Category: Rant

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery added to Boycott

On the last evening of the 2008 Wine Bloggers Conference, we climbed aboard buses to Sonoma and headed to Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Visitors Center for dinner with keynote speaker Alice Feiring. Wine glasses on the table bore the etching ...

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 ...

Labor Day and the Work of the Vineyard

To depart from the multiple posts you'll find on which wines to pair with your Labor Day celebration (Burgers and Syrah, chicken and Chardonnay, grilled seafood and Torrontés, and if you haven't been hit by the recession: steak and Cabernet ...

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 ...

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

My first-ever restaurant review also included reviews of some of the wines. And though we do not usually write negative reviews of the wine we receive as samples, we do occasionally include reviews of less-than-stellar wines that we pay for. ...

Corkage Fees – What are they?

cork·age (kôrkj) n. A charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises. That is how The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines it. It is also how I have always defined ...

Note to Wineries: Such a Small Thing to Ask

We have a standard response when agency representatives and wineries ask if we accept samples for review. Yes, we do. All we ask is that you e-mail us a tracking number when you ship out the wine. It seems to me ...

Beware of Wine Bloggers!

Steve Heimoff knows a lot about wine, and he is a pretty decent writer. So, when he warns us about a new threat to the wine community we should heed his words. Here are the aforementioned words of wisdom and ...

The Lost Art of Being Gracious

When I was a little girl, I hated writing "Thank You" notes to my grandmother. First, because she always got me "practical" gifts -- the one that sticks out the most is a pair of flannel pajamas that were about ...

Answering my own question.

Yesterday I basically asked whether the Wine Blogger Conference had jumped the shark in it's second year. Today the question was answered most definitively. Hell no! What a great day. The details will be provided later, but everything from the speakers, ...