Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category


Trashy Love Story, or… Why I Drink Wine and Not Gin

From the Facebook page Born & Raised in Maine, I saw this picture. It inspired me to share and write: “In Maine, it could happen, but for me… It was squirrels, thankfully.” My friend Terry Mcnulty: When we used to camp at Lake Pillsbury, we would take our food and put it in a big […]


Top 10 intriguing things about France and its wines

France and its wines  I have traced myself back to Charlemagne. And, yes, so can many other people of Europe, because he had 17 children with eight of his 10 known wives (or concubines). So, where does that put me? In line also with Pippin the Short, Charles Martel, and the Kings of Scot. I […]


Andy Blue Redo

UPDATE, or an Andy Blue Redo… When I wrote my original blog story called “More brewhaha from Andy Bluehaha,” it was in response to Anthony Dias Blue’s editorial about Petite Sirah, and how he just doesn’t “get it.” I understood on a gut level; I don’t eat foie gras, for instance. I’d gag if I […]


How did I miss Bourbon Month in September… Bourbon Curious, by Fred Minnick

FACEBOOK: Take the book closest to you, turn to page 45, read the first sentence, and that will explain your love life. Okay… “President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed a whiskey council made up of industry executives to help the government create a distillery plan for the war efforts.” Yeah, it would take a novel to […]


How to get a wine writer’s attention via Email ~ Josh Wine Cellars

I decided to begin the blog in preparation for the future: And, as always, I went looking for the Web address, to create the link. I was immediately sucked in:


Top 10 intriguing things about Germany and its wines

Germany and its wines  How elders are treated is fascinating. Here’s the link to the story, in its entirety. No sense trying to reinvent this one. LISTVERSE: FAKE BUS STOPS; Noticing that seniors tended to stray toward public transportation as a way of returning home, the homes teamed up with local organizations to erect fake […]


Vinomaster ~ Corkscrew for easy access to your delicious wines

I watched a brain surgeon once open a bottle of wine and I couldn’t help but think, “Thank God that’s not my brain.” If you’re also intimidated about opening a bottle of wine with a cork, head on over to Wine Turtle. It’s a wine site for handy and fun learning about wines, and in […]


Variety versus Varietal

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Variety versus varietal University of California at Davis, if you care about precious credential: Variety is a noun. Varietal is an adjective. Example, I love the varietal characteristic of this variety. It’s that simple.  


Wines, motorcycles, cars, and planes – How did it all come together

How did it all come together? Social media, people meeting people every single day, in the most unusual of circumstances… But, there they are, cultures of all kinds intermingling every day in our global world. Wines, motorcycles, cars, and planes PETER NOWACK A Q&A snippet from Jo Diaz‘ Wine Blog ~ 2/2014, BC (before cancer) […]


Top 10 intriguing things about New Zealand and its wines

Top 10 intriguing things about New Zealand Wines  Did you ever notice that New Zealand is an upside down boot? A boot and a leg warmer, to be exact; not contiguous, like Italy is. Thanks to social media being launched, I launched the story above in 2010, and became listed on Google as the first […]