Archive for the ‘Winemaking’ Category

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As the World Turns, So Does Wine Importing as the Heartbeat of International Wine Dreams

Let me begin by writing about a past conversation I had with one of my contacts, who works in the Pentagon, whose identity I’m going to keep private. I will say, he knows enough to have called this one, and I’ve watched it all happen to be true. When the Democrats are in power, it’s […]

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Where do I Begin, I’m just so thankful ~ Lucia Albino Gilbert & John C. Gilbert

Thankful is the best place to start, because I needed a little jog. Once upon a time ago, I wrote a story, Wine Review: Lucas & Lewellen Wines are Santa Barbara Delicious. I received this comment: Professor Lucia Gilbert says: Readers may be interested in knowing that Megan McGrath Gates is the winemaker at Lucas […]

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When you leave part of your heart in France ~ Château Sainte-Béatrice is partly responsible

What a charming little village Lorgues is, located in the Côtes de Provence region of France. This area bespoke France to me. It’s a region rich in viticultural history; and, is actually known to be the birth of Mediterranean wine grape growing. (From the Mediterranean Sea, the Romans entered France coming into this region.) Provence […]

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Addressing Racism in Wine ~ From a Unique Perspective

Let’s just say, I have stories I can tell and some I can’t. It would rock the wine world with disclosures. So, yes, from a personal perspective it exists. I have a blended marriage, I married the love and light of my life, who also happens to be Puerto Rican. Our love is quite private, […]

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Lucas & Lewellen Sustainably Crafted is Just So Fine ~ An Interview with Mike Lewellen

Lucas & Lewellen sustainably crafted is just so fine is not an overstatement, it’s what I’ve experienced and happy to write about it. First, I got the wine. Next, I tasted it, and found it to be really lovely. The elements of femininity really shined through. Then I discovered Lucas & Lewellen has a female […]

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Episode 3 – Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Bulgaria And China

In Episode 3, Kerry Damskey talks about his origin of wanderlust. Then he’s off to Bulgaria, seguing into China, before the French were even there. This is followed by being in ancient Israel, and then gives us a blink of Costa Rica at 25,000 meters (15.53428 miles) above sea level. It’s a fast five minutes […]

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Episode 2 ~ Kerry Damskey Talks About Making Wine in India

From a time of great success, in his 40’s, Kerry Damskey hit his own personal ceiling goals, as a winemaker and then as a consultant. For some, it’s called a mid-life crisis. For others, it’s a time to further bloom, and that what happens next. (Consider, Robert Mondavi started Robert Mondavi in his 50s, for […]

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Who is that Global Winemaker Kerry Damskey? ~ Episode 1

Meeting Kerry Damskey, in this quick video series, begins the process of peeling away successful layers of what it takes to become an international, winemaking star, who’s successfully accomplished this particular pursuit. It is a calling, and it’s quite unique, with the people involved being very much adaptable. While using both sides of their brains […]

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When Bordeaux Goes Organic ~ LE CHÂTEAU DE FRANCE is a classic example of how and why

I received an Email from Château de France, an 18th century Château, located in the Pessac-Leognan region of Graves. It’s part of the Union of Grand Crus of Bordeaux, and the email was an update regarding their vineyards and winery. This chateau is now working toward the demands of its worldwide consumers, who are wanting […]

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Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines – Best Explanation Ever

Winemaker Patrick Melley of Russian Hill Estate Winery  just answered this question of Malolactic Fermentation. And for wine beginners (or intermediates, like me), this doesn’t get any better. As one of our clients, I get to edit for the winery on occasion. This was one of those times, but only on the technical business writing […]