Archive for the Tag 'Beaulieu Vineyard'

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Three NFL playoff wine picks from Wilfred Wong, Cellar Master at BevMo!

I don’t know about you, but I am a real fan of NFL football and whether my team is in the playoffs or not, I always plant myself in front of mine or someone else’s big screen, high def TV.

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Three wine picks from Wilfred Wong, Cellar Master at BevMo!

Today’s Three wine picks from Wilfred Wong marks the first wine blog entry by my friend and colleague Wilfred Wong, who is the Cellar Master at BevMo! Wilfred’s palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional […]

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Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

The earliest history of grape growing in Suisun Valley can be traced back to Mae Fisher Purcell. Mae wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: When […]

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Winemaker Joel Aiken is at it again, with the launch a personal project, appropriately named Aiken Wines

On January 6, 2009, winemaker Joel Aiken launched his wine consulting company, when he left the position of vice president of Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV). Well known for producing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines, it was time for Aiken to branch out on his own. BACKGROUND Joel Aiken had developed an interest in winemaking […]

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How Many Wineries Survived Prohibition?

[This image was taken at Foppiano Vineyards, as agents emptied the winery of its wine contents into the creek alongside Old Redwood Winery.] I thought I’d share the information below, so that when someone is researching, this story pops up with the most accurate number. I spent hours upon hours researching this one for Concannon […]

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It all Began in the Livermore Valley… Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 07 and 08 Originated at Concannon Vineyard

With Concannon Vineyard on one side of Tesla Road, and Wente Vineyards on the other, these two Livermore wineries offered the wine industry their clones for widespread plantings: Wente’s Chardonnay Clone Concannon’s most popular Clone 07-08, the much planted Cabernet Sauvignon Clone Clones 07 and 08 are widely understood as prolific planting material within the […]

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Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

[Image courtesy of Gary Mangels] Mae Fisher Purcell wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: When Omar Khayyam, poet-tentmaker, wrote in his immortal Rubalyat the lines… […]

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Rutherford Appellation Wineries ~ Winter Passport Weekend ~ December 3-4, 2011

This one is near and dear to my heart… it’s that good! Visitors are invited to enjoy a weekend of hearty fare with 18 award-winning Rutherford wineries by taking a wine tasting journey through Napa Valley’s famed Rutherford region. This event will be happening during their semi-annual Winter Passport Weekend on Saturday, December 3 and […]

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Deborah Parker Wong, AIWS ~ Wine Writer #42

Deborah Parker Wong recently told me, “Your blog is a great resource!” I’m glad she noticed… Having this blog be a resource is my second reason for keeping it up. My first has always been to journal my process as a wine publicist, as I’ve said many times here. What I find interesting about the […]

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The Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

[Image courtesy of Gary Mangels] Mae Fisher Purcell wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: When Omar Khayyam, poet-tentmaker, wrote in his immortal Rubalyat the lines… […]