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Wine Resolutions For 2009

Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Anyone can throw out the claim that they like to expand their palates, especially because this usually requires drinking wine, which doesn’t take much arm-twisting. But when the topic of New Year’s wine resolutions came up, I realized that it required more effort than saying, “I’d like to try more wine.” Duh. So, to take [...] No related posts.

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White Elephant: Forget the gag gifts, bring memorable wines

Date: Mon, Dec 22, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

We are still building our holiday traditions here at AmericanWinery.com, the current dilemma is whether or not to hold a White Elephant gift exchange.  Although most people understand the purpose of the game, many hate getting stuck with a horrible gift. To get a little more comfortable with the idea of this type of exchange, I [...] Related posts:

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  3. Holiday Wine Series: Holiday wines under $20 During the holiday season, there are a myriad of events...

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Blind Tasting: American Cabernets

Date: Fri, Dec 19, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Tasting new wines is a lot of fun. With something as subjective as wine, however, it is easy to be caught up in one’s preconceptions about wine. Whether it is the label, the appellation, or the price - our overall attitude towards a wine  is inevitably influenced by factors other than its aroma and taste. [...] Related posts:

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  3. Wine tasting traditions Via Crystal Bradley There are a number of wine...

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Unique wines under $20: Roussanne, Tempranillo, and Albarino

Date: Thu, Dec 18, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

I am an admitted “Cab Girl” – with Syrah as a trusted second fave. Recently I’ve committed to getting myself out of my comfort zone, trying unique wines or varietals to develop “My Pal” (Gary Vee’s affectionate term for the palate). But an exploration of new varietals brings with it an exploration of my savings account [...] Related posts:

  1. An interview with Eric Laumann of Cambiata and Ludwig wines Eric Laumann is the owner and winemaker for Cambiata and...

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The Top 10 Wine Keywords in Google for 2008

Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

‘Any Questions?’ via jamuraa It’s that time of the year where we are all inundated with meaningless top-ten lists and arbitrary rankings of celebrities somebody (apparently) cares about.  The following is a list of wine related keywords. It is interesting to speculate what someone is looking for when they start their search with something like “red [...] Related posts:

  1. Using Google ‘Insights’ to find wine related searches by location. I recently returned from a trip to Sydney, Australia and...

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Living Wisconsin, Drinking Wisconsin.

Date: Fri, Dec 12, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Image via Package Design Mag For better or for worse, I recently made the decision to follow my boyfriend to Wisconsin for his job.  Having never before lived outside the state of Washington, I knew I was in for a wake up call.  I have been very blessed to have access to all of the fantastic [...] Related posts:

  1. An interview with Dave Larsen of Soos Creek Wine Cellars Dave Larsen of Soos Creek In light of the...
  2. Oh Canada! Our Wine and Not So Native Grapes Yesterday I drove from Seattle to Mission, British Columbia, a...
  3. Taste Washington: Seattle to Spokane I attended Taste Washington in Seattle and Spokane this year...

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Buying “Organic” doesn’t mean you care…

Date: Wed, Dec 10, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Grass via Wili_Hybrid For many people, buying “organic” is just a way to make themselves feel better about the detrimental effects of cost saving yet environmentally harmful corporate practices. I read a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Does being green make better wine, or just better bragging rights?” The article itself inspired some thought, and [...] Related posts:

  1. Organic Wine: If it isn’t 100% Organic, then it’s … Organic? The standards for growing and selling organic foods are determined...
  2. Going “green” is not all-or-nothing Photo via James Cridland Solar energy, composting, using animals...

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For your viewing pleasure: Three new videos by three great wineries.

Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Our Flip Video project, dubbed ‘Straight From The Source’, has been steadily growing each week. As you can tell from a couple of our boxes pictured here, they’ve been getting plenty of use (and we try to reduce/re-use as much as we can around the office, no prob Mother Earth, we love ya!) Most recently we’ve [...] Related posts:

  1. Ceja Vineyards kicks-off “Straight from the Source” video series AmericanWinery.com is proud to present another great feature to...
  2. Another great reason to stock up on wine I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but…….. gas is over...

