Celebrate Languedoc Day, Friday May 29th

Friday, May 29th lovers of Languedoc wines will join together to celebrate this special region in the South of France. We made our third trip to the region last month, and can tell you the wines are better than ever! Where is the Languedoc? Pronounced “Lawn-guh-dock” by locals, and “Long-dock” by outsiders, the region curves around the Mediterranean Sea’s Golf of Lion, and encompasses 36 appellations and ‘delimited areas with protected origin status’, including 29 […]

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Eating Calçots: Deep Throat in Barcelona

Barcelona is a food lovers’ paradise — where supper starts at 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening and can go on well past midnight. You will not leave a restaurant hungry, and can sample multiple dishes in the form of world-famous “tapas” (small plates). The Swine is King and one can even find Jamón serrano in a cone along the streets near the tourist centers. I have been here since late Monday on a media […]

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Another Wine Blog is headed to Spain!

In a few hours I will board a plane headed for Barcelona! That’s right, I’m headed to Spain to visit the lovely land of Cava, Priorat and the sunny Mediterranean with the nice people at Freixenet. The visit promises to be busy. It’s part of a year-long celebration that began last November to mark the 100th anniversary since the first bottling of Freixenet. The trip will start with an in-depth look at the Freixenet Group’s […]

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Vineyard Writing Retreats offered for Winter/Spring 2015

If you are a writer like me, you need peace and tranquility to do your best work. A beautiful view is an added bonus. If you are looking for a retreat where you can put pen to paper so-to-speak, Writing Between the Vines is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015 retreats. Five retreat locations are available for 2015, one in Texas’ Hill Country, one in British Columbia, Canada and three in California. Locations for single […]

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Wines of San Juan, Argentina

Wines of where? Puerto Rico? Nope, these wines are from the up-and-coming province of San Juan, Argentina, and they offer a pleasant reminder of the value that lesser-known wine-producing regions around the world can deliver. They also remind us that purity can equal quality in wines. Bonarda, Tannat, Syrah, Malbec and Torrontes are some of the main varietals coming out of this province, and with little exception, it seems that winemakers of San Juan are […]

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Napa, wineries take stock, assess damage after 6.0 Quake

Napa Valley wineries report diverse assessments as a result of last Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake that shook residents from their 3:20 a.m. slumber. The ‘South Napa earthquake,’ so named by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was the largest to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the October 1989 magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake that killed 63 people and resulted in over $11 billion in damage.The South Napa quake, which hit about 3 miles northwest […]

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Top 10 Things I Learned at WBC 2014

The 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference co-mingled about 150 citizen bloggers and 200-plus wine and related industry personnel with wine makers and producers from all over the world last week at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. This was the seventh year of the annual event started by Joel Vincent and Zephyr Adventures in 2008, and now run primarily by Zephyr with a small board of advisors. In addition to Buellton, the North American WBC conventioneers have […]

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A Languedoc Top Ten List

Okay, so it’s really two Top Five lists about Languedoc put together. Quit being so anal, it adds up! It is truly a shame that Languedoc is not more well-known, so first up… Top 5 reasons you may not know Languedoc: 1. Too much time spent on things that the consumer doesn’t care about such as appellation arguments. 2. No truly defining style. 3. Confusing labels (for the consumer) 4. Diversity provides overwhelming number of […]

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Languedoc Day is May 30 – Celebrate South of France wines!

Join us this Friday, as we toast the wines from the region we love in the South of France — Languedoc! May 30, 2014 is officially Languedoc Day, and we will join wine lovers all over the world as they tweet about this important wine region using the hashtag #LanguedocDay. Beaucoup des cepages! (Many Grape Varieties!) With a typically Mediterranean climate and wide variety of soils, from pebbly terraces, sandstone and marl, limestone and schist, […]

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