Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Starting a legal winery? Here are things to consider

Tweet Starting a legal winery has to be a daunting task, most especially for the people who’ve never been connected to the wine industry. I know that I segued from radio into wine, and it took me at least three years before I was really on any real sure footing. I was contacted by Danielle […]

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When the Dust turns to Silk – 2011 Rutherford Cabernets

Tweet It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk […]

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Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

Tweet Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just […]

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Living in Sonoma County, I find myself dreaming of Sea Ranch Lodge

Tweet I need a real vacation, because this wine publicist’s house is under siege with repair people. Yesterday I posted about a flood happening in our upstairs bathroom. With water fans blowing 24/7, the “loud” white noise is now really setting in. I need a couple of days at the ocean… and again, I find […]

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Avalon Bay saves my day, right when I needed Calgon to take me away

Tweet I was asked if I would review a wine refrigerator for Avalon Bay, a home appliance company; their Avalon Bay AB-WINE12S 12 Bottle Single Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler, to be exact. Sure, why not? I have another Air & Water wine refrigerator in our kitchen. When I get samples in my office, I occasionally […]

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Dusty Moments and Luscious Wines ~ The Rutherford Dust Society’s 15th Annual

Tweet WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014 The Rutherford Dust Society is having its annual tasting on Wednesday, July 16. This annual event is held so that trade members are able to meet the vintners, growers, and winemakers of the Rutherford Appellation. Each year they have a Special Grand Tasting for wine writers, wine buyers, wholesale members, […]

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Wines appealing to the adverturer inside of you ~ Rocca Sveva

Tweet There’s a group called the Wine Century Club, of which I’m a member. All you need to do is track how many different varieties that you’ve enjoyed… even if those varieties are in a blended wine. It almost feels like cheating; but those are their rules, and rules are rules. When I started I […]

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Old Mission & Leelanau Winery Passport + Radio station success story

Tweet Once upon a time… There are many “once upon a times” for me. I remember when I first began Diaz Communications, Page Poulos reached out to me. At the time, she owned Paige Poulos Communications, Inc.. She congratulated me on taking that independent step. And she warned me, “Always be looking” [for new clients]. […]

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60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them: Acorn Winery has an answer…

Tweet A question that I can’t help but ask, “If you grew 60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them?” The reason for asking this is that I just met with Bill and Betty Nachbaur of Acorn Winery, for a second time. I say second time, because I met with both of them, […]

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Amphoras as seen through the eyes of Portugal

Tweet As I’ve written previously, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. This has become abundantly clear to […]