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The Journey Continues at Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Date: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 Wine Tasting

Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook have already seen that last week brought some big news for me in my wine industry journey. Last week I started working for Alexandria Nicole Cellars, one of the wineries that made me want to move to Washington in the first place. My dream of working in a multi-faceted role [...]

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The Most Interesting Man in the World

Date: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 Wine Tasting

My goal of writing every day for 40 days hit a snag recently. Sometimes life gets in the way of writing, and there isn’t a damn thing that you can do about it. About two weeks ago I received one of those phone calls that you never want to receive. I listened dumbly as my mother informed me that my [...]

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September 10 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Finally, I have returned to this series. Many apologies for letting The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly wither on the vine, so to speak, over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully my absolutely crazy schedule has settled in for a bit, and I'll be able to keep things running on schedule. The Good My natural wine lovin' buddy Hardy Wallace had a birthday this week (Happy Birthday Hardy!), and for his birthday he unveiled the biggest thing to hit wine country since, well, wine. That's right, it's Cornhole! I got a little preview of this while I was in...

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My California Job Search Trip Continued

Date: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

Yesterday I posted some updates and pictures from my recent trip to California. As my wife told me immediately preceding my departure for California wine country, this trip was not a vacation. I did have a great time, but my activity was dictated by the fact that I was on the West Coast looking for gainful employment. The book is still out on how this whole story will unfold, but I did make some great connections, and had some really good interviews. I am keeping my fingers crossed, and continuing to work on landing my dream job in the wine...

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I'm Back! Update On My Trip to California

Date: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

I'm sure most of you have started wondering if I have fallen off the edge of the world after my prolonged absence and total radio silence since I returned from my trip to Napa and Sonoma. Well, I am here to report that I did not, in fact, fall off the edge of the world. I will fill in some of these events with more details later, but I wanted to get you something about my trip, just to let you know what I was up to while I was out there. I landed in Oakland last Thursday, and after...

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Food and Wine Pairing: You Can Do It, Too!

Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Today's post is a guest post from Toni Ambrosini Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I have a healthy obsession with food. I am happy to share Twitpics of various pizzas and grilled meats. Then my followers can be envious that they don’t have any. I also have a fascination with wine, also well-documented on Twitter. If I didn’t, there is zero chance of me contributing this guest post to Vinotology today. Reading and tasting are two things I wish I could do all day, every day. But putting the two together can be a headache...

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The Case for Beaujolais (not Nouveau)

Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

Today's post is a guest post by Frank Morgan Last month I had the occasion to spend a few days in Paris at the end of a work trip in the region. Aside from the usual touristy stuff – visit to the Louvre and Eifel Tower, lots of photos I may never look at again, souvenir trinkets for those who were left at home, 10 pound weight gain due to overindulgence – I took away many random wine related observations for future blog fodder. My first, and most obvious observation – wine is ubiquitous in Paris – the local folk...

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Hug Your Local Wine Grape Farmer - Guest Post from Jennifer R. Thomson

Date: Mon, Aug 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

I know, I know – “God Bless Texas” where the cattle are bigger, the men aren’t afraid to wear hub caps on their belts, and you can’t get Chardonnay to grow worth a damn! Whoops, that’s sure to rile some of you Texans up. Farmers and ranchers don’t seem to be as much of a dwindling commodity in Texas for some reason. Here in California we’re scarce, few and far between. For some reason we aren’t the grower of choice by winemakers who instead prefer to work alongside vineyard management companies who fall into the “Big Agriculture” category managing not...

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The Wine Bottle is a Reliquary - Guest Post by Sam Klingberg

Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

You're rolling your eyes, but I'm serious. Judging from people's reactions to innovative wine packaging designs and marketing techniques, you could only assume that wine is a sacred object. I find that even in my young, totally bad ass perception of life, I prejudge wine based on my moderately secret desire to be a serious wine connoisseur. For instance, screw caps. Despite the affirmation of entire nations (e.g. New Zealand) and bastions of the faith (e.g. Jancis Robinson,) there are still plenty of skeptics, and we're still forced to post interminably long and boring tales about the avoidable horror of...

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The Five-Step Program to Recover Your Sense of Adventure - Guest Post by Tony Ambrosini

Date: Thu, Aug 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

We tend to take this for granted because of the era that we live in, but I am stunned by the amount of resources we have when it comes to food and wine. General information, recipes, publications, blogs…you name it. At the very least, you can find it on our good friend, the Internet. There is so much to experience that it’s really hard to keep up with it all. So that’s why I’m equally stunned when I talk to people about this subject and every now and then they tell me, “Oh, I only drink Chardonnay” or say, “I...

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Eleven Reasons to Participate in #Cabernet Day

Date: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Twitter machine has been all abuzz recently with talk about the upcoming #Cabernet Twitter Social Media event that is being organized by Rick Bakas. There have been a number of this type of event taking place over the last few months, and this one has the potential to break all of the standing wine social media records. All you need to participate in this event is a Twitter, Facebook, or other social media account and some Cab, but if you need some encouragement to join in, try these reasons on for size: Hundreds of people tweeting and posting about...

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It's Going to Be One of Those Weeks

Date: Mon, Aug 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

Sometimes you get to a point where you just know that there is no way that you are going to be able to get everything done that you would like to, and you need some help from some friends. This is one of those weeks for me. I like to keep you all updated on what is going on in my little wine world, and right now there's a ton on my plate. I've still got a lot of material lined up for blog posts, but with the job search heating up and another project that I'm jumping into right...

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August 13 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Guest Poster: SipwithMe

Date: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

This week’s Good, the Bad and the Ugly is being delivered by Tamara Belgard of Sip with Me. The air was so heavy with dirt, with every breath; it coated your mouth and throat. It was so thick with tension; you couldn’t have swallowed it if you tried. It was a week of showdowns, barroom brawls and shoot-outs between the good, the bad and the ugly and once the dust settled, it was easy to see who had the quickest hands in the west. The Good Armed with only a spatula, Bill Eyer of Cuvee Corner flipped wine reviews upside...

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Getting My Feet on California Soil

Date: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

The hardest part about relocating is the timing of trips into the perspective new job markets. Things never seem to work out in a manner that is both cost effective and time efficient. The perfect situation would be to have 5 or 6 interviews magically line up over the course of about a week, and each of those interviews be willing to wait long enough that you are able to book travel inexpensively. Alas, I've never seen this perfect storm play out, so I'm always left to try to get a little something going with at least one perspective employer,...

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