Discovering Portuguese History, and Portugal’s Esporão Group Wines, Part 1

Discovering Portuguese History, and Portugal’s Esporão Group Wines, Part 1

Why discovering Portuguese history, and some wines from Portugal’s Esporão Group, helps to put wine into an overall perspective. Culture plays an enormous role in what the flavors of wine become. Yes, we can grab a bottle of wine and just throw it back, but...
Imagining the Unimaginable ~ Association of African American Vintners

Imagining the Unimaginable ~ Association of African American Vintners

When I organized the Association of African American Vintners, multi culturalism in the wine industry began, in 2002. Seeing the positive growth results just happened on April 24, 2022. Please note, my wine blog is (and has always been) my wine journal, for...
Foppiano: Before, During, After, and Today ~ Mastering the World of Wine

Foppiano: Before, During, After, and Today ~ Mastering the World of Wine

She said, “If anyone can write about Foppiano Vineyards, Jo, you can.” This was said to me by my friend Lorraine Raguseo, who’s now part of their team through Quintessential Wines. And, she’s right. At this point in time, besides the family, I...
Robert (Bob) Pepi: Series Devoted to Decades in Wine, Including Roots with Steve Kreps

Robert (Bob) Pepi: Series Devoted to Decades in Wine, Including Roots with Steve Kreps

SIGNIFICANT ROOTS Reshaping one’s life is very empowering. Travel does it to us. As you know, America is such a melting pot, and having that opportunity to visit one’s native DNA land is very special. [Native Americans were the first people to migrate...

Napa Valley Beyond the Fires, Small Family Farms Are Bureaucratically Being Squeezed Out

In the event you’ve not heard about this grassroots effort, here it is again, as we wonder so much about Napa Valley these days… SAVE THE FAMILY FARMS “Save the Family Farms” is a group of owner-occupied grape growers, who make wine in Napa...