Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category


A Very Interesting Importer’s Perspective ~ Pre Reading her book ~ “How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide”

“How to Import Wine, An Insider’s Guide” has been written by Deborah M. Gray. When I was queried about whether or not I’d like to read her book, I thought, “Bring it on.” I spent a couple of years with Enoforum Wines (from Évora, Portugal), prior to their becoming imported to the United States. I […]


Fallow the Yellow Brink Road at Trefethen on April Fool’s Day

What a great marketing effort by Trefethen. First of all, who doesn’t love to get packages in the mail? Secondly, who doesn’t love a practical joke? Thirdly… We’re all headed toward April Fool’s day, and Trefethen has just nailed it! In an effort to get my attention, they sent their new release to me… A […]


Oscars 2010: Pre Oscar Party in Hollywood With Client Tequila Semental

And, I interviewed Alex Trebek of Jeopardy, former proprietor of Creston Vineyards. [See below for more details and image.] Talk about glamour… Fashion and elegance… Hollywood event producer Anita Talbert (Hollywood Award Suites) has again just executed on what was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever seen in the posh Beverly Hills Hotel […]


Enoforum Wines of the Alentejo

When Enoforum Wines, a Portuguese export company, was first explained to me, its structure seemed very confusing. The reason it did is because living and working in California for the last 17+ years, I’ve watched the wine business here all but cannibalize itself with massive amounts of individual brands. Not only are the big dogs […]


How Randall Graham, Steve Heimoff, and Charlie Palmer Led to Sean Thackrey, Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace

What a cast of characters… The Sonoma County Wine Library (in Healdsburg) is only seven miles from my house, which occasionally host authors. I’m on the distribution list for announcements. In December, they hosted a wine writers reception, that included Randall Grahm (of Bonny Doon Vineyards fame) and Steve Heimoff. Having never met Randall in […]


Happy New Year! Welcoming 2010 ~ What’s Your Resolution?

I’d really like to know what your New Year’s Resolution is for 2010. I’ve found that when I have resolve, I tend to make things happen (quitting nail biting as a pre teen, quitting smoking as a young adult, learning about Portuguese culture last year, and many others). As a small incentive for you to […]