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Wine, women, and shoes… Shoes? What’s that all about, anyway?

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

I’ve heard about this event, going on in the background of my life. The first time I heard about it I thought, “How cute,” and then kept rolling along with all the wine things that fill my days. My new marketing colleague April Damron of Damron Marketing has just connected me to this group, bringing Wine, [...]

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

Date: Mon, May 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

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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How do I feel about illegal aliens… I feel a lot and have a really simple solution.

Date: Fri, May 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

First of all, this is coming from a white woman who was born in Maine, and still has deep Yankee roots… I’m so white that I can go out on Halloween without a sheet and be taken for wearing a ghost costume, so don’t let the name “Diaz” fool you. I picked that up when [...]

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Did You Ever Wonder How Much Wine Comes From One Vine?

Date: Thu, May 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

On average, one plant equals about 14 pounds of fruit, if crop isn’t dropped in substantial amounts. One plant will then equal about five (750 milliliter) bottles of wine. One gallon is equal to 5 bottles of wine. The following are averages, because viticulturists ultimately decided how many plants there will be on one acre of land. [...]

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Dear Jo, When Did the Blessing of the Vines Tradition Start?

Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Another really good question asked by one of my writer friends. I tried to do quick research, because, honestly, I just knew that it exists; but, I had no clue when the first person decided to say a few words, asking the goods to deliver a great crop for that season. Cave people?  Phoenicians? Romans? [...]

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How Big of a Deal Is It Anyway, To Be Celebrating 40 Years?

Date: Tue, May 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

Today’s the day that Oak Knoll Winery is celebrating 40 years of continuous winemaking in historic Willamette Valley. You might think that 40 years of winemaking in one location – within the big picture of winemaking history worldwide – seems like just a start. Consider the Europeans, and how many generations of families have worked [...]

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The Days of Crimson And Clover ~ Or, do organic wines really taste better?

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

The 1960s, 70s, and early 80s were very good to and for me. I deliberately sacrificed a lot of materialism, for which the universe delivered copious hours to study and practice many subjects of great personal interest: nutrition and gardening organically buying my organic foods in a “health food store” (the only place to get organic [...]

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Exploring the Explorers of Portugal to Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

Date: Fri, May 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

While in Portugal and the Alentejo wine grape growing region last fall, I was a guest of my client Enoforum Wines. At the time, I received a well-rounded education from my colleague Delfim Costa. It was a huge amount of information, though, and I’m honestly still digesting it all. From the beginning of our relationship, Delfim [...]

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Wine Century Club ~ Port4lio Tasting Threw Me Over the Top

Date: Thu, May 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

There’s nothing like a little importers’ tasting to throw someone like me, trying to taste 100 different varieties in a life time (to be certified by The Wine Century Club), instantly over the brink. That’s the gift the universe delivered to me. The Port4lio Tasting was in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Fire House, on [...]

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Oh, Put a Cork In It!

Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Having just read a story about cork in the Wall Street Journal called, “Plastic or real cork: Which is the better way to seal a wine bottle?” it got me thinking, and I became interested enough to actually sign up for being able to comment on their Website. My comment was: CORK: I’ll always choose natural over [...]

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F. Paul Pecault ~ Wine Writer #36

Date: Tue, May 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

F.Paul Pecault is a wine and spirits veteran, who began his career as the PR person for Rodney Strong Vineyards. That’s no stretch for understanding, because if someone is working as a PR agent, it stands to reason that the person is a writer. Most PR people don’t segue from that career into writing about their [...]

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Build a Better Burger Competition from Sutter Home

Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Want to visit Napa? It seems to be as easy as visiting their site and reading what they have to offer. If you’re interested in winning a trip to Napa Valley through Wine & Burger University for Sutter Home’s 20th Anniversary Build a Better Burger Competition, here’s what you have to do… but read their rules [...]

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Aren’t we all just great big suckers for critter labels?

Date: Fri, May 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

Zeepaard ~ Australia Wines Are Superbly Fun… I know I am… Besides loving wine, I’m an animal lover, and I’m passionate about art. Tie it all together… and people like me just get drawn in. It reminds me of the days when music was recorded on vinyl, and we flocked to music stores to see what [...]

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We Scored the Scores ~ Petite Sirah With Alacia Van’s Music ~ Part 2

Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Continuing with yesterday, where I set the stage for this Petite Sirah tasting paired with Jazz music… For me, Alacia Van’s music seemed to match Petite Sirah pretty well… Jazzy, bluesy, not what one would traditionally be expecting in today’s world of new music… even by Jazz standards. But, that’s what it was… The jazz [...]

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