• From the Outside, Looking In

      For most of my life I have felt like an outsider looking in. Not way outside, because I am pretty good at standing on the edge of the circle and looking like I belong. The problem is, I just never feel quite like I belong. As a little girl, I was terribly shy and withdrawn. It drove my mother nuts. Once, when I was about 6, we were out shopping and saw a girl from my school.

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    • Happy New Year 2015! Also Wine Quiz Answer and #MWWC14 Theme

      Happy New Year 2015! I wish you all Happy, Healthy and Peaceful year! I think if we can have just these three elements (our own and ours happiness, our own and ours health and peace in this fragile world), everything else will just fall in place. While I’m a bit tempted to analyze the past year and to talk about the plans for the this year, I will not go there.

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    • A New Year’s Day reflection

      Happy new year, each and everyone! We’ve been through a lot over the years, you and I—from my rather clumsy but sincere and hopeful introductory post (dated May 15, 2008, and reproduced here) through the awful years of the Great Recession that impacted so many of us, right through to my transition in 2014 from wine critic to Jackson Family Wines.

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  • Rant: Food, Drink & Friendship

    … "There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." --Thomas Aquinas This is supposed to be my first Rant of 2015, but I don't want to start the New Year with negativity. Instead, I want to concentrate on something positive, which may actually be stating the obvious but which should be said anyways. It is an issue which…

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  • New Year's Eve Resolutions For My Readers

    … Happy New Year's Eve, and I hope you enjoy your celebrations this evening, whether you go out to a party or have a relatively quiet night at home. Have some bubbly, whether it is Champagne, Franciacorta, Cremant d' Alsace, Cava, or some other type of Sparkling Wine. As the ball falls in Times Square at midnight, I hope you are with family…

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  • Twelve Tips for Better Content Creation

    … content, especially in the constantly-changing world of social media, is really hard. I mean, good content. It’s easy to generate what my Grandma would have called dreck. Coming up with high-level stuff is hard. I should know: In addition to this blog, which I write five times a week, I do blog posts for Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Cambria and, soon…

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

    …. Find. This. Wine” was the first thing I said. I found the wine, and I got the Cabernet Franc and Grenache to try, out of the vast variety of the wines under that “Writer’s Block” label (you can see the full line of wines here). We opened the 2011 Writer’s Block Cabernet Franc Lake County, California (13.8% ABV, $17) – it had eucalyptus, tobacco…

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  • Fourteen rules concerning wine blogging

    … I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend! We were down in Malibu, where we ate all the traditional foods and washed them down with a bunch of great wine. My post of Nov 24 elicited 32 comments (not counting the ridiculous spams, which fortunately you don’t have to see!), which is pretty good for a middle-aged blog that isn’t trying to rock…

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  • 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…

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

    … When I was a working critic I was very particular about not letting wineries spend money on me. I had the reputation of not going out to lunch or dinner on the winery’s dime. I did it every once in a while, but tried to keep it rare. I also was extremely fussy about letting wineries spend money on me in other ways. This was only partly because…

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  • Wine bloggers: Blogging, or slogging?

    … Are you a blogger? Have you been at it for a while? Are you running out of steam, not as passionate as you use to be? No, I’m not looking for contestants for the Jerry Springer show, and this is not a Viagra ad. It’s an issue that’s at the heart of soul of wine blogging today, because most of the most popular blogs have been around for years…

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  • Rant: TasteCamp Multiplicity

    … Derby. I think that's a valid excuse. Prior TasteCamps have explored Long Island, the Finger Lakes, Niagara (Canada & the U.S.), Quebec and Virginia. Much of the credit for the origin of TasteCamp goes to Lenn Thompson, of the New York Cork Report. and over the years, a number of other people have contributed to its organization and success…

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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…

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  • 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

    … blogging as a career move, as apparently others did. The truth is, I wanted to develop my writing skills further—to push into new areas of creative expression, in a way that had previously been denied me. As California editor of Wine Enthusiast, my writing style was severely restricted by the formal norms of the genre: 40 words per wine review, “Voice…

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