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2007 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel

Date: Sat, May 22, 2010

Top of the line Zinfandel from this veteran producer in Amador County expresses classically bold berryliciousness and spicy character in aromas and flavors. The wine finishes luxuriously and there are no dishes to big for this wine to tackle. In the early 90’s I once called the phone number on the side of the bottle around [...]

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Make-a-Wish Foundation, An Interview with Peter Mondavi Jr.

Date: Sat, May 15, 2010

When I was invited to attend the “Make a Wish Foundation” dinner at Morton’s on April 28, I had no idea the extent of the education I would receive in just the amount of time it takes to eat dinner.  Well, I probably should include the time spent at the bar. I arrived at Morton’s in [...]

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Livermore: It’s not just for Nuclear Secrets Anymore

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

California wine. Now-quick, what do you think of? Napa? Sonoma? Santa Barbara or Paso Robles? Yes, yes, yes and…oh, yes. But these are not the only areas growing wine in the state and of course, even in this economy, places like Temecula in the south, Lodi in the north and Lake County in the north [...]

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Understanding Twitter for Wine Geeks (Part III: Growing Your Business)

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010

Many of you in the wine biz have been anxiously waiting for a discussion on how to grow your business using twitter so let’s cut to the chase and get down to business. Back in the 90’s one of my first restaurant Sommelier gigs was working for the Kimpton Group in San Francisco. I was a [...]

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Spain: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010

As of late we have reviewed a plethora of Spanish wines most with favorable reviews. In fact there are so many great wines from Spain available here in the United States I was wondering if they actually made any wines that weren’t great. Well if you keep looking long enough you will always get exposed to [...]

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Best DUI Stop Ever!

Date: Mon, Apr 12, 2010

I normally don’t post things like this but… …check this out, and drink responsibly y’all!

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Travel Spain – Best Food and Wine Anywhere

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010

Marc and I finally made it back home after an awesome pilgrimage through Spain’s vast wine regions. Our travels took us through Madrid, Pesquera de Duero (Valladolid, Ribera del Deuro), Peñafiel, Bilbao, Haro & Logrono (Rioja), Barcelona, Castelldefels, El Molar (Priorat), and Aragon, casting a flow of memories worth sharing with you in the coming [...]

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Fess Parker’s Legend was Human Kindness

Date: Mon, Mar 29, 2010

California’s Central coast began calling to me while I was still in my 20’s, recently married and looking for a simple place to get away. I was already teaching middle school students the finer points of literature and I’d written a few articles for the local paper and a magazine or two. Winter rain left the [...]

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Live from Haro! Watch out for the Policia!

Date: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

Marc and I are touring the beautiful countryside of Spain and landed in the Rioja Alta region today — Haro, to be exact — home to many of the great bodegas producing “old world” style Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Graciano and Mazuelo. I was really hoping to share some of our pictures as we make our way [...]

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Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards: We’d Appreciate your Vote!

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2010

It’s official, Saveur Magazine kicked off it’s 1st annual Best Food Blog Awards, naming nine categories that spotlight their favorite food and wine blogs. We’ve been longtime readers and supporters of the magazine, so it was quite an honor to receive notification from such a respected journal that we’ve been nominated for the “Best Wine Blog” [...]

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Seeking Closure: Screw Caps vs. Corks Technical Tasting

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010

I’m reminded every day that the appreciation and enjoyment of wine is a very personal experience. What you like may not be the cat’s meow for someone else. This was evident at the ‘10 Oregon Wine Industry Symposium (OWIS), “Technical Tasting: Seeking Closure & Hi-Tech Winemaking“. Most of the attendees were winemakers, viticulturists and industry folks [...]

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We Are Bloggers, Hear Us Bark!

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2010

Have you ever had one of those jobs where your manager [consistently] reminded you of how badly you suck at self-promotion? Yeah, been there, done that, and if you’re like me, you have a hard time with self-adulation. Maybe that’s why folks like us should hire marketing folks to handle this stuff, because seriously, we sometimes [...]

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Ancient Peaks Winery-Good and Green

Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2010

Ancient Peaks Winery is riding high. Not only does it sit a bit higher in elevation, but the recent certification of its Margarita vineyard as Sustainable in Practice, or SIP, is another feather in an already festooned cap. This is a storied vineyard in a storied place. Franciscan missionaries founded rancho Santa Margaraita, at the foot [...]

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#VinQ Wine Trivia Players! We’re Giving Away Prizes!

Date: Sat, Feb 6, 2010

Attention #VinQ fans: This Tuesday, we’ll be giving away prizes! Everyone who participates on Tuesday, February 9th between 5–6 PM PT will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous prize. THE PRIZE We’ll be giving away four tickets to the Pinot Noir Summit ($125 value), compliments of Barbara Drady – you might know her as [...]

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