Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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Chilean Wine Lineup ~ Viña Koyle Family Vineyards

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz] As mentioned in my first story in this series, Chilean Wines that Collectively Underline Chile’s Historic Commitments, I’ve entered into a process of learning right now… So welcome, especially if you’re learning some things, too, about Chile. This story is composed from the following:  Research on other sites Viña Maquis Website My […]

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Chilean Wine Lineup ~ Viña Maquis Gran Reserva

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz] As mentioned in my first story in this series, Chilean Wines that Collectively Underline Chile’s Historic Commitments, I’ve entered into a process of learning… so welcome, if you’re learning, too.  This story is composed from the following: Research on other sites Viña Maquis Website My own “Oh Wow” moments, from what I’ve […]

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Chilean Wines that Collectively Underline Chile’s Historic Commitments

[PHOTO: Francisco Kemeny] I’ve entered into a process of learning, so if you’re reading for educational purposes, welcome. If you have more to add, please just comment. Some of this will be part of my own “Oh Wow” moments; some of it will be part of what I’ve already learned, and you can add a […]

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Gaia, the Primordial Earth or Mother Goddess, You Can Drink on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day: My mother has been gone for a long time now. I remember the day well. I had gone back to Maine, making that really difficult decision: Do I see her once more in life, or do I see her after she’s gone? It was really that fragile. When I arrived, her exit party […]

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Kevin Zraly ~ Extraordinary Wine Educator is Focused on Red Wines

Kevin Zraly is an extraordinary, wine educator I’ve long admired. Getting to know him over the years has taught me how extremely knowledgeable he truly is.  It was delightful finally meeting him in Tuscany, at Castello di Meleto, a few years ago. He was on a book tour with his latest edition of Windows on […]

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Jon Bon Jovi Revisited in a Duo Wine Effort

INTRODUCTION OF HAMPTON WATER I once wrote: New Rock n’ Roller Who’s Segued to the Liquid Side ~ An update, coming soon. I’ve historically been collecting who also has segued from rock n’roll into rockin’ wine, since I left rock radio. My first of many stories: From Rock n’Roll to Rock n’Wine was published on […]

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Once Again ~ Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau Art Label Contest Invitation

With the introduction of the Fifth Annual Georges Duboeuf Nouveau Art Label competition, the winery is once again seeking new artwork for over one million bottles of their Beaujolais Nouveau. This is a very personal project for me. In 2011, I had received my first sample of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Two years later in […]

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Important Historical Petite Sirah Update from Plant Geneticist Dr. Carole Meredith about its Crossing

Since 2002, I’ve been gathering information about Petite Sirah, with one item being a bit sketchy; namely, did François Durif know what plant he crossed with Peloursin? The original info given to me came from an old family’s oral history and it now it needs updating. I’m also simultaneously updating the PS I Love You […]

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Castello di Gabiano of Piedmont ~ Part 2

Piedmont, Italy is a place I’ve never visited; but, I’m headed there, once Covid travel restrictions are lifted. Yesterday’s story began my virtual journey. Briefly: Covid’s restrictions stopped all travel, as I was supposed to be in Piedmont this past November… I watched each month with hope, before it arrived, throughout the entire year as […]

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Wine Travels Suspended Due to Covid, Yet the Trip to Castello di Gabiano Still Burns from Within

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us ~ Anonymous Oh, Covid… you’re such a marplot! [Images are the property of CASTELLO Di GABIANO, except where noted.] I could have been right here in November, if life didn’t include you, Covid. I would have left my home base in Sonoma […]