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Chocolate Mousse with Kahluha Whipped Cream

Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

When it came time to put a holiday dessert together for this feature I had a hard time dreaming up something simple and delicious.  .  .  See, my mother has a penchant for decorative cookie trays during the holidays, and she is an incredible baker.  I think all her friends would go on strike if [...] Related posts:

  1. Thanksgiving Wine Series: Pumpkin Pie Cake Pumpkin Pie Cake I'm sure this recipe has been shared...
  2. Savory Butternut Squash Sauce with Raviolis As the days get shorter, and the winds start...
  3. Thanksgiving Wine Series: Broccoli Puff Casserole The final product My mom has made this recipe...

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Wines With a Cause: Subungulate Painters and the ‘Effervescing Elephant

Date: Wed, Dec 3, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Effervescing Elephant I get excited about sparkling wine. Sure, it’s great for celebrations – but sparkling wine is fascinating to me because of the complex process that goes into every bottle. Because of the unique story and rich history of this particular product, I’ll drink it on a Monday night while watching football. Masquerade Wine Company winemaker [...] No related posts.

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AmericanWinery.com featured on CNET News with Kara Tsuboi

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

We’re thrilled to have been recently featured in a news segment on CNET! The video segment is titled A Toast To Online Wine and focuses on the benefits to consumers and to wineries when selling online at AmericanWinery.com The news piece also includes an interview with AmericanWinery.com founder and CEO Lloyd Benedict, as well as [...] Related posts:

  1. How to make repeat customers through online sales Direct-to-consumer sales are a vital component of a winery’s business...
  2. Make your customers fall in love with you AND your wine! Via DailyMail.co.uk Winemakers, many of you will spend your...

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An interview with Kevin Holt of MacRostie Winery and Vineyards

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards You were going to law school in Texas before you dove into the wine trade.  What kind of law were you studying or did you want to specialize in when you graduated? I actually had no idea.  To be honest with you, I was in law school for the lack of anything better [...] Related posts:

  1. Winemaker Interview: Tom Glase of Balboa Winery Tom Glase Balboa Winery is located in Walla Walla,...
  2. Winemaker Interview: Brian Vitek of Carlsbad Coastal Winery Brian Vitek Many folks in the wine industry have...
  3. An interview with Tom Farella of Farella-Park Vineyards Tom Farella We recently caught up with Tom Farella...

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An interview with Kevin Holt of MacRostie Winery and Vineyards

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards You were going to law school in Texas before you dove into the wine trade.  What kind of law were you studying or did you want to specialize in when you graduated? I actually had no idea.  To be honest with you, I was in law school for the lack of anything better [...] Related posts:

  1. Winemaker Interview: Tom Glase of Balboa Winery Tom Glase Balboa Winery is located in Walla Walla,...
  2. Winemaker Interview: Brian Vitek of Carlsbad Coastal Winery Brian Vitek Many folks in the wine industry have...
  3. An interview with Tom Farella of Farella-Park Vineyards Tom Farella We recently caught up with Tom Farella...

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Holiday Wine Series: Recipes for your family get-together.

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

The Holidays are a great time for families to come together.  My fondest memories of this time of year are some of the great meals my mom creates.  She continues keeping the family together with her incredible cooking and I have her to thank for my passion in the kitchen.  With holiday entertaining on the [...] Related posts:

  1. Thanksgiving Wine Series: Pumpkin Pie Cake Pumpkin Pie Cake I'm sure this recipe has been shared...
  2. Food and Wine Pairing: Bacon and Blue Cheese Bison Burger As much as I love to see the seasons...
  3. Savory Butternut Squash Sauce with Raviolis As the days get shorter, and the winds start...

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