Archive for the Tag 'Field Stone Winery'

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Congratulations, Paul Draper, on your retirement

My hat’s off to you, sir, as I join the legion of others who celebrate all of your contributions. You not only enriched the PS I Love You agenda, but you have enriched my life, too. I asked, you helped. What more could anyone ask of another and be so rewarded for years to follow?

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Blessing of a harvest in fall is as important as the blessing of the vines in spring

The blessing of a harvest is a major, religious tradition in all wine regions. In the spring, many ceremonies also occur for the blessing of wine grape vines. I once had to research “why,” when asked; so, I went to my dear friend the Reverend Doctor John Staten. John and his family own Field Stone […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Petite

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® … This coming Friday evening (February 21, 2014) is the Eighth Annual Dark & Delicious event, put on by PS I Love You… a labor of love for all included within this story. (The name says it all, really, doesn’t it?)

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The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port

The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port… Dark, Delicious, and Decadent… In late 1979, the first Petite Sirah Port was produced in Napa Valley. The increase of producing a Petite Port is on the rise, as evidenced by the members of PS I Love You, when queried, “Who among you produces a Port?” […]

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Blessing of the Harvest in Russian River Valley at River Road Family Vineyards And Winery

A dream realized… In the past, I’ve written about the blessing of the harvest by my friend and winery owner of Field Stone Winery, the Reverend John Staten. I’ve attended his blessed celebrations and feel/understand the importance of them. Interestingly, Jose was called upon to deliver a part of John’s program. It was so lovely […]

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Spring and the Blessing of the Vines Tradition

Welcome to spring! A good question asked by one of my writer friends was, “When did the blessing of the vines tradition start?” I tried to do quick research, because, honestly, I just knew that it exists; but, I had no clue when the first person decided to say a few words, asking the gods […]

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Field Stone Winery, the Heart and Soul of Alexander Valley

When you visit Field Stone Winery in Alexander Valley, be prepared to enjoy a very special, historical site. This vineyard was originally planted in 1894; and by 1977, Field Stone Winery became stewards of this treasured Sonoma County property. Years ago, the Reverend Dr. John Staten was practicing as an ordained minister. His wife Katrina […]

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Dark & Delicious Silent Auction is On Its Way

In keeping up with telling you that PS I Love You is completely grassroots, and the only way we survive is through those wine companies that support our every effort, I thought sharing this with you gives you a real bird’s eye view into the workings of an advocacy group. The greatest reason is that […]

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What An Extraordinary Read With Unrivaled Visuals

Wine’s Hidden Beauty by Sondra Barrett, PhD, is a walk in the wilds of a microscope. Sondra delivers the heart and soul of wine like we’ve never experienced it before… Or have we? Have we journeyed to the life that exists within a bottle of wine intuitively before, but just not recognized it in our […]

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Dear Jo, When Did the Blessing of the Vines Tradition Start?

Another really good question asked by one of my writer friends. I tried to do quick research, because, honestly, I just knew that it exists; but, I had no clue when the first person decided to say a few words, asking the goods to deliver a great crop for that season. Cave people?  Phoenicians? Romans? […]