Archive for the Tag 'New York City'


Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words is headed toward one of the best wine books, ever

I just finished reading Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words, Notes for Better Drinking. Lettie is as much the resource as she is charming. Easy to read, personable, this valuable book is headed toward being one of the best wine books ever sold, historically… It’s a major keeper! Congratulations to Lettie Teague. Why? How do I […]


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. […]


Open letter to wine event volunteers ~ Everyone is a CO-STAR

So, dear Volunteers, imagine if we advocacy groups didn’t have you for our wine events. Simple math suggests that this advocacy group, for instance, would have to either close down, or find a volunteer to run the group.


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.


The perfect name for the perfect instance… Hard Row To Hoe

When asked about what makes for a great brand’s name, this story immediately comes to comes to mind, filed in the most creative department… A vineyard is a Hard Row To Hoe, and no one knows that better than Don and Judy Phelps of Manson, Washington. So much so, in fact that that’s what they […]


Sip For The Sea benefitting the New York Aquarium

Sip For The Sea is a food & wine benefit for the New York Aquarium, to help repair the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. [Image taken in Monterey, California.] I’ve always been a fan of Aquariums, bringing my own children to the New England Aquarium in Boston as I was raising them. There’s a sense […]


Billy The Artist

Billy The Artist is now providing something fun and creative to the wine business… A double wine bag for starters, but a whole lot more, too. You can check out Planet Random Designs for more details on the company carrying his designs. A little bit about Billy the Artist from his Vimeo site: Billy the […]


Monique Soltani ~ Media and Videographer of Wine Country

A few years ago, a wine writer of great fame was coming into my area to participate in a book signing and story telling from the publishing of his latest tome. His publisher hadn’t even given him a stipend for his travels and time, which is a very common practice, I’ve learned. I recently had […]


Between here and there… Landis Shores Luxury Inn and Mezzaluna… Icing on a wine country cake

[DISCLOSURE: Images of Mezzaluna and Landis Shores are borrowed from their Websites. All other images on this blog post I’ve taken.] I have a perfect plan that I enjoy using, whenever we have visitors traveling back home from Sonoma County who need to fly out the next day. Yes, they can stay at a hotel […]


Wines geeks who love Greek wines ~ Who’s endorsing these delicious wines?

Thanks to the inspiration of Eklektikon LLC for motivation, I’ve decided to see who’s saying what about Greek wines; so you and I don’t get left in the dust with this one. Greece’s wine history chapter is behind us and a new chapter has been opened to all of us by a new generation of […]