Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category


Indigenous versus Autochthonous ~ Thankful for Thomas R. Riley

There is a huge difference between Indigenous versus autochthonous, I’ve just learned. On Facebook I wrote. “Every now and then you meet someone w-a-y smarter than you. “And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy.” This was in reference to an experience I had just had in San Francisco, when I […]


Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

I’m so thankful for a wonderful family, now all over the US (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Florida, and California). This all happened in my generation. (Incredible!) My friends are all over the globe, and that number has greatly expanded via social media. Where are you from? Places I’ve yet to […]


This Full Moon in Scorpio calls for and demands extreme passion – Viader is in the House

Viader is in the House of Scorpio… And, Welcome… November 25’s full moon is going to be with the Sun in Scorpio (dig deeper detective), opposing the Moon in Taurus (strong builder on a solid foundations.) In my wine work, I’ve noticed that Delia Viader exemplifies these characteristics with her cult wine standing. Delia Viader, […]


Thanksgiving Wines continued…

Continued from yesterday… This collection has inspired the following story. Each wine is fitting of any Thanksgiving celebration, and also popped into my head as I looked at the world map on the treasure chest, that we’re all one from around the globe. White 2014 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Produced by Concha y Toro ~ […]


Thanksgiving Wines ~ Oooo la la, from France and beyond

You’ve heard the saying, “my cup runneth over,” right? Well, this is my Thanksgiving, so I’m sharing the bounty in any way that I can. Life has delivered all of this over the last month or so. The basket and its wine has arrived from Wine of The Month Club. Its contents will be going […]


A mistake working in favor of Jeff Cohn

I HATE making mistakes. I’m really hard on myself, but not as hard as I used to be, or some others might even be… A Wine Writer, a White Feather, and a Wine Maker A mistake realization always brings me back to my Happy Daze, and how I learned to ease up on myself and […]


Sara Matthews ~ A photographer with an extraordinary eye for beauty

Sara Matthews is going to be in California shooting in both May and September. If you’d like to have her photograph your wine world, because you might benefit from her eye and perspective, let her know. She normally spends a day or two at a winery to create a whole portfolio of images, which you […]


Cabernet labrusco – The creation of an indigenous red grapevine variety

[All images are from Dr. Jeronimo Rodriques.] Cabernet labrusco is the successful creation of a brand new red grapevine variety, which has recently been achieved in South Africa, called ‘Cabernet labrusco.’ This makes it an indigenous grape to South Africa. From his Cabernet labrusco Website: In 1994, Dr. Jeronimo Rodrigues crossed two Vitis vinifera cultivars. […]


And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]


The Bordeaux Wine Experience says, “Attacks in Paris: We will never surrender”

In a message from Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, wine writer, and president of the Bordeaux Wine Experience: Cheers from Bordeaux, International solidarity after the callous attack on our Western Civilization… Bonjour Jo, It’s not going to happen. I was shocked by the callous attacks in Paris last Friday and we mourn those that were […]