Archive for the Tag 'Robert Mondavi'


Are you wanting to sample the treasures of Piemonte?

This information was sent to me by my wine writing friend and colleague Dick Rosano. I told him that I’d be putting it onto my blog as a P.S.A. (public service announcement). Having been in radio as a PR specialist, I learned a lot about the value of a P.S.A. and understanding the importance of […]


Have you ever notice that New Zealand is an upside down boot?

FIRST PUBLISHED 2010/06/15… I wonder why nobody ever talks about New Zealand being an upside down boot? Okay, so maybe it’s a small boot with a leg warmer, but it’s got it going on. Thanks to Jasper Hammink of Vinopedia, the new free price comparison engine for wine. He read this post, then wrote: I […]


The Everything Guide to Wine, by Peter Alig

The EVERYTHING Guide to Wine, by Peter Alig. This book is exactly what it calls itself… It’s about everything wine ~ except Petite Sirah, and you know how Petite centric I am. This isn’t a criticism, just an observation, because I’m always looking for authors who know about Petite and take the time to  help […]


Why I’d Like to Be Reborn as a Yeast on a Chardonnay Grape

My stint at Robert Mondavi Winery as a wine educator was one of the quickest jobs I’ve ever had, while it was also the most intriguing… Within five months I got a break as a Director of PR for Ironstone Vineyards, and off I went to work for a Calaveras County winery. Mondavi was filled […]


Oregon, and how vintners feel ~ Oregon Pinot Gris marketing group answers an objection ~ Paul Gregutt Adds Advice

Oregon needs to stay focused on how to build its wine industry, in my humble opinion. Below is a conversation that went back and forth with a vintner. It’s always interesting to hear an objection, because it’s insightful. What I saw from the objection is that some vintners would rather leave all marketing to the […]


A Fabulous Holiday Gift for Your Favorite Wine Enthusiast ~ Le Nez Du Vin by Jean Lenoir

The Le Nez du Vin wine aroma kit is the original of all wine aroma kits on the market. Nobody does it better… It’s the Bentley of wine aromas, discovered by Jean Lenoir some 30 years ago… Often imitated, it can’t possibly be duplicated. Nor can there exist anything quite like it for a luxurious […]


I’ve Finally Met the Man Behind Zinfandel’s Fame ~ Joel Peterson ~ Part 1

This first video is a photo journal of the 20th anniversary of the tasting room location event. I’m showing you this one just in case you’d like to see Ravenswood Winery and their celebration. The second video below is an interview between Joel Peterson and Jose Diaz, talking about Ravenswood and Joel’s history in the […]


Jess Jackson Remembered ~ A Great Therapy Session & An Answer to “Whatever Happened to That Check?”

I just got a great Email from – let’s call him – Michael (not his real name). He asked the following question: Jo, I know you have said many nice things about  Mr. Penn, but wonder if you think the lead story for Friday and Saturday should be [Iron Horse’s] Earth Day or the death […]


When Only The Best Will Do ~ Wine Country Videographers

Why would the best filmmakers be coming out of Hollywood? Right… Dumb question. It’s a set-up. I’ve recently come across two video companies that have hitched their wagons to filming wine companies for marketing purposes of these establishments. Today I’m sharing one; and in the near future, I’ll share the second. I’ve listed both as […]


Patty Bogle Passes Away ~ The Wine Industry Has Lost A Quiet Leader

Yesterday I learned through a news alert from Wine Business that my friend and colleague Patty Bogle has passed away. Patty was the matriarch of Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, and she passed away this past Friday, February 11, 2011. This past Friday, as I was packing up Petite Sirahs for our Dark & Delicious event […]