Archive for the ‘Wine Writer’ Category

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Writing, the lost art

Tweet 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 […]

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Back Label Girl is available to spin your story

Tweet Wine labels, including the back label, are portals to a winery. In the the late 60s, my friend Leon Pinkham said to me, “Album covers have the greatest art on them.” I hadn’t thought much about it before he said that to me. I had just taken it all for granted, but once Leon […]

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Pardonez moi in writing

Tweet Portia (1888) by Henry Woods… Portia is the heroine in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. This is my wine publicist’s journal. In most journals, nothing written matters to anyone but the author… but this one is public. In a public one, everything matters to everyone. Portia: The quality of mercy is not strain’d, […]

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The Essence of Wine

Tweet First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I’d read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it’s taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… […]

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What some of today’s digital writers are being paid these days

Tweet Web 2.0 launched; it opened the flood gates to digital writers. The playing field became a time lapsed frenzy on the field, like at the end of a Super Bowl. So many writers, almost free talent, if publishers are willing to switch off history for a while. That crashed many of those traditional jobs […]

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No answer is an answer

Tweet No answer is an answer, if you don’t understand that yet. When “no” is an answer, it t can mean several things: The person is on vacation The person isn’t quite sure what to say and needs more time to think about it It’s a “no,” but the person is not even going to […]

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How much can I dissolve myself as a wine publicist?

Tweet Throw in some wine, and I’d say I could dissolve my wine publicist job in the blink of an eye, wine being the liquid factor here. This is what is swimming around in my head today, as I write my journey as a wine publicist… I need to keep myself in balance, on this […]

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As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

Tweet As I read Robert Parker’s “Best of 2014″ in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I’ve been handling being “on pointe,” since December 29, 2005. Yes, I’ve been wine blogging since then… and it’s now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it’s so much writing. I’m going to […]

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Paraprosdokians ~ Learning something new everyday

Tweet Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians. They’re figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, or phrase, is either surprising or unexpected. And, by the way, Happy Fifth Day of Christmas ~ Five golden rings = first five books of the Old Testament. I came up with one of my own paraprosdokian years […]

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Discovering Writer Mark Pendergrast

Tweet [This photo is borrowed from Mark Pendergrast’s Website.] I enjoy introducing you to other writers in the wine business, or related to it in some seamless way. In this case, it’s a fellow writer whose expertise has earned him columns in Wine Spectator, which are related to coffee and evaluating it. Mark is best […]