International Wine Film Festival to include Feb 17th Virtual Screening

Nearly everyone can name a film festival — Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival — to name a few;  but how many can name one with a focus solely on wine? None, until now. Wil Fernandez, the guy who brought us the award-winning Vintage 2014: The story behind the vines, has come back with an annual event to celebrate wine in film. In the beginning: Vintage 2014 Vintage 2014 followed the grape exploits […]

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Kickstarter Project: Vintage 2015: A year in American wine

After a phenomenally successful Vintage 2014 documentary last year focusing on a challenging 2014 Central Coast growing season, Wil Fernandez has set his sights bigger. In just three days, his Kickstarter project for Vintage 2015 takes off, and you can be a part of it. Wil’s energy and drive make his projects artistic, creative AND educational. He tells stories that are not being told in a meaningful way that creates evangelists for his vision. Vintage […]

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Santa Barbara wineries to premier Vintage 2014 films with Dec 10th Twitter Tasting

Nearly a year in the making, Kickstarter project Vintage 2014 is set to premier three short films online Wednesday, December 10 with a live simultasting of wines from growers and wineries featured in the eagerly anticipated documentary. Wine bloggers, food writers and wine industry professionals from around the country are being invited to apply to receive a bottle of wine produced from vineyards featured in the films, and join in the conversation. The bottles will […]

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The Trouble with Wine “Super” Stores

You are a sophisticated wine consumer. You are looking for wine from a particular region. If it’s Old World, then that’s pretty easy. Need a French Pinot Noir? Head to any wine shop’s Burgundy section. Cabernet or Merlot? There’s the Bordeaux section over there. Sparkling? Look for the bottles with a shiny foil-covered round cork — those you can spot from over the tops of the aisles. But suppose you want something from California. From […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarships: From Donor to Recipient the WBC changed my life!

Many of my friends, and much of what I know about wine started with the first Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California in 2008. Sure I had taken a few seminars through University of Toledo’s own wine expert, Professor John A. Barrett, and we had traveled once to Sonoma on our own as a post American Bar Association Annual Meeting. But then it was mainly about drinking the wine, rather than immersion in the […]

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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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Where are all the good Wine Apps?

I was lucky enough recently to attend South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi). The company I work for apparently thought that my friend and co-worker, Charles, and I needed to spend some time among our own kind and very nicely sent us off to Austin. Personally, I think they just wanted to have a week of peace and quiet without us running through the halls with scissors and shouting about standards, 508 compliance, and that design […]

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