Archive for the ‘California’ Category

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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 […]

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Rutherford Dust Society ~ Always Something New to Learn and Enjoy

In 1993, the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) was established. The Rutherford Dust Society was then established in 1994, by growers and vintners, to support a cohesive educational program going forward. Total acreage for the AVA is 6,840, while 4,371 acres are dedicated to vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the major planting, by 67 percent. This region […]

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Wine Cans Continue To Come On Strong ~ And So Are the Tailgate Parties

Tailgate parties, the rage in parking lots… All I know is… when people are all drinking from cans and it’s all about beer, just hand over the equal packaging opportunity in wine, thank you very much. And convenient: no wine openers needed or glass to lug around. And, according to Nielsen ratings 2016: U.S. sales […]

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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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The Chilling Howl That Ran Right Under My Window

Photo copyright: aliensprog / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, I worked for Ironstone Vineyards. The following story is one of my favorite memories, while working in the Sierra Mountain region. It all happened in Calaveras County. It began with a two and a half year gig I intuitively knew going into it that it would […]

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The 2016 California Winegrape Crush Is a Return to Normalcy

[Pictured is Alvaro Zamora, vineyard manager for The Rubin Family of Wines] The following is very interesting info from Ciatti, Global Wine & Grape Brokers, regarding the 2016 harvest. The Ciatti Company Ciatti is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bulk wine and grape brokerage frim. Aside from its home base in San Rafael, California, […]