Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

Consent is defined by West’s Encyclopedia of American Law as “voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest shall occur.” It goes on to say that “consent is an act of reason and deliberation.” Further, a person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing […]

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Bedfellows, Bloggers and Bollocks…

Once upon a time there was a semi-famous writer who penned for a big glossy wine magazine. Short in stature, but tall on ego, he sought to school the new breed of wine critic — the wine blogger. Beware Strange Bedfellows When a reporter/critic gets too close to her subject, there’s too great a chance for a conflict of interest or, at least, the appearance of one. I recognized, at the height of the tempest, […]

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A Fatherless Father’s Day

At least a month leading up to Father’s Day, we start receiving pitches from PR folks; like those for Father’s day cocktail ideas, Father’s Day craft beers, Father’s Day wine gifts. One thing I learned when I studied PR, is that it is a good idea to read the publication before you pitch it. Doing a search on “Father” will give you an idea if the publication to which you are pitching posts stories that suggests drinks or gifts for […]

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Ahr to Lodi: Spotlight on German Wine

German wines show up in the damnedest places — and I am not just talking Riesling. While visiting Lodi, California this month, I had the opportunity to meet Bob and Mary Lou Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, who, with their daughter and son, own a small family vineyard specializing in German and Austrian grape varieties. Bob and Mary Lou Bob’s a Lodi native of German heritage. Two trips to Germany to visit daughter Ann-Marie who […]

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10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Planning a visit to Barcelona, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea? Well if not, you should! The Catalan capital’s influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts make Barcelona one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural centers. Last year nearly 8 million people spent the night in Barcelona, the Ciutat Comtal or City of Counts, which is Cap i Casal de Catalunya or the Head and Heart of […]

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EthniFacts creates “Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship” for WBC15

Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, a multicultural knowledge and insights consultancy, announced the establishment of the “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship,” to encourage ethnic, gender and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees. “It is clear that while America is approaching a multicultural majority, particularly in Millennial and younger age groups, the number of diverse bloggers hasn’t kept up with that growth. The diversity of the new […]

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Celebrate National Chardonnay Day, May 21st

Today we celebrate National Chardonnay Day with California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards. Now in its fifth generation of winemakers, the Wente family began in 1836, when Carl H. Wente purchased 48 acres of vineyard land in Livermore Valley, California, and built a winery. Chardonnay is synonymous with California, and so many wine growers and producers will proudly tell you that their Chardonnay is a Wente clone. But what exactly does that mean? Why […]

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