Archive for the Tag 'Wine'


The Charlemagne Connection, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

If I were writing my own autobiography, I might have come up with this title, The Charlemagne Connection. Direct descendant of Charlemagne, including his first born Pepin the Short Pepin born from Charlemagne’s first wife, and heir to the throne This genealogy led to Kings of Scot Which lead to the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]


Indigenous versus Autochthonous ~ Thankful for Thomas R. Riley

There is a huge difference between Indigenous versus autochthonous, I’ve just learned. On Facebook I wrote. “Every now and then you meet someone w-a-y smarter than you. “And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy.” This was in reference to an experience I had just had in San Francisco, when I […]


Cabernet labrusco – The creation of an indigenous red grapevine variety

[All images are from Dr. Jeronimo Rodriques.] Cabernet labrusco is the successful creation of a brand new red grapevine variety, which has recently been achieved in South Africa, called ‘Cabernet labrusco.’ This makes it an indigenous grape to South Africa. From his Cabernet labrusco Website: In 1994, Dr. Jeronimo Rodrigues crossed two Vitis vinifera cultivars. […]


Trashy Love Story, or… Why I Drink Wine and Not Gin

From the Facebook page Born & Raised in Maine, I saw this picture. It inspired me to share and write: “In Maine, it could happen, but for me… It was squirrels, thankfully.” My friend Terry Mcnulty: When we used to camp at Lake Pillsbury, we would take our food and put it in a big […]


Andy Blue Redo

UPDATE, or an Andy Blue Redo… When I wrote my original blog story called “More brewhaha from Andy Bluehaha,” it was in response to Anthony Dias Blue’s editorial about Petite Sirah, and how he just doesn’t “get it.” I understood on a gut level; I don’t eat foie gras, for instance. I’d gag if I […]


How to get a wine writer’s attention via Email ~ Josh Wine Cellars

I decided to begin the blog in preparation for the future: And, as always, I went looking for the Web address, to create the link. I was immediately sucked in:


Top 10 intriguing things about Germany and its wines

Germany and its wines  How elders are treated is fascinating. Here’s the link to the story, in its entirety. No sense trying to reinvent this one. LISTVERSE: FAKE BUS STOPS; Noticing that seniors tended to stray toward public transportation as a way of returning home, the homes teamed up with local organizations to erect fake […]


Vinomaster ~ Corkscrew for easy access to your delicious wines

I watched a brain surgeon once open a bottle of wine and I couldn’t help but think, “Thank God that’s not my brain.” If you’re also intimidated about opening a bottle of wine with a cork, head on over to Wine Turtle. It’s a wine site for handy and fun learning about wines, and in […]


Variety versus Varietal

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Variety versus varietal University of California at Davis, if you care about precious credential: Variety is a noun. Varietal is an adjective. Example, I love the varietal characteristic of this variety. It’s that simple.  


Wines, motorcycles, cars, and planes – How did it all come together

How did it all come together? Social media, people meeting people every single day, in the most unusual of circumstances… But, there they are, cultures of all kinds intermingling every day in our global world. Wines, motorcycles, cars, and planes PETER NOWACK A Q&A snippet from Jo Diaz‘ Wine Blog ~ 2/2014, BC (before cancer) […]