Three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye Whiskey

Imagine music so good, so soulful, so gypsy, so nasty, so pure, that it gets into the very marrow of your bones, rips your heart out and washes it gently in the lazy waters of the Delta then puts it back in your chest, only to leave you wanting more. Imagine a transcendent voice, both gravely and smooth at the same time, weaving tales of three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye whiskey in and around a […]

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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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I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…

There is an image in Soundgarden’s video for “Outshined” with a guy walking in a life-sized hamster wheel. For those of us not passionate about our jobs, or those who feel like every day is just the same rat race day in and day out, online learning is the perfect answer to the prolonged drudgery of life. For those with a genuine interest in California wine study without the time to sit inside a class, […]

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Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing cherry, sweet tobacco leaves, cinnamon flavors and legs like Tina Turner, the 2010 is even better with another year in the bottle. I tasted this in January 2013 at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) […]

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Caymus Vineyards marks 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with live webcast

The Wagner Family of Wine hosts a live-via-webcast guided tasting to mark the release of their Special Edition 40th Anniversary of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon today, June 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. (3:00 p.m. CT, 4:00 p.m. ET) Live from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, California, and broadcast to multiple Total Wine & More stores around the United States, Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner will host the event which […]

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Only a Ginger can call a Ginger….SNAP!

One of my father’s favorite treats was a ginger snap cookie — or should I say cookies! M&Ms had nothing on this zesty treat – my dad could never eat just one ginger snap. He had this old green recliner with a former sewing basket as an end table. I would come home from my retail job at Lazarus to find him snacking away. “Hey Sissy,” he’d say, “want a ‘Snap?” Then he would reach into […]

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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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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting, Film Screening at FilmBar Phoenix May 15

FilmBar Phoenix will host a Santa Barbara County wine tasting in the premier screening of the multimedia documentary “VINTAGE2014” on May 15th in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently in production, “Vintage2014: The story behind the vines” is a multimedia documentary that gives wine lovers a journey through a vintage in real time, from bud break to barreling. A crowd-sourced project with initial funds from Kickstarter, Vintage 2014 is the brainchild of Executive producer, photographer and entrepreneur Wil […]

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