Archive for the Tag 'Wine'

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Chance to win the dramatic and perhaps you’ll meet Jean-Charles Boisset

Is there anyone in wine more dramatic and loved than Jean Charles Boisset?

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Cork removal from a bottle is NOT brain surgery

Cork Removal Filling the heartiest among us with fear, when we’re on stage… I’ll never forget the image of a brain surgeon fumbling with a wine cork, trying to get it out of the bottle. I thought to myself, “Really?” Then I thought, “I hope you’re better at your own craft…” Why is pulling out […]

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Importance of Wine Competitions

Wine Competitions… What is the importance of wine competitions? This is a frequently asked question by wineries just starting out, and their owners are stymied by the fees, the amount of competitions out there, and the ultimate value that competitions play in the wine business. Frankly, name any industry and you’ll find that they, too, […]

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Valentine day wines for 2015

For Valentine day wines, let’s start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines… Bubbles are a natural for Valentine’s Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers’ holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards,  J Vineyards and Winery, and River Road. […]

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Women for WineSense launches contest for Women in Wine event

Years ago, when my friend and wine colleague Julie Johnson  (today of Tres Sabores) was making waves in Women for WineSense, I went to meetings and was so impressed by her and the group. She had her finger on the pulse (and still does).  At that time, little did I know that when she was […]

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Decopas ~ A wine for the (Millennial) ages

Decopas is a wine dedicated to the Millennial audience, and I believe that this wine is perfectly suited to that age group; however, I love it, too. Their label tells the story perfectly, doesn’t it? (See below) The label doesn’t tell the story of the winemaker, we don’t know about the Estate Vineyards, we don’t […]

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Wine is a civilizing beverage

I was just reminded that “wine is a civilizing beverage” as I tasted through some wines of Turkey.

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Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know more […]

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Weight of Wine Bottles and Being Unduly Impressed in a Time of Sustainability

How do you feel about the weight of wine bottles these days? I know of one wine writer who, when the bottles began to take on the “Big Boy” effect, had serious issues right away. It’s only been within the last 10 years that wine bottles have put on the extra pounds… As part of […]

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Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

One by one, I’ve watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from the […]