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Darryl Beeson

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

When I signed up for Sommelier classes a few years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had some vague ideas about some professorial type lecturing us as we took copious notes about wine. Looking around at my classmates, I guessed that we all had similar vague notions. Then Darryl Beeson walked in [...]

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Darryl Beeson

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

When I signed up for Sommelier classes a few years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had some vague ideas about some professorial type lecturing us as we took copious notes about wine. Looking around at my classmates, I guessed that we all had similar vague notions. Then Darryl Beeson walked in [...]


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A Really Twisted Winery Owner

Date: Sun, Apr 4, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Twisted Oak is a terroir-based winery that specializes in delicious handcrafted wines made in the shadow of a 350-year old California Blue Oak tree. Not only is the tree the winery's namesake, but its likeness appears on the label of Twisted Oak bottles. But it's not just good wine that has made Twisted Oak so successful, but Stai's clever use of a bit of "The Princess Bride" influenced themes in creating and promoting a wine persona that includes pirates, debauchery and rubber chickens.


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A Really Twisted Winery Owner

Date: Sun, Apr 4, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Twisted Oak is a terroir-based winery that specializes in delicious handcrafted wines made in the shadow of a 350-year old California Blue Oak tree. Not only is the tree the winery's namesake, but its likeness appears on the label of Twisted Oak bottles. But it's not just good wine that has made Twisted Oak so successful, but Stai's clever use of a bit of "The Princess Bride" influenced themes in creating and promoting a wine persona that includes pirates, debauchery and rubber chickens.

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Asparagus and Wine

Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

NOTE: This was originally published on Apr 10, 2008 back when very few people were yet reading this blog. As asparagus is now in season, it seemed like a good time to bring it up again. As the weather starts to get nicer and Spring begins to assert itself, the home chef starts to think about [...]


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Asparagus and Wine

Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

NOTE: This was originally published on Apr 10, 2008 back when very few people were yet reading this blog. As asparagus is now in season, it seemed like a good time to bring it up again. As the weather starts to get nicer and Spring begins to assert itself, the home chef starts to think about [...]

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2010 Wine Blog Awards: Nominations Open

Date: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The 2010 Wine Blog Awards' nominations are now open. Check out the criteria and nominate your favorite wine blog. Nominations run through April 7th.


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2010 Wine Blog Awards: Nominations Open

Date: Thu, Apr 1, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The 2010 Wine Blog Awards' nominations are now open. Check out the criteria and nominate your favorite wine blog. Nominations run through April 7th.

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Hospice du Rhône: You Had Me at Syrah

Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

This week we joined Taste Live for Washington State Syrahs featured by Hospice du Rhône, a perpetual non-profit business league that represents and promotes the 22 Rhone varieties and those wineries who make them.


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Hospice du Rhône: You Had Me at Syrah

Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

This week we joined Taste Live for Washington State Syrahs featured by Hospice du Rhône, a perpetual non-profit business league that represents and promotes the 22 Rhone varieties and those wineries who make them.

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Why I Hate Bill Gates: Thank God for Wine!

Date: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

My laptop crashed. After nearly 24 hours of trying to recover my data due to a "corrupt volume" on my Microsoft Vista OS that just "happened" yesterday morning, I think I'm in a really bad relationship with Bill Gates. I need wine!

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Why I Hate Bill Gates: Thank God for Wine!

Date: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

My laptop crashed. After nearly 24 hours of trying to recover my data due to a "corrupt volume" on my Microsoft Vista OS that just "happened" yesterday morning, I think I'm in a really bad relationship with Bill Gates. I need wine!


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Another Wine Byte 16: A Little Bit of Blarney

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Many a sommelier student has heard that Haut-Brion was named such by an Irishman named O'Brian or O'Brien, who wanted to make wine but knew that no Frenchman would consider wine made by an Irishman worthy of his palate. So he adopted a French spelling and pronunciation of the name.


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Another Wine Byte 16: A Little Bit of Blarney

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Many a sommelier student has heard that Haut-Brion was named such by an Irishman named O'Brian or O'Brien, who wanted to make wine but knew that no Frenchman would consider wine made by an Irishman worthy of his palate. So he adopted a French spelling and pronunciation of the name.

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