Archive for the Tag 'Mexico'

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Mission grape’s role in California wine viticultural history

The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class at Santa Rosa Junior College, taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. It was regarding the Mission Grape’s role in California Wine Viticultural history. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, […]

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Mission Grape Has Played a Major Role in California Wine Viticultural History

The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, Pat asked for permission to use this piece in future classes… Permission granted. So, today, I’m not […]

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The Dark Side of Lovely Wine Country ~ Is there any excuse for this?

[Image is from PBS.org.] This story was pulled for a bit today, because I was trying to get to the bottom of a “he said, she said,” and I now have. The owner gave me a conflicting story, and it doesn’t match with what I’ve been able to ascertain from the police, so I’m running […]

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It’s National Tequila Day! ¡Ole!

One of the joys in my life, for the past year, has been the introduction of tequila into my repertoire. Before working with Tequila Semental, I only knew about tequila as a spirit ingredient in my margaritas. I never saw it as a sipping beverage, and I never believed that I was a “let’s do […]

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Who Put Tequila in the Tequila?

As I’ve been studying tequila, I initially learned from one source that legal Tequila, as decreed by the Appellation de Origin Controllee” (AOC), also known as Denomination of Origin Tequila (DOT), could only come from one location, and that place is the city of Tequila. While history points to the origin of Tequila emanating from […]

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Tequila, Where Does That Name Come From? And Other Fun Tequila Facts

I’m now working with Tequila Semental, an ultra premium tequila brand from Mexico. This is a new learning curve for me, which is a fascinating ride. I’m definitely at the Tequila 101 level. I’m gathering all the basic facts, so I have a good foundation of learning. Tequila is a spirit with lots of spirit; […]

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Why Are Americans Fascinated with Import Wines?

There’s a very simple answer to this, and it took sitting with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines to have it explained to me. In other places around the world, the cost of labor and goods isn’t anywhere near what it is in the US. As a result, great wines of regionality and careful crafting can […]