Archive for the ‘Wine Magazine’ Category

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Top US Wine Companies from WBM’s ~ My own Top 7 from this list

When I got into the wine business in early ’93, I knew (pretty much) nothing about wine. And so I worked it and studied it; and I expanded it, when I created the Petite Sirah wine grape advocacy group called PS I Love You. It’s through this group that I’ve learned firsthand about the following […]

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NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE ~ HALT THE SAMPLES

This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, “What can I do to help?” Yeah… it’s one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know its importance, as I have samples that I’d like to send in […]

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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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Smart move, Tasting Panel, on The SOMM Journal

I’ve not only enjoyed reading The Tasting Panel Magazine for all of these years, but to also have written a few stories for them, has been both a treat and an honor. I’ve watched Anthony Dias Blue come in as editor, something that Meridith May was doing by herself, ever so long ago it now […]

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Shipping wine in the US no longer a nightmare for understanding, thanks to Wine Enthusiast

Thanks, Wine Enthusiast Magazine for making shipping wine in the US no longer a nightmare for understanding. This info graphic changes that constant and complicated moving target, with the easiest way to figure this out EVER. Jose and I have helped so many clients as Diaz Communications, when they make those Direct-to-Consumer decisions. I’ve learned over […]

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It all boils down to Parker, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Tanzer, in the Total Wine World

“Back in the day” (pre social media), the following four … Parker, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Tanzer … along with Charlie Olken ruled wine with an iron fist. And, they still do, boys and girls. This are just my observances from 20+ years of experiences, while being on the inside of the wine world. […]

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If I could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?

[Image borrowed from www.michaelchiarello.com] Right now, it would be Michael Chiarello (and a guest of his choosing)… Why? This is a chef who not only cooks up a storm with wonderful flair, but he also has a winery that produces Petite Sirah. It’s called Chiarello Family Vineyards, and has been in his family since 1999. […]

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Oregon Winemakers define their own Pinot Gris style to Paul Gregutt

At the Second Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium presented by Oak Knoll Winery, Paul Gregutt was asked to return as the keynote speaker. The reason for this is multilayered. First and foremost, Paul’s been writing about Northwest wines for over 25 years. He’s tasted Oregon Pinot Gris during that time, now understanding them better than […]

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Regarding: Oregon wants to double UK sales within three years

I just read this story: Oregon wants to double UK sales within three years, published by Harpers, a UK magazine. The following was written by Gemma McKenna, on Thursday, 24 May 2012: The head of the Oregon Wine Board hopes to double its UK sales within the next three years. Tom Danowski, executive director, told […]

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Oregon Pinot Gris: Getting to know you, getting to know all about you ~ Part 1

How fun it is to be discovering what Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator magazine refers to as Oregon’s “unsung hero.” It’s a revelation to read in Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide, “This is the hardest wine to find, as virtually all of it is snapped up before it has a chance to leave Oregon. Fruitier […]