• Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

    Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Compete History of Presidential Drinking, by Mark Will-Weber, is a well researched and documented history book, the likes of which we’ve yet had revealed. Enlightening, frightening, and really captivating, This book will never be pried out of my stiffly clutched arms.

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  • Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

    Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if I do tell you about the wines I’ve most enjoyed throughout the year, w ...

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  • Newspapers are dead as we knew them; or, the turkey in the room

    Wine,Wine Writer One by one, I’ve watched trusted newspaper wine columnists get the sack from their editors. Some have been replaced by younger, rising stars, some columns went into syndication, and some just had wine disappear all together. In all of this, the evolution has been fascinating to watch… But, today the final bomb just fell from the sky; and, in a rush to get ...

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  • Still blogging after all these years

    What does a wine blogger do on her time “off.” Hum… Still writing, when so much else has to get done, but the focus has greatly shifted… And, it’s not about wine. It’s come to writing children’s stories for my grandchildren. It slowly started years ago, with my two first grandsons Jonathan and Nate, given to me by my Katie and her (our) Ray.

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  • How important is defining an AVA? Ask anyone in Paso Robles

    Paso Robles has just gone through tremendous growing pains, and this map is proof of all of their geological research… Air, soil, water, and climate all playing contributing parts to defining terroir; as well as the people involved, the flora, and the fauna… Having traveled to 41 of our 50 US states, I can tell you that each one is so unique that I would never – going to the furthest extreme .

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  • Tell me why I should be a member of your group

    If I hear “Tell me why I should be a member” one more time… Well, I still don’t know what I’ll say; but, I know what I’d like to say. It would go something like this: If I have to tell you why you should be a member of any organization, I’d just be wasting my time. It’s like trying to tell you, if you already have 10 kids and want to know if I think you should have one more, as a great idea.

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  • Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

    When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking process. Bill and I were both in a wine sales and marketing class at Santa Rosa Junior College.

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  • Throwback Thursday ~ Wine and other medicinals

    Here’s a little Throwback Thursday for you… These Were the Good Ole Days? I just got one of those Emails that circulates around and around until it finally makes its way to your computer. Being in the wine business, I’m fascinated by the history of wine. I didn’t realize that at the turn of the twentieth century, wine had the following medicinal uses.

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  • Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

    Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, on the coast of Washington State.

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  • Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 1

    Today’s part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its best… Who thought when I’d visit my kids I’d end up with a customer service story. Proving… you can take the wine PR person out of wine country, but you can’t take the PR out of the wine person. And so, it didn’t take long to realize a constant customer service PR theme.

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  • Slogging along in the wine blogging world

    My friend Steve Heimoff just wrote: Wine bloggers: Blogging, or slogging? Well, this week it’s more like slogging for me, versus wine blogging. I’ve actually not posted anything since this past Tuesday, and today is Friday. Why? Life has just taken over. Wines to taste, wine competition forms to fill out, reports to write, bookkeeping balance sheets to reconcile in prepar ...

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  • Lisboa ~ While visiting a monastery a play broke out

    The culture of wine transcends what’s in the vineyard, in the wine cellar, and what’s in the glass. It takes all of that into account, and it also the people, the customs (including foods) and the arts. When I study wine, I immerse myself in every single aspect of it, most especially if I’m traveling.

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  • Piemonte’s Fall Favorites

    Piemonte in the fall… Um, the splendor. Piemonte is translated as the foot of the mountain. And, I’m going with the Italian version of how it’s written and pronounced for this blog story, to be more genuine with the location. This was an excellent lesson about geographical locations, when I visited Lisboa… Right, Lisboa… Different places, different languages, different pro ...

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