Archive for the ‘Wine Culture’ Category

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Beaujolais 101 ~ Your Primer Through the Lens of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

PHOTO: Taken in the Beaujolais region of France, at the Georges Duboeuf’s Chateau, in Romaneche-Thorins, France. Georges Duboeuf is the highly regarded founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. These are all of my own images from my trip to Beaujolais, with the exception of Wine Folly’s map. Beaujolais 101 ~ A TOP TEN Primer Pronounced: […]

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When Dark & Delicious Returns as the Petite Masters at Copia

Who: PS I Love You What: Masters of Petite: Petite Sirah Panel, Tasting, & Walk-Around Reception When: Sunday, July 14, on Bastille Day, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: Copia, Napa Valley Why: Celebrating our French Love Child Petite Sirah’s Heritage While the carefree days of Dark & Delicious are now but a drifting memory, there’s […]

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Are wines really seasonal or reasonable, while an equator separates all of it

We read titles like, “Spring into Summer with Great White Wines.” We do eat differently in differing seasons, but do our wine choices really vary, very much? When it’s time to think about wine choices, I don’t know about you but I think “food,” and then I think “wine,” and vice versa – wine and […]

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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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How A Small Company Finds Intriguing and Unique In-Roads to Success

Anne Bousquet – Al Ameri, CEO, Partner THE STAGE IS SET: Meeting Anne Bousquet – Al Ameri, of Domaine Bousquet, Mendoza Argentina, at Barn Diva in Healdsburg, brought not only the distance of the two hemispheres closer together, but it also connected many more fascinating dots during the meeting, of how to succeed against all […]

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LuxeSF has announced it’s Rising Wine Star Award recipients

LuxeSF, formerly the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, has announced its Rising Wine Stars Award recipients for 2019. The ceremony was held during their Seventh Annual Wineries Boot Camp, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. This was in the presence of over 300 wine industry marketing, sales and hospitality influentials, representing more than 100 […]

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When It’s Traditional and It’s in Tuscany ~ Day 2

I was the guest of Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Hosted by Antonia Caserta (sales manager), their winemaker Matteo Menicacci, and their agronomist Giovanni Maria Farina. Antonia translated, and I was also in the company of Michael Yurch (Bluest Sky Group) and Michael Apstein from Apstein On […]

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Petaluma Gap Wines ~ Wildly Flavorful

[PHOTO: Dr. Mark Greenspan, borrowed from his Advanced Viticulture Website] From the famed viticulture expert Dr. Mark Greenspan in a Petaluma Gap Newsletter: According to viticulturist Mark Greenspan in this Wine Business Monthly article, “Wind is a significant factor in many regions [including] the Petaluma Gap of Sonoma County… We see thicker skins and more intense color in […]

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When Opportunity Knocked ~ Siena Italy Was at the Door

[ALL PHOTO: Jo Diaz, unless noted otherwise. Shop in Sienna, Italy] PART 1 ~ CULTURE LEADS TO WINE AND FOOD In October of 2018, a door was opened for me by Bluest Sky Group, when I was invited to join a group of wine professionals traveling in Italy. We would be exploring the central wine regions of […]

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Top Wine and Spirits Books of 2018 ~ Belonging in Any Great Wine (Book) Library

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine books I read through the year. This year is no exception, and these books are each fabulous. Here are my 2018 Wine and Spirits Books, in alphabetical order. Happy shopping for your wine lovers. Regardless of the level of knowledge and interest, if you […]