River’s “Friday Night Out In The Valley” Dinner at Roadhouse Winery in Healdsburg. SATURDAY, OCTOBER […]