Archive for the ‘California’ Category

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Heartwarming Wines ~ I’m Going for The Reds ~ Part 1

I’ve written about winter white wines, in Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino. I also want to pay homage to winter reds as Heartwarming Wines, because they just are. National Heart Month is February, as you probably remember. Focusing on reds now, most especially, is very evocative for anything […]

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All of the Rutherford Dust Society Landholding Members are Now Active in the Napa Green Land Program

ANDRÉ TCHELISTCHEFF said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet.” This has not been missed, but those who love, grow, make, and enjoy drinking Napa Valley Cabernets. The perfect location for a perfect American Cabernet. If you don’t believe that yet, look up land prices. [All photos are copy written by Jo ‘Diaz. All […]

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When His Main Goal is Sustainability of Human Beings… first and foremost

It’s so gratifying to hear someone say, “I have an idea,” and then to see it take shape. If you get to know Ron Rubin, you’ll see his myriad of ideas take shape… I can’t even count them anymore; he’s like the energizer bunny! On Saturday, May 2, 2019, the Sonoma County Vintners Association bestowed […]

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In The Season of Giving, and the Biggest Wine County Heart Beats On

I’ve had the pleasure and honor to have worked along side of some pretty amazing people in my lifetime. This is one of those people… A man who has so much heart, that he’s gearing up to one day give someone else the gift of renewed life, as he once received. I mean really, who […]

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Calistoga is Updating Their Game and I’m Musing in My Hopes for It

I can’t figure out if this is a blessing or a curse. Only time will decide, if this is going to be a great move. I’m going to reprint a press release from the town of Calistoga, California. Their intent is pure, so I really hope their plans will out work well! My editorial comment, […]

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Still Two Weeks Left to Celebrate California Wine Month ~ Thoroughly Researched

This has been written by Jeanne Sullivan. It’s been years since I’ve had anyone write on my wine blog. It’s my wine journal, which is why someone else really can’t represent what’s inside my mind. This morning, though, I decided to make an exception. This is so thoroughly research, formatted, and presented, it’s a benefit […]

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Dr. Petite Rosenblum, My Mentor and Friend, and Memories by PSILY Members

Jose walked into my office, saying, “Oh, boy, as his voice went down on the “boy.” Then all went silent. “What!” I demanded to know. “Why say that and then say nothing?” I wondered.   “Kent Rosenblum is gone.” Gone? Stunned. Just stunned. I couldn’t even say anything. So much raced through my head, including […]

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A Day in the Dust Like “You Had to Be There, Man” ~ Rutherford Dust Society

  [ALL PHOTOS were taken by Jo Diaz; with the exception of Barbara Lyons Stewart, who gave her photo for use.] Earlier I wrote a story titled Rutherford Dust Brought Karen MacNeil Squarely Into My Headlights, Now Into Yours. It included Karen MacNeil as part of that story. So does this one, in a completely different […]

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The Opportunities Continue from the RCD for Help in (Not Mentioned) California

Last week I shared information about the The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (RCD).  Mostly connected to the Western portion of Sonoma County, I didn’t realize how wide spread this resource conversation effort is…  Like, ALL of California, for instance, with 102 districts available. Let’s find out more Right after the story was published, Gold […]

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Good News For Performing Artists and Wineries That Play Music in Their Tasting Rooms

[These images are my own, as I had a photography pass given to me by the record company, when I was in rock radio. This one is Daryl Hall, John Oates, and G.E. Smith performing, after I had also been back stage with Daryl and John.] BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and the Wine Institute partner […]