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Matthew Gavin Frank ~ “Barolo” ~ Wine Writer #35

Date: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Matthew Frank is a new writer in my world of wine writers. I could say that it’s his youth, because some of the truth is just that. I could also say that it’s because it’s his leap of faith into doing something, writing about it, and then getting it published, long before he slaved over [...]

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Uncorked at Ghirardelli Square ~ Saturday, May 22, 2010

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is a wine tasting like no other that I’ve attended in San Francisco, with a very festive “street faire” feeling throughout the entire event. Perhaps that’s because it’s happening in San Francisco’s highly visible Ghirardelli Square, where people come from all around the world. Attendees may not have known about the event prior to, but [...]

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Dear Jo ~ A Lot of Really Good Questions

Date: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

I get a lot of really good questions behind the scenes through Emails. It sometimes makes me feel like the Dear Abby of Wine, which I find very endearing. People either trust my opinion, or are curious about what I’m going to have for an answer. I’m sharing the diversity, because you might find this as [...]

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Paul Franson ~ Wine Writer #34

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

When it comes to PR, Paul Franson wrote the book… Literally… Paul and his friend (Napa Valley PR pro Harvey Posert) combined their PR expertise and together crafted Spinning the Bottle. From flipcart.com: SPINNING THE BOTTLE is a collection of case studies and guidelines to promoting wine, wine companies and wine-related issues. In it, 50 experts [...]

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Letting Go of A Childhood Icon ~ Fess Parker

Date: Mon, Apr 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

Thursday, March 18, 2010, Fess Parker died of natural causes, at his Santa Ynez home near his winery. Fess was 85 years old. It’s taken me a while to write about Fess Parker’s passing away. I grew up watching Fess Parker on Television during the 1950s with his signature coonskin hat as ‘Davy Crockett, King of the wild [...]

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Reliving the Dream of Brixr and Crushpad

Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

I was asked if I’d participate in Crushpad’s Brixr – the “iTunes of Wine” – event. At the time, I was living with my left ear being plugged since visiting LA. My head cold migrated during the flight from the pressure, and I was put on steroids. (My office staff was avoiding me, [...]

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Earth Day Photos I Couldn’t Get to Upload

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

These images go with the story below. I’m having server issues, but that’s a long, boring story. This is what the kids did in one year, based on seeing the poster below from last year. It’s a substantive change in “green” behavior in wine country. addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Fwine-blog.org%2Findex.php%2F2010%2F04%2F22%2Fearth-day-photos-i-couldnt-get-to-upload%2F'; addthis_title = [...]

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Earth Day in Wine Country ~ 40th Anniversary

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s April 22, 2010, and the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. I was part of the first Earth Day movement, while living in Maine. I do believe the statement that “As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” about so many things… But not all things. Maine is backwards as regards wine being regulated. They’re coming [...]

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Thinking About New Social Media Personalities When “33 Books” Arrived

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

What goes around, comes around; and it all starts with a glass of wine and note taking. I was just sent a package by the 33 Books Company; and, was also shipped a few wine samples for different things going on in my life: upcoming events (Toast of the Town, Ghirardelli) someone wanting me to be turned onto [...]

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Will Work For Wine

Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Wine Century Club ~ I’m in. Are You? “The Wine Century Club is for all adventurous wine lovers. If you’ve tasted at least 100 different grape varieties, you’re qualified to become a member. If you haven’t tried 100 different grape varieties, but are interested in the concept, you’re welcome to all of our events. Please [...]

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Another Reason to Buy Boxed Wine… if You Live in California

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Whoda thunk it? Ellen DeGeneres came up with a good one. In your earthquake survival kit, make sure you have a couple of containers of boxed wine. I love it, and I love boxed wine for those unspecial moments. Until Chateau Latour comes out with a boxed wine, I won’t be serving my guests from any tap. (I can, [...]

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Lisboa ~ I Was Visiting a Monastery and a Play Broke Out

Date: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Play AUTO DA BARCA DO INFERNO (1517) by Gil Vicente (B.1470-D.1537, approximated) The author is acknowledged as the Portuguese theater pioneer, and was a contemporary of King D. Manuel I. Vicente most certainly accompanied the initial phase of the monastery’s construction. (I have written about Manueline architecture. The Jerónimos Monastery is part of that period and [...]

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Here Come The 2008s ~ Have Your Alka-Seltzer Handy for the Yuck and Suck Factor

Date: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

The belch heard round the world just happened in my office. A sample wine arrived, and fortunately I had already tasted a wine from the 2008 vintage with smoke taint, so knew what was wrong. Unfortunately, whatever this wine brand is using to try to slip this California wine by us all, made my co-taster immediately [...]

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Birdie Ballet ~ An Autumnal Phenomena

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

I know it’s not autumn, but I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve waited to write about Birdie Ballet, this wine grape harvest phenomena. My really great friend Ronda Boyd came up with this name. I’d like to take credit; but… alas… I can’t. Credit goes to RB. We experienced this during my [...]

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