Archive for the Tag 'New England'

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Trashy Love Story, or… Why I Drink Wine and Not Gin

From the Facebook page Born & Raised in Maine, I saw this picture. It inspired me to share and write: “In Maine, it could happen, but for me… It was squirrels, thankfully.” My friend Terry Mcnulty: When we used to camp at Lake Pillsbury, we would take our food and put it in a big […]

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Today is “hug your sales person” day

I’ve performed a good deal of sales in my time… I’m still doing it in a very soft way, because PR is sales… It falls under the category of Sales and Marketing. I’ve done winery sales, too, so I feel like I can address this one pretty well. Proprietors, it’s great that you think your […]

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Excuse me, how long has this bottle been open?

I’ve found myself asking that questions many times, and I’m not afraid to do it when I’ve ordered a wine and it’s just lost that loving’ feelin.’ I was just reminded of this, and realized it’s a good wine blog topic, after having read my PS I Love You member Larry Schaffer on Facebook. Larry […]

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Missing Portugal’s Wine Country: The Medieval Influences That Still Affect Modern Times

I’m missing Portugal so much. It’s interesting to visit another country, and then have your heart tied up in it forever. (I feel the same way about Maui; although, it’s one of the 50 states, getting there’s a bit complicated, and it’s not like any of our other states.) I could have gone back there […]

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Give T-Shirts a Chance ~ Wear Your Wine

I once read a quote from Sandra Day O’Connor that went something like this: “In order to understand the complexity of a problem, you have to have started at the bottom.” I’m paraphrasing, but not by much. I needed this quote, as I was forced to start my PR career all over again, after 11 […]

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Wine Enthusiast Has Taken It to the Enth⁰

I just picked up my latest Wine Enthusiast magazine and headed out the door. Our daughter Melanie told us that Cloverdale was having their 17th Annual Cloverdale Street Celebration, Car and Motorcycle Show. She thought her dad could get some interesting shots for his Jose Photos Website. Jose was deep in work, and wasn’t sure […]

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Welcome to Labor Day… As kids return to school tomorrow, teachers all over the country are gong to ask, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Remembering how I loved that question, this blog entry is inspired by my lost youth, and the lost youth of so many of my forefathers. It was they […]

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Dreams do come true ~ And they’re so cool (about 55°)

Anyone writing a wine blog will tell you, we’re doing it for the love, not the money. The rewards, other than personal satisfaction, are few and far between, at this point in time. Advertising on a blog, for instance, Google ads, aren’t going to put your kids through college any time soon. ($100 a year […]

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Paul Franson ~ Wine Writer #34

When it comes to PR, Paul Franson wrote the book… Literally… Paul and his friend (Napa Valley PR pro Harvey Posert) combined their PR expertise and together crafted Spinning the Bottle. From flipcart.com: SPINNING THE BOTTLE is a collection of case studies and guidelines to promoting wine, wine companies and wine-related issues. In it, 50 […]

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Autumnal Offerings ~ Cider Apples Fermented by Farnum Hill

When people find out that I’m from Maine, the first question is always, “Do you miss it?” I used to answer that I miss “the people,” because I left all of my family and friends behind, and no amount of sunshine and Mediterranean climate can replace people. Nearly 17 years later, it’s much deeper than […]