Archive for the ‘Pinot Noir’ Category

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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 […]

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Wine of the Week: Evolution Wines ~ Constantly Evolving

Mindful tasting is paying attention to the flavor, smell, and texture of a wine, and noticing how it makes you feel. Writing about wine, given these parameters, then becomes a lot of fun. Evolution Wine is here to deliver the party to the party… E Wines’ Philosophy Since its introduction by Dundee, Oregon based Sokol […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Sokol Blosser of Dayton Oregon

On one of our trips to Oregon, to visit with the Oak Knoll Winery Boys (Greg Lint and Jeff Herinckx), Jose and I were taken to Sokol Blosser Winery, to see what it’s like. We got there just at closing, so we didn’t get to taste. But the winery… Oh, so lovely to see, as […]

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Exclusively Yours ~ Square Peg ~ Once in a Lifetime Winery

Travel with me on the Graton Road, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. We’re heading toward the Forest Primeval. And, we’re feeling pretty much the way Yegor Chernykh must have felt, in 1836. Who was Yegor, you ask? An excellent question… Yegor was a Russian Agronomist, sent from his homeland to the new world. […]

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Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which […]

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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, […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]