Archive for the Tag 'California'

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VIT 101 ~ 10 ~ Sour Grapes

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101 ~ Sour Grapes It all began with updating the cluster photograph for the VIT 101 story. This one right here. When I looked at it the […]

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Aren’t I great?

It’s really difficult to promote oneself, which is why PR and marketing companies are chosen to do that task for others. No one can say, “Aren’t I great?” without losing credibility. Find a cheerleader, and your story will reach new heights; brag about yourself and you’re cooked. My greatest experience in self promotion In the […]

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Vit 101 ~ 9 ~ Veraison

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. Vit 101 ~ 9 ~ Veraison VIT 101: On June 20, our cluster had absolutely no red pigment coming  into the grapes. Slowly, but surely, the color is […]

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More brewhaha from Andy Bluehaha

No offense, Andy. More Brewhaha and More Bluehaha rhyme. You know how story titles go, to capture people into a story. You have my utmost respect. The Tasting Panel Magazine with Meridith May (publisher, editor) has been a true champion of Petite Sirah in the past. Today (yesterday as you read this), it was brought […]

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Trauma Drama and Obama

Trauma Drama – “PS I Love You has done nothing to educate consumers,” he wrote, when asked to provide content for a Petite Sirah story about to be written. I was aghast. This is someone who’s closely watched PS I Love You for the last 14 years, and someone who has make some promises, but […]

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Interesting Assignment, Media

For those of you wine writers, who are looking for an interesting assignment, this may be right up your alley. Richard Keenan of Kick Ranch and Overland Wines is hosting a special wine media event on Thursday, July 23, in his vineyards in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, California. This assignment is NOT open to the […]

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Theopolis Vineyards to The Rescue –

Headed to Theopolis Vineyards, Jose and I were so excited to get out of our “seven days a week” home office. We weren’t in the frame of mind to be paying strict attention to all of our details. It was a gorgeous Saturday, and we were headed for an adventure. We entered the Yorkville Highlands […]

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Number 7 reason why consumers might want to pay top dollar for wine

Sean Piper, of Napa Vintage Wines, just posted the following on his Facebook page: “Dear Wine Consumers: You don’t have to pay top dollar for wine, but there are reasons you might want to.” Of course – it got my creative juices flowing about what would be number 7. Doesn’t something provocative do this to […]

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PR gone awry, horribly so

Those who accepted the trip were told that there was no room reserved for Monday night, so after a long day tasting, they were told to make their our way home.

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Eight Easy Pieces Discovered at Kick Ranch

Dick Keenan’s Kick Ranch Get Together As I was talking with Rick Baum, Dick Keenan’s designated consumer, I was thinking to myself, “I’m continually amazed at how easily I get along with lawyers.” That’s because, it’s in my DNA… So many forefathers, if only my parents had guided me, seen in me that my questioning […]