Archive for the ‘Winemaker’ Category

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The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation’s November 10-12 Wine Classic

Every year, I’ve heard about The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation’s  wine classic. It’s one I’ve never attended; however, I’ve heard glowing reports for a very long time. If I were anywhere near it, I’d be there! The wine classic is a 501 (C)(3), which means that it benefits local charities. This year is the […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2016 Santa Julia Tintillo, Mendoza Argentina

What a delicious wine blend of Malbec and Bonarda is this 2016 Santa Julia Tintillo. But then you might ask, “Isn’t a lot of Malbec wine coming from Argentina?” To which I’d say, “Sure, but how many of them are also blended with Bonarda?” For the most part, gotcha, because you hear “Malbec” and not […]

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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 […]

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Wines of the Week, from Casillero del Diablo from Chile

A Red and a White, under Blue skies… What more can we ask of summer? Good wine, you say? Yeah, I’m with you on that one. RED: 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Merlot WHITE: 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay Under blue skies…   2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Chile A classic, New World-styled […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2016 Trivento Argentina White Orchid Reserve Torrentes with Blueberries?

2016 Trivento Argentina White Orchid Reserve Torrentes Mendoza, Argentina + blueberries! Yeah, blueberries… When I tasted this luscious wine, we had just purchased some blueberries from the farmers’ market. They were just sitting on the counter, where I was tasting. After I had professionally tasted the wine, thinking I was finished, with hunger nagging, I […]

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Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017

Liquid and Solid Art Michael Beaulac and Dale Chihuly This was my second year visiting wineries, at the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017 tasting. I was really jazzed to return, because last year’s event was a highlight of 2016. Admittedly, I deliberately don’t get out much. Unlike those who come to California wine […]

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Exclusively Yours ~ Square Peg ~ Once in a Lifetime Winery

Travel with me on the Graton Road, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. We’re heading toward the Forest Primeval. And, we’re feeling pretty much the way Yegor Chernykh must have felt, in 1836. Who was Yegor, you ask? An excellent question… Yegor was a Russian Agronomist, sent from his homeland to the new world. […]

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Concannon Vineyard ~ where St. Patrick’s Day means so much

While James Concannon may have not been the first Irish vintner to work in a vineyard or winery in the United States, he was clearly the first Irish vintner to create his own winery. This is why, for me, celebrating St. Patty’s Day has a lot of significance. So much credence is given to the […]

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A Vineyard in Napa by Doug Shafer Fills in an Important Historical Napa Timeline

Working for the Robert Mondavi Winery, as Doug Shafer also has, gave me time to simultaneously study Napa history. The prior five years, I had been living and working in Sonoma County, and that history (and its characters) had become second nature. But, then being in the land of Napa, I needed to know more; […]

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December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]