Asteisms ~ Ingeniously Polite Insults

    Asteisms… Yes, it’s a TGIF kinda day… My own ignorance is totally eclipsed by own dumbfounded curiosity. Four years ago, I heard the word “asteism” defined, after hearing a great insult. I actually began this blog story at that time, so I could use this story one fine day, like today. I’m sorry to tell you that I do have a sarcastic side, inherited from my witty, yet humor ...

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    Scandal continues to amuse in its wine Chateaux Du Bolet ways

    Chateaux Du Bolet… I have a wine friend who’s equally fascinated with the television show called Scandal. Her website is called Grapefriend, and Jose just found her for me, in a very amusing way, as I was contemplating another blog about this show. We were watching and enjoying Scandal. As the new Season 4 opens, the main character Olivia Pope is embroiled in a love affair ...

    5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

    Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life’s blows. It’s an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you love wine country, this one will make you feel like you’d enjoy going ...

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    Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

    Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off to a university through a grant program by a corporation might as well rea ...

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    Petite Sirah, The John Wayne of Grapes, Is Our All-American Legend

    Petite Sirah,PS I Love You,Wine As regards Petite Sirah being The John Wayne of Grapes… Imagine, if you will, being plucked from your homeland shortly after being born. (Some would argue that you were ostracized.) You’re brought to the Atlantic, where you board a steamship headed for America. You land in New York, are put onto the next train headed to California, and you never look back.

    7 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

    MONIKER WINE: it’s not brain surgery, people, but look how long it took someone to come up with the actual moniker as a wine brand. Now that it’s out there, the rest of us are all slapping our foreheads. Leave it to the folks at Mendocino Wine Company, to branch out into the Moniker realm. I remember when I wrote about Petite Sirah being the John Wayne of wine varieties.

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

    Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a no nonsense book that’s a practical, how-to beginners’ guide.

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Nine years of wine blogging, should I have just written a book?

    I’m reflecting on nine years of wine blogging this morning… having started just about this time nine years ago, in terms of thinking I should, and then getting Jose to build a site for me. I’ve had about four wine blog sites in the process. In 2005, WordPress wasn’t even born yet, so he had to do it from scratch, as I eagerly waited to write that first story.

    1 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Melting Pot Cooking: Joyce Goldstein and Petite Sirah

    Renowned chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein excitedly applauds the new food craze of “melting pot cooking” and her experiments with Petite Sirah. “Petite is a niche variety perfectly matched for this cuisine,” stated Goldstein at the Tenth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium. Concannon Vineyard, the first winery in the world to varietally label Petite Sirah, hosted this ann ...

    5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Napa Valley Wine Academy, from near and afar, you too, can learn more about wine

    The Napa Valley Wine Academy wants you to immerse yourself in the exciting world of food and wine in the heart of wine country. While their courses are taught at some of Napa Valley’s best wineries, they’re also located in Tampa, Florida, and you can take courses online. After having immersed my own self in the last 22 years, I understand the excitement that goes along with the ...

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    Astrological Signs With Their Astrological Wines

    Astrological Signs With Their Astrological Wines is something that I’ve pondered a bit. What sign matches which sign… For the lunar eclipse, here’s what I have to offer… I was born on a lunar eclipse. According to the astrology that I studied (as a side interest) for 10 years, people born on a lunar eclipse are pretty intense, with the opposite sex of that person being att ...

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    Trending PR, is this the way of the future or just a guise?

    I got to thinking about an Email exchange that I had last week, and couldn’t help but ask myself if this was trending PR or not. I’m going to just share the exchange and you be the judge. INCOMING EMAIL: Editor Deadline: Need Holiday Recipes Hi Jo, My name is Bob and I’m with Family Stories (I’ve changed the names), a syndicated content provider specializing in the creat ...

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    Off the Beaten Path with Joe Roberts, Red Wine Varieties

    I received an E-Mail from FIX that’s worth sharing, about red wine varieties that are off the beaten path, which includes Petite Sirah. Hey, Jo, My name is Kat and I work for We recently published an article by Joe Roberts, creator of wine website 1WineDude about branching out, and discovering different varieties of red wine.

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset

    Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset… Yeah, right! And, I mean… right…. Once upon a time, I was raised on Sabattus Lake in the summers of my youth. I remember watching sunsets across a lake that is five miles long and one mile wide… I was watching the sun go down, just one short mile from where I would sit on the beach.

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

    Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®,Dark & Delicious™,Event,Food & Wine,Petite Sirah,PS I Love You,Wine,Wine Business,Wine tasting,Winemaker,Winery,Zinfandel About the ® in Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®… ← This image to the left, is NOT a PS I LOVE YOU event. ← This one is a case of trademark infringement.

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