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Dreams do come true ~ And they’re so cool (about 55°)

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Anyone writing a wine blog will tell you, we’re doing it for the love, not the money. The rewards, other than personal satisfaction, are few and far between, at this point in time. Advertising on a blog, for instance, Google ads, aren’t going to put your kids through college any time soon. ($100 a year [...]

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What’s the silver bullet, Dr. Vino?

Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

[This Petite Sirah character was created by Appellation America, based on a poem I had written about Petite Sirah. Do you need inspiration, a wine with sensation?] The question posed to Dr. Vino at the Eighth Annual Petite Sirah Noble Symposium this year was, “Can Petite Sirah be the next Pinot Noir?” Or, more to [...]

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Revisiting “Removing the Cork 101″ ~ It’s not brain surgery

Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Just can’t get enough of this one, as I watch people struggle all the time, including nervous wait servers. Originally posted on January 16, 2006… Here it is again. Why is pulling out a cork so darn intimidating? Because very few of us in our American culture were raised on wine, so we don’t know [...]

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Plastic corks are going to be the death of me

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

It all began at a bridal shower, when I had brought some wine. Had I known the wine that I purchased had plastic corks, I wouldn’t have bought those brands. (I’m creating an unshopping list in my head as I write this.) I forgot to have a corkscrew in my purse… I usually travel with [...]

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PR 101 ~ Don’t burn your bridges

Date: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

It took me a while to learn this one, I have to admit… And, it was taught to me as a child through Aesop’s Fables. The story is The Lion and the Mouse. It’s been around since 620 B.C.; so most of us have either heard the story, or we’ve read it on our own. [...]

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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis & China

Date: Fri, Jul 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

When I was teaching anatomy and physiology, this word was the student’s first lesson, the very first day of class. Why, because if my students could write, pronounce, and define this word they could handle all that was coming down the line with the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Pneu mono ultra microscopic silico [...]

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Seven Link Challenge ~ #7links ~ Fashionably Late

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

My husband/partner Jose is constantly feeding me information. A constant source of inspiration, he sent this link to me: Take the 7 Link Challenge Today #7links from ProBlogger. At the time, I was deep in my Petite Sirah Symposium Land organizing, and shelved it for another day… Like today, when I could pay better attention. [...]

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2010 Petite Sirah Symposium is a Continuing Success

Date: Wed, Jul 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Petite Sirah Symposium began in 2002, and was sponsored by Foppiano Vineyards. Louis Foppiano had had a meeting of Petite Sirah growers and producers prior to 2002, and he asked me to create a current PS Symposium. It proved to be very successful, and those annual meetings continued at Foppiano until 2007. At that [...]

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Suisun Valley’s Climate is Revealed Through a Study of Terra Spase

Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

As I read writers stating that the climate of Suisun Valley is warmer than Napa’s, I’m reminded of the many hours I sat in on a study being conducted by Dr. Paul Skinner of Terra Spase and Vineyard Investigations, of Napa Valley. I was also there to read the final report, interpret it, write a [...]

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Castello di Amorosa is one man’s dream, and another man’s great adventure

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

[ I snagged this image of V. Sattui from their Website. Images in the video are shared between Jose and me, with copyrights for Jose's images so noted.] Once upon a time, there was a prince, whose name was Prince Dario Sattui. The prince loved to make wine. He lived among his subjects in the [...]

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It’s National Tequila Day! ¡Ole!

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of the joys in my life, for the past year, has been the introduction of tequila into my repertoire. Before working with Tequila Semental, I only knew about tequila as a spirit ingredient in my margaritas. I never saw it as a sipping beverage, and I never believed that I was a “let’s do [...]

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Alentejo’s Azulejos and beyond ~ the art of Portuguese tiles

Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

Azulejos are tiles that are prolific in Lisbon and the Alentejo. There may be tiles in other areas, but I haven’t visited those locations to know about them. Please comment if you know of others, for the educational aspects your knowledge would bring to these images. They decorate the outside of homes, are found in [...]

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The 8th Annual PS Symposium is Sold Out!

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you missed signing up for the Symposium, you’ll still be able to watch it live on the Internet, on July 27, as it’s happening. This link to www.psiloveyou.org/live takes you to our live streaming, which will be active by 8:30 a.m., on July 27, 2010. EVENT SCHEDULE ~ AGENDA 8:30 – 8:35 a.m. WELCOME [...]

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Man finds 230 year-old bottle of Champagne at sea and drinks it

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

Image borrowed from The Independent. This past weekend, while divers were exploring a shipwreck in the in Baltic Sea, they discovered what may possibly be the oldest bottles of drinkable Champagne. It’s reported they found 30 bottles of champagne. These bottles are thought to pre-date the French Revolution, and were  perfectly preserved at a depth [...]

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