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Enoforum Wines of the Alentejo: How This Cooperative is Succeeding on the World Stage

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

When Enoforum Wines, a Portuguese export company, was first explained to me, its structure seemed very confusing. The reason it did is because living and working in California for the last 17+ years, I’ve watched the wine business here all but cannibalize itself with massive amounts of individual brands. Not only are the big dogs [...]

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Charlie Olken ~ Old School is Enjoying the New School ~ Wine Writer #33

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

Long ago, in a land not even able to imagine Web 2.0, lived a publicist who found herself explaining to newbie winery owners who was whom in the wine world, and why this wine writer was important to his or her future as a vintner. After a while it seemed to be a bit repetitive, [...]

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Social Media Options Continue to Expand with GrapeStories

Date: Mon, Mar 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

Recently, Thea Dwelle, known affectionately as @winebratsf just commented on this blog: “It’s exciting to see what this year will bring in the wine industry technology explosion!” I thought to myself, “What else could possibly happen… So much has already flooded my brain.” But, within only a few minutes I got my answer via Email. It was [...]

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Wanted: One Amazing Wine or Wine Related Company That Doesn’t Need Social Media 101 Lessons

Date: Fri, Feb 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

Why? Because if you have to be convinced, this person is not for you. You’ll only frustrate each other, and too much awesome talent is going to be going down that drain. What a waste that would be for everyone. Social Media is proving to be not for the feint of heart… nor the laggard of mind. If [...]

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Week 4: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino

Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

WEEK 4 : Two days after Dark & Delicious, I can certainly use a stiff drink, but will “simma down” and taste this fun, experimental wine. I’m now into the fourth week. If this wine was going to be showing some wear and tear – in any other container – it would surely be showing it [...]

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Week 4: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

WEEK 4 : Two days after Dark & Delicious, I can certainly use a stiff drink, but will “simma down” and taste this fun, experimental wine. I’m now into the fourth week. If this wine was going to be showing some wear and tear – in any other container – it would surely be showing it [...]

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If You Want to Monetize Your Wine Blog, Get a Job in the Wine Business

Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

This has been my assertion, since Day 1. I took this message to the 2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference. I emphatically made this statement in one of the sessions, when it began to be discussed, it didn’t seem to connect with most of the people. “If you want to monetize your wine blog, get a job in [...]

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Images of Dark & Delicious with Comments From the Crew: Praise and Suggestions

Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

There is no particular order and no captions for the following images. They’re just the best of the best that I shot. It’s the suggestions that make Dark & Delicious each subsequent year, so you’ll see them here as positive feedback. This is a blog entry to let others do the talking. I’m going to upload some [...]

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From Dark & Delicious to a Pre Oscars Party with Tequila Semental

Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

It’s all in a day’s work, but just shows you how a small company has to shift a lot of interesting gears… As the details were being locked down for 2010 Dark & Delicious, with everything beginning to come together, we got the word from our Tequila Semental client that they had been selected to pour [...]

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The Tasting Panel: 2010 The Year of the Woman in Wine

Date: Fri, Feb 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is a pretty impressive list, but what you first need to know is that this magazine has a woman behind it, nudging it forward every inch of the way. Anthony Dias Blue is editor-in-chief, and David Gadd is the managing editor, making this is a great team, with Meridith May as the publisher and [...]

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Week 3: Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio

Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

WEEK 3: Yes! Today is Valentine’s Day and it’s also my experiment day. I just poured this glass, photographed it, processed the image, and then uploaded it… All in preparation of tasting the 2009 Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio. Because I just had an organic Honeymoon Salad (lettuce alone) for a quick bite, with an oil and vinegar [...]

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Full Glass Research ~ Christian Miller ~ A Wine Industry Optimist

Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Each year, as I organize the Petite Sirah Symposium, Christian Miller is more than happy to help me out with statistics on Petite Sirah. I give him what I’ve been collecting, and he comes up with all sorts of marketing numbers, by conducting a study from the PSILY members and those attending the Symposium. Christian [...]

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The Honor of Organic Wines, as Taught to Me by Fabius

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

During the 1960s, I crossed over into the antidisestablishmentarianism movement. It was a very exciting time… part of the bra burning process. It wasn’t necessarily easy, because I was in the business of fashion at the time, and my persona took quite a diva dive. I went natural, nursing three daughters.  Never once did a [...]

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Harold J. Baer, Jr. ~ Wine Writer #32

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

Each state in the union has wine writers living there and writing about their experiences, just as each state in the US has wine being produced by passionate wine people. Just as each wine is as worthy as its creator’s intention, so is the same with wine writers… in each and every state of the union. [...]

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