Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

Tweet One by one, I’ve watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from […]

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Here!

Tweet Beaujolais Nouveau Day is here once again, and I was fortunate enough to enjoy an early bottle, so I could blog aobut it on this very day. This year the 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is très fabuleux, once again. It has delicious aromas of bright red fruit, like raspberries and strawberries.  When I […]

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Still blogging after all these years

Tweet What does a wine blogger do on her time “off.” Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it’s not about wine. It’s come to writing children’s stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to […]

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How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles

Tweet Paso Robles has just gone through tremendous growing pains, and this map is proof of all of their geological research… Air, soil, water, and climate all playing contributing parts to defining terroir; as well as the people involved, the flora, and the fauna… Having traveled to 41 of our 50 US states, I can […]

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Tell me why I should be a member of your group

Tweet If I hear “Tell me why I should be a member” one more time…  Well, I still don’t know what I’ll say; but, I know what I’d like to say. It would go something like this: If I have to tell you why you should be a member of any organization, I’d just be […]

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Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

Tweet Acorn Winery  & Alegría Vineyard When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking […]

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Throwback Thursday ~ Wine and other medicinals

Tweet Here’s a little Throwback Thursday for you… These Were the Good Ole Days? I just got one of those Emails that circulates around and around until it finally makes its way to your computer. Being in the wine business, I’m fascinated by the history of wine. I didn’t realize that at the turn of […]

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Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

Tweet Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have been carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in […]

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Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 2

Tweet Today’s part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its worst… Yesterday’s blog post was about customer service at its best. RECAP Jose and I recently went to the Asheville, North Carolina, area to visit my daughter Katie, son-in-law Ray, and our two grandsons; Jonathan (14 years old) and […]

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Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 1

Tweet Today’s part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its best… Who thought when I’d visit my kids I’d end up with a customer service story. Proving… you can take the wine PR person out of wine country, but you can’t take the PR out of the wine person. […]