Archive for the Tag 'Winery'

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How Can We Require Mandatory Reading ~ A Perfect Score

A Perfect Score The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery Craig and Katheryn Hall ~Hall Wines The world of wine is a fabulous world. It’s down home, gutsy, and warm. As I pack up my wine library, getting ready to ship it to another world with us, I pick up magazines that I’ve […]

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A Mentor for Success ~ Everyone Needs One

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket –Chinese Proverb p. 154 We all need mentors, whether employed or self employed. I can list every single one of mine, who are related to the wine business. and from previous life incarnation. And I’m betting that you can, too. The need for expert counsel […]

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ Perpetuating and Saving Zinfandel

This is Day 4 (and the final day this week) of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. On Tuesday, […]

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Boyd Broland and their Birds, BoDean Company to the rescue

Boyd Brolan and their Birds… We’re all just happy birds of a feather here in wine country, or so we thought. This is Wise Acre Farm, right in the middle of Windsor, California’s wine country. This is where hospitality is part of our daily due diligence.  This is a farm where I’ve brought my grandchildren. It’s […]

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VIT 101 ~ 10 ~ Sour Grapes

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101 ~ Sour Grapes It all began with updating the cluster photograph for the VIT 101 story. This one right here. When I looked at it the […]

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Consider the trade discount, people

The biggest shock early on was visiting an artisan winery, asking for the “trade discount,” and being asked a question in return… “Are you a winery principle?” I was stopped dead in my tracks. I was new to the wine business and the tasting room I was working in was filled with people constantly throwing […]

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PRIMER FOR BLOGGERS: Winery flow chart for story lines

So many people are blogging about wine today: from pros, to connoisseurs, to hobbyists… Pros, it’s another platform. Connoisseurs, because it’s fun to share their thoughts, and maybe… just maybe… it will turn into later creds… like Robert Parker did for himself. Hobbyists are writing about their experience, simply because they enjoy the beverage, want […]

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Starting a legal winery? Here are things to consider

Starting a legal winery has to be a daunting task, most especially for the people who’ve never been connected to the wine industry. I know that I segued from radio into wine, and it took me at least three years before I was really on any real sure footing. I was contacted by Danielle Rodabaugh, […]

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So you’re from the media, why should I care?

[This image is of Michael-David Winery’s tasting room. It exemplifies what I’ve been saying since the beginning of my wine career… A tasting room is a farm store. If we think of wineries as an agriculture stop along the way, we have a deeper understanding of the entire wine process. Since I’m mentioning Michael-David Winery […]

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Suisun Valley’s hope for the future, weighing in…

It’s all part of a maturation process you started with us 10 years ago. It now is causing change to escalate, as we now have a presence. Hard to be selective, when 10 years ago the presence looked more like KB Homes than an E&J Gallo Winery.