Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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CONVERSATIONS AT COPIA presents T R A I L B L A Z E R S & T H E N E W W A V E

From a press release, which I highly recommend. When I saw Joyce Goldstein’s name, I knew that it’s going to be a home run… COPIA The Bay Area was the epicenter of the first generation of influential female chefs in America. Join us for an evening as we celebrate the trailblazers in food, beverage, and […]

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Paso and Parish Family Vineyards

When I was at Wine Business’ Vineyard Economic Symposium, one of my important take-aways was the following: The Paso Robles AVA is a possible place to consider, when wanting to invest. These investors, however, are always looking for Napa Valley Cabernet, first and foremost. They aren’t ready for an all in, throwing caution to the […]

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Karen MacNeil’s Wine Bible ~ Should Be in Everyone’s Wine Book Library

[PHOTO: from Karen MacNeil’s Website] I got my Wine Bible, long before I began reviewing wine books. The copyright on my copy of this book is from 2001. Once I started reviewing books, it didn’t occur to me to go backwards in my amazing  and developing library for any books already collected. But, every time […]

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World’s Largest BYO Tradition is Coming to Russian River Valley

PHOTO: Andrey Cherkasov This wine and food event is going to be really delicious; and in the process, you’ll learn all about a Paulée Dinner. www.lapaulee.com/ ~ La Paulée is a series of events celebrating the wines and winemakers of Burgundy, alternating yearly between New York and San Francisco. The event takes its name from the traditional post-harvest […]

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Carneros Cornhole Tournament and Wine Tasting ~ Somewhat from the Madding Crowd

[PHOTO:CARNEROS WINE ALLIANCE] The community is invited to join Carneros wineries, and enjoy a summer evening with a classic tasting of Carneros all-star wines, followed by a lively Cornhole Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments. The Carneros Wine Alliance is Hosting Second Annual Carneros Wine Tasting and Cornhole […]

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The Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ Half a Day’s Worth and I Was Running to My Computer

This is a wine blog, not a trade magazine, so my take of Wine Business Monthly’s ~  Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ is really that of being a fly on the wall, not to get the best investment strategy. The room  was full of economists, not my average American wine clients or audience. I had to really shift my thinking […]

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Malbec ~ A Primal Variety ~ Wild and Sleek

Copyright : Kseniya Abramova As I was inviting our friends Carole and Rob Rinne to share a tasting of four Malbecs, I had this brain poof… “I wondered what vines in South America had any phylloxera problems?” I vaguely remembered that Chile hadn’t, or was it Argentina? What if it’s all vines in Chile and […]

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Newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) ~ Petaluma Wind Gap

From the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Newsletter “Petaluma Gap Winegrowers celebrated the new AVA with Congressmen Thompson and Huffman on May 29, at Gap’s Crown Vineyard.” Why is an AVA so meaningful to me? Because, Jose and I have been helping Suisun Valley since 2005, in one capacity or another. It’s been extremely rewarding to […]

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The Opportunities Continue from the RCD for Help in (Not Mentioned) California

Last week I shared information about the The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (RCD).  Mostly connected to the Western portion of Sonoma County, I didn’t realize how wide spread this resource conversation effort is…  Like, ALL of California, for instance, with 102 districts available. Let’s find out more Right after the story was published, Gold […]

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La Fiera ~ The Carousel: Captivating Theme for the Child Within of The Fair Memories

LA FIERA ~ Abruzzo La Fiera has a wonderful story… Especially if you’re a merry-go-round groupie. In the early 70s, I took my two-year old daughter to a fair, and we rode the merry-go-round for so long Katie fell asleep on it. I don’t even know how many revolutions are in 2-hours. Jim, the beloved […]