Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Wine Retailer Association Augments Member Benefits With Shipping Discounts

Longtime wine colleague Tom Wark has been carrying the banner for the National Association of Wine Retailers. It’s been a great gig for him. I just got a press release, and I’m providing it in its entirety, because – well – it’s well written and anything I’d write would only be anecdotal. I haven’t kept […]

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Terroir ~ The Most Complex Segment of Wine

If you ask anyone in France, “What’s terroir all about?” not only will that person tell you in words, but his hands… and even his entire body… will go into action.  A word created by French vignerons, you can bet your bippy that it means something, and it’s worth writing about it for the uninitiated. […]

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An Egregious, Yet Successful, Marketing Plan with Bigly Results

I wrote this one so many months ago on a note pad. I wish I had dated it. It was prior to the elections, I can tell you that much.

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Does size really matter?

Yes, it really does. Check out how happy my friend Denise Medrano (The Wine Sleuth) is, for instance. The size of the smile on Denise’s face is directly proportional to the size of the bottle… The bigger the bottle, for instance, the longer the wine will age well. There’s less space (not oxygen, because that […]

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The 2016 California Winegrape Crush Is a Return to Normalcy

[Pictured is Alvaro Zamora, vineyard manager for The Rubin Family of Wines] The following is very interesting info from Ciatti, Global Wine & Grape Brokers, regarding the 2016 harvest. The Ciatti Company Ciatti is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bulk wine and grape brokerage frim. Aside from its home base in San Rafael, California, […]

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A Sweet Unlikely Food and Wine Pairing ~ 2012 Stemmari Cantodoro + Dana Confection Company

In December, I received samples from the Dana Confection Company. These hand-made confections, as much as I wanted to just jump right in, had to wait. I had too much holiday activity swirling all around. The unique confection samples sat on my desk, waiting for me to come back down to earth. Meanwhile, I had […]

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Appellation St. Helena (ASH) hosting its premiere annual wine and food pairing event

bASH St. Helena With so many options, I remember reading once, “I can enjoy food and wine everyday, with all of the offers out there.” I thought, “yup.” I also don’t usually advocate for events I haven’t attended (yet). This one, however, given the who, what, when, and where, I don’t have to attend to […]

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Calling All Marketing Departments, Life Just Got Really Easy

FOREWORD: I was contacted by Visme to share this info graphic. It hadn’t been until I’d written this blog, however, that I fully understood how this company has incredible opportunities for wine companies. You can now personalize amazing presentations, create infographics, and enhance other engaging content for your staff, marketing materials, and for your consumers. […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards

Earth Day has really important significance, now more than ever, most would agree. Joy Sterling at Iron Horse Vineyards, when a significant speaker presents him or herself, has a merry band of Green Valley growers and producers gather at Iron Horse for a day of a charming celebrations. This year of 2017 is just such […]