Archive for the ‘P.S.A.’ Category


Food safety guidelines for wine and food events, the rigors

I was told, by one of our food partners, at Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah, The Alameda County Environmental Health Department is the most stringent, for compliance regulations being met in the entire US, as an example of letter-of-the-law compliant. That’s the bad news. The good news is that any event, which anyone goes to […]



This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, “What can I do to help?” Yeah… it’s one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know its importance, as I have samples that I’d like to send in […]


Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library

There’s going to be an informative, hands-on workshop in both Spanish and English on Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library. I’ve asked wine grape growers what it’s like, now that we have stricter immigration laws, and none of them are happy. Many are being forced to by mechanical harvesters, because workers are no […]


Bacigalupi Vineyards ~ 50 Years of living and loving Russian River Valley

The year 2014 is a year of celebrating landmarks in the Russian River Valley, at the venerated Bacigalupi Vineyards. Three generations, including a vibrant Helen Bacigalupi, are in concert, bringing more vigor to the new family-label wines.


“Sharing the road” is a two-way street that’s becoming much more crowded and dangerous in wine country

Years ago, when I was only 12, I got my first bicycle. It was a Christmas day. I had spent the entire month of December praying really HARD for snow, but it never came. (Unanswered prays, and it was Christmas! That was a good lesson for a growing up Catholic kid.) My birthday was on […]


If you’re headed to the 10th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Please Be Advised…

Welcome to Jose’s event planner’s nightmare… DIGRESSION: A Bachelorette party was just held in a ballroom that we’ve had reserved for the Petite Sirah Symposium. It’s now first thing in the morning, and we’ve arrived to set up. The party girls are leaving with everything all askew. We have to get in there and prepare […]


Napa Valley Wine Library Association to celebrate 50 years, August 18 and 19, 2012

A great milestone for the library, the Napa Valley Wine Library Association is celebrating 50 years with its Wine Library Weekend, August 18 and 19, 2012. This tasting will be happening on Sunday, August 19, at Silverado Resort and Spa. There will be a seminar the day before at CIA | Greystone, in which winemakers […]


Are you wanting to sample the treasures of Piemonte?

This information was sent to me by my wine writing friend and colleague Dick Rosano. I told him that I’d be putting it onto my blog as a P.S.A. (public service announcement). Having been in radio as a PR specialist, I learned a lot about the value of a P.S.A. and understanding the importance of […]


Social Hosts: There’s a law targeting parents that is so broadly written, even the people who endorsed it are getting trapped by it

Given what I wrote about yesterday, regarding Barrel Tasting weekend being out of control in the younger demographic, and having a response from Richard that included “Social Host,” I think it’s interesting to ask…. Are you aware of this? I’m providing this as a public service announcement (P.S.A.), just so you know. From a PRESS […]


Wine Public Service Announcement: Are you allergic to fish?

I’ve wrestled with this one for a long time. I’m about 95 percent from the school of thought, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” The other five percent of me shows that I’ve not completely mastered this one, yet. Alas, I’m still human, and sometimes don’t always carefully […]