7 Things You Might Not Know…

Since attending the first Wine Bloggers’ Conference in 2008 in Santa Rosa, I’ve spent a lot of time “palling around with terroirists” and got to know The Beer Wench in the process. Ashley’s is one of the few blogs to which I actually subscribe. I notice she has been posting quite often lately, thus shaming me even more for my failure to post at least every other day. So I thought I’d take her up on her little challenge, and actually do something I rarely do, actually “blog.”

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Romance, Hearts & Wine: Advice for Men on Valentine’s Day

We women love romance, I don’t care what protestations we might make. So when someone asks, what is your first romantic memory involving wine, I can point to it most unequivocally, and tell you that it happened when the only thing I knew about wine was that it was made from grapes and contained alcohol. Most Romantic First Date Ever I met this guy in a wine bar. But not like you think. My friend […]

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Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release

Last week Wine Intelligence, the self-proclaimed “leading research-led strategy consultancy serving the global wine industry,” released the following: Consumers wary of blogger recommendations, according to research Independent bloggers are one of the least trusted wine information sources in the UK, USA and France, according to research published today, despite the growing importance of the Internet as a source of information about wine. In a post yesterday on their own site they begin to backpedal: Arguably […]

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Organic Wine Immersion at Millésime Bio 2011

We were among the 3200 attendees at Millésime Bio 2011 last week in Montpellier, South of France, sponsored by Sud de France and organized by our hosts the AIVB-LR (Association Interprofessionnelle des Vins Biologiques de Languedoc-Roussillon). Now in its 18th year, this international trade fair is devoted exclusively to wines made from organically grown grapes in accordance with current European regulations. Up 18% from last year’s attendance of 2700, the event allowed professionals to sample […]

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Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called “Garden of France” that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, “No, that’s for when we have good seafood.” Thank goodness last night’s dinner menu included sauteed shrimp and mussels, so that we could finally open the bottle of Muscadet that had been languishing for a few months. When is […]

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Wine for the Holidays: America’s Most-Visited Winery

There are plenty of people who do exactly what they’re told. Who follow all of the rules. Who “know their place” from birth to death. The type of people who do not see a bullfighter’s red cape when someone tells them they cannot or may not do something. Joe is not one of those people. And neither am I. Often in younger years this was probably much to our detriment. For me, it was nearly […]

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Easy Turkey Brine

Longtime readers know that this time every year I extol the virtues of making a brine starting with a homemade stock. It is a time-intensive process, although not really hard to do. Not this year. I am going to try something new, I’m going to cut corners, cheat, wuss out…whatever you want to call it. I know, it’s disappointing, but lets look at this as a scientific endeavor. Don’t worry, no actual science will be […]

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Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

While pinning its hopes on them, the wine industry wasn’t properly targeting the millennial market. “They were putting out labels with kangaroos, birds and penguins,” says Struwe. In fact in 2006 it seems everyone was targeting millennials with ‘Critter Wines.’ “They were not taking these younger consumers seriously, says Struwe. And, no wine company was telling them why they should try their wine.”

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