Archive for the ‘Wine Hospitality’ Category

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Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

Tweet Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life’s blows. It’s an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you […]

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The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution

Tweet What goes round and round and round again? The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor‘ mutual admiration society… [pronounced rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her (the thing speaks for itself)] On Sunday, August 17, PS I Love You and Kent Rosenblum (below, from Rock Wall Wine Company) hosted our annual volunteer and Groupies picnic. The following is a thank you […]

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Marvin Shanken knows how and why to throw a party

After each event, when those in attendance begin to wax poetic in the afterglow, those who didn’t attend ask, “How do I get onto that list?”

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Meeting one’s inspiration ~ Sandra Day O’Connor at Iron Horse on Earth Day

Tweet Sandra Day O’Connor has been a very important inspiration in my life; and was an anchor for me while I was dangerously adrift in my early days of getting into the wine business… “You’ve made me cry,” she said to me. “Well, you’ve made me cry, too,” I said to her. That was a […]

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Earth Day 2014 in Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards

On Earth Day 2014, come spend an afternoon in this amazing viticultural area, known as Green Valley of the Russian River Valley… One of the coolest places to be is in Green Valley…

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Chef Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley

Tweet I owe a debt of gratitude to Chef Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley. First, I’m going to share… Wine is nothing more than liquid food. It has the potential to be an art form, like one created by the great masters; or it can simply be a poster hung on a wall with […]

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Sitelines at Tres Sabores was splendor in the vines

Tweet Sitelines at Tres Sabores was a delicious midsummer night’s dream. Promoted by Julie Johnson and her husband Jon Engelskirger, this year’s event was their second annual (if indeed this is to be an annual event). If it is and you love the arts, you don’t want to miss it next year. I did overhear […]

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Wednesdays on California’s Central Coast

Tweet The Central Coast of California is very laid back… think Santa Cruz and its granola element, Monterey and its golf courses, and Carmel with its artistic community. Nothing hurries, and unlike other viticultural areas, it’s not a “wine on steroids” destination. Wine lists in high end restaurants are bare in comparison to the North […]

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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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Between here and there… Landis Shores Luxury Inn and Mezzaluna… Icing on a wine country cake

Tweet [DISCLOSURE: Images of Mezzaluna and Landis Shores are borrowed from their Websites. All other images on this blog post I’ve taken.] I have a perfect plan that I enjoy using, whenever we have visitors traveling back home from Sonoma County who need to fly out the next day. Yes, they can stay at a […]