Archive for the ‘Winemaker’ Category

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It’s all about the Silverado Pickups and Tres on Bass and Guitar

I love rock and roll. I’m a product of The Summer of Love and then working for rock station WBLM in the 80s. I’m deeply into it, because music is a universal language, and I hear it. Have you ever noticed that when music is playing somewhere, a child about the age of two can’t […]

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Bordeaux and the rest of us are silently weeping for Denis and May-Britt Malbec

This blog story began on Thursday, April 14, 2016. I titled it: Bordeaux, You Can Bank On It, Partie Quatre. At the time, I had no idea that this story was about to take a very sharp 180 degree turn. [Denis and May-Britt Malbec at a reception for Respite Wines in Geyserville a few years […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2013 Artezin Verdelho Amador County Sisney Ranch

Today’s Wine of the Week is the 2013 Artezin Verdelho, Amador County Sisney Ranch. Bright fruit, a bit of alcohol (14.5%), and still very much in balance and pairing well with food. Trust me, it takes longer to say it than it does to sip and really enjoy it. This is one really flavorful wine, […]

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Winemaker John Kane ~ The Biography

Step 2 in the writing of a winemaker biography After the questions and answers from yesterday’s story, along with all extra research that has been digested, the next three steps of the four-step process begins. Reminder of the four-step process: DONE: Thinking, planning, and researching your subject, in order to begin writing Writing Editing Rewriting […]

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A mistake working in favor of Jeff Cohn

I HATE making mistakes. I’m really hard on myself, but not as hard as I used to be, or some others might even be… A Wine Writer, a White Feather, and a Wine Maker A mistake realization always brings me back to my Happy Daze, and how I learned to ease up on myself and […]

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Adam Richardson ~ Then and Now

Years ago, when we were both working for Concannon Vineyard, Adam Richardson was hired to be their winemaker, while I was already their PR consultant. I had the joy of writing Adam’s bio for the winery. At the time, Adam had a strong background with Gallo. If you want to learn the wine business on […]

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Suisun Valley Grape Growers hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase

Suisun Valley Grape Growers (Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association) hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase to create weather stations in their pastoral appellation; and, that’s what “put them on the map.” This is according to Roger King, the president of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Winegrape Growers Association. They hired Paul Skinner during […]

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Book Review ~ Tangled Vines, Greed, Murder, Obsession, Arson

Tangled Vines is one of the most fascinating wine history books I’ve read to date… I dove in, nearly drowned from the greed, murder, obsession, arson… Two decades in the wine business and this is nothing that I knew about, except for Mark Anderson’s horrific deed… But, even that was limited. I almost vomited when […]

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The Postmodern Winemaking Symposium ~ Third Annual

Join us behind the curtain of standard platitudes to tap into the cutting edge of wine science and taste the liquid visions of seasoned veterans and emerging hipster winemakers.

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Petite Sirah Winemakers: Why is Petite Sirah Important

Petite Sirah winemakers know firsthand why PS is a winemakers wine. I know that, too, as the founding director of PS I Love You. But most wine writers still don’t understand. So, I asked some winemakers that I know, “Why do you make Petite Sirah?” They tell great aspects of this story. Larry Schaffer, tercero […]