Archive for the ‘Wine Ed’ Category

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AN EVENING WITH KEVIN ZRALY in San Francisco

If you  know me, you know that I enjoy helping friends with their events, etc.. I got to circle back with Kevin Zraly this past fall, when we met again; this time at Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Kevin was touring, promoting his 30th Edition of Windows on the World, I was […]

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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 […]

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Romancing the Grape ~ Relationship Selling for Hospitality Professionals

SAMPLE COPY from Lynda R. Paulson ~ PHOTO: Jo Diaz Romancing the Grape ~ Relationship Selling for Hospitality Professionals by Lynda R. Paulson should be mandatory reading for all winery tasting room personnel. This is always how I sold wine, while working in a tasting room, because my studies and background are in PR. That said, […]

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Do You Know Verdicchio and Le Marche, Italy Are Quietly Famous?

[PHOTO: Autumn at Colonnara Viticultori] Some might even say it’s a best kept secret, but I don’t mind letting this secret out of the bag… Not to worry if you don’t know either Verdicchio or Marche. I didn’t know anything about the alluring Verdicchio grape, either, before my trip to the land where it reigns […]

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When a Wine Lover and Electronic Geek Collide, it’s got to be a Kelvin

As a wine writer, I’m occasionally queried about trying samples of new products that hit the marketplace. This is one of those stories. [Both the Kelvin K2 and and the delicious Barrel Road Red Blend are samples in this story.] It all began in early September: Hi Jo: I’m hoping that I can send you […]

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Wine Folly: Magnum Edition of the Master Guide is Released TODAY, by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

SAMPLE BOOK, From Avery Books. If ever there was a wine book of the times ~ like the times right now ~ Madeline Puckett and Justin Hammack have nailed it with Wine Folly: Magnum Edition of the Master Guide. Today, right now, the book has gone on sale. It’s a hard copy and it’s going […]

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Welcome to Hungary with Count Karolyi’s Grüner Veltliner 2016 ~ Wine of the Week

Sample wines provided by Quintessential Wines ~ Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner 2016 PREFACE – PART 2 ~ WHITE WINES My structure: World Regions ~ FIRST HEART ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING I can’t make up their […]

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Rutherford Dust Brought Karen MacNeil Squarely Into My Headlights, Now Into Yours

Most of you know Karen MacNeil as the author of The Wine Bible. Please appreciate it took her 10 years to write this tome, and was without the luxury of the Internet for reading and research. She’s a walking wine encyclopedia, and you have a chance to get to know her a little bit better.

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World’s Largest BYO Tradition is Coming to Russian River Valley

PHOTO: Andrey Cherkasov This wine and food event is going to be really delicious; and in the process, you’ll learn all about a Paulée Dinner. www.lapaulee.com/ ~ La Paulée is a series of events celebrating the wines and winemakers of Burgundy, alternating yearly between New York and San Francisco. The event takes its name from the traditional post-harvest […]