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Remembering renaissance man and winemaker Art Finkelstein

Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

As the song goes, “Only the good die young.” A more kind and gentle man can not be found, as Art Finkelstein was the quintessential prototype. Art died on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Napa Valley. His family was by his side, and I can’t imaging it being any other way. Art’s wife Bunny, their son Judd, [...]

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Big Jim and Lil’ Jo ~ off and running

Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

Comments this week will be placed in a drawing for a $75.00 gift certificate from True Fabrications. (Just your name will qualify you.) Drawing on Saturday. Along with Chang Liow and Jose Diaz… The Wine Century Club of Windsor CA has officially begun. I arrived at Chinois Bistro (our new club house) with [...]

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Wedding wine lists for the summer ~ How much to buy?

Date: Tue, Jun 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

Comments this week will be placed in a drawing for a $75.00 gift certificate from True Fabrications. (Just your name will qualify you.) Drawing on Saturday. [Pictured: My daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Heath Hoffman at Pacific Star Winery exchanging their vows.] My cousin Margo recently asked for help, as someone in the family who is [...]

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Turning a promotional query into a very sweet opportunity

Date: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

First of all, in this blog posting are the instructions for how you could win a $75.00 gift certificate from True Fabrications, a wine sales Website with great gift items… Maybe you’d enjoy having your own decanter, wine glasses, glass racks, etc. One lucky person at the end of this week will be winning this [...]

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Aren’t We All Just So Funny?

Date: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

This blog posting “Variety Leaves ~ A Photo Shoot at K-J’s Demonstration Vineyard” involved a really interesting Email to me from a New York City based marketing firm. Hi I was wondering if you would be able to send me hi-res versions of (some or all of) the wine variety leaf pictures on your blog… The pictures [...]

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All the Crazy Things Said About and Done With Petite Sirah ~ Episode 1

Date: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

It reminds me of a Dr. Seuss story… Oh, the wonderful things that Mr. Writer can do… Mr. Writer can Moo, can you? It’s also Ms. Writer, the clownish things are endless, and I’m along for the ride. I’m going to continue to rag on this phenomena with one writer after another, pseudo writing about a variety with [...]

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Why is Sharing the Road Such an Issue?

Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

When I arrived in the Russian River Valley of California 17 years ago, one of the first things I said to myself, as I looked over to the Mayacamas Mountain Range with Mt. Saint Helena in the background, “Please don’t ever let me take all this for granted.” I knew then that if I lost [...]

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Hey, I’m not God… And neither is anyone else…

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

There are two issues within this blog posting: Marketing rule 101, know your audience Writing rule 101, know how to write your message Marketing rule 101: know your audience for your awards People who sell your wine should love to hear about your gold medals. Once awarded, sales support happens with a shelf talker. Great sales people are [...]

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Memories on Memorial Day: Rockers I’ve held within my lens

Date: Mon, May 31, 2010 Wine Tasting

Spending my  Memorial Day thinking about some of my own favorite memories… 38 Special people won going back stage to meet 38 Special from WBLM. I was number 39… I just loved it. Going backstage with people who had won, “Back Stage Pass”  ~ From the Rockers, it was always that, “Gutta do” moment that’s part of [...]

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Winners of Wine, Women & Shoes

Date: Sun, May 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Robert Larsen & VinoGirl… You each have won one ticket to Wine, Women & Shoes on June 27, at Hall Winery.  I’ll contact you by Email for more details. addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Fwine-blog.org%2Findex.php%2F2010%2F05%2F30%2Fwinners-of-women-wine-shoes%2F'; addthis_title = 'Winners+of+Wine%2C+Women+%26%23038%3B+Shoes'; addthis_pub = '';

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Can someone who can’t eat fish survive in Portugal for long?

Date: Fri, May 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

FREE Tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes (just comment and click here for further details). Well, I did for 10 successful days, but it wasn’t always simple. This image was taken at Porto de Santa Maria, on Guincho Road. It’s located on the Atlantic Ocean, north of Lisbon. The freshness of the fish is what I’m wanting [...]

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Announcing the 8th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium

Date: Thu, May 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

FREE Tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes (just comment and click here for further details). This is an event that Louis Foppiano asked me to start. We held it at his winery for six years, then we took a year off. After that year, Louis decided that he would let Concannon Vineyard run with it… And, [...]

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How do Hurricane Katrina and wine come together in the same breath?

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

FREE Tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes (just comment and click here for further details). The wine writers I’ve featured on this blog, up to this point, have been people I’ve worked with over the years. Recently, I was asked by wine writer Lorrie LeBeaux if I’d write about her on my blog. Lorrie S. LeBeaux ~ [...]

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FREE Pair of Tickets to Wine, Women & Shoes

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

I have two “General” tickets to give to two luck readers of this blog for this event. Just leave your name in any comment section during this week, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll draw both names this Saturday morning and announce the winners at that time. Only one ticket will be awarded to [...]

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