Archive for the Tag 'Robert Mondavi Winery'


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 […]


Napa Valley Iconic Wineries

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 book […]


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

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). On […]


How do you feel about children in tasting rooms?

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 Sings […]