Archive for the Tag 'Robert Mondavi'

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2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series in Napa Valley

I’m listing this one, because I know you’ll enjoy more than a few of these dinners if you’re local or coming to California for delicious fun. 2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series Includes Napa Valley’s Top Wineries The Meritage Resort and Spa, in Napa, has announced its 2016 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series line up. Featured wineries […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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 luxurious […]

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An Interview with Zemanta, a resource my blog can’t live without…

I recently received the following Email. Dear Jo, On Z-Blog we regularly feature Zemanta power users. Hence, I’d like to ask you whether I can send you a few interview questions to introduce you on our Z-BLOG? Let me know. Thank you and have a nice week, Nenad I thought, sure, why not… let’s see […]

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Are you wanting to sample the treasures of Piemonte?

This information was sent to me by my wine writing friend and colleague Dick Rosano. I told him that I’d be putting it onto my blog as a P.S.A. (public service announcement). Having been in radio as a PR specialist, I learned a lot about the value of a P.S.A. and understanding the importance of […]