Archive for the ‘Wine Writer’ Category


Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, by Joseph Mills, Second Edition

I received the newly released Second Edition of Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, by Joseph Mills. Every bit as good as his first edition, he begins this journey with his penchant  for humor, but then he leans into more thoughtfully provocative musings. “This second edition contains new poems, completely revised poems, and a re-arranged sequence.” According […]


Book Review ~ Tangled Vines, Greed, Murder, Obsession, Arson

Tangled Vines is one of the most fascinating wine history books I’ve read to date… I dove in, nearly drowned from the greed, murder, obsession, arson… Two decades in the wine business and this is nothing that I knew about, except for Mark Anderson’s horrific deed… But, even that was limited. I almost vomited when […]


Andy Blue Redo

UPDATE, or an Andy Blue Redo… When I wrote my original blog story called “More brewhaha from Andy Bluehaha,” it was in response to Anthony Dias Blue’s editorial about Petite Sirah, and how he just doesn’t “get it.” I understood on a gut level; I don’t eat foie gras, for instance. I’d gag if I […]


Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words is headed toward one of the best wine books, ever

I just finished reading Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words, Notes for Better Drinking. Lettie is as much the resource as she is charming. Easy to read, personable, this valuable book is headed toward being one of the best wine books ever sold, historically… It’s a major keeper! Congratulations to Lettie Teague. Why? How do I […]


Aren’t I great?

It’s really difficult to promote oneself, which is why PR and marketing companies are chosen to do that task for others. No one can say, “Aren’t I great?” without losing credibility. Find a cheerleader, and your story will reach new heights; brag about yourself and you’re cooked. My greatest experience in self promotion In the […]


How to monetize your wine blog – seriously

This has been a wine bloggers question since wine blogging began. It’s a topic of conversation both in seminars and outside of them at the annual Wine Blogger Conferences. No one has yet to figure it out, but I now have, after much thought. I have no such fantasies, by the way, because my wine […]


Interesting Assignment, Media

For those of you wine writers, who are looking for an interesting assignment, this may be right up your alley. Richard Keenan of Kick Ranch and Overland Wines is hosting a special wine media event on Thursday, July 23, in his vineyards in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, California. This assignment is NOT open to the […]


New Book – Wine Trivia

Wine writer Dick Rosano has finished writing and has published another wine book. Author of other these previously released wine books: Tuscan Blood: A mystery set at a winery in Tuscany Hunting Truffles:A mystery involving the grant theft of truffles in Alba, Italy Wine Heritage: The Story of Italian-American Vintners And now, Wine Trivia: In […]


PR gone awry, horribly so

Those who accepted the trip were told that there was no room reserved for Monday night, so after a long day tasting, they were told to make their our way home.


Writing, the lost art

I love writing about wine, but I also just love the exercise of writing. When I was in elementary school, I learned the Palmer Method. Anyone remember that one? I found that I loved it, because it was so artistic. It was the closest, in Catholic school, that I got to any kind of art […]