Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Wines of the Week ~ For The Solar Eclipse ~ Concha y Toro Frontera After Midnight and Moonlight

[Image from Navicore] On August 12, my husband and I went outside, pulled up the lawn chairs, got under our blankets, and watched the night sky. We were hoping that the meteor shower would be spectacular. It didn’t disappoint, with one brilliant, gigantic streak that had entered our atmosphere and shot across the sky in […]

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PG&E Uncorks Energy Savings for Wineries

[Press Release from PG&e, Images gratis of Rack & Riddle] PG&E Uncorks Energy Savings for Wineries SONOMA, Calif.—  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is helping both boutique wineries with small production, and large wine producers, “crush” the harvest season by saving on energy costs. The “Crush” season typically starts in August and continues into […]

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Social Media 101 ~Don’t Be One of the Instagram Frauds Out There

“Dear XYZ Winery,” I wrote (Paraphrasing, I was fuming and didn’t save it): “I have just unfollowed you, too. Yesterday you followed me, so I followed you back. Today you unfollowed me, so I – in turn – unfollowed you. May I suggest to you that this is bad PR. You made me aware of […]

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Rosé Wine, by Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW ~ Brilliant

Rosé Wine, by Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW ~ Let me start with the finish. Loved the book, read it to this very last statement on the back cover: If you’re a beginner, Rosé Wine offers the ideal starting point, and it also serves as a great resource if you’re an enthusiast looking to expand your horizons. Here’s […]

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The Bounty of Sonoma County ~ Luther Burbank ~ Beyond Grapevines

Those of us who live in Sonoma wine country are familiar with Luther Burbank, if only because of our allergies. This is the place where Luther Burbank settled and went on to cross breed so many new plants that the pollen count is through the roof. Meanwhile, nearly everyone in the US has benefited from […]

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Petite Sirah FAQs

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005; this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back 15 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in the […]

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Sonoma County’s First and Foremost Viticulturist ~ Yegor Chernykh

Who arrived in Sonoma County first to begin growing wine grape and making wines, for instance, is rarely discussed. This is perhaps because it was so fleeting, in the grand scheme of time. Yet, it’s very important to note and not be left trailing into the sunset. If we forget history, and all that jazz… […]

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Dear Abby of Wine, Please let me pick your brain

I wish I had time to just take questions and answers, and be paid handsomely. I’d spend the rest of the day eating bonbons and writing kids’ books. Alas, that extra time is spent answering a myriad of questions I never saw coming. Good ones, I’ll give them that. I get a lot of really […]

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Planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale, is worth our time. The planting of a vineyard is far from as simple as this video (below) makes it look. I got an Email from Hugh Hamilton Wines in the McLaren Vale of South Australia. Don’t we just love how […]

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Aberrant’s Winemaker Eric Eide tells it like it is in Oregon for the past month.

Working with great winemakers is delightful. Just as the days when I was in rock radio, there were stars that I constantly rubbed shoulders with, now the stars are winemakers. When moving to California, I turned my attention to some quieter stars, who are all as equally as talented, but in a different science. Just […]