Archive for the Tag 'Washington'

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Desert Wind Winery ~ Where Hospitality is Over The Top With a Southwestern Flair

I have some very special Southwestern places in my heart: Hotel Pacific in Monterey, California ~ A place where Jose brought me, when he was trying to sell me on California… What an advantage it gave him. La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ A place that taught me why Georgia O’Keeffe fell […]

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Celebrating Earth Day (April 22) by focusing on a very green wine writer ~ Paul Gregutt

It’s not easy being green, as “Kermie” likes to sing; but then, all good things take more thought, understanding, and commitment. And by a very green wine writer, I don’t mean “green” by experience; I mean green by social consciousness. Earth Day is this Sunday, and I thought that I’d not focus on green wines […]

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Social Hosts: There’s a law targeting parents that is so broadly written, even the people who endorsed it are getting trapped by it

Given what I wrote about yesterday, regarding Barrel Tasting weekend being out of control in the younger demographic, and having a response from Richard that included “Social Host,” I think it’s interesting to ask…. Are you aware of this? I’m providing this as a public service announcement (P.S.A.), just so you know. From a PRESS […]

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When the phone rings, and you see it’s coming from Washington DC, you pick up ~ Department of Commerce

SABIT ~ Special American Business Internship Training Deep in the throes of my Dark & Delicious planning, it takes a lot to get my attention. Let’s just say, you wouldn’t want to have ever been really mean to me in the past, and think you can get my attention during this time, as it happened […]

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Do you have issues with Corkage? I got over mine…

I just read this Facebook question: “What are your issues about Corkage Fees?” written by Bill Eyer. This question was stemming from a thoughtful blog on the subject at Cruvee Corner Wine Blog, also written by Bill Eyer. First, Corkage fees are defined as what one pays when he or she brings his or her […]

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Public Relations for Small Wineries 2010 ~ UC Davis Extension Program

On December 10, 2010, I will be returning to Rusty Eddy’s UC Davis Extension’s class to share my views and expertise on PR for small wineries. Rusty’s background, besides being one of my PS I Love You members, is that he is the Director of Communications at Middleton Family Wines, which includes Clayhouse (Paso Robles) […]

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Could This Be The Begining of a Wine Century Club in Windsor, California?

The following comment from Frank Dietrich, of Blue Danube Wine Company, was a defining moment for me. I had sent a link to my story Wine Century Club ~ Port4lio Tasting Threw Me Over the Top, because he and his wines were in the story. I thought he’d enjoy knowing that his brands got some […]

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Wine Enthusiast Nominations for 2009 are Stellar

Awards are great! Giving them is a show of appreciation for the efforts of others, who have passionately strived for what they believe. I know one of the greatest achievements of my wine career was nominating Jim Concannon of Concannon Vineyard for an award at the California State Fair a few years ago… It was […]