Archive for the ‘Wine tasting’ Category

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Conscientious wine making and scrupulous storage are required to go the distance

Tweet [Image borrowed from the Best of Wines.] Bacchus, author of the site, writes of Jim Ruxin: You will receive an email twice a month listing current holdings in Bordeaux, California, collectibles from current Parker-rated wines, Burgundies, Alsatian (a fetish), and even German Rieslings. His specialty is older vintages but you may have to wait […]

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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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What to wear in wine country… The answer is casual, unless it’s black tie

Tweet This is one of the most popular search items on my wine blog. Everyone wants to know what to wear. It reminds me of when I was in high school, and all of my friends would ask me, when we were going out, “What are you wearing tonight?” What to wear, what to wear… […]

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When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

Tweet It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk […]

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Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

Tweet Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just […]

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Wines appealing to the adverturer inside of you ~ Rocca Sveva

Tweet There’s a group called the Wine Century Club, of which I’m a member. All you need to do is track how many different varieties that you’ve enjoyed… even if those varieties are in a blended wine. It almost feels like cheating; but those are their rules, and rules are rules. When I started I […]

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Old Mission & Leelanau Winery Passport + Radio station success story

Tweet Once upon a time… There are many “once upon a times” for me. I remember when I first began Diaz Communications, Page Poulos reached out to me. At the time, she owned Paige Poulos Communications, Inc.. She congratulated me on taking that independent step. And she warned me, “Always be looking” [for new clients]. […]

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Wine tasting + perfume = disaster

Tweet 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 […]

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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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So you’re from the media, why should I care?

Tweet [This image is of Michael-David Winery's tasting room. It exemplifies what I've been saying since the beginning of my wine career... A tasting room is a farm store. If we think of wineries as an agriculture stop along the way, we have a deeper understanding of the entire wine process. Since I'm mentioning Michael-David […]