Archive for the ‘Wine Writer’ Category

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When it’s about passion for excellence, it’s about wine writer Cathy Huyghe

One of my greatest joys, as a more seasoned veteran of wine, is to have watched the next generation of  writers slowly rising to a “cream of the crop” level. I’m impressed when I see the same joie de vivre that I had when I began. Coupled with great writing skills, a desire to be […]

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Top 10 things I’ve learned in the past 10 years of wine blogging

It’s  now been 10 years of wine blogging for me. My anniversary date is December 29, 2005. So, I celebrated on that day by not writing anything, and continuing with my last week of the year’s stay-cation. I can now let a weekday go by and not feel that I have to write a blog […]

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2015 Wine and Spirits Books for the Holidays

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2015 Wine and Spirits Books. Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers ~ Second Edition, by Joseph Mills Every bit as good as his first edition; Joe Mills begins this […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]