Archive for the ‘Pinot Noir’ Category

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Wine Review: Lucas & Lewellen Wines are Santa Barbara Delicious

Pinot, Pinot, Pinot; we’re all pretty turned onto this one, right? After “Sideways, we all wanted to taste Santa Barbara Pinots, right?  The following 2016 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, now defines Pinot in Santa Babara for me. Smooth, silky, and as delicate as violet flower petals. LOUIS LUCAS TENDS THE […]

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Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines – Best Explanation Ever

Winemaker Patrick Melley of Russian Hill Estate Winery  just answered this question of Malolactic Fermentation. And for wine beginners (or intermediates, like me), this doesn’t get any better. As one of our clients, I get to edit for the winery on occasion. This was one of those times, but only on the technical business writing […]

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The Oregon Wine Trail to Host Spring Events in San Francisco and Seattle

[PHOTOS: Jo Diaz copyright, all rights reserved] I love Oregon. Being from Maine, I’m partial for the decision of the ring toss. There are certain precepts we Mainahs adhere to… “Earth first, people and pets next. And, taking care of everyone, always.” From Portland Neighborhoods Guide: Portland was almost “Boston, Oregon!” Portland was named by […]

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Emily Martin Communications Announces its First Pinots & Plaid Event

Hoping to make this an annual event, Emily Martin has announces her first “Pinots & Plaid.” I know my tartan, do you? I also know a few things about Pinot, and I can combine that with a kilt any day of the week. I’m a happy Scottish camper, with DNA from the MacQuarrie Clan! MacQuarrie […]

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Long Time Coming Story ~ Castello di Amorosa

It seems like so long ago, from now, when I visited Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, Napa Valley, on a whim. My husband Jose and I had just attended a media tasting for a Rutherford Dust event, and I decided that I wanted to not pass by Castello di Amorosa, as I had so many […]

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Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Spring Barrel Tasting ~ 2019

Who can define a regional American Viticultural Area (AVA) better: The collective marketing decisions from a gaggle of people, and a Webmaster who simply needs content? Or, the historian who did the research and development?   I always begin my searches with the organizations. In this case, it’s the Carneros Wine Alliance and the Sonoma […]

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Wines from the Italian Alps, what a rare region and delicious occurrence

When I was asked to taste PETER ZEMMER wines from the Italian Alps, as samples, “What a rare opportunity; wines from the Italian Alps are so unfamiliar for many. Mr. Zemmer’s terroir and wines are a real treat!” I thought. And, do you know what? We’re a curious lot, right? It’s rare enough, tasty enough, […]

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When a Winemaker Writes Poetic Literature ~ Carpe Noctem

[PHOTO: from Eric Eide, Diaz Communications wine client] As a wine publicist, there are many times when writing technical data introductions are required. Winemakers, after all, have little time to be crafting their own messages. In some instances, however, someone who uses his or her right brain (creative side) is as natural as using her […]

When 2 Hawks Arrived ~ 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery Exposed Its Depth and Breadth

BOTH SKY PHOTOS: ACVEDUC ~ Top of page, from original source. Bottom one is original source. Titled:  “Two couples of hawks in the summer cloudy sky” A whirling gust blew in, when I opened the screen door… The wings over Oregon had arrived. And beautiful they were. The riches they brought with them would set a standard, […]

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Christmas Fair and Wines to Pair ~ A Seamlessly Delicious Meal

Since November 1994, the Ultimate Thanksgiving issue from Bon Appétit holds the most delicious recipes ever for holiday meals that features turkey, chicken, goose, name the bird and here you’ll find deliciousness. And each year, I run right back to this well worn issue, to continue the journey. In fact, this magazine is the only […]