• Vineyard Writing Retreats offered for Winter/Spring 2015

      If you are a writer like me, you need peace and tranquility to do your best work. A beautiful view is an added bonus. If you are looking for a retreat where you can put pen to paper so-to-speak, Writing Between the Vines is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015 retreats. Five retreat locations are available for 2015, one in Texas’ Hill Country, one in British Col ...

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    • Twelve Tips for Better Content Creation

      I recently came across this statistic in an infographic on content marketing: “64% of B2B content marketers say their biggest challenge is producing enough content.” (B2B means business-to-business.) I would suspect that “producing enough content” also is the biggest challenge for B2C (business-to-consumer) content marketers.

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    • An Eventful Friday – Sparkling, Port, Radio Talk Show and more

      As you probably noticed, the number of posts on Talk-a-Vino is down very significantly. There are many reasons for that – different workload from my day time job, few time consuming projects we tackle at home, and of course the plain familiar writer’s block. Yep, the writer’s block – when there is lots running in your head, and you have a great difficulty to put something out on the “paper”.

      Talk-A-Vinoin Cabernet Franc- 1 readers -
  • Fourteen rules concerning wine blogging

    … winemaker Larry Schaffer observes, “This topic certainly has been covered before, but it’s always fun to see where folks stand on it.” Fun, yes…and important, for as blogging (and other forms of online wine writing) become increasingly more important, it’s imperative to understand what these formal relationships really consist of. To my mind, the most…

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  • Do bloggers have an obligation to wineries that wine and dine them?

    … I exult in running into whenever we’re at an event) understood the etiquette of wine criticism. Nobody had to explain it to us; somehow, we just knew that it was wrong to accept a winery’s largesse and then bite the hand that had just fed us. Since my main objective as a writer/critic was to tell the truth, I found myself decreasingly accepting…

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  • Wine bloggers: Blogging, or slogging?

    …, is my soul’s blood. I believe in wine writing; we need good wine writers. The question is, can a blog succeed for the long haul, especially if—as is the case close to 100% of the time—it’s not making money, and is getting tired and predictable? I no longer hear bloggers talking about replacing print publications—that fantasy died long ago, alas. Yet wine blogging continues. I’m hoping that the best ones can keep the creativity going for as long as it takes, no matter what it takes. …

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  • Rant: TasteCamp Multiplicity

    … TasteCamp 2014, the sixth annual event, is now over and it is time to reflect on my wine-tasting weekend in the Hudson River Valley region of New York. I've also been contemplating the event in general, looking back at the prior TasteCamp events. I've attended five of the six TasteCamps, missing one only because I was attending the Kentucky…

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  • Rant: Local Wine Ignorance

    … Are you ignorant about the wines produced in your state? How much do you know about these local wineries? Have you tasted any of their wines? Or have you made an assumption that the wines aren't worthy of tasting? The time is now to battle ignorance about local wines. Today starts the 7th Annual Drink Local Wine Week, an event founded by Drink…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 6 readers -
  • Vasse Felix Cabernet sauvignon 2001

    … They say you spend the first half of your life visiting and the last revisiting. I imagine myself moving in ever smaller circles until I'm back at the start. . . This particular wine was one of the first I wrote about in 2006, I tasted it again in 2007. The first tasting note a list of words, with a small grainy picture of a cork on a keyboard…

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  • 2014 Drink Local Wine Week: Starting October 12

    … Drink Local Wine (DLW), the organization whose goal is to bring greater attention to regional wines, announces that the seventh annual Drink Local Wine Week (formally Regional Wine Week) will take place the week of October 12, 2014. The members of DLW encourage all North American wine critics, bloggers, and broadcasters to participate…

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  • Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    … When you describe a restaurant experience to someone, do you use the language of drug use or sex? That choice speaks volumes about the type of food you ate, as well as the the size of your check. I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky. The book explains and expounds upon…

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  • A writer and his voice

    …It’s been six years since I started I had no idea what I was getting into back in those pre-Recession days. But I knew that blogging was something I wanted to do. People sometimes ask me why I started blogging. After all, I already had a pretty good job, was rather well-known in the wine community, and I didn’t envision blogging…

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  • A Writer’s Response to Intimidation

    … In political writing, investigative journalism and satire, the subject of the story is often cast in a light he or she does not like. If the piece is outrageously untrue, as often happens in satire, a good-natured subject, while irked, will respond with humor. It takes the heat off, diffuses whatever power the writing may have and puts…

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  • WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 2

    … that is the Wine Blog Awarks Awards for that year. The wine blogging community has put up with this asshattery for way too long. No one appointed Tom Wark as the gatekeeper for wine blogs, nor did we ask him to be the arbiter of all that is holy and good for us. He nominated, seconded, and elected himself. Ironically, that is also his process for choosing…

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  • A Loss of Words

    …, but not because I regret changing my priorities but because when blogging was my priority I really had fun sharing my days with all of you. It is good to have memories that make you smile. I have fun doing lots of different things and following my interests is keeping things plenty exciting so I am sure to keep racking up good memories. See you on the trail! Cheers! Jason …

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  • The Women of the New Wine Media

    … wine pairings (perfect wine pairing for Rejection anyone?) her unique style of writing and fun photos make her blog one to follow religiously. Can you think of a guy who is doing anything this unique, and at such a high level of quality? Yeah, I didn’t think so. While this list is far from exhaustive, each of these women is creating something unique that is worth plugging into your RSS reader and checking out regularly. …

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  • WBC’12 Nite of many bottles

    … includes & this was very unplanned…remember I am drinking a lot of wine here.. Vincent Eola Hills Amity ’10 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard Seven Bridges ’09 Cab sold via Indie Vinos ’08 Fielding Hills Syrah-Wenatchee, WA ’10 Dona Paula estate Malbec-Mendoza, Argentina ’10 Leonetti Merlot-WA ’02 Shafer Relentless Syrah Blend-Napa Ca ’10 Vision…

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