Archive for the Tag 'California'

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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 […]

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VIT 101 ~ 8 ~ COOLING TRENDS

VIT 101: With a cooling trend after a warm spell (like we’re having right now in Russian River Valley), vineyard activity slows. So, if the season came early (as it did), and grape farmers might have thought that perhaps they’d have an early harvest, things just slowed back down a bit. This is how each […]

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Chance to win the dramatic and perhaps you’ll meet Jean-Charles Boisset

Is there anyone in wine more dramatic and loved than Jean Charles Boisset?

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Seeing a value come to fruition ~ Suisun Valley

One of my greatest gifts in the wine business was to have the Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association come to my doorstep, in September of 2003. We were told that the group had some government funds for the next seven years, and they wanted help to get Suisun onto the wine maps. Finding […]

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Why would you not want to taste Alexander Valley?

If you enjoy wine, I can’t imagine why you would not want to taste Alexander Valley. I was just reminded of this event by Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery, who invited me to taste the valley on the weekend of May 16 and May 17. This is the Eighteenth Annual Taste Alexander Valley in 2015. […]

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What to wear in wine country… The answer is casual, unless it’s black tie

This is one of the most popular search items on my wine blog. Everyone wants to know what to wear. It reminds me of when I was in high school, and all of my friends would ask me, when we were going out, “What are you wearing tonight?” What to wear, what to wear… Calm […]