Archive for the ‘Wines’ Category

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Castello di Meleto: Gaiole in Chianti – Tuscany, The Adventure Begins with a View From the Bluest Sky

[PHOTO to right: Antonia Caserta of Castello di Meleto. Left to Right: Daniel Posner, Micheal Apstein, Jo Diaz, Mick Yurch, Frank Shobe, and Michele Contartese. All other images in this story were taken by Jo Diaz] Day 1 – Flew into Rome as a guest of both Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the […]

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I’m so old that… Boutique Winery Just Doesn’t Cut It

I remember poodle skirts, bouffant hair, cotton candy, putrid pink, heavy perfume, and it all came under the word “boutique.” That word – boutique – is now fingernails screeching down a blackboard, so when you call your winery a “boutique” winery… Artisan, it’s so sophisticated… It lets the listener know that you take yourself craft […]

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Beaujolais News from Georges Dubœuf ~ Beautiful Grapes and Magnificent Vines

I’ve had communications with Georges Dubœuf’s wine company. I’ve had a very insightful phone interview with Franck. For two years in a row, I received a bottle of their Celebration of Beaujolais Day — Beaujolais Nouveau — each year with a very festive, very fun tie to celebrate. They’re so cool.  Quintessential is their exclusive US […]

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DRINK PINK: A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés ~ by Larry & Ann Walker

PHOTO: Pamela Klein of her new novel 17 Dresses, which is referenced below in my lead-in part of Larry and Ann Walker’s newly released book  A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés. A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés ~ by Larry & Ann Walker is a Gap-filling Rosé book; it’s timely, comprehensive, and fun. I’m […]

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The Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ Half a Day’s Worth and I Was Running to My Computer

This is a wine blog, not a trade magazine, so my take of Wine Business Monthly’s ~  Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ is really that of being a fly on the wall, not to get the best investment strategy. The room  was full of economists, not my average American wine clients or audience. I had to really shift my thinking […]

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Stags Leap District ‘Vineyard to Vintner’ Annual Event Wrap-Up

For the past few years, I’ve really looked forward to attending the Stags Leap District ‘Vineyard to Vintner’ annual event . It’s really well planned, executed, and always rewarding for everyone in the process… a day really well spent in Napa Valley. This year of 2018 was no exception. BACKGROUND PRESS RELEASE: Each year, member […]

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Limerick Lane Offers History in a Glass and Depth in Structure

Given to me by Jake Bilbro of Limerick Lane Wines… owner, winemaker… to enjoy, and wanted my opinion. PREFACE: THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL […]

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Earth Day in Wine Country – Safari West Celebrates a Party for the Planet

When parents bring their children to wine country, any parent worth his or her salt will make sure to include something for the kids. This is just common sense. Expecting wine educators to also reduce their wine ed to a level of a day camp director, while also informing the wine consumers in a captive […]

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Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry: March 8-9, 2018

The course is taught in an interactive format in which questions and comments are welcomed and real world dilemmas are explored. Feel free to bring any wine you would like to share. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

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You have chosen to do what you do. I hope it is not just for free product.

I think by this point you know it’s not for free products, but you still may not know WHY.