Archive for the Tag 'Tasting room'


Excuse me, just wondering, how long has this bottle been open?

I’ve found myself asking that question many times, and I’m not afraid to do it when I’ve ordered a wine and it’s just lost that loving’ feelin.’ Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines had this info on Facebook a few years ago. I asked permission to reprint here, because he’s raised such great points. On Facebook, […]


PRIMER FOR BLOGGERS: Winery flow chart for story lines

So many people are blogging about wine today: from pros, to connoisseurs, to hobbyists… Pros, it’s another platform. Connoisseurs, because it’s fun to share their thoughts, and maybe… just maybe… it will turn into later creds… like Robert Parker did for himself. Hobbyists are writing about their experience, simply because they enjoy the beverage, want […]


Wine industry direct to consumer wine coach Sue Straight

[Image of Sue Straight from San Francisco Chronicle wine judge Website.] Wine veteran, and wine industry direct to consumer wine coach, Sue Straight has launched her own business. Denise Gill, director of sales and hospitality at Ancient Oak Cellars and long-time friend to Straight has stated, “Using her vast wine knowledge and a focused palate, […]


The dog ate my ticket…

I don’t believe that in any other industry it’s permissible to just show up without a ticket and expect to be let into a venue… a sporting event, a concert, a movie, a club that sells tickets? I may be wrong, and I’d love to know what other event invites such funny behavior… Bring it […]


Winemaker Eric Dunham’s Walla Walla Wonderland ~ Dunham Cellars

UPDATE: RIP Eric Dunham, October 23, 2014 ________________________ I’m fascinated by how closely wine is aligned to art. It’s liquid art, really, when it’s a handcrafted procedure during the winemaking process. Many, like Jan Shrem of Clos Pegase, who in this instance was a publisher in his past life, has now surrounded his winery with […]


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 […]


Let’s Hear It For the Boys ~ At J Winery, That Is

This story about J is going to be very different from most wine stories that wax poetic about the owner, the winemaker, or the wines. This one’s about a front liner… someone who is the face for most people when they come to wine country to learn about wine and are greeted by the hospitality […]


Why People (Should) Go to a Winery Tasting Room

[Above Image: Left to right: winemaker Rui Veladas of Carmim Winery and winemaker Jose Fonseca of Enoforum Wines, in Carmim’s tasting room.] Tasting rooms are a retail outlet in which you may enjoy and learn about wine, and then make a purchase to support the proprietor’s efforts at showing you his, her, their best, if you liked the wine. […]


Cellar Pass: A New System For Winery Reservations

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I love innovation and technological advances. I also love new programs that create new systems and more efficient ways of doing business… Enter CellarPass. How consumers once visited wineries and how wineries have managed the flow of their guests has just been revolutionized. I heartily endorse CellarPass, […]


What’s That 800 Pound Gorilla doing in the Tasting Room? Having a Bachelorette Party, That’s What.

Ask any tasting room attendant… “What’s your worst nightmare?” and s/he’ll tell you it’s a bachelorette party gone wild. I just came across a blog written about one, and as I read it I had an “Aha!” moment. My aha was this… A bachelorette party, complete with boas, in a tasting room is not a […]