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Burgerville Breaks with Tradition, Broadens Quick-Serve Horizons

Date: Mon, Jul 13, 2009

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of sitting down with the CEO of Burgerville Jeff Harvey along with the PR firm McGrath/Power from San Jose and their sommelier Christine Tran who has consulted with a number of bay area restaurant groups. The Northwest chain, Burgerville, has decided to pilot a wine and beer [...]

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June 2009 Wine Picks

Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2009

June 2009 Wine Picks 2007 Shenandoah Vineyards Zinfandel, Amador County, CA 2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch Zinfandel, Sonoma, CA 2007 Domaine de L’Ameillaud Rhone Blend Vin de Pays Vaucluse, France 2007 Kaiken Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

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2009 International Pinot Noir Celebration

Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2009

If you love Pinot noir as much as I do, you won’t want to miss the 23rd Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) happening July 24 – 26 in McMinnville, Oregon. It’s the crème de la crème of all Pinot festivals showcasing premium Pinot noir producers from Oregon, California, Burgundy, New Zealand, Austria, Champagne and [...]

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‘Nava Valley’: The Fate of American Wines in China

Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2009

In the global wine export industry – which increasingly looks to China as a developing market – it is sometimes remarked that the United States has not made in-roads within the PRC, especially in comparison with the likes of France, Australia and Chile, the main import leaders (in that order). Even with a strengthened yuan (RMB) [...]

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Whether we like it or not, Social Media is changing our Wine World

Date: Tue, Jun 23, 2009

The social media paradigm is transforming our media landscape to an unrecognizable form many are not willing to accept. Are you one of them? Then listen up because this paradigm shift is happening whether you like it or not and I have a few tips to help you transition to the new media world. It’s a [...]

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Why I Want to Learn More About Spanish Wines

Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2009

I’m a wine geek at heart so when I heard about an opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend a 3-day Spanish Wine education course sponsored by the Wine Academy of Spain and Catavino,  I jumped at the opportunity to find out more about the program. I’m well aware of some of the initiatives this well-respected [...]

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Changing Times Brings Innovation

Date: Sat, Jun 13, 2009

Today on Wine Bytes, my wine blog on OregonLive, I talk about  how encouraging it is to see that some innovative restaurants have made bold moves quickly to compensate for the lack of regulars, for whom they depended on for years. I applaud any entrepreneur that realizes change is the only path to success when [...]

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The Positive Side of a Negative Review

Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2009

Today on Wine Bytes, my wine blog on OregonLive, I talk about The positive side of negative wine reviews. Many believe negative wine reviews are of no use to anyone, which is a concept that I find as hard to swallow as a raisiny Zin with TCA.  I buy wine like a consumer.  That status will [...]

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May 2009 Wine Picks

Date: Thu, May 28, 2009

May 2009 Wine Picks 2004 Bodegas Lan Tempranillo, Spain 2006 WillaKenzie Estate “Thibaud’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir, OR 2006 Sausal Family Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, CA 2006 Lyeth Heritage Reserve Pinot noir, Sonoma, CA

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2009 Seattle Grand Awards Tasting

Date: Tue, May 26, 2009

If you’re in Seattle on Sunday, June 14, 2009, don’t miss an exclusive opportunity to meet the wineries that participated in the Seattle Wine Awards. Tickets start at just $85 and include dinner, a Riedel Magnum Tasting Glass, and an opportunity to meet winemakers and winery reps at Seattle’s historic Rainier Club, the city’s most [...]

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More Great Wines Under $15

Date: Thu, May 14, 2009

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a [...]

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Great Wines Under $15

Date: Thu, May 7, 2009

If you’re looking for some good wine values under $15 a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. Every Thursday, we’ll let you know about some of our top picks under $15 which are sure to please your palate without breaking the bank. These are great wines worth seeking out, so go pick up a [...]

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April 2009 Wine Picks

Date: Tue, May 5, 2009

April 2009 Wine Picks 2005 WineSmith Cabernet franc, CA 2005 Quenett Redd Red Wine, Columbia Valley, WA 2005 Titus “Lot 1″ Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA 2007 Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA

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