Archive for the Tag 'Durif'

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Petite Sirah + Syrah = Correct Spellings

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Petite Sirah can only be spelled with an “i,” for those who are beginning to produce a Petite Sirah. I can’t believe it… There are those who still insist on spelling Petite Sirah with a “y.” And, they hold a certain pride in their hearts in the process. pride [prahyd] Show IPA […]

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Leo Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

On Sunday, January 5, 2014, at the age of 88 years old, Sonoma County vintner and World War II Veteran Leo Trentadue passed away.

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Wine Century Club – Eklektikon Wines

Wine Century Club, are you in? The Wine Century Club is open to any adventurous soul, just get started here. It’s such an easy thing to do, and it’s a never ending journey… Once you hit that first Century, you find yourself on your way to your second Century. It’s never ending, because there are […]

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Do what you want trips, a wine friend of mine emerges as a traveling inspiration

Ah to be young and unencumbered, and to be able to just “do what you want trips”… David Shabelman was working for The Hess Collection, last I knew, and then he just slipped away. It happens a lot in the wine business… It’s a swinging door of “who’s now where?” our here. With 6,000 wineries […]

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Ridge’s Winemaking Philosophy with David Gates

Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention, … That’s a Paul Draper quote, by the way. Even though “Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention” flowed easily from V.P. Of Vineyard Operations David Gates in conversation, he was quick to tell me, when I said that’s a great title, that those words belong to Paul Draper. (Off to an […]

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Pet Has a Pet Project Through Cause Marketing ~ The East Bay SPCA

Being the founding executive director of PS I Love You, the wine grape advocacy group for Petite Sirah (aka Pet), has taught me a lot. Some notables: I’ve helped to incorporate the group. Gone through the rigors of having it become a 501-c6 non-profit. Trademarked Dark and Delicious PETITE SIRAH™. Understand that if we don’t […]

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Top 10 Marketing Contributions to the Success of PS I Love You’s 10 Years

Top 10 Marketing Contributions to the Success of PS I Love You’s 10 Years of existence… It’s been 10 great years as the founding executive director of PS I Love You, Inc. It’s also been, without a doubt, the most challenging and rewarding job of my professional life; although being the director of a school, […]

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VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES: The 21 Flavors of David Coffaro Wines in Dry Creek Valley

David Coffaro and I had recently met when I asked him to be a presenter at the 10th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium, hosted by Concannon Vineyard. I found that I really like David. He’s honest, down to earth, and a man of great passion. I asked if we could come to his winery to film […]

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Petite Sirah resume, also to be part of the Petite Sirah timeline on psiloveyou.org

I was recently accused of not knowing much about Petite Sirah on this website, by someone who doesn’t know what I’ve done. (Thanks Larry Schaffer for defending my honor. My guys are the BEST!) Larry wrote: First off, let me say that Jo Diaz is the heart and soul of the PS I LOVE YOU […]

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Should Petite Sirah be a Rhône variety?

I was just asked this question: Should Petite Sirah be a Rhône varietal? My answer: I don’t think of it as a Rhône variety. I think of it having Rhône roots, but nobody seems to advocate/brag for its Rhôneness… including me. It’s an American transplant, all the way. This is also just my humble opinion. With this one, […]