Archive for the ‘History’ Category

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Beautiful places I’ve been and photographed: Provence, France with Château Roubine Cru Classé

My theme is TERROIR; capturing the heart, soul, and essence of it. And, yes, there was most certainly wine education involved. Beautiful places I’ve been and photographed: Provence, France. [PHOTOS: Jo Diaz, all rights reserved.] You say Provence and I say “lavender” (maybe I’ll even say Rosé). It was just a perfect day under Provence […]

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As Colorful And Vibrant As Its History ~ Petite Sirah’s Timeline has been updated

With a name like Petite Sirah I Love You, how could I give Valentine’s Day to any other grape? It’s got pop, it’s soul is jazzy, its history is checkered and anything but mainstream. It’s Petite Sirah… I Love You. For instance, take Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Franc + Sauvignon Blanc = Cabernet Sauvignon Two noble […]

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American Heritage Variety Petite Sirah ~ When you get that call

Phone rings, I answer, and hear, “Hello, this is Emma Thomas from Jackson Family Wines.” This story is inspired by that call from Emma, who works with Jackson Family Wines, because of her interest in PS I Love You and how it relates to this heritage variety. She, really caught my attention, because I’ve been noodling […]

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When enjoying a Glass of Wine from Provence Involves a History Lesson of the Middle Ages

When visiting a winery, to capture its heart and soul – as is my custom – it’s helpful if I know very little about it, going into the discoveries. I don’t want to rewrite anything, except actual factuals… And then, what I see it in nuances: what I feel from its aura, what touches my […]

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Tasting The Past, by Kevin Begos

  TASTING THE PAST Admittedly, learning about wines outside of what’s on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurateur’s wine list is a bit limited. The flavors you might enjoy, but is the wine as memorable as being in that wine’s own region of terroir, and connecting more dots? From my own personal experiences, I have […]

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Green Valley in Russian River Valley Has Unique Historical Terroir

Influencers of Green Valley of Russian River Valley The Central Pomos, Yegor Chernykh, and Luther Burbank are legendary proof of Green Valley being the Green emerald in Russian River Valley’s crown, and a preeminent wine grape growing AVA, most-worthy of boundless distinction. FIRST MIGRATION – The Bering Strait Migration, for what would become Green Valley, […]

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Thomas Jefferson Has Been Reincarnated ~ Passions – The Wines and The Travels

Once upon a time, I was asked if I would review a wine book. I thought, “Why not? Lets see where it goes.” Well, it went alright. This side image only reached the “i”s” on Wine-Blog’s Books page. It’s impossible to capture it all here, nor do I want or need to. This isn’t about […]

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Napa at Last Light ~ Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway

Where to begin, where will it end? I was asked to review James Conaway’s book Napa at Last Light. Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway. This is, no doubt, the most controversial book I’ve ever read about our beloved wine business. Because this business is so agriculturally based, and I’ve been […]

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Jerusalem and the High Holy Holidays with Wine ~ PSÂGOT Kosher Wines

Today is a day when – for this year – we segue from the end of Hanukkah season right into the Christmas season. Both born from significant historical and religious events, today, I’m left to wondering. Do you think there will ever again be such compelling circumstances in history, that create what’s recorded as miracles, […]

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The Role of the Mission Cultivar in American Wine History

Let’s remember that grapes are part of the American landscape. I used to wait patiently, under my grandmother’s arbor, for her Concord (Vitis labrusca) grapes to ripen in Maine’s sunshine. She’d then put the juice right into her Concord jelly. It was always on our Thanksgiving table. Thomas Jefferson tried ever so hard to make […]