Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Discovering Writer Mark Pendergrast

Tweet [This photo is borrowed from Mark Pendergrast’s Website.] I enjoy introducing you to other writers in the wine business, or related to it in some seamless way. In this case, it’s a fellow writer whose expertise has earned him columns in Wine Spectator, which are related to coffee and evaluating it. Mark is best […]

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Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages

Tweet Decopas is a wine dedicated to the Millennial audience, and I believe that this wine is perfectly suited to that age group; however, I love it, too. Their label tells the story perfectly, doesn’t it? (See below) The label doesn’t tell the story of the winemaker, we don’t know about the Estate Vineyards, we […]

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The Claw Factor of Sauvignon Blanc

Tweet What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). […]

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Wine is a civilizing beverage

I was just reminded that “wine is a civilizing beverage” as I tasted through some wines of Turkey.

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Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

Tweet There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know […]

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1000 corks – two things about that

Tweet 1000 Corks Does anyone need or want 1,000 corks? I’ve just emptied a wine barrel with over 3,000 corks and don’t want to just throw them away. If you pay for shipping for 1,000 of them, I’ll send them to you. 1,000 corks, the Website   1000 Corks, the offer Please email me: jo@diaz-communications.com […]

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Italian Wine Equals Great Romance

Tweet Italian wine equals romance in my world. Why? I don’t really know, they just do. Perhaps it’s the past life I’ve had in Venice? Maybe it’s dreaming in Italian, but in my waking life I don’t understand the language, but in a dream I understood every word… So much so that it woke me […]

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Weight of Wine Bottles and Being Unduly Impressed in a Time of Sustainability

Tweet How do you feel about the weight of wine bottles these days? I know of one wine writer who, when the bottles began to take on the “Big Boy” effect, had serious issues right away. It’s only been within the last 10 years that wine bottles have put on the extra pounds… As part […]

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Holiday book recommendations for wine and food lovers

Tweet Each year I like to share book recommendations for wine-related books I’ve read in the past year, for those who like to up the ante on their family and friends’ wine libraries… The book library, of course. Here’s my list and a paragraph about each one for new books in 2014: Mint Juleps with […]

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Spot-Not for wine enthusiasts

Tweet Gadgets, doodads, and fooferettes is where I’d categorize Spot-Not. I can be anal retentive about my wine glasses and decanters. I want them spotless. Did I want to dedicate an entire blog post to one product? No, how much can be said? Then… I read the bottom of the E-Mail from Julie Weber: “This […]