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Corked ~ a Father, a Daughter, and a Give-Away

Date: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

THE BOOK This is touted as the wine trip to end all wine trips. Hopefully not for the author and her father, Kathryn Borel and Phillipe Borel, I must add, because I believe they deserve one more go around with less baggage. From her first words to her last, I couldn’t put the book down. Kathryn Borel is an [...]

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Weighing in on the Tanzer Wine Blog “About” Page Debacle

Date: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you don’t know, Stephen Tanzer ~ one of the world’s most well respected wine writers ~ just launched a wine blog called Winophilia. Unfortunately, he unwittingly did it with his boxing gloves on. I say unwittingly, because he hadn’t yet jumped into the wine blogging pool, so he didn’t know who the swimmers of importance [...]

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Yesterday I Asked. Today We have Answers, and It’s Not Pretty

Date: Fri, Mar 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Yesterday, I was struck by how much money is being spent on lobbyists in the wine and spirits industry. I just knew something was fishy in Denmark. Here’s what I wrote in my final analysis, after I listed all the money and who is spending it: When you click on any of these links, don’t expect to [...]

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Why Are Wine, Beer, and Spirits Lobbyists Spending All This Money?

Date: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

As I read Wine Business’s daily news link email to me, I was struck by one listing after another of  wholesaler lobbyist spending. At first I thought, “Whatever.” Then I thought… “Wait a minute. That’s a lot of spending.” After I decided to compile a list, I found even more spending that now totals $3,642,000. This [...]

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Irish Vintner Wines ~ Beyond Green Beer, People

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Wanting to celebrate today, but beer doesn’t cut it for you? It could happen. Here’s a list begun by Andrew Healy of www.threerockwine.com, when he told me about his “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” event on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Let’s have some fun… The following list is what Andrew sent to me.  I’d love to build it with [...]

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French Tour Company Options for Bordeaux and the South of France

Date: Tue, Mar 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

This blog is just opening so many doors… Tours in France? How luscious is that? Here are two that have come to me, and I researched on line… Not in person, yet, but that’s likely to happen. Just as an FYI – AIR TRANSPORT is not included with either of these tour companies. 1) The Bordeaux Wine Experience Ronald Rens, [...]

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I Envy Hardy Wallace…

Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

Okay, I know that envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and I don’t allow myself the luxury of self indulgence of this kind; so, I don’t really envy Hardy Wallace. I just wanted to get your attention; and if you’re here because of the title, it worked. I’m  living vicariously through Hardy’s life indulgences [...]

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Purfume That Smells Like Wine?

Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Okay… If I’m around wine, I’m aroma neutral… for all the obvious reasons. Perfume is to attract the opposite sex, truth be told, and so who are we going to be attracting with this one? Most guys aren’t into Chardonnay, or am I wrong? Salud Spa Bar is creating aromas of alcohol for a woman to wear [...]

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Week 6: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

Date: Thu, Mar 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’m a huge proponent of boxed wine. I regularly have a box of white wine in my refrigerator for easy access. It’s a great space saver, and they allow me to buy a lot of wine at one time. I love having it and not having to store it elsewhere, or worrying about it becoming [...]

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When Irish Wines Are Smiling

Date: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

It just had to happen. In 2002, when I organized and started not only PS I Love You, but also started the Association of African American Vintners, I was thinking about starting an Irish American Vintners Association. It just made sense to me. Concannon Vineyard was/is a client of Diaz Communications. (Although I’m no longer the [...]

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Frank Johnson Selections ~ Importer Profile

Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’ve been pretty open on this wine blog that Enoforum Wines, from the Alentejo region of Portugal, is one of my clients. This is my journal, and I’m recording my realistic journey in the wine business. When Enoforum Wines and our Diaz  Communications partnered, it wasn’t with the thinking that Enoforum might be imported into [...]

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Oscars 2010: Pre Oscar Party in Hollywood With Client Tequila Semental

Date: Sat, Mar 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Talk about glamour… Fashion and elegance… Event maven Anita Talbert (Hollywood Award Suites) and entertainment consultant Norby Walters (below with Sophia Milos) known in close circles as Mr. Hollywood, just executed on what was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever seen in the posh Beverly Hills Hotel – Rodeo Room. I mostly hang with [...]

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Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) Experiences a Metamorphosis in Name

Date: Fri, Mar 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) Experiences a Metamorphosis in Name…to… Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association (SVVGA) When the Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) was formed in 2003 as a wine grape coalition, it had two main goals: To advance awareness of the Suisun Valley American Viticultural Area, [...]

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Week 5: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega Pinot Grigio

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

WEEK 5 : Headed toward the end of this experiment; and, as luck wouldn’t have it, I’ve got myself a brutal cold. This means that my palate is totally off, and this will have to be tasted in the most extreme swirling my mouth has ever done, so I can maximize tasting the effects. [...]

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