Archive for the ‘Wine HIstory’ Category

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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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Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz – Cupramontana Headquarters] To understand wine, first we need understand its culture and people. The first time I wrote that was in 2009, just prior to a trip to Portugal. This thought was just reaffirmed, as I’m newly returned from an Italian adventure, in the epicenter of the Renaissance. This story is about […]

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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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Napa Valley Vintner Stuart Smith Supporting “No On C” with a Blog Devoted to Preservation

Stuart Smith has gathered in depth background materials for “No On C and Napa County’s environment” at www.stopmeasurec.com. The Webpage opens with what’s most concerning for this measure: “Because Measure C was created in secret, the only public airing of the Measure has been mailings, street signs, ads and letters to our local newspapers.  Even […]

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Ron Rubin Funds Maynard Amerine Wine Label and Menu Collection at UC Davis

As the Ron Rubin Winery’s PR person, I got to work on this really amazing, philanthropic story for Ron Rubin. Since I worked in collaboration with U.C. Davis, I’m just going to share it in its entirety. Ron Rubin’s 40-Year Dream has now evolved into 6+ years of giving back to his wine community. This […]

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Why Are Palates So Eurocentric on the East Coast? Easy Question

I believe I may have found an answer, through my 25 years of observations, visiting both parts of the country extensively, by living on both coasts – each for extended periods of time, and having been to Europe, to see that part of life, too. Here’s what stuck me as pretty true, as I began […]

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Where Does One Begin with Vintner Peter M. F. Sichel?

A MUST READ The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy by Peter M. F. Sichel… One cannot take the life of a such a fascinating man as Peter Sichel, and condense it into 1,000 words or less in a complete book report, and so I’ve just begun writing about Peter Sichel. BOOK’S BACK […]

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Congratulations, Paul Draper, on your retirement

My hat’s off to you, sir, as I join the legion of others who celebrate all of your contributions. You not only enriched the PS I Love You agenda, but you have enriched my life, too. I asked, you helped. What more could anyone ask of another and be so rewarded for years to follow?

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Indigenous versus Autochthonous ~ Thankful for Thomas R. Riley

There is a huge difference between Indigenous versus autochthonous, I’ve just learned. On Facebook I wrote. “Every now and then you meet someone w-a-y smarter than you. “And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy.” This was in reference to an experience I had just had in San Francisco, when I […]