Guest Post: Napa Valley for Kids What to Do (And Not Do)

The Napa Valley Wine Country isn’t really known for kid-friendly venues, since the emphasis there is primarily on adult beverages. Nonetheless, for Labor Day weekend, my friend Glennia decided to do a day-trip to Napa Valley with her family, which is about a two-hour drive from their house. Here’s an account of their adventures exploring fun activities for kids in Napa Valley.

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Tragedy as Marketing

I grew up in a town that knew tragedy. On the night of November 15, 1970, a chartered jet airliner carrying the local university football team, coaches and a number of prominent residents crashed in flames on its approach to the airport. The weather conditions were poor, and there was a light rain. There were no survivors. I was 8 years old. We lived a few miles away, on a hill just over from the site […]

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Tonight: TasteLive! Blogging with Wines of Argentina

Last week it was wines from Salta. Tonight we’ll be tasting wines from the Mendoza region of Argentina as part of TasteLive! a live tasting social-networking platform run by Craig Drollett, that connects wine lovers and bloggers with different wineries. TasteLive! allows wineries to get real-time feedback and opinions on their wines, and posts the comments simultaneously on Twitter.  This generates a buzz about the wines, and wineries!  Tonight we’ll try something different.  Rather than […]

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The Local Food Movement

“I know that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire, I’ll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn’t there, I never really lost it.” – Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz) Eat and drink local seems to be the meme everywhere you turn these days. It’s not so much that I disagree with this movement, it is that it has its limits, but the advocates for all things […]

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Where there’s smoke…There’s Tailgating!

At the time, Joe lived in Ohio. And Texas has nothing Ohio when it comes to football fans, rivalries and tailgating. In fact, before I met Joe I had only been to “catered” tailgate parties. But for Joe — tailgating for the University of Toledo Rockets Football games was a religion, and we became master tailgaters! It seemed that our tailgate spreads became something of a legend, because it seemed every week it had to be bigger and better.

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Wine Competitions: It Won a Medal – It Must be Good!

A research study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Wine Economics found an interesting aspect of wine competitions that might be disturbing to our the aforementioned winemaker as well as to consumers who choose their purchases based on medals and ribbons: A gold medal in one competition does not mean a gold medal in another. In fact is may not even mean it’s good!

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