Top 10 Things I Learned at WBC 2014

The 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference co-mingled about 150 citizen bloggers and 200-plus wine and related industry personnel with wine makers and producers from all over the world last week at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. This was the seventh year of the annual event started by Joel Vincent and Zephyr Adventures in 2008, and now run primarily by Zephyr with a small board of advisors. In addition to Buellton, the North American WBC conventioneers have […]

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I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…

There is an image in Soundgarden’s video for “Outshined” with a guy walking in a life-sized hamster wheel. For those of us not passionate about our jobs, or those who feel like every day is just the same rat race day in and day out, online learning is the perfect answer to the prolonged drudgery of life. For those with a genuine interest in California wine study without the time to sit inside a class, […]

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Summer of Riesling VII in Full Swing

Paul Grieco is at it again, and swears this one will be his last season. Wines of Germany and Grieco are again partnering to celebrate one of our favorite grapes of many expressions in the 31 Days of German Riesling. Participating wine shops all over the United States are dedicating the entire month of July to German Riesling, with in-store tastings and discounts on bottles for the entire month of July as well. Restaurants such as Gramercy […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarships: From Donor to Recipient the WBC changed my life!

Many of my friends, and much of what I know about wine started with the first Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California in 2008. Sure I had taken a few seminars through University of Toledo’s own wine expert, Professor John A. Barrett, and we had traveled once to Sonoma on our own as a post American Bar Association Annual Meeting. But then it was mainly about drinking the wine, rather than immersion in the […]

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Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing cherry, sweet tobacco leaves, cinnamon flavors and legs like Tina Turner, the 2010 is even better with another year in the bottle. I tasted this in January 2013 at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) […]

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Handwritten Wines’ StoryTellers Series presents John Lescroart on Saturday, June 21st

Napa Valley’s Handwritten Wines of St. Helena welcomes back New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart to its ongoing StoryTellers Series this Saturday, June 21st from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will celebrate the release of Lescroart’s latest novel, The Keeper, the newest of the author’s San Francisco-based Dismas Hardy legal thriller series. Ten percent of the evening’s wine sales will go to support the Napa County Library Literacy Center, which provides free tutoring […]

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A Languedoc Top Ten List

Okay, so it’s really two Top Five lists about Languedoc put together. Quit being so anal, it adds up! It is truly a shame that Languedoc is not more well-known, so first up… Top 5 reasons you may not know Languedoc: 1. Too much time spent on things that the consumer doesn’t care about such as appellation arguments. 2. No truly defining style. 3. Confusing labels (for the consumer) 4. Diversity provides overwhelming number of […]

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Caymus Vineyards marks 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with live webcast

The Wagner Family of Wine hosts a live-via-webcast guided tasting to mark the release of their Special Edition 40th Anniversary of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon today, June 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. (3:00 p.m. CT, 4:00 p.m. ET) Live from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, California, and broadcast to multiple Total Wine & More stores around the United States, Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner will host the event which […]

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Women of Wine to Host 3rd Annual Sangria Throwdown – Monday, June 16th

Fourteen Houston mixologists will compete to see who can make the best Sangria on Monday, June 16, at the Women of Wine (WOW) Charities Third Annual Sangria Throwdown in Houston. Sangria lovers will converge on Tommie Vaugh Ford in The Heights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to taste and vote on the best Sangria mixologist of the evening. Tickets sales raise money for the Houston Area Women’s Centers. Two-time winner Sean Beck will again be […]

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