Archive for the Tag 'San Francisco'

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Wine industry comments support the issue of common courtesy

Yesterday’s story about The Wine Train sparked some very interesting comments on that post. Wine industry comments support the issue Great thread, Jo! Should be a “must read” for all “wine professionals”, whether in Napa or not! Interestingly, this incident just appeared in our Oregonian newspaper today, but as you can guess, it, too, spoke […]

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ A New Generation ~ the Founding Partnership

This is Day 3 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Yesterday, I attended the Robert Biale Vineyards’ Vintage […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Blog

I don’t write this blog for other bloggers. I know they’re not my audience; although, for many, that’s their joie de vivre and that’s just fine. There’s a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is that […]

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Mission not-so-impossible: Know your audience and then pitch it

Want to know how to get my attention? With an email that has a personal message in it, directed at me. If you send a press release to me, odds are I’m going to delete it before I even think about considering it. Why? My blog is not a journalistic news outlet resource. My blog […]

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Today’s organic wine options are superlative

Jose and I, with our friends Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), recently tasted 17 imported, organic wines. It’s always insightful, when the wines are from another countries. And this time, most especially, since they were all organic. I’ve been an organic proponent since the 1960s. It just made great sense […]

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Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

It doesn’t get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets.

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Steve Heimoff has left the building to explore the world of wine

This new position for Steve couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person… And, congratulations to KJ for recognizing that his talent will enrich all of their story lines. They simply made him that once-in-a-lifetime offer that he couldn’t refuse.

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Taking a spin to Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County from Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong, a respected wine judge and BevMo!‘s Cellar Master, is a highly regarded colleague. His opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy! Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you’d like to review […]

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Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur

What makes a great one? People like Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur, is an example of why we adore the chefs whose foods deliver both sustenance and comfort. Add a great wine list to the restaurant’s mix and there’s nowhere else to go, when sustenance and comfort are what we crave outside of our own […]

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Wine Writer Sue Straight

[Image of Sue Straight from San Francisco Chronicle wine judge Website.] Most of us know her as a wine writer, wine judge, a singer in her funky, down home bands, and a friend. But, when I first met Sue (over 20 years ago), she was working at Lambert Bridge Winery, with consumers on their direct […]