Archive for the Tag 'Robert Mondavi Winery'

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Children in wine country… get over it

Tweet 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 ruled and Napa got the credit. (Easier for the French to say “Napa,” n’est ce pas?) [Image of […]

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Wine industry direct to consumer wine coach Sue Straight

Tweet [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 […]

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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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White Powder

Tweet 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 […]

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Napa Valley Iconic Wineries

Tweet Napa Valley Iconic Wineries is a gorgeous coffee table book about noteworthy wines and artisan vintners. It’s published by Panache, and is another great example of really fine workmanship and story telling. I’ve written about two other Panache books in the past, and I love each one of them as favorites in my wine […]

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The Claw Factor + Two Favorites: 2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Gracianna Sauvignon Blanc

Tweet What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). […]

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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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Batonnage of a new sort at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery

Tweet Batonnage, the stirring of lees after fermentation, at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery (RRFVAW) is performed by winemakers Joe Freeman and Ed Morris in a new fan-dangled way. It’s also important to note that assistant winemaker Ed Morris worked as a cooper for 11 years, prior to coming to River Road Family Vineyards […]

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Le Nez Du Vin by Jean Lenoir, a fabulous holiday gift for your favorite wine enthusiast

Tweet The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a […]

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This whole Indian casino in Napa Valley controversy, and the residents reeling in indignation just cracks me up…

Tweet [Image is borrowed from the Native Americans Website] From their site: First People is a child friendly site about Native Americans and members of the First Nations. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more. I’m an outsider to […]