Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Blessing of a harvest in fall is as important as the blessing of the vines in spring

The blessing of a harvest is a major, religious tradition in all wine regions. In the spring, many ceremonies also occur for the blessing of wine grape vines. I once had to research “why,” when asked; so, I went to my dear friend the Reverend Doctor John Staten. John and his family own Field Stone […]

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The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming

It’s always a joy to receive Iron Horse Vineyards’ bubbles. As I read Joy Sterling’s cover letter about her family’s 2010 Russian Cuvée, it sparked another memory, but first, what was written, so you understand the brain connection. Understandably, my family still takes complete credit for ending the Cold War. The 2010 Russian Cuvée in […]

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Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ It’s not about anything but common courtesy

Ah… common courtesy, will we ever all be in a room together and get along completely? In light of the recent incident,when a group of rambunctious women were removed from The Wine Train, I’m relaunching this story. While it’s a very funny look at wine behaviors, beneath it is “courtesy,” as a missing ingredient at […]

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Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy

Yesterday’s story about The Wine Train sparked some very interesting comments on that post. Wine industry comments support the issue Great thread, Jo! Should be a “must read” for all “wine professionals”, whether in Napa or not! Interestingly, this incident just appeared in our Oregonian newspaper today, but as you can guess, it, too, spoke […]

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The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem

Well, this was bound to happen, regardless of race, creed, or political party. The removal of Wine Train passengers brings a lot of issues to the forefront, from the side of someone on the other side of the bar. Let me digress for a second… When I was working in tasting rooms, inevitably some group […]

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Compound found in red wine causes conflicting changes in dogs’ immune systems

I just got an E-Mail, with no link to the video or any content at all, but obviously someone was very excited. So, I went looking to see if the subject title was accurate or another spammer. (I get about 250 spam emails a day. It’s exhausting to filter and delete such nonsense.) The title […]

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Evolution of a Wine Drinker

Her journey begins with taking what was going to be a slam dunk, easy senior course. Instead, it turned into a bit of a nightmare, with Captain Sargent leading the torture… Even when it made that turn, and older Marine is still a Marine, after all,… and, you WILL get it.

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ Perpetuating and Saving Zinfandel

This is Day 4 (and the final day this week) of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. On Tuesday, […]

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ A New Generation ~ the Founding Partnership

This is Day 3 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Yesterday, I attended the Robert Biale Vineyards’ Vintage […]

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Napa Valley Early Forefather Aldo Biale

This is Day 2 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Today, I’m headed to the winery to enjoy […]