Archive for the ‘Winery’ Category

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Small Producers Don’t | Won’t Matter to Wholesalers ~ Perhaps Ever Again

Once an oligopoly is formed, like the big three car manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), it takes (and took) an outside  invasion to enter the US, offering greater value. Then, it will cycle back again…in continual consolidations. Worldwide, now, will be determined by who’s cashed out and who’s cashed into the most gold. Gold […]

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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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Wine Country Casual ~ It’s Getting to Be That Time of Year, Again

I’m a Yankee, with really deep Yankee roots. My maiden name is “Clarke.” Grandmother Gertrude Haines Clarke was the daughter of the late Governor William T. Haines of Waterville, Maine, my great grandfather. Great grandmother Patience Blackstone Clarke, who married Josiah Clarke, was the granddaughter of the Reverend William Blackstone. Blackstone was sent to the […]

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Earth Day at Iron Horse 2017 ~ Remembering And Honoring Our Roots

I’m so pleased to be part of this important day, now more than ever. Our client The Rubin Family of Wines is going to be participating. I couldn’t be more pleased. Jose and I will be attending again this year, as we have for the past many now. It’s a very special day that’s hosted […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards

Earth Day has really important significance, now more than ever, most would agree. Joy Sterling at Iron Horse Vineyards, when a significant speaker presents him or herself, has a merry band of Green Valley growers and producers gather at Iron Horse for a day of a charming celebrations. This year of 2017 is just such […]

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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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Constructing a soil monolith with Vineyard Soil Technologies

[Photo Credit: Lori Knapp, The Rubin Family of Wines] I just recommended Vineyard Soil Technologies in my story entitled, “Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner…” The Rubin Family of Wines has taken advantage of their soil preserved in a Monolith, in order to educate others who visit the winery, who would […]