Perfect Days

Just a perfect day You make me forget myself I thought I was someone else Someone good Oh it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spend it with you Oh such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on You just keep me hanging on Perfect Day – Lou Reed The other night I was watching the Travel Channel and caught a program about life in Southern Italy. The people got up early, […]

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Imagery Dry Creek Valley Sangiovese 2005

As I have posted before, I am not the biggest fan of Sangiovese grown outside of Italy. Not so much because the wines are not any good, but because they do not taste like Italian Sangiovese, and I have never had one that approaches being as good. We recently got some wines shipped to us from Imagery Estate Winery. Included were a couple of bottles of their 2005 Dry Creek Sangiovese. I really like Imagery […]

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Continuing the Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction Debate

This morning I sat down at the computer with ideas for 3 different stories competing in my head to be the first written. However, an email that I received put all three articles on hold. Here, with any embarrassing and identifying elements redacted, is what awaited me in my inbox this morning: Hello! My name is XXXX  and I’m the Social Media Contact for http://www.******.com We are a Luxury Villa Rental company specializing in epicurean […]

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How winos won the election for Obama

Since I had a few different folks tell me about this story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle a few days ago, I thought that, since it amused me, I’d pass it on to the readers of these pages. The full story can be read on their site, but here are some of my favorite excerpts. For some reason, Democrats can’t shake the perception that they hang with a bunch of wine-swirling, cheese-eating elites. […]

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Wine Industry & Blogger Interaction: What Crosses the Line?

At the recent North American Wine Blogger Conference (WBC) in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two topics getting the most discussion were about industry marketing and blogger ethics. Specifically the questions were: (1) “I sent out a hundred press releases, why didn’t anyone write about my wine,” and (2) “Is it ethical for a bloggers to accept free stuff (wine, gifts, tours) from the wine […]

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My Favorite Four-Letter Words: Free and Wine

Free you ask? Yes free, or for a very small cost. By using the proper marketing and public relations techniques, you can get what amounts to thousands of dollars of print space for a fraction of the cost of advertising. At the recent North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two questions garnering the most discussion were, (1) “I sent out […]

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Post Election Hangover

I have been sleepwalking all day after staying up way too late watching the election results come in. It seems to be a quite common phenomenon everywhere I have been today. Some folks are grumpy tired, others a happily exhausted, but I find it very encouraging how interested and engaged our great nation, and the entire world, was. That alone is worth opening a good bottle of something, in my book, preferably something with lots […]

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Time for a brief musical interlude

The Ghost of Tom Joad Man walks along the railroad tracks He’s goin’ someplace, and there’s no turnin’ back The highway patrol chopper comin’ up over the ridge Man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge The shelter line stretchin’ around the corner Welcome to the New World Order Families sleepin’ in their cars out in the Southwest No job, no home, no peace, no rest No rest! The highway is alive tonight Nobody’s foolin’ […]

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