Archive for the ‘Winemaking’ Category


How Can We Require Mandatory Reading ~ A Perfect Score

A Perfect Score The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery Craig and Katheryn Hall ~Hall Wines The world of wine is a fabulous world. It’s down home, gutsy, and warm. As I pack up my wine library, getting ready to ship it to another world with us, I pick up magazines that I’ve […]


Excuse me, just wondering, how long has this bottle been open?

I’ve found myself asking that question many times, and I’m not afraid to do it when I’ve ordered a wine and it’s just lost that loving’ feelin.’ Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines had this info on Facebook a few years ago. I asked permission to reprint here, because he’s raised such great points. On Facebook, […]


Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella ~ #IAMarone

[This map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Website.] The Veneto region is where Amarone wines originated. My journey has just begun with Amarone wines, and it’s a love to last a lifetime. It began with Cesari Vineyards contacting me for a promotion they are having. This winery is […]


Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer

A crisp, clean, Pinot Grigio machine that’s an instant winner. Need a little chill after working in the garden, like I just did? This will straighten out all of the kinks and give you extreme satisfaction as you look over your latest seasonal developments. Moments like this put the moments into memorable… 2015 Pinot Grigio […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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:


The class of Jennifer Wall, winemaker for Barefoot Wines

Very uptown, that’s Ms. Jennifer Wall. And so are the companies for which she’s worked. I first met Jennifer in one of my transitions: from my working at Belvedere Winery, as Belvedere’s communications coordinator and district sales position. I was at a crossroads; did I want to continue with communications, or did I want to […]


Adega Coop de Redondo in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

If you get a chance, you’ll be doing yourself a tremendous favor, when you discover the Wines of Portugal. As my host, Enoforum Wines introduced me to winemaker Pedro Hipólito of Adega Coop de Redondo (established in 1956). Based in the town of Redondo, in Portugal’s Alentejo district, this is a municipality of the Évora […]