Archive for the ‘Winemaker’ Category

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Let’s get Zapped… ZAP 2014 from Wilfred Wong

As a veteran of the wine business, I’ve seen trends come and go, and Zin still seems hold its own. While Zin’s greatest stronghold remains in Northern California, there remains a global love for the varietal among those who love wine. My attendance at the ZAP Trade Tasting on Thursday, January 22nd at Rock Wall Winery confirmed that. — Wilfred Wong

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Pacific Star Winery ~ Sally Ottoson

Few among us remind me of the Little Red Hen… You remember, “Who wants to help me sow the seeds, to grow the wheat, to mill the seeds into flour, to make the bread for us to eat?”

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Hurray for Beaujolais Nouveau Day – Today, November 21, 2013

Tweet Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music, and festivals. I got an E-Mail: Hi, Jo, Be among the first to taste the new 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the harvest! Available nationwide one stroke after midnight on November 21st, Nouveau will […]

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Winemakers worst handicap and those who detest it

Tweet Ah… Winemakers Being a champion of the underdog has always been a calling. It stems from being one myself, and it was Life Lesson # 2. Life Lesson # 1 comes at the age of two, when we don’t get our own way. We can either get over it and learn that that behavior […]

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November update from our Oregon producer friends

Tweet I get to work with a lot of different wine companies, so I asked for a November update from our Oregon producer friends… I mostly wanted to know what harvest was like for them, even though some are still finishing up on harvest. This is why, I know, that the following wine companies were […]

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Chenin Blanc Petite Sirah Conference at Clarksburg

Tweet chnnblnc-ps.jpg Welcome to the first Chenin Blanc Petite Sirah Conference at Clarksburg, November 14 –15. I’m delighted to say that I didn’t have to create this one. This tells me that Petite Sirah is beginning to stand on its own two legs… Yeah! the people behind this one are the following: Patricia Schneider, Program […]

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Winemaker Adam Richardson

Tweet Winemaker Adam Richardson strikes gold… Sometimes, when you get the news that someone you know has moved to another opportunity, you just get so excited for that person. One of the nicest winemakers I’ve met in life is winemaker Adam Richardson. We were both working with Concannon Vineyard at the time, so I got […]

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Chef Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley

Tweet I owe a debt of gratitude to Chef Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley. First, I’m going to share… Wine is nothing more than liquid food. It has the potential to be an art form, like one created by the great masters; or it can simply be a poster hung on a wall with […]

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Sitelines at Tres Sabores was splendor in the vines

Tweet Sitelines at Tres Sabores was a delicious midsummer night’s dream. Promoted by Julie Johnson and her husband Jon Engelskirger, this year’s event was their second annual (if indeed this is to be an annual event). If it is and you love the arts, you don’t want to miss it next year. I did overhear […]

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Rock Wall T-Rocks ~ Raising our kids on dinosaurs

Tweet Rock Wall T-Rocks ~ Raising our kids on dinosaurs was a blast. Back then, no one could pronounce any of them; so it made sense that we not only challenged our kids, we were really challenging ourselves as well, learning with our children. Let’s just say, dinosaurs were best left to the scientific nerds […]