Archive for the Tag 'Wine'


Returning From a Hiatus ~ The Wines that Awaited, while some were just handy to enjoy

This hasn’t a respite hiatus, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s been moving from and then to a new home and new offices “time out.” It’s been 19 years since we’ve moved. I still can’t believe how much stuff (nice word for it) that we accumulated in life. Just the garage was a […]


Peter Stafford-Bow ~ debut novel, entitled “Corkscrew – the highly improbable”

This is going to be a fun read. Anyone who’s read my Road Warrior Survivor Guide, which debuted in the print copy of Wine Business Monthly (August of 2001), knows there’s a sassy world out there.

With Peter Stafford-Bow being a professional wine buyer, I’m betting that the story’s characters are going to be classic!


Excuse me, just wondering, how long has this bottle been open?

I’ve found myself asking that question many times, and I’m not afraid to do it when I’ve ordered a wine and it’s just lost that loving’ feelin.’ Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines had this info on Facebook a few years ago. I asked permission to reprint here, because he’s raised such great points. On Facebook, […]


Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Cusumano Shamaris Grillo, Sicilia DOC

Cusumano Cantina I recently received a sample of the 2015 Cusumano Shamaris Grillo, Sicilia DOC. There are a lot of things about this wine that are unique to me. I’ve only had two other Sicilian wines, and that was on March 27 of this year (2016). They, too, were a Wine of the Week. Both […]


A Boomer Writer Watching Millennial Writers

…as I watch Millennials struggling, because time isn’t moving fast enough for them, I remind myself that life is like an LP. The quicker one gets to the center, the faster the revolutions.


Get ready folks: England is on the winemaking map with Ridgeview England

Established in 1995, Ridgeview’s wines are the fist wines to arrive from England that have been imported to the United States. Asked if I would interested in tasting them, how could I refuse? Curiosity is my middle name. Their PR person Erica Honni, wrote to me, “…Ridgeview Wines, the first English wines to arrive in […]


Wine Century Club Expands Your Mind and Your Palate with Senda Wines’ Treixadura

This is how it works for me, today… Wine Century Club #166 Treixadura (081716) – Senda\Verde 2015 Ribeiro La Senda Bodegas y Viñedos Spain Samples arrive from all over the world, and I’m thrilled. My scope of wine is expanding exponentially steeper daily about the world of wine, every time my door bell rings and […]


Clone and Place ~ All Things in Ernest

Introducing Ernest Vineyards, a new artisan producer of cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast… Owners Erin Brooks and her husband Todd Gottula produce wines that have been created to express their clonal attributes and their terroir’s sense of place. When they began Ernest, their mission became to “focus on love of family, […]


To all my wine pals: Grow Your Career in the Wine Industry at SSU

So many of my contacts are now wanting to gain wine industry knowledge, in order to grow their career in wine business. When I got into wine, I went to Santa Rosa Junior College, because they had a terrific wine sales and marketing degree program. I could have been running around with arrows for a […]


Wine, Women, and Songs

If you’ve got the wine and you’ve got the woman, what are the songs that get it all in the mood? Well, this all began with Let It Wine (from Italy = IT) contacting me in newsletter form. Their tagline: Dedicated to anyone in love with or just curious about the vast universe of wine! […]