Archive for the Tag 'PS I Love You'

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A classic restaurant, bar, caterers, and picnic item… Boxxle

Being asked if I’d consider Boxxle, I had no clue what it was or that it even existed, so I curiously said, “Sure.” When it arrived, I thought, “What a great restaurant, bar, caterer or picnic item!” And, I’m hooked. Restaurants, bars, and caterers For people in restaurants and bars… Remember me? I’m the one […]

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How to start a wine organization

I once received an Email from someone wanting to create a wine organization: “How did you organize PS I Love You, as there are some wineries in this state that I just moved to [not California] that would like to start an association for a particular hybrid that grows here?” Answer: Start with passion, build […]

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Petite Sirah FAQs ~ People are still asking, after all of these years

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005, this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back over 14 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in […]

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Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend

As regards Petite Sirah being The John Wayne of Grapes… Imagine, if you will, being plucked from your homeland shortly after being born. (Some would argue that you were ostracized.) You’re brought to the Atlantic, where you board a steamship headed for America. You land in New York, are put onto the next train headed […]

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Melting Pot Cooking: Joyce Goldstein and Petite Sirah

Renowned chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein excitedly applauds the new food craze of “melting pot cooking” and her experiments with Petite Sirah. “Petite is a niche variety perfectly matched for this cuisine,” stated Goldstein at the Tenth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium. Concannon Vineyard, the first winery in the world to varietally label Petite Sirah, […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

  The REAL Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Robert […]

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The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year’s grape season, it’s going down as the season of “bewitching fog” in my neighborhood. However, I’m in Russian River Valley and I’m seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out to […]

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So you’re from the media, why should I care?

[This image is of Michael-David Winery’s tasting room. It exemplifies what I’ve been saying since the beginning of my wine career… A tasting room is a farm store. If we think of wineries as an agriculture stop along the way, we have a deeper understanding of the entire wine process. Since I’m mentioning Michael-David Winery […]

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

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. I […]

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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.