Archive for the Tag 'Ironstone Vineyards'

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Unique tasting event in Lodi of Petite Sirahs + some very revealing info on Petite Sirah

Tweet On April 23, Jose and I headed to a unique tasting event in Lodi for Petite Sirah growers.  The Petites were all from the 2013 vintage and were unadulterated, unblended, single vineyard Petite Sirahs that have been stored in neutral oak barrels. I brought my electric tooth brush, and needed it. I love Lodi. […]

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The Howling Wolf of Murphys

Slowly and surely it became louder, the energy coming ever closer… howling at the moon, screaming at the tar beneath the pads of its feet, digging in with its claws to get better traction, coming ever closer. I was frozen… just frozen

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Fermentation 101, the easiest way to get people to understand it

Tweet Why I’d Like to Be Reborn as a Yeast on a Chardonnay Grape is how I explained Fermentation 101. My stint at Robert Mondavi Winery as a wine educator was one of the quickest jobs I’ve ever had, while it was also the most intriguing… Within five months I got a break as a […]

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How do you feel about children in tasting rooms?

Tweet When I worked at Robert Mondavi Winery, I loved all aspects of being there, with one exception. I had a really hard time with the repetition of Wine 101 three to four times a day. I reached the point of feeling like I was channeling Lily Tomlin, doing her Broadway hit of “Searching for […]

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Howling Wolf in the Sierras and lightweight in a saloon ~ What? No wine!

Tweet Years ago, I worked for Ironstone Vineyards. It was a two and a half year gig, and I intuitively knew going into it that it would only last two years. It managed to squeak out to two and a half years, with the last six months really squeaking along… except for that howling night. […]

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An Interview with Zemanta, a resource my blog can’t live without…

Tweet I recently received the following Email. Dear Jo, On Z-Blog we regularly feature Zemanta power users. Hence, I’d like to ask you whether I can send you a few interview questions to introduce you on our Z-BLOG? Let me know. Thank you and have a nice week, Nenad I thought, sure, why not… let’s […]

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Why I’d Like to Be Reborn as a Yeast on a Chardonnay Grape

Tweet My stint at Robert Mondavi Winery as a wine educator was one of the quickest jobs I’ve ever had, while it was also the most intriguing… Within five months I got a break as a Director of PR for Ironstone Vineyards, and off I went to work for a Calaveras County winery. Mondavi was […]

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Calaveras County ~ Do You Know What “Calaveras” Translates Into?

Tweet Working in the Sierra Foothills for Ironstone Vineyards, I learned pretty quickly about the Sierras and Calaveras County. DIGRESSION: Pre-Ironstone, I worked at Belvedere Winery. I was very fortunate to have Puerto Rico as a one of my sales territories. I worked with V. Suarez, as my wholesaler. They were one of the greatest […]

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“Best of Show” Awards at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Tweet How many ways can you write about something you’ve covered for the last 17 years, without it becoming totally boring… for me, at least, if not also for you. They’re over there, she’s over here, this wine tasted like that (for me, who knows what it would taste like for you?), and they had […]

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Calaveras County ~ Do You Know What “Calaveras” Translates Into?

Tweet Working in the Sierra Foothills for Ironstone Vineyards, I learned pretty fast. DIGRESSION (It’s necessary to this story.): Pre-Ironstone, I worked at Belvedere Winery. I was very fortunate to have Puerto Rico as a one of my sales territories. I worked with the V. Suarez Company. They were one of the greatest wholesalers to […]