Archive for the Tag 'Wine'

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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 […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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Tasting Sicily with Allesandro

Image borrowed from the Wines of Sicily Website. I highly recommend that you visit this site for more information and beautiful images of the island. Many write about Sicily having a mosaic of flavors. In a booklet that the Wines of Sicilia DOC has distributed. It begins: If to travel through Sicily means to dive […]

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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 […]

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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!