Archive for the Tag 'Wine'

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Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Rosé and Brut

PREFACE THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE SAMPLE from: Quintessential Wines Two sparkling gems, from a different part of the […]

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On Second Thought… Will the Legalization of Marijuana Have a Negative Impact on Wine

It wasn’t until alcohol’s Prohibition was reversed that Marijuana became illegal. (Got to have a way to get some people into jails, right, to keep that industry humming?) Now, because of marijuana, the prisons are on ridiculous overload.

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Viticulture in Astrological Cycles ~ a.k.a. Biodynamic

Years ago, a friend, who was studying astrology, sat with his ephemeris and told me not only what I knew about myself within my astrology chart, but he also told me things that I hadn’t wanted to admit to myself. I knew those facts about myself to be true, but I hadn’t yet faced them. […]

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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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Summer Reading ~ Let James Gabler Take You Away

This blog is my wine journal, as a wine publicist, since the day I started it on December 29, 2005. There are very rare occasions, when I segue to something that doesn’t fit the above profile. This is one of those times. I’ve reviewed a few wine books in my wine time. For instance… I’ve […]

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Zebras have no stripes; it’s a lie perpetrated by the media!

[PHOTO Gratis: Safari West,  taken by Judy Bellah] For those of you who love wine country’s other charms… On April Fools’ Day – Saturday, April 1st – Safari West is playing around and putting a different spin on their Safari Tours. They all felt that it’s a good time to clown around and have some […]

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2017 Rutherford Dust Society ~ Save the Date, and Their Leaders

Save the Date Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 ~ “Rutherford Wine Experience” Consumer Event ~ Tickets will be on sale soon! The Wine Experience is RDS’s major consumer-focused event for Rutherford. This year’s Experience will include a Friday night VIP reception, multiple educational sessions on Saturday morning, and a new addition to the event called […]

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How to Get Your License Bond When Opening a Winery

Scenario: I get an Email, asking if I would want a story by Vic Lance, founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, a surety bond expert who helps small businesses get licensed and bonded. Vic graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from […]

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Wine and Other Natural Medicinals

The health benefits of wine are now well documented. I’ll never forget the day when I was working in a tasting room and had just read the The French Paradox. I was discussing it with some visitors; and when they left, the tasting room manager – who was listening in the next room – reamed […]

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Volatilizing Your Esters is Worth Your Time and Energy

Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine even hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine (volatilizing) releases the bouquet. The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent of the grape. It cracks me […]