Archive for the ‘Wine & Food’ Category

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Wine Business Education Is Now Very Convenient, Thanks to Tim Hanni

I first became aware of Tim Hanni, while producing the Petite Sirah symposium (from 2002, until 2013). Tim was recommended to me as a guest speaker, by Patricia Schneider. It was then that I learned he was a wine educator. He was living in California at the time. Since then, he’s moved to Bend, Oregon, […]

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Morgon Domaine Jean Ernest Descombes ~ A Beaujolais with Vitality

Off to the Morgon region of Beaujolais, France we go… Morgon Wines: Think in adjective sizes, for a moment: delicate, moderate, and robust. Beaujolais wines, coming from specific regions, are classified in this way, due to their terroir influences. It helps to know this, if you’re wanting to purchase a Beaujolais, for a food and […]

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The Most Embarrassing Side of Wine Travel… Musings

This was the point where I should have taken a bow… Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, right? So, I’m a guest of Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche. This day, we were having lunch at family Ristorante in a neighboring town. It was as authentic as it could possibly be. […]

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Pairing Tuscan Wines with Tuscan Cuisine ~ Day 1

GUEST: I was a guest at Castello di Meleto, in Gaiole (the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany), as orchestrated by Michael Yurch, of The Bluest Sky Group. When we, as Americans, think of Italian cuisine, pasta immediately comes to mind, right? In a word association game, I say Italian food, and most people respond with […]

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If You Love Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, This Event Has Your Name All Over It

An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated, wine grape-growing region in the United States,and has been for the nearly 39 years.  The Augusta AVA surrounds the area in and around the town of Augusta, Missouri, which was the first recognized AVA recognized in the US, gaining their  status on June 20, 1980. Stags Leap’s […]

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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 […]