Archive for the Tag 'Robert Mondavi Winery'


Tasting 101 Simplified for a Novice ~ Especially if you’re faced with teaching it

I was just asked by someone, who’s writing an article on tips of how to train your palate. He asked if I would be interested in sharing a tip for developing tasting chops.


Wine of the Week ~ Kentucky Derby Style ~ Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

Getting ready to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this weekend? If you are (or even if you’re not) this is a perfect weekend to indulge your senses in a bit of some Cabernet bourbon… Cherries Jubilee, waiting for the gate to open and showtime… Crushed cherries – as noted – and very complex. The wine just […]


Wine Ed 101 ~ Batonnage

Batonnage, the stirring of lees after fermentation, at The Rubin Family of Wines, is performed by winemakers Joe Freeman and Ed Morris in a new fan-dangled way. Batonnage is a great example of Wine Ed 101. It’s also important to note that assistant winemaker Ed Morris worked as a cooper for 11 years, prior to […]


Adam Richardson ~ Then and Now

Years ago, when we were both working for Concannon Vineyard, Adam Richardson was hired to be their winemaker, while I was already their PR consultant. I had the joy of writing Adam’s bio for the winery. At the time, Adam had a strong background with Gallo. If you want to learn the wine business on […]


10 Ways to Avoid Wine Country Crowds

Not everyone loves crowds. Those who do are ultra social beings and it’s great for them. (Keep it up!) It works, because the vast majority of people love being social and in crowds. But, there are others who prefer more intimate settings, so a list of  ways to avoid wine country crowds needs its place, […]


Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Argentina

Today is the third day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is Argentina day. I’m a huge fan of Argentinean wines. They’re done to perfection. What I’ve got listed here are all highly recommended wines, just let me state that and then take you into South America! Turkey – Tuesday Chile […]


Children in wine country… get over it

Children in wine country? Yeah… get over it, those of you who don’t think that children should be here. I was just reminded of this, last weekend at the Bacigalupi 50th Anniversary celebration of the Judgment of Paris decision… Bacigalupi’s grapes were a portion of the Number One chosen wine from Chateau Montelena… Yeah, Sonoma […]


Wine industry direct to consumer wine coach Sue Straight

[Image of Sue Straight from San Francisco Chronicle wine judge Website.] Wine veteran, and wine industry direct to consumer wine coach, Sue Straight has launched her own business. Denise Gill, director of sales and hospitality at Ancient Oak Cellars and long-time friend to Straight has stated, “Using her vast wine knowledge and a focused palate, […]


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

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 Director […]


White Powder

White Powder, white dust… call it what you want; but in viticulture, it’s called yeast. I was just reminded of this in a conversation with my buddy Chef John Ash, as we were brainstorming on a project for Ron Rubin Vineyards. John was talking about how people sometimes look at grapes, see the white dust […]