Celebrate World Carménère Day: Monday, November 23

For those of you looking for wines for Thanksgiving, we have a spin for you on the traditional Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that, but not today. Today we’re joining the folks from Wines of Chile to celebrate World Carménère Day! Once widely planted in the Bordeaux region of France, specifically in the Médoc, Carménère (pronounced Car-men-AIR) was one of the six original Bordeaux varietals, which also included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, […]

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Celebrate International Tempranillo Day, Thursday, Nov. 12th!

Viva Tempranillo! Join the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) on Thursday, November 12th, in celebrating the grape once associated primarily with Spain, and now planted in over 500,000 of the earth’s acres in both New World and old world interpretations. Just a mere ten years ago, many Americans could not pronounce the name of the grape; perhaps they were confused by its 60 or more regional synonyms, including names like Tinto del Toro, […]

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Wine, Food, Design: Spain’s Great Match Comes to Houston Nov. 10th

Love Spanish, food, wine and design? The 22nd annual Spain’s Great Match is coming to Houston next Tuesday, November 10th and you’re invited to this exclusive evening. You know how much I love Spain, and I’m super excited that this fabulous event is coming to the Bayou City! Wines from Spain, a division of The Trade Commission of Spain in New York brings this collaborative extravaganza of Spanish culture to Houston’s award-winning creative venue, Silver […]

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Pahlmeyer 2012 Merlot Napa Valley

As we sat down to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday, we needed a special wine. We missed his 21st birthday, because he had moved out at 18 after some growing pains and parental clashes that sent him back to Ohio to stay with his mother, then south to Florida at 21 to live for a while with a cousin. This year he turned 24. 1991, the same year Alex, Joe’s oldest, […]

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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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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 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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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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Jessup Cellars Explores Busking with Author Heather Jacks TONIGHT in Yountville!

The Jessup Cellars 2015 TasteMaker Speaker Series returns on Thursday, April 9th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm with Busking ~ Taking it to the Streets with Author Heather Jacks, the award-winning author of The Noise Beneath the Apple. Jacks will share her vision and creative experience on what became a stunning, multi-media production that won Indie Fab’s Book of the Year- Performing Arts & Music in 2014. Jacks recently received a grant to create the San […]

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