Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Why Are Palates So Eurocentric on the East Coast? Easy Question

I believe I may have found an answer, through my 25 years of observations, visiting both parts of the country extensively, by living on both coasts – each for extended periods of time, and having been to Europe, to see that part of life, too. Here’s what stuck me as pretty true, as I began […]

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The Nose Knows ~ but only after it’s been trained

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir, some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […]

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A Fourteen Week French Wine Scholar™ program in live online-classroom format

Meet the talented instructors who will lead the 14-Week French Wine Scholar ™ program in live online-classroom format, beginning on June 8, 2017.   STUDY UNDER TALENTED AND RENOWNED WINE INSTRUCTORS Sharon McLean is an award-winning wine educator whose ability to teach has been proved time and again by her students: Her wine knowledge is […]

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Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017

Liquid and Solid Art Michael Beaulac and Dale Chihuly This was my second year visiting wineries, at the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017 tasting. I was really jazzed to return, because last year’s event was a highlight of 2016. Admittedly, I deliberately don’t get out much. Unlike those who come to California wine […]

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Swirling Wine Volatilizes Your Esters

Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine releases the bouquet. (The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent of the grape.) If you see people […]

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Petite Retreat ~ Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Petite RetreatJose Diaz2017-04-24T13:20:02+00:00 Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: The Vineyard Club – 355 Rockmound Road, Geyserville, CA 95441 – Click here to “Map It” Registration: PS I Love You Members – $80 / Non Member – $100 Registration Link ~ www.psiloveyou.org/petite-retreat Agenda: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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Wine Women conducts compensation survey for women in the wine industry

WINE WOMEN seeks North Bay women working in the wine industry to take their Compensation Survey by May 31, 2017. Having just held its first Equal Pay Day event at Napa Valley College’s Performing Arts Center, the professional trade organization developed their survey as an outcome of their speakers’ discussion at the event they held on April 4. […]

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Compromise is on the Horizon for Bucolic Suisun Valley

For about 10 years, I was an active player in spreading the word on Suisun Valley’s presence. The region had been given grants from the town of Fairfield and the Solano Irrigation District. Suisun growers were given 10 years to get themselves onto the wine maps, and they did it… Today, Diaz Communications has a […]

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Wine of the Week: Horseback Riding, Building Asadas, what else Germán di Cesare?

All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy… We’ve all heard that one. How about horseback riding, building asadas, singing folk songs, playing guitar… Germán di Cesare also makes wine… I think we’ve found our balanced, well-rounded winemaker. Do you agree? Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec (SRP $21) from winemaker Germán di Cesare, is […]