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OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that’s right with it and everything that’s wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I’ve yet to witness. I believe it’s finally hit a paradigm shift that’s been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering.
[Image borrowed from the Wines That Rock Website. Mark Beaman is in the middle of this image.] One of the many charms of Mark Beaman is that I got a winemaker profile during harvest. One would think that it’s pretty hard to do right now. Certainly I did. So I used a different technique than the meet n’greet interview process. I sent questions to him, and told him there was no rush.
Event,Oregon,Oregon Pinot Gris,Wine Oregon Pinot Gris is once more Getting it’s Gris on, with a statewide tasting to celebrate this varietal wine. Oregon, Get Your Gris On!™ is wine and food nibble tasting event is consumers and is happening at wineries that want to join the fun, on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2014.
You might ask, salads with wine pairings? Seriously? Yes, I’m here to tell you that it not only works, but it works really well. When I was working at a winery in the Sierras, we had a chef that worked there every day. It was he who turned me on to the fact that we can enjoy a wine with a leafy salad. I have to admit that I wouldn’t have believed it, if I hadn’t tried it. It works.
Free wine writing, does this happen anymore? When wine blogging first got going, I got emails like this a lot, as a sign of the times… Bloggers wanting their names to become associated with wine sites, and they were willing to give away their content to build their credibility. I’m not willing to write for free, except on my wine blog, as it turns out…It’s my wine career j ...
Books,Flavors from the World of Wine,Food & Wine,Wine Pairing Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen recipes with some recently tasted wines was a great education for me. REMINDER from yesterday: Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, published by Fair Winds and written by Joni Marie Newman, offers fresh ideas and flavor combinations for anyone, as it would for any vegan on the ...
When Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen arrived, I wondered how limited the audience could be. Yeah… Not even. If people think that being vegan lacks flavor or excitement, think again. Jose and I have really pared down the foods that we do eat, and he’s come to have even more discipline than I have. For most of our 30+ years together, it’s been the other way around, when it comes to food.
The following are some are common misconceptions about wine blogs, and I’m taking it a step further by presenting a reality checks to go along with each misconception. This is coming from a seasoned wine pro, who is also blogging. Additionally, I’m and very aware of the cadre of wine writers who’ve come before many of the next generation, which is priding itself on being up to speed.
When a book arrives on one’s doorstep as a gift, it has not only come from the sender, but it’s also arrived from the universe as a token of change and an opportunity for expansive knowledge. This is what The First Global Village by Martin Page became for me. Before it arrived, my understanding of Portugal was extremely minimal; having never been there, nor ever having studied P ...
It’s easy to joke about 99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall, when you’ve got it going on. I’ve been doing it for years. We got this wine storage unit from a client as payment, years ago. I loved it when I got it… Who wouldn’t? In July 8, a pipe burst in our upstairs bathroom. I put it on Facebook… you know how we all share the good, the bad, and the indifferent, right? Robert W ...
blogging ethics,Wine,Wine Blogger,Wine Business Whomever said, “You can’t ride two horses with one behind,” never saw the circus act where the pretty, young girl is riding two horses while standing up. You can ride two horses, but you have to be on your feet to do it, not on your behind. That’s where I am… I’m riding two horses, and I’m standing on my feet.
What labor Day Means to Me… is not what you might expect. It’s not a day to go boating for the last time of the season; or, heading off to the beach one more time, before I settle into apple picking. No BBQs for me today. Nay… It’s pretty sobering for me. It’s time to remember my grandfather Peter J. Bernier. He was my first hero in life.
Wine, popcorn, and tissues… The Man Who Cried. A story of a young, female refugee travels from Russia to England, to Paris, to America in search of her lost father the lessons of lost loves in the process are bitter sweet.. The Man Who Cried is a 2000 Anglo-French film, written and directed by Sally Potter.
I applaud Total Wines & More… Being on the inside of the wine business, I get to see things happening that let me know who’s who and what’s what. [Image: center is Ron Rubin, owner and president of The Rubin Family of Wines, greeting his guests.] I have been in the wine business for over two decades. I’ve not seen it all, but I’ve seen a great deal of it.
This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Napa Valley office of Wine Spectator… You know how you ask, “What can I do to help?” Yeah… it’s one of those moments. NAPA VALLEY EARTHQUAKE 2014 I just received this Email and know it’s importance, as I have samples that I’d like to send in this direction. As a result, I understand how important it is, in this time of turmoil.