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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This Week in Beer: Craft Beer Festivals in Madison and San Francisco!

Craft and artisan beer lovers can celebrate ales, lagers, stouts, porters and more this week in Madison, Wisconsin and San Francisco, California. Going on now is the 5th Annual Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) with special events like tap takeovers, special releases, Cinco de Mayo parties and Brewer Meet and Greets all over Madison. The 32nd annual San Francisco International Beer Festival (SFIBF or BeeFest) takes place on Saturday, May 9th at the Fort Mason […]

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Exclusive Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Release to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Santa Barbara, California’s Carr Vineyards & Winery is releasing their 2013 Marie’s Pinot Noir tomorrow, May 1, 2015, with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Very limited in production, and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to a mere 50 cases. The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot Noir came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr, who lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old. […]

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Wine Tasting, How Not To Do It

I don’t particularly care for large tastings. I’ve been trained to do it, and have enough experience to be qualified to do it competently. But I don’t like doing it all that much. The same goes for tasting and evaluating wine on its own. I am actually quite good at it,  but it is not something I relish doing. It seems to me that these things are the equivalent of studying the words in a […]

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Bay Oaks Country Club to host Wine Pairing for “Communities in Schools” Fundraiser

Bay Oaks Country Club will host a golf tournament, silent auction, dinner, “Mystery Wine Grab” and wine pairing event Monday, April 13th, in Clear Lake to benefit Bay Area Communities in Schools. Now in its fourth year, the annual event has tapped local wine writers and consultants Joe Power and Amy Corron Power, of our own Another Wine Blog, to act as event sommeliers for the “Raise Your Class” Wine Pairing Event this year. What […]

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