Archive for the Tag 'Bonny Doon Vineyard'

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Why Naming your winery something provocative really matters

[Image by Siegel Photography] Naming your winery something provocative really matters… It has to be done very thoughtfully, in order to have great success. Jose and I just sat with Ron Rubin, who was going to create his own wine brand. Ron is The Republic of Tea’s owner, a brand that he bought in 1994, […]

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2013 Class of the Vintners Hall of Fame: Cesar Chavez, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Frank Schoonmaker, and Merry Edwards

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has announced that its 2013 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees will be legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez, wine writer Frank Schoonmaker, the founder of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, and winemaking pioneer Meredith “Merry” Edwards. I love the announcement of this annual award, because it captures the heart of the […]

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Wines of Jewish Origin to Toast the Season ~ Happy Hanukkah

Giving you time to prepare ~ ‘Tis the season to celebrate heritage, and what better way for the days of Hanukkah than to enjoy it with a glass of wine produced by someone of this culture? If this is not your cultural heritage, you’re still invited to toast the season on behalf of your Jewish […]

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Keynote Speaker For the Ninth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Mark Oldman

Mark Oldman, author of Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine is the Keynote Speaker at the Ninth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium, Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard, Livermore, California. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 8:30 a.m. $100 for members of PS I Love You ~ $150 for non-members Mark Oldman, most recent author of Oldman’s Brave New World […]

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Class of 2010 to be Inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame

One of my favorite places to visit while in Napa is the The Culinary Institute of America. On  March 13, 2010, the CIA (at Greystone) will honor their 2010 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees, during a day-long Celebration of California Wine & Food. This will culminate with the Vintners Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The ceremony […]

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From Randall Grahm, Steve Heimoff, and Charlie Palmer to Sean Thackrey, Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace

Yesterday’s blog entry was about a Healdsburg soiree into the night life with Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon Vineyards), Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine and a Very Goode Job at Murphy Goode, and Jose Diaz. Today’s blog is about another fantastic adventure. Off we all went into the hills of Marin, to […]

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How Randall Graham, Steve Heimoff, and Charlie Palmer Led to Sean Thackrey, Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace

What a cast of characters… The Sonoma County Wine Library (in Healdsburg) is only seven miles from my house, which occasionally host authors. I’m on the distribution list for announcements. In December, they hosted a wine writers reception, that included Randall Grahm (of Bonny Doon Vineyards fame) and Steve Heimoff. Having never met Randall in […]

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Happy Hanukkah ~ Wines of Jewish Origin to Toast the Season

Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win gifts this December. Tis the season to celebrate one’s heritage, and what better way ~ for the next eight days ~ than to enjoy a glass of wine produced by someone of this culture? If this is not your cultural […]

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Tis the Season for Wine & Spirits Book Reviews

It has never been more clear to me that authors scramble to get their books published just in time for the holiday season. It had better be released now, or the reviews will be missed in the holidaze craze of reviewing. What’s come to me (or I’ve been queried to see if I’d write about […]

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Been Doon So Long ~ The Wizard Behind the Curtain

One thing I’ve recently learned, if it’s got Randall Grahm’s name on it, you’re in for a treat. You’re also in for a lesson.. Perhaps “lessons” is the better word. My recent encounter with Randall was previous to his book being released. So previous, in fact, that as I uploaded the ongoing interview that I […]