Archive for the ‘Ecology’ Category


Eat, Drink & Be Green at Iron Horse ~ Sunday April 21, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Iron Horse’s Earth Day events. Joy Sterling is committed to the environment in ways that inspire me. While I build a collage of the trash I’ve been collecting from the neighboring school children (left in our front yard over the past year) in order to create my annual “art” gift […]


Celebrating Earth Day (April 22) by focusing on a very green wine writer ~ Paul Gregutt

It’s not easy being green, as “Kermie” likes to sing; but then, all good things take more thought, understanding, and commitment. And by a very green wine writer, I don’t mean “green” by experience; I mean green by social consciousness. Earth Day is this Sunday, and I thought that I’d not focus on green wines […]


The Green Wine Summit

It’s still not easy being green, but once you’ve found your social consciousness it becomes easier… Remember Kermie the Frog singing, it’s not easy being green? I sang along with my children, because I had made a commitment to the environment by the late 1960, and I’ve been committed to it ever since. My first […]


Put a Cork In It… And You’ll Plant A Tree

I once wrote, “Oh, Put a Cork in It!” after having returned from Portugal and seeing cork trees during harvest time. It made me realize how truly special cork trees are. They’re renewable, they’re recyclable, they’re the bomb! How about reusable?! Now, the California Wine Club (CWC) and their “Put a Cork in It” nationwide […]


Where Better to Spend Earth Day Than With Mother Earth Joy Sterling?

I’ll never forget the day… Last Thanksgiving was about to arrive and I wanted an Iron Horse Sparkling. When Iron Horse is just minutes away from where you live, it’s a quiet ride that allows for thinking and exploring, besides a wine purchase. I had sent Joy an Email the morning before Thanksgiving that read, […]


The Days of Crimson And Clover ~ Or, do organic wines really taste better?

The 1960s, 70s, and early 80s were very good to and for me. I deliberately sacrificed a lot of materialism, for which the universe delivered copious hours to study and practice many subjects of great personal interest: nutrition and gardening organically buying my organic foods in a “health food store” (the only place to get […]


When Irish Wines Are Smiling

It just had to happen. In 2002, when I organized and started not only PS I Love You, but also started the Association of African American Vintners, I was thinking about starting an Irish American Vintners Association. It just made sense to me. Concannon Vineyard was/is a client of Diaz Communications. (Although I’m no longer […]


The Honor of Organic Wines, as Taught to Me by Fabius

During the 1960s, I crossed over into the antidisestablishmentarianism movement. It was a very exciting time… part of the bra burning process. It wasn’t necessarily easy, because I was in the business of fashion at the time, and my persona took quite a diva dive. I went natural, nursing three daughters.  Never once did a […]


Earth Day, April 22, 2009 ~ How are You Celebrating?

Cover of Wall-E (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition) I live in lovely wine country, where everyone outside of wine country thinks of it as this romantic getaway. For me, it’s day-to-day, dealing with all of the realities of life, with an occasional field trip that leaves me refreshed, too. In the 1970’s, I swore off aerosol cans, […]


When Art Becomes Architecture ~ Friedensreich Hundertwasser & Quixote Winery

[The above image is one that I have borrowed from the Quixote Winery Website. When I was there, I didn’t have this elevation advantage that allows for you to see Quixote’s completely unique place in space.] Although proprietor Carl Doumani is a wine producer, he’s the first to admit that he’s not a winemaker. This […]