Archive for the ‘Wine HIstory’ Category

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Cork … It’s what’s for dinner

Did you know even that it’s an oak tree that has this bark? From the mighty oak, comes the cork, besides the nuts.

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Amphoras as seen through the eyes of Portugal

Tweet As I’ve written previously, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. This has become abundantly clear to […]

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Mission not-so-impossible: Know your audience and then pitch it

Tweet Want to know how to get my attention? With an email that has a personal message in it, directed at me. If you send a press release to me, odds are I’m going to delete it before I even think about considering it. Why? My blog is not a journalistic news outlet resource. My […]

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Bacigalupi Vineyards ~ 50 Years of living and loving Russian River Valley

The year 2014 is a year of celebrating landmarks in the Russian River Valley, at the venerated Bacigalupi Vineyards. Three generations, including a vibrant Helen Bacigalupi, are in concert, bringing more vigor to the new family-label wines.

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Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler

Tweet Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler just arrived. I believe this is the most important body of work in modern history to present our past of “following the wine trail from Genesis to the Modern Age” (its subtitle). This is not to discount its Modern Divine Wine Trails. These findings are also […]

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Mission grape’s role in California wine viticultural history

Tweet The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon, about the Mission Grape’s role in California Wine Viticultural history. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, Pat asked for permission to use […]

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Magical Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Tweet Originally established as Sonoma County Green Valley in 1983, the history regarding Green Valley of Russian River Valley is as old as the beginning theories of Northern California’s plate tectonics. The movement of earth masses has created an ideal wine grape growing region for Green Valley… both with its bordering mountains’ Franciscan soils and […]

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Turning up the sizzle on an already hot commodity ~ Petite Sirah Symposium

Tweet The Petite Sirah Symposium, about to go into its eleventh incarnation, has been a sellout every single year of its existence. The mother lode of single variety symposiums, people have gathered in the past to discuss a single variety known as Petite Sirah; but those events have never been formal or continuous, nor have […]

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Howling Wolf in the Sierras and lightweight in a saloon ~ What? No wine!

Tweet Years ago, I worked for Ironstone Vineyards. It was a two and a half year gig, and I intuitively knew going into it that it would only last two years. It managed to squeak out to two and a half years, with the last six months really squeaking along… except for that howling night. […]

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Amphoras Role in the History of Winemaking

Tweet As I’ve earlier written, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. This continues to be my mantra today, to which I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa […]