Archive for the ‘Wines’ Category

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Wine of the Week: Georges Dubœuf Fleurie 2016 (Flower Label)

Sample: Quintessential Wines ~ Georges Dubœuf Fleurie  2016 (Flower Label) PREFACE   HEART ~ THE WINERY: This information came from an interview I had with Franck Duboeuf SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING ~ From the winery SOUL ~ Jo’s notes Photo Credit: ricochet64 ~ Chapel of Saint Pierre in Beaujolais with Mont Brouilly World Region ~ A.O.C. FLEURIE, FRANCE HEART Fleurie is […]

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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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The Benedictine Monks Are Smiling ~ Their Abby is Now Chianti’s Castello di Meleto… a Wine Company

Wine Philology: Wine History I was the guest of Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Hosted by Antonia Caserta (sales manager) [PHOTO: Historical image from the Castello di Meleto website] Forget your daddy’s straw basket candle holder, dripping with memories. Castello di Meleto in the Chianti region of Tuscany has gone way upscale sophisticated and […]

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

[PHOTO: Antonia Caserta of Castello di Meleto. 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 Chianti Classico region of Tuscany and Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche […]

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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 […]