Archive for the Tag 'California'

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This Full Moon in Capricorn Celebrates Prominence – Dan Gustafson is in the House

The Capricorn personality is geared towards that of leadership and achievement, they always want to climb the corporate ladder and be the best they can be. Capricorns have excellent sense of time and manage it very well, they are excellent organizers. Capricorns are very creative, not spontaneously creative but it is incorporated into their time […]

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Why is Petite Sirah still so obscure, you might wonder?

I hear this wonderment all of the time about Petite Sirah… “Why is it still so obscure?” Well, one would think that it is. What it is, though, is a best kept secret, sort of like my grandfather’s blueberry patch. As a kid, we’d go blueberry picking, high up a mountainside in Wales, Maine. Even […]

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Polly Klass, every year I say “hello” again

Angel on my tree, Miss Polly Klass, how I do miss thee. As the angles come out each Christmas to adorn our time of generosity, There you are. Someone finds you in a box marked fragile, mostly me, and hangs you on our holiday tree. I am reminded of you, Polly Klass, who returned to […]

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D&D = Done and (Re)Done + Official Wine of Millennial American Males

Certainly, I could also add Official Wine of Millennial American Females to this title, but the title itself would just be too darn long… I know plenty of women who also love Petite Sirah. Petite loves that the Millennials are gravitating toward this “ain’t your papa’s Cabernet” wine. I’ve always felt the same way about […]

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Great Holiday Gift for Your Wine Lovers

Want to really impress your wine lover this holiday season? A membership to the original Wine of the Month Club might make that just so easy… This is an image of what I received. I was amazed, when this package arrived. I responded to Wine of the Month Club, when asked if I would consider […]

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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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Top 10 intriguing things about France and its wines

France and its wines  I have traced myself back to Charlemagne. And, yes, so can many other people of Europe, because he had 17 children with eight of his 10 known wives (or concubines). So, where does that put me? In line also with Pippin the Short, Charles Martel, and the Kings of Scot. I […]

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Andy Blue Redo

UPDATE, or an Andy Blue Redo… When I wrote my original blog story called “More brewhaha from Andy Bluehaha,” it was in response to Anthony Dias Blue’s editorial about Petite Sirah, and how he just doesn’t “get it.” I understood on a gut level; I don’t eat foie gras, for instance. I’d gag if I […]

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Variety versus Varietal

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Variety versus varietal University of California at Davis, if you care about precious credential: Variety is a noun. Varietal is an adjective. Example, I love the varietal characteristic of this variety. It’s that simple.  

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Wine Etiquette ~ The 10 most important things to remember

I once wrote a story called Wine Country Casual, because people are so concerned, wanting to know the best thing to wear. We’re like that as people, aren’t we? It’s also one of my most clicked onto stories. Everyone wants to know what to wear. But, what about behavior? After we dress to fit in, […